Christmas crafts, cookies, cupcakes and the winners!

I have a crazy list to share today, from a few super-easy Christmas crafts, to Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife (I’m still trying to figure that one out – see #5 below), to the winners in our celebratory giveaway. It’s totally random, with a little of this and a little of that. I’ll start with a few fun & fast Christmas crafts, four of the easiest ever Christmas Wreaths.

1. I know what you’re to-do list looks like right now, and perhaps you’ve had to push aside any thought of crafting. But, if you’re like me, sneaking in just a little creative time can shift your mindset and ease the stress, making all of those “must-do” chores a little easier. So, here are four of the fastest Christmas Wreaths I know of, and as I made three of them, trust me, they’re quick!

Christmas Peeps Wreath

Quick & colorful -- a Christmas Marshmallow PEEPS Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.cm

DIY a Marshmallow Peeps Christmas Wreath for fast, holiday cheer.

Christmas Santa Wreath

Make an easy Santa Christmas Wreath

You can make this jolly old wreath in less than an hour.

Peacock Feather Duct Tape Crafts

An elegant Christmas wreath made with duct tape? Yes! CraftsnCoffee.com
Christmas Sock Wreath

Here's what you can do with all of those cute Christmas socks -- make a Christmas Sock Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

2. And one bonus craft that’s both cheap AND easy – the Christmas Sock Ornaments.

These ornaments are so quick & easy (and super cute). And, you can find Christmas socks for $1, so they're super-cheap. CraftsnCoffee.com
3. It’s time for my annual holiday confession (head hanging in shame) . . . I love the beautifully staged homes I see online, but I just can’t seem to do the same in my own home. So far this year, my decorations look a lot like the glimpse I shared last year . . . But I’ll get on it this weekend, promise!

4. One reason I’m a little behind at home is that this past weekend we spent a day on the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns in the Ohio Amish Country.

Cookie Tour of Inns in Ohio's Amish country. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Yummy!

A dozen area inns, hotels and B&Bs opened their doors to share their decorations, and each one served a different Christmas cookie. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? We started at the Garver House B&B, a beautiful historic home with several stained glass windows.

Garver House B&B. CraftsnCoffee.com

We started our Christmas Cookie Tour at the Garver House B&B.

Stained Glass Window in the Garver House. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A stained glass window in the stairwell of the Garver House.

A majestic, multi-story Christmas tree was on display in the grand lobby of the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek.

Beautiful Christmas tree at the Carlisle Inn.

The tree in the lobby at the Carlisle Inn is several stories tall.

One of the buildings at the Carlisle Inn displayed this mural, a reflection of the area’s Amish heritage.

Beautiful mural of Amish-style quilts at the Carlisle Inn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A mural of Amish-style quilts.

So, though I’m not yet decorated at home (nor have I baked any cookies) we enjoyed the sparkling holiday decorations at the various inns, and now thanks to the tour, we have more cookies than we can eat!

5. “Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife.” What does this have to do with crafting? Beats me, but my blog stats tell me that earlier this week, two people landed here at Crafts ‘n Coffee after searching for Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife! What?!

6. Before I get to the winners in the Crafts ‘n Coffee giveaway, I wanted to share that I won a six-pack of gourmet cupcakes this week! Of course, based on the abundance of cookies around here (see #4 above), I am not sure it’s a good thing.

7. I want to thank everyone who shared their Christmas crafts last week. I so enjoyed reading every single comment! I love how passionately you craft, and how so many of you are creating special gifts for those you love. Many readers are also passing along their love of crafting to a younger generation, teaching a love of the handmade, and creating happy memories, too.

8. Thank you, again, for helping Crafts ‘n Coffee reach a milestone this year! The winners of the $50 craft store gift cards and subscriptions to Craft Ideas magazine are: Sue Wilde, Sharon S. and Wendy Williams. Congratulations, ladies! Please contact me so I can arrange for your prizes.

Thank you for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee this year. I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday! I will see you in 2015!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make a beautiful, Mixed Media Christmas Angel

This Mixed Media Christmas Angel is one of my favorites. I love the texture of the nail heads around her gown, and the contrast of the glistening, embossed wings. And a repurposed spoon for her head? Heavenly! We’re so close to Christmas that I hesitated sharing her today, but she’s too beautiful to keep under wraps. Read through the directions and you might be surprised that making this Mixed Media Christmas Angel is easier than she looks.

A beautiful angel craft for Christmas, and easier than it looks. Her head is an old spoon! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Mixed Media Christmas Angel, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Acrylic craft paint in metallic silver
  • Decorative furniture nails, about 150 (the actual number will depend on the size)
  • Soup spoon
  • Tooling metal in silver, 6” x 12”
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; hacksaw; pencil; old magazine; adhesive tape; optional: knippers

To make a Mixed Media Christmas Angel:

1. Paint the foam cone silver and let dry.

2. Using the hacksaw, cut the handle from the spoon, ½” below the bowl of the spoon. This extra ½” will be the angel’s neck.

Use an old spoon to make this beautiful, mixed media angel. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cut off the spoon handle, leaving an extra 1/2″ at the bottom of the bowl for the angel’s neck.

3. Insert the neck into the top of the cone and glue in place.

4. Cover the cone with the decorative furniture nails.

5. Use the patterns to trace the wings, arms, and halo onto a piece of silver tooling metal. Cut out using old scissors or knippers.

6. Emboss the metal pieces to add detail:

  • Tape one of the metal pieces, front side down, onto an old magazine.
  • Using a blunt pencil, draw the design onto the back side of the metal. Press lightly but firmly to emboss the metal.
  • Turn the metal piece over and gently press down along each side of the lines. This will help to highlight the lines and make them more distinct.
  • Rub the open areas with the pencil eraser to further enhance the details.
  • Note: If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Simply turn the metal over to the opposite side and rub out the mistake.
DIY this beautiful, Mixed Media Christmas Angel. Easier than she looks! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ve wondered if you could use an old foil pie tin for the wings?

7. Glue the halo to the back of the spoon and the wings to the back of the cone.

Beautiful, DIY Christmas Angel. Easier than it looks! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Christmas Angel by Kathleen George.

Isn’t she beautiful? You might also want to check out this round up of Angel crafts from  a while ago.

DIY Angel Crafts for Christmas. Round up on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Rust Angel Trio by Kathleen George

Have you entered the celebratory giveaway? I’m celebrating one million page views this year on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and I hope you’ll celebrate with me by entering the giveaway. (I am having so much fun reading your answers, too.)

Happy crafting

Sharon

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A Kwanzaa craft for kids: How to DIY an ear of corn from felt & yarn

A few years ago, the magazine Kids Crafts 1-2-3 (no longer published, sadly) asked us to make a craft for Kwanzaa. What is Kwanzaa? It’s a seven-day festival that starts on December 26 and celebrates African and African American culture. Different symbols are used to celebrate Kwanzaa, and one is an ear of corn. The corn represents the future and Native Americans, and families display one ear of corn for each child in the family. Designer Kathleen George created this Kwanzaa Corn Craft for families to make together.

A Kwanzaa craft that families can make together.  Tradition calls of one ear of corn for each child in the family. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kwanzaa Corn Craft by Kathleen George.

To make a Kwanzaa Corn Craft, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 7” x 12” sheet (cut a larger, 1” x 12” x 36” sheet into several pieces for a group craft)
  • Acrylic craft paint, black
  • Thick yarn, yellow
  • Felt square, green
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Ribbon for hanging
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” stiff paintbrush; straight pins; pencil; thin wooden skewer

 To make a Kwanzaa Corn Craft:

1. Paint black the front and sides of the 1” x 7” x 12” sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Let dry.

2. Position the corn cob pattern at an angle on the foam sheet and pin in place. Trace around the pattern with a pencil.

Detail of Kwanzaa corn. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll tuck in about a 1″ length of yarn every half inch or so. You want the yarn to pouf like kernels of corn.

  1. Tuck yarn around the outline first, and then fill in the center of the corn cob. Here’s how to tuck in the yarn:
  • Squeeze a very thin line of white craft glue, about 1” long, along the pencil outline.
  • Position one end of the yarn on the glue, and using the wood skewer, insert the end straight into the foam sheet.
  • Move about ¾” – 1” down the yarn strand, and tuck in the yarn again, about ½” from the first tuck. Don’t pull the yarn tight between the tucks – you want the excess yarn to create a small “pouf” like a corn kernel. Keeping the the yarn loose also helps hold the yarn in place; if you pull the yarn taut, it might pop out.
  • Continue tucking in yarn to complete the outline, adding a small amount of glue as you go. You can use the glue sparingly, as the foam will also grip the yarn in place.
  • Once the outline is complete, fill in the center with tucked yarn.
  •  If glue builds up on the skewer, wipe it off with a damp rag.

4. Cut three leaves from green felt.

  1. Glue on the center leaf first, positioning it so that the top can fold over. (Refer to photo.)
  1. Glue on two side leaves, slightly overlapping them in the middle.
  1. Optional: If you’d like to hang your Kwanzaa Corn, knot together the ends of a 6” – 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the back of the picture.
A Kwanzaa craft that families can make together. Tradition calls of one ear of corn for each child in the family. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The corn symbolizes the future and Native American culture.

If you’re curious, here’s more information about Kwanzaa and the seven symbols of Kwanzaa.

This would also be a good Thanksgiving craft for kids, so be sure to keep this project on file.

Do you celebrate Kwanzaa? If so, what are your Kwanzaa traditions?

P.S. Don’t forget about our celebratory giveaway!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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A forest of Christmas Cones, and a “thank you” giveaway!

It’s sort of like Christmas morning here with lots of beautiful Christmas trees and presents, too. First, I’m sharing a dozen clever and creative Christmas Cones made by the fabulous and hard-working Make It: Fun® Team. We are so glad to have these talented ladies on the FloraCraft Make It: Fun team! (A note about what goes on behind the scenes: Dow makes STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and FloraCraft is the world’s largest fabricator of the foam. They cut the shapes you buy in the store, and add the “Make It: Fun” label.)

Enjoy this forest of Christmas Cones. And read on for more about the giveaway.

Artsy Fartsy Mama: Sequin Tree

Pretty Sequin Christmas Tree by Lindsay over at Artsy Fartsy Mama

Sequin Tree by Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama.

 

Club Chica Circle: Santa & Elf Hat Candy Jars

Adorable Santa & Elf Hat Candy Jars by Club Chica Circle.

Santa & Elf Hat Candy Jars by Pauline at Club Chica Circle.

Crafting in the Rain: Glitter Foam Trees

Frozen-theme Glitter Foam Trees by Steph at Crafting in the Rain.

Glitter Foam Trees by Steph at Crafting in the Rain.

Create.Craft.Love: Twine & Twig Christmas Ornaments

Twig & Twine Christmas Tree Ornaments by Jill at Create.Craft.Love.

Twig & Twine Christmas Tree Ornaments by Jill at Create.Craft.Love.

Lolly Jane: Wrapping Paper Trees

Awesome Wrapping Paper Trees (easy!) by Lolly Jane.

Wrapping Paper Trees by Lolly Jane.

Love the Day: Colorful Forest of Christmas Trees

Bright & Colorful Forest of Christmas Trees from Lindi at Love the Day.

A Colorful Forest of Christmas Trees from Lindi at Love The Day.

Pink When: Glitter & Gold Christmas Décor

Sparkling, Glitter & Gold Trees by Jen at Pink When.

Glitter & Gold Trees by Jen at Pink When.

Simply Designing: Gold Holiday Tree Décor 

Sparkling Gold Sequin Tree DIY by Ashley at Simply Designing.

Gold Sequin Tree by Ashley at Simply Designing.

Sugar Bee Crafts: Cupcake Liner Trees 

Colorful Cupcake Liner Trees by Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts.

Cupcake Liner Trees from Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts.

Tater Tots & Jello: Winter Wonderland Evergreen Trees

Winter Wonderland Evergreen Trees by Jen at Tater Tots & Jello.

Winter Wonderland Evergreen Trees by Jen at Tater Tots & Jello

Uncommon Designs: Snow Globe Christmas Tree

Sweet, Christmas Tree Snow Globe by Trish at Uncommon Designs.

Christmas Tree Snow Globe by Trish at Uncommon Designs.

 733: Money Tree Gift Idea

A Money Tree Gift Idea by Kim at 733 Blog.

Money Tree Gift Idea by Kim at 733.

Now, for the presents under the trees . . . Today’s giveaway celebrates the readers of Crafts ‘n Coffee. Last week, Crafts ‘n Coffee reached a one million milestone – we had one million page views this year! And that’s all because of you! To say “thank you,” I’m giving away three, $50 gift cards to a Jo-Anns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby (winner’s choice). Each winner will also receive a subscription to the newly redesigned Craft Ideas magazine.

How can you win one of these three prizes? Please leave a comment below and tell me what you’re crafting this Christmas. Leave your comment by Thursday, December 18, and I’ll announce the winners on Friday, December 19.

If you enjoy reading Crafts ‘n Coffee, I hope you’ll share us with your crafty friends, and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, too.

Thank you all for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee this year!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A Paper Loop Christmas Cone two ways – which is your favorite?

If the Christmas season is making you a little loopy, de-stress tonight with this easy Christmas craft – a Paper Loop Christmas Cone. I know I talk a lot about changing up colors to suit your style, and this Christmas Cone is the perfect example. Designer Patty Schaffer made it two different ways – vintage style with sheet music, and a more vibrant version with Christmas papers. Which one is your favorite?

A pretty paper craft for Christmas decorating -- a Paper Loop Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vintage Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

This is an easy Christmas craft! Paper, pins, and a cone of Styrofoam brand foam is all you need. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vibrant Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Paper Loop Christmas Cone (vintage style), you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cone
  • Papers: Vintage-style sheet music; patterned papers
  • Beading pins, ¾”
  • Braid, ribbon or other trim, 6” length
  • Large jingle bell
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors

To make a Paper Loop Christmas Cone (vintage style):

1. Cut the sheet music and patterned papers into 4” x ½” strips. Patty’s mix of paper strips was about 2/3 – ¾ vintage sheet music, and the rest cut from the patterned papers.

Detail of an easy Paper Loop Christmas Cone made with vintage sheet music & scrapbook paper.

Patty used three – four strips of music paper for every one strip of printed paper. But you know what I say — mix it up to suit yourself.

2. Bring together the ends of a paper strip, forming a loop. Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin the loop to the cone. Continue pinning paper loops all around the bottom of the cone. Mix up the assorted papers as you go.

3. Start the second row, pinning on the loops so that they are offset from the first row, and cover the pins below.

4. Continue pinning on rows of loops till the cone is covered. For the last row, fold over the loops and pin the ends to the top.

5. Pin and glue the trim around the top of the cone.

6. Glue the jingle bell to the top.

Different ideas for tree toppers for a Paper Loop Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Top off your cone with a jingle bell, a stack of buttons, a star, a snowflake, or?

Here they are side-by-side. The Vibrant Paper Loop Cone is made with three vibrant,  Christmas pattern scrapbook papers, and has a stack of five – six buttons pinned to the top. The tutorial is the same as the one for the Vintage Paper Loop Cone. I hope you’ll take this idea and make it your own!

There are so many ways to make this easy, Paper Loop Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Which one is your favorite?

While you’re making those paper loops, why not make extra for a coordinating Paper Loop Wreath?

Cute Christmas wreath, easy too. Use scrapbook paper for the loops and sparkling balls made with glitter, glue and balls of Styrofoam brand foam.

Paper Loop Christmas Wreath by Kathleen George.

If you’d like to see more of Patty’s paper magic, check out her etsy shop.

I have a fun Friday planned, packed with lots more Christmas tree cones and a celebratory giveaway! I hope to see you tomorrow.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Fa, la, la: Craft a chorus of carolers from gloves

Singing sweetly is something I can’t do, and in fact, you’ll thank me for not singing. However, I do love this sweet choir of Christmas carolers, all made from gloves. My favorite little caroler is the mischievous snowball thrower. If you’re crafting with a group, have each person make their own Christmas caroler from a favorite color of glove, and you’ll have a choir in no time.

A choir of Christmas carolers made with gloves and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Choir of Christmas Carolers by Kathleen George.

To make a Choir of Christmas Carolers, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Large caroler (blue): 1-1/2″ and 3″ balls
    • Medium caroler (green, red): 1-1/2” ball and 3” egg
    • Small caroler (pink): 2” egg
  • Knit gloves:
    • Adult size for large & medium carolers
    • Children’s size for small caroler
  • Fiberfil stuffing
  • Felt:
    • White plush for hats
    • Scraps for scarves
    • Pink scrap for cheeks
  • Pompoms: 1/2″ white for large & medium carolers; 1/4″ for small
  • Black craft foam, 2mm thick, scrap
  • Black half-round beads, 5mm, two per caroler
  • White cardstock
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; fine-line black permanent marker; ruler; needle & thread; hole punch
Carolers made with gloves. Really cute idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The middle finger becomes the hat, and the thumb and pinky are the arms.

To make a Choir of Christmas Carolers:

1. To make each body, firmly twist together the 1-1/2″ foam ball (head) and remaining foam shape; glue together with glue gun.

2. Turn the glove inside out. Referring to the diagram, sew shut the first and third fingers; trim seams to 1/8″. Turn glove right side out.

3. Fill thumb and little finger with small amount of fiberfil, forming the arms.

4. Place the foam body inside the glove. Carefully pull the glove down over the body till the cuff is below the bottom of the body and the head is smooth. Note: The middle finger will become the hat.

5. Face:

  • Cut a small oval from black craft foam.
  • Punch two holes from pink felt for cheeks.
  • Add half-round beads for eyes.

6. Glue a strip of white felt around the head, forming the hat cuff. For the stocking hats, glue a pom-pom to the tip of the hat (the hat is the middle finger of the glove). To make the hat on the red caroler, tightly wrap thread around the hat close to head. Cut off the tip of the glove finger, and make vertical cuts to the thread. The glove fabric will curl around itself to form pom-pom.

7. Cut fringe in the ends of a felt strip for the scarf, and tie around each caroler’s neck.

8. Music book: Fold in half a 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of cardstock. Decorate the cover with markers, stickers, rub-ons or other decorations. Glue a book into the hands of each caroler.

Cute Christmas display made with gloves and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

I think the snowball thrower steals the scene!

Here’s the full tutorial for the mischievous character throwing a snowball.

Isn't he cute? He's made from a glove and shapes of Styrofoam Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Duck!

If you have any gloves leftover, check out these Penguin Ornaments made from a glove.

Adorbs! DIY Penguin Ornaments made with socks and gloves. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Or, use the extra mittens and make a Winter Welcome sign.

Cute winter sign! You could also make ornaments from the mitten snowmen. CraftsnCoffee.com

Winter Welcome by Paula Bales.

Have you been playing Christmas carols? Which one is your favorite?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Another easy, no-sew fabric Christmas ornament made from an old shirt

Today I’m wrapping up the Mad for Plaid & Paisley ornament series with my favorite – the Patchwork Fabric Ornaments. I bet you’re familiar with the technique used to make these no-sew fabric ornaments, but the variations are endless. My favorite detail is the velvet ribbon, which adds a lovely and luxurious contrast to the cotton fabric. If you’re on the hunt for easy and inexpensive ornaments you can make – no sewing involved, check out the Wrap & Go Ornaments and Rag Ball Ornaments featured this week, too.

Classic DIY Ornaments -- no-sew, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Patchwork Fabric Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

Three differnt, DIY fabric ornaments all made from old shirts! No sewing required! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Tissue paper
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Ribbon: Satin ribbon and velvet ribbon, 1/2″ wide
  • Buttons
  • Pearl head pins in red
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; sharp pencil; bamboo skewer; putty knife or kitchen knife
Nobody will guess that these are made with second-hand shirts! Easy, no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The velvet trim adds a little luxury to these ornaments made with second-hand shirts.

To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament:

1. Wrap two rubber bands around the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing the ball into four equal sections. Using a sharp pencil or bamboo skewer, score a line right next to the edge of each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands.

2. Insert a putty knife or kitchen knife along the scored lines, creating a deeper groove. Hold your putty knife or ruler straight up and down to deepen the groove, and not widen it.

3. Place tissue paper over a section and trace along the scored line. Add ¼” all around the pattern and cut out. This will be your pattern for the fabric pieces.

4. Patty used two different fabrics for each ornament. Determine which two fabrics you’ll use, and using the pattern, cut two fabric pieces from each.

5. Center a fabric piece over one of the sections on the foam ball. Using the putty knife or a sharp knife, push the edges of the fabric piece into the grooves on the foam ball. Repeat with the other three fabric pieces. If needed, add a dab of fabric glue to hold the fabric in place.

Pretty details on easy, no-sew fabric ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Add your velvet ribbon, and then the hanging ribbon, and top it off with a button.

6. Pin and glue velvet ribbon around the ornament, covering the grooves.

7. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

8. Top off the ornament with a large button, pinning it in place with pearl head pins.

Like I said, the variations on this ornament are endless. Change up the fabrics and trims and make these Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments.

So pretty! These DIY ornaments are great stash busters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can dress these ornaments up or down with your favorite colors, fabrics and trims.

Or, there’s the creamy Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament.

So simple and so elegant, and an easy DIY, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah Meier designed this week’s collection of classic Christmas ornaments, including this Fabric Ornament.

And one more variation, the Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornaments.

Love the zipper trim on this easy, DIY Christmas ornament. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Zipper & Fabric Ornament by Kathleen George.

You just can’t go wrong, especially if you add a little velvet ribbon!

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.Did you have a favorite ornament from Mad about Plaid & Paisley series? Was it the Wrap & Go Ornaments, the Rag Ball Ornaments or today’s Patchwork Fabric Ornament? I’d love to know. Or, just tell me about the ornaments you’re making this holiday season.

Happy ornament crafting!

Sharon

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DIY ornaments for woodland-theme Christmas décor

Today’s Rag Ball Ornaments are perfect for a woodland theme Christmas tree. These classic ornaments are slightly rustic, and will add a subtle pop of color to more natural woodland elements. The DIY fabric ornaments will be equally at home on a traditional tree, too, or just piled in a bowl and displayed on the table. The Rag Ball Ornaments are the second in the Mad for Plaid & Paisley ornament series, all made from cast-off shirts found at a second-hand store.

A simple, DIY Fabric Ornaments with style. Rag Ball Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rag Ball Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

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

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Satin ribbon, ½” wide
  • Jute twine
  • Buttons
  • Pearl head pins in red
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
DIY beautiful fabric ornaments from a second-hand shirt! Love this idea-- cheap & easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

These super-simple ornaments will dress up a woodland theme Christmas tree.

To make a Rag Ball Ornament:

1. Cut a 10” square from a shirt. Make small cuts, 1” apart, along one edge. Rip the fabric end to end at each cut, creating fabric strips.

2. Pin and glue one end of a fabric strip to the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap the strip around the ball, and pin and glue the other end to the ball. Continue pinning, gluing and wrapping fabric strips around the ball till it’s covered.

3. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

4. Top off the ornament with a large button, pinning it in place with pearl head pins.

What if you can’t find shirts you like at a second-hand store? No problem. As I explained when I made my Patriotic Rag Balls, you can do what the pioneers did and make do with leftover fabric scraps from other projects.

Rag Balls are super easy to make, and a fun heritage craft for kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Super-easy Patriotic Rag Balls

Be sure to check out the first in the Mad for Plaid & Paisley series – the Wrap & Go Ornaments.

Easy, DIY Ornaments that take just minutes to make! Sweet details make them special. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap & Go Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

See you tomorrow with one more ornament made from these old shirts – and it’s my favorite!

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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New, easy fabric ornament series: “Mad for Plaid & Paisley”

Can you believe that these pretty, DIY ornaments are made with repurposed shirts from the Goodwill, along with balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam? Designer Patty Schaffer worked her magic to repurpose several old shirts into this Mad for Plaid & Paisley Christmas ornament collection. I’m sharing all three tutorials this week, so swing by your local second-hand store and see if you can score a few old shirts. And then, let’s craft!

Three differnt, DIY fabric ornaments all made from old shirts! No sewing required! CraftsnCoffee.com. Today I’m sharing the easiest ornament in the collection – a Wrap & Go Fabric Ornament. Even though they’re super-simple, the jute twine and buttons add charming details.

Easy, DIY Ornaments that take just minutes to make! Sweet details make them special. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap & Go Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Wrap & Go Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Satin ribbon, ½” wide
  • Jute twine
  • Buttons
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins

To make a Wrap & Go Fabric Ornament:

1. Cut a 10” square from an old shirt.

2. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

3. Center the ball on the fabric square, and wrap the fabric up and around the ball. Be sure the fabric is gathered evenly around the ball.

Sweet details from super-easy, DIY ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dress ‘em up with twine and buttons.

4. Tightly wrap jute twine around the top, and knot the ends to secure.

5. Glue a button over the knot.

Ta-da! Depending on the size of the shirt you use, you can make quite a few ornaments from one shirt. Of course, you can also make these Wrap & Go Ornaments with favorite fabrics you might already have on hand. Simply use your fabric in Step 1 instead of the shirt, and proceed from there.

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t miss the next Mad for Plaid & Paisley tutorial on Thursday. See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Sparkling Snowman Vignette, part two

Welcome back! How was your Thanksgiving? A feast to remember? As promised, I have the tutorial to make the Sparkling Snowman in this sweet and frosty, Snowman Vignette. If you’d like to make the trees, you can see the Winter Wonderland Trees tutorial from earlier this week. I’m also sharing links to a few more favorite, Snowman crafts in all shapes and sizes. I bet you’ll find one that’s irresistible!

Beautiful, DIY Paper Trees and Sparkling Snowman. You can leave up this scene all winter long. CraftsnCoffee.com

Such a cute snowman craft! This Snowman is easy to DIY with Styrofoam balls and textured snow paint. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Sparkling Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Sparkling Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 1-1/2”, 2” and 2-1/2” balls
  • Textured snow paint (Rebekah used DecoArt® Snow-Tex®)
  • Fleece scraps: Powder blue and white
  • Acrylic craft paint: White, orange and black
  • Snowflake button
  • Snowflake ornament, about 4” – 5” dia.
  • Dowel rod, 1/8” dia.
  • Pearl head pins, three
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Wrapped floral wire
  • Spray glitter (Rebekah used Krylon® Glitter Blast)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; foam paintbrush; small paintbrush; pencil; wire knippers; newspaper

To make a Sparkling Snowman:

1. Assemble your snowman, using toothpicks and white craft glue to glue together the foam balls.

2. With the foam brush, paint a thin layer of textured snow paint onto your snowman. Let dry.

Learn how to make a little snowman top hat on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Look at these details — a snowflake button, a strip of white fleece, and glitter, of course.

3. Make the hat from the powder blue fleece:

  • Cut a half-dollar size circle from fleece.
  • Roll an 8” x 1-1/4” strip of fleece into a cylinder and secure with glue.
  • Glue the cylinder to the circle.
  • Glue a small scrap to the top of the hat, and trim off excess fleece.
  • Glue a small strip of white fleece around the base of the hat.
  • Glue a small snowflake button to the front.

4. Dry brush snowflake ornament with white craft paint. After paint dries, glue the snowman onto the snowflake.

Stand your snowman on a sparkling snowflake ornament. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A snowflake ornament serves as the base. You can find an assortment of plastic snowflakes at your local dollar store.

5. Nose: Cut a 1” length from the dowel rod and sharpen one end to a point. Paint orange. Once paint dries, insert into the center of the snowman’s face.

6. Eyes and mouth: Dip a pencil point into black acrylic point, and use to dot on eyes and mouth.

7. Cheeks: Brush blush onto cheeks with fingertips.

Face-&-Scarf

His nose is a thin, wooden dowel, and you’ll dab on the other features with black paint and a pencil.

8. Buttons: Insert pearl head pins in middle ball for buttons.

9. Arms: Twist together two lengths of floral wire, forming arms. Insert into each side of the snowman.

10. Glue hat onto the snowman. Tie a length of fleece around his neck for a scarf.

11. Cover your work area with newspaper and spray tree with glitter spray. (Be sure to follow the instructions on the can.)

For an equally sweet snowman made with a different technique, take a look at Rebekah Meier’s Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.

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

Rebekah also designed this trio of Vintage, Felted Snowmen.

So sweet. Felted with bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving -- great idea for felting novices. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Looking for more ideas? Here are five more favorite snowman crafts.

I can't choose just one -- these are all adorable snowmen!

It’s the full-on Christmas season, isn’t it? In the weeks ahead, I hope your plans include time for crafting. We’re planning to decorate gingerbread houses this weekend. How about you?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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