Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Merry Mittens

Don't you hate how bare your house looks after you take down your Christmas decorations? That's what I had in mind when I came up with this craft - festive mittens that can stay up all winter long. It's super easy to do, and all my kids enjoyed putting it together. Yes, even the teen had a blast decorating her mitten.

What you need:

  • felt in different colours
  • glue
  • pen or marker
  • mini clothes pins (can be found at craft store)
  • scissors
  • decorations for your mittens (sequins, felt or paper scraps, glitter, etc.)
  • string


You can use the template below to trace a mitten shape onto the felt. It can be pasted into Word and re-sized. Mine was about 1/4 of the page. 



Once you have traced and cut your mitten, it should look something like this:


Next, decorate your mitten any way you like. I used a snowflake pattern for mine. The kids used sequins, glitter glue, felt scraps and fabric markers. You can also buy adhesive felt shapes at the craft store which are great for this kind of project. 


When your mittens are decorated, pin them onto the string with the mini clothes pins. I used a hemp string because I like the natural look, but you can use yarn, or ribbon or whatever you want. And that's it. Add as many mittens as you like to make the garland as long as you want and hang it up indoors over a door or window - somewhere it can be seen and admired.


While I was getting the things ready for this craft, I thought of some other ideas for felt mittens:
  • Make smaller mittens and glue a magnet to the back. Display on fridge or magnetic board.
  • Make two matching mittens and attach to the ends of a string. Display over doorknobs or coat hooks.
  • Attach a string and use as a Christmas tree decoration.
  • Sew two mittens together and stuff with potpourri. Attach a string and hang.

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