Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Stick Shape Cotton Batting Snowman Ornaments

This easy to make snowman ornament doesn't require the use of your sewing machine. You will construct him entirely with crafting glue and a few basic crafting supplies.

Materials Needed

all-purpose white craft glue that dries clear
cotton batting scraps
sewing needle
scrap of black pipe cleaner or small round black beads
package orange Sculpey Clay
scrap of homespun fabric measuring 1/4" by 5" in length
scrap homespun fabric measuring 3 1/2" by 4" in length
3" piece of red embroidery floss
metal star-shaped brad (optional)
4" piece gold metallic cord (for hanging)

Substitutions: If you don't want to mess with Sculpey Clay, you can cut off 1/4" from a wooden toothpick and paint it orange to use for the nose. You can cut 1/4" off from a black pipe cleaner to use for his eyes or use 2 mm round black beads.

To Make The Nose: roll a small amount of orange Sculpey Clay between your fingers until it measures about the size of a green pea. Gently shape this ball into a triangular shaped cone measuring 1/4" in length. Place nose on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes or according to package directions. Baking on low heat causes the clay to harden.

Step 1: Cut a piece of cotton batting so that it measures approximately 4" wide by 8" long. Lay batting flat on the table and place a minimal line of glue along the 2 long edges. Gently roll up the batting into a stick shape and let it dry for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Take a scrap piece of fabric (I used homespun) and cut it down to a 3 1/2" by 4" size. Place a minimal line of glue along one of the long edges and fold the other long edge on top so that you form a tube. Let it dry for 15 minutes.

Step 3: Glue the two eyes approximately 1" down from the top of your snowman's body. Glue on his nose right under the two eyes. Take a piece of scrap fabric measuring 1/4" wide by 5" long and tie it around the body for a scarf. You can trim the ends if they are too long.

Step 4: Take your piece of fabric from step 2 and glue it approximately 1/4" down from the edge of your body stick to form the snowman's hat. You will need to hold it into place for a few minutes. Once it is holding, take a scrap piece of embroidery floss and tie it half-way down the hat to cinch it in. Cut off the ends from a star shaped brad and glue the brad to the center of your embroidery floss tie to add some accent.

Step 5: Using a sewing needle, thread a piece of gold metallic cord through the top area of his hat and tie into a knot to form a hanging loop.

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