DIY Needle Felted Song Birds, singing on a musical spool

Don’t you love a craft that’s packed with charming details? Like these little song birds, perched on wooden spools wrapped up in sheet music and tinsel. It’s this attention to detail that makes Rebekah Meier’s Needle-Felted Song Birds so delightful. Last year, Rebekah shared her Cheery, Felted Winter Birds, and this year, she’s re-imagined them as sweet, singing song birds, perched on musical spools.

Sweet and charming Needle Felted Song Birds. It's an easy, DIY needle felting project. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Needle-Felted Song Birds by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Needle-Felted Song Bird, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” egg and 1-1/2” ball (for one bird)
  • Wool roving in cream
  • Chenille sock or fleece, small scraps
  • Wool felt, small scraps of cream and yellow
  • Black head pins, two
  • Tinsel, 6” length
  • Baby sock
  • Wood spool
  • Decorative sheet music
  • Powdered blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Spray glitter
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*; pencil; toothpick; foam paintbrush

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

A favorite winter craft -- DIY a Needle Felted Song Bird on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah always adds the most charming details to her projects, like the little cap made from a baby sock.

To make a Needle-Felted Song Bird:

1. Build your bird body:

  • Hold the foam egg on an angle, and position the ball on the narrow end of the egg.
  • Rub the two foam pieces together, creating a snug fit.
  • Insert a toothpick between the two shapes, and glue them together.

2. Needle felt the body:

  • Place small, wispy pieces of roving onto the bird.
  • Felt the roving onto the bird with the felting needle, inserting the needle numerous times through the fiberfill and into the foam.
  • Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until your bird is covered in wool roving.
  1. Add wings: Cut two wings 3” long from the cream felt. Glue wings onto the sides of the bird.
  1. Add a scarf: Tie a scrap of fleece or felt around the bird’s neck.
The sweetest birds! Needle felt these over on CrafsnCoffee.com.

Faces can be hard to DIY but Rebekah makes them easy using pins, felt and a little blush.

  1. Make the hat: Cut a 2” length from the leg of the baby sock, and place on the bird’s head. Tie off the end of the hat with a scrap of felt. Cut fringe into the top of the hat.
  1. Cheeks & eyes: Insert two, black head pins for eyes. Lightly brush cheeks with powdered blush.
  1. Make the beak: Cut a small diamond from the yellow felt. Fold in half, and glue below the eyes.
  1. Prepare the spool:
  • Paint the spool cream, and let it dry.
  • Cut a strip of sheet music to fit around the spool, and glue in place.
  • Trim your tinsel so it’s about ¼” in diameter. Dry brush the tinsel with the cream paint, and let dry.
  • Wrap the tinsel around the top of the spool and glue in place. Trim off excess length of tinsel.
Spool detail for charming, Needle Felted Song Birds. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The tinsel looks like a little bird’s nest.

  1. Glue the bird to the top of the spool, nestled in a “nest” of tinsel.
  1. Optional: Spray with glitter.

Here are Rebekah’s Cheery, Felted Winter Birds.

DIY Needle Felted Winter Birds. So cute, and an easy, needle felting craft. CraftsnCoffee.com

Cheery, Felted Winter Birds by Rebekah Meier.

Last month, Rebekah shared her Sweet, Felted Snowman. There’s no reason to put these away with the Christmas decorations, is there?

Adorable! Sweet, Felted Snowman tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet, Felted Snowmen by Rebekah Meier.

I’m heading out to the 2016 CHA Show today, and looking forward to an overload of inspiration, and reconnecting with so many artists and designers, including Rebekah Meier. If you remember, last year Rebekah won the hot new product award in the Fabric & Needlecraft category for her Fabric Elements product line. I can’t wait to see what’s new with Rebekah this year!

Craft on!

Sharon

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Welcome to 2016, the best crafts of 2015, and thank you!

Happy, happy New Year! We have a beautiful, blue sky today and I couldn’t ask for a better start to the year. I’m not one for New Year resolutions, but I do like to take a look back at the past year here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I like to see what you enjoyed the most, which helps me plan for the coming year. I also want to say “thank you” to a few special fans and a super-star crafter. And what else? Wait till you see the changes we made around here over the last few weeks!

First up, the changes. You might remember that last summer, my daughter worked behind the scenes to build an index for the hundreds of Craft & Decor Tutorials here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Awesome, right? But that was just phase one.

Awesome DIY crafts & decor on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Phase one last summer — building an index for all of the Craft & Decor Tutorials.

Over winter break, she tackled phase two and added a photo for every.single.project. This makes it so easy to find your favorite projects, and to find new ideas, too. If you’re looking to DIY a snowman, or maybe a wreath, or a project for the Scout troop, you can now click over to the project pages and see at a glance what each project looks like. Hooray!

Tons of cute snowmen (and other awesome crafts) on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Click on the project categories, like Snowmen, and you’ll see a photo of every project.

Curious about the top projects from last year? Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this Valentine’s Day String Art Heart was one of the top crafts in 2015. I also shared a version made with sparkling, sequined string.

Amazing -- no wood or pounding used to make this string art! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Easy -- no pounding & smashed fingers! Pretty, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gold & Glittering String Art Heart

Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love deco mesh! The Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary is a big favorite, and a project you can easily change up for Valentine’s Day, too.

Make a Deco Mesh Topiary for Christmas OR Valentine's Day! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can easily turn the Christmas Deco Mesh Topiary (left) into a Valentine’s Day Topiary.

Kids’ crafts are always popular on Crafts ‘n Coffee, especially school projects like the Solar System. I have a few more school projects planned for this year, and I hope you’ll give them an A+, too.

Great for school projects -- three different ways to make a Solar System. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – everyone loves to make snowmen! These are the top five favorite snowman crafts on Crafts ‘n Coffee. In 2016, I’m scheming about how to include more snowmen in the line up . . .

All-time favorite snowman crafts! Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

One of the favorite snowman crafts, the Handful of Snowmen, inspired super-star crafter Debbie, and she’s made several dozen of these cuties for friends, family, and co-workers. You go, Debbie!  (I would say “let’s give Debbie a hand”, but my daughter would groan and tell me that I’d just made another corny joke.) If you’ve also been inspired by Crafts ‘n Coffee, tell me about it!

Debbie's Flake Families. She's a super-star crafter! CraftsnCoffee.com.

A few of the Glove Snowmen that Debbie calls her Flake Families.

Cute snowmen, made with the easy tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee.

And more Flake Families made by Debbie! Debbie estimates that she’s made dozens of these Glove Snowmen.

Adorable! Made with a glove and Styrofoam balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The original Handful of Snowmen by Kathleen George.

Thank you all for making 2015 a success, and I am looking forward to another year packed with creative ideas and tons of crafts. I appreciate each and every one of you! Thank you! I also want to thank my readers who take the time to stop in and leave comments. I cherish your feedback, and the glimpses you share into your creative lives. There are a few “power” commenters around here, and I have a little “thank you” gift for Barb Macaskill, LisaM6, Katiria and Angie Dyer; and of course, super-star Debbie, too.

I wish all of you and your families a wonderful 2016! Let’s get together often this year and share our creative adventures!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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DIY a four-step, five-ingredient, Rustic Muslin Ornament

The “recipe” for these Rustic, Muslin & Ribbon Ornaments calls for just five ingredients, which you’ll mix together in four simple steps. If you need a last-minute handmade Christmas gift or Christmas decoration, I recommend these little gems. Changing up these DIY ornaments is easy. Use burlap instead of muslin, or glam it up with a sparkly, special occasion fabric. If you’re going for the glam, replace the cotton ribbon with sequin trim. Or just use what you have on hand! Today is also the last Stocking Stuffer Giveaway.

Easy, DIY Ornaments, and simply beautiful, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rustic, Muslin & Ribbon Ornaments by Rebekah Meier.

Great, DIY ornament for quilters and sewists! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap up your ornament in a rustic, cotton ribbon, or something else entirely.

Stash buster ornament that's an easy DIY, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

These would be fun to make with a group. Have everyone bring leftover fabrics and ribbons to share and then mix & match as you DIY.

To make Rustic, Muslin & Ribbon Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Muslin fabric
  • Cotton ribbon, with printed images (Rebekah used tape measure and alphabet ribbon)
  • Ball head pins in white
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors

To make Rustic, Muslin & Ribbon Ornaments:

  1. Tear muslin into ¾” strips.
  2. Pin one end of a muslin strip to a ball. Wrap the strip around the ball till the ball is completely covered. Add a few pins or a dab of glue, if needed, to help hold the fabric strip in place.
  3. Pin and glue the ribbon to the ball and wrap the ribbon around the ball. You want the muslin to show through, so leave some of the muslin uncovered.
  4. Knot together the ends of a ribbon length to form a hanging loop. Pin and glue the loop to the top of the ball.

Optional: Add a bow and tie on a tag.

These are beautiful ornaments, and so easy to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com

Wrapped in measuring tape and alphabet ribbons, these would make excellent teachers’ gifts.

Today is the last Stocking Stuffer Giveaway, and the lucky winner is Kathryn Restoff. Please contact me, Kathryn, to arrange for your prize package.

This is the last post of the year, and I’m taking a break over the next few weeks for a little family time. We have a tree to decorate, presents to wrap, cookies to bake, and a few Christmas movies to watch.

But before I sign off, I want to share one of my favorite photos from 2015. A few months ago, two sweet & skinny kitties showed up at my door. Due to allergies in the family, I couldn’t adopt them, but oh, we wanted to! I am happy to say that we found a forever home for these little fur balls, and they were adopted together by a local riding stable. The stable was in desperate need of a few good mousers, and happily took in both. Here they are now, living the good life in the tack room at the barn. Don’t you love a happy ending?

Adorable stray kitties found their forever home. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A happy ending — these two, stray kitties found a warm & cozy forever home!

I hope you have a warm & cozy holiday, curled up with family and friends. I wish you a happy ending to your year, and I’ll see you in 2016.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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A beautiful ornament to DIY: Sparkling, Needle-Felted Acorns

It’s always a good day when Rebekah Meier shares her designs with us, and today Rebekah shares her Sparkling, Needle-Felted Acorns. (Did you see her Sweet, Felted Snowmen last week?) How many ways could you display these Sparkling, Needle-Felted Acorns? Tie them on a package, hang them from a chandelier, drape them on the Christmas tree, or simply give them as a gift.

DIY soft & sparkling Felted Acorn Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sparkling, Felted Acorn Ornaments by Rebekah Meier.

To make Sparkling, Needle-Felted Acorns, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: four, 2” eggs
  • Wool roving in cream
  • Jute twine
  • Acrylic craft paint in cream
  • Glitter in silver
  • Glitter spray (optional)
  • Satin ribbon, ¼” wide
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*; foam brush

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

(Several readers have asked where to buy felting needles. Rebekah uses felting tools from Clover USA. If you can’t find these tools in your local craft or needlework store, you can purchase them online from Clover or other sellers.)

DIY Sparkling, Needle Felted Acorn Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Drape these on a tree, hang them from a chandelier, tie them on a package, or . . . ??

To make Sparkling, Needle-Felted Acorns:

  1. Make the acorn cap:
  • Tie a 3/4” loop at the end of the jute twine. Cut off the short tail.
  • Pin the knot to the center of the wide end of the egg. Do not pin down the loop, as you’ll thread the hanging ribbon through it.
  • Wind the jute around the egg, gluing it in place as you go.
  • If needed, add a few pins to help hold the jute in place while the glue dries.
  • Wrap about 1/3 of the egg with jute.
  1. Make the felted nut:
  • Place a small, wispy piece of roving onto the uncovered portion of the egg.
  • Insert the needle through the roving and into the foam egg, repeating this motion until the roving is attached to the egg.
  • Continue felting small pieces of roving in place until the egg is covered.
  1. Dry brush the twine tops with paint. Let dry.
  1. Brush glue onto the acorn cap, and sprinkle with silver glitter.
  1. Thread a ribbon through the loop at the top of the acorn and tie. If you’d like, tie another acorn onto the other end.
  1. Optional: For more sparkle, lightly spray with glitter.

Looking for more ideas? You might want to check out this little round up of needle- felted ornaments I shared a while back.

Felting is easier than it looks, and this shortcut requires just you just wool roving, a felting needle, and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Now, it’s time for another Stocking Stuffer Giveaway! Last week and this week, I’m giving away a fun little assortment of crafty goodies with each new post. Readers who comment on the prior post are automatically entered in the next Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. Today’s Stocking Stuffer Giveaway winner is Jennifer Guadagno.  Please contact me, Jennifer, so I can arrange for your prize package!

There is one more Stocking Stuffer Giveaway, and I’ll announce the last winner on Friday. To enter, be sure to leave a comment about today’s post. Tell me if your tree is up and decorated yet.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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What colors would you use to make Felt Pine Cone Ornaments?

Like I said earlier this week, it’s time for easy, DIY Christmas decorations. And nothing is easier than crafting with felt for Christmas – just cut, glue and go. No fraying or messy threads, and the texture is soft and cozy, too. The hardest part — choosing your favorite colors for these Felt Pine Cone Ornaments. To help you decide, I’m sharing two different color schemes for making these felt ornaments.

Easy DIY -- Felt Pine Cone Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Felt Pine Cone Ornaments by Kathleen George.

To make a Felt Pine Cone Ornament, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg
  • Felt in moss green and cream (or other colors of your choice)
  • Ribbon, 3/8” wide
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; craft pins
Love these easy, DIY ornaments -- they're a classic. Felt Pine Cone Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What colors would you use for your Felt Pine Cone Ornaments?

To make a Felt Pine Cone Ornament:

1. Using the pattern, cut out four – five strips from each color of felt. Cut along the dotted lines to create individual pieces. Each felt strip will make 10 individual pieces.

2. At the narrow end of the egg, glue four scales in a cross shape, with the rounded edges touching and the straight edges forming right angles. Alternate the colors – cream, green, cream, green. If needed, add a few craft pins to hold in place till glue dries.

3. Glue on a second ring of four felt pieces or scales, making another cross and overlapping the empty spaces left by the first cross.

4. Continue gluing on rings of scales, working in rows around the egg, overlapping the prior row as you go and covering bare spots. Alternate the colors as much as possible.

5. Knot together the ends of a 9” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the egg. Optional: Tie a small bow and pin and glue to the top of the ornaments.

For a little sparkle, I suggest brushing glue on the end of each felt piece and sprinkling on glitter. Wouldn’t that be pretty?

Beautiful, DIY ornament made with felt and Styrofoam eggs. CraftsnCoffee.com.

How about adding a little glitter?

Here’s a variation that Kathleen made a few years ago to decorate her Felt Pine Cone & Poinsettia Wreath. As you can see, she made these Felt Pine Cone Ornaments in shades of red, and her instructions were slightly different. Instead of cutting out strips of felt first, she chose to cut out individual pieces. You can choose whichever method you like best.

A pretty Christmas wreath made with felt. The Felt Pinecones would be pretty as ornaments, too.

A Christmas classic. CraftsnCoffee.com has a tutorial for making Felt Pinecones.

The Felt Pine Cones are pretty all on their own, and you could hang them on your tree.

Now, a quick break from all-things Christmas for a little off-season reminder. If you’ve not yet saved a few pumpkin stems for next year’s projects, do it now! If you wait much longer, you won’t be able to find them again till next fall. I found quite a few pumpkin stems at my local pumpkin patch last week. Call your local garden center or pumpkin patch to see what they have on hand.

Are you ready for the next Stocking Stuffer Giveaway? Today’s winner, selected by random.org from the comments left on Tuesday’s post, is  Barb Macaskill. Please contact me, Barb, to arrange for your stocking stuffer goodies!

I have two more Stocking Stuffer Giveaways to go. Leave a comment below and you might be the next winner. Just like a stocking, each prize package has a few fun surprises. I’ll draw next Tuesday’s winner from the comments left on today’s post. Good luck!

What are your weekend plans? Are you crafting? Baking cookies? Singing carols? We’re going to the annual Holmes County Cookie Tour again – yummy!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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A too-cute, Skiing Penguin Christmas Ornament

Christmas is closing in, and it’s time for easy Christmas crafts. Whether you’re looking for DIY Christmas decorations or handmade gift ideas, Christmas ornaments are a favorite Christmas craft. I’m starting with these cute-as-can-be Skiing Penguin Ornaments. Adorable, right? A few basic supplies and six easy steps and you can make your own Skiing Penguin Ornaments. (Skis made from craft sticks & toothpicks? Genius!) I’m announcing the first winner in the Stocking Stuffer Giveaway today, too.

Cute penguin ornaments! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Skiing Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

To make a Skiing Penguin Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg
  • Fabric, 6″ x 3″ knit (hat)
  • Felt: 3″ x 3″ black; orange, pink and green scraps
  • Acrylic craft paint in black & red
  • Wiggle eyes, 1/4″, two
  • Toothpicks, two
  • Sequins, 1/2″, two
  • Craft sticks, two (skis)
  • Ribbon, 1/8″ x 8″
  • Quilt pins, three with red tops
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; still bristle paintbrush; needle & thread

To make a Skiing Penguin Ornament:

1. Prep the 3” foam egg:

  • Press the wide end of the egg on a tabletop to flatten it.
  • Draw an oval on the front of the egg to mark the belly.
  • Paint the egg black, except for the oval belly. Let paint dry.

2. Whittle one end of each craft stick to form tips for skis. Paint the skis and two toothpicks red. Let dry.

3. Cut from felt:

  • Two wings from black felt, using the penguin wing pattern.
  • Elongated diamond from orange felt for the beak.
  • Two pink circles for the cheeks.
  • Two small, green holly leaves.
Such a cute, DIY ornament. Make him on CraftsnCoffee.com.

His skis are craft sticks, and the ski poles are toothpicks and sequins.

4. Fold the knit fabric in half, right sides together. Stitch a 1/4″ seam along the top and the side; turn right side out. Turn up the bottom edge twice, forming a cuff. Baste the cuff at the back seam to hold it in place.

5. Assemble the penguin:

  • Glue the penguin onto the skis.
  • Glue the hat on the penguin’s head.
  • Glue on the eyes, beak, cheeks and wings.
  • Push sequins onto ends of the toothpicks. Glue toothpicks to tips of wings.
  1. Tie together the ends of the ribbon to form a hanging loop. Add a dab of glue to a quilt pin, and pin the ribbon hanger through the front of the hat and into the penguin. (Adding the hanger to the front of the hat will help the penguin hang straight.) Pin the holly leaves to the hat with the red quilt pins.

You might also want to take a peek at these Penguin Ornaments made from a glove. (One of these little penguins is also posing in the header at the top of the page.)

Adorbs! Made with socks and gloves. Tutorial on Crafts 'n things is available only till Tuesday.

Glove Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Or, how about this Penguin Ornament made from a sock.

This Penguin Ornament is too cute, and made from socks. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Sock Ornament by Kathleen George.

Which one of these dapper penguins is your favorite?

Today’s Stocking Stuffer Giveaway winner is Katiria. Please contact me, Katiria, to arrange for your Stocking Stuffer goodies.

You’ll have three more chances to win in the Stocking Stuffer Giveaway. Just leave a comment today for your chance to win. I’ll announce the next Stocking Stuffer Giveaway winner on Friday. What’s in the prize package? A collection of crafty goodies. It’s my way of having a little fun and spreading some seasonal cheer.

Happy Christmas crafting!

Sharon

 

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A must-have snowman craft: Sweet, Felted Snowmen

No one can resist these Sweet, Felted Snowmen! I’ve found that DIY snowman crafts are popular on Crafts ‘n Coffee, like this roundup of five favorite snowman crafts. Why do we love snowmen so much? Is it the sweet faces? The charming details and accessories? Or maybe it’s that they can be displayed all winter long? Add a Sweet, Felted Snowman to your snowman collection, and I’m sure you will display him long after the Christmas decorations are put away.

Adorable! Sweet, Felted Snowman tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet, Felted Snowmen by Rebekah Meier.

Did you notice that the red snowman is also in the Christmas header at the top of the page? Many thanks to designer Rebekah Meier for sharing this design with us.

Super cute! Easy needle felting craft on CraftsnCoffee.com.

We added the red snowman to the Christmas photo for the blog header.

To make a Sweet, Felted Snowman, you’ll need (for one snowman):

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-1/2” and 2” balls
  • Wool roving, cream color
  • Cupcake liner
  • Scraps from chenille socks or fleece
  • Pompom, one small in white
  • Head pins, five small in black
  • Snowflake buttons, two
  • Cloth-covered floral stem wire
  • Silver candle cup
  • Tinsel
  • Chenille stem in white
  • Toothpick
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Acrylic craft paint in orange
  • Glitter spray
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*

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

Adorable! DIY Felted Snowman tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Why are snowmen so irresistible?

To make a Sweet, Felted Snowman:

1. Insert the toothpick between the two foam balls, and glue the balls together to create the snowman’s body.

2. Place a small amount of wool roving on the snowman and “lock” the roving into place by inserting the needle through the roving and into the foam several times over. This locks the fibers in place, and they’ll hold tight to the foam balls without glue. Add more roving as needed, working on a small area each time, until the snowman is solidly and smoothly covered. CAUTION: Needle felting needles are extremely sharp — make sure you don’t poke your fingers!

3. Cut an 8” length of tinsel and trim away the tinsel so it’s about ¾” in diameter. Glue tinsel around the inside edge of the candle cup. Let glue dry.

4. Glue the felted snowman into the candle cup.

5. Trim and twist the chenille stem to form a carrot nose, and paint the stem orange. Let dry. Using scissors, trim the stem to make it more carrot shaped. Insert the nose into the snowman’s face.

I can't resist these sweet faces! DIY Felted Snowmen on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Look at these cute faces! And hats made from cupcake liners!

6. Insert black head pins to create the snowman’s eyes and mouth.

7. Fold a cupcake liner in half, and roll it into a cone shape. Secure with glue. Glue cone to the top of the snowman’s head. Glue a narrow strip of chenille or fleece around the base of the hat.  Glue a pompom to the tip of the hat.

8. Tie a strip of chenille or fleece around the snowman’s neck for a scarf.

9. Use your finger to lightly brush blush on the snowman’s cheeks.

10. Cut the floral stem wire in half, and twist and shape each half to form the snowman’s arms. Insert the arms into the sides of the snowman.

11. Glue snowflake buttons to the center of snowman’s body.

12. Spray the snowman with glitter.

A Christmas craft you can display all winter long! Adorable felted snowmen tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You could add hangers and make these Christmas ornaments.

Rebekah Meier also shared her Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman with Crafts ‘n Coffee.

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

Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

Here’s one more felted snowman craft from Rebekah that you can display all winter long – her trio of Vintage, Felted Snowmen.

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

So tell me, please, what do you love most about snowman crafts?

I also want to tell you about a little giveaway I’ve planned for the next two weeks — the Stocking Stuffer Giveaway! Each day I post, starting next Tuesday, December 8, I’ll pull a name from the comments left after the previous post. The winner will receive a little collection of crafty goodies. Like every good Christmas stocking, each Stocking Stuffer Giveaway will be full of surprises!

Happy snowman crafting.

Sharon

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DIY Christmas Decorations: Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries

December 1, already? How has Thanksgiving – and all those leftovers, already come and gone? Is your Christmas tree up? Are you ready for a few more, DIY Christmas decorations? I have a mantel decorating idea for you today that’s so festive and an easy DIY – Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries. These whimsical, super-sized ornaments might look over-the-top, but these Christmas topiaries can be made in a crafternoon. A pair of Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries will dress up your Christmas mantel, tabletop, bookshelf, or other little nook that needs some holiday cheer.

Bright & whimsical DIY Christmas Decorations on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Two, 1” x 6” discs
    • One, 1” x 4” disc
    • Two, 4” balls
  • Clay pots, two, 4” dia.
  • Glitter paper in red and white
  • Wood dowels, 3/8” x 24”
  • Paint:
    • Paint for clay pots (Patty used spray paint)
    • Silver for wood dowels
  • Wire, 10” (a clothes hanger would work)
  • Corrugated cardboard (Patty used a lightbulb box)
  • Decorative paper shred
  • Double-sided tape
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; knippers; scallop edge scissors; pins; 1-¼” circle punch; pencil; painter’s tape
Cute! So bright and whimsical. DIY Christmas Ornament Topiaries on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries by Patty Schaffer.

To make Sparkling, Christmas Ornament Topiaries

1. Paint your pots. Patty masked off the rim of her pots to create contrasting rims

2. Cut the wood dowel in half with knippers, so you have two, 12” lengths. Paint the dowels silver.

3. Insert a wooden dowel into the outside edge of each 6” disc, and then remove the dowel.

4. Place one 6” disc on the reverse side of the red glitter paper. Trace around the disc. Cut out the circle, adding 3/8” all around, ie your cut-out circle should measure 6-3/4” in diameter. Repeat three more times, so you have six, 6-3/4” circles.

5. Cut tabs around each circle, cutting to the original tracing line.

6. Center the paper circles on the discs, fold down the tabs, and pin the tabs in place. Cover the front and back of each, 6” disc. Keep the hole for the dowel uncovered.

7. Starting and ending at the hole you made in Step 2, wrap a 5/8” wide strip of red glitter paper around the outside edge of each disc, covering the tabs. Secure the paper strip with double-sided tape. Do not cover the hole.

8. Cover the 4” disc in the white glitter paper, following Steps 4 – 7.

9. Punch circles from the white glitter paper, and decorate the front and back of one 6” disc with polka dots. Position several dots along the edge, and cut along the curve, so the dots “bleed” off the edge of the disc.

10. Cut several strips of red glitter paper using the scallop edge scissors, and add the stripes to the front and back of the 4” disc.

Cute! DIY super-sized ornaments from discs of Styrofoam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add stripes to the 4″ ornament with strips of red, glitter paper. You’ll add the white ornament a little off center on top of the 6″ ornament.

11. Squeeze low-temp glue into the holes in the 6” discs and insert wood dowels. Before the glue dries, check to be sure the dowels are straight.

12. Insert a 4” ball into each clay pot. Trim as needed so that the balls fit snugly inside the pots. Glue balls in place.

13. Insert each dowel into a pot, and make sure the dowels and ornaments stand straight. Remove the dowels, add glue, and reinsert the dowels. Adjust if needed, before the glue dries.

14. Position the 4” ornament slightly off center on top of the solid red, 6” ornament. Glue in place.

How to make jumbo ornament hangers on CraftsnCoffee.com

Ornament hanger

15. Ornament hangers:

  • Cut three, 5/8” wide strips of corrugated cardboard.
  • Tightly roll up each strip with the corrugated side facing out, and secure with glue.
  • Paint silver.
  • Cut three, 1-½” lengths of wire, and bend each into a U.
  • Insert a wire U into the top of each rolled strip.
  • Glue a hanger to the top of each ornament.

16. Cover the top of each pot with decorative paper shred.

Sneak peek of Friday's post on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sneak peek!

How was your Thanksgiving? We had so much fun at our Thanksgiving Craftermath. Even family members who don’t typically craft (you know who you are!), got into the spirit of a little making. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too.

In the meantime, this little cutie and I will see you on Friday, and I’ll tell you more about the Stocking Stuffer giveaway then, too.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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A sweet, Glittered Gumdrop & Sugarplum Christmas Wreath

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day, and that you’re still snacking on leftovers. Mmmm . . .  Patty Schaffer is back today with another sweet Christmas craft – she made more Glittered Gumdrops, this time in a smaller size, and then added them to her Glittered Gumdrop and Sugarplum Wreath. This wreath looks like a Christmas Candy Land! The square shape is unexpected – I’ve featured several square wreaths this year, and I like this unexpected look.

DIY a Glittered Gumdrop & Sugarplum Wreath for Christmas! CraftsnCoffee.com

If you like the idea of making a square wreath, the Beautiful, Fall Burlap Wreath and Velvet Mushroom Wreath offer a little more inspiration.

To make a Glittered Gumdrop & Sugarplum Christmas Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Seven, 2” x 2-1/2” eggs
    • 12” x 12” x 1” block
  • Acrylic craft paint in red, yellow, orange, green and purple
  • Crystal glitter, coarse
  • Tinsel garland, 40 ft. (Patty used four, 10-ft. lengths)
  • Assorted artificial candies & gingerbread men
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 8”
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pin

To make a Glittered Gumdrop & Sugarplum Christmas Wreath:

  1. To make the gumdrops, follow Steps 1 – 4 in the instructions for the Glittered Gumdrops. You don’t need to add a hanger, so you can skip Step 5.
Easy DIY -- how to make Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty shared her Glittering Gumdrop Ornaments earlier this week. You’ll make the Gumdrops for the wreath the same way, only you’ll use a smaller egg and skip the hanger.

  1. Using a ruler and a sharp pencil, draw an 8” square in the middle of the 1” foam block. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the center. You should have a square with 2″ wide sides.
  1. Glue the end of a tinsel garland to the back of the wreath, and wrap it around the wreath. Glue the other end to the back of the wreath. Continue wrapping the wreath in garlands till it’s covered.
Sweet details from a Glittered Gumdrop & Sugarplum Wreath. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Arrange your Glittered Gumdrops and other faux candies. Once you like their placement, you can pick and glue them to the wreath.

  1. Arrange the faux candies, gingerbread men, and glittered gumdrops on the wreath. When you like your arrangement, pick and/or glue them in place.
  1. Knot together the ends of the ribbon. Pin and glue the ribbon to the back of the wreath for a hanger.
Sparkly, Glittered Gumdrop & Sugarplum Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

It looks like Christmas, doesn’t it?

What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? Are you still enjoying leftovers?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

P.S. If you’re looking for sweet little gift ideas and stocking stuffers, check out Patty’s etsy shop, p.s. it’s in the details. Her paper crafts are so dang cute!

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How to make Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments (and the winners!)

Who else pulls out the Christmas craft supplies when the family gathers for Thanksgiving? I’m in charge of our “Thanksgiving Craftermath” and it’s a lot of fun. If you’d like to plan a little Thanksgiving craft hour with your family, these DIY, Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments are just the thing. Making these Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments is easy, and they can be personalized in favorite colors. Plus, they sparkle! I’m announcing the winners from the Festival of Trees giveaway, too.

Cute - jumbo Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments. Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

Easy DIY -- how to make Glittered Gumdrop Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These sparkling ornaments are easy enough for all ages. Plus, you can paint your gumdrop in your favorite color.

To make a Glittered Gumdrop Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” x 6” egg; block or scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paint in your choice of color
  • Crystal glitter, coarse
  • Ribbon, 1/8” x 8”, coordinating color
  • Pearl head pins, two, coordinating color
  • Button, coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife or serrated knife*; bar of soap or old candle; wood skewer; stiff bristle paint brush; box or old newspapers

*Note: Only adults should use the serrated knife; children should always cut the foam using a plastic knife and under adult supervision.  

To make a Glittered Gumdrop Ornament:

  1. Cut the narrow end from the foam egg. If you’re using a serrated knife, wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle first. Hint: If you’re crafting with children, consider cutting the eggs ahead of time. Or, be sure that kids use a plastic knife.
  2. Insert the wood skewer into the curved top of wide end of the egg; you’ll use the skewer as your handle.
  3. Paint gum drop in the color of your choice, and let dry. Insert the wood skewer into a foam block or other scrap to hold the gumdrop upright while the paint dries.
  4. Brush Mod Podge on the gumdrop and sprinkle thoroughly with coarse glitter. Work over a box or old newspapers for easier clean up.
  5. Remove the skewer, and place a dab of glue on top of the gumdrop. Knot together the ends of the ribbon, forming a hanger. Center the hanger over the glue. Insert the pearl head pins through the button holes, and pin the button over the ribbon ends. Let glue dry before hanging.

Thank you to all who followed along during the Festival of Trees. The winner of the $50 gift card and a box of craft magazines and books is D. Keels. Winners of the magazine Christmas Ideas are Angie, Angie F., Anne Haun, Jessica W. and Barb Macaskill. Congratulations, and please contact me to arrange for the shipping.

I’m planning a little more giveaway fun this holiday season, so stay tuned!

I’m thankful for all of you who follow along at Crafts ‘n Coffee. It’s fun to share ideas for crafting and decorating with all of the friends and family who gather here. I wish you all a warm and cozy Thanksgiving with those you love.

Is anyone else planning a Thanksgiving “Craftermath”?

Happy Thanksgiving, and happy crafting.

Sharon

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