Tis the season! Once again we are decorating not just a tree but our home, packages and entryways as well. I saw this video that I’d like to share with you. I actually have made these many years ago and they turned out very nice. I did make them TRI- colored though ( green red and white. The white had to go between the green and the red so I just doubled the length for the white). I experimented with the pattern and made some smaller ( using 25 stitches) and they were small enough to hang on a tree and decorate a package with. If you’d like them thinner just use a smaller crochet hook.Hope you’ll give it a try. Fun for children too, if you’re trying to teach your child to crochet. This is an easy one. I wish a Merry Christmas to all of you.
My friend Linda taught me how to make these. They are truly easy and adorable for Easter baskets, baby baskets, children’s crafts, display on bathroom counter. I found a website I thought you may like.
Cute little guys to hang on your tree. Children can do all the painting however, I recommend Mom or Dad do the hot gluing and prune shear cutting to avoid injury.
YOU WILL NEED:
Round topped wooden clothespins ( can find in local dollar store, Walmart or craft store
Bag of Popsicle craft sticks
Pruning shears to cut Popsicle sticks
Flesh color for hands and face
Black or silver for skis
Whatever color you wish for ski persons pants and shirt
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Decorative thin cord or ribbon to hang your ornament
Kitchen Twine of any color for scarf ( Dollar Tree stores have bag of three colors each in children’s craft section all year round)
Old wire cake cooling rack ( this is my all time favorite thing to dry crafts on when you paint both sides at once)
1. Paint head of clothespin with flesh color.
2.Paint skier’s shirt front and back and set on rack to dry.
3. Once dry, paint skiers pants. and set on rack to dry.
4. Can paint boots if you wish to . I did not.
5. Paint some Popsicle sticks , front and back, the color you wish the shirt to be and set aside to dry. These will later become the arms.
6. Once dry, measure how long you need arms to be and cut that length off Popsicle stick with pruning shears. ( PARENTS PLEASE DO THIS PART TO AVOID INJURY) . Touch up with chosen colored paint.
7. Paint flesh colored tips onto both sides of ends of arms to represent skiers hands. Set aside to dry.
8. Round off corners of flat part of the Popsicle stick with pruning shears. This part will become skiers shoulders. Touch up exposed wood and set aside to dry.
9. Paint Popsicle sticks front and back black or silver and set on cooling rack to dry. These will become the skis.
10. Using pruning shears, cut Popsicle sticks in half. You will need one Popsicle stick for each pair of skis. Touch up with paint where the exposed wood is and set aside to dry.
10. Cut off point of skewer and paint skewers the color you chose for skis and set aside to dry.
11. Paint hair on your skier.
12. With the end of a skewer dipped into paint, dot eyes and make smile.
13. When clothespin is totally dried, hot glue the clothespin to the skis. Be sure rounded part of ski is used for front of skis.
14. Glue arms on with arms partially extended ( see photo).
15. Take your black or silver skewers and cut to make the poles the skier will hold. DO NOT CUT THESE FIRST. Depending on how far you extended your skiers arms will determine the length you will need to glue to side of hand facing skiers body and then to side of skiers pant leg near ski.
16. When gluing on poles to hands and skis I took hot glue and placed with skewer to avoid large area of glue.
17. Now, if you wish, you can braid colored kitchen twine to make a scarf. Place dab of hot glue on back of neck and attach hanging ribbon or cord and this will also hold scarf in place. Glue scarf to side of skiers shirt near arm to hold in place.
You will create memories for your child each Christmas when you bring them out to place on tree.