A Christmas wreath idea: Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath

I have another Christmas wreath idea today – a Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath. Who can resist taking a closer look at this miniature, woodland scene? It really brings the wreath to life, don’t you think? You can have fun building your own vignette with different woodland creatures, or add snowmen, penguins, angels, or miniature houses. Here’s another idea – bring it indoors and stage a fireside Christmas scene. Make this Christmas wreath idea your own.

Love this little woodland scene! Easy Christmas wreath idea on CraftsnCoffee.com

Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Wreath, 12” x 2”
  • Faux bois wrapping paper*
  • White paper
  • Poly-fil stuffing, handful
  • Miniatures: Three, snow-tipped evergreens; deer
  • Monofilament or fishing line
  • Adhesive tape: double-sided and regular
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; tape measure

*I’ve listed several sources for faux bois paper below.

Love this idea -- create a little scene in a winter wreath using miniatures. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Who can resist taking a closer look at the miniature woodland scene?

To make a Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath:

1. Place the wreath face-down on the back of a 15” x 15” piece of faux bois wrapping paper. Lightly trace around the inside and outside of the wreath.

2. Cut out the ring of wrapping paper, adding ¾” to both the inside and outside of the ring.

3. Cut tabs every ½” around the inside and outside edges of the wreath, cutting to the pencil lines.

4. Wrap a strip of double-sided tape around the top edges on the inside and outside of the foam wreath.

5. Center the wreath over the paper, and carefully place it on the paper circle, aligning it with the traced pencil lines. Fold tabs over onto the double-sided tape.

6. Use a tape measure to measure around the outside (circumference) of the wreath and the height of the wreath. Cut a paper strip to these measurements, adding 1” to the length.

7. Wrap double-sided tape around the top and bottom edges on the outside of the wreath. Carefully adhere the paper strip around the outside of the wreath, overlapping the seams.

8. Repeat Steps 6 & 7 to cover the inside of the wreath.

A wreath with a view! Faux bois, winter woodland wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What would you use to create your miniature scene?

9. Arrange the deer and evergreens and glue in place.

10. Fill in with polyfil “snow”, and glue in place.

11. Cut five tiny, 1” snowflakes from white paper. Hang at different heights using clear fishing line and tape.

It's a wreath with a view! Here's how to build a snowy scene in this winter wonderland wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s a wreath with a view! Or, create an indoor scene.

If you can’t find the faux bois wrapping paper in stores, here are a few more sources:

Tomorrow’s the big day, isn’t it? Have you made plans to celebrate Halloween? I’ll be celebrating with a new giveaway, and it’s going to be a fun one. I’ll see you tomorrow!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make a Ribbon Loop Christmas Wreath

You’d like to DIY a beautiful Christmas wreath in three easy steps? Done! This Red & White Ribbon Loop Wreath needs just two things – a wreath form of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and ribbon – lots of ribbon, actually. Ribbon can be pricey, but don’t forget to check your local dollar store – they always have a nice assortment of holiday ribbons. And then turn on HGTV and while you’re tuned to the screen, you can turn out this pretty, Red & White Christmas Ribbon Loop Wreath.

Lots of ribbon (get it at the dollar store) and a wreath of Styrofoam brand foam are all you need to DIY this Christmas wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

This just says "Merry Christmas." Beautiful ribbon wreath over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty added touches of sparkling silver to her red & white ribbons.

To make a Red & White Ribbon Loop Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath, beveled front
  • Wired ribbon, 1-1/2” wide, in five different coordinating colors and prints. You’ll need about 24 feet of each style
  • Pins
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters

To make a Red & White Ribbon Loop Wreath:

1. Cut the ribbons into 5” lengths. (Note: Patty recommends using both scissors and wire cutters so that you don’t dull your scissors cutting the wire.)

2. Pinch together the ends of a 5” ribbon, forming a loop. Pin the loop to the wreath.

3. Continue forming loops and pinning them onto the wreath till the wreath is covered.

Pretty wreath! I love red & white for Christmas and this Ribbon Loop Wreath is an easy one. CraftsnCoffee.com

Christmas Ribbon Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

If you like to decorate in red & white for Christmas, here are a few more ways to decorate your home for the holidays.

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath

This Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath is made with two sweaters -- a plain white one and a red cabled sweater. Cute!

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries

So cute & easy for Christmas. And they stand more than 12" tall! CraftsnCoffee.comDeco Mesh Christmas Topiary

So pretty for Christmas. The tutorial to make this Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Woodland craft coming up on Crafts 'n Coffee.

Special guest for Thursday.

Look who’s stopping by on Thursday . . .  See you then!

Happy crafting.  Sharon

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Two Christmas ornament tutorials: Pretty paper packages tied up in bows, and Christmas trees, too

As promised, I have more pretty, paper Christmas crafts from Patty Schaffer today. You can never have enough ornaments, right? And these DIY Christmas ornaments would make beautiful gifts, too. Change the papers, change the colors, mix up the ribbons, add a few buttons and bows – you can go to town making these your own. Here’s how to make these Pretty Paper Ornaments.

Very pretty, and an easy DIY -- as easy as wrapping a package. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Pretty, Paper Package and Christmas Tree Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Presents: 3” x 3” cube
    • Trees: 2” x 3” cone
  • Scrapbook papers, double sided
  • Beaded trim, 24” (if you can’t find a beaded trim, substitute a plain ribbon – it will be just as pretty)
  • Corrugated cardboard, small piece
  • Pearl head pins
  • Beading pins, 7/8”
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 6” for each ornament
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue dots
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; stapler; optional: bone folder
These would be beautiful on the tree! Easy gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Go through your stash for leftover ribbons and trims to decorate the packages.

To make a Pretty, Paper Package Ornament:

1. Cut an 8” x 8” square from a patterned paper. Score 2-½” in from each edge, leaving a 3” square in the center. Fold along the score lines, and cut away the little square in each corner. Fold paper around the cube, covering the sides and bottom. Attach the paper with double-sided tape, and use pins along the top edge where they will be covered.

2. Cut a 4” x 4” square from a coordinating paper. Score ½” in from each edge, leaving a 3” square in the center. Fold along the score lines and cut away the little squares in each corner. Center on the top of the cube, and fold flaps down to cover each side. Tape and pin in place.

3. Tape or glue the beaded trim or ribbon around the cube, covering the seam where the two papers meet.

4. Make a paper bow for the top of the box:

  • Cut three, ½” x 9” pieces; two ½” x 7” pieces; and one ½” x 4” piece.
  • Make figure 8’s with the 9” and 7” pieces. Staple each figure 8 in the center.
  • Using glue dots, build your bow, starting with the 9” figure 8’s. Stagger each loop as you go.
  • Add the 7” figure 8’s next.
  • Make a circle from the 4” strip, and adhere it to the center of the bow.
  • Glue the bow to the top of the package.

5. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the loop to the top of the package, using a pearl head pin.

I want to make a bunch of these easy ornaments for my tree! Very sweet. CraftsnCoffee.com

Do you think you could substitute cinnamon sticks for the tree trunks?

To make a Christmas Tree Ornament:

1. Roll the cone along a sheet of patterned paper, tracing the top and bottom as you go. Cut out the paper to fit around the cone. Cut along the bottom edge with deco edge scissors.

2. Tape and pin the paper around the cone.

3. Trace around the bottom of the cone, cut out the circle, and glue in place.

4. Cut a 1” x 1-½” piece of corrugated cardboard. Roll up along the 1-1/2” edge, forming a tree trunk. Glue to the bottom of the tree.

5. Decorate the tree with pearl head pins.

6. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the loop to the top of the tree, using a pearl head pin.

I'm loving these ornaments! I can easily customize them for different people. CraftsnCoffee.com

Pretty Paper Christmas Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

I am so glad that Patty shared how she made her bow for the top of the Pretty Package Ornaments. For years, I’ve saved a bow handmade from old magazine pages and I’ve always wondered how it was made. Now I know, and I am going to try and make a few.

More Christmas crafts are on tap for next week. Please leave a comment below and tell me if there are any specific Christmas crafts you’d like to see featured – ornaments, topiaries, wreaths, or ??

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Hang up this sweet, Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland all season long

Isn’t this the sweetest garland? Patty Schaffer designed the Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland, and you know that she makes the prettiest paper crafts. (Her etsy shop always has something new, so take a peek when you have a minute.) Last year, Patty designed her Snowball & Mitten Garland using real mittens from a dollar bin, and I’m excited that she’s sharing the paper version this year. I know I’ll have to haul out the real mittens soon enough!

I have a few favorite scrapbook papers to use for this sweet & easy garland! The mittens would make fun ornaments, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper Mitten and Snowball Garland by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Six, 1-1/2” balls; scrap piece
  • Textured snow paint
  • Paper:
    • Scrapbook paper, double sided
    • White (for snowflakes)
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Jute twine, 36”
  • Mini clothespins, 8
  • Distressing ink in brown
  • Buttons, assorted sizes
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; wooden skewers; sewing machine
These paper mittens are sweet as a garland or ornaments. I'm making a bunch of these for Christmas gifts. CraftsnCoffee.com

Instead of making a garland, you could attach a pair of mittens to a ribbon and hang them on your Christmas tree.

You could turn these paper mittens into a garland or Christmas ornaments. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty chose vintage papers for her garland. What style and colors would you use?

To make a Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland:

1. For each mitten, use the pattern to cut out a front and a back. You will need three pairs of mittens, or six total mittens. As you cut out the mittens, make sure each pair has one right-facing mitten and one left-facing mitten.

2. Sew the mitten fronts and backs together, leaving the wrist area open. Stuff the mittens with a small amount of Poly-fil stuffing. Stitch the wrist closed.

3. Ink the edges of each mitten with brown distressing ink.

4. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle. Cut off about ¼ of each ball.

5. Insert a wooden skewer into the cut side of each ball. Brush the textured snow paint onto the curved front of each ball, covering thoroughly. Insert the skewer into a scrap piece of foam while the paint dries.

Mini snowflakes on a Christmas garland. Go see the whole garland over at CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a few mini snowflakes, too.

6. Glue the flat side of each snowball into the palm of each mitten.

7. Glue assorted buttons onto the wrist of each mitten.

8. Cut out two small snowflakes, about 2” in diameter. (Tip: There are lots of paper snowflake tutorials available online.)

9. Clip the mittens and snowflakes onto the jute twine using the mini clothespins.

Here’s Patty’s original Mitten & Snowball Garland.

Use dollar store mittens to make this fun garland! I'd love to hang it up all winter long. CraftsnCoffee.com

This adorable Mitten & Snowball Garland is made by Patty Schaffer.

If you’d rather make ornaments, you can make Patty’s Mitten & Snowball Ornaments, and use either today’s paper mittens or the real thing.

I'm making these for gifts this year, they're so stinkin' cute and easy. (And those mittens are from the dollar store -- yes!) CraftsnCoffee.com. At this time last hear, this was the scene on my porch — yikes! This year, we saw a few snowflakes two weeks ago, but the weather has been nice ever since. I’ve heard we’re in for another Polar Vortex and I’ve heard that it will be a mild winter. Who knows! How has your fall weather been?

Yikes, it's too early for this! CraftsnCoffee.com

Winter 2013 came too soon!

P.S. Patty is sharing another paper Christmas craft tomorrow, and I know you won’t want to miss it.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Everyone’s favorite: A Penguin Ornament made from a glove

Just when you thought a penguin couldn’t get any cuter, how about a DIY Penguin Ornament sporting a colorful stocking cap (made from a sock, of course). These adorable Penguin Ornaments require no sewing and no stuffing, so you know they’ll work up fast. Their dapper suits are made from a black glove or mitten, and if you don’t have an old pair at home, check out the dollar bins at the craft stores. Jo-Ann Stores and Michaels usually have gloves and mittens for just a dollar or two.

These are adorable! DIY the Penguins from a sock or mitten and an egg of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Penguin Ornament, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg
  • Black glove or mitten, adult size
  • Knit fabric in white, small piece (Kathleen used a white stretch glove)
  • Sock (hat)
  • Felt:
    • Small piece of orange (feet)
    • Brushed felt in white, ½” x 7” (hat trim)
  • Half-round black beads, 8mm, two
  • Mini pompoms
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 8”
  • Needle & thread
  • Optional: Pink chalk or powdered blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp hot glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; pencil; twist tie; chop stick, knitting needle, or other pointed tool; straight pins
How cute are these stocking caps made from socks? DIY these Penguin Ornaments with tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Be sure to make extras to give as gifts!

To make a Penguin Ornament:

1. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the egg so it can stand on its own. Make a hole in the flat end with a sharp pencil.

2. If you’re using a mitten, skip to Step 4. If using a glove, cut the fingers from the glove. Cut open one side of the glove and lay the fabric flat, right side down.

Here's a fun, DIY gift idea for Christmas. These Penguin Ornaments are easy to make. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The penguin’s wings are the fingers from a glove. Kathleen also used a glove for the white patch, but you could use any white, knit fabric.

3. Cover the egg with the glove fabric:

  • Place the narrow end of the egg in the center of the fabric and stretch the fabric around the egg.
  • Gather fabric with a twist tie at the bottom of the egg. Cut off excess fabric just above the twist tie.
  • Remove the twist tie and squeeze white craft glue into the hole. Using a chop stick or other sharp tool, firmly tuck the extra fabric into the hole.
  • Stretch the fabric as you work, and space the folds evenly around the hole so that the fabric is smooth.
  • Cut two fingers from the glove for wings. Glue the cut edges closed, and trim off any rough edges. Glue the wings to sides of the penguin.
I must have these for my Christmas tree! These Penguin Ornaments are too cute! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen stitched the seam in the stocking cap, but you could also use a low-temp glue gun or fabric glue to close the seam.

4. If using a black mitten:

  • Insert the egg into the mitten, narrow end first.
  • Gather excess fabric with a twist tie at the bottom of the egg.
  • Trim away the excess mitten fabric.
  • Remove the twist tie and squeeze white craft glue into the hole. Using a chop stick or other sharp tool, firmly tuck the extra fabric into the hole.
  • Stretch the fabric as you work, and space the folds evenly around the hole so that the fabric is smooth.
  • The mitten’s thumb serves as one wing. For the second wing, cut the thumb from the other mitten, glue the cut edges closed, and trim off any rough edges. Glue the wing to the other side of the penguin.

5. Cut out a 2-½” x 2” oval from white stretch glove fabric. Cut a notch in the top, similar to the top of a heart. Glue to the front of the penguin.

6. Using the patterns, cut a beak and feet from orange felt. Fold the beak in half and glue to the penguin. Glue feet to the bottom (wide end) of the egg.

7. Glue on 8mm, half-round black beads for eyes.

8. Cut a hat from a patterned sock using the pattern provided. With right sides together, stitch a narrow seam along the side. Turn right side out. Glue and pin the hat onto penguin. Glue a mini pompom on the end.

9. Glue a 1/2” x 7” strip of white brushed felt around the base of the hat for a fur trim.

10. Optional: Brush blush or pink chalk on the cheeks.

11. Using a large holed needle, thread a ribbon through the back of the hat and into the fabric of the glove below for a hanger.

Can you stand more cuteness? How about these Penguin and Polar Bear Ornaments made from socks?

You make these cuties from socks & gloves. Too cute. CraftsnCoffee.com

And I have even more super-cute penguin crafts, including these South Pole Penguins.

Why are penguins always so cute! Love the tutorial to make these cuties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This tuxedo-wearing trio looks ready to break out in song & dance. Kathleen George designed this troupe.

Which one is your favorite? Or is it too hard to choose?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Serving up a pasta Christmas craft for kids

It’s National Pasta Day today, the perfect day for this pasta craft for kids. You’ll use tube-shaped penne pasta to make this Pasta Christmas Tree Cone. The pasta is inserted at an angle right into the cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, which gives it more dimension, just like a real Christmas tree. Designer Kathleen George shares a tip for easily painting the pasta that keeps the mess to a minimum, too. Love that! But whether you’re eating it or crafting with it, what’s not to love about pasta?

The kids will love this Christmas craft made with pasta! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com. To make a Pasta Christmas Tree Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 9” cone
  • Dry pasta, penne shape
  • Acrylic craft paint in green
  • Acrylic gems in red, or other embellishments
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” stiff paintbrush; plastic wrap; tape; sandwich size zip-top bag; sharp pencil

To make a Pasta Christmas Tree Cone:

1. Paint foam cone green.

2. Paint the pasta:

  • Tape a piece of plastic wrap on your work surface. This is where you’ll dry your painted pasta.
  • Place several handfuls of penne pasta into a zip-top bag, and add a few tablespoons of green paint.
  • Zip the bag shut and gently and thoroughly rub the paint all over the penne. If there are bare spots on the inside tips of the pasta tubes, that’s o.k. You can touch it up later.
  • When the pasta is covered, spread it out on the plastic wrap to dry.
  • Repeat, if more pasta is needed. (Kathleen estimates you’ll need about eight large handfuls.)
This is a really fun Pasta Cone the kids can make for Christmas. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

First, make a hole with a pencil point, and then push the pasta right into the foam cone.

3. You’ll use a sharp pencil to make your holes in the foam cone first. Start with a row about 1” up from the bottom of the cone. Insert the pencil point at an upward angle till it’s about ½” deep. Repeat, making additional holes about ½” apart. Place a dab of glue in each hole, and push the pasta into it.

4. Repeat, adding a few more rows that are 1” apart, and placing the pasta pieces ½” apart. As you work your way up the cone, place the rows and pasta closer together. Kathleen’s tree has 11 rows of pasta. For the very last row, glue the penne pasta around the top edge so that the pasta meets at a point at the top.

5. If needed, touch up bare spots with green paint.

6. Glue gems in place around the tree.

Kids love crafting with pasta and this is a really fun (and cute) Christmas craft idea for the kiddos. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pasta Christmas Tree Cone by Kathleen George.

The tree doesn’t have to be green, of course. Let the kids have a little fun with it. Here’s another Pasta Tree, this one painted in metallic gold. It’s made with a STAK® Tree, a shape that’s not widely available in the stores, but you can purchase one online at The Craft Place. Of course, you can also use a foam cone. Here’s the tutorial for the Golden Noodle Christmas Tree.

easy Christmas crafts made from pasta for kids

Golden Noodle Christmas Tree by Kathleen George.

The pumpkins are out, the leaves are changing, and we’re in full fall splendor here. I’m starting to think about Christmas, however, and I’m excited to start sharing new Christmas ornament crafts next week. As I plan out the Christmas lineup, let me know what you’re looking to make this season. Are there any specific projects you’d like to see? If so, leave a shout out below.

Pretty fall leaves! CraftsnCoffee.com

The view from my window.

Now, go have some pasta! (It’s on my menu tonight.)

Happy pasta crafting.

Sharon

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Fall harvest décor: Six crafts made with pinecones, acorns, and other nuts

Today’s tutorials are classics – how to make crafts with pinecones, acorns, and other fall finds. The Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres are beautiful au naturel, of course, but we went for glam with a metallic gold finish. I’m also sharing links to five more pinecone and nut crafts that will cozy up your home this fall. So go ahead, stuff your pockets on your next fall walk, and craft a little fall décor.

DIY these and display a dozen in a glass vase or big bowl. Beautiful and timeless! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres by Kathleen George.

To make Golden Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Three, 3” balls; scrap piece
  • Acorn caps, 3/4″ wide, 2 cups
  • Unshelled hazelnuts, 3/4″ long, 2 cups
  • Pinecones, 1/4″ – 1/2″ long, 2 cups
  • Paint:
    • Acrylic craft paint in metallic gold*
    • Spray paint in metallic gold*
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Wood skewers; stiff paintbrush; newspaper

*A note about the paints: You’ll want to use the acrylic craft paint on the balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and the spray paint on the acorn caps, hazelnuts and pinecones. Please do not spray paint the foam balls, as the solvents in the paint may melt a portion of the foam.

To make Golden Acorn & Pinecone Deco Spheres:

1. If there’s any chance that your woodland treasures might have pests, you’ll want to prep them first. WikiHow has a great tutorial on how to do this. (Trust me, you don’t want to skip this step!)

2. Insert a wooden skewer into each foam ball, and use the skewers as a handle. Paint the foam balls with the metallic gold, acrylic craft paint. Insert the skewers into the scrap piece of foam to hold the balls upright while the paint dries.

3. Spread out newspaper and spray paint the acorn caps, nuts and pinecones gold. Let dry.

2. Cover balls, gluing individual pieces as close together as possible:

  • Glue acorn caps, stems down, to cover one ball.
  • Glue hazelnuts, points facing out, to cover second ball.
  • Glue pinecones, stems down, to cover the third ball.

Here’s another glamorous and golden project that will look beautiful hanging over a mantel, on a door, or where ever you need a golden touch – a Golden Nut & Pinecone Wreath.

Beautiful, and made with everyday objects you find all around the yard. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Golden Nut & Pinecone Wreath by Kathleen George.

If you’d like to dress up your table this fall, make a Golden Pinecone & Nut Candle Ring.  You could also skip the paint, and leave it natural, of course. Wouldn’t this make a beautiful Advent Wreath, too?

This would make a beautiful Advent Wreath. Change out the candles for other seasons, too. Red for Christmas? Orange for Thanksgiving? CraftsnCoffee.com.

Golden Nut & Pinecone Candle Ring by Kathleen George.

I think Nature’s Stocking and the Natural Nut & Pinecone Star are my favorites. I love how the various nuts, textures and shades of brown create a natural mosaic.

The nuts and pinecones make the most beautiful, natural mosaics. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Nature’s Stocking and Natural Nut & Pinecone Star by Kathleen George.

I remember my mother making Natural Nut Topiaries years ago. These are really timeless, and I don’t think they ever go out of style.

This is a classic craft, and so pretty. Arrange your nuts and pinecones on a cone of Styrofoam brand foam, and seal it to preserve it forever. Beautiful. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Natural Nut Topiaries by Kathleen George.

Which project is your favorite?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Presto-change-o: A Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath transformed into a seasonal Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath

Do you remember the Thanksgiving Turkey Deco Mesh Wreath Patty Schaffer made? The colors of the Deco Mesh were beautiful, and I wanted to adapt it and make a season-spanning Deco Mesh wreath for fall. So, I got to work changing up Patty’s Thanksgiving Wreath to make it a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. (Patty said it was o.k. to reinvent her wreath.)

So, here’s the Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath.

Beautiful Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. Such pretty colors! And easy to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

And here’s Patty’s original Thanksgiving Turkey Deco Mesh Wreath.

What a fun turkey wreath. Love the bright Deco Mesh tail feathers.Here they are side-by-side.

Harvest Wreath or Turkey Wreath? You choose. Both tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll follow the same instructions for each wreath, and then embellish them differently.

After I removed the turkey from the wreath, I took it with me to shop for the new embellishments. It’s a big wreath, and hard to miss, and as I walked the aisles at Micheals and Jo-Ann Stores, it became clear that this wreath has a lot of fans. Here’s how I adapted Patty’s wreath.

To make a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Deco Mesh, 10” wide: Two-tone brown gold; two-tone yellow gold; chocolate brown; orange; apple green. (You’ll have some leftover)
  • Wire, 20 gauge
  • Faux gourd or pumpkin
  • Floral pick with leaves, berries and Chinese lanterns
  • Silk leaves
  • Ribbon, 8” length
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; knippers; floral pins

To make a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath:

1. Follow Steps 1 – 3 in Patty’s original tutorial.

2. Using floral pins, attach the floral stem to the open area on the wreath. Pin and glue on additional silk leaves. Note: I found it easiest to decorate the wreath when it was hanging up.

Great wreath making tip: It's easiest to embellish your wreath when it's hanging up at eye level.

It was easier to decorate the wreath when it was hanging up at eye level.

3. Determine how you would like to position the pumpkin or gourd, and glue in place.

Pretty embellishments on a Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I used a floral pick with leaves, berries and Chinese lanterns; silk leaves; and a faux gourd to decorate my wreath.

4. Continue to add leaves around the pumpkin, and add a few among the Deco Mesh loops, too.

Beautiful fall colors on this Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. DIY it with tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a few leaves among the Deco Mesh loops, too.

6. Tie the ribbon in a loop and pin and glue to the back of the wreath. Let glue dry before hanging.

A beautiful Harvest Wreath for fall. The Deco Mesh is in beautiful fall colors. CraftsnCoffee.com

Make it with a turkey or make it with an assortment of fall accents, but make this Deco Mesh Wreath. As the shoppers at Michaels and Jo-Ann Stores confirmed, it’s stunning.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Arachnaphobes beware: Halloween spider crafts to DIY

We’re crawling with spider crafts today – but they’re really not all that creepy. These spiders glitter, sparkle, and even smile. First up is a cute, Daddy Long Leg Spider Kathleen George made with a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and clothes hangers. (A tangled mess of clothes hangers? I find that scarier than a mess of spiders!) Don’t miss the colorful Itsy Bitsy Spiders Kathleen shared yesterday, too.

DIY this cute spider and use up old hangers, too. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Daddy Long Leg Spider by Kathleen George.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 2-1/2” ball
    • Four, 1-1/2” balls
    • Scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Felt, a scrap of orange
  • Wiggle eyes, 3/8″, two
  • Clothes hangers, eight; or 16-gage black wire
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife or plastic knife*; ruler; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; yardstick; knippers; needle nose pliers

*Note: If you’re working with kids, please have them use a plastic knife, and closely supervise them while they’re cutting.

To make a Daddy Long Leg Spider:

1. Cut the four, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half.

2. Insert the skewers into the 2-1/2” ball and the half balls, and use the skewers as handles while painting the foam shapes. Paint the balls and half balls black. Insert the skewers into a scrap of foam to hold the shapes upright while the paint dries.

3. Measure and cut each hanger into a 16” length, including the elbow. Position the cut so that there’s 4″ on one side of the elbow and 12″ on the other side. If the hangers are not black, paint black and insert into the foam scrap while paint dries. If you’re using 16-gage wire, cut the wire into eight, 16” lengths.

4. If needed, use the pliers to help shape the elbow into a knee, about 4″ from one end. Insert the 4″ ends into the 2-1/2” foam ball, four on each side. Remove the legs, add a dab of glue, and insert the legs again.

5. Glue and insert the end of each leg into a half-ball. Adjust as needed so the spider will stand.

6. Glue on the eyes. Cut the eyebrows and mouth from the orange felt, and glue in place.

Do you remember the purple Tarantula in a Cloche Kathleen shared a while back? This is fun one!

Repurpose an old plastic soda bottle and make a Tarantula in a cloche. Fun idea! CraftsnCoffee.com for tutorial. cloche

Halloween Tarantula in a Cloche by Kathleen George

I’ve rounded up a few more spider crafts for this Halloween season. Kim from 733 blog has this super-sized spider nesting in her bushes.Eek!

Kim at 733 blog has the tutorial to make this super-sized Halloween Spider.
Crystal made this dazzling spider with sequins. She shares her tutorial for making Sparkling Spiders on her blog Make It Easy Crafts.

Go to Make It Easy Crafts for the tutorial to make this Sparkling Spider. Really cute!
We have more sparkling spiders over on Momnivore’s Dilemma, where Nicolette made Glittering Spiders.

Cute, glittered spiders from Momnivore's Dilemma. DIY tutorial on Momnivore's Dilemma.
If you’d like a video tutorial for making Glittered Spiders, then tune in over on Kraft Clatch. Mona’s helpful tutorial will walk you through it.

Watch the video tutorial on Craft Klatch with Mona to make this glamorous, Glittered Spider.

Eyelashes, ruby red lips and glitter make this one glamorous spider!

I love the spider webs Liz made to display her Spooky Spiders. You can see more over at her blog Say Yes.

Fun Halloween spider tutorial from Liz at Say Yes.

You can almost cuddle with this Furry Spider, and Shatzi from Love and Laundry shares her tutorial over at Sugar Bee Crafts.

He looks so cuddly! Go see the tutorial for this Furry Spider over on Sugar Bee Crafts.

Furry eyelash yarn makes this one huggable! It’s over on Sugar Bee Crafts.

I hope today’s spider crafts haven’t given anyone the heebie jeebies. Are there any Arachnaphobes out there?

Have a great weekend, and happy crafting.

Sharon

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Non-scary Halloween décor: Colorful, itsy bitsy Halloween spiders

Spiders that aren’t scary? And might even be pretty? Take a peek at these cute & colorful Halloween Spiders and I think you’ll agree that this is a non-scary Halloween craft. These little spider gems aren’t going to scare anyone. With their small size and bright colors, you’ll actually want these Itsy Bitsy Spiders all around the house, from Halloween mantels to buffet tables. Here’s how to make an Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Halloween spiders that are pretty! Made with Styrofoam balls and eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com

Itsy Bitsy Spiders by Kathleen George.

To make an Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” ball, 2” egg, and a scrap piece
  • Fabric, 4” square
  • Acrylic craft paint in a bright color to coordinate with fabric
  • Micro glitter in coordinating color
  • Jewelry wire in black
  • Electrical tape or duct tape in black
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; wooden skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; newspaper or box lid; jewelry pliers; knippers
DIY these cute spiders for Halloween. So many places to display them around the house. CraftsnCoffee.com

The bright colors and whimsical, wire legs make these spiders more fun than scary.

To make an Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider:

Head:

1. Insert a wooden skewer into the 1” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to use as a handle. Paint the ball. Insert the handle into the scrap piece of foam to hold it upright while the paint dries.

2. Once the paint dries, spread a thin layer of white craft glue over the painted head, and sprinkle with micro glitter. Work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Let dry.

Body:

3. Cut a small, horizontal slice from the foam egg so that the egg will sit flat. Using your fingertips, smooth out the cut edges.

4. Using the spider fabric pattern, cut out the fabric pieces to cover the foam egg. Spread glue onto the curved side of the egg, and attach the fabric. Pull fabric smooth, and paste down areas that overlap. Don’t attach the fabric to the bottom of the egg yet.

Legs:

5. Cut four, 8” pieces of jewelry wire for each spider. Using the jewelry pliers, curl each end (refer to photo). The curled wires should measure about 6” long.

6. Tightly tape the wires together in the center with electrical tape or duct tape. Tightly hold onto the tape, and use the pliers to bend each leg into a 90 degree angle. Slightly spread apart the legs.

7. Check to see if the legs will stand on their own. If not, adjust till they can stand.

Detail of cute & colorful Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spider. CraftsnCoffee.com

Wait to glue the fabric onto the bottom of the spider until after the legs are attached.

Assemble Spider:

Note: Assemble the body with low-temp glue.

8. Glue the glittered head onto the narrow end of the body.

9. Glue the center of the legs to the underside of the spider, and check to be sure that the spider can stand.

10. Glue the fabric oval to the bottom of the spider.

Halloween spiders that are pretty! Made with Styrofoam balls and eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com

Where would you display these colorful spider gems?

You would be happy to have these spiders in your house, right? Where would you display these little spider gems?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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