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A Kitten’s Tale Tutorial

Do you remember the nursery rhyme, “The Three Little Kittens?” Remember how they cried when their Mama scolded them and in exasperation declared, “What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!” Well, they eventually found their mittens, and now you can create this sweet wall hanging craft for a nursery, a child’s room, or any other place in your house where you would like to bring in a little sunshine on a blustery winter day. Inspired by my beautiful granddaughters, Mara and Daena, we worked together to come up with this fun craft.

Now I am known as the “Glitter Grandma,” so I guess I have a reputation to uphold! Seems to me that anything can be made beautiful with a little glitter sprinkled on, kind of like Fairy Dust . . . . but of course, you could make “A Kitten’s Tale” without glitter, too.  These mittens would look really charming made with  fabric scraps, such as bits and pieces  cut from old wool sweaters. Whatever you decide to do with your mitten wall hanging, I know you’ll have great fun making it!

It’s super simple, inexpensive, yet pretty enough to hang in your window and let the sunshine dance among the sparkly mittens. If you’re thinking it would be fun to do a craft on a winter day, grab your supplies and let’s make “A Kitten’s Tale” mitten wall hanging.

What you need:

* 1 large sheet of poster board

* 2 sheets (8 1/2″ X 11″) card stock (for snowflakes and backing)

* Craft / acrylic paints in various shades

* Craft paint brushes in various sizes

* Glitter  ;o)

* Ribbon(approx. 2 yards: 1 yd for the actual clothesline and an additional yard for ribbon ties)

(other embellishments such as lace, beads, or buttons could also be added)

* Scissors

* Craft glue

* Optional: fabric scraps to glue onto each mitten instead of paint

Let’s make it!

Step #1:  Using the mitten template (below), cut mitten shapes from poster board. I used four pair of mittens for my project, but you might only want to use two or three pair, it is completely up to you!

Step #2: Paint each pair of mittens a different color. We used the following colors: Ice blue, Rose, Lavender, and Aquamarine. All of our paint was metallic-based so that they all have kind of a shimmery effect, but any color combination you like and any type of paint you prefer will work.

* After the paint on the front side of each mitten is dry, turn them all over and paint the backs. This is not necessary but it will make your mittens look prettier if one happens to get turned over!

* This is also a good time to paint a scrap of paper light blue (approx. 6″ X 10″) for the background for the snowflakes; if you want sparkly snowflakes, paint a piece of card stock with white paint and sprinkle clear or silver glitter on while the paint is still wet.

Step #3: When the paint on all of your mittens is dry, front and back, it is time to embellish them. On one of our projects we glued a bit of lace and ribbon at the wrist of each mitten; we also tried adding a button to each cuff, as well as added “bling” with rhinestone, gold, and silver-tone braid. In the end, we decided on the one with painted on designs such as polka-dots, plaids, stripes, and chevrons which were them embellished with glitter.

Step #4: If you choose to cover your mittens with fabric scraps, you would simply cut your fabric scraps from the mitten template (below) and glue the fabric mitten shape to the front and back of each of your mittens cut from the poster board.

Step #5: Once you have all of your mittens decorated / embellished the way you want them, it is time to “hang them out to dry” on a ribbon clothes line. If you can find some of the tiny plastic clothes pins (available sometimes in craft stores), it is cute to “hang” the mittens from the ribbon using the clippy clothes pins.

Since I couldn’t find any clothespins, we tried tying them onto the “clothesline” using scraps of matching / coordinating ribbon. This worked quite well, because we were able to tie little bows at the top of each mitten hanging on our clothesline.

* If using ribbon to tie your mittens on to the clothes line, simply punch a hole in center of the cuff of each mitten, thread a ribbon scrap (approx. 8″ long) through the hole and tie it onto the ribbon clothesline. 8″ of ribbon should give you enough to tie a little bow at the top.

* Be sure to leave at least 12″ at each end, beyond where you have the mittens tied on, for finishing the wall hanging with snowflakes.

Step #6: To finish your mitten wall hanging, cut two snowflakes (link to directions HERE) from the white card stock. Glue each snowflake onto the backing that you painted light blue. Place upside down on a sheet of tin foil with a heavy book on top to weight it down while the glue is drying. This is to make sure that the snowflakes and backing will lay flat.

* When the glue is completely dry, cut around each snowflake. Poke a hole in the center of each snowflake.

* Approximately 8″ from each end of the ribbon “clothes line,” tie a loop for hanging; thread each end of the ribbon through the hole in the snowflake and tie several knots to hold it securely between the loop for hanging (in the back of the snowflake) and the front of the snowflake.

Snip off the end of the ribbon so that you have a short “tail” hanging from the middle of each snowflake.

There you have it! You can hang your “lost mittens” on the wall or a door using the loop on the back of each snowflake, or you could tape it to a window or wherever you have a spot at your house for hanging a few charming mittens. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me HERE. I would love to see YOUR mittens hanging on apretty ribbon “clothes line”!

“A Kitten’s Tale” Winter Wall Hanging Craft

by mamas*little*treasures

Three little kittens they lost their mittens, and they began to cry,
“Oh mother dear, we sadly fear that we have lost our mittens.”
“What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”
“Meeow, meeow, meeow, now we shall have no pie.”
The three little kittens they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh mother dear, see here, see here
For we have found our mittens.”
“Put on your mittens, you silly kittens
And you shall have some pie”
“Meeow, meeow, meeow,
Now let us have some pie.”
The three little kittens put on their mittens
And soon ate up the pie,
“Oh mother dear, we greatly fear
That we have soiled our mittens.”
“What! soiled you mittens, you naughty kittens!”
Then they began to cry, “Meeow, meeow, meeow”
Then they began to sigh.
The three little kittens they washed their mittens
And hung them out to dry,
“Oh mother dear, do you not hear
That we have washed our mittens.”
“What! washed your mittens, you are good kittens.”
But I smell a rat close by,
“Meeow, meeow, meeow” we smell a rat close by…

“The Three Little Kittens” first appeared in “Only True Mother Goose Melodies” in 1843.

Mitten Template for “A Kitten’s Tale” Craft Project

Print out and cut 3 – 4 pairs of mittens to decorateCopyright 2012 by Nina Newton aka mamas*little*treasures.  All text and images contained herein are owned by and are copyright 2012 mamas*little*treasures.  None of the contents of this pattern tutorial may be reproduced or republished.  This pattern is for the express and sole use of the customer for personal or home use, and may be used to create craft projects for the customer to sell on his or her own.


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  1. Sharon Savoy

    I love this craft and making it with card stock they could be part of a game of matching the mittens. Making them from castoff sweaters and clothing is great also and the fairy snow glitter should adhere to them beautifully. Hang them in windows or no the tree or continue to make them into a larger garland for a wall.

  2. Cara

    These are adorable! Will definitely be making these with my 2 boys! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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