Wind up more Christmas yarn crafts: DIY a few Chunky Yarn Trees

I’ve been crafting a lot with yarn this season, and I had this beautiful, chunky yarn left over from my Pom Pom Wreath. I didn’t care for the pom poms I made with this yarn, but I love these DIY, Chunky Yarn Trees. Because the yarn is so thick, you’ll whip up these Yarn Cones in a jiffy. Paired together, the Pom Pom Wreath and Chunky Yarn Trees make a beautiful Christmas vignette. The colors and textures are so soft and understated, and the rusty stars and jingle bells add a rustic element. I may display them all winter long!

DIY Yarn Cones

The chunky yarn wraps up fast.

DIY Yarn Crafts

I love the Pom Pom Wreath and Chunky Yarn Cones paired together.

To make Chunky Yarn Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, 9” x 4”, 9” x 5” and 8” x 4” cones (or other sizes of your choice)
  • Chunky yarn*
  • Metal stars with rust finish, 3*
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins

*I found my stars and yarn at Hobby Lobby.

To make Chunky Yarn Trees:

1. Pin and glue the end of the yarn to the base of the cone. Continue wrapping the cone in yarn, spot gluing as you go. If needed, use straight pins to hold the yarn in place while the glue dries.

2. Spread glue on flat top, wind yarn around top, and trim off excess yarn.

3. Glue stars to tops of trees.

DIY Yarn Crafts

The rusty stars and jingle bells add a rustic touch.

DIY Yarn Cones

I could make more and display a forest of trees on my mantel.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

The chunky yarn I used on the trees was leftover from my Pom Pom Wreath.

I have a few more yarn crafts for you, including these Yarn Ball Ornaments.

DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments

Yarn Ball Ornaments

Keep wrapping, and you’ll enough yarn balls to make a Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath.

DIY Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath

Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath

A while back, Kathleen George shared with us her Christmas Yarn Wreath.

DIY Christmas Yarn Wreath

Christmas Yarn Wreath

Do you have a yarn stash? Or plans to make a few Christmas yarn crafts? I’m kicking around a few more ideas that I hope to share soon . . .

P.S. I don’t want to rush the season, and I’ll have a new Halloween craft next week!

Happy crafting!


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Craft a creamy, dreamy Pom Pom Wreath (and there are oodles of ways to make pom poms!)

Pom poms make me happy! They’re soft, playful and fun to make. Yes, I made 80+ pom poms to DIY my Pom Pom Wreath, but it didn’t feel like a chore. I worked on making the pom poms over a few days, and it was worth it – I love this Pom Pom Wreath. I’m not trying to rush into winter, so imagine this Pom Pom Wreath in fall colors, or black & orange for Halloween, or as a spirit wreath in the colors of your local sports team. I also discovered oodles of ways to make pom poms, and I’m linking up several tutorials you might find helpful.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

To make a Pom Pom Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Yarn in white, off white, cream and various textures (I used a white yarn, white fuzzy yarn, sparkly white yarn, and cream yarn)
  • Jingle bells with rusty finish, 3cm
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff cardboard or other tools to make pom poms*

*I used the Clover Pom-Pom Makers to make pom poms measuring 1-3/8”, 1-5/8”, 2-1/2” and 3-3/8” in dia. However, you don’t need special tools to make the pom poms. Check out the links below for more ways to make pom poms without any special tools.

To make a Pom Pom Wreath:

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

2. Make your pom poms in assorted sizes and yarns. I used the Clover Pom Pom Maker and made pom poms measuring 1-3/8”, 1-5/8”, 2-1/2” and 3-3/8” in diameter. My wreath used 81 pompoms: 13 sparkly pompoms; 19 white pompoms; 27 fuzzy white pompoms; and 22 cream pompoms.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

It’s like a pom pom explosion!

3. Arrange the pompoms around the outer edge and inner edge of the wreath first. Glue in place.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

Arrange your pom poms around the outside and inside edges first.

4. Fill in the front of the wreath with pompoms. Arrange first, and then glue in place.

5. Glue six jingle bells to wreath.

DIY a Pom Pom wreath

Be sure to choose different yarns to add subtle color and texture to your wreath.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

I thought about calling this wreath a Snowball Pom Pom Wreath.

I poked around on YouTube and and was amazed that there are so many ways to make pom poms. The easiest method uses no tools  at all and you simply wrap the yarn around your fingers — just follow this video to see how.

I remember using cardboard squares to make pom poms, and it’s easy enough. Surely you have a piece of cardboard around the house you can use, so watch this video and see how to make pom poms with a cardboard scrap.

This video also uses cardboard, cut in a template similar to a donut.

How about making a pom pom sandwich? This is a fun technique for making pom poms and it uses cardboard tubes.

And finally, I was amazed at this technique to quickly make multiple pom poms using a chair! This is one way to whip up what you need to make this Pom Pom Wreath!

While I was poking around online, I saw that Clover also has a pom pom-maker for heart-shape pom poms. How cute is that!? 🙂

What’s your favorite way to make pom poms?

Happy crafting!


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It’s creepy, it’s crawly, it’s Halloween Spider Web String Art

Recently, I took an early morning walk and the dew was heavy – throughout the field, spider webs sparkled and dripped with dew. It occurred to me, spiders are experts at string art. Why not DIY Spider Web String Art for Halloween? And that’s exactly what Debi Schmitz did. Yes, it’s creepy and it’s crawly, but this Halloween Spider Web String Art is perfect for Halloween. It’s string art made the easy – no hammers and no pounding! (And I have the winners of the Back-to-School Craft Kit Giveaway.)

DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

To make Halloween Spider Web String Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Fabric, ½ yd in purple
  • Escutcheon pins in gold, 3/4”
  • Crystal metallic embroidery floss, one skein
  • 1 package 7/8” sequin pins with flat heads
  • Pompoms, 1” in black, four
  • Chenille stems, two 3mm, in black
  • Pearl head straight pins in white, four
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2 yds in Halloween print
  • U-pin or other metal hangar for the back
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; ruler; chalk pencil or disappearing marker; optional: iron

To make Halloween Spider Web String Art:

1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and score a 12” x 12” square on the foam sheet. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap and cut out the square.

How to cut Styrofoam

Measure and cut a 12″ square.

2. If needed, iron the fabric. Cut 16” x 16” and 13” x 13” pieces from the fabric.

3. Center the foam square on the reverse side of the 16” x 16” fabric piece. Wrap the fabric around the foam square, just like wrapping a present. Be sure the fabric is smooth and taut in front, and carefully fold the fabric at the corners to keep fabric flat and square. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.

4. Center 13” x 13” fabric piece on the back, and glue edges all around. Let dry, and then trim away any excess fabric.

5. On the back, measure 1-1/2” down from the center of one edge. This is where you’ll add a hanger. Dip ends of a U-pin in glue, and insert into the back. Let glue dry.

6. With a chalk pencil or disappearing marker, lightly draw the spider web design on the front of the square. Follow the diagram and use a ruler to make sure it’s straight and centered.

DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

Add the pins, as indicated on the diagram.

7. Dip points of escutcheon pins into glue, and then insert pins halfway into the foam sheet where indicated by the diagram. Let glue dry.

8. Knot the embroidery floss around the middle nail. Wrap floss, keeping it taut, around the escutcheon pins in this order:

  • From the center, work your way to the end of one “spoke”, wrapping floss around each pin.
  • Repeat, wrapping the floss around the pins again and back to the center.
  • Wrap all eight spokes in the same manner.
  • Wrap the thread around each pin in the inner circle.
  • Repeat, wrapping each pin in the middle circle, and then the outer circle.
  • To finish, wrap floss around a pin in the middle circle on the spoke to the left.
  • Let floss hang down, off the picture.
  • Spot glue the wrapped pins, where needed, to help hold floss in place.
DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

First, you’ll wrap the spokes. Then, wrap the circles, working from the inside out.

9. Make the spiders:

  • Glue two pompoms together.
  • Insert pearl head straight pins for eyes.
  • Cut a chenille stem into four equal pieces.
  • Tightly twist lengths together in the center, and shape into eight spider legs.
  • Glue legs to spider body.
  • Glue spiders to the string art.

10. Glue Halloween ribbon around outside edge of the artwork. If needed, pin in place while glue dries.

DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

This would be a fun group craft for older kids or teens. Since you don’t need a hammer, there’s no danger of smashing a finger!

If you’d like to make a few spiders for your String Art, how about these Itsy Bitsy Spiders?

DIY Halloween spiders

Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spiders by Kathleen George

Here’s one of the beautiful spider webs I saw on my early morning walk. It was a cool morning and felt more like fall than summer. Are you seeing signs of fall, too?

Mother Nature at her best!

The field was filled with hundreds of these webs, all sparkling in the early morning light.

Fall means it’s back-to-school time, too, and I have the winners of the Back-to-School Craft Kit Giveaway. LisaM6 and Barb Macaskill each win two Project Brick Kits and two Solar System Kits — one to keep and one to share with their teacher. Congratulations! Please contact me for the details.

Happy crafting!



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Fun Halloween craft! How to DIY a Haunted Candy Corn Forest

You know I love candy corn crafts for Halloween, right? I am sharing a new candy corn craft today – a Haunted Candy Corn Forest. These colorful, candy corn “trees” stand up to 15” tall, and are a fun Halloween accent on a shelf, mantel, or other corner. And don’t forget the little ghost, flitting here and there in the Candy Corn Forest! I had a lot of fun with this one, and it’s an easy Halloween craft. (Don’t forget about the giveaway!)

 DIY Candy Corn craft

To make a Haunted Candy Corn Forest, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
    • Four, 3” x 1” discs
  • Fabric, assorted orange, yellow and white prints
  • Wood dowel, 5/16” dia.
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Fine glitter in onyx iris
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; sharp pencil; ruler; straight pins; paintbrush

To make a Haunted Candy Corn Forest:

1. Using a sharp pencil and ruler, draw an elongated triangle with round corners for each candy corn. My triangles measured:

  • Large: 3-1/4” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 7-1/2” tall.
  • Medium: 3-1/4” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 6” tall.
  • Small: 2-5/8” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 5-1/4” tall.
  • Ghost: 2” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 3-1/2” tall. (Note: I drew him on a slight angle.)
DIY candy corn craft

Cut out foam shapes and fabrics, ready to go.

2. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and cut out each piece.

3. Cover each candy corn and the ghost in white fabric:

  • Use the foam pieces as your pattern.
  • Trace around each candy corn and the ghost on the white fabric, adding add an extra 3/8” all around. Cut out.
  • Spread glue around the edges of a foam candy corn, and cover with white fabric.
  • Pin and glue the excess fabric to the edges of the foam candy corn.
  • Repeat with all three candy corn and the ghost.
DIY Candy Corn craft

Cover each piece with white fabric first.

4. Using the foam candy corn as your pattern, cut out the orange and yellow pieces, adding 3/8” along the edges. Following instructions in Step 3, glue fabric pieces to the candy corn.

5. Cover the edges with a ¾” wide fabric strip, starting at the center bottom. Leave 1” at the bottom that is not glued down.

6. Cut the wood dowel into four lengths: one 10”; two 8”; and one 7”. Paint dowels black, and let dry.

7. Paint the tops and sides of the foam discs black, and while wet, sprinkle with the onyx glitter. Let dry.

8. Insert the dowels in the center bottom of each candy corn and the ghost, and then in the foam discs. I used the 8” dowels for the large and medium candy corn; the 10” dowel for the smallest candy corn; and the 7” dowel for the ghost. Remove the dowels, squeeze glue in holes, and insert dowels again. Let glue dry.

9. On the bottom of each piece, trim the extra 1” of fabric so it fits around the dowel, and then glue in place.

10. Glue wiggle eyes on ghost.

DIY Candy Corn craft

I like the traditional orange, yellow and white candy corn. However, candy corn is now available in almost endless color combinations.

Last year, I pulled together a roundup of all of the candy corn crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee – more than 18! In my mind, candy corn says “fall is here”, and the bright candies are such happy colors. If you love candy corn crafts, too, go take a peek!

DIY candy corn crafts

Fabric, paint, glitter, duct tape, paper, ribbon – I think I’ve made candy corn out of just about anything you can imagine. My candy corn fail is when I tried to make a wreath using real candy corn. What a mess! The glue never dried and the candy corn slipped right off the wreath, leaving a sticky, orange mass of glue.

How about you? Have you made any candy corn crafts? Do you have a favorite from all of the candy corn crafts I’ve shared through the years?

Happy candy corn crafting!

P.S. Have you entered the back-to-school giveaway??

Craft kit giveaway


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It’s a treat – no tricks! How to make a Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

Whenever Rebekah Meier stops in to share a design, it’s always a treat. Today, Rebekah shares her DIY, Paper Mache Pumpkin Snowman. He’s ready to go trick-or-treating with his little pumpkin bucket – how cute is that? Actually, there is a trick to making this Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman. I’ve made papier mache piñatas from newspaper strips and a flour and water slurry – what a mess. But the trick here is to use instant papier mache – it’s so much easier!

DIY Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand: One each 4”, 3”, 2”, and 1-1/2” balls
  • Instant Paper Mache (Rebekah used Activa™ Celluclay® Instant Paper Mache)
  • Acrylic craft paint in black, Georgia clay, antique white, gold, and burnt sienna
  • Metal star with rust finish, 4”
  • Wire, rust finish, 6” length
  • Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheet in black
  • Twigs (arms)
  • Ribbon, 1″ x 12″
  • Needle & thread
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; awl or sharp pointed tool; sharp pencil; paintbrushes: thin liner and stiff bristle; paper towels

To make a Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman:

1. Build the snowman:

  • Press the bottom of the 4” ball on a flat surface, creating a small, flat spot.
  • Insert toothpicks between the 4”, 3” and 2” balls.
  • Twist balls together, so that the fit is snug.
  • Pull them apart, and then pick and glue back together.
  • Shape 1-1/2” ball into a pumpkin shape, using your fingers. With the serrated knife, carve out the top to make a pumpkin bucket.

2. Mix instant papier mache according to package directions.  Apply a thin layer to the snowman and the pumpkin bucket. Let dry completely.

3. Paint the snowman and pumpkin bucket with Georgia clay paint. Let dry.

4. Optional: If you’d like to distress and antique the finish, mix two parts burnt sienna and one part water. Paint mixture onto the snowman and his pumpkin bucket, and gently pat off the excess with a paper towel. Repeat, till you have a finish you like.

DIY jack-'o-lantern faces

Draw your faces with an awl or other sharp tool.

5. Using the awl or another tool with a point, draw the faces onto each pumpkin. Paint the features black. Highlight each eye with a dot of gold. Add the teeth with antique white.

6. Insert twig arms into the middle ball. If needed, make a hole first with the awl.

7. Make two small holes in the pumpkin bucket, and thread the rusty wire through the holes. Twist ends together and hang the bucket from the snowman’s arm.

8. Run a gathering stitch along the ribbon, and gather the ribbon to fit around the snowman’s neck. Tie off.

DIY Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

A top hat and ruff around the neck give him style.

9. Top hat:

  • Roll up a 12” x 2” strip of black felt, and glue.
  • Cut 2” and 1” circles from felt.
  • Glue the 2” circle to the bottom of the paper tube, and glue the 1” circle to the top.
  • If needed, trim excess felt at the top.
  • Glue hat to snowman’s head.

10. Glue the snowman to the rusty star.

 DIY Papier Mache Pumpkin Snowman

If you collect snowmen, add this one to you list!

I thought I’d revisit a few of Rebekah’s other pumpkin crafts, like the Folk Art Halloween Totem.

DIY paper clay Halloween totem

Folk Art Halloween Totem by Rebekah Meier

Rebekah also shared with us her Top Hat Jack.

DIY Halloween paper clay figure

Top Hat Jack by Rebekah Meier

If you’re a snowman collector, here is another one for you. Patty Schaffer made this Sweater Pumpkin Snowman and while he’s made in an entirely different way, he’s equally adorable!

 DIY Sweater Pumpkin Snowman

Sweater Pumpkin Snowman by Patty Schaffer

What’s the last project you made with papier mache? Did you use newspaper and a flour & water slurry, or have you used instant papier mache?

Every time I sit down to share a project, I think of my readers and how sweet and creative you all are. I appreciate every one of you! Right now, I am especially thinking of those who are in the path of Irma. I am sending hugs to you! Stay safe, everyone, and let us know how you’re doing!

Happy crafting!


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Favorite DIY Science Fair and school project tutorials to help you through the year (and a giveaway!)

Labor Day is over, so here comes the school year and the school projects! I’ve updated the list of favorite, DIY tutorials for Science Fairs, book reports, and other school projects, and I’ve linked them up below. I’ve had several readers tell me that these are the best Science Fair projects you’ll find. From Solar Systems to an Animal Cell Model, these tutorials will help you get through the year ahead. Plus, there’s a craft kit giveaway – for you and for your school.

Bookmark this page, and keep this list handy!

DIY science fair projects

Atom Model

DIY atom model

Molecule Model

 DIY Molecule Models


3-D Plant Cell Model

DIY 3-D Plant Cell Model

3-D Animal Cell Model

DIY 3D animal cell model

Double-Helix DNA Model

DIY double-helix DNA Model

Solar System PosterDIY Solar System Poster

Solar System Mobile

DIY Solar System model

Solar System Model

DIY Solar System using Styrofoam balls

 Planet Earth

DIY Earth Day craft

Tyrannosaurus Rex & Stegosaurus

DIY dinosaur craft

Southwest Adobe House

DIY southwest adobe house model

Southwest Adobe House

Medieval Sand Castle

DIY no-mess Sand Castle  Puppet Theater

DIY a puppet theater

Recycled Robots

DIY Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments

Recycled Robot Christmas Ornaments

Back-to-School Craft Kit Giveaway! 

Craft Kit Giveaway

To celebrate another school year, I’m giving away two back-to-school prize packages. Each prize package includes a Solar System Kit and a Project Brick Kit for you and for your classroom teacher! For your chance to win, please tell me below about a school project you made with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Post your answer below by midnight on September 14, and I’ll announce the winner on September 15.

Thank you and good luck this school year!

Happy crafting!


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Ooh la, la! DIY Faux Mink Deco Spheres

September 1 and there’s a chill in the air this morning. So, maybe it’s not so crazy that I’m sharing these cozy, Faux Mink Deco Spheres. Do you remember the Faux Mink Wreath I made? I couldn’t let the scraps go to waste, and so I made these easy, Faux Mink Deco Spheres to display with the wreath. I picked up a few more faux fur scraps to add contrast, and wow. The wreath and the deco spheres add instant warmth to a room! I know it’s still summer, but when the weather turns, this will be a fun ensemble to display. So, here’s how I made the Faux Mink Deco Spheres.

DIY Faux Fur Deco Spheres

The Faux Fur Deco Spheres are so elegant.

DIY Faux Fur Deco Spheres

This cozy display will warm up a room on a cold winter’s day!

To make Faux Mink Deco Spheres, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” balls
  • Faux fur, 1/8 yd per ball
  • Tissue paper
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; pencil; straight pins
DIY Faux Fur Deco Spheres

You can make the deco spheres in a solid color, or mix and match your colors and prints.

To make Faux Mink Deco Spheres:

1. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing the ball into six equal sections. Using a sharp pencil, score a line right next to the edge of each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands.

2. Place tissue paper over a section and trace along the scored line. This will be your pattern for the faux fur pieces.

3. Pin the pattern piece on the back side of the faux fur, and cut out the fabric. Hint: It’s easier and less “fur will fly” when you cut from the back of the faux fur.

 DIY Faux Fur Deco Spheres

I recommend low-temp glue for attaching the fur to the foam ball.

4. Glue the fur piece to the foam ball. Repeat with five more sections. If needed, add a few pins to help hold the stiffer pieces in place; the fur will hide the pins. You might find that you have to shift and trim the sections as you go, and that’s o.k. The faux fur is very forgiving and the seams will probably not be visible.

DIY Faux Fur Deco Spheres

The metallic accents add another layer of luxury to the display!

I hope you’re all warm and safe, and enjoy this long holiday weekend. For those who aren’t so fortunate, and are dealing with the devastating hurricane, I am sending to you a virtual hug!

I also wanted to provide an update about Paulette, who lost all of her craft supplies in a house fire. Several of you generously offered to send supplies to her, and unfortunately, Paulette has not responded to the emails I’ve sent to her. If you’re out there Paulette, please contact me!

Stay safe, and happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

I thought I’d wrap up this year’s Tinsel Tuesdays with a favorite craft idea – a button craft! I know you have a button stash . . . so bring out the button jar and DIY this Button Christmas Tree Wall Art. You can easily adapt this design to whatever is in your button jar, so make it a white or red Christmas tree, or even multi colored. (Designer Debi Schmitz also shared her Button Love Wall Art with us earlier this year.) I’ve listed a few more favorite, Christmas buttons crafts below, so here we go.

DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

Button Christmas Tree Wall Art by Debi Schmitz.

To make the Button Christmas Tree Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Fabric, ½ yd.
  • Craft paper or other paper for pattern
  • U-pin
  • Buttons:
    • Green, 1/8” – ¾” dia., at least 6 oz.
    • Brown, ½” – ¾” dia., at least 15
    • Gold, ½” – ¾” dia., at least 34
  • Beads, 1 tube each:
    • Green glass beads, 5/0
    • Green seed beads, 6/0
    • Gold seed beads, 6/0
  • Sequin pins, 7/8”, two packs
  • Bead garland, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Optional: Decorative braid in green & white or other coordinating color, 1-1/2 yds.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; utility knife or serrated knife; sharp pencil; iron; disappearing marker
DIY Button Christmas Tree Wall Art

Get your button collection out of the jar and put it on display!

To make the Button Christmas Tree Wall Art:

1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure a score a line down the center of the foam sheet. Cut the foam sheet in half along this line, so you have two, 18” x 12” x 1” pieces.

2. If needed, iron the fabric. Cut 22” x 16” and 19” x 13” pieces from the fabric.

3. Center a foam rectangle on the reverse side of the 22” x 16” fabric piece. Wrap the fabric around the foam rectangle, just like wrapping a present. Be sure the fabric is smooth and taut in front, and carefully fold the fabric at the corners to keep fabric flat and square. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.

DIY Styrofoam wall art

Neatly fold the fabric at the corners, just like wrapping a present.

4. Center 19” x 13” fabric piece on the back, and glue edges all around. Let dry, and then trim away any excess fabric.

5. On the back, measure 1-1/2” down from the center of a 12” edge. This is where you’ll add a hanger. Dip ends of a U-pin in glue, and insert into the back. Let glue dry.

6. Cut out the top and bottom patterns, and tape the two pieces together. Center the pattern on the foam sheet and pin in place. It should be about 1/12” from the top and 1/12” from the edges. Lightly trace around the pattern with a disappearing marker. Remove the pattern.

DIY a Button Christmas Tree

Fill in the tree with a single layer of buttons first.

7. Thread a bead and then a button onto a sequin pin (the beads will help fill the holes in the buttons). Dip the point of the pin in glue and insert into the foam sheet. Repeat, filling in the tree with a single layer of buttons. Add a second layer of buttons where needed to fill in openings and add more dimension. Hint: If any of your buttons have shanks, cut the shanks from the back, and then glue the button to the tree.    

8. Pin on the tree trunk, threading a gold bead and then a brown button on each sequin pin.

9. Decorate the tree by pinning on gold beads and buttons. Spot glue the bead garland in a zigzag pattern across the tree.

10. Optional: Glue decorative braid all around the outside edge; if needed, pin in place while glue dries.

DIY Christmas Tree Wall Art with buttons!

You’ve already thought about how you would change this up, right?

If you’re looking for more ways to craft with buttons, check out Patty Schaffer’s beautiful Button Ornament. Watch the video and learn how to DIY five different ornaments!

DIY Button Ornament

Button Ornament by Patty Schaffer.

Rebekah Meier used a different technique to make her No-Pin Button Ornament.

DIY Button Ornament

No-Pin Button Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

You can add a dimensional Button Tree to your Christmas display, and the Creamy Christmas Button Topiary includes links for the red and blue Button Trees, too.

DIY Button Topiaries

Blue and Red Button Topiaries by Kathleen George. Creamy Button Topiary by Rebekah Meier.

This might be the last Tinsel Tuesday of this summer, but no worries – I have lots more Christmas crafts planned! I always love to hear about what you’re making right now, so I hope you’ll take a moment and share in the comments.

Happy crafting!


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How to make elegant, No-Sew Silk Pumpkins

There’s a little back story to my DIY, No-Sew Silk Pumpkins. Originally, I wanted to make elegant, brocade pumpkins, but have you priced brocade fabric? Ouch! While searching for other options on etsy, I turned up a gorgeous selection of silk fabrics made from saris, and they were very affordable. Perfect! The colors and patterns are very rich, and these No-Sew Silk Pumpkins are one-of-a- kind. Better yet, you won’t believe how easy they are to make. I hope you’ll give them a try!

DIY No-Sew Silk Pumpkins

Note: These Silk Pumpkins first appeared in Craft Ideas magazine, which is no longer published. 😦

DIY No-Sew Silk Pumpkins

Yowza, I was so excited to see my pumpkins on the cover! And so sad when the magazine closed earlier this year . . .

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

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 5” balls
  • Silk fabric: One fat quarter per pumpkin
  • Dried pumpkin stems
  • Spray paint in metallic gold
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins
DIY No-Sew Silk Pumpkins

It’s not necessary to paint your pumpkin stems gold, but I loved the extra “bling.”

To make No-Sew Silk 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 each 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. Cut a fabric circle to fit around each ball and overlap at the top. A 20” circle will cover the 6” ball with fabric to spare.

3. Place a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in the center of the corresponding fabric circle. Bring the edges of the fabric up to the top of the ball, and finger pleat as you go. As you continue to cover the ball, pin the pleats in place at the top of the ball. When the ball is covered, trim away excess fabric, so that the top is smooth. Glue the fabric in place.

4. Paint the pumpkin stems gold. Let dry.

5. Glue a stem to the top of each pumpkin.

DIY no-sew Silk Pumpkins

The colors are rich and deep, and perfect for fall.

And that’s it! I used my extra sari fabrics to make this Fall Succulent Wreath. The colors of the silk are perfect for fall!

DIY Fall Succulent Wreath

Use your extra fabrics and make a wreath to coordinate with the No-Sew Silk Pumpkins.

Ordering the fabrics from etsy was so easy. The fabrics shipped quickly, and every piece was beautiful. There’s still plenty of time to order your fabrics and make the pumpkins and the wreath. I just quickly searched etsy for silk sari fabrics, and found that the shop Glitz and Pieces sells four fat quarters for $9.00. There are other options, too.

Do you shop for craft supplies on etsy? Or other online stores? I’m curious to know how often you shop online for your craft supplies and if you have a favorite, online craft store?

Sneak peek

Sneak peek!

Happy crafting!

P.S. The last Tinsel Tuesday is next week, and here’s a sneak peek!


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Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Felted Holiday Trees the easy way (no needles!)

A few readers have said “I love needle felting, but not those needles!” Well, leave it to Kathleen George to share this shortcut felting technique that requires no needles. The washing machine does the hard part! These DIY Felted Holiday Trees look like the real thing, but they’re easy enough that older kids can make them, too. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, use white wool roving instead, and wrap the trees in bright red ribbons.

DIY Felted Holiday Trees

Short-Cut Felted Holiday Trees by Kathleen George

To make Felted Holiday Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Cones, 9” and 6”
    • Scraps or 2” balls
  • Wood roving, 8 oz. in olive green
  • Wooden dowel or natural stick, 3/8” dia. x 12”*
  • Terra cotta pots, 1-3/4” – 2-1/2” dia.
  • Acrylic craft paints in olive green
  • Ribbon, 3/8” x 3 yds.
  • Embellishments: Kathleen used wooden buttons that she stained with burgundy paint; or, you can use colored buttons, metallic buttons, etc.
  • Reindeer moss
  • Craft wire
  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Pillowcases, one for each tree
  • Garbage bag ties, three
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • *Optional: if using a wood dowel, you’ll also need brown acrylic craft paint
  • Tools needed: Scissors; Xacto® knife; pencil; ruler; flat paintbrush; small sponge; paper towels; spray bottle; craft pins; small handsaw; washing machine
 DIY Felted Trees

These trees would be pretty with white roving, too.

To make Felted, Holiday Trees:

1. Gently separate roving into long, thin strips.

2. Prepare a spray bottle with hot water and a very small amount of liquid soap; mix well.

3. Working with one foam cone at a time, hold cone horizontally in one hand and use your other hand to wind roving strips tightly around cone until surface is completely covered. Gently squeeze wool against the foam cone to help secure it; the textured surface will hold the roving in place. Repeat to cover all three cones with a layer of wool.

4. Working over a sink or other waterproof surface, spray a wool-covered cone with soapy water and squeeze with your hand to evenly compress the wool all around the cone. Repeat for two remaining cones. (Note: Don’t skip this step and assume that the washing machine will do the work for you. The cones must be hand-felted before placing in machine to prevent damage to machine.)

5. Wrap wet cones with a second layer of wool, criss-crossing first layer. Spray and squeeze cones again to further compress wool.

6. Add bits of roving as needed to cover any thin spots. If needed, add a third layer of roving to cover the entire cone.

7. Once wool begins to shrink and no longer slips over the surface of the cone, place each cone into a separate pillowcase and close with plastic ties. Place cones in a washing machine and wash in hot water. The agitation of the washer will continue to shrink and felt the wool. At end of cycle, remove cones from cases and set aside to dry.

8. Use saw to cut the branch or wood dowel into three, 4″ lengths. If using a wood dowel, paint the pieces brown and let dry. Use the Exacto knife to cut a small “X” in the center bottom of each foam cone. Insert and glue the stems into the cones.

9. Lightly sponge paint clay pots olive green; wipe away some paint with a paper towel to reveal the clay underneath. Glue small balls or foam scraps into the pots. Insert and glue the tree trunks into the pots. Glue moss over the foam to cover. Let dry.

10. Wrap and pin a ribbon garland around each cone. Tie three small bows and pin one to top of each tree.

11. If using wood buttons, paint buttons burgundy and then immediately wipe off the paint to create a stained effect. Cut twelve, 2″ wire lengths and bend over a pencil to create U-pins. Insert wire ends through the buttonholes and “pin” buttons to trees.

DIY Felted Christmas Trees

If you’re looking for another shortcut, use metallic or colored buttons.

Needle felting is an ancient craft, and one of the earliest ways that ancient people made fabric for clothes. I think we can honor the history and still take a shortcut! However, if you’re a traditionalist (or believe that no pain = no gain), be sure to check out the many beautiful needle felted projects you’ll find on Crafts ‘n Coffee. Like these Needle Felted Holiday Trees by Rebekah Meier.

DIY Felted Christmas Tree Cones

Needle-Felted, Tabletop Christmas Trees by Rebekah Meier

If you’ve been afraid to try traditional needle felting, what do you think of this technique? Do you think you’ll try it?

Happy crafting!


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