Pumpkin Crafts Recap: Top 4 favorite pumpkin crafts

I’m wrapping up Pumpkin Crafts Week today by sharing a few of my favorite pumpkin crafts from the past. While I loved this year’s pumpkins, I don’t want to forget about my favorites from the last few years. As you’ll see, with a little creativity, you can make a fall pumpkin from almost anything in your craft stash. I’ll start with the Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin, a beautiful way to repurpose any chipped and broken terra cotta pots leftover from summertime.

Terra Cotta Mosaic Pumpkin

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

The shades of terra cotta are perfect for fall, and really do look like a pumpkin.

Sweater Pumpkins

If you have an old orange sweater you don’t wear any more, or if you’re scouting second-hand stores, here’s how to make a Sweater Pumpkin.

Here's a use for an old sweater: Make a sweater pumpkin. Love the real pumpkin stems.

Sweater Pumpkins by Patty Schaffer.

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

I love the contrast between the fabrics and the burlap in these No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins. Wouldn’t they be pretty on the Thanksgiving table?

Beautiful, DIY Burlap Pumpkins for fall. And, no sewing! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

A Handful of Pumpkins

Make this pumpkin patch of cuties from an old glove.

Repurpose a glove to make pumpkins

A Handful of Pumpkins from Crafts ‘n Coffee

And still more . . .

If you missed this week’s Pumpkin Crafts, I’ll share the links again below.

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card

Top Hat Jack

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

Elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

Looking for even more ideas? Here’s another round up of pumpkin crafts.

So many fun ideas for Halloween. Tons of pumpkin crafts over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Do you have a favorite Pumpkin Craft you plan to make from this week’s round up? I’d love to hear about it.

Happy pumpkin crafting.


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How to make elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

These No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins are gorgeous, especially when topped off with real pumpkin stems. I bet you’re already familiar with tucking fabric pieces into STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s the same technique Kathleen George used when she made the Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments, and the Fresh & Fancy Foam & Fabric Eggs. What’s different here is that Kathleen also shaped each section in the foam ball to create the pumpkin form. Here’s how she made the No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins.

Gorgeous velvet pumpkins for fall! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4”, 5”, and 6” balls
  • Soft fabric, such as velvet or ultra suede in cream and tan
  • Acrylic quilt batting
  • Dried pumpkin stems (Kathleen purchased hers on Etsy)
  • Velvet floral leaves
  • Thick green floral wire
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; rubber bands; cloth tape measure; table knife with think blade; Exacto® knife; craft pins; optional: teaspoon

To make No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins:

Form the pumpkin:

1. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using the serrated knife.

2. Mark the center top and bottom of  the ball with a sharp pencil.

3. Divide the ball into 6 equal sections by stretching three rubber bands around the ball. Use a tape measure to be sure the sections are even.

4. Run a sharp pencil along side each rubber band to mark off the six sections. Remove rubber bands.

5. Use an Exacto blade with a very sharp cutting edge to cut out a ½” – 5/8” V-shaped groove along each line. Use the back of a teaspoon or your fingers to smooth off all the sharp edges and enhance the pumpkin shape.

6. Score a deep pencil line down the center of each groove.

Make these velvet pumpkins without sewing a stitch! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t you love a creamy white pumpkin?

Complete the pumpkin:

7. Using the pattern for the fabric, cut out six pieces of fabric for each pumpkin.

8. Using the pattern for the quilt batting, cut out six pieces of batting for each pumpkin.

9. Glue batting pieces to the center of each section using just a few dots of glue.

10. Center a fabric piece over one section and pin in place; the pins are only temporary. Position the edge of a thin bladed table knife on the fabric over the scored line (about ¼” from the edge of the fabric piece) and gently push the fabric straight into the groove, letting the foam hold it in place. Tuck in both sides of the fabric piece. For a clean edge, keep the knife at a 90º angle to the foam.

11. Repeat, tucking in all six fabric pieces. If there is excess fabric, tuck the entire pumpkin first, and then carefully go back and snip off excess fabric with a sharp pair of nail scissors. Add a dab of white glue, or insert a pin, if needed to hold a few loose ends in place.

12. Glue a dried pumpkin stem to the top.

13. Snip velvet leaves from the pick, and glue onto the pumpkin.

14. Curl a length of floral wire around a pencil, and then insert one end into the top of the pumpkin.

These No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins would be beautiful from September through Thanksgiving. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins by Kathleen George.

Pumpkin Craft Week is almost over, and I’ll wrap up the week tomorrow with a few favorites.

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy pumpkin crafting!



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Pumpkin Craft Week: DIY Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

These DIY Sock Pumpkins are so cute! These are not everyday Sock Pumpkins – designer Kathleen George dresses up her Sock Pumpkins with a variety of ribbons and trims. Use Kathleen’s Sock Pumpkin tutorial to make a collection to display in a basket, a bowl, or to give as gifts. They would make darling Halloween gifts for teachers and neighbors!

Love these Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins! Fun-to-make gift ideas for teachers & neighbors, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” & 4” balls
  • Stretchy orange tights or socks
  • Heavy-duty thread
  • Ribbons, trims, soutache, rickrack, an assortment in orange and black
  • Grosgrain ribbon, ½” in green
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; rubber bands; cloth tape measure; Exacto® knife; nail scissors or needle tool; craft pins

To make Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins:

Form the pumpkin:

1. Mark the center top and bottom on a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections. Use the tape measure to double check that the six sections are equal.

3. Run a sharp pencil next to each rubber band to mark off the sections. Remove rubber bands.

4. Cut out 3/8” wide, v-shape grooves along each line using the Exacto knife. Smooth the sides of each groove using your fingers.

5. Press the bottom of the ball on your work surface, flattening it slightly so it won’t roll.

6. Make a ½” hole at the bottom of the ball with the sharp point of the pencil.

Cute sock pumpkins! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add ribbons and trims both between the sections and in the middle of sections.

Cover the pumpkin:

7. You will cover the pumpkins in fabric tubes cut from the socks or tights. The tube length will vary according to size of ball and stretchiness of the fabric.

8. First, cut across the ankle, removing the foot. Push the ball into the leg. Hint: holding the ball in the palm of your hand while inserting the ball will make this easier.

9. Leave an extra ½” at the open end. Gather the tights together at opposite end and cut across the tights 1” above the gathers. Remove the ball.

10. Use this tube as a pattern for other balls and socks/tights of the same size and style. If the balls and socks/tights are different, repeat the above to cover each.

11. Insert a carved ball into the corresponding tube of orange fabric. Place white craft glue into the hole at the bottom of the pumpkin. Secure the fabric at the bottom by tucking the open edges of the tube firmly into the hole using a tool such as the pointed end of nail scissors or a needle tool. Use straight pins to secure inside the hole as well, if needed.

12. Gather the tube up tightly at the top of the pumpkin and wrap firmly with heavy-duty or upholstery thread to secure. The extra fabric will serve as the pumpkin stem. Trim to 1 ½”.

Love the trims on this Sock Pumpkin. Lots of cute pumpkin crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen used 3″ and 4″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam for her sock pumpkins. Depending on the size of socks or tights you use, you could go even bigger, or smaller.

Decorate pumpkins with trims:

13. Glue and pin a variety of orange and black trims around the pumpkin. Glue some right into the grooves and run others down the center of the pumpkin sections. Refer to the photo for inspiration.

14. Tie a 4” piece of green grosgrain ribbon around the base of the stem for leaves. Clip leaves at an angle.

Kathleen also designed this cute, Row of Sock Pumpkins from a man’s tube sock. This could be a fun Halloween craft for the kids to help out with — they’d have a blast making the funny faces.

recycle Halloween crafts made with socks

Sock Pumpkins all in a Row designed by Kathleen George

Pumpkin Crafts Week isn’t over yet! Are any of the pumpkin crafts shared so far on your “must-make” Halloween craft list?

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy pumpkin crafting.


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Folk art style: DIY Top Hat Jack with paper clay

Today’s Halloween pumpkin craft is made in a folk art style, and thanks to paper clay and a few simple, painted details, this is DIY folk art anyone can make. Designer Rebekah Meier’s Top Hat Jack is a treasure, and a DIY Halloween decoration you’ll cherish for years to come. (Last year, Rebekah shared her Folk Art Candy Corn Girl, and her Folk Art Halloween Totem.) Rebekah’s folk art tutorial keeps it simple, so don’t be intimidated.

This folk art craft by Rebekah Meier is well worth the effort. It's a keepsake craft! Made with paper clay and Styrofoam brand foam, so it's really easier than it looks. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Folk art-style, Top Hat Jack by Rebekah Meier.

To make Top Hat Jack, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-½” Ball, 4” Egg, and 3” Disc
  • Air-dry clay, 1 package (Rebekah uses Creative Paperclay®)
  • Acrylic craft paint: Moon Yellow, Canyon Orange, Lamp Black, Foliage Green, Tapioca, Calico Red
  • Brush on acrylic varnish in gloss finish
  • Cardstock, black and orange, one sheet each
  • Crepe paper streamer, 1 yd of black
  • Paper glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors; fine sandpaper; paper towels; clay tools; white button thread & needle; paper glue; ruler; round toothpicks; paintbrushes: #1 liner, ½” flat; optional: star paper punch

To make Top Hat Jack:

1. Completely cover the ball and egg with a thin, even layer of clay. Smooth out with wet fingers. Let dry completely. Lightly sand clay and wipe clean with a paper towel.

2. Using a flat brush and referring to the photo, paint the following:

  • Head and bottom half of egg: Canyon Orange
  • Top half of egg: Foliage Green
Folk art Top Hat Jack: body details. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Painted details on the egg-shape body.

3. Using a liner brush and referring to the photo, paint on facial features and details:

  • Eyes and mouth lines: Tapioca
  • Nose and mouth outline: Calico Red
  • Nose outline and eye dots: Foliage Green
  • Mouth and facial expressions: Black
  • Vertical lines on top half of egg, and horizontal line around the middle: Moon Yellow
  • Let paint dry.
If you love folk art style, you can DIY this folk art pumpkin figure over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This is folk art, so you don’t need fine painting skills! Primitive is o.k.

4. Brush on a coat of varnish.

5. Make the top hat:

  • Roll a 1-¼” x 12” strip of black cardstock into a cylinder and secure with glue.
  • Trace a quarter size circle onto black cardstock and cut out with decorative edge scissors.
  • Adhere circle to the cylinder with glue.
  • Trace around the cylinder on black cardstock and cut with scissors.
  • Glue the circle to the top of the hat.
  • Glue hat onto the head.

6. Trace the collar pattern onto black cardstock. Cut out the collar with decorative edge scissors. Glue collar around the neck of Top Hat Jack.

7. Punch 3 stars from orange cardstock (or cut out stars by hand). Glue stars down the front of Top Hat Jack.

8. Using button thread, gather one long edge of crepe paper. Pull gathers tight and knot thread.

9. Trace twice around the disc of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on black cardstock. Cut out both circles with deco edge scissors. Adhere paper circles to the top and bottom of the foam disc. Cut a 1” strip of black cardstock to fit around edge of disc. Glue strip around disc.

Base for the Folk Art Top Hat Jack on Crafts 'n Coffee.

Cover the sides with a strip of black paper first, and then a strip of orange.

10. Cut a second strip to fit around the disc from orange cardstock. Punch stars in the paper strip, and then glue onto the disc, over the black paper strip.

11. Glue ruffled, crepe paper circle to the center of the disc.

12. Place glue on ends of two toothpicks and insert into the top of the disc. Place glue on other ends and carefully pick and glue pumpkin body onto the disc.

Rebekah has also shared these folk art Halloween figures with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers:

Folk Art Halloween Totem

You really can make this Folk Art Halloween Totem. It's made with paperclay and shapes of Styrofoam brand foam. If you worked with Play-Doh as a kid, you can do it!

Folk Art Halloween Totem by Rebekah Meier

Folk Art Candy Corn Girl

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.

I’ve “picked” another pumpkin craft for tomorrow. See you then!

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy pumpkin crafting.


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Halloween greetings! Or, how to make a handmade Halloween card

Get ready to pick your perfect pumpkin craft this week, as I’m sharing pumpkin crafts all week long. I worried about rushing the season with the BOO Marquee Lights I featured on Friday, but now that it’s after Labor Day, it’s open season for fall and Halloween crafts. I’m starting with this handmade Halloween card from Patty Schaffer. She’s used wool roving to felt a sweet little jack-‘o-lantern, creating a dimensional, one-of-a-kind Halloween card. Tune in each day this week for more pumpkin crafts from your favorite designers!

DIY this Halloween card with a mini felted pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball
  • Scrapbook paper, Halloween theme
  • Black cardstock, 2” square
  • Kraft cardstock, 1” x 3” strip
  • Brown ink
  • Sheet moss, tiny bit
  • Wool roving, orange, small amount
  • Mini glue dots
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; wooden skewer; needle felting tool*; optional: scallop edge punch

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp – use with caution.

To make a Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card:

1. Fold in half an 8-½” x 5” piece of paper, creating a 4-¼” wide by 5” high card.

2. Cut a 1-½” x 5” paper strip. Cut a scallop edge along one 5” side. (Patty used a paper punch for this, but you can also cut the edge with scissors.) Adhere the scalloped strip to the front of the card, flush with the fold.

3. Cut the 2” foam ball in half with the serrated knife. Use a wooden skewer to carve sections into one half ball; the sections can be uneven, just like on a real pumpkin.

Adorable, felted pumpkin on a handmade card. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you changed the papers and left off jack-‘o-lantern face, this card would make a special Thanksgiving greeting.

4. Place a small amount of wool roving on the pumpkin and using the felting needle, felt the roving to the half ball. Carefully work the roving down into the creases. (Caution: Felting needles are extremely sharp!) Once the roving is attached, move on to another section. Felt the front of the pumpkin only, and leave the back uncovered.

5. Cut two eyes, a nose and a mouth from the black cardstock to make a jack-o-lantern face. Adhere the face pieces to the pumpkin using mini glue dots.

6. Glue a tiny piece of sheet moss to the top of the pumpkin where the stem will go.

7. To make the pumpkin stem, rip a ½” x 2-½” piece of Kraft cardstock. Apply brown ink to the torn edge and then roll up the strip, creating the stem. Use mini glue dots to hold the stem together. Glue the stem to the top of the pumpkin, pressing it into the sheet moss.

8. Center and glue the pumpkin along the bottom of the card.

It’s an all-pumpkin line up this week on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and here’s a preview of what’s to come.

Lots of great pumpkin crafts on Crafts 'n Coffee! CraftsnCoffee.com. See you tomorrow!

Happy pumpkin crafting.


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BOO! DIY faux easy Halloween Marquee Sign

The prices I saw on Halloween marquee lights at HomeGoods were scary! So, why not do what Kathleen George did and DIY your own Halloween Marquee Sign? It’s really not scary at all. In fact, because she cut her “BOO” lights from a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, it requires no metalworking and no power tools. And, you’ll DIY your own marquee light for a fraction of the price. Make your own Halloween Marquee Light this weekend so you can enjoy it all season long. You can do this!

Fun, Halloween marquee lights made out of Styrofoam brand foam. NO metalworking, NO power tools. And so cute! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 24” sheet
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Battery operated mini lights, 9.5 ft., with 20 LED bulbs (Kathleen ordered hers from 1000bulbs.com)
  • Masking tape
  • Optional: 5/8” wood dowel
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; 1” wide, stiff paintbrush; masking tape

To make Easy Halloween Marquee Lights:

1. Using the BOO diagram, a sharp pencil and ruler, draw the word “BOO” on the foam sheet.

2. Cut out the word using the serrated knife. For smoother cuts, wax the knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap.

3. Smooth out rough edges and curves by sanding with a scrap piece of foam, and by molding with your fingers.

4. Paint black and let dry.

5. On the back, mark where the lights will go with the pencil. Refer to the diagram for placement.

Here's an easy way to make a marquee sign -- no power tools and no metal working! CraftsnCoffee.com

“B” is for Boo!

6. Starting from the back, make a hole for each light by inserting the pencil all the way through the foam sheet.

7. Flip it over, so the painted front is up, and push the pencil through each hole again. Rotate the pencil slightly, enlarging the hole so the mini light will fit. Optional: If you’re using the same LED light strand Kathleen used, you’ll want to inert a 5/8” wood dowel into each hole so that the barrel of the light will fit.

8. Starting with the light that’s closest to the battery pack, and working from the back of the marquee sign, insert the first bulb into the bottom of the “B”. Continue, working your way around the sign by following the numbered holes in the diagram.

9. If there’s extra wire between the bulbs, fold it up and tape it together with masking tape.

So cute Halloween marquee light. DIY it from a sheet of Styrofoam brand foam without power tools or soldering. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What word or shape of marquee light would you create for Halloween?

You can craft all sorts of marquee signs with this technique. You might remember the Marquee Heart Kathleen made earlier this year. How about EEK? Or a marquee sign shaped like a ghost? What would you like to create for a marquee sign?

Getting ready for Halloween crafting on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’m crafting this weekend — how about you?

I have more Halloween crafts on my weekend agenda. How about you?

Enjoy the holiday weekend, and happy crafting.


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DIY a fall topiary for your rustic, fall décor

Do you add a few rustic touches to your fall décor? Crates, pallets, rusty tin, and natural elements seem so perfect for fall decorating. To carry through the rustic fall theme, DIY this Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary. Who knew corrugated cardboard could be so pretty? The tones and textures are perfect for fall, yet there’s a simple elegance, too. Join designer Patty Schaffer as she shares her tutorial for making this rustic fall topiary.

An easy way to add a rustic touch for your fall decorating. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Corrugated cardboard: 20” x 20” piece
  • Cardboard, small piece for template
  • Pinecone, about 2”
  • Sheet moss, 2” x 2” piece
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins

To make a Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary:

1. Cut a scallop template from the cardboard. The template should be shaped like a “U” and measure 1-1/2” wide and 1-1/2” high.

2. Cut scallop pieces from the corrugated cardboard, making sure the ridges are vertical. You’ll need about 100 – 120 pieces to cover a 9” cone.

Ooh, love the texture on this Corrugated Fall Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

When you cut out your pieces, be sure the ridges run vertically.

3. For the first row, cut the curved edge from 10 of the corrugated pieces, and pin and glue the squares around the bottom of the cone. Add more squares if needed to create a solid, 1” band around the cone.

4. Pin on a second row of corrugated pieces, positioning each piece so it alternates with the first row and the curved edge lines up with the bottom of the cone. When pieces are in position, add a dab of glue to hold them in place.

5. Continue to add rows of scallops, staggering each row as you go. The top row of scallops should be even with the top of the cone, and you may need to trim the ends to fit.

6. Pin and glue a small amount of sheet moss to the top of the cone. Glue a pinecone to the top.

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

For a fall tablescape, arrange of grouping of these rustic topiaries in several sizes.

It’s really lovely, don’t you think? How do you decorate for fall? Do you like the rustic look?

Happy crafting.


Sneak peek! First Halloween craft on Crafts 'n Coffee tomorrow!

Sneak peek!

P.S. Sneak peek! I’m posting the first Halloween craft of the season on Crafts ‘n Coffee tomorrow. Any guesses as to what it might be? It’s a fun one!

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Pretty paper + washi tape = gorgeous, DIY Vintage Deco Cubes

I know I always say “you can just change this up for your décor”, and I believe it’s true. Just like new paint or countertops (whoever thought mauve was a good idea?) can change the whole look of a room, changing the papers or colors of a project can make it totally yours. Today’s Vintage Paper Deco Cubes are similar to the Vintage Map Cubes but different papers and a little washi tape totally changes them up. Plus, thanks to these gorgeous papers, they are beautifully detailed, but super simple to make. (And if you want to know if you won the Crafts & Coffee giveaway, read on.)

Beautiful deco cubes! A very easy DIY, too, thanks to the beautiful papers and washi tape. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vintage Paper Deco Cubes by Kathleen George.

Here’s the side-by-side comparison. Do you have a favorite?

Pretty! And how easy is this to change up the papers for a whole new look? CraftsnCoffee.com

Vintage Papers Deco Cubes (left) and Vintage Map Deco Cubes. Do you have a favorite?

To make Vintage Papers Deco Cubes, you’ll need:

Pretty vintage cardstock from DCWV.

I just saw that this paper is on sale at Michaels.

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” cubes
  • Vintage cardstock (Kathleen used DCWV Timeless Type Stack, which I just saw in the sale aisle at Michaels.)
  • Washi tape
  • Paper paste (Kathleen recommends Yes! Paste)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; 1” putty knife; optional: rubber brayer or roller

To make Vintage Papers Deco Cubes:

1. Cut out six, 5” squares from the cardstock for each cube.

2. Spread a thin, even layer of paper paste onto one side of a 5” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Spread another very thin layer of Yes! Paste onto the back of a 5” square of cardstock.

3. Center the cardstock on the foam cube, and smooth down in place from the center out. Optional: Gently roll the paper flat with a rubber brayer.

4. Repeat, till all sides are covered.

5. Cover each edge with washi tape.

Who knew they were so easy, right?

Make these Deco Cubes in five easy steps. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Change the papers, change the look!

Thanks to everyone who shared the projects they’re working on right now. I love to hear about what’s on your craft table! The winner of the Crafts & Coffee package is Donna Baker. Congratulations! Please contact me, Donna, to arrange for the shipping.

I have two beautiful projects lined up for Thursday and Friday this week, so I’ll see you then.

Happy crafting!


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Whip up a Burlap & Ruffles Topiary for your fall décor

It was love at first sight when I spotted this fall fabric – the orange is the color of bittersweet and the pops of turquoise add a little sass. It’s the perfect fabric for fall decorating. And then I mixed it up with a little burlap, too. These Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiaries are a cinch to make, so easy that I’m thinking about making another Fall Topiary with just rows of the fringed burlap in alternating colors . . .

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

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

To make a Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones
  • Assorted fabrics, ¼ yd for each topiary
  • Burlap, ¼ yd in each color
  • Needle & thread
  • Pine cone, one for each topiary
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; measuring tape; optional: rotary cutter & mat; sewing machine
Materials needed to make a quick & easy Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

And what are those acorn jingle bells, you ask? I was going to use them to top off each topiary, and then decided to use pine cones instead.

To make a Burlap & Ruffles Fall Topiary:

For the 12” cone:

Pretty fall fabric from Jo-Ann Stores. Perfect for the Fall Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com. Jo

Here’s the fabric that started it all, which I purchased at Jo-Ann Stores.

1. The 12” cone has four ruffled fabric layers and three burlap strips. To start, cut a 30” x 3-3/4” fabric strip. Using a needle & thread or sewing machine, sew a basting stitch ½” along the top edge of the fabric strip. Gently pull the thread to ruffle the strip. If you stitched on a machine, gently pull the bobbin thread to ruffle. Test fit the ruffled strip around the base of the cone, and then pin and glue in place.

2. Cut a 3” wide strip of burlap to fit around the cone, over the ruffled layer. Cut tabs 1-1/2” apart to within about ½” of the edge. Pin and glue the burlap strip around the cone. The burlap tabs will naturally flare out.

Steps to making an easy Burlap & Ruffles Topiary. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cut tabs 1-1/2″ apart in the burlap strip, and then wrap it around the cone. The tabs will naturally flare out.

3. For the additional fabric strips, measure around the cone where the layer will go, and multiply this number by 3; this will be the length of your fabric strip. Each fabric strip is 3-3/4” wide.

4. For the additional burlap strips, measure around the cone and add 1”; this will be the length of your burlap strip. Each burlap strip is 3” wide. A few notes on the burlap strips:

  • As you work your way up the cone, you’ll cut the burlap tabs closer together. For the last burlap strip, I cut my tabs just 1” apart.
  • In several spots, I thought the burlap tabs were spaced too far apart. I cut out additional 1-1/2” x 3” tabs, and pinned and glued them in place.

5. Once you’ve glued all of the layers in place, glue a thin strip of burlap around the top of the cone. Glue a fabric strip over the burlap strip.

These Burlap & Ruffles Topiaries are perfect for fall. I love the orange and aqua color combo. CraftsnCoffee.com.

How would you change up these topiaries? Different colors? A different topper? Or?

For the 9” cone:

6. The 9” cone has three fabric layers and three burlap layers. To start, cut a 30” x 3-1/2” fabric strip. Following Step 1 above, baste, gather, and pin and glue the first ruffled layer in place.

7. Cut a 3” wide strip of burlap to fit around the cone, over the ruffled layer. Follow Step 2 above to finish the burlap layer.

8. Continue to add the additional ruffled fabric and burlap layers to the cone, following Steps 3 – 5 above. For the 9” cone, the fabric strips will be 3-1/2” wide.

9. Glue a pine cone to the top of each topiary.

Fall is my favorite season, and I am so excited about the projects I’ll share in the weeks ahead. I can’t wait! In the meantime, don’t forget to enter the Crafts & Coffee Giveaway. You could win Crafty Crimes, a trio of mini mysteries; the summer issue of Where Women Create; and two bags of Starbuck’s coffee.

The Crafts & Coffee Giveaway over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Win these goodies!

In my house, here’s a sure sign that fall is on its way — I pulled out my slow cooker this week. Is anyone else starting to think about stocking up on soups and other slow cooker meals?

Have a good weekend, and happy crafting!


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Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece sets a stylish table

Have you noticed scrapbook papers, fabrics, and even gift wrap with a faux bois, or fake wood grain, pattern? I kind of like it, do you? It fits right in with the woodland trend we noted back at the 2012 CHA Show. Create a fall tablescape that will last through Thanksgiving with these candle holders wrapped up in faux bois wrapping paper and topped with woodland finds. If you’ve not seen faux bois wrapping paper in your stores, no worries – I have several inexpensive, mail order options for you.

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

Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece by Kathleen George.

To make a Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: two 3” cubes and one 5” cube
  • Faux bois wrapping paper
  • Candle picks, three (found in the floral or wedding aisles)
  • Raffia
  • Natural embellishments, such as pine cones, nuts, deer moss
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue or paper paste (Kathleen likes Yes! Paste)
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; 1” putty knife; optional: bone folder

To make a Fall, Faux Bois Candle Centerpiece:

1. From the faux bois wrapping paper cut:

  • For each 3” cube: Cut a 12-½” x 3” strip and a 4” square
  • For the 5” cube: Cut a 20-½” x 5” strip and 6” square

2. Score the 4” squares and 6” square ½” in from all four edges.

DIY candle cubes wrapped in faux bois paper and topped with woodland finds. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cover the tops first, and then wrap the paper strip around the sides.

3. Spread a layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste on the tops of the cubes. Center and adhere the corresponding paper square to the top of each cube. Clip the corners so the edges will fold down over the sides at the crease. Paste the folded edge of paper down onto the sides of the cube.

4. Wrap the paper strips around each cube, and lightly crease the corners. Remove the paper and score the fold lines.

5. Spread a thin layer of Yes! Paste or other paper paste on the sides of a cube, and attach the paper strip, lining up the corners. The ends should overlap. Repeat for the remaining cubes.

6. Wrap raffia three times around each cube, as if you were wrapping a package.

7. Center a candle pick over the top of each cube, and insert the candle pick straight into the cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Pretty woodland details on these fall candle cubes. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Take a walk in the woods to collect nuts, pinecones, moss, and other items to decorate the candle holders.

8. Glue moss, nuts, pine cones, seed pods and other natural items around each candle pick.

9. Optional: Tie raffia in a bow and add to the top.

Beautiful for Thanksgiving or any fall tablescape. DIY them at CraftsnCoffee.com. #FauxBois #FallTablescape

Display these on our table from now till Thanksgiving.

If you’re lucky enough to have a Container Store in your neighborhood, you might find faux bois wrapping paper in the store. Or, you can order it online.

I also did a quick search on etsy and found two suppliers: Wrap and Revel  and Party Supplies by PPS.  I’m sure you can find others, too.

This is such an easy and versatile idea, and here’s a variation to keep on hand for spring. Change your papers and your embellishments, and you have a whole new look.

How pretty would these be at Easter? Super easy to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com

Set your spring table with these easy pieces.

Or, dress them up by wrapping the candle cubes in “ribbons” cut from a thin and flexible metal sheet used for metal tooling. Kathleen wrapped the Holiday Package Candleholders in fresh, geometric scrapbook papers for updated holiday style.

DIY Christmas candle tablescape

Holiday Package Candleholders by Kathleen George.

I wanted to share a a photo of the woodland critter we saw on our walk in the woods last week. We had fun watching him amble across the trail, and meander on into the woods.

Found in the woods: a box turtle. We let him meander on into the woods. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Colorful box turtle.

Don’t forget about the end-of-summer Crafts & Coffee Giveaway! You have till Monday, August 25 to enter.

Happy crafting.


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