A Paper Loop Christmas Cone two ways – which is your favorite?

If the Christmas season is making you a little loopy, de-stress tonight with this easy Christmas craft – a Paper Loop Christmas Cone. I know I talk a lot about changing up colors to suit your style, and this Christmas Cone is the perfect example. Designer Patty Schaffer made it two different ways – vintage style with sheet music, and a more vibrant version with Christmas papers. Which one is your favorite?

A pretty paper craft for Christmas decorating -- a Paper Loop Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vintage Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

This is an easy Christmas craft! Paper, pins, and a cone of Styrofoam brand foam is all you need. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vibrant Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Paper Loop Christmas Cone (vintage style), you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cone
  • Papers: Vintage-style sheet music; patterned papers
  • Beading pins, ¾”
  • Braid, ribbon or other trim, 6” length
  • Large jingle bell
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors

To make a Paper Loop Christmas Cone (vintage style):

1. Cut the sheet music and patterned papers into 4” x ½” strips. Patty’s mix of paper strips was about 2/3 – ¾ vintage sheet music, and the rest cut from the patterned papers.

Detail of an easy Paper Loop Christmas Cone made with vintage sheet music & scrapbook paper.

Patty used three – four strips of music paper for every one strip of printed paper. But you know what I say — mix it up to suit yourself.

2. Bring together the ends of a paper strip, forming a loop. Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin the loop to the cone. Continue pinning paper loops all around the bottom of the cone. Mix up the assorted papers as you go.

3. Start the second row, pinning on the loops so that they are offset from the first row, and cover the pins below.

4. Continue pinning on rows of loops till the cone is covered. For the last row, fold over the loops and pin the ends to the top.

5. Pin and glue the trim around the top of the cone.

6. Glue the jingle bell to the top.

Different ideas for tree toppers for a Paper Loop Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Top off your cone with a jingle bell, a stack of buttons, a star, a snowflake, or?

Here they are side-by-side. The Vibrant Paper Loop Cone is made with three vibrant,  Christmas pattern scrapbook papers, and has a stack of five – six buttons pinned to the top. The tutorial is the same as the one for the Vintage Paper Loop Cone. I hope you’ll take this idea and make it your own!

There are so many ways to make this easy, Paper Loop Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Which one is your favorite?

While you’re making those paper loops, why not make extra for a coordinating Paper Loop Wreath?

Cute Christmas wreath, easy too. Use scrapbook paper for the loops and sparkling balls made with glitter, glue and balls of Styrofoam brand foam.

Paper Loop Christmas Wreath by Kathleen George.

If you’d like to see more of Patty’s paper magic, check out her etsy shop.

I have a fun Friday planned, packed with lots more Christmas tree cones and a celebratory giveaway! I hope to see you tomorrow.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Fa, la, la: Craft a chorus of carolers from gloves

Singing sweetly is something I can’t do, and in fact, you’ll thank me for not singing. However, I do love this sweet choir of Christmas carolers, all made from gloves. My favorite little caroler is the mischievous snowball thrower. If you’re crafting with a group, have each person make their own Christmas caroler from a favorite color of glove, and you’ll have a choir in no time.

A choir of Christmas carolers made with gloves and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Choir of Christmas Carolers by Kathleen George.

To make a Choir of Christmas Carolers, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Large caroler (blue): 1-1/2″ and 3″ balls
    • Medium caroler (green, red): 1-1/2” ball and 3” egg
    • Small caroler (pink): 2” egg
  • Knit gloves:
    • Adult size for large & medium carolers
    • Children’s size for small caroler
  • Fiberfil stuffing
  • Felt:
    • White plush for hats
    • Scraps for scarves
    • Pink scrap for cheeks
  • Pompoms: 1/2″ white for large & medium carolers; 1/4″ for small
  • Black craft foam, 2mm thick, scrap
  • Black half-round beads, 5mm, two per caroler
  • White cardstock
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; fine-line black permanent marker; ruler; needle & thread; hole punch
Carolers made with gloves. Really cute idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The middle finger becomes the hat, and the thumb and pinky are the arms.

To make a Choir of Christmas Carolers:

1. To make each body, firmly twist together the 1-1/2″ foam ball (head) and remaining foam shape; glue together with glue gun.

2. Turn the glove inside out. Referring to the diagram, sew shut the first and third fingers; trim seams to 1/8″. Turn glove right side out.

3. Fill thumb and little finger with small amount of fiberfil, forming the arms.

4. Place the foam body inside the glove. Carefully pull the glove down over the body till the cuff is below the bottom of the body and the head is smooth. Note: The middle finger will become the hat.

5. Face:

  • Cut a small oval from black craft foam.
  • Punch two holes from pink felt for cheeks.
  • Add half-round beads for eyes.

6. Glue a strip of white felt around the head, forming the hat cuff. For the stocking hats, glue a pom-pom to the tip of the hat (the hat is the middle finger of the glove). To make the hat on the red caroler, tightly wrap thread around the hat close to head. Cut off the tip of the glove finger, and make vertical cuts to the thread. The glove fabric will curl around itself to form pom-pom.

7. Cut fringe in the ends of a felt strip for the scarf, and tie around each caroler’s neck.

8. Music book: Fold in half a 1-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of cardstock. Decorate the cover with markers, stickers, rub-ons or other decorations. Glue a book into the hands of each caroler.

Cute Christmas display made with gloves and Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

I think the snowball thrower steals the scene!

Here’s the full tutorial for the mischievous character throwing a snowball.

Isn't he cute? He's made from a glove and shapes of Styrofoam Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Duck!

If you have any gloves leftover, check out these Penguin Ornaments made from a glove.

Adorbs! DIY Penguin Ornaments made with socks and gloves. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Or, use the extra mittens and make a Winter Welcome sign.

Cute winter sign! You could also make ornaments from the mitten snowmen. CraftsnCoffee.com

Winter Welcome by Paula Bales.

Have you been playing Christmas carols? Which one is your favorite?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Another easy, no-sew fabric Christmas ornament made from an old shirt

Today I’m wrapping up the Mad for Plaid & Paisley ornament series with my favorite – the Patchwork Fabric Ornaments. I bet you’re familiar with the technique used to make these no-sew fabric ornaments, but the variations are endless. My favorite detail is the velvet ribbon, which adds a lovely and luxurious contrast to the cotton fabric. If you’re on the hunt for easy and inexpensive ornaments you can make – no sewing involved, check out the Wrap & Go Ornaments and Rag Ball Ornaments featured this week, too.

Classic DIY Ornaments -- no-sew, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Patchwork Fabric Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

Three differnt, DIY fabric ornaments all made from old shirts! No sewing required! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Tissue paper
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Ribbon: Satin ribbon and velvet ribbon, 1/2″ wide
  • Buttons
  • Pearl head pins in red
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; sharp pencil; bamboo skewer; putty knife or kitchen knife
Nobody will guess that these are made with second-hand shirts! Easy, no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The velvet trim adds a little luxury to these ornaments made with second-hand shirts.

To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament:

1. Wrap two rubber bands around the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing the ball into four equal sections. Using a sharp pencil or bamboo skewer, score a line right next to the edge of each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands.

2. Insert a putty knife or kitchen knife along the scored lines, creating a deeper groove. Hold your putty knife or ruler straight up and down to deepen the groove, and not widen it.

3. Place tissue paper over a section and trace along the scored line. Add ¼” all around the pattern and cut out. This will be your pattern for the fabric pieces.

4. Patty used two different fabrics for each ornament. Determine which two fabrics you’ll use, and using the pattern, cut two fabric pieces from each.

5. Center a fabric piece over one of the sections on the foam ball. Using the putty knife or a sharp knife, push the edges of the fabric piece into the grooves on the foam ball. Repeat with the other three fabric pieces. If needed, add a dab of fabric glue to hold the fabric in place.

Pretty details on easy, no-sew fabric ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Add your velvet ribbon, and then the hanging ribbon, and top it off with a button.

6. Pin and glue velvet ribbon around the ornament, covering the grooves.

7. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

8. Top off the ornament with a large button, pinning it in place with pearl head pins.

Like I said, the variations on this ornament are endless. Change up the fabrics and trims and make these Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments.

So pretty! These DIY ornaments are great stash busters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can dress these ornaments up or down with your favorite colors, fabrics and trims.

Or, there’s the creamy Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament.

So simple and so elegant, and an easy DIY, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rebekah Meier designed this week’s collection of classic Christmas ornaments, including this Fabric Ornament.

And one more variation, the Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornaments.

Love the zipper trim on this easy, DIY Christmas ornament. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Zipper & Fabric Ornament by Kathleen George.

You just can’t go wrong, especially if you add a little velvet ribbon!

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.Did you have a favorite ornament from Mad about Plaid & Paisley series? Was it the Wrap & Go Ornaments, the Rag Ball Ornaments or today’s Patchwork Fabric Ornament? I’d love to know. Or, just tell me about the ornaments you’re making this holiday season.

Happy ornament crafting!

Sharon

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DIY ornaments for woodland-theme Christmas décor

Today’s Rag Ball Ornaments are perfect for a woodland theme Christmas tree. These classic ornaments are slightly rustic, and will add a subtle pop of color to more natural woodland elements. The DIY fabric ornaments will be equally at home on a traditional tree, too, or just piled in a bowl and displayed on the table. The Rag Ball Ornaments are the second in the Mad for Plaid & Paisley ornament series, all made from cast-off shirts found at a second-hand store.

A simple, DIY Fabric Ornaments with style. Rag Ball Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Rag Ball Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Rag Ball Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Satin ribbon, ½” wide
  • Jute twine
  • Buttons
  • Pearl head pins in red
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins
DIY beautiful fabric ornaments from a second-hand shirt! Love this idea-- cheap & easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

These super-simple ornaments will dress up a woodland theme Christmas tree.

To make a Rag Ball Ornament:

1. Cut a 10” square from a shirt. Make small cuts, 1” apart, along one edge. Rip the fabric end to end at each cut, creating fabric strips.

2. Pin and glue one end of a fabric strip to the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap the strip around the ball, and pin and glue the other end to the ball. Continue pinning, gluing and wrapping fabric strips around the ball till it’s covered.

3. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

4. Top off the ornament with a large button, pinning it in place with pearl head pins.

What if you can’t find shirts you like at a second-hand store? No problem. As I explained when I made my Patriotic Rag Balls, you can do what the pioneers did and make do with leftover fabric scraps from other projects.

Rag Balls are super easy to make, and a fun heritage craft for kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Super-easy Patriotic Rag Balls

Be sure to check out the first in the Mad for Plaid & Paisley series – the Wrap & Go Ornaments.

Easy, DIY Ornaments that take just minutes to make! Sweet details make them special. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap & Go Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

See you tomorrow with one more ornament made from these old shirts – and it’s my favorite!

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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New, easy fabric ornament series: “Mad for Plaid & Paisley”

Can you believe that these pretty, DIY ornaments are made with repurposed shirts from the Goodwill, along with balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam? Designer Patty Schaffer worked her magic to repurpose several old shirts into this Mad for Plaid & Paisley Christmas ornament collection. I’m sharing all three tutorials this week, so swing by your local second-hand store and see if you can score a few old shirts. And then, let’s craft!

Three differnt, DIY fabric ornaments all made from old shirts! No sewing required! CraftsnCoffee.com. Today I’m sharing the easiest ornament in the collection – a Wrap & Go Fabric Ornament. Even though they’re super-simple, the jute twine and buttons add charming details.

Easy, DIY Ornaments that take just minutes to make! Sweet details make them special. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap & Go Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Wrap & Go Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Satin ribbon, ½” wide
  • Jute twine
  • Buttons
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins

To make a Wrap & Go Fabric Ornament:

1. Cut a 10” square from an old shirt.

2. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

3. Center the ball on the fabric square, and wrap the fabric up and around the ball. Be sure the fabric is gathered evenly around the ball.

Sweet details from super-easy, DIY ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dress ‘em up with twine and buttons.

4. Tightly wrap jute twine around the top, and knot the ends to secure.

5. Glue a button over the knot.

Ta-da! Depending on the size of the shirt you use, you can make quite a few ornaments from one shirt. Of course, you can also make these Wrap & Go Ornaments with favorite fabrics you might already have on hand. Simply use your fabric in Step 1 instead of the shirt, and proceed from there.

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t miss the next Mad for Plaid & Paisley tutorial on Thursday. See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Sparkling Snowman Vignette, part two

Welcome back! How was your Thanksgiving? A feast to remember? As promised, I have the tutorial to make the Sparkling Snowman in this sweet and frosty, Snowman Vignette. If you’d like to make the trees, you can see the Winter Wonderland Trees tutorial from earlier this week. I’m also sharing links to a few more favorite, Snowman crafts in all shapes and sizes. I bet you’ll find one that’s irresistible!

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

Such a cute snowman craft! This Snowman is easy to DIY with Styrofoam balls and textured snow paint. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Sparkling Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Sparkling Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 1-1/2”, 2” and 2-1/2” balls
  • Textured snow paint (Rebekah used DecoArt® Snow-Tex®)
  • Fleece scraps: Powder blue and white
  • Acrylic craft paint: White, orange and black
  • Snowflake button
  • Snowflake ornament, about 4” – 5” dia.
  • Dowel rod, 1/8” dia.
  • Pearl head pins, three
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Wrapped floral wire
  • Spray glitter (Rebekah used Krylon® Glitter Blast)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; foam paintbrush; small paintbrush; pencil; wire knippers; newspaper

To make a Sparkling Snowman:

1. Assemble your snowman, using toothpicks and white craft glue to glue together the foam balls.

2. With the foam brush, paint a thin layer of textured snow paint onto your snowman. Let dry.

Learn how to make a little snowman top hat on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Look at these details — a snowflake button, a strip of white fleece, and glitter, of course.

3. Make the hat from the powder blue fleece:

  • Cut a half-dollar size circle from fleece.
  • Roll an 8” x 1-1/4” strip of fleece into a cylinder and secure with glue.
  • Glue the cylinder to the circle.
  • Glue a small scrap to the top of the hat, and trim off excess fleece.
  • Glue a small strip of white fleece around the base of the hat.
  • Glue a small snowflake button to the front.

4. Dry brush snowflake ornament with white craft paint. After paint dries, glue the snowman onto the snowflake.

Stand your snowman on a sparkling snowflake ornament. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A snowflake ornament serves as the base. You can find an assortment of plastic snowflakes at your local dollar store.

5. Nose: Cut a 1” length from the dowel rod and sharpen one end to a point. Paint orange. Once paint dries, insert into the center of the snowman’s face.

6. Eyes and mouth: Dip a pencil point into black acrylic point, and use to dot on eyes and mouth.

7. Cheeks: Brush blush onto cheeks with fingertips.

Face-&-Scarf

His nose is a thin, wooden dowel, and you’ll dab on the other features with black paint and a pencil.

8. Buttons: Insert pearl head pins in middle ball for buttons.

9. Arms: Twist together two lengths of floral wire, forming arms. Insert into each side of the snowman.

10. Glue hat onto the snowman. Tie a length of fleece around his neck for a scarf.

11. Cover your work area with newspaper and spray tree with glitter spray. (Be sure to follow the instructions on the can.)

For an equally sweet snowman made with a different technique, take a look at Rebekah Meier’s Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.

There's a step-by-step tutorial for this snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com. You can do it!

Rebekah also designed this trio of Vintage, Felted Snowmen.

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

Looking for more ideas? Here are five more favorite snowman crafts.

I can't choose just one -- these are all adorable snowmen!

It’s the full-on Christmas season, isn’t it? In the weeks ahead, I hope your plans include time for crafting. We’re planning to decorate gingerbread houses this weekend. How about you?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish you, your family and friends a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! May you enjoy the bounty of the season.

Happy Thanksgiving from Crafts 'n Coffee!(Photo courtesy of DK Design Studio)
 

You are on my thankful list, and I thank you for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee. Your visits and comments mean a lot to me. I’m glad we’re on this crafting adventure together.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and those with whom you’re spending the day.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon

P.S. An update on those desserts I made — I’d classify the Pumpkin Angel Food Cake as a “fail.” The cake mix is super-sweet and has a very strong almond flavor. After adding the pumpkin and extra spices, it’s has a strange mix of flavors, none of them really “pumpkin spice.” Perhaps I used the wrong cake mix? Do you have a favorite brand of angel food cake mix you’d recommend? In the meantime, I’m thankful I have a backup dessert!

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DIY Winter Wonderland Trees with cupcake liners, crepe paper and paper shred (and a Sparkling Snowman, too)

I know you’re crazy busy with Thanksgiving planning, right? So today, I’ll share these easy Paper Christmas Trees that you can make in less than an hour. I’ll post the tutorial for the Sparkling Snowman on Friday when you have more time, and you can read it at your leisure while enjoying a big slice of leftover pumpkin pie. Christmas crafting + pumpkin pie = what could be better? So, let’s start with the Winter Wonderland Trees.

Beautiful, DIY Paper Trees and Sparkling Snowman. You can leave up this scene all winter long. CraftsnCoffee.com
To make Winter Wonderland Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cones (or other sizes of your choice)
  • Decorative cupcake liners
  • Crepe paper streamers, one role in cream
  • Crinkled paper shred in cream
  • Spray glitter (Rebekah used Krylon® Glitter Blast)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; white, pearl head pins; newspaper
Use cupcake liners, crepe paper and crinkled shred in any color to make these Winter Wonderland Trees. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easy, Winter Wonderland Trees are made with cupcake liners, crepe paper, and crinkled shred.

To make Winter Wonderland Trees:

Fringed Crepe Paper Tree

1. Cut fringe in a one yard length of crepe paper, making cuts ¼” – ½” apart.

2. To decorate the tree, you’ll alternate between layers of fringed crepe paper and cupcake liners. To start, pin the crepe paper fringe around the bottom of the cone, adding a few pleats for fullness. Cut off extra crepe paper.

3. Cut the middle from a cupcake liner. Cut small slits around the inside of the liner. Pin the liner around the cone. Add one or two cupcake liners as needed to complete the row.

4. Repeat the alternating layers – fringed crepe paper, cupcake liners, etc., till the tree is fully decorated.

Paper tree details. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Alternate your layers and top it off with a small cone made from a cupcake liner.

5. Fold a cupcake liner in half and shape into a cone. Glue to the top of the tree.

6. Cover your work area with newspaper and spray tree with glitter spray. (Be sure to follow the instructions on the can.)

Cupcake & Crinkles Tree

1. This tree is decorated with alternating layers of cupcake liners and paper shred. To start, prepare your cupcake liners, following Step 3 above. Pin the liners around the bottom of the cone.

2. Slightly twist together a small handful of crinkled shred, and glue to the tree. Add more as needed.

3. Continue, adding alternating layers of cupcake liners and paper shred, till the tree is covered.

Whimsical, winter trees made with cupcake liners and paper shred. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The paper shred adds a touch of whimsy.

4. Top off the tree with a small amount of crinkled shred, and secure with white pearl head pins.

5. Cover your work area with newspaper and spray tree with glitter spray. (Be sure to follow the instructions on the can.)

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

Designer Rebekah Meier created this sweet scene. You might also remember the Vintage Crepe Paper Topiaries Rebekah designed.

how to make vintage crepe paper topiary trees

Vintage Crepe Paper Topiaries by Rebekah Meier.

 

The cutest sparkling snowman! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll share the tutorial for this cutie on Friday.

Don’t miss the tutorial for the Sparkling Snowman on Friday.

How’s the Thanksgiving planning going at your house? Are you hosting this year, or feasting elsewhere? We start with a Wednesday night dinner and I’m bringing dessert – a new recipe for an altered angel food cake mix, which calls for pumpkin and spices, and is served with a ginger whipped cream. And I’ll bring some gingerbread cupcakes, too. For Thanksgiving dinner, I’m making  a mincemeat pie. You can never have enough dessert, right?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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A frosty Friday finish: DIY a faux, Frosted Christmas House

I find Christmas villages enchanting, so this has been a fun week for me. So far, I’ve shared a Miniature Christmas Village and a Faux Gingerbread House. Today’s DIY Christmas Houses look like frosted confections, but believe it or not, the “frosting” is lightweight spackling! The cake decorating techniques are very basic, so don’t let that scare you away. These little Christmas Houses are adorable!

I want to make an entire Christmas village of these little frosted houses. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Frosted Christmas Houses by Kathleen George.

To make a Frosted Christmas House, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam (for two houses):
    • Three, 5” cubes
    • Optional: 2” x 2” x 1” scrap for chimney
  • Lightweight acrylic spackling, one quart
  • Acrylic craft paint in cream
  • Craft foam sheet in tan
  • Optional: Small silk flowers
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; scallop edge scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; two disposable bowls or other containers; small putty knife; table knife or cake decorating spatula; pastry bag; cake decorating tips – drop flower point and round point; damp cloth; wax paper
Make these sweet Christmas houses with spackling so they'll last forever! CraftsnCoffee.com.

There are so many sweet details on these little houses.

To make a Frosted Christmas House:

1. Build the house:

  • Wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle.
  • Cut one cube in half diagonally. The two resulting triangles are the roofs.
  • Slice ¾” from the bottom of each roof.
  • Glue a ¾” foam slice onto the bottom of the two remaining cubes. These will be the houses.
  • Glue a triangular roof onto each house.

2. From the tan craft foam, cut ten, 1” x 5” strips using the scallop edge scissors. Starting at the lower edge, glue five strips to each side of the roof, overlapping the strips as you go. It’s o.k. if there’s a gap at the top, as you’ll fill this in with icing.

Tutorial for a sweet Christmas Village on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Who wouldn’t want to live here?

3. Cut four (or more) ½” x 2” strips from the foamie sheet. These will be the shutters. Set aside till Step 7.

4. Optional: Trim a scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to a 1” x 1¼” by 2” rectangle. Cut the bottom edge at a 45 º angle so that it fits snugly on the rooftop. Glue to roof.

5. In a disposable bowl, mix two cups of acrylic spackling with a drop or two of tan paint to create a creamy color. In a second container, mix two more cups of acrylic spackling with tan paint to make a caramel color. Mix the spackling thoroughly until it is smooth and free of any bumps or dried spackle crumbs that might clog your icing tip. Keep the bowls of spackling covered with a damp cloth when you’re not using them.

Love the details on these Christmas houses! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Come on in!

6. Working on wax paper, decorate your houses:

  • Using a small putty knife, apply the caramel colored icing to the window and door areas.
  • Using the flat end of the putty knife, create a straight outline around the doors and windows, scraping off the excess “icing”.
  • Ice the rest of the house with the cream colored spackle. Don’t worry about slight imperfections along the edges and around the doors and windows as these will be covered with decorative piping.
  • Using a table knife, fill the icing bags (it’s no different from filling them with frosting).
  • If the spackling doesn’t pipe out easily, mix in a few drops of water.
  • Using caramel colored icing and a drop flower icing tip, pipe decorative edging around the doors, windows and edges of the houses.
  • Pipe a row of drop flowers at the bottom sides, and at the corners of the doors and windows.

     Frosted details on Christmas village. CraftsnCoffee.com

    Add a heart above each door.

  • Optional:
    • Add a heart shape to the front of the house.
    • Pipe on small polka dots.
    • Create curtains in the windows.
    • Decorate around the chimney.
    • Add your own flourishes!

 

7. Add shutters (cut in Step 3) by pressing them into the icing next to the windows.

Window detail from faux frosted Christmas houses. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dress up your windows by adding window panes, curtains, shutters or even flower boxes.

8. Examine your house to see if there are any areas requiring a little extra decorative icing, such as around the windows.

9. Optional: Insert silk flowers into the wet spackling along the base of each house.

Change up the colors like Kathleen George did and you can create a Gingerbread Village instead. And these little houses light up!

A beautiful gingerbread village, with windows that really light up! It's made with Styrofoam brand foam and spackling, so you can display it for years. CraftsnCoffee.com

Gingerbread Village by Kathleen George. (And the windows light up!)

Do you collect miniatures, or have a Christmas Village?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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DIY a Faux, Christmas Gingerbread House

It’s a tradition – every year my daughter decorates a gingerbread house. And every year it’s my post-holiday tradition to sneak it out of the house and into the trash while no one is looking. What a waste! Here’s a happy solution – a sparkling, candy-covered gingerbread house crafted from STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. You can store and display this Faux Gingerbread House for years to come. Because the making is half the fun, you can still make a new one each year, creating a village of sparkling, Faux Gingerbread Houses.

My kids would love decorating this faux gingerbread house. I love that I don't have to throw it out, and I can keep it for years. CraftsnCoffee.com

This Gingerbread Houuse won’t go stale (or feed the mice) and you can display it for years to come.

To make a Faux Gingerbread House, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One 12” x 36” x 1” sheet
    • One 12” x 36” x 2” sheet
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown, 2 – 3 bottles
  • Candies, real or faux, including candy canes, peppermints, gumdrops, mints, etc. (If you plan to store your house and use it in the future, skip the real candy and use faux instead.)
  • Trims, such as velvet tubing, cording, rickrack and ribbon
  • Spray glitter (Krylon Glitter Blast is foam safe)
  • Fiberfill, small handful
  • Quilt batting, 18” square
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Spackling and cake decorating tools (for piping on “icing” accents)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; toothpicks; stiff paintbrush

To make a Faux Gingerbread House:

1. Following the cutting diagram, use your ruler and a sharp pencil to measure and score the individual pieces on the foam sheets. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and cut out the foam pieces along the scored lines.

2. Windows: Using the ruler and sharp pencil, draw a 2-1/4” x 4” window on each side. Cut out the window with the serrated knife.

3. Door: Using the ruler and sharp pencil, draw a 2” wide x 5” tall door on the front piece. Cut out the door using the serrated knife.

4. Assemble the house:

  • Test fit the pieces first. If there are gaps or pieces don’t fit together snugly, sand them against each other till they fit cleanly and without gaps.
  • Apply glue to the ends of several toothpicks, and insert the toothpicks into one edge of a side wall.
  • Apply glue to the edge of the side wall and the other end of the toothpicks. Gently press the front piece onto the toothpicks, joining the two pieces.
  • Repeat, connecting the other side wall to the front.
  • Add the back wall in the same manner.

6. Paint the house and chimney brown and let dry.

7. Cut the door in half so it’s 2” wide, 5” tall and 1” thick. Paint door brown.

5. Cut 2” wide scallops along the sides and bottom of the roof pieces. Shape and mold the scallops with your fingers so it looks like snow.

6. Cut the top edges on each roof piece at an angle, so that the two roof pieces will fit together snugly. Test fit the two roof pieces on the house, and adjust as necessary. Attach the roof to the house, attaching one side at a time. Use toothpicks and glue to attach each piece. If there is a gap at the top, you can fill it in with foam scraps.

7. Attach the chimney to the roof using toothpicks and glue. Glue a small handful of fiberfill to the top of the chimney to look like smoke.

8. Position the door in the opening, and attach with toothpicks and glue.

9. Decorate your house by gluing on the candy and the trims. Optional: You can use lightweight acrylic spackling and cake decorating tools to pipe on faux “frosting” details. You’ll find detailed instructions for this technique in the tutorial to make Faux Frosted Flower Eggs.

10. Spray the house with glitter.

11. Cut the quilt batting into a circle. Center the house on the circle and display!

My kids would love decorating this faux gingerbread house. I love that I don't have to throw it out, and I can keep it for years. CraftsnCoffee.com

The Faux Gingerbread House is about 12″ tall.

Earlier this week, I featured this sweet, Miniature Christmas Village. I’ll have another creative idea for building a Christmas village tomorrow.

This sweet Christmas village reminds me of Whoville! So charming! Tutorial on CrafsnCoffee.com.

DIY a Miniature Christmas Village.

Do you decorate a gingerbread house each year?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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