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Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010

Introduction

Set a whimsical scene of felted sheep and a cinnamon-stick fence for a fragrant holiday touch.

Felted Sheep
Tools and Materials

  • Styrofoam eggs (5-inch egg for mama sheep, 4-inch egg for adolescent sheep, 3-inch egg for baby lamb)
  • Wool fibers
  • Nylon stocking
  • Scissors
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Drying rack
  • Craft knife
  • Four cinnamon sticks (cut to 3 inches)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Wool felt
  • Felting needle
  • Dark grey acrylic paint
  • Wax paper

Felted Sheep How-To
1. Wrap wool fibers around Styrofoam egg, covering entirely.

2. Cut stocking about 8 inches from toe seam. Place wrapped egg in foot of stocking. Wet egg and stocking with warm water and a squirt of liquid soap. Rub egg between hands to felt (approximately 5 minutes). Add warm water as necessary to create suds.

3. Remove egg from stocking and rinse out soap, continuing to roll in hands. Let dry on drying rack.

4. On underside of dry felted egg, cut four X's with a craft knife for the legs. Insert cinnamon sticks through each cut into the Styrofoam. Remove cinnamon sticks and squirt hot glue into holes; reinsert cinnamon sticks securely.

5. Cut small sheep ears out of felt and use a dab of hot glue to attach each to sheep's head. Wrap additional loose wool fibers around tops of legs and bases of ears; needle-felt to keep in place. For the sheep's tail, make a small ball of wool fibers and needle-felt to the sheep's backside.

6. Dip the ends of each cinnamon stick leg into dark-gray acrylic paint to define hooves. Let dry on a piece of wax paper.

Cinnamon Fence
Tools and Materials

  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Serrated knife
  • Wood glue

Cinnamon Fence How-To
1. Trim cinnamon sticks to about 3 inches with a mini-saw or serrated knife to make fence posts.

2. Arrange sticks in desired fence design and use wood glue to attach. Try gluing two longer horizontal cinnamon "slats" between two vertical posts, occasionally adding a diagonal stick in between the horizontal slats.

Resources
Wool and felting tools available from Halcyon Yarn. Cinnamon sticks available from Spice Barn.

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