Three cheers for this Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath

Patty Schaffer is back today with more Valentine’s Day décor – a Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath. I’ve made pompoms before and they’re an easy DIY, plus, they’re so much prettier than the packaged pompoms in stores. There’s no comparison, really. The pompoms aren’t the only reason I love Patty’s wreath – check out her enchanting embellishments, too. Next time you sit down to your favorite TV show, bring along your yarn and get started on this Pompom Wreath.

Valentine's Day Pompom Wreath by Patty Schaffer on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Perfect embellishments for a Valentine's Day pompom wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aren’t these sweet? Patty used purchased embellishments for a fast finish to the wreath.

Love this aqua stag -- he's the perfect accent on a pink, pompom wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The stag is the perfect accent, don’t you think? I love the pop of aqua on the wreath.

To make a Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” wreath
  • Scraps of fabric or felt (to wrap the wreath)
  • Yarn in three different colors and finishes (Patty used light pink, dark pink, and a sparkling pink)
  • Glittered cardboard hearts (Patty’s are from Making Memories)
  • Valentine stamp sticker (Patty’s is from Martha Stewart)
  • Deer figurine
  • Acrylic craft paint in turquoise
  • Low temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush

To make a Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath:

1. Cut the fabric or felt into 1-1/2” wide strips, and wrap around the wreath. Secure the ends with pins.

2. Make pompoms from a variety of yarn. Patty’s wreath had 30 pompoms: 11 light pink; 10 dark pink; and nine sparkly pink.

Patty graciously supplied her template for making the pompoms. To use the template:

  • Cut two templates from chipboard or a heavy plastic.
  • Sandwich a length of yarn between the templates; it should be long enough that the ends extend beyond the template.
  • Wrap the yarn around and around the template, the fuller the better.
  • Slide scissors between the templates and carefully snip the yarn along the outside edge.
  • Pull up and tie tightly the length of yarn that was sandwiched between the templates, forming your pompom.
  • Remove templates.
  • Trim any uneven lengths.

3. Glue the pompoms to the wreath, covering it completely.

Cute, and made for each other. DIY Valentine's Day Pompom Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These two are made for each other.

4. Glue glittered cardboard hearts at about the 5:00 position on the wreath. Add the Valentine stamp sticker.

5. Paint the deer turquoise and let dry. Glue the deer to the inside curve of the wreath.

6. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of yarn. Pin and glue to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

DIY Valentine's Day Pompom Wreath. See tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Valentine’s Day Pompom Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Patty makes the prettiest Valentine’s Day Wreaths. She also made this Valentine’s Day Yarn Wreath for Crafts ‘n Coffee readers.

Easy Valentine Yarn Wreath tutorial with XOXO banner and glittered hearts. CraftsnCoffee.com

Valentine Yarn Wreath with XO banner by Patty Schaffer.

Or perhaps you remember her Paper Roses Wreath?

Gorgeous wreath made with paper roses & dusted in glitters. CraftsnCoffee.com

Paper Roses Valentine Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Don’t miss her Love Letters Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging from earlier this week, too.

Book page hearts + LOVE letters = this pretty, Valentine's Day Wall Hanging. CraftsnCoffee.com

Love Letters Wall Hanging by Patty Schaffer

Have you noticed the new headers here on Crafts ‘n Coffee? Earlier in January I featured a new header with snowmen, and today I’m using our Valentine’s Day header. What do you think?  We wrapped up 2014 with a photo shoot to create new images for the old header here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I hope to share a little behind-the-scenes look at our photo shoot sometime soon.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Book page hearts + love letters = Valentine’s Day décor

Book page hearts, love letters and flashes of gold? How romantic is this Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging? Designer Patty Schaffer cut up old books to make the hearts, and then added touches of gold – beautiful! Here’s what else I like – she custom cut the heart from a sheet of foam, so she could make it the size and shape she liked best. So, you can do the same and make it smaller, larger, or any shape heart you like. Read on for Patty’s tips.

Book page hearts + LOVE letters = this pretty, Valentine's Day Wall Hanging. CraftsnCoffee.com

Love Letters Wall Hanging by Patty Schaffer

To make a Love Letters Wall Hanging, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 12” x 1” sheet
  • Paper:
    • Pages from an old book
    • Patterned scrapbook paper (to cover the heart)
    • Gold paper
    • Pink glittered cardstock
  • Leafing Pen in Gold (Patty used a Krylon Leafing Pen)
  • Ribbon (for hanging)
  • Glue dots
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and a bar of soap or an old candle OR StyroCutter® Plus*; straight pins; heart punch; sharp pencil

*Note: You can cut the foam sheet with a serrated knife, and waxing the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle will make the cutting smoother. Or, do what Patty did and use the StyroCutter® Plus. This handheld tool has a hot wire tip that heats up and cuts right through the foam – clean & easy!

Beautiful details from this romantic, Book Page Heart Valentine's Day Wallhanging. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll gently fold the hearts on top, so they almost look like they’re fluttering.

To make a Love Letters Wall Hanging:

1. Design your heart shape on scrap paper or old newspaper, and cut out. Patty’s heart is 12” wide and 8” tall. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet and trace around the heart with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Cut out the heart using a serrated knife or the StyroCutter Plus.

2. Cover the front and sides of the foam heart with patterned paper:

  • Cut 1-½” wide strips of patterned paper to cover the sides.
  • Snip ½” slits into the top edge of each strip, making little tabs.
  • Adhere the strips around the sides of the heart using double-sided tape. Bend tabs over onto the front of the heart.
  • Trace around the heart on the reverse side of your patterned paper. Cut out the paper heart and tape onto the front of the foam heart.
  • Note: If needed, you can also use a paper adhesive to help hold the pieces in place.

3. Punch out hearts from the book pages. Cut out some freehand hearts, too, so that you have an assortment of sizes. Outline the edges with a gold Leafing Pen.

4. Randomly adhere the book page hearts to the foam heart with glue dots. Carefully fold up the sides of the hearts in the top layer so they stick up a bit.

Beautiful gold details on book page hearts. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll outline each heart in gold, and add a few hearts cut from gold paper, too.

5. Punch out five hearts from the gold paper, and freehand cut five smaller hearts from the book pages. Adhere the five gold hearts around the wreath. Adhere the smaller, plain book page hearts on top of the gold hearts.

5. Freehand cut L, V, E and a heart for the O from the pink glittered cardstock. Adhere to the heart.

I LOVE this Valentine's Day wall hanging made with book page hearts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty cut the letters from pink glittered cardstock.

6. Pin and glue a ribbon hanger to the back.

Book page hearts + LOVE letters = this pretty, Valentine's Day Wall Hanging. CraftsnCoffee.com

The gold accents add so much!

Isn’t it beautiful? And like I said, I love that you can make this any size you like. Have you ever used a StyroCutter Plus?

I’ll have another new Valentine’s Day craft from Patty tomorrow. See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Dreaming of penguin crafts? Here’s how to DIY your own

Did you know that today is Penguin Awareness Day? Which is all the reason I need to feature an adorable penguin craft. Not that I need a reason – just about any day is a good day to make a penguin, right? This little penguin is catching a few winks in his icy bed, and designer Debra Quartermain named him Penguin Dreams. Because you can never have enough cute penguins, I’ve included links to a few other penguin crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, too.

Really cute penguin craft. No sewing, too! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Dreams by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Dreaming Penguin, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls, one each 2-1/2″ & 1-1/2″
    • Block, 12″ x 10″ x 1-1/4″
    • Egg, 2-1/2″
  • Textured snow paint
  • Felt:
    • Yellow, small piece (beak & feet)
    • 5” x 10” pieces of white & black plush felt (head & body)
  • Red fleece fabric, 6″ square (hat)
  • Plaid cotton fabric, 6″ square (blanket)
  • Blue pompom, 1″
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Sequin snowflake
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Powdered blush
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; fine-line black permanent marker; sharp pencil; ruler; compass; needles; straight pins
So cute, and easier than you think to DIY. Make this penguin without sewing! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t you love the details, from the pompom hat to the glittering snowflakes on his blanket?

To make a Dreaming Penguin:

1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a candle stub or bar of soap. Cut an 8″square from the foam block. Trim the edges to make jagged points, shaping an “iceberg” that’s about 6” square. Glue the 2-1/2” foam ball to one side of the iceberg.

2. Paint the iceberg and snowball with textured snow paint. While wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

3. Cut a small slice from the 1-1/2” ball; this will be the head. Cut a small, lengthwise slice from the foam egg; this will be the body.

4. Cut the felt and fleece as follows:

  • Cut out patterns, and cut felt pieces as indicated.
  • Cut a 4” circle from both the white and black plush felt. Cut the black circle in half for the wings.
  • Place the foam egg, flat side down, on the black plush felt. Trace a large oval around the foam egg, extending 1-1/2” all around the egg.

5. Center the head, rounded side down, on the circle of white, plush felt. Wrap felt around to the flat side of the ball and pin in place. Adjust so that the front is smooth and the felt is gathered evenly all around. Glue in place to the back of the ball.

6. Repeat Step 5 to cover the foam egg with the oval of black, plush felt. Glue the 4″ circle of white, plush felt to the rounded front.

Such a sweet sleeping penguin! DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll push your needle right through the foam ball to make the eyes. It’s just a single stitch – easy.

7. Stitch the eyes:

  • Thread embroidery needle with two strands of floss and secure at the back of the head.
  • Push the needle through the ball to the front.
  • Sew two small straight stitches for eyes, 1/2″ apart, in center of face.
  • Push the needle through the ball to the back of the head, and knot and clip threads.

8. Glue long edges of upper and lower beak pieces together. Glue beak to center of face directly under eyes. Optional: Use fingertip to blush cheeks.

9. Place hat right side up on work surface. Apply a line of glue along straight edge of hat; sprinkle with glitter and let dry. Dot the blue pompom with glue and sprinkle with glitter; let dry.

10. Fold hat in half, wrong sides facing in, and glue along the curved edge. Glue pompom to hat tip. Glue the hat onto the penguin’s head, keeping the seam to the back. Add a snowflake to the front.

11. Assemble penguin:

  • Fold each wing in half, wrong sides facing in.
  • Glue folded corner of wings to shoulders, straight edge up.
  • Glue feet and head to body.
  • Glue penguin to snowball at slight upward angle.

10. Optional: Draw snowflakes on blanket fabric using glue, and sprinkle with glitter.

11. Glue blanket between wings (refer to photo). Lightly sprinkle glitter on penguin.

If you’re like me and you love a sweet penguin craft, then be sure to see the roundup of penguin crafts that I shared previously.

make a penguin

South Pole Penguins by Kathleen George.

Now would be the time to scout for clearance Christmas socks and gloves, so you’re ready to make these Penguin Ornaments for next Christmas.

These are adorable! DIY the Penguins from a sock or mitten and an egg of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.
Have you ever “met” a penguin? I remember meeting one once, and it was amazing to be so close. However, the staff handling the penguin was very clear about not standing behind the bird. I guess they can get a little messy!

Happy penguin crafting.

Sharon

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You’ll love this DIY Snowman – he’ll rope you in!

I’m wrapping up snowman week with a snowman all wrapped up in cotton cord. He’s designed by Kathleen George, who has created some of the most popular snowmen here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Kathleen’s snowman faces always have a ton of personality, which brings these frozen figures to life. (And speaking of Frozen, Kathleen is the mastermind behind the tutorial to DIY Olaf the Snowman from the movie Frozen.) Here’s how to make this cute, Cord-Wrapped Snowman. (And if you’re a fan of twine, I think that would look fabulous, too.)

A fun snowman craft from Crafts 'n Coffee. He's all wrapped up in cotton cord.

Cord Wrapped Snowman by Kathleen Goerge.

To make a Cord-Wrapped Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: one each 3”, 4” and 5” balls
  • White cotton cord, ¼” dia., approx. 25 yd.
  • Doll-size top hat
  • Felt: Cranberry and a scrap of rose
  • 9mm black bead eyes, two
  • Wooden dowel, 3/16” x 1″
  • Acrylic paint in orange
  • Pearl cotton thread in dark red
  • Flat wood-tone buttons, four
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; ruler; straight pins; masking tape; utility knife or pencil sharpener; small, flat paintbrush; compass

To make a Cord-Wrapped Snowman:

1. Wax serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the 4″ and 5″ foam balls. Cut a small slice from the bottom of the 3″ ball. Glue balls together to build your snowman shape.

2. Wrap your snowman in cord:

  • Start along the bottom of the 5” ball.
  • Use the thick, white craft glue, and glue the cord in place as you wrap.
  • If needed, use straight pins to help hold the cord in place while the glue dries.

3. Add the arms:

  • One inch from one end, knot together six, 11” lengths of cord.
  • Braid cords together, and tightly wrap the opposite end in masking tape.
  • Using the point of the scissors, make a hole in each side of the middle ball for the arms. Refer to the photo for placement.
  • Squeeze a dab of glue in each hole. Insert the taped ends into the holes.

5. Sharpen one end of the wooden dowel to a point with the utility knife or a pencil sharpener. Paint dowel orange and let dry.

So clever -- wrap up your snowmen in cotton cord. The body is made with 3", 4" and 5" Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This gallant snowman tips his hat.

6. Make the snowman’s face:

  • Using photo as a guide, glue on black beads for the eyes.
  • Center the blunt end of the nose under the eyes, and push into the foam head. If needed, add glue to secure.
  • Cut two, 1/2″ – 3/4″ circles from rose felt for cheeks. Glue cheeks to face.
  • Glue dark red pearl cotton onto the face between the cheeks, forming a smile.

7. Accessorize the snowman:

  • Tie an 18″ x 2″ strip of cranberry felt around the neck.
  • Glue buttons down center front of the middle ball.
  • Glue top hat on an angle to the head.
  • Optional: Glue one hand to hat brim as if he’s tipping his hat.

I’m sure you’ve admired Kathleen’s snowmen before. In fact, she designed the five favorite snowman crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. You’ll find links to the tutorials in this post.

I can't choose just one -- these are all adorable snowmen!Here are the other two snowmen featured this week. Do you have a favorite?

Mixed Media Snowman (left)

Paper Cube Snowman (right)

The cutest DIY snowman crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The Paper Cube Snowman (right) is from Monday, and the tutorial for the Mixed Media Snowman (left) was featured yesterday.

How has your winter been? Are you building snowmen? Or is it too cold to go outside where you live? Maybe you’re on the beach and building sand castles instead?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A sweet snowman craft made with paper, wool and foam

It’s a week of snowman crafts. Today, award-winning designer Rebekah Meier is sharing her Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman. Rebekah designs beautiful mixed media art, and just this week at the CHA Show, she won the hot new product award in the Fabric & Needlecraft category for her Fabric Elements product line. Congratulations, Rebekah! I’m honored that Rebekah also designs with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Here’s her tutorial to DIY a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman.

An adorable Snowman DIY by Rebekah Meier. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: 3-1/2″ and 1″
    • Block: 18″ x 4″ x 4″
    • Cone: 3″ x 2”
  • Wool roving fiber: natural; orange
  • Paper:
    • Pink decorative paper, 12″ x 12″
    • Cream card stock
    • Vintage snowman image (search online for a free image)
  • Cream lace trim, 1″ x 18″
  • Cream organza ribbon, 1-1/2″ x 1 yd.
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons, two small
  • Chenille stem in silver
  • Glitter:
    • Ultra-fine pink iridescent glitter
    • White iridescent glitter glue
  • Corsage pins with black heads, seven
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Foam mounting tape, squares, or dots
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco-edge scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; round paintbrush; round wooden toothpicks; felting needle*; sewing needle & cream button thread

* Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in the project.

I love this DIY, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Would you make your Mixed Media Snowman in pink, or would you use a different color?

To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman:

1. Measure and mark a 4” square on the foam sheet. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin, and then cut a 4” cube from the foam sheet.

2. From the pink paper, cut two, 4-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ strips and one 3-3/4″ square. Overlap and glue together the two short ends of the 4-1/2″-wide strips, creating a 4-1/2″ x 16-1/4″ strip. Score and fold ½” from the top edge of the strip, making a sharp crease along the length of the strip.

3. Wrap the paper strip around the cube, with the ½” fold at the top. Position the strip so that the ends overlap at the back. Pinch the paper at the corners, and then remove the paper strip and fold crisply at each corner.

4. Glue the strip around the cube. Clip the corners at the top, and fold the ½” tabs down and glue in place. Glue the paper square to the top. Wrap and glue the lace trim around the cube.

Cute image featured on Rebekah Meier's Mixed Media Snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Search online for free, snowman images you can use. Notice the details Rebekah added to her image.

5. Cut out a snowman image. Using deco edge scissors, cut out a cream mat, slightly larger than the snowman image. Decorate with buttons and glitter glue. Let dry, and then adhere to the front of the cube with foam tape.

6. Place a small amount of wool roving on the 3-1/2” ball and felt in place, inserting the needle numerous times through the fibers and into the foam ball. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until the ball is completely covered.

7. Glue two toothpicks halfway into the bottom of the ball. Apply glue to the exposed ends and insert into the top of paper-covered cube; let dry.

8. Sew gathering stitch along one long edge of the organza ribbon; pull thread and gather tightly to create a ruffle. Wrap ribbon around the snowman’s neck and tie off threads.

Love this snowman face! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll use a little roving to make the carrot nose, and the eyes and mouth are made with corsage pins.

9. Blush the snowman’s cheeks and insert pins for eyes and a mouth. For nose, wrap and glue small amount of orange wool fiber around the tip of a toothpick, forming a carrot. Insert and glue the nose into the face.

10. Insert toothpicks into the foam cone and 1” ball and use as handles. Paint the shapes with white glue, and sprinkle with pink glitter. Work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Let glue dry. Pick and glue the ball onto the tip of the cone.

11. Pick and glue the hat onto the snowman. Glue a silver chenille stem around the edge of hat.

Here’s another mixed media project Rebekah’s shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers – her trio of Sparkling, Vintage Snowmen.

So sweet. Felted with bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving -- great idea for felting novices. CraftsnCoffee.com.Rebekah also designed the Sparkling Snowman in this vignette.

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

For a different medium, you might try her Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.

There's a step-by-step tutorial for this snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com. You can do it!I hope you’ll swing by Rebekah’s blog and congratulate her on her award. While you’re over there, take a peek at her beautiful mixed media art. I love that her new Fabric Elements line will make it easy for anyyone to create a mixed media masterpiece.

Here are the cheery snowmen I’m featuring this week, and the cutie in the middle is up tomorrow.

The cutest DIY snowman crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The center snowman is scheduled for tomorrow.

See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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DIY a square snowman? Why not!

Snowman crafts are popular on Crafts ‘n Coffee, so I’m sharing a few favorite, DIY snowmen this week. I’ve chosen snowmen of all shapes and sizes, and each one uses different materials and techniques. By the end of the week, I hope you’ve found a snowman that you can’t wait to make. Today, I’m starting with the Paper Cube Snowman – yes, a square snowman! To be more accurate, I think she’s a square snow woman.

Fun winter craft -- a square snowman made with embossed paper and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper Cube Snowman by Kathleen George.

It’s the details that make this snowy lady so captivating.

How to make a Paper Cube Snowman from scrapbook paper and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Take a closer look at the details on the Paper Cube Snowman, especially the embossed paper and colorful buttons.

The embossed scrapbook paper adds whimsical texture, and makes her plain, paper covering so much more interesting. And check out those colorful button accents. And striped arms! The tutorial to make the Paper Cube Snowman is on StyrofoamCrafts.com, so you can get the full details over there.

I have two more snowmen to share later this week. See you Thursday!

Cute winter craft ideas over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s a week of Snowman Crafts — and a Felted Winter Bird from last week.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Cheery, Felted Birds brighten a winter day

Cardinals are the state bird here in Ohio, and they’re such a pretty sight in the winter (this is a craft blog and not a sports blog, so all references to the state of Ohio have nothing to do with Ohio State and that big game last week ;-)  . . .). Rebekah Meyers’ bright red, Felted Winter Birds remind me of cardinals, all bundled up for the winter. Make one or a few to brighten your kitchen windowsill this January.

Cheery winter craft, and easy felting craft, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Felted Winter Birds by Rebekah Meier.

 To make Felted Winter Birds, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” egg and 1-1/2” ball (for one bird)
  • Wool roving, red
  • Felt: Small pieces of red, cream and yellow
  • Black head pins, two
  • Small baby sock
  • Floral stem wire
  • Optional: Spray glitter (Rebekah used Krylon® Glitter Blast™)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*; pencil; toothpicks

* Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in the project.

A cozy winter craft -- easy needle felted bird on CraftsnCoffee.com

No matter the weather, a flock of these Felted Winter Birds would warm up your day.

To make Felted Winter Birds:

1. Build your bird body: Holding the egg on an angle, attach the ball to the narrow end of the egg. Rub the two pieces together first for a tighter fit. Insert a toothpick between the pieces, and glue them together.

2. Place small, wispy pieces of roving onto the bird. Felt the roving onto the bird with the felting needle, inserting the needle numerous times through the fiberfill and into the foam. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until your bird is covered in wool roving.

3. Add wings: Cut two, 2” long from the red felt. Glue wings onto the sides of the bird.

4. Add a scarf: Tie a scrap of cream felt around the bird’s neck.

Cute details on this felted bird. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

That sweet, stocking cap is a baby sock.

5. Make the hat: Cut a 2” length from the leg of the baby sock, and place on the bird’s head. Tie off the end of the hat with a scrap of felt. Cut fringe into the top of the hat.

6. Eyes: Insert two, black head pins.

7. Beak: Cut a small diamond from the yellow felt. Fold in half, and glue below the eyes.

8. Twist the wire to form the feet, and cut the legs to 2”. Insert legs into the bird. Adjust them if needed so the bird can stand on its own.

9. Optional: Spray with glitter.

If you’re ready to skip right to spring, here’s a Sweet Felted Chick, also designed by Rebekah.

eaasy needle felted Easter Chick tutorial

Felted Easter Chick by Rebekah Meier.

Or, how about this Prim Felted Bunny.

Rebekah Meier shares an easy felting technique to make this Prim, Felted Bunny. CraftsnCoffee.com

Prim, Felted Bunny by Rebekah Meier.

Are you buried by snow and enduring sub-zero weather this week? How did we live with the Polar Vortex day after day, week after week last year? That said, I don’t think I’m ready for spring yet, are you?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY Winter Wreath: Cozy & Creamy, Sweater & Snowflake Wreath

Brrrr – it’s cold this week, and Kathleen George’s DIY Winter Sweater Wreath looks so cozy. She shopped second-hand stores for assorted sweaters to create the subtle, patchwork design. I know you’re familiar with her technique – tucking fabric pieces into STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s the same technique used to make Classic Fabric Ornaments or No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins. For the wreath, you’ll use fabric squares cut from sweaters. Here’s how Kathleen made this Cozy & Creamy, Sweater & Snowflake Wreath.

Cozy, winter sweater wreath. Great project for repurposing old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Sweater & Snowflake Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath
  • Several textured, cream-colored sweaters, or other color of your choice (second-hand stores will have lots of inspiration)
  • Snowflake sequins
  • Optional: Snowflake ornament, diamond glitter
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; thin-edged table knife; craft pins
Warm & Cozy Winter Wreath -- easy DIY with old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater & Snowflake Wreath by Kathleen George.

To make a Sweater & Snowflake Wreath:

1. Divide the wreath into thirds, drawing a faint, dividing line to mark off each section. Measure and score a line 1-1/4” from either side of these dividing lines. You should now have three, 2-1/2” wide sections evenly spaced around the wreath. Go over these scored lines with a sharp pencil, creating a groove.

2. Cover the three, 2-1/2” sections with fabric:

  • Cut three, 3” x 5-1/2″ rectangles from a sweater.
  • Center a fabric rectangle over a 2-1/2” section on the wreath.
  • Using the tip of the table knife, gently tuck the edges of the sweater into the scored lines on the wreath. For a clean edge, keep the knife at a 90° angle to the wreath.
  • Carefully trim away excess fabric with the nail scissors. If needed, add a dab of glue to hold the fabric in place.
  • Fold excess fabric onto the back of the wreath, and pin and glue in place.
  • Repeat on the other two, 2-1/2” sections.
Details on a Cozy Winter Sweater Wreath. DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

First, divide the wreaths into thirds (Step 1). Then, divide each section into three more sections (Step 3).

3. Now, you’re going to create more sections on the wreath. With a ruler and sharp pencil, divide each uncovered section into three more sections. Score the dividing lines with a sharp pencil, creating a groove.

4. Cut nine rectangles from various sweaters to cover these sections. Cut each piece so that it’s ½” wider and 2” longer than the sections on the wreath. Mix up the sweater fabric to create a patchwork look. Follow Step 2 above to add the fabric to the wreath.

5. Cut six, 1-¾” x 5” strips of sweater fabric. Gently pull each strip lengthwise so that it curls and forms a tube. Wrap each tube over the “seam lines” on the first three sections, and glue and pin to the back of the wreath.

Cute detail for a winter wreath. See it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A mini “scarf” is the perfect way to finish this winter wreath!

6. Pin snowflake sequins around the wreath.

7. Cut a 2” x 12” strip of sweater fabric and gently pull to curl it. Tie it around the bottom of the wreath to resemble a scarf. Cut fringe in the ends.

8. Optional: Brush the snowflake ornament with glue, and sprinkle with glitter (hint: work over newspaper or a box lid for easier clean up). Let dry. Center in the middle of the wreath, and pin and glue the hanger to the back of the wreath.

9. Cut a strip of sweater fabric and gently pull into a narrow tube. Tie into a loop. Glue and pin to the center back of the wreath for a hanger.

Here’s another winter wreath to warm you up on a cold day – the Winter Snowflake & Snowball Yarn Wreath.

Easy Winter Yarn Wreath -- the secret is the chunky, chenille yarn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Winter Snowflake & Snowball Wreath is quick to make when you use a thick, chenille yarn.

Nothing says “cozy” like fleece (except maybe a cup of hot cocoa), so this Fleece & Snowflake Wreath is also a good choice for a cold, January day.

A cozy winter wreath to DIY with fleece. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Fleece & Snowflake Winter Wreath by Kathleen George

I’ll have more winter craft ideas over the next week, when we’ll be joined by this cast of characters. I think you’ll have fun meeting them all!

Cute winter craft ideas over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These cuties are coming soon to Crafts ‘n Coffee!

Are you ready for a little winter décor? Ie, are your Christmas decorations packed up and put away?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Happy New Year, the top crafts of 2014, and “thank you” gifts

Happy New Year! I hope you finished 2014 with a flourish, and you’re refreshed and ready for a crafty & creative 2015. Today I’m sharing the top crafts from 2014 – if you missed these last year, be sure they’re on your DIY list this year. Plus, I want to say “thank you” to last year’s top commenters.

One of my favorite crafts from last year was one of your favorites, too – the DIY tutorial to make Olaf the Snowman from the movie Frozen. With the Frozen frenzy last year, it’s no surprise Olaf was one of the top crafts on Crafts ‘n Coffee in 2014.

No surprise that Olaf was one of the top projects on Crafts 'n Coffee in 2014! He looks just like Olaf from the movie Frozen, and he's made from Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Olaf shared the limelight with a few other snowman crafts. This collection of snowmen made from socks, stockings and sweaters was also tops in 2014. Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love snowmen crafts, and I’ve planned a few more for this year.

Another fun sweater craft! This knitting snowman is made with an old sweater. Fun idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater Snowman by Kathleen George.

Here was another favorite craft – the Red & White Deco Mesh Topiary. I’m scheming ways to turn this into a Valentine’s Day topiary, and I’ll see if I can get it done in time to share with you.

So pretty for Christmas. The tutorial to make this Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary is on CraftsnCoffee.com.
This next one is a life saver for a lot of moms – how to make a Solar System.

How to make a Solar System Poster using balls of STYROFOAM. Save this one for school! At some point, every student has to make a model of the Solar System.

DIY Solar System Poster on Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Do you have a favorite craft from 2014 that’s not on the list? Please let me know. Your feedback is a huge help as I plan the year ahead. Tell me what you want to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee!

I want to say “thank you” to those Crafts ‘n Coffee readers who share so much, and leave frequent comments. I love hearing from you, and I’m so glad you’re here. Barb Macaskill, LisaM6, Katiria and Angie Dyer were the top four commenters in 2014, and ladies, I’m going to send you each a subscription to Craft Ideas magazine! Please contact me with your mailing address so I can arrange for your subscription. Enjoy, and happy crafting.

A sparkling snowflake from a winter wreath tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A sneak peek of the winter wreath I’ll share later this week.

I have lots of fresh ideas ready to share with you, and I’ll be back with a new winter wreath later this week. Till then, I hope to hear from you about what you’d like to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee this year.

Happy 2015 and happy crafting!

Sharon

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Christmas crafts, cookies, cupcakes and the winners!

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

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

Christmas Peeps Wreath

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

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

Christmas Santa Wreath

Make an easy Santa Christmas Wreath

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

Peacock Feather Duct Tape Crafts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yummy!

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

Garver House B&B. CraftsnCoffee.com

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

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

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

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

Beautiful Christmas tree at the Carlisle Inn.

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

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

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

A mural of Amish-style quilts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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