Isn’t this the sweetest garland? Patty Schaffer designed the Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland, and you know that she makes the prettiest paper crafts. (Her etsy shop always has something new, so take a peek when you have a minute.) Last year, Patty designed her Snowball & Mitten Garland using real mittens from a dollar bin, and I’m excited that she’s sharing the paper version this year. I know I’ll have to haul out the real mittens soon enough!
To make a Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Six, 1-1/2” balls; scrap piece
- Textured snow paint
- Scrapbook paper, double sided
- White (for snowflakes)
- Polyfil stuffing
- Jute twine, 36”
- Mini clothespins, 8
- Distressing ink in brown
- Buttons, assorted sizes
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; wooden skewers; sewing machine
To make a Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland:
1. For each mitten, use the pattern to cut out a front and a back. You will need three pairs of mittens, or six total mittens. As you cut out the mittens, make sure each pair has one right-facing mitten and one left-facing mitten.
2. Sew the mitten fronts and backs together, leaving the wrist area open. Stuff the mittens with a small amount of Poly-fil stuffing. Stitch the wrist closed.
3. Ink the edges of each mitten with brown distressing ink.
4. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle. Cut off about ¼ of each ball.
5. Insert a wooden skewer into the cut side of each ball. Brush the textured snow paint onto the curved front of each ball, covering thoroughly. Insert the skewer into a scrap piece of foam while the paint dries.
6. Glue the flat side of each snowball into the palm of each mitten.
7. Glue assorted buttons onto the wrist of each mitten.
8. Cut out two small snowflakes, about 2” in diameter. (Tip: There are lots of paper snowflake tutorials available online.)
9. Clip the mittens and snowflakes onto the jute twine using the mini clothespins.
Here’s Patty’s original Mitten & Snowball Garland.
If you’d rather make ornaments, you can make Patty’s Mitten & Snowball Ornaments, and use either today’s paper mittens or the real thing.
At this time last hear, this was the scene on my porch — yikes! This year, we saw a few snowflakes two weeks ago, but the weather has been nice ever since. I’ve heard we’re in for another Polar Vortex and I’ve heard that it will be a mild winter. Who knows! How has your fall weather been?
P.S. Patty is sharing another paper Christmas craft tomorrow, and I know you won’t want to miss it.