DIY a fast, fun and festive Mardi Gras Wreath

Believe it or not, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is next Tuesday! Today’s DIY Mardi Gras wreath is easy and colorful, just like Mardi Gras. Fringed tissue paper always reminds me of piñatas and parties, and I decided that a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath was the perfect way to celebrate. So, last night I pulled out the tissue paper and made a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath in about an hour’s time.

DIY a colorful Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Tissue paper in purple, green and yellow
  • Ribbon, 8 – 10”
  • Optional: Mardi Gras Jester Jingle Wand
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat

To make a Fringed, Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath:

1. Cut tissue paper into strips 2-1/2” wide and 8” long. Layer together four strips of one color and cut fringe. Your cuts should be approximately 1-1/2” long.

How to DIY a fun, festive & fast Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Each stripe consists of four strips of tissue paper. The strips measure 2-1/2″ x 8″.

2. Wrap the fringed strip around the wreath, pinning the strip in back.

3. Continue wrapping the wreath in fringed strips, alternating colors as you go. If needed, make a small pleat in the tissue paper to keep the strip smooth as you go. I wrapped the wreath in eight strips of each color, for a total of 24 stripes.

DIY a fun, fast Mardi Gras Wreath. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

If needed, add a pin and a pleat to keep the fringed strip snug around the wreath.

4. If there is a small gap between the first strip and the last, add a small strip of fringe to help close the gap. The ribbon hanger will also help camouflage the gap.

5. Thread your hanging ribbon through the wreath, and knot the ends together.

Two ways to make an easy, Fringed Tissue Paper Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can make the wreath with or without the Jester. I also thought about hanging a Mardi Gras mask in the center of the wreath.

6. Optional: Add a Jester to your wreath:

  • Break off the wand handle, leaving about 4”
  • Carefully lift up the fringe and with scissors, poke a hole through the tissue and into the wreath
  •  Add glue to the hole, and insert the Jester.
DIY a fast & festive, Mardi Gras Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This photo is really all about the blue sky! We don’t see a lot of blue sky in the winter.

Here are four more, super-easy Mardi Gras Wreaths that I made last year. (At this time last year, the temperature was -15° with the wind chill. This week, we had a sunny day when the temperature hit 60°. Crazy!)

Four, fun and easy Mardi Gras wreaths to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com

Feather Boa Mardi Gras Wreath  

Mardi Gras Mask Wreath

Mardi Gras Flower Wreath

Mardi Gras Ribbon Wreath

If it’s Mardi Gras, you know there will be beads. Why not use the beads to make a Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath

Make an easy Mardi Gras Wreath with Mardi Gras beads on Crafts n Coffee.

Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath

Kathleen George used her Mardi Gras beads to make these Mardi Gras Bead Cones.

How to use up those Mardi Gras beads -- Make Mardi Gras Cones. CraftsnCoffee.com

Mardi Gras Bead Cones

Here in Cleveland, due to a large eastern European community, you’ll find more people celebrating Fat Tuesday as Paczki Day versus Mardi Gras. Here’s what I know about Paczki Day – it involves eating pastries similar to jelly donuts. I’m on board with that!

Do you have plans to celebrate Mardi Gras Or Paczki Day?

Have a crafty weekend!

Sharon

 

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A Valentine’s Day craft for kids: Origami Heart Wreath

I have a special guest today sharing a fun, Valentine’s Day craft for kids of all ages – an Origami Heart Wreath.  My daughter is an origami ninja and when she heard I was looking for a new idea for a Valentine’s Day Wreath, she volunteered and started folding an assortment of origami hearts. She then created her Origami Heart Wreath. Whether you’re crafting with one or a group or a troop, this is a fun Valentine’s Day craft for kids of all ages!

A fun wreath idea for kids -- an Origami Heart Wreath for Valentine's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make an Origami Heart Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Origami papers, 6” and 3”, in assorted colors
  • Acrylic craft paint in pink
  • Nylon thread or monofilament
  • Glue dots
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff bristle paintbrush; craft pin
Valentine's Day craft idea for kids -- make an Origami Heart Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fold extra hearts and use them for a classroom Valentine exchange.

To make an Origami Heart Wreath:

  1. Paint the outside and inside edges of the wreath and let dry.
  2. Fold 15 Easy Origami Hearts from the 6” square origami papers.
  3. Following the same tutorial, fold nine Easy Origami Hearts from the 3” papers.
  4. Arrange your hearts on the wreath, and attach them to the wreath with adhesive dots. If needed, fold additional large or small hearts.
  5. Optional: Fold an Origami Heart with Wings. Cut a 6” length of nylon thread or monofilament. Tie one end of the thread around a straight pin, and tape the other end to the back of the heart. Insert the pin into the top, inside edge of the wreath. Add a dab of glue to hold the pin in place.
  6. Knot together the ends of a 3” length of ribbon. Pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger.
How to make an Origami Heart Wreath. Great Valentine's Day craft idea for kids! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The heart with wings is a little more challenging for younger hands, but older children can easily follow the tutorial.

Thank you for the tutorial! This is the second tutorial my daughter has shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee. A few years ago, she also shared her Peeps Summer Beach Party Wreath. Most recently, my daughter worked hard to create the directory pages that make it so easy to find new and favorite crafts and decor, no matter what the occasion.

Can you believe it’s already February? And almost Valentine’s Day? Standing in line at my local craft store yesterday, I realized that I was buying supplies for Valentine’s Day, Easter, July 4th and the fall season! Not to mention the Mardi Gras ideas I’m mulling over (and may not have time to share). What? You do that, too, right?

Happy crafting.

Sharon   

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Hey cupcake – Here’s how to DIY a Cupcake Bouquet!

We’re talking cupcakes today and I’m not going to lie – this might be my all-time favorite tutorial! Who wouldn’t love a DIY Cupcake Bouquet? I saw my first Cupcake Bouquet at a school bake sale several years ago, and I’ve wanted to make a Cupcake Bouquet ever since. Finally, a few weeks ago, I got together with a friend and we made our own Cupcake Bouquet. Here’s our tutorial for making a Cupcake Bouquet, and it’s easier than you think.

DIY Cupcake Bouquet for Valentine's Day or any occasion. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Celebrate and make a Cupcake Bouquet!

Isn’t it pretty? I could not have made this without my friend Dina – she’s a professional photographer and a cake decorator. I baked the cupcakes and assembled the bouquet, and Dina decorated the cupcakes and shot these beautiful photos. And trust me, the bouquet was just as pretty in person. I sent the cupcakes to school, and ten teenager girls devoured all 24 in no time at all, so I guess they tasted as good as they looked.

Cupcake-Bouquet-Tutorial

It’s as pretty as a bouquet of fresh roses, but tastes so much better!

To make a Cupcake Bouquet, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Bowl, basket, or other container to fit the 6” ball (this pretty bowl is from Pioneer Woman’s collection at WalMart)
  • Cupcakes baked in liners (I used 20 cupcakes)
  • Frosting
  • Tissue paper in green
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors, toothpicks, metal skewer, cake decorating bag and tip (Dina used the Wilton 1M tip)

To make a Cupcake Bouquet:

1. Bake your cupcakes in liners and let cool.

2. Position your ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in your container and test the fit. It should fit snugly, so that it will not tip, roll or fall out of the container. l added a little crumpled paper in the bottom of my bowl to raise up the ball just a bit. If needed, secure the ball in the bowl with low-temp glue.

Beautiful and easy -- How to DIY a Cupcake Bouquet. CraftsnCoffee.com.

3. Add a row of cupcakes around the rim of the bowl. To add a cupcake, insert two toothpicks into the foam ball so that the picks point slightly upward. Poke two holes in the bottom of a cupcake using the metal skewer. Insert the cupcake onto the toothpicks. Repeat, adding toothpicks and cupcakes, till you have the first row all around the foam ball.

4. Add a second row of cupcakes.

5. Finish adding cupcakes to fill in the opening at the top.

6. Frost each cupcake to look like a rose. (This tutorial is easy to follow.)

7. Cut the green tissue paper into 3” – 4” squares. Carefully tuck the squares between the cupcakes, and using the metal skewer, push the tissue paper into the foam ball.

8. Enjoy!

How to make a Cupcake Bouquet. Easy-to-follow tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

We debated over which bowl to use and decided that the red bowl was perfect for Valentine’s Day.

This is such a sweet way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! It would also make a beautiful centerpiece and dessert for a birthday party, wedding shower, baby shower, or really, do you need a special occasion to make a Cupcake Bouquet? I think not!

DIY Cupcake Bouquet for Valentine's Day or any occasion. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Have you ever made a Cupcake Bouquet?

Have you ever made a Cupcake Bouquet? Are you inspired to DIY one now? After watching Dina, and this video for making cupcake roses, I am going to try making my own cupcake roses. And between you and me, I’m stirring around a few more ideas for Cupcake Bouquets . . .

Happy cupcake crafting!

Sharon

 

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How to DIY a sweet & easy, Valentine’s Day Paper Flower & Buttons Tree

Do you know someone who deserves a pretty flower bouquet this Valentine’s Day? Patty Schaffer’s Paper Flower & Buttons Tree is like a sweet little nosegay for someone special – your mom, a friend, a neighbor, or maybe your child’s always patient teacher. These paper flowers are easy enough that you can make several trees in an evening. Here’s how to DIY a forest of Paper Flower & Buttons Trees.

Beautiful for Valentine's Day. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper Flower & Buttons Tree by Patty Schaffer

To make a Paper Flower & Buttons Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Scrapbook paper, assorted designs in pink
  • Textured paper in white
  • Buttons, in assorted sizes and shades of pink
  • Pearl head pins with white and pink heads, 1-1/2”
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 2” & 1” flower punches*; optional: 1” circle punch

*Patty used the 2” EK Success Large Retro Flower Punch and the 1” Fiskars Flower Lever Punch

To make a Paper Flower & Buttons Tree:

1. Punch out an assortment of large and small flowers. You’ll need approximately 18 of the larger flowers and 30 of the smaller flowers.

2. Punch out or hand cut 30, 1” circles from the white textured paper.

Beautiful paper & button flowers. Cover a Styrofoam cone with them -- it's gorgeous for Valentine's Day. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Detail on the larger flowers. Beautiful!

  1. To make the 2” flowers:
  • Layer together a large flower, a white circle, and a small flower.
  • Thread a button on a pearl head pin, and insert the pin through the center of the flower. Gently cup and curve the petals to give them more dimension.
  • Pin the flower along the lower edge of the cone.

4. Repeat Sep 3, overlapping the petals on the tree, till you’re about ¾ of the way up the cone.

5. Make the smaller flowers by layering a smaller flower on top of a 1” paper circle. Attach the smaller flowers to the top fourth of the cone cone using pins and buttons.

6. Pin on more buttons to fill in any gaps between the flowers. Use single buttons and layered buttons for a fun look.

Valentine's Day LOVE! So pretty, and the easy DIY is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Who would you give one of these trees?

These little Paper Flower & Buttons Trees are a heartfelt way to say “thank you” or “I appreciate you.” And whoever is lucky enough to receive one will appreciate that these flowers keep on blooming without water or sunlight, and they will brighten up any corner, counter or desktop.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you might remember Patty’s Flower Garden Topiary. To make this blooming tree, Patty paired scrapbook papers with paint chips.

What a pretty topiary! A great way to use up paper scraps and paint chips. CraftsnCoffee.com

Flower Garden Topiary by Patty Schaffer

Wishing for spring? Then Patty’s Butterfly Topiary is just the thing.

Pretty springtime paper craft -- DIY a Pretty Paper Butterfly Tree & Easter Egg. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Butterfly Topiary and Egg by Patty Schaffer

Sneak peek! CraftsnCoffee.com

Mmmmm . . .

Who do you know who deserves a Paper Flower & Buttons Topiary for Valentine’s Day?

If you want to see more of Patty’s pretty paper crafts, don’t miss her etsy shop.

I’ll wrap up today with a sneak peek of Friday’s post. Mmmm – this is one you don’t want to miss!

Happy crafting.

Sharon  

 

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An easy Valentine’s Day craft: DIY Tissue Paper Fringe Topiaries

I have a fun and easy Valentine’s Day craft today – DIY Tissue Paper Fringe Topiaries. These Fringed, Tissue Paper Trees are a fast and inexpensive way to dress up your Valentine’s Day décor (the sequin tissue paper was less than a dollar a pack – score!). I wasn’t sure about adding black to my Valentine’s Day decorations, but now I really like it. The black accents go a long way toward updating my Valentine’s Day décor. I also hesitated about cutting all of that fringe, but it was easy enough and I made both trees in an evening. Let’s do it!

Easy and inexpensive Valentine's Day DIY decor. Love the black accents, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Tissue Paper Fringe Topiaries, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones
  • Tissue paper in assorted colors (I used sequin tissue in black, bright pink, and white; and pastel pink tissue paper)
  • Glass ornaments
  • Black paint
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; tape measure; straight pins
Love these Fringed, Tissue Paper Topiaries! Cheap & easy, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Would you add black to your Valentine’s Day decor?

To make Tissue Paper Fringe Topiaries:

12” Cone:

1. Cut a strip 12” long and 5” wide from a double layer of tissue paper. Fold in half to measure 12” long x 2-1/2” wide. Your tissue paper strip should now have four layers.

2. Hold the layers together, and cut fringe along the open, 12” long edge. Make about 4 – 5 cuts per inch. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it will go faster than you think.

3. Wrap the fringed strip around the base of the 12” cone and pin in back. Adjust as needed so the strip is straight. Optional: Spot glue in place with white craft glue.

Love these Fringed, Tissue Paper Topiaries for Valentine's Day! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The sequin tissue paper adds a little sparkle.

4. Wrap the tape measure around the cone, about 1” above the last fringed strip. This will be the width for the next paper strip.Continue to wrap the cone in fringed tissue paper strips, completing seven rows.

5. For the last three rows, cut your tissue paper strips 3” – 4” wide, so they measure 1-1/2” – 2” wide when folded. This will make it easier to wrap the strips around the narrow top of the cone.

6. Paint glass ornament black, and let dry. When dry, glue to the top of the tree.

9” Cone:

1. Repeat Steps 1 – 6 above, except you’ll add need eight rows of fringed tissue paper.  Once you’ve added five, 2-1/2” fringed rows, finish the cone with three, 1-1/2” wide strips.

DIY Fringed, Tissue Paper Trees for Valentine's Day! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cutting all that fringe was easier than I thought, and I made both trees in just a few hours. Easy!

What do you think about the trend to mix in a little black at Valentine’s Day? I’ve decided that it looks pretty sharp!

I hope you’re staying home, safe and warm this weekend! Snowy weekends mean more time to craft, right?

Ha, ha! Who needs milk and toilet paper? CraftsnCoffee.com.

Craft on!

Sharon

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One dozen penguin crafts celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

In honor of Penguin Awareness Day tomorrow, I’ve rounded up one dozen of the cutest penguin crafts you can make. These penguin DIYs have all appeared on Crafts ‘n Coffee before, but never all in one place. With so many penguin crafts all together, there just might be too much cuteness! Each photo links to the full tutorial, so find a favorite and make your own flock of penguin crafts. Enjoy!

Adorable! The best penguin crafts! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Two-Cute Penguins

craft penguins made from old tights

Two-Cute Penguins by Paula Bales.

South Pole Penguins

How to make a penguin crafts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

South Pole Penguins by Kathleen George.

Penguin Dreams

DIY Dreaming Penguin crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Dreams by Debra Quartermain.

 Fishing Penguins

How to make the cutest, no-sew fleece penguins on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fishing Penguins by Debra Quartermain.

  Skiing Penguin

Craft a Skiing Penguin.

Skiing Penguin by Debra Quartermain.

 Skiing Penguin Christmas Ornaments

Skiing Penguin Ornaments made from Styrofoam eggs.

Skiing Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

 Sledding Penguins

So much fun! Sledding Penguins on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sledding Penguins by Debra Quartermain.

Scarf Surfin’ Penguins  

How to make penguins on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Scarf Surfin’ Penguins by Debra Quartermain.

Joyful Penguins

Easy, no-sew penguin crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com

Penguin JOY by Debra Quartermain.

  Penguin Glove Ornaments

Adorbs! Made with socks and gloves. Tutorial on Crafts 'n things is available only till Tuesday.

Penguin Glove Ornaments by Kathleen George.

 Penguin Sock Ornament

This Penguin Ornament is too cute, and made from socks. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Sock Ornament by Kathleen George.

Mr. Popper’s Penguin Family

Easy Mr. Popper's penguin craft for kids on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mr. Popper’s Penguin Family by Kathleen George.

Which one would you like to make? Who has plans for celebrating Penguin Awareness Day?

Adorable! The best penguin crafts! CraftsnCoffee.com.Happy penguin crafting!

Sharon

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Don’t miss this Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair – what an irresistible duo!

Nesting snowmen? Could these be more adorable? The tiny snowman nestled in the base of the larger one reminds me of Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker Suite. Of course, this sparkling, Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair is by Rebekah Meier. She’s added her usual vintage details, like tinsel trim, golden accents, and lots of glitter. As usual, Rebekah’s step-by-step instructions are easy enough to follow, and make this DIY, snowman craft one that almost anyone can make.

Make this sparkling, Vintage Snowman pair over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Egg: one 4”
    • Balls: one each 1” and 2-1/2”; two 1-1/2”
    • Disc: one 5”
  • Air-dry paper clay, one block (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
  • Acrylic craft paint: Deep red, parchment, black, burnt orange
  • Cream blush
  • Wool felt in cream
  • Ribbon, 1” x 12” in gold
  • Tinsel
  • Gold star
  • Straight pins with small gold heads
  • Cardstock in white
  • Fine diamond glitter
  • Acrylic sealer
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; Xacto® knife; teaspoon; marker or sharp pencil; acrylic roller; fine sandpaper; round toothpicks; flat and liner paintbrushes; paper towels; button thread and needle
This is beautiful! I love these sweet, nesting snowmen. Step-by-step tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

All of the lovely details add up to a must-make snowman craft!

To make a Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair:

  1. Prepare the 4” egg:
  • Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or an old candle.
  • Cut a thin slice from the wide end of the egg, so that it has a flat base.
  • Draw an arch on the front of the egg with a marker or sharp pencil.
  • Cut along the outline with the Xacto knife, and gently scoop out the opening with a teaspoon. You want to carve out a niche large enough to fit a 2-1/2” tall snowman.
  • Using the back of the teaspoon and your fingers, smooth and compress the foam.
  1. Build the large snowman:
  • Insert toothpicks and glue between the 1-1/2” and one 2-1/2” balls.
  • Pick and glue the pair of balls to the top of the 4” egg.
  1. Build the small snowman:
  • Pick and glue together the 1” and remaining 1-1/2” ball.
  • Trim about ¼” from the back of the snowman using the Xacto knife.
  • Test fit the little snowman into the opening in the egg to be sure he fits. If needed, carefully compress the snowman, or make the opening slightly larger, so that he fits.
Adorable! A snowman inside a snowman! Make this vintage, nesting pair of snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Remember to test fit the smaller snowman into the arched opening to be sure he fits!

  1. Cover the snowmen with paper clay:
  • Roll and flatten the paper clay with the acrylic roller.
  • Wrap the thin sheets of clay around the two snowmen, completely covering each figure.
  • Piece clay together as needed.
  • Smooth the seams with wet fingertips.
  1. Arms:
  • Roll two, 2” lengths of clay into log shapes to form arms.
  • Taper one end of each arm into a slight point.
  • Place arms on snowman, with tapered ends pointing forward.
  • Press and bend the arms in place, and smooth out the seams with wet fingertips.
  • Note: The small snowman does not have arms.
  1. Nose: Roll a small pea size amount of clay and attach to the face of the large snowman for a nose.
  2. When the clay is dry, sand the snowmen with fine sandpaper and wipe away the dust with a damp paper towel.
  3. Paint both snowmen with parchment using a flat paintbrush. Let dry.
Painting faces doesn't have to be hard. This tutorial makes it easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Painting faces doesn’t have to be hard!

  1. Large snowman face:
  • Paint the nose dark red.
  • Lightly blush cheeks with cream blush.
  • Add black dots for mouth and eyes.
  • Highlight each eye with tiny dot of parchment.
  1. Small snowman:
  • Lightly blush cheeks with cream blush.
  • Paint ½” of round toothpick burnt orange and let dry. Insert into face for nose.
  • Add black dots for eyes and mouth.
  • Add deep red dots for buttons.
  • Tie a thin strip of wool felt around neck.

    How to make a snowman hat. CraftsnCoffee.com.

    Every snowman needs a hat!

  1. Snowman hat:
  • Roll a 1” x 12” strip of wool felt into a cylinder and secure with glue.
  • Trace and cut a quarter size circle from felt.
  • Glue circle to the bottom of the cylinder.
  • Trace and cut a small circle to fit the top of the cylinder and glue in place.
  • Glue a 1/8” felt strip around the hat brim for decoration.
  • Glue hat to the snowman’s head.
  1. Neck ruffle: Gather gold ribbon with needle and thread, pull gathers tight, and knot thread. Arrange the ruffled ribbon around the snowman’s neck and glue in place.
  2. Glue tinsel around the snowman’s waist and around the arched opening. If tinsel is too wide, trim away extra.
  3. Insert three gold straight pins for buttons.
  4. Glue a gold star to the stop of the arch.
  5. Glue the small snowman into the opening.
  6. Prepare the disc base:
  • Brush Mod Podge onto top and sides of disc and while still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess glitter and let dry.
  • Trace around disc on cardstock, and cut out circle with deco edge scissors.
  • Glue cardstock circle to the bottom of the disc.
  • Center snowman on top of disc, and secure with toothpicks and glue.
  1. Spray snowman with an acrylic sealer. While still wet, generously sprinkle with fine, diamond glitter.
Make this sparkling, Vintage Snowman pair over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This snowman will take some time to make, but Rebekah has the steps broken down so that it’s easy to follow.

This is beautiful! I love these sweet, nesting snowmen. Step-by-step tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

One more peek!

If you’re a fan of Rebekah’s snowmen, then you don’t want to miss the others she’s shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers. Like this pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.

There's a step-by-step tutorial for this snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com. You can do it!

Last year, Rebekah shared her Mixed Media Snowman Collage.

Rebekah Meier creates the most beautiful snowmen. This mixed media collage is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Snowman Collage

Her Sweet Felted Snowmen are one of my favorites!

A Christmas craft you can display all winter long! Adorable felted snowmen tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet, Felted Snowmen

I like finishing off a long and busy week with such an inspiring and beautiful project. The Winter White, Nesting Snowman Pair is like a grand finale, and I’m inspired to carve out a little creative time this weekend. Do you have craft plans for the weekend?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Make a Sparkling, Winter Snowflake Wreath with dollar store snowflakes

After a weather delay in Chicago last night, I am happy to be home from the CHA Show. It’s been a mild winter around here and it’s easy to forget the hazards of wintertime travel. We’ve had too few of those magical, winter days when the snow glistens and sparkles under a clear blue sky. Kathleen’s George’s Sparkling, Winter Snowflake Wreath reminds me of how pretty a winter’s day can be! No matter where you are, you can enjoy a little wintertime sparkle with this winter wreath, because you can buy these snowflakes at your local dollar store.

DIY Sparkling Snowflake Wreath (from dollar store supplies!) CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Sparkling, Winter Snowflake Wreath, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 1” x 2 yds. in white
  • Satin ribbon, 1/8” x 12” in white (hanger)
  • Snowflakes in assorted sizes and finishes (Kathleen used 25 snowflakes, which she purchased at a dollar store)
  • Embellishments: Pearl beads, crystals, rhinestones, etc.
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins

To make a Sparkling, Winter Snowflake Wreath:

1. With the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and trace a large oval on the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Kathleen’s oval measured 16” tall and 12” wide. Measure 3” in from your scored line, and trace a smaller oval in the center.

2. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut out the oval wreath. Press the edges smooth with your fingers.

3. Glue the grosgrain ribbon around the inside and outside edges of the wreath. If needed, use pins to help hold the ribbon in place while the glue dries.

4. Add the snowflakes, using different varieties for each layer:

  • Layer one: Glue eight snowflakes evenly around the wreath.
  • Layer two: Add eight more snowflakes, filling in the gaps in the first layer.
  • Layer three: Arrange and glue on six smaller and two larger snowflakes.
Pretty details from DIY Winter Snowflake Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add your bling for extra sparkle!

5. Add bling! Glue on pearls, crystals, rhinestones, and other embellishments for extra sparkle.

6. Hang a snowflake in the center of the wreath using a 6” length of 1/8” ribbon.

7. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of 1/8” ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

Easy DIY Sparkling Snowflake Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I like the oval shape of this wreath. Do you?

If you’re short on snow this winter, here are a few more winter wreaths to dress up your front door.

Sweater & Snowflake Wreath

Cozy, winter sweater wreath. Great project for repurposing old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Winter Snowflake & Snowball Yarn Wreath

Snowflake & Snowball Winter Yarn Wreath

Snowflake & Snowball Winter Yarn Wreath

Fleece & Snowflake Wreath

Fleece & Snowflake Wreath

Fleece & Snowflake Wreath

How has your winter been?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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DIY Needle Felted Song Birds, singing on a musical spool

Don’t you love a craft that’s packed with charming details? Like these little song birds, perched on wooden spools wrapped up in sheet music and tinsel. It’s this attention to detail that makes Rebekah Meier’s Needle-Felted Song Birds so delightful. Last year, Rebekah shared her Cheery, Felted Winter Birds, and this year, she’s re-imagined them as sweet, singing song birds, perched on musical spools.

Sweet and charming Needle Felted Song Birds. It's an easy, DIY needle felting project. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Needle-Felted Song Birds by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Needle-Felted Song Bird, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” egg and 1-1/2” ball (for one bird)
  • Wool roving in cream
  • Chenille sock or fleece, small scraps
  • Wool felt, small scraps of cream and yellow
  • Black head pins, two
  • Tinsel, 6” length
  • Baby sock
  • Wood spool
  • Decorative sheet music
  • Powdered blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Spray glitter
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*; pencil; toothpick; foam paintbrush

* Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in the project.

A favorite winter craft -- DIY a Needle Felted Song Bird on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah always adds the most charming details to her projects, like the little cap made from a baby sock.

To make a Needle-Felted Song Bird:

1. Build your bird body:

  • Hold the foam egg on an angle, and position the ball on the narrow end of the egg.
  • Rub the two foam pieces together, creating a snug fit.
  • Insert a toothpick between the two shapes, and glue them together.

2. Needle felt the body:

  • Place small, wispy pieces of roving onto the bird.
  • Felt the roving onto the bird with the felting needle, inserting the needle numerous times through the fiberfill and into the foam.
  • Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until your bird is covered in wool roving.
  1. Add wings: Cut two wings 3” long from the cream felt. Glue wings onto the sides of the bird.
  1. Add a scarf: Tie a scrap of fleece or felt around the bird’s neck.
The sweetest birds! Needle felt these over on CrafsnCoffee.com.

Faces can be hard to DIY but Rebekah makes them easy using pins, felt and a little blush.

  1. Make the hat: Cut a 2” length from the leg of the baby sock, and place on the bird’s head. Tie off the end of the hat with a scrap of felt. Cut fringe into the top of the hat.
  1. Cheeks & eyes: Insert two, black head pins for eyes. Lightly brush cheeks with powdered blush.
  1. Make the beak: Cut a small diamond from the yellow felt. Fold in half, and glue below the eyes.
  1. Prepare the spool:
  • Paint the spool cream, and let it dry.
  • Cut a strip of sheet music to fit around the spool, and glue in place.
  • Trim your tinsel so it’s about ¼” in diameter. Dry brush the tinsel with the cream paint, and let dry.
  • Wrap the tinsel around the top of the spool and glue in place. Trim off excess length of tinsel.
Spool detail for charming, Needle Felted Song Birds. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The tinsel looks like a little bird’s nest.

  1. Glue the bird to the top of the spool, nestled in a “nest” of tinsel.
  1. Optional: Spray with glitter.

Here are Rebekah’s Cheery, Felted Winter Birds.

DIY Needle Felted Winter Birds. So cute, and an easy, needle felting craft. CraftsnCoffee.com

Cheery, Felted Winter Birds by Rebekah Meier.

Last month, Rebekah shared her Sweet, Felted Snowman. There’s no reason to put these away with the Christmas decorations, is there?

Adorable! Sweet, Felted Snowman tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet, Felted Snowmen by Rebekah Meier.

I’m heading out to the 2016 CHA Show today, and looking forward to an overload of inspiration, and reconnecting with so many artists and designers, including Rebekah Meier. If you remember, last year Rebekah won the hot new product award in the Fabric & Needlecraft category for her Fabric Elements product line. I can’t wait to see what’s new with Rebekah this year!

Craft on!

Sharon

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Welcome to 2016, the best crafts of 2015, and thank you!

Happy, happy New Year! We have a beautiful, blue sky today and I couldn’t ask for a better start to the year. I’m not one for New Year resolutions, but I do like to take a look back at the past year here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I like to see what you enjoyed the most, which helps me plan for the coming year. I also want to say “thank you” to a few special fans and a super-star crafter. And what else? Wait till you see the changes we made around here over the last few weeks!

First up, the changes. You might remember that last summer, my daughter worked behind the scenes to build an index for the hundreds of Craft & Decor Tutorials here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Awesome, right? But that was just phase one.

Awesome DIY crafts & decor on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Phase one last summer — building an index for all of the Craft & Decor Tutorials.

Over winter break, she tackled phase two and added a photo for every.single.project. This makes it so easy to find your favorite projects, and to find new ideas, too. If you’re looking to DIY a snowman, or maybe a wreath, or a project for the Scout troop, you can now click over to the project pages and see at a glance what each project looks like. Hooray!

Tons of cute snowmen (and other awesome crafts) on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Click on the project categories, like Snowmen, and you’ll see a photo of every project.

Curious about the top projects from last year? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this Valentine’s Day String Art Heart was one of the top crafts in 2015. I also shared a version made with sparkling, sequined string.

Amazing -- no wood or pounding used to make this string art! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Easy -- no pounding & smashed fingers! Pretty, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gold & Glittering String Art Heart

Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love deco mesh! The Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary is a big favorite, and a project you can easily change up for Valentine’s Day, too.

Make a Deco Mesh Topiary for Christmas OR Valentine's Day! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can easily turn the Christmas Deco Mesh Topiary (left) into a Valentine’s Day Topiary.

Kids’ crafts are always popular on Crafts ‘n Coffee, especially school projects like the Solar System. I have a few more school projects planned for this year, and I hope you’ll give them an A+, too.

Great for school projects -- three different ways to make a Solar System. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – everyone loves to make snowmen! These are the top five favorite snowman crafts on Crafts ‘n Coffee. In 2016, I’m scheming about how to include more snowmen in the line up . . .

All-time favorite snowman crafts! Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

One of the favorite snowman crafts, the Handful of Snowmen, inspired super-star crafter Debbie, and she’s made several dozen of these cuties for friends, family, and co-workers. You go, Debbie!  (I would say “let’s give Debbie a hand”, but my daughter would groan and tell me that I’d just made another corny joke.) If you’ve also been inspired by Crafts ‘n Coffee, tell me about it!

Debbie's Flake Families. She's a super-star crafter! CraftsnCoffee.com.

A few of the Glove Snowmen that Debbie calls her Flake Families.

Cute snowmen, made with the easy tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee.

And more Flake Families made by Debbie! Debbie estimates that she’s made dozens of these Glove Snowmen.

Adorable! Made with a glove and Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The original Handful of Snowmen by Kathleen George.

Thank you all for making 2015 a success, and I am looking forward to another year packed with creative ideas and tons of crafts. I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you! I also want to thank my readers who take the time to stop in and leave comments. I cherish your feedback, and the glimpses you share into your creative lives. There are a few “power” commenters around here, and I have a little “thank you” gift for Barb Macaskill, LisaM6, Katiria and Angie Dyer; and of course, super-star Debbie, too.

I wish all of you and your families a wonderful 2016! Let’s get together often this year and share our creative adventures!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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