Lots of crafty inspiration today, and an inspiring giveaway

I often say it’s all about the inspiration. We craft and create because we’re inspired. We see something we like, our creativity flows, our hands move and voilà, we’ve created something beautiful. In my mind, September starts the most inspiring time of the year, and the biggest, craftiest season is right ahead of us. I have a few announcements today that I hope will inspire you to create, and I hope you’ll inspire me, too. So, today I have a little list of this & that, and don’t miss #7The Inspiration Giveaway!

Hundreds of favorite craft tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

See that new tab by the blue arrow? That’s the new directory for hundreds of tutorials here on Crafts ‘n Coffee! Hooray!

  1. This is my #730th post on Crafts ‘n Coffee, which means that there are hundreds of craft tutorials here. It was time to bring a little order to this hot mess so you could find your favorite tutorials. This summer, my daughter worked behind the scenes to create the page “Craft and Décor Tutorials”, which lists all of the projects by category. It’s inspiration at your fingertips! Didn’t she do a great job? We’ve planned phase two, which will include a photo for each project, but that will have to be squeezed in between homework.
An easy, Lollipop Bouquet made with Lollipics. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I made this back-to-school Lollipop Bouquet using Lollipics.

2. A little back-to-school inspiration: To celebrate a new school year, I made a Lollipop Bouquet for my daughter’s robotics team, the Fighting Unicorns. Many thanks to Laura Kelly for creating the custom Lollipics for the team. If you follow Crafts ‘n Coffee, you know I’ve made these Lollipop Trees before. This one was a little different because I used the LolliPics, but it worked out great. I’ll just share a few photos and keep the tutorial brief. These are so easy, I think that’s all you’ll need. (And GO, Fighting Unicorns!)

How to DIY a Lollipop Bouquet. These Lollipics make it so colorful! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll need a 6-1/2″ diameter pot, a 6″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, 18 – 20 Lollipics and tissue paper. Place the foam ball in the pot, and insert the Lollipics. Fill in any open areas with 2″ – 3″ squares of tissue paper. Enjoy!

3. September 1 means it’s also time to change up the look of the blog with our new seasonal photo. This is one of the photos we took during our photo shoot last winter, and I think it’s one of my favorites. The sights and colors of fall offer endless inspiration, don’t you think?

Be sure to follow Crafts 'n Coffee! So many fabulous DIY ideas!

4. Did you know that I changed the name of the Crafts ‘n Coffee Facebook page so that it’s now officially Crafts ‘n Coffee? I started the Facebook page before I started the blog, so the Facebook page was under a different name. Now that the names are the same, it will be easier to find us.

5. For even more inspiration, you can also follow Crafts ‘n Coffee on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.

6. With the help of designer Patty Schaffer, I’m planning the annual Candy Corn Crafts Week for later this month. Patty has wrapped up her projects, and now I have to get busy and work on mine!

7. The Inspiration Giveaway: It’s your turn to inspire me, please! Tell me how Crafts ‘n Coffee inspires you. What would you like to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee over the next few months? Are you looking for more ideas for Halloween decorations? Or Christmas ornaments? Gift ideas? Or?? I want to hear from you, so please leave a comment below about how Crafts ‘n Coffee can inspire your holiday crafting. By leaving a comment below, you’ll be entered in The Inspiration Giveaway. See #8 for all of the details.

8. We all need more inspiration – and more cash, for holiday crafting, right? Would 20 craft magazines and project books, along with a $50 craft store gift card, help out? I thought so! This summer, I sorted through HUGE piles of craft books and magazines, and I want to share the inspiration. Many of these titles are older, but they’re still packed with great ideas. A lot of the magazines are one-of-a-kind, too, and no longer published. The winner of The Inspiration Giveaway will receive a box packed full of magazines and books, along with a $50 gift card to the winner’s favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby).

If you’d like a chance to win The Inspiration Giveaway, leave a comment below telling me how Crafts ‘n Coffee can inspire you this holiday season. Comments close at midnight on Thursday, September 10. I’ll announce the winner on Friday, September 11.

For even more inspiration, don’t forget to poke around the new “Craft & Décor Tutorials” project directory here on Crafts ‘n Coffee!

Happy crafting.

Sharon    

 

 

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Natural décor for fall: Four textured, tabletop trees

My favorite season is right around the corner, so I’m excited to share a few DIY decorating ideas for fall. These four fall crafts are made with natural materials, from pine cones to pumpkins seeds, so they’re perfect for fall decorating. Here’s what really caught my eye, though – these Tabletop Fall Trees have a little sparkle, too, with flashes of gold and metallic highlights. Whether you’re decorating your fall mantel or dining room table, you can change the sizes of your foam cones to suit your space.

Beautiful for the fall mantel! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fall Tabletop Trees by Kathleen George.

Beautiful textures for fall decorating! From a series of Tabletop Trees on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pretty, natural textures with a touch of bling.

To make a Pine Cone Petal Topiary, you’ll need:

Detail from pine cone petals. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Pine cones with 1-1/2” – 2” scales
  • Mod Podge, finish of your choice (Kathleen used a glossy finish to give the topiary a slight sheen)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: ½” paintbrush

To make a Pine Cone Petal Topiary:

1. Separate the pine cone petals or scales from the pinecones. You’ll need about 2 cups of scales.

2. Glue a row of pine cone scales around the bottom of the foam cone. The scales should point down, and the tips should be even with the bottom of the cone.

3. Add a second row of pine cone scales, overlapping the first row. Position the second row so that about 1” of the first row is visible.

4. Continue adding rows of pine cone petals around the cone until it’s covered.

5. At the top of the cone, glue three – four pine cone scales, pointing up.

6. Brush Mod Podge onto the cone and let dry.

To make a Natural Acorn Cap Topiary, you’ll need:

Natural acorn caps. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 9” cone; 3” ball
  • Acrylic paint in light brown
  • Acorn caps, 5/8” – ¾” wide, about 100
  • Satin ribbon, 1” x 9”, in sage green
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; serrated knife and a bar of soap or old candle

To make a Natural Acorn Cap Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone brown and let dry.

2. Make the base for the topiary:

  • Wax the blade of the serrated knife with the bar of soap or an old candle.
  • Cut the foam ball in half.
  • Cut a slice from the rounded top of one half, so that the top is flat.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the sides of the flat, half ball and glue in place.
  • Glue the cone to the base.

3. Glue a row of acorn caps around the bottom of the cone. As you glue on the caps, position them so they are angled slightly upwards.

4. Continue adding rows around the cone till it’s covered.

5. Glue three caps around the tip of the cone.

To make an Acorn, Pine Cone & Gold Bead Topiary, you’ll need:

Acorn caps with a touch of gold. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 6” cone
  • Acorn caps, 5/8” – ¾” wide, about 65
  • Pine cones, about ½” long, 1/4 C.
  • Acrylic craft paint in copper
  • Gold beads, plastic or metal:
    • 64, ¼” dia.
    • One, ¾” dia.
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush

To make an Acorn, Pine Cone & Gold Bead Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone, acorn caps and pinecones copper. Let dry.

2. Glue a row of acorn caps around the bottom of the cone. As you glue on the caps, position them so they are angled slightly upwards.

3. Repeat, adding rows of acorn caps till the cone is covered.

4. Glue one large acorn cap to the top, and glue the large gold bead in the center of the cap.

5. Fill in empty spaces between the acorn caps with pine cones.

6. Glue small gold beads in each acorn cap.

To make a Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary, you’ll need:

Pumpkin seeds with a patina finish. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam, 8” cone
  • Pumpkin seeds, dried, about 1 cup
  • Acrylic craft paint in olive green and metallic gold
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush; paper towels

To make a Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone and pumpkin seeds green and let dry.

2. Glue a row of seeds around the bottom of the cone. If you plan to display your topiary on a candle pedestal, extend the points ¼” past the bottom of the cone. Otherwise, line up the tips of the seeds with the bottom of the cone.

3. Continue gluing the pumpkin seeds around the cone in rows, overlapping the tips as you go.

4. To add the gold patina, lightly dry brush the topiary in gold. (To dry brush, dip a dry paintbrush into the gold paint, and wipe off most of the paint with a paper towel. Brush the paint onto the topiary.)

Pretty Tabletop Trees to DIY for your fall mantel. CraftsnCoffee.com.

L-R, Christmas Cranberry Cone; Acorn, Pinecone & Gold Bead Topiary; Pine Cone Petal Topiary; Natural Acorn Cap Topiary; and the Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary. Where would you display these Tabletop Trees?

If you’d like to add the Christmas Cranberry Cone to the mix, here’s the tutorial.

I don't have time to make a real Cranberry Topiary, but this one is so easy! And it will last forever. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll find a few more acorn theme crafts for fall in this round up from a few years ago.

How to make a Thanksgiving wreath

Preserved Leaf & Natural Wreath by Kathleen George.

Christmas package wreath

Wrap it Up Acorn Door Swag by Diane Flowers.

As we move into a new season, I’m excited about something new here at Crafts ‘n Coffee. Have you noticed anything different? Poke around and see if you can find what I’m talking about. I’ll fill you in on Tuesday and I’ve planned a giveaway to celebrate!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make Hot Air Balloon Ornaments

It feels like fall today, and I dug out my slippers from the back of the closet this morning. Summer is almost over, which means this is the last Tinsel Tuesday. I’ve saved an old, favorite Christmas craft for today – DIY, Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. Aren’t they beautiful? You could go in so many different directions with these, and use the little bits of scraps and trims that you have on hand. If you’ve missed any of this summer’s Tinsel Tuesdays, I’ve shared a list of the Christmas crafts below.

Make these now for Christmas. Beautiful idea for your tree, or to give as gifts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Up, up & away . . .

To make a Hot Air Balloon Ornament, you’ll need:

DIY beautiful Hot Air Balloon Ornaments. A great stash buster, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

So pretty!

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3-1/2” ball (or other size of your choice)
  • Miniature basket, about 1-1/2” in diameter
  • Acrylic craft paint in silver
  • Fabrics, assorted colors and prints, about 8” square of each
  • Trims in assorted colors and styles: Satin cord, strings of pearls, rick rack, lace, etc.
  • Ribbon, 1/8” x 1 yd.
  • Embellishments: small mirrors, flat back gems, mini bows, beads, etc.
  • Foil, small piece
  • Mini packages
  • Ring bead, 3/4″
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; paintbrush; rubber bands; fine-line, permanent marker; sharp pencil; serrated knife; straight pins

To make a Hot Air Balloon Ornament:

  1. Paint the basket silver and let dry.

2. Stretch three rubber bands around the 3-1/2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing it into six equal, vertical sections. Add another rubber band around the ball horizontally, dividing each section in half. You should now have 12 sections on the foam ball.

3. Draw lines next to the rubber bands using the marker. Remove the rubber bands and score the lines with a sharp pencil.

4. Cut out fabrics using the pattern, adding a ¼” seam allowance all around. Mix and match your fabrics for each balloon.

Details from gorgeous, Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mix and match fabrics and trims.

5. Center your first fabric piece over one of the scored sections and using the serrated knife, tuck the seams into the scored lines. Repeat, covering each section. Use nail scissors to carefully trim away extra fabric. If your “seam” lines aren’t perfect, that’s o.k. You’ll cover them with trims in the next step.

6. Cut your trims to size, and glue over the vertical seams. Don’t glue trim around the horizontal seam yet; you’ll do this in Step 8.

7. Attach the basket to the ball:

  • Cut four, 5″ lengths of 1/8″-wide ribbon.
  • Glue one end of each piece to the inside of the basket.
  • Pin the other end of the ribbon to the fabric-covered ball.
  • Adjust the ribbon length till the basket hangs evenly.
  • Once the basket is even, glue the ribbons to the ball.
  • Trim excess ribbon.
  1. Glue trim around middle of ball, covering the horizontal seam.
  2. Crumple a small piece of foil and glue to the bottom of the basket. Top off with mini packages.
  3. Optional: decorate the basket with ribbon.
  4. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the top of the ornament. Slide a ring bead through the hanger, and glue to the top of the ball.
Beautiful, handmade Christmas gift idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What colors would you use for your Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments?

Here’s another version made with cotton fabrics in Christmas colors. See what I mean when I say you can take this in lots of different directions?

Sweet Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. Great way to use up scraps from your stash. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You get a completely different look when you use plain, cotton fabrics. Check out the little figures in the baskets, too.

If you missed any of the Tinsel Tuesday Christmas crafts, here’s where you’ll find them.

Folded Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments

A Christmas favorite -- folded paper pinecone ornaments turned into mini Christmas trees! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Folded Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments by Kathleen George.

 Mixed Media Snowman Collage

Beautiful mixed media snowman collage. It's not hard -- tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Snowman Collage by Rebekah Meier.

 Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones. So cute & whimsical for Christmas, and a really easy DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones by Rebekah Meier.

 Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament

This is an easy, DIY Christmas ornament. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s a favorite technique with a new twist.

 Gleeful, Gift Wrap Elf

Just adorable for Christmas! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gleeful Gift Wrap Elf by Debra Quartermain.

Snowman Candle Pedestal

A cute DIY Gift idea. Snowman Candle Pedestal tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Snowman Candle Pedestal by Koren Russell.

 No-Sew Glove Santa

This is a fun one -- make a Santa from a knit glove. CraftsnCoffee.com.

No-Sew Glove Santa by Kathleen George.

Faux, Pallet Wood Snowman

Cute! And it looks like wood but this Faux Pallet Wood Snowman is made with foam sheets. So much easier! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Pallet Wood Snowman by Debi Schmitz.

 Recycled Tie Wreath

Beautiful Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas or year-round. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Recycled Tie Wreath by Kathleen George.

Cozy Sweater Ornaments

Turn your old sweaters into pretty Christmas Ornaments. Get the DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater Ornament by Kathleen George.

School starts tomorrow, which means that yes, summer is officially over for us. It may be the last Tinsel Tuesday, but I have lots more holiday crafts planned, so keep the glue gun handy!

Which Tinsel Tuesday project was your favorite this summer?

Craft on!

Sharon

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Hang this Patchwork Sweater Wreath on your front door

Most crafters I know love to repurpose, turning discards into something beautiful. Kathleen George is a master at repurposing and today she shares another sweater craft, transforming a few old sweaters into a beautiful Patchwork Sweater Wreath.  (By the way, my recent summer travel took me right past Kathleen’s house, and I stopped in to say “hello.” Her gardens are as beautiful as ever, and you can read more about Kathleen from my first visit to her New England home.) Now, here’s Kathleen’s Patchwork Sweater Wreath.

Love this cozy, fall wreath made from an old sweater on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Patchwork Sweater Wreath, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath, with curved front and flat back
  • Old sweaters in coordinating patterns
  • Buttons, several sizes in coordinating colors
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 9”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; table knife with thin blade; craft pins

To make a Patchwork Sweater Wreath:

  1. Using a ruler and sharp pencil, divide the wreath into four equal sections. Divide each section in half again, so now there are eight sections.

2. Now, you need to divide the sections one more time to make eight larger sections and eight smaller, wedge-shaped sections. Measure 2-1/2” from the right side of each scored line; these will be your larger sections. Using the sharp pencil and ruler, firmly score these lines, making deep grooves into the front of the wreath. You should now have eight, 2-1/2” wide sections and eight smaller, wedge-shaped sections.

Beautiful details on this fall, Patchwork Sweater Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Once you’ve finished measuring and scoring your wreath, you’ll have eight, 2-1/2″ sections and eight smaller, wedge shaped sections.

3. Determine which portions of your sweaters you’d like to use, and cut eight, 3” x 5 ½” rectangles from the sweaters. These pieces will cover the larger sections on the wreath. Look closely the the photo above and you’ll see that Kathleen used patterned sweater pieces for these larger sections.

4. Center a sweater piece over one of the 2-1/2” wide sections on the wreath. Position the table knife over the sweater fabric and along the scored line underneath the fabric, and tuck the edge of the sweater fabric into the scored line. For a clean edge, hold the knife at a 90° angle to the foam. Repeat for the other side, gently easing the fabric into the scored line. Trim away any excess fabric with nail scissors.

5. Fold the top and bottom of the fabric piece onto the back of the wreath, and glue and pin the fabric in place. If needed, trim away excess fabric at the back of the wreath so that it lays flat.

6. Repeat, covering all eight, 2-1/2” wide sections.

Beatiful details on a fall Sweater Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll center the corresponding fabric piece over each scored section, and use the table knife to tuck the fabric “seams” into the scored lines.

7. Cut pieces of sweater fabric to cover the smaller sections, cutting the fabrics about ½” wider and 2” longer than the actual section on the wreath. For contrast, Kathleen used solid fabrics to cover her smaller sections. Following Steps 4 & 5, add the pieces to the wreath.

8. Glue buttons onto the smaller sections.

9. Optional: Cut a thin piece of sweater for a ribbon, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath.

10. Knot together the ends of the ribbon for a hanger. Pin and glue the hanger to the back of the wreath.

Love this pretty, Patchwork Sweater Wreath for fall! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Change up your sweaters and make this Patchwork Sweater Wreath for any season.

For Tinsel Tuesday this week, Kathleen shared her Sweater Ornaments.

Turn your old sweaters into pretty Christmas Ornaments. Get the DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater Ornament by Kathleen George.

As I worked on this post, I realized how many other Sweater Wreaths I’ve featured on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Each one has been so different, and really, the variations are endless. If you’d like more inspiration, I’ve listed below links to the other Sweater Wreaths.

Beautiful, DIY Sweater Wreaths. Get the tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pumpkin Orange Sweater Wreath

Fall Sweater Wreath with Felt Flower Bouquet 

Zipper Flower Wreath 

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath 

Sweater & Snowflake Wreath 

Three-Step Valentine’s Day Sweater Wreath 

Red Valentine Sweater Wreath 

Creamy Valentine’s Day Sweater Wreath

Have you ever made a Sweater Wreath? Or have you repurposed an old sweater into something new? I’d love to hear about it.

Have a great weekend and craft on!

Sharon

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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Cozy Sweater Ornament

It is a hot, dry week here and my basil plants are fried. It’s definitely not sweater weather, but after today’s Sweater Ornament tutorial, I hope you’ll pull out an old sweater or two and make a few cozy Christmas ornaments. If you have an “ugly” Christmas sweater, use that – it will make beautiful Christmas ornaments. These Sweater Ornaments are easy ornaments to DIY, and you can make quite a few from one sweater, so let’s get started.

Easy DIY - turn old sweaters into beautiful Christmas Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Turn your old sweaters into pretty Christmas Ornaments. Get the DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This ornament is made from a child’s sweater vest. Dig around and see what you have on hand to make a few of these Sweater Ornaments.

To make a Sweater Ornament, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 3” balls (larger or smaller sizes will also work)
  • Old sweater (if you don’t have any, be sure to check out second-hand stores)
  • Ribbon, 8” (for hanger)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Additional embellishments
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; needle & thread
Easy tutorial to make Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your ornaments. You can make quite a few from one sweater!

To make a Sweater Ornament:

  1. To start, mark the center top and bottom of your foam ball with a pencil. Then insert your pencil at each point to make a 5/8” hole.
Step-by-step tutorial for making Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The holes should be about 5/8″ in diameter — big enough to tuck in the ends of the sweater.

2. Cut a piece of sweater fabric, measuring about 4” – 5” high and 8” long. If you’re using a patterned sweater, be sure to plan where you cut to best highlight the pattern. Test fit your fabric piece around the ball to be sure it fits – the size of the fabric you’ll need may vary depending on the stretch of your sweater.

3. Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch a ¼” seam. Turn right side out. Slip the ball into the center of your tube.

Easy, step-by-step tutorial for making Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

By strategically planning how to cut your sweater, you can feature different design elements.

4. Place a dab of white craft glue in the hole at the top and using a sharp tool such as a pencil, firmly push the cut edges of the fabric tube into the hole. Try to space the fabric folds evenly around the ball. Repeat at the bottom of the ball.

Step-by-step tutorial for making Christmas Sweater Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

We used 3″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and I think these would be stunning made with larger balls, too.

5. Knot together the ends of the ribbon, and push the knot down into the hole at the top. If you like, add a bow and jingle bell, or any other decorations, to the top of the ball. Let the glue dry before you hang your ornaments.

Turn old sweaters into Christmas Ornaments! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aren’t they pretty? We used sweaters made from cotton, wool, and cashmere, so you can use whatever old sweaters you have handy.

Easy idea -- how to make Christmas ornaments from old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Different sweaters = lots of different designs.

If it’s too hot for you to even think about sweaters, I have another idea for you. You’ll use old cotton shirts to make the Mad for Plaid & Paisley Ornaments I shared last year.

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

Believe it or not, next week will be the last Tinsel Tuesday. How can that be?

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.

There’s a possibility of rain in the forecast today and if it doesn’t happen, I’ll have to water my pots and a few shrubs tonight. My basil is past salvation, however. How about you? How’s the weather in your corner of the world?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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The perfect summer-to-fall wreath: DIY a Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath

Have you seen the pads of textured papers in the scrapbook aisles of your local craft store? The textures are fabulous, and the pads include cork, burlap and corrugated cardboard. Mix and match a few of these papers (well, they’re sort of papers) and you add instant interest to whatever you’re making. Kathleen George crafted this beautiful and Totally Textured Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath. It’s pretty right now for summer’s end, and the textures and colors will see you right into fall. Don’t you want to reach out and touch it?

Love the texture! Perfect for summer to fall. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

 

To make a Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath with a flat front
  • Self-adhesive cork paper, 12” x 12”, two sheets
  • Self-adhesive burlap paper, 12” x 12”, one sheet natural and one sheet white
  • Corrugated cardboard, 9” x 11”, one sheet dark brown
  • Ink:
    • Distressing ink
    • Copper
  • Buttons, 10 in assorted shades of brown
  • Ribbon, ½” x 8”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sponge applicator; straight pin; optional: Sizzix die #557690 and Sizzix machine*

*Note: Kathleen has provided flower and leaf patterns, so the Sizzix is not necessary. Also, this die is retired, so if it’s not already in your stash, please use the patterns.

Beautiful detail from a textured, Cork & Burlap Flowers Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Totally textured: Feast your eyes on all of this seasonal texture!

To make a Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath:

1. Cover the wreath in cork paper:

  • Trace around the wreath on the paper side of a cork sheet.
  • Cut 1” strips to cover the outside edges of the wreath.
  • Peel the paper backing from the 1” strips, and cover the wreath edges first.
  • Adhere the cork to the front of the wreath.
Flower detail from the perfect, summer-to-fall wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Each flower is made from several layers.

2. Using the flower and leaf patterns, cut out the flowers and leaves listed below. The # number refers to the pattern number; the numbers in parentheses are the number you need to cut out:

  • Large leaf, #1 – (6) natural burlap, (2) cardboard
  • Small leaf, #2 – (6) cardboard, (14) natural burlap
  • Largest flower, #3 – (2) white burlap, (2) cardboard
  • Daisy flower, #4 – (2) cardboard, (4) white burlap
  • Circle, #5 – (4) white burlap, (2) natural burlap, (2) cardboard
  • Medium flower, # 6 – (8) cork
  • Flower with hole in center, #7 – (2) white burlap, (2) cardboard
  • Optional: If you have Sizzix die #557690, you can use the die for #1 – #5, and then hand cut #6 and #7

3. Distress edges of #6 and #7 flowers using distressing ink and a sponge applicator.

Cork + burlap + corrugated paper = yummy, textured wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Highlight the details with ink.

4. Dab copper ink on flowers cut from corrugated cardboard; the ink will highlight the raised ridges.

5. Layer together 12 flowers and arrange them on the wreath. Once you like your arrangement, glue the flowers down, one at a time.

6. Glue buttons to the center of the flowers, except for two with open centers.

7. Knot together the ends of the ribbon, and pin and glue the loop to the back of the wreath for a hanger. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.

Totally Textured Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath by Kathleen George.

Totally Textured Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath by Kathleen George.

Have you tried these textured papers? What have you made with them?

Craft on!

Sharon  

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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas (or year-round)

I have lots of photos today because I am showing off two dazzling and elegant Recycled Tie Wreaths made by Kathleen George. Kathleen’s first wreath is in rich shades of reds, perfect for Christmas. She shares a second Recycled Tie Wreath in more subdued, year-round hues of blue. Kathleen scouted second-hand stores for her stash of silk ties, which is a beautiful way to build a collection of precious silk fabric. If you’re looking for a special, handmade gift idea, a Recycled Tie Wreath is the answer!

Gorgeous! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Beautiful Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas or year-round. CraftsnCoffee.com.

These Recycled Tie Wreaths are easy enough that you can make them for a special, handmade gift.

Recycle men's ties to make this dazzling wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Choose your color palette for the season.

To make a Recycled Tie Wreath with Fabric Roses, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath (Kathleen used a wreath with a curved front and flat back)
  • Neckties, 6 – 8 in coordinating colors and patterns
  • Fusible, double-sided interfacing
  • Ribbon, ½” x 4”
  • Thread, coordinating color
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; iron and ironing board; ruler; craft pins; sewing needle; optional: rotary cutter and mat

To make a Recycled Tie Wreath with Fabric Roses:

1. Prep the ties to maximize the useable fabric: Clip the threads that hold the ties together in the back and spread out the fabric. Cut away the tie liners. Iron the ties to remove the creases.

2. Cut the ties into 1” strips.

How to make beautiful wreaths from old silk ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The mix of fabrics and patterns add rich contrast.

3. Pin and glue the end of a fabric strip to the back of the wreath, and wrap it around the wreath, pinning and gluing the other end to the back. Continue wrapping the wreath, alternating contrasting patterns and colors as you go. Wrap and overlap your strips at random, creating interesting patterns and contrast.

4. Knot together the ends of a 4” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

How to make rolled roses for a Recycled Silk Tie Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The rolled roses, also made from old ties, dress up the wreaths.

5. Make the fabric roses:

  • For each rose, cut a strip of tie fabric that’s 1-1/2” – 2-1/4” wide and 8” long.
  • Fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise, right side of the fabric facing out.
  • Hand-stitch the cut edges together, gathering slightly as you sew.
  • Fold the top corner of one end of the strip down to create the center of the rose.
  • Roll the gathered strip of fabric around the folded corner and sew the base of the flower together as you continue rolling the fabric into a rose shape.
  • Fold the outside end corner over and stitch it down to the base of the rose.

6. Make the leaves:

  • Sandwich a square of fusible interfacing between two, 1-1/2” squares of silk tie fabric; be sure the right sides of fabric are facing out. Following the instructions on the interfacing, fuse the fabrics together.
  • Cut a leaf from the fused fabric.
  • Stitch a running stitch across the stem end to gather and shape the leaf.
  • Repeat for additional leaves.
So elegant! Made with old, silk ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The silk fabric in men’s ties is too precious to toss!

7. Arrange the roses and leaves on your wreath, and glue and pin them to the wreath.

8. Optional: Fuse together two 1” strips to create ribbon tails. Pin and glue to the wreath.

Aren’t they beautiful? Do you have a favorite?

Gorgeous wreaths made with old silk ties. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I can’t pick a favorite, can you?

If you have any ties leftover, you can make a few Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments, too.

Red-Tie-Ornaments

Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Merry Christmas Crafting.

Sharon

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How to make a Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Wall Clock

I have another pallet wood tutorial from Debi Schmitz today (she shared her Faux Pallet Wood Snowman earlier this week). I think you’ll be amazed at Debi’s Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Clock. It looks so real! But, once again, you won’t need power tools or big muscles to craft this rustic wall clock. And once you’re done, it’s so lightweight that it’s easy to hang, too. Don’t you love the look?

Rustic Wall Clock -- looks like wood but it's made from foam! CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Clock, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” sheet (or, cut a larger sheet to size)
  • Plate, bowl or other item with 10” diameter (this will be your pattern)
  • Spackling compound (Debi likes DAP All-Purpose Spackling Paste)
  • Wood dowel, 36” x ¼”
  • Acrylic craft paint in burnt umber
  • Clock movement with hands and ¾” shaft
  • Metal washer in black, ¾”
  • Felt in tan, 1/3 yd.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil or pen; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; straight pins; disposable bowl; spoon; sandpaper; soft rag; paper towels; small Phillips screwdriver or other punch tool; 1” paintbrush; wire cutter

To make a Rustic, Faux Pallet Wood Clock:

1. Center your plate, bowl or other 10” round item on the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and trace around the outside edge, scoring the foam. Wax your serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap and cut out the foam circle. Lightly sand and smooth the edges with a scrap piece of foam.

2. Using the pencil and ruler, divide the circle into five, 2” wide strips. Cut apart the strips.

3. Place spackling paste in a disposable bowl, and mix in water till it’s the consistency of slightly melted ice cream. You want it to spread easily and smoothly, but not be so runny that it drips. Using a kitchen knife or putty knife, spread a light coating of spackling paste onto the fronts and sides of the foam pieces. Let dry.

4. Lightly sand the pieces smooth on the fronts and sides with sandpaper. Carve in a few wood grooves and other scars.

5. Carefully punch a hole for the clock shaft, working from the front to the back, on the middle strip. Turn the piece over, center the clock box, and trace around it. Carefully carve out this area, making a ¼” deep square for the clock box.

How to create the look of real wood from a sheet of Styrofoam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

It looks like real wood, doesn’t it?

6. Wipe down each piece with a soft rag, removing all dust and sanding residue. Paint the sides and fronts of each piece brown. Let dry slightly and then with a damp paper towel, wipe off the outer layer of paint for a very light stained look.

7. Using the wire cutters, cut the wood dowel into nine, 2” pieces.

clock assembly 2

8. Assemble the clock:

  • Refer to the photo, and make shallow, ½” deep holes along the right-hand side of each foam strip. Make sure you don’t make holes in the exterior edges! Stagger the holes, so that the dowels between each pair are offset.
  • Place glue on one end of each 2” dowel and insert the dowel 1” deep into the holes along the right-hand sides of each piece. Place a dab of glue on the other end of each dowel, match up the holes on the left-hand sides, and push the pieces together.

9. Spray the clock with an acrylic spray and let dry.

10. Place the clock on the tan felt, and trace around it. Cut out felt circle and glue to the back of the clock. Trim away the felt covering the cut-out square for the clockworks.

11. Insert the movement stem and attach the hands according to the instructions, making sure to use the black metal washer against the face of the clock. Insert battery.

Can you believe this rustic wall clock isn't wood? It's made from Styrofoam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Pallet Wood Clock by Debi Schmitz.

If you love this technique and rustic look, I have more faux pallet art ideas here and here.

I hope you can make the time to make this time piece! And how time is flying – the first week in August is already over. How has your summer been?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY this Faux Pallet Wood Snowman

Name that tune: Do you want to build a snowman . . . We’re crafting a snowman today, but it’s not Olaf. It’s another magical snowman in which a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam is transformed to look like pallet wood, and then made into a snowman. It’s the look of pallet art without the heavy lifting! Don’t let the instructions scare you — designer Debi Schmitz shared her in-process photos, so you can more easily DIY this Faux Pallet Wood Snowman.

Cute! And it looks like wood but this Faux Pallet Wood Snowman is made with foam sheets. So much easier! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Pallet Wood Snowman by Debi Schmitz.

To make a Faux Pallet Wood Snowman, you’ll need: 

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Spackling compound (Debi used DAP All-Purpose Spackling Paste)
  • Wood dowels:
    • 6” x ½”
    • 48” x ¼”
  • Felt and fabrics:
    • White felt, ½ yd.
    • Red felt, ¼ yd.
    • Black felt, two sheets
    • Denim fabric, 1/3 yd.
    • Rust burlap, 8” square
  • Buttons:
    • Two, 1” black (eyes)
    • Five, ½” black (smile) (Note: One of our buttons is MIA, so there are only four in the photo, but he should have five.)
    • Two, 1-1/2” blue (hat)
    • Three, 1” blue (patches)
  • Embroidery floss in red
  • Glitter, extra fine in white
  • SNOW, embroidered 3” letters, or cut your own from cardstock
  • Evergreen garland, 6” x 24”
  • Cloth-covered floral wire, #18, 12” length
  • Acrylic sealer
  • Newspaper or other paper for patterns
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; pen or pencil; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; straight pins; sewing needle; several U-pins; kitchen knife or putty knife; disposable bowl; wire knippers; small Phillips screwdriver or other punch tool

To make a Faux Pallet Wood Snowman:

1. Snowman body:

  • Using a sharp pencil and ruler, score a 10-½” wide x 12-½” tall rectangle on the foam sheet. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or old candle, and then cut out the rectangle.
  • Draw a curved line on the top two corners, and cut along the curved line, creating the shoulders.
  • Using the pencil and ruler, divide the body into five vertical “planks”, each 2” wide. Using the serrated knife, cut apart the strips.
  • Pin the head and mitten patterns onto the remaining foam sheet. Arrange the patterns so you’ll have enough foam leftover to cut out the hat in Step 7. Draw around the patterns with a sharp pencil. Cut out the pieces using the serrated knife. Be sure to cut out two mittens!
  • Cut the head into three, 2” planks, just like you did for the body.
  • Sand smooth any rough and uneven edges with a scrap piece of foam.

2. Place spackling paste in a disposable bowl, and mix in water till it’s the consistency of slightly melted ice cream. You want it to spread easily and smoothly, but not be so runny that it drips. Using a kitchen knife or putty knife, spread a light coating of spackling paste onto the fronts and sides of the foam pieces. You can spread it smooth, so it looks more like wood, or do what Debi did and texture it so it looks like snow. While wet, sprinkle with glitter.

3. Cut the 1/8” dowels into one 4” and twelve 2” pieces.

4. Refer to the photo, and make shallow, ½” deep holes in the sides of the foam planks. Be sure you’re not punching holes in the exterior edges! Stagger the holes, so that the dowels between each pair are offset.

How to assemble a Faux Pallet Wood Snowman. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Be sure to offset the wood dowels between each pair of planks.

4. Place glue on one end of each 2” dowel and insert the dowel 1” deep into the holes along the right-hand sides of each plank. Place a dab of glue on the other end of each dowel, match up the holes on the left-hand sides, and push the pieces together.

5. Repeat Step 4 to build the head. Attach the head to the body with the 4” dowel.

6. To reinforce the bonds, place the body face down and then squeeze hot glue between the planks. Don’t add too much glue, or it will seep out the front.

How to make a snowman hat for a Faux Pallet Wood Snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll build the hat from two foam pieces, each wrapped in black felt.

7. Hat:

  • From the remaining foam sheet, cut out a 6” x 3-1/2” hat and 2” x 11” hat brim.
  • Wrap a 9” x 6-1/2” piece of denim around the 6” x 3-1/2” hat, and pin and glue the fabric to the back.
  • Wrap a 5” x 14” piece of denim around the hat brim, and pin and glue the fabric to the back.
  • Insert and glue two, 3” wood dowels between the pieces to hold the hat together.
  • Attach the hat to the snowman’s head using two, 3” wood dowels.
  • Cover the seam where the two pieces meet with 1-12” x 8” length of red felt.
  • Thread red floss through 1-1/2” blue buttons, and tie off in front with ½” tails. Glue to red felt.

8. Mittens & Arms:

  • Center a foam mitten on a 6” denim square. Pull and gather the fabric to the back of the mitten, clipping as needed, and then pin and glue the fabric to the back.
  • Repeat for the second mitten, making sure to flip it over first, so it faces in the opposite direction.
  • Trace around each mitten on a piece of black felt, cut out felt, and glue to the back of each mitten.
  • Cut in half the ½” dowel, so you have two, 3″ lengths.
  • Center, and then insert and glue a dowel ½” deep in the edge of each mitten cuff. Insert and glue the dowel into the snowman, leaving 1-1/2” exposed to form an arm. Repeat for the other arm.
  • Wrap a piece of red felt around each arm to cover the dowel.
How to make mittens for a Faux Pallet Wood Snowman.

Don’t forget to flip a mitten, so that each thumb points in a different direction.

9. Decorate the snowman:

  • Wrap a 3” x 30” length of red felt around his neck, and glue to secure. Fringe the ends.
  • Stitch a button in the center of three, 1-½” denim squares, and tie off ends with ½” tails. Glue patches down the center of the snowman.
  • Wrap the ends of a small garland around each mitten thumb, and secure across the snowman’s body with U-pins. Glue the SNOW letters onto the garland.
  • Glue on button eyes and button mouth.
  • Cut nose from a double layer of burlap, glue the layers together, and glue to the face.
A sweet snowman face! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t you love his carrot nose?

10. Place the snowman on white felt and trace around the body and head (not the hat). Cut out the felt and glue to the back of the snowman.

How to hang a Faux Pallet Wood Snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Insert and glue the ends into the back of the snowman. Be sure the glue is thoroughly dry before hanging the Faux Pallet Wood Snowman.

11. Hanger:

  • Cut floral wire in half, and bend one half into a U.
  • Glue and insert each end into the back of the snowman.
  • Glue a 1” x 2” length of white felt over the ends of the wire hanger.

12. Spray the snowman with an acrylic sealer.

Take a closer look at the details on this Faux Pallet Wood Snowman. Debi added lots of little touches, like knotting the floss on the fronts of the buttons, that really add character.

Super-cute snowman! He looks like pallet wood but he's really made from a foam sheet. So much easier! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Take a closer look at the details.

Did you recognize his face from the Tinsel Tuesdays graphic? How would you change up your Faux Pallet Wood Snowman?

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Merry Christmas Crafting.

Sharon 

 

 

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Tile Mosaic Crafts: DIY mosaics for the garden and indoors, too

I love mosaics, but I’ve not yet tried to make my own. And I have no excuse – making a 3-D mosaic is as easy as this five-step tutorial. How pretty would these mosaic eggs, cone or even a tile mosaic garden ball be in my garden? I bet you feel the same way, so I’m sharing this easy tutorial today so you can make a mosaic for your garden. Of course, these look beautiful indoors, too.

This post has so many different ways to make mosaic garden ornaments! CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Tile Mosaic, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone; 4” egg (balls would work, too)
  • Ceramic tile: Sheets of 3/8” squares in colors of your choice
  • Latex ceramic tile adhesive
  • Grout in color of your choice (Kathleen used white)
  • Acrylic floor wax
  • Tools needed: Tile nippers; palette knife; rubber spatula; disposable gloves; lint-free cloth; old rag
These mosaics aren't hard -- make them in five steps with the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

So pretty — indoors or out!

To make a Tile Mosaic:

  1. Beautiful tile mosaic patterns. Make a Garden Mosaic Ball with this tutorial. CraftsnCoffee.com.

    If you like, add your tiles in a pattern.

    Create the filler tiles first. Using tile nippers, cut a handful of tiles in each color in half lengthwise and diagonally.

  2. With the palette knife, spread tile adhesive 1/8” thick on your foam cone, egg, or other shape. Firmly press tiles into the adhesive, with 1/8″ – ¼” space between each tile. Use the filler pieces you made in Step 1 to fill in gaps and small areas. Let the adhesive dry.
  3. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, mix the grout. Use a spatula to apply the grout to your mosaic, and firmly work the grout into all of the grooves and gaps. As you work, use a damp cloth to wipe excess grout from the tiles.
  4. Let the piece sit for 30 minutes, and then use a lint-free cloth to rub all traces of grout from the tiles. Let the grout dry for 24 hours.
  5. Seal with floor wax.

Mosaics you can really make in five steps! Beautiful for the garden. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can change the look of your mosaic when you use different kinds of tile. Kathleen made these Venetian Glass Mosaic Eggs using glass tiles instead of ceramic.

DIY mosaic eggs

Glass Tile Mosaic Eggs by Kathleen George.

Use small stone tiles, like these Stone Mosaic Garden Balls, for a more organic, natural style.

Stone Mosaic Garden Balls by Kathleen George.

Stone Mosaic Garden Balls by Kathleen George.

Or, forgo tiles all together and make a Pebble Mosaic Garden Ball.

how to make a pebble or river rock mosaic garden ball

Pebble Garden Mosaic Ball by Kathleen George.

Did you notice that Kathleen George designed all of these mosaics? She is a master of mosaics! A few years ago, I had a chance to meet Kathleen and she showed me this gorgeous mosaic she made for her terrace. I am in awe of her talents!

Pebble Mosaic

One of the four pebble mosaics Kathleen designed for her terrace.

Have you made a mosaic? Share your story, please. I need to overcome my mosaic phobia and make my own!

Craft on!

Sharon  

 

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