Home Decor Craft Projects

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (or toy!)

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

Here’s a cute gift to make this Christmas – a felt Santa (Father Christmas) / Gnome! Read on for a tutorial and templates!

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

I’ve made this to give to my Nanna, she has some heavy doors in her house so she always appreciates a good doorstop. He’s about 10.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches wide at the base. I used blue for Santa’s coat (main body piece and arms) so that he could be mistaken for a garden gnome – in case she wants to have it on display all year round. But if you want it super festive you could give him a red coat.

It doesn’t have to be a doorstop either – you could also make this just for a room decoration, or as a toy for a child if you leave out the weighty insides and just fill it with stuffing. Oh the possibilities!

Want to make one? I’ve made some templates for you. You can download them at A4 size (page 1 HERE, page 2 HERE) or at Letter size (page 1 HERE, page 2 HERE) – clicking the link will prompt you to download the png file.

Templates for a Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

And here’s how to put it together…

Step 1: Gather your felt (I didn’t end up using the dark grey piece. My felt is from Handmade Haven), and print and cut out the template pieces:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use the templates to cut out the right amount of felt pieces. I pinned on the larger templates to cut around, and for the smaller templates I drew around them with haberdasher’s chalk before cutting the felt:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Here’s the pieces of felt all cut out – I used light grey for the circle for my base, I would have preferred light blue to match his coat but I didn’t have enough:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Check the placement of the face piece by laying the beard and hat on top – they will line up with the edges of the main body, so you can check the face is centred. Pin the face in place and sew it on, then sew the beard on top, finishing with the hat and moustache:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Sew the hat onto the back body piece, then add any other decorations you want to the main body pieces. I stitched on a belt of layered red and gold ribbon, with a black button for a buckle, sewed a few gold seed beads onto the hat, and used two small gun-metal coloured brads for the eyes.

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

NB: If you are giving this as a toy to a small child make sure you don’t add buttons, brads, or beads – or anything that could be pulled off a swallowed.

Step 5: Place two arm pieces together and stitch around two sides and the ‘hand’ end, leaving the body end open. Turn the arms inside out, then stuff lightly with toy filling (do not fill too much, you only want a little depth, and don’t fill above the ‘elbow’ height):

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Put two sleeve pieces together and sew down each long edge, leaving the top and bottom open. Push your arms through the sleeves – mine were a bit tight so I’ve increased the sleeve width on the template to make this step easier for you:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Sew a couple of quick (tacking) stitches to hold the arms in place on each side of the body – they will fold outwards so make sure they fold the way you want them to:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Pin the two main body pieces together, so the right-sides are facing each other, and the arms are tucked inwards:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Sew down the two long sides. I used my sewing machine for the thinner areas, and hand-stitched a back-stitch across the arm areas, as there was no-way my sewing machine would get through that many layers of felt:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Fold the circle felt piece in half, and pin it so the two corners you’ve created are pinned to the bottom edges of Santa’s body:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Sew most of the circle onto the base, pinching the circle to gather it occasionally, otherwise you’ll run out of space for the whole circle. Leave a hole a few inches wide so that you can turn Santa the right way out again:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Once he’s the right way out use some more toy stuffing to fill his top half – down roughly the arm height. If you are making this for a toy, and leaving out the weighty fillings, you can use toy stuffing all the way down.

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: Add the weighty fillings. To weigh the doorstop down you can fill it with a variety of things like sand, dried beans, or gravel. I’ve used a combination of rice and pebbles. If you’re using something edible (eg. might attract critters to eat it) then make sure you bag it up. I tucked a couple of sturdy sandwich bags (one inside the other) into Santa, then filled it my folding a piece of paper in half and using it to tip the rice in:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

When it was nearly full of rice I tucked four pebbles inside too – my Nanna’s doors are too heavy for rice alone:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 15: Tape up the bags with strong tape:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 16: Tuck in any extra toy stuffing that you think Santa needs, then sew the hole closed using an invisible seam stitch (HERE is a good tutorial for one by Fern Freckle).

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 17: If you want to you could add a little pom-pom to Santa’s hat:

Charming Felt Santa / Gnome Doorstop (Or Toy!) by Jennifer Grace Creates

He’s finished! Gift him or place him in a doorway – and smile each time you walk by!

Be Inspired:

Use felt to make a gift, decoration, or embellishment

Create a Santa with a coat that’s NOT red (eg. use stamps, die-cut machines, or hand-cut paper)

Use brads, buttons, and beads on your next project

Would you make this Santa with a red coat or blue? Would he be a doorstop or a toy?

Thanks so much for reading, don’t forget to bookmark, pin, or share this post if you enjoyed it!

See you again in an hour for the first sponsored giveaway!

P.S. I’m linking this up to the Snap Show & Tell Linky!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities 2014 Blog Event – see the beginning HERE!)

For the first project of the event I’m appropriately sharing a layout about getting ready for Christmas. It feels very Christmas-like here, what with all the festive projects I’ve been making, occasionally with merry tunes on in the background! The children were inspired to write their present wish-lists quite early after they saw my Frosty Festivities projects, so it feels like we’re almost ready for the 25th of December now!

The photos on this page are from last year though, we haven’t gone so far as to decorate the house this year yet, though hubby was tempted!

Ready For Christmas:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

For this page I decided to cut a giant Christmas tree aperture for the photos to sit behind, so it’s almost like peering through a window to Christmas past!

Here’s how to put it together …

Step 1: Start with a 12×12 sheet of paper (mine is from Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company). Draw a large triangle on it, by marking a dot 2″ from each side along the top edge of the bottom stripe on the pattern, and 6″ in (the middle of the paper) along the bottom edge of the top stripe, then use a pencil to join up the dots. If your patterned paper doesn’t have stripes, you can make sure the gap above and below the triangle is about 1″ deep:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 2: Use a craft knife to cut out the triangle:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 3: Take a piece of cardstock (the colour doesn’t matter as you will be covering it up), and mark the bottom edge of your aperture onto the cardstock so you know where to stick your photos:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 4: Adhere your photos to the cardstock, with the bottom edge of the photos going just over the line you drew:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 5: Find a piece of patterned paper or a cut-apart card to fill the top of your triangle aperture, and stick this onto the cardstock, above the photos:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 6: Adhere your aperture paper on top of the photos and cardstock:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 7: Make a big bauble journaling card by drawing around a glass on a piece of grid paper:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 8: Draw a rectangle at the top of the circle:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 9: Cut the shape out, and rub out any pencil marks:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 10: Ink the edges of the bauble (I used Fired Brick Distress Ink), then tie a piece of bakers twine to the top, and attach this to your layout:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 11: Add a title and your main embellishments:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 12: Write your journaling on the big bauble:

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

Step 13: If you want to, you can also add some gems for extra sparkle… you know I did!

Giant Aperture Christmas Layout at Jennifer Grace Creates

This layout makes me long to get the ornaments down from the loft! We usually put our tree up either the last weekend of November or the first weekend of December, depending on my husband’s work schedule. If you have a tree, when do you put it up?

Be Inspired:

Cut a giant aperture on your next project

Make a journaling card or tag in the shape of a Christmas themed item

Stick a big flower at the top of a Christmas tree

Thanks for reading! If you like the projects you see during the event, please remember to pin or share them as it really makes my day!

I’ll see you again in an hour!

Jennifer x

Frosty Festivities Christmas & Winter

The Frosty Festivities 2014 Welcome and Linky Party!

Hello everyone! It’s time to start the fun… welcome to my free Christmas & Winter themed blog event!

Frosty Festivities 2014 Free Blog Event at Jennifer Grace Creates

In case you missed previous news about the event, here’s how it’s going to work…

There will be posts going live here at Jennifer Grace Creates every hour, on the hour, from 4pm – 8pm today (Friday 7th Nov) and 10am – 8pm Saturday and Sunday (8th & 9th Nov). There will be lots of inspiration all weekend, with projects including Cards, Gifts, Scrapbooking, Home Decor, and more – from me and a few posts from some fantastic guest designers! For every post (except this one) there’s a ‘Be Inspired’ section at the end, to give you pointers to new ideas.

You can create your own projects inspired by the event and enter them to win a challenge prize (the linky tool is at the end of this post) and there will be some fabulous giveaways spread throughout the weekend which you just have to comment on to try and win! The giveaways will close on Monday the 10th of November at 8pm {ALL NOW CLOSED}, so you need to hurry to enter those. But the challenge linky below will stay open until Monday the 17th of November at 8pm {STILL OPEN}, so you have over a week to get making!

I hope you’re excited about this as I am!

Here’s the big challenge prize. This will go to one randomly drawn project linked up to the linky tool below!

Frosty Festivities 2014 Big Challenge Prize

This big challenge prize includes:

6 sheets of 12×12 paper from the Webster’s Pages Gingerbread House collection (‘Village Wishes’, ‘Winterscape’, ‘Golden Glow’, ‘The Village’, ‘Cuddle Up’, and ‘Storyteller Cardsheet 1’)

1 sheet of 12×12 paper from the Teresa Collins Tinsel & Company Collection (‘Stripes’)

1 6×6 paper pad, and a pack of Ephemera, from Fancy Pants Oh Deer

1 sheet of word stickers (Gingerbread House), 1 sheet of label stickers (Oh Deer), and 4 sheets of Christmas sentiment stickers (Simple Stories DIY Christmas)

Mixed embellishments including red paper flowers, wood veneer santas and wreath toppers, glitter wood veneer bells, glitter star toppers, large picture domes, a roll of wide red ribbon, and a roll of blue glitter ribbon.

There’s also a second small challenge prize. This will go to someone I choose. I might pick the person who enters the most, or I might pick an project that has blown me away. I just wanted to be able to say thanks to someone who impresses me!

Small Challenge Prize for Frosty Festivities 2014

This small challenge prize includes:

From the Pink Paislee Merry & Bright collection – a 6×6 paper pad, kraft tags, and a sticker sheet

Plus some white resin doves, and a roll of black glitter ribbon.

To enter the challenge:

You can link up anything inspired by this event – you don’t have to use the ‘Be Inspired’ sections if it’s something else that catches your eye, though you can use them if you wish – take ideas where you choose! Post your project on your blog / online gallery, mentioning the Frosty Festivities event in your description, and then come back here to add it! You can enter AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WISH! You are welcome to combine with other online challenges too.

I will be pinning all the entries to the Frosty Festivities 2014 Pinterest Board, and I will also come and leave a comment on any entries which I can (I can’t sign up to every online gallery, so I may not be able to comment on all. I have accounts with Flickr, Scrapbook.com, UKS, and Studio Calico, so if your projects are on their I will be able to comment).

The challenge linky closes at 8pm on Monday the 17th of November. It is open internationally. If you have any questions about this or anything else, you can email me at jennifergrace@hotmail.co.uk.

If you enjoy the posts during the weekend it would be great if you leave a comment or share the post on Pinterest or other social media. But I wanted to make the main prize be the challenge prize so that you can spend less time commenting and more time making stuff!!!

And because I can’t leave you without at least a little bit of inspiration to get you started, here’s a quick tag using the Fancy Pants Oh Deer collection:

Do Not Open tag using Fancy Pants Oh Deer at Jennifer Grace Creates

With a dotty border and some nice wide gold ribbon to attach it to a gift!

That’s it for now, I’ll see you at 5pm for the first full inspiration post!

Jennifer x


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Happy Scatter

New Happy Scatter Items! (And A Giveaway Winner)

I’ve got a couple of new Happy Scatter items to show you, and a winner to announce from the Frosty Festivities Announcement post!

First up, here are the new shop items…

Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil:

Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil at Happy Scatter Nordic Deer Pattern Stencil at Happy Scatter

I love it when Christmas is approaching, and you see Nordic style patterns appearing on clothes and other items in the shops. Just looking at them makes me feel cosy and festive!

Now I can add a Nordic style pattern to my projects too! You could also mask off parts of the stencil, and just use it to create a line of trees, or a line of diamonds, etc. I’m going to have lots of fun with this one!

The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes:

The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes at Happy Scatter

I do love a good ephemera pack, so I designed one for myself! This mix of Christmas and Winter themed card shapes varies in size – the rectangle piece with two deer holding a chain of stars is 3″ tall, the small swirly dots are 3/8″ tall:

The Jolliest Time Ephemera Card Shapes at Happy Scatter

They are printed using acid-free inks onto acid-free card, and sprayed with a layer of satin varnish. Perfect for tucking onto scrapbook pages, cards, or other jolly projects!

Now, here’s the winner of the Holiday Themed Smash book, randomly drawn by Rafflecopter…

Julene Matthews!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and helped to spread the word about the event. I hope to see you all back here tomorrow (Friday 7th Nov) at 4pm GMT for the start of Frosty Festivities 2014!

Until then,

Jennifer x

Kids Crafts

School Homework – Making a Candlestick Telephone

Last week was a half-term holiday, and my 6 year old daughter had one piece of homework… to make a model of a Victorian invention. I googled a list of inventions and she chose to make a telephone…

School Homework Kids Craft - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

We went for the ‘candlestick’ style telephone, as the earlier telephones were a bit box-like, and the candlestick style was introduced in Victorian times too, so that was okay. Plus it could be made from a pile of junk – this is what we started with though I added a few bits during the project:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

You can also see here a sheet of images which I printed, just pictures I found on google to help us visualise the project!

First she drew around the cardboard tube (from inside a kitchen roll) onto the top of a plastic bowl (which was turned upside down):

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I cut the hole for the tube to go through, as the plastic was a bit sharp-edged when cut.

Then Little Miss drew a mark of the tube at the height she thought the cradle for the earpiece should go, and I cut a slit in it with a craft knife:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She pushed the cardboard tube inside the bowl, and taped it into place. Then she blu-tacked a plastic lid to the top of the cardboard tube:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I suggested we moved the lid down a bit so we could angle it a bit more, like the telephones in the pictures. So she did that and taped it into place. I did end up tucking a bit of kitchen paper scrunched into a ball underneath the blu-tack as well, as the plastic lid kept tipping down, but I don’t have a photo of that bit:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She cut the end off a paper cup to make it shorter, and then added some tape so we could attach it to the plastic lid at the top of the cardboard tube:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I made the cradle for the earpiece to sit on, by cutting an old hanger with wire cutters (be careful if you do this, protect your eyes and do it away from children in case sharp bits of wire ping off), and taping it to two shortened bits of kebab stick, one stick above and one stick below the hanger piece – for strength:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I’m not sure it was the best way to make the cradle but I couldn’t think of anything else!

We then pushed the kebab sticks through the slit in the cardboard tube, and added a big blob of plasticine to the ends of the sticks inside the tube. This acts as a weight so when the earpiece is lifted the cradle tips up – which would attract the attention of the telephone operator when you wanted to make a call! When the earpiece is put back it goes down again:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

We took another paper cup for the earpiece, and Little Miss pierced a hole in the base with a pencil:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

And we attached string as the cable between the earpiece and the phone (I pierced the hole in the bowl). I scrunched up some kitchen paper and Little Miss taped it to the top of the ‘earpiece’ – so that it wouldn’t slide straight through the cradle:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

Now it was on to the fun part – decorating! I ripped up lots and lots and lots of tissue paper, and she used PVA glue to stick it over most of the telephone. I explained about overlapping the tissue paper and adding PVA glue to the top layer too so it looked smooth:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She did most of this but I did finish off at the end, doing a couple of the harder to reach corners and smoothing it over a bit more:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

We’d left the paper cups because we figured we could paint them, but if I did this again I’d tissue paper all of it. The paper cups had a slight satiny effect which meant the paint didn’t stay on that well so we had to do a few layers:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

When the decorating was nearly done I added a lump of plasticine at the bottom of the cardboard tube, towards the back of the phone, to stop it tipping forwards:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

Then for good measure and to make it feel more realistic and heavy, I made a base for the phone, by getting Little Miss to tape some pebbles onto a circle of card the same size as the bowl, leaving a space for the tube in the centre, and space round the edge for the rim of the bowl:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

This was then taped to the underneath of the phone, and we tissue-papered over the tape. Our phone was now nice and sturdy:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

But it was too boringly black, so my daughter used a sponge dipped in gold paint to rub all over the phone, to give it a more brass / antique look:

School Homework - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

I showed her how it was better to only add the gold paint in a thin layer, so the black still showed through, and she got the hang of that quickly. I did finish off the hard to reach places again though!

Then it was finished and all ready to make a call! Here it is with the earpiece on and off the cradle:

School Homework Kids Craft - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

She also had to fill out a fact sheet which will be displayed with the model:

School Homework Kids Craft - Making A Candlestick Telephone at Jennifer Grace Creates

Even though this was quite a big project, as it took several day what with waiting for glue and paint to dry between layers, we both enjoyed the process. She’s learnt a few arty techniques, and I’ve found another reason for all the crafting supplies in my house! Bring on the next crafty homework… but not the maths. I don’t like maths!

Have a great day,

Jennifer x

Home Decor Craft Projects

Ten Christmas Home Decor Projects!

Here’s a reminder for some fun Christmas home decor projects that I’ve posted here at Jennifer Grace Creates,  just in case you are impatiently waiting for Frosty Festivities 2014 to begin!

10 Christmas / Winter Home Decor Projects at Jennifer Grace Creates

These are some of my most favourite homemade Christmas decorations, which I can’t wait to pull out of storage to hang around the house again.

If you want to try these out for yourself, here are the links…

A Christmas Bouquet by Jennifer Grace

A Christmas Bouquet Tutorial

Advent Wishes Jar by Jennifer Grace

An Advent Wishes Jar

Woolly Winter Wreath by Jennifer Grace

A Woolly Winter Wreath

Happy Holidays Festive House

The Happy Holidays Festive House Wall Decor

Christmas Lists Clipboard by Jennifer Grace

A Clipboard For Christmas Lists

Wreath With Candy Cane Treats at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Wreath With Candy Cane Treats

Spool Ornament Tutorial by Jennifer Grace

A Spool Ornament Tutorial

Winter Snowflakes Canvas at Jennifer Grace Creates

A Winter Snowflakes Canvas

gallery subway art

Festive Subway Art

Winter Trinkets Box by Jennifer Grace

A Winter Trinkets Box

I hope there’s something there you want to try out, but remember there will be lots more Christmas and Winter inspiration kicking off here THIS FRIDAY (7th November) when Frosty Festivities 2014 begins – check out the details and enter the pre-event giveaway HERE!

I’m linking this post up to the Inspiration MondayMotivation Monday and Pintorials Linky Parties!

See you soon,

Jennifer x