Chenille Snowman and Rudolph
By: Amanda Formaro
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 6 and up
Chenille stems have endless possibilities. These cute Christmas characters are fun to make and require very few supplies.
What you'll need:
- 12 white chenille stems
- 2 black chenille stems
- 1 each skinny chenille stem: brown, red, and orange
- 5 brown chenille stems
- 1 red chenille stem
- 1 light brown chenille stem
- 1 gold glitter chenille stem
- 2 small wiggle eyes
- White craft glue
How to make it:
- Connect two white chenille stems end to end by twisting the ends around each other. Continue this until you have seven stems connected. (See photo.)
- Wrap the connected stems around a pencil, creating a large ball for the bottom of the snowman. (See photo.)
- Connect 3 white chenille stems together and wrap around a pencil, creating the center ball.
- Wrap one white stem around a pencil creating the head. (See photo.)
- Take the last white chenille stem and thread all three snowman sections onto the stem. Set aside. (See photo.)
- Wrap one of the black chenille stems around a large paintbrush or your thumb, creating the brim of the hat. Wrap the second black chenille stem around a pencil, creating the top of the hat. Thread the brim and top of hat onto the white chenille stem with the rest of the snowman. Push the snugly together and trim the exposed ends. (See photo.)
- Cut the skinny brown chenille into four equal pieces. Create the arms by wrapping one piece around the top third of another, twisting once to create fingers. Repeat for second arm. Insert into the sides of the snowman. (See photo.)
- Cut a one-inch piece of the orange chenille and insert into the face for the nose.
- Cut skinny red chenille in half then cut that half into thirds. Wrap each piece around a toothpick to create the buttons. Secure buttons and all pieces with glue.
- For the reindeer, connect three brown chenille stems together end to end, then wrap around a pencil to create an oval shaped body. (See photo.)
- Bend two brown chenille stems in half and coil the ends around a pencil to create the legs. Insert the legs over the top and into the body. (See photo.)
- Cut a one-inch piece off the remaining brown chenille stem and bend in half. This is the tail and can be inserted into the back of the body. Coil the remaining chenille stem around a pencil, leaving about an inch of it straight. Insert the straight end into the front of the body as the neck. Bend the coiled section into a head/neck. (See photo.)
- Cut a three-inch piece of red chenille and coil it around a toothpick, leaving about one-inch straight. Insert the straight end into the face for the nose. (See photo.)
- Cut light brown chenille into thirds. Bend one third in half for the antler base. Twist the other two pieces around the tops of the antlers. Insert into the top of the head. (See photo.)
- Secure all sections with glue and glue on wiggle eyes.
- Cut gold chenille into third. Twist one of the thirds around the neck as a collar.
- For younger children, skip the more intricate details such as the buttons on the snowman.
- You can use less chenille stems, just coil the pieces looser to create more of a spring-type look.
- You can turn these into ornaments by added a piece of yarn or a chenille stem hanger.