Welcome to the first tutorial in the Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel series. Yesterday, several Crafts ‘n Coffee readers fell in love with this adorable Mitten & Snowball Garland, so I think I’ll start with this project. Swag this Mitten Garland across the mantel, a window, the kitchen cupboards, a shelf, along a staircase, or anywhere you need a bit of holiday whimsy.
Where do you find the mittens? I just saw a bin of $1 mittens and gloves at Jo-Ann Stores, and I know you’ll find them in the other chains and dollar stores, too. The bin I saw also had purple and green mittens, so if red isn’t your Christmas color, look around and I’m sure you’ll find the perfect mittens for your Mitten & Snowball Garland.
To make a Mitten & Snowball Garland, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: six, 2” balls
- Child’s mittens, three pairs
- Chenille stems
- Mini clothespins, six
- Snow paint (Here are a few options: Snow-Tex, Aleene’s® Snow and Smooth® Finish)
- Double-sided tape (optional)
- Ribbon, three feet
- Snowflake sequins
- White paper
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar soap; toothpicks; double-sided tape; paint brush
To make a Mitten & Snowball Garland:
1. Insert chenille stem into each mitten, and shape it so it’s slightly cupped, like a hand holding a ball.
2. Run the serrated knife over a bar of soap or an old candle. Slice about ¼ from the back of each ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
3. Insert a toothpick into the flat side of each ball to use as a handle. Coat the balls with snow paint, covering completely. Do not apply to the flat back of each ball. Let dry.
4. Attach snowballs to mittens by gluing the flat side of each ball to the mittens, or use double-sided tape on the back of each ball. Press the snowballs into the palm area and use the chenille stems to form the mitten around the snowball.
5. Glue a snowflake sequin and button to the wrist of each mitten.
6. Attach the mitten pairs to the ribbon using mini clothespins.
7. Cut out small, paper snowflakes. Attach the snowflakes in between the mitten pairs.
Where would you hang this Mitten & Snowball Garland? And, what color of mittens would you use?
See you tomorrow with the next installment in the Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel.