Thursday, January 13, 2011

Winter Cork People

Wow, I almost lost this whole week! Things have been hectic but I finally found time to post this craft. Do you remember my "Beach Cork People"? This is the winter version of them.
To start with you will need some red and white felt, q-tips (or pom poms or tiny bells), wooden beads (with or without painted faces) a cork and a screw. Cut a long strip of red felt start with for the scarf and a red triangle for the hat. Cut fringe on the ends of the scarf. Next cut two matching free form pieces of white felt for snow. Finally cut the tips of several Q-tips off past the stick part (but save the stick, they are useful for stir sticks or a number of other future crafts).
Attach the head (wooden bead) to the cork using the screw (a dollop of hot glue under the bead is helpful here to). Next glue on the hat and scarf. You could stop here but we wanted to make a land scape for this cork person.
Glue the two pieces of white felt together and glue your cork person to the 'snow'. Using the Q-tip tips you cut, glue the flat cut sides to the "snow" in a pile like rolled snow balls. I looked everywhere for my little bells or pom poms but could not find them, so I glued a q-tip ball to the end of the hat like a pom pom. This is the last step and you're done! Have Fun!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Paper Snowflakes

Do you remember making paper snowflakes as a child?First you fold a piece of paper in half;
and then fold again and again till you are satisfied or just can't wait to start cutting. Did you ever ask your Mum if you could use her pinking sheers because they left such a pretty pattern and because they were thick and heavy enough to cut through anything?
Snip Snip Snip, Mum's gentle eye watching over you as you worked.Carefully unfolding and seeing what beautiful snowflakes you have created and then hanging them around the house or taping them to the windows for all to see.
This is a January Tradition that I will never be to old to make. Bear and I made these for New Years and had so much fun. It brought back such fun childhood memories for Bear and his brother. Grab a wee one and make some memories today. Have Fun!