Tinsel Tuesdays: Repurpose T-shirts to DIY easy Christmas Tree Cones

Don’t you love making something special from nearly nothing? Like the t-shirt wall art I made using old t-shirts. Today, designer Patty Schaffer repurposes a few old t-shirts to make these Christmas Tree Cones. First, you’ll make t-shirt yarn from old t-shirts. Then, it’s on to making the T-Shirt Yarn Christmas Tree Topiaries. We found several of our shirts at a Goodwill Store, so if you don’t have what you need at hand, scout around. I’m sure you’ll find what you need for just a dollar or two.

I love make t-shirt yarns, and it's so easy to do. Here's a great craft made with t-shirt yarn and a cone of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make T-Shirt Yarn Christmas Tree Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” and 9” cones
  • T-shirts:
    • Three t-shirts in different shades and patterns of green
    • One red t-shirt
  • White buttons
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; red, pearl head pins

To make T-Shirt Yarn Christmas Tree Cones:

1. First, you’re going to cut up your t-shirts to make t-shirt yarn. If you’ve not made t-shirt yarn before, don’t worry — it’s very easy to do. Mollie Makes has a tutorial for making t-shirt yarn that’s will have this step wrapped up in 10 minutes or so.

2. Pin one end of the yarn onto the top of a cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and randomly wrap the yarn around the cone. When you come to the end of the strand of t-shirt yarn, pin and glue the end to the cone. Repeat for the next strand of t-shirt yarn, and as you wrap, be sure to wrap over the pins. Keep wrapping ‘round and ‘round till the cone is covered.

3. Pin on buttons with red, pearl head pins.

4. Optional: Wrap the red t-shirt yarn around the cone like a garland.

T-Shirt Yarn Crafts: Make these Christmas Tree Cones with t-shirt yarn and cones of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

5. Cut five lengths of t-shirt yarn, form each into a loop, and pin to the top of the cone. Pin on “tails” to add streamers.

And that’s it. Are you ready to dig through your t-shirt drawer to make a T-Shirt Yarn Christmas Cone?

Summer is drawing to a close, and so are Tinsel Tuesdays. I’ll have one more Tinsel Tuesday next week, and then we’ll really get into the holiday swing. I’ve been planning the upcoming posts for Crafts ‘n Coffee and I adore some of the new projects I’ll be featuring! I have a few new ideas on my craft table, too, so stay tuned . . . (you know how I love a few good candy corn crafts . . .)

Here's what's on my craft table. What's on yours?

Here’s what’s on my craft table. What’s on yours?

Happy crafting.


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A sweet and colorful summertime Watermelon Wreath

It’s August 1, summer is in full swing, and nothing says “summer” like a sweet & colorful Watermelon Wreath. Patty Schaffer used a favorite and super-easy technique to make her Watermelon Wreath – inserting fabric squares into the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Rally the kids and they can help make this summertime wreath. Get started now so you can celebrate National Watermelon Day on Sunday!

Sweet, sweet summertime! I love this Watermelon Wreath by Patty Schaffer over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

It looks like sweet summertime, and designer Patty Schaffer made the perfect wreath to celebrate!

A sweet summertime wreath! On my "must-make" summer craft list! CraftsnCoffee.comTo make a Watermelon Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath, beveled front
  • Fabric: ½ yd. green; ¼ yd. each of red, hot pink and light pink; black fat quarter
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; bamboo skewer

To make a Watermelon Wreath:

1. Cut red, hot pink, light pink and black fabrics into 2” squares. Cut half of the green fabric into 3” squares and the remaining green fabric into 2” squares.

Detail of a sweet, watermelon wreath made with fabric squares and a wreath of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com

Frame the outside edge of the wreath with the larger, 3″ squares of green fabric.

2. You’ll start by inserting the 3″ green squares around the outside edge of the wreath. By framing the wreath with the larger 3″ squares, you’ll be able to see the green when you look at the wreath straight on. To tuck the fabric into the wreath:

  • Place a fabric square on the wreath
  • Center the bamboo skewer over the fabric square
  • Push the skewer into the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • And you’re done!

(Hint: Patty cut her bamboo skewer in half, and then wrapped making tape around the cut edge, creating a handle. She found this was easier to grip when pushing the fabric into the foam.)

This is the perfect summertime wreath! Get the tutorial to make this Watermelon Wreath over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Work in this order: Green on the outside, to red, hot pink and then light pink around the inside edge.

3. Continue adding fabric squares in this order, working from the outer edge of the wreath to the inside edge:

  • 3” green squares
  • 2” green squares
  • Red squares
  • Hot pink squares
  • Light pink squares

4. Randomly insert black fabric squares, scattering “seeds” around the wreath.

I just love this wreath! And Patty shared that she loves watermelon – it’s her favorite fruit. Watermelon is definitely on my grocery list this week, and we will be sure to celebrate National Watermelon Day on Sunday. How about you?

A sweet, colorful and easy summertime Watermelon Wreath made with fabric and a wreath of Styrofoam brand foam. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

National Watermelon Day is Sunday, August 3. How will you celebrate the day?

Happy crafting & watermelon eating!


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Road trip recap: A day at Maker Faire Detroit

Attending a Maker Faire has been on my summer bucket list for a few years now, and finally, on Saturday, we traveled to Maker Faire® Detroit to see what it’s all about. Thousands of modern-day makers assembled at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, to share and to learn, from making speakers from Post-it Notes® to carving eraser stamps. We spent the day soaking in the Maker Faire buzz, and marveling at the sights, both high tech and low tech. Maker Faire offers lots of hands-on activities, especially for kids, and in the end, we just wished that we’d had more time to sit down and make! Here are a few highlights from our day at Maker Faire Detroit.

You know you’re in for a fun day when the first thing you encounter is a roving chocolate cupcake!

Hello cupcake! From Maker Faire Detroit. CraftsnCoffee.com

Hello, cupcake!

Actually, there were a lot of fancy wheels touring around, thanks to Cirque Amongus.
From a small, wheeled . . . uhm, not really sure what it’s called . . .

Cool wheels at Detroit Maker Faire. CraftsnCoffee.com

Is this a low rider?

To big wheels.

Maker Faire Detroit: Cirque Amongus. CraftsnCoffee.com

Hop a ride on one of these!

And a bicycle built for eight. Now, that’s teamwork!

Maker Faire Detroit: Cirque Amongus. CraftsnCoffee.com

I did not get to ride one of these, but wish I had.

A modern day chariot.

Maker Faire Detroit: Cirque Amongus. CraftsnCoffee.com

Your Segway awaits!

And a throwback time machine.

Maker Faire Detroit: Time machine

The time machine was designed by a high school robotics team.

If you want to build your own wheels, the Power Racing Series encourages you to build your own, $500 electric vehicle and compete at Maker Faire. Or, maybe you’d like to try drag racing with your power tools? You can do that, too. And then there was this beautiful, mobile dragon.

Maker Faire Detroit: Midway Carnival Parade

Later in the day, this dragon took part in the Midway Carnival Parade.

I’ve been fascinated by 3D printing, and there were numerous opportunities to see 3D printers in action, and talk to the makers behind the machines.

Maker Faire Detroit: 3D printer.

3D printer in action, printing a small, striped octopus.

Maker Faire Detroit: 3D printing. CraftsnCoffee.com

Both the octopus and Yoda were printed by a 3D printer.

We also stepped inside the Henry Ford Museum® and toured the Dymaxion House, an innovative home built from aluminum, plastic and Plexiglas way back in 1946. It was designed to be a modern, affordable home with no wasted space. Only two Dymaxion homes were built, and the museum combined the two to make one working model. It’s amazing how contemporary it is, and extremely space efficient.

The Henry Ford Dymaxion House

The round, Dymaxion House is held up with suspension wires.

The Henry Ford: Inside the Dymaxion house from 1946.

Inside the Dymaxion house. I could live here!

The museum also has an Oscar Mayer Weinermobile from the 1950s. Classic!

The Henry Ford Museum: Oscar Mayer Weinermobile. CraftsnCoffee.com

It’s a classic — the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile.

Maker Faire isn’t all about robotics, gaming, engineering and high-tech pursuits, however. It’s also a celebration of handcrafts. When kids have had enough of the high-tech, they can explore old fashion crafts in the “Lost Arts” exhibit.

Maker Faire Detroit: A recycled sheep in the Lost Arts exhibit. CraftsnCoffee.com

This sheep is part of the Lost Arts exhibit and is made entirely of recycled materials.

We also enjoyed touring the DIYpsi Indie Craft Fair, a mini craft fair of artists from Ypsilanti, Michigan. Hands down, our favorite was the reconstructed books from the Library Lab.

Maker Faire Detroit: The Book Laboratory succulent planters. CraftsnCoffee.com

The Book Laboratory turned old books into succulent planters.

Detroit Maker Faire: An old book repurposed as a flower vase by The Book Laboratory. CraftsnCoffee.com

An old book repurposed as a flower vase.

There were two grand finales to the day, at least in our minds. One was watching the World’s Largest Mousetrap, modeled after the Mousetrap board game. This life size “mouse trap” has many of the same features as the game, from bathtubs to pirate ships to levers, pulleys and gears. We watched as a bowling ball traversed the course, triggering a 600-pound weight to fall and crush a car. Now that’s a fun way to teach physics.

Maker Faire Detroit: The World's Largest Mousetrap. CraftsnCoffee.com

The World’s Largest Mousetrap!

Maker Faire Detroit: World's Largest Mousetrap

A bowling ball triggers the chain reaction that causes this 600-pound weight to fall and crush the car.

You’re familiar with the Coke and Mentos routine, right? Well, multiply that by about 20 for the EepyBird Coke & Mentos Spectacular that wraps up each day at Maker Faire.

Maker Faire Detroit Mentos finale. CraftsnCoffee.com

The grand finale! (Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford)

And one last Maker Faire memory – fresh and amazing donuts from Detroit Mini Donuts.

Maker Faire Detroit: Detroit Mini Donuts


My daughter is now inspired to make her own computer, and the raspberry pi kit is on her birthday list. How cool is that? And isn’t that what it’s all about? Whether you’re making with a soldering iron and circuits, or burlap and buttons, you’re doing and creating with your hands and your imagination.

From Anchorage to Paris, there’s probably a Maker Faire near you, so think about adding it to your bucket list. Like I said, our only regret is that we didn’t sit down and do more “making.” We were all caught up in the sights and sounds and marveling at all we saw.

Have you been to a Maker Faire? What did you do at Maker Faire?

(Note: When I attended SNAP, I met Lish Dorset who in addition to being a mad crafter and Martha Stewart aficionado, is the social media manager for The Henry Ford. Lish kindly sent to me passes to attend Maker Faire. All opinions expressed are my own.)

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: Cowabunga, it’s a Skiing Snowman!

It may be hot outside, but this little Skiing Snowman is ready for a downhill run. For a little frosty fun on a hot, summer day, Kathleen George shares a tutorial to make this refreshing Skiing Snowman. Get a group of kids together and make a whole ski team. It will be a cool blast for everyone!

Adorable! And an easy snowman craft for the kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Skiing Snowman by Kathleen George.

To make a Skiing Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One each 4” and 2-1/2” balls
    • Two, 1” balls
  • Felt: Blue square for hat; 9” x ¼” strip of green; scrap of red
  • Acrylic craft paint in black and blue
  • Thin, wooden skewers, two
  • Cardstock, silver
  • Foamies, two 5/8” circles (or cut two small circles from a foamie sheet)
  • Wire, 14-gauge, 30”
  • Chenille stems in white
  • Googly eyes, 18mm
  • Pompom, 3/8” in orange
  • Blush or pink chalk
  • Optional: Feather for cap
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; two thin, wood skewers; wire cutters; plastic knife; paintbrush

To make a Skiing Snowman:

Craft the hat:

1. From the blue felt, cut out a 4” circle, a 2-5/8” circle, and a 2-½” x 8-½” strip.

2. Cut a 1-1/2” long X in the center of the 4” circle.

3. Glue together the 2-1/2” ends of the felt rectangle, forming a tube.

4. Center and glue the felt tube onto the 4” circle. Gently press down to be sure the tube fits snugly on the circle.

5. Glue the 2-5/8” felt circle on top of the tube.

6. Glue the 9” x ¼” strip of green felt around the base of the hat. Optional: Glue on a feather.

DIY Felt Snowman Hat.

This dapper snowman skis along in a blue top hat.

Create the feet:

1. Cut the 2-½” ball in half with the plastic knife. (Children should be closely supervised while cutting with the plastic knife.)

2. Paint each half ball black.

Make the skis and ski poles:

1. Paint the two wooden skewers blue. Punch a tiny hole in the center of each 5/8” foamie circle. When the paint is dry, thread a foamie circle onto each skewer.

2. Cut two, 1” x 10-1/2” strips from the silver cardstock. Snip ends into points. Slightly curl the pointy ends by pulling the point over a pencil.

How to make skis for a snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com

Craft the skis from silver cardstock, and the ski poles from a slender, wooden dowel.

Build the Skiing Snowman:

1. Cut the wire into two, 7” lengths for arms and two, 8” pieces for legs.

2. Tightly wind chenille stems around the wire pieces, completely covering the wire with the chenille stems. You might need two chenille stems to completely cover each length of wire. Secure the ends by folding the chenille over onto itself about ¼” and pinching tightly. Cut off excess chenille.

Skiing Snowman! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Press the ski pole into the foam ball, forming a groove, and glue the ski pole into the groove.

3. Insert and glue a 1” ball onto the end of each arm.

4. Insert and glue each arm into the sides of the 4” ball.

5. Insert and glue the legs into the black, half balls.

6. Insert and glue the legs into the bottom of the 4” ball. Bend the tops of the legs slightly backwards, and then forward. Bend the knees like a skier in action.

7. Glue the feet onto the skis. If needed, bend the legs to balance the snowman.

8. Gently press the ski poles into the hands, creating grooves. Glue the poles in the grooves. Bend the arms at the elbows.

Finish the face:

Cute snowman face on this Skiing Snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com.

What a cutie!

1. Glue on wiggly eyes and pompom nose.

2. Cut mouth from the red felt and glue in place.

3. Brush blush or chalk on the cheeks.

4. Glue hat onto the head. If needed, carefully enlarge the X in the 4” circle till hat fits on the snowman’s head.

Adorable! And an easy snowman craft for the kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The STYROFOAM Brand Foam sparkles like real snow.

The Springy Snowman Ornament is another fun one the kids can craft.

You can make this cute, Springy Snowman Ornament with two balls of Styrofoam brand foam and a chenille stem. Great gift idea, too. FOAM

Springy Snowman Ornament by Kathleen George.

Truthfully, it’s not so hot here today and it feels like fall. Our temperature is hovering in the 60s, which is unseasonably cool. And really, I’m o.k. with that. How about you? Where are you, and how’s your summertime weather?

Happy crafting.




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Send summer greetings with a DIY Creamsicle Card

I was never a big fan of creamsicles – till I saw Patty Schaffer’s Creamsicle Greeting Card. It’s adorable and everything that summer should be – sweet, colorful and a lot of fun. Imagine making several of these as party invitations. Or, mix and match and make a few of Patty’s Ice Cream Cone Greeting Cards, too.

Perfect for handmade card for summer, and the creamsicle looks so real. CraftsnCoffee.com

Summertime Creamsicle Greeting Card by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Creamsicle Greeting Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” x 12” x 1-1/4” block
  • Scrapbook paper, several sheets
  • White paper, 1-1/2” x 6”
  • Tissue paper, white and peach
  • Popsicle stick
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue dots or other paper adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Stamp pad; circle embellishment
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; soap or old candle; stiff paintbrush; optional: scallop edge paper punch or deco edge scissors; “it’s a party” stamp

To make a Creamsicle Greeting Card:

1. Score and fold a 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” piece of patterned paper to make the card.

2. Using a scalloped edge punch, deco scissors, or regular scissors, trim the long edge of a 3” x 8-1/2” strip of paper. Adhere to the top of the card.

3. Wax the knife with soap or an old candle. Cut a 2-¼” x 3-½” piece of foam from the block of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Carefully carve the foam to look like a popsicle, referring to the photo if needed.

This cute creamisicle is faux! It would make a sweet ornament, too.

To achieve the look of a creamsicle, do not cover the bottom edge with the peach paper.

4. Coat the foam popsicle with Modge Podge and cover with white tissue paper. Let dry.

5. Brush on another coat of Mod Podge on the front and sides, but not along the bottom edge. Cover the popsicle with peach tissue paper, and trim in a straight line across the bottom edge so it leaves the white tissue exposed. The exposed white tissue paper along the bottom gives the popsicle the look of a creamsicle.  Let dry.

6. Insert the popsicle stick into the bottom of the foam shape.

7. Add your greeting on the 1-1/2” x 6” strip of white paper. Patty stamped ‘it’s a party’ on her paper strip. Adhere the strip and circle accent to the card.

8. Glue the creamsicle onto the card.

Complete your summer fun theme and hang the Popsicle Door Hanger on your front door. By changing up the colors, you could make this look like a creamsicle, too. Or any other favorite flavor.

Hello summer! Hang a super-sized, no-melt Pink Polka Dot Popsicle on your front door instead of the usual summer wreath. Much more fun!

Pink Polka Dot Popsicle by Kathleen George.

While we’re on the subject of frozen confections, did you know you know that today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day? Oh, yes it is! Who is planning to celebrate today with a dollop of whip cream and a cherry on top?

Happy summertime crafting!


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More coastal Christmas ideas: DIY a Driftwood Wreath

It’s not Tinsel Tuesday, but after sharing the Driftwood Christmas Cone on Tuesday, I decided to share this pretty Driftwood Christmas Wreath today. I’m also sharing a few more coastal decorating ideas that would be beautiful for a coastal Christmas decorating theme. If you’d like to make this Driftwood Wreath a year-round wreath, simply leave off the jingle bells. Whatever the season you choose to DIY and display the Driftwood Wreath, be sure to include the birch bark bow. I think it’s the perfect finish for this rustic wreath.

Coastal Christmas: DIY a Driftwood Christmas Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

Driftwood Christmas Wreath by Kathleen George.

To make a Driftwood Christmas Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Driftwood (In case you’re not at the beach :-( , or you missed my tips for sourcing driftwood inexpensively, I’m sharing them again below.)
  • Spanish moss
  • Faux pine sprigs with red berries
  • Rustic jingle bells
  • Birch bark
  • Floral wire, 3” length
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire knippers; pointed tool like a wood skewer

Noe: You can buy driftwood in craft stores, and also shop online. Or, do what we did and purchase a driftwood garland that you can disassemble. I found our garland at Marshalls, and right now, Pottery Barn has Driftwood Garlands on sale for $12.99 (originally $29.50).

Beautiful textures on this Driftwood Wreath! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Randomly arrange and overlap your driftwood pieces. You’ll fill in any gaps with Spanish moss.

To make a Driftwood Christmas Wreath:

1. Randomly arrange the driftwood on the wreath, overlapping pieces occasionally. When you’re happy with your arrangement, glue the driftwood to the wreath.

2. Using the wood skewer, tuck small pieces of Spanish moss between the pieces of driftwood. Add a dab of glue, if needed, to hold the moss in place.

3. Insert small pine sprigs between the driftwood pieces and glue in place.

4. Carefully shape a length of birch bark into a bow. You can first soak the driftwood, if needed, to make it more pliable. Secure the bow with glue, and then glue to the wreath.

Love the idea of a birch bark bow on this Driftwood Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

Add a birch bark bow!

5. Glue jingle bells to the wreath.

6. Twist floral wire into a hanging loop. Insert and glue the ends to the back of the wreath.

Here are a few more coastal crafts to create and display for Christmas or year-round.

Coastal Christmas decorating ideas on CraftsnCoffee.comSeashell Topiary

Sea Glass Topiary

Driftwood Topiary

I have a few more favorite beach-theme wreaths from last year, and I’m sure these could be dressed up for Christmas, too.

Beautiful summer wreaths on CraftsnCoffee.com

Driftwood & Seashell Wreath

River Rock Mosaic Wreath

Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath

Always remember:

A little sand between your toes

takes away your woes.

Do you have a favorite beach saying?

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: Create a Coastal Christmas with a Driftwood Topiary

Summertime is a good time to feature a driftwood Christmas craft, like this Driftwood Topiary Cone. If you don’t have a trip to the beach on your summer agenda, not to worry – I’ll let you in on our little secret for finding inexpensive driftwood pieces. Bits of Spanish moss, berries, and a string of mini lights dress up the Driftwood Cone. For a coastal themed Christmas, how about decorating it with seashells and a starfish up on top? Here’s how to craft a Driftwood Christmas Tree.

Coastal Christmas: DIY a Driftwood Christmas Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com

Driftwood Christmas Cone by Kathleen George.

To make a Driftwood Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Small pieces of driftwood*
  • Micro light strand (battery operated)
  • Spanish moss
  • Faux berries
  • Floral wire
  • Duct tape
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; serrated knife; teaspoon; wire knippers

*You can buy driftwood in craft stores, and also shop online. Or, do what we did and purchase a driftwood garland that you can disassemble. I found our garland at Marshalls, and right now, Pottery Barn has Driftwood Garlands on sale for $12.99 (originally $29.50).

To make a Driftwood Cone:

1. Carve an opening in the bottom of the cone to house the battery box for the lights. Using a sharp pencil, trace around the box on the bottom center of the cone. Using the tip of the serrated knife, cut along this outline, about 1” deep. Dig out your opening using the teaspoon. Test fit the battery box to be sure it fits, and make adjustments as needed.

2. Using the knife, cut a narrow groove along the bottom of the cone for the wire.

3. Place the battery box in the hole, and secure with a single piece of duct tape. Be sure to leave the on-off switch uncovered. Note: You will be able to change the batteries by removing the duct tape and the box, and then taping it back in place.

4. Cut floral wire into 1” lengths, and bend each piece over a pencil to create a “u”. Loosely wind the lights around the cone, using the u-shaped wires to hold the wire in place.

Detail of a Driftwood Christmas Cone. Love this natural look. CraftsnCoffee.com

Spanish moss will help to fill in any gaps between the driftwood pieces.

5. Sort your driftwood, saving the smaller pieces of driftwood for the top of the cone. Glue a row of larger driftwood pieces around the bottom of the cone. As you work, adjust the lights so that they are not covered by the driftwood. Don’t worry if the cone shows through, as you’ll cover these spaces with Spanish moss later.

6. Glue on a second row of driftwood, overlapping the first and making sure that the lights are not covered. Continue gluing on rows of driftwood till the cone is covered.

7. Using the tip of the knife, tuck bits of Spanish moss between the driftwood pieces. Glue on berries.

If you like a natural look for Christmas, think about pairing the Driftwood Cone with the Birch Bark Topiary I featured last Christmas.

This Birch Bark Christmas Topiary is perfect for woodland Christmas display. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Birch Bark Christmas Topiary by Kathleen George.

Or, add in the Birch Bark Centerpiece, too.

Make a Birch Bark Candle Cube for your Christmas tablescape

Birch Bark Candle Cube designed by Diane Flowers.

When you decorate for Christmas, do you have a theme in mind? Have you ever created a coastal Christmas theme?

Happy crafting.


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Make someone’s day with an Ice Cream Cone Greeting Card

It would be a special day if I received this handmade Ice Cream Cone Greeting Card in the mail! Sure, it’s pretty with those sparkly sprinkles and all, but I also love that it’s dimensional. It’s the perfect card to wish someone a “Happy National Ice Cream Day” on Sunday, especially if you tuck in an ice cream gift card. The tutorial for the Ice Cream Cone Card wraps up a fun week of ice cream crafts, and now all that’s left to do is to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday.

This is such a cute card! Who wouldn't love to receive it, along with an ice cream gift card tucked in it. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ice Cream Cone Card by Patty Schaffer.

To make an Ice Cream Cone Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” x 3” cone and a 2-1/2” ball
  • Purple glitter cardstock, 8-½” x 5-½”
  • Scrapbook paper in a coordinating color and print, 3-½” x 4-¾”
  • Tissue paper in light purple
  • Washi tape in light brown
  • Mod Podge
  • Bugle beads in assorted colors
  • Decorative paper accents
  • Paper glue, glue dots, or other paper adhesive
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; stiff paintbrush
Cute idea for a birthday -- make this card and add in an ice cream shop gift card! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty wrapped the cone in washi tape, and used bugle beads for sprinkles.

To make an Ice Cream Cone Card:

1. Score, and then fold the 4-¼” x 5-½” piece of purple glitter cardstock to make a card.

2. Adhere the 3-½” x 4-¾” scrapbook paper to the front of the card, with a ¼” border on the top and left side.

Ice cream cone greeting card embellishments. CraftsnCoffee.com

Patty added a border and the word “delightful” to her card.

3. Adhere any other accents you’d like. Patty included a border and the sentiment “delightful” on her card.

4. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut the foam cone in half, from top to bottom, and cut the foam ball in half.

5. Cut off the bottom of one half ball, so it will sit flat on the half cone.

6. Wrap the half cone in strips of light brown Washi tape.

7. Brush Mod Podge onto the half ball, and cover it with the light purple tissue paper.

8. Glue the ice cream “scoop” onto the cone. Glue them together on a flat surface, to be sure they line up evenly in back.

Bugle beads sprinkled on this Styrofoam ball look like real sprinkles! Super-cute ice cream cone card on CraftsnCoffee.com

Who can resist sprinkles on their ice cream cone?

9. Working quickly and carefully, drizzle hot glue on the top of the ‘ice cream’ and sprinkle with the bugle beads. Carefully press the beads into the hot glue to help hold them in place. Don’t burn your fingers!

10. Glue the ice cream cone to the card.

11. Hand deliver or tuck into a small box and send off in the U.S. Mail.

Have you followed along with this week’s ice cream crafts? If you’ve missed any, I’ve linked to them below.


Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament

No-Melt Ice Cream Cone Door Hanger

Super-Scoop Ice Cream Cone Door Décor

Kid’s Ice Cream Cone Ornament

Kid’s Everlasting Ice Cream Sundae

How will you celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday? Are you planning for a sundae on Sunday? Or your favorite flavor cone? Or??

Happy crafting, and happy National Ice Cream Day!


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How to create mouthwatering, Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

Here’s the scoop on how to make the cutest Ice Cream Cone Wall Art for your kitchen, a kid’s room, or just about anywhere you’d like to add a little whimsy. It looks just like vanilla ice cream, doesn’t it? If you’d like a different flavor of ice cream, mix a little acrylic craft paint into your spackling before you use it. With a little re-engineering, I think you could make the Ice Cream Cone Wall Art a little larger, and add a second scoop for a double-decker ice cream cone. Yes, please!

DIY wall art with ice cream theme

Ice Cream Cone Wall Art by Kathleen George

To make Ice Cream Cone Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball; 18” x 12” x 1” block OR a 36” x 12” x 1” sheet
  • Scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets in coordinating patterns
  • Cardstock: Light brown (cone) and two other coordinating sheets
  • Lightweight acrylic spackling
  • Glitter: Ultrafine white/iridescent
  • Faux cherry
  • Sawtooth picture hanger or hook-and-loop adhesive picture hangers
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Paper paste
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; flat paintbrush; 1” putty knife; butter knife; straight pins; optional: crimper; rubber brayer

To make Ice Cream Cone Wall Art:

1. Measure and mark a 12″ x 12″ square on your foam sheet or block. Wax your knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut out the 12” square with the serrated knife. Cut the foam ball in half. (You might also try cutting the foam with dental floss.)

2. Spread paper paste on the front of the foam square, or apply thick, white craft glue. Center and adhere a sheet of scrapbook paper to the foam square. Working from the center, carefully smooth out the paper with your fingers or a rubber brayer. If using white craft glue, the paper may look wavy, but it should flatten out as it dries.

3. Cut four, 12” x 1” strips from the second sheet of scrapbook paper and paste to the edges of foam square. If needed, use pins to hold the paper in place while the glue dries.

4. Cut a 6″ square from one sheet of cardstock and a 6-1/2″ square from the second sheet. Layer and paste squares to the center of the 12” square. Refer to the photo, if needed.

A crimper adds texture like a real ice cream cone.

A crimper adds texture, but this step is optional.

5. Make the cone:

  • Cut out a 6-1/2″ square of light brown cardstock.
  • Optional: If you have a crimper, feed the paper through the crimper in one direction, and then in the opposite direction. This should create a raised grid.
  • Using the pattern, cut out the cone from the cardstock.
  • Fold tabs to the back.
  • Gently bend into a cone shape.
  • Using a low-temp glue gun, glue tabs to the front of the 12” square. The tip of the cone should align with the bottom of the center cardstock square.

6. Insert a half-ball into the top of the cone. Glue to secure.

This looks so real! How to make faux "ice cream" with spackling and a ball of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

It looks good enough to eat! Use your putty knife and butter knife to shape the spackling to look like real ice cream. Add a little acrylic craft paint to create a “flavor.”

7. Cover the half-ball with spackling, using the putty knife and a butter knife. Smooth out the spackling, but leave the edges ragged where the spackling overlaps the cone. Add more spackling, smoothing and shaping, till it looks like scooped ice cream. Let dry completely.

8. Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the ice cream, and sprinkle with glitter. Glue a faux cherry to the top.

9. To hang, add a sawtooth hanger to the back by dipping nails into glue, and then inserting them through the sawtooth hanger and into the foam. Let the glue dry. Or, hang with hook-and-loop tabs.

How about hanging an ice cream cone on your front door? Now, that would be welcoming!

No-Melt Ice Cream Cone Door Hanger

The summer wreath alternative -- hang an ice cream cone on your front door! Cute!

Ice Cream Cone Door Decor by Kathleen George.

Super-Scoop Ice Cream Cone Door Décor

Super-fun and super-sized ice cream cone for the front door. Hello, summer!

A bright red cherry tops this Ice Cream Cone Door Decor!

My current favorite ice cream is the key lime pie ice cream at Jeni’s. It’s amazing!  I also love a good, sweet-tart sorbet, and find a chocolate-peanut butter ice cream hard to turn down. How about you? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I’ll see you tomorrow with one more adorable, ice cream theme craft – don’t miss it! (And be sure to check out the Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament I shared on Tuesday.)

These are so much fun! There are some must-make ice-cream-these crafts on CraftsnCoffee.comHappy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: Make a needle-felted, Ice Cream Cone Christmas Ornament

This cherry-topped, handmade Ice Cream Cone Ornament is sweet as can be! Look closely and you can see the special touches designer Rebekah Meier added to this DIY Ice Cream Cone Ornament, like a bright red “cherry” and a few wisps of glistening fibers. If you’ve wanted to try needle felting but aren’t sure where to begin, you can’t go wrong experimenting with this easy Christmas ornament. I’m sharing another Ice Cream Cone Ornament that kids can make, too.

Yummy, and so sweet. Tutorial to make this ice cream cone ornament is on CraftsnCoffee.com

Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

Why the Ice Cream Cone Ornament today? Because this coming Sunday, July 20, is National Ice Cream Day! To celebrate, I’ve planned several more ice cream-theme crafts for later this week.

These are so much fun! There are some must-make ice-cream crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Felted, Ice Cream Cone Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-1/2” ball and a 5” cone
  • Wool roving, ¼ oz. pink
  • Angelina Fibers
  • Red felt ball, 2cm
  • Ribbed adult sock in light yellow
  • Ric rac or other trim
  • Fabric glue, or a thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; needle felting needle*; several toothpicks; straight pins; sewing needle

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution at all times. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in project.

To make a Felted, Ice Cream Cone Ornament:

1. Cut in half the 2-1/2” ball using the serrated knife. (Rebekah suggests cutting the ball with dental floss.)

2. Place glue on ends of several toothpicks, and insert halfway into the cut side of the ball. Glue and pick the half ball onto the wide end of the cone.

3. Cut the sock apart, and wrap it around the cone. Pin the sock in place, and trim away the excess sock. Glue the sock to the cone, and use the pins to hold the sock in place while the glue dries.

4. Using the point of your scissors, carefully push excess fabric at the tip into the tip of the cone.

5. Loosely cover the half ball with pink wool roving, and felt the roving into the ball by repeatedly inserting the needle into the foam over and over again, till the fibers “stick” to the ball. If needed, add a little more roving to fill in any blank spots.

Love the sparkle -- and cherry on top of this Ice Cream Cone Ornament. CraftsnCoffee.com

The Angelina Fibers top off the ice cream scoop with extra-special sparkle.

6. Glue the red felt ball to the top of the ice cream scoop.

7. Glue ric-rac around the top edge of the cone, and add several lengths vertically along the cone, too.

8. Pin and glue the ends of a 12” length of ric-rac to each side of the cone for a hanger.

9. Add a little sparkle to the top of the cone with a few wisps of Angelina Fibers.

Because the felting needles are so sharp, I suggest that younger kids try the Ice Cream Cone Ornament I made a while back. This post has a few other colorful ideas for Ice Cream Crafts for kids, too, like the Everlasting Ice Cream Sundaes.

Make these now for Christmas gifts! The kids will love giving these to teachers, family members, etc. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kids can paint this ornament to match their favorite flavor of ice cream. It’s a fun gift idea, too.

Everlasting Sundaes -- an ice cream craft that's fun for kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Scoop up orange sherbet, mint chocolate chip, or any other favorite flavor to make an Everlasting Ice Cream Sundae.

Is your mouth watering yet? I’ll see you on Thursday with more Ice Cream Crafts!

Ice cream crafts kids will love, and fun ideas for grown-up crafters, too. CraftsnCoffee.com
Happy crafting.


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