A lovely rainbow, see it span,
So brightly shining o'er the land.
It is so bright, gold, green, and blue.
I'd like to climb it now with you.
~ Painting song from Charlotte's Waldorf kindy.
Welcome to For Little Hands, a weekly series that hopes to inspire creative whimsy for the little hands in your life.
We encountered the most beautiful rainbow earlier this week and it still has our heart. It's been mostly gray here this week, lots of rain and slushiness.....we thought it was a great idea to bring some rainbow energy into our handwork activity for today.
I brought out all of our wool roving and together we pulled out all the colors of the rainbow:: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. I let Kiki just mix it up and play with it how ever she saw fit.
Then, I had her spread the wool all over a piece of felt that was the shape of a circle, about 8 inches in diameter.
Then, we slathered it with dish soap and began to felt it very, very gently.
Here is a great link to Rosy ~ Posy on wet felting a picture scene. We didn't have any netting or mesh so ours didn't turn out exactly how we'd hoped......but, we made it work for us :)
To help keep our felted wool attached to our felt piece (because we didn't have any mesh to protect to wool, we couldn't really rub it vigorously enough to help it felt to the round felt piece) we made some shamrocks to sew to our rainbow.
Here is our finished rainbow wall hanging. You can see where the wool felted itself but not to the felt backing. It's still beautiful, though. We hung it up next to the littles kitchen space, right at eye level. Kiki stops to look at it whenever she passes by it. It's a lovely splash of color against the gray, dim light from outdoors.
Wishing you all days full of color and whimsy xo