Tinsel Tuesdays: A Mixed Media Snowman Collage

After last winter, I am so done with snow, at least for a while. But, I adore this Mixed Media Snowman Collage by uber talented collage artist Rebekah Meier. Rebekah created a scene within a scene, crafting a tree shaped frame first, and then snuggling a sweet little snowman inside the collaged frame. And then it’s sprinkled with snowflakes and wrapped in ribbons and twine. I can’t image a better way to spend a hot summer day than building this Mixed Media Snowman Collage!

Rebekah Meier creates the most beautiful snowmen. This mixed media collage is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Snowman Collage by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Mixed Media Snowman Collage, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
    • Balls, one each 1”, 2” and 2-1/2”
  • Decorative sheet music, 8-1/2” x 11”, three
  • Mat board, 8-1/2” x 11”
  • Ribbons, ¼” wide, in measuring tape and alphabet patterns
  • Assorted hemp in various thicknesses
  • Silver snowflake ornament
  • Snowflake buttons, six
  • Ball head pins in white
  • Coated stem wire
  • Tinsel chenille stem
  • Felt: Scraps of black and cream
  • Wool roving, tiny amount
  • Acrylic craft paint in cream and orange
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Spray glitter
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife or Xacto knife; foam paintbrush; toothpicks

To make a Mixed Media Snowman Collage:

  1. Refer to the snowman collage diagram, and using the ruler and a sharp pencil, draw the tree shape onto the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Cut out the tree shape with a serrated knife or craft knife. (Note: The diagram is not to size.)
  1. Cover the tree with sheet music: Cut two pieces of sheet music into pieces, and overlap the pieces as you cover the tree, creating a collage. Save the third piece of sheet music for Step 6.
  1. Decorate the tree:
  • Lightly dab the cream paint along the edges of the tree.
  • Wrap the twine and ribbon around the tree, referring to the photo for placement.
  • Glue on the snowflake buttons.
Beautiful mixed media details on a Snowman Collage by Rebekah Meier. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here are a few details Rebekah added to her collage. You can change it up, of course.

  1. Trace the tree onto the back of a sheet of sheet music and the mat board. Cut out and glue the sheet music to the back of the tree first, with the pattern face up. Cut out the mat board and glue it to the back of the tree. If needed, trim away any excess paper or mat board.
  1. Place the foam balls on a flat surface, and flatten them with the palm of your hand. The balls should still be slightly round in front.
  1. Assemble your snowman:
  • Attach the balls together using glue and toothpicks.
  • Paint the snowman cream and let dry.
  • Eyes & Mouth: Dip the pencil point in black paint and dab on eyes and mouth.
  • Nose: Paint ½” of a toothpick orange and let dry. Trim off the unpainted end and insert the “carrot” into the face.
  • Buttons: Insert ball head pins.
  • Arms: Twist floral stem into arms, and insert into snowman.
  • Hat: Cut hat from black felt and glue to head.
  • Scarf: Cut scarf from cream felt and tie around the snowman’s neck.
Adorable snowman and wonderful collage project over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

He’s a cutie!

  1. Using toothpicks and glue, pick and glue the snowman in the tree. Pin small pieces of wool roving around the snowman. Shape tinsel stem into a wreath and slip on an arm.
  1. Glue silver snowflake to the base of the tree.
  1. Optional: Spray tree with glitter.
Beautiful mixed media snowman collage.  It's not hard -- tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You could add a hanger to the back and use it instead of a wreath on your front door.

I know that many of you are big fans of Rebekah, too, so I thought I’d revisit a few other snowmen that Rebekah has made for Crafts ‘n Coffee. Here’s Rebekah’s Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman.

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

Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

Take a peek at Rebekah’s  Sparkling Snowman Vignette and you’ll instantly feel a few degrees cooler.  

Beautiful, DIY Paper Trees and Sparkling Snowman. You can leave up this scene all winter long. CraftsnCoffee.com

For a different technique, try making Rebekah’s Pastel Paper Clay Snowman.

So sweet! Designed by Rebekah Meier and the tutorial is on CraftsnCoffee.comAre you feeling cooler now? Do you have a favorite snowman of Rebekah’s? (By the way, Rebekah just launched a beautiful new web site for her collage work — stop in and be inspired!)

Merry Christmas crafting.

Sharon

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DIY a summer-easy Patriotic Lollipop Tree

I’ve shared how to make a Lollipop Tree before – I like making Lollipop Bouquets and dressing them up for different holidays. Lollipop Trees are a fun and easy craft, and they serve double duty as a dessert and centerpiece, and are great hostess gifts, too. Summer is all about entertaining, family reunions, graduation parties, and other get-togethers, and a Lollipop Tree is my go-to-idea for all of these events. Here’s how I made a Patriotic Lollipop Tree (and you can vote on whether the pinwheels stay or go).

Easy, Patriotic Lollipop Tree Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

 

I made the Patriotic Lollipop Tree with and without the pinwheels. I had several ideas for decorating the centerpiece, and finally decided on the pinwheels. I wasn’t really sure about them, and thought they looked like Cindy Lou Who’s hair. But once the breeze picked up and the pinwheels started turning, I decided they were perfect. (Not everyone here agrees with me, however . . .)

Perfect for summer picnics! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Great idea for summer, and it's a dessert and a centerpiece. Easy. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I liked the pinwheels better once they started to turn in the breeze.

To make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” ball
  • Tin pail, terra cotta pot, or other container large enough to hold the ball (it should measure approximately 4-1/2” wide at the top)
  • Tootsie Roll Pops® in red, white and blue, about 75 – 80 total (I’m sure you can find these locally, but I  purchased mine online at Oriental Trading. You’ll need five – six bags.)
  • Glittered cardstock in red and blue
  • Glue dots
  • Optional: Small pinwheels, patriotic paper straws
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; optional: star paper punches

To make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree

1. Rest the ball in your container, and using the sharp pencil, score a line all around the ball where it meets the top of the container.

2. Insert the first row of red Tootsie Pops following the scored line around the ball.

3. Add a row of white Tootsie Pops, followed by another row of red Tootsie Pops.

How to DIY a Patriotic Lollipop Tree. Great for summer parties! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add the red and white stripes, and then fill in the top with blue and white Tootsie Roll Pops.

4. Fill in the top with blue and white Tootsie Pops. As you add more Tootsie Pops, it will be harder to insert the stems without running into another stem. You may need to try a few different angles to successfully insert the last few Tootie Pops.

5. Cut out stars from glittered cardstock with scissors or paper punches. Adhere stars to the pail with glue dots.

6. Optional: Insert a pinwheel into the Lollipop Tree to check the height. If needed, trim the end of the handle. Cut a paper straw the length of the handle, minus an inch or two. Slip the straw onto the pinwheel handle, and insert the handle into the topiary.

Here are a few of the other Lollipop Bouquets I’ve made.

Fun tutorials for all of these Lollipop Trees on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Halloween Lollipop Tree 

Valentine’s Day Lollipop Cupcake

Red Roses Lollipop Bouquet

For a few more easy patriotic crafts, check out the round up I posted a few weeks ago.

So, what do you think of the pinwheels? Should they stay or should they go? How would you decorate your Patriotic Lollipop Tree?

Summer fun! How to make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

How would you decorate a Patriotic Lollipop Tree?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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Tinsel Tuesdays: A new twist on an old favorite — folded paper pinecone ornaments

Christmas crafting doesn’t stop in the summer, right? A lot of you have told me that you craft year-round for Christmas, so welcome to Tinsel Tuesdays, when I share a new Christmas craft every summer Tuesday. Today I have a new twist on a favorite, homemade Christmas ornament – Folded Paper Pinecone Ornaments. (You might also know this style as folded paper pineapple ornaments.) Designer Kathleen George turned her folded paper pinecone ornaments into mini Christmas trees. It’s the same technique in a new shape.

Folded Paper Pinecone Ornaments turned into sweet little trees! CraftsnCoffee.com.

There’s a lot of folding in these Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments, which makes this a great project for a night of TV watching. The folding goes fast, and this diagram makes it easy, too. Imagine all of the different looks you can create depending on the papers you choose. I think these would look snappy in red and white, and I’d love to see them in metallic gold, too.

Here's how to make those popular  folded paper pinecone ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen used a blue, aqua and olive green color pallet. What colors would you use?

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

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” x 3” cone
  • Scrapbook paper, 12″ x 12″ sheets, two
  • Cardstock, small scrap in yellow (treetop stars)
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Microfine glitter in gold
  • Satin ribbon, 3/8″ x 1/3 yd.
  • Wooden dowel, 3” x 5/8″
  • Toothpick
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; medium flat paintbrush; craft pins; optional: rotary cutter and mat or paper trimmer; star paper punch
A Christmas favorite -- folded paper pinecone ornaments turned into mini Christmas trees! CraftsnCoffee.com.

These would make beautiful gifts. Make them now, and maybe your holiday season will be a little less crazy.

To make a Paper Pinecone Tree Ornament:

  1. Cut or punch out two small stars from yellow cardstock. Glue the stars together with a toothpick sandwiched between them. Brush a thin layer of craft glue on each star and sprinkle with glitter. Let glue dry.
  2. Trace around the bottom of the cone on the scrapbook paper, cut out the circle, and glue to the bottom of the cone. Using scissors, make a small hole in center bottom of cone.
  3. Paint the 3” length of dowel brown and let dry. Insert and glue the trunk 1” into the bottom of the cone.

    Detailed instructions for making Folded Paper Pinecone Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

    You’ll fold each paper strip into a point.

  4. Cut out 124, ½” x 3” strips of scrapbook paper. Place a paper strip on your work surface with the patterned side facing down. Fold your strip in half so that it’s 1-1/2” wide. Unfold, and then follow the diagram to fold the strip into a “pineapple” or “pinecone” point. Repeat with all of the paper strips.
  1. Rows 1 & 2:
  • Pin a row of 10 pineapple points around the bottom of the cone. The tips should extend just beyond the bottom of the cone.
  • Pin on a second row of 10 points, overlapping the first row and offsetting the points.
  1. Rows 3 – 8:
  • You’ll pin on the points a little closer together as you work your way up the cone.
  1. Rows 9 & 10:
  • Pin a row of nine points around cone for rows 9 and 10, easing points closer together to fit.
  1. For rows 11 – 14, pin on the following paper pieces:
  • Row 11: Eight points
  • Row 12: Six points
  • Rows 13 & 14: Five or six, depending on space.
  1. At the very top of the cone, trim off any uneven paper edges. Cut small circle from the paper and glue to top of cone.
  2. Cut out a ¼” wide strip of paper, and glue it around the top edge, covering the ends of the paper points. If needed, make tiny slits in the edge of the strip so it will lie flat.
  3. Hanger: Knot together the ends of your ribbon. With the tips of your scissors, make a tiny hole in the top of the cone, and glue the knot in the hole. Glue and insert the toothpick star into the top of the cone, positioned in front of the hanger. Let glue dry.
Very pretty Christmas oranements. The DIY is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Making these ornaments in a cone shape is a new twist. Have you ever made the traditional Folded Paper Pinecone Spheres?

If you have questions about making the folded paper strips, or you’d like to make a traditional Paper Pinecone Ornament, watch our video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes. Candie Cooper McCoart will show you exactly how to fold the paper pieces and make your ornament. And maybe you’ll be inspired by the other ornaments Candie shares, too.

Tutorial for the top five handmade ornaments

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

Are there certain Christmas crafts you’d like to see this summer? I’d love to hear your suggestions for Tinsel Tuesdays. Thank you!

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Merry Christmas crafting.

Sharon

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Kid’s Craft Idea: How to make a Stegosaurus Dinosaur

If you have a dinosaur fan in your house, I bet he or she would love to make their own dinosaur, just like in the movie Jurassic World. Today, I have a tutorial to make your own Stegosaurus, no genetic engineering or DNA manipulation required. You won’t need a laboratory, either, just basic supplies like balls and eggs of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, glue and paint. If your Stegosaurus gets lonely, introduce him to the Tyrannosaurus Rex I shared yesterday.

Really cute, DIY Stegosaurus. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kids will have a blast making this Stegosaurus, but they’ll need adult assistance, too.

Kid's Craft Idea: How to DIY a dinosaur! Really cute idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Stegosaurus Dinosaur, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Body: One, 6″ ball
    • Legs/Feet: Two, 3″ eggs; two, 2″ eggs; six 1-1/2″ balls; two, 1” balls; and two, 2” balls
    • Neck/Head: One 2″ egg; two, 1-1/2″ balls; one, 1” ball
    • Tail/Fins: Four, 1-1/2″ balls; four, 1″ balls; four, 1/2″ balls; and six 3” eggs
  • Wiggle eyes, two 1/2”
  • Spray paint or acrylic craft paint: Bright green, dark green and yellow
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun*
  • Tools needed: Scissors; spoon; serrated knife* or plastic knife; toothpicks; optional (if using spray paint): painter’s tape

*Note: Adults should handle the low-temp glue gun and serrated knife. If children are gluing and cutting, have them use a thick, white craft glue and plastic knife. Carefully supervise children as they cut with a plastic knife.

Really cute, DIY Stegosaurus. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Adding picks between the pieces as you glue this big guy together will help to strengthen the bond.

To make a Stegosaurus Dinosaur:

1. Back Legs:

  • With narrow ends facing down, position the 3″ eggs on either side of 6” ball – don’t glue on yet.
  • Using the serrated knife and spoon, carve out the 3” eggs so they fit snugly against the body.
  • Squeeze glue onto the ends of two toothpicks, and insert the toothpicks into the cut side of the 3” eggs.
  • Pick and glue the 3” eggs, narrow end pointing down, to the body.
  • Pick and glue a 1-1/2″ ball to the end of each egg.

2. Front Legs:

  • Pick and glue 2″ eggs to body, following instruction above.
  • Pick and glue a 1-1/2″ and 1″ ball to each egg.
  • Feet: Cut two, 2″ eggs in half lengthwise; pick and glue to legs.

3. Head & Neck:

  • Working on the narrow end, whittle the top of a 2″ egg to shape a muzzle.
  • Pick and glue together two 1-1/2″ balls and the 2″ egg.
  • Glue neck to body.
  • Cut 1” ball in half. Glue half balls to the back of the head, cut side facing forward.

4. Tail:

  • Pick and glue the balls together, largest to smallest, forming a curve.
  • Attach the tail to body.

5. Painting:

  • If you’re spray painting, carefully read the label on the can to be sure it’s safe for foam. If your spray paint contains solvents, it will melt the foam. Paint the body bright green, with yellow highlights on the under body.
  • For acrylic paint, brush on paint with a stiff paintbrush.

6. Fins:

  • Roll narrow end of each egg along a tabletop to shape a slight point.
  • Carefully cut each egg into six slices (this will be done most easily by an adult using a serrated knife).
  • Paint fins bright green.
  • Add dark green highlights to the top half of each fin.
  • Pick and glue fins along the back of the Stegosaurus, with the smaller fins on the tail.

7. Glue on wiggle eyes.

Kid's Craft Idea: How to DIY a dinosaur! Really cute idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you see Jurassic World, share your movie review. I’d love to know how you liked the movie.

Today wraps up Kid’s Craft Week — thank you for following along. In case you missed any of the crafts, this week’s tutorials included:

Circus Seal

Decoden Pencil Cube

Minecraft Pencil Cube

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Next week, Tinsel Tuesdays will return to Crafts ‘n Coffee. If you love to craft for Christmas year-round, don’t miss Tinsel Tuesdays every Tuesday this summer.

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Kid’s Craft Idea: DIY your own Jurassic World Dinosaur

We’re all about DIY, not DNA, so we can’t grow our own dinosaurs like they do in the movie Jurassic World (opening in theaters tomorrow!), but we can DIY a dinosaur or two. Today’s tutorial shows you how to make a not-so ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex, and tomorrow I’ll wrap up Kid’s Craft Week with a tutorial to make a colorful Stegosaurus. Making these dinosaurs will require some help from an adult, so plan on a fun afternoon crafting with the kiddos.

Kid's Craft Idea: How to DIY a dinosaur! Really cute idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Tyrannosaurus Rex, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Body: One 5″ egg
    • Arms: Six, 1-1/2″ balls
    • Legs/Feet: Two, 4″ eggs and three, 3″ eggs
    • Tail: One 3″ ball; four 2″ balls; and four 1-1/2″ balls
    • Neck/Head: One 3″ ball; one 2″ ball; and one 4″ egg
  • Foam-safe spray paints or acrylic craft paint: Dark blue, light blue, bright pink (or other colors of your choice)
  • Indelible marker in blue
  • Wiggle eyes, two 3/4″
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun*
  • Tools needed: Scissors; spoon; serrated knife* or plastic knife; toothpicks; optional (if using spray paint): painter’s tape

*Note: Adults should handle the low-temp glue gun and serrated knife. If children are gluing and cutting, have them use a thick, white craft glue and plastic knife. Carefully supervise children as they cut with a plastic knife.

Kids will have tons of fun making this T-Rex. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kids will appreciate that this T-Rex is about as scary as that famous, big purple dinosaur.

To make a Tyrannosaurus Rex:

1. Start with the legs:

  • With narrow ends facing down, position the 4″ eggs on either side of the 5” egg as if the T-Rex was walking – don’t glue on yet.
  • Using the serrated knife and spoon, carve out the 4” eggs so they fit snugly against the body.
  • Squeeze glue onto the ends of two toothpicks, and insert the toothpicks into the cut side of the 4” eggs.
  • Pick and glue the 4” eggs, narrow ends pointing down, to each leg.
  • Cut the 3” egg in half lengthwise for the feet, and pick and glue to the legs.

2. Tail: Pick and glue together the balls for the tail, starting with a 3″ ball and ending with the 1-1/2″ balls. Pick and glue the tail to the body, and position it to help the body stand.

3. Upper body & neck: Pick and glue the 3″ ball onto the body, followed by the 2″ ball.

4. Head: Carve a wedge in the narrow end of the 4″ egg, forming the mouth; pick and glue to the 2″ ball. Cut a 1-1/2″ ball in half, and glue to each side of the head for eye sockets.

5. Arms:

  • Pick and glue two, 1-1/2” balls to either side of the 3” ball for the arms.
  • Cut a wedge from two, 1-1/2” balls, creating hands.
  • Pick and glue one hand to the end of each arm.

6. Painting:

  • If you’re spray painting, carefully read the label on the can to be sure it’s safe for foam. If your spray paint contains solvents, it will melt the foam. Mask the inside of mouth with painter’s tape and carefully paint front of body light blue, shading to white in the center; turn over and paint back side deep blue. Remove tape; carefully paint inside of mouth pink. Draw on nostrils and toe nails with blue felt tip pen.
  • For acrylic paint, brush on paint with a stiff paintbrush.

7. Glue wiggle eyes to the half balls.

Kid's Craft Idea: How to DIY a dinosaur! Really cute idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Do you have plans to see Jurassic World? Did you see the original Jurassic Park? I remember watching it, glued to my seat.

See you tomorrow when I wrap up Kid’s Craft Week with a tutorial to make a Stegosaurus.

Craft on!

Sharon 

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Kid’s Craft Idea: DIY a Minecraft Pencil Cube

If you have kids, you’ve probably heard of Minecraft. In fact, you’ve probably heard of Minecraft even if you don’t have kids! This crazy popular video game let’s kids create worlds using cubes as building blocks. Making a Minecraft Pencil Cube is one way to entice your little gamers to step away from the screen for real world, hands-on creating.

Cute Minecraft craft! It's on the summer to-do list with the kiddos. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Minecraft Pencil Cube by Kathleen George.

To make a Minecraft Pencil Cube, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4″ cube
  • Grommets, nine, sized to fit a pencil
  • Foamie sheets in black, light brown, dark brown, white and blue (or other colors of your choice)
  • Cardstock, 4” x 4” in brown
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; indelible maker; Philips head screw driver

To make a Minecraft Pencil Cube:

1. Using the ruler and marker, measure and mark off nine holes in a grid pattern on the center top of the foam cube. Using the point of a Phillips head screwdriver, make a hole at each mark that’s large enough for a pencil to slip in and out easily.

2. Glue a 4” square of cardstock onto the top of the cube, covering the holes.

3. Find the holes with your fingertip, and insert the Philips head screw driver into the holes. Glue a large grommet over each hole.

4. Cut the foamie sheets into ½” strips, and cut the strips into ½” squares.

DIY a Minecraft Pencil Cube! Brilliant idea, and a way to get the kids to step away from their screens this summer! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Encourage the kids to create their own scene with the squares.

5. Glue the squares onto the sides of the pencil cube. Follow the photo to make a face, or create a Minecraft design of your own.

Is anyone in your household obsessed with Minecraft?

See you tomorrow with another fun one for the kiddos.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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Kid’s Craft Idea: Make a Decoden-Style Pencil Cube

Have you ever heard of Decoden? It’s a Japanese craft in which items like cell phone cases are lavishly decorated with miniature charms, beads, cabochons, and more. The blinged-out decorations remind me of an I Spy book and you see something new every time you look. If you’re intrigued, check out the book DecoDen Bling by Taunton Press. As part of Kid’s Craft Week, I’m sharing a Decoden-Style Pencil Cube that I think has a lot of appeal for the girls out there. And maybe you, too – who doesn’t love cute little miniatures?

Girls will adore making this Decoden Pencil Cube. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Decoden-Style Pencil Cube by Kathleen George.

A decoden craft for girls! This will be so fun to DIY this summer. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The authentic, Japanese cabochons and baubles can be expensive, so check out other online sources, and see what you already have on hand.

Where can you buy the supplies to DIY your own decoden design? Oriental Trading sells countless charms and miniatures for very reasonable prices. Sophie & Toffie specializes in Japanese style cabochons, and Rockin’ Resin carries a large assortment. Some of these supplies can be pricey, so go ahead and add to the mix with beads, buttons, and other trinkets that you already have on hand. Or, you can make your own miniatures with air-dry clay.

To make a Decoden-Style Pencil Cube, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” cube
  • Silicone caulk in white (Kathleen used Dap brand)
  • Scrapbook paper in glitter pink, 12” x 12”
  • Decoden charms, beads, jewels, cabochons, acrylic rhinestones, etc.
  • Grommets, nine, sized to fit a pencil
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; indelible maker; Philips screw driver; cake decorating tip; duct tape; butter knife or putty knife
A summer craft for girls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To see more inspiration, google “decoden” and see what comes up.

To make a Decoden-Style Pencil Cube:

1. Using the ruler and marker, measure and mark nine holes on the center top of the foam cube. Using the point of a Phillips head screwdriver, make a hole at each mark that’s large enough for a pencil to slip in and out easily.

2. Cut four, 4” squares from glittered scrapbook paper. Glue the squares to the sides of the cube.

3. Cut off the tip of the tube of caulk. Make the hole large enough that the caulk will flow freely. Slip the cake decorating tip over the caulk tube tip, and tightly tape it in place with duct tape.

4. Squeeze caulk on top of the cube, and smooth it out with a butter knife or putty knife, and try to keep the holes clear. Push grommets through the caulk and into the holes at the top of the cube.

5. Pipe a decorative edge along the corners and top of the cube.

Japanese-style decoden craft. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pile on the bling! And keep the holes uncovered.

6. Embed the charms, beads, etc. in the caulk. If needed, use glue, too. As you add the decorations, be sure to leave the holes uncovered.

7. Optional: Attach flat-back beads to each side of the cube using a thick, white craft glue.

Great source for DecoDen craft ideas! CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you want more ideas for creating DecoDen crafts, check out this book.

For more decoden inspiraiton, check out the book DecoDen Bling. What do you think of decoden style? Is it too much of a good thing, or lots of fun? We are fans of Japanese Kawaii style here, and I find decoden to be appealing, too.

Happy crafting.

Sharon  

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Kid’s Craft Idea: How to make a circus seal

Summer can be a three-ring circus, or that’s how it feels around here some days. To help you keep all those balls in the air, I will have a new craft idea for kids everyday this week. I thought I’d start with this adorable Circus Seal. We try to visit the zoo every summer, and the seals are one of our favorite exhibits. This tutorial is one you might also want to file away for the school year — it might come in handy should you need a DIY for a unit on marine mammals.

Such a cute idea for a kid's craft! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kids can handle a lot of this project on their own, but they may need some assistance with cutting and assembling.

To make a Circus Seal, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One each 5” and 4” eggs
    • One each 4” and 1” balls
    • ½” thick sheet, about 6” x 8” (or you can substitute a black foamie)
  • Acrylic craft paint: Black, yellow, red, and green
  • Wiggle eyes, two 18mm
  • Chenille stem in black
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; toothpicks; stiff paintbrush

To make a Circus Seal:

  1. Cut a small slice from the wide end of the 4” egg, and cut a small slice at an angle from the wide end of the 5” egg. (Please carefully supervise your child while they cut the foam with the plastic knife.)
  2. Rub the two cut ends together, creating a snug fit between the pieces. Place a dab of glue on the end of a toothpick and insert it into the flat end of the 5” egg. Pick and glue the 4” egg onto the 5” egg, creating the seal body.
  3. Nose: Pick and glue the 1” ball onto the narrow end of the 4” egg.
  4. Fin and tail: Following the patterns, cut the fin and tail from the ½” foam sheet or black foamie. Pick and glue the fins and tail onto the 5” egg, referring to the photo for placement. (If using a foamie sheet, use glue and no toothpicks.)
  5. Paint the seal black and let dry.
  6. Insert a toothpick into the 4” ball to use as a handle while painting. Paint the 4” ball in red, green and yellow to look like a beach ball. Let paint dry.
  7. Pick and glue the ball onto the seal’s nose.
  8. Glue on wiggle eyes.
  9. Cut the chenille stem into eight, 1” lengths, and insert four pieces above each eye.
Such a cute idea for a kid's craft! CraftsnCoffee.com.

This seal is both a summer fun craft, and it’s suitable for a school unit on marine mammals.

Isn’t he cute as can be? I’ll see you tomorrow with a new tutorial.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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The perfect wreath for summer – it’s bright, colorful and super easy

This sunny, summer wreath is appropriately named Extravaganza Wreath. With an explosion of bright colors and textures, it looks like a summer party in a wreath. It’s summer easy to make, too. You’ll wrap up this wreath in an evening, easily. The hardest part might be sorting through your stash of fabric and ribbon scraps to find your favorites. Let’s get the party started!

Super cute for summer, and super easy, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Summer Extravaganza Wreath by Kathleen George.

To make a Summer Extravaganza Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath
  • Fabric:
    • ½ yd. background fabric (Kathleen used bright yellow)
    • Two, fat quarters or ¼ yd. in contrasting colors (Kathleen used hot pink and a yellow print)
    • Assorted scraps
  • Ribbon, assorted scraps 2” – 4” long
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wooden skewer, awl, or other tool with a sharp point

To make a Summer Extravaganza Wreath:

1. Tear or cut the background fabric into twelve, 16” x 2-½” strips. Tie the strips around the wreath and knot them on the outside edge. Trim and fluff the ends. Add variety by:

  • Cut some tails in half up to the knot, creating four tails.
  • Cut some tails to a point.

2. Tear or cut the first complementary fabric into four, 16” x 1-½” strips. Tie the strips around the wreath at the top, bottom and each side, dividing it into quarters. Repeat with your second complementary fabric, dividing the wreath into eight sections.

Summer stash wreath -- use your favorite leftover fabrics and ribbons  to DIY this Extravaganza Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You partially wrap the wreath in fabric strips first, and then fill in the other areas by punching fabric pieces and ribbons into the foam wreath.

3. Cover the rest of the wreath:

  • Tear or cut fabric scraps into 2” squares and 2” x 3” rectangles with pointed ends.
  • Place a fabric piece on the wreath, and use the wood skewer or other pointed tool to push the center of the fabric piece ½” into the wreath.
  • Fluff the fabric piece.
  • Add assorted lengths and colors of ribbon using the same technique.
  • Continue to add fabrics and ribbons till the wreath is covered and you like how it looks.

The kids can help make this wreath, for sure. You can also follow the tutorial and make a wreath for other seasons and holidays. Every time you change up your combination of fabrics and ribbons, you’ll have a whole new look.

While sorting through your fabrics, pick a few favorites to make this sunshine bright Flower Power Wreath, too.

Make a spring flower wreath

Flower Power Wreath by Kathleen George.

Here’s another wreath packed with summertime color. If you’re a fan of duct tape (I am!) check out the Duct Tape Flower Wreath I shared a while back.

A summer bright (and summer fun) Duct Tape Flower Wreath. The flowers are made from Duck Tape Sheets fed through a die-cutting machine.

I made the flowers from Duck Tape Sheets. They worked perfectly in my die-cutting machine.

The summer celebration isn’t over yet. Next week, I’ve planned a week of crafts for the kiddos. I hope you’ll join me.

Will you be crafting this weekend?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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An inexpensive way to DIY Photo Wall Art for your gallery wall

Summertime is full of photo opps, from vacation vistas to family reunions, weddings and graduations. Today I’m sharing an easy and inexpensive way to make Photo Wall Art.  With a foam board as your “canvas,” you’ll also find that this Photo Wall Art is really easy to hang – you can use poster putty, or hook-and-loop hangers like 3M™ Command Hooks. That means no holes in the wall, and you can rearrange your gallery wall as often as you like.

An easy technique for showcasing garden photos without custom printing on canvas. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Tulip Photo Wall Art; photos by Studio Rossi.

I love seeing photos of peoples’ gardens on Facebook and Instagram. (Maybe it’s because of the long, hard winter we had.) Hang your favorite flower photos on the wall and enjoy the blooms year-round, like the Tulip Wall Art and Gerbera Daisy Photo Wall Art.

Beautiful photos! Here's an easy -- and inexpensive -- way to make photo wall art without custom printing on canvas. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gerbera Daisy Wall Art; photos by Studio Rossi.

Celebrate special occasions and special friends, like this Girlfriend Photo Wall Art. (And how time flies – these two young ladies will graduate high school in less than a week!)

Perfect for a little girl's room. Here's how to make photo wall art easily & inexpensively. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Girlfriend Photo Wall Art; photos by Studio Rossi.

Dress up your foam “canvas” with papers and trims to customize it for your décor. The tutorial for Paisley Portrait Wall Art offers lots of inspiration.

This would be so pretty on the wall! Great idea for wedding & graduation photos. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paisley Portrait Wall Art by Rebekah Meier.

I’m sure you’ll take a camera along on your summer vacation, and no doubt you’ll have a photo or two you’d like to display. This River Rock Wall Art is actually a photo scrapbook paper, but you may take a photo just like this on your vacation.

Wall Art made with photo realistic river rock scrapbook paper

River Rock Wall Art is super easy and made with scrapbook papers.

I know, we don’t want to think about the office during the summer, right? While the Office Wall Art isn’t about summer fun, it shows how you can transform a humble, everyday object into a stunning picture. Look around you – is there an everyday object that might look cool as wall art? Or a special memento that you can document in a photo and hang on your gallery wall?

I have so many ideas for this technique. How to use what you have on hand to make beautiful, inexpensive custom wall art. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Office Wall Art; photos by Studio Rossi.

What are your summer plans? Will you have an opportunity to take a few photos you’ll want to hang on your walls?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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