BOO! DIY faux easy Halloween Marquee Sign

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

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

To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights, you will need:

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

To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights:

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

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

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

4. Paint black and let dry.

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

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

“B” is for Boo!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting ready for Halloween crafting on

I’m crafting this weekend — how about you?

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

Enjoy the holiday weekend, and happy crafting.


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DIY a fall topiary for your rustic, fall décor

Do you add a few rustic touches to your fall décor? Crates, pallets, rusty tin, and natural elements seem so perfect for fall decorating. To carry through the rustic fall theme, DIY this Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary. Who knew corrugated cardboard could be so pretty? The tones and textures are perfect for fall, yet there’s a simple elegance, too. Join designer Patty Schaffer as she shares her tutorial for making this rustic fall topiary.

An easy way to add a rustic touch for your fall decorating. Tutorial on

To make a Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Corrugated cardboard: 20” x 20” piece
  • Cardboard, small piece for template
  • Pinecone, about 2”
  • Sheet moss, 2” x 2” piece
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins

To make a Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary:

1. Cut a scallop template from the cardboard. The template should be shaped like a “U” and measure 1-1/2” wide and 1-1/2” high.

2. Cut scallop pieces from the corrugated cardboard, making sure the ridges are vertical. You’ll need about 100 – 120 pieces to cover a 9” cone.

Ooh, love the texture on this Corrugated Fall Topiary.

When you cut out your pieces, be sure the ridges run vertically.

3. For the first row, cut the curved edge from 10 of the corrugated pieces, and pin and glue the squares around the bottom of the cone. Add more squares if needed to create a solid, 1” band around the cone.

4. Pin on a second row of corrugated pieces, positioning each piece so it alternates with the first row and the curved edge lines up with the bottom of the cone. When pieces are in position, add a dab of glue to hold them in place.

5. Continue to add rows of scallops, staggering each row as you go. The top row of scallops should be even with the top of the cone, and you may need to trim the ends to fit.

6. Pin and glue a small amount of sheet moss to the top of the cone. Glue a pinecone to the top.

Beautiful textures for fall, and it's rustic yet elegant. Topiary tutorial on #RusticFallDecor

For a fall tablescape, arrange of grouping of these rustic topiaries in several sizes.

It’s really lovely, don’t you think? How do you decorate for fall? Do you like the rustic look?

Happy crafting.


Sneak peek! First Halloween craft on Crafts 'n Coffee tomorrow!

Sneak peek!

P.S. Sneak peek! I’m posting the first Halloween craft of the season on Crafts ‘n Coffee tomorrow. Any guesses as to what it might be? It’s a fun one!

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Pretty paper + washi tape = gorgeous, DIY Vintage Deco Cubes

I know I always say “you can just change this up for your décor”, and I believe it’s true. Just like new paint or countertops (whoever thought mauve was a good idea?) can change the whole look of a room, changing the papers or colors of a project can make it totally yours. Today’s Vintage Paper Deco Cubes are similar to the Vintage Map Cubes but different papers and a little washi tape totally changes them up. Plus, thanks to these gorgeous papers, they are beautifully detailed, but super simple to make. (And if you want to know if you won the Crafts & Coffee giveaway, read on.)

Beautiful deco cubes! A very easy DIY, too, thanks to the beautiful papers and washi tape.

Vintage Paper Deco Cubes by Kathleen George.

Here’s the side-by-side comparison. Do you have a favorite?

Pretty! And how easy is this to change up the papers for a whole new look?

Vintage Papers Deco Cubes (left) and Vintage Map Deco Cubes. Do you have a favorite?

To make Vintage Papers Deco Cubes, you’ll need:

Pretty vintage cardstock from DCWV.

I just saw that this paper is on sale at Michaels.

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cubes
  • Vintage cardstock (Kathleen used DCWV Timeless Type Stack, which I just saw in the sale aisle at Michaels.)
  • Washi tape
  • Paper paste (Kathleen recommends Yes! Paste)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; 1” putty knife; optional: rubber brayer or roller

To make Vintage Papers Deco Cubes:

1. Cut out six, 5” squares from the cardstock for each cube.

2. Spread a thin, even layer of paper paste onto one side of a 5” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Spread another very thin layer of Yes! Paste onto the back of a 5” square of cardstock.

3. Center the cardstock on the foam cube, and smooth down in place from the center out. Optional: Gently roll the paper flat with a rubber brayer.

4. Repeat, till all sides are covered.

5. Cover each edge with washi tape.

Who knew they were so easy, right?

Make these Deco Cubes in five easy steps.

Change the papers, change the look!

Thanks to everyone who shared the projects they’re working on right now. I love to hear about what’s on your craft table! The winner of the Crafts & Coffee package is Donna Baker. Congratulations! Please contact me, Donna, to arrange for the shipping.

I have two beautiful projects lined up for Thursday and Friday this week, so I’ll see you then.

Happy crafting!


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Whip up a Burlap & Ruffles Topiary for your fall décor

It was love at first sight when I spotted this fall fabric – the orange is the color of bittersweet and the pops of turquoise add a little sass. It’s the perfect fabric for fall decorating. And then I mixed it up with a little burlap, too. These Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiaries are a cinch to make, so easy that I’m thinking about making another Fall Topiary with just rows of the fringed burlap in alternating colors . . .

Pretty topiaries for fall, and easy to do, too.

If time is tight, you’ll love making these topiaries. I made the pair in less than two hours.

To make a Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones
  • Assorted fabrics, ¼ yd for each topiary
  • Burlap, ¼ yd in each color
  • Needle & thread
  • Pine cone, one for each topiary
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; measuring tape; optional: rotary cutter & mat; sewing machine
Materials needed to make a quick & easy Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiary.

And what are those acorn jingle bells, you ask? I was going to use them to top off each topiary, and then decided to use pine cones instead.

To make a Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiary:

For the 12” cone:

Pretty fall fabric from Jo-Ann Stores. Perfect for the Fall Topiary on Jo

Here’s the fabric that started it all, which I purchased at Jo-Ann Stores.

1. The 12” cone has four ruffled fabric layers and three burlap strips. To start, cut a 30” x 3-3/4” fabric strip. Using a needle & thread or sewing machine, sew a basting stitch ½” along the top edge of the fabric strip. Gently pull the thread to ruffle the strip. If you stitched on a machine, gently pull the bobbin thread to ruffle. Test fit the ruffled strip around the base of the cone, and then pin and glue in place.

2. Cut a 3” wide strip of burlap to fit around the cone, over the ruffled layer. Cut tabs 1-1/2” apart to within about ½” of the edge. Pin and glue the burlap strip around the cone. The burlap tabs will naturally flare out.

Steps to making an easy Burlap & Ruffles Topiary.

Cut tabs 1-1/2″ apart in the burlap strip, and then wrap it around the cone. The tabs will naturally flare out.

3. For the additional fabric strips, measure around the cone where the layer will go, and multiply this number by 3; this will be the length of your fabric strip. Each fabric strip is 3-3/4” wide.

4. For the additional burlap strips, measure around the cone and add 1”; this will be the length of your burlap strip. Each burlap strip is 3” wide. A few notes on the burlap strips:

  • As you work your way up the cone, you’ll cut the burlap tabs closer together. For the last burlap strip, I cut my tabs just 1” apart.
  • In several spots, I thought the burlap tabs were spaced too far apart. I cut out additional 1-1/2” x 3” tabs, and pinned and glued them in place.

5. Once you’ve glued all of the layers in place, glue a thin strip of burlap around the top of the cone. Glue a fabric strip over the burlap strip.

These Burlap & Ruffles Topiaries are perfect for fall. I love the orange and aqua color combo.

How would you change up these topiaries? Different colors? A different topper? Or?

For the 9” cone:

6. The 9” cone has three fabric layers and three burlap layers. To start, cut a 30” x 3-1/2” fabric strip. Following Step 1 above, baste, gather, and pin and glue the first ruffled layer in place.

7. Cut a 3” wide strip of burlap to fit around the cone, over the ruffled layer. Follow Step 2 above to finish the burlap layer.

8. Continue to add the additional ruffled fabric and burlap layers to the cone, following Steps 3 – 5 above. For the 9” cone, the fabric strips will be 3-1/2” wide.

9. Glue a pine cone to the top of each topiary.

Fall is my favorite season, and I am so excited about the projects I’ll share in the weeks ahead. I can’t wait! In the meantime, don’t forget to enter the Crafts & Coffee Giveaway. You could win Crafty Crimes, a trio of mini mysteries; the summer issue of Where Women Create; and two bags of Starbuck’s coffee.

The Crafts & Coffee Giveaway over on

Win these goodies!

In my house, here’s a sure sign that fall is on its way — I pulled out my slow cooker this week. Is anyone else starting to think about stocking up on soups and other slow cooker meals?

Have a good weekend, and happy crafting!


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Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece sets a stylish table

Have you noticed scrapbook papers, fabrics, and even gift wrap with a faux bois, or fake wood grain, pattern? I kind of like it, do you? It fits right in with the woodland trend we noted back at the 2012 CHA Show. Create a fall tablescape that will last through Thanksgiving with these candle holders wrapped up in faux bois wrapping paper and topped with woodland finds. If you’ve not seen faux bois wrapping paper in your stores, no worries – I have several inexpensive, mail order options for you.

Pretty and perfect for fall! Easy to do with wrapping paper and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. #FauxBois #FallTablescape

Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece by Kathleen George.

To make a Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: two 3” cubes and one 5” cube
  • Faux bois wrapping paper
  • Candle picks, three (found in the floral or wedding aisles)
  • Raffia
  • Natural embellishments, such as pine cones, nuts, deer moss
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue or paper paste (Kathleen likes Yes! Paste)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; 1” putty knife; optional: bone folder

To make a Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece:

1. From the faux bois wrapping paper cut:

  • For each 3” cube: Cut a 12-½” x 3” strip and a 4” square
  • For the 5” cube: Cut a 20-½” x 5” strip and 6” square

2. Score the 4” squares and 6” square ½” in from all four edges.

DIY candle cubes wrapped in faux bois paper and topped with woodland finds.

Cover the tops first, and then wrap the paper strip around the sides.

3. Spread a layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste on the tops of the cubes. Center and adhere the corresponding paper square to the top of each cube. Clip the corners so the edges will fold down over the sides at the crease. Paste the folded edge of paper down onto the sides of the cube.

4. Wrap the paper strips around each cube, and lightly crease the corners. Remove the paper and score the fold lines.

5. Spread a thin layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste on the sides of a cube, and attach the paper strip, lining up the corners. The ends should overlap. Repeat for the remaining cubes.

6. Wrap raffia three times around each cube, as if you were wrapping a package.

7. Center a candle pick over the top of each cube, and insert the candle pick straight into the cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Pretty woodland details on these fall candle cubes.

Take a walk in the woods to collect nuts, pinecones, moss, and other items to decorate the candle holders.

8. Glue moss, nuts, pine cones, seed pods and other natural items around each candle pick.

9. Optional: Tie raffia in a bow and add to the top.

Beautiful for Thanksgiving or any fall tablescape. DIY them at #FauxBois #FallTablescape

Display these on our table from now till Thanksgiving.

If you’re lucky enough to have a Container Store in your neighborhood, you might find faux bois wrapping paper in the store. Or, you can order it online.

I also did a quick search on etsy and found two suppliers: Wrap and Revel  and Party Supplies by PPS.  I’m sure you can find others, too.

This is such an easy and versatile idea, and here’s a variation to keep on hand for spring. Change your papers and your embellishments, and you have a whole new look.

How pretty would these be at Easter? Super easy to DIY.

Set your spring table with these easy pieces.

Or, dress them up by wrapping the candle cubes in “ribbons” cut from a thin and flexible metal sheet used for metal tooling. Kathleen wrapped the Holiday Package Candleholders in fresh, geometric scrapbook papers for updated holiday style.

DIY Christmas candle tablescape

Holiday Package Candleholders by Kathleen George.

I wanted to share a a photo of the woodland critter we saw on our walk in the woods last week. We had fun watching him amble across the trail, and meander on into the woods.

Found in the woods: a box turtle. We let him meander on into the woods.

Colorful box turtle.

Don’t forget about the end-of-summer Crafts & Coffee Giveaway! You have till Monday, August 25 to enter.

Happy crafting.


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At last – coffee bean crafts you can make (and a giveaway)

With a blog named Crafts ‘n Coffee, you’d think I’d have featured coffee bean crafts a long time ago, yes? How have I not shared a craft or two made with coffee beans? I’m on it now with several coffee themed crafts made with my favorite bean, the aromatic coffee bean. I started summer with a Patriotic Topiary by Anastasia Pollack, craft editor and amateur sleuth, and I’ll end the season with Anastasia’s Espresso Bean Topiary — and a Crafts & Coffee Giveaway. To make up for lost time, I have a tutorial to make a Coffee Bean Christmas Ornament, too. Go grab your mug and read on!

Yummy coffee bean crafts over on For the coffee fanatic in your life! Anastasia Pollack is the lead character in the crafty mystery series written by Lois Winston. Anastasia has a blog where she shares the tutorial to make this Espresso Bean Topiary. Anastasia is also featured in today’s Crafts & Coffee Giveaway . . .

Espresso Bean Topiary -- get the tutorial from Anastasia Pollack, craft editor and amateur sleuth and star in Lois Winston's crafty mystery series.

Anastasia’s Espresso Bean Topiary.

The trio of French Roast Christmas Trees is a variation on the theme, and you’ll find the tutorial to DIY these on

Yummy coffee bean topiaries over on Crafts 'n Coffee (of course!)

French Roast Christmas Trees. The rich brown, coffee color is perfect for fall, too.

The Coffee Bean Ornament is a great gift idea for teachers, neighbors, or any coffee fanatic in your life (maybe that’s you?). If you skip the hanger, you could also pile these in a bowl and display them year-round. Here’s the tutorial.

I bet this Coffee Bean Ornament smells yummy. Leave off the hanger and tassel and display year-round, too. Tutorial on

Leave off the tassel and ornament hanger and display a group of these Coffee Bean Deco Spheres year round.

To make a Coffee Bean Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Acrylic craft paint in dark brown
  • Acrylic sealer, glossy
  • Roasted coffee beans, about 3/4 C.
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2” wide in gold
  • Tassel
  • Gold cord, 4″ (for hanging)
  • Ornament cap in gold
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; chopstick or wood skewer; 1″ flat paintbrush

To make a Coffee Bean Ornament:

1. Insert the chopstick or wood skewer into the bottom of the ball and use as a handle. Paint the ball brown. (You’ll cover the hole in Step 5.)

2. Once the paint is dry, insert the metal ornament cap into the ball, and glue in place.

3. Starting at top, glue coffee beans around the metal cap. Continue gluing on coffee beans in circular rows till the ball is covered. Let glue dry.

4. Spray the ornament with the sealer.

5. Hot glue the tassel to the bottom of the ornament, covering the hole you made in Step 1.

6. Tie the ribbon in a bow and glue to the top of the ornament.

7. Thread cord through the ornament cap, and knot ends to form a loop. Glue knot to ornament.

Now, about that Crafts & Coffee Giveaway, which includes a few summertime memories, and coffee, of course. Here are the details:

The Crafts & Coffee Giveaway over on

Win these goodies!

  • When I featured Anastasia’s Patriotic Topiary back in May, I mentioned that I had another one of her books to give away – Crafty Crimes, a trio of mini mysteries.
  • Do you remember Eileen Hull’s visit this summer, and the pretty, Coffee Filter Flower Wreath we made? I am including the summer issue of Where Women Create with the full-page feature about Eileen and her Paper Trail road trip.
  • And two bags of Starbuck’s coffee – ground, not whole beans. If you like, pass one bag on to a crafty friend, and suggest that she follow along with Crafts ‘n Coffee, too.

To win the Crafts & Coffee Giveaway, tell me what you’re crafting right now. Leave your comment by the end of day Monday, August 25, and I’ll announce the giveaway winner on Tuesday, August 26.

Here’s a little peek at something I’m working on, and you’ll see a lot more of these in a few weeks . . .

Cute candy corn made with Styrofoam brand foam! Crafts to follow soon on

I have plans for these babies!

Happy crafting (and coffee).


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This DIY, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath is a fashion design star

I’m sure you’re seeing lots of back-to-school crafts right now, like school bus yellow, DIY Pencil Wreaths. I’ve featured a more traditional Back-to-School Wreath, too, but today’s sleek, back-to-school Pencil Wreath knows that basic black is the key to high style. In fact, this Pencil Wreath resembles a sophisticated, and fashionable, starburst wreath. You start with yellow, No. 2 pencils from the dollar store, and a coat of black paint adds style. Hang it on your own door, or give it as a back-to-school gift to an appreciative teacher.

DIY Pencil Wreath -- very sleek & chic, thanks to a coat of black paint. Looks like a retro starburst!

Sleek, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath designed by Kathleen George.

To make a Sleek, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath with flat front
  • Pencils, 64
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
    Mod Podge
  • Wire, 6” (for hanging)
    Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff bristle paintbrush; wire knippers; straight pins

To make a Sleek, Back-to-School Pencil Wreath:

1. Paint the wreath black and let dry.

2. Starting at the top, or 12:00 position, divide the wreath into quarters, and then into eighths. Mark each section with straight pins. This will help you arrange the pencils evenly around the wreath.

3. Place a pencil on the wreath at the 12:00 position. Press the pencil into the wreath, creating a depression. Repeat, making grooves around the wreath every ½”. Use the pins marking each section to guide you and keep the grooves evenly spaced. When finished, you should have 64 grooves.

Cool Starburst Wreath made with pencils!

Work with five pencils at a time as you stagger them around the wreath.

4. Place the first five pencils into five adjacent grooves. Stagger the pencils in this manner:

  • The tips of the first and fifth pencils should almost touch
  • The second and fourth pencils should line up with the inside edge of the wreath.
  • The center pencil should almost touch the first and fifth.
  • Refer to the photo to double check the placement.
  • Glue the pencils in place.

5. Repeat, adding five pencils at a time, till the wreath is covered.

6. Paint the pencils black, and touch up the wreath, too. Let dry.

7. Brush on a generous coat of Mod Podge to seal the wreath.

8. Form wire into a loop, and glue and pin the wire loop to the back of the wreath for hanging. Let glue dry before hanging.

You could hang this Back-to-School Wreath year-round, really. I bet most people wouldn’t even know it was made from pencils.

DIY Starburst Wreath made with pencils. Cool idea.

You could paint this a metallic, too. Or, how about bright red for Christmas?

Has school started in your neighborhood yet? We have a few more weeks to go till that yellow school bus shows up here.

Happy crafting.


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An all-star cast of movie star crafts

It occurred to me recently that we have quite a few movie stars on Crafts ‘n Coffee. From a tutorial to make Olaf the Snowman from Frozen, to the Minions, I thought I’d stage a little revue of the stars here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I’ll start with one of my favorites – Olaf the Snowman. If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you know that there are endless ideas for Frozen birthday parties, Frozen bedroom themes, Frozen dress-up ideas, etc. If you have a Frozen fan in your household, here’s how to make your own adorable Olaf the Snowman.

I love this little guy from the movie Frozen. Tutorial for Olaf on

Doesn’t he make you smile?

Movie Stars on Crafts ‘n Coffee

Who else is starring here at Crafts ‘n Coffee? Here’s the cast of characters.

How to make the characters from your favorite movies!

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to make a Dragon Marionette. Fun for "How to Train your Dragon" fans.

Dragon Marionette by Kathleen George.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is another recent release, and the tutorial to make this Flying Dragon Marionette is over on

Despicable Me 2

Another favorite of mine are the Minions from Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2. These are made with easy-to-use Crayola Model Magic, so the kids can make their own.

Super-fun for Despicable Me 2 fans - a tutorial to make your own Minions!

Despicable Me Minions by Kathleen George.

 Monsters University

Did you see Monsters University? Kathleen George made her own version of Monster Mike Wazowski. You could use Kathleen’s techniques to make your favorite monster from Monsters University.

Here's how you can DIY your own Monster Mike from the movie Monsters University.

Why not have the kids make a classroom of monsters, using their creativity and materials from your craft stash.

Did you see any good movies this summer? Are there any other movie stars we should try to craft from STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam? I saw Maleficent recently and really enjoyed it, but I’m not sure Angelina Jolie’s character is one we can easily craft!

Happy Hollywood crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY Wall Art decks your walls for Christmas

Here’s a cute idea for DIY wall art that’s an easy Christmas gift idea, too. Make the DIY Ornament Wall Art in your favorite colors, and then use the other set of half balls to make one for gift giving. Patty Schaffer used sequins and pins to decorate each ornament, and you could also use beads, buttons, ribbon, and washi tape. As the song goes, “Deck the halls with Ornament Wall Art . . .

Cute idea for Christmas decorating, made with balls of Styrofoam brand foam. #DIYWallArt

Ornament Wall Art by Patty Schaffer.

To make DIY Ornament Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 2”, 2-1/2” and 3” balls
  • Picture frame, 8” x 10”
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet
  • Tissue paper, three colors
  • Sequins
  • Peal head pins
  • Ornament hangers, three
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; stiff paintbrush
DIY Christmas decorating idea - cut a Styrofoam ball in half and make an ornament picture.

Patty used pretty, flower sequins on the white ornament.

To make DIY Ornament Wall Art:

1. Remove the glass from the frame. Cut the scrapbook paper to fit the cardboard backing and glue in place. Reassemble the frame.

2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut each ball in half. You will need one half ball in each size; save the other halves for another project. (Or, make two pictures and give one as a gift.)

3. Coat each half ball with Mod Podge, and then cover each one with a different color of tissue paper. Let dry.

4. Decorate each ornament with pearl head pins and sequins. Insert an ornament hanger into the top of each half ball.

Great gift idea -- make framed, Christmas Ornament Wall Art.

There are so many ways to decorate these ornaments.

5. Lay the frame flat on the table. Arrange the half balls in the frame, stacking them from the largest to smallest. Glue in place.

Here’s another idea for DIY Christmas Wall Art, and this one is super-fast to DIY. It’s made in an afternoon with scrapbook paper and sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. (And after the holidays, change it up by switching out the scrapbook papers. Presto change-o!)

DIY wall art

Dress your walls for Christmas using scrapbook paper and sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Today wraps up the summertime series Tinsel Tuesdays. Can you believe it’s already the middle of August? Are you excited to see fall right around the corner, or sad that summer’s almost over?

Happy crafting.


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Make map flowers for a blooming Map Wreath; it’s a great teacher’s gift idea, too

I have another map craft today (did you see the Map Deco Cubes yesterday?) Last week, Patty Schaffer shared her Sweet, Watermelon Wreath and today she shares another gorgeous wreath – the Map Flowers Wreath. You’ll use an old, folding map or atlas to make this Map Flowers Wreath. You could make it personal and use a map from your home state or a map from your summer vacation. Or, make one (or several) as teacher’s gifts to celebrate the start of the new school year.

Map Flower Wreath: Beautiful wreath made with an old map, flower punches and Styrofoam wreath. Tutorial on

To make a Map Flowers Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath, beveled front
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2” x 2 yds.
  • Crystal gems with flat backs
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue dots, regular and mini
  • Tools needed: Scissors; assorted large flower punches; straight pins

To make a Map Flower Wreath:

1. Using the double-sided tape, cover the inside and outside edges of the wreath with ribbon. (You can also use a thick, white craft glue and pin the ribbon in place while the glue dries.)

2. Cut the map into smaller pieces to fit in the paper punches. Punch out assorted flowers from the map.

Beautiful flowers made from an old map. See CraftsnCoffee for the tutorial to make a Map Flowers Wreath. .

Aren’t they pretty? Layer together different flower styles to make each flower.

3. Mix and match the flowers, forming double layered flowers. Use mini glue dots to keep the flower layers together.

4. Arrange the flowers on the wreath, but don’t attach them yet. Carefully and gently push each flower into the foam wreath, forming a small “bowl” to cup the flower. This will give the flowers shape. Attach each flower to the wreath with glue dots.

5. Attach a crystal gem to the center of each flower using a mini glue dot.

Gorgeous! Make this with an old map for a teacher or to remember a special trip.

Beautiful wreath made with an old map, flower punches and Styrofoam wreath.

Map Flower Wreath designed by Patty Schaffer.

For more map crafts, check out the Vintage Map Balls and the Map Ornament.

how to make map crafts with old maps and foam balls

Old World Globes designed by Mary Lynn Maloney

Map Ornament: Decoupage an old map on a Styrofoam ball. Great souvenir!

Around-the-World Map Ornament by Kathleen George

I carefully looked over Patty’s wreath and found my hometown. Do you have a special city, state or even country that you want to commemorate on your Map Flowers Wreath? Or did you travel somewhere special this summer? Tell me about your summer road trip.

Happy crafting.


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