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Kids' Krafts: Ornamental elves made with blocks

By Kathy Antoniotti

Akron Beacon Journal

Published: Monday, Dec. 21 2009 12:06 p.m. MST

Everyone knows holidays can't come too soon for kids. But many adults agree.

Joann Velickoff of North Canton created these cute elves to sell at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church's popular Something Russian Festival in October in Mogadore, Ohio.

Velickoff's ornaments caught my eye because they are made with old-fashioned children's alphabet blocks, a really clever idea. We talked about using them in a pre-Christmas column and she kindly offered to send instructions. She also sent patterns for each felt piece needed for the craft.

The ornament is a great last-minute gift, or cute enough to make for your own Christmas tree. It's easy to assemble, although it might be hard to find old wooden alphabet blocks.

Velickoff said she finds old wooden blocks at yard sales and flea markets but also uses the modern building blocks of resin found at toy stores.

Supplies you will need for each elf:

Craft felt in red, white and green.

1 1-inch wooden ball.

1 wooden or resin children's alphabet block.

4 1/2-inch white pom poms.

Thin cord or ribbon.

Small jingle bell.

Fine-tip black marker.

Gold Scribbler.

Paper punch.

White craft glue or low temperature glue gun.

Draw on felt and cut out the following:

For collar: a circle 2 ¼-inches in diameter of white felt. Use the gold Scribbler to dot one side with small specks. Let dry.

For hat: a green felt triangle with the two 2-inch straight sides 3 inches wide at base. Connect them with an arc. Glue the straight sides together to form the cone. Glue or sew a small jingle bell to the point.

For arms: a 4 1/2-inch long by 5/8-inch wide rectangle in red felt. Round ends.

For legs: a "V"-shape piece of red felt with sides 3 inches long and 5/8-inch wide. The widest part of the "V" where the short ends meet is 1 ¾ inches wide. Round ends.

Glue pom poms at the ends of the arms and legs.

Glue the legs to the bottom of the block.

Glue arms over the top of the block so they hang evenly down the sides.

Punch a hole in the center of the collar. Glue the collar on top of the arms, centering it on the top of the block.

Glue the wooden ball on top of the collar to make the head.

Glue the hat on the head and the point of the hat to the brim to form a hook.

Run a cord or ribbon through the loop and tie the ends.

Draw the face with a fine-tipped black marker.

(c) 2009, Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio). Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

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