Thursday, December 13, 2012

Complement Christmas Crafts for kids to make

More Christmas crafts to make!

Jolly Elves

All you need are chenille stems, beads, and felt.

Materials:  One whole chenille stem and half a stem; Small and large beads; Wooden face bead; Small jingle bell; Felt; Glue gun and hot melt adhesive; Scissors  and Ribbon

* Hat: Cut a 1-1/2-inch-diameter semicircle from felt. Wrap the semicircle around from point to point to form a cone, leaving a small opening at the tip; hot-glue to secure.
* Scarf: Cut a 1/2-x-4-inch piece of felt; fringe ends with scissors. Cut a small lengthwise slit about 1 3/4 inches from one end for opposite end of scarf to pass through.
* Body: Bend one chenille stem in half and, in the following order, thread materials over the bent point to about halfway down the stem: large bead for body, face bead, felt hat, small jingle bell. Leave about 3/4 inch above the jingle bell and shape the stem into a loop. Then, starting on opposite ends: Thread 4 small beads onto each leg and bend the ends to form feet. Use the half chenille stem to make arms by centering and twisting around the elf's neck area. Thread 4 small beads onto each arm and bend the ends to form hands. Wrap the scarf around the elf's neck, then thread ribbon through the top loop and hang.

Frosty and Friends


Snow cute! These soft puppets are made from craft scraps, spare buttons, and socks. This project may need adult supervision depending on age of child.

Materials:  Two white tube socks; Needle; Thread; Polyester fiber fill; Ribbon or fabric scrap; Glue gun and hot melt adhesive; Small buttons; Pom-poms;  Black and red felt; Black or gray baby sock; and Scissors

Cut off ribbed end of both tube socks. Fill one sock about 3/4 full with fiber filling, then insert second sock up through the middle filling. Hand-sew a few stitches at the toe to keep inner sock in place. Tie a fabric scrap or piece of ribbon around the neck as a scarf (make it tight enough to create a neck, but loose enough for a kid's hand to fit inside the sock). Use buttons, fabric scraps, felt, and pom-poms for snowman's features; attach securely with hot glue or hand-sew. Cut a small baby sock in half and roll up ends slightly to create a hat; hot-glue to top of sock. To keep stuffing inside the puppet, hot-glue or hand-sew the two socks together around the base, leaving an opening in the middle for a child's hand to fit through.

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