Every year, I like to craft something special for my little ones’ stockings- there’s just something satisfying about using your own two hands to create precious treasures. Handcrafts have a way of making me feel productive, yet at the same time not busy- a glorious feeling for this time of year! And creating with natural elements lends a certain beauty and warmth that sparks such appreciation for all that is around us. Plus, who can resist any cutie wrapped in wool?! These can be whipped up in no time and ready for stockings, nature tables, and little hands just waiting for a cute and cozy little friend. Thank you to our kindergarten teachers for teaching me to make these! They always have the best ideas :).
What You Need:
- wool felt
- hazelnuts with shell on (I had to call a couple grocery stores around me before I could find them in shell!)
- small wooden beads
- thin string or yarn
- hot glue
- Cut wool felt into small long rectangles - about 3 inches in length x just over an inch in width
- Cut string/yarn into 8 or 9 inch pieces in length
- Hot glue wooden bead on top of hazelnut point- the hole of the bead should sit right on top
- Hot glue felt piece on top of bead- I allow for a little more felt in the back to create the pointed hood
- Put a dab of hot glue inside the back of the hood, and pinch the felt together to create point
- Tie string/yarn around with a simple bow
- Trim yarn to desired length
It’s also possible to sand the bottoms gently with sand paper if you want them to stand up! That’s a bonus for high-achieving crafters ;).
Enjoy all the stories, imaginary play, and cheery cuteness that these create!