Red Ice Skates DIY Holiday Craft


This is a simple holiday craft that came to me as a gift when I was just a little kid, and I’ve kept it since then and used it for many holiday seasons.  A wonderful lady from the church I attended at the time gave me a little ornament to hang on our tree, and they were red ice skates she had made by hand.



These are super easy to make from little scraps of felt and lace that you might have leftover from other projects.


You’ll need:

red felt

1-2 cotton balls

a toothpick

white sewing thread and needle

white lace trim

2 silver paper clips

white glue

silver glitter


1.  Take white glue, and apply it to both sides of 2 paperclips, and then sprinkle both sides with silver glitter.  Let dry.  Set aside; you’ll use these in a few minutes.

2.  Create a paper pattern for your skates (I just free-handed this.)  Mine measure approximately 1 3/4 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches wide at the bottom where the skate attaches.  The width of the skate top is about 3/4 inch.  Cut out 4 small skate shapes out of red felt, and place them in pairs, one on top of the other, right sides facing out.

3.  Using white sewing thread on a needle, hand-stitch the edges of the skates closed with a whip stitch, leaving the bottom of the skates open.  The white stitches are going to show, as a decorative feature on the finished skates.

4.  Cut a short piece of little lace trim to fit around the top of the skate, and then use white thread and a needle to hand stitch it to the top of the skate form.  Be careful not to sew the top of the skate closed–the trim should just go on the outside of the felt.  You might need to insert your finger into the skate form to hold it open as you sew.

5.  Take a cotton ball, and loosen the cotton up, then carefully stuff it into each skate form, using a toothpick to help you get it into all corners.  It doesn’t need much, just enough so that it isn’t flat but has a little shape to it.

6.  Place a long edge of the glittered paperclip along the inside bottom of the skate form, and then using the white thread, sew the top of the paperclip into the bottom of the skate form to close the bottom edge of the skate.

7.  Take white thread and needle, and make a knot, then sew through the front top corner of one finished skate, leave 3 1/2 inches of thread, and then sew through the front top corner of the other finished skate, and knot it off, to connect the skates.

8.  Done!


These make wonderful ornaments for your tree, or a great decoration for the top of a gift.




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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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14 Responses to Red Ice Skates DIY Holiday Craft

  1. olthings says:

    Dearest Athena
    So cute and nice handmade skate ! They are lovely ! And yes when my boys were little we made ornaments every year and I still keep yet ! Now I make a few for decoration !
    Have a nice day !

  2. Melynda@Our Sunday Cafe says:

    These are adorable! I have been making ornaments for 40 years, whew where has the time gone. These will be made, and I love the lace accent.

  3. These ice skates are adorable!

  4. JP says:

    A-D-O-R-A-B–L-E….spells your sweet skates!!! I pinned them for you.
    Happy Holiday’s to you!

  5. Anne says:

    awww so very cute!!

  6. Athena,

    The skates are Very cute. Love them. I have not done much in the way of crafts this year, although I am making a quilted Christmas table runner for my house mate. I made one for Hanukkah last year.

    I wanted to let you know that I posted a link to your Crispy Potato Pancakes in my Hanukkah post that I just put up. I do want to try those.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  7. Super cute!!!!!! It is the rare occasion that I do handmade crafts (because I can’t sit still long enough and need to be on a triple dose of Ritalin!!!), but these are really cute!!! The paper clip really gives that dimensional look like real blades would look! Very nice!

  8. Mindy says:

    So cute! I’ll have to remember them as an idea for next year’s ornaments.

  9. Mel says:

    Oh so cute, I am making some things I love Christmas!

  10. Karen says:

    I love these! They’re so cute. I know a young woman who almost got to the Olympics in figure skating before she was injured. I bet she’d love these. Yes, I love to make gifts for Christmas. I lead Women’s Ministries at our church and every year we make little gifts for all the women attending our Christmas event. Plus, I’d rather make gifts for others anytime, than buy something. Merry Christmas!

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Oh what sweet little skates!