DIY a sparkling, New Year’s Eve Confetti Wreath

This is the first time I’ve featured DIY New Year’s Eve decorations on the blog, and this glitzy wreath suits the occasion! I found these mini, mirrored balls at Hobby Lobby several years ago and they reminded me of the mirrored ball that drops in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. They are the perfect accent for this sparkling, New Year’s Eve Confetti Wreath! I just wish I’d used a bigger wreath, as New Year’s Eve is all about the sparkle and the spectacle!

DIY New Year's Eve Confetti Wreath

I wish I’d used a larger wreath for more “bling”!

DIY New Year's Eve Confetti Wreath

The mini, mirrored balls remind me of the ball drop in Times Square.

To make a New Year’s Eve Confetti Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath, or other size of your choice (a larger wreath would be even more celebratory!)
  • Acrylic craft paint in metallic gold (I used DecoArt Elegant Finish in Splendid Gold and I loved it!)
  • Confetti, I used a combination of tissue paper and sequin confetti
  • Mirrored balls (from a floral pic)
  • Glitter in gold
  • Curling ribbon in gold
  • Chenille stem
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; paintbrush; pearl head pins

To make a New Year’s Eve Confetti Wreath:

1. Twist together ends of a 4” chenille stem. Insert and glue in the back of the wreath for a hanger.

2. Paint wreath gold and while wet, sprinkle glitter on the outside and inside edges of the wreath. Let dry.

3. Brush Mod Podge on the face of the wreath, and sprinkle with confetti. Pat confetti in place. Add more confetti where needed to fill in any gaps. Sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

4. Tie one end of an 18” length of curling ribbon around a pearl head pin. Insert and glue the pin in a mirrored ball. Repeat for the other two balls.

5. Determine how you’d like the mirrored balls to hang in the center of the wreath. Tie the other end of the ribbon around a pearl head pin, adjusting so the mirrored ball hangs at the right height. Insert and glue the pin into the inside of the wreath. Repeat, hanging the other two mirrored balls in the center of the wreath. Trim away excess ribbon.

6. Curl additional lengths of ribbon, and pin and glue to the middle of the wreath.

 DIY New Year's Eve Confetti Wreath

I used both paper confetti and sequin confetti.

The party’s not over yet . . . I’ll have a few more DIY decorations for New Year’s Eve later this week. Are you already making plans for New Year’s Eve, or are you just trying to get through Christmas first?

Happy crafting!


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Kids will love making this DIY Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament

It’s time for Reindeer games today, as designer Linda Valentino joins us to share her Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament.  This ornament is so cute, and kids are going to love making Rudolph the Reindeer, and then hanging him on the tree. He’s definitely a keeper — a handmade ornament you’ll cherish for years. Have the kids make a few extra to give as gifts, too.  

DIY Rudolph Ornament

Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament by Linda Valentino

To make a Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3-1/16” x 2- 5/16” egg
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Felt, scraps in tan, black and white
  • Chenille stems in brown, two (four 2” pieces, one 6” piece)
  • Silver cord, 9”
  • Ribbon with holiday print, 3/8” wide
  • Pearl head pins, two red and two black
  • Pom pom in red, ½”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewer; toothpick; ruler; pencil; stiff bristle paintbrush; hole punch
DIY Rudolph Ornament

Easy enough for kids, and fun for adults, too.

To make a Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament:

1. Insert a wood skewer into the narrow end of the foam egg, and use it as a handle. Paint egg brown and let dry completely.

2. Knot together ends of the silver cord. Remove the skewer from the egg, and insert the knot into the hole. Add a dab of glue and let glue dry.

3. Using patterns, cut out the following:

  • Two ears from tan felt
  • Four mittens from green felt
  • Four hooves from black felt
  • Using hole punch, punch out two circles from white felt (eyes)
  • Cut a 1-1/2″ circle from tan felt (tummy)

4. Make the reindeer’s face:

  • Glue on white eye circles and pom pom nose
  • Dip end of pins in glue and push black pins into eyes and red pins into cheeks
  • Add glue to ends of ears and push into head, using a toothpick if needed.

5. Glue tummy to body.

6. Wrap ribbon around reindeer’s neck and spot glue. Tie a bow and glue to ribbon.

7. Arms & legs: Sandwich one end of a 2” chenille stem between two mittens, and glue mittens to the stem. Repeat for the second arm. Dip ends in glue and Insert arms into body. Repeat, using hooves and 2” chenille stems for the legs.

8. Antlers: Bend 6” piece of chenille stem in half. Bend each half four times, forming antlers. Glue and insert in the top center of reindeer’s head.

DIY Reindeer Ornament

Reindeer Ornament by Linda Valentino

Last year, Kathleen George shared this Reindeer Ornament with us. He’s another easy ornament the kids can make – to keep or to give as a gift.

DIY Reindeer Ornament

Reindeer Ornament by Kathleen George.

Are your kids fans of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer? Or is there another Christmas character or Christmas movie they prefer? At our house, my daughter loves the classic movie White Christmas.

Happy Christmas crafting!


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A Peppermint, Teddy Bear Ornament to DIY

I have another peppermint-theme Christmas craft today. This Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament is a cutie, and he will look adorable on the Christmas tree. Kids will love this sweet, Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament, but they will need some help with the DIY. If you are crafting with kids, be sure you cut the foam for them. If you’d like to see more red, & white, peppermint theme Christmas crafts, be sure to take a peek at the roundup I shared last week.

DIY Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament

Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament by Kathleen George

To make a Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls, one 2″ and six 1-1/2″
    • Disc, 4″ x 1″
  • Acrylic craft paint in red
  • Grosgrain ribbon, red & white striped, ½” x 18”
  • Twist ties in red/white, two (or substitute 1/8” wide ribbon)
  • Half-round beads in black, 5mm, two
  • Clear cellophane
  • Pink chalk or cosmetic blush
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife* and old candle or bar of soap; sharp pencil; ruler; wood skewer; toothpicks; small round and liner paintbrushes

*If crafting with children, use a plastic knife.

To make a Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament:

1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut thin slices from the bottom and front of the 2″ foam ball (head).

2. Cut two, 1-1/2″ foam balls in half. Twist one half-ball (muzzle) against the flat front of the head, creating a snug joint. Glue muzzle to head.

3. Ears: Cut 1/3 from the bottom of two of the half balls. Glue ears to head with rounded sides facing the back. Save remaining half ball for another project.

4. Cut a thin slice from one side on each of the four remaining 1-1/2″ foam balls. These will be the arms and legs.

5. Using a sharp pencil, lightly score a peppermint stripe pattern on the front and back of the 4” foam disc. Paint alternating stripes red, and let dry. Turn disc over and paint the reverse side.

6. Insert skewers into the arms and legs and use the skewers as a handle. Paint each ball red, and let dry.

7. Paint a red, half-circle on the front of each ear. Using the liner brush, print nose and mouth on the bear’s face.

8. Wrap the peppermint disc in a square of cellophane; secure the ends with twist ties or 1/8” ribbon.

9. Cut three toothpicks in half. Push one half-toothpick into the cut side of each arm and leg and one into the bottom of the head, leaving 1/2″ of each toothpick exposed. Apply glue to end of each toothpick and push into peppermint disc. Refer to the photo for placement.

10. Glue beads to head for eyes. Blush cheeks with chalk using small brush.

11. Knot together ends of an 8″ length of ribbon. Glue knot to top of head.

12. Tie remaining ribbon into bow and glue to neck.

DIY Peppermint Teddy Bear Ornament

If kids want to make their own, be sure to help with cutting the foam!

How are your Christmas plans coming along? Is your tree up and decorated, gifts wrapped and cookies baked? Or are you like me and wondering when it will all get done? (I have four batches of cookie dough in the fridge, but not one cookie baked . . .)

I’ll have another easy ornament for the kids to DIY on Friday, so I’ll see you then!

Happy crafting!


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DIY a Candy Cane Wreath, and more peppermint Christmas crafts

December 1? It’s candy cane season, and it’s time to share this DIY Candy Cane Wreath. Does anything say Christmas more than a Candy Cane Wreath? I love red and white at Christmas time, but I was still surprised by the number of peppermint Christmas crafts I’ve shared in the past. Be sure to take a peek at the red & white Christmas crafts below, from ornaments to wreaths and snowmen.

DIY Candy Cane Wreath

Candy Cane Wreath by Kathleen George

To make a Candy Cane Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 12” half-round wreath
    • 22, 1” balls
    • 1” sheet or other scrap piece
  • Miniature candy canes, 150 – 160
  • Acrylic craft paint in red
  • Glitter paint in red
  • Ribbon, red with wired edges, 2” x 18”
  • Chenille stem
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; stiff bristle paintbrush; knippers

To make a Candy Cane Wreath:

1. Using low-temp glue gun, glue candy canes to wreath. Overlap candy canes and glue on in different directions to create a random effect. Continue till wreath is covered.

2. Insert and glue a toothpick in each 1” foam ball. Paint balls red. Insert toothpicks into a sheet or scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the balls upright while paint dries. Paint balls with red glitter paint, and insert the toothpicks in to the foam sheet or other scrap piece while glue dries.

3. Arrange balls on wreath. When you like the arrangement, squeeze glue on ends of toothpicks and bottom of balls, and insert toothpicks into the wreath. Save one red ball for the bow.

4. Tie a bow in 2” wired ribbon. Glue bow to wreath, and glue a red ball to center of bow.

5. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue into the back of the wreath for a hanger.

DIY Candy Cane Wreath

I’d love to make this wreath with bright, rainbow colored candy canes.

Here are a few more Christmas crafts with a red & white, peppermint theme.

Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament 

DIY Fabric Christmas Ornament

Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament by Kathleen George

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries

DIY Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries

Peppermint Pinwheel Topiaries by Rebekah Meier

Peppermint Candy Tree 

DIY Peppermint Candy Tree

Peppermint Candy Tree by Rebekah Meier

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath

DIY Christmas Sweater Wreath

Peppermint Stripe Sweater Wreath by Patty Schaffer

Peppermint Stick Wreath

DIY peppermint Christmas wreath

Peppermint Stick Wreath by Kathleen George

 Peppermint Snowman

DIY cute sock snowman

Peppermint Snowman by Rebekah Meier

Candy Cane Snowman

DIY red white peppermint snowman

Candy Cane Snowman by Debra Quartermain

Is anyone decorating with red and white this year? I’ve also noted a trend toward bright, non-traditional Christmas colors, and maybe that’s more your style? (This Candy Cane Wreath could be made with rainbow striped candy canes, too.) I’d love to know how you’re decorating this year.

Happy crafting.



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DIY cute-as-can-be Snowman Ornaments

You just might find these DIY Snowman Ornaments addictive – I think it’s hard to stop at just one! Designer Linda Valentino had a kid’s craft in mind when she made these Snowman Ornaments, but I think it’s a fun, adult craft, too. If you can’t stop at just one, no worries – these Snowman Ornaments make easy and inexpensive, handmade gifts. Check the list of materials — I bet you have most of these supplies on  hand.

DIY Easy Snowman Ornaments

Easy Snowman Ornaments by Linda Valentino

To make Easy, Snowman Ornaments, you’ll need:

(Materials for one ornament)

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-7/8” x 2-1/2” egg
  • Fabric, ½” x 12” (scarf)
  • Silver cord, 9”
  • Chenille stems, one brown; one red or blue
  • Pom poms, two in green or blue
  • Craft foam sheet (foamie) in orange
  • Straight pins
  • Pearl head pins, two in black; two in green or blue
  • Optional:  Irridescent glitter
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler
DIY Snowman Ornament

You probably have most of these supplies on hand.

To make Easy, Snowman Ornaments:

1. Knot together ends of silver cord. Insert knot into small end of egg and add glue. Let glue dry.

2. Optional: Rub small amount of glue on egg and sprinkle with glitter. Shake off excess glitter and let dry.

3. Add the snowman’s features:

  • Scarf: Wrap fabric strip around egg and knot and trim ends.
  • Eyes: Add glue to points of black pins and insert into face.
  • Nose: Cut small triangle from orange craft foam and glue to face.
DIY easy Snowman Ornament

Once the supplies are out, I think adults will want to join in and make a few of these easy Snowman Ornaments, too.

4. Arms: Twist together two, 2” lengths of brown chenille stem, forming twig arm. Repeat for a second arm. Dip in glue and insert arms into snowman’s sides.

5. Buttons: Dip colored pins in glue, and insert into front of snowman.

6. Ear muffs: Shape and glue 2” length of chenille stem to top of head. Glue a pom pom on either end.

DIY Snowman Ornaments

Make extra Snowman Ornaments to give as holiday gifts.

DIY Snowman Ornaments

We hung these on a rosemary tree, and you could also hang them on a wreath or garland.

So cute, right? Here are three more adorable Snowman Ornaments you might have to make!

Springy Snowman Ornament

DIY Snowman Ornament

Springy Snowman Ornament by Kathleen George

Glittering Snowman Ornament 

DIY Snowman Ornament

Glittering Snowman Ornament by Kathleen George

Sweet Snowman Ornament

DIY Snowman Ornament

Sweet Snowman Ornament by Kathleen George

We’ve only had a few inches of snow this year, which came and went in a day. This Snowman Ornament is as close as I’ve gotten to making a snowman! How’s your winter weather so far?

Happy crafting!


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How to make easy, Emoji Ornaments :-)

Happy day-after Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed piles of turkey and pie and feasted with family and friends. And I hope today finds you at home, ready to craft, instead of battling the crowds at the store. Today’s DIY Emoji Ornaments are a super-fun and fast craft for kids and adults. While everyone is gathered for the weekend, pull out the paints and the balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and make colorful Emoji Ornaments!

DIY Emoji Ornaments

Emoji Ornaments by Linda Valentino.

To make Emoji Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls; scrap piece
  • Flexible craft foam sheets (foamies) in black, red and white
  • Acrylic craft paint in yellow
  • Silver cord, 9” length for each ornament
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush; hole punch

To make Emoji Ornaments:

1. Insert a skewer into a 3” foam ball, and use it as your handle. Paint the ball yellow and let dry. (Hint: insert the skewer into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the ball upright while the paint dries.)

DIY Emoji Ornaments


2. Knot together the ends of a 9” length of silver cord. Insert and glue the knot into the hole left by the skewer.

3. Decide which expression you’d like for your ornament.

  • Punch out eyes from the black foamie with the hole punch.
  • Cut out a half circle for a wide grin.
  • Add teeth with a 1-1/2” x ¼” strip cut from a white foamie.
  • Cut a tongue from the red foamie.
  • The smiling face with closed eyes uses a 1/8” strip of black foamie for the mouth and eyes.

4. Refer to the photo and glue your features in place. To make the closed eyes and curved mouth, bend the 1/8” strip to create the mouth and eyes and glue in place.

DIY Emoji Ornaments

Use the patterns or make your own emoji expressions.

How was your Thanksgiving? I don’t think I’ll eat for a week! Do you have craft plans for this weekend?

Happy crafting!


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He’s a keeper! DIY a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament

You’re familiar with Pineapple Ornaments or Paper Pine Cone Ornaments, also known as Prairie Point Ornaments, right? Maybe you’ve even made one or two? Debi Schmitz started with a paper, Pineapple Ornament and embellished it to create the DIY Prairie Point Snowman Ornament she’s sharing with us today. Yes, this ornament involves lots of paper folding (or use fabric, if you prefer), but it will keep your hands busy while watching your favorite Christmas specials over Thanksgiving weekend.

DIY Prairie Point Snowman Ornament

Prairie Point Snowman Ornament by Debi Schmitz.

To make a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 4” and 2-1/2” Balls
  • Scrapbook paper, 12” x 12”, two sheets in white (Debi used glitter paper)
  • Wood dowel, 3” x 1/8” dia.
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. (for hat and collar)
  • Pom pom, 1” in white
  • Textured snow paint (Debi used Snow-Tex from DecoArt)
  • Nylon monofilament, such as fishing line
  • Snowflake buttons or sequins, four
  • Buttons, two ¼” in black
  • Beads, five 5mm with flat backs in black
  • Craft foamie, scrap of orange
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; paintbrush; needle & thread; straight pins, 7/8”; optional: cutting mat, acrylic ruler and rotary cutter

To make a Prairie Point Snowman Ornament:

1. Insert and glue a 3” dowel halfway into the bottom of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Brush on textured snow paint and let dry. (Hint: Insert the dowel into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold the ball upright while the paint dries.)

2. Cut one sheet of the scrapbook paper into 1” x 2” strips. On each strip, mark the center along the 2” side with a pencil. Fold in the end of each strip to the center, forming a point. Burnish the folds with a burnisher, ruler or other tool. (Watch the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes if you’d like to see a demonstration on folding the points.)

DIY folded paper prairie points

How to make paper prairie points.

3. Pin four points on the bottom center of the 4” ball, with the points meeting in the middle. Place a pin on each side and the point. Add another row, offsetting the points with the first row, and overlapping the row slightly. Pin the sides in place, but do not pin the points.

4. Continue to add rows, keeping them as even as possible, and overlapping the row below it by about 3/8”. Make more prairie points as needed. At the top of the ball, leave the center 1” – 1-1/2” uncovered.

DIY folded paper prairie points

Here’s what the bottom of the ball will look like as you add more rows.

5. Make the collar:

  • Stitch a basting stitch around the outside edge of an 8” fabric circle.
  • Pull the thread tight, gathering the fabric to make a yo-yo. Tie off the thread.
  • With the scissors, make a small hole in the center of the yo-yo.
  • Spread glue on bare spot on top of snowman’s body.
  • Center yo-yo on glue.

6. Spread glue on wood dowel at the bottom of the snowman’s head. Insert the dowel through the yo-yo and into the snowman’s body. Let glue dry.

7. Make the hat: Repeat Step 6 with a 6” fabric circle. Glue the hat on an angle to the snowman’s head. Glue the pom pom on the hat.

8. Snowman’s face: Glue on ¼” buttons for eyes and half-round beads for mouth. Cut a small nose from the orange foamie and glue in place.

Dress him up!

9. Make the paper bow:

  • Fold in half a ½” x 6” strip of white glitter paper and glue under the chin, with the tails pointing down.
  • Overlap ends of a ½” x 5” strip of paper, forming a loop.
  • Glue a ½” x 1” piece of paper around the center of the loop to create a bow.
  • Glue bow over the paper ribbon tails.

10. Glue a snowflake button or sequin to the hat, and three to the bow.

11. Knot together the ends of a 12” length of monofilament. At the center top of the snowman’s head, poke a tiny hole through the hat and into the head. Push a straight pin through the knot and insert and glue knot the knot in the head. Let dry.

DIY Prairie Point Snowman Ornament

If you prefer, substitute fabric strips for the paper.

If your Netflix queue is long, I have more ideas to keep you busy! Debi recently shared her  Prairie Point Santa with us.

DIY prairie point Santa

Add a hanger and he’s an ornament!

These are classic Paper Pine Cone Ornaments, though the colors are fresh and updated.

DIY Paper Pinecone Ornament

Pink, Paper Pinecone Ornament

Don’t forget that if you’d like a little more instruction for folding the paper points, watch our video 5 Ornaments in 5 minutes. You might find a few more ornaments you’d like to DIY, too.

DIY easy Christmas ornaments

Coming on -- a fun craft for kids!

Sneak peek!

Do you have a Christmas special that you love to watch and cannot miss each year?

I wish you all a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving as you gather with family and friends! I’ll see you on Friday with a fun Christmas craft for the kiddos!

Happy crafting!


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Easy? Check! Inexpensive? Yes! Holiday style? Absolutely! DIY Christmas Garland Topiaries have it all!

I have another quick & easy Christmas craft today, yay! You’ll style these cones in a flash with sparkling garland, pretty ribbon and colorful ornaments. It’s a fast way to refresh your Christmas décor, and these Christmas Garland Topiaries are inexpensive, too – your local dollar store is a budget savvy source for the garland, ribbon and ornaments. Why not wrap up a forest of DIY, Christmas Garland Topiaries for your mantel, kitchen island or dining room table?

DIY Christmas Garland Topiary

Christmas Garland Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

To make a Christmas Garland Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone or other size of your choice
  • Garland, 10 ft.
  • Ornaments: Fifteen, 25mm; one 2-1/2” (for the top)
  • Ribbon with wired edge, 1-1/2” wide x 1-1/2 yds.
  • Double-sided tape
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins

To make a Christmas Garland Topiary:

1. Place double sided tape on three sides of the cone.

2. Pin the garland to the top of the cone and wrap the garland around the cone, pinning again at the bottom. The double sided tape will help hold the garland in place. Spot glue, if needed.

3. Pin the wire edge ribbon to the top of the cone and wrap it loosely around the cone, pinning again at the bottom to secure.

DIY Christmas Garland Topiary

Top it off with a sparkling ornament.

4. Glue the 25-mm ornaments around the cone, in between the ribbon. Glue the 2-½” ornament to the top of the cone.

DIY Christmas Garland Topiary

You could style these cones in so many different ways!

I have a few more easy, “wrap & go” Christmas topiaries that won’t bust the holiday budget. Like this Christmas Cranberry Tree.

DIY Christmas Cranberry Tree

Dig out an old t-shirt or two and wrap up a T-Shirt Yarn Christmas Tree Topiary.

DIY T-Shirt Yarn Christmas Tree Cones

Or maybe you have an old plaid flannel shirt you can repurpose to DIY Plaid Flannel Cones.

DIY Plaid Flannel Cones

Use an old plaid, flannel shirt to DIY these Plaid Flannel Cones.

Here’s one more idea – these stash-busting, Scrappy Christmas Cone will use up all of those little bits of fabric and ribbon you’ve been saving.

DIY scrappy Christmas topiary

What will you do to refresh your Christmas decor this year?

Happy crafting!


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Easy, Farmhouse Holiday Style: DIY Plaid & Batting Rag Balls

After I made my Farmhouse-Style Plaid Wreath and Plaid Flannel Cones, I had a lot of plaid fabric leftover. I asked readers what I should do with the remaining fabric, and you suggested pillow covers, scarves or quilts – all snuggly ideas for a cold, winter’s day. I also thought about making a series of plaid wreaths to hang together in the window. But so many ideas, so little time, right?  I went for the quick & easy and whipped up these Plaid & Batting Rag Balls. They fit right into the farmhouse-style vignette I created. I still have more fabric leftover, so I guess there’s always next year, right . . . ?

DIY farmhouse-style Rag Balls

These rag balls are an easy way to use up leftover fabric. Thread a ribbon through the strips and hang these on the Christmas tree, too.

DIY easy Farmhouse-Style Decor

Here’s the ensemble.

To make Plaid & Batting Rag Balls, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Plaid flannel
  • Natural quilt batting (I used Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting, which is carried at JoAnns)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat

To make Plaid & Batting Rag Balls:

  1. Cut the fabric and the quilt batting into 1” wide strips.
  2. Pin and glue one end onto a 3” foam ball. Wrap the strip around the ball and pin and glue the other end in place. Continue to wrap the ball in fabric strips till it’s covered.
  3. Display!
DIY Plaid & Batting Rag Balls

You could also add hangers to make ornaments, or glue these onto a pine wreath.

You can make the entire ensemble – the Farmhouse-Style Plaid Wreath, Plaid Flannel Cones and Plaid & Batting Rag Balls – in an evening or two. These are all quick and easy projects, and they don’t require a lot of supplies, either. Go for it!

DIY Plaid Farmhouse Wreath

Doesn’t this wreath make you want to sit by the fire and drink cocoa?

DIY Plaid Flannel Farmhouse Style Decor

Easy enough you can make a forest of Plaid Cones!

DIY farmhouse decor easy

You can make this ensemble in an evening or two. It’s an easy way to refresh your holiday decor!

This meme from U-Create Crafts pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?

My creative life meme

How’s your holiday crafting going? Are you keeping up? Is everything finished? Or, do you already have a “next year” list?

Happy crafting!


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DIY beautiful, Button Snowflake Wall Art

We finally saw our first snow today, so it’s the perfect day to share Debi Schmitz’s DIY Button Snowflake Wall Art. Snow – you might love it, hate it or live somewhere where there is no snow, but no matter how you feel about snow, I bet you’ll love this Button Snowflake Wall Art. With the bright blue background, it’s like the perfect, sunny winter’s day (at least for those of us who live in the snow belt.) You don’t need boots, hats and mittens to make this sparkling, Button Snowflake, so let’s get started.

DIY Button Snowflake Wall Art

DIY Button Snowflake Wall Art

Button Snowflake Wall Art by Debi Schmitz.

To make Button Snowflake Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet (enough for three wall hangings)
  • Assorted white buttons:
    • ½” square, six
    • 3/8” round, 22
    • 5/8” round, eight
  • Snowflake buttons:
    • ¾”, eight
    • 1-1/4”, one
  • Beads:
    • White luster drop beads, 5/0
    • Crystal seed beads, 6/0
  • Sequin pins, 7/8” with flat heads
  • Fabric, two fat quarters in royal blue
  • Silver ribbon, 7/8” x 1-1/2 yds.
  • Metal picture hanger & nails
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; chalk pencil or disappearing marker; acrylic ruler; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; iron & ironing board

To make Button Snowflake Wall Art:

1. Using ruler and sharp pencil, measure and score a 12” x 12” square on a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wax knife blade with old candle or bar of soap, and cut along scored line.

2. Press fabric. Measure and cut a 16” x 16” square for front and 13” x 13” square for back.

3. Spread glue along 1” edges of the foam square. Center the square on the reverse side of the 16” fabric square. Wrap the fabric around the square, folding fabric neatly at corners like wrapping a package. Pull fabric taut, and pin and glue fabric to the back of the foam square. Trim excess fabric.

4. On the back, spread a thin layer of glue on the fabric around the edges. Center and glue the 13” fabric square to the back, and smooth the edges. When dry, trim excess fabric.

5. Center the picture hanger on the back, 1-1/2” from the top edge. Dip nails in glue, and insert through hanger.

6. Pin and glue silver ribbon around the edges of the square.

DIY Button Snowflake Wall Art

Mix up the beads and buttons as you pin them on.

7. Using a chalk pencil or disappearing marker and acrylic ruler, follow the snowflake pattern and draw the snowflake on the front of the foam square. (Note: The measurements on the pattern are accurate, though the drawing is not always true to size.)

8. Thread a crystal bead and a button onto a sequin pin. Dip point in glue and insert along the design lines. Continue adding buttons and beads, mixing up the buttons and beads as you go, until all of the lines are filled in.

Isn’t it pretty? And it will never melt, so you can always enjoy it.

DIY Button Snowflake Wall Art

You don’t have to put this away once the holidays are over. It will sparkle all winter long!

Earlier this year, Debi also shared with us her Button Christmas Tree Wall Art.

DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

Button Christmas Tree by Debi Schmitz.

Thinking ahead, Debi’s Button LOVE Wall Art makes a beautiful statement for Valentine’s Day.

DIY Valentine's Day Button Wall Art

If you’re lucky enough to be part of a craft club or other crafty group, this Button Snowflake Wall Art would be a fun project for your next get together. Does anyone belong to a group of crafty friends?

Happy crafting!


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