DIY party decorations with colorful confetti!

The party theme continues from last week (don’t miss Patty Schaffer’s cutest-ever Cupcake Birthday Card) and we’re making colorful, confetti party decorations. Once you hang up this Confetti Wreath and display the Confetti Cones, you are ready to party! These are easy party decorations to DIY, so give them a try! (I’m honored that these party crafts first appeared in the summer issue of Craft Ideas magazine – more on that later.)

DIY easy party decorations

 DIY Confetti Wreath

You can make the wreath and the cones in an evening.

DIY confetti party decorations

Make it a family tradition and display the confetti decor for each family member’s birthday.

To make the Confetti Wreath and Confetti Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Cones, 12” x 4” and 9” x 4”
    • Wreath, 12” x 2”
  • Glittered balls, 1-1/2” dia., two pink and one purple
  • Multicolor, Mexican Confetti*
  • Ultra-fine, iridescent glitter
  • Purchased bow
  • Chenille stem
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Old newspaper; wax paper; stiff bristle paintbrush; wooden skewer or chopstick.

*I purchased a 12-ouce bag of multicolor, Mexican Confetti on Amazon (free shipping!) and have more than ½ bag leftover.

To make the Confetti Wreath:

DIY Confetti Wreath

Be sure to cover your work area first, for easier clean up.

1. Brush Mod Podge onto the inside edge of the wreath, and sprinkle with confetti. In bare areas, pat down confetti, and sprinkle again.

2. Brush Mod Podge onto the outside edge of the wreath, and following Step 1, sprinkle with confetti.

DIY Confetti Wreath

Cover the inner and outer edges first, and then cover the front with confetti.

3. Brush Mod Podge on the front of the wreath, and sprinkle with confetti. If you see any bare areas, add more confetti.

4. Lightly sprinkle all over with iridescent glitter.

5. When dry, glue bow to the center of the wreath. Glue glittered ball to the center of the bow.

6. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem, forming a loop. Insert and glue the loop into the back of the wreath to use as a hanger.

DIY confetti party wreath

To make the Confetti Cones:

1. Insert a wood skewer or chopstick into the bottom of a cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to use as a handle.

2. Brush Mod Podge onto the cone, and while wet, sprinkle cone with confetti. Pat down confetti, and sprinkle more onto the cone. Lightly sprinkle with iridescent glitter. When cone is covered, carefully remove the handle, and place cone on a piece of wax paper to dry.

3. Repeat with second cone.

4. When dry, glue glittered balls to the top of each cone.

DIY Confetti Cones

DIY Confetti Party Ideas

You’ll have leftover confetti — use it fill clear balloons!

On another note, it’s not all about celebrating today. I was dismayed to learn that the summer issue of Craft Ideas would be the last one. Through the years, I’ve worked with many talented, creative and inspiring editors at Craft Ideas (and back when it was Crafts ‘n things and Pack-‘o-Fun magazines, too). I’m saddened to see the magazine disappear and these hardworking editors move on to new opportunities. I wish them well!

I with you a wonderful holiday weekend and very happy July 4th. My Tuesday post falls on July 4th, so I won’t see you again until next Friday. Enjoy the parades, parties and cook outs, and the friends and family you share it with. And do tell me if you’ve crafted up anything patriotic for your festivities.

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: DIY an adorable Snowman and keep cool!

How hot is it where you live? I know some readers are suffering scorching heat and I hope today’s Snowman & SNOW Cubes will help you keep your cool. Is there a better time to DIY a snowman than on a hot summer’s day? I don’t think so! Debra Quartermain shares this snowman tutorial with us, and you know she makes some of the most darling snowmen around!

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Snowman & SNOW Cubes by Debra Quartermain

DIY Christmas Snowman craft

So many cute details!

To make a Snowman & SNOW Cubes, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: One 1-1/2″ and three 1″
    • Cubes: Five 3″
    • Egg: One 3″
    • Sheet, scrap piece
  • Wool roving: 1/8 oz. black; 1/4 natural; small pieces of orange and red
  • Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheets, one each in gold, sage green, and natural; and two in berry red (Debra used wool felt)
  • Fabric, 1-1/2” X 12” scrap of striped cotton
  • Buttons: Three small black and one heart
  • Embroidery floss in black
  • Twigs, two 3″
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; pencil; ruler; round wooden toothpicks; embroidery needle; straight pins; needlefelting tool*

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp! Always use with caution!

To make a Snowman & Snow Cubes:

1. Wax the serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut a 1″-thick slice from the end of one foam cube. Glue the 1” slice to a 3” cube, and the remaining, 2” slice to another 3” cube. You should have two, 3” cubes; one 4” tall block; and one 5” tall block.

2. Cut a 5″ x 12″ red felt strip. Apply white glue to edges of strip and wrap around the 5” foam block. Optional: If needed, pin the felt in place while the glue dries. Glue a 3” red felt square to the top and the bottom of the block.

3. Cut a 4” x 12” green felt strip and glue around the 4” block. Glue a 3” green felt square to the top and bottom of the block.

4. Cut a 3” x 12” red felt strip and two, 3” squares and cover a 3” cube, following instructions in Step 2. Repeat, and cover the remaining 3” cube in gold felt.

DIY Needle Felted Snowman tutorial

If you’re hesitant to stitch around the letters, you could also use a fabric paint to draw the lines.

5. Using patterns, cut letters from natural felt and glue letters to the blocks – the S on the 5” block; N and O to the 3” cubes; and the W to the 4” block. Let glue dry. Using three strands of black floss, stitch letters to the wool felt. (If you don’t want to hand stitch the letters, you could try the technique Debra used in her JOYful Snowman, in which she drew on stitching lines with fabric paint.)

6. Place a small, loose clump of natural wool roving on the top of each block, and spot glue. Needlefelt the roving several times to each block to help hold the roving in place.

7. Using patterns, cut from felt two green holly leaves and three red berries. Stitch a straight stitch down center of each holly leaf. Glue holly leaves together at the stem end. Glue leaves and berries to front of the “S” block.

DIY Needle Felted Snowman craft

You could turn this little Snowman into an ornament.

8. Build the Snowman body:

  • Press large end of foam egg and one side of 1-1/2” foam ball against work surface to flatten slightly.
  • Insert and glue one end of a toothpick into the flat side of the 1-1/2″ foam ball. Pick and glue the other end into the narrow end of the foam egg.

9. Dress and decorate the Snowman:

  • Wrap Snowman in natural roving and needle felt the wool in place.
  • Felt two tiny pieces of black roving onto his face for eyes.
  • Shape a small ball of orange roving into a carrot, and felt the base to his face.
  • Needlefelt a thin strip of red roving for a smile.
  • Tie a strip of cotton fabric around neck; trim ends.
  • Glue three black buttons to the body.
  • Poke small hole in each side of body using scissors tip; insert and glue twig arms into holes.
DIY cute snowman craft

Debra made all of his features with wisps of wool roving.

10. Make the Snowman’s hat:

  • Hat brim: Place a medium-sized ball of black wool roving on the scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Felt the wool into a flat circle.
  • As you felt, flip over the roving  several times to keep it from sticking to the foam sheet.
  • The brim should be about ¼” thick and slightly larger across than top of Snowman’s head.
  • Needlefelt center of hat brim to head.
  • Needlefelt another ball of roving into a tall, 3-D hat crown shape; again, flip fiber over several times to keep it from sticking to the foam sheet.
  • Needlefelt crown to brim, adding more roving as needed to fill out hat shape as desired.

11. Insert and glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of snowman’s body. Pick and glue Snowman into top of “N” block.

DIY felt Christmas crafts

Pick and glue the three snowballs to the top of the W block.

12. Snowballs: Wrap each 1″ foam ball with natural roving, and needlefelt the roving in place. Insert and glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of each ball. Pick and glue snowballs into the top of the “W” block.

13. Glue heart button to middle of “O”.

DIY felt Christmas crafts

This is a beautiful gift idea, too.

Need to chill even more? Last summer, Debra shared this sweet, Sock Snowman with us.

DIY easy sock snowman

Sweet, Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain

You might also remember her JOYful Snowman from last year. So bright and super cute!

DIY Felt Snowman craft

JOYful Snowman by Debra Quartermain

Check out the Snowmen in the Project Directory for even more. I’ve been sharing a few Snowman Crafts over on Facebook, too, to help fight the blistering heat. Be sure to follow!

How hot is it where you are?

Stay cool and craft on!


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How to make a Cupcake Birthday Card

There are lots of June birthdays in the family, so today I am sharing Patty Schaffer’s clever, DIY Cupcake Birthday Card. Patty’s card is like a birthday greeting and gift all in one, and enjoyed without a single extra calorie. In case you’re wondering, you can mail this dimensional card, if you put it in a small box. Otherwise, it’s special enough to warrant a hand delivery. I’m sharing a little more birthday fun, so read on.

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Cupcake Birthday Card by Patty Schaffer

To make a Cupcake Birthday Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 2” x 3” cone
  • Scrapbook paper, 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” (Patty used green paper with embossed dots)
  • Cupcake liner
  • White tissue paper
  • Paper scraps or clear, decorative overlay
  • Letter stickers spelling “celebrate”
  • Wooden toothpick
  • Acrylic craft paint in pink
  • Washi tape in purple print
  • Chunky glitter in turquoise or other coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter glue
  • Optional: Additional embellishments
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; paintbrush

To make a Cupcake Birthday Card:

1. Score and fold the scrapbook paper in half.

2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut the foam cone and foam ball in half from top to bottom. You will use one half of each shape (save the other half for another card).

3. Cut the point off the bottom of the cone to make the bottom half of the cupcake.

4. Cut a slice from the half ball, and check to see if it fits on top of the cupcake bottom. If the two halves don’t fit together, trim to fit.

DIY Cupcake Birthday Card. Cute!

No calories! And super cute!

5. Brush Mod Podge on the ball, and cover with tissue paper to look like icing. Let dry.

6. Cut a cupcake liner in half. Check fit to see if it completely covers the cupcake bottom. Glue in place.

7. Glue together the cupcake top and bottom.

8. Adhere paper scrap or decorative overlay to front of card. Add letter stickers to spell out “celebrate”.

9. Glue cupcake to the card.

10. Paint toothpick pink and let dry.

11. Wrap washi tape around toothpick, and cut into pennant shape. Insert into top of cupcake.

12. Brush glitter glue on top of cupcake and sprinkle with turquoise glitter.

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Change the saying, the papers, the colors, and make it your own.

Last year, we celebrated the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM Brand Foam with a roundup of 20+ Cupcake & Ice Cream Crafts. These sweet crafts are a lot of fun, so go take a peek!

 DIY Cupcake crafts I have one more idea to make a birthday celebration special – a Birthday Balloon Wreath.

DIY Balloon Wreath

Happy birthday to all the June birthdays!

Be sure to join in for Tinsel Tuesdays next week!

The best DIY Christmas crafts

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: Make Ribbon Christmas Ornaments from your stash

I don’t know about you, but I save the smallest pieces of ribbons. The ribbon scraps are too pretty to throw out. Now, I’m glad I saved them because I can use all of the leftover ribbon to make these Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments. With a mix of ribbon textures, sizes and colors, these DIY Christmas ornaments are very merry indeed. The Ribbon Christmas Ornaments are easy, and a fun Christmas craft for all ages, and groups, too. If you’re making these as a group, have each person bring in ribbon, and then mix it all up!

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

Look closely and you’ll see that Kathleen used a mix of sheer, satin, grosgrain and curling ribbons.

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

You can mix up the colors, too.

To make Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-1/2” ball
  • Assorted ribbons, 1/4″ – 3/8″ wide (model shown uses grosgrain, curling, sheer, and satin)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; wood skewers

To make Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments:

1. Cut several 3-1/2″ — 4″ lengths from a variety of ribbons. If using curling ribbon, cut 7″– 8″ lengths, and curl the ribbon on the blade of the scissors.

2. Insert a skewer into the ball to use as a handle. Place a dot of glue on the ball, center a ribbon length over the glue, and using a skewer, insert the ribbon ¼” deep into the ball. Remove skewer.

3. Repeat, mixing up the ribbons as you go for a collage effect. Let glue dry.

4. Remove the skewer from the ball. Knot together ends of a 6” ribbon, forming a loop. Squeeze glue in hole left by the skewer, and using another skewer, push the knot into the foam ball. Let dry.

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

A trio of Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Don’t put away the ribbon yet. Here are a few more ideas for Christmas ornaments you can make with your leftover ribbons.

Christmas Ribbon Pomander

DIY Ribbon Pomander

Ribbon Pomander

Creamy Ribbon Christmas Ornament

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornament

Creamy Ribbon Christmas Ornament

The technique Kathleen used to make today’s Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments is not new and one you’ve probably used before. Kathleen used the same idea when she made her Punched Fabric Ornaments, and she substituted fabric squares for the ribbon. Another good stash buster!

Punched Fabric Ornament

Punched Fabric Ornament

Thanks for joining in another summertime Tinsel Tuesday!

Happy crafting!


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Patriotic crafts for kids: DIY a Tissue Paper Flag

Looking for a summertime, patriotic craft for the kids? I have a few patriotic crafts linked up today, and a new tutorial for a DIY Patriotic Flag Door Hanger. Kids will have fun making this flag – it’s easy enough to insert the tissue paper squares into the sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I used the same technique with bandana squares when I made my easy Bandana Wreath. Give the Patriotic Flag Door Hanger a try – it’s fast and it’s fun!

DIY flag craft for kids

Patriotic Flag Door Hanger by Linda Valentino.

To make a Patriotic Flag Door Hanger, you’ll need:

  • SYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-¼” x  6-¾”  x  12” block (or, you can cut a larger sheet to size, and make several flags from the larger sheet)
  • Tissue paper: Two sheets each of red & blue; and one sheet of white
  • Ribbon:
    • Red, 1” x 39”
    • Patriotic-print, 1-½” x 24”
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; marker; optional: pinking shears

To make a Patriotic Flag Door Hanger:

1. Draw the flag shape on the foam rectangle:

  • Hold the foam rectangle vertically (up & down), and measure 5” down from the top.
  • Draw a line at this point across the foam sheet. This will be the blue field.
  • Draw four vertical lines, about 1-3/8” apart, from this line to the bottom of the foam rectangle. These are the stripes.
  • Be sure to refer to the photo if you have questions.

2. Cut tissue paper into 2” squares.

3. Fill in the blue field first:

  • Layer together two blue squares.
  • Center the flat end of the skewer over the two squares.
  • Squeeze a dab of glue on the foam flag.
  • Place the squares on the glue, and push down on the skewer, inserting the squares into the foam rectangle.
  • Repeat, adding more squares about ½” apart, till the blue field is covered.
  • Layer together two white tissue paper squares, and add stars in the same manner.

4. Fill in the red and white stripes, following instructions in Step 3.

5. Glue the red ribbon around the sides of the flag.

6. Add the hanger:

  • Make a hole in the top, ½” from each end. Use the needle to poke through the ribbon.
  • Dip the ends of the chenille stem in glue.
  • Insert one end into each hole.
  • Tie the patriotic ribbon around the chenille stem, and make a bow.
  • Optional: Trim ends of ribbon with pinking shears.
DIY patriotic craft for kids

Linda used tissue paper for her flag, but you could also use fabric or even bandanas.

If you like, substitute red, white and blue fabrics, or bandanas for the tissue paper. Here’s the Easy, Bandana Wreath that I made using squares cut from bandanas.

DIY easy bandana wreath

If your kids are a little older, this Duct Tape Flag is a fun idea.

DIY Duct Tape Flag

Duct Tape Flag.

If you’re planning a July 4th picnic, neighborhood party, or other summertime gathering, make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree for your centerpiece. I’m pretty sure the kids will love helping out with this one!

DIY Patriotic Lollipop Tree

Kids of all ages can make these Patriotic Rag Balls. Plus, there’s a history lesson involved, so you can combine crafting and learning.

DIY Rag Balls

Patriotic Rag Balls

Show your kids this line up and let me know which craft they choose!

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Holiday Deco Spheres with paper clay

These elegant, Holiday Deco Spheres look expensive, but they’re easy to make. Each step is pretty quick, and due to the drying time, you can work on them when you have a minute. I think the DIY Holiday Deco Spheres would make beautiful gifts, too. Personalize them with the recipient’s favorite word or their name. If you have a “word of the year”, stamp that on the ball. Add a ribbon and these Holiday Deco Spheres transform into ornaments. So many options!

DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Diane stamped her spheres with “Ho, Ho, Ho”, “Merry Merry” and “Jingle Jingle”.

To make Holiday Deco Spheres, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” balls
  • Air-dry clay in red, green and natural
  • Acrylic craft paint in metallic bronze
  • Antiquing gel in brown
  • Leafing glaze in silver
  • Letter stamps
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional (for display of the deco spheres): urn; reindeer moss; twig wreath; ribbon
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; wax paper; clay roller; ruler; round paintbrush; zip-top plastic bag; paper towels
DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Use your fingers and a roller to smooth out the clay.

To make Holiday Deco Spheres:

1. Wax serrated knife with soap or candle stub. Cut a thin slice from each ball so the ball will stand without rolling.

2. On a sheet of wax paper, roll clay to 1/4″ thickness.

3. Use your fingers to mold the clay around a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Piece clay together as needed to cover any gaps. Use the roller to carefully smooth out the clay. Place leftover clay in a zip-top bag for a future use.

4. Stamp your holiday word on the front of the ball. Let dry overnight.

5. Place small amount of silver glaze on paper towel and rub over stamped balls. Wipe away excess glaze with dry paper towel. Let dry.

6. Repeat Step 5 using brown antiquing gel.

 DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Add definition by painting the letters with a small amount of antiquing gel and paint.

7. Use a small paintbrush to paint stamped lettering metallic bronze. Wipe away excess paint with dry paper towel.

8. Repeat Step 7 using antiquing gel. Let dry.

9. Optional:

  • Glue reindeer moss around base of each ball.
  • To display deco sphere in an urn, glue ball to a twig wreath. Fill urn with scraps of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Glue wreath to top of urn. Fill in with moss, as needed.
  • To create an ornament, knot together ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Poke hole in top of ball with a skewer, knitting needle, or other pointed tool. Add a dab of glue in hole, and insert knot into the hole. Let dry.
DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Holiday Deco Spheres by Diane Flowers.

Designer Diane Flowers shared a summertime version with us, too, when she showed us her Spa Eggs. Like I said, there are lots of options with this project!

DIY Clay and Styrofoam eggs

Soothing Spa Eggs

Merry, Bright, Jolly, Santa, Peace – what word or words would you stamp on your Holiday Deco Spheres?

Happy crafting!


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Awww, take a peek at this DIY Baby Shower Wreath

I know you’ll love this adorable, DIY Baby Shower Wreath, with its itty-bitty socks, sweet sneakers and soft, chenille yarn. Sweet as can be, right? If you’re hosting a baby shower, this Baby Shower Wreath belongs on your front door to welcome guests. The mom-to-be can take the wreath home, and hang it on her door, or the baby’s door, or in the nursery. Precious, isn’t it? And did I mention it’s super easy?

DIY Baby Shower Wreath

To make a Baby Shower Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath, beveled front
  • Chenille yarn
  • Baby socks, three, newborn size
  • Baby shoes, one pair, newborn size
  • Baker’s twine, 24”
  • Mini clothespins, six
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pins
DIY Baby Shower Wreath

It’s easy enough to change the colors for a baby boy or girl.

To make a Baby Shower Wreath:

  1. Wrap the wreath in yarn. If there are gaps after the first pass, go back and double wrap where needed.
  2. Pin the baby shoes to the wreath at the 4:00 position. (You can also glue the shoes in place, but they may not be wearable.)
  3. Stretch a 24” length of baker’s twine across the wreath for a clothes line. Wrap each end around a straight pin. Insert the pins in the back of the wreath and glue in place. Be sure to pull the twine taut, so it doesn’t sag.
  4. Twist together ends of a 4” chenille stem. Insert and glue the ends in the back of the wreath for a hanger.
  5. Clip three newborn baby socks to the twine.
DIY Baby Shower Wreath

Save the extra socks and add them to a Baby Shower Bouquet (below). That way, the baby will have a matching pair.

Add a Baby Bouquet, and make the baby shower one to remember!

DIY Baby Bouquet

This wreath was a lot of fun to make, and my daughter helped out and wrapped the wreath for me. I hope you have fun with it, too!

Happy crafting.


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Tinsel Tuesdays: DIY a Jingle Bell Cone

I am not ready for a chorus of Jingle Bells in June, but I’m o.k. with making a pair of these DIY Jingle Bell Cones. And they are summer easy, too – just look at the directions below. TWO STEPS! Yep, you barely need the tutorial to make these Jingle Bell Cones. Jingle bells are sold in lots of colors, so the hardest part might be deciding the colors you’d like to use. If you prefer a rustic style, look for jingle bells with a rusty finish – I’d love to see how those would look on these Jingle Bell Cones.

DIY Jingle Bell Cones

Start at the bottom and work your way to the top — easy enough!

To make Jingle Bell Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” and 6” x 3” cones
  • Jingle bells:
    • I used silver & red, but you can choose your favorite colors
    • You’ll need about 150 for the 9” cone
    • My jingle bells ranged in sizes from 1/4″ – 3/4″
    • The jingle bells on top of each cone are 30mm.
  • Low-temp glue gun

To make Jingle Bell Cones:

1. Glue a row of larger jingle bells around the bottom of a cone. Repeat, and continue adding rows till the cone is covered. Mix in a few contrasting jingle bells as you go. Fill in any holes and gaps with smaller jingle bells.

2. Glue a 30mm jingle bell to the top.

DIY Jingle Bell Cones

Red, silver, gold, purple, blue, green, and a rust finish — I’ve seen jingle bells in all of these colors.

Patty Schaffer topped her Paper Loop Christmas Cone with one of the rusty jingle bells I mentioned. How do you think a Jingle Bell Cone would look covered in jingle bells with a rusty finish? I think it would need an ornament of some sort for a dash of color – any suggestions?

DIY Paper Loop Christmas Cone

Vintage Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

Thanks for stopping in for this summer’s first Tinsel Tuesday.

DIY Christmas crafts easy

Happy crafting!


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Donut Giveaway winner and it’s time for Tinsel Tuesdays!

Happy National Donut Day! I hope you’re going to have a little fun celebrating today, maybe by hanging the Donut Wreath on your front door, or sharing Donut Kebobs with the neighbors, or making a Donut Hole Cone for a classroom party. I usually announce giveaway winners at the end of a post, but not today. The winner of the Donut Giveaway is Cindy deRosier. I also have a few goodies for Barb, who correctly guessed the answer to the donut riddle. Please contact me, ladies, for prize details. Now, for the next announcement . . .

Next Tuesday will kick off the new, Tinsel Tuesday series! For a while now, I’ve featured Christmas crafts & décor during the summer. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, because many readers tell me that you’re working on Christmas crafts year round. The sooner you start, the less hectic the holidays!

DIY Christmas craft ideas

It’s a really fun feature for me, too, because everyone loves Christmas crafts. I love pulling together the collection of DIY holiday crafts and decorations, and try to have something for everyone. Wreaths, snowmen, topiaries and ornaments are always a “must”, and lots of gift ideas, too. So, please join me next Tuesday, June 6, for the 2017 Tinsel Tuesday series.

In the meantime, I’m linking up past Tinsel Tuesdays below. The first Tinsel Tuesday series was in 2014, and if you click on the link or the photo, you’ll find links to the featured tutorials.

DIY Christmas crafts & decor

You’ll find links to the 2015 Tinsel Tuesday tutorials here.

DIY Christmas crafts & decor

Last year, I changed it up a bit with the Summertime Snowman series. That was fun! Check out all of the snowman crafts from last year.

DIY Snowman crafts

I hope you’ll join me every Tuesday over the next few months for Tinsel Tuesdays!

DIY Christmas crafts & decor

What are your summer fun plans this year?

Happy crafting!


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This Father’s Day craft for kids scores a homerun!

This DIY Baseball Frame is adorable, and Dad will love it, too. Older kids can make this Father’s Day craft on their own, and younger children will need a helping hand. If Dad isn’t a big baseball fan, you’ll find a few more ideas in this round up of Father’s Day crafts that kids can make. If all else fails, take the kids to the dollar store and have them pick out the fixings for a Candy Bouquet. Score!

DIY Baseball Frame

Baseball Frame by Linda Valentino.

To make a Baseball Frame, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 6” flat wreath
    • Four, 2” balls
  • Acrylic craft paint in blue
  • Ribbon, ½” wide, solid blue and blue with stars
  • Mini rick rack in red
  • Photo, cut to 4” square
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; ruler; stiff paintbrush; pencil

To make a Baseball Frame:

1. Paint front and sides of wreath blue. Let dry.

2. Glue solid blue ribbon around the outside edge. Glue star ribbon around the inside edge.

3. Cut four balls in half with plastic knife. Note: If crafting with younger children, an adult should cut the balls in half.

4. Cut sixteen, 3” lengths of rick rack. Glue two pieces to each half ball as shown to resemble baseballs. Glue ends of rick rack to cut side of balls.

5. Arrange balls on wreath with sides touching. Rotate the balls so that the “stitching” is at different angles. Glue in place and let glue dry.

6. Twist together ends of a 3-1/2” chenille stem, forming a hanging loop. Insert and glue the loop to the back.

7. Center picture in the frame, and glue corners of the photo to the back of the frame.

DIY Baseball Frame

The rick rack is a genius way to recreate the look of stitching!

I have one more suggestion – if Dad likes donuts (ha, ha, is that really a question?), how about serving him Donut Kebobs for breakfast on Father’s Day?

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Happy crafting!


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