It’s Martha here and today I will share a fun project that uses this free, elegant sleigh design.
I decided to alter the sleigh into a fun kids lacing activity by simply adding dots around the edge of the design. This is a lot easier and less time consuming if you use this little trick: make the dots by using the rhinestones window that is available in the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio. I used 10ss size for my dots which is a nice size for older children but I recommend using size 16ss for younger children.
At this point, the rhinestones will look really messy but it is so simple to clean the dots up. Using the align window, aline the dots by selecting the space vertically and the align bottom options. I also deleted about every second dot.
With the Silhouette, I cut the sleigh onto a thick cardstock. Two copies are needed for this craft. Make sure that the second copy is mirrored. I sized the sleigh to 11.5″ long so both sleighs would fit onto one piece of cardstock.
Once cut, align the dots and begin lacing the sleigh with yarn or ribbon. You can either tape the end of the lace or use a paperclip. Because the ribbon was thicker, I used a paperclip and bent it to make a “needle”. Clamp the end with a pair of pliers.
The rest of the craft is pretty straight forward. Here are a few pointers:
- Leave enough ribbon at the start to tie the tag onto the sleigh.
- Once laced, glue the swirly parts of the design together with a glue stick.
- Use the print and cut feature to print the label. I used kraft paper for my tag.
- Hand sew the jingle bells onto the bow (adult help may be required).
This sleigh also makes a great gift holder. I added a couple of music ornaments and a personalized note on the back of the tag for my children’s music teacher.
The craft was a lot of fun to make and I think that adults might really enjoy making it too! How are you going to use this design?