MAKE THESE ORNAMENTS!
MAD FOR PLAID
The inspiration for these buffalo-plaid snowflake hoop ornaments shown here and on our cover comes from the children’s book The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader, where the woodland animals get ready for the winter season. Rachel Nipper of I Heart Crafty Things loves to create a new handmade ornament for the tree each year with her kids so this year’s cozy creation was inspired by her reading choice. Cut red and black buffalo-check fabric into 6" squares. Center a square into a 4" wooden embroidery hoop and tighten closed. Trim the excess corners of the fabric but leave a bit of extra fabric to wrap around the back of the hoop. Run a bead of hot glue along the inner rim of the embroidery hoop and fold the excess fabric over the hoop and press it tightly onto the glue on the inner edge, so the inner hoop is covered in fabric. Arrange different sizes of white snowflake buttons or felt cutouts onto the buffalo check fabric and glue in place. Cut a length of twine and tie the two ends into a knot to form a loop. Push the knotted end through the metal prong at the top of the embroidery hoop, pull loop end over and tighten to form a hanger. MIX AND MATCH
Use several smaller snowflakes or one large snowflake for different looks.