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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How to make a Ribbon Loop Christmas Wreath

You’d like to DIY a beautiful Christmas wreath in three easy steps? Done! This Red & White Ribbon Loop Wreath needs just two things – a wreath form of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and ribbon – lots of ribbon, actually. Ribbon can be pricey, but don’t forget to check your local dollar store – they always have a nice assortment of holiday ribbons. And then turn on HGTV and while you’re tuned to the screen, you can turn out this pretty, Red & White Christmas Ribbon Loop Wreath.

Lots of ribbon (get it at the dollar store) and a wreath of Styrofoam brand foam are all you need to DIY this Christmas wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

This just says "Merry Christmas." Beautiful ribbon wreath over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty added touches of sparkling silver to her red & white ribbons.

To make a Red & White Ribbon Loop Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath, beveled front
  • Wired ribbon, 1-1/2” wide, in five different coordinating colors and prints. You’ll need about 24 feet of each style
  • Pins
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters

To make a Red & White Ribbon Loop Wreath:

1. Cut the ribbons into 5” lengths. (Note: Patty recommends using both scissors and wire cutters so that you don’t dull your scissors cutting the wire.)

2. Pinch together the ends of a 5” ribbon, forming a loop. Pin the loop to the wreath.

3. Continue forming loops and pinning them onto the wreath till the wreath is covered.

Pretty wreath! I love red & white for Christmas and this Ribbon Loop Wreath is an easy one. CraftsnCoffee.com

Christmas Ribbon Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

If you like to decorate in red & white for Christmas, here are a few more ways to decorate your home for the holidays.

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath

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

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries

So cute & easy for Christmas. And they stand more than 12" tall! CraftsnCoffee.comDeco Mesh Christmas Topiary

So pretty for Christmas. The tutorial to make this Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Woodland craft coming up on Crafts 'n Coffee.

Special guest for Thursday.

Look who’s stopping by on Thursday . . .  See you then!

Happy crafting.  Sharon

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Two Christmas ornament tutorials: Pretty paper packages tied up in bows, and Christmas trees, too

As promised, I have more pretty, paper Christmas crafts from Patty Schaffer today. You can never have enough ornaments, right? And these DIY Christmas ornaments would make beautiful gifts, too. Change the papers, change the colors, mix up the ribbons, add a few buttons and bows – you can go to town making these your own. Here’s how to make these Pretty Paper Ornaments.

Very pretty, and an easy DIY -- as easy as wrapping a package. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Pretty, Paper Package and Christmas Tree Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Presents: 3” x 3” cube
    • Trees: 2” x 3” cone
  • Scrapbook papers, double sided
  • Beaded trim, 24” (if you can’t find a beaded trim, substitute a plain ribbon – it will be just as pretty)
  • Corrugated cardboard, small piece
  • Pearl head pins
  • Beading pins, 7/8”
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 6” for each ornament
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue dots
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; stapler; optional: bone folder
These would be beautiful on the tree! Easy gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Go through your stash for leftover ribbons and trims to decorate the packages.

To make a Pretty, Paper Package Ornament:

1. Cut an 8” x 8” square from a patterned paper. Score 2-½” in from each edge, leaving a 3” square in the center. Fold along the score lines, and cut away the little square in each corner. Fold paper around the cube, covering the sides and bottom. Attach the paper with double-sided tape, and use pins along the top edge where they will be covered.

2. Cut a 4” x 4” square from a coordinating paper. Score ½” in from each edge, leaving a 3” square in the center. Fold along the score lines and cut away the little squares in each corner. Center on the top of the cube, and fold flaps down to cover each side. Tape and pin in place.

3. Tape or glue the beaded trim or ribbon around the cube, covering the seam where the two papers meet.

4. Make a paper bow for the top of the box:

  • Cut three, ½” x 9” pieces; two ½” x 7” pieces; and one ½” x 4” piece.
  • Make figure 8’s with the 9” and 7” pieces. Staple each figure 8 in the center.
  • Using glue dots, build your bow, starting with the 9” figure 8′s. Stagger each loop as you go.
  • Add the 7” figure 8′s next.
  • Make a circle from the 4” strip, and adhere it to the center of the bow.
  • Glue the bow to the top of the package.

5. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the loop to the top of the package, using a pearl head pin.

I want to make a bunch of these easy ornaments for my tree! Very sweet. CraftsnCoffee.com

Do you think you could substitute cinnamon sticks for the tree trunks?

To make a Christmas Tree Ornament:

1. Roll the cone along a sheet of patterned paper, tracing the top and bottom as you go. Cut out the paper to fit around the cone. Cut along the bottom edge with deco edge scissors.

2. Tape and pin the paper around the cone.

3. Trace around the bottom of the cone, cut out the circle, and glue in place.

4. Cut a 1” x 1-½” piece of corrugated cardboard. Roll up along the 1-1/2” edge, forming a tree trunk. Glue to the bottom of the tree.

5. Decorate the tree with pearl head pins.

6. Knot together the ends of a 6” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the loop to the top of the tree, using a pearl head pin.

I'm loving these ornaments! I can easily customize them for different people. CraftsnCoffee.com

Pretty Paper Christmas Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

I am so glad that Patty shared how she made her bow for the top of the Pretty Package Ornaments. For years, I’ve saved a bow handmade from old magazine pages and I’ve always wondered how it was made. Now I know, and I am going to try and make a few.

More Christmas crafts are on tap for next week. Please leave a comment below and tell me if there are any specific Christmas crafts you’d like to see featured – ornaments, topiaries, wreaths, or ??

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Hang up this sweet, Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland all season long

Isn’t this the sweetest garland? Patty Schaffer designed the Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland, and you know that she makes the prettiest paper crafts. (Her etsy shop always has something new, so take a peek when you have a minute.) Last year, Patty designed her Snowball & Mitten Garland using real mittens from a dollar bin, and I’m excited that she’s sharing the paper version this year. I know I’ll have to haul out the real mittens soon enough!

I have a few favorite scrapbook papers to use for this sweet & easy garland! The mittens would make fun ornaments, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper Mitten and Snowball Garland by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Six, 1-1/2” balls; scrap piece
  • Textured snow paint
  • Paper:
    • Scrapbook paper, double sided
    • White (for snowflakes)
  • Polyfil stuffing
  • Jute twine, 36”
  • Mini clothespins, 8
  • Distressing ink in brown
  • Buttons, assorted sizes
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; wooden skewers; sewing machine
These paper mittens are sweet as a garland or ornaments. I'm making a bunch of these for Christmas gifts. CraftsnCoffee.com

Instead of making a garland, you could attach a pair of mittens to a ribbon and hang them on your Christmas tree.

You could turn these paper mittens into a garland or Christmas ornaments. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty chose vintage papers for her garland. What style and colors would you use?

To make a Paper Mitten & Snowball Garland:

1. For each mitten, use the pattern to cut out a front and a back. You will need three pairs of mittens, or six total mittens. As you cut out the mittens, make sure each pair has one right-facing mitten and one left-facing mitten.

2. Sew the mitten fronts and backs together, leaving the wrist area open. Stuff the mittens with a small amount of Poly-fil stuffing. Stitch the wrist closed.

3. Ink the edges of each mitten with brown distressing ink.

4. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle. Cut off about ¼ of each ball.

5. Insert a wooden skewer into the cut side of each ball. Brush the textured snow paint onto the curved front of each ball, covering thoroughly. Insert the skewer into a scrap piece of foam while the paint dries.

Mini snowflakes on a Christmas garland. Go see the whole garland over at CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a few mini snowflakes, too.

6. Glue the flat side of each snowball into the palm of each mitten.

7. Glue assorted buttons onto the wrist of each mitten.

8. Cut out two small snowflakes, about 2” in diameter. (Tip: There are lots of paper snowflake tutorials available online.)

9. Clip the mittens and snowflakes onto the jute twine using the mini clothespins.

Here’s Patty’s original Mitten & Snowball Garland.

Use dollar store mittens to make this fun garland! I'd love to hang it up all winter long. CraftsnCoffee.com

This adorable Mitten & Snowball Garland is made by Patty Schaffer.

If you’d rather make ornaments, you can make Patty’s Mitten & Snowball Ornaments, and use either today’s paper mittens or the real thing.

I'm making these for gifts this year, they're so stinkin' cute and easy. (And those mittens are from the dollar store -- yes!) CraftsnCoffee.com. At this time last hear, this was the scene on my porch — yikes! This year, we saw a few snowflakes two weeks ago, but the weather has been nice ever since. I’ve heard we’re in for another Polar Vortex and I’ve heard that it will be a mild winter. Who knows! How has your fall weather been?

Yikes, it's too early for this! CraftsnCoffee.com

Winter 2013 came too soon!

P.S. Patty is sharing another paper Christmas craft tomorrow, and I know you won’t want to miss it.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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