Pinterest Monday Inspirations:
I’d like to start this post with a disclaimer: I still haven’t seen Frozen. So, no, the title isn’t a clever reference to it. I wish it was. Maybe, after I eventually see it, I’ll pretend that it started out that way. Haha.
BooBoo Bear loves anything to do with snowmen. If he could, he’d have snowmen everywhere. When I was searching for a Pinterest inspiration this week I knew I had to do this as soon as I saw it. McGee’s Mom made a Christmas tree out of felt for BooBoo this year, and, while he loved putting it up and taking it down again, I knew that the original size was going to be a little large for our small apartment. So, instead, I miniaturized it.
I found my felt at Walmart (we do technically have a craft store nearby, but it doesn’t exactly have a great reputation for good customer service, so we tend to stay away) for about $.27-.97.
Then, all I had to worry about was finding objects that were the right size to trace. I remembered these funnels and got right to work.
After tracing them on the white felt, I then freehand drew the remaining pieces for my snowman. To make sure they would be the right size, I took the smaller funnel and made little marks to indicate the width on my felt and then drew the shapes of my hats and scarves to be just a tiny bit bigger, so they would look natural on our snowy friend.
While I was doing this, BooBoo decided to grab the funnels and build a Christmas tree. He kept putting the bigger funnel down and then stacking the smaller ones on top. I love that his imagination inspired that! He probably did it for a half hour while I finished up the prep work. Love that kid.
Then, I cut the pieces out. I wanted the scarves to have fringe, so I made sure to cut a little extra out and then carefully used my scissors to make little cuts going at different angles. I think that that made a pretty nice looking texture.
I plan on using this as part of a quiet book for BooBoo to use during Church/long car rides, so I made sure I could fit all the pieces inside a small sandwich bag.
I did a test drive of this at church yesterday and came away with a couple of observations: I would definitely recommend doing this, BUT I would hot glue the ‘snowballs’ down. I would also somehow attach the bag of parts to the bigger sheet of felt- by sewing on a little envelope or stapling it on. I plan on making these tweaks and trying it out again next week. Watch for an update! I also have a lot of felt left, so I’m excited to try out some of my other quiet book ideas. I’ll be sure to post some of them as they happen!