They come in all shapes and sizes with wonderful personalities but my favorites are the ones that are buried in their beards and hats, so that is the type I crafted.
Here are the steps for making this quick, fluffy tomten tree ornament.
- Wooden ball 2" in diameter
- Wooden ball 1/2" diameter
- Red felt
- White fuzzy yarn ( note I made 7 tomte with 1 skein of yarn)
- Stem Wire
- 1/8" red ribbon
- Thread, needle
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- sewing machine - optional
- Drill and bit - about 7/64"
- 5 minute epoxy
- Scrap chipboard 3" x 6" - cereal box cardboard is fine
- Make the hat.
- Cut pie shaped pieces of red felt. For a 2" wooden ball it should be 7" long on each of the sides and about 6.5" along the diameter.
- Stitch up the 7" side seam to make the hat. Sew close to the edge. If you don't have a sewing machine you can experiment with felt glue.
- Turn the hat right-side out and fold up the front rim about 1/4". Use hot glue to glue up the front rim.
- Using a small drill bit ( I used 7/64) drill a hole into the wooden ball at and angle. You might need a different size depending on the size of your stem wire.
- Cut a length of stem wire about 7" long and glue into the hole. I used 5 minute epoxy.
- Fold the cardboard in half so it is double thickness and about 3" x 6".
- Wrap the fuzzy yarn around the cardboard form 70 times. This amount might have to vary depending on the thickness of the yarn you use. My was thin.
- Take an additional piece of the yarn and tie all of the loops together tightly.
- Slide the yarn bunch off the cardboard.
- Use sharp scissors and cut through the bottom loop of the yarn bunch so it opens up with the knotted string in the center.
- Place a blob of hot glue onto the wooden ball about 3/4" in front of the wire stem.
- Place the knotted center of the yarn bunch on top of that glue blob and press in place.
- This knotted spot should be at approximately the top of the head. It will be covered by the front of the hat which will go over the wire stem.
- Spread the hair out to either side and put a glue line from side to side about where his smile would be.
- Pull sections of hair around to the front and attach to this glue line.
- You want the entire front to be well covered in fuzzy yarn.
- You don't have to be very fussy but you do need good coverage. Add glue if needed.
- Repeat the same thing on the back side about 1/2" below the wire stem.
- You may need to apply a little on each side as well.
- Study the ball and look for areas not covered and use glue to attach some yarn there.
- The ball will look really wild at this point.
- Slide the hat over the stem wire with the seam on the back-side.
- Cut the wire if it is too long.
- Place a dot of hot glue on the top of the head and glue the front brim of the hat there.
- Add another dot of glue beneath the back rim and glue the hat there.
- You can add dots to each side as well.
- Bend the wire inside the hat to give the tomten a unique character.
- Put a dot of hot glue right below the folded brim on the front and......
- Attach the 1/2" wooden bead as a nose.
- Now, working over a wastebasket and using sharp scissors, start trimming your tomten's beard and hair. This starts to tame the wild appearance. I was aiming for a well rounded bottom edge. I also found it helped to shorten hairs round the nose.
- Make a loop of 1/8" red satin ribbon and stitch it by hand to an appropriate spot on the hat.
- And then make some tomten buddies and hang them on your tree........
Merry Christmas to all!
© 2013 Marji Roy, Ashbee Design
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