These cute little singers are a great Christmas project. Since I already had wood left over from other projects, they were also a recycled project. Family and friends gave me outgrown clothing and I also purchased a lot from a thrift store that runs a "Fill a bag for $1.00" sale each week. You can find salvage bins at many home stores for wood, but even at full price, 2x4s are inexpensive.
Be sure to read through the directions first. I have made many of these carolers over the years and have found shortcuts and improvements so I will share these tips with you.
Approximate Time: approximately 1-3 hrs.
TIPS: V necked or low cut sweaters will not work well. Try to use round necked or high collar ones. The idea is to cover all the wood with only the face showing and the more sweater you have to work with, the better. For example, on my 3 foot caroler, I used a large adult sweater. By the time you gather it all where needed, it will look just fine. On the 2 1/2 foot ones, I used a large older child's sweater or a small adult's.
After making a few sets of them, I found that by sliding a length of foam pipe insulation on to their wire arms, it made the arms look fuller and the sweater seemed to hang better.
Just about any type of winter hat will work, but just like the sweater, you will want them bigger. Don't use one that is so small that it's tight when you slip it on the 2x4. You don't want the actual form of the 2x4 to show. All the clothing should have a kind of "baggy" look. This gives them personality.
When choosing wood for the base, you want to use a type of wood that is wide enough to staple into it. Pine is ideal. If purchasing wood, buy the cheapest grade. I have made several sets for family and friends and I still have a set that I made years ago.
These carolers are really quite easy to make and if you try one, you will find yourself wanting to make more. I do so every year and they also make great gifts! They look adorable standing grouped together near the Christmas tree or on a porch or entryway.
By Mary from Palm Coast, FL
These are simply adorable and you are an "artiste". I'm not sure what I'll end up with , but your instructions are simple enough, so I'm willing to try. The diagrams will help so much too.
Thank you for sharing this nice craft when we have plenty of time to make them for Christmas, Mary. If my first set comes out OK, I'll be making more for gifts.
Mary,these look so cute and seem easy enough to make.
Thanks for posting.
Very nice Christmas craft. I'd like to try making them. Hope mine turn out as cute as yours are. Thanks for a great idea.
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