Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy Christmas Ornament

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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