Friday, May 1

felt bon bon ring tutorial


yesterday i went up to salt lake to the ABC channel 4 studios and filmed a live segment for the Good Things Utah show. first time ever on tv and let me tell you it was totally cool! (but it still stressed me out...)
i went into the green room to wait until it was time for me to set up. there on the wall was the 10 foot poster with the Lost cast. i set up a table with beautiful wool beads and little dishes of supplies with all the steps ready to show the felt bead rings from my book. i had only just got a mike on and stepped behind the table when the camera man said '10 seconds and you're live' i thought ok, here it goes.

i decided to post a tutorial here so you can make one of the felt bon bon rings from the show for yourself.

i love working with wool felt. it seems i always have a stack of felt scraps stacked on my desk next to a pretty tin filled with wool beads. i guess it isn't much of a surprise then that one day while playing around i made one of these bon bon rings. my first one looked so much like a little jello mold i had to laugh.


it was so satisfying to cut apart the wool balls i started adding felt, beads, ric rac, trim and vintage millinery flowers to my collection of little candy rings and they all ended up in my book pretty little felts.
the first step is to cut the wool bead in half with a pair of sharp scissors. i love the colors and selection of wool beads from Ornamentea. the ones i have used here are the 2 cm size.


lay your circle template over the wool bead to choose the size then trace the circle onto the back of a piece of felt with a pencil or a water soluable marker. (mark be gone is a good one)


cut around the circle with a pair of scalloped or zig zag scissors lining up the points with the edge of the circle. glue the half bead on the right side of the scallop circle using tacky glue and let dry.



gather together some ric rac, tiny beads, sequins, embroidery floss, and any other pretty embellishments you would like to use and sew or glue them onto your wool bead.
after decorating you felt bon bon use E600 to adhere the felt to a ring blank and let it dry.



here are some variations i have made. those fancy sew on gems were on an old hat i bought.


here is my little bon bon ring ready to be mailed to a friend tucked in tiny paper mache box and surrounded by a nest of crepe paper.

with a couple of flowers tied to the top it makes a lovely gift. enjoy, julie


75 comments:

Dale said...

oh julie these are so pretty! I just love the soft prettyness of these rings... just like little chocolate bon bons as they are named! It's very kind of you to post the tutorial here for us.

Congrats on your tv spot!

Lilli said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful project with us, Julie. Even after you've showed us how you made them, the end result is still curiously magical. They are the kind of creations that transcend the materials used.

Congratulations on your TV spot :)

Unni Strand said...

I was so happy to read a post from you again! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Your blog is really inspiring! (I've even printed a peony teatowel inspired by you.)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

WOW, this is GORGEOUS! Thank you so much for being so generous in sharing this with us. I'm so excited to try this. And I'll be linking too. I love how the first ring matches your banner. =)

m i c h e l l e said...

Julie! How cool! Congrats on being on TV! Such a sweet little project and love your pictures!

Anonymous said...

Hi I have been looking for more of theese little flowers I have had mine since my teens. do you have a source you can share? Nancy

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

This is such a fun project! Blessings dear from Amy.

Maija said...

I still adore my lovely ring!!!

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

So sweet! Can't wait to try this out!

3 Reed Dotters said...

I just found your blog, after reading Somerset Life, and to my delight an adorable project. Thanks for sharing!

lovelylissie said...

These are so cute! I simply love them! Thanks for sharing!

paperbird said...

Congratulations Julie. I missed it but my Courtney girl said you were awesome.

Kristina with a K said...

These are absolutely darling!!! Thank you so much for sharing such a adorable ring

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Julie, first time for me to visit your blog, but I'll be back, cute ring. Thanks for the tutorial.
Keep Stitchen,
Bonnie

Tiffany said...

I saw you on GTU & you did great! These rings are amazing & I hope to make one at some point. Thank you for sharing!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Just Awsome. Julie you are one of the most creative talented people I have ever met. You can do everything!!! . Thanks so much for sharing the how to. These little darlings are the sweetest things in the world . Now you are a Salt Lake City movie star too !!!!!!!hugs Julie

sharon said...

Julie, this is incredible, just lovely, thank you!! You are soooo amazing, mind bloggling!! Will visit again, love your shop!

Mary Franzenburg said...

Oh My Goodness these rings are adorable!! Love your blog!!!!

michelle said...

These are CRAZY CUTE! You're way too talented and creative! :)

Contessa Kris said...

These are just so adorable I could eat them up! I must make one now. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

Denise S. said...

Don't know if you saw this or not so here is post I made the day you did the TV spot - you were great!
Girl I can't believe you didn't give everyone a heads up that you would be on tv today.

You did a terrific job and hope you weren't nervous.

Is this your first time on Good Things Utah?

Michelle said...

Absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing!

Glamour Moms said...

TOTAL GENIUS!! I adore these..thanks for the fab inspiration!!

Ashlee said...

These rings are so sweet and pretty. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial.

Fifi Flowers said...

Those are ADORABLE!!!
Do you buy jewelry supplies online? I have some FAB buttons I would like to make into rings and I've been trying to find adjustable rings like you have... please email me if you would be so kind to share info.
THanks
Fifi

RowanDeVoe said...

fantastic! love the ring, love how you have wrapped it as well! gorgeous! what a fantastic gift!
take care,
merle

Morna said...

It doesn't get much more charming than this!

April said...

I saw your post on Tip Junkie and had to read your tutorial. These are totally adorable and I want to make some immediately!!! Thanks for the info!

Miss Gina Designs said...

These are precious! Love the pretty embellishments.

Susan said...

Thank you so so much for sharing all this wonderful info. I love seeing all your creativity! It really inspires me. Congrats on being a TV star now also...
: ) Susan

http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com said...

oh my gawd these are so cute, you must have eyes like a hawk, I would die of eye bulging syndrom, if there is such a thing!
your tutorial is lovely.
Your a crafty arty geneous!!!
I will follow you
Happy Mothers day
Brittany
http://www.papermoonies.blogspot.com

eleonor said...

Love your rings.they are adorable. Thanks for sharing your idea.
Best wishes for you from Austria!
eleonor

angel said...

Julie - the rings look pretty enough to eat! Congrats on the show and the book!
angel

Geek+Nerd said...

These are so cute, and I just love the special way that you have packaged them up. Thanks for sharing!

Angel.Pearls said...

Very nice place I found here! So cute rings you're making -I'd like to wear them all.. Best wishes//Eva

Pearl Maple said...

Those are gorgeous little creations, sweet enough to pass for tasy cupcakes.

Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

faerie enchantment said...

I love this tutorial, possibilities are endless, thank you for sharing!

Magic and Joy!
Lisa!

Jeanneoli said...

Sweetest ring! I just read your feature in Where Women Create! I loved seeing your work and I look forward to seeing more of your work. I have heard so many wonderful things about the Art Nest.

Chelsea Bentley said...

I adore your packaging ideas.
chelsea

Cat (darklingwoods) said...

These are simply delightful! thank you for sharing!

barefoot muse said...

This is absolutely precious, and better yet....a tutorial!!!!
Yeah!

Gilding the Lily said...

These are the cutest dang things i have seen in a while! I love every bit of them!

Anonymous said...

These are just adorable. Thanks you so much for sharing your idea. I would love to make these, but I can't find the ring base any where. Where do you find these? Thank you for any help you could give.

Felt-o-rama said...

Pretty as can be! I can't wait to make one of my own!

Threads of Inspiration said...

Julie, I wrote a post about this tutorial and posted the link. I really think these are great. Susan

shesleepswithseaglass said...

Thank you for sharing how you make those pretty rings ~ I just bought one in your Etsy shop tonight! Could you tell me where I can buy your book?

Thanks!
Bella

Erin said...

I linked to your tutorial here, http://today-i-made.blogspot.com/2009/06/how-to-make-felted-beads-tutorial.html
Thanks for posting it! I love them.

Building home said...

Julie,

thanks for sharing the procedures and steps on how to do it..

i can do this one for my little sister.. :-)

Tonia said...

Great tutorial, thanks!
How about an update pic of Oreo? I have a wee hen from this year named Buffy that looked like Oreo (not in color but the legs) and I am curious how yours looks now. Thanks,

Jill said...

What fun! These are just wonderful. Looks like tons of work. They are so feminine. I love wool... I knit and love to felt.

miss lynn said...

holy stink.
these are so
ADORABLE!!!
love love.
very cool
about the tv
spot, too.
thanks for
step by step
directions!
happy day!

it jobs said...

Thank you for posting on the tutorials on how to make bon bon rings. I’ll try to make this one at home. This is perfect for my ring collections. Thanks!!!

Karen Burns said...

These would be great to wear on your index finger to have pins ready when working on a quilt project! Just pluck a pin from the "bon bon" while you work/pin things in place instead of reaching for the pin cushion each time.

Julie said...

Lovely, and so generous of you to share the instructions!...Your blog is so inspiring!

Lori Gardner said...

I miss your posts...! Please visit again soon

Beth Gales said...

This is soooo lovely from the ring to the packaging! Your friend will love it!

Julie said...

Hi Julie, I just found your blog today and I adore these bon bon rings - now that's "tasty"!

Joann Loftus said...

Wow, these little rings are so adorable! Thank you for sharing your "how to". Can't wait to try this out! ~Joann

Anonymous said...

I just started making my own felted beads, and I love your ideas for embellishing them! The bonbons could also be strung into a bracelet.

debbi said...

absolutly adorable!!! tfs.
will the rings be in your etsy shop?

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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Anonymous said...

Hello,nice post thanks for sharing?. I just joined and I am going to catch up by reading for a while. I hope I can join in soon.

Platinum wedding bands said...

Great Post. The bon bon ring was never so easy to make after reading your post.

Jane@ silk bouquets said...

Those felt bon bon rings are so adorable. So nice of you to share this very detailed tutorial, it's easy to follow. My niece gonna love this. This is my first visit to your lovely blog and I'm sure I'll keep coming back for more of your posts and tutorials. Thanks a lot. ~ Jane

Florist Sydney said...

Sooo pretty! that bon bon ring is a nice gift teen girls. They'll sure love it. I'll try to make one for my daughter and see if she'll like it. Glad to have found it here.

Carissa said...

Where can I get your things!!

Pelantura said...

Unos anillos muy divertidos, gracias por la idea!!!

isabel said...

preciosos anillos, felicidades julie. un beso desde malloca

Jen@ Sydney Flower Delivery said...

What a lovely project! Felt fabrics are pretty cool materials to use. I love the designs of the rings you made here, definitely a great gift. This tutorial inspire me to try to create one of this and hopefully will get the same result like you do. Thanks a lot.

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Oh wow! these rings are beautiful! good blog post! :)
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robin dudley-howes said...

So adorable. I sawed it pinned on someones pinterest and followed...

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