DIY this textured Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s a holiday mash up on Crafts ‘n Coffee this week. Earlier, we made Paper Pine Cone or Pineapple Christmas Ornaments; tomorrow is Halloween; and today, Kathleen George shares a tutorial to make a Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey. I don’t know about you, but I’m almost – almost, willing to skip over the Halloween candy for some turkey and pie! And this Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey would be a beautiful centerpiece in the midst of a Thanksgiving feast. There are quite a few steps to this Thanksgiving centerpiece, but I think he’s worth it.

Make a beautiful, Burlap & Cork Turkey for your Thanksgiving table over on

To make a Burlap & Cork Turkey, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 5″ and 2-½” eggs
    • 1-½” ball
  • Self-adhesive sheet of cork, 12″ x 12″
  • Cardstock, 12” x 12”, in natural color
  • Burlap, 12” x 12”
  • Acrylic craft paint in copper
  • Thread, brown
  • Half-round beads in black (eyes)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; sewing needle

To make a  Burlap & Cork Turkey:

Build the turkey body

1. Wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut a horizontal slice from one side of the 5” egg, so that the egg will sit flat and not roll. Make the cut on an angle, with the narrow end of the egg facing up. The narrow end is the tail end, and the wide end is the neck.

2. Cut a small, vertical slice from the wide end of the 5″ egg. You’ll attach the neck here.

3. Make two cuts in the 2-1/2″ egg:

  • Cut a horizontal slice from one side of the 2-1/2″ egg.
  • Cut a small, vertical slice from the narrow end of the 2-1/2” egg.

4. Glue the flat side of the 2-1/2” egg to the wide end of the 5”egg, with the narrow end of the 2-1/2″ egg facing up.

5. Cut a small slice from one side of the 1-1/2″ ball. Glue the flat side of the ball to the flat, narrow end of the 2-1/2” egg.

6. Cut two slits from one side to the other across the tail end of the 5” egg. Cut the slits about 1” apart and 1″ deep. Refer to the side view for placement of the cuts. (This is where you’ll add the tail feathers in Steps 1 & 2 in the section “Assemble the turkey”.)

Thanksgiving centerpiece idea -- DIY a Burlap & Cork Turkey.

Two rows of tail feathers slide into the two slits you’ll cut in the back end of the turkey.

7. Paint the turkey body copper and let dry.

Create the cork and burlap pieces

1. To make the cork tail feathers, wings and ruffles, use the patterns to trace and cut out the following from the sheet of self-adhesive cork:

  • Back & front tail feathers
  • Neck ruffle
  • Two side wings
  • Three tail ruffles
  • Three chest ruffles

2. Peel off the paper backing and adhere the cork pieces to the cardstock. Carefully trim away the cardstock, leaving a 1/8” border all around. Trim away all of the cardstock on the edges that will be inserted into the body.

4. Burlap wings and tail feathers:

  • Burlap wings: Cut two, 3” x 3” squares of burlap. Stitch a running stitch along one edge, and gather tightly; knot thread. Fringe the other three edges.
  • Burlap tail feathers: Cut one 2″ x 8″ piece of burlap. Stitch a running stitch along one 8” edge and gather tightly; knot thread. Fringe the other three edges.

5. Beak: Adhere a small piece of cork paper onto the cardstock, and cut out a beak.

6. Wattle: Cut out a wattle from the burlap and glue to the cardstock with white glue. Let glue dry and cut out.

Assemble the turkey

Love the texture on this Burlap & Cork Thanksgiving Turkey centerpiece. has the tutorial.

Meet your Thanksgiving centerpiece.

1. Slide the front fantail into the front slit across the tail end.  Secure with glue.

2. Slide the back fantail into the second slit and glue in place.

3. Glue the neck ruffle right where the neck meets the body.

4. Glue the two paper wings onto the body right behind the neck ruffle.

5. Glue the burlap wings right behind the paper wings.

6. Glue the little chest ruffle where the head meets the neck.

7. Glue the two tail ruffles across the body in front of the tail feathers.

8. Glue the two half-round black beads for eyes.

9. Make a fold in the beak and glue the fold to the head.

10. Fold over the top end of the wattle, and glue it on top of the beak.

Make a beautiful, Burlap & Cork Turkey for your Thanksgiving table over on

If you’re ready to segue into Thanksgiving, too, then take a look at Patty Schaffer’s Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath. Those are some tail feathers!

What a fun turkey wreath. Love the bright Deco Mesh tail feathers.

If you have any candy corn leftover after tomorrow, use it to decorate this Silk Leaf Turkey. This post has a few other links to Thanksgiving turkey crafts for the kids, too.

Clever - use silk leaves for the turkey tail feathers. This one is really cute and colorful. Tutorial on

Thanksgiving Silk Leaf Turkey by Michelle LeSage.

Now, back to Halloween. What are you plans for tomorrow? Is anyone dressing up? There are going to be a few unicorns in our house tomorrow, and I’m not sure that everyone is all “unicorns and rainbows” about this idea!

JoJo the unicorn!

I don’t think JoJo finds it magical to be a unicorn!

Have a fun Halloween, and happy crafting!


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Make favorite, Paper Pine Cone Ornaments – in punchy pink papers!

Is there another holiday filled with more traditions and nostalgia than Christmas? I don’t think so. But sometimes, you have to change it up a bit and today’s Paper Pine Cone or Paper Pineapple Ornaments do just that. Folding paper strips or ribbons into points, and pinning the points to balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam has been a favorite, DIY ornament for many years, but Rebekah Meier shakes it up with pretty papers in bright pink and green. Andy why not? When you DIY these Paper Pine Cone or Paper Pineapple Ornaments, make them in whatever paper and colors you like. I think you’ll find her tutorial easy to follow, too.

This is favorite, DIY Christmas ornament, and this tutorial is the best I've found for making Paper Pine Cone Ornaments.

Pink Paisley, Paper Pine Cone Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

This is favorite, DIY Christmas ornament, and this tutorial is the best I've found for making Paper Pineapple Ornaments.

Pink Plaid Pineapple Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Pink, Paper Pinecone Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Scrapbooking paper, 12” x 12”
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 1/2″ x 2/3 yd.
  • Craft wire, 2” – 3” length
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; craft pins; optional: paper trimmer
Pretty and popular: Paper Pine Cone or Paper Pineapple Christmas Ornaments. Excellent DIY tutorial on

Make these in your favorite Christmas colors.

To make a Pink, Paper Pinecone Ornament:

  1. Cut one 2″ square and forty-five 1″ x 4″ strips from scrapbook paper. Place paper strips printed side down on work surface. Refer to Diagrams 1 – 3 to fold strips in half and then into crisp points as shown.
  2. Glue paper square to center bottom of the foam ball, clipping the edges of the paper square as needed so it lays flat. Mark the center bottom of ball with a pin.
  3. Refer to Diagram 4 to pin two points to the bottom of the ball on opposite sides, with tips just touching. Insert pins as indicated by the dots on the diagram. The points will stick up a bit, and don’t worry about the pins showing. The pins will be covered as you add more points.
  4. Pin two more paper points over first two with edges just slightly overlapping and points just touching. Hooray – your first layer is complete.
  5. Refer to Diagrams 5 and 6 to add two more layers of paper points. Position the second layer 1/2″ from the center of first layer. Position the third layer 1″ from the center of the first layer.
  6. Continue pinning paper points in alternating rows around the ball, positioning each row an additional 1/2″ up from the center bottom of the ball. You’ll find that near the mid-point of the ball, the edges of the paper points will be slightly farther apart than at the top and bottom. Be sure each layer covers the pins from the previous layer. Adjust pins as needed. The final row of paper points should completely cover the top of the ball.
  7. Remove the pin marking the center bottom of ball and use it to make a hole in the center top. Twist together the ends of a 2” – 3” length of wire, add a dab of glue, and insert the twisted ends into the hole left by the pin. Let glue dry.
  8. Tie a loopy bow and glue to the top of the ornament.


Kathleen George went nontraditional in her colors and her shape when she made these Folded, Paper Pine Cone Tree Ornaments.

Folded Paper Pinecone Ornaments turned into sweet little trees!

If you’d rather use a more traditional paper, then make these your own and do just that. Patty Schaffer used deep red paper for her Paper Pinecone Ornament.

A favorite DIY Christmas Ornament -- Folded Paper Pine Cone Balls!

Paper Pineapple or Pine Cone Ornament by Patty Schaffer.

For more information about making Paper Pinecone or Paper Pineapple Ornaments, don’t miss the video Five Ornaments in Five Minutes. In just five minutes, Candie Cooper walks you through five ways to make easy Christmas ornaments.

Tutorial for the top five handmade ornaments

Learn how to make all five of these ornaments in just five minutes!

Several of you told me that you’re always looking for ornament ideas, and I’ll have more in the weeks ahead. It’s not too early to feature Christmas crafts, is it?

Happy crafting!


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An easy Halloween craft – DIY a Halloween Sock Bat

Have you heard this quip making the rounds online: “I’m absolutely convinced that the socks that go missing in the dryer turn into extra Tupperware lids”? I know this happens at my house, all the time! Well, here’s what you can do with those extra socks – DIY a Halloween Sock Bat. Around here, I have enough single socks to make a whole colony of Halloween Sock Bats, and then some. So, here’s how to turn those mismatched socks into Halloween Sock Bats.

These are fun -- Halloween bats made from old socks & Styrofoam shapes.

To make a Halloween Sock Bat, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg and 2” ball
  • Stretchy black sock
  • Black felt
  • Half-round beads, 8mm, three in black
  • Chenille stem
  • Heavy-duty black thread or wire
  • Low-temp glue
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; toothpicks; craft pins

To make a Halloween Sock Bat:

  1. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the 4” foam egg and from one side of the 2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
  1. Twist together the cut edges so they fit together snugly. Insert toothpicks between the two pieces and glue the ball and egg together.
  1. Roll up the sock, and push the head of the bat down into the toe of the sock. Tightly stretch the sock around the bottom of the body, and wrap heavy black thread or wire around the gathered sock. Trim the sock, leaving a 1” tail.
  1. Fold a black chenille stem in half. Center the chenille stem around the gathered sock and wrap the two ends around the sock in opposite directions. Bend the ends into hooks to make feet for hanging.
  1. Using the pattern, cut wings and the ears from black felt.
Can bats be cute? This one is! It's made from a sock & Styrofoam shapes.

Use the pattern to cut out the wings and ears. Easy!

6. The ears go on either side, toward the top of the bat’s head. For each ear, carefully insert the tip of the serrated knife into the head, making a slit though the sock and into the foam. Place a dot of white craft glue on the slit. Fold an ear in half and place the bottom edge on the glue. Using the knife, push the felt into the slit. Spread the ear out in the center with your fingers.

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

8. Glue the wings onto the center back of the bat.

  1. Hang the bat upside down from his feet.
Easy Halloween craft -- hanging bats made from old socks & Styrofoam brand foam.

Halloween Sock Bats by Kathleen George.

Still have some socks leftover? If you have extra orange socks, you can DIY a Row of Sock Pumpkins.   

recycle Halloween crafts made with socks

Sock Pumpkins all in a Row designed by Kathleen George

You might also like the Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins.

Love these Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins! Fun-to-make gift ideas for teachers & neighbors, too.

About those socks. I just counted 27! mismatched socks in my sock pile. 27!  It was 29, but I actually matched up a pair while counting them. I don’t dare go near the Tupperware cupboard . . . Does this sound like your house?

Craft ideas for using up old socks on

Happy crafting!


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Chill chaser craft idea: DIY a Cozy Sweater Cone

It snowed this past weekend – twice. Not a lot, but enough to make you reach for the gloves and turn on the furnace. In honor of that first snow, I’m featuring the first Christmas craft of the season – Cozy Sweater Cones. I feel warmer already! Scout your thrift stores or your own closets for an old sweater or two, and follow along as Kathleen George shows you how to repurpose an old sweater to make these Cozy Sweater Cones.

Cozy -- and thrifty DIY craft idea. Turn old sweaters into these Cozy Sweater Cones.

The creamy cones are so elegant, and Kathleen didn’t have to add any extra trims, thanks to her already embellished sweaters. If you’d like a little more color, check out the Christmas Sweater Cones Kathleen made with bright red and pink sweaters. Kathleen added pompoms and flowers to dress up this duo. When you’re done, you’ll have sweater scraps leftover, and I have a few ideas for those as well. Read on!

Repurpose old sweaters and make these pretty, Christmas Sweater Cones.

To make Cozy Sweater Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones (or other sizes of your choice)
  • Old sweater, one per cone (look for sweaters with texture and embellishments to help decorate your “tree”)
  • Optional: Beads, pearls, crystals, silk flowers, buttons, ribbons, and other trims for decorating your trees
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; craft pins; needle & thread

To make Cozy Sweater Cones:

  1. Cut the sweater to fit the cone:
  • Cut along the side seams on a sweater, so that you can lay it out flat.
  • Wrap the sweater around the cone for a test fit. Be sure the cone is completely covered, and that you like how the sweater design fits on the cone.
  • Pin the sweater in place, and then cut away the excess fabric. Be sure to leave an extra inch or so all around.
  • Unpin the fabric. You should have a triangular piece of sweater fabric.

    Pick pretty textured sweaters when making Cozy Sweater Cones.

    Kathleen used the sweater cables and other existing sweater decorations to embellish her Cozy Sweater Cones.

  1. Fold the sweater triangle in half, with right sides together. Stitch a seam 3/8” from the edge. Turn the fabric right side out.
  1. Cover the cone:
  • Pull the sweater cover down over the cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
  • Make sure the sweater is pulled down snug over the top of the cone.
  • Arrange the seam at the back of the cone.
  • Stretch the fabric down and around to the bottom of the cone.
  • Pin and glue the fabric to the bottom of the cone.
  • If the fabric is bulky, carefully trim away extra fabric so the bottom is flat and the cone stands straight.

4. Optional: Pin or glue on additional decorations.

Tutorial to DIY Cozy & Creamy Sweater Cones on

These elegant Sweater Cones would be pretty all winter long.

Cute & Cozy Christmas Sweater Cones.

Use old sweaters you have on hand, or scout thrift stores for second-hand finds.

Don’t stop there. I have more ideas for the leftover sweater fabric, like this Sweater & Snowflake Wreath.

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

Mix and match your sweaters to create a Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath.

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

For a quick and easy gift idea, turn the leftover sweater sleeves into Sweater Ornaments. You’ll be able to make several Sweater Ornaments from each sleeve.

Turn old sweaters into Christmas Ornaments! Tutorial on

Whip up a few Sweater Ornaments from the leftover sweater sleeves.

I don’t think we’ll see any more snow this week, and I’ll get back on track with a Halloween craft on Friday. Anyone else out there feeling a chill in the air?

Brrr! The first now of the season fell over the weekend. It's time for a cozy craft.

Brrr! The first snow of the season fell over the weekend.

Happy crafting.


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EEK! How to make a super-sized, Halloween Spider!

I have another Halloween craft for kids today, and these super-sized Halloween spiders are kind of cute, in a creepy way. Unless you have arachnophobia, in which case a foot-long spider might send you running for cover! The supplies are easy – STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, chenille stems and duct tape, and it’s a craft kids can make almost on their own. (If they’re a little too creepy for you, then take a look at these colorful, Itsy Bitsy Spiders.)

Creepy, but cute Halloween Spiders. The largest is more than 12" long!

To make a Super-Sized, Halloween Spider, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Large spider: 4” ball (head), 6” egg (body), and two, 1-1/2” balls
    • Small spider: 3” ball (head), 4” egg (body) and two, 1” balls
  • Duct tape: Black, black & white patterned, and red
  • Chenille stems:
    • Large spider: Jumbo chenille in black
    • Small spider: Black & white chenille stems
  • Googly or wiggle eyes
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; carpet needle*; serrated knife*

(*Note: Kids can do a lot of this craft on their own, but always have an adult handle the large needle and serrated knife.)

Kind of creepy but really cute Halloween spiders! DIY on

EEK! The largest spider is more than 12″ long, from tip to tip.

To make a Super-Sized, Halloween Spider:

  1. Twist together the narrow end of the egg with the foam ball, so that they fit together snugly. Do not glue them together yet.
  2. Tear a length of duct tape into strips, and wrap the strips around the foam egg and the foam ball. I used solid black tape for one shape, and patterned tape for the other.
  3. Poke a hole through the duct tape where you will join together the head and the body. Place a dab of glue on a toothpick and insert it into the hole. Add glue on the other end, spread glue around the toothpick, and join the two pieces together.
  4. Legs:
  • For the large spider, cut four, 18” lengths of loopy chenille.
  • For the small spider, cut four, 14” lengths of chenille stems.
  • Bend the chenille stems in half.
  • Cut a slit in each side of the foam egg, right behind the head.
  • Squeeze glue in each slit and insert two chenille stems.
  • Arrange the stems so one pair faces forward and the other towards the back.
  • Bend the chenille stems to form knees and feet.
DIY a Halloween spider with duct tape and Styrofoam.

To add the legs, cut a slit in the foam egg, right behind the head. Add glue and insert the folded pairs of chenille stems.

5. Eyes:

  • Press the 1-1/2” balls and 1” balls against a tabletop, slightly compressing one side.
  • Glue the flattened side of the 1-1/2” balls to the head of the larger spider, and the 1” balls to the head of the smaller spider.
  • Glue wiggle eyes to the foam balls.

6. Fangs:

  • Fold in half 8” of loopy chenille for the large spider.
  • Fold in half 5” of chenille stem for the small spider.
  • Carefully cut a slit in each face below the eyes.
  • Squeeze glue in the slit and insert the 8” stem in the larger spider and the 5” stem in the smaller spider.
  • Shape the fangs.

7. Optional: Cut an hourglass shape from red duct tape, and add to the back of a spider.

These spiders really are cute, and they're made with duct tape and Styrofoam.

If you like, add a red hour glass to the back for a Black Widow.


I like the contrast between the solid black and patterned duct tape, but you could change this up however you like.


What do you think — cute or creepy? Or a little of each?

Through the years, it turns out that I’ve made quite a few duct tape Halloween crafts. These are all easy ideas, so if you’ve not yet started your Halloween crafting, take a look at these projects. Do you have a favorite? Which one do you want to try?

Fun & easy Halloween crafts made with duct tape and Styrofoam brand foam.

Duct Tape Mummies

Halloween Duct Tape Spider Wreath 

Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath  

Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeball Wreath  

Duct Tape Candy Corn Wreath  

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger  

Candy Corn Cuties  

Duct Tape Topiaries  

Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres  

What have you crafted with duct tape?

Happy crafting!



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A Halloween craft for kids: DIY Duct Tape Mummies

Today’s Duct Tape Mummies are a great Halloween craft for kids, but guess what, I had fun making them, too. If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I love a good, duct tape craft. And why not, there is so much you can do with duct tape and it’s super easy to use. In fact, I “wrapped up” all three Duct Tape Mummies in less than an hour. I am sharing links to a few other favorite, Halloween crafts for kids, and I hope you and your littles find a favorite for your to-do lit.

So dang cute & easy. DIY Duct Tape Mummies on

To make a Duct Tape Mummy, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:  6” and 4” eggs
  • Wiggle or googly eyes
  • Duct tape in white
  • Glue dots
  • Optional: Plastic spider
  • Tools needed:  Scissors; plastic knife

To make a Duct Tape Mummy:

  1. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the egg, so that the egg will stand upright.
How to DIY Duct Tape Mummies. Cute Halloween craft for kids.

Cut a small slice from the wide end of each egg so that they stand upright.

2. Rip a length of duct tape from the roll, and tear it into strips. Wrap wider strips around the egg first, and then fill in with more narrow strips. My widest strips were about 1-1/4” wide.

Halloween craft for kids: DIY Duct Tape Mummies.

Wrap wider strips of duct tape around the egg first, and then fill in with narrower strips.

3. Attach the wiggle eyes with glue dots. Secure eyes to the face with small strips of duct tape, positioning the tape so that the eyes appear to peer out from under the tape.

4. Optional: Add a plastic spider.

Fun & easy Halloween craft for kids -- Duct Tape Mummies.

This one is fun & fast. I made the trio of Duct Tape Mummies in less than an hour.

Here’s one of my favorite Halloween crafts the kids (or you!) might want to make — Eyeball Topiaries.

More adorable eyeball crafts from These Eyeball Topiaries are easy and most of the supplies are purchased at a dollar store.

Halloween Eyeball Topiaries

And here are a few more favorite, classic Halloween crafts for kids.

Great ideas for Halloween crafts for kids -- and so much more, over on

Crepe Paper Mummies   

Cheesecloth Mummies  

Frankenmummy Family

Yarn Ghosts

Fuzzy Wuzzy Ghosts  

Glove Ghostie  

What’s on your craft table right now? Are you working on any Halloween crafts?

Happy Halloween Crafting!




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An easy Halloween Wreath made three different ways

When I made my Flex Ribbon Candy Corn Cones, I mentioned that I had more plans for crafting with this sparkling, tube-like ribbon. Like the Mesh Tubing Halloween Wreath I’m sharing today. It’s an easy Halloween wreath, and one that you can accessorize to make it your own. In fact, I finished it three different ways, and I’m not sure which Halloween wreath is my favorite. You’ll have to tell me how you would make this wreath.

Cute Halloween Wreath made with mesh tubing and ribbons.

I added ribbons to this version, giving it a more scrappy look.

Cute and easy Halloween wreath. DIY on

I thought the eyeballs added a little fun.

To make a Mesh Tubing Halloween Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Mesh tubing, two bags (I purchased the Fab Lab Halloween assortment at Jo-Ann Stores)
  • Acrylic craft paint in purple
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; ruler; chopstick or other pointed tool
  • Optional: Assorted ribbons in Halloween colors; purple glitter; 2″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam; two, 1-1/2” wiggle eyes; two floral picks; serrated knife; thick, white craft glue (See Variations below to determine which optional items you’d like to use)
Cute and easy Halloween Wreath DIY on

Both wreaths, side by side.

To make a Mesh Tubing Halloween Wreath:

  1. Paint your wreath purple. Optional: While wreath is wet, sprinkle with purple glitter. (I glittered my wreath, but honestly, it’s hard to see the glitter so I think this is an optional step.)
Supplies needed for an easy Halloween wreath.

My wreath is painted and glittered and ready to go. I used two bags of the mesh tubing.

2. Cut the mesh tubing into 9” lengths. Pair up the lengths, and knot each pair together in the middle.

Have you used mesh tubing? DIY an easy Halloween wreath with it on

It’s like a pile of colorful pasta.

How to make crafts from mesh tubing or mesh ribbon.

Knot each pair in the center.

3. Add the pairs of mesh tubing to the wreath:

Easy Halloween wreath DIY. So cute & colorful when it's done!

Push the knots into the wreath with your pointed tool. Easy!

  • Use the chopstick or other pointed tool to push the knot into the front of the wreath.
  • Work around the outside edge first.
  • Add mesh tubing to the inside edge.
  • Fill in any gaps with the extra pairs of tubing.
DIY a colorful Halloween wreath with deco mesh tubing. Very cool product!

Fill in the outside edge first, and then the edge around the center.

  1. Loop a 12” length of ribbon through the wreath, knot the ends, and hang.
Cute & easy Halloween Wreath over on Crafts 'n Coffee.

Here is the wreath with the mesh tubing and eyeballs, and no additional ribbons.

Cute and easy Halloween wreath. DIY it on

And here’s the wreath with the extra ribbons.

This is a fun Halloween wreath! Really easy, too.

Or you can add the ribbons and skip the eyeballs.


  1. Add ribbons:
  • Cut ribbons into 10” lengths.
  • Push the center of each ribbon length into the wreath using a chopstick.
  1. Add eyeballs:
  • Cut the 2” foam ball in half.
  • Glue a 1-1/2” wiggle eye to the flat side of each half ball.
  • Insert a floral pick into the back (curved side) of each half ball.
  • Insert the floral picks into the wreath.

One wreath, three different ways. Do you have a favorite? Or would you decorate the wreath differently?

Cute idea for Halloween wreath. Easy tutorial on

I think it’s a fun Halloween wreath — both to make and to display.

Here are the Candy Corn Cones I made with the mesh ribbon/tubing (I found it called many different names). If you can’t find it in the store, you can order it from lots of places online.

Wrap deco mesh tubing around Styrofoam cones for this quick & easy Candy Corn DIY.

Happy crafting!


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Can bats be pretty? Take a look at this Halloween Topiary!

I don’t mind bats swooping around on a summer night, as long as they are outside. But when they’re inside, like the times I’ve had them in the bedroom, or the laundry room, or discovered that they liked to hibernate in my attic? That’s creepy! That said, I would happily decorate my house with Patty Schaffer’s adorable Flying Bats Halloween Topiary. These 13(!) glittering, black bats are a fun Halloween decoration that’s not too scary. And there are so many pretty details, too, like the book page decoupage and orange, pompom trim. Here’s how to make your own Flying Bats Halloween Topiary.

Cute, and love the details on this Flying Bats Halloween Topiary.

Flying Bats Halloween Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

Swooping bats are the perfect way to top off this Halloween Topiary Cone.

A trio of bats swoop around the top on coiled wires.

To make a Flying Bats Halloween Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone; 4” ball; block or scrap piece
  • Clay pot, 5” dia.
  • Wood dowel, 3/8” x 12”
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Pages from an old book
  • Glittered cardstock in black
  • Pompom trim in orange
  • Black wire
  • Sheet moss
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Paint for the clay pot; black marker
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff bristle paintbrush; bat paper punch; turkey baster or other round tool to curl wire
Fun details form a Flying Bats Halloween Topiary. DIY it on

Book pages + glittering bats + bright orange pompoms = so many sweet details.

To make a Flying Bats Halloween Topiary:

  1. Paint wooden dowel black. Insert the dowel in a block or scrap piece of foam while the paint dries. Optional: Paint your clay pot.
  1. Insert the 4” foam ball in the clay pot, and glue in place.
  1. Insert the wood dowel down into the foam ball, remove, add glue to the hole, and place the dowel back into the foam ball.
  1. Rip the old book pages into strips of varying widths and lengths. Mod Podge the strips to the sides and top of the cone. Let dry.

    Glittering bats made with a paper punch top off a Halloween Topiary on

    There’s nothing scary here, right?

  1. Carefully push the cone onto the wooden dowel, checking to be sure the cone is centered and straight. When you have the placement correct, remove the cone, add glue to the hole, and place the cone back onto the dowel.
  1. Glue the pompom trim around the bottom of the cone.
  1. Punch 13 black bats from the glittered cardstock. If the back of your cardstock is white, paint it black (or, use a black magic marker).

    Decorate for Halloween with glittered black bats on a Halloween Topiary.

    You’ll perch one bat on the rim of the pot.

  1. Glue nine bats all around the cone. Once the glue is dry, bend the wings to give the bats dimension. Glue a bat to the rim of the clay pot.
  1. Wrap three lengths of wire around a turkey baster or other round tool. Poke the ends of each wire into the top of the cone, spacing them evenly. Glue a bat onto the top of the wire at the end of each spiral. Bend the bats’ wings.
  1. Cover the top of the pot with sheet moss, and glue in place.
I'd love a pair of these Flying Bats Halloween Topiaries on my fireplace mantel! DIY on

I would love a pair of these Flying Bats Halloween Topiaries on my fireplace mantel.

If you’re still not sure about bats, here’s another Halloween Topiary Patty crafted with lots of pretty papers.

Pretty papers for a Halloween Topiary Cone.

Scalloped, Ruffled & Paper Crafted Halloween Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

Have you ever heard the saying “to rats, bats are angels”? I guess it’s all in your perspective, right?

Happy crafting!




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DIY a custom, Halloween Marquee Sign shaped like a ghost

It’s the season for Halloween fun and crafts, and things that go bump in the night. If a Halloween craft sends a few shivers down your spine, it’s all part of the fun. Like this spooky – but fun, Halloween Marquee sign shaped like a ghost. Kathleen George shares how she made this custom, Halloween Marquee sign, and you can make this light-up ghost your own. Use Kathleen’s diagram as a reference, or cut out the ghost according to your own style. He’ll add a haunting “hello” to your home! (Last year, Kathleen shared her DIY, BOO Marquee sign.)

How fun is this -- DIY your own Halloween marquee light.

To make a Marquee Ghost Sign, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • LED mini light strands, two, 9-1/2-ft. each, battery operated with 20 lights each
  • 18-gauge wire, 6 – 8 ft.
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; wire cutters; firm paint brush; masking tape

To make a Marquee Ghost Sign:

  1. Halloween ghost face.


    Using the sharp pencil, draw a ghost on the foam sheet. To maximize the size of the sheet, try drawing your ghost on an angle. If you like, refer to Kathleen’s diagram as you draw. Her ghost measures 18” tall; 16.5” across the arms; and 19.5” diagonally from the tip of the right arm to the left tip of the gown.

  2. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and cut out. Sand any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam, and smooth with your fingertips, too.
  3. Trace the outline of the mouth and eyes onto the face. Paint black and let dry.
  4. Cut 60, ¾” lengths of wire. Bend each piece over a pencil, creating a U. You’ll use these U-pins to hold the light strings in place.
Backside of a DIY Halloween Ghost Marquee Sign. Cool idea.

You’ll glue the lights in place, and use U-pins, too.

5. Attach the light strings:

  • Place the ghost face down on your work surface.
  • Start with the light that’s closest to the battery box.
  • Position this light at the tip of an arm, placed so that only the light bulb extends beyond the edge.
  • Press the light base into the foam sheet. Remove the light, place a dab of glue in the depression, and return the light to its position.
  • Insert a U-pin to hold it in place.
  • Continue adding lights in this manner, spacing them about 2” apart.
  • As needed, use the U-pins to hold the extra wire in place at the back of the ghost.
  • Arrange the battery boxes so they hang down below the ghost.
  1. Form a wire hanger and insert and glue into the back of the ghost.
  2. Optional: Print out a “BOO” sign and spot glue to the front.
Cute idea! DIY a Halloween Ghost Marquee Sign.

Follow Kathleen’s diagram or cut out a ghost in your own style.

Here is the BOO Marquee sign Kathleen created last year.

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

Here are a few more haunted Halloween crafts. I think these ghosts are all more fun than creepy!

Deco Mesh Ghost

How cute is this Halloween ghost made with Deco Mesh? Tutorial on

Ghosts in a Cloche

Three itty bitty Cheesecloth Ghosts decorate this Halloween Cloche. Adorable! And, the cloche is made from a repurposed plastic soda bottle.

Halloween Ghost Cloche by Kathleen George.

Yarn Ghost Family

Yarn ghosts are an easy Halloween craft for kids

Yarn Ghosts by Patty Schaffer.

Glow-in-the-Dark, Duct Tape Ghost Wreath

This wreath glows in the dark with the new glow-in-the-dark Duck Brand Tape! Love the mini cheesecloth ghosts, too.

What’s your Halloween style? Do you go for the scary side, or is your style more sweet?

Happy crafting.





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DIY these easy, No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins tonight

Orange & aqua for Halloween? It’s a little unconventional, but I adore my orange & aqua No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins. I was inspired to DIY my pumpkins after Patty Schaffer shared her Plaid Pumpkins. I used Patty’s no-sew pumpkin tutorial with a few tweaks of my own, and in an evening had my sweet little trio of No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins. Check out a few other favorite, no-sew pumpkins in today’s mini round up. Who knew there were so many ways to make a pumpkin? (I’m also announcing the winners of the magazine giveaway today.)

I adore these Patchwork Pumpkins and there's NO sewing!

Adorable Patchwork Pumpkins -- love the orange & aqua fabrics, too. No-sew tutorial on

Orange and aqua are unconventional, but I really love the combo for these No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins.

The pumpkin patch keeps growing, and here’s where you’ll find other no-sew pumpkins: Pretty Plaid PumpkinsNo-Sew Velvet PumpkinsNo-Sew Burlap PumpkinsSweater PumpkinsSock & Ribbon Pumpkins.  

Favorite, no-sew Pumpkins on

To make No-Sew, Patchwork Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6”, 5” and 4” balls (or other sizes of your choice)
  • Fabrics, coordinating colors and prints
  • Pumpkin stems
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; wooden bamboo skewer; butter knife

To make No-Sew, Patchwork Pumpkins:

  1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a slice from the top of your foam ball. Press the bottom of the foam ball on the tabletop so it’s slightly compressed and will stand and not roll. Gently compress the edges at the top and bottom to make a pumpkin shape. Note: I cut a larger slice from the top of my smallest ball, and compressed the ball a little more, so that it would be less round.
  1. Use the wooden bamboo skewer to score vertical grooves all around the pumpkin, forming its sections. Make the sections uneven, just like on a real pumpkin. Go over the score lines with a serrated knife to make them more distinct and deeper. My largest pumpkin had 10 sections, and the smallest had eight.

3.  Cover the balls with fabric:

These No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins are an easy DIY. has the complete tutorial.

Top: You’ll use a serrated knife and butter knife to tuck in the fabrics. Left: Keep the pins in to help hold the fabric in place as you tuck in the edges. Right: Pin your fabric piece over the next section, and trim the piece to fit. You should be able to feel the score lines under the fabric, and use these as your guide. Add an extra 1/2″ all around as you cut.

  • Cut out a rectangular piece of fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around. Pin the fabric piece in place, and trim to fit the pumpkin section. You should be able to feel the score lines underneath the fabric, and use these as your guide. Be sure you cut an extra ½” all around for the seam allowance.
  • Using the knives, tuck the fabric seams into the scored grooves. Work back and forth between the sides, till the section is completely tucked in.
  • Hold the knife straight up and down for a cleaner line.
  • If needed, pin the material down in the groove. Push the pins in far enough so they are hidden in the groove.
  • Repeat, till all sections are covered.
  • Trim away excess fabric and threads with nail scissors.
No-sew pumpkins, before adding the stems. Love the orange & aqua color combo!

Here are my pumpkin tops, before adding the stems.

  1. Glue a real pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.
NO sewing needed to DIY these pretty, Patchwork Pumpkins.

And here are the pumpkins, with stems.

Easy -- make all three No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins tonight! shows you the DIY.

Check your stash — you may already have the fabrics you need to DIY these pumpkins.

What do you think of orange and aqua for pumpkins? What colors would you use? Or, would you rather DIY one of these other no-sew pumpkins? We’ve used fabric, burlap, sweaters, shirts and socks to make this pumpkin patch.

Pretty pumkins! And all are no-sew! Love these!

Pretty Plaid Pumpkins

No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

Sweater Pumpkins

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins  

I want to thank everyone who followed Candy Corn Crafts  week last week. I hope you enjoyed the sweet crafts! Five readers will each receive the magazine Halloween Tricks & Treats, and they are Donna Baker, Jessica W., Lisa M6, Barb Macaskill, and Anne Haun. Please contact me to arrange for the shipping, ladies.

Happy pumpkin crafting!


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