With Christmas around the corner I thought I would get cracking with some craft last week. Remembering I had a few random balls of wool in a bag and this funky little pom-pom making device, I decided I would jazz up some Christmas stockings for the kids. I wanted them to be relatively easy, quick, bright and not break my bank account. So the kids and I hit the local craft shop and this is what I came up with. I'm so pleased with how they turned out.
The longest part of the process is making the pom-poms. But using this little guy below, I was able to get them all done in two nights after the kiddies had gone to bed. If you have older kids than mine, they could probably make these stockings by themselves (you might just have to help with the gluing).
You can purchase this pom-pom maker from Vivienne at Greta's Handcraft (aka my mum's wool shop) and get your wool supply there too. Greta's Handcraft is also on facebook.
To make these stockings this is what you'll need...
1. A pre-made plain red/white stocking - I purchased mine from Target for $4 each. You could totally sew your own, if you're clever with a sewing machine and have the time.
2. Pom-poms - The amount will depend on the size of your stocking and your pom-poms. I made 10 for each stocking, the more you can squeeze on the better.
3. Hot glue gun.
4. A star button for the Christmas tree.
5. A sheet of felt - I used a sparkly green.
6. Decorations for Christmas Tree - I found some pre-made felt stars.
8. Black Sharpie Pen.
Next step is to glue the star decorations on to the tree. Once this is dry, position and glue the tree to your stocking. Allow a good 5 minutes to dry.
Then glue your star button to the top of your tree.
Now you're ready to start gluing your pom-poms onto your stocking. Be generous with the amount of glue. Place the pom-pom and press down for a good 30 seconds. Continue till all the pom-poms are glued down. You may need to add some glue in between the pom-poms too, so they don't split apart when the stocking is hanging up. Allow a good 10 minutes for all the glue to dry .
If you love this idea you should check out my post DIY Create Your Own Envelopes. They would be perfect for any Christmas cards you need to send out.
Now I'm in Christmas mode come back next week because I'm sure I'll have a few more Christmas posts coming up.
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