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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DIY a Magnolia & Apple Harvest Wreath for fall

Classic style is always in good taste, right? And there’s something comforting about it, too – it’s tiresome to always seek out the next big trend. This DIY Magnolia & Apple Wreath is timeless, not trendy, and definitely a classic. Almost like a bowl of warm soup on a cold day. A bowl of soup and a Magnolia Wreath – I like that classic combination! And here’s how to DIY this Magnolia & Apple Wreath.

DIY Magnolia Apple Wreath

DIY Magnolia Apple Wreath

The rich colors are beautiful for fall and for Thanksgiving.

To make a Magnolia & Apple Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath
  • Ribbon, 2-1/2″ x 1-1/2 yds. in dark green
  • Silk or preserved magnolia leaves, about 30
  • Faux fruits:
    • Crabapples, about three dozen
    • Cranberries, about seven dozen
    • Red berry bunches
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins, 2”; wire cutters; floral pins; ruler

To make a Magnolia & Apple Wreath:

1. Glue dark green ribbon around outside edge of wreath to cover. Trim ribbon even with edges.

2. Glue magnolia leaves to cover inside edge of wreath, shaping leaves into gentle curves before pressing into place. If necessary, insert straight pins to keep leaves flat.

3. Glue and pin a row of magnolia leaves around front of wreath. The leaves should overlap slightly, and the leaf tips extend beyond the wreath.

4. Place the wreath face down. Pin a row of magnolia leaves around the back of the wreath, making sure the points offset the leaves on the front of the wreath. Flip over and double check the position of the leaves. When you like the arrangement, glue leaves in place.

5. Glue two rows of crabapples to front of wreath. Glue a row of cranberries around the inside edge of the ring of apples. Fill in between the apples with additional cranberries and bunches of berries.

6. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem, forming a loop. Insert and glue loop in back of wreath for a hanger. Because this wreath is heavy, use floral pins to help secure the hanging loop.

DIY Magnolia Apple Wreath

Pair this wreath with a bowl of soup for classic comfort!

It’s finally soup weather here. Is it soup weather where you are? I have a few new soup recipes I’m eager to try. Are there any new soup recipes you’d recommend?

Happy crafting!


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Invite this DIY, Twine Turkey to Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is often the forgotten holiday when it comes to crafting. Not to mention that making a cute turkey can be a challenge. I am glad Debi Schmitz took on this challenge and is sharing her Twine Turkey Centerpiece today. Debi combined twine, burlap and plaid to create a handsome turkey centerpiece overflowing with fall colors and texture. I’ve included links to a few more turkey crafts, too.

DIY Twine Turkey

Twine Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece by Debi Schmitz

To make a Twine Turkey Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” & 2-1/2” balls
  • Fabric:
    • Plaid, 1/3 yd.
    • Burlap, 1/3 yd.
    • Burnt yellow, 6” scrap
    • Burgundy, 10” scrap
  • Craft paper in brown, 1-1/2 yds x 30” wide
  • Wood dowel, 1/8” x 3”
  • Buttons, two ½” in black
  • Jute cord, 3-ply #28
  • Wood craft sticks, 14
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; permanent black marker; pins, 7/8”; optional: iron

To make a Twine Turkey Centerpiece:

1. Slice ½” from the bottom of the 5” ball. Draw a line around the center of the ball with a permanent marker.

2. Spread glue on top of ball, and pin and glue the end of the jute to the center top of the ball. Start wrapping the jute in a circle, pinning and gluing as you go. Wrap to the center line, cut jute, and glue end in place.

DIY Twine Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Start at the top of the ball, and wind twine to the center. Repeat, working from the bottom to the center.

3. Repeat, starting at the bottom of the ball and wrapping the jute till you reach the middle and the ball is completely covered.

4. Wrap the 2-1/2” ball following Steps 2 & 3.

5. Glue and insert the wood dowel into the top of the 5” ball. Insert and glue the head onto the dowel, making sure the jute on the head goes in the opposite direction.

DIY Twine Turkey

Insert and glue the dowel between the balls. Be sure you add the balls with the twine wrapped in opposite directions.

6. To make the feathers, you’re first going to make a “sandwich” with the craft paper and burlap on the outside, and craft sticks in the middle:

  • Spread out a 10” x 30” piece of craft paper.
  • Position six craft sticks every 3-1/2” and with the bottom of the sticks lined up along the edge.
  • Spread glue between the sticks.
  • If needed, iron burlap.
  • Place a 12” x 30” burlap piece over the craft sticks and craft paper.
  • Smooth down the burlap, and let glue dry.
DIY Twine Turkey Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Make a “sandwich”. Start with the craft paper (left) and add the craft sticks. Spread glue all over the craft paper (center). Top with burlap.

7. Repeat, making a second “sandwich” with the plaid fabric, craft paper and eight craft sticks.

8. Cut three large feathers (pattern A) and three small feathers (pattern B) from the burlap sandwich; be sure a craft stick is centered in each feather.

9. Cut four large and four small feathers from the plaid fabric sandwich.

10. From the scraps of the plaid fabric sandwich, cut out two wings (E) and two feet (C).

11. Using the patterns, cut the following:

  • Waddle (G) and head comb (D) from a sandwich of burgundy fabric, brown paper, burgundy fabric.
  • Beak (F) from a sandwich of yellow fabric, brown paper, yellow fabric.
  • If needed, place under a heavy book to keep them flat as they dry.

12. Glue on feathers:

  • Glue four small plaid feathers to the bottom back of the turkey.
  • Glue three small burlap feathers to the back of the turkey, positioned between the plaid feathers.
  • Glue large plaid feathers to the turkey, and then the burlap feathers.

13. Assemble the pieces:

  • Glue feet to bottom of turkey.
  • Fold beak in half, and glue to middle of face.
  • Glue waddle under the beak, and button eyes above the beak.
  • Glue head comb to top of head, and pin in place if needed.
  • Glue the wings to the front sides.
  • Once glue dries, remove pins.
DIY Twine Turkey

Isn’t he handsome?

Here are few more turkeys that are centerpiece worthy. With a helping hand, kids can make this Silk Leaf Turkey.

DIY Thanksgiving kids craft

Silk Leaf Turkey

Kids will also enjoy writing “thankful” notes on the feathers of this Chalkboard Feather Turkey.

DIY Thanksgiving kids craft

Chalkboard Feather Turkey by Patty Schaffer.

For more great texture, check out Kathleen George’s Burlap & Cork Turkey.

DIY Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece

Burlap & Cork Turkey

Designer Patty Schaffer took on the challenge of updating a vintage, Chenille Turkey for today’s crafters.

DIY Chenille turkey

Chenille Turkey by Patty Schaffer

Patty also made this amazing, Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath. He may not be a centerpiece, but he’s going to look awesome on your front door Thanksgiving day.

DIY Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath

Have you already planned out your Thanksgiving dinner? What’s on the menu?

Happy crafting!


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Happy Halloween and favorite Halloween riddles!

Happy Halloween! I hope you have a day full of sweet surprises, silly spooks, and wonderful witches. I figure you all have a jam-packed day today, so I am skipping a tutorial and instead, sharing a dozen favorite, family-friendly Halloween riddles. I’ve also linked up a couple of projects from a while back that will help you repurpose all of those candy wrappers coming your way soon!

Funny Halloween riddles, family friendly. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Q. Why do skeletons have low self-esteem?

A. They have no body to love.

Q.Why don’t mummies take time off?

A. They’re afraid to unwind.

Q. What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?

A. Frostbite.

Q. What’s a ghoul’s favorite bean?

A. A human bean.

Q. What is a ghost’s favorite painting?

A. The Moan-a Lisa.

Q. What is a ghost’s favorite sandwich?

A. Boo-loney.

Q. What do ghosts take when they have a cough?

A. Coffin drops.

Q. What do ghosts chew?

A. Boo-ble gum.

Q. Where does a ghost go on vacation?

A. Mali-boo.

Q. What is a witch’s favorite game?

A. Hide and shriek.

Q. What is a witch’s favorite drink?

A. Apple spider.

Ha, ha! Once the candy’s gone, you can have some crafty fun with the candy wrappers. Kathleen George repurposed candy wrappers and made a Candy Wrapper Picture Frame.

DIY Repurposed candy bar wrapper picture frame

You can complete the ensemble and make a Candy Wrapper Pencil Cube, too.

DIY a pencil cube using recycled candy wrappers and a Styrofoam cube

Happy haunting!


P.S. One last laugh for the day . . . Anyone giving out these little snack packs tonight? 🙂

Halloween humor

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More yarn crafts: DIY a Bright Yarn Snowman

After I made my Snowman Yarn Wreath with the miniature snowman scene, I pictured it in a larger, bright and happy vignette. I reached out to Debra Quartermain, and yay, she agreed to DIY a delightful, Bright Yarn Snowman to keep my wreath company. I also wrapped up a few Yarn Cones for the vignette, and in more happy news, they are in Holiday Crafts magazine! (More on that later . . .) Here’s how Debra made her Bright Yarn Snowman.

DIY Yarn Snowman

Bright Yarn Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

DIY Snowman Yarn Wreath

Debra’s snowman is the perfect partner for my Snowman Yarn Wreath.

To make a Bright Yarn Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 2-½”, 3″ and 4” balls
  • Yarn in white, bright pink, teal and lime green
  • Sock, 2” x 8” strip (scarf)
  • Pompom trim, 5” of teal
  • Buttons, two ½” and one 1”
  • Brads, 1 pink and 2 black
  • Powdered blush
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; round toothpicks; straight pins; pencil; ruler; tapestry needle

To make a Bright Yarn Snowman:

1. Press the bottom of the 4” ball on a flat surface so that the ball will stand and not roll. Starting at the bottom, spread glue and begin wrapping white yarn in a spiral. Continue wrapping yarn around the ball, gluing as you go, till you reach the middle. Cut off and secure yarn. Starting at the top of the ball, wrap the other half of the ball in lime green yarn.

2. Wrap the 3” ball in yarn, with teal yarn on the bottom half and pink yarn on the top half.

3. Wrap the 2-1/2” ball in white yarn.

4. Build the snowman: Pick and glue the balls together, using toothpicks between the balls.

5. Ear muffs: Cut pom pom balls off trim, leaving one on either end. Glue trim to top of head and pom poms on either side.

6. Tie sock strip around neck as scarf.

7. Glue buttons to front.

8. Make snowman face:

  • Insert brad eyes and nose.
  • Using needle, tuck a short length of yarn into face to form a mouth. Add a dab of glue, if needed.
  • Blush cheeks.
DIY Yarn Snowman

Can you believe I found candy canes in the very same colors as Debra’s Yarn Snowman?

Here’s the bright and happy vignette in its entirety. The Yarn Cones are fun and easy, too, and you’ll find the tutorial for them in Holiday Crafts magazine. The tutorial for the Snowman Yarn Wreath is here on Crafts ‘n Coffee.

DIY Christmas yarn crafts

I hated to break up the little vignette, but when Holiday Crafts magazine wanted the cones, of course I said “yes”!

I hope you’re inspired to make one or make all of these Christmas yarn crafts. And be sure to look for Holiday Crafts on your newsstand. There are so many fun ideas in this issue!

DIY Christmas crafts in Holiday Crafts magazine

I adore the Snowman Cloche on the front cover!

But, enough about snowmen. Halloween is next week! Who plans on having some Halloween fun this weekend?

Happy crafting!


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DIY a sweet and simple, Snowman Yarn Wreath

Here’s how my DIY Snowman Yarn Wreath came to be. I had an idea to create a miniature scene nestled in a wreath, and settled on a mini snowman in a snowy forest. I’ve been crafting a lot with yarn, so I decided that my cozy snowman scene would be at home in a yarn wreath. I needed a deep wreath to build my scene, and the 2″ thick wreath was perfect. Once I had these details decided, my Snowman Yarn Wreath came together fast. I really love this wreath, and I hope you do, too!

DIY Snowman Yarn Wreath

DIY Snowman Yarn Wreath

It’s a magical, miniature world inside this wreath!

To make a Snowman Yarn Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 14” x 2” wreath
    • One each 1-1/2”, 2” and 2-1/2” balls
  • Yarn:
    • Various white and cream – I used six different kinds
    • Bright pink, green and blue
  • Wired twine
  • Acrylic craft paint in orange
  • Seed beads in black, seven (eyes & mouth)
  • Fleece, small scrap
  • Bottlebrush trees, two green and one pink
  • Crystal glitter
  • Powdered blush
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; toothpicks; paintbrush; permanent marker in black

To make a Snowman Yarn Wreath:

1. Divide the wreath into 12 equal section, and mark the sections with pins.

2. Wrap each section in a white or cream yarn, leaving a small portion unwrapped between each section. Overwrap the yarn as needed to cover.

3. Fill in the open portions between each section with the bright yarns.

4. Build the snowman:

  • Twist together the three balls, forming a tight fit.
  • Cut a toothpick in half, and pick and glue the balls together.
  • Insert a toothpick in the bottom of the snowman and use it as a handle.
  • Brush Mod Podge on the snowman, and while wet, sprinkle with crystal glitter. Let dry.
  • Tie a small scrap of 5/8” wide fleece around snowman’s neck. Fringe the ends of the scarf.
DIY Snowman Yarn Wreath

This little snowman could also hold a tiny package or bird, a small plastic snowflake, a faux candy, or any other miniature you’d like.

5. Make snowman’s face:

  • Paint the tip of a toothpick orange. When dry, break off tip, dip end in glue and insert in snowman’s face for nose.
  • Lightly press two beads into face for eyes. Remove, add a dab of glue, and place eyes back in indentations.
  • Thread seed beads onto straight pins and pin on for snowman’s smile. Color heads of pins with a black, permanent marker.
  • Lightly blush cheeks.

6. For each arm, fold an 8” length of wired twine in half, and form a Y at the fold for hands. Twist twine together. Insert and glue arms in each side of snowman’s body.

7. Pick and glue snowman into the cradle of the wreath. Remove the two green, bottlebrush trees from their wood stands, and pick and glue the trees next to the snowman. Glue the small pink bottlebrush tree into the snowman’s hands.

DIY Snowman Yarn Wreath

I am wondering if I should pin a few snowflake sequins on the wreath? What do you think?

DIY Snowman Yarn Wreath

Another idea I had was to build a little village in the crook of the wreath, but I’m glad I decided on the snowman.

There’s more to this story . . . I talked with Debra Quartermain about adding to this little scene, and she made one of her irresistible snowmen to coordinate with the wreath. Debra will share her snowman later this week! I’ll see you then!

Happy crafting.


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Don’t miss Debra’s darling, DIY Sock Snowman & Snowballs

I can see you melting already over Debra Quartermain’s latest DIY Sock Snowman & Snowballs. Nobody makes sweeter snowmen than Debra. And not only is this Sock Snowman & Snowballs simply adorable, it’s simple to make, too. If you can cut a sock and squeeze a glue bottle, you can make your own Sock Snowman & Snowballs. Don’t believe me? Read through the tutorial below and then tell me what you think. (If you’d like to know more about Debra and her magical world, check out my visit to the Quartermain House B&B.)

DIY Sock Snowman

Sock Snowman & Snowballs by Debra Quartermain

To make a Sock Snowman & Snowballs, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One each 2-1/2”, 3” and 4″ balls
    • Two, 1” balls
  • Adult tube socks in white, one pair
  • Adult patterned socks, one pair
  • Buttons, 1” in pink, four
  • Quilt pins, two black
  • Brads: one ¼” pink; five ½” pink polka dot
  • Floss, 1/4 yd in white
  • Skewer, one 12”
  • Quilt pins, two black
  • Brush-on blush or pink chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; pencil; ruler

To make a Sock Snowman & Snowballs:

1. Build the Snowman body:

  • Flatten one side of the 4” foam ball on a tabletop, so the ball will stand and not roll.
  • Insert the skewer through all three balls in order of size: 4”, 3”, and 2-½”.
  • Squeeze glue between the balls, and then press balls together firmly.
  • Cut off excess skewer.
  • Let glue dry.

2. Stretch the tube sock over the snowman body, starting with the bottom. Stretch the sock up around the head ball. Cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra inch all around. Stretch and glue extra sock to the top of the head; if needed, use straight pins to help hold the sock in place.

3. Cut a 3-½” piece from cuff end of one sock. Cut in half. Roll each piece into a tube for arms, and glue to secure. Set aside.

4. Cut the following pieces from the patterned sock:

  • Hat – 5” length, measured from the cuff down.
  • Sweater – 5” length, cut from your favorite patterned area.
  • Mittens – 2” length, measured from the cuff down on the second sock.

5. Assemble hat:

  • Turn cuff piece wrong side out.
  • Tightly gather cut end, and tie off with a piece of floss.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Glue a pink button to top of hat.
DIY Sock Snowman

His hat is simply made from the cuff on a sock.

6. Fold under both ends of the sweater piece, and glue in place. Stretch sweater over snowman’s body and position on the middle ball. Roll down top to form a cuff around the snowman’s neck.

DIY Sock Snowman

Be sure to choose a cute sock for his sweater.

7. Glue hat to head.

8. Add snowman’s face:

  • Dip quilt pins in small dab of glue, and insert for eyes.
  • Dip pink brad in small amount of glue and insert for nose.
  • Blush cheeks.

9. Cut mitten piece in half. Fold each piece in half, right sides together, and glue edges together. Turn right side out and slip a mitten over the end of each arm and glue in place. Glue arms to either side of snowman’s body.

10. Make the snowballs:

  • Cut 2” from toe of second tube sock, and cut in half.
  • Stretch each half over a 1” ball to make a snowball. Glue in place, trimming away excess sock.
  • Glue snowballs in arm.
  1. Glue three buttons down snowman’s front. Glue a polka dot brad in center of each button, and two more brads to hat.
DIY Sock Snowman

He looks too sweet to pelt anyone with snowballs!

This Sweet Sock Snowman is another one of Debra’s creations.

DIY Sock Snowman

Sweet, Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain

When shopping for the socks, throw in an extra pair to make this Snowman Swag.

DIY Snowman Swag

Snowman Swag by Kathleen George.

So, you could totally make Debra’s Sock Snowman & Snowballs, right?

Happy crafting!


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DIY easy and Whimsical Felt Gnomes (no-sew!)

Debra Quartermain makes her magic again today and is sharing her Whimsical Felt Gnomes. These Gnomes are easier than you think, and cute as can be. I love the unexpected, gray and blue felt Debra uses for her Whimsical Felt Gnomes. You can make your own magic here, however. Change the colors of felt, the sizes of the cones, or the embellishments. Make an entire family of Felt Gnomes. Or better yet, get the family together or another group and each person can DIY their own Whimsical Felt Gnome.

DIY Felt Gnomes

Whimsical Felt Gnomes by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Felt Gnome, you’ll need:

(Supplies below are for one Felt Gnome)

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone and 1” ball
  • Felt felt: 12” x 18” craft cuts, one each in Lagoon and Smoke (Debra uses Kunin Premium)
  • Sock, 2” toe scrap
  • Chunky white yarn, 10 yards
  • Cardboard, 4” x 8”
  • Embellishments (choose your favorite):
    • Bells, three 3/4” and one 1” in silver*
    • Snowflakes, three 1” and one 1”
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; pencil; ruler
DIY Felt Gnomes no-sew

These cute Felt Gnomes are easier than they look!

To make a Felt Gnome:

1. Wrap a 3” wide strip of felt around the lower end of a cone. Overlap ends, trim and glue. Trace around the bottom of the cone on felt. Cut out and glue the circle to bottom of cone.

2. Make the hat:

  • Roll remaining piece of felt around the exposed part of the cone.
  • Overlap ends, trim and glue.
  • Remove hat. Glue bells or snowflakes to the front and a large bell or snowflake on top.

2. Make the nose: Insert the foam ball in the 2″ sock piece (cut from the toe). Pull sock tight, trim off excess and glue sock to back of ball.

3. Make the beard:

  • Wrap half the yarn around the 4″ x 8″ piece of cardboard.
  • Insert an 8” piece of yarn through the wrapped yarn and tie off.
  • Clip through one edge of the yarn, releasing it from the cardboard.
  • Glue beard to front of cone, overlapping the felt by ½”.

4. Repeat Step 3 to fill in the back of cone.

5. Glue nose ball to center front of cone. Make sure the nose is snug and secure in the beard.

6. Place hat on gnome.

7. If needed, trim the ends of the beard. Or, add more yarn sections to fill in any gaps.

DIY Felt Gnomes

How would you work your creative magic on these Felt Gnomes?

Adorable, aren’t they? I’d love to know how you would make your Felt Gnomes. You all are so creative – how would you make your own magic?

P.S. Debra will join us again this Friday! You don’t want to miss what she’s planned for us!!

Happy crafting!


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