make a felted pumpkin mouse-house

Monday, October 17, 2011 – Filed under: Uncategorized ::

For a few years now, my daughter has had a little grey felted wool mouse. We felted her 2 years ago, one of the first tutorials on my blog, and since then the sweet little mouse has been a guest at various block-built homes, part of different nature tables, even part of a farm.

Until now.

Now the little gray mouse has a house of her own.

My daughter started by wrapping pure wool batting over a large apple.

Then, with dish soap and lots of hot water, and a little 4 year-old elbow grease, she wet felted it in her hands until it was “done”.

After wrapping it with bright orange wool, using wisps in different directions, and applying even more dish soap… she felted the orange on too.

Actually, this was her first serious wet-felting project.  Last year she didn’t want anything to do with wet soapy hands and wool as a combination.

Once it was dry, she cut a circle through the wool in the center of what she decided would be the front of the house. You’ll need very sharp scissors for this – we use some little, pointy “grooming” scissors for these sorts of things.

She was going to cut the hole out completely but then decided to give the mouse a front porch.

Then we needle-felted a simple stem, and a leaf but decided to leave the leaf off.

And now the mouse, and her house, are home on our fall nature table.

7 Responses to “make a felted pumpkin mouse-house”

  1. Linda Says:

    Oh this is so sweet Jen!

  2. Eliz. K Says:

    Oh sweet! Love this!

  3. Sunshine Mama Says:

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing how to make this :)

  4. Jfc Says:

    SOS! I’ve been looking for the how-to of this exact same thing for HALLOWEEN! Pls… How dis u get the apple out? Thanks, jf

  5. April Says:

    That is so cute, and thanks for the tutorial, I have only needle felted, and haven’t tried wet felting yet, looks like it would be fun, and I love the result! Thanks for sharing this! ~April

  6. K Says:

    I love the story – so sweet to watch this little person carefully making a house for her mouse. And it turned out so very well. The best part of it is imagining the two of you together all that time, and the tremendous relationship you must be building. This gave me peace.

  7. Sarah Says:

    This is so cute! And using an apple is a great idea! My 4 year old LOVES wet felting, but usually we just do little wool balls. We are definitely doing this this week!