Candy Corn Crafts Week: Easy, Glittered Candy Corn Cones

Today’s Halloween Candy Corn Craft is the easiest one yet. When I sat down to make these Glittered, Candy Corn Cones, I asked “how is it that I’ve never made these before?” I thought last year’s Glittered Candy Corn were easy, and oh my, these Glittered Candy Corn Cones are even easier. I have the tutorial below so you can DIY your own Glittered Candy Corn Cones, but I bet you can figure it just by looking at the photos.

Sweet & easy Glittered Candy Corn Cones. So easy you can make a bunch!

These Glittered Candy Corn Cones are easy enough that you can make a bunch to display on your mantel or on a tabletop.

To make Glittered Candy Corn Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Cones in assorted sizes; I used 6”, 9” and 12” cones
    • Cube, 6”, or other size large enough to hold the candy corn upright
  • Acrylic craft paint in white, orange, yellow and brown (I prefer Apple Barrel paint from Plaid. It’s inexpensive and offers excellent coverage.)
  • Crystal glitter
  • Tools needed: Wooden chopstick or skewer; stiff paintbrush; newspaper or box lid
Sparkling, Glittered Candy Corn Cone tutorial.

Look at that sparkle!

To make Glittered Candy Corn Cones:

  1. Insert a chopstick or skewer into the bottom of the foam cone. You’ll use this as a handle while you paint.
  2. Paint your cone in the colors of candy corn. I started at the top, and worked my way down.
  3. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle generously with crystal glitter. Work over old newspaper or a box lid so that cleanup is easier and you can pour the unused glitter back into the container.
  4. Insert the chopstick or skewer into the foam cube to hold the candy upright while the paint dries.
Love these! They're so cute & colorful, and super-easy, too. Glittered Candy Corn Cones on

Display just a pair . . .

Super fun and easy! Tutorial for Glittered Candy Corn Cones on

. . . or a trio.

Last year’s Glittered Candy Corn require just one extra step — cutting the triangular shape from a 1” thick sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Because they are flat, you can use the candy corn in different ways, like the Glittered Candy Corn Wreath or the Glittered Candy Corn Garland.

A pretty and very easy Glittered Candy Corn Wreath for Halloween. Tutorial on

This Glittered Candy Corn Garland is perfect for non-scary Halloween decor. t

Designer Patty Schaffer joins Candy Corn Crafts Week tomorrow with one of her sweet designs. In the meantime, remember that I’m giving away five copies of the magazine Halloween Tricks & Treats with Patty’s Candy Corn Wreath.

I love this Halloween magazine! It's packed with great ideas for parties and for the house, too. Look for it on newsstands.

Look for the magazine on newsstands now!

For your chance to win a copy, visit Crafts ‘n Coffee every day during Candy Corn Crafts Week and leave a comment. I’ll choose at random five names from those who left daily comments on Monday, September 28, and announce the winners on Tuesday, September 29. You have till midnight on Sunday, September 27, to leave your comments.

Happy Candy Corn Crafting.


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Candy Corn Crafts Week starts today with a Candy Corn Wreath

It’s Candy Corn Crafts week on Crafts ‘n Coffee. It’s the annual week of sweet & colorful Halloween crafts with a candy corn theme. The Candy Corn Wreath I was going to share today was a total fail, yikes! But, the good news is that Patty Schaffer just had a beautiful Candy Corn Wreath published in the magazine Halloween Tricks & Treats. I have five extra copies of this frighteningly fun magazine that I’m giving away, too. First, here’s Patty’s Candy Corn Wreath.

It's the iconic Candy Corn Wreath! Published in Halloween Tricks & Treats.

Candy Corn Wreath by Patty Schaffer in the magazine Halloween Tricks & Treats.

It’s the iconic Candy Corn Wreath, don’t you think?

I love this Halloween magazine! It's packed with great ideas for parties and for the house, too. Look for it on newsstands.

Look for the magazine on newsstands now! And I’m giving away five copies, too.

You can look for this issue on newsstands or read on for your chance to win one of the five copies I’m giving away.

My Candy Corn Wreath is a lesson learned in using the right adhesive. Once I finished the top of the wreath, I thought it looked great and I was moving right along. Then, as I started to cover the sides, the glue never set up and it started to soften on top as the candy melted. Lesson learned – do not use a water based glue for candy! The weather was hot and humid that week, too, which I’m sure that aggravated the situation.

How NOT to make a Candy Corn Wreath!

Don’t do what I did and use a water-based adhesive for your Candy Corn Wreath. I was making fast progress on my wreath, till the water-based glue started to melt the candy corn. Try a low-temp glue gun instead.

I wish I’d used a low-temp glue gun instead of a water-based glue. I ran out of time to make a second wreath, so I can’t report back on whether or not the low-temp glue would have held up better. If you want to try making this Candy Corn Wreath, I would encourage you to test the technique and adhesive first. If you’ve had any experience with making a Candy Corn Wreath, please let me know how you made yours.

In the meantime, here are some of the more successful Candy Corn Crafts featured on Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Fun idea -- decorate for Halloween with Glittered Candy Corn. Tutorial on

Glittered Candy Corn

Glittered Candy Corn Garland

Glittered Candy Corn Wreath

These are all so cute! has tutorials to make all three Candy Corn Door Hangers, and they're all an easy DIY.

Ruffled Candy Corn Door Hanger

Glittered Candy Corn Door Décor

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Rebekah Meier made this beautiful folk art Candy Corn Girl. Her tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee makes it look pretty easy.

Frightfully Cute, Folk Art Candy Corn Girl by Rebekah Meier.

Folk Art Candy Corn Girl

Make these Candy Corn Cuties with duct tape. Lots of quick & easy (and cute) candy corn crafts on

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cuties 

Halloween Candy Corn Duct Tape Wreath 

Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres

DIY Halloween Duct Tape Topiaries

Duct Tape Candy Corn Topiary

Ruffled Candy Corn Cone

Halloween Candy Corn Cone

Easy - made this Halloween candy corn with a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam and scrapbook paper.

Make this super easy and super sized candy corn with scrapbook paper and a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Super-Sized Halloween Candy Corn

If you’d like a chance to win the magazine Halloween Tricks & Treats, leave a comment every day this week, Monday through Friday. I’ll choose five names at random from those who left daily comments on Monday, September 28, and announce the winners on Tuesday, September 29. You have till midnight on Sunday, September 27, to leave your comments.

I’ll have a new Candy Corn Craft everyday this week, and I hope you’ll follow along.

Happy Candy Corn Crafting!


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An idea for your fall décor: DIY pretty, no-sew Plaid Pumpkins

When designer Patty Schaffer came across two plaid shirts in the colors of a fall day at a thrift shop, she knew she could make something beautifully seasonal from them. The results are these Pretty Plaid Pumpkins. Patty found real pumpkin stems at the garden center where she works, and you can find them, too, at your local garden center, nursery or pumpkin farm. Now, let’s go plant a patch of Pretty Plaid Pumpkins.

Pretty Plaid Pumpkins -- no-sewing required! And, they're made from old shirts. Love these!

Pretty, DIY Pumpkins for now right through Thanksgiving!

These look so pretty on Patty’s sideboard. DIY and display these pumpkins right through Thanksgiving!

To make Pretty, Plaid Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” and 6” balls
  • Plaid shirts in seasonal colors (Patty found hers at a thrift store)
  • Pumpkin stems
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; wooden bamboo skewer; butter knife
How to turn old shirts into Pretty Plaid Pumpkins on

Patty found this plaid shirt at a thrift store. This pumpkin wears it well!

To make Pretty, Plaid Pumpkins:

  1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a slice from the top of your foam ball. Press the bottom of the foam ball on the tabletop so it’s slightly compressed and will stand and not roll. If needed, gently compress the edges at the top and bottom to make a pumpkin shape.
  1. Use the wooden bamboo skewer to score vertical grooves all around the pumpkin, forming its sections. Make the sections uneven, just like on a real pumpkin.
  1. Cut apart plaid shirts along the seams.
  1. Cover the balls with fabric:
  • Cut out a piece of fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around. Place the fabric piece over the section to test the fit, and trim as needed. Do not cut off the extra ½” seam allowance.
  • Center the fabric over the corresponding section, and use the butter knife to press the fabric down into the grooves.
  • Hold the knife straight up and down for a cleaner line.
  • If needed, pin the material down in the groove. Push the pins in far enough so they are hidden in the groove.
  • Repeat, till all sections are covered.
  • Trim away excess fabric and threads with nail scissors.
  • Hint: As you go, double check the plaid to be sure it’s going in your preferred direction.
Such a cute, no-sew pumpkin! Easy tutorial is on

Ddi you notice this pumpkin is in the fall header at the top of the page?

  1. Hot glue a real pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.

I think these are so pretty, and I am scheming to make a few of my own. If they work out as planned, I’ll share them soon. In the meantime, here are a few more pretty pumpkins so you can pick the perfect one for your own pumpkin patch: No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins, No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins, Sweater Pumpkins, and Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins.

No-sew, and they're made from old shirts! Tutorial to make these Pretty Plaid Pumpkins is on

I’m working on making a few of these pumpkins with different fabrics, and I’m scouting around for the stems right now.

Candy Corn Crafts week starts Monday on! Next week is Candy Corn Crafts Week, an annual tradition here at Crafts ‘n Coffee. It’s one of my favorite series, and I can’t wait to get started. You’ll see more of me next week, as I’ll have a candy corn theme craft every day next week, Monday through Friday.

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

Happy crafting!


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This beautiful, burlap wreath for fall has it all

This DIY fall wreath has it all: orange, burlap roses; layered, book page flowers; paper leaves; and jute mesh ribbon. Beautiful, isn’t it? Just like the Velvet Mushroom Wreath from earlier this month, this Beautiful Fall Burlap Wreath is square, and I adore this variation. Anyone can make a round wreath, right? So, why not make your fall wreath square? Designer Patty Schaffer shares her tutorial to DIY this fall wreath.

A beautiful, burlap wreath for fall. I love the square shape!

To make a Beautiful, Fall Burlap Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1″ x 12″ x 12″ (or a larger, 1″ thick sheet cut to size)
  • Burlap:
    • Natural
    • Orange
  • Paper:
    • Kraft paper
    • Book pages
    • Orange patterned
  • Jute mesh ribbon
  • Ribbon (for hanging the wreath)
  • Buttons
  • Floral wire and floral tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; flower punches*; straight pins; sharp pencil; wire cutters

*If you don’t have flower punches, you can also cut out your flowers with scissors. You only need eight paper flowers, so hand cutting will be easy.

Beautiful details from a lovely, burlap wreath for fall.

The colors, the textures — it’s all about fall on this wreath.

To make a Beautiful, Fall Burlap Wreath:

  1. Using ruler and a sharp pencil, score an 8” square in the center of the 12” foam square. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the 8” square, creating a square wreath shape.
  1. Cut the natural burlap into strips about 1 ½” wide. Wrap the strips around the wreath to cover it completely. Use low-temp glue or double-sided tape and straight pins to secure the burlap strips in place.
  1. Make five assorted sizes of burlap roses from the orange burlap. (Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous has a tutorial to make burlap roses.)
  1. Cut oak leaves in various sizes from the book pages and kraft paper. Gently crumple the leaves. (Kathleen George shared an oak leaf pattern for her Cozy Yarn Wreath, and I found several leaf templates over on Jane’s Doodles, too.)
  1. Punch out four flowers from the patterned, orange paper and four from the book pages. Assemble the flowers:

    These are beautiful, paper flowers for fall! See them on a fall wreath over on

    Each flower has three layers.

  • Layer a book page flower on an orange flower, and place a button in the center.
  • Use a piece of floral wire to secure the flower together: fold the wire into a ‘u’ shape and insert it from the top through two of the button holes and both paper layers.
  • Twist the wire tightly against the bottom of the flower.
  • Wrap the wire with florist tape.
  1. Arrange a piece of jute mesh ribbon on an angle across the bottom of the wreath. Glue in place.
  2. Arrange the burlap roses, paper flowers, and paper leaves on the mesh ribbon, and glue in place.
  1. Add the hanger: Slip the ribbon around the wreath, and knot the ends together.
This Burlap Wreath has all of the colors and textures of fall! DIY it on

Are you thinking about how you might change this up for Christmas?

Do you like the square shape? Would you hang up a square wreath on your front door?

Happy crafting!


P.S. Last Friday, I mentioned that Eileen Hull was coming to town on Paper Trail #7. Friday night, we all had a blast making beautiful paper gifts, and visiting with Eileen, too. Here’s the happy group.

Eileen Hull leads a Sizzix workshop at The Village Herb Shop.

Crafting with Eileen Hull on Paper Trail #7.

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Pumpkins, acorns, pretty leaves and more: 20+ favorite ideas for fall crafts & décor, and we have a winner!

I like things organized, so I love how the new tab Craft & Décor Tutorials has all of the tutorials on Crafts ‘n Coffee sorted by holidays and seasons. When I can’t keep track of it all, this directory is like my auxiliary memory. When paging through the seasonal Craft & Décor projects the other day, I revisited so many beautiful projects from the past. Sometimes, these old favorites get buried, and I decided to showcase them again. Rather than calling them old, perhaps I should call them “classics”? I hope you’ll find a few classic favorites here, too. And read on for The Inspiration Giveaway winner.



Button Acorns

Pretty button acorns -- perfect colors for fall.

Beautiful, Button Acorns.

Yarn & Burlap Acorns

Yarn & Burlap Acorns are perfect for fall, and easy to DIY, too. Tutorial on

Cozy Yarn Acorns.

Vintage, Fabric Yo-Yo Acorns

DIY these gorgeous acorns with vintage fabric yo-yos. See how on

Vintage, Fabric Yo Yo Acorns.

Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin

Don't throw away your broken, chipped flower pots. Make this gorgeous Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin instead. Tutorial on

Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin by Kathleen George.

Burlap Pumpkins

Easy, no-sew burlap pumpkins using Styrofoam balls for your fall decorating

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins by Patty Schaffer.

Sweater Pumpkins

Love these Orange Sweater Pumpkins! Tutorial on

Sweater Pumpkins by Patty Schaffer.

Velvet Pumpkins

Make these velvet pumpkins without sewing a stitch! Tutorial on

Velvet Pumpkins by Kathleen George.

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

Cute sock pumpkins! Tutorial on

Ribbon & Sock Pumpkins by Kathleen George.

Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones

Beautifully made with corrugated cardboard. Tutorial on

Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones by Kathleen George.

Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary

Beautiful textures for fall, and it's rustic yet elegant. Topiary tutorial on #RusticFallDecor

Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

Jute Rope and Fringed Burlap Fall Topiaries

Beautiful DIY for fall! Tutorials on

Jute Rope & Fringed Burlap Topiaries.

Shades of Fall Yarn Topiaries

So cozy, and I love the fall colors and yummy textures. So perfect for Fall! Just wrap your yarn around a cone of Styrofoam brand foam -- full details on

Cozy Yarn Topiaries by Kathleen George.

Shades of Fall Yarn Wreath

This wreath is so yummy for fall! Gorgeous colors and pretty felt flowers.

Shades of Fall Yarn Wreath by Kathleen George.

Autumn Welcome Yarn Wreath

This 'Autumn Welcome' Yarn Wreath is perfect for fall! The colors in the yarn are beautiful, and the fabric acorns are adorable.

‘Autumn Welcome’ Yarn Wreath by Kathleen George.

Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath

Beautiful Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath. Such pretty colors! And easy to DIY.

Deco Mesh Harvest Wreath.

Moss Rock & Fall Pumpkin Wreath

How to make a fall wreath using moss rocks and pumpkins and Styrofoam

Moss Rock & Pumpkin Wreath.

Pretty Paper Leaf Wreath

Such a pretty fall wreath! Make it with cardstock. has the tutorial.

Pretty Fall Leaf Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Shimmery, Paper Punch Fall Leaf Wreath

Paper Punch Fall Leaf Wreath

Shimmery, Paper Punch Fall Leaf Wreath by Kathleen George.

Fall Sweater Wreath

This is the prettiest Fall Sweater Wreath! It's an amazing way to repurpose an old sweater.

Fall Sweater Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Pumpkin Orange Sweater Wreath

Such a cozy wreath! The Styrofoam wreath is covered in sleeves from a repurposed sweater! Check out those fabric & burlap roses, too.

Pumpkin Orange Sweater Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece

Pretty and perfect for fall! Easy to do with wrapping paper and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. #FauxBois #FallTablescape

Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece by Kathleen George.

Do you have a classic favorite?

Beautiful crafts and decorating ideas for fall, my favorite season!


Thank you to everyone who left suggestions and feedback in The Inspiration Giveaway. You are all the best, and I appreciate the time you took to stop by and comment. The winner in The Inspiration Giveaway is Kathy Ferguson. Please contact me, Kathy, for the details. It’s always hard to have just one winner, so I’m planning another Inspiration Giveaway soon – stay tuned. (UPDATE: Please contact me by end of day Sunday, October 4, Kathy, or I’ll have to pick another winner. :-( Thank you!)

I have a little more news today . . . guess who will be stopping by later – Eileen Hull! You may remember she was in town last year for her Paper Trail adventures, and today, she’s stopping by on Paper Trail #7. Tonight, I’m attending a class she’s teaching at The Village Herb Shop and we’ll be making a few party crafts. I can’t wait! I don’t think many readers are local, but if you are in the Cleveland area, come on by!

What are you creating this weekend?

Craft on!


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A fresh look for fall mantels, made with burlap and jute rope

Here are two fast and easy fall decorating ideas that you can make tonight. The colors and textures in these Fall Topiaries are seasonally beautiful, and the burlap and jute rope are super inexpensive, too. In just an hour or two, you can DIY a beautiful fall mantel with money left over for your favorite pumpkin spice treat. What’s not to love about this season!? Now, if only these 90-degree temperatures would move on already . . . (and remind me that I said this come January!)

Beautiful DIY for fall! Tutorials on

How pretty would these be on your fall mantel? They’re an easy DIY — I made made them in an evening.

Beautiful textures and colors for fall.

The textures and colors are perfect for fall!

To make a Jute Rope Fall Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Jute rope, ½” x 6 yds.
  • Garland with orange berries
  • Wooden knob
  • Acrylic paint in orange
  • Thick, white craft glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pearl head pins; paintbrush
DIY a Jute Rope Topiary for fall -- easy and inexpensive!

It doesn’t look inexpensive, but the jute rope I purchased was about $2/yard.

To make a Jute Rope Fall Topiary:

  1. Wrap the cone in the jute rope:
  • Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin and glue one end of the jute rope to the back of the cone.
  • Hold the jute rope steady in one hand, and twirl the foam cone to wrap the jute around it. Pin and glue the jute to the cone as you go.
  • Keep the layers as even as possible. Each time you wind another layer, firmly push it down, so it rests evenly on the last layer.
  • The Tacky Glue is slow drying (versus a glue gun) and this will give you more time to reposition the jute rope, if needed.
How to DIY a Jute Rope Topiary for fall on

Pin and glue the cord in place. I found it easier to wrap the cone around the cord, versus wrapping the cord around the cone.

  1. To finish, wind the jute rope around the flat top, and glue and pin in place. Trim off excess jute rope.
  2. Twirl the berry garland around the cone, spot gluing as needed.
  3. Paint the wood knob orange and let dry. Glue to the top of the cone.
  4. After the glue dries, remove the pins holding the jute rope in place.
So easy to DIY, and burlap is perfect for fall! Fringed Burlap Topiaries on

When you stretch each burlap strip around the foam cone, the tabs will naturally flare out.

To make Fringed Burlap Fall Topiaries, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 9” and 12” cones (or other size of your choice)
  • Burlap in assorted colors, ¼ yd. of each (I used tan, off-white and orange)
  • Wooden knobs, two
  • Wood stain
  • Thick, white craft glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pearl head pins; rag

To make Fringed Burlap Fall Topiaries:

  1. Cut a 2” wide strip of burlap, and wrap it around the base of each cone. Pin and glue the strip in place.

2. Make the fringed burlap strips:

  • Cut 3” wide strips from burlap.
  • Test fit a strip around the bottom of a cone, and trim to size with a slight overlap at the back.
  • Cut tabs 1-1/2” apart in the strip.
  • Wrap the fringed strip around the bottom of the cone, gluing and pinning in place at the back of the cone.
  • The tabs will flare out as you stretch the strip around the cone.
  • Repeat, staggering the tabs as you add each strip, and alternating the colors.
  • As you near the top of the cone, cut smaller tabs in the burlap, measuring about 1” wide.
  • The 9” cone uses five tan and four off-white strips.
  • The 12” cone has five tan strips, and four each of the off-white and orange burlap strips.

3. Wrap a ½” wide strip of burlap around the top of each cone.

4. Using a rag, wipe wood stain on each wooden knob and let dry. Glue a knob to the top of each cone.

Make these pretty fall topiaries in just an hour or two!

You can adapt these for Christmas by using different colors of burlap and a red berry garland.

If you want to introduce a little more pattern and color, take a look at the Burlap & Ruffles Topiaries I made last fall.

Pretty topiaries for fall, and easy to do, too.

If time is tight, you’ll love making these topiaries. I made the pair in less than two hours.

I’m really not trying to rush the season, but I do hope you’ll enter The Inspiration Giveaway, which closes at midnight this Thursday, September 10.

Enter The Inspiration Giveaway over on!

Pumpkin Spice is the flavor of the season, isn’t it? Whats your favorite pumpkin spice treat?

Happy crafting!


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DIY a lovely fall wreath with a woodland theme

I’ve been following the comments you’ve left in the The Inspiration Giveaway, and thank you for your suggestions. It sounds like several readers are looking for new wreath ideas, so let me introduce the beautiful Velvet Mushroom Wreath. Cozy fabric, jewel tone colors, and the most whimsical mushrooms make this the perfect DIY Fall Wreath. For those who are looking for more ornament tutorials, why not make a few extra mushrooms to hang on the tree? Pin glittering sequins or home-style buttons on the mushroom cap, add a ribbon hanger, and you have a homemade ornament.

This is a beautiful woodland wreath for fall! The velvet mushrooms would make cute tree ornaments, too. Tutorial on

Velvet Mushroom Wreath by Kathleen George.

Beautiful velvet mushrooms -- add them to a fall wreath, or turn them into Christmas ornaments.

It would be easy to make the mushrooms into Christmas tree ornaments!

To make a Velvet Mushroom Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 2” x 12” x 12” sheet
    • One each 3″, 2″, and 1 ½” balls
  • Knit fabric resembling crushed velvet, 1/3 yd. in burnt orange; and ¼ yd. each olive green, deep blue, and cream
  • Natural materials, such as deer moss, small pine cones, acorns, leaves and twigs
  • Sawtooth picture hanger with nails
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; straight pins

To make a Velvet Mushroom Wreath:

  1. Using a ruler and sharp pencil, score a 10” square in the center of your foam sheet. Wax the knife blade with the bar of soap or an old candle, and cut out the center, creating a 2” frame.

2. Cover the square wreath with the burnt orange fabric:

  • Cut the fabric into three, 3″ wide strips.
  • Pin and glue one strip to the back of the square wreath, and wrap it around the wreath.
  • Stretch the strip as you wrap it, so that the ends curl under as you go.
  • Pin and glue the other end to the back of the wreath.
  • Repeat with the two additional strips, till wreath is covered.
  • Corners: Center a fabric strip over the corner as you wrap. Fold over any excess fabric, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath.

3. Cut the mushrooms stems from the leftover, 10” foam square:

  • Cut out five stems, one each 3¾”, 3″, and 1¾” tall; and two that are 2¼” tall.
  • Cut away the corners, and press the edges on a tabletop to flatten.
  • Roll each stem on the tabletop till it’s round.
  • Roll more firmly near the top edge, so that the stem tapers at the tip.

4. Wrap the stems in the cream fabric and glue the edge. Cut away excess fabric, leaving ½” extra at the top and bottom. Using the scissors or another pointed tool, tuck the excess fabric into the top and bottom of the stem. Add a dab of glue, if needed, to help hold the fabric in place.

DIY Velvet Mushrooms. Beautiful on a Fall Wreath or made as Christmas Ornaments.

You’ll pair each stem with a half ball for the mushroom cap. If I were making these into Christmas ornaments, I’d cover the mushroom cap in red, stretchy fabric.

5. Cut the foam balls in half. Match up each half ball, or mushroom cap, with a stem. Cut a ½” deep hole in the flat side of each half ball to fit the stem.

6. Cover the mushroom caps with fabric:

  • Cut a circle of fabric large enough to cover the half ball, and add ½” all around.
  • Gather the fabric around the half ball, pulling fabric snugly to the bottom of the mushroom cap. Glue fabric in place.

7. Glue mushroom stems into the mushroom caps.

8. Arrange and glue mushrooms in place on the wreath. Decorate the wreath with natural materials.

Look at the details on this Fall Wreath with a woodland scene. Tutorial on

Add little critters, like ladybugs or a turtle, to introduce a little woodland whimsy.

9. Dip the picture hanger nails in glue, and insert through the hanger into the back of the wreath. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.

This is a beautiful woodland wreath for fall! The velvet mushrooms would make cute tree ornaments, too. Tutorial on

These colors are beautiful for fall.

Here’s another idea for a fall wreath – the Totally Textured Cork & Burlap Flower Wreath.

Love the texture! Perfect for summer to fall. Tutorial on


Another fall favorite of Crafts ’n Coffee readers is the Shabby Burlap & Buttons Wreath.

Pretty shabby burlap wreath for fall! Love the buttons, and burlap roses, too.


The colors are brighter in the Felt & Flowers Fall Wreath, and the felt gives it a warm and cozy feeling.

how to make a fall felt wreath

Felt & Flowers Fall Wreath by Kathleen George.

I hope you find a new fall wreath for your front door here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I’d love it if you entered The Inspiration Giveaway and told me more about your holiday crafting plans. Please go check it out and leave a comment.

Enter The Inspiration Giveaway over on!

Happy crafting.


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Lots of crafty inspiration today, and an inspiring giveaway

I often say it’s all about the inspiration. We craft and create because we’re inspired. We see something we like, our creativity flows, our hands move and voilà, we’ve created something beautiful. In my mind, September starts the most inspiring time of the year, and the biggest, craftiest season is right ahead of us. I have a few announcements today that I hope will inspire you to create, and I hope you’ll inspire me, too. So, today I have a little list of this & that, and don’t miss #7The Inspiration Giveaway!

Hundreds of favorite craft tutorials on

See that new tab by the blue arrow? That’s the new directory for hundreds of tutorials here on Crafts ‘n Coffee! Hooray!

  1. This is my #730th post on Crafts ‘n Coffee, which means that there are hundreds of craft tutorials here. It was time to bring a little order to this hot mess so you could find your favorite tutorials. This summer, my daughter worked behind the scenes to create the page “Craft and Décor Tutorials”, which lists all of the projects by category. It’s inspiration at your fingertips! Didn’t she do a great job? We’ve planned phase two, which will include a photo for each project, but that will have to be squeezed in between homework.
An easy, Lollipop Bouquet made with Lollipics.

I made this back-to-school Lollipop Bouquet using Lollipics.

2. A little back-to-school inspiration: To celebrate a new school year, I made a Lollipop Bouquet for my daughter’s robotics team, the Fighting Unicorns. Many thanks to Laura Kelly for creating the custom Lollipics for the team. If you follow Crafts ‘n Coffee, you know I’ve made these Lollipop Trees before. This one was a little different because I used the LolliPics, but it worked out great. I’ll just share a few photos and keep the tutorial brief. These are so easy, I think that’s all you’ll need. (And GO, Fighting Unicorns!)

How to DIY a Lollipop Bouquet. These Lollipics make it so colorful!

You’ll need a 6-1/2″ diameter pot, a 6″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, 18 – 20 Lollipics and tissue paper. Place the foam ball in the pot, and insert the Lollipics. Fill in any open areas with 2″ – 3″ squares of tissue paper. Enjoy!

3. September 1 means it’s also time to change up the look of the blog with our new seasonal photo. This is one of the photos we took during our photo shoot last winter, and I think it’s one of my favorites. The sights and colors of fall offer endless inspiration, don’t you think?

Be sure to follow Crafts 'n Coffee! So many fabulous DIY ideas!

4. Did you know that I changed the name of the Crafts ‘n Coffee Facebook page so that it’s now officially Crafts ‘n Coffee? I started the Facebook page before I started the blog, so the Facebook page was under a different name. Now that the names are the same, it will be easier to find us.

5. For even more inspiration, you can also follow Crafts ‘n Coffee on Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter.

6. With the help of designer Patty Schaffer, I’m planning the annual Candy Corn Crafts Week for later this month. Patty has wrapped up her projects, and now I have to get busy and work on mine!

7. The Inspiration Giveaway: It’s your turn to inspire me, please! Tell me how Crafts ‘n Coffee inspires you. What would you like to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee over the next few months? Are you looking for more ideas for Halloween decorations? Or Christmas ornaments? Gift ideas? Or?? I want to hear from you, so please leave a comment below about how Crafts ‘n Coffee can inspire your holiday crafting. By leaving a comment below, you’ll be entered in The Inspiration Giveaway. See #8 for all of the details.

8. We all need more inspiration – and more cash, for holiday crafting, right? Would 20 craft magazines and project books, along with a $50 craft store gift card, help out? I thought so! This summer, I sorted through HUGE piles of craft books and magazines, and I want to share the inspiration. Many of these titles are older, but they’re still packed with great ideas. A lot of the magazines are one-of-a-kind, too, and no longer published. The winner of The Inspiration Giveaway will receive a box packed full of magazines and books, along with a $50 gift card to the winner’s favorite craft store (choose from Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby).

If you’d like a chance to win The Inspiration Giveaway, leave a comment below telling me how Crafts ‘n Coffee can inspire you this holiday season. Comments close at midnight on Thursday, September 10. I’ll announce the winner on Friday, September 11.

For even more inspiration, don’t forget to poke around the new “Craft & Décor Tutorials” project directory here on Crafts ‘n Coffee!

Happy crafting.




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Natural décor for fall: Four textured, tabletop trees

My favorite season is right around the corner, so I’m excited to share a few DIY decorating ideas for fall. These four fall crafts are made with natural materials, from pine cones to pumpkins seeds, so they’re perfect for fall decorating. Here’s what really caught my eye, though – these Tabletop Fall Trees have a little sparkle, too, with flashes of gold and metallic highlights. Whether you’re decorating your fall mantel or dining room table, you can change the sizes of your foam cones to suit your space.

Beautiful for the fall mantel! DIY on

Fall Tabletop Trees by Kathleen George.

Beautiful textures for fall decorating! From a series of Tabletop Trees on

Pretty, natural textures with a touch of bling.

To make a Pine Cone Petal Topiary, you’ll need:

Detail from pine cone petals.

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Pine cones with 1-1/2” – 2” scales
  • Mod Podge, finish of your choice (Kathleen used a glossy finish to give the topiary a slight sheen)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: ½” paintbrush

To make a Pine Cone Petal Topiary:

1. Separate the pine cone petals or scales from the pinecones. You’ll need about 2 cups of scales.

2. Glue a row of pine cone scales around the bottom of the foam cone. The scales should point down, and the tips should be even with the bottom of the cone.

3. Add a second row of pine cone scales, overlapping the first row. Position the second row so that about 1” of the first row is visible.

4. Continue adding rows of pine cone petals around the cone until it’s covered.

5. At the top of the cone, glue three – four pine cone scales, pointing up.

6. Brush Mod Podge onto the cone and let dry.

To make a Natural Acorn Cap Topiary, you’ll need:

Natural acorn caps.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 9” cone; 3” ball
  • Acrylic paint in light brown
  • Acorn caps, 5/8” – ¾” wide, about 100
  • Satin ribbon, 1” x 9”, in sage green
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; serrated knife and a bar of soap or old candle

To make a Natural Acorn Cap Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone brown and let dry.

2. Make the base for the topiary:

  • Wax the blade of the serrated knife with the bar of soap or an old candle.
  • Cut the foam ball in half.
  • Cut a slice from the rounded top of one half, so that the top is flat.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the sides of the flat, half ball and glue in place.
  • Glue the cone to the base.

3. Glue a row of acorn caps around the bottom of the cone. As you glue on the caps, position them so they are angled slightly upwards.

4. Continue adding rows around the cone till it’s covered.

5. Glue three caps around the tip of the cone.

To make an Acorn, Pine Cone & Gold Bead Topiary, you’ll need:

Acorn caps with a touch of gold.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 6” cone
  • Acorn caps, 5/8” – ¾” wide, about 65
  • Pine cones, about ½” long, 1/4 C.
  • Acrylic craft paint in copper
  • Gold beads, plastic or metal:
    • 64, ¼” dia.
    • One, ¾” dia.
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush

To make an Acorn, Pine Cone & Gold Bead Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone, acorn caps and pinecones copper. Let dry.

2. Glue a row of acorn caps around the bottom of the cone. As you glue on the caps, position them so they are angled slightly upwards.

3. Repeat, adding rows of acorn caps till the cone is covered.

4. Glue one large acorn cap to the top, and glue the large gold bead in the center of the cap.

5. Fill in empty spaces between the acorn caps with pine cones.

6. Glue small gold beads in each acorn cap.

To make a Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary, you’ll need:

Pumpkin seeds with a patina finish.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam, 8” cone
  • Pumpkin seeds, dried, about 1 cup
  • Acrylic craft paint in olive green and metallic gold
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush; paper towels

To make a Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone and pumpkin seeds green and let dry.

2. Glue a row of seeds around the bottom of the cone. If you plan to display your topiary on a candle pedestal, extend the points ¼” past the bottom of the cone. Otherwise, line up the tips of the seeds with the bottom of the cone.

3. Continue gluing the pumpkin seeds around the cone in rows, overlapping the tips as you go.

4. To add the gold patina, lightly dry brush the topiary in gold. (To dry brush, dip a dry paintbrush into the gold paint, and wipe off most of the paint with a paper towel. Brush the paint onto the topiary.)

Pretty Tabletop Trees to DIY for your fall mantel.

L-R, Christmas Cranberry Cone; Acorn, Pinecone & Gold Bead Topiary; Pine Cone Petal Topiary; Natural Acorn Cap Topiary; and the Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary. Where would you display these Tabletop Trees?

If you’d like to add the Christmas Cranberry Cone to the mix, here’s the tutorial.

I don't have time to make a real Cranberry Topiary, but this one is so easy! And it will last forever.

You’ll find a few more acorn theme crafts for fall in this round up from a few years ago.

How to make a Thanksgiving wreath

Preserved Leaf & Natural Wreath by Kathleen George.

Christmas package wreath

Wrap it Up Acorn Door Swag by Diane Flowers.

As we move into a new season, I’m excited about something new here at Crafts ‘n Coffee. Have you noticed anything different? Poke around and see if you can find what I’m talking about. I’ll fill you in on Tuesday and I’ve planned a giveaway to celebrate!

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make Hot Air Balloon Ornaments

It feels like fall today, and I dug out my slippers from the back of the closet this morning. Summer is almost over, which means this is the last Tinsel Tuesday. I’ve saved an old, favorite Christmas craft for today – DIY, Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. Aren’t they beautiful? You could go in so many different directions with these, and use the little bits of scraps and trims that you have on hand. If you’ve missed any of this summer’s Tinsel Tuesdays, I’ve shared a list of the Christmas crafts below.

Make these now for Christmas. Beautiful idea for your tree, or to give as gifts.

Up, up & away . . .

To make a Hot Air Balloon Ornament, you’ll need:

DIY beautiful Hot Air Balloon Ornaments. A great stash buster, too.

So pretty!

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3-1/2” ball (or other size of your choice)
  • Miniature basket, about 1-1/2” in diameter
  • Acrylic craft paint in silver
  • Fabrics, assorted colors and prints, about 8” square of each
  • Trims in assorted colors and styles: Satin cord, strings of pearls, rick rack, lace, etc.
  • Ribbon, 1/8” x 1 yd.
  • Embellishments: small mirrors, flat back gems, mini bows, beads, etc.
  • Foil, small piece
  • Mini packages
  • Ring bead, 3/4″
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; paintbrush; rubber bands; fine-line, permanent marker; sharp pencil; serrated knife; straight pins

To make a Hot Air Balloon Ornament:

  1. Paint the basket silver and let dry.

2. Stretch three rubber bands around the 3-1/2” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing it into six equal, vertical sections. Add another rubber band around the ball horizontally, dividing each section in half. You should now have 12 sections on the foam ball.

3. Draw lines next to the rubber bands using the marker. Remove the rubber bands and score the lines with a sharp pencil.

4. Cut out fabrics using the pattern, adding a ¼” seam allowance all around. Mix and match your fabrics for each balloon.

Details from gorgeous, Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments.

Mix and match fabrics and trims.

5. Center your first fabric piece over one of the scored sections and using the serrated knife, tuck the seams into the scored lines. Repeat, covering each section. Use nail scissors to carefully trim away extra fabric. If your “seam” lines aren’t perfect, that’s o.k. You’ll cover them with trims in the next step.

6. Cut your trims to size, and glue over the vertical seams. Don’t glue trim around the horizontal seam yet; you’ll do this in Step 8.

7. Attach the basket to the ball:

  • Cut four, 5″ lengths of 1/8″-wide ribbon.
  • Glue one end of each piece to the inside of the basket.
  • Pin the other end of the ribbon to the fabric-covered ball.
  • Adjust the ribbon length till the basket hangs evenly.
  • Once the basket is even, glue the ribbons to the ball.
  • Trim excess ribbon.
  1. Glue trim around middle of ball, covering the horizontal seam.
  2. Crumple a small piece of foil and glue to the bottom of the basket. Top off with mini packages.
  3. Optional: decorate the basket with ribbon.
  4. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the top of the ornament. Slide a ring bead through the hanger, and glue to the top of the ball.
Beautiful, handmade Christmas gift idea.

What colors would you use for your Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments?

Here’s another version made with cotton fabrics in Christmas colors. See what I mean when I say you can take this in lots of different directions?

Sweet Hot Air Balloon Christmas Ornaments. Great way to use up scraps from your stash.

You get a completely different look when you use plain, cotton fabrics. Check out the little figures in the baskets, too.

If you missed any of the Tinsel Tuesday Christmas crafts, here’s where you’ll find them.

Folded Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments

A Christmas favorite -- folded paper pinecone ornaments turned into mini Christmas trees!

Folded Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments by Kathleen George.

 Mixed Media Snowman Collage

Beautiful mixed media snowman collage. It's not hard -- tutorial on

Mixed Media Snowman Collage by Rebekah Meier.

 Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones. So cute & whimsical for Christmas, and a really easy DIY.

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones by Rebekah Meier.

 Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament

This is an easy, DIY Christmas ornament. Tutorial on

It’s a favorite technique with a new twist.

 Gleeful, Gift Wrap Elf

Just adorable for Christmas!

Gleeful Gift Wrap Elf by Debra Quartermain.

Snowman Candle Pedestal

A cute DIY Gift idea. Snowman Candle Pedestal tutorial on

Snowman Candle Pedestal by Koren Russell.

 No-Sew Glove Santa

This is a fun one -- make a Santa from a knit glove.

No-Sew Glove Santa by Kathleen George.

Faux, Pallet Wood Snowman

Cute! And it looks like wood but this Faux Pallet Wood Snowman is made with foam sheets. So much easier!

Faux Pallet Wood Snowman by Debi Schmitz.

 Recycled Tie Wreath

Beautiful Recycled Tie Wreath for Christmas or year-round.

Recycled Tie Wreath by Kathleen George.

Cozy Sweater Ornaments

Turn your old sweaters into pretty Christmas Ornaments. Get the DIY on

Sweater Ornament by Kathleen George.

School starts tomorrow, which means that yes, summer is officially over for us. It may be the last Tinsel Tuesday, but I have lots more holiday crafts planned, so keep the glue gun handy!

Which Tinsel Tuesday project was your favorite this summer?

Craft on!


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