Easy Christmas stocking craft

Easy Christmas stocking craft


Hi, this is Joelle Meijer. Today, I am proposing a traditional project
that will help young children to exercise their fine motor skills. The project
is a Christmas stocking. You will find the patterns for the stocking
itself and the fur trimming in the printable document. Start by printing the stocking on red construction
paper. Take two sheets of red construction paper
and cut along the outline of the stocking through the two layers of construction paper. Using a one hole punch, punch holes all along
the edge of the stocking, through the two layers of construction paper. Do not make holes in the top of the stocking. Cut a piece of knitting yarn about three feet
or a meter long. Wrap one end of the yarn with tape. When the
end is wrapped in tape, it becomes much easier to pass the yarn through
the holes. Pass the tip of the knitting yarn through
the first hole and pull the thread until only a small piece of the yarn is left
on the back of the stocking. Paste this small piece of yarn on the back
of the stocking with tape. A first possibility is to thread the yarn
up and down all along the edge of the stocking. This is a simple pattern that gives a nice
result. When you are finished with the yarn, paste
the end on the back of the stocking. A second possibility is to always pass the
yarn upwards in a spiral movement. In this case, you will need a longer piece
of yarn. As in the first case, start by passing the
yarn through the first hole and paste the end on the back of the stocking. Then, pass through the second hole from below
and bring the yarn up again. Continue this spiral movement all along the
stocking and paste the end of the yarn on the back
of the stocking. A third possibility is to start as in the
second example, and then go back in the opposite direction.
This gives an effect of crossing threads. I chose to use only one colour but you could
very well use two different colours. When you have threaded the yarn all along
the stocking, glue a cut-out that represents the fur on
top of the stocking. There are three different patterns in the
printable document. Print it directly onto white construction
paper and cut out two layers. Glue them on either side of the top edge of
the stocking. Be careful not to close the opening of the
stocking with glue! You can keep the pieces together in place
for a few minutes with clothespins. If you want to add a loop for hanging the
stocking, take a piece of ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and tie a knot. Slide the knot inside the opening of the stocking and glue it either with a glue gun for a quick
result or with white glue and let dry. You can add this loop even after you placed
the white trim on top of the stocking. To personalize each stocking, take your best
pen and write the child’s name on the trim. Feel free to decorate the stocking with illustrations,
buttons, sequins, beads, feathers… it’s up to you to make your stocking unique! The stocking is now ready to be filled with
little gifts. To print the illustrated instructions with
a list of materials and the patterns, click on the link below the video.

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