We'll start this entry off with the obvious. Yes, that's officially the cutest dog you have ever seen. You have not been fooled. Meet Oliver. Christmas fashion model. He's so fierce. He took the job so seriously he lost 5lbs in his eyeballs. For my ornament I wanted him to be less serious so I made him more googley eyed.
This would be a great ornament activity to do with kids if you have them. You can really do this project with any shapes. I opted to not sew the felt as I used a lot of small felt accents. Glue is my buddy. To adapt this project for children or people with special needs you can have all of the felt pieces pre-cut and the picture of the dog as a guide for them. You can also use Elmer's glue.
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PRINTED PICTURE ON PAPER
1. TAKE PICTURE OF WHAT YOU WANT TO TURN INTO AN ORNAMENT. PRINT IT OUT. TRACE THE DIFFERENT SHAPES IN THE PICTURE ONTO DIFFERENT SPOTS ON A SEPARATE PAPER. THE HAT. THE HAT FRINGE. THE HEAD. THE WHITE SPOT ON THE FACE. THE EYES. THE NOSE. Please note that I made the head and the green part of the hat overlap in the back behind the red part of the hat. You want to make sure that you do not have all of the shapes coming together at the same point.
2. CUT OUT EACH SHAPE AND SECURELY PIN THEM TO YOUR SELECTED FELT COLOR.
3. CUT OUT SHAPES IN FELT.
5. TAKE OUT THE PINS. PIECE ALL OF YOUR FELT TOGETHER AND SEE HOW YOUR ORNAMENT LOOKS. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL OF THE PIECES. If you do not like the look of some of your felt pieces you can re-cut them. Those are not Oliver's real eye size. I just cut that shape.
6. DO A TEST STRIP ON SCRAP FELT WITH THE GLUE. I USED TACKY GLUE AND IT DID NOT SHOW UP. THIS WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW MUCH YOU WILL BE USING WHEN YOU PUT TOGETHER YOUR ORNAMENT.
7. ONCE YOUR ORNAMENT IS ALL GLUED TOGETHER CUT A PIECE OF CARD STOCK THAT IS THE SAME SHAPE BUT SLIGHTY SMALLER THAN THE PERIMETER OF THE BACK OF THE ORNAMENT.
8. PLACE RIBBON ON BACK OF ORNAMENT AND GLUE CARD STOCK (SEE BELOW). MAKE SURE THAT YOU EVENLY COVER THE CARD STOCK WITH THE GLUE AND THAT YOU DO NUT USE TOO MUCH GLUE.
9. ALLOW ORNAMENT PLENTY OF TIME TO DRY. I left mine over night.
10. ENJOY! I added a couple of extra decorations on the hat that weren't originally on it. For the bell on the hat I cut a plastic bead from a dollar store garland and hot glued it to the tip of the hat. I didn't have anything else laying around that size to use. I've been using garland for a lot of crafts lately! Stay tuned for my tree skirt!
I am a firm believer all inclusive activities. If you see something on my blog that you would like to do with someone that has a disability of any kind please send me a message and I will try my best to adapt my post! I have 15 years of experience working and loving with people with disabilities so it I would be honored to know that my crafts are being shared in the community.