One of my favorite holiday memories as a child is making little Christmas crafts. I would get out the neon felt, pom poms, and glitter, lots and lots of glitter, and go to town making gaudy Christmas trees, snow men, Santas, whatever my little heart desired. My mom would dutifully display these treasures around the house for our guests to ooh and awe over. Now when my family unpacks the holiday decorations, we still find glitter remnants from these crafts covering the ornaments. It’s a nice reminder of Christmases past plus an excellent reason to break out the vacuum.
I got to relive some of these sweet memories recently with a dear friend of mine, Brianna Isbell of Athens’ own Moonsail. Moonsail is a vintage, handmade and upcycled clothing and design company that Bri started in 2006 at the age of 13. Over the past eight years the company has evolved from a made-to-order clothing operation for friends and family to an online-based shop that features wood burnings, paintings, vintage, handmade clothing, and all manner of rad paraphernalia. You can visit Bri’s Etsy shop, or shop my personal favorite way, in the Broad Collective’s shop. Online shopping not your thing? Look for Moonsail around town at craft fairs; it’s the booth with lots of vintage floral and an adorable, smiley brunette. You can also connect with Bri on Instagram or Facebook.
I sat down at my kitchen table with Bri this week and chatted about Moonsail while we drank coffee and she taught me how to make a Christmas ornament. The result is a cute little critter that is equally at home hanging on your tree or being wrapped up and gifted to a friend.
Festive Fox Ornament
Felt- we used brown, cream, grey, and red
Needle and thread
Yarn or ribbon
Hot glue gun
Fox pattern- make your own or print out the one we used:
2. Hot glue the two head pieces together. Leave an opening at the top and the bottom of the head. Bri wanted me to type that last sentence in all caps so you would realize the importance of leaving the openings. But that seems like yelling to me, so for the love of crafting, just please leave the openings!
3. Trace the head shape onto the brown felt and cut it out. Use chalk to sketch out the fox’s mask and cut that out too. So at this point you no longer have a full head, but just the cutout mask. In a minute you’ll glue the mask onto your face cutouts (in which you left openings, right?!).
4. Trace the fox’s body on the red felt. Or whatever color felt you want your fox to wear. We also traced a little collar on the grey. But your fox could sport a green scarf or a purple jacket or whatever you can dream up!
We named our fox Cucumber and he is currently residing in the top branches of Bri’s tree so the cat can’t prematurely end his festive little life. Let us know how your ornaments turn out by hashtagging #eptingevents! Happy making. -Laura