Happy New Year! The hooligans have returned, and we’re getting back into our groove here. We’ve spent the majority of the past two days playing, re-connecting and enjoying the SNOW that we finally got over the holidays! We haven’t done anything terribly structured this week but I did make these simple winter lacing cards this morning.
I loved lacing cards when I was a child, and I enjoy making them and changing them up seasonally for the hooligans.
This is a simple project and it doesn’t have to cost you a thing!
What you’ll need to make your own lacing cards:
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- cardboard (a cereal box is great)
- patterned paper
- shoelace OR a *child’s sewing needle and a length of yarn
*(instructions for making a very simple child’s sewing needle can be found further down this page)
I drew the mitt and the toque free-hand, but used a simple template that I found online for the snowflake.
Draw your shape and transfer it to your cardboard, and cut it out. Then using a glue stick, cover the cut-out with your patterned paper. I use wallpaper samples for this kind of thing. I LOVE my wallpaper samples! Pop into your local paint and paper shop, and ask if they have any out-of-date wallpaper books that they’d be willing to part with. The store in my town is always more than happy to give me theirs, and we use them for all kinds of projects here. The paper is beautiful and sturdy, and it’s so much easier on the pocket book than buying expensive scrapbooking paper!
Once you’ve glued your paper to the cardboard, cut it to fit, and then punch some holes all around the edges of your card.
If you don’t have a shoelace, you can use yarn with a plastic sewing needle. In the event that you don’t have a sewing needle, you can use my handy little trick to make a kid-friendly sewing needle out of a drinking straw.
Make a homemade “sewing needle” for a child: