A sweet snowman craft made with paper, wool and foam

It’s a week of snowman crafts. Today, award-winning designer Rebekah Meier is sharing her Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman. Rebekah designs beautiful mixed media art, and just this week at the CHA Show, she won the hot new product award in the Fabric & Needlecraft category for her Fabric Elements product line. Congratulations, Rebekah! I’m honored that Rebekah also designs with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Here’s her tutorial to DIY a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman.

An adorable Snowman DIY by Rebekah Meier. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: 3-1/2″ and 1″
    • Block: 18″ x 4″ x 4″
    • Cone: 3″ x 2”
  • Wool roving fiber: natural; orange
  • Paper:
    • Pink decorative paper, 12″ x 12″
    • Cream card stock
    • Vintage snowman image (search online for a free image)
  • Cream lace trim, 1″ x 18″
  • Cream organza ribbon, 1-1/2″ x 1 yd.
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons, two small
  • Chenille stem in silver
  • Glitter:
    • Ultra-fine pink iridescent glitter
    • White iridescent glitter glue
  • Corsage pins with black heads, seven
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Foam mounting tape, squares, or dots
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco-edge scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; round paintbrush; round wooden toothpicks; felting needle*; sewing needle & cream button thread

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

I love this DIY, Mixed Media Snowman by Rebekah Meier. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Would you make your Mixed Media Snowman in pink, or would you use a different color?

To make a Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman:

1. Measure and mark a 4” square on the foam sheet. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin, and then cut a 4” cube from the foam sheet.

2. From the pink paper, cut two, 4-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ strips and one 3-3/4″ square. Overlap and glue together the two short ends of the 4-1/2″-wide strips, creating a 4-1/2″ x 16-1/4″ strip. Score and fold ½” from the top edge of the strip, making a sharp crease along the length of the strip.

3. Wrap the paper strip around the cube, with the ½” fold at the top. Position the strip so that the ends overlap at the back. Pinch the paper at the corners, and then remove the paper strip and fold crisply at each corner.

4. Glue the strip around the cube. Clip the corners at the top, and fold the ½” tabs down and glue in place. Glue the paper square to the top. Wrap and glue the lace trim around the cube.

Cute image featured on Rebekah Meier's Mixed Media Snowman. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Search online for free, snowman images you can use. Notice the details Rebekah added to her image.

5. Cut out a snowman image. Using deco edge scissors, cut out a cream mat, slightly larger than the snowman image. Decorate with buttons and glitter glue. Let dry, and then adhere to the front of the cube with foam tape.

6. Place a small amount of wool roving on the 3-1/2” ball and felt in place, inserting the needle numerous times through the fibers and into the foam ball. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until the ball is completely covered.

7. Glue two toothpicks halfway into the bottom of the ball. Apply glue to the exposed ends and insert into the top of paper-covered cube; let dry.

8. Sew gathering stitch along one long edge of the organza ribbon; pull thread and gather tightly to create a ruffle. Wrap ribbon around the snowman’s neck and tie off threads.

Love this snowman face! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll use a little roving to make the carrot nose, and the eyes and mouth are made with corsage pins.

9. Blush the snowman’s cheeks and insert pins for eyes and a mouth. For nose, wrap and glue small amount of orange wool fiber around the tip of a toothpick, forming a carrot. Insert and glue the nose into the face.

10. Insert toothpicks into the foam cone and 1” ball and use as handles. Paint the shapes with white glue, and sprinkle with pink glitter. Work over a box lid or newspaper for easier clean up. Let glue dry. Pick and glue the ball onto the tip of the cone.

11. Pick and glue the hat onto the snowman. Glue a silver chenille stem around the edge of hat.

Here’s another mixed media project Rebekah’s shared with Crafts ‘n Coffee readers – her trio of Sparkling, Vintage Snowmen.

So sweet. Felted with bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving -- great idea for felting novices. CraftsnCoffee.com.Rebekah also designed the Sparkling Snowman in this vignette.

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

For a different medium, you might try her Pastel, Paper Clay Snowman.

There's a step-by-step tutorial for this snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com. You can do it!I hope you’ll swing by Rebekah’s blog and congratulate her on her award. While you’re over there, take a peek at her beautiful mixed media art. I love that her new Fabric Elements line will make it easy for anyyone to create a mixed media masterpiece.

Here are the cheery snowmen I’m featuring this week, and the cutie in the middle is up tomorrow.

The cutest DIY snowman crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The center snowman is scheduled for tomorrow.

See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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DIY a square snowman? Why not!

Snowman crafts are popular on Crafts ‘n Coffee, so I’m sharing a few favorite, DIY snowmen this week. I’ve chosen snowmen of all shapes and sizes, and each one uses different materials and techniques. By the end of the week, I hope you’ve found a snowman that you can’t wait to make. Today, I’m starting with the Paper Cube Snowman – yes, a square snowman! To be more accurate, I think she’s a square snow woman.

Fun winter craft -- a square snowman made with embossed paper and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper Cube Snowman by Kathleen George.

It’s the details that make this snowy lady so captivating.

How to make a Paper Cube Snowman from scrapbook paper and cubes of Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Take a closer look at the details on the Paper Cube Snowman, especially the embossed paper and colorful buttons.

The embossed scrapbook paper adds whimsical texture, and makes her plain, paper covering so much more interesting. And check out those colorful button accents. And striped arms! The tutorial to make the Paper Cube Snowman is on StyrofoamCrafts.com, so you can get the full details over there.

I have two more snowmen to share later this week. See you Thursday!

Cute winter craft ideas over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s a week of Snowman Crafts — and a Felted Winter Bird from last week.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Cheery, Felted Birds brighten a winter day

Cardinals are the state bird here in Ohio, and they’re such a pretty sight in the winter (this is a craft blog and not a sports blog, so all references to the state of Ohio have nothing to do with Ohio State and that big game last week ;-)  . . .). Rebekah Meyers’ bright red, Felted Winter Birds remind me of cardinals, all bundled up for the winter. Make one or a few to brighten your kitchen windowsill this January.

Cheery winter craft, and easy felting craft, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Felted Winter Birds by Rebekah Meier.

 To make Felted Winter Birds, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” egg and 1-1/2” ball (for one bird)
  • Wool roving, red
  • Felt: Small pieces of red, cream and yellow
  • Black head pins, two
  • Small baby sock
  • Floral stem wire
  • Optional: Spray glitter (Rebekah used Krylon® Glitter Blast™)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*; pencil; toothpicks

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

A cozy winter craft -- easy needle felted bird on CraftsnCoffee.com

No matter the weather, a flock of these Felted Winter Birds would warm up your day.

To make Felted Winter Birds:

1. Build your bird body: Holding the egg on an angle, attach the ball to the narrow end of the egg. Rub the two pieces together first for a tighter fit. Insert a toothpick between the pieces, and glue them together.

2. Place small, wispy pieces of roving onto the bird. Felt the roving onto the bird with the felting needle, inserting the needle numerous times through the fiberfill and into the foam. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until your bird is covered in wool roving.

3. Add wings: Cut two, 2” long from the red felt. Glue wings onto the sides of the bird.

4. Add a scarf: Tie a scrap of cream felt around the bird’s neck.

Cute details on this felted bird. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

That sweet, stocking cap is a baby sock.

5. Make the hat: Cut a 2” length from the leg of the baby sock, and place on the bird’s head. Tie off the end of the hat with a scrap of felt. Cut fringe into the top of the hat.

6. Eyes: Insert two, black head pins.

7. Beak: Cut a small diamond from the yellow felt. Fold in half, and glue below the eyes.

8. Twist the wire to form the feet, and cut the legs to 2”. Insert legs into the bird. Adjust them if needed so the bird can stand on its own.

9. Optional: Spray with glitter.

If you’re ready to skip right to spring, here’s a Sweet Felted Chick, also designed by Rebekah.

eaasy needle felted Easter Chick tutorial

Felted Easter Chick by Rebekah Meier.

Or, how about this Prim Felted Bunny.

Rebekah Meier shares an easy felting technique to make this Prim, Felted Bunny. CraftsnCoffee.com

Prim, Felted Bunny by Rebekah Meier.

Are you buried by snow and enduring sub-zero weather this week? How did we live with the Polar Vortex day after day, week after week last year? That said, I don’t think I’m ready for spring yet, are you?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY Winter Wreath: Cozy & Creamy, Sweater & Snowflake Wreath

Brrrr – it’s cold this week, and Kathleen George’s DIY Winter Sweater Wreath looks so cozy. She shopped second-hand stores for assorted sweaters to create the subtle, patchwork design. I know you’re familiar with her technique – tucking fabric pieces into STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. It’s the same technique used to make Classic Fabric Ornaments or No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins. For the wreath, you’ll use fabric squares cut from sweaters. Here’s how Kathleen made this Cozy & Creamy, Sweater & Snowflake Wreath.

Cozy, winter sweater wreath. Great project for repurposing old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Sweater & Snowflake Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath
  • Several textured, cream-colored sweaters, or other color of your choice (second-hand stores will have lots of inspiration)
  • Snowflake sequins
  • Optional: Snowflake ornament, diamond glitter
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; nail scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; thin-edged table knife; craft pins
Warm & Cozy Winter Wreath -- easy DIY with old sweaters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater & Snowflake Wreath by Kathleen George.

To make a Sweater & Snowflake Wreath:

1. Divide the wreath into thirds, drawing a faint, dividing line to mark off each section. Measure and score a line 1-1/4” from either side of these dividing lines. You should now have three, 2-1/2” wide sections evenly spaced around the wreath. Go over these scored lines with a sharp pencil, creating a groove.

2. Cover the three, 2-1/2” sections with fabric:

  • Cut three, 3” x 5-1/2″ rectangles from a sweater.
  • Center a fabric rectangle over a 2-1/2” section on the wreath.
  • Using the tip of the table knife, gently tuck the edges of the sweater into the scored lines on the wreath. For a clean edge, keep the knife at a 90° angle to the wreath.
  • Carefully trim away excess fabric with the nail scissors. If needed, add a dab of glue to hold the fabric in place.
  • Fold excess fabric onto the back of the wreath, and pin and glue in place.
  • Repeat on the other two, 2-1/2” sections.
Details on a Cozy Winter Sweater Wreath. DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

First, divide the wreaths into thirds (Step 1). Then, divide each section into three more sections (Step 3).

3. Now, you’re going to create more sections on the wreath. With a ruler and sharp pencil, divide each uncovered section into three more sections. Score the dividing lines with a sharp pencil, creating a groove.

4. Cut nine rectangles from various sweaters to cover these sections. Cut each piece so that it’s ½” wider and 2” longer than the sections on the wreath. Mix up the sweater fabric to create a patchwork look. Follow Step 2 above to add the fabric to the wreath.

5. Cut six, 1-¾” x 5” strips of sweater fabric. Gently pull each strip lengthwise so that it curls and forms a tube. Wrap each tube over the “seam lines” on the first three sections, and glue and pin to the back of the wreath.

Cute detail for a winter wreath. See it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A mini “scarf” is the perfect way to finish this winter wreath!

6. Pin snowflake sequins around the wreath.

7. Cut a 2” x 12” strip of sweater fabric and gently pull to curl it. Tie it around the bottom of the wreath to resemble a scarf. Cut fringe in the ends.

8. Optional: Brush the snowflake ornament with glue, and sprinkle with glitter (hint: work over newspaper or a box lid for easier clean up). Let dry. Center in the middle of the wreath, and pin and glue the hanger to the back of the wreath.

9. Cut a strip of sweater fabric and gently pull into a narrow tube. Tie into a loop. Glue and pin to the center back of the wreath for a hanger.

Here’s another winter wreath to warm you up on a cold day – the Winter Snowflake & Snowball Yarn Wreath.

Easy Winter Yarn Wreath -- the secret is the chunky, chenille yarn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Winter Snowflake & Snowball Wreath is quick to make when you use a thick, chenille yarn.

Nothing says “cozy” like fleece (except maybe a cup of hot cocoa), so this Fleece & Snowflake Wreath is also a good choice for a cold, January day.

A cozy winter wreath to DIY with fleece. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Fleece & Snowflake Winter Wreath by Kathleen George

I’ll have more winter craft ideas over the next week, when we’ll be joined by this cast of characters. I think you’ll have fun meeting them all!

Cute winter craft ideas over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These cuties are coming soon to Crafts ‘n Coffee!

Are you ready for a little winter décor? Ie, are your Christmas decorations packed up and put away?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Happy New Year, the top crafts of 2014, and “thank you” gifts

Happy New Year! I hope you finished 2014 with a flourish, and you’re refreshed and ready for a crafty & creative 2015. Today I’m sharing the top crafts from 2014 – if you missed these last year, be sure they’re on your DIY list this year. Plus, I want to say “thank you” to last year’s top commenters.

One of my favorite crafts from last year was one of your favorites, too – the DIY tutorial to make Olaf the Snowman from the movie Frozen. With the Frozen frenzy last year, it’s no surprise Olaf was one of the top crafts on Crafts ‘n Coffee in 2014.

No surprise that Olaf was one of the top projects on Crafts 'n Coffee in 2014! He looks just like Olaf from the movie Frozen, and he's made from Styrofoam brand foam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Olaf shared the limelight with a few other snowman crafts. This collection of snowmen made from socks, stockings and sweaters was also tops in 2014. Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love snowmen crafts, and I’ve planned a few more for this year.

Another fun sweater craft! This knitting snowman is made with an old sweater. Fun idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweater Snowman by Kathleen George.

Here was another favorite craft – the Red & White Deco Mesh Topiary. I’m scheming ways to turn this into a Valentine’s Day topiary, and I’ll see if I can get it done in time to share with you.

So pretty for Christmas. The tutorial to make this Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary is on CraftsnCoffee.com.
This next one is a life saver for a lot of moms – how to make a Solar System.

How to make a Solar System Poster using balls of STYROFOAM. Save this one for school! At some point, every student has to make a model of the Solar System.

DIY Solar System Poster on Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Do you have a favorite craft from 2014 that’s not on the list? Please let me know. Your feedback is a huge help as I plan the year ahead. Tell me what you want to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee!

I want to say “thank you” to those Crafts ‘n Coffee readers who share so much, and leave frequent comments. I love hearing from you, and I’m so glad you’re here. Barb Macaskill, LisaM6, Katiria and Angie Dyer were the top four commenters in 2014, and ladies, I’m going to send you each a subscription to Craft Ideas magazine! Please contact me with your mailing address so I can arrange for your subscription. Enjoy, and happy crafting.

A sparkling snowflake from a winter wreath tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A sneak peek of the winter wreath I’ll share later this week.

I have lots of fresh ideas ready to share with you, and I’ll be back with a new winter wreath later this week. Till then, I hope to hear from you about what you’d like to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee this year.

Happy 2015 and happy crafting!

Sharon

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Christmas crafts, cookies, cupcakes and the winners!

I have a crazy list to share today, from a few super-easy Christmas crafts, to Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife (I’m still trying to figure that one out – see #5 below), to the winners in our celebratory giveaway. It’s totally random, with a little of this and a little of that. I’ll start with a few fun & fast Christmas crafts, four of the easiest ever Christmas Wreaths.

1. I know what you’re to-do list looks like right now, and perhaps you’ve had to push aside any thought of crafting. But, if you’re like me, sneaking in just a little creative time can shift your mindset and ease the stress, making all of those “must-do” chores a little easier. So, here are four of the fastest Christmas Wreaths I know of, and as I made three of them, trust me, they’re quick!

Christmas Peeps Wreath

Quick & colorful -- a Christmas Marshmallow PEEPS Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.cm

DIY a Marshmallow Peeps Christmas Wreath for fast, holiday cheer.

Christmas Santa Wreath

Make an easy Santa Christmas Wreath

You can make this jolly old wreath in less than an hour.

Peacock Feather Duct Tape Crafts

An elegant Christmas wreath made with duct tape? Yes! CraftsnCoffee.com
Christmas Sock Wreath

Here's what you can do with all of those cute Christmas socks -- make a Christmas Sock Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

2. And one bonus craft that’s both cheap AND easy – the Christmas Sock Ornaments.

These ornaments are so quick & easy (and super cute). And, you can find Christmas socks for $1, so they're super-cheap. CraftsnCoffee.com
3. It’s time for my annual holiday confession (head hanging in shame) . . . I love the beautifully staged homes I see online, but I just can’t seem to do the same in my own home. So far this year, my decorations look a lot like the glimpse I shared last year . . . But I’ll get on it this weekend, promise!

4. One reason I’m a little behind at home is that this past weekend we spent a day on the Christmas Cookie Tour of Inns in the Ohio Amish Country.

Cookie Tour of Inns in Ohio's Amish country. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Yummy!

A dozen area inns, hotels and B&Bs opened their doors to share their decorations, and each one served a different Christmas cookie. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? We started at the Garver House B&B, a beautiful historic home with several stained glass windows.

Garver House B&B. CraftsnCoffee.com

We started our Christmas Cookie Tour at the Garver House B&B.

Stained Glass Window in the Garver House. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A stained glass window in the stairwell of the Garver House.

A majestic, multi-story Christmas tree was on display in the grand lobby of the Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek.

Beautiful Christmas tree at the Carlisle Inn.

The tree in the lobby at the Carlisle Inn is several stories tall.

One of the buildings at the Carlisle Inn displayed this mural, a reflection of the area’s Amish heritage.

Beautiful mural of Amish-style quilts at the Carlisle Inn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A mural of Amish-style quilts.

So, though I’m not yet decorated at home (nor have I baked any cookies) we enjoyed the sparkling holiday decorations at the various inns, and now thanks to the tour, we have more cookies than we can eat!

5. “Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife.” What does this have to do with crafting? Beats me, but my blog stats tell me that earlier this week, two people landed here at Crafts ‘n Coffee after searching for Rosie O’Donnell’s first wife! What?!

6. Before I get to the winners in the Crafts ‘n Coffee giveaway, I wanted to share that I won a six-pack of gourmet cupcakes this week! Of course, based on the abundance of cookies around here (see #4 above), I am not sure it’s a good thing.

7. I want to thank everyone who shared their Christmas crafts last week. I so enjoyed reading every single comment! I love how passionately you craft, and how so many of you are creating special gifts for those you love. Many readers are also passing along their love of crafting to a younger generation, teaching a love of the handmade, and creating happy memories, too.

8. Thank you, again, for helping Crafts ‘n Coffee reach a milestone this year! The winners of the $50 craft store gift cards and subscriptions to Craft Ideas magazine are: Sue Wilde, Sharon S. and Wendy Williams. Congratulations, ladies! Please contact me so I can arrange for your prizes.

Thank you for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee this year. I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday! I will see you in 2015!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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How to make a beautiful, Mixed Media Christmas Angel

This Mixed Media Christmas Angel is one of my favorites. I love the texture of the nail heads around her gown, and the contrast of the glistening, embossed wings. And a repurposed spoon for her head? Heavenly! We’re so close to Christmas that I hesitated sharing her today, but she’s too beautiful to keep under wraps. Read through the directions and you might be surprised that making this Mixed Media Christmas Angel is easier than she looks.

A beautiful angel craft for Christmas, and easier than it looks. Her head is an old spoon! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Mixed Media Christmas Angel, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Acrylic craft paint in metallic silver
  • Decorative furniture nails, about 150 (the actual number will depend on the size)
  • Soup spoon
  • Tooling metal in silver, 6” x 12”
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; hacksaw; pencil; old magazine; adhesive tape; optional: knippers

To make a Mixed Media Christmas Angel:

1. Paint the foam cone silver and let dry.

2. Using the hacksaw, cut the handle from the spoon, ½” below the bowl of the spoon. This extra ½” will be the angel’s neck.

Use an old spoon to make this beautiful, mixed media angel. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cut off the spoon handle, leaving an extra 1/2″ at the bottom of the bowl for the angel’s neck.

3. Insert the neck into the top of the cone and glue in place.

4. Cover the cone with the decorative furniture nails.

5. Use the patterns to trace the wings, arms, and halo onto a piece of silver tooling metal. Cut out using old scissors or knippers.

6. Emboss the metal pieces to add detail:

  • Tape one of the metal pieces, front side down, onto an old magazine.
  • Using a blunt pencil, draw the design onto the back side of the metal. Press lightly but firmly to emboss the metal.
  • Turn the metal piece over and gently press down along each side of the lines. This will help to highlight the lines and make them more distinct.
  • Rub the open areas with the pencil eraser to further enhance the details.
  • Note: If you make a mistake, don’t worry! Simply turn the metal over to the opposite side and rub out the mistake.
DIY this beautiful, Mixed Media Christmas Angel. Easier than she looks! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ve wondered if you could use an old foil pie tin for the wings?

7. Glue the halo to the back of the spoon and the wings to the back of the cone.

Beautiful, DIY Christmas Angel. Easier than it looks! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media Christmas Angel by Kathleen George.

Isn’t she beautiful? You might also want to check out this round up of Angel crafts from  a while ago.

DIY Angel Crafts for Christmas. Round up on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Rust Angel Trio by Kathleen George

Have you entered the celebratory giveaway? I’m celebrating one million page views this year on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and I hope you’ll celebrate with me by entering the giveaway. (I am having so much fun reading your answers, too.)

Happy crafting

Sharon

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A Kwanzaa craft for kids: How to DIY an ear of corn from felt & yarn

A few years ago, the magazine Kids Crafts 1-2-3 (no longer published, sadly) asked us to make a craft for Kwanzaa. What is Kwanzaa? It’s a seven-day festival that starts on December 26 and celebrates African and African American culture. Different symbols are used to celebrate Kwanzaa, and one is an ear of corn. The corn represents the future and Native Americans, and families display one ear of corn for each child in the family. Designer Kathleen George created this Kwanzaa Corn Craft for families to make together.

A Kwanzaa craft that families can make together.  Tradition calls of one ear of corn for each child in the family. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kwanzaa Corn Craft by Kathleen George.

To make a Kwanzaa Corn Craft, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 7” x 12” sheet (cut a larger, 1” x 12” x 36” sheet into several pieces for a group craft)
  • Acrylic craft paint, black
  • Thick yarn, yellow
  • Felt square, green
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Ribbon for hanging
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” stiff paintbrush; straight pins; pencil; thin wooden skewer

 To make a Kwanzaa Corn Craft:

1. Paint black the front and sides of the 1” x 7” x 12” sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Let dry.

2. Position the corn cob pattern at an angle on the foam sheet and pin in place. Trace around the pattern with a pencil.

Detail of Kwanzaa corn. CraftsnCoffee.com

You’ll tuck in about a 1″ length of yarn every half inch or so. You want the yarn to pouf like kernels of corn.

  1. Tuck yarn around the outline first, and then fill in the center of the corn cob. Here’s how to tuck in the yarn:
  • Squeeze a very thin line of white craft glue, about 1” long, along the pencil outline.
  • Position one end of the yarn on the glue, and using the wood skewer, insert the end straight into the foam sheet.
  • Move about ¾” – 1” down the yarn strand, and tuck in the yarn again, about ½” from the first tuck. Don’t pull the yarn tight between the tucks – you want the excess yarn to create a small “pouf” like a corn kernel. Keeping the the yarn loose also helps hold the yarn in place; if you pull the yarn taut, it might pop out.
  • Continue tucking in yarn to complete the outline, adding a small amount of glue as you go. You can use the glue sparingly, as the foam will also grip the yarn in place.
  • Once the outline is complete, fill in the center with tucked yarn.
  •  If glue builds up on the skewer, wipe it off with a damp rag.

4. Cut three leaves from green felt.

  1. Glue on the center leaf first, positioning it so that the top can fold over. (Refer to photo.)
  1. Glue on two side leaves, slightly overlapping them in the middle.
  1. Optional: If you’d like to hang your Kwanzaa Corn, knot together the ends of a 6” – 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the knot to the back of the picture.
A Kwanzaa craft that families can make together. Tradition calls of one ear of corn for each child in the family. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The corn symbolizes the future and Native American culture.

If you’re curious, here’s more information about Kwanzaa and the seven symbols of Kwanzaa.

This would also be a good Thanksgiving craft for kids, so be sure to keep this project on file.

Do you celebrate Kwanzaa? If so, what are your Kwanzaa traditions?

P.S. Don’t forget about our celebratory giveaway!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

 

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A forest of Christmas Cones, and a “thank you” giveaway!

It’s sort of like Christmas morning here with lots of beautiful Christmas trees and presents, too. First, I’m sharing a dozen clever and creative Christmas Cones made by the fabulous and hard-working Make It: Fun® Team. We are so glad to have these talented ladies on the FloraCraft Make It: Fun team! (A note about what goes on behind the scenes: Dow makes STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and FloraCraft is the world’s largest fabricator of the foam. They cut the shapes you buy in the store, and add the “Make It: Fun” label.)

Enjoy this forest of Christmas Cones. And read on for more about the giveaway.

Artsy Fartsy Mama: Sequin Tree

Pretty Sequin Christmas Tree by Lindsay over at Artsy Fartsy Mama

Sequin Tree by Lindsay at Artsy Fartsy Mama.

 

Club Chica Circle: Santa & Elf Hat Candy Jars

Adorable Santa & Elf Hat Candy Jars by Club Chica Circle.

Santa & Elf Hat Candy Jars by Pauline at Club Chica Circle.

Crafting in the Rain: Glitter Foam Trees

Frozen-theme Glitter Foam Trees by Steph at Crafting in the Rain.

Glitter Foam Trees by Steph at Crafting in the Rain.

Create.Craft.Love: Twine & Twig Christmas Ornaments

Twig & Twine Christmas Tree Ornaments by Jill at Create.Craft.Love.

Twig & Twine Christmas Tree Ornaments by Jill at Create.Craft.Love.

Lolly Jane: Wrapping Paper Trees

Awesome Wrapping Paper Trees (easy!) by Lolly Jane.

Wrapping Paper Trees by Lolly Jane.

Love the Day: Colorful Forest of Christmas Trees

Bright & Colorful Forest of Christmas Trees from Lindi at Love the Day.

A Colorful Forest of Christmas Trees from Lindi at Love The Day.

Pink When: Glitter & Gold Christmas Décor

Sparkling, Glitter & Gold Trees by Jen at Pink When.

Glitter & Gold Trees by Jen at Pink When.

Simply Designing: Gold Holiday Tree Décor 

Sparkling Gold Sequin Tree DIY by Ashley at Simply Designing.

Gold Sequin Tree by Ashley at Simply Designing.

Sugar Bee Crafts: Cupcake Liner Trees 

Colorful Cupcake Liner Trees by Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts.

Cupcake Liner Trees from Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts.

Tater Tots & Jello: Winter Wonderland Evergreen Trees

Winter Wonderland Evergreen Trees by Jen at Tater Tots & Jello.

Winter Wonderland Evergreen Trees by Jen at Tater Tots & Jello

Uncommon Designs: Snow Globe Christmas Tree

Sweet, Christmas Tree Snow Globe by Trish at Uncommon Designs.

Christmas Tree Snow Globe by Trish at Uncommon Designs.

 733: Money Tree Gift Idea

A Money Tree Gift Idea by Kim at 733 Blog.

Money Tree Gift Idea by Kim at 733.

Now, for the presents under the trees . . . Today’s giveaway celebrates the readers of Crafts ‘n Coffee. Last week, Crafts ‘n Coffee reached a one million milestone – we had one million page views this year! And that’s all because of you! To say “thank you,” I’m giving away three, $50 gift cards to a Jo-Anns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby (winner’s choice). Each winner will also receive a subscription to the newly redesigned Craft Ideas magazine.

How can you win one of these three prizes? Please leave a comment below and tell me what you’re crafting this Christmas. Leave your comment by Thursday, December 18, and I’ll announce the winners on Friday, December 19.

If you enjoy reading Crafts ‘n Coffee, I hope you’ll share us with your crafty friends, and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, too.

Thank you all for reading Crafts ‘n Coffee this year!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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

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

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

Vintage Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

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

Vibrant Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. Glue the jingle bell to the top.

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

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

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

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

Which one is your favorite?

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

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

Paper Loop Christmas Wreath by Kathleen George.

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

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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