Around the holidays they always have mittens and gloves in the dollar sections of most craft and box stores, like Target and Joann's. Since a pair of gloves is usually only a dollar, and you can make TWO ornaments from one pair of gloves, the ornaments essentially cost 50 cents each to make!! Who knew you could make ornaments from mittens? Well, here's how – plus, they can double as gift tags on gift bags or even hold a gift card inside!
You'll need a few basic supplies to make. I made two different versions — one with puffy paint and one with stamps.
- Gloves or mittens
- White Slick Paint from Tulip
- Assorted Slick paint from Tulip in Holiday Colors (red, Gold, Green)
- ColorBox Crafter's Ink
- ColorBox Art Screens – Blizzard
- Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue
- Heat Gun
- Sequins from Neat & Tangled
Watch this handy dandy video I made to see how to make these ornaments from start to finish:
To make the stamped mittens, I used ColorBox Crafter's ink with a snowflake stamp to make a pattern all over the mitten. ColorBox Crafter's Ink is permanent when heat set so I used a heat gun to dry the ink. It is easier to lay a cloth over the mitten and use an iron to do the heat setting but I have a heat gun in my studio and not an iron so that's what happened: heat gun.
For the Merry & Bright mittens, I wrote the words and the zigzag pattern on the mittens with fabric paint.
To apply the sequins, I made dots of the fabric paint and Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue and set the sequins on each dot using tweezers. I also applied some dots of fabric paint to the mittens without sequins.
Allow the fabric paint to dry over night to be sure it is totally dry – once it smudges, it is kind of impossible to fix. Next, I threaded a needle with baker's twine and stitched a loop of twine into the wrist of each glove to create a hanger for the ornaments.
Easy peasy, right? You can do the same thing with baby mittens or even holiday baby socks! Which mittens do you like best – the snowflake set or the “merry & bright” set?