I like banners and I love my Christmas mitten banner!
This is another attainable craft for the un-crafty. Here’s how to do this sweet craft. Get your kids involved in the prep and execution.
First, I bought some felt. I chose the Christmas colors of white, red and green and got a couple sheets of each.
I traced a mitten pattern on paper, then marked the felt sheets with the outlines. Then it was time to cut them out. An older child could easily do any of these steps.
The only other needed items were embroidery thread and some small clothespins. I sprayed the clothespins red when I did the Starbucks bottle craft. I found the red and white cord at a dollar store. Hoot!
Once the mittens are cut out I wanted to make a nice stitch around the edges that would be Christmasy and fun. I chose a blanket stitch, although my execution and skill left a little to be desired 🙂
Here is a link to a tutorial about how to do the blanket stitch. BLANKET STITCH
So we stitch them up, glue and place them on the cord, placing them as evenly as you can. I chose to glue the clothespins to the cord, and glue the mittens to the clothespin.
You can make the banner as long as you want. Make the mittens tinier or bigger. (In retrospect, I would have cut them smaller and made more of them.)
This would even make a special handmade gift for someone special!
So get out of those malls and shopping centers and go home and make something. Put on a Christmas movie and make a memory while you stitch and glue.
Here are some other crafts for the uncrafty: