Do you ever have those projects that you think you’ll have done in a few days or a week and they just never seem to get done? I feel like that’s how everything has been for the last month. Good intentions haven’t crossed things off of the to do list. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong… it’s been a great month, a relaxing month, and a productive month in many ways. I just thought I’d have a few more things done and a few more blog posts written!
Better late than never, I wanted to share about a quick project that I did a couple of weeks ago. Have y’all seen this melted snowman ornament on Pinterest?
My immediate family has all moved to FL in the last couple of years, so I thought this would be a fun ornament to make for each of them now that they have warm FL Christmases. 🙂 I made 4 (for my parents, brother, sister and brother-in-law, plus one for me and Matt) in time to take with us to FL for Thanksgiving. They were really fun to put together!
First, I pulled out my plain glass ornaments. I still had extras from last year and the ornaments I made as part of the 31 days series, but you can get them in a package of 6 for $5 (but if you go to Michael’s, they usually have 40% off coupons on their website or in their ad).
I gathered the supplies – salt for the “snow”, peppercorns (I didn’t have any so I bought them for a few dollars) for the eyes and buttons, orange construction paper to make noses, and yarn to knit scarves.
Quick note – if you are going to buy peppercorns, don’t buy them in a grinder if you can help it. I wasted a lot of time because I had to use a screwdriver to get the top off and get them out. Have any of you had trouble like that?
So first, I poured a little bit of salt into each of the ornaments. I originally filled them over half full, but it made the ornaments too heavy so I poured some out until there was between 1/4 and 1/3 full.
Next, I started working on the noses. The original post suggested using clay but I didn’t have that so I decided to use what I did have – construction paper. I took one piece of construction paper and cut a few triangles.
I folded each in half and then used craft glue to hold it in place as I folded it in half again. I did this to try to give it some dimension rather than just a thin strip of plain paper. It’s hard to tell in the pictures but I was happy with how it came out.
Next, I made the scarves. When I saw the little knitted scarf in the original post, I realized that I used to know how to finger knit. I found this video that refreshed my memory –
I had to re-start a few times, but after just a few minutes I got the hang of it. Before long I had four mini red scarves! (If you’re right-handed like me, I think it’s easier to do the opposite of the video and keep the strings on your left hand and maneuver the strings with your right hand.)
After I had the scarves and noses done, I put them into the ornaments along with the peppercorns. I was afraid that they would get buried under the salt/snow, but I’ve found that if you hold it upright and gently shake the ornament a few times, it all settles back to how it should be. 🙂
Here was the best thing about the ornaments – when we got to FL, I brought them out to show my sister and she just looked at me in shock.
Me: “Have you already seen these?”
Me: “Did you already make these?”
Sisters think alike, even miles apart. 🙂 So my brother now has two melted snowman ornaments but he didn’t seem to mind!
What do y’all think? Have you made any of these melted snowman ornaments? Or have you made any other fun ornaments this year?