Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy Christmas Ornament



This is an old idea.  As I use to make these as a child in the l970’s.  You know they say, everything old is new again.  I find that true in the crafting world. 

Two Saturdays ago, I was asked to teach a Christmas ornament class at a county wide 4-H event – Hands On Craft Day.  I taught 2 sessions to 3rd & 4th graders.  We made Cardinal bird ornaments (post to come soon) and these little iceskates.  I only added this extra project to fill in the class time, however the girls loved them.   

This project uses felt, embroidery floss, small pom-poms, paper clips, small jingle bells, fiber fill and cording.  Probably a cost of 0.25 cents each.  Would make cute Christmas gifts for your children to make for Grandparents, Sunday school teachers, teachers or you.  This could even be added as a “tag” and tied on the outside of another gift.



Start out by making a pattern.  I made mine using a piece of a cereal box.  As you can see, you will get several skates out of one piece of felt.


After you have cut the skate out, you insert a paper clip on the bottom edge of skate.  Do so, that when you fold the skate up the longest side of the clip forms the blade of skate.



Then you whip stich up the sides of the skates with embroidery floss.  You can choose whatever color you like.  Whip stich is just an in and out type stich.



When you are done stiching, you fill each skate with a small amount of fiber fill – stuffing.  If you don’t have fiber fill, you could use cotton balls.


Hot glue the loose end of cording inside the skate, a bell on the side and a pom-pom on the toe.  So easy…



This project will take less than 30 minutes to complete.   I enjoy making and receiving homemade gifts.   Merry Christmas and crafting.  More simple ideas to come…keep watching.

Blessings from Wisconsin!

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