A corrugated cardboard craft, and the winners announced

It’s the first day of fall, and the perfect day to share these pretty, paper pinecones. These DIY paper pinecones will be a beautiful, understated addition to your fall décor, and will make elegant Christmas ornaments, too. Humble, everyday corrugated cardboard adds the dimension and texture that makes them special. If you’re already thinking about Christmas, make a few extra Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones for neighbors, teachers and others on your list.

Beautifully made with corrugated cardboard. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones by Kathleen George.

To make a Corrugated Cardboard Pinecone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Ribbon for hanger and bow
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” circle punch*; pencil; optional: thimble

*If you don’t have a 1” circle punch, use a quarter as your pattern, and cut out the circles with scissors.

To make a Corrugated Cardboard Pinecone:

1. Punch out 90 – 110, 1” circles from the corrugated cardboard. Hint: Cut strips 1 ¼” wide to make paper punching quicker and easier. Begin at one end of the strip and pull the strip along, punching out one circle after another.

2. Mark the center bottom and top of a 4” egg of STRYOFOAM Brand Foam with a pencil.

3. At the narrow end of the egg, pin on two circles at the 12:00 and 6:00 positions, so that they are touching directly over the center bottom. Hint: A thimble may help you push the straight pins through the cardboard.

4. Pin on two circles at the 3:00 and 9:00 positions so that they overlap the first two and meet at the center bottom.

Beautiful DIY pinecones to display from fall through the holidays. Love these! CraftsnCoffee.com. #Fall #Decor

Each row overlaps the previous row by about 1/2″.

5. Add the next four circles over the spaces left by the original circles, overlapping the original circles by about ½”.

6. Continue pinning on the remaining circles in rows, overlapping the previous row by about ½” and covering the gaps. As the egg widens you will need to pin on additional circles in order to fill in spaces in a row.

7. When you get to the very top two rows attach the circles using low-temp glue. Hold the circles down firmly so that they lay flat against the curved top of the egg.

8. Glue and pin a small bow and ribbon loop to the top for hanging.

You can also make these pinecones with felt, and Kathleen shares a tutorial for making the Felt Pinecones that decorate this Felt Pinecone & Poinsettia Wreath.

A pretty Christmas wreath made with felt. The Felt Pinecones would be pretty as ornaments, too.

Patty Schaffer also used corrugated cardboard to create her Rustic Topiary.

An easy way to add a rustic touch for your fall decorating. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I have a little backstory to share for these Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones. We originally created them at the request of Jane Guthrie, then editor of Paper Creations magazine. Kathleen George and I were so excited when Jane thought the pinecones pretty enough to feature them on the cover. Paper Creations was published by All-American Crafts, along with Create and Decorate and several other craft and hobby magazines, and I am very saddened that the company closed last month. I had the pleasure of working with many of the All-American Crafts editors through the years, and always admired the magazines they produced.

A beautiful cover! (Sadly, the magazine is now closed.) Corrugated Cardboard Pinecone tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The former Paper Creations magazine was a wonderful source of paper crafting inspiration.

How and where you find your crafting inspiration has changed tremendously over the last few years. I loved reading about where you find your craft inspiration, and I thank you all so much for participating in the Candy & Crafts giveaway. I’m excited to announce the two winners in our Candy & Crafts giveaway, and they’re both Lisa’s: LisaM6 and Lisa Cook. Congratulations, and please contact me to arrange for your prize packages.

Happy fall, ya’ll! And happy crafting.

Sharon

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Candy Corn Crafts Week: Glittered Candy Corn Door Decor

I’m wrapping up Candy Corn Crafts Week with this masked man (but don’t worry, this is definitely a non-scary Halloween decoration). I know for a fact that this is a quick and easy DIY Halloween decoration – I cut, painted and glittered this mega candy corn in a 30-minute window between errands. The mask adds a lot of personality, and he makes me laugh every time I look at him. I hope you’ll make a Glittered Candy Corn Door Hanger, too. Here’s the tute.

Who is that masked man? This Candy Corn Door Hanger is too much fun! DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Glittered Candy Corn Door Hanger, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
  • Scrap paper (for pattern)
  • Acrylic craft paints in orange, white and yellow
  • Glitter, crystalline
  • Wiggle eyes, 1-1/2”
  • Half mask (mine measured 7-1/2″ across at the widest point)
  • Wire for hanging, about 28”
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; Exacto® knife; wood skewers; stiff paintbrushes, 1” and ½” wide; newspaper; wood dowel
Adorable Halloween Door Hanger. CraftsnCoffee.com. #NonScaryHalloweenDecor

It will take you less than an hour to make this Glittered Candy Corn Door Hanger, not including dry time.

To make a Glittered Candy Corn Door Hanger:

1. Draw a candy corn pattern on scrap paper. To make my pattern, I drew a triangle that measured 12” wide at the base and 15” tall. Round the corners to create the candy corn shape. Cut out the pattern.

2. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet, and draw around pattern with sharp pencil.

3. Remove pattern, and score again on the lines you made earlier with the pencil, this time using the Exacto knife. Score the foam as deeply as you can.

4. Position the foam so that the score line is along the edge of a table, and snap off the extra foam. (I’ve used several techniques to cut out candy corn the last few years, and this method is the easiest yet.) Round the corners and any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

5. Insert a wood skewer or chopstick into the bottom of the candy corn, and use this as a handle as you paint. Squeeze paint directly onto the foam, and paint to look like a candy corn. I used the larger, 1” brush to fill in most areas, and the more narrow, ½” brush for better control where one color ended and another began.

6. Working over newspaper or a box lid, liberally sprinkle the wet paint with glitter. Lay him flat to dry.

7. Cut a 28” length of wire. Curl it around a wood dowel or other round handle. Bend to make a right angle 2” from each end, and glue and insert the ends of the wire into the candy corn.

Halloween fun! Giant, glittered - and masked, Candy Corn Door Hanger. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I found this half mask in the party aisle at Target.

8. Position mask and wiggle eyes on the candy corn, and glue in place.

I found my super-hero, half-mask at Target in the party section. There were two masks in the package, and you know who got to wear the second mask.

Who is that masked man? CraftsnCoffee.com.

Boo!

I have a few more Candy Corn Door Hangers you can check out:

Ruffled Candy Corn Door Décor

If you don't like creepy Halloween decorations, check out this Ruffled Candy Corn Door Decor on CraftsnCoffee.com. Lots of other fun, candy corn craft ideas, too.
Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

If you love candy corn (and super-fast crafts), make this Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger.

And here are all three, side-by-side.

These are all so cute! CraftsnCoffee.com has tutorials to make all three Candy Corn Door Hangers, and they're all an easy DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com. Don’t forget about the Candy & Crafts Giveaway I announced earlier this week!

Do you have a favorite candy corn craft from this week?

Have a good weekend, and happy candy corn crafting.

Sharon

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Candy Corn Crafts Week: DIY a sweet Candy Corn Wreath

Some days, I feel like I’m living in the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. After I made the Glittered Candy Corn, I had extra candy corn leftover and decided to DIY a Glittered Candy Corn Garland. After I made the Glittered Candy Corn Garland, I had fabric strips leftover and I couldn’t let them go to waste. And so, I made my Glittered Candy Corn Wreath. I really love it, and hope you do, too.

Cute Halloween wreath! Love the sparkling, glittered candy corn, too. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com. To make a Glittered Candy Corn Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet; 16” wreath
  • Scrap paper (for pattern)
  • Acrylic craft paints in orange, white and yellow
  • Glitter, crystalline
  • Fabrics, 5 – 7 assorted prints, ¼ yd each
  • Ribbon for hanging wreath
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; Exacto® knife; wood skewers; stiff paintbrushes, 1” and ½” wide; newspaper; optional: iron

To make a Glittered Candy Corn Wreath:

1. Follow the instructions for making Glittered Candy Corn. I used two candy corn on my wreath, but you could use as many as you like. You could even cover the entire wreath in glittered candy corn.

Glittering Candy Corn Wreath. Sweet! And there are so many other ways to decorate with these glittered candy corn, too. CraftsnCoffee.com. #NonScaryHalloween

Arrange as many glittered candy corn as you like on your wreath. You could even cover your wreath in glittered candy corn.

2. Tear your fabrics into 1” and 1-1/2” wide strips. If strips are too curled, press with an iron.

3. Wrap a fabric strip around the wreath, pinning and gluing the ends to the back of the wreath. Continue to wrap the wreath in fabric strips till it’s covered.

4. Position two glittered candy corn onto the wreath and glue in place.

5. Loop a length of ribbon through the wreath for hanging.

Love this colorful Halloween wreath! The glittered candy corn is so sweet. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These bright, sparkling colors really say “Happy Halloween” — in a non-scary way.

And that’s it! It’s an easy Halloween wreath. And I’m all about making it easy. Last year, I made a Duct Tape Candy Corn Wreath. While it’s a completely different style, it’s also a super-easy Halloween wreath to DIY.

This is the best -- and easiest -- Candy Corn Halloween Wreath. Make it fast with duct tape.
Don’t forget about this week’s Candy & Crafts Giveaway. I’m giving away two prize packages containing:

  • One bag each of original, Indian, s’mores, and caramel macchiato candy corn.
  • Copies of Better Homes & Gardens Halloween Tricks & Treats, Holiday Crafts and Christmas Ideas.

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed**

Candy & Crafts prize package on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’m giving away two of these Candy & Crafts Prize Packages!

To win these goodies, tell me about the magazines, blogs, web sites and other places you go for craft ideas. I’m eager to know where you find your inspiration. Comment by Monday, September 22, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, September 23.

Here’s a sneak peek of tomorrow’s candy corn craft. (Don’t tell the others, but he might be my favorite.)

Sneak peek of a fun Halloween craft over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Who is this masked man?

Happy candy corn crafting.

Sharon

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Candy Corn Crafts Week: Glittered Candy Corn Garland DIY

If you’re looking for kid-friendly Halloween decorations that aren’t scary or gory, then you can’t go wrong with candy corn. Today’s Glittered Candy Corn Garland is totally sweet and sparkly, and a very non-scary Halloween decoration. Remember yesterday’s Glittered Candy Corn? You’ll want to make a few extra so you can also make this Glittered Candy Corn Garland. (And don’t forget about the giveaway.)

This Glittered Candy Corn Garland is perfect for non-scary Halloween decor. CraftsnCoffee.com. t

To make a Glittered Candy Corn Garland, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet; optional: 5” cube or scrap piece
  • Scrap paper (for pattern)
  • Acrylic craft paints in orange, white and yellow
  • Glitter, crystalline
  • Fabrics, 5 – 7 assorted prints, ¼ yd each
  • Ribbons and trims, several colors and styles
  • Black ribbon, the length of the finished garland you’d like to have
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; Exacto® knife; wood skewers; stiff paintbrushes, 1” and ½” wide; newspaper; extra large needle with large eye; optional: iron
Turn these basic supplies into a whimsical Glittered Candy Corn Garland. Perfect for a non-scary Halloween.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Glittered Candy Corn Garland.

To make a Glittered Candy Corn Garland:

1. Follow the instructions for making Glittered Candy Corn.

2. When the paint is dry, push a wood skewer all the way through the candy corn, from one side to the other, about 1-1/2” to 2” from the base.

3. Trim end of ribbon into narrow point and thread through the needle. Insert the needle into the hole, and push it through with the wood skewer. Thread all of the glittered candy corn onto the ribbon. (NOTE: I found this to be the hardest part of the project. In retrospect, I wish I’d used a larger skewer or maybe a chopstick to make my first hole or “tunnel” through the candy corn. While I didn’t do it this way, you might give it a try.)

4. Tear your fabrics into 1” and 1-1/2” wide strips. If strips are too curled, press with an iron. Cut strips into 18” lengths.

Turn this fabric into a Halloween, Glittered Candy Corn Garland. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Just rip up those fabrics into 1″ to 1-1/2″ strips.

5. Tie strips onto the ribbon between each glittered candy corn. Add ribbons and trims between the fabric strips.

Cute candy corn garland. CraftsnCoffee.com. #NonscaryHalloween

Tie 8 – 10 fabric strips, ribbons and trims between each glittered candy corn.

6. Swag your garland across the mantel, along a railing, or even across several chairs. Enjoy!

If you’d like more ideas for decorating with candy corn crafts, check out last year’s Candy Corn Crafts Week.

It's Candy Corn Craft week on Crafts 'n Coffee! Seven days of candy corn themed crafts for Halloween. Lots of fun and calorie-free!

To celebrate Candy Corn Crafts Week, I’m giving away two Candy & Crafts Prize Packages. Each prize package includes:

  • One bag each of original, Indian, s’mores, and caramel macchiato candy corn.
  • Copies of Better Homes & Gardens Halloween Tricks & Treats, Holiday Crafts and Christmas Ideas.
Candy & Crafts prize package on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’m giving away two of these Candy & Crafts Prize Packages!

To win these goodies, tell me about the magazines, blogs, web sites and other places you go for craft ideas. I’m eager to know where you find your inspiration. I’ve loved the feedback you’ve given so far, so tell me more! Comment by Monday, September 22, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, September 23.

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed**

See you tomorrow for more candy corn fun — sneak peek in this photo.

Totally sweet Glittered Candy Corn Garland. Perfect for a non-scary Halloween. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek of tomorrow’s post . . .

Happy candy corn crafting.

Sharon

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Candy Corn Crafts Week: DIY Glittered Candy Corn (and a giveaway!)

It’s Candy Corn Crafts Week! This week is all about making Halloween crafts with a candy corn theme. I love candy corn crafts almost as much as candy corn itself, and I’ve made candy corn with duct tape, fabric, and scrapbook paper. Each year, I wonder if I’ll run out of fresh ideas for candy corn crafts and then inspiration hits. Today’s sparkling and colorful Glittered Candy Corn is one of my favorites. To celebrate all things candy corn, I have a sweet giveaway this week, too.

Fun idea -- decorate for Halloween with Glittered Candy Corn. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Glittered Candy Corn, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet; optional: 5” cube or scrap piece
  • Scrap paper (for pattern)
  • Acrylic craft paints in orange, white and yellow
  • Glitter, crystaline
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; Exacto® knife; wood skewers; stiff paintbrushes, 1” and ½” wide; newspaper

To make Glittered Candy Corn:

1. Draw a candy corn pattern on scrap paper. To make my pattern, I drew a triangle that measured 5” at the base and was 7” tall. Round the corners to create the candy corn shape. Cut out the pattern.

2. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet, and draw around pattern with sharp pencil.

3. Remove pattern, and score again on the lines you made earlier with the pencil, this time using the Exacto knife. Score the foam as deeply as you can.

4. Position the foam so that the score line is along the edge of a table, and snap off the extra foam. (I’ve used several techniques to cut out candy corn the last few years, and this method is the easiest yet.) Round the corners and any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

Glittered Candy Corn DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I always have to double check the colors on candy corn — is the middle orange or yellow?

5. Insert a wood skewer or chopstick into the bottom of the candy corn, and use this as a handle as you paint. Squeeze paint directly onto the foam, and paint to look like a candy corn. I used the larger, 1” brush to fill in most areas, and the more narrow, ½” brush for better control where one color ended and another began.

6. Working over newspaper or a box lid, liberally sprinkle the wet paint with glitter.

7. Insert your handle into the foam block, or another scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and let dry.

Crafting tips: Insert wet paintbrushes and freshly painted items into a cube of Styrofoam brand foam. The foam will hold the items securely. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I find it handy to place items that need to dry in a cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I also use a cube to hold my wet paintbrushes.

8. Display the candy corn on a mantel, shelf, tabletop, or just about anywhere.

DIY Glittered Candy Corn for super-fun Halloween decor.  Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make one, three, five, or more and place them just about anywhere for a little Halloween fun.

For another super-sized candy corn idea, check out the candy corn made with scrapbook paper.

Easy - made this Halloween candy corn with a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam and scrapbook paper. CraftsncCoffee.com

Make this super easy and super sized candy corn with scrapbook paper and a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

I also have a tutorial to make these Candy Corn Cuties with duct tape.

What a fun Halloween craft -- Candy Corn Cuties made with duct tape. Easy, too.

You can display these little cuties just about anywhere.

And now, the giveaway . . . To celebrate Candy Corn Crafts Week, I’m giving away two Candy & Crafts Prize Packages. Two winners will receive one bag each of classic, Indian, s’mores, and caramel macchiato candy corn. Also in the prize package are copies of Better Homes & Gardens Halloween Tricks & Treats, Holiday Crafts and Christmas Ideas!

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed**

Candy & Crafts prize package on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’m giving away two of these Candy & Crafts Prize Packages!

To win this treat filled prize, tell me about the magazines, blogs, web sites and other places you go for craft ideas. I’m eager to know where you find your inspiration. You have till Monday, September 22, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, September 23.

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed**

Happy candy corn crafting.

Sharon

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Button craft: DIY a Button Acorn for fall

I have one more easy fall decorating idea today, and it’s a fall craft the kids can help with, too. My daughter and I both worked on these Button Acorns, and we love how they turned out. Initially, I was worried that so many brown and beige buttons would look too “blah”, but I think the colors are surprisingly warm and rich, like fall. The Indian corn print on the acorn caps reminds me of the texture of a real acorn cap. Here’s how we made our Button Acorns.

I love the colors on these Button Acorns. Easy tutorial over on CraftsnCoffee.com. To make a Button Acorn, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball and 3-13/16” egg
  • Buttons, brown and beige in assorted sizes
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. (for the acorn cap)
  • Twig, about 3” long
  • Pearl head pins (We started out with yellow heads, and decided they were too distracting. I then switched to a crystal head pin. I think black would be a good choice, too)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; teaspoon
Pretty button acorns -- perfect colors for fall. CraftsnCoffee.com

Have the kids help pin on the buttons.

To make a Button Acorn:

1. Slice your ball so that you have two slightly unequal halves, or about 2/5 and 3/5. You’ll use the larger half for the acorn cap.

How to slice a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in half. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll cut the ball into uneven halves, about 2/5 and 3/5. Use the larger half for the acorn cap.

2. Slice off about 1/5 from the narrow end of the egg.

3. Using the teaspoon, scoop out the middle from the half ball. This will accommodate the extra burlap.

How to carve out a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Scoop out the acorn cap, making room for the fabrics.

3. Cut a square of fabric to fit around the half ball. Smooth the fabric over the rounded side of the half ball, and pin and glue the fabric to the flat side of the ball, and into the depression you carved out.

4. Pin buttons onto the foam egg. Start by pinning on a layer of larger buttons, mixing the colors and sizes as you go. Pin on additional buttons to cover any gaps, and layer them to add interest, too.

Button detail from Button Acorns. CraftsnCoffee.com

I thought this color palette might be too “blah” but I really love the different shades and textures.

5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.

6. Cut a tiny slit into the top of the acorn cap. Insert and glue a twig stem into the acorn cap.

These Button Acorns are perfect for fall decorating. CraftsnCoffee.com. #FallCrafts #FallDecoratingIdeas

The Button Acorns may not look easy, but they really are a fast and easy project.

Have you followed along with the other acorn crafts this week?

Vintage Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns

So pretty, and perfect for fall. These are made with vintage yo-yos, and you could make your own with other fabrics, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.Yarn & Burlap Acorns

So pretty for fall, and easy to make, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I found a few more acorn crafts from the past, too. Like this ‘Autumn Welcome’ Yarn Wreath embellished with fabric acorns topped with real acorn caps. Gorgeous!

'Autumn Welcome' Yarn Wreath in gorgeous shades of fall. A thick, chunky yarn is the secret to making a quick yarn wreath. Love the acorns, too.

Here’s another idea for your front door – an Acorn Door Swag. This post has a few more ideas, too, for projects made with nuts.

Christmas package wreath

Wrap it Up Acorn Door Swag by Diane Flowers.

Do you have a favorite acorn craft from this week?

Different ways to made decorative acorns, and they're all so easy (and pretty, too). CraftsnCoffee.com

P.S. It’s the annual Candy Corn Craft Week next week! It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year here on Crafts ‘n Coffee and I hope you’ll join in. And there just may be a giveaway, too . . .

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Easy fall décor: How to make a Yarn & Burlap Acorn

It’s another easy craft idea for your fall décor – DIY Yarn & Burlap Acorns. I used a variegated yarn in warm fall colors to make the Yarn & Burlap Acorns, and they are sure to add a cozy touch to your fall décor. My daughter helped with these, so this is a fall craft that older kids might enjoy, too. If the cooler weather has you in a nesting mode, try making a few Yarn Acorns for a pretty (and easy) fall display. (Check out the Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns, too.)

So pretty for fall, and easy to make, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I love this variegated yarn. I used the same skein for the pair of Yarn & Burlap Acorns, but the variegated pattern makes each one unique. If you followed the Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns I shared earlier this week, you’ll see that many of the steps are similar. These acorns are smaller, but you can always use a larger ball and egg of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and make your Yarn & Burlap Acorns a little bigger.

Materials needed to make Yarn & Burlap Acorns. They are so pretty! See the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Yarn & Burlap Acorns. The yarn on the right was too pink, and in the end, I wrapped both of my acorns with the yarn on the left.

To make a Yarn & Burlap Acorn, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball and 3-13/16” egg
  • Variegated yarn
  • Burlap, ¼ yd. (for the acorn cap)
  • Twig, about 3” long
  • Silk oak leaf
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; teaspoon; straight pins

To make a Yarn & Burlap Acorn:

1. Slice your ball so that you have two slightly unequal halves, or about 2/5 and 3/5. You’ll use the larger half for the acorn cap.

How to slice a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in half. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll cut the ball into uneven halves, about 2/5 and 3/5. Use the larger half for the acorn cap.

2. Slice off about 1/5 from the narrow end of the egg.

3. Using the teaspoon, scoop out the middle from the half ball. This will accommodate the extra burlap.

How to carve out a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Scoop out the acorn cap, making room for the fabrics.

3. Cut a square of burlap to fit around the half ball. Smooth the burlap over the rounded side of the half ball, and pin and glue the fabric to the flat side of the ball, and into the depression you carved out.

4. Pin and glue one end of your yarn to the narrow end of the egg. Start winding your yarn around the egg, pinning and gluing as you go. If you miss a spot, or want thicker coverage, you can always wind again over the bare spots. Continue wrapping the egg till it’s covered. Pin and glue the other end to the egg.

5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.

6. Cut a tiny slit into the top of the acorn cap. Insert and glue a twig stem into the acorn cap. Glue a silk oak leaf next to the stem.

Yarn & Burlap Acorns are perfect for fall, and easy to DIY, too. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The yarn makes these a cozy, fall display.

Sneak peek over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll show you more tomorrow!

You know how one idea leads to another? It all started with those vintage yo-yos, and then I found this pretty, variegated yarn. Well, I had one more creative brainstorm and I have another fall acorn craft to share tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peek – you know what it’s going to be, right?

Is it sweater weather where you are?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make fall acorns from vintage, fabric yo-yos

I have a few easy, fall crafts planned for this week, all with an acorn theme. I decided to share the Vintage, Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns first. It seemed fitting to share the Yo-Yo Acorns first, as I purchased these yo-yos when Sizzix designer Eileen Hull visited this summer. And just this week, Eileen embarked on her third Paper Trail, taking her craft classes on the road again. So, in honor of Eileen’s latest adventure, here are the Vintage Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns.

So pretty, and perfect for fall. These are made with vintage yo-yos, and you could make your own with other fabrics, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.When Eileen was in town, we went to a few second-hand shops, and I found two little bags of vintage fabric yo-yos. The fabric patterns and colors made us think that they might be from the 1940s. Their rich colors are perfect for fall, and I knew immediately what I was going to make with them.

Vintage fabric yo-yos, ready for crafting. CraftsnCoffee.com

I found these beautiful, vintage fabric yo-yos in a second-hand store.

I had a few qualms when I glued these beautiful yo-yos onto the foam eggs. Was I doing the right thing? I also wondered who might have made them so many years ago, and what she might have planned to do with them.

Vintage yo-yo detail. CraftsnCoffee.com

The yo-yos are beautifully made, and the colors perfect for fall.

I was pretty lucky to find these yo-yos, and if you don’t have the same luck, you can DIY your own. Fabric designer Heather Bailey shares an easy-to-follow tutorial for making your own fabric yo-yos, so that’s a good place to start. There are many other online tutorials for making fabric yo-yos but I really love Heather Bailey’s fabrics, and it gives me an excuse to go to her site and look around. So much pretty eye candy!

To make a Fabric Yo-Yo Acorn, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball and 5” egg
  • Fabric yo-yos, assorted sizes and colors
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. (for the acorn cap)
  • Twig, about 3” long (for the stem)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; teaspoon; straight pins
Materials needed to make beautiful, Vintage Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll need a 4″ ball, 5″ egg, fabrics for the acorn caps, and of course, fabric yo-yos.

To make a Fabric Yo-Yo Acorn:

1. Slice your ball so that you have two slightly unequal halves, or about 2/5 and 3/5. You’ll use the larger half for the acorn cap.

How to slice a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in half. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll cut the ball into uneven halves, about 2/5 and 3/5. Use the larger half for the acorn cap.

2. Slice off about 1/5 from the narrow end of the egg. Roll the egg on a tabletop to compress it and make it a little smaller.

3. Using the teaspoon, scoop out the middle from the half ball. This will accommodate the excess fabric.

How to carve out a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Scoop out the acorn cap, making room for the fabrics.

3. Cut a square of fabric to fit around the half ball. Smooth the fabric over the rounded side of the half ball, and pin and glue the fabric to the flat side of the ball, and into the depression you carved out.

4. Glue yo-yos onto the egg, covering it completely.

5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.

6. Cut a tiny slit into the top of the acorn cap. Insert and glue a twig stem into the acorn cap.

DIY these gorgeous acorns with vintage fabric yo-yos. See how on CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you DIY your own fabric yo-yos, you can choose your favorite fall fabrics.

If you’d like to meet Eileen Hull and attend one of her classes, be sure to check her schedule to see if you’re on the Paper Trail. This time, Eileen and her vintage trailer Scotty are traveling along the east coast to Florida, and then across the country to California. Maybe there’s a class near you!

Designer and author Eileen Hull making a stop along the Paper Trail. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Eileen Hull and her vintage trailer are off on Paper Trail #3, bringing crafty fun across the country.

I’ll have more acorn inspiration later this week. See you Thursday!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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Pumpkin Crafts Recap: Top 4 favorite pumpkin crafts

I’m wrapping up Pumpkin Crafts Week today by sharing a few of my favorite pumpkin crafts from the past. While I loved this year’s pumpkins, I don’t want to forget about my favorites from the last few years. As you’ll see, with a little creativity, you can make a fall pumpkin from almost anything in your craft stash. I’ll start with the Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin, a beautiful way to repurpose any chipped and broken terra cotta pots leftover from summertime.

Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin

Don't throw away your broken, chipped flower pots. Make this gorgeous Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin instead. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

The shades of terra cotta are perfect for fall, and really do look like a pumpkin.

Sweater Pumpkins

If you have an old orange sweater you don’t wear any more, or if you’re scouting second-hand stores, here’s how to make a Sweater Pumpkin.

Here's a use for an old sweater: Make a sweater pumpkin. Love the real pumpkin stems.

Sweater Pumpkins by Patty Schaffer.

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

I love the contrast between the fabrics and the burlap in these No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins. Wouldn’t they be pretty on the Thanksgiving table?

Beautiful, DIY Burlap Pumpkins for fall. And, no sewing! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

A Handful of Pumpkins

Make this pumpkin patch of cuties from an old glove.

Repurpose a glove to make pumpkins

A Handful of Pumpkins from Crafts ‘n Coffee

And still more . . .

If you missed this week’s Pumpkin Crafts, I’ll share the links again below.

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card

Top Hat Jack

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

Elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

Looking for even more ideas? Here’s another round up of pumpkin crafts.

So many fun ideas for Halloween. Tons of pumpkin crafts over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Do you have a favorite Pumpkin Craft you plan to make from this week’s round up? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy pumpkin crafting.

Sharon

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How to make elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

These No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins are gorgeous, especially when topped off with real pumpkin stems. I bet you’re already familiar with tucking fabric pieces into STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s the same technique Kathleen George used when she made the Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments, and the Fresh & Fancy Foam & Fabric Eggs. What’s different here is that Kathleen also shaped each section in the foam ball to create the pumpkin form. Here’s how she made the No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins.

Gorgeous velvet pumpkins for fall! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4”, 5”, and 6” balls
  • Soft fabric, such as velvet or ultra suede in cream and tan
  • Acrylic quilt batting
  • Dried pumpkin stems (Kathleen purchased hers on Etsy)
  • Velvet floral leaves
  • Thick green floral wire
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; rubber bands; cloth tape measure; table knife with think blade; Exacto® knife; craft pins; optional: teaspoon

To make No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins:

Form the pumpkin:

1. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using the serrated knife.

2. Mark the center top and bottom of  the ball with a sharp pencil.

3. Divide the ball into 6 equal sections by stretching three rubber bands around the ball. Use a tape measure to be sure the sections are even.

4. Run a sharp pencil along side each rubber band to mark off the six sections. Remove rubber bands.

5. Use an Exacto blade with a very sharp cutting edge to cut out a ½” – 5/8” V-shaped groove along each line. Use the back of a teaspoon or your fingers to smooth off all the sharp edges and enhance the pumpkin shape.

6. Score a deep pencil line down the center of each groove.

Make these velvet pumpkins without sewing a stitch! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t you love a creamy white pumpkin?

Complete the pumpkin:

7. Using the pattern for the fabric, cut out six pieces of fabric for each pumpkin.

8. Using the pattern for the quilt batting, cut out six pieces of batting for each pumpkin.

9. Glue batting pieces to the center of each section using just a few dots of glue.

10. Center a fabric piece over one section and pin in place; the pins are only temporary. Position the edge of a thin bladed table knife on the fabric over the scored line (about ¼” from the edge of the fabric piece) and gently push the fabric straight into the groove, letting the foam hold it in place. Tuck in both sides of the fabric piece. For a clean edge, keep the knife at a 90º angle to the foam.

11. Repeat, tucking in all six fabric pieces. If there is excess fabric, tuck the entire pumpkin first, and then carefully go back and snip off excess fabric with a sharp pair of nail scissors. Add a dab of white glue, or insert a pin, if needed to hold a few loose ends in place.

12. Glue a dried pumpkin stem to the top.

13. Snip velvet leaves from the pick, and glue onto the pumpkin.

14. Curl a length of floral wire around a pencil, and then insert one end into the top of the pumpkin.

These No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins would be beautiful from September through Thanksgiving. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins by Kathleen George.

Pumpkin Craft Week is almost over, and I’ll wrap up the week tomorrow with a few favorites.

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy pumpkin crafting!

Sharon

 

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