Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last-Minute Crafty Gifts

As I discussed in last week's post, Handmade Holiday, I wanted to give all (or nearly all) handmade gifts this year. I traded with fellow crafters for many presents, but I have a few more people on my list to make gifts for.
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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  1. Ahhh! Those are too cute! Great idea!

  2. Cute snowmen --- I'd love to see the snow-children if you make them!
    BTW - thanks for your sweet comment on my blog!
    Here are two ornament ideas for you:
    1. Candy Cane Reindeer ---
    2. Button Christmas Tree --
    It's been a while since I've had a 2 1/2 year old so hope these are age appropriate! :)

    1. Thank you! I hope to make the snow-kids tomorrow. I LOVE the button christmas tree, that is so cute! Its also perfect for teaching fine motor skills. Plus I have all the supplies on hand. Thank you!!

  3. Your snow men are really cute. My Mom has a thing for snow men as well. She can't get enough of them...A new follower from the Meet and Greet Blog Hop.

    Anne Marie

    1. Thank you! I'm working on the 2 snow kids tonight and hope to add photos of them soon. I'm aaf of your blog :-) Thanks for stopping by!


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