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Fabulous Christmas Craft Ideas from Howstuffworks!

[This is very lengthy but it was loaded with such great info I just had to share it all!]

Making Christmas Decorations

Are you tired of the same old Christmas decorations you see in the same old stores year after year? Then it’s time to get creative and start making your own decorations for the holidays. From stockings to tree toppers and everything in between, the cool crafts you can make are endless, especially considering you can change up materials once you get the hang of each project.

In this article, you’ll find tons of ideas for making holiday decorations, including:

Making Christmas Stockings

Every mantel is crying out for a stocking during the holidays, so this year, make your mantel look extra special with a handmade stocking. Here you’ll find unique options, from a Great Expectations stocking you knit and felt in bold colors to a Santa Claus Stocking that’s easy enough for you to make with your kids. The options are endless. We’ll get you started in this section.

Making Christmas Tree Toppers

The lights are hung, the tinsel’s been thrown, the ornaments are in their right spots…so what’s missing on that beautiful Christmas tree? A tree topper, of course! This page showcases some angel tree toppers to get in the heavenly spirit of Christmas. You’ll have as much fun making them as you will displaying them on the tree. Learn how to make Christmas tree toppers here.

Making Christmas Tree Skirts

Christmas tree skirts offer a great way to hide the often unsightly base of your Christmas tree, but if you do it right, they can be so much more. The crafty tree skirts featured here run the Christmas-theme gamut, from holly to angels to gingerbread, but they all have a couple things in common — they’re simple to make and cute to boot! Best of all, with just a few alterations to the skirts in this section, you can easily come up with your own designs to match the rest of your holiday decor.

To get things started, take a look at the next page for great Christmas stocking ideas.

Making Christmas Stockings

With these charming handmade crafts, the stocking itself is as much as a treat as what’s stuffed inside!

Before you begin, be sure to check out the information below on using patterns.

Using Patterns

When individual project instructions direct you to cut out a shape according to the pattern, begin by downloading the pattern as a PDF. All patterns are at actual size, unless otherwise noted. Print the pattern from your computer.

If the pattern has an arrow with the word “fold” next to a line, it is a half pattern. Fold the printed pattern at the line. Then cut along the line, going through both layers of paper. Open for the full pattern.

To attach a pattern to felt, roll two-inch lengths of masking tape into circles with the adhesive side out. Attach the tape to the back of the pattern in several places. Place the pattern onto the felt, and cut through both the paper and felt layers along the lines. If you are using a half pattern, open the pattern and similarly tape it to the felt before cutting.

Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking

Tangerines and holiday chocolates will taste even better when they’re plucked from this cheerful stocking. Stamp the poinsettias, then embellish them with pine boughs. A gilded name and a dusting of gold complete the mood.

Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking

You’ll Need:

  • Several sheets newsprint
  • White Christmas stocking
  • Poinsettia stamp
  • Red fabric ink, large ink pad
  • Plain paper
  • Double-sided transparent tape
  • Pine stamp
  • Green fabric ink, ink pad
  • Gold glitter dimensional fabric paint
  • Gold ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Brass bird trinket
  • Scissors
  • Small paintbrush
  • Toothpick

To Make a Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking:

  1. Place sheets of newsprint inside Christmas stocking to keep ink from bleeding through. Stamp 3 poinsettias with red fabric ink.

    Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Stamp three poinsettias on stocking.
  2. Stamp a poinsettia on plain paper and carefully cut along edge of image with scissors. This will be your mask.

  3. With double-sided transparent tape, stick paper mask precisely over one of the stamped poinsettias.

  4. Ink pine stamp with green fabric ink. Stamp pines along edges of masked poinsettia, overlapping images for depth.

  5. Remove mask and repeat for the other 2 poinsettias.

    Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Remove mask and repeat.
  6. Stamp a cluster of overlapping pine images at each end of stocking cuff. Be sure to leave room for person’s name.

    Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Leave room for a name when
    stamping pine images.
  7. Use gold-glitter dimensional fabric paint to write the name between pine images and to accent pines with gold berries.

  8. With small paintbrush, accent each poinsettia with a touch of gold-glitter paint. Add dots of glitter paint to center of each poinsettia.

  9. Make a multiloop bow from the ribbon and glue it to the center of the poinsettia cluster, using fabric glue and toothpick.

    Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Add bow to center of poinsettia.
  10. Attach the brass bird trinket to the cuff with the fabric glue.
Santa Claus Stocking is a great Christmas craft that kids can do themselves.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Santa Claus Stocking

Santa Claus Stocking

What better way to signal to Santa where to stash the goodies than with a Santa Claus stocking? This Christmas craft was designed for kids.

You’ll Need:

  • Felt: two 9×12 inches white, one 3×4 inches beige, one 5-inch square red, one 1-inch square red
  • Red satin ribbon: 1-yard 3-inch length of 5/8-inch wide, 11-inch length of 1/8-inch wide
  • Small amount fiberfill
  • Poms: 1-inch white, 1/4-inch red
  • 8-inch length white jumbo loopy chenille
  • Two 10mm wiggle eyes
  • 11/2-inch length white chenille stem

To Make Santa Claus Stocking:

  1. Copy and cut out patterns. Download stocking patterns here. Trace and cut stocking foot and cuff from white felt to make the front.

  2. Apply craft glue to top edge of stocking. Overlap top edge of stocking with bottom edge of cuff about 1/4 inch. Let glue dry.

    Santa Claus Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Glue bottom edge of cuff to
    top edge of stocking.
  3. Cut three 6-inch lengths of 5/8-inch ribbon. Lay stripes side to side across cuff, allowing an even amount of white space above, below, and in between each red stripe. (Stripes will be a little bit longer than cuff. Let extra length hang over edge of cuff for now.) Apply craft glue to back of each ribbon length, and attach them to cuff. After glue has dried, trim ribbon ends so they are even with cuff.

    Santa Claus Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Glue 3 strips of ribbon to cuff.
  4. For heel, use three 3-inch lengths of 5/8-inch ribbon. Glue and trim ribbon as shown on pattern. Cut 3-inch length of 1/8-inch ribbon. Glue it across top of heel ribbons to cover ends. After glue has dried, trim ribbon end so it is even with felt heel. For toe, cut three 4-inch lengths of 5/8-inch ribbon. Diagonally position ribbon on toe as shown on pattern. Glue and trim these stripes the same way you did on the cuff.

    Santa Claus Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Trim lengths of ribbon on toe.
  5. Trace and cut another stocking foot and cuff from white felt to make back. Glue them together as in Step 2, making sure toe is pointed in opposite direction. Align front and back halves, one on top of the other. Lift up stocking front, and apply a line of glue 1/8 inch in from edge of stocking, leaving top open. Realign back to front, and let dry. Make hanger loop by gluing together ends of 8-inch length of 1/8-inch ribbon. Insert ends between cuff layers on top right side; glue.

    Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Glue front and back of stocking together.
  6. Trace and cut face from beige felt, hat and mouth from red felt, and mustache from white felt. To assemble, use glue gun. For hat, roll red felt into cone shape, slightly overlapping straight sides. Glue overlapped area together. Position and glue top of face inside hat. Glue face and lower back of hat to stocking. Apply glue to lower front edge of hat and attach fiberfill. Fold over tip of hat and glue to stocking. Glue white pom on tip of hat.

    Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Glue face and hat to stocking.
  7. For beard, bend jumbo loopy chenille into “C” shape and glue around face. Glue red pom nose and wiggle eyes to center of face. Glue mouth and then mustache onto face below nose. For eyebrows, cut two 3/4-inch lengths of chenille stem and bend each to curve. Glue above eyes.
    Santa Claus Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Glue chenille stems above
    eyes for eyebrows.

Great Expectations

Great Expectations
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Great Expectations

Select your favorite shade of wool for this elegant stocking, or make several out of different colors for the whole family!

You’ll Need:

  • 200 yards heavy worsted weight 100% wool yarn (not superwash; this type of wool will not felt)
  • 50 yards fuzzy 100% polyester yarn
  • U.S. size 101/2 knitting needles
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • 2 stitch holders

Gauge: 13 stitches=4 inches in Stockinette stitch (before felting)
Size: 16 inches long (after felting)

  1. Holding both yarns together, cast on 50 stitches. Purl 1 row. Work in Stockinette stitch for 7 inches. End with knit row. Cut fuzzy yarn, leaving 6-inch tail. Weave tail to wrong side of work with tapestry needle. Continue with wool yarn only. Work in Stockinette stitch for 11 more inches, measuring from last row with fuzzy yarn to row beneath needle. End with knit row.

  2. To make first 1/2 heel flap, purl 14; slip remaining 36 stitches onto a stitch holder. Turn and work in Stockinette stitch for additional 15 rows. End with knit row. (Heel is turned using short rows, so some stitches in row are not worked until later.)
    Next row (Row 1): purl 3, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn (leave remaining 8 stitches on needle)
    Row 2 and all right-side rows: slip first stitch knitwise, knit to end of row
    Row 3: purl 4, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
    Row 5: purl 5, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
    Row 7: purl 6, purl 2 together, purl 1, turn
    Row 9: purl 7, purl 2 together, purl 1, cut yarn
    You will have 9 stitches on needle. Slip them onto second stitch holder.

    Great Expectations
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Make first 1/2 heel flap.
  3. To make second 1/2 heel flap, start at other edge of stocking, and slip 14 stitches purlwise from first stitch holder onto needle (leave center 22 stitches on holder). With wrong side facing, rejoin yarn at 14th stitch, and purl to end of row. Work in Stockinette stitch for additional 14 rows.

    Great Expectations
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Make second 1/2 heel flap.
  4. Next row (Row 1): knit 3, slip-slip-knit, knit 1, turn (leave remaining 8 stitches on needle)
    Row 2 and all wrong-side rows: slip first stitch purlwise, purl to end of row
    Row 3: knit 4, slip-slip-knit, knit 1, turn
    Row 5: knit 5, slip-slip-knit, knit 1, turn
    Row 7: knit 6, slip-slip-knit, knit 1, turn
    Row 9: knit 7, slip-slip-knit, knit 1 (do not turn) With 9 stitches on needle, pick up 9 stitches along side of heel flap. Knit across center 22 stitches from holder, pick up 9 stitches along side of first heel flap, and knit remaining 9 stitches from holder (58 stitches).

    Great Expectations
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Pick up stitches along heel flap.
  5. Row 1 and all odd-number rows: purl across all stitches
    Row 2: knit 17, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip-slip-knit, knit 17
    Row 4: knit 16, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip-slip-knit, knit 16
    Row 6: knit 15, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip-slip-knit, knit 15
    Row 8: knit 14, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip-slip-knit, knit 14
    Row 10: knit 13, knit 2 together, knit 20, slip-slip-knit, knit 13 (48 stitches). Work in Stockinette stitch for 5 inches. End with purl row.

  6. To make toe of stocking:
    Row 1: [knit 6, knit 2 together] to end of row (42 stitches)
    Row 2 and wrong-side rows: purl across stitches
    Row 3: [knit 5, knit 2 together] to end of row (36 stitches)
    Row 5: [knit 4, knit 2 together] to end of row (30 stitches)
    Row 7: [knit 3, knit 2 together] to end of row (24 stitches)
    Row 9: [knit 2, knit 2 together] to end of row (18 stitches)
    Row 11: [knit 1, knit 2 together] to end of row (12 stitches)
    Row 13: [knit 2 together] to end of row (6 stitches)

  7. Cut yarn, leaving 18-inch tail. Thread end into tapestry needle, and draw needle through remaining stitches to close toe. Weave tail to wrong side. Fold stocking in half, and sew edges together using simple overcast stitch. Cut more yarn and rethread needle as necessary. Fold cuff in half, and sew edge loosely to stocking working from the inside. Weave in all loose ends to wrong side and secure.

How to Felt

  1. To felt the stocking, set your washing machine on the hot water cycle and low water level. Add a small amount of dishwashing liquid (too many suds will hamper the felting process). Turn on the machine, and let it agitate for 5 minutes.

  2. Stop the machine, and check to determine the amount of felting (the time will vary depending on the yarn, washing machine, and hardness of water). Continue to check every 5 minutes until the stitches completely disappear and the stocking is the desired size. You can add towels, tennis balls, or washable sneakers to the machine to help balance the load and aid the process.

  3. Once desired felting is obtained, remove the stocking from the machine, drain the soapy water, and fill the machine with cold rinse water. Soak the stocking in rinse water for several minutes to remove all soap. Set the machine on the spin cycle to eliminate excess water from the felted stocking, or wrap the stocking in large towels and squeeze out the rinse water.

  4. Remove felted stocking from the machine immediately after spinning to avoid wrinkling. Stretch, pull, and pat the stocking into desired shape, and let dry on a flat surface.

Santa’s Favorite Stocking

This stocking will look great on any mantel, staircase, door — wherever you need a little holiday decorating.

Santa's Favorite Stocking
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Santa’s Favorite Stocking

You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 yard fleece-backed suede
  • Scissors
  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Iron, ironing board
  • Jingle bells

To Make Santa’s Favorite Stocking:

  1. Copy and cut out patterns. Download the template stocking patterns here. Cut pattern pieces A and B from suede.

  2. Cut a 21/4-inch bias strip from cotton. Baste strip of cotton to top edge of piece B, right sides together. Sew together about 3/8 inch from edge. Turn cotton to wrong side; baste in place. Turn to right side, and machine-sew along join, securing cotton strip in place.

  3. Place piece B on top of piece A of stocking, overlapping slightly. Baste in place. With right side facing you, stitch through both layers at top edge of piece B, leaving opening for pocket. Sew pocket lining to back of piece B with overcast stitch.

    Santa's Favorite Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Sew pocket lining to piece B.
  4. Place finished stocking front on top of suede fabric, right sides facing, and trace identical piece for back. Cut out back.

  5. Place front and back pieces on top of each other with wrong sides facing; baste together, leaving top open. With right side facing up, baste bias strip around stocking.

    Santa's Favorite Stocking
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Baste bias strip around stocking.
  6. Sew seam on machine with a 3/8-inch allowance. Turn bias strip to back of stocking. Fold raw edge of bias strip under, and baste in place on back of stocking; make sure bias on back is wider than on front. Stitch from right side through all layers to secure bias to back.

  7. Cut 14×3-inch piece of suede fabric for cuff. Sew short sides together with wrong sides together. Place cuff inside stocking, with wrong side of stocking facing right side of cuff. Baste in place, easing cuff to fit. Sew seam along upper edge. Turn cuff to outside.

  8. Cut 2×6-inch piece from cotton fabric for loop to hang stocking. Fold long edges to middle, and press with iron. Fold piece in half lengthwise, and press again. Stitch along all edges. Fold piece in half and baste loop to top of stocking.

  9. Sew jingle bells around bottom of cuff.

Is your Christmas tree missing that finishing touch? See the next page for cool craft ideas for making Christmas tree toppers.

Making Christmas Tree Toppers

No Christmas tree is complete without a beautiful tree topper! You’ll be proud to display these crafts that are both angelic and easy to make.

Pretty Patty Tree Topper

Pretty Patty Tree Topper
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Pretty Patty Tree Topper

Top your tree with this pretty angel — her homemade charm and lacy elegance will make her a family favorite. This could be a lovely gift for newlyweds to start their collection of Christmas decorations!

You’ll Need:

  • 2 doilies, 8 inches each
  • Scissors
  • Waxed paper
  • White craft glue
  • Toothpicks
  • 6-inch foam cone
  • 11/2-inch porcelain doll parts
  • Paring knife
  • Straight pins
  • 1 can spray stiffener
  • 2 rubber bands
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks
  • 15 inches gold ribbon, 1/4 inch wide
  • Wire cutters
  • 4 gold ribbon roses, 1/2 inch each

To Make a Pretty Patty Tree Topper:

  1. Clip a 1-inch-diameter hole in center of a doily. Lay doily on waxed paper, and apply white craft glue to edges of cut out center.

    Pretty Patty Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Carefully apply craft glue to edges.
  2. Stick 2 or 3 toothpicks in top of foam cone. Place porcelain head over toothpicks. If head wobbles, use paring knife to thin top of cone.

    Pretty Patty Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use toothpicks to attach head to foam.
  3. Slip center hole of doily over angel’s head. Press glued edge of doily to top of doll’s torso.

  4. Arrange deep folds in doily. Pin bottom of folds to cone to keep folds in place. Place on waxed paper and spray with stiffener. Rearrange folds as needed. Let dry.

    Pretty Patty Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Spray doily folds with stiffener.
  5. Cut another piece (about 11 inches long) of waxed paper. Place rubber bands on each end of the remaining roll.

  6. Lay out last doily on waxed paper piece. Spray with stiffener until soaked. Place waxed paper roll across center of doily, folding half of doily over roll. Let dry.

  7. To form wings, fold top half of doily back up to center fold so edge extends a little beyond center fold. Hot glue in place. Hot glue wings behind head.

    Pretty Patty Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Form wings by folding doily.
  8. Remove pins and take angel from foam cone. Find holes in dress to push arms through. Make sure placement looks reasonable before you glue in place. Turn over and apply hot glue to underside of angel dress, where arms stick through, to hold arms.

    Pretty Patty Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Push arms through holes.
  9. Make 3/4– to 1-inch bow from 1/4-inch gold ribbon. Hot glue under chin. Trim ends of ribbon.

  10. Use wire cutters to cut off wire close to bottom of roses. Hot glue roses to folds of dress at bottom.

Victorian Angel Tree Topper makes a beautiful Christmas decoration.
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Victorian Angel Tree Topper

Victorian Angel Tree Topper

This beautiful Victorian angel will lend elegance and dazzle to your Christmas tree.

You’ll Need:

  • Tag board or heavy poster board
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Stapler, staples
  • 2-inch porcelain head and hands
  • Low-temp glue gun, glue sticks
  • 1/2 yard cloth-covered wire, 18 gauge
  • Wire cutters
  • 3 yards of green iridescent paper twist, 4 inches wide
  • 2/3 yard gold cording
  • 1/2 yard gold metallic paper twist, 4 inches wide
  • 2/3 yard sheer metallic wire-edged ribbon, 21/2 inches wide
  • 1 yard small star garland

To Make Victorian Angel Tree Topper:

  1. Draw 20-inch circle on tag board and cut out. Cut circle in half. Bend half of circle into a cone and staple. Cut bottom so cone is 8 inches high. Bend tip of cone down 1/2 inch and staple; slip head over tip of cone and glue.

    Victorian Angel Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Bend circle into cone and staple.
  2. Cut a piece of wire 71/8 inches long; bend ends back 1/4 inch. Glue porcelain hands to wire. Cut a piece of green paper twist 63/4 inches long. Fold paper twist directly in half; fold over wire arms and glue. Glue to back of cone.

    Victorian Angel Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Fold paper twist over wire arms.
  3. Cut two 7-inch strips of green paper twist; glue to each side of cone. Cut two 18-inch strips of green paper twist. Glue each strip over the shoulders, slightly overlapping in front and back. Trim excess paper at bottom. Cut 20-inch length of gold cording and tie around waist.

    Victorian Angel Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Tie gold cording around waist.
  4. Cut 23-inch length of 21/4-inch gold ribbon. Drape around the angel like a shawl. At wrists, use 3-inch piece of star garland to secure ribbon.

  5. Cut 18-inch length of gold twist paper, fold ends to center, slightly overlapping the ends to make wings. Use 3-inch piece of star garland to pinch together center. Glue wings to back of angel. Cut 18 inches of star garland, wrap in a circle 3 times to make a halo. Glue to head.
    Victorian Angel Tree Topper
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Make wings out of gold twist.

Now that you’ve got the top of your tree covered, it’s time move your focus downward. Find ideas for making Christmas tree skirts on the next page.

Making Christmas Tree Skirts

Give your gifts a cozy place to rest until Christmas. Best of all, the following handmade Christmas tree skirts are both fun and easy to make.

Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt

Finish off your tree decorating with a red and white reversible tree skirt, complete with hand-cut felt designs.

Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt

You’ll Need:

  • 2 yards red fleece
  • 2 yards white fleece
  • String
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Pinking shears
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread: red, white
  • 2 squares red craft felt
  • 3 squares green craft felt
  • 4 squares white craft felt (if desired, buy extra squares for snowflakes)
  • Craft glue
  • 12 black buttons, 1/2 inch each
  • Black fabric marker
  • Hot glue gun, glue sticks

To Make Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt:

  1. With fleece folded in half as it came off the bolt, fold it in half again, matching cut ends. Take bottom corner at fold of short edge, and bring it to long edge of fold.

    Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Fold bottom corner to long edge.
  2. Tie 50-inch length of string to piece of chalk, hold down string at point of fleece, and pull taut. Swing chalk in arc around bottom edge to mark off curve. Cut on curve to create circular skirt.

    Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use chalk to mark off curve.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with white fleece. Pin red and white circles together.

  4. Cut 1-inch-wide strips 5 inches long through both layers of fleece. Knot matching red and white strips together.

    Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Knot red and white strips together.
  5. Use sewing machine to stitch 2 straight lines 1/2 inch apart from edge to center of skirt. (Use red thread in top of machine and white in bobbin.) Cut between stitched lines toward center to create skirt opening. Make 7-inch circle in middle of skirt with chalk. (You can use string as you did in step 2 to make a small circle.)

  6. Sew around circle, and cut out inner circle with pinking shears.

  7. Copy and cut out patterns. Download tree skirt patterns here. Cut out snowmen and holly designs from felt. Glue snowmen to red side of fleece and holly berries and leaves to white side of fleece with craft glue. Hot glue black buttons on snowmen. Use fabric marker to draw snowman eyes. (Note: Spot wash only with mild soap and water.)
Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt VariationCut different-size squares from extra white felt. Fold squares, and cut out small shapes from folded edges to create snowflakes. Unfold and glue snowflakes to red side between and above snowmen.

A Ring of Angels

Ring your Christmas tree with a crowd of angels against a hunter green background. You’ll be glad you did — especially when it is time to clean up the fallen needles. Until then, you’ll have the pleasure of viewing heavenly things on an earthly level!

A Ring of Angels
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
A Ring of Angels

You’ll Need:

  • 54-inch round felt hunter green tablecloth
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • 2 yards fabric adhesive
  • 3 squares antique white felt
  • 2 squares flesh felt
  • 3 squares red felt
  • 1/2 yard gold lame
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Dimensional fabric paint: sparkly gold, gold glitter, ivory pearl, green glitter
  • Brushes: #8 flat, 10/0 liner
  • Fabric glue
  • 5 yards small gold rickrack
  • Acrylic paint: rose, black
  • 2 yards thin gold cord
  • 8 yards fancy gold trim, 3/4 inch wide

To Make A Ring of Angels:

  1. Cut a straight line to center of tablecloth. Cut out 4-inch circle for tree.

  2. Iron adhesive to back of felt squares and lame, using medium setting. Press 4 to 5 seconds. Trace patterns on paper side of adhesive. Download tree skirt patterns here. There are 5 angels on tree skirt, 5 stars to hold, and 30 scattered stars. Use antique white for face, hands, and feet; flesh for hair; red for dress; and gold lame for stars. Cut out and remove paper.

  3. Position first angel on skirt. Iron appliques to felt. Evenly space remaining angels around skirt and adhere. Iron on both shapes of stars. Spread sparkly gold paint over wings with flat brush.

    A Ring of Angels
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Iron angel appliques around skirt.
  4. Outline hair, stars, and wings with gold glitter paint. Draw on shoes and halo with gold glitter. Outline face and hands with ivory pearl using liner brush.

    A Ring of Angels
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use gold glitter paint to outline stars.
  5. Glue gold rickrack around dresses and sleeves. Glue rickrack across dresses.

    A Ring of Angels
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Adhere gold rickrack around dresses.
  6. Lightly paint cheeks with rose paint using flat brush. Using liner brush and black, paint eyes. Using green glitter paint, draw holly on dress. Using ivory pearl, dot around holly and dot buttons on sleeve. Divide gold cord into 10 pieces. Tie 2 bows for each angel and glue to waist and at tail of dress. Glue trim around skirt and center hole. Let dry.
    A Ring of Angels
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Put buttons on sleeve with ivory pearl paint.
Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt

Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt

Sweet confections border this tree skirt. Gingerbread boys, candy canes, and holly leaves are ironed on — a perfect complement to a lovely Christmas tree.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 yard red felt
  • Chalk string
  • Iron
  • 1 yard fusible webbing
  • 1/4 yard washable green satin
  • 1/3 yard brown imitation suede
  • 1/4 yard mini-print Christmas fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric paints: copper glitter, green shiny, pearl, red shiny, black shiny
  • Fabric glitter: medium, fine
  • 1 yard Christmas ribbon
  • 3 safety pins

To Make Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt:

  1. Chalk a 34-inch circle on felt.

    Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Use chalk to make circle.
  2. Iron adhesive to back of material. On medium setting, place iron on paper side of adhesive and press for 3 to 5 seconds. Trace patterns on paper back of prepared materials. Download tree skirt patterns here. Use green for 17 holly leaves. Use brown for 8 small and 6 large gingerbread boys. Use mini-print for 15 candy canes. Cut out and remove all paper.

  3. Position gingerbread, holly, and candy canes around chalk edge. (Leave 2 inches of edge undecorated.) Place 3 candy canes between center and border. Iron appliques to felt; let cool. Be sure all edges are secured. Re-iron if necessary, but do not overheat (iron 3 to 7 seconds only).

    Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Iron all appliques around skirt.
  4. Rest tip of fabric paint bottle on applique/felt edge and outline each piece. Outline holly with green, gingerbread with copper glitter, and candy cane with pearl. Add detail lines to center of holly and stripe on candy canes. Dry-brush gingerbread cheeks red and add facial features in black. Finish icing detail with pearl, buttons and bows with red and green (see picture). Use pearl paint to add curly stems and dots to fill in noticeable spaces in border. Sprinkle glitter (medium and fine) over wet fabric paint.

    Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt
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    Fill in empty areas with pearl paint.
  5. Let dry, then shake off excess glitter. Cut away excess felt, leaving scalloped edge. Cut line should be close to but not cutting into paint.

  6. Make bows for center candy canes and safely pin from underneath. Draw and cut a line from center to rear break on border design. Cut out a 21/2-inch circle in center for tree.
    Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt
    ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Cut out circle for tree.

Now that you’ve seen all the delightful Christmas decorations you can make with your very own hands, the store-bought items you used to ooh and aah over might not seem as special. Get crafting today, and create a home for the holidays the whole family will enjoy.

About the Craft Designers:

Holiday Spirit Christmas Stocking: Grace Taormina
Santa Claus Stocking: Cindy Groom Harry and Staff
Great Expectations: Lucie Sinkler
Santa’s Favorite Stocking: Lucie Sinkler
Pretty Patty Tree Topper: Jane Johnston
Victorian Angel Tree Topper: Trena Hegdahl
Fuzzy Fleece Tree Skirt: Sharon Miller Cindrich
A Ring of Angels: Tracia Ledford
Dancing Gingerbread Tree Skirt: Beth Franks

[Publications International, Ltd., the Editors of.  “How to Make Christmas Decorations.”  20 October 2006.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://christmas.howstuffworks.com/how-to-make-christmas-decorations.htm&gt;  02 October 2008.]

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