Thursday, November 10, 2011

Etceteras: felted planets

Did you ever use this trick to remember the names and order of the planets? My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. The first letter of each word stands for a planet: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto. Now that Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet, some are using the new phrase My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Noodles.

I kept thinking about that phrase when I reviewed the book Microcrafts last week and highlighted their felted fluffy solar system.

Here’s the project as seen in the book Microcrafts {above}.

I followed the step by step instructions and created nine (I wanted to include Pluto) fluffy felted balls. To make these felted balls, use a clump of wool yarn, run it under hot sudsy water and form a ball. 

Once the planets were dry, I used thread to hang them from an embroidery hoop.

I know my planets aren’t accurately represented as a model solar system but it was still fun to make these little cosmic balls and try to remember the names of all the planets.

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 
 Tip Junkie handmade projects  Tickled Pink at 504 Main


  1. What a nice take on the solar system - makes it all soft and fuzzy, literally :)

  2. i love this more than you know! appeals to so many of my sensibilities...just gorgeous.


  3. Adorable....and yes, I still include Pluto, too! LOL

  4. I love it! It doesn't really look like a solar system though, but it's still a very cute mobile. Would be cute over a crib or something.

  5. I'm always going to include Pluto. I mean how do you just eliminate a planet?! Love this.

  6. This is such a cute idea! Say...when the Sun in the first one? :)


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