Quick and Easy Christmas Pals!

Snowman, Penguin, and Reindeer Christmas Pal
Snowman, Penguin, and Reindeer Christmas Pal | Source

Introduction

Once again the holiday season is fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about gifts, yummy cookies, and decorations. I have four aunts, and every year I try to make them something new and personal. Over the years I’ve made them anything from handmade Christmas ornaments to personalized pillows. This year I was a little stumped about what I wanted to try and make them, but then I found this fun video on YouTube on how to make sock snowmen. Naturally I couldn’t stop there so I found a video on how to make penguins and when I couldn’t find one on how to make reindeer I figured it out myself! So here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these fun and cute Christmas pals for your home and friends.

Sock Snowman
Sock Snowman | Source
Rice and sock
Rice and sock | Source

How to Make A Snowman

What would the holidays be without snowman? This little guy is quick and easy and will bring a smile to anyone’s face. All ready for winter wrapped in his festive scarf and warm hat. What you will need:

  • White sock
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon of choice
  • White string or rubber band
  • Cotton balls
  • Rice
  • Sewing pins or buttons
  • Glue gun and extra glue sticks
  • Any other small decorations you would like

STEP ONE: MAKING THE SNOWMAN’S BODY

Cut the sock in half

Fill the half with the “toe” with rice. Keep bouncing your sock off the table to compact the rice. Tie a tight knot at the top with your string or rubber band.

Take a second piece of string and tie around the middle of your sock to form a distinct belly and head.

Take two black-ended sewing pins for eyes and an orange one for the nose. For the charcoal buttons either use more sewing pins or glue on buttons.

STEP TWO: MAKING THE HAT/ACCENTS

Now take the second half of the sock and roll the bottom edge to make the rim of the hat. Place the hat on your snowman’s head and glue in place. Use another piece of string to tie the top of the hat real tight. Cut off excess fabric. Press the tied end into the hat and hide the string with a cotton ball, or you can do what I did and just hide the string with a piece of ribbon. You might need more than one cotton ball. Finish your snowman off with a small piece of ribbon for a scarf and glue in place. It’s that simple! Made in minutes. Please forgive my examples. I purchased white string but it had magically disappeared when I arrived home so I had to use the only string I had which was green.

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Sock Penguin
Sock Penguin | Source

How to Make A Sock Penguin

So you created your first snowman, congratulations! Now it's time to move onto penguins, but don't be afraid, it's just as easy as trying to make a snowman. Before you know it, you’ll have a whole flock of penguins marching around your home. With any luck they’ll all be carrying bags of cookies!

What You'll Need

  • One black sock and one white
  • White buttons
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon of choice
  • White string or rubber band
  • Orange cloth for feet and beak
  • Rice
  • Sewing pins or buttons
  • Glue gun and extra glue sticks
  • Any other small decorations you would like

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STEP ONE: BODY

Start the body just like you started the snowman. Cut a white sock and a black sock in half. Fill the white sock with rice. Tie with string at the top and make sure your sock is nice and full and round. Now take one of the black halves and stretch it over the white sock until all you can see is a white tummy. Fold over the frayed edges (ON THE TUMMY ONLY) and glue into place. Next, tie the top of the black sock, but don’t cut off the extra fabric. Use your scissors to create the “feathers” on the top by just cutting strips.

STEP TWO: ACCENTS

Lie out your orange fabric and cut out three triangles: one small and two large. Use pinking shears to create the toes. If you don’t have pinking shears, like me, you can just wiggle your regular scissors back and forth or cut a bunch of small triangles. Place your two feet on the table facing you. Drop some hot glue near the “ankle”. Rest your penguin's body on to his feet and let dry (30seconds to a minute). Next, glue on the beak. Figure out where you would like your eyes. Use white buttons for the eyes and which ever color you would like for the pupil. I recommend to put the glue onto your penguin first. Then WITH THE PIN ALREADY INSERTED IN THE BUTTON, stick the eyes onto your penguin. Why this way? Because when I didn’t, and I went to put the pins in, the glue had already started to harden. Not an easy task. All that’s left is to cut a piece of ribbon for the bow on top! Add other accessories too like little berries, snowflakes, or glitter!

Materials
Materials | Source
Start of black and white
Start of black and white | Source
I put my ribbon on first
I put my ribbon on first | Source
Making the feet!
Making the feet! | Source
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Note From The Author

Before we start the reindeer I just want to tell you that this may seem like a lot of material, and I’m sure you’re saying to yourself, “this is going to cost a lot.” And I can promise you it won’t. The most I spent on one particular item was $8 for the rice. A great place to find discounted prices on socks is anything with a dollar in the name: Dollar tree, or Family Dollar for example. Wal-Mart sells buttons for roughly 97cents to $1.50. Same for the pins and string. As for the cloth, I found the orange one in Wal-Mart’s return bin. It’s usually located right next to the fabric-cutting desk and I purchased a whole yard for another $1.50.

Sock Reindeer
Sock Reindeer | Source

How To Make A Sock Reindeer

This one is a tiny bit trickier and requires some cutting by eye, but all the light tan pieces can be cut from one sock! So here is what you'll need:

  • Tan sock (Wal-Mart)
  • Red sock or red cloth gloves
  • Scissors
  • Brown cloth
  • Ribbon of choice
  • White/tan string or rubber band
  • Cotton balls
  • Rice
  • Sewing pins
  • Buttons
  • Antlers (Christmas ornament Wal-Mart)
  • Glue gun and extra glue sticks
  • Any other small decorations you would like

Sock
Sock | Source

STEP ONE: THE BODY

Start your reindeer off just like the penguin and the snowman EXCEPT this time cut roughly ½ above the heel. The heel will end up being the reindeer’s nose.Take a second piece of string and tie it tightly around the heel. Make sure there is plenty of rice inside. This will create the bulk of the nose.Then tie another piece of string around his/her neck to separate the head.

Front View
Front View | Source
Side View
Side View | Source
Side view with neck string
Side view with neck string | Source

STEP TWO: ARMS

This is where it gets a little tricky. Next you’ll want to take the remaining tan sock. The top inch will be fore your ears. The second half is for the arms. Cut out the arms and then sever the ties holding them together. See diagram below

Take the arms and place them on your dark fabric. Trace them. Draw a line about ¼inch to ½ inch up from the bottom of the now traced arm. This will be your hoof. Cut out. Next, you'll also want to cut out a triangle for the nose. Make the shortest side is a little rounded (this is the top of the nose).

Diagram Cutting
Diagram Cutting | Source
How to tell if you swatch is square? Just fold it in half and cut off the extra.
How to tell if you swatch is square? Just fold it in half and cut off the extra. | Source
Square!
Square! | Source
Corner 1
Corner 1 | Source
Opposite corner
Opposite corner | Source

STEPS 3: EARS AND TAIL

Take the 1nch circle left over from cutting out your arms. Cut it down the middle to make one long strip and then cut it again. Trim as needed to make two squares. Next, take one square and fold two opposite corners in towards it self. Places a spot of glue on each layer to hold. We will eventually be twisting one end and stuffing it under the hat rim.

After all that you are left with this odd looking scrape of cloth. Use that last piece for the tail. I placed a cotton ball in the largest section and cut a triangle around the cotton ball.

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STEP FOUR: HAT, ANTLERS, AND ACCENTS

We are almost there! All that’s left is the accents, hat, and antlers! Take your glove or red sock and do the same steps as with the snowman. Now it’s time to roll the end of your ears and tuck them under the brim of the hat. A little hot glue wouldn’t hurt just for some extra hold. Now as for the antlers, I was having an awful time trying to figure out how to make them. Surprisingly, an unfortunate event turned into a goldmine. As I was walking through Wal-Marts Christmas section I came across these antler tree decorations. In hopes of looking at one I went to pick it up…Only to have 3 or 4 get tangled together and fall crashing to the floor. Now I’m standing in the isle with broken product all over the place, and my conscience wasn’t about to let me leave without paying for them. Then BAM it hits me. The little broken pieces are the perfect size! Plus the whole ornament only cost $1.99. BINGO! You’ll have to break yours. Then just glue the two antlers into the top rim of the hat. After that, all that’s left is to attach the eyes and glue in place your reindeer’s adorable scarf!

Making the hat
Making the hat | Source
Antlers
Antlers | Source
All Finished!
All Finished! | Source

Just a last word of caution. If you choose to use pins please don't let your children or grandchildren play with these. Maybe try the buttons instead. We wouldn't want anyone getting poked accidentally. On a happier note, there are hundreds of different ways you could combine these to make the best Christmas gift. So have lots of fun and a very Merry Christmas to you all!

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RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

Such cute little projects, with nice clear pictures to go with the tutorial. These decorations could be adapted to be child-safe and used as toys, and it would be fun to combine them for a variety of other little pals, as you mention.


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Linnea Lewis 12 months ago from South Carolina, USA

What cute things and they look really easy to make. Now I want to try to make the snowman, thank you for this wonderful hub!


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The Dirt Farmer 12 months ago from United States

These are adorable!


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Kailua-KonaGirl 12 months ago from New York

Simply adorable Christmas critters! Your instructions are spot on too. I am pinning this hub to my Christmas Kids Crafts board on Pinterest. Oh BTW - a huge congrats on Editors Choice Weekly Spotlight!


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Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

Thank you for sharing these adorable creations. Looks so easy from your directions. I was thinking of getting my grandchildren to help make them, but was thinking about the pins, so I will opt for the buttons.


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VirginiaLynne 12 months ago from United States

Love these, especially the penguin. I'm going to have to make some with my teenage daughters. Thanks for the easy ideas!


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Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Beautiful and lovely work. Images and instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Nice crafts and i appreciate your interests and skills.


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Chantelle Porter 12 months ago from Chicago

Absolutely adorable. These look very "doable" for those of use who aren't crafty. Congrats on HOTD!


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RTalloni 12 months ago from the short journey

Back to say congratulations on your Hub of the Day award for this post/tutorial. They make me smile every time I see them! :)


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SusanDeppner 12 months ago from Arkansas USA

What adorable sock crafts! I especially love the way you used the sewing pins. Crafty! :) Congrats on Hub of the Day honors today!


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CarlySullens 12 months ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Congratulations on Hub of the Day. This is a great Hub. The pictures and directions to make these fun little creatures are easy for anyone to follow. Wonderful job!


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katherinethorell 12 months ago Author

Thank you everyone for all the thoughtful comments! I'm so glad you've enjoyed my hub and have a wonderful holiday.


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Kristen Howe 12 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Katherne, congrats on HOTD once again! What a wonderful and clever crafty idea you have here for the holidays and using socks! Well done!


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MsDora 12 months ago from The Caribbean

The snowman is my favorite. Thanks for sharing the instructions for these beautiful creations and congratulations on your HOTD accolade. Merry Christmas!


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heidithorne 12 months ago from Chicago Area

Adorable! Congrats on Hub of the Day. Well deserved. Happy Holidays!


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katherinethorell 12 months ago Author

Thank you! And Merry Christmas!

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