Celebration Ring Tutorial

June 24, 2010

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This next post I love…I know…I say that about all of them, but let’s face it…THEY ALL ROCK!  

I sooooooo want to be dressed in one of these little outfits and matching hats, surrounded by all of my little colorful friends warm by the candle lit warmth.

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Celebration Ring Tutorial

I would like to acknowledge Monica Smith for this pattern. Monica made these Celebration Rings, many moons ago, with her Steiner playgroup families for use during a child’s birthday celebrations.
A decorated candle is placed in the centre of the dancing gnomes and may be used as the meal time candle during the birthday week.
Of course they could be used for any family celebration. We made them at craft group a couple of weeks ago and they were a real hit – it was our biggest turn out so far this year.

Although I haven’t changed her pattern I have altered its construction; Monica used hot glue for the head beads and hats. I have securely stitched the heads which I think mades it sturdier and a little safer for when little fingers pull at it…

Ingredients..
3 x pipe cleaners

7 x 14mm wooden head beads
7 x 4mm wooden hands beads
clear drying craft glue (or hot glue)
pure wool felt in your choice of colours
embroidery threads to match your felt
Cut seven 5cm diameter (2″) circles from your felt for the ‘body’ pieces and seven matching semicircular  ’hat’ pieces - roughly half a 4cm diameter (ish) circle. I’ve made this one rainbow so one body and hat set from each colour.
Thread three of the small ‘hand’ beads onto one of the pipe cleaners and two each onto the other two
Join the pipe cleaners, overlaping the ends, into a circle with a diameter of about 10cm (4inches). space your beads out to about 4cm between each – your don’t need to be exact they can be adjusted later.
Fold the first body piece in half over the pipe cleaner between two hand beads and stitch securely in place at the ‘wrist’.
Keeping your needle and thread slip; the needle back in under the ‘wrist’ to the inside. Then carefully catch just the inside layer of felt and loop your needle over the middle of the pipe cleaner and then take it across to the other side.
Stitch the other ‘wrist’ as for the first. When it is secure go back in under the wrist and bring your needle out on the right side in the centre of the body.
Get one of the larger ‘head’ beads and slip it down over your needle then very firmly secure the head bead in place with several strong stitches -NOTE only bring the loops down over the outside (back of the head) so the face is clear.
to finish off put your needle back in under the neck as close to the centre as you can and bring it out the wrong side; tie a knot in your thread with the needle and cut your threads close to the knot.
Repeat these steps for all bodies and heads.
Fold the matching hat felt in half along the straight edge and try it on the head for size – trim if required then blanket stitch along the short straight edge. Bury your final stitch by bringing the needle down inside from the peak of the cap. Repeat for all hats.
Just to be sure – check your hats for size again and trim if you need to then squeeze a modest amount of quick drying craft glue around the inside of your hat (starting about 0.5cm up from the ‘rim’ – the open end) and then gently press it down onto your gnomes head. (For extra security you could join the hat to the body by a few tiny stitches at the back of the neck where they meet -  I would do it after your glue has dried).
Repeat for the other six and yay! you are done.
* A 7-8cm diameter pillar candle fits really nicely in the centre; you may like to cut a circular piece of gold card for the gnomes and candle to sit on. I wouldn’t recommend a tealight candle because the flame is quite low and if it got bumped the whole lot might go up in smoke! Likewise pure wool felt is fire retardant, the acrylic stuff is not.
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{ 22 comments }

Daisy June 24, 2010 at 1:12 am

Thanks for this…will be making xx

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 1:35 am

You are welcome! I love your blog to Daisy. Laura

melissa June 24, 2010 at 4:32 am

Oh! I can’t wait to make this! Happily I still have two months until my oldest son’s birthday. It’s likely to take me that long to accomplish this simple project with my crazy toddler and newborn!

Thanks for the tutorial!

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 6:13 am

Holy Moly…a toddler and a newborn? I am surprised you had time to comment~ so thanks for that! Post some pics of the B-day party~we would love to see your version. Laura

cheyenne June 24, 2010 at 4:57 am

these little gnomes are so cute!

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 6:12 am

Cheyenne, aren’t the precious! Thanks for the reply~Laura

Valarie June 24, 2010 at 5:08 am

These are so cute. I have to make one. I love gnomes. Thanks for sharing this one.

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 6:11 am

Seriously the cutest little people ever! Thanks for the comment~Laura

Sunshine Mama June 24, 2010 at 6:45 am

This is adorable! I am still just learning about Waldorf principles (I first heard about it only a couple months ago), but it all appeals to me so much! I am definately going to make this to start new birthday family traditions.

Stephanie

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

ROTH has great resources and connections to all things Waldorf if you hop over to the magazine there are lots of links! Enjoy your new traditions! Laura

Megan June 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

Super cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

You are welcome! I thought they fit in with ROTH perfectly! Laura

Semi-Crunchy Mama June 24, 2010 at 11:08 am

This is adorable, and I’d love to make one for my family. I just stumbled onto the Rhythms of the Home magazine website, and from there found this blog…I’m so happy that I did! My son is 2 1/2, and the more I hear & read about Waldorf philosophy, the more intrigued I’m becoming. This is what I want for my son…for my family.

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Glad to have you Stumble our way~Hope you find lots of helpful links at our sites~Laura

Childhood Magic June 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

oh, this is so wonderful, thank you!

Mountain Mama June 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

Andrea June 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for this fantastic tutorial! They are just darling, I can’t wait to make one and see the reaction of my 3 little ones. . .

Mountain Mama June 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Hope the reaction is great! Laura

Megan July 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm

hi

Meg in NZ July 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Finally I can leave a comment!! I have tried a few times with no luck, weird computer issues I think. Anyway I wanted to thank you for this awesome tutorial. We made one for my son’s 6th birthday and it’s gorgeous. It is already a new birthday tradition at our place. Here’s the link if you’d like to see it…

http://growingkiwis.blogspot.com/2010/07/super-cute.html

Mountain Mama July 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Hi Meg. Glad you can comment! Love the one you made~Laura

Juise March 27, 2011 at 12:47 am

I found your tutorial on The Crafty Crow, and I love it! Thank you for posting this adorable little project. I made ours in earth tones to grace our Spring seasonal table, simply beautiful. <3

You can check ours out here if you'd like:
http://thejuicery.blogspot.com/2011/03/little-ring-of-gnomes.html

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