Singing sweetly is something I can’t do, and in fact, you’ll thank me for not singing. However, I do love this sweet choir of Christmas carolers, all made from gloves. My favorite little caroler is the mischievous snowball thrower. If you’re crafting with a group, have each person make their own Christmas caroler from a favorite color of glove, and you’ll have a choir in no time.
To make a Choir of Christmas Carolers, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Large caroler (blue): 1-1/2″ and 3″ balls
- Medium caroler (green, red): 1-1/2” ball and 3” egg
- Small caroler (pink): 2” egg
- Knit gloves:
- Adult size for large & medium carolers
- Children’s size for small caroler
- Fiberfil stuffing
- White plush for hats
- Scraps for scarves
- Pink scrap for cheeks
- Pompoms: 1/2″ white for large & medium carolers; 1/4″ for small
- Black craft foam, 2mm thick, scrap
- Black half-round beads, 5mm, two per caroler
- White cardstock
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; fine-line black permanent marker; ruler; needle & thread; hole punch
To make a Choir of Christmas Carolers:
1. To make each body, firmly twist together the 1-1/2″ foam ball (head) and remaining foam shape; glue together with glue gun.
2. Turn the glove inside out. Referring to the diagram, sew shut the first and third fingers; trim seams to 1/8″. Turn glove right side out.
3. Fill thumb and little finger with small amount of fiberfil, forming the arms.
4. Place the foam body inside the glove. Carefully pull the glove down over the body till the cuff is below the bottom of the body and the head is smooth. Note: The middle finger will become the hat.
- Cut a small oval from black craft foam.
- Punch two holes from pink felt for cheeks.
- Add half-round beads for eyes.
6. Glue a strip of white felt around the head, forming the hat cuff. For the stocking hats, glue a pom-pom to the tip of the hat (the hat is the middle finger of the glove). To make the hat on the red caroler, tightly wrap thread around the hat close to head. Cut off the tip of the glove finger, and make vertical cuts to the thread. The glove fabric will curl around itself to form pom-pom.
7. Cut fringe in the ends of a felt strip for the scarf, and tie around each caroler’s neck.
8. Music book: Fold in half a 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of cardstock. Decorate the cover with markers, stickers, rub-ons or other decorations. Glue a book into the hands of each caroler.
Here’s the full tutorial for the mischievous character throwing a snowball.
If you have any gloves leftover, check out these Penguin Ornaments made from a glove.
Or, use the extra mittens and make a Winter Welcome sign.
Have you been playing Christmas carols? Which one is your favorite?