Tinsel Tuesdays: Create a Coastal Christmas with a Driftwood Topiary

Summertime is a good time to feature a driftwood Christmas craft, like this Driftwood Topiary Cone. If you don’t have a trip to the beach on your summer agenda, not to worry – I’ll let you in on our little secret for finding inexpensive driftwood pieces. Bits of Spanish moss, berries, and a string of mini lights dress up the Driftwood Cone. For a coastal themed Christmas, how about decorating it with seashells and a starfish up on top? Here’s how to craft a Driftwood Christmas Tree.

Coastal Christmas: DIY a Driftwood Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Driftwood Christmas Cone by Kathleen George.

To make a Driftwood Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Small pieces of driftwood*
  • Micro light strand (battery operated)
  • Spanish moss
  • Faux berries
  • Floral wire
  • Duct tape
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; serrated knife; teaspoon; wire knippers

*You can buy driftwood in craft stores, and also shop online. Or, do what we did and purchase a driftwood garland that you can disassemble. I found our garland at Marshalls, and right now, Pottery Barn has Driftwood Garlands on sale for $12.99 (originally $29.50).

To make a Driftwood Cone:

1. Carve an opening in the bottom of the cone to house the battery box for the lights. Using a sharp pencil, trace around the box on the bottom center of the cone. Using the tip of the serrated knife, cut along this outline, about 1” deep. Dig out your opening using the teaspoon. Test fit the battery box to be sure it fits, and make adjustments as needed.

2. Using the knife, cut a narrow groove along the bottom of the cone for the wire.

3. Place the battery box in the hole, and secure with a single piece of duct tape. Be sure to leave the on-off switch uncovered. Note: You will be able to change the batteries by removing the duct tape and the box, and then taping it back in place.

4. Cut floral wire into 1” lengths, and bend each piece over a pencil to create a “u”. Loosely wind the lights around the cone, using the u-shaped wires to hold the wire in place.

Detail of a Driftwood Christmas Cone. Love this natural look. CraftsnCoffee.com

Spanish moss will help to fill in any gaps between the driftwood pieces.

5. Sort your driftwood, saving the smaller pieces of driftwood for the top of the cone. Glue a row of larger driftwood pieces around the bottom of the cone. As you work, adjust the lights so that they are not covered by the driftwood. Don’t worry if the cone shows through, as you’ll cover these spaces with Spanish moss later.

6. Glue on a second row of driftwood, overlapping the first and making sure that the lights are not covered. Continue gluing on rows of driftwood till the cone is covered.

7. Using the tip of the knife, tuck bits of Spanish moss between the driftwood pieces. Glue on berries.

If you like a natural look for Christmas, think about pairing the Driftwood Cone with the Birch Bark Topiary I featured last Christmas.

This Birch Bark Christmas Topiary is perfect for woodland Christmas display. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Birch Bark Christmas Topiary by Kathleen George.

Or, add in the Birch Bark Centerpiece, too.

Make a Birch Bark Candle Cube for your Christmas tablescape

Birch Bark Candle Cube designed by Diane Flowers.

When you decorate for Christmas, do you have a theme in mind? Have you ever created a coastal Christmas theme?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Make someone’s day with an Ice Cream Cone Greeting Card

It would be a special day if I received this handmade Ice Cream Cone Greeting Card in the mail! Sure, it’s pretty with those sparkly sprinkles and all, but I also love that it’s dimensional. It’s the perfect card to wish someone a “Happy National Ice Cream Day” on Sunday, especially if you tuck in an ice cream gift card. The tutorial for the Ice Cream Cone Card wraps up a fun week of ice cream crafts, and now all that’s left to do is to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday.

This is such a cute card! Who wouldn't love to receive it, along with an ice cream gift card tucked in it. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ice Cream Cone Card by Patty Schaffer.

To make an Ice Cream Cone Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” x 3” cone and a 2-1/2” ball
  • Purple glitter cardstock, 8-½” x 5-½”
  • Scrapbook paper in a coordinating color and print, 3-½” x 4-¾”
  • Tissue paper in light purple
  • Washi tape in light brown
  • Mod Podge
  • Bugle beads in assorted colors
  • Decorative paper accents
  • Paper glue, glue dots, or other paper adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; stiff paintbrush
Cute idea for a birthday -- make this card and add in an ice cream shop gift card! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty wrapped the cone in washi tape, and used bugle beads for sprinkles.

To make an Ice Cream Cone Card:

1. Score, and then fold the 4-¼” x 5-½” piece of purple glitter cardstock to make a card.

2. Adhere the 3-½” x 4-¾” scrapbook paper to the front of the card, with a ¼” border on the top and left side.

Ice cream cone greeting card embellishments. CraftsnCoffee.com

Patty added a border and the word “delightful” to her card.

3. Adhere any other accents you’d like. Patty included a border and the sentiment “delightful” on her card.

4. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut the foam cone in half, from top to bottom, and cut the foam ball in half.

5. Cut off the bottom of one half ball, so it will sit flat on the half cone.

6. Wrap the half cone in strips of light brown Washi tape.

7. Brush Mod Podge onto the half ball, and cover it with the light purple tissue paper.

8. Glue the ice cream “scoop” onto the cone. Glue them together on a flat surface, to be sure they line up evenly in back.

Bugle beads sprinkled on this Styrofoam ball look like real sprinkles! Super-cute ice cream cone card on CraftsnCoffee.com

Who can resist sprinkles on their ice cream cone?

9. Working quickly and carefully, drizzle hot glue on the top of the ‘ice cream’ and sprinkle with the bugle beads. Carefully press the beads into the hot glue to help hold them in place. Don’t burn your fingers!

10. Glue the ice cream cone to the card.

11. Hand deliver or tuck into a small box and send off in the U.S. Mail.

Have you followed along with this week’s ice cream crafts? If you’ve missed any, I’ve linked to them below.

Ice-Cream-Crafts-Collage

Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament

No-Melt Ice Cream Cone Door Hanger

Super-Scoop Ice Cream Cone Door Décor

Kid’s Ice Cream Cone Ornament

Kid’s Everlasting Ice Cream Sundae

How will you celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday? Are you planning for a sundae on Sunday? Or your favorite flavor cone? Or??

Happy crafting, and happy National Ice Cream Day!

Sharon

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How to create mouthwatering, Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

Here’s the scoop on how to make the cutest Ice Cream Cone Wall Art for your kitchen, a kid’s room, or just about anywhere you’d like to add a little whimsy. It looks just like vanilla ice cream, doesn’t it? If you’d like a different flavor of ice cream, mix a little acrylic craft paint into your spackling before you use it. With a little re-engineering, I think you could make the Ice Cream Cone Wall Art a little larger, and add a second scoop for a double-decker ice cream cone. Yes, please!

DIY wall art with ice cream theme

Ice Cream Cone Wall Art by Kathleen George

To make Ice Cream Cone Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball; 18” x 12” x 1” block OR a 36” x 12” x 1” sheet
  • Scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets in coordinating patterns
  • Cardstock: Light brown (cone) and two other coordinating sheets
  • Lightweight acrylic spackling
  • Glitter: Ultrafine white/iridescent
  • Faux cherry
  • Sawtooth picture hanger or hook-and-loop adhesive picture hangers
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Paper paste
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; flat paintbrush; 1” putty knife; butter knife; straight pins; optional: crimper; rubber brayer

To make Ice Cream Cone Wall Art:

1. Measure and mark a 12″ x 12″ square on your foam sheet or block. Wax your knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut out the 12” square with the serrated knife. Cut the foam ball in half. (You might also try cutting the foam with dental floss.)

2. Spread paper paste on the front of the foam square, or apply thick, white craft glue. Center and adhere a sheet of scrapbook paper to the foam square. Working from the center, carefully smooth out the paper with your fingers or a rubber brayer. If using white craft glue, the paper may look wavy, but it should flatten out as it dries.

3. Cut four, 12” x 1” strips from the second sheet of scrapbook paper and paste to the edges of foam square. If needed, use pins to hold the paper in place while the glue dries.

4. Cut a 6″ square from one sheet of cardstock and a 6-1/2″ square from the second sheet. Layer and paste squares to the center of the 12” square. Refer to the photo, if needed.

A crimper adds texture like a real ice cream cone.

A crimper adds texture, but this step is optional.

5. Make the cone:

  • Cut out a 6-1/2″ square of light brown cardstock.
  • Optional: If you have a crimper, feed the paper through the crimper in one direction, and then in the opposite direction. This should create a raised grid.
  • Using the pattern, cut out the cone from the cardstock.
  • Fold tabs to the back.
  • Gently bend into a cone shape.
  • Using a low-temp glue gun, glue tabs to the front of the 12” square. The tip of the cone should align with the bottom of the center cardstock square.

6. Insert a half-ball into the top of the cone. Glue to secure.

This looks so real! How to make faux "ice cream" with spackling and a ball of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

It looks good enough to eat! Use your putty knife and butter knife to shape the spackling to look like real ice cream. Add a little acrylic craft paint to create a “flavor.”

7. Cover the half-ball with spackling, using the putty knife and a butter knife. Smooth out the spackling, but leave the edges ragged where the spackling overlaps the cone. Add more spackling, smoothing and shaping, till it looks like scooped ice cream. Let dry completely.

8. Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the ice cream, and sprinkle with glitter. Glue a faux cherry to the top.

9. To hang, add a sawtooth hanger to the back by dipping nails into glue, and then inserting them through the sawtooth hanger and into the foam. Let the glue dry. Or, hang with hook-and-loop tabs.

How about hanging an ice cream cone on your front door? Now, that would be welcoming!

No-Melt Ice Cream Cone Door Hanger

The summer wreath alternative -- hang an ice cream cone on your front door! Cute!

Ice Cream Cone Door Decor by Kathleen George.

Super-Scoop Ice Cream Cone Door Décor

Super-fun and super-sized ice cream cone for the front door. Hello, summer!

A bright red cherry tops this Ice Cream Cone Door Decor!

My current favorite ice cream is the key lime pie ice cream at Jeni’s. It’s amazing!  I also love a good, sweet-tart sorbet, and find a chocolate-peanut butter ice cream hard to turn down. How about you? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I’ll see you tomorrow with one more adorable, ice cream theme craft – don’t miss it! (And be sure to check out the Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament I shared on Tuesday.)

These are so much fun! There are some must-make ice-cream-these crafts on CraftsnCoffee.comHappy crafting.

Sharon

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Tinsel Tuesdays: Make a needle-felted, Ice Cream Cone Christmas Ornament

This cherry-topped, handmade Ice Cream Cone Ornament is sweet as can be! Look closely and you can see the special touches designer Rebekah Meier added to this DIY Ice Cream Cone Ornament, like a bright red “cherry” and a few wisps of glistening fibers. If you’ve wanted to try needle felting but aren’t sure where to begin, you can’t go wrong experimenting with this easy Christmas ornament. I’m sharing another Ice Cream Cone Ornament that kids can make, too.

Yummy, and so sweet. Tutorial to make this ice cream cone ornament is on CraftsnCoffee.com

Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

Why the Ice Cream Cone Ornament today? Because this coming Sunday, July 20, is National Ice Cream Day! To celebrate, I’ve planned several more ice cream-theme crafts for later this week.

These are so much fun! There are some must-make ice-cream crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Felted, Ice Cream Cone Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-1/2” ball and a 5” cone
  • Wool roving, ¼ oz. pink
  • Angelina Fibers
  • Red felt ball, 2cm
  • Ribbed adult sock in light yellow
  • Ric rac or other trim
  • Fabric glue, or a thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; needle felting needle*; several toothpicks; straight pins; sewing needle

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

To make a Felted, Ice Cream Cone Ornament:

1. Cut in half the 2-1/2” ball using the serrated knife. (Rebekah suggests cutting the ball with dental floss.)

2. Place glue on ends of several toothpicks, and insert halfway into the cut side of the ball. Glue and pick the half ball onto the wide end of the cone.

3. Cut the sock apart, and wrap it around the cone. Pin the sock in place, and trim away the excess sock. Glue the sock to the cone, and use the pins to hold the sock in place while the glue dries.

4. Using the point of your scissors, carefully push excess fabric at the tip into the tip of the cone.

5. Loosely cover the half ball with pink wool roving, and felt the roving into the ball by repeatedly inserting the needle into the foam over and over again, till the fibers “stick” to the ball. If needed, add a little more roving to fill in any blank spots.

Love the sparkle -- and cherry on top of this Ice Cream Cone Ornament. CraftsnCoffee.com

The Angelina Fibers top off the ice cream scoop with extra-special sparkle.

6. Glue the red felt ball to the top of the ice cream scoop.

7. Glue ric-rac around the top edge of the cone, and add several lengths vertically along the cone, too.

8. Pin and glue the ends of a 12” length of ric-rac to each side of the cone for a hanger.

9. Add a little sparkle to the top of the cone with a few wisps of Angelina Fibers.

Because the felting needles are so sharp, I suggest that younger kids try the Ice Cream Cone Ornament I made a while back. This post has a few other colorful ideas for Ice Cream Crafts for kids, too, like the Everlasting Ice Cream Sundaes.

Make these now for Christmas gifts! The kids will love giving these to teachers, family members, etc. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kids can paint this ornament to match their favorite flavor of ice cream. It’s a fun gift idea, too.

Everlasting Sundaes -- an ice cream craft that's fun for kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Scoop up orange sherbet, mint chocolate chip, or any other favorite flavor to make an Everlasting Ice Cream Sundae.

Is your mouth watering yet? I’ll see you on Thursday with more Ice Cream Crafts!

Ice cream crafts kids will love, and fun ideas for grown-up crafters, too. CraftsnCoffee.com
Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Step-by-step tutorial for stunning, Paper & Bead Wall Art

Yesterday, I promised another stunning wall art design, so today, check out this inspired, DIY Wall Art. This Paper & Bead Wall Art is an amazing collection of colors and textures, from the pretty printed papers to the strands of homemade beads. Gorgeous! While it’s pretty as is, you know how I like to talk about making a project your own, right? So, go ahead and change up the papers and colors. If making the paper beads seems like one step too many, use purchased beads instead. Or, try making just one panel instead of all three. I’m all for short cuts, if it means you have more time to create!

Gorgeous! The tutorial is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper & Bead Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Have you ever made paper beads? I remember making paper beads like this with my grandma. She’d lived through the Great Depression and other hard times, and she knew how to repurpose and make do. Instead of throwing out a magazine, she’d make pretty paper beads with the pages. If you decide to make these beads, make a few extra and string a necklace for yourself.

Loving the details and textures on this wall art! The beads are gorgeous! CraftsnCoffee.com

The center panel has five strands of beads that include rolled paper beads and purchased beads.

To make Paper & Bead Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 12” x 36” x 1” sheet
    • 12” x 12” x ½” sheet
  • Paper:
    • Coordinating papers to cover the fronts and sides of your foam squares (Kathleen chose an Asian print paper for the larger squares, and a crinkled, bronze tissue for the smaller squares)
    • Coordinating papers for the paper beads (Kathleen used purple, cranberry and gold)
  • Purchased beads to coordinate with the paper beads (Kathleen used assorted gold and purple beads)
  • Jewelry wire: Gold and purple
  • Small eye screws, six
  • Jump rings, six
  • Bamboo garden stake, 30”
  • Paper paste (Kathleen used Yes! Paste)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; Xacto® knife or serrated knife; sharp pencil; ruler or T-square; 1” putty knife; jewelry needle-nose piers; wooden skewer; ¾” dowel (just a small length will do); optional: rubber brayer

To make Paper & Bead Wall Art:

1. Measure and score three, 8″ squares on the 1″ thick sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Cut out the squares along the scored lines.

2. Measure, score and cut out two, 3-1/2” squares and one, 5” square from the ½” thick foam sheet.

Loving the details and textures on this wall art! The beads are gorgeous! CraftsnCoffee.com

Center panel.

3. Cut out papers:

  • Cut three, 8” squares for the fronts of the 8” foam squares
  • Cut out 1” wide strips for the sides of the 8” squares
  • Cut out two 3-1/2” squares and one 5” square for the fronts of the smaller foam squares
  • Cut out ½” wide strips for the sides of the smaller squares

4. Spread a thin, even coat of paper paste onto the fronts of the foam squares. Center paper onto the paste, and carefully smooth out each piece. Optional: Roll with a brayer. Repeat for the sides of each square. Let glue dry.

5. Make paper beads:

  • Cut papers into strips varying from 1/8” to ½” wide and about 1” long.
  • Wrap each strip around a wood skewer, and secure the end of each strip with thick, white craft glue.
  • Press the bead tightly between your fingers till glue holds.
  • Let glue dry.

6. Following Step 5, create two, 3-1/2” paper tubes and one 5” paper tube. You will hang the beads from these tubes.

Beautiful, DIY wall art. Make it with paper and Styrofoam brand foam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Left-hand panel.

7. Insert and glue two eye screws into the top edge of each 8” square.

8. Center and glue the 3-1/2” and 5” squares onto the larger, 8” squares.

9. String your beads:

  • The right and left panels have three strings of beads, and the center panel will have five.
  • Mix and match your paper beads and purchased beads into 11 collections of six – 12 beads each.
  • Cut 11, 8”-9” lengths of purple jewelry wire.
  • Thread an anchor bead onto a wire, and twist the wire to keep it in place. Thread on remaining beads.
  • Repeat, till you’ve completed all 11 beaded wires.
  • Wrap the top end of each strand around the paper tubes you made in Step 6. The 5” paper tube is for the center panel.
  • Clip off excess wire.

10. Glue the paper tubes onto the tops of the ½” foam squares. Let glue dry.

Gorgeous! The tutorial is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll insert eye screws into the foam panels, and use jump rings to attach the eye screws to the wire rings.

11. Make six loops from the gold wire by wrapping a length of gold wire several times around the ¾” dowel or other similar tool. Twist together the ends on each loop to secure them. Note: The loops need to be large enough to fit over the bamboo pole, so test fit one first to be sure it fits.

12. Arrange the three foam squares in the order you’d like them to hang. Attach a jump ring to each eye screw. Thread a gold wire loop onto each jump ring, and then close the jump ring.

13. Thread the loops onto the bamboo pole and hang your artwork.

How would you change up the Paper & Beads Wall Art? Would you make the rolled, paper beads, or use all purchased beads? Or maybe you’d use a soothing palette or blues and greens? Or contemporary white and black? Or?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY wall art from origami papers for custom, Asian-inspired wall art

This Asian-inspired, DIY Origami Paper Wall Art adds a global spin to home décor. While it looks expensive, it’s easy to do with origami papers and a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It reminds me of a patchwork quilt, and the colors and patterns in origami papers mix and match beautifully. Or, think of it like a puzzle as you fit the paper pieces together. Customize it as you go, from the papers you select to the pattern you create. (For even easier, DIY wall art, check out my Scrapbook Paper Wall Art.)

Gorgeous! It's made with origami papers, though it looks like a patchwork quilt. So easy to do! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I really love these papers, and wanted to share a close up. The colors and patterns are so subtle – don’t you love the butterflies and dragonflies? If you chose traditional, bright red origami papers, you’d have a completely different look.

Love this idea -- how to use origami papers to create gorgeous wall art. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Doesn’t this remind you of a patchwork quilt?

To make Origami Paper Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12″ x 36″ x 1” sheet
  • Origami papers in different colors and patterns (Kathleen used 14 different prints)
  • Tissue paper, large sheets, one each white & black
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • An old phone book, old printer paper, or other scrap paper
  • Hook-and-loop tape picture hangers
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; large flat paintbrush; soft, clean cloth; optional: paper trimmer

To make Origami Paper Wall Art:

1. Using a sharp pencil and ruler, score a line across the foam sheet, 8” in from one end. You are creating two rectangles, one that measures 12” x 28”, and one that’s 12” x 8”. Note: You can always change the size of your wall art, and use the full-size, 12” x 36” foam sheet for a larger display.

2. Wax the serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin, and cut on the scored line. Save the smaller rectangle for another project. (You can also experiment cutting the foam sheet with dental floss.)

3. Brush a generous coat of Mod Podge onto the 12” x 28” foam rectangle. Cover with a single sheet of white tissue paper and gently smooth it out. Don’t worry about the edges right now. Let dry.

4. Fold the tissue over the edges to the back of the foam sheet, and adhere with Mod Podge.

How to make custom wall art from origami paper. CraftsnCoffee.com

Another look at the details in the origami papers. As you add your papers, stand back occasionally to see if you like the balance between the lights and darks.

5. Cut origami papers into 1″-, 2″- and 4″-wide strips. Use a ruler or a paper trimmer to keep the edges straight.

6. Arrange the paper strips onto the prepared foam sheet. Start with the larger pieces, and then fill in with the smaller pieces. Trim the lengths as needed to fill in. Balance the light and dark colors, and vary the patterns as you go. Do not adhere the paper till you’re happy with the arrangement.

7. You’re going to decoupage the papers onto the foam sheet one piece at a time. Place your first paper strip face down on a page in an old phone book or other scrap piece of paper. Brush on the Mod Podge, brushing off the edges of the paper piece for full coverage. Carefully lift off the paper with two hands, keeping it from curling. Place it on the foam sheet, and smooth it down with a clean cloth. Repeat, till all of the paper pieces are attached. Let dry completely.

8. Stand back and take a look. If there’s something in your design you’d like to change, you can always add in another strip or two to change it.

9. Decoupage 1” wide strips of black tissue paper around the edges of your foam sheet. Use fingers to smooth it out as you go.

10. Hang with hook-and-loop hangers.

Beautiful DIY Wall Art. It looks like a quilt, but it's made with origami papers and a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Origami Paper Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Who knew you could create such gorgeous wall art from nothing more than pretty papers and STYRFOAM Brand Foam? Here’s another favorite of mine – Faux “Tooled Leather” Wall Art. The richly textured papers aren’t leather at all, and much easier to work with.

Love the upholstery tack accents. Made with paper, so it's super-easy to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Tooled Leather Wall Art by Kathleen George

Or, how about this wall art made with “metal” discs? That’s really not metal, but very cool papers adhered to discs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Wow -- this is made with paper and Styrofoam brand foam. So easy, and lightweight for hanging, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Techno Hip Wall Art by Kathleen George

Very cool wall art! And it's not metal, it's paper and discs of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Metallic Disc Wall Art by Kathleen George

So many ideas, and so little time, right? Well, it’s all pretty easy to do – maybe even easier than shopping around for something ready-made.

What do you think about making wall art from origami paper? I have another DIY wall art project planned for tomorrow, and I can’t wait to show it to you. See you then.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Tinsel Tuesdays: Score big with these DIY Sports Ball Ornaments

Golf? Baseball? Soccer? If you’re having a sports-filled summer, I bet you know someone who would love one of these DIY Sports Ball Ornaments. Topped with  tiny Santa hats, these Sports Ball Ornaments are so festive. With a little help from an adult, kids can make these Christmas ornaments, too. Score!

Great gift ideas for Dad, a coach, or teacher. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute, DIY ornament for a softball fan! Love it! CraftsnCoffee.com.

This cutie hits a home run!

Fun Christmas ornament idea for the whole team. And a great coach/teacher gift idea. Made with Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you used a foam egg instead of a ball, I think you could turn this one into a football ornament.

Cute soccer ball Christmas ornament made with a ball of Styrofoam brand foam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Carefully draw on your ball design first, and then paint it. You might need to help a younger child with this step.

To make a Sports Ball Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Soccer ball, basketball and baseball: 3” ball
    • Golf ball: 2” ball
  • Acrylic craft paint: white, brown, black or red (choose the appropriate colors for your sport)
  • Red flannel, small piece
  • Fuzzy white felt
  • Pompom, 1” in white
  • Satin ribbon, 1/8” in red
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; marker; stiff paintbrush; fine paint brush; chopstick or skewer; Needle & thread or sewing machine; tapestry or other needle with a large eye; optional: pencil with clean eraser for golf ball

To make a Sports Ball Ornament:

1. Insert a chopstick or skewer into your ball to use as a handle. If you’re making a golf ball, skip to Step 2. For all other sports, paint your ball the appropriate color. After the paint dries, draw on details with the marker, and then paint them with the fine paintbrush. To make the Santa hat, skip to Step 3.

2. For the golf ball, press the pencil eraser into the 2” ball to create dimples. Paint golf ball white.

Cute Golf Ball Christmas Ornament! DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

How about this one for Dad or Grandpa?

3. Make a Santa hat:

  • Using the Santa hat patterns, cut out a hat from the red flannel.
  • Fold in half, right sides together, and sew a 3/8” seam.
  • Turn hat right side out and gently push out the point with a dull pencil.
  • Glue hat to ball.

4. Glue a 1” x 8” strip of fuzzy felt around the hat on the soccer ball, baseball and basketball. Glue a ½” x 5” strip around the golf ball Santa hat.

5. Glue a pompom to the end of the hat.

6. Using the large eyed needle, insert a narrow ribbon through the hat. Tie off the ends, forming a hanging loop.

Cute collection of DIY ornaments for sports fans. Fun idea for Christmas gifts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sports Ball Ornaments designed by Kathleen George.

If you’re living with a real sports fanatic, I have a few more ideas for you. I featured these ideas for sports theme decor on Crafts ‘n Coffee a while back. Fun, aren’t they?

how to make cheap wall art for kids' rooms

Soccer theme kid’s room.

I have a swimmer in my house, and we catch an occasional baseball game, too. How about you? Which sports do you follow in your home?

I’m having a lot of fun with Tinsel Tuesdays this summer, and I hope you are, too. Look for more Christmas crafts next Tuesday.

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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Happy July 4th! Celebrate the day!

Happy July 4th from CraftsnCoffee.com!
Happy July 4th! I hope today finds you enjoying a little R&R with family and friends. I know I am! I’ll see you next week for Tinsel Tuesday.

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.Happy holiday!

Sharon

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Serving up a picnic wreath made with plastic spoons and forks

It’s high season for picnics, so I’m dishing up a Plastic Spoon and Fork Wreath today. Honestly, I can’t decide if it’s kitschy, cute, or a little of both. I do know that plastic spoon crafts are “hot” right now, and I’ve seen beautiful light fixtures, framed mirrors, and other projects made with plastic spoons. I want you to tell me what you think about the wreath. I hope you’ll also check out the vintage spoon crafts I’m sharing.

A Spoon & Fork Wreath -- perfect for summer! CraftsnCoffee.com

Spoon & Fork Picnic Wreath by Kathleen George.

To make a Plastic Spoon and Fork Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath
  • Red gingham fabric, 1/3 yd.
  • Plastic spoons & forks, 24 of each
  • Faux fruit: lemon slices and blueberries (plastic ants would be fun, too!)
  • Red ribbon
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors or rotary cutter and mat; ruler; craft pins
Cute details from a Plastic Spoon & Fork Picnic Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

How about adding a few ants to the wreath?

To make a Plastic Spoon and Fork Wreath:

1. Cut the fabric into 1” strips. Wrap the strips around the wreath, pinning and gluing the ends of each strip to the back of the wreath. Completely cover the wreath.

2. Glue the spoons and forks around the wreath using low-temp glue. To position the spoons and forks:

  • Line up the ends of the forks with the inside edge of the wreath.
  • Place the spoons so they extend 1/2″ into the center of the wreath.
  • Alternate the spoons and forks as you glue them on.

3. Embellish with faux fruits or other items.

4. Tie together ends of a fabric strip, forming a loop. Pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger. Let glue dry.

5. Optional: Tie a strip of fabric into a bow, and glue to the bottom of the wreath.

I pulled the 1974 book Crafts for Family Fun from my stash of vintage craft books. (Note the $1.89 price tag on this 48-page book.) It’s funny how ideas and trends cycle ‘round, and the theme of this book is transforming trash into “Simply Elegant Junk.” Reminds me of today’s repurposing trend. And, check out the plastic picnic spoon art on page 6!

A vintage, 1974 craft book with plastic spoon crafts. The plastic spoon trend has come full circle! CraftsnCoffee.com.

These spoon crafts are pretty clever, and I really like the tulips.

So, what do you think of plastic spoon crafts? Have you made any? Or, do you say put a fork in it – it’s done!

I wish you and your family a safe and celebratory July 4th.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Tinsel Tuesdays: Repurpose cans and DIY a Soda Can Christmas Wreath

It’s a big week for entertaining, which makes it the perfect time to start collecting cans to make this Soda Can Christmas Wreath. This cool idea for a Christmas wreath gets kudos for ingenuity and repurposing. Depending on the cans you collect, it doesn’t even have to be a Soda Can Christmas Wreath. You could make it in the colors of your favorite sports team, or how about collecting beer cans for a man cave wreath? Maybe??

Cool idea -- make a Christmsa wreath from soda cans. Get the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Soda Can Christmas Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Soda cans, about 32 snack sized (Kathleen used red & white Dr. Pepper cans)
  • Exacto® knife or Utility blade
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Old pair of scissors or knippers; straight edge; optional: gloves

To make a Soda Can Christmas Wreath:

Here's how to turn soda cans into a gorgeous Christmas wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You could also use red and green cans for Christmas. Or, use cans in your favorite colors for any other season.

1. Wash and dry the soda cans. Using an Exacto knife, carefully slice off the top and bottom of each can. With old scissors or knippers, cut vertically from the top to the bottom of the can and flatten it. Hint: The cut edges can have little barbs and you might want to wear gloves when cutting the cans.

2. Using the straight edge and the utility knife, score deep lines, 1″ apart, on the cans. Follow these lines to cut the cans into 1″ wide strips.

3. Cut the 1” strips into 3 ½” lengths. You will need about 120 strips to cover the wreath.

4. Hot glue the ends of each 3 ½” x 1” strip together to make a loop.

5. Glue the loops onto the surface of the 12” wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Begin by gluing the loops in a row around the inside edge of the wreath. Alternate the red and white loops and overlap about ¾” as you go. Continue gluing loops on to the wreath in four rows until the entire wreath is covered.

6. Cut two longer, 1” strips for the ribbon tails. Cut the ends at an angle and glue the ribbons onto the center back of the wreath.

7. Cut out a ½” x 2” strip of can. Use a paper punch to punch out a hole at the top of the strip. Glue on to the center back of the wreath for a hanger.

How to turn old soda cans into a beautiful Christmas wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

Soda Can Christmas Wreath by Kathleen George.

Here’s another Soda Can Wreath, this one decorated with flowers made from old cans.

DIY a spring wreath with recycled soda can flowers

Recycled Soda Can Flower Wreath by Kathleen George.

Pretty ingenious wreaths, aren’t they? Now, I never drink “soda”, because we call it “pop.” My grandma always asked if you wanted a “coke”, regardless of which carbonated beverage was at hand. How about you? What do you call your carbonated drinks? Soda? Pop? Or??

Tinsel Tuesdays will be back again next week!

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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