Favorite Candy Corn Crafts for Halloween – and a sweet little giveaway

I just might need a candy corn intervention! After I posted the Candy Corn Eggs & Minis earlier this week, I thought about all of the colorful, candy corn crafts I’ve shared through the years. And there have been a lot! So, I’ve gathered them all together in this post for a colorful, DIY Candy Corn Craft round up. Paint glitter, paper, fabric, paper clay, ribbon, it’s all here – except for the carbs and the calories! And I have a fun, mini giveaway, too, in celebration of this colorful, iconic, Halloween candy.

Lots of fun craft & decor ideas for Halloween! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Flex Ribbon Candy Corn Cones

Wrap deco mesh tubing around Styrofoam cones for this quick & easy Candy Corn DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Flex Ribbon Candy Corn Cones

Candy Corn Cones

quick & easy Halloween crafts

Candy Corn Cones with button toppers.

Ruffled Candy Corn Cone

Ruffled Candy Corn Cone

Ruffled Candy Corn Cone

Punched Fabric Candy Corn Cone

Halloween craft stash buster -- use your fabric scraps and make this Candy Corn Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Punched Fabric Candy Corn Cone

Mini, Yarn Wrapped Candy Corn (from Patty Schaffer’s blog)

easy Halloween candy corn craft

Yarn Wrapped Candy Corn

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cuties

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cutie

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cutie

Candy Corn Eggs & Minis

Fun Halloween craft for kids -- Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Mini Candy Corn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Super-Sized Candy Corn

Super-sized candy corn? And, super easy? Yes please! Scrapbook papers and a 1" sheet of Styrofoam brand foam are all you need. pP

Halloween Candy Corn

Glittered Candy Corn

Fun idea -- decorate for Halloween with Glittered Candy Corn. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn

Glittered Candy Corn Cones

Sweet & easy Glittered Candy Corn Cones. So easy you can make a bunch! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered, Candy Corn Cones

Glittered Candy Corn Garland

This Glittered Candy Corn Garland is perfect for non-scary Halloween decor. CraftsnCoffee.com. t

Glittered Candy Corn Garland

Duct Tape Candy Corn Topiary

DIY Halloween Duct Tape Topiaries

Duct Tape Topiary

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Fluffy Fabric, Candy Corn Door Hanger

How cute would this be hanging on your front door? It's an easy alternative to a Halloween wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fluffy Fabric Candy Corn Door Hanger

Ruffled Candy Corn Door Décor

If you don't like creepy Halloween decorations, check out this Ruffled Candy Corn Door Decor on CraftsnCoffee.com. Lots of other fun, candy corn craft ideas, too.

Ruffled Candy Corn Door Décor

Glittered Candy Corn Door Décor

Who is that masked man? This Candy Corn Door Hanger is too much fun! DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn Door Hanger

Candy Corn Duct Tape Wreath

Halloween Candy Corn Duct Tape Wreath

Glittered Candy Corn Wreath

A pretty and very easy Glittered Candy Corn Wreath for Halloween. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn Wreath

Folk Art Candy Corn Girl 

Rebekah Meier made this beautiful folk art Candy Corn Girl. Her tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee makes it look pretty easy.

Folk Art Candy Corn Girl

Lots of fun craft & decor ideas for Halloween! CraftsnCoffee.com.

That’s a lot of candy corn, but there is still more! I’m celebrating all-things candy corn with candy-corn packed giveaway. Tell me all about your crafty Halloween plans for your chance to win one of three Halloween, Candy Corn Prize Packages, which include:

  • Candy corn of every size and variety — original candy corn, candy corn trail mix, candy corn popcorn, candy corn gummis, candy corn m&ms, and candy corn Marshmallow Peeps (oops, I forgot to include the Peeps in the photo!)
  • Candy corn socks
  • Holiday Crafts magazine (which includes the tutorial for Patty Schaffer’s Candy Corn Wreath)
Candy corn giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com

There’s a pack of Candy Corn Marshmallow Peeps in the prize package, too.

Just tell me below what you’re crafting for Halloween and you are entered. Please leave your comment by midnight on Thursday, September 29, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, September 30.

Happy candy corn crafting!

Sharon

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Candy Corn Craft idea: DIY Glittered Candy Corn Eggs

I’ve hatched a new, candy corn craft today – DIY Glittered Candy Corn Eggs! And where there are Glittered, Candy Corn Eggs, there have to be a few itty bitty, Glittered Candy Corns, right? Today’s candy corn craft is pretty dang easy, and would be a fun Halloween craft for the kiddos, too. If you’re working with little ones, be sure to cut out the little Candy Corn Minis for them. You can cut quite a few mini candy corns from one sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, so this is also a fun Halloween craft idea for a group.

Cute idea, and a good Halloween craft for kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Minis, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Eggs in assorted sizes
    • 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
    • 5” cube or scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paints in white, orange and yellow
  • Scrap paper (for pattern)
  • Plastic eyes or googly eyes
  • Glitter, crystalline
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; serrated knife*; bar of soap or old candle; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrushes; newspaper

*Note: An adult should always handle the serrated knife! 

Cute Halloween craft idea for kids! Candy Corn Crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Nestle the eggs in their own little nest.

To make Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Minis:

Candy Corn Eggs

1. Score two, horizontal lines around each egg using a sharp pencil, dividing the egg into three sections. Insert a skewer into the bottom of each egg to use as a handle.

2. Paint eggs white, orange and yellow. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the eggs with glitter. Work over newspaper or a box lid for easier clean up. Insert the skewer into a foam cube or other scrap piece to hold the eggs upright while paint dries.

Candy Corn Minis

3. Draw a candy corn patterns on scrap paper. To make my patterns, I drew triangles that measured 3-1/2” and 4” tall, and 3” wide at the base. Once you’ve drawn your triangles, round the corners to create the candy corn shape. Cut out patterns.

4. Pin the patterns to the foam sheet, and draw around the patterns with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam.

5. Remove the patterns, and cut out each shape with a serrated knife. For easier, smoother cuts, wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap.

6. Score three horizontal lines on each candy corn, dividing each one into three sections. Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of the candy corn, and use this as a handle as you paint. Squeeze paint directly onto the foam, and paint white, orange and yellow.

7. Sprinkle the wet paint with glitter. Insert the skewer into the foam cube or other scrap piece to hold upright while the paint dries.

8. Glue eyes onto minis.

Fun Halloween craft for kids -- Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Mini Candy Corn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you want to supersize your candy corn, take a look at these jumbo sweets!

Fun idea -- decorate for Halloween with Glittered Candy Corn. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn

A little Monday Morning Quarterbacking here . . . I kind of wish I’d softened the colors a bit on the eggs and the minis – wow, are they bright! I’m a wiggle eye advocate, but I used plastic eyes that I found at Michaels instead and I thought they added some personality. You’ll also find the same plastic eyes on the Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath I shared last week. If you’d prefer more traditional wiggle eyes, check out Wiggle Eye Craft Week from a while back!

Wiggle eyes, candy corn and football all in one post! Now, that’s a first!

Happy candy corn crafting!

Sharon  

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BOO! An easy Halloween ghost craft: DIY A Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath

I love fun Halloween décor, and take a pass on blood, guts and gore. My new Halloween Ghost Wreath, with a cheerful sprinkling of polka dots, is just right for my upbeat Halloween décor. After all, how could you find a pair of mini, polka dot ghosts scary? If you’re like me, and prefer your Halloween cheerful and not at all fearful, then DIY this Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath. It’s scary easy, too!

Great wreath for a non-scary Halloween! Easy, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 12” x 2” wreath
    • Two, 1” balls
    • 5” cube or other scrap
  • Fabrics:
    • 1/3 yd. white with black polka dots
    • 1/8 – ¼ yd. each of five – six different polka dot prints
  • Plastic eyes or googly eyes
  • Ribbon (for hanging wreath)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; bamboo skewers; disposable bowl; straight pins

To make a Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath:

1. Make ghosts:

  • Insert a skewer into each foam ball, and insert other end of skewer into a 5” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, or other scrap piece.
  • Cut two, 10” squares from white fabric with black polka dots.
  • Squeeze several tablespoons of thick, white craft glue in a small bowl. Mix in ½ c. water.
  • Dip fabric squares in glue and water mixture, and let fabric becaome thoroughly saturated.
  • Run fabric through fingers to smooth out and remove excess glue mixture.
  • Drape fabric over balls and arrange folds.
  • Let dry.
How to make adorable, polka dot ghosts. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Arrange the fabric while wet, so it will appear ghost-like when dry.

2. Cover wreath with fabric:

  • Cut fabrics into 1-1/2” wide strips.
  • Pin and glue the end of one fabric strip to the back of the wreath.
  • Wrap fabric strip around wreath, and pin and glue other end to the back.
  • Continue wrapping wreath in assorted polka dot fabric strips till covered.

3. Trim skewers on ghosts and insert into the bottom curve of the wreath. Remove the skewers, add a dab of glue to the holes, and insert again. If the skewers won’t insert through the fabric, make a small hole first using a scissor point. Trim fabric on ghosts as needed. (I cut down the size of one ghost to make him smaller.)

4. Glue plastic eyes or googly eyes to the ghosts and the wreath.

5. Loop ribbon through the wreath, knot ends together, and hang!

So stinkin' cute! DIY Polka Dot Halloween Ghost Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Optional: Add a few extra pairs of eyes to your wreath!

A couple of years ago, I made a Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost Wreath with mini, cheesecloth ghosts and duct tape.

This wreath glows in the dark with the new glow-in-the-dark Duck Brand Tape! Love the mini cheesecloth ghosts, too. CraftsnCoffee.com

Here’s another easy wreath idea. I used the same fabric wrapping technique on my Fall Succulent Wreath, but with different fabrics for a completely different vibe.

You won't believe how easy it is to DIY this gorgeous fall wreath! CraftsnCoffee.com.

What’s your Halloween style? The more spirited, the better? Lots of gore? Or are you like me and embrace more of the “rainbows and unicorns” style?

Happy crafting (and Halloween decorating)!

P.S. Guess who stopped in last week on her way across the country on her next Paper Trail tour . . . Sizzix designer and paper artist Eileen Hull! Eileen and her vintage camper Scotty are on their way to the Bella Crafts Connections in Minneapolis, and Eileen is teaching classes along the way. Our visit was too short, but I’m hoping we’ll see her again when she travels back home . . . Travel safe, Eileen!

Eileen Hull on the Paper Trail. CraftsnCoffee.com

Me & Eileen!

Sharon

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How to make cuddly, No-Sew Minky Fabric Pumpkins

Have you made anything with minky fabric? This soft and dimpled, fleece-like fabric is so cozy and perfect for baby blankets (my daughter would have adored it when she was little). I decided to try making no-sew pumpkins with minky fabric and not only did it work, but these Minky Pumpkins might be the easiest ones I’ve made. Instead of real pumpkin stems, I added stems made from burlap, and I like the contrast between the rustic burlap and super soft, minky fabric. These DIY, No-Sew, Minky Pumpkins are so simple to make, and really fun to have around!

Fun! DIY no-sew, Minky Pumpkins! CraftsnCoffee.com.

No-Sew Minky Fabric Pumpkins are a super-easy DIY (and super-cuddly, too).

So easy and so soft! DIY No-Sew Minky Fabric Pumpkins on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I added light brown and butterscotch minky, but you could use all orange, too.

To make No-Sew, Minky Fabric Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” balls
  • Minky fabric in orange; optional: I also used a tiny amount of light brown and butterscotch
  • Burlap, ¼ yd.
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Wired jute
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; bamboo skewer; butter knife

To make No-Sew, Minky Fabric Pumpkins: 

1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the foam ball. Roll the cut edges on a tabletop and use your fingers to gently compress and round the edges to make a pumpkin shape. Carve a small, 1” – 1-1/2” wide hole at the top of the pumpkin to accommodate excess fabric.

Note: For a pumpkin shape that is squatter and less round, cut larger slices from the top and bottom of the foam ball.

2. Use the bamboo skewer to score vertical grooves all around the pumpkin, dividing the ball into 7 – 8 sections. Make the sections different widths, just like a real pumpkin. Go over the score lines with a serrated knife, creating deeper and more distinct grooves.

3. Cover each section with minky fabric:

  • Cut out a rectangular piece of minky fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around. Pin the fabric piece in place, and using the score lines as your guide, trim the fabric piece to fit the pumpkin section. Be sure to leave an extra ½” all around for the seam allowance.
  • Using the knife, tuck the fabric seams into the scored grooves. Work back and forth between the sides, till the section is completely tucked in.
  • Hold the knife straight up and down for a cleaner line.
  • If needed, pin the minky fabric down in the groove. Push the pins in far enough so they are hidden in the groove.
  • Repeat, till all sections are covered.
  • Trim away excess fabric and threads with nail scissors.
So fun & easy for fall -- DIY No-Sew Minky Fabric Pumpkins! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I like the contrast between the soft minky fabric and rustic burlap stems.

4. To make a burlap stem:

  • Cut a strip of burlap 12” long and 2-1/2” wide.
  • Trim along one long edge of the strip, so that the first 10” length is 2” wide, and leave the remaining strip 2-1/2” wide.
  • Roll up the strip, starting at the 2” end, and glue ends to hold in place.
  • Make small snips in the extra ½” of fabric, creating tabs. Place stem in center flaps. , to create flaps.
  • Place stems in center top of pumpkins, with tabs flaring out. Glue in place.

5. Optional: Coil a length of wired jute around a pencil. Glue and insert one end into the pumpkin.

Pretty -- and these are DIY! Super easy tutorial for making Minky Pumpkins on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Super soft!

If you’d like to see lots of other ideas for no-sew pumpkins, be sure to check out the links in the post for my No-Sew, Patchwork Pumpkins with copper stems. It’s a whole pumpkin patch of crafts, and you’ll find pumpkins made with sweaters, velvet, burlap, socks, old shirts and lots more!

Love these easy, no-sew fabric pumpkins on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These Minky Pumpkins really are fun, and I can see why little kids love a little minky. Have you ever made anything with minky fabric?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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More rustic décor: DIY primitive, Folk Art Angels

Hark, it’s the first Christmas craft of the season. If you’re working on the Folk Art Foam Pumpkins from earlier this week, don’t put your supplies away. You’re going to need them to DIY this trio of Rustic, Folk Art Angels. It’s never too early to DIY a Christmas angel, is it? Besides, I know that some of you have your Christmas crafting well underway! So, add these Rustic, Folk Art Angels to your list, whether they’re for you or a lucky someone on your gift list.

Amazing! Beautiful folk art angles made with Styrofoam and faux finish paints! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Rustic, Folk Art Angels, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Two 2” and one 1-1/2” balls (heads)
    • One each 9”, 14” and 18” cones
    • One 36” x 12” x 1” sheet (wings)
  • Faux finish in rust, or other color of your choice*
  • Inexpensive bangle bracelets, three
  • Metal embellishments, such as costume jewelry
  • Spray sealer in a matte finish
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; pencil; fine line permanent marker; toothpicks; wire cutters; 1” flat paintbrush; disposable bowls; paper towels

*The Folk Art Pumpkin post has more information about various faux finish products. Be sure to check it out to see what’s available in stores and online.

To make Rustic, Folk Art Angels:

1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Slice 1/2″ from top of each foam cone. Twist a foam ball tightly onto top of a cone until the two pieces fit together snugly. (The smaller, 1-1/2” ball is for the 9″ cone.) Add glue to ends of two toothpicks and pick and glue the balls and cones together.

Details from Rustic, Folk Art Angels on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Use charms or pieces of inexpensive jewelry to decorate the angels.

2. Print and cut out the wing patterns. Enlarge by 200%. Pin patterns to the foam sheet and trace around patterns with a sharp pencil. Cut out the wings.

3. Position each wing on the side of the corresponding angel body. Gently rub or “sand” each wing up and down against the body, creating a snug fit between the two pieces. Add glue to ends of  several toothpicks and pick and glue the wings to each body.

4. Glue a decorative metal piece, charm, or other costume jewelry to each angel’s neck.

5. To make a halo, snip each bracelet in one place with the wire cutters. Carefully spread the bangle apart, and then insert and glue the ends into the back of the angel’s head. If needed, trim the bracelet to fit the head of the smallest angel.

6. Paint the angels, the halos, and the metal trim with a faux rust finish, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need several coats.

7. When paint is dry, spray with a sealer.

Beautiful, and made from Styrofoam and faux finish paints. CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Where would you display these beautiful, Folk Art Angels?

Who has started Christmas crafting? What’s on your DIY list this Christmas?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Rustic fall décor: DIY Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins (and announcing the Country Living winners)

These Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins are gorgeous! No one will guess that they’re totally faux and made from sheets of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. And nobody will believe that this rustic, fall décor is all DIY and didn’t cost a small fortune! You can customize these Rustic, Folk Art Foam Pumpkins and make them as big as you like, and then select the faux finish system you prefer. (What about adding a green patina?) I’ve provided a list of faux finishes below, and if you can’t find them in the store, they’re all sold online. Thank you, Kathleen George, for another beautiful fall craft!

Folk Art Pumpkins made from a sheet of Styrofoam! CraftsnCoffee.com has the DIY.

To make Rustic, Folk Art Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 12″ x 12″ x 1/2″ block
    • 36” x 12” x 1” OR 18″ x 12″ x 1″ sheet (choose the size and quantity you’ll need based on the size and number of pumpkins you’re making)
  • Faux finish in rust, or other color of your choice*
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional: Saw-tooth picture hanger with nails
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; metal teaspoon; 1” flat paintbrush; disposable bowls; paper towels

*Four faux finish options:

  • Kathleen used Iron Metallic Surfacer and Rust Antiquing Solution from Modern Options®.
  • Modern Masters also offers a line of faux metallic finishes.
  • The Folk Art Painted Finishes from Plaid are sold in some Michaels Stores. My local store didn’t carry the line, so I ordered Light Rust and Dark Rust online, and the shipping was fast. The paints are easy to use, and include small particles for a textured finish. By combining the two shades, you have full control over the look you’d like to achieve.
  • Folk Art Metallic Paint from Plaid in Antique Copper and Copper. I found these paints at Michaels, and experimented with them. They have a smooth, metallic sheen, which creates a less rustic and more polished look.
I can't believe this is made from Styrofoam! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pumpkin #1.

Beautiful, and it's DIY with Styrofoam and faux finish paints. CraftsnCoffee.com has the DIY.

Pumpkin #2

Love these folk art style, rustic pumpkins. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pumpkin #3

DIY rustic pumpkins from a sheet of Styrofoam! CraftsnCoffee.com.

And here’s the whole pumpkin patch.

To make Rustic, Folk Art Pumpkins:

1. Determine the size of pumpkin you’d like to make. The original pumpkins measured 9-1/2”, 14” and 17-1/2” tall. Print patterns (below) and if needed, enlarge them for larger pumpkins. (Each pattern corresponds with one of the pumpkins pictured above.)

2. Cut out pumpkin patterns and pin the patterns to the foam sheets. Trace around the patterns with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam. Note: Cut out just the pumpkins. The leaves on the pumpkin patterns are for position only. You will cut out the leaves in Step 5.

3. Wax the serrated knife with a candle stub or paraffin. Cut out pumpkins.

4. Using the serrated knife and following the patterns, carve ¼”, v-shaped grooves in the pumpkins to create the pumpkin sections. Smooth the cut edges with the back of a metal teaspoon.

5. Pin the leaf patterns to the ½” foam sheet and trace around the patterns with a sharp pencil. Cut out the leaves with the serrated knife.

6. Use tip of spoon to press central vein line into each leaf.

7. Glue leaves to pumpkins as indicated.

8. Paint the pumpkins with a faux rust finish, following the manufacturer’s instructions. You will probably need several coats.

9. Optional: If you’d like to hang your pumpkins, add a sawtooth hanger to the back. Dip nails in glue before inserting through holes in saw-tooth hangers at center back of each pumpkin.

Folk Art Pumpkins made from a sheet of Styrofoam! CraftsnCoffee.com has the DIY.

Do you love these as much as I do? Do you have other faux finish techniques and ideas you can share? If you know of other faux finish paints, let me know and I’ll check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!

Before I go, let me announce the winners of the Country Living giveaway! Thank you to all who entered, and to Country Living magazine for providing the fair passes and magazine subscription. The winner of the weekend passes for the Country Living Fair is Karen Valentino. The winner of the Country Living magazine subscription is Veronica. Each winner will also receive a Crafts ‘n Coffee mug, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets, and a craft apron. Please contact me, Karen and Veronica, to arrange for your prizes.

**PLEASE NOTE: This giveaway is closed.**

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Another Fall Topiary to DIY, and other cozy crafts

Sometimes when I look at pretty yarn, I wish I could knit or crochet (I’ve tried, but that’s another story for another day). Other times, I think of something else I could make with the yarn, like these Fall Yarn & Felt Leaf Topiaries. All of the pretty colors of fall are wrapped up in these tabletop trees. I’m a sucker for pompoms, too, and topped each tree with a fluffy pompom. I finished the Fall Topiaries with felt leaves, and I bet you’ll have at least a dozen more ways to decorate these trees. There’s a little mini round up of more fall crafts, so read on.

(Don’t forget about the Country Living Fair and magazine subscription giveaway. You have till midnight on Monday, September 5, to enter.)

Pretty fall topiaries made with yarn and felt. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Use your favorite yarn to DIY these Fall Yarn & Felt Leaf Topiaries.

To make a Fall Yarn & Felt Leaf Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” and 12” cones
  • Yarn (I used pumpkin orange and a variegated yarn that I found at Hobby Lobby)
  • Felt in coordinating colors
  • Cardboard scrap
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; straight pins; sewing machine & thread

To make a Fall Yarn & Felt Leaf Topiary:

1. Using the plastic knife, spread a 1 – 2” band of glue around the bottom of a foam cone. Pin the yarn at the bottom of the cone, and wrap the yarn neatly around the cone. Continue to add white glue as you work your way up the cone. If needed, pin the yarn in place while the glue dries.

2. At the top of the cone, spread glue and then coil the yarn around.

3. Make the felt leaf garland:

  • Cut leaves from felt, using pattern.
  • Chain stitch leaves together, with about 1” – 1-1/2” between each leaf.
  • The garland on the 12” cone is made with 16 leaves.

4. Wrap the garland around the cone, gluing leaves in place. Or, cut the leaves apart and glue them individually to the tree, like I did on the 9″ cone.

5. Wrap yarn around a 2” wide cardboard scrap about 30 times. Slip the cardboard from the yarn, and tightly tie a length of yarn around the middle. Clip the yarn loops to form a pompom. If needed, trim the pompom to adjust the size and shape. Glue to the top of the tree.

Love the pompom toppers and felt leaves on these Fall Yarn Topiaries. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I decorated these tabletop topiaries with felt leaves and pompom toppers. How would you decorate them?

Yarn crafts are perfect for this time of year, and here are three more yarn crafts you might like.

Cozy yarn crafts - perfect for fall! CraftsnCoffee.com

“Autumn Welcome” Yarn Wreath

'Autumn Welcome' Yarn Wreath in gorgeous shades of fall. A thick, chunky yarn is the secret to making a quick yarn wreath. Love the acorns, too.

Shades of Fall Yarn Wreath

DIY yarn wreath tutorial for fall

Shades of Fall Yarn Wreath

Shades of Fall Yarn Topiaries

So cozy, and I love the fall colors and yummy textures. So perfect for Fall! Just wrap your yarn around a cone of Styrofoam brand foam -- full details on CraftsnCoffee.com

If you’re looking for more Fall Topiaries, I’ve linked up a few below.

Easy, DIY ideas for fall decor on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Burlap & Ruffles Topiary

DIY-Fall-Burlap-Topiaries

Fringed Burlap & Jute Rope Topiaries

Make these pretty fall topiaries in just an hour or two! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fringed Burlap & Jute Rope Topiaries

Rustic, Corrugated Cardboard Topiary

An easy way to add a rustic touch for your fall decorating. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Textured Tabletop Fall Trees

Tabletop Fall Trees

You and Mother Nature can pull together these Tabletop Fall Trees.

Twine Topiary

Pretty! Easy enough that you can make a pair or more in an afternoon. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cozy Yarn Topiaries

DIY fall topiaries made from yarn.

Have fun mixing & matching colors and textures to create your Shades of Fall Yarn Topiary.

Pretty fall topiaries made with yarn and felt. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Felt and yarn are made for fall crafting!

How would you decorate the Yarn & Felt Leaf Topiaries?

Happy crafting.

P.S. Be sure to check out the giveaway!

Country Living Fair giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Win a pair of weekend passes to the Country Living Fair OR win a Country Living magazine subscription!

Sharon

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Wrap up your fall décor with a Twine Topiary, plus the Fall Craft Giveaway winners, and a Country Living giveaway!

Twine, burlap and book pages – nothing special, right? Well, when Patty Schaffer works her magic, these basic supplies become a beautiful, DIY Twine Cone for fall. Pair this Twine Cone with the Fall, Burlap Wreath Patty shared last year, and your fall décor is ready to go! I am sharing Patty’s tutorial for the Twine Cone, and also announcing the winners of the Fall Craft Giveaway. And I have another giveaway today – weekend passes to the upcoming Country Living Fair! Woo-hoo! (If you live too far away to attend, I’ve got you covered, too.) It’s a long post, so let’s get on with the fall fun!

Pretty! Easy enough that you can make a pair or more in an afternoon. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s the Fall Burlap Wreath Patty shared last year.

A beautiful, burlap wreath for fall. I love the square shape! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Beautiful Fall Burlap Wreath

The Cone and Wreath are so pretty on their own, and doubly so when paired together!

Love both of these, and perfect for fall. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pair them together for your fall decor!

To make a Twine Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:  9” cone
  • Twine or jute cord, 3-ply
  • Assorted papers:
    • Kraft paper
    • Book pages
    • Scrapbook paper (Patty used an orange patterned paper)
  • Burlap in orange
  • Jute mesh ribbon
  • Buttons, two in coordinating colors
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters; optional: flower punches

To make a Twine Cone:

1. Wrap several pieces of double-sided tape around the cone, and then fully wrap the cone with the jute or twine. You don’t have to wrap it neatly, feel free to wrap and overwrap. Use low-temp glue to secure, as needed.

2. Make three sizes of roses from the orange burlap. (Need help? Just follow this tutorial over on Craftaholics Anonymous.)

Lovely for fall! See the Twine Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The burlap, book pages, scrapbook paper and twine make a beautiful fall arrangement.

3. Cut oak leaves in various sizes from the book pages and kraft paper. Gently crumple the leaves. (Kathleen George shared an oak leaf pattern for her Autumn Yarn Wreath, and I found several leaf templates over on Jane’s Doodles, too.)

4. Using scissors or paper punches, cut two flowers from the orange scrapbook paper and two flowers from the book pages. Layer together an orange flower and a book page flower, and repeat, creating two pairs.

5. Shape a 2” length of floral wire into a ‘u’ shape, and insert it through a button. Center the button on a pair of flowers, and insert the wire through the flowers. Twist the wire tightly against the bottom of the flower, and wrap the wire with florist tape. Cut off extra wire, leaving a small ¼” – ½” tail.

Love these fall colors & textures! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrap the jute mesh ribbon on an angle around the bottom of the cone, and then add the flowers and leaves.

6. Wrap a length of jute mesh ribbon on an angle around the bottom of the cone. Glue in place.

7. Glue on orange burlap roses, paper flowers, and leaves.

Beautiful for fall! DIY Twine Topiary Cone on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Patty used a 9″ cone, but you can easily adapt this Twine Cone to other sizes.

Fall Craft Giveaway Winners

Now, for the giveaways . . . First, I want to thank everyone who took the time to share a story about their craft fails. It takes courage and a sense of humor to publicly share your craft fails! I have two winners for the Fall Craft Giveaway, and they are Nancy D. and Sukhie Dhillon. Please contact me, ladies, for the details.

Country Living Fair giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Win a pair of weekend passes to the Country Living Fair OR win a Country Living magazine subscription!

Country Living Giveaway

Next up, another giveaway! Country Living magazine, sponsor of the Country Living Fair, is providing a pair of weekend passes to the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, September 16 – 18. I’ve been lucky enough to attend in the past, and it is a fun time (here’s my Road Trip Recap). It’s a very special weekend packed with beautiful handcrafts, vintage finds and antiques, artists, furniture makers, crafters, and of course, delicious food!

The gorgeous colors of fall on exhibit at the Country Living Fair.

The Country Living Fair always includes a pumpkin tower.

There’s also an opportunity to meet Country Living editors and their special guests; attend book signings and cooking, crafting, and DIY demonstrations; sample locally sourced, artisanal food; and shop the Country Living General Store.

There will be a number of special guests at the Columbus Fair, including:

  • Cara Mangini, author & one of the first official “vegetable butchers” at Eataly in NYC
  • Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s Cash & Cari
  • Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke, designers and founders of Madcap Cottage
  • Joanne Palmisano, award-winning interior designer & regular DIY Network contributor
  • Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer of Perennially Yours
  • Mary Randolph Carter, Country Living Contributing Editor
  • Nancy Fuller, TV personality & author of Farmhouse Rules

I know my readers live all over the country, so if you cannot make it to Columbus, Ohio, for the weekend of September 16 – 18, Country Living has agreed to a second giveaway – a subscription to Country Living magazine!

I’ll also send each winner a Crafts ‘n Coffee coffee mug, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets, and a craft apron.

Mums on display at the Country Living Fair.

Mums on display at the Country Living Fair.

For your chance to win:

  • Two weekend passes for the Country Living Fair in Columbus, Ohio, September 16 – 18, OR a Country Living magazine subscription
  • Crafts ‘n Coffee coffee mug
  • Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets
  • And a craft apron

Please leave a comment below and note either “weekend passes” or “magazine subscription.” You have till midnight on Monday, September 5 to enter, and I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, September 6.

*Note: Country Living magazine is providing free passes and a magazine subscription for this giveaway. I’ve received no other compensation from Country Living. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Thank you, and happy crafting!

Sharon

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DIY a Fall Succulent Wreath in luscious fall colors

Today’s Fall Succulent Wreath is all about the gorgeous shades of fall. After I made the Silk Sari Pumpkins, I knew I had to do something with the leftover silk fabrics. The rich colors and patterns in this fabric wreath are stunning, and yet it’s a super-easy wreath to DIY. To accent the golden fabrics, I spray painted several faux succulents with metallic paints, and added a few shimmering silk leaves. I love the combination!

You won't believe how easy it is to DIY this gorgeous fall wreath! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Gorgeous fall wreath! Love the succulents. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can make this little beauty tonight! Really!

Of course, you don’t have to use silk sari fabrics, and you can substitute any other fabrics you already have in your stash, or find in your local craft store. Several people have asked where I bought my silk sari fabrics, and there are endless choices on etsy. You might want to check out the etsy shop Ribbons and Silk, which sells sets of four coordinating fat quarters for $12.

Here are the Silk Sari Pumpkins, with the fabrics that inspired this Fall Succulent Wreath. 

Gorgeous Silk Sari Pumpkins! Find the DIY in Craft Ideas magazine. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here are the Silk Sari Pumpkins, featured in the fall issue of Craft Ideas magazine.

To make a Fall Succulent Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath
  • Fabric, fat quarters or other scraps, in fall colors (I used six different silk sari fabrics)
  • Faux succulents, three
  • Silk leaves, metallic finish
  • Spray paint in copper and gold
  • Chenille stem or 4” length of wire
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; rubber gloves; newspaper; knippers; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat; iron and ironing board

To make a Fall Succulent Wreath:

1. Clip the stems from the faux succulents.

2. Cover work area with newspapers. Spray paint the succulents, and let paint dry.

How to paint faux succulents. So easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

It was super easy to paint the succulents.

3. If needed, press your fabrics. If you’re using silk, be sure to use the silk setting.

Love this DIY fall wreath and these beautiful fabrics! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Choose favorite fabrics from your stash, from the store, or purchase online.

4. Cut fabric into 1” strips.

How to make an easy fall wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

My fabrics are cut and I’m ready to wrap.

5. Pin and glue your first strip to the back of the wreath. Wrap the strip around the wreath, and pin and glue the other end to the back of the wreath. Repeat, alternating colors, until your wreath is covered.

This wreath is pretty "as is" but wait till you see it with the golden leaves and succulents!! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Now, to arrange the leaves and succulents.

6. Arrange the silk leaves and succulents on the wreath. Glue in place.

7. Shape the chenille stem or wire into a hanging loop. Insert and glue the ends into the back of the wreath. Let glue dry before hanging.

Loving this Fall Succulent Wreath! It's really easy to spray paint the faux succulents, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ta da! Easy!

Perfect for fall! Love the colors, the fabrics, the painted succulents! So pretty. CraftsnCoffee.com.

This is an indoor wreath. If you want to display it on your front door, make sure it’s protected from the elements.

Really pretty, right? But as you know, the crafting life isn’t always beautiful . . . I hope you’ll hop over to the Silk Sari Pumpkins and share your craft fails in this week’s Fall Craft Giveaway. I’m giving away two prize packages containing:

  • $30 gift card to your choice of Jo-Anns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby
  • Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets
  • Crafts ‘n Coffee mug
Craft Fail giveaway at CraftsnCoffee.com. Share your craft fails and win!

Is it Cousin It dressed up for a Christmas party? Or a failed topiary made with a tassel garland??

Here’s one of my recent craft fails – ack! What was I thinking? It looks like Cousin It from the Addams family dressed up for a Christmas party! Don’t be embarrassed to share your craft fails, too, over on the giveaway page.  Be sure to enter by midnight on Monday, August 29. I’ll announce the two winners on Tuesday, August 30.

I still have plenty of silk sari fabrics leftover, and I could make a very elegant collection of Rag Balls. Imagine a few Silk Sari Rag Balls tossed in a bowl! What would you do with the fabrics? Any ideas?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Confessions from a craft blog: Craft fails and a front cover (And a giveaway!)

I’m sharing a few craft fails today, but first I’ll start with the big news – my Silk Sari Pumpkins are on the front cover of Craft Ideas magazine! If you page through the issue, you’ll also see my Cowhide Pumpkins on page 47. This is a happy ending to a story that wasn’t always so pretty, and today I’ll let you in on the back story for both of these pumpkin crafts. To kick off the season for all things pumpkin, there’s a giveaway, too.

This is the best Craft magazine out there! Check out all of the fun projects in the fall issue. CraftsnCoffee.com.

My Silk Sari Pumpkins made the cover of Craft Ideas magazine! It’s on newsstands now!

Fall is my favorite season, and you may know that I love pumpkins crafts. Last year, I decided to make tapestry pumpkins – they were going to be so elegant! And then I shopped for the fabric and what — $40 – $80 a yard? I don’t think so. While searching for fabric on etsy, I saw that I could buy beautiful pieces of silk saris for just $5 – $6. I realized that these gorgeous silk brocades were the answer.

Beautiful silk sari fabric -- perfect for fall crafts! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aren’t these beautiful silk brocades?

And then the fabrics started to arrive. Each one was beautiful, and most were shot through with gold. But there was one problem, some of the fabrics were sheer and fragile and I didn’t think they could be used for Patchwork Pumpkins. But I experimented a little, found a new technique, painted my pumpkin stems gold, and voila, a front cover!

Gorgeous Silk Sari Pumpkins! Find the DIY in Craft Ideas magazine. CraftsnCoffee.com.

These pumpkins are in the fall issue of Craft Ideas magazine.

At about the same time, I had another idea – Leather Pumpkins. Wouldn’t those be chic? Of course, leather is expensive, so I found faux leather (vinyl) and went to work. Argh! The vinyl was too thick and stiff to neatly tuck into the balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I had to make my grooves wide and deep, and then the faux leather still bunched up – totally not chic! I tried adding cord in the crevices, thinking that might help, but I still didn’t like the look.

UGH! Craft Fail -- my "leather" pumpkins didn't work out as planned. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I really struggled with the thick, stiff vinyl, and I didn’t like the way it looked.

"Leather" pumpkin craft fail! CraftsnCoffee.com

Nope, I don’t like these pumpkins with the trim, either.

So, I tried again and while this sort of works, I’m not thrilled with the finished project. I’m sure that real leather would have been more supple, and had the required drape, but I’m not paying real leather prices. So, I believe these are bound for the “not such a good idea bin.”

DIY Leather Pumpkins, made with faux leather. I'd call them a "craft fail." CraftsnCoffee.com.

I still don’t like these, and the one on the right reminds me of a basketball!

On the other hand, because I was surrounded with a lot of faux leather, I decided to DIY Faux Leather Deco Spheres. The vinyl worked great for this project, and I really like these Deco Spheres. Score!

I want to make these! They look like leather but they're super easy and super cheap to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Leather Deco Spheres

The failed, faux leather pumpkins also led me to the Cowhide Pumpkins in Craft Ideas. I was mulling over the failed leather pumpkins during an evening walk, and the Cowhide Pumpkins popped into my head! (Where do these ideas come from?) I love how the Cowhide Pumpkins turned out.

Love these Cowhide Pumpkins from Craft Ideas magazine. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cowhide Pumpkins — you’ll find the tutorial in the fall issue of Craft Ideas magazine.

So, there you have it. When you have a craft fail, try, try again. Sometimes your best ideas can come from a craft fail.

I want to give a big shout out to Craft Ideas magazine, and “thank you” so much for including my pumpkins in the fall issue. Go on over and say “hello” to Molly, the editor, on the Craft Ideas Facebook page, and give them a “like”, too. If you don’t subscribe, you should – each issue is jam-packed with ideas to keep you crafting till the next issue arrives at your doorstep. The fall issue is on newsstands right now, so be sure to check it out.

Fall Crafting Giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com includes Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Lattes!!

You might win this!

To celebrate pumpkin crafting season, I have two, Fall Craft Giveaways today, and each prize package includes:

  • $30 gift card to your choice of Jo-Anns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby
  • Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte Via Packets
  • Crafts ‘n Coffee coffee mug (these are new, and I’ve not yet seen them!)

For your chance to win, share your craft fail below. Be sure to enter by midnight on Monday, August 29. I’ll announce the two winners on Tuesday, August 30.

** Please Note: This Giveaway is Over**

Happy pumpkin crafting!

leftover-fabricP.S. I’ll share on Friday what I did with the leftover silk sari fabrics . . .

P.P.S. This is not a sponsored post for Craft Ideas magazine. I just think you’ll really enjoy the magazine.

Sharon

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