How to make a dazzling, beaded Christmas ornament

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

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

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

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

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

To make a Beaded Ornament:

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

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

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

3. Glue 8mm pearl beads onto the ornament.

4. Adhere adhesive backed gems to the ornament.

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

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

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

Sneak peek on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek!

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Handmade Christmas Ornaments: DIY a Glittering Christmas Ornament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To make a Sparkling, Glittered Ornament:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elegant Glittered Ornament by Diane Flowers.

Rebekah also designed this Glittered Christmas Topiary Tree.

DIY a glittered Christmas tabletop tree

Glittered Christmas Topiary Tree by Rebekah Meier.

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

Happy Monday and happy crafting.

Sharon

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A Christmas craft for kids: Drinking Straw Christmas Tree

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

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

Drinking Straw Christmas Tree by Kathleen George.

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

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

To make a Drinking Straw Christmas Tree:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sneak peek at Christmas crafts on tap for CraftsnCoffee!

Coming next week!

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

Enjoy your weekend, and happy crafting.

Sharon

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Craft these pretty, Vintage Felt & Lace Tabletop Trees

This week’s Festival of Trees is almost over. I’ve loved sharing so many DIY Christmas topiaries with you, from the Retro Starburst Christmas Tree to the whimsical forest of Paper Christmas Trees yesterday. Today’s Christmas topiary tree is a sweet, Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Tree, lush with the trims and textures that make the season special. (And I’m also announcing our Cozy Home winner.)

Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees. So pretty! No sewing -- just felt, lace, glue and a few pins. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” and 12” cones
  • Scrap paper (for pattern)
  • Felt, ¼ yd. each of cream, white, and ecru
  • Vintage style lace in assorted styles and widths
  • Satin ribbon, ¼” wide in cream
  • Buttons, assorted sizes and styles
  • Various widths of vintage-style lace
  • 1/4” cream color satin ribbon
  • Small ornaments for tree toppers
  • Micro glitter
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; decorative edge fabric scissors; straight pins; disappearing fabric marker; button thread; needle; pearl head pins; small flat paintbrush

To make Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees:

For the 12” Tree

1. Make your cone pattern:

  • Place the foam cone on the edge of your scrap sheet of paper.
  • Roll the cone across the paper while tracing the bottom curve with a pencil.
  • Roll the cone back to the edge, tracing the curve at the top of the cone this time.
  • Add about ½” to the top.
  • Cut out the pattern.
Christmas craft tip -- How to make a pattern to cover a Styrofoam cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Roll the foam cone on a sheet of paper and trace the top and bottom curves to make the pattern. Don’t forget to add a 1/2″ to the top!

2. Trace around the pattern onto the felt, using a disappearing fabric marker. Cut out the felt, using the deco edge scissors to cut along the bottom.

3. Wrap felt around the cone and secure with pins. You should have about ½” extra fabric at the top.

4. Cut 3” from the bottom of the cone pattern. Repeat Step 2, using the smaller cone pattern and a different color of felt. Remember to use deco edge scissors along the bottom.

5. Wrap the felt around the top of the cone, covering the first felt layer, and pin in place.
Once felt pieces are arranged, glue in place.

6. Make small snips in the ½” extra felt at the top, fold down tabs, and pin and glue in place.

Pretty details from the Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Decorate your trees with bits of lace, ribbon, buttons and pearl head pins.

7. Dress up your cone, decorating it with lace. Start at the top, pinning and gluing lace in place. Stitch buttons to felt using button thread (if you’d rather not sew, I think you could also use a low-temp glue gun to attach the buttons). Add pearl head pins as accents. For inspiration, refer to the photo as you decorate your cone.

8. Brush a thin layer of glue onto the ornament. Apply glitter and shake off excess. Let dry. Glue glittered ball to the top of cone.

So beautiful, yet these use basic supplies -- felt, lace, buttons and cones of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Who knew such basic supplies — felt, lace, buttons and cones of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, could look so beautiful?

For the 9” Tree

9. Repeat Steps 1 – 3 above, creating a smaller pattern for the 9” cone.

10. Cut 2” from the bottom of the cone pattern. Trace around the pattern onto the felt, using a disappearing fabric marker. Cut out the felt, using the deco edge scissors to cut along the bottom.

11. Wrap the felt around the top of the cone, covering the first felt layer, and pin in place. Once felt pieces are arranged, glue in place.

12. Make small snips in the ½” extra felt at the top, fold down tabs, and pin and glue in place.

13. Decorate, following the instructions in Steps 7 & 8 above.

If you love Rebekah’s sweet, vintage style, I know you’ll also love her gorgeous Crepe Paper Topiary Trees.

how to make vintage crepe paper topiary trees

Vintage Crepe Paper Topiaries by Rebekah Meier.

In fact, Rebekah was the mastermind behind the creamy, dreamy trees showcased in the original Festival of Trees.

Learn how to make all of these beautiful tabletop Christmas trees on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A Festival of Christmas Topiary Trees by Rebekah Meier.

I’ll share one last irresistible project from Rebekah – her sweet & sparkling Vintage Snowmen.

So sweet. Felted with bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving -- great idea for felting novices. CraftsnCoffee.com.

And speaking of snowmen, the snow is supposed to fly this weekend – brrr! I have one lucky winner of the Cozy Home prize package, filled with goodies to keep you home warm and cozy this season. Today’s winner is Mandy! Congratulations, Mandy. Please contact me to arrange for shipping.

I’m going to wrap up the Festival of Trees tomorrow with a fun Christmas craft for the kids, so I’ll see you then.

Happy crafting and stay warm.

Sharon

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A whimsical forest of DIY Paper Christmas Trees

These Paper Christmas Trees are so bright and so fun, you absolutely can see the forest for the trees. There’s no missing their colorful patterns and whimsical trims. You can easily make these Paper Christmas Trees your own: make more trees; make them larger or smaller; have each family member design a tree for the forest; and of course, change up the papers and trims. How would you decorate your Paper Christmas Trees?

Super-fun (and super-easy) Christmas display. Make these trees your way! CraftsnCoffee.com

A Forest of Whimsical Paper Trees by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Forest of Paper Christmas Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 1” x 12” x 12” blocks, or a 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Scrapbook paper, five sheets in coordinating Christmas patterns
  • Ribbon, 1” wide, in assorted styles and colors
  • Trims and accents, including buttons, beads, and ric rac
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap
Sweet details from the Forest of Paper Trees over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s a closer look at Patty’s embellishments. No doubt you already have a lot of these items on hand!

To make a Forest of Paper Christmas Trees:

1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, draw five different triangles on the foam blocks or foam sheet. The triangles can be tall and skinny, short and wide, and anything in between.

2. Wax the knife with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out each triangle. (Note: If you’re working with kids, always have an adult do this step.)

3. Use the tree shapes as templates and trace each shape onto the backs of the patterned papers. You will need two pieces of the same paper for each tree. Cut out the paper triangles.

4. Apply double sided tape to both sides of each tree. Adhere the paper to each tree, matching the front and back. (Or, mix ‘em up!)

5. Run double sided tape up and down the exposed sides of each tree. Adhere a different ribbon to each tree, covering the foam sides.

6. Decorate each tree with buttons, beads, ric rac, ribbons, and any other accents you have on hand.

These are the cutest Christmas trees! Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguins, buttons, Santa hats — these trees are so fun!

It's the Festival of Trees on CraftsnCoffee.com and here's a sneak peek at tomorrow's tree.

A snippet from tomorrow’s tree . . .

The Festival of Trees continues tomorrow, and here’s a little sneak peek. Gorgeous! You don’t want to miss it!

And don’t forget — today is the last day to enter the Cozy Home giveaway. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A classic, Christmas Cranberry Tree (made the easy way)

I have a classic Christmas topiary today – a tutorial for making a Christmas Cranberry Tree. Perhaps you’ve admired Cranberry Topiaries in magazines and wondered “who has the time to glue on all those tiny berries??” I know I don’t and you probably don’t either. That’s why this Christmas Cranberry Tree is made the easy way with a string of beads. This also means it’s everlasting and you can display it for years. Here’s the easy, three-step, DIY Christmas Cranberry Tree.

I don't have time to make a real Cranberry Topiary, but this one is so easy! And it will last forever. CraftsnCoffee.com.
To make a Christmas Cranberry Tree (the easy way), you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Acrylic craft paint in red
  • Wooden bead garland, dark red*
  • Sphagnum moss, small amount
  • Red cardinal, or other treetop ornament
  • Optional: Preserved lemon or magnolia leaves, 24 – 30
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff bristle paintbrush; u-shaped floral pins; wire cutters

*If you can’t find the garland in your local craft stores, Christmas Central has one on sale for $5.99.

To make a Christmas Cranberry Tree (the easy way):

1. Paint cone red; let dry.

2. Starting at the bottom, glue the garland around cone. Where needed, insert floral pins between the beads and into the cone for extra hold. Continue wrapping garland around cone until it is completely covered.

3. Insert small pieces of moss into any gaps between beads. Glue on a red cardinal or other tree topper.

4. Optional: Glue preserved leaves around the bottom of the cone.

And you’re done. Pretty sweet!

I love this look but I don't have the time to make the real thing. This post has a huge, time-saving shortcut for making a Cranberry Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Christmas Cranberry Cone by Kathleen George.

Have you entered the Cozy Home giveaway? One Crafts ‘n Coffee reader will win these goodies, and here’s how you can enter.

The Cozy Home giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com includes everything you need to stay warm & cozy this winter.

You could win this Cozy Home gift pack by telling me how you would use Dow GREAT STUFF around the home.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to DIY a retro, starburst holiday tree

It’s glittering, glamorous and totally retro – it’s a DIY Starburst Christmas Tree made with toothpicks and balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Yes, I said toothpicks! This sparkling, tabletop Christmas tree will take you through the season, including New Year’s Eve. It’s stunning, isn’t it? (Like I said, I have some fun trees planned for this year’s Festival of Trees.) Here’s how to make a Retro Starburst Christmas Tree.

Totally retro, and really cool! Tutorial for this Sparkling Starburst Tree is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Retro Starburst Christmas Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: At least 17, 1-1/2” balls; a block or other scrap
  • Acrylic craft paint in metallic silver
  • Wooden toothpicks – 50 per ball, or 850 for 17 balls
  • Mod Podge
  • Silver micro glitter
  • Optional: Miniature glass ornaments; small metallic stars (Kathleen cut hers from a garland)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 17 wooden skewers; 1” soft paintbrush
Retro-Starburst-Tree-Detail

Silver Starburst Tree by Kathleen George.

To make a Retro Starburst Christmas Tree:

1. Insert a wooden skewer into each ball to use as a handle. Paint the balls silver. Insert the wood skewers into the foam block to hold upright while the paint dries.

2. Insert 50 toothpicks, evenly spaced, into each ball.

This retro, Starburst Tree is perfect for the holidays, right through New Year's Eve. CraftsnCoffee.com

Be sure the glitter covers the toothpicks completely.

3. Brush a generous coat of Mod Podge onto a foam ball and all sides of the toothpicks. Work on just a few balls at a time, so the Mod Podge doesn’t dry before you’re finished.

4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, sprinkle generously with gold micro glitter. Work over a cookie sheet or gift box so you can recycle excess glitter. Let dry.

For a retro vibe, make this tabletop, Starburst Christmas Tree. CraftsnCoffee.com

Look closely — this tree is decorated with small glass ornaments in different colors.

5. Remove the skewers.

6. Build your tree:

  • Bottom layer: Arrange eight starbursts in a circle.
  • Second layer: Arrange five starbursts in a circle on top of the bottom layer. Gently press the toothpicks into the first layer for added stability.
  • Third layer: Arrange three starbursts on top of the second layer.
  • Top: Top off with one last starburst.

7. Optional: Decorate the tree with mini glass ornaments and small stars.

Here’s another tabletop Christmas tree with a retro vibe. This Silver Starburst Topiary is topped off with just one of the silver starbursts. Imagine how striking a grouping of these sparklers would be!

Retro glam -- a Silver Starburst Topiary. Stunning for Christmas. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Retro, Silver Starburst Topiary by Kathleen George.

The Festival of Trees continues tomorrow. See you then.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Celebrating Christmas tree week and 12+ favorite Christmas topiaries

It’s time for the annual Festival of Trees! Every year, I like to feature DIY tabletop Christmas trees and topiaries and I have a beautiful collection to share this week. First, here are more than a dozen, DIY Christmas topiaries from past years. From topiary trees made with old t-shirts to elegant moss topiaries and sparkling peppermint candy trees, I hope you’ll find a favorite to add to your Christmas décor this year.

Do you remember this creamy, dreamy Festival of Trees? There’s a pretty tree for almost any decorating style in this beautiful collection from designer Rebekah Meier.

Learn how to make all of these beautiful tabletop Christmas trees on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A Festival of Christmas Topiary Trees by Rebekah Meier.

Designer Patty Schaffer made clever Christmas cones with t-shirt yarn. Why not repurpose those old t-shirts you never wear and make a few T-Shirt Christmas Cones.

I love make t-shirt yarns, and it's so easy to do. Here's a great craft made with t-shirt yarn and a cone of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.This vintage style Scrappy Fabric Christmas Cone is a show piece for your favorite, leftover fabric scraps and trims. The vintage color scheme is charming, and easy enough to change up to match your own favorite Christmas colors.

Scrappy Christmas Cone by Rebekah Meier.

Scrappy Christmas Cone by Rebekah Meier.

The next two Christmas topiaries are made with wired ribbon and use the same easy techniques. Depending on the ribbon you choose, you could craft rustic, country-style
Ruffled Burlap Cones or the striking, red & white Ruffled Ribbon Cones .

Wired ribbon makes these soo easy! CraftsnCoffee.comSuper-fast Christmas craft made with wired ribbon. I've seen this ribbon everywhere, even dollar stores. CraftsnCoffee.com
Here’s a timeless classic — Sparkling Peppermint Candy Trees.

So adorable for a Christmas mantel! I love the red & white color scheme. CraftsnCoffee.com

A sweet & sparkling Peppermint Candy Trees.

You might not think that moss can be glamorous, but take a look at these  Elegant Moss Topiary Cones.  Imagine a pair of these flanking your holiday mantel!

DIY these elegant moss topiaries using moss sheets and scrapbook paper. A lot easier than they look! CraftsnCoffee.com.If you prefer a more rustic Christmas, then take a closer look at this Birch Bark Woodland Topiary Cone.

This Birch Bark Christmas Topiary is perfect for woodland Christmas display. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Birch Bark Christmas Topiary by Kathleen George.

Have you tried making any of these topiaries? Or is one on your DIY list for this year? Starting tomorrow, I’ll have a new Christmas tree craft each day. Each one is so different, and I’m excited to see if you’ll have a favorite one from this week’s Festival of Trees.

P.S. Don’t forget about the Cozy Home giveaway going on this week!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Happy Halloween! And join in the Cozy Home giveaway

Happy Halloween! Today, I have something a little different planned. I wanted to show you an amazing Halloween scene made with Dow GREAT STUFF™ insulating foam sealant (you know that Dow makes both STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and GREAT STUFF, right?). And there’s a “treat” today, too, so read on.

Amazing! This phantom horse is made from Dow GREAT STUFF. CraftsnCoffee.com

Cathy created her phantom horse using Dow GREAT STUFF. Amazing! And very creepy.

Isn’t this skeleton horse amazing? Cathy shared it and you can see that she has a lot of fun on Halloween. The horse reminds me of a wingless Thestral from the Harry Potter series. If you’d like to see a few more Halloween ideas for GREAT STUFF, check out the GREAT STUFF Halloween Pinterest board.

If it’s Halloween, that means winter is well on its way. The GREAT STUFF team and I put our heads together to come up with the “Cozy Home” giveaway, packed with products to help you stay warm and cozy all winter long. One lucky winner will receive this Cozy Home gift pack:

  • A sample kit of GREAT STUFF, including Gaps & Cracks, Window & Door, and Pestblock
  • An official NASCAR GREAT STUFF ball cap
  • A GREAT STUFF backpack/tote bag
  • A Yankee Candle in Spiced Pumpkin
  • A box of Starbucks Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa
  • Two craft magazines – Make it Yourself and Holiday Crafts
  • Two, 3” cubes and two, 3” x 2” cones of STYROFOAM Brand Foam (just what you need to make the Pretty Paper Packages and Christmas Tree Ornaments)
  • Six, 3” balls
  • Two, 9” x 3” cones
The Cozy Home giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com includes everything you need to stay warm & cozy this winter.

You could win this Cozy Home gift pack by telling me how you would use Dow GREAT STUFF around the home.

Can you picture yourself cozy and warm in your home that’s sealed against the winter cold? You can put your feet up, light your candle, sip some cocoa, read your new magazines and make a few crafts. Sealing the gaps and cracks throughout your home will save on energy costs, too. Not a bad way to spend the coming months, is it?

If you’d like to win this Cozy Home gift pack, please tell me how you would use GREAT STUFF in your home. Do you have gaps around the plumbing under the sink? Or maybe up in the attic? Go and see all of the ways you can seal the gaps and cracks in your home, and then tell me how you’d use GREAT STUFF. Leave your comment below by Thursday, November 6, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 7.

Enjoy the festivities today, and good luck in the Cozy Home giveaway.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A Christmas wreath idea: Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath

I have another Christmas wreath idea today – a Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath. Who can resist taking a closer look at this miniature, woodland scene? It really brings the wreath to life, don’t you think? You can have fun building your own vignette with different woodland creatures, or add snowmen, penguins, angels, or miniature houses. Here’s another idea – bring it indoors and stage a fireside Christmas scene. Make this Christmas wreath idea your own.

Love this little woodland scene! Easy Christmas wreath idea on CraftsnCoffee.com

Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Wreath, 12” x 2”
  • Faux bois wrapping paper*
  • White paper
  • Poly-fil stuffing, handful
  • Miniatures: Three, snow-tipped evergreens; deer
  • Monofilament or fishing line
  • Adhesive tape: double-sided and regular
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; tape measure

*I’ve listed several sources for faux bois paper below.

Love this idea -- create a little scene in a winter wreath using miniatures. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Who can resist taking a closer look at the miniature woodland scene?

To make a Faux Bois, Winter Woodland Wreath:

1. Place the wreath face-down on the back of a 15” x 15” piece of faux bois wrapping paper. Lightly trace around the inside and outside of the wreath.

2. Cut out the ring of wrapping paper, adding ¾” to both the inside and outside of the ring.

3. Cut tabs every ½” around the inside and outside edges of the wreath, cutting to the pencil lines.

4. Wrap a strip of double-sided tape around the top edges on the inside and outside of the foam wreath.

5. Center the wreath over the paper, and carefully place it on the paper circle, aligning it with the traced pencil lines. Fold tabs over onto the double-sided tape.

6. Use a tape measure to measure around the outside (circumference) of the wreath and the height of the wreath. Cut a paper strip to these measurements, adding 1” to the length.

7. Wrap double-sided tape around the top and bottom edges on the outside of the wreath. Carefully adhere the paper strip around the outside of the wreath, overlapping the seams.

8. Repeat Steps 6 & 7 to cover the inside of the wreath.

A wreath with a view! Faux bois, winter woodland wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What would you use to create your miniature scene?

9. Arrange the deer and evergreens and glue in place.

10. Fill in with polyfil “snow”, and glue in place.

11. Cut five tiny, 1” snowflakes from white paper. Hang at different heights using clear fishing line and tape.

It's a wreath with a view! Here's how to build a snowy scene in this winter wonderland wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s a wreath with a view! Or, create an indoor scene.

If you can’t find the faux bois wrapping paper in stores, here are a few more sources:

Tomorrow’s the big day, isn’t it? Have you made plans to celebrate Halloween? I’ll be celebrating with a new giveaway, and it’s going to be a fun one. I’ll see you tomorrow!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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