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The Ugliest Sweater… now in ornament form!

Published November 14, 2013 by rumbl3

We all have one… or know of someone else who does.

Aunt Edna’s knitting skills are famous. Or infamous.

Definitely dreaded when she targets you to be the recipient of her knitting talents. In sweater form. And insists you wear it proudly.

Yup… the Ugliest Sweater ever!

I whipped up a few, more modern Ugly Sweaters, ornament style so you can share with friends and family on the cheap.

What you will need:

  • Foam pieces ($1 for 35 at Dollar Tree)
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glue gun
  • Various embellishments (buttons, ribbons, sequins, bells, etc.)


Find a sweater template. You want it to be approx. 3″x5″. Trim all around it and glue onto index card or other card stock. Again, trim all around it.


This will be your pattern. Lay a foam sheet down and put your template on top. Using an exacto knife or blade- hold pattern down and carefully cut all around it.

Using a pipe cleaner, bend to the shape of a hanger. Make the hook of hanger large enough to be your ornament hook.


When your foam “sweater” is cut to your liking, glue it to your hanger and start decorating, as ugly as possible!



These make great co-worker gifts at Christmas. Inexpensive and quick.

Happy crafting!



Big Boy Snowman

Published November 11, 2013 by rumbl3

I have another craft bazaar coming up so I am in crafting mode!

My latest- Big Boy Snowman (or woman). This craft takes about 15 minutes for each one.

Material list:

  • Package of tube socks ($7 for 10 pairs)
  • Rice ($10 for 20 lb. bag)
  • Ribbon (spools $1 for 9 feet or so)
  • Googly eyes ($4 for 300+)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Funnel
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Various embellishments- sequins, buttons, etc.

Pour  3 cups of rice in foot of tube sock. Secure with a rubber band.


Now add 2 cups of rice into next section. Secure with rubber band.


Fold top of sock over on itself to make stocking cap.


Use glue gun to stabilize top “ball” to bottom one.


Glue a ribbon around neck for scarf. Cut another section of same ribbon and glue down from it for a hanging scarf. Embellish as desired!


I made a bow for the hat, glued jingle bells to top and buttons down the front.

I didn’t put arm branches on but I don’t think it needs them. They are cute without!

One down- 19 to go 🙂

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Published November 9, 2013 by rumbl3

Yesterday I spent at least 2 hours scouring Pinterest and my FB feeds for an easy ornament to make.

I found it!


Material list (I got everything at Wally’s):

  • package of baby ankle socks ($4 for a pack of 10 pairs, will make 20 ornaments)
  • googly eyes ($4.50 for hundreds, various sizes)
  • brown pipe cleaners ( less than $1 for pack of 25)
  • holiday fabric ribbon (I used 5/8″ wide, was less than $1 for 3 yards)
  • small square of orange felt for nose, perhaps an orange button might work, too
  • colored poms (less than $1 for a pack of many)
  • cotton filling (less than $4 for big pack)
  • hot glue gun and sticks of glue
  • rubberbands

Here we go!

Take a sock and fill 2/3 full with cotton filling. Use rubberband at neck section and again at top of head section.


Fold down top of sock in a stocking cap style.


Glue 2 googly eyes on face.


Take a small segment of ribbon (4-5″), fold it over on itself and glue at bottom. This will be the hanging loop for tree.


Hot glue this loop to top of hat. I then used a pom in front of that.


I cut a brown pipe cleaner into arms, and added branches for fingers. I glued them to side of snowman. And then added a red holiday scarf around his neck and sequin buttons down his belly. I added a small sliver of the orange felt for his carrot nose 🙂


It took me around 15 minutes to do this from beginning to end and he is so stinking cute! He would make a great package topper too.

Would love to see other examples if anyone else is getting into the holiday spirit!

Happy crafting!

Edit: The finished products! I made 20 ornaments in 6 hours.


Christmas is around the corner…

Published November 12, 2010 by rumbl3

Every Christmas season, there are a few neighbors or friends I want to remember with a gift but just don’t have much money to do so. So I scour the internet for recipes of items that are great gifts but cost very little money to make.

This year’s crafts are: Bath salts, and Cinnamon Ornaments.

Here are the recipes…

Bath Salts-
3 c. Epsom Salts
2 c. Sea Salt
1 c. Baking Soda
5-7 drops Essential/Fragrance Oil
Food Color for desired color

Mix in glass bowl thoroughly.

The ingredients come in large enough packages so you can make a couple batches… One batch is enough to give 6 friends 8 oz. of bath salts.

The cost- approx. $10 for all materials (except decorative bottle)

Cinnamon Ornaments-
1 c. ground cinnamon (bulk bin cinnamon works awesome)
1 c. Applesauce (generic is great)
1/4 c. Elmer’s glue (I’ve tried others, but Elmer’s works best)

Mix well in glass bowl. If dough is too stiff, add another tablespoon of applesauce.

Sprinkle counter with cinnamon dust so dough won’t stick to surface.

Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thick. Use reg. cookie cutters to cut out ornaments. If dough sticks to cookie cutters, sprinkle cinnamon on top of rolled out dough.

Take a regular plastic drinking straw to poke thru top of ornament for hanging string or ribbon.

Use a spatula to gently lift ornament and move to a large piece of cardboard. I break down a cardboard box and use for my drying trays.

Set ornaments aside for 24-48 hours to dry.

Decorate with yarns, pipecleaners, raffia, glitter and glue, sequins, buttons, etc.

If you store your ornaments after Christmas in ziplocs bags and a plain shoebox, they will retain their smell for years.