Tinsel Tuesdays: Ho, ho, ho, it’s a no-sew Glove Santa

This Glove Santa is so cute! I have to “hand” it to designer Kathleen George – she is a whiz at making adorable, no-sew stuffies from everyday items like gloves, mittens and socks. Today, Kathleen shows how to turn a red knit glove into a no-sew Glove Santa. If you are in charge of Christmas crafts for a group of kids, think about adding Glove Santas to your agenda. Or, make one of the other glove crafts I’ve linked up below.

Cute Christmas craft for kids, or a Scout troop. Make him from a glove! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Glove Santa, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 3” & 2” balls
  • Chenille glove in red, adult size
  • Foamies: 3” square black; scrap of yellow (or a scrap of yellow felt)
  • Chenille stems:
    • White, ½” dia., two
    • Curly white, one
    • Black, one
  • Pompoms:
    • 1/4″ pink, one (nose)
    • 1/2″ white, one (hat)
    • 1/4″ black, two (buttons)
  •  Half-round beads in black, 5mm, two (eyes)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors

To make a Glove Santa:

1. Make the Santa body: Firmly twist together the two balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. You want them to fit together snugly. Glue balls together.

2. Prep the glove: Push the first and fourth fingers into the glove, leaving only the thumb, middle, and little fingers sticking out.

3. Insert the body into the glove, head first, and pull down the glove till the cuff is below the bottom ball. If needed, reach inside and pull the first and fourth fingers back inside the glove.

4. Using the low-temp glue gun, glue the bottom of the cuff to a 2-1/2″-diameter circle cut from the black foamie.

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

You could thread a yarn or ribbon loop through his hat and make this into an ornament.

5. Make the beard: To make a beard, measure around Santa’s face with the stem of curly chenille, add 1” to the length, and cut away the rest. Bend each end ½”, and insert the ends into the holes made by the first and fourth fingers. Glue the bottom of the beard against the glove.

6. Eyes & nose: Glue on half round beads for eyes and small pink pompom for the nose.

7. Hat: Wrap a piece of 1/2″ chenille stem around the head for a hat cuff, covering the holes for the first and fourth fingers. Twist the ends together at the back, and snip off the extra. Glue a pompom to the end of the middle finger.

8. Cuffs: Wrap pieces of ½” chenille stems around the ends of the thumb and pinky for cuffs, and glue in place.

9. Coat:

  • Wrap a length of white chenille stem around the bottom of the 3” ball and above the cuff, and glue in place.
  • Wrap a black chenille stem around the middle of the belly and glue in place.
  • Cut a tiny, square belt buckle from the yellow foamie or felt, and glue to the center of the belt.
  • Glue on two small, black pompoms for buttons.

If you need more ideas, here are the other holiday crafts made with gloves.

Cute holiday crafts made with gloves! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glove Carolers 

Penguin Ornaments

Handful of Snowmen 

Handful of Pumpkins

Handful of Witches

Handful of Kittens

Glove Ghostie

Glove Bunny 

I’d love to hear from you – have you made any of these projects, or something else from gloves, mittens and socks?

Merry Christmas Crafting.

P.S. This post reminded me of the time I saw the Santa School in Midland, Michigan . . .



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How to make Custom Candle Pedestals

The crafters I know love to learn new techniques, which is why today’s post is so much fun. Designer Koren Russell has mad skills, and she’ll lead you through cutting and shaping STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and working with air-dry modeling clay to DIY these Custom Candle Pedestals. Then, she shares how to dry brush paint, so you’ll layer on a faux finish with more depth. (If you followed Tinsel Tuesdays this week, you may have already used a few of these techniques to make Koren’s adorable Snowman Candle Pedestal.)

DIY custom candle pedestals on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Custom, Chunky Candle Pedestals by Koren Ruseell.

To make Custom Candle Pedestals, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Egg, 6″
    • Ball, 4″
    • Block, 12″ x 12″ x 1/2″
  • Acrylic craft paints: Black, dark brown, brick red, green, dark golden brown
  • Air-dry modeling clay*
  • Weights, these can be fishing line weights, BBs, or other weighted items
  • Pillar candles, 3″ x 4″, two (Note: Since publishing this post, I’ve received a very smart suggestion from a reader to use battery-operated candles instead, due to the flammable materials used in this project. Please consider this alternative!)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; compass; four large rubber bands; metal tablespoon; medium flat paintbrush; waxed paper; paper towels; fine-grit sandpaper; optional: clay tools

* WalMart carries air-dry clay from Crayola and Amaco.

To make Custom Candle Pedestals:

1. With the compass, draw four, 3-5/8″ and four 4″ circles on the 1/2” thick foam block. Wax your serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and then cut out the circles. Sand the edges so they are smooth and rounded with a scrap piece of foam.

2. Center and glue a 3-5/8″ circle to each 4″ circle.

Make your own chunky candle pedestals on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The shorter Candle Pedestal (right) is made with a foam ball, and the taller Candle Pedestal is made with a foam egg.

Shorter Candle Pedestal (shown on right)

3. Cut a 5/8″ slice from top and bottom of the foam ball. Be sure the cuts are parallel to each other.

4. Stretch four rubber bands around the foam ball, dividing it into eight, equal sections from top to bottom. Score a line along the left side of each rubber band, using a sharp pencil. Remove rubber bands.

5. Using a serrated knife, shape each scored line into a into v-shaped groove, 1/2″ wide and 3/16″ deep at the center. Use the bowl of the spoon to smooth and round the edges. Brush away loose particles with your fingers.

6. Push the pencil through center of the ball from one flat side to the other. Use the knife to enlarge the hole to 1″ wide, and remove the foam core from the ball.

7. Glue the ball to one of the pedestal bases made in Step 2. Tightly pack the hole with your weights. Glue the second foam base to the top. Let dry.

Taller Candle Pedestal (on left) 

8. Cut a 1-1/4” slice from the narrow end of the foam egg, and a 1/2” slice from the wide end of the egg.

9. Repeat Step 4 to shape the foam egg. Then, using the serrated knife and spoon, carve 1-1/2” deep holes into the top and bottom of the egg.

10. Tightly pack the hole in the top of the egg with your weights. Glue one pair of foam circles to the top. Carefully flip the egg over, holding on the foam circles. Fill the second hole with weights and glue on the remaining pair of foam circles. Let dry.

Covering with Modeling Clay

11. Cover your work surface with waxed paper. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition the modeling compound. Cover the candle pedestals with modeling compound, working with a small amount each time. Use your fingers to spread the clay.  Repeat, till each candle pedestal is covered with a thin, even layer of modeling compound. Smooth the surface with wet fingertips. Optional: use clay tools to help smooth out the clay.

12. Sand any rough or raised edges with fine-grit sandpaper. The surface doesn’t have to be completely smooth. Wipe away dust with a damp paper towel.


How to dry brush paint and create a faux finish. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dry brushing layers of color adds a more complex finish.

13. Paint the pedestals black and let dry. Dry brush the pedestals, applying color layers as follows: dark brown; brick red; green; dark golden brown. To dry brush, dip damp brush into small amount of paint, then wipe against a paper towel to remove excess paint. Using just the tip of the brush, lightly and randomly brush color across surface. Repeat for each color.

Here are a few more ideas for making your own candle holders using different techniques.

Paper covered DIY Candle Pedestals

You can make these pretty candle pedestals with scrapbook paper, buttons, and discs of Styrofoam brand foam. Love those button feet! What a great gift idea, too.

Candle Pedestals by Patty Schaffer.

Sea Glass Mosaic Candlesticks

beach theme home decor ideas

Sea Glass Mosaic Candlesticks designed by Kathleen George

Were any of these techniques new to you? Or have you tried them all before?

Craft on!


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Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make a Snowman Candle Pedestal

Today’s Tinsel Tuesday tutorial (how’s that for alliteration?) is a special, DIY gift idea – a Snowman Candle Pedestal. In a clever “hat trick”, a 3” pedestal candle finishes off his top hat. Like Frosty, the top hat really brings him to life and adds personality. For even more personality, tie on a fleece scarf in bright colors or patterns, and then paint the Snowman Candle Pedestal to match. If it’s hot where you are right now, this is the time to build a Snowman Candle Pedestal!

A cute DIY Gift idea. Snowman Candle Pedestal tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Snowman Candle Pedestal by Koren Russell.

To make a Snowman Candle Pedestal, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 5” Ball
    • 1” x 12” x 10 Block, or other size sheet that’s 1” thick
  • Acrylic craft paint: Off-white, cream, light cream, dark burgundy, orange
  • Air-dry modeling clay*
  • Felt or fleece, 4” x 24” in blue or other color of your choice
  • Candle, 3″ x 3″
  • Weights, these can be fishing line weights, BBs, or other weighted items
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; compass; sharp pencil; ruler; serrated knife and an old candle or bar of soap; small carpenter’s level; wax paper; paintbrushes: medium flat and small round; fine-grit sandpaper; paper towel; optional: clay tools

*I did a little search for air-dry modeling clay, and found that WalMart carries air-dry clay from Crayola and Amaco.

To make a Snowman Candle Pedestal:

1. Build the snowman:

  • Using the compass, draw one 4-1/2” and two 4” circles on the 1” foam sheet.
  • Wax your serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and then cut out the three discs.
  • Using a scrap of foam, sand and round the edges on the 4-1/2” disc and one of the 4” discs.
  • Cut a 1-1/2” hole in the center of the remaining 4” disc, creating a donut shape.
  • Cut a 1/2″-thick slice from top and bottom of foam ball. Be sure the cuts are parallel to each other.

2. Assemble the snowman:

  • Glue the donut disc to the center of the 4-1/2″ disc; let dry.
  • Tightly pack the hole with your weights.
  • Center and glue the bottom of the foam ball onto the base, covering the hole. Use the level to see if it’s even, and adjust if needed.
  • Glue remaining 4” disc to the head.
  • Let dry 24 hours.

3. Cover your work surface with waxed paper. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to condition the modeling compound. Cover the snowman with modeling compound, working with a small amount each time. Use your fingers to spread the clay as you cover the snowman. Repeat, till the snowman is covered with a thin, even layer of modeling compound. Smooth the surface with wet fingertips. Optional: use clay tools to help smooth out the clay.

4. Gently mold a 1″ ball into 2″ cone-shaped nose. Flatten base against your work surface. Moisten the base with water and press onto the face. Smooth the edges where the nose attaches to the face.

5. Roll two 1/2″ balls (eyes) and six 3/8″ balls (mouth) of modeling compound. Flatten balls to make 1/4″-thick discs, and smooth the edges with wet fingertips as needed. Brush water onto the back of the discs and press to head, flattening to 3/16″ thickness. Smooth edges with small paintbrush and water. Let dry completely.

6. Sand any rough edges with fine-grit sandpaper. The surface doesn’t have to be completely smooth. Wipe away dust with a damp paper towel.

A cute DIY Gift idea. Snowman Candle Pedestal tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Koren used a rustic pallet for her Snowman Candle Pedestal, and you can easily change this up with a more colorful fleece scarf.

7. Paint the snowman:

  • Head and neck: off-white
  • Nose, hat brim, and base: dark burgundy
  • Eyes and mouth: dark brown.
  • Let paint dry.
  • Dry brush all surfaces with cream paint. Let dry.
  • Mix equal parts light cream and water, and paint over the head and neck.
  • Mix equal parts orange and water, and paint over the hat brim, base, and nose.

8. Scarf: Along the long edges, fold over the fabric ½” and glue in place. Cut fringe into the short ends. Tie scarf around the snowman’s neck and spot glue, as needed, to secure.

9. Top off the snowman with a 3” pedestal candle, creating his top hat.

Are you working on Christmas gifts right now? I’d love to hear what you’re making — please share below. Thanks!

Happy Christmas crafting.



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For summer fun or for school, DIY a model of a Southwest Adobe House

If your summer travel includes a trip to the southwest, you may be inspired to recreate your adventures and make this Southwest Adobe House. Or maybe you’ll want to make it because your plans don’t include a trip to the southwest. Bookmark this Adobe House tutorial for the school year, too – it might come in handy. While I know that kids will find this a cool project, they will need help from an adult along the way.

DIY a model of a southwest adobe house. Great for the kids at home or for school. Bookmark this! CraftsnCoffee.com.

 To make a Southwest Adobe House, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 1″ x 12″ x 18″ sheets OR one 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheet
  • Packaged sand
  • Wooden dowel, 15 ” x 3/16″ dia.
  • Balsa strips:
    • 1 yd. 6mm x 2mm (ladder frame)
    • 1 ft. 3mm square balsa strip (ladder rungs)
  • White craft glue:
    • Thick, white craft glue for assembling the house
    • Thin-bodied white glue for brushing on the house
  • Optional: Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; utility knife with sharp blades or a serrated knife*; T-square; pencil; indelible marker; toothpicks; 1” brush

*NOTE: Do not let children use a serrated knife or utility knife. Have an adult cut out the pieces for the adobe house.

To make a Southwest Adobe House:

1. Using a pencil and T-square, score the foam sheet according to the cutting diagrams (Adobe House Patterns Page 1 and Adobe House Patterns Page 2). Use the marker to letter the pieces according to the cutting diagram. Using the T-square and a utility knife with a sharp blade, cut out pieces, keeping edges and corners as square as possible (have an adult cut out the pieces).

2. Assemble the house using parts A, B, C, D and E using glue and toothpicks. Inserting toothpicks between the pieces will help strengthen the bond; add a dab of glue to each end of the toothpick before inserting it into the foam.

  • A and B are the front and back walls
  • C and D are the end walls for the two-story section
  • E is the end wall for the single-story section.
Bookmark this for school -- how to DIY a southwest adobe house. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Southwest Adobe House by Kathleen George.

3. Add the roof:

  • G is the roof for the two-story section
  • F is the roof the for the single-story section.

4. Assemble the small, single-story addition:

  • H, I, J form the walls
  • L is the roof

5. Glue the single-story addition onto the front of the house (refer to the photo for placement).

6. Cut the doors and windows into the house, referring to the photo for placement.

7. Add the steps: M is for the door on the right side, and N is for the front door.

8. Chimneys: Cut K in half, so each piece measures 1” x 3”. Glue in place on rooftops.

9. Round off edges of the house and steps by running the side of a pencil over the corners and edges of the foam.

10. Cover the house with sand. Several light coats of sand will cover better than one heavy coat. If too much sand is applied in a single coat, the weight of the sand will cause the glue to drip and sag.

  • Working on one section at a time, paint the surface of the house with a thin layer of white craft glue and sprinkle on an even coat of sand.
  • Lightly pat the sand into the glue with your fingers.
  • Continue, working section by section, until the house is covered.
  • After the glue has dried, brush off excess sand, repaint with glue and sprinkle on more sand.
  • Repeat until surface is covered.
  • When dry, vacuum lightly with small brush attachment to remove any loose sand.

11. Cut the wooden dowel into 1″ pieces and push into adobe home, following photograph.

12. Cut balsa strips and assemble two small ladders, one 6 1/2″ x 1 1/4″ and one 7 1/2″ x 1 1/2″; lean against house.

Bookmark this one for school! Great tutorial for a school assignment -- how to make a model of a southwest adobe house. Very cool. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I think this Southwest Adobe House is pretty amazing, and it looks so realistic. It’s not a quick & easy project, but it’s worth the time. Especially if the kids are “so bored” this summer.   

Are you travelling to the southwest this summer? You’ll have to let me know how this compares with the “real thing”.

Happy crafting.



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Tinsel Tuesdays: Maybe this little elf will help around your house, too

Santa doesn’t take time off in the summer. While he’s busy in the workshop, this Gleeful Gift Wrap Elf is wrapping up all those gifts for good little girls and boys. This Christmas Elf will take a few hours to make, so like Santa, work on him now, before the holiday crush sets in. Designer Debra Quartermain shares the full tutorial over on StyrofoamCrafts.com. I’m also announcing the winners of the Duck Tape swag today.

Just adorable for Christmas!  CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gleeful Gift Wrap Elf by Debra Quartermain.

Sweet Christmas elf craft. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Check out that big grin, peeping out from a too-big hat.

Cute little elf shoes. Adorable details on this DIY Christmas Elf. CraftsnCoffee.com.

And jingle bell toes!

Nobody makes adorable, no-sew softies like Debra. A while back, I shared a roundup of some of her other wintertime creations, and I bet you can’t pick a favorite. Go check out the line up!

Love, love this adorable Snow Bunny! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Felted Snow Bunny by Debra Quartermain.

These Snowbunnies are adorable! Tutorial - CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sledding Snow Bunnies by Debra Quartermain.

Craft a Skiing Penguin.

Skiing Penguin by Debra Quartermain.

So much fun! Sledding Penguins on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Yee haw! Sledding Penguins by Debra Quartermain.

There, do you feel a little cooler now? Did you find a favorite no-sew softie to add to your DIY list?

It feels like Christmas in July today, as I’m also announcing the winners of the Duck Tape giveaway. Anne Haun and Yolanda are the winners of the Duck Tape swag. Please contact me, ladies, so I can arrange for the shipping. Thank you to everyone who shared their enthusiasm and creativity in this giveaway.

Merry Christmas crafting.


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Cool, contemporary DIY Wall Art as bright as a summer day

It’s big, it’s bold and it’s bright! If you’d like a statement piece for your walls, DIY this Green & Aqua Wall Art. It’s cool and it’s contemporary, with vivid colors reminiscent of a bright summer day. In the winter, this Caribbean inspired color palette will warm you up like a sunny beach in the tropics. Readymade, this custom wall art would have a big price tag, but you can DIY it for a lot less with the tutorial on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

Love this! Love the colors, and love that I can DIY it. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Is the Green & Aqua Wall Art too bold and too bright? Tone it down with this DIY Rectangle Wall Sculpture. The technique is similar, and the colors sleek and chic.

This wall art is gorgeous, and there's a tutorial for it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

More custom wall art you can DIY with sheets of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

The DIY Garden Collage Wall Art is a favorite here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and you can see why. Its blue and green palette is more subdued, and paired with shades of gray.

Beautiful wall art made with scrapbook papers and Styrofoam. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The Garden Collage Wall Art is covered in scrapbook papers.

I’ll leave you with one last variation – the DIY Falling Leaves Wall Art. It’s so tempting to make wall art for each season, and change it out throughout the year. People have seasonal pillows, throws and other accessories, so why not seasonal wall art, too?

This is beautiful! Love these yummy fall colors. This really is a DIY project -- see the tutorial.

Falling Leaves Wall Art by Kathleen George.

Here’s one last look at the eye-popping, Green & Aqua Wall Art. Fun, isn’t it?

These colors make me happy!  Very cool wall art to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Which one is your favorite?

Happy crafting!

P.S. Don’t forget, you have till midnight on Monday, July 13, to enter the Duck Tape giveaway. I’ll announce the winner on July 14, Tinsel Tuesday. Good luck!

Some of the goodies you might win on the Duck Tape giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These are only some of the goodies you might win in the Duck Tape giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com.




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Tinsel Tuesdays: A classic Christmas ornament with a twist

This fabric technique is classic, and here’s the twist – you’ll alternate between red and white fabrics as you go, creating a Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament. You’re already familiar with this technique, right? A red and white Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas decorating color schemes, and if you like it, too, I have a few more ideas for you. But first, here’s how to make this Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament. (And don’t miss the giveaway I announced last week!)

This is an easy, DIY Christmas ornament. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Get the kids in on making these easy ornaments, too.

To make a Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Fabrics, ¼ yd. each, red and white
  • Ribbon, 8” for hanger
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional embellishments: Ribbon, holly leaf pick
  • Tools needed: Scissors; four rubber bands; sharp pencil; wood skewer, nail file, or other tool with dull point; optional: cutting mat and rotary cutter

To make a Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament:

  1. Place two rubber bands around the foam ball, dividing it into four quarters. Add two more rubber bands, dividing the ball into eight equal sections. Using the sharp pencil, score the foam ball along the right-hand side of each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands, and you should have eight sections outlined on the ball.
  2. Cut your fabrics into 1-1/2” squares. Optional: Cut out with your rotary cutter and cutting mat.
  3. Place a dab of glue on the ball, and center a fabric square on the dot of glue. Using the wood skewer, insert the center of the fabric square into the foam ball. Repeat, filling in the section with the same color of fabric. Continue tucking fabric squares into the foam ball, working section by section, and alternating the color in each new section.
  4. Tie together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Place a dab of glue at the top of the ornament, and push the knot into the foam ball. Let glue dry before hanging.
  5. Optional: Embellish the ornament top with ribbon and a holly leaf pick.
Pretty, and a stash buster, too. DIY Christmas ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This isn’t a new technique, but the red and white stripes add a fresh twist.

If you like red and white for Christmas, you might also like the Red & White Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel I featured on Crafts ‘n Coffee. A few of your favorite designers worked behind the scenes on this one, and you’ll find links to their tutorials below.

I love red & white for Christmas! And this is an adorable, Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mitten & Snowball Garland

Cute idea for a winter garland! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com

Mitten & Snowball Garland by Patty Schaffer.

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath

This Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath is made with two sweaters -- a plain white one and a red cabled sweater. Cute!

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath by Patty Schaffer.

Peppermint Candy Tree

Fringed, Peppermint Stripe Tree

Fun, red and white Christmas cones to DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Peppermint Candy Tree and Fringed, Peppermint Stripe Tree by Rebekah Meier.

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries

So cute & easy for Christmas. And they stand more than 12" tall! CraftsnCoffee.com

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries by Rebekah Meier.

Peppermint Snowman

Too cute! His little peppermint hat is a baby sock. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Peppermint Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

It’s hard to pick a favorite, isn’t it? Stay tuned for more summertime, Christmas crafts next Tuesday.

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Merry Christmas crafting.


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Road Trip Recap: ShurTech Brands, the home of Duck Tape® and other fun ideas (plus, a giveaway!)

I love a good duct tape craft, so I was really excited when ShurTech Brands, maker of Duck Tape®, invited me to visit twice this past month. I got to see the plant floor where they churn out 40 million rolls of Duck Tape a year, and walked past conference rooms with names like Quack Shack and Duck Den. I met Joe Girandola, who creates amazing artwork from Duck Tape. I even got a sneak peek at several new designs that will be in stores soon. I’m sharing a few highlights today, along with some of the fabulous swag from ShurTech.

ShurTech, maker of Duck Tape, in Avon, OH. CraftsnCoffee.com.

ShurTech Brands headquarters in Avon, Ohio.

My first visit was with a group of Ohio bloggers, including DeDe from Designed Décor, Ursula from Home Made by Carmona, and Mary from At Home on the Bay.

Ohio bloggers tour ShurTech headquarters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

L-R, Amanda, DeDe, me, Mary, Allison, Carmona and Catie.

The second time I visited, I joined a group of VIPs who love Duck Tape like I do – and maybe more! One young man has a collection of 5,000 rolls.

A special day for Duck Tape VIPs at the HQ for ShurTech. CraftsnCoffee.com.

ShurTech welcomes Duck Tape VIPs from across the country.

A visit with Trust E. Duck at the HQ for Duck Tape. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Me & Trust E. Duck.

We saw a rainbow of Duck Tape; licensed tape for sports teams and Disney characters; and even scented tape. The first patterned Duck Tape, a camo print, was custom made on request from Sam Walton at WalMart. Today, there are 250 patterns and designs of Duck Tape. Did you know they also make Chalkboard, Dry Erase, and real cork tape?

A beautiful rainbow of Duck Tape at the ShurTech headquarters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A rainbow of Duck Tape.


ShurTech has 250 patterns and designs of Duck Tape.


Scented Duck Tape!

I learned more about Frog Tape® Shape Tape™, too, which makes painting on patterns especially easy. A special polymer barrier blocks out paint and keeps your design lines clean and crisp.

Shape Tape from Frog Tape makes painted patterns easy. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fun patterns made easy with paint and Shape Tape Frog Tape from ShurTech.

The Duck Tape team is always listening to customers, watching trends, and looking for new ideas. It’s an innovative company, from marketing to manufacturing. Their customer care is extraordinary – real people answer the consumer hotline, and every roll of Duck Tape is packed into cartons by hand, to ensure that every single roll passes inspection.

Gorgeous! Can you believe this is made with Duck Tape? Look at the details! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Look at the details in this formal wear made with Duck Tape.

What’s really fun is to see how creativity transforms a roll of tape into beautiful objects of art. I admired this peacock theme ensemble, on display in the headquarters. For more inspiration, check out the artwork of Joe Girandola.

You may have heard of Stuck at Prom®, a challenge in which high school students create formal wear from Duck Tape, and wear it to their proms. ShurTech awards scholarship money to the winners, and their schools win awards, too.

Anti-bullying Duck Tape from ShurTech. CraftsnCoffee.com.

“Stick Together” Duct Tape helps support ShurTech’s anti-bullying initiative.

ShurTech recently launched its “Stick Together®” anti-bullying program, in partnership with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center (NBPC).

I also learned that Duck Tape has had starring roles on Project Runway, the Radio Disney Music Awards, and the reality TV show Shipping Wars.

Amazing! These dresses are made from Duck Tape and were created on Project Runway. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Duck Tape dresses from Project Runway.

Gorgeous, and made from Duck Tape!  This dress was worn to the Disney Music Awards. Amazing! CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Duck Tape dress was worn at the Radio Disney Music Awards.

One last little fact I learned is that Duck Tape got its start in World War II when the military used it to repair boots and equipment. I loved this fact, as STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam also had its first commercial applications during World War II. Coincidence? Well sure, but I’ve found that the two products make a great match.

I’ve always had fun pairing Duck Tape and STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I know my crafts aren’t fashionable and sophisticated, but I have a blast making them, and I love that they’re always easy.

Favorite Duck Tape crafts! Easy tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here are the Duck Tape crafts I’ve shared on Crafts ‘n Coffee:

Zippy Zebra Duct Tape Wreath 

Tie-Dye Duct Tape Wreath

Duct Tape Flower Wreath

Duct Tape Flag

Duct Tape Deco Spheres

Duct Tape Topiaries

Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath

Glow-in-the-Dark Duct Tape Eyeball Wreath

Halloween Duct Tape Wreath

Halloween Duct Tape Deco Spheres 

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cuties

Halloween Candy Corn Duct Tape Wreath

Peacock Duct Tape Christmas Wreath

Peacock Duct Tape Garland

Peacock Duct Tape Deco Spheres 

I am going to share my Duck Tape swag with two Crafts ‘n Coffee readers. I have two jam-packed prizes to give away, and each prize package will include:

Some of the goodies you might win on the Duck Tape giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These are only some of the goodies you might win in the Duck Tape giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com. (The designs may vary and you might not win the patterns shown.)

  • Five rolls of Duck Tape and five rolls of Duckling Tape (patterns will vary)
  • Seven Duck Tape sheets (patterns will vary)
  • A roll of Frog Tape Shape Tape
  • The Ultimate Duct Tape Book
  • Duck Tape backpack and a stuffed Trust E. Duck
  • One dozen 2-1/2″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, so you can get started making Duck Tape Deco Spheres.

For a chance to win this Duck Tape prize package, leave a comment below answering the following:

1. What have you made from Duck Tape?

2. What’s your favorite Duck Tape pattern?

3. What new pattern would you like to see?

You have till midnight on Monday, July 13 to enter, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, July 14. Good luck! (Note: Duck Tape did not sponsor this post, though they were lovely hosts and they provided the swag for the prizes.)

Wishing you a safe, holiday weekend.

Happy crafting.




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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones

These easy, Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones will add a little whimsy to your Christmas décor. When is the last time you crafted with felt? Sometimes, I think felt is overlooked for newer, flashier products, but there’s a lot of creativity in a sheet of felt. It’s perfect for these Christmas trees – it’s cozy, inexpensive, and available in lots of colors and prints. You all had such great ideas for the Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments I shared a few weeks ago, and I can’t wait to hear what you would do with these Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones.

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

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones by Rebekah Meier.

To make Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 9” cones
  • Cardstock (for pattern)
  • Felt, ¼ yd. each of red, green and cream
  • Jingle bells, two red
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; tape measure; straight pins; disappearing fabric marker

To make Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones:

  1. Measure the circumference of your cone, 1-3/4” up from the bottom. Add ½” to this measurement and this will be the length of your first felt strip.
  1. Print and cut out the pattern. This pattern is half the length you’ll need. Trace around the pattern onto the cardstock, and then flip the pattern over, match up the straight edge, and draw the other half. Cut out pattern and if needed, piece the ends.
  1. Trace around the pattern onto the red or green felt. Cut out felt and pin the strip around the cone, with about ½” extending past the bottom of the cone. The scalloped flounce will rest on the tabletop.
  1. Repeat, using the cream felt for the second row. Continue adding layers of scalloped felt in alternating colors, overlapping each layer by about ½”. You’ll need shorter felt strips as you work your way up the cone.
  1. Once the cone is covered, glue down the top of each strip; keep pins in till glue dries.
  1. Glue a jingle bell to the top of the tree.
Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones. So cute & whimsical for Christmas, and a really easy DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The whimsical, felt scallops look almost Seussical to me.

Where would you display these cozy, scalloped Christmas cones? Would you change them up at all?

Merry Christmas crafting.



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Psst – this succulent container garden isn’t really stone!

This DIY Succulent Planter looks like stone, but here’s the secret – it’s made from a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and stone-like paint. Brilliant and easy, and thank you to designer Kathleen George for sharing her tutorial to make this Succulent Container Garden. If you prefer real succulents, no worries — Kathleen also shows you how to plant real succulents in this container garden. The planter is made with a large, 10” ball, and you can easily adapt this to smaller sizes. A 4” ball would be just right for a single succulent — perfect for party favors.

DIY this succulent container garden from a foam ball! It's really not made from stone. Amazing. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Faux Stone Succulent Planter, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” ball, or other size of your choice
  • Foam-safe stone-like spray paint (Kathleen used Make It Stone!® from Krylon; read the label carefully to be sure it’s safe for foam.)
  • Succulents, live or faux
  • Planting mix for cactus/succulents
  • Optional: Deer moss, stones, shells, and other natural embellishments
  • Thin bodied, white craft glue (if using faux succulents)
  • Tools needed: Serrated knife, large; sharp pencil; tablespoon

To make a Faux Stone Planter for live succulents:

  1. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of the foam ball so that the planter will stay in place and not roll.
  2. Cut a larger slice on an angle from the top of the ball.
  3. Score a ring 1” in from the edge all around the top using a sharp pencil. With the spoon and serrated knife, carve out the center of the ball till you have an opening that’s about 4” deep.
  4. Carefully follow the instructions on the can, and spray the outside of the planter with stone-like paint. Let dry.
  5. Fill the hole with slightly dampened cactus planting medium.
  6. Plant your succulents and water sparingly.
  7. Optional: embellish with stones, shells, or other natural elements.
Beautiful planter, and it's really not stone! It's foam! Make it over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen planted faux succulents in her container, but you can use real succulents, too.

To make a Faux Stone Planter for faux succulents:

  1. Follow Steps 1 & 2 above.
  2. Score a ring ¾” – 1” in from the edge all around the top using a sharp pencil. With the spoon and serrated knife, carve out the center of the ball till you have an opening that’s about 1/2” deep.
  3. Carefully follow the instructions on the can, and spray the outside of the planter with stone-like paint. Let dry.
  4. Spread white glue over the opening and sprinkle with cactus planting medium. Press down with your fingers to secure. Let glue dry and shake over a trashcan to remove loose particles.
  5. Insert stems of faux succulents into the planter.
  6. Optional: embellish with stones, shells, or other natural elements.

When I made my Vintage Book Succulent Planters earlier this year, I made it both ways, too — one version with real succulents, and the other with faux.

These Vintage Book Planters are adorable, and super-easy, too. Really, make them in just an hour or two. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux succulents on the left; the “real” succulents are on the right.

How do you feel about using faux plants? Are you in the camp of “it’s real or nothing” or do you think it’s o.k. to sometimes use faux?

Craft on!




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