My aunt loves snowmen. Last year I created this snowman couple as a mantle display. I used cheap yarn for the inside of the bodies, wrapped the outside with soft fluffy yarn, and finished them with buttons, ribbon, & a felt hat. This year, I decided to take a look in my crafting stash to see what other snowman item I could make. I found the rest of the white fluffy yarn from the snowman (or snow people?) couple. I always have felt, buttons, beads, & sewing supplies on hand. While looking through the supplies, I came across a needle felting set that a friend gave me.
I decided to make ornaments rather than full size figures from last year. I started by rolling 3 yarn balls in increasing size for each figure, with the largest the same size as a cotton ball. I used an alligator clip to hold each ball together until I was ready to needle felt. This was my first real attempt at felting, and it went pretty well. When the 3 snowball pieces were sufficiently felted so they wouldn't fall apart, I sewed them all together in the center with some white thread. Once they were stable stacked, I put a little fabric glue between each of the 3 snowball pieces. For the boy, I cut a strip of red felt & fringed the ends to look like a scarf. I used the needle to felt the scarf onto the snowman's body. For the girl I cut out pieces to look like earmuffs, and attached them in the same fashion. I picked out some tiny beads for eyes, and felted 2 orange carrot shaped noses. I strip of black (for him) and in red (for her) became the mouth. I finished the girl with tiny ribbon in red, green, & white as a scarf. For winging it, I think they look pretty good! I'm debating on making 2 snow children to go with them.
I am still looking for ideas for making an ornament for my daughter to give her grandparents. Last year we made salt-dough handprint ornaments, which was a lot of fun. I considered doing it again, but I think I'd like to do something new. Time is running out, so I need to come up with something soon. If you have any ornament ideas for a 2.5yr old, I'd love to hear them!
Here is the finished snowmen ornament family!
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