by Lyn Lomasi; Co-owner of Brand Shamans & Write W.A.V.E. Media
Stockings can be bought at many retail stores during Christmas time. However, it is also fun to decorate and personalize your own. The instructions below will help you create a stocking all your own, using felt and Christmas-related items.
Choosing Your Stocking
When deciding upon a stocking to decorate, you want to be sure that the color is not similar to the color of the items you want to add to it. For instance, if you want to put red and white candy canes on your stocking, do not choose a red or white stocking. Instead, green or gold might be a better option. Plain stockings can be found at many retail locations, however, you might have better luck with different color options at a craft store.
Choosing Decorative Materials
There are many ways to decorate a stocking. Some might prefer to only use the felt and make their entire scene from that. Others may prefer to use ornaments, a small stuffed Rudolph (or other Christmas-themed toys), or even pine cones and sprigs of holly leaf or cinnamon sticks. There is no limit to what you use. This is your stocking. Decide upon the scene you wish to create and the items you'd like to use. Remember from above that you need to be sure your items are not the same color as your stocking.
Creating Your Shapes and Name
You should have felt in the colors you need to create whatever shapes you will use to create your scene. For instance, if you wanted to make a Christmas tree and a candy cane and have your name in gold lettering, you would need red, white, gold, and green felt pieces.
To create your shapes, you can either draw your own shapes on the felt with a marking pencil or use cookie cutters and trace around the edges. For the name, trace each letter you'll need from the stencil onto the felt color of choice. Once all your shapes and letters are traced, cut them all out and lay them onto your stocking as you'll want them to be when finished. You will want to have some old newspaper underneath the stocking to catch any glue drips. When you are doing this, your glue gun can be heating up with a glue stick inserted if you will use a glue gun.
Applying Shapes, Name, and Other Items
Now that all of your felt items are laid out onto your stocking, it is time to also lay any other items onto the stocking, such as ornaments and other decorations you may have chosen. Next, you'll glue each item into place, using either fabric glue or the glue gun. If you are using the glue gun, your stocking will dry and be ready for use fairly quickly. However, if you are using fabric glue, your stocking should dry for 24 hours before use.
To prevent your stocking from sticking together, insert an egg carton or piece of cardboard inside it while using glue and while drying.
Using too much glue can cause it to leak through your stocking to the other side, which could cause it to stick to your insert or to the other side of itself.
Generally, when putting a name on the stocking, it will go across the top, but for a different twist, you can run the name diagonally up or down the front of the stocking.
Dollar Tree is a great place to find unique ornaments and craft items to decorate your stocking with. They also sell all the other supplies needed for this project.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
by Lyn Lomasi; Co-owner of Brand Shamans & Write W.A.V.E. Media
Kids love making crafts. What better time to teach them a new one than Christmas? 'Tis the season for spending quality time together. Christmas crafts can offer that time. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, caregiver, or teacher, this can be a fun Christmas project to do with kids.
When my siblings and I were kids, we loved doing Christmas crafts with my mom and this idea stems from that. We made our own Christmas ornaments every year as a tradition. Each year we did something different. One year we had tons of leftover Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons, and a box full of old toy blocks no one used anymore. Here's what we came up with.
Only a few things are needed to make your own mock Christmas tree ornaments from recycled materials. Scotch tape, leftover Christmas wrapping paper (even the wrinkled stuff and scraps are fine), leftover Christmas ribbons, scissors, and some old toy blocks will be your crafting materials.
This is a very simple craft that many kids can do. Some may need parental help, while others may not. Anyone who knows how to wrap a present in gift wrap can do this Christmas craft. First, give all the kids a stack of blocks. Be sure they all have the same amount or someone will be crying or bragging halfway through.
Next, pass out enough leftover gift wrap to wrap each block. We always have plenty, as we save our gift wrap every year after unwrapping presents. The leftovers still work for various things, such as crafts. Each child should also have enough tape and ribbons to complete the wrapping, as well as a pair of safety scissors.
Instruct the children to cut out appropriate wrapping sizes of paper for each block. Help the kids who need adult assistance. Next, tell the children to wrap each block just like wrapping a present. For those who don't know how, you can either instruct them or help them, depending on age and ability.
Once all the blocks have been wrapped, you and the kids can tie the ribbons around them, so that they tie in a plus pattern on top. Tie another ribbon underneath that ribbon, right in the center of the top. Make a loop out of it, tying a bow at the top of the loop. That loop will be used to hang the ornaments from the tree.
These Christmas tree ornament crafts can be given as gifts or kept for home or school use. This is also a great craft to do with the kids right on Christmas day because of all the wrappings that will be available for use.
*I originally published a version of this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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