DIY cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornaments

If you’ve followed Crafts ‘n Coffee this year, you may have noticed a few yummy, cupcake crafts, like those mouthwatering Cupcake Bouquets. Mmmmm! Today’s Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornament may not be as tasty, but it’s still sweet as can be. Wouldn’t this look darling on your tree? If you’re looking for DIY gift ideas, these Cupcake Ornaments are easy enough to make multiples.

Cute cupcake ornaments! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Cupcake Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Cupcake liner
  • Floral pick with red berries
  • Textured snow paint (Rebekah used DecoArt® Snow-Tex®)
  • Glitter glue in red and blue*
  • Dimensional paint in shiny white (Rebekah used Scribbles®)
  • Craft wire
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; foam paintbrush

*You could substitute red and blue acrylic craft paint.

To make a Cupcake Ornament:

  1. Insert the pencil into your ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and use it as a handle. Paint a thin, even layer of textured snow paint on to the ball. Let dry.
  1. Squeeze glue onto the top of the ball, dripping it to look like scalloped frosting. While wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
  1. Squeeze glitter glue onto the scalloped “frosting”, and use fingers to shape it to match the scallops. (If using acrylic paint instead, carefully brush it on ith a dry brush and sprinkle with glitter while wet.)
  1. Outline scallop with glitter glue. Let dry.
  1. Outline scallop edge again, this time with the dimensional paint.
  1. Glue ball into the cupcake liner.
  1. Remove a red berry from the floral pick. Glue berry to the top of the cupcake.
  1. Twist a 3” length of craft wire into a loop. Glue ends in the hole in the top of the berry.
Sweet ornaments, and great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornaments by Rebekah Meier

For a memorable hostess gift, pair a Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornament with a Cupcake Bouquet. Once the real cupcakes are gone, the ornament will serve as a keepsake. I don’t have a Christmas theme Cupcake Bouquet, but with a few tweaks, the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet would be a festive way to say “Merry Christmas”.

Beautiful -- and yummy! Make a Cupcake Bouquet on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add more red and white cupcakes to replace the pink cupcakes, and you have a Christmas Cupcake Bouquet.

I have a few more easy Christmas crafts to share this week and next while we’re in Christmas countdown mode. In the meantime, I hope you’re finding time to enjoy the holiday season, and a cupcake or two, as well!

Happy Christmas crafting.

Sharon

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How to make the cutest, Candy Cane Snowman

What do you get when you add Christmas + a Snowman? A Candy Cane Snowman! You are going to love the DIY, snowman craft Debra Quartermain shares with us today. From the tip of his candy cane skis to the pompom on his bright red stocking cap, this Candy Cane Snowman is irresistible. I don’t think he needs much of an introduction – just take a peek below and you’ll want to DIY your own Candy Cane Snowman.

DIY Candy Cane Snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll want add this cutie to your Snowman collection!

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

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One each: 2-1/2″ and 1-1/2″ balls
    • One 6” egg
  • Fleece:
    • White, 1/6 yd.
    • Red, 1/4 yd.
  • Fabric, red & white check, 2-1/2″ x 45″
  • Fiberfill stuffing, or four cotton balls
  • Embroidery floss in red
  • Pompom, 2” in white
  • Buttons, 1/2″ in white, two
  • Beads, 8mm in black, two
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Candy canes, 8″ long, four (do not unwrap)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; straight pins; embroidery needle; iron & ironing board

To make a Candy Cane Snowman:

1. Wax the serrated knife with a candle stub or bar of soap. Cut thin slices from opposite ends of the foam egg and from one side of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Cut in half the 1-1/2” ball. (Hint: Clean up any bits of foam crumbs on your work table before moving on to Step 2.)

2. Cut the following from the white fleece:

  • 6″ x 12″ rectangle (body)
  • 5″ circle (head)
  • Two 3″ circles (hands)

3. Fold red fleece in half so you have a 9” x 22” rectangle. Fold in half again to measure 9” x 11”. Using the patterns*, cut the following from the red fleece:

  • Sweater: Place sweater pattern on folded fleece, making sure the “center” and the “sleeve” are on folds, as indicated on the pattern.
  • Nose (see sweater pattern)
  • Hat: Cut an 8″ x 11″ rectangle. Fold rectangle in half and using pattern, cut out hat.
  • *Note: Be sure to enlarge the patterns as indicated! 

4. Center the 2-1/2” ball on the wrong side of the 5” circle of white fleece. The cut side of the ball should face up, and the rounded side down. Gather fleece evenly up over flat side of head, pulling tight; glue fleece to the foam to secure. If needed, pin fabric in place till glue holds. Trim away excess fabric.

5. Choose smoothest side of the ball for the face. Use scissors point to make two holes for eyes in foam, 3/8″ apart. Glue beads in place, pushing firmly into holes. Glue nose to face. Use fingertip to apply blush to cheeks.

The most adorable, Candy Cane Snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cutie!

6. Use three strands red floss to stitch a 2″ smile. Bring embroidery needle from back of head, through the foam ball to the face. Stitch mouth through the fleece only. To finish, take floss back through foam ball to back of head; knot and clip thread.

7. Wrap the 6″ x 12″ white fleece rectangle round the foam egg, keeping the fleece smooth and even, and overlapping the edges at the back. Glue fleece to secure. Gather fleece evenly under flat base of egg, pulling tight; glue fleece to foam to secure. Trim excess fabric.

8. Hands: Center each half ball, rounded side down, on the wrong side of the 3” fleece circle. Apply a line of glue around the edge of the fleece circle. Glue fleece to the flat sides of hands.

9. Place sweater on work surface, right sides together and underarms aligned. Glue underarm seams; let dry. Clip corners and turn sweater right side out. Repeat for hat.

Candy Cane Snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glue the candy cane poles to the hands, and then glue the hands to the body.

10. Place check fabric right side down on ironing board. Fold each long edge in 3/4″ and press, creating 1″ x 45″ strip.

11. Apply glue to neck end of body. Place sweater over top of body and then glue flat side of head to neck. Stuff sleeves lightly with fiberfill or cotton balls. Glue hands into bottoms of sleeves with flat sides toward body; do not glue hands to body. Glue hat on head and pompom to tip. Let dry.

12. Wrap check trim around the edge of the hat, neck, sweater bottom and sleeves, cutting to fit. Glue trim in place, overlapping seams at the back.

13. Sew red floss “X” through the buttons, and glue buttons to the sweater.

14. Cut curved ends from two candy canes; glue poles to hands as shown. Glue hands to body. Glue remaining candy canes to bottom of the body for skis.

Adorable! His red & white color scheme is fresh and cheerful, and you’ll be tempted to display him right through Valentine’s Day.

Cute as can be! DIY Candy Cane Snowman on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t put this cutie away when Christmas is over. His red & white ensemble will brighten a dark, January day.

Here’s another peppermint theme snowman you’ll want to check out — a Peppermint Snowman designer Rebekah Meier shared with us a while back.

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

Peppermint Snowman

Take a close looks at this Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel and you’ll see the Peppermint Snowman on the right. If you love red and white for Christmas, you’ll want to check out all of the projects.

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

On Tuesday, I shared these bright, red & white Mod Podge & Fabric Ornaments. (Can you tell that red & white is favorite of mine at Christmas time?)

Merry & bright! DIY Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Can you believe it’s December 2? I hope your plans for the month aren’t too crazy, and you can take some time to enjoy the season, sip a little cocoa, and nibble a few cookies. I have a few quick & easy ideas planned for this month, perfect for a gathering of friends & family to create together.

Have great weekend and I’ll see you next week.

Happy Christmas crafting!

Sharon

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DIY merry & bright Christmas ornaments with fabric & Mod Podge

Your tree will be more merry and bright when you decorate with these Mod Podge & Fabric Ornaments. I’m a big fan of red and white at Christmas, but if you’re not, you can easily make these ornaments your own. Blue & white, pink & aqua, silver & gold, even leopard print will be beautiful. (I’ve noticed black for Christmas this year – have you?) The Mod Podge seals them and adds a shine that will glisten in the lights. These ornaments are an easy DIY, which means they’re a great gift idea, too.

Merry & bright! DIY Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments by Kathleen George.

To make a Mod Podge & Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. or fat quarter for each ornament
  • Ribbon, silver metallic, 1/8” x 12”
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wooden skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush

To make a Mod Podge & Fabric Ornament:

  1. Using the pattern, cut six segments from your fabric.
  2. Insert a wooden skewer into a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Use the skewer as your handle, and spread a thin, even layer of glue on the ball.
  3. Spread a thin, even layer of glue on the back of a fabric segment. Position the fabric on the ball, lining up one of the points with the wooden skewer. Carefully smooth out the fabric with your fingertips, and clip fabric along the edges so the fabric lays smooth. Hint: If possible, use the design in the fabric to help camouflage the snips in the fabric.
  4. Repeat Step 3, slightly overlapping the fabric pieces, till the ball is covered. Let dry.
  5. Brush on several thin coats of Mod Podge, letting dry between coats.
  6. Remove skewer. Knot together the ends of a 12” length of ribbon. Squeeze a dab of glue into the hole left by the skewer, and then push the knot down into the hole. Let glue dry.
  7. Optional: Add a small ribbon bow.
Merry & bright! DIY Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Change up the fabric to customize these ornaments for friends and family.

While you have your fabric scraps in front of you, here’s another ornament to DIY — Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament. Use whatever you like in your stash, and make it your own.

Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament - DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament by Kathleen George

If you’ve not seen our video “5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes”, take a peek. In just five minutes, Candie Cooper shows you five favorite ornaments to DIY.

This is a great video tutorial! In just five minutes, it shows you how to make five different ornaments (and they're all really pretty).

If you have just five minutes, you can learn how to make these five ornaments.

I hope you love the Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments as much as I do. What color fabrics would you use to make them?

I can’t wait to share another red & white creation on Friday – a Candy Cane Snowman! You don’t want to miss this cutie! See you Friday!

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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More reindeer fun & games: DIY Reindeer Ornament

If you’re still in a turkey coma and taking it easy today, you’ll love this super-cute DIY Reindeer Ornament. There’s nothing too strenuous about it, and it’s an ornament the kids can DIY, too. The supply list is easy, and you may have most of the materials on hand. (Just in case you were busy in the kitchen earlier this week, don’t miss the Rudolph the Reindeer Wreath I shared on Tuesday).

Cute! DIY Reindeer Ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Reindeer Ornament by Kathleen George.

Here’s Debi’s wreath, too.

Cute! Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Reindeer Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg and 1” ball
  • Craft sticks, four
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Wiggle eyes, a pair
  • Pompom, 5mm in red
  • Felt, small scraps in red & brown
  • Ribbon, 24” in red
  • Jingle bells, two 1”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; stiff bristle paintbrush; wooden skewer or chopstick; knippers

To make a Reindeer Ornament:

1. Glue the foam ball to the front of the 3” foam egg, with the narrow end of the egg pointing up. Use the plastic knife to score a small groove in the middle of the ball, so it looks like a muzzle.

2. Insert a wooden skewer or chopstick into the bottom of the egg to use as a handle; paint the reindeer head brown. Let dry.

3. Antlers: Cut two of the craft sticks in half. For each antler, glue two halves onto the back of a full-size craft stick (see photo below). Let glue dry.

DIY an adorable Reindeer Ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Reindeer is easy to DIY, and uses materials you probably already have on hand.

4. Glue on the eyes, on either size of the muzzle. Glue the pompom to the top of the muzzle. Cut a small mouth from red felt, and glue the mouth onto the face below the muzzle.

5. Push the antlers into the top of the head, remove, add a dab of glue to the hole, and insert the antlers back into the holes.

6. Cut two small ears from brown felt. Using the plastic knife, cut small, horizontal slits on either side of the head. Place a dot of glue in each slit. Fold the ears in half, and push the end of each ear into the slits.

Adorable Reindeer Ornament. Fun kid's DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can make your ribbon tails long, like Kathleen did, or shorten them up.

7. Tie a ribbon bow. Tie a jingle bell onto each ribbon tail. Glue the bow to the bottom of the ornament.

8. Knot together the ends of a 10” length of ribbon. Place a dab of glue at the top of the reindeer’s head, and insert the ribbon into the head.

I have another kid-tested reindeer craft from Kim over at Inspiration Made Simple. Kim’s son made this little guy, and you can find his tutorial over on Kim’s blog.

Adorable! Tutorial on Inspiration Made Simple.

This guy’s adorable! You’ll find the tutorial over on Inspiration Made Simple.

This morning, I’ve had pie for breakfast (a favorite, post-Thanksgiving tradition) and I’ve already been to Jo-Ann Stores to shop the early morning deals (Black Friday is not a post-Thanksgiving tradition, but I had a very long list of needed craft supplies and couldn’t pass up the deals). I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and that you can take some time and breathe this weekend, before the holiday season is in full gear!

And finally, who else had pie for breakfast?

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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Say hello to Rudolph, everyone’s favorite reindeer wreath!

While visions of turkey and ‘taters may be dancing in your head this week, I’m going to fast forward to the reindeer games. And let’s be honest, this Rudolph the Reindeer Wreath is a lot cuter than a turkey! To keep it easy, designer Debi Schmitz started with a purchased, pine wreath – easy enough! The full tutorial for the DIY Reindeer Wreath is over on StyrofoamCrafts.com, so be sure to check it out. (Debi also shared her Cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath a few weeks ago, which was a favorite with many readers.)

Cute! Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s Debi’s Cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath. The glow from the battery-powered candles will warm up any dark, winter day.

DIY a super-cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Speaking of winter, we had our first snow of the season on Saturday, following a Friday that was an unseasonable 75°. Crazy! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two days away. Tomorrow, I’m making a mincemeat pie, my dad’s favorite, and I always add extra apples and raisins to the mix. What’s on your menu for the Thanksgiving feast?

I wish you a warm & cozy Thanksgiving day, surrounded by those you love. I’ll see you Friday with more reindeer fun & games!

Happy crafting, and happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon

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Melt-your-heart Handmade Christmas gift idea: DIY an adorable Panda Bear Ornament

If Tuesday’s Teddy Bear Ornaments didn’t melt your heart, then surely this DIY Panda Bear Ornament will! I don’t know which one is cuter, and there’s no reason to pick – make the Teddy Bear and the Panda Bear Ornaments! Handmade ornaments are perfect for gift giving, too, and many of you shared that you’re making ornaments this year. Who on your list wouldn’t want a Panda Bear Ornament?

Panda Bear Ornament! So cute, and made with socks and a Styrofoam ball. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Panda Bear Ornament by Kathleen George.

Here are the Teddy Bear Ornaments I shared earlier this week.

Too cute! DIY with fuzzy socks over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Teddy Bear Sock Ornament by Kathleen George

To make a Panda Bear Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Knit glove in white
  • Fuzzy sock, adult size in black, or a black glove
  • Patterned sock for scarf and hat
  • Felt, black scrap
  • Googly eyes, ¼”
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 8” (hanger)
  • Blush or chalk in pink
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; tape measure; rubber band; table knife with thin edge; tapestry needle

To make a Panda Bear Ornament:

1. Mark the center top of the 3” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using a pencil. Measure 2” down from the center top, and place a rubber band around the ball. Be sure the rubber band is evenly placed all the way around. Using a sharp pencil, score a deep line along the rubber band. You will use this line to tuck the fabric into the ball.

2. Cut a 4” circle from the white sock and a 6” circle from the black glove or sock. (Note: See “Hint” in Step 4 if your sock is not large enough to cut out a 6” circle.)

3. Center the white fabric circle over the top of the ball, and pin it in place at the top. Gently stretch fabric down over the ball, and ¼” past the scored line. Using the thin edge of a table knife, tuck the ¼” seam allowance into the scored line around the ball. Stretch the fabric as you go, so that it’s smooth.

4. Repeat, using the black circle to cover the lower half of the ball. Hint: If your sock was not large enough to cut out a 6” circle, push the ball down into the toe of sock and cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra ¼” for your seam. Tuck the seam allowance into the scored line.

5. Add ears:

  • Using the pattern, cut out four ears.
  • With right sides together, sew the pairs together with a ¼” seam.
  • Trim seam and turn right side out.
  • Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge, and glue to the side of the panda bear’s head (see photo).
  • Secure with pins while glue dries.
Adorbs! DIY Panda Bear Ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Older children can make these cuties, but be sure an adult handles the knife used to tuck the fabric into the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

6. Add the face:

  • Cut from black felt two, ¾” long ovals from black felt.
  • Glue ovals to panda’s face for eyes, and then glue a googly eye onto each oval.
  • Cut from black felt a tiny triangle for a nose and a V shape for the mouth, and a small strip to connect the two.
  • Glue features to face.

7. Make the scarf:

  • Cut a 1-3/4” x 12” strip from the decorative sock.
  • Fold strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides together.
  • Stitch a very small seam along the long edge.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Tie scarf around the bear, covering the seam line.

8. Blush cheeks and ears with blush or pink chalk.

9. Thread tapestry needle with ¼” ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the fabric at the center top of head, and knot ends.

While you’re shopping for supplies, pick up a few more white socks to DIY these Sock Penguins.

This Penguin Ornament is too cute, and made from socks. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Sock Ornament by Kathleen George.

And, don’t forget a few extra gloves to make these Penguin Ornaments.

DIY Penguin Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These Skiing Penguins are the easiest of all, and a fun Christmas ornaments for the kids to DIY.

Skiing Penguin Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Skiing Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Who has plans to make the Teddy Bear or Panda Bear Ornaments? Or are you crafting something else this weekend?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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How to DIY Teddy Bear Ornaments from fuzzy socks

Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy, fuzzy socks, right? You are going to love them even more after Kathleen George works her magic today and turns fuzzy socks into the sweetest, DIY, Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments. Guys, these are adorable, right down to the tip of their stocking caps! Be sure to make extras – when your friends and family see these cuties, they will want their own Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments. (Or, tell them to follow Crafts ‘n Coffee and DIY their own ;-)

Too cute! DIY with fuzzy socks over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Teddy Bear Sock Ornament by Kathleen George

Cute, DIY ornaments made from fuzzy socks! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can use a brown or cream fuzzy sock.

To make Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3″ ball
  • Socks:
    • Fuzzy socks in brown or cream (you can also use old gloves)
    • Patterned sock for scarf and hat
  • Brushed felt or fur trim in white, ½” x 7” strip
  • Black felt, tiny scrap
  • Googly eyes, ¼”
  • Half-round, 8mm bead in black
  • Pompom (to coordinate with hat)
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 8” (hanger)
  • Blush or chalk in pink
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; twist tie; nail scissors or other pointed tool; needle & thread; tapestry needle; optional: sewing machine

To make Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments:

1. With the sharp pencil, make a ¾” diameter hole in the top of the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If your sock is especially fuzzy, you might need to make the hole a little deeper.

2. Cover your ball with fabric:

  • Cut down one side of your sock (or glove) and spread out the fabric, wrong side up.
  • Place the foam ball in the center of the fabric, with the hole facing up.
  • Pull the sock fabric up and around the ball, and secure with a twist tie at the top.
  • Cut off the extra fabric just above the twist tie.
  • Remove the twist tie, and squeeze some glue into the hole in the foam ball.
  • Tuck the fabric down into the hole, using the nail scissors or another pointed tool.
  • Stretch the fabric up and over the ball as you go, pulling it smooth without wrinkles.
  • As you tuck in the fabric, keep the folds evenly spaced around the hole.

3. Add ears:

  • Using the pattern, cut out four ears.
  • With right sides together, sew the pairs together with a ¼” seam.
  • Trim seam and turn right side out.
  • Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge, and glue to the side of the bear’s head (see photo).
  • Secure with pins while glue dries.

4. Glue on googly eyes and nose. Cut tiny mouth from black felt and glue in place.

Cute Teddy Bear Ornament made with fuzzy socks. Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make the hat and scarf from colorful Christmas socks.

5. Make the hat:

  • Using pattern, cut out the hat from the patterned sock.
  • Fold hat lengthwise with right sides together.
  • Stitch a ¼” seam along the long edge.
  • Turn hat right side out and check the fit on bear’s head.
  • If hat is super stretchy and too big for the bear, stich again with a wider seam.
  • Glue hat to the bear’s head, and if needed, use pins to hold it in place while the glue dries.
  • Trim the hat with a ½” x 7” strip of brushed white felt or faux fur.
  • Glue a pompom on the tip.

7. Make the scarf:

  • Cut a 1-3/4” x 12” strip from the decorative sock.
  • Fold strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides together.
  • Stitch a very small seam along the long edge.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Tie scarf around the middle of the bear.

8. Blush cheeks and ears with blush or pink chalk.

9. Thread tapestry needle with ¼” ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the fabric at the center top of head, and knot ends.

Polar bear ornament made with fuzzy socks and a ball of Styrofoam! Cute! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute as can be!

Adorable, right? Kathleen also shared with us her cute, Polar Bear Sock Ornament.

Polar Bear Sock Ornament

Polar Bear Sock Ornament by Kathleen George

Kathleen’s Christmas Sock Ornaments are even easier, and a true classic! Better yet, they’re made with socks picked up at the dollar store.

Christmas Sock Ornament

Christmas Sock Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Sneak peek!

Eye spy a sneak peek . . .

Did you know that yesterday, November 14, was National Teddy Bear Day. Who knew! What a sweet coincidence. We’ll celebrate a little more on Friday . . . See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY Christmas folk art you’ll treasure: Mixed media, Paperclay Christmas Dove (and the Crafts ‘n Cocoa winners!)

Today, I’m sharing an exquisite Christmas Dove by Rebekah Meier. I’m a fan of quick and easy crafts, but sometimes, I like to share special projects that take a little more time, and are sure to become heirlooms. Rebekah’s mixed media, Paperclay Christmas Dove will be a cherished Christmas decoration for years to come. And Rebekah’s tutorial makes it very do-able. Just take it one step at a time. (More on the winners below . . .)

Beautiful, DIY Mixed Media Christmas Dove by Rebekah Meier. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mixed Media, Paperclay Christmas Dove by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Paperclay Christmas Dove, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg and 1-1/2” ball
  • Paperclay (Rebekah used Delight™ Paperclay)
  • Felt in cream, 4” square (hat)
  • Quilt batting, 10” square (or substitute felt)
  • Candlestick, 7” (Rebekah used a wooden one)
  • Silver tinsel, 1 yd.
  • Book pages, 2 – 3
  • Cardstock in white, one sheet
  • Glitter glue in silver
  • Fine glitter in clear
  • Acrylic craft paint in cream, yellow and black
  • Acrylic sealer, gloss finish
  • Ribbon, ½” x 18” in cream; a scrap of white
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; fine sandpaper; flat paintbrush, ½”; disappearing fabric marker; needle & thread; stamp with Christmas greeting; optional: sewing machine
DIY Christmas Dove on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll build his body from an egg and a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and then cover it with paperclay.

To make a Paperclay Christmas Dove:

1. Make the bird’s body by attaching the foam ball to the narrow end of the foam egg using toothpicks and glue.

2. Flatten to ¼” a half-dollar size amount of paper clay. Apply the flattened clay to the bird’s body. Smooth out the clay with wet fingertips. Repeat, adding more clay, till the bird is completely covered. Form a beak on the bird’s face. Let dry.

3. Gently sand bird with fine sandpaper till smooth.

4. Paint bird cream, and let dry.

Paperclay Christmas Dove -- a beautiful DIY project on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dip a pencil point in black paint and dab on the eyes.

5. Dip pencil point in black paint, and paint on two black dots for eyes.

6. Paint beak yellow, and let dry.

7. Paint bird with one coat of a clear acrylic sealer.

8. Trace the wing pattern on batting four times. Cut out the wings. Machine or hand stitch together two pairs of wings, 1/8” from edge. Paint wings cream and let dry. Note: If using felt, cut two wings from the felt, and skip the sewing. Paint the felt wings and continue to Step 9.

9. Trace the wing pattern on book pages and cut out four paper wings. Apply a book page wing onto each wing using Mod Podge. Cut remaining wing pieces in half, and cut fringe in the pointed end. Decoupage onto the wings.

Mixed media wings on Paperclay Christmas Dove. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cut out the wings from batting or felt, and then layer on the book pages.

10. Glue wings to bird.

11. Cut three, 2-1/2” x 1” strips from book pages. Layer together, and cut fringe into one end. Fold together the other end, and glue to the back of the bird for tail feathers.

12. Paint candlestick cream, and let dry. Apply one coat of sealer, and let dry.

13. Cut a 4” circle from cardstock and chipboard. Glue both circles to the top of painted candlestick. Glue bird to the center of the circle.

14. Hat: Trace a 1-3/4” circle onto felt and cut out. Roll into a cylinder a 1” x 10” strip of felt, and glue the cylinder to the circle. Glue a 1” square to the top of the cylinder, and trim to fit. Glue hat to the bird’s head.

15. Stamp your Christmas sentiment onto cardstock. Cut out, and then edge with silver glitter glue. Glue sign onto candlestick.

DIY Paperclay Christmas Dove on CraftsnCoffee.com.

“Peace on Earth” would be a lovely sentiment, too.

16. Tie ½” ribbon around the candlestick, and tie in a bow.

17. Trim tinsel so it’s about ½” wide. Wrap and glue tinsel around the bird’s neck and the top of the candlestick.

18. Decorate the candlestick, wings, hat and tail with glitter glue. Let dry.

19. Dust the dove with clear glitter.

20. Glue a small bow to the bird’s neck.

Beautiful, DIY Christmas Dove by Rebekah Meier. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paperclay Christmas Dove by Rebekah Meier.

Lovely, isn’t it? Make a pair and you’ll have “two turtle doves” to display!

I had so much fun reading about your Christmas crafts — thank you to all who shared what’s on their craft table this season. You are all so creative, and you inspire me! Random.org helped pick the three winners in the Crafts ‘n Cocoa Giveaway: Barbara Norton, Deb Kaste and Joyce Kiefer. Please contact me, ladies, to arrive for your prize package. And thank you again to all who commented!

Happy Christmas crafting!

Sharon

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How to make an Ornament Wreath (and don’t forget the giveaway!)

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a pretty Christmas Ornament Wreath, and I’m excited to have Patty Schaffer share her DIY Ornament Wreath with us today. If you’ve always wanted to make an Ornament Wreath, take a peek at Patty’s tutorial – it’s three easy steps! You can DIY this Ornament Wreath in an evening, and it would be a fun project for a Girl’s Night Out. Don’t panic about the number of ornaments required. I checked out the Dollar Tree and you can buy all of the ornaments you’ll need for about $10 – $12. (Remember to enter the Crafts ‘n Cocoa giveaway, too.)

Super easy. Just three steps to make your own Ornament Wreath! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Christmas Ornament Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Fabric to coordinate with your ornaments, ½ yd.
  • Ornaments:
    • 48mm (just under 2”), seven dozen
    • 25mm (about 1”), six dozen
  • Chenille stem
  • Low-temp glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat

To make a Christmas Ornament Wreath:

  1. Cut the fabric into 2” strips. Wrap the wreath in fabric, pinning and gluing the ends of each strip to the back of the wreath.
  1. Place the wreath flat on a tabletop. Sort your ornaments, and use the larger ornaments first. Arrange and glue the ornaments around the outside and inside edges. Cover the front of the wreath next. Layer on the smaller ornaments to fill in any gaps.
  1. Twist together the ends of a 4” length of chenille stem to create a hanger. Insert and glue the hanger to the center back of the wreath. Let glue dry before hanging.
Pretty! Easy to make, too. Christmas Ornament Wreath DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

What color ornaments would you use to make your Christmas Ornament Wreath?

Here’s another pretty Christmas wreath Patty shared with us a few years ago.

Red & White Christmas Ribbon Loop Wreath

Both of these wreaths can be made in your favorite colors for Christmas. What’s your Christmas color scheme this year?

Another reminder to enter the Crafts & Cocoa Giveaway by midnight on Thursday, November 10. The giveaway includes:

  • Crafts ‘n Coffee wintertime mug
  • Hot cocoa samples
  • $25 gift card to your choice of Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby.

Here’s how to enter.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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A punch-needle knock off: DIY Chunky Yarn Trees

I love a crafty shortcut, especially when the end result is as stunning as this trio of prim, DIY Chunky Yarn Trees. They may look like punch-needle embroidery, but Kathleen George shares her shortcut technique that will have you making this beautiful trio of trees in an evening. If you’re like me, you don’t have the days and weeks to DIY the real thing, but you’ll love these Chunky Yarn Trees! I’m already thinking of how else I might use Kathleen’s shortcut technique . . .

Love this short cut technique to make these pretty trees in an evening! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Chunky Yarn Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 18” x 1” sheet
  • Fabric to coordinate, ¼ yd.
  • Chunky yarn in green
  • Grosgrain ribbon in green, 1” wide
  • Wooden discs, 3” – 4” dia.
  • Tree branches, ½” dia and 1-1/2” – 3-1/2” long
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; craft pins; wood skewer

To make Chunky Yarn Trees:

1. Cut out the trees:

  • Cut out the patterns and pin to the foam sheet.
  • Trace around each pattern with the sharp pencil, scoring the foam as you go.
  • Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap.
  • Cut out each tree with the serrated knife.
  • Smooth any rough edges by sanding with a scrap piece of foam.
  • Make a small, ½” dia hole in the center bottom of each tree (this is where the trunk will go).

2. Place patterns on wrong side of fabric, and cut out. Glue to back of foam trees.

3. Wrap the ribbon around the edges of the trees:

  • Pin and glue one end of the ribbon to the bottom of the tree, next to the hole.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the tree, securing with glue.
  • If needed, add a few pins to help hold the ribbon in place while the glue dried.
  • When you reach the bottom, trim the ribbon to expose the hole.
Chunky yarn is the key to these Chunky Yarn Trees. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll wrap the edges in ribbon; cover the back with fabric; and tuck yarn loops nto the front.

4. Cover the tree with chunky yarn:

  • Squeeze a dot of thick, white craft glue onto the front of a foam tree.
  • Using the skewer, poke one end of the yarn through the glue and into the foam.
  • Slightly twist the yarn to make a ½” loop, add another dab of glue, and poke the yarn ¼” deep into the foam through the glue.
  • Repeat, adding a dab of glue, twisting the yarn to make a ½” loop, and poking the yarn through the glue and into the foam.
  • If a loop comes loose, secure with a pin.
  • Occasionally, stop and cut the yarn so that the yarn can relax and untangle.
  • Continue the process till the front of the tree is covered in yarn loops.

5. Add tree trunks:

  • Trim sticks even at both ends.
  • Glue each stick to the center of a wood disc. Let glue dry.
  • Squeeze a dab of glue into the holes at the bottom of each tree.
  • Twist each stick into the holes in the trees.
  • Before glue dries, be sure the trees are straight.
Primitive, Chunky Yarn Trees. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen’s shortcut technique makes these trees an easy DIY, and gives dimension to a traditional embroidery technique.

Have you done punch-needle embroidery? What did you make?

Pretty! Easy DIY with paper, beads, buttons and a Styrofoam cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To help jump-start your Christmas crafting, be sure to check out the Crafts ‘n Cocoa giveaway I announced earlier this week. You might like these Button & Beads Tabletop Trees, too. 

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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