Inch by inch, here’s how to make a Wiggly Worm Marionette

Who isn’t fascinated by the antics of an inchworm? This Wiggly Worm Marionette mimics an inchworm, gliding along on easy-to-maneuver marionette strings. This DIY inchworm puppet is a perfect rainy day craft project for kids – the bright colors, fun materials and lots of hands-on action will keep them engaged. Once the Wiggly Worm Marionette is finished, the fun continues as children can play along with the puppet. (And maybe even practice a few math facts . . .)

Cute, inchworm puppet. Fun for the kids to DIY. (Remember the Inchworm song?)

Wiggly Worm Marionette by Kathleen George.

To make a Wiggly Worm Marionette, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One 4” ball and eight, 2-1/2” balls; scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paints in assorted colors
  • Chenille stems in assorted colors
  • Felt scraps
  • Pompoms, three, ¾”
  • Wiggle eyes, two 1”
  • Thick yarn
  • Wood dowel, 3/8” x 24”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; ruler; wood skewers; stiff paintbrush; optional: hole punch

To make a Wiggly Worm Marionette:

1. Create the head and neck:

  • Cut a small slice* from the 4” and one 2-1/2” balls.
  • Twist the cut sides together, forming a snug fit.
  • Glue the cut sides together. Let glue dry.

*Carefully supervise the kids as they use the plastic knife.

2. Insert wood skewers into all of the balls. You’ll use the skewers as handles while you paint the balls. Paint the balls in all of your favorite colors. Insert the skewers into a scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the balls upright while the paint dries.

3. Build your Wiggly Worm:

  • Cut four chenille stems into four pieces. Fold each piece in half, forming a “U” shape.
  • Add a dab of glue on the ends of one chenille stem U, and insert the ends into the back of the neck. Leave a ¼” loop extending from the ball.
  • Insert a chenille stem U through this loop. Add glue on the ends, and insert into another ball, joining the head and neck to the body.
  • Repeat, adding more balls to the body, till your Wiggly Worm is complete.

4. Decorate the Wiggly Worm:

Adorable! Kids will love making this Wiggly Worm Marionette!

Cute face!

  • Glue wiggle eyes and a pom pom nose to face.
  • Cut mouth, eyebrows, tail, and “hair” from felt and glue in place.
  • Punch small circles from felt, and glue the polka dots onto the body.
  • Place glue onto ends of 6” chenille stems and insert into top of head for antennae. Glue pompoms to the tips of the antennae.

5. Cut one 36” and two, 24” lengths from yarn. Insert and glue the end of a 24” length into the head, and the end of the other 24″ piece into the tail ball. Tie the 36” length around the  joint between balls 3 & 4.

6. Form a long loop in the center yarn by folding down 12”, and tying the end around the middle of the yarn. Insert the wood dowel through this loop.

7. Tightly tie the ends of the 24” lengths around the ends of the dowel.

8. To make the Wiggly Worm inch along, pull up and release the center yarn.

Cute, inchworm puppet. Fun for the kids to DIY. (Remember the Inchworm song?)

Not only is the Wiggly Worm Marionette fun, but he can help teach math, too.

Do you remember the Inchworm song? I just read up on it and it turns out that Danny Kaye first sang this song in the movie Hans Christian Anderson.

The version most people might remember is the one sung on The Muppet Show.

A cute, Wiggly Worm Marionette that also makes math fun? Bring it on!

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments that kids can craft

You are going to love these, and so are the crafty kids in your life. Because it’s Tinsel Tuesday, today I have a Christmas craft for the kids – Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. You know all of the little trinkets and doo-dads that kids love to save? Those found treasures are the perfect decorations for these Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. These are made by one of my all-time favorite designers – Kathleen George, of course. I’m sharing links to a few more robot crafts, too.

Kids are going to love making these Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments. What a great way to use up their found treasures.

Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments by Kathleen George

To make Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 3” cube & 2-1/2” ball (body)
    • Two, 1” balls (hands)
    • Optional: Two, 1-½” balls (feet)
  • Acrylic craft paint in silver
  • Flexible drinking straws
  • Found objects, such as plastic caps, screws and bolts, watch parts, tacks, sewing notions, and buttons and beads
  • Chenille stems in silver and red
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; wooden skewer; stiff paintbrush
So fun for kids! Love the watch face and glue top on these DIY Robot Christmas Ornaments.

This Robot uses small plastic tubes for the legs, and beads for feet. Don’t you love the glue cap and watch face?

To make Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments:

1. Slice in half the 2-1/2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. The kids can cut the foam with the plastic knife, just watch them closely to be sure they cut safely.

2. Glue a half ball to the top of the 3” cube. This will be the robot’s body.

3. Insert wood skewers into the body and the two, 1” balls. Paint silver the robot body and the 1” balls.

4. If you’re using 1-1/2” balls for the feet, press one side of each ball on a flat surface, creating a flat side. Paint the balls silver.

5. Create the arms and legs from drinking straws:

  • Cut a length of plastic straw, with the hinged portion in the middle.
  • Thread a chenille stem through the straw and push one end directly into a painted foot or hand. Secure with a drop of craft glue. (Note: If you’re not using foam balls for the feet, you can substitute beads or washers, if desired.)
  • Twist the opposite end of the chenille stem into a small loop, and cut off excess chenille stem.
  • Cut four, 2″ lengths of chenille stems and form into U shapes.
  • Thread through the loop at the end of each arm and leg onto the U, and insert the U into the robot body.
Fun details for DIY Christmas Ornament Robots. Great way to use up found items. #RecycleCrafts #KidsCrafts

All those found treasures you find in pockets? Glue ‘em on the Robot Ornaments.

6. Decorate the robot with your found treasures. Most items will adhere with a thick, white craft glue. If some items are hard to attach, use a low-temp glue gun instead.

7. To create the hanging loop, twist together the ends of an 8” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue the ends into the robot’s head.

These Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments are so much fun for the kids to make! #RecycleCrafts #KidsCrafts

Make these ornaments now and have the kids give them as gifts in December.

If you’d like a few more ideas, here’s how to make a Robot Family, including a little Robot Dog.

Robot crafts for kids. This site has tons of fun ideas for crafting with kids and for group crafts, too.

Designer Dondi Richardson made the Robot Family.

For even more inspiration, watch designer Candie Cooper in our Rockin’ Robot video. I bet the kids will want to watch, too.

Cool robot crafts for kids -- watch the video! #RecycleCrafts #KidsCrafts

Rockin’ Robots designed by Kathleen George.

I’ll have a few more, summertime craft ideas for the kids later this week.

Happy crafting.


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A crafty week and the prettiest, Coffee Filter Flower Wreath

It’s been a fun and busy week around here. The highlight was a visit from designer Eileen Hull, who is driving across the country with her vintage camper, teaching classes and inspiring crafters as she goes. How lucky was I to be a stop along Eileen’s “Paper Trail”, and to have my own craft session with Eileen and her craft stash? Today I’m sharing a few highlights from Eileen’s visit, along with this beautiful Coffee Filter Flower Wreath.

Make this pretty, Coffee Filter Flower Wreath on

Eileen is a talented product designer, and the first designer to create dies to cut mat board. Eileen is a licensed Sizzix designer and has 70+ dies on the market. She also designs embossing folders for adding texture to plain cardstock. Eileen’s newest invention is a brand new way to apply ink – the Color Box® Blends from Clearsnap. The new applicator has ten times the usual amount of ink in an ink pad, and makes it easy to add inked details with no mess! Brilliant!

Designer Eileen Hull takes to the Paper Trailin her vintage trailer Scotty, spreading crafty inspiration everywhere she goes.

Eileen in the current issue of Where Women Create.

I’ve known Eileen for years, and I’ve had fun using her dies. One of the first projects I made with Eileen’s dies was my Raven’s Ring Halloween Wreath. I also used the Scoreboard Bird Die to craft a Love Bird wedding cake topper for a faux cake.

Eileen Hull's vintage camper Scotty along the Paper Trail.

Here’s Scotty, Eileen’s vintage camper.

The last time I saw Eileen, we were wearing matching, cupcake pajamas! For this visit, Eileen pulled into my driveway with her vintage, 1976 camper, Scotty. Eileen is traveling hundreds of miles this summer on the “Paper Trail”, demonstrating her beautiful craft products along the way at various stores. She is teaching at shops in Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Lucky for me, the Paper Trail was traveling through Cleveland, too.

Designer and author Eileen Hull making a stop along the Paper Trail.

Eileen arrives in Cleveland.

As we mapped out our day, visiting a few re-sale stores was at the top of our list. Eileen loves a good trash-to-treasure project. We found several sweet, vintage accessories for Eileen’s camper, and I picked up these vintage fabric yo-yos. You may see these yo-yos again a little later this year . . .

Vintage fabric yo-yos, ready for crafting.

I have plans for these vintage yo-yos.

Thrifting with designer Eileen Hull.

We found a bonanza at this little shop.

We also moseyed around my little town, and found a few crafty supplies in unexpected places. Check out these beautiful, ombre ribbons.

Ribbon display in Magnolias.

Pretty ribbons!

Gorgeous, ombre ribbons.

Here’s a better view. Gorgeous!

And these cute tins of paper tape.

Pretty paper tapes in sweet little tins.

The packaging is almost as pretty as the tape.

We stopped in at The Village Herb Shop. A friend of mine, Lee Ann, is the new proprietor at The Village Herb Shop, and she has quickly worked her creative, retail mojo to make the shop a must-see stop. Lee Ann is also a huge crafter, and happily, she agreed to join us for our evening craft session.

The Village Herb Shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio -- don't miss it!

The Village Herb Shop is a don’t-miss stop.

That evening, I pulled out my supplies, and Eileen brought along her dies and Sizzix Big Shot, and we were ready for a little crafty fun. Oh, and there were snacks, of course!

Sizzix craft night!

Supplies and snacks — we’re ready to craft!

As I started my wreath, I first wrapped it in bright green, burlap ribbon.

Step 1 for a Coffee Filter Flower Wreath: Wrap your wreath in burlap ribbon.

Step 1 – Wrap your wreath in burlap ribbon.

Eileen suggested making flowers for the wreath using coffee filters.  The Sizzix will cut through 10 – 20 filters at once, and that’s what we did. We mixed and matched the flowers, using the Flower Layers #9, Flower Layers with Heart Petals, and Flower Fringed 3D dies.

Step 2 to make a Coffee Filter Flower Wreath. Tutorial on

We mixed and matched papers and flowers.

Lee Ann began combining the coffee filter flowers with flowers cut from scrapbook papers, and she did a beautiful job. I love the combinations of papers, textures and colors – thank you, Lee Ann.

Beautiful coffee filter flowers, mixed up with scrapbook book papers. Created with Eileen Hull's Sizzix dies.

We mixed scrapbook papers and coffee filters, and the results are beautiful.

To finish the wreath, I die-cut a few leaves, and Lee Ann inked the edges with Eileen’s new Color Box inks. This wreath was truly a group effort!

How to make a Coffee Filter Flower Wreath.



Pretty! Mix and match coffee filter flowers and scrapbook paper flowers to make these blooms.

I’m thinking that Lee Ann might want to hang up this wreath at The Village Herb Shop . . .

After a late night of crafting, Eileen was up early the next morning, heading out to teach classes a few hours away. And later that day, she would be on her way to Indiana, phew! Eileen is planning another road trip later this year, so follow along on her blog to see if she’s coming to a shop near you. It will be a ton of fun, I promise!

What did you craft this week? Share what you’re working on, too.

Happy crafting.


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Let this DIY Sculpture have the floor

If you like modern décor, then take a peek at this contemporary, DIY Sleek & Chic Floor Sculpture. Perhaps you noticed this fashionable accent piece when I featured the Wallpaper Wall Art? What you might not have realized is that this is a DIY sculpture. Believe it or not, the Sleek & Chic Floor Sculpture is made with blocks of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam – kind of like building a tower with children’s blocks.

Cool, contemporary look, and the wall art and floor sculpture are both DIY and made with Styrofoam brand foam.

You can DIY the wall art and the floor sculpture.

Kathleen George shares the tutorial for the Sleek & Chic Floor Sculpture on The step-by-step instructions and a cutting diagram walk you through it. Kathleen finished the sculpture with black acrylic craft paint, Iron Graphite Texture Fierro Medium by DecoArt, and silver cardstock. You can easily switch out the colors and finishes to suit your own color palette.

Such a cool accent piece! DIY it with

The 2″ foam sheets are cut into blocks to build this sculpture. You’ll save big bucks when you DIY it!

It’s such a cool piece, and I hope you’ll go take a peek at this sculpture. You never know what other inspiration may come to you! And remember, it’s like building with blocks – almost. (I get questions all of the time about cutting, painting, shaping, etc., STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and if you’re curious, check out the Crafting Tips.)

I can’t wait to tell you about some crafty happenings earlier this week, when Eileen Hull and her vintage camper pulled into my driveway . . .

Designer Eileen Hull takes to the Paper Trailin her vintage trailer Scotty, spreading crafty inspiration everywhere she goes.

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY Stacked Ornament Candleholders

This week’s weather forecast calls for 90+ temperatures, so I’m happy to think about Christmas crafting. These Stacked Ornament Candleholders are a sparkling addition to Christmas décor, whether you display them on your Christmas mantel, or use them as a DIY Christmas centerpiece. Think about making several sets for Christmas gift giving, too.

DIY these sparkling candleholders using Styrofoam brand foam.

Ornament Candleholders by Kathleen George.

These are made from balls of Styrofoam brand foam, so you can easily change up the colors.

The red and green glitter really sparkles. Of course, you can change up the colors to match your favorite Christmas decorations.

To make Stacked Ornament Candleholders, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Stacked Ornaments Candleholder: 4”, 3”, 2 ½” balls; 6” disc
    • Single Ornament Candleholder: 4” ball; 4” cube*
  • Acrylic craft paint: Red, green and metallic gold
  • Glitter in red and green
  • Ornament caps, four
  • Candle cups, two
  • Gold braid, ¼” x 24”
  • Gold ribbon, 5/8” x 12” (for the single ornament)
  • Scrapbook paper, green
  • Paper paste
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; chopstick; toothpicks; sharp pencil; craft pins; thin wood skewer for the Stacked Ornament Candleholder

*If you can’t locate a 4” cube, make your own from a 1” sheet. Simply cut out four, 4” squares and glue together to form a 4” cube.

This isn't a real ornament -- it's a glittered ball of Styrofoam brand foam.

Mix and match the candleholders. Make both as shown, or make two of the single ornament candleholders, or vice versa.

To make a Single Ornament Candleholder:

1. Use the sharp pencil to score 1” circles on the 4” ball. (If you have a 1” circle punch, you can use this as a pattern.)

2. Gently but firmly press the ball onto your work surface, flattening the bottom.

3. Insert a chopstick into the flat area on the ball and use this as a handle while you paint. Paint the polka dots green and the rest of the ornament red. Let dry.

4. Brush thin craft glue onto the polka dots and sprinkle with green glitter. Let the glue dry. Brush craft glue onto the rest of the ornament, except for the flattened bottom, and sprinkle with red glitter. Let dry.

5. Spread paper paste or paper glue onto the sides of the 4” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap a 4” strip of paper around the cube. Spread paste on the top of the cube, and cover with a 4” square of paper. If needed, hold paper in place with craft pins while glue dries.

6. Assemble the candleholder:

  • Place glue on the ends of two – three toothpicks, and insert halfway into the middle of the foam cube. If needed, make a small hole in the paper with the tip of the scissors first, and then insert the toothpicks.
  • Spread glue on other half of toothpicks, and on the flat side of the ball.
  • Press the flat end of the ball onto the toothpicks.

7. Paint the candle cup gold, and let dry. Insert and glue the candle cup into the exact center top of the ball. (If the candle cup isn’t centered, the candleholder may tip over.)

8. Press an ornament cap into the side of the ball.

9. Glue gold ribbon and braid around the cube. Optional: Add a bow to the ornament.

Detail of DIY ornament candleholders. So pretty and made from Styrofoam balls.

A thin, wood skewer runs through these balls. Be sure the balls are centered and straight as you thread them on.

To Make a Stacked Ornaments Candleholder:

1. Score design lines on the foam balls. Add polka dots, like Step 1 above. Or, divide the balls into sections with rubber bands, and score along the rubber bands to create segments.

2. Following Step 2 above, flatten one side of the 4” ball.

3. Paint and glitter the balls, following Steps 3 & 4 above.

4. Spread paper paste around edge of 1” disc, and cover with 1” wide strips of scrapbook paper. Glue a 6” paper circle on top of the disc. If needed, hold paper in place with craft pins till glue dries.

5. Glue ornament caps to each ornament.

6. Following Step 6 above, attach 4” ball to the center of the 6” disc.

7. Firmly insert a wooden skewer into the exact center of the 4” ornament, pushing it through the ball and into the disc. Hold the skewer straight and be sure it’s inserted straight up and down.

8. Thread the 3” ornament onto the skewer till it rests on the 4” ornament. Add glue between the ornaments. Repeat for the 2-1/2” ornament. Snip off any excess skewer.

9. Paint and add the candle cup, following Step 7 above.

10. Glue ¼” braid around the disc.

Where would you display these candleholders?

Stay cool, and happy crafting.

P.S. I can’t wait to tell you about my day today! I’ll give you a behind-the-scenes peek later this week!


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A six-flag salute to Flag Day: Six flag crafts you can make

Tomorrow is Flag Day and I’m sharing six DIY flag crafts from the past here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Most of these are easy, and you can make one of these flags in a summer afternoon. So, get out your duct tape and let’s get rolling. (And I’m announcing our mystery winner today, too . . .)

A collection of easy, patriotic flag crafts. Cute ideas!

The Duct Tape Flag is a super-fast DIY, and one the kids will want to get in on. You can make quite a few flags from the three rolls of duct tape, so this is a great project for scout troops, summer camps, and other kids’ groups.

Super-easy flag craft made with duct tape! Tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee. #DuctTapeCrafts #PatrioticCrafts

I selected fabrics in vintage prints and hues for my Vintage Ruffled Flag. If you prefer, it’s easy enough to change it up with a more vibrant, red, white and blue palette.

Tutorial to make this Vintage Ruffled Flag. #PatrioticCrafts #FlagCrafts

I like the flag hanging in a window, but you can also hang it on your front door, a front porch, or in a hallway or kitchen.

If you can wrap a package, you can wrap a rectangle of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam in a striped fabric to make this America-the-Beautiful Flag. Don’t you love the button stars?

Here's a super-easy way to make a patriotic flag for a front door or just about anywhere. This flag features the America The Beautiful fabric from Laura Kelly. #LauraKelly #ILovetheUSA #PatrioticCraftsBelow is a favorite, stash-busting craft, in which you push squares of fabric into your foam base. Kids love it, too, so let them help make your Punch Fabric Flag. (I used this same technique to make my Patriotic Bandana Wreath.)

Craft tutorial: Flag craft for July 4th.

Punched Flag Wallhanging

This “Quick Tuck” Flag Wallhanging is another favorite of mine, from the faux quilted look to the button stars.

Craft Tutorial: July 4th faux quilt flag

It doesn’t get more all-American than bandanas & denim!

For the finale, here’s Johnnie’s amazing Faux Pallet Art Flag. This DIY flag will take some time to make, but crafting it from STYROFOAM Brand Foam sure beats lugging home a heavy, discarded pallet and hauling out the power tools. Johnnie shares an easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial over at Saved by Love Creations.

Amazing, faux pallet art flag! No heavy wood or power tools needed. Made by Johnnie over at Saved by Love Creations.

Surprise — this is made with foam and not wood! Johnnie over at Saved by Love Creations shows you how to DIY this Faux Pallet Art Flag.

It’s Friday the 13th, but it’s a lucky day for the winner of our mystery giveaway. I had so much fun with this one! First of all, thank you to everyone who participated and posted a comment — there were lots of great questions. You are all the best! Second, we’re big readers at my house, and it’s so exciting to give away this series of crafty mysteries. And third, I love supporting author and craft designer Lois Winston.

The winner of the four mystery novels with Anastasia Pollack is Nancy D., who asked about needle felting on STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Please contact me, Nancy D., to arrange for your prize. Lois and I are talking about another giveaway later this year, so if you didn’t win this time, you may have another opportunity . . .

Enjoy the summertime weekend!

Happy crafting.


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Make this blooming, Flower Garden Topiary for indoors

The gardens have been blooming for a while now, and I have my pots planted. Phew! It puts me in the frame of mind to share Patty Schaffer’s Flower Garden Topiary. I love the bright colors and button accents Patty used. She mixed and matched various papers and paint chips to create her vibrant flowers. May I suggest that you bring summertime indoors and plant this Flower Garden Topiary where you can admire it all year long.

What a pretty topiary! A great way to use up paper scraps and paint chips.

Flower Garden Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Flower Garden Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 4” balls
  • Flower pot, about 4” wide and tall
  • Wood dowel, 12”
  • Acrylic craft paint or spray paint in off-white
  • Scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets in coordinating patterns
  • Paint chips in five coordinating colors
  • Buttons, 125 large & 75 small, coordinating colors
  • Pearl head pins, 1-1/2” long, about 300
  • Sheet moss
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; large flower punch
What a beautiful bouquet. DIY this Flower Garden Topiary with the tutorial on

Isn’t this a beautiful bouquet?

To make a Flower Garden Topiary:

1. Paint the wood dowel off-white. Let paint dry. (Hint: Insert the dowel in a scrap piece of foam to keep both hands free while you paint.)

2. Insert the 4” foam ball into the pot, and trim to fit with the serrated knife. Insert the dowel into the foam ball, making sure it’s centered and standing straight. Remove the dowel from the ball, and the ball from the pot. Glue the ball in place in the pot. Add glue to the hole for the dowel, and re-insert the dowel.

3. Push the 6” ball onto the wood dowel. Remove the ball, add glue to the hole, and place the ball onto the dowel.

4. Cut sheet moss to cover the top of the ball, and glue in place.

5. Punch large flowers from the paint chips and scrapbook paper. Keep the different paper types separate.

Pretty flowers made with scrapbook paper, paint chips and buttons. See the topiary on

Each flower has three layers — a button, a paint chip flower, and a scrapbook paper flower.

6. Make layered flowers in this order: button on top; paint chip flower in the middle; patterned scrapbook paper on the bottom. Twist the two flowers so that the petals are fanned out. Pin the flowers onto the ball, inserting two pearl head pins through the holes in the buttons. Switch up the flower layers as you go, and place the patterned scrapbook paper in the middle and the paint chip flower on the bottom.

7. Continue pinning on the flowers till the ball is covered. (Patty used about 150 flowers on her topiary.)

Pretty flower pots.

I went with full-grown plants this year, and I’m a little worried that they might outgrow the pot by summer’s end.

I’m really happy with my pots this year. Last year, I used smaller geraniums and by the end of the summer, they were still pretty small. So, I decided to start the summer with larger plants this year, and I hope they don’t get too crowded. What’s in your garden? Do you have any never-fail blooms you’d recommend?

One more question for you today: Have you entered to win this collection of crafty, mystery novels by Lois Winston? This fun series features crafty, amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack. With titles like Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun and Decoupage can be Deadly, you know you’re in for a good read. Today is your last chance to enter and here’s how you can win. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. Good luck!Win this crafty, mystery series on Enter by Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make a Sock Snowman Ornament

This Sock Snowman Ornament is so cozy & cute. With my pile of mismatched socks, I could create a basketful of these Sock Snowman Ornaments in just about every color! They would make a treasured, handmade gift, and think about how you could customize each one. And just in case your pile of mismatched socks is as big as mine, I’m sharing a few more ideas for using up those leftover socks, and mittens, too.

Such a fun gift idea, and you can make them from your old, mismatched socks.

Snowman Sock Ornament by Kathleen George.

To make a Sock Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 3” balls
  • Sock, adult size
  • Fiberfil stuffing
  • Glittered texture paint
  • Felt: Black for hat; 5/8” x 12” piece for scarf
  • Fabric scraps for eyes, nose, mouth & cheeks
  • Ribbon: 3/8” x 9” for hat; 10” for hanger
  • Embellishments: ¾” wooden hearts; 1-1/2” wooden snowflakes; faux holly sprigs
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; wood skewer or chopstick; stiff paintbrush

To make a Sock Snowman Ornament:

1. Wax your knife blade with the old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from one side of each 3” ball. Rub the two cut sides together, forming a tight fit, and then glue balls together.

2. Insert the wood skewer or chopstick into the bottom of the snowman and use it as a handle while painting. Paint the snowman with the sparkling texture paint.

3. Lightly fill the bottom of the sock with fiberfill. If your sock is really long, fold down the top to make a cuff, and leave room to tuck in the snowman (don’t add him yet).

4. Knot together the ends of a 9” – 10” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Glue the knotted end into the back corner of the sock.

5. Insert the snowman into the sock and glue him in place.

Cute Sock Snowman Ornament.

How would you customize this project? You could use different socks (how about Christmas socks), colorful felt, buttons, ribbons, and all sorts of trims.

6. Cut out the eyes, carrot nose, mouth and cheeks from felt or fabric scraps and glue onto the snowman’s face with thick, white craft glue.

7. Wrap the 5/8” x 12” felt strip around the snowman’s neck, and tie in a loose knot. Fringe the ends.

8. Glue snowflakes and small hearts onto the sock. Optional: Glue bows onto snowflakes.

9. Make the hat:

  • Cut the following from the black felt: 3-1/2” circle (hat brim); 2-1/2” circle (top of hat); and a 2-1/2” x 9” strip.
  • Overlap the ends of the strip, forming a tube, and glue the ends together.
  • Center and glue 2-1/2” circle onto the felt tube. Let the glue dry.
  • Make 2” long cuts in the center of the 3-1/2” circle.
  • Test fit to see if you can place the hat brim onto the snowman’s head. If not, add a few more cuts.
  • Glue the top portion of the hat onto the brim. Let glue dry.
  • Glue the hat onto the snowman.
  • Glue ribbon around the hat brim and embellish with a spring of holly.

If your pile of odd socks includes a few athletic socks, turn them into this adorable Snowman Swag.

These little faces are too cute! An easy DIY using a white tube sock and balls of Styrofoam brand foam.

Snowman Swag by Kathleen George.

Who knew you could transform your mismatched socks into Polar Bear & Penguin Sock Ornaments?

You make these cuties from socks & gloves. Too cute. CraftsnCoffee.comAnd here’s one more snowman craft, a Winter Welcome sign that uses up your old, leftover winter mittens.

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

Winter Welcome by Paula Bales.

Thanks for stopping in for another Tinsel Tuesday.

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.

P.S. Have you entered the mysterious giveaway yet?

Happy crafting.


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A DIY Patriotic Topiary & a mysterious giveaway . . .

Do you like a good whodunit? I recently saw this pretty, DIY Patriotic Topiary on Pinterest, and I wondered “whodunit”? So, I clicked through and started to unravel the mystery. This Patriotic, Fabric Topiary was first shared by Anastasia Pollack, a crafts editor and amateur sleuth, on her blog Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers. What? I dug a little deeper, and discovered that Anastasia is the lead character in the crafty mystery series written by Lois Winston.

Pretty summer topiary! Easy to do.

Patriotic Topiary by crafts editor and amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack.

Aha! I was onto something now. Lois and I go way back, and we first met years ago. When I met Lois, she was an award-winning designer of needlework and crafts projects for magazines, craft book publishers, and craft kit manufacturers. Several years ago, Lois began writing award-winning mysteries, too, featuring amateur sleuth and crafter Anastasia Pollack.

Here’s how Anastasia describes herself: “I’m the crafts editor at American Woman magazine; the single parent of two teenage boys and a Shakespeare quoting parrot; caretaker to a semi-invalid, communist mother-in-law from Hell and her demon dog; daughter to a multi-married descendant of the Czars (supposedly); reluctant cat-sitter to Mama’s extremely corpulent white Persian cat; a born Jersey girl; and star of my own amateur sleuth mystery series.”

Win this crafty, mystery series on Enter by Thursday, June 12, 2014. What fun! And an excellent summer beach read. You’ll have a chance to follow Anastasia and her crafty capers by entering today’s Summer Beach Reads Giveaway. One lucky Crafts ‘n Coffee reader will win Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun, Death by Killer Mop Doll, Revenge of the Crafty Corpse, and Decoupage Can Be Deadly. These are the perfect books to tote along, wherever your summer travels take you.

To enter, tell me about a mystery you’d like solved about crafting with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Are you baffled by cutting it? Wondering about painting it? Curious about the available sizes and shapes? Or?? I’ll try to help you solve your mysteries, too. Please post your question by next Thursday, June 12, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, June 13th. (Don’t you think that Friday the 13th is an appropriate day to announce the mystery winner?)

Be sure to go over to Anastasia’s blog, Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers, and see how she made her Patriotic Topiary.

Pretty summer topiary! Easy to do.

Patriotic Topiary by crafts editor and amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack.

Happy crafting!

P.S. Here’s a clue to get you started!


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Create Colorful, Custom Candle Cubes

I have a super-easy idea for you today – Custom Candle Cubes (and how about that alliteration?) This is another project where you can create endless, custom looks depending on the papers you choose. (Remember the Marbled Metallic Wall Art from last week? Gorgeous papers were again the secret ingredient.) The 5” cubes are the perfect size for chunky candles, but they’re also fun displayed all on their own.

There's so much you can do with these decorative cubes! Easy to DIY with textured scrapbook papers and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam.

Green & Black Gator Cubes.

To make Custom Candle Cubes, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cubes
  • Textured paper, two 12” x 2” sheets
  • Thick, white craft glue or paper paste
  • Tools needed: Scissors or a paper trimmer; Xacto® knife with new blade; pencil; ruler

To make a Custom Candle Cube:

1. For each foam cube, cut six, 5-1/8″ squares from papers. Cubes shown are one solid black, one solid green cube, and one mix-and-match.

2. Apply a thin, even coat of craft glue or paper paste onto one side of a cube. Position a paper square so that it’s flush with one side and the top edge. Smooth down the paper square with your fingers.

3. Carefully trim the excess paper on the side and bottom edges with an Xacto knife. Repeat, till all sides are covered. Let dry completely.

Not a paper crafter? Here’s how you an change it up. I recently shared these Textured Deco Cubes, too. Same setting, completely different look. So, if you’d rather, use twine, buttons and twigs to cover your cubes.

Love the textures! DIY these Deco Cubes on

Textured Deco Cubes — same idea, different finishes.

There are so many ways to display these cubes. How would you use them?

P.S. Don’t miss tomorrow’s mysterious giveaway . . .

Happy crafting.


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