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