Romantic Valentine Mantel To Love and Inspire You!

Romantic Valentine Mantel To Love and Inspire You!

This “Romantic Valentine Mantel To Love and Inspire You” was created in no time.  A white “Love”  wall word sign at Michael’s caught my attention and that was the main inspiration for this mantel.  In my mind, I envisioned a white display with red pops of color. 

Remember the Valentine wreath I made a couple of years ago?  (Instructions here!)   That was to be one of the key elements in this display.  It is incredibly easy to make one of these felt wreaths and they look so GORGEOUS!

As I was removing the Christmas pieces from the mantel, I considered leaving the white trees.  After all, it is still winter right?  The ornament garland, which was made for the Christmas mantel, looked so pretty, I hesitated to take it down.  It is red, white, silver, and gold and the desire to leave it up was pretty strong.  Not one to fight my instincts, I left it up to see how it would go with the finished mantel display.  Who says these ornaments are just for Christmas anyway?

Well, I took down the black clock and replaced it with the white felt Valentine wreath.  I wanted to use the little sock snowman for this Valentine display.  The little snowman looked pretty cute next to the white trees.

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One little snowman was not enough, so, I made three more in no time.  I had bought red coordinating socks for this.  If you are not taking pictures of each step and making sure the pictures are all good, these little snowmen can be made in just minutes!  (Snowman Instructions.)

One snowman was made with one of the lady’s socks.  The snowman in the picture on the left is the same size as the first snowman made, which was also made with a lady’s sock.  The snowman on the right was made from a child’s sock.  I made two of these smaller ones.  The hats for those were also made from child’s size socks. Romantic Valentine Mantel To Love and Inspire You! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

A couple of felt flowers were added to the red felt heart with the white blanket stitches.  These were quickly sewn together and if you notice, they were just secured with a straight pin with a round yellow head.

I like the addition of the flowers and am contemplating making more of these to add to the wreath.Romantic Valentine Mantel To Love and Inspire You! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Oh!  I love the ornament garland with the Valentine display!  And, so it stays to enjoy for a few more weeks.  These items are all things that I LOVE!  Isn’t that perfect for a romantic Valentine mantel?

 

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How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman!

Have you seen the adorable sock snowman DIY posts on Pinterest?  When I saw these, I couldn’t resist!  I showed them to Sophie and she was completely on board with the project.  We talked about color combinations.

I know!  Christmas is over, and these would be adorable for Christmas, but winter isn’t over and wouldn’t these little snowmen make cute Valentine decor?

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Most of the items in this picture were picked up at the local Dollar Tree.  The fleece was picked up at the fabric shop and the enamel dots were purchased at Michael’s.

I chose packages of men’s, women’s, and children’s crew socks for the snowmen’s bodies.  The packages have two pairs and that will make four snowmen from each package.

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To begin this project, you will need to choose one of the white crew socks and cut the foot part of the sock from the heel completely across the sock, as shown in the picture.

You can use the leftover top of the sock for a hat, a scarf, or save for another project.

 

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Place the cut sock in a heavy bottomed glass with the toe down and wrap the cut edge over the top of the glass.  It will be much easier to fill this way.  Pour in rice.  Once filled almost to the top, the rice filled sock can be removed.  The rice will help support it and you can continue filling the desired amount easily.

 

 

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Using your hands, shape a neck and determine if you want more rice for the head or if you are happy with what you have.  If you want a larger head, add more.

 

 

Using a rubber band, secure the top.

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Shape a neck and add another rubber band to secure it.

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When you have the size head you want and are happy with it, use string to wrap over the top of the rubber band and secure with a double knot.  Over time, rubber bands can disintegrate.  You don’t want your snowman to fall apart! 

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After tying the knots, trim the string close to the knot.  He’s beginning to look like a sock snowman now, isn’t he?

 

 

 

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Next, choose a sock for the snowman’s hat and scarf.   Cut the foot part of the sock off right before the heel.  That will be shaped into a hat.  Cut the top of the sock about 1″ wide to wrap around the neck and another section below that for the scarf tail.  Cut the scarf tail section loop to create a flat piece of fabric.

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To create the pom-pom, on the hat, take a small amount of Poly-fil Cluster Stuff, (or some stuffing or batting), and stuff in the toe section of the sock. 

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Tie a piece of string around the bottom of the pom-pom.  Pull tight, tie a knot, and tie the string into a bow.  Snip the ends to match.
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Then, with a hot glue gun, apply glue to the lower edge on the outside, a small section at a time, roll up the bottom edge until the entire lower edge is folded up creating a cuff.  Repeat this step, gluing and folding, one more time so that the raw edge is now folded to the inside.

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Take the piece cut from the top of the sock, stretch over the snowman’s head and place over the rubber band and the knotted string around the neck, covering them both.

 

 

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Slip the cut loop for the scarf tail under the band around the neck to look like the tail of the scarf.

 

 

 

 

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Next, you have the fun part, creating an adorable snowman face.  Using a black Sharpie, I covered two of the little enamel dots for his eyes.  You could use hot glue here, but I chose to use Tacky Glue to adhere these to his face.  Have you ever noticed that snowmen look better with their eyes closer together?

 

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A small piece of an orange pipe cleaner was cut for the nose.  

With scissors, I trimmed the end of his nose to more of a point to resemble a carrot.  A little bit of Tacky Glue was placed on the end of the pipe cleaner and pushed into the sock material.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a button box?  Well, I do How To Make An Adorable Sock Snowman! on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.comand that is where I found these little red buttons that seemed perfect.  They were glued on, too.

Remember the Valentine stickers picked up from the Dollar Tree?  One little heart sticker was glued to his scarf.

The final step was adding a little blush on his cheeks.  This was added with a Q-Tip dipped in a little cream blush.  How adorably cute is this little sock snowman?

The Papier-mâché Snowman and Lady Snowman I made last year require a lot of patience.  These little snowmen do not.  They are quick and easy to put together.

Sophie and I will be making more of these this week and will share them on our Facebook page!  When you make your sock snowman, please share them here on My Humble Home and Garden Facebook page!

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How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish- Part 2

How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish- Part 2

Christmas Gifts

How to make wonderful Christmas memories to cherish?  We’ve already touched on the decor and the Christmas game.  We discontinued buying gifts for ‘everyone’ in our family a few years ago.  The kids were in various stages of their life and most didn’t have excess cash.  They had young children, were moving, or were in school and struggling to get by.  Why tax their budgets with buying a multitude of gifts for everyone in the family?

We all agreed that getting together was the most important thing, not the gifts.  The kids, Dave, and I decided to draw names and everyone seemed relieved by that.  We set a limit of $25.00.  Who doesn’t want a stress-free holiday season?

Then one year, we started playing the ‘Christmas Game’ and everyone seemed to enjoy it so much!  Last year, at Thanksgiving, Tiffany suggested we just do a ‘White Elephant’ instead of drawing names.  Brilliant!  In the past, the kids and Dave have come to me worried about what they should buy for one of their siblings, their significant others, or in Dave’s case, what he should buy for one of the kids or their significant others.  This relieved that stress, too.  

Do you know families who buy so many gifts for each other, it’s a crime?  What are we teaching our kids?  We actually had so much more fun opening just those two gifts from the Christmas Game and the White Elephant!  This year, the kids were sharing memories from last year and we all had some good laughs. 

Ten-year-old Aidan chose a gift last year and Jon-Michael stole it from him. (You can steal up to two times in our game.) Aidan was upset but chose another gift.  Then, Jon-Michael opened the present and found some items for a female.  (He gave those to Emily.)  You can imagine Aidan’s response.  When he opened the gift he chose, it was Play-Doh and at first, his disappointment showed.  Then, he realized there was a twenty dollar bill tucked into the top of the cardboard sleeve.  You can imagine his jubilation.  (He gave Memphis the Play-Doh.)  He learned a couple of life lessons that day.  

I hope our family and friends remember our memories together, instead of the value of the gifts they received, when they reflect on our Christmas Eve parties.

The Dessert Contest

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The dessert contest this year featured items that incorporated the Christmas Tree theme.  Remember, everyone is a judge and gets to taste and score each of the desserts.  That is why they are supposed to be bite-sized, which means small enough to be eaten in one mouthful!  They are scored on Appearance and Presentation,  Texture and Color Balance, Flavor and Taste, and how well the Tree Theme is Represented.How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish- Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

In this household, we are not politically correct.  Not everyone wins a prize or a trophy.  Young and old alike, we deal with reality here.

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After everyone voted, Jon-Michael tallied the votes.

The prizes this year consisted of a mini-dessert decorating kit, two 8″ round cake pans, and a Gingerbread cookie cutter set.  While I could choose one of each of these for the first, second, and third place, it’s more fun to wrap them and allow the first place winner to choose the prize gift, second to choose from the remaining two, and third place gets the last one.  (I pick these up through the year while they are on sale.)

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This year, my sister-in-law, Keri, won first prize with her brownie bites.  How cute are these?

 

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Second place went to 9-year-old Sophie with these adorable little vanilla bean sugar cookies, which were inspired by a pin on Pinterest. The little faces were made with food markers.

 

 

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Third place went to Emily and Jon-Michael for their frosted sugar cookies.

 

 

 

 

Appetizers For Everyone

We stopped having a Christmas dinner many years ago.  Once our children began having families of their own and celebrating with their significant other’s families, it became apparent that getting everyone together for a sit-down dinner was nearly impossible during the Christmas holiday.  Someone else can tackle that task.  We chose to start setting out a display of appetizers so people could come and go.  Anything to lower stress during the holidays, right?

Will supplied ham from the local HoneyBaked Ham store.  Dave cut the ham and it was served with Hawaiian buns for making mini ham sandwiches.

Dave and I made the Ham and Cheese Stuffed Baby Red Potatoes.   They were gone in no time!  We should have made two batches.

The Red Pepper-Ham Roll-Ups were made early in the day and the rolls were refrigerated.  Then, Alex cut the rolls and added the toothpicks and olives.  These are a family favorite.How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish- Part 2 on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

Aidan requested Gold Star Chili Dip.  Talk about an easy dish, this is one!  Preheat oven to 350°.  In a 9″ x 13″ casserole, spread a layer of 12 ounces of softened cream cheese.  Open a 15-ounce can of Gold Star Chili and spread on top of the cream cheese.  Add a bag of shredded cheddar cheese on top of the chili.  (Use as much or as little as you like!)   Heat in the oven until the cheese is completely melted.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Last week, I made the little Pizza Appetizers and froze them in Ziploc bags.  It was easy to pull a bag of them out of the freezer, pop them in the oven, broil for about 3 minutes,  and serve hot on a platter.  These are some of my favorites!How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish- Part 2

Of course, you know we had a vegetable tray, cheese, and a variety of crackers.  Tiffany brought her delicious Shrimp Dip and served it with tortilla chips.  Oh, my gosh, it is so good.  I’ll share the recipe in an upcoming post.

We had a variety of drinks, from wine and mixed drinks to soft drinks.  We didn’t have to supply a dessert!  We just enjoyed the entries in the Dessert Contest!

How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish?  Create your own family traditions and memories.  Whether it’s beautiful decor, a contest, a White Elephant Gift Exchange, a Christmas Game, or the foods you serve to your family, make it something memorable.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!  

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How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish

How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish

How to make wonderful Christmas memories to cherish?  Start family traditions that everyone can look forward to, where everyone can participate.  We have a game room, ‘Man Cave’, in the basement and the kids have enjoyed the games down there for years but participation in each of those is limited and so are the ‘group’ memories.  However, by adding the Christmas Game and the Dessert Contest, we have all-inclusive activities.

The ‘Annual 2017 Christmas Eve Party ‘ is over now.  It doesn’t matter how well I plan in advance, there always seems to be some complication that comes up during the final week of preparation.  This usually results in a mad dash just before the party.  It usually involves one of my children.  This party was no exception.  Not everything was as perfect as I planned, (It seldom is, is it?), some things had to be abandoned.  The party went pretty well in spite of it, and hopefully, everyone has some Christmas memories to cherish.

Decorating the entry, the kitchen, and the family room is one of my priorities.  The objective is for family and friends to say, “Wow!”  Hopefully, they leave lasting Christmas memories of our get together.

Beautiful Decorations

Each year, the strings of lights are meticulously removed from the family room tree, coiled in a neat fashion,  tied with a ribbon, and placed between layers of tissue paper in a large plastic bin.  They are all working when they are removed from the tree and placed gently in the bin.  Why is it when they come out of that bin the next December, invariably, some of the lights don’t work?How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

There are always a few strands that have to be replaced, which makes a trip to the store for replacements necessary.  This year, I had to buy several strands. Well, I didn’t have to, I chose to replace them!  The tree in the family room has about 22 sets of lights on it.  Can’t give you an exact count of lights.  Some of the strands are 100, 150, and 300 light sets.  Almost every branch of the tree is wrapped with lights.  (A couple of branches are almost always missed accidentally, but who would notice?)  Click here ► for complete instructions on how this is done.

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The tree on the catwalk is less spectacular but pretty as well.  It is a three-section tree with the lights already in place.  It’s easy to put up and easy to take down.  This year, after it was completely decorated, the lights on one of the sections quit working!  I checked a few bulbs, then, gave up and bought another set of lights and gingerly wove them through the tree and decorations.  Problem solved. 

The mantel is another focal point and this year, it highlighted the Papier-Mâché  Snowman and the Papier- Mâché Lady Snowman, which were made a few weeks ago.  I love these snowpeople!  (Frosty, the first of the snowmen, was placed on a table in the foyer.)How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

A string of white lights on a white cord was laid across the mantel behind the snowpeople next to the wall.  The large jingle bell and the letters J and Y were found at Hobby Lobby.  The inspiration for this ‘JOY’ was found on Pinterest but I LOVE this combination even more.  The Christmas ornament garland made a few weeks ago looks perfect, tying it all together.  This is my favorite mantel display of all time.  How will I top this next year?

The Christmas Game

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For weeks, I have been buying little gifts for the Christmas Game.  This Santa hat was found at Kohl’s in the clearance area earlier this year.  Sophia and I were shopping there and found the hat.  It had been $30.  She was so deviously excited and said we definitely had to buy this for the game, and so, we did.  We bought it for $3.00.  How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

This was the card attached to the gift box.  Jon-Michael knew he was in for a treat as soon as he saw it!  Pulling the tissue paper aside, he was not to be disappointed.

 

 

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These Paula Deen shakers were found at Michael’s last year.  The nostalgic recipe cards were picked up there, too.  Does anyone still use a recipe file?  I do!  Tiffany chose this gift.  Sophie piped up, “You can put powdered sugar in those, Mom!”

This was the card accompanying the shakers.

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The gift box for S’mores was found at Walmart.  The little snowman cups were so cute, I couldn’t resist.  Either of the tags in the picture would have been okay to use for it.  In my hurry, I chose the S’mores tag from last year.

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Sophie was my accomplice in making sure that Memphis, who is a little young for this game, got the number 1 and chose the first gift for her.  (The numbers were designed on PicMonkey and printed.  We had 21 people all together and 21 numbers cut out for guests to draw.)  It was a little stuffed lion and her tag read, We’re not ‘Lion’!  We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Yes, everyone knew that it was a setup but agreed it was appropriate.  Memphis loved the lion.

 

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Perhaps, you have seen the socks rolled and fashioned into what appears to be a cupcake.  I love this idea!  Aren’t they cute?  A cute little pom pom sits on top of the sock to resemble a cherry.  These were the thick socks and the muffin cups used were Wilton King-Size baking cups.  Two ‘cupcakes’ were placed in a box, along with an emery board and a sleep mask, in red, of course.

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We had to have a Christmas movie, too, ya know.  This year, National Lampoon’s  ‘Christmas Vacation’ was the selected classic and a few bags of popcorn were added along with a tag to make the gift complete.  The tag reads, Merry Christmas to All and to All A Movie Night!

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This pack of body butter was found at Joann Fabric and Craft store for half the regular price.  The tag reads, You ‘butter’ watch out!  You better not pout! Santa Claus is coming to town!

 

I can’t lie, it’s almost as fun to make up these cheesy cards as it is to listen to everyone read them and then open their gifts! 

(I also made up a couple of extra gifts just in case we had last minute guests.)

A Sampling of This Year’s Cheesy Cards

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  1. Have a De ‘Light’ ful Christmas!  Flashlight.
  2. We’re not ‘Lion’.  We wish you a Merry Christmas!  Stuffed Lion.
  3. For Christmas, we bought you $25.00 worth of lottery tickets!  We went ahead and scratched them off for you and you’re a WINNER!  (On the outside of the present.)
  4. (Inside the package.)  Congratulations!  You Won 5 Dollars!  Here’s your money!  Merry Christmas!  $5.00 bill.
  5. Wishing you Joy beyond measure!  Merry Christmas!  (We R Memory Keepers Small cutting mat  and 6″ ruler.)How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com
    1.  Christmas is a time of cheer with warmest wishes for a bright New Year!  (S’mores gift box or hot chocolate mix and cups.  A warm throw would also be a nice gift.)
    2.   Merry Christmas to All and to all a movie night!  (Movie and popcorn.)
    3.   We ‘Wash’ You a Merry Christmas!  (Bar of soap or Liquid Hand Soap.)
    4.   Hoping your Christmas is Happy Beyond Measure.  (Measuring cups and spoons.)
    5.   Hope you have a ‘Scentsational’ holiday season!  (Yankee Candle – Sparkling Pink)
    6.   A calorie-free gift for someone sweet, not to eat, but to wear on your feet!  Merry Christmas.  (Socks rolled up to look like cupcakes.)
    7.   Here’s a sprinkling of good cheer to last throughout the year!  Merry Christmas!  (Kitchen Shakers and recipe cards.)
    8.  Get your ‘It’s just what I wanted’ face ready!  (Last year’s gift was a singing Hillbilly reindeer, and this year, it was the Baddest Santa hat.)

As we played the game this year, Christmas memories from last year kept coming up and we all had to laugh.  

Maybe these ideas will inspire you to start your own ‘Christmas traditions’ with your family if you don’t really have any, or maybe to add one or two of these ideas to your already existing traditions.  

How To Make Wonderful Christmas Memories To Cherish part 2 will follow.  Be sure to come back for the next post and the results of the holiday dessert contest!  Sign up for our newsletter below and you won’t miss it!

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How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

How To Make A Snowman You’ll Love

Want to make a snowman you’ll love?  Making these Papier-mâché Snowmen is so much fun!  This is the third snowman I’ve created using the same Papier-mâché used for the pumpkins earlier this year.  Creating those was so much fun, too!  What can I make for spring?  Hmmm…

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How to make a snowman?  This little snowman, (With his hat, he stands 12″ high.), was made in the same way the other snowman and the lady snowman were made, using a newspaper sleeve and crumpled newspaper.  A warning here, after you make a snowman, making these can become addictive!

You may think that I had a vision when each of these was started but that is not really the case.  For Frosty, I knew he would be wearing the earmuffs.  For Ellie, (It just seemed an appropriate name for her.), the Lady Snowman, I knew she would be wearing a red hat.  The last snowman, Archie Frost, (My friend, Cyndi, named him!) would be wearing a top hat.

 

Beyond that, they just began to take shape as the clay was applied and the arms were shaped.  Archie reminded me of a dancing snowman at first.  The way his arms happened to be positioned, it just seemed right. 

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Then, a little bird perched on his hand came to mind, and there you go.  Perfect!

 

For complete instructions on how to make a snowman, click here ►How to Make A Papier Mache Snowman from the beginning.

After he was completely dry, he was painted white, antiqued, and clear glitter was applied just like the other two before him.  He looks adorable just like this, but wouldn’t he just be perfect with a top hat?

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Instructions On How To Make A Top Hat

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To make this hat, I actually used the same brim pattern I cut out of an advertisement for the Lady Snowman’s hat.  Ellie and Archie had heads that were about the same diameter.  The hat I envisioned was a little wider at the top than it was at the base.  So, I cut a piece of newspaper, which would fit the inner circle of the hat brim.  Then, I sliced the top of the crown pattern, as you can see in the picture, to open it up a little.  You can see that making your own pattern is pretty simple.

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Using that piece as a pattern, and leaving those spaces open, I traced it on another piece of newspaper.  Then, it was folded in half, pinned to a piece of folded black felt, and cut out.  You can see the brim was cut, too, but a little width was added to the brim.  

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The piece for the crown was folded in half and a 1/8″ seam was stitched on the loose edge, which would be the back seam.

 

 

 

 

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Fold the brim in half and mark the fold with straight pins.  Fold the brim in the opposite direction and mark these folds.

Divide the crown into quarters in the same way.  Then, match up the pins and pin the two pieces together, adding more pins to secure the pieces.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

Sew around the pinned opening, 1/8″ from the edge.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

 

 

 

 

A four-inch circle was cut for the top of the hat.  The top edge of the crown and the circle were divided into fourths with the straight pins and that edge was sewn in a 1/8″ seam.  

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Clip the threads and turn it right side out and you have a hat!  How simple is that?

A piece of red velvet ribbon was attached by using a tiny dab of Tacky Glue in the front, on the right side, the back, and on the loose ends on the left side.  A little sprig of holly was glued where the two ends came together.How To Make A Snowman You'll Love on MyHumbleHomeandGarden.com

I think this is my favorite so far!  Each has his own personality!

How to make a snowman you’ll LOVE?  It’s really easy!  Hope this inspires you to make one of your own.  Another newspaper sleeve with crumpled paper stuffed inside with a wadded up ball of paper for a head sits beside me right now.  Yes, a collection begins.

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