Welcome back! A year in review; a big “thank you”; and a craft emergency!

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful, and packed with family, friends and fun! Today I have the “best of” Crafts ‘n Coffee from 2016, but first, I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to both the many new followers and those of you who have followed Crafts ‘n Coffee since way back when. I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll join in and leave a comment from time to time. You are the absolute best!

DIY easy String Art Heart tutorial

Easy, String-Art Heart

Now, here are the favorite crafts of 2016. I bet some of these are your favorites, too. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and last year, this String Art Heart was one of the top projects on Crafts ‘n Coffee for the second year in a row. If you’ve not yet made this Valentine’s Day String Art Heart, perhaps this is the year you add it to your list. (Check out the Gold & Glittering String Art Heart, too.)

DIY String Art Heart easy tutorial

Gold & Glittering String Art Heart by Patty Schaffer.

The Red & White Deco Mesh Topiary is another repeat winner. Patty Schaffer designed this Christmas topiary several years ago, and it’s been a hit ever since.

how to DIY Deco Mesh Topiary for Christmas

You can do what I did and recreate Patty’s Deco Mesh Topiary for Valentine’s Day. It’s another one for your Valentine’s Day craft list!

How to DIY a Deco Mesh Topiary

Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary

Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love to craft for Christmas, and these no-sew Patchwork Fabric Ornaments made from old shirts pulled in the readers in 2016. Patty Schaffer showed us how to make three different ornaments from second-hand shirts, and the Mad for Plaid & Paisley series links to all three tutorials.

DIY no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments easy

The velvet trim adds a little luxury to these ornaments made with second-hand shirts.

If you’ve been around for other “best of” recaps, you know that snowmen always land a top spot. This Sweater Snowman and other frosty cuties made with repurposed socks, stockings and sweaters were all favorites in 2016. (And wait till you see a few of the darling snowmen in the works for this year!)

DIY sweater snowman from an old sweater

Sweater Snowman by Kathleen George.

And last but not least, the tutorials for science fair projects and other school assignments scored big. In 2016, Kathleen George shared with us her tutorials for a Plant Cell Model and an Animal Cell Model, and they quickly rose to the top of the class. If 2017 is the year for a science fair in your house, bookmark these tutorials.

Top DIY tutorials for science fairs and school projects

It’s fun to see what readers loved the most each year. Those stats, along with your comments and suggestions, help me plan for the year ahead. This year, we’ll have more sweet snowmen; sparkling Christmas crafts; Valentine’s Day crafts you’ll adore; school projects; activities for the kids; and so much more. What else should I include? Besides Christmas, for what other holidays or occasions do you craft and decorate?

I have a special “thank you” for the top commenters of 2016 – Barb Macaskill, Angie Dyer, Anne Haun and Lisa M6. You ladies are superstar crafters, and I look forward to hearing from you every week. Please contact me so I can tell you about your thank-you goodies.

Finally, I have to tell you about the craft emergency I had over the holidays – my Mod Podge ran out, not once but three times! If you follow Crafts ‘n Coffee on Instagram, you might have seen the photo below. I was crafting like crazy over the holidays and I used up every last drop in three jars of Mod Podge! I’m back in business now with a jumbo, 32-ounce jar of Mod Podge. Phew! Who else has had a craft emergency?

Mod Podge for DIY crafts

Yikes! I went through three jars of Mod Podge this holiday season!

DIY the best snowman crafts

Isn’t he cute?

Sneak peek of the first new craft of 2017, coming next Tuesday!

Happy crafting!


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20 Responses to Welcome back! A year in review; a big “thank you”; and a craft emergency!

  1. oh my goodness that Topiary is to DIE FOR! I love it!!!

  2. Glad I found your page. I am an avid crafter now that my kids are older and always love looking at what others are into. Believe it or not, I’ve never used Mod Podge and am a little afraid of it. Maybe this is the year to dive into something and use it…☺️ Happy 2017 crafting!

    • Sharon says:

      Happy 2017 crafting to you, and I’m glad you found us, too! Mod Podge is super easy to use — just brush it on, and then clean out your brush with soap & water. Couldn’t be easier. They have some fun formulas now, too, like a glitter finish (I’ve had trouble finding the new formulas in stores, however.) Let us know when you give it a try! Craft on! Sharon

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Hello, Sharon! Welcome back from vacation! Happy 2017! Hoping you have enjoyed the holidays and had fun crafting too. I think I saw on pInterest an alternative to Mod Podge. Elmers Glue and other things added. I have not tried this, but it would possibly work in a pinch. Looking forward to more Valentine’s Day crafts. I love all the crafts you share with us. Hugs, Angie

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Angie, Thank you, and a very happy 2017 to you, too! I’ve read about the glue and water mixture, but I’ve never tried it. I wonder if anyone else has? I am partial to Mod Podge because I know it’s tested and will work — I think I first used it as a teenager! Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Love the string art. Thanks! I so enjoy seeing all the great projects you post. I am following you on facebook no Instagram yet. Crafting emergencies were running out of little black pearls I use for eyes on my Chick Magnets. I had to make more for my mom and used blue and green rhinestones. It has been way to cold here -23* taking my 6th grader to school yesterday and the high was 4*. Tooooo cold!
    My daughter will be making a solar system this weekend. We will be checking out all your great ideas. Fingers crossed she will be able to make one of yours. 🙂 She has a new teacher and he has some far out ideas. We used one whole container of my Mod Podge for her volcano. It was massive and her partner didn’t do much more than make a mess. Grrr. But the girls had fun and passed with a B …. the volcano did not erupt it imploded. Flour and glitter all over the desk…Oh My! One mess I didn’t have to clean up.
    Have a wonderful New Years. Can’t wait to see what new ideas you share!

    • Sharon says:

      “Chick magnets” — ha ha! 🙂 How did the Solar System turn out? Good luck to your daughter — I hope she gets an A. Thanks for sharing your craft emergencies! Happy crafting in 2017! Sharon

  5. Anne Haun says:

    I think all of us should thank you for all your hard work – your posts are always inspiring and full of creative ideas. Happy 2017!!

    • Sharon says:

      You are so sweet, thank you! It’s so much fun to share the creativity of so many wonderful designers! And I love your comments, too. I’m so fortunate to have inspiring followers! Happy New Year to you! Sharon

  6. Cindy deRosier says:

    Great projects! I just love your clean style.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, you are so sweet! I can’t take credit for a lot of these beautiful crafts, however — many are made by a wonderful crew of talented designers. I’m so fortunate that they share here on Crafts ‘n Coffee! I hope you have a wonderful, creative year! Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. What a great review of 2016! Jenna and I loved each and every one of these crafts and plan to make 2 of the first String Art Heart for Jenna to give to her Mommy and Daddy for Valentine’s Day! We will make sure to take photos and share with you!
    Jenna asked me last week why we hadn’t “looked at that nice lady’s pretty page”. I was confused for a little while and Jenna sat here trying to think of a way to explain who she meant. Finally, she asked to go into the craft room and looked around for a minute trying to remember where our aprons that we have won from you were. She grabbed it and told me that the lady she was “talkin’ bout” gave these to us. After hugging her and laughing with her I explained that you were taking a little vacation. She then kept asking me when you were coming back. Once I let her know that you had written a new post she started dancing and singing Happy Day! I think she is glad you are back (me too). Looking forward to what 2017 will bring!
    Sorry to hear of your craft emergency! That was a tragic moment! I would have been frantic if that happened to me! A home without Mod Podge is a sad place to be. 😦 Glad you fixed that problem!
    Hope your Christmas and New Year’s Eve and day were wonderful and that the New Year brings lots of blessing to you!
    Off to your contact page to get in touch with you! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, what a sweet story about our favorite mini maker! Thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to see the String Art Hearts you two make — keep us posted! I know — can’t craft without my Mod Podge. I knew you’d understand! Here’s to a happy, crafty year you two! Craft on! Sharon

  8. Mari D says:

    Well this is my very first comment so I just want to say thank you for all the wonderful craft ideas you share. Hopefully I can make some this year!

    • Sharon says:

      Welcome, and thank you! So glad you found us! What kinds of crafts do you like to make? Are you a holidays/seasonal or year-round crafter? And, I can’t take credit for all of the lovelies you see on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I’m fortunate to have some wonderful designers share their ideas with us. Happy crafting! Sharon

  9. Katiria says:

    Hi, (cue the “Welcome Back Kotter” theme song). I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Way to go Barb Macaskill, Angie Dyer, Anne Haun and Lisa M6! I love hearing from you as well. Speaking of ‘love’, the Valentine ideas are super cute. As far as emergencies go, one time I was trying to make a Halloween costume for my son, who wanted to be “The Destroyer” from THOR. I don’t know if you know what I’m talking about but he is this giant metal robot that shoots fire from his eyes…anyway, I had taken an old Batman muscle costume and tried to paint it all silver but it came out brown so, I bought aluminum tape from the hardware store and completely covered the muscle costume with him in it. It looked pretty good until I realized he couldn’t walk or take it off. 😦 I had to cut the costume off him. It was the only year I had to rush to come up with a last minute costume.

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 I’m sure it was a sad/stressful time, but I’m chuckling now about your son’s Halloween costume! Oops! What was the alternative costume?? I love hearing these stories, and really love my readers! It’s so fun to hear from everyone. I hope you find some creative time this year, Katiria, starting with this month when I share some new Valentine’s Day crafts. I think you’ll love them! Thanks so much for stopping in and sharing today! xo, Sharon

      • Katiria says:

        My alternate costume was an Alien. I made a green alien head out of paper-mache and bought a green long-sleeved shirt, green pants and gloves from Goodwill. I was able to salvage the metallic boots I was going to use with the other costume and he looked like a classic little green man from Mars. 🙂

      • Sharon says:

        You’re a super-hero, and saved the day! I bet your son loved his new costume, too! And now you’ll have a story to laugh about, right? Craft on, Katiria!

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