A frosty Friday finish: DIY a faux, Frosted Christmas House

I find Christmas villages enchanting, so this has been a fun week for me. So far, I’ve shared a Miniature Christmas Village and a Faux Gingerbread House. Today’s DIY Christmas Houses look like frosted confections, but believe it or not, the “frosting” is lightweight spackling! The cake decorating techniques are very basic, so don’t let that scare you away. These little Christmas Houses are adorable!

I want to make an entire Christmas village of these little frosted houses. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Frosted Christmas Houses by Kathleen George.

To make a Frosted Christmas House, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam (for two houses):
    • Three, 5” cubes
    • Optional: 2” x 2” x 1” scrap for chimney
  • Lightweight acrylic spackling, one quart
  • Acrylic craft paint in cream
  • Craft foam sheet in tan
  • Optional: Small silk flowers
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; scallop edge scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; two disposable bowls or other containers; small putty knife; table knife or cake decorating spatula; pastry bag; cake decorating tips – drop flower point and round point; damp cloth; wax paper
Make these sweet Christmas houses with spackling so they'll last forever! CraftsnCoffee.com.

There are so many sweet details on these little houses.

To make a Frosted Christmas House:

1. Build the house:

  • Wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle.
  • Cut one cube in half diagonally. The two resulting triangles are the roofs.
  • Slice ¾” from the bottom of each roof.
  • Glue a ¾” foam slice onto the bottom of the two remaining cubes. These will be the houses.
  • Glue a triangular roof onto each house.

2. From the tan craft foam, cut ten, 1” x 5” strips using the scallop edge scissors. Starting at the lower edge, glue five strips to each side of the roof, overlapping the strips as you go. It’s o.k. if there’s a gap at the top, as you’ll fill this in with icing.

Tutorial for a sweet Christmas Village on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

3. Cut four (or more) ½” x 2” strips from the foamie sheet. These will be the shutters. Set aside till Step 7.

4. Optional: Trim a scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to a 1” x 1¼” by 2” rectangle. Cut the bottom edge at a 45 º angle so that it fits snugly on the rooftop. Glue to roof.

5. In a disposable bowl, mix two cups of acrylic spackling with a drop or two of tan paint to create a creamy color. In a second container, mix two more cups of acrylic spackling with tan paint to make a caramel color. Mix the spackling thoroughly until it is smooth and free of any bumps or dried spackle crumbs that might clog your icing tip. Keep the bowls of spackling covered with a damp cloth when you’re not using them.

Love the details on these Christmas houses! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Come on in!

6. Working on wax paper, decorate your houses:

  • Using a small putty knife, apply the caramel colored icing to the window and door areas.
  • Using the flat end of the putty knife, create a straight outline around the doors and windows, scraping off the excess “icing”.
  • Ice the rest of the house with the cream colored spackle. Don’t worry about slight imperfections along the edges and around the doors and windows as these will be covered with decorative piping.
  • Using a table knife, fill the icing bags (it’s no different from filling them with frosting).
  • If the spackling doesn’t pipe out easily, mix in a few drops of water.
  • Using caramel colored icing and a drop flower icing tip, pipe decorative edging around the doors, windows and edges of the houses.
  • Pipe a row of drop flowers at the bottom sides, and at the corners of the doors and windows.

     Frosted details on Christmas village. CraftsnCoffee.com

    Add a heart above each door.

  • Optional:
    • Add a heart shape to the front of the house.
    • Pipe on small polka dots.
    • Create curtains in the windows.
    • Decorate around the chimney.
    • Add your own flourishes!

 

7. Add shutters (cut in Step 3) by pressing them into the icing next to the windows.

Window detail from faux frosted Christmas houses. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dress up your windows by adding window panes, curtains, shutters or even flower boxes.

8. Examine your house to see if there are any areas requiring a little extra decorative icing, such as around the windows.

9. Optional: Insert silk flowers into the wet spackling along the base of each house.

Change up the colors like Kathleen George did and you can create a Gingerbread Village instead. And these little houses light up!

A beautiful gingerbread village, with windows that really light up! It's made with Styrofoam brand foam and spackling, so you can display it for years. CraftsnCoffee.com

Gingerbread Village by Kathleen George. (And the windows light up!)

Do you collect miniatures, or have a Christmas Village?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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DIY a Faux, Christmas Gingerbread House

It’s a tradition – every year my daughter decorates a gingerbread house. And every year it’s my post-holiday tradition to sneak it out of the house and into the trash while no one is looking. What a waste! Here’s a happy solution – a sparkling, candy-covered gingerbread house crafted from STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. You can store and display this Faux Gingerbread House for years to come. Because the making is half the fun, you can still make a new one each year, creating a village of sparkling, Faux Gingerbread Houses.

My kids would love decorating this faux gingerbread house. I love that I don't have to throw it out, and I can keep it for years. CraftsnCoffee.com

This Gingerbread Houuse won’t go stale (or feed the mice) and you can display it for years to come.

To make a Faux Gingerbread House, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 12” x 36” x 1” sheet
    • One 12” x 36” x 2” sheet
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown, 2 – 3 bottles
  • Candies, real or faux, including candy canes, peppermints, gumdrops, mints, etc. (If you plan to store your house and use it in the future, skip the real candy and use faux instead.)
  • Trims, such as velvet tubing, cording, rickrack and ribbon
  • Spray glitter (Krylon Glitter Blast is foam safe)
  • Fiberfill, small handful
  • Quilt batting, 18” square
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Spackling and cake decorating tools (for piping on “icing” accents)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; toothpicks; stiff paintbrush

To make a Faux Gingerbread House:

1. Following the cutting diagram, use your ruler and a sharp pencil to measure and score the individual pieces on the foam sheets. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and cut out the foam pieces along the scored lines.

2. Windows: Using the ruler and sharp pencil, draw a 2-1/4” x 4” window on each side. Cut out the window with the serrated knife.

3. Door: Using the ruler and sharp pencil, draw a 2” wide x 5” tall door on the front piece. Cut out the door using the serrated knife.

4. Assemble the house:

  • Test fit the pieces first. If there are gaps or pieces don’t fit together snugly, sand them against each other till they fit cleanly and without gaps.
  • Apply glue to the ends of several toothpicks, and insert the toothpicks into one edge of a side wall.
  • Apply glue to the edge of the side wall and the other end of the toothpicks. Gently press the front piece onto the toothpicks, joining the two pieces.
  • Repeat, connecting the other side wall to the front.
  • Add the back wall in the same manner.

6. Paint the house and chimney brown and let dry.

7. Cut the door in half so it’s 2” wide, 5” tall and 1” thick. Paint door brown.

5. Cut 2” wide scallops along the sides and bottom of the roof pieces. Shape and mold the scallops with your fingers so it looks like snow.

6. Cut the top edges on each roof piece at an angle, so that the two roof pieces will fit together snugly. Test fit the two roof pieces on the house, and adjust as necessary. Attach the roof to the house, attaching one side at a time. Use toothpicks and glue to attach each piece. If there is a gap at the top, you can fill it in with foam scraps.

7. Attach the chimney to the roof using toothpicks and glue. Glue a small handful of fiberfill to the top of the chimney to look like smoke.

8. Position the door in the opening, and attach with toothpicks and glue.

9. Decorate your house by gluing on the candy and the trims. Optional: You can use lightweight acrylic spackling and cake decorating tools to pipe on faux “frosting” details. You’ll find detailed instructions for this technique in the tutorial to make Faux Frosted Flower Eggs.

10. Spray the house with glitter.

11. Cut the quilt batting into a circle. Center the house on the circle and display!

My kids would love decorating this faux gingerbread house. I love that I don't have to throw it out, and I can keep it for years. CraftsnCoffee.com

The Faux Gingerbread House is about 12″ tall.

Earlier this week, I featured this sweet, Miniature Christmas Village. I’ll have another creative idea for building a Christmas village tomorrow.

This sweet Christmas village reminds me of Whoville! So charming! Tutorial on CrafsnCoffee.com.

DIY a Miniature Christmas Village.

Do you decorate a gingerbread house each year?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Make your own miniature Christmas village

Can you imagine the little Whos living in this village and singing “Fahoo Fores Dohoo Dores, Welcome Christmas Come this Way”? This whimsical, Miniature Christmas Village reminds me of Whoville. If you’ve always wanted a Christmas Village, but you don’t have the space to display and store it, then take a closer looks at this DIY Christmas Village. It’s small in size, but sweet in the details. Here’s how to make your own Christmas Village.

This sweet Christmas village reminds me of Whoville! So charming! Tutorial on CrafsnCoffee.com.

Miniature Christmas Village by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Miniature Christmas Village, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: two 2″; three 1″
    • Block, 12″ x 10″ x 1″
    • Cones: one 9″ x 4″; two 3″ x 2″
    • Disc, 10″ x 1″
  • Scrapbook papers in coordinating prints, several sheets
  • Embellishments: Brads, star sequins or star beads, and anything else you have on hand
  • Glitter:
    • Crystal glitter in white
    • Ultra-fine glitter in pink and lime green
    • Glitter glue: black; crystal; orange; pink; green
  • Acrylic craft paint in orange
  • Paper adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife and candle stub or bar of soap; fine-line permanent marker in black; round wooden toothpicks; foam paintbrush; small round paintbrush; disposable palette, like a paper plate; newspaper or a box lid

To make a Miniature Christmas Village:

1. Cut out the house patterns, and pin them to the foam block. Using the sharp pencil and a ruler, trace around each house, scoring the foam. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap, and then cut out each house.

2. Trace around the front, back and sides of each house onto the scrapbook papers. Cut out, and glue to houses with paper adhesive.

3. Cut the out the following paper strips for the roofs:

  • 5” x 1 ½”
  • 5 ½” x 1 ½”
  • 4 ½” x 1 ½”
  • 3 ½” x 1 ½”
  • Note: You may find that your actual dimensions will vary, based on the actual sizes of your foam houses. Use these measurements as a starting point.
Cute details from a sweet, DIY Christmas Village. I'd love to make this! CraftsnCoffee.com

Outline the windows and doors with glitter glue. It doesn’t have to be perfect, in fact, it’s more charming when it’s not.

4. Finish the houses:

  • Crease and glue roofs to the tops of the houses.
  • Cut doors and windows from contrasting papers, and adhere to houses.
  • Add details to roofs, doors and windows with glitter glue.
  • Let dry.

5. Glitter trees: Spread glue on 3” cones using a foam brush. Working over newspaper or a box lid, sprinkle cones with lime green glitter. Let dry, and then add details with glitter glue.

Sweet details from a miniature Christmas village you can make yourself. It reminds me of Whoville! CraftsnCoffee.com

I love anything with polka dots — paper, fabric, and miniature houses, too.

6. Snowmen:

  • Assemble 1” and 2” balls using wooden toothpicks dipped in glue.
  • Brush on glue, and sprinkle with white glitter crystals. Let dry.
  • Detail faces with black glitter glue.
  • Dot cheeks with pink glitter glue.
  • Paint tips of two toothpicks orange for noses. Let dry. Cut to size and insert into faces.
  • Insert three, star-shaped brads (or sequins, buttons, etc.) into 2” ball for buttons.

7. Cover the 9” cone with paper:

  • Place the foam cone on the edge of a sheet of scrapbook paper.
  • Roll the cone across the paper while tracing the bottom curve with a pencil.
  • Roll the cone back to the edge, tracing the curve at the top of the cone this time.
  • Cut out, wrap paper around the cone, and glue paper along the seam.
Christmas craft tip -- How to make a pattern to cover a Styrofoam cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Roll the foam cone on a sheet of paper and trace the top and bottom curves to make the pattern.

8.  Decorate the tree:

  • On the reverse side of scrapbook paper, draw five circles with the following diameters:  4″, 3-1/2″, 3″, 2-1/2″, 2″
  • Inside each circle, draw another circle that is 1” smaller in diameter.
  • Cut out the circles with deco edge scissors, and cut out the centers with regular  scissors.

    Top of the village Christmas tree. CrafsnCoffee.com

    Top off the tree with a glittered ball and decorate with glitter glue.

  • Stack rings onto cone.
  • Detail tree with glitter glues; let dry.

9. Brush glue onto 1” foam ball and sprinkle with pink, ultrafine glitter. When dry, glue to top of tree.

10. Trace round the foam disc twice onto scrapbook paper. Cut out circles and glue to the top and bottom of the disc. Cover edges with 1” wide paper strips. Embellish with glitter glue. Let dry.

11. Glue large tree to the center of the disc, and arrange the four houses around the disc. Add snowmen and small trees between the houses.

This sweet Christmas village reminds me of Whoville! So charming! Tutorial on CrafsnCoffee.com.

Does this remind you of Whoville?

Wondering how this would look in different colors? You can absolutely adapt this to your Christmas colors. In fact, Rebekah also made a Halloween Village. (Perhaps I’ll share this tutorial next year.)

Cute idea for Halloween! I'm saving this for next year. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make this village your own by changing up the papers.

Last year, I shared a collection of miniature Snowman Houses Rebekah designed.

These are so cute -- you could make several little houses for a Christmas village.

Don’t put away the paper and glue yet. While you have your supplies handy, it might be a good time to make a few of these pretty, Paper Ornaments for your tree, or to give as a gift.

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

Pretty Paper Christmas Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

I think I’ll share a few more Christmas houses later this week. Are you a fan of Christmas villages? Do you have one of your own?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Have a ball making a Felted Snowball Ornament

Eight inches of snow fell here yesterday, so it’s a good time to stay inside and make a few needle-felted Snowball Ornaments. If you’re new to needle felting, then start right here. Not only is this an easy needle felting project, I think it’s the easiest, DIY ornament in this week’s series of Classic Christmas Ornaments. If you’re looking for a more challenging Felted Christmas Ornament, I have a few more ideas for you, too. Read on!

Soft, cozy Felted Snowball Ornament. These will be beautiful on the tree this year. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Felted Snowball Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Felted Snowball Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Wool roving, 1 oz. in natural
  • Velvet ribbon: ¼” and ½” wide, cream color
  • Silver wire, 2” length
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; felting needle*

*Note: Needle felting is a fast and easy craft, but the needle is extremely sharp. Please keep the needle from children. When you select a felting needle, remember that the higher the needle number, the finer the needle, and the smaller the holes in the project.

To make a Felted Snowball Ornament:

1. Place a piece of wool roving on the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and insert the felting needle through the roving and into the foam ball until the wool fibers are attached to the ball. Repeat, until the ball is completely covered in roving.

2. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, making a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.

3. Insert an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue edges together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.

After making a few Felted Snowball Ornaments, if you’d like to test your felting skills, check out these sweet Needle Felted Snowman Ornaments by Candie Cooper.

These needle-felted snowman ornaments are adorable! There's an easy-to-follow tutorial to make them on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Want more needle felting inspiration? Here are eight more needle felted ornaments.

Felting is easier than it looks, and this shortcut requires just  you just wool roving, a felting needle, and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.
Today wraps up the week’s series of handmade ornaments. Did you have a favorite from the week? Please let me know if any of this week’s ornaments made you “must-make” list.

These are classic and beautiful, and easy to make. Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.Happy ornament crafting!

Sharon

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How to make a classic Christmas Ornament using fabric and foam balls

I promised a stash-busting Christmas ornament tutorial today, and here it is. I’ve called this week’s series of Christmas ornaments “classic crafts” for a reason. This is a favorite technique for making ornaments, yet it’s as fresh and new as the fabrics you choose. You could even make this Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament with snippets from a special occasion outfit.

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.

To make a Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Satin fabric, four, 4” x 8” pieces
  • Braided trim, ½ yd. in cream
  • Velvet ribbon: ¼” and ½” wide, cream color
  • Silver wire, 2” length
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; two rubber bands; sharp pencil; metal ruler or putty knife; sharp knife; optional: disappearing fabric marker

To make a Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament:

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

2. Insert a putty knife or sharp ruler 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. Cut out four fabric sections using the pattern.

4. 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.

5. Measure and cut the braided trim to fit around the ball. Glue the trim in place between the sections, covering the grooves in the ball.

6. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, forming a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.

7. Insert an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue edges together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.

I love the fabrics Kathleen George used in her Satin & Brocade Ornaments. You’ll see that her technique is a little different, too. She sections off the ball into six segments, and adds batting with the fabric. If you’ve made these ornaments, do you have a few tips or techniques to share?

Easy tutorial for making these classic ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.
You’ll find another version in our video “5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes.” Follow along and see what you think.

Don't mis this video! In just five minutes, you'll learn how to make five different Christmas ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com

These are classic and beautiful, and easy to make. Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.I’ll see you tomorrow with the final ornament in the series.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Stash Buster: How to craft Ribbon Ornaments

I have more than enough ribbon to make a tree full of these DIY Christmas Ribbon Ornaments, and I bet you do, too. (I have rainbows of ribbons in these handy storage containers stashed in my craft corner.) So, if you have lots of ribbon and a long gift list, these handmade Ribbon Ornaments will bust your stash, not your cash. And did I mention that they’re beautiful, too?

If have oodles of extra ribbons to make these Ribbon Christmas Ornaments. Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com

Ribbon Christmas Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

If you’re keeping track of this week’s handmade ornaments, today’s Ribbon Ornament is in the 11:00 position in the photo below. At 12:00 is the Beaded Ornament; at 7:00, the Button Ornament; and in middle, the Glittered Ornament.

These are all beautiful! Tutorials for these easy, handmade Christmas ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.
To make a Creamy Ribbon Christmas Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” Ball
  • Ribbon:
    • Satin ribbon, assorted widths in white and cream (or other colors of your choice)
    • Velvet ribbon: ¼” and ½” wide, cream color
  • Silver wire, 2” length
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins

To make a Creamy Ribbon Christmas Ornament:

1. Cut the satin ribbon into approximately 13” lengths.

2. Wrap a ribbon around the ball, pinning the ends to the ball. Continue to wrap and pin ribbons to the ball, overlapping them as you go so that the ball is completely covered. If needed, you can also use a little fabric glue to help hold the ribbons in place.

3. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, forming a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.

4. Insert an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue edges together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.

Do you need more ideas for using up that ribbon stash? In a post a few years ago, I shared a pretty collection of Ribbon Ornaments. You might also be inspired by the different colors used to make these ornaments.

Did you notice the new Crafts ‘n Coffee header at the top of the page? I thought that the photo of this week’s ornaments was so pretty (thank you, Studio Rossi), and it would be a lovely holiday banner for the blog. How do you like the change?

Beautiful ornaments! And they're all handmade (and easy). Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com

Guess which ornament I’ll share tomorrow.

Tune in tomorrow for another stash busting ornament.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A different way to DIY a Button Ornament

Have you seen our “5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes” video? In five fast minutes, you’ll learn how to make five classic Christmas ornaments, including a Button Ornament. Today I’m sharing a different tutorial to make a Button Ornament without pins. It has a smoother, sleeker surface that really shows off the buttons. Both techniques produce beautiful, keepsake ornaments, it just depends on the look you’re after. Make one or make them both.

Beautiful, DIY Button Ornament - CraftsnCoffee.com.

Button Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

Here are the two different techniques side-by-side. Today’s tutorial is for the No-Pin Button Ornament on the left. You can make the red & white Button Ornament following the tutorial on the video.

Love this -- two different ways to make these sweet Button Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.
To make a No-Pins Button Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” Ball
  • Creative Paperclay™, one package
  • Buttons, assorted creamy colors and sizes
  • Silver wire, 2” length
  • Velvet ribbon: ¼” and ½” wide, cream color
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; acrylic roller

To make a No-Pins Button Ornament:

1. Cover the ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam with clay:

  • Roll a piece of Paperclay to 1/8” thick.
  • Wrap the clay around the foam ball.
  • Repeat, till ball is completely covered with clay.
  • Smooth all seams with wet fingertips.
  • Let dry completely.

2. Glue buttons onto the dry surface, arranging them to cover the surface.

3. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, forming a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.

4. Insert an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue edges together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.

Here’s another comparison for you. Designer Rebekah Meier used a similar technique to make her Creamy Button Topiary, substituting spackling for the paperclay. Of course, you can see that head pins were used to make the Red Button Christmas Topiary and the Blue Button Topiary. They’re all beautiful, and you can choose the look and technique you prefer.

I can't choose a favorite -- I love all three of these Button Topiaries. CraftsnCoffee.com

Blue and Red Button Topiaries by Kathleen George. Creamy Button Topiary by Rebekah Meier.

This week’s handmade ornament series continues tomorrow . . .

Tons of free (& beautiful) Christmas crafts on this site. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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How to make a dazzling, beaded Christmas ornament

During the Christmas season, every day and everyone seems just a little more glamorous. This dazzling, Beaded Ornament is all that and more, layered with seed beads, pearls and twinkling rhinestones. Can I hear an “ooh” and an “ahh”? It’s the second ornament in this week’s’ series of handmade ornaments. (For more glitz, check out yesterday’s Sparkling, Glittered Ornament.)

This dazzling, Beaded Ornament will totally sparkle on the tree! CraftsnCoffee.com

Rebekah Meier made this dazzling, Beaded Ornament with seed beads, pearls and rhinestones.

These are classic and beautiful, and easy to make. Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.To make a Beaded Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Creative Paperclay™, one package
  • Beads:
    • Seed bead assortment in clear and silver
    • 8mm pearls
  • Adhesive backed gems
  • Silver wire, 2” length
  • Velvet ribbon: ¼” and ½” wide, cream color
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wooden skewer; stiff paintbrush; newspaper or box lid; acrylic clay roller

To make a Beaded Ornament:

1. Cover the ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam with clay:

  • Roll a piece of Paperclay to 1/8” thick.
  • Wrap the clay around the foam ball.
  • Repeat, till ball is completely covered with clay.
  • Smooth seams with wet fingertips.
  • Let dry completely.

2. Insert a wooden skewer into the ornament to use as a handle. Paint ball with a coat of Mod Podge. While still wet, pour seed beads onto the ornament, completely covering it. Work over newspaper or a box lid for easier clean up. Let dry.

3. Glue 8mm pearl beads onto the ornament.

4. Adhere adhesive backed gems to the ornament.

5. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, forming a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.

6. Insert an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue edges together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.

These are all so pretty -- I can't pick a favorite ornament. All of the tutorials are on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek!

The handmade ornament series continues tomorrow. I think there are quite a few Crafts ‘n Coffee readers who love a pretty button craft, so tomorrow’s ornament will be for you!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Handmade Christmas Ornaments: DIY a Glittering Christmas Ornament

This week we’re celebrating handmade Christmas ornaments on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Every day I’ll have a new tutorial for making Christmas ornaments – six gorgeous, DIY ornaments in all. If you’re like me, and wondering how you’ll squeeze in a holiday craft this year, I hope you’ll give one of these ornament tutorials a try. Ornaments are perfect for tight schedules – they’re small, these are all easy, and chances are, they’ll use the bits and scraps you already have on hand.

Easy, handmade ornaments! So pretty. Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Hang these handmade ornaments on your tree, or simply display them in a bowl.

Rebekah Meier designed this collection, and I’m starting with the Sparkling, Glittered Ornament today — it’s the one in the center. You’ll see these really are super-simple – four steps and you’re done. Rebekah used silver glitter, and you can, too. Or, try red, gold, white, or icy blue. (Can you picture a glittering, Frozen theme tree?)

Four-step glittered Christmas Ornament! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Imagine a “Frozen” Christmas tree full of Glittered Ornaments in white, light blue and silver.

These are classic and beautiful, and easy to make. Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.To make a Sparkling, Glittered Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Fine glitter in silver or other color
  • Silver wire, 2” length
  • Velvet ribbon, 1/4″ and 1/2″ wide, in cream or other coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wooden skewer; stiff paintbrush; newspaper or box lid; pencil
Beautiful ornaments! And they're all handmade (and easy). Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com

This week I’m featuring the tutorials to make all of these ornaments. Do you have a favorite?

To make a Sparkling, Glittered Ornament:

1. Insert bamboo skewer into the foam ball to use as a handle. Brush Mod Podge onto the ball, covering it completely.

2. While still wet, shake glitter onto the foam ball. Rotate the ball as you sprinkle, making sure it’s completely covered. (Hint: Work over newspaper or a box lid for easier clean up.)

3. Twist the 2” length of silver wire around a pencil, forming a loop for hanging. Twist ends together and insert into the top of the ornament. Secure with glue.

4. Thread an 8” length of ¼” velvet ribbon through the wire hanger, and glue ends together. Tie a bow in a length of ½” velvet ribbon and glue to the top of the ornament.

These are all beautiful! Tutorials for these easy, handmade Christmas ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.As long as you have your supplies out, create a few more sparklers like this Glittered Christmas Ornament.

A pretty sparkler for the Christmas tree. I'd love these in a larger size! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.

Elegant Glittered Ornament by Diane Flowers.

Rebekah also designed this Glittered Christmas Topiary Tree.

DIY a glittered Christmas tabletop tree

Glittered Christmas Topiary Tree by Rebekah Meier.

I hope you’ll join in this week’s celebration of handmade Christmas ornaments. 

Happy Monday and happy crafting.

Sharon

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A Christmas craft for kids: Drinking Straw Christmas Tree

I saved the best for last during this week’s Festival of Trees. Today is a hands-on Christmas tree the kids can make with drinking straws and a cone of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. How fun is that? I’m also linking up a few more Christmas crafts for kids. Maybe there’s something here for you, too. After all, isn’t everyone a kid at Christmas?

Cute idea for the kids. Saving this one for later! All you need are plastic straws and a cone of Styrofoam brand foam. Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com

Drinking Straw Christmas Tree by Kathleen George.

To make a Drinking Straw Christmas Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 4” cone (or other size)
  • Plastic drinking straws, 20 – 25
    • There are a few options here:
      • If you’re not painting your tree, look for straws with colorful stripes.
      • If you like, choose straws that flex and use this portion to decorate the top.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Acrylic craft paint in metallic gold, or other favorite color
  • Tools needed: Child-friendly scissors; disposable palette for glue and paint, such as a piece of wax paper or paper plate; optional: stiff bristle paintbrush

To make a Drinking Straw Christmas Tree:

1. If you’re painting your tree, paint the cone and set aside to dry.

Cute Christmas craft for kids, and it's a cheap & easy one, too. Drinking Straw Christmas Tree on CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you don’t want the mess of paint, no problem. Look for straws that are already striped or colorful.

2. Cut the straws into 1 ½” pieces. If you’re using flexible straws, save three lengths with elbows for the top of the three. Do not use the flexible portions for making the “branches” of the tree.

3. Pour a small amount of glue onto wax paper, cardboard or other disposable surface.

4. Dip the end of each straw into the glue and insert straight into the cone. Starting at the bottom, arrange the straws in a row all around the cone. Continue, adding row after row, to fill in the tree. When finished, fill in any empty areas. Let the glue dry.

5. Trim the straws so that your tree has a tapered shape, like a pine tree.

5. Optional: Insert the three pieces with flexible elbows into the top of the tree.

6. Optional: Squeeze paint onto your disposable palette and paint the straw “branches.” Let dry.

While you have out your supplies, check out these Top 10 Ornaments for Kids. There’s even one made with drinking straws!

 You'll be glad you saved this one! Really cute collection of Christmas ornament tutorials for easy crafts the kids can really make. Supplies are cheap & easy to find, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Earlier this year, I featured another Christmas tree for kids – a Pasta Christmas Tree.

The kids will love this Christmas craft made with pasta! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek at Christmas crafts on tap for CraftsnCoffee!

Coming next week!

Thank you so much for stopping in on a Saturday. Since you’re here, I’ll share a sneak peek of what’s up for next week. I’ll have lots of little pretties starting for you on Monday, so I’ll see you then.

Enjoy your weekend, and happy crafting.

Sharon

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