Big Hands, Celebrations, Crafts

Tabletop Decorations: Merry Mickey Snowman and Tabletop Trees

Today I am sharing a couple quick projects I did to spruce up our kitchen table and add some decoration to the side buffet in our dining nook.

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The inspiration for this Mickey project came largely from the Mickey Tree Topper I shared yesterday and the images of Mickey snowmen I kept coming across on the internet.  I was downstairs searching through my Christmas stuff and there he was just staring at me from the shelf begging for a set of mouse ears!  I bought him several years ago, and I still really like him so I was happy to find a way to fit him into my holiday décor and theme.

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Materials

  • Snowman figure
  • Black felt
  • Cardboard material
  • Drinking glass (or other cylinder shape) for tracing
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Safety Pins (2)

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To make the ears, I found a cup that was the right size of circle I wanted, and traced it out onto a sheet of cardboard (an old cereal box).  I then cut out the cardboard circle, placed it over a piece of folded black felt and cut the two sides of the felt out around it.  As you can see in the picture below, I incorporated the bottom fold to create a bit of a flap where I could later put the safety pin in.

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Once the circles were cut, I hot glued the cardboard in the middle and glued around the edges to seal the felt pieces together.  I needed the cardboard for stability, but didn’t want it showing through the felt edges so I cut the felt slightly bigger than the cardboard.

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After repeating the process  for the second ear, I safety pinned both ears onto my snowman’s hat.  His holly berries had also gone missing off his top hat, so I took the opportunity to create a hidden Mickey by hot glueing two different sized pom poms onto it.

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My snowman just happened to have a top hat that the black felt blended nicely with, but I imagine they would look just as good attached to a Santa style hat or toque.

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For the dining table, I wanted something cheap and simple.  I had seen these Mickey and Minnie style painted terra cotta pots used for birthday party centerpieces, and thought they would make the perfect holder for small Christmas trees.  A trip to the Dollar Store was all it took and I was able to find all supplies including the two trees, terra cotta pots, small garland, red and white paint, and the plastic tray to set them on.

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The process is pretty self explanatory.  I painted the main portion of the pots red and did the top bands in white acrylic paint.  I then free hand painted small white dots all over the Minnie pot and two big ovals on the Mickey version to look like the buttons on his pants.  The trees I simply wrapped with a thin red garland, then set in the painted pots and placed on the coordinating red and white plastic tray in the middle of the table.

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Aren`t the stuffed Mickey and Minnie adorable?  I made the mistake of going to the Disney Store this week and they were 40% off.  I used them in my photo’s and then tucked them back away for the kids stockings!

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