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Part 2: Frosty the Snowman

“Oh, Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal”

This is the song that was dancing through my head as I eagerly hooked up a storm with this next project. Tis the season and this year I wanted to try my hand at some crochet ornaments while keeping in theme.

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I picked up this book last year and so far the patterns I have attempted have turned out great! Nothing worse than following a pattern that doesn’t have the same results as the finished product shown. If you are looking to get your jolly hook on this season I highly recommend this book. It has everything from stockings, to reindeer baskets, to cozy toques and scarves. I chose to make Frosty himself;

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I wasn’t crazy about the colour choice for the toque and scarf so I went with traditional red and green yarn. I bundled up my yarn in my new yarn basket made by a talented friend;

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You can find her lovely work on Instagram under pammie_sunshine. This basket is the perfect way to keep the projects I’m working on organised and at the ready. As stated above, the pattern was easy to follow and had very clear instructions so I didn’t need to change much besides my colour of yarn. The only other change I made was using some fun squeeshy fluffs instead of the black buttons;

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I had these left over from a kit I had bought at Michaels. It had some googly eyes, piping and lots of fluffs, which also means hours of fun if you have littles at home who like to craft. After finishing my first frosty I decided I wanted to make a few and use them as garland to hang on the tree;

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I am very pleased with how they turned out and I can’t wait to string this on the tree as I dance my pants off to a little Boney M. Other ideas I had; use them as decor in a wreath or centre piece, attach them to gifts, or attach them to bottles of cheer for hostess gifts. Lots of options to spread a little love and joy this holiday season. I mean how can you not smile a little when you see these faces;

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“Oh
Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be
And the kids all say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me”

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*Make sure you are following my blog to receive a special promo code that can be used on my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, for one day only on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28/16)*

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Part 1: Frosty the Snowman

Hey Folks! I hope ya’ll are doing great, I know I am. There is no snow to jump start this Christmas spirit but that hasn’t stopped me. My heart is a flutter just thinking of all the things I want to make this holiday season as well it will by my little’s first Christmas which basically makes this the best one yet! This Christmas season has me crafting to the tune of Frosty the Snowman. Just like the holiday he comes once a year and we can’t help but feel jolly in his presence so please join me in my three part holiday post. I hope to inspire you to get your craft on and spread a little joy and love. The world could really use it right about now.

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If you have been following me thus far you know that one of my favourite crafting projects is making wreaths. I love creating an inviting space for you and your guests, especially around this time of year because glitter is everything. I want to share some of my tips so you too can make your very own wreath. Here we go;

  • When buying the base for your wreath always buy some extra pine picks. These are great fillers to add to your wreath, especially if your base is pine, it adds extra volume and creates a fuller look. I also used the same technique when I bought my tree. You can fill  it out by gluing some pine cones and adding some pine picks. If you aren’t sure what a pine pick is here is an example;

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  • Always have a focal point for your wreath. Pick a section of your wreath and then really ensure you add enough to make a statement and draw the eye in. For my wreath I chose Frosty himself. Having a focal point makes it easier to fill in the rest.

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  • Make sure you space your decor out so things that are the same aren’t directly across or beside one another. For example, if you want to add in pine cones make sure they are at staggering heights so they aren’t directly across or right beside one another. You don’t want your wreath to be too “matchy-matchy”. Putting the decorations at different points of view adds that professional touch to your wreath.
  • When buying decorations to put on your wreath I suggesting buying in threes or more. You want a polished looked, you don’t want the decor to get lost or to not add to the wreath.
  • If you want to add in small ornaments such as the white snowballs like I added in my wreath;

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  • I find it best to cluster them in twos or threes. Again you don’t want your decor to get lost and not stand out. This technique also gives it a nice dimensional look and really draws the eye in. I use piping when attaching the decorations to the wreath. Just pull the one end of the piping through the hole at the top of the ornaments and then wrap it around the base of the wreath. Each side of the wreath should look slightly different while complimenting and staying in theme with the focal point.

There you have it, I hope you find these tips helpful when you are getting your Christmas craft on. I did however forget to add one more important detail and that is to have fun with it! You can make it your own and add in whatever you would like, there are no rules when it comes to being creative. Each individual has their own style so when you are making one for your home go with something that will match your tree or outside decorations, if it’s for a loved one then do the same for them. You can give it that personal touch that makes it one of a kind and special. I love making wreaths, it brings me so much joy and the possibilities are endless.

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Now what are you waiting for, hurry up and be on your way now before he melts away.

*This wreath is available on my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, along with other festive wreaths. My goal is to bring the warmth and magic of the season into your and your loved ones homes. My Etsy shop will be closed on Dec. 3/16 so I can spend time with my family. Make sure you get your order in 🙂 *