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

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

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

To make Glittered Candy Corn, you’ll need:

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

To make Glittered Candy Corn:

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

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

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

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

Glittered Candy Corn DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can display these little cuties just about anywhere.

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

Candy & Crafts prize package on CraftsnCoffee.com.

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

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

Happy candy corn crafting.

Sharon

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Button craft: DIY a Button Acorn for fall

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

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

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

Have the kids help pin on the buttons.

To make a Button Acorn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Button detail from Button Acorns. CraftsnCoffee.com

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

5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.

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

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

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

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

Vintage Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas package wreath

Wrap it Up Acorn Door Swag by Diane Flowers.

Do you have a favorite acorn craft from this week?

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

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To make a Yarn & Burlap Acorn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.

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

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

The yarn makes these a cozy, fall display.

Sneak peek over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll show you more tomorrow!

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

Is it sweater weather where you are?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage yo-yo detail. CraftsnCoffee.com

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

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

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

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

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

To make a Fabric Yo-Yo Acorn:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Glue the acorn cap onto the egg.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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Pumpkin Crafts Recap: Top 4 favorite pumpkin crafts

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

Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin

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

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

Sweater Pumpkins

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

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

Sweater Pumpkins by Patty Schaffer.

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

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

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

A Handful of Pumpkins

Make this pumpkin patch of cuties from an old glove.

Repurpose a glove to make pumpkins

A Handful of Pumpkins from Crafts ‘n Coffee

And still more . . .

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

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

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card

Top Hat Jack

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

Elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

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

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

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

Happy pumpkin crafting.

Sharon

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How to make elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

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

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

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

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

To make No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins:

Form the pumpkin:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don’t you love a creamy white pumpkin?

Complete the pumpkin:

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

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

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

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

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

12. Glue a dried pumpkin stem to the top.

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

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

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

No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins by Kathleen George.

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

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

Happy pumpkin crafting!

Sharon

 

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Pumpkin Craft Week: DIY Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

These DIY Sock Pumpkins are so cute! These are not everyday Sock Pumpkins – designer Kathleen George dresses up her Sock Pumpkins with a variety of ribbons and trims. Use Kathleen’s Sock Pumpkin tutorial to make a collection to display in a basket, a bowl, or to give as gifts. They would make darling Halloween gifts for teachers and neighbors!

Love these Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins! Fun-to-make gift ideas for teachers & neighbors, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” & 4” balls
  • Stretchy orange tights or socks
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Ribbons, trims, soutache, rickrack, an assortment in orange and black
  • Grosgrain ribbon, ½” in green
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; rubber bands; cloth tape measure; Exacto® knife; nail scissors or needle tool; craft pins

To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins:

Form the pumpkin:

1. Mark the center top and bottom on a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections. Use the tape measure to double check that the six sections are equal.

3. Run a sharp pencil next to each rubber band to mark off the sections. Remove rubber bands.

4. Cut out 3/8” wide, v-shape grooves along each line using the Exacto knife. Smooth the sides of each groove using your fingers.

5. Press the bottom of the ball on your work surface, flattening it slightly so it won’t roll.

6. Make a ½” hole at the bottom of the ball with the sharp point of the pencil.

Cute sock pumpkins! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add ribbons and trims both between the sections and in the middle of sections.

Cover the pumpkin:

7. You will cover the pumpkins in fabric tubes cut from the socks or tights. The tube length will vary according to size of ball and stretchiness of the fabric.

8. First, cut across the ankle, removing the foot. Push the ball into the leg. Hint: holding the ball in the palm of your hand while inserting the ball will make this easier.

9. Leave an extra ½” at the open end. Gather the tights together at opposite end and cut across the tights 1” above the gathers. Remove the ball.

10. Use this tube as a pattern for other balls and socks/tights of the same size and style. If the balls and socks/tights are different, repeat the above to cover each.

11. Insert a carved ball into the corresponding tube of orange fabric. Place white craft glue into the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin. Secure the fabric at the bottom by tucking the open edges of the tube firmly into the hole using a tool such as the pointed end of nail scissors or a needle tool. Use straight pins to secure inside the hole as well, if needed.

12. Gather the tube up tightly at the top of the pumpkin and wrap firmly with heavy-duty or upholstery thread to secure. The extra fabric will serve as the pumpkin stem. Trim to 1 ½”.

Love the trims on this Sock Pumpkin. Lots of cute pumpkin crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen used 3″ and 4″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam for her sock pumpkins. Depending on the size of socks or tights you use, you could go even bigger, or smaller.

Decorate pumpkins with trims:

13. Glue and pin a variety of orange and black trims around the pumpkin. Glue some right into the grooves and run others down the center of the pumpkin sections. Refer to the photo for inspiration.

14. Tie a 4” piece of green grosgrain ribbon around the base of the stem for leaves. Clip leaves at an angle.

Kathleen also designed this cute, Row of Sock Pumpkins from a man’s tube sock. This could be a fun Halloween craft for the kids to help out with — they’d have a blast making the funny faces.

recycle Halloween crafts made with socks

Sock Pumpkins all in a Row designed by Kathleen George

Pumpkin Crafts Week isn’t over yet! Are any of the pumpkin crafts shared so far on your “must-make” Halloween craft list?

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

Happy pumpkin crafting.

Sharon

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Folk art style: DIY Top Hat Jack with paper clay

Today’s Halloween pumpkin craft is made in a folk art style, and thanks to paper clay and a few simple, painted details, this is DIY folk art anyone can make. Designer Rebekah Meier’s Top Hat Jack is a treasure, and a DIY Halloween decoration you’ll cherish for years to come. (Last year, Rebekah shared her Folk Art Candy Corn Girl, and her Folk Art Halloween Totem.) Rebekah’s folk art tutorial keeps it simple, so don’t be intimidated.

This folk art craft by Rebekah Meier is well worth the effort. It's a keepsake craft! Made with paper clay and Styrofoam brand foam, so it's really easier than it looks. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Folk art-style, Top Hat Jack by Rebekah Meier.

To make Top Hat Jack, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-½” Ball, 4” Egg, and 3” Disc
  • Air-dry clay, 1 package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
  • Acrylic craft paint: Moon Yellow, Canyon Orange, Lamp Black, Foliage Green, Tapioca, Calico Red
  • Brush on acrylic varnish in gloss finish
  • Cardstock, black and orange, one sheet each
  • Crepe paper streamer, 1 yd of black
  • Paper glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; fine sandpaper; paper towels; clay tools; white button thread & needle; paper glue; ruler; round toothpicks; paintbrushes: #1 liner, ½” flat; optional: star paper punch

To make Top Hat Jack:

1. Completely cover the ball and egg with a thin, even layer of clay. Smooth out with wet fingers. Let dry completely. Lightly sand clay and wipe clean with a paper towel.

2. Using a flat brush and referring to the photo, paint the following:

  • Head and bottom half of egg: Canyon Orange
  • Top half of egg: Foliage Green
Folk art Top Hat Jack: body details. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Painted details on the egg-shape body.

3. Using a liner brush and referring to the photo, paint on facial features and details:

  • Eyes and mouth lines: Tapioca
  • Nose and mouth outline: Calico Red
  • Nose outline and eye dots: Foliage Green
  • Mouth and facial expressions: Black
  • Vertical lines on top half of egg, and horizontal line around the middle: Moon Yellow
  • Let paint dry.
If you love folk art style, you can DIY this folk art pumpkin figure over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This is folk art, so you don’t need fine painting skills! Primitive is o.k.

4. Brush on a coat of varnish.

5. Make the top hat:

  • Roll a 1-¼” x 12” strip of black cardstock into a cylinder and secure with glue.
  • Trace a quarter size circle onto black cardstock and cut out with decorative edge scissors.
  • Adhere circle to the cylinder with glue.
  • Trace around the cylinder on black cardstock and cut with scissors.
  • Glue the circle to the top of the hat.
  • Glue hat onto the head.

6. Trace the collar pattern onto black cardstock. Cut out the collar with decorative edge scissors. Glue collar around the neck of Top Hat Jack.

7. Punch 3 stars from orange cardstock (or cut out stars by hand). Glue stars down the front of Top Hat Jack.

8. Using button thread, gather one long edge of crepe paper. Pull gathers tight and knot thread.

9. Trace twice around the disc of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on black cardstock. Cut out both circles with deco edge scissors. Adhere paper circles to the top and bottom of the foam disc. Cut a 1” strip of black cardstock to fit around edge of disc. Glue strip around disc.

Base for the Folk Art Top Hat Jack on Crafts 'n Coffee.

Cover the sides with a strip of black paper first, and then a strip of orange.

10. Cut a second strip to fit around the disc from orange cardstock. Punch stars in the paper strip, and then glue onto the disc, over the black paper strip.

11. Glue ruffled, crepe paper circle to the center of the disc.

12. Place glue on ends of two toothpicks and insert into the top of the disc. Place glue on other ends and carefully pick and glue pumpkin body onto the disc.

Rebekah has also shared these folk art Halloween figures with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers:

Folk Art Halloween Totem

You really can make this Folk Art Halloween Totem. It's made with paperclay and shapes of Styrofoam brand foam. If you worked with Play-Doh as a kid, you can do it!

Folk Art Halloween Totem by Rebekah Meier

Folk Art Candy Corn Girl

Rebekah Meier made this beautiful folk art Candy Corn Girl. Her tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee makes it look pretty easy.

Frightfully Cute, Folk Art Candy Corn Girl by Rebekah Meier.

I’ve “picked” another pumpkin craft for tomorrow. See you then!

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

Happy pumpkin crafting.

Sharon

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Halloween greetings! Or, how to make a handmade Halloween card

Get ready to pick your perfect pumpkin craft this week, as I’m sharing pumpkin crafts all week long. I worried about rushing the season with the BOO Marquee Lights I featured on Friday, but now that it’s after Labor Day, it’s open season for fall and Halloween crafts. I’m starting with this handmade Halloween card from Patty Schaffer. She’s used wool roving to felt a sweet little jack-‘o-lantern, creating a dimensional, one-of-a-kind Halloween card. Tune in each day this week for more pumpkin crafts from your favorite designers!

DIY this Halloween card with a mini felted pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball
  • Scrapbook paper, Halloween theme
  • Black cardstock, 2” square
  • Kraft cardstock, 1” x 3” strip
  • Brown ink
  • Sheet moss, tiny bit
  • Wool roving, orange, small amount
  • Mini glue dots
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; wooden skewer; needle felting tool*; optional: scallop edge punch

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp – use with caution.

To make a Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card:

1. Fold in half an 8-½” x 5” piece of paper, creating a 4-¼” wide by 5” high card.

2. Cut a 1-½” x 5” paper strip. Cut a scallop edge along one 5” side. (Patty used a paper punch for this, but you can also cut the edge with scissors.) Adhere the scalloped strip to the front of the card, flush with the fold.

3. Cut the 2” foam ball in half with the serrated knife. Use a wooden skewer to carve sections into one half ball; the sections can be uneven, just like on a real pumpkin.

Adorable, felted pumpkin on a handmade card. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you changed the papers and left off jack-‘o-lantern face, this card would make a special Thanksgiving greeting.

4. Place a small amount of wool roving on the pumpkin and using the felting needle, felt the roving to the half ball. Carefully work the roving down into the creases. (Caution: Felting needles are extremely sharp!) Once the roving is attached, move on to another section. Felt the front of the pumpkin only, and leave the back uncovered.

5. Cut two eyes, a nose and a mouth from the black cardstock to make a jack-o-lantern face. Adhere the face pieces to the pumpkin using mini glue dots.

6. Glue a tiny piece of sheet moss to the top of the pumpkin where the stem will go.

7. To make the pumpkin stem, rip a ½” x 2-½” piece of Kraft cardstock. Apply brown ink to the torn edge and then roll up the strip, creating the stem. Use mini glue dots to hold the stem together. Glue the stem to the top of the pumpkin, pressing it into the sheet moss.

8. Center and glue the pumpkin along the bottom of the card.

It’s an all-pumpkin line up this week on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and here’s a preview of what’s to come.

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

Happy pumpkin crafting.

Sharon

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BOO! DIY faux easy Halloween Marquee Sign

The prices I saw on Halloween marquee lights at HomeGoods were scary! So, why not do what Kathleen George did and DIY your own Halloween Marquee Sign? It’s really not scary at all. In fact, because she cut her “BOO” lights from a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, it requires no metalworking and no power tools. And, you’ll DIY your own marquee light for a fraction of the price. Make your own Halloween Marquee Light this weekend so you can enjoy it all season long. You can do this!

Fun, Halloween marquee lights made out of Styrofoam brand foam. NO metalworking, NO power tools. And so cute! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 24” sheet
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Battery operated mini lights, 9.5 ft., with 20 LED bulbs (Kathleen ordered hers from 1000bulbs.com)
  • Masking tape
  • Optional: 5/8” wood dowel
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; 1” wide, stiff paintbrush; masking tape

To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights:

1. Using the BOO diagram, a sharp pencil and ruler, draw the word “BOO” on the foam sheet.

2. Cut out the word using the serrated knife. For smoother cuts, wax the knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap.

3. Smooth out rough edges and curves by sanding with a scrap piece of foam, and by molding with your fingers.

4. Paint black and let dry.

5. On the back, mark where the lights will go with the pencil. Refer to the diagram for placement.

Here's an easy way to make a marquee sign -- no power tools and no metal working! CraftsnCoffee.com

“B” is for Boo!

6. Starting from the back, make a hole for each light by inserting the pencil all the way through the foam sheet.

7. Flip it over, so the painted front is up, and push the pencil through each hole again. Rotate the pencil slightly, enlarging the hole so the mini light will fit. Optional: If you’re using the same LED light strand Kathleen used, you’ll want to inert a 5/8” wood dowel into each hole so that the barrel of the light will fit.

8. Starting with the light that’s closest to the battery pack, and working from the back of the marquee sign, insert the first bulb into the bottom of the “B”. Continue, working your way around the sign by following the numbered holes in the diagram.

9. If there’s extra wire between the bulbs, fold it up and tape it together with masking tape.

So cute Halloween marquee light. DIY it from a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam without power tools or soldering. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What word or shape of marquee light would you create for Halloween?

You can craft all sorts of marquee signs with this technique. You might remember the Marquee Heart Kathleen made earlier this year. How about EEK? Or a marquee sign shaped like a ghost? What would you like to create for a marquee sign?

Getting ready for Halloween crafting on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’m crafting this weekend — how about you?

I have more Halloween crafts on my weekend agenda. How about you?

Enjoy the holiday weekend, and happy crafting.

Sharon

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