Here’s what you will need: A white sock with a long cuff, this is a small child’s sock; Some strong thread; Small buttons etc (or some black felt); A length of Fancy Yarn (see below); Small (very) piece of orange felt; Stuffing (not the kind you put into a turkey); and lastly (I think) some rice……..
You will also need a pair of scissors and some glue or needle and thread.
How much fancy Yarn? Enough for a scarf and a tassely thing! You could also use ribbon, and you are such a creative lot that I’m sure you will come up with other ideas too. Read through the instructions before you start, they might give you ideas for a totally original Mr Frost.
Mr Frosty (or Mrs Frosty) needs some help standing up. Pop a little rice into the bottom of the sock, the amount you need will depend upon the size of the sock. I’ve used a couple of teaspoons, if you have stolen an adult one from your washbasket you may need a whole bag! If you haven’t any rice you could use lentils, or beads, or …… Can you come up with something else?
Don’t forget – once you add the rice you won’t be able to wash it – but do you need to? If you decide you want to hang Mr Frost from a tree (that sounds painful) you won’t need the rice!
Stuff and stuff (making sure the rice is at the toe end) until it is firm and nicely rounded
Using your strong thread tie it firmly at the top – you could sew it if you feel so inclined. Make sure you haven’t used a slip knot. Nothing worse than a snowman that loses his stuffing! Can you see that I’ve laid another piece of thread further down? It’s about a third of the way down, and that will be tied to make the head.
Remember the tassely thing I mentioned earlier? You need a length of yarn – enough to wind around your fingers a few times. (That’s what I did with the longer piece in the yarny picture above, so that’s the sort of thing you now want to produce)
Here’s what you do. Keeping it folded – stuff one end into the cuff. Take it down as far as it will go – then, either tie it firmly (still no slip knots) or use a few stitches to keep it in place. If you want a decoration for the tree – use a loop of ribbon instead, but I think this WILL need stitches.)
Almost finished! Audition a few buttons – are they too big? Cut a carrot from the orange felt, add some eyes. If you haven’t any buttons that are suitable either embroider the features or use tiny bits of black felt. They’ll look just like coal!
When you are happy with the placement glue or sew them on. (A small dab of PVA will do the trick, no need for anything fancy)
Have fun, and please let us see photographs of any that you make. If you send them to me (maybe attach them to a convo) I’ll put them here on a page that you can all enjoy.