Another fall craft! How to make a Leaf Pumpkin

Fall leaves + pumpkins are a few of my favorite things! And this DIY Leaf Pumpkin combines both. I was intrigued by Kathleen George’s tutorial to DIY this Leaf Pumpkin and her use of adhesive sheets to adhere the leaves to the pumpkin she carved from a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Plus, she used real leaves to make her Leaf Pumpkin, which means a lovely walk in the woods. The real leaves will naturally age and shift in color. If you prefer, you could easily substitute silk leaves – it’s all up to you and the look you like.

DIY a Leaf Pumpkin

Leaf Pumpkin by Kathleen George

To make a Leaf Pumpkin, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6″ ball
  • Fall leaves (Kathleen used real leaves; you could also use silk leaves)
  • Double-sided adhesive sheets, such as Peel ‘n Stick by ThermoWeb
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wood dowel, ½” x 2”
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Wire, 9” length
  • Spray sealer
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Construction paper
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; rubber bands, three; Xacto® knife; permanent maker; tablespoon; paintbrush

To make a Leaf Pumpkin:

1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle, and cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the foam ball.

2. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections. Using a marker, draw a line along each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands.

3. Cut out a V-shaped line about 3/8”- ½” deep along each of the marker lines using the Exacto knife. Smooth and round the cut edges with the backside of a tablespoon.

4. Insert a sharp pencil in the top of the ball. Remove pencil and insert and the wood dowel, making sure it will fit. Remove the dowel.

5. Carefully peel away one side of the double-sided adhesive. Select your favorite leaves – best color, shape, etc., and place the leaves onto the sticky side of the adhesive sheet. Fill the entire sheet with leaves, arranging them as close together as possible without overlapping. When the sheet is full, cover with plastic wrap and then rub firmly, making sure the leaves are well adhered.

6. Cut out the individual leaves.

DIY a leaf pumpkin

It’s like a patchwork quilt of leaves!

7. Starting with the larger leaves and working with one leaf at a time, remove the back of the adhesive sheet and adhere the leaf to the pumpkin. Overlap the leaves to cover the pumpkin as you go. Use the smaller leaves to fill in any gaps. If the leaves wrinkle or won’t lay flat, carefully cut the leaf along a vein or two and then adhere to the pumpkin. Do not cover the hole at the top.

8. Paint the stem brown and when the paint is dry, glue in the hole at the top of the pumpkin.

9. Wrap a piece of wire around a pencil, creating a coiled tendril. Insert the tendril into the pumpkin next to the stem.

10. If you’d like to add leaves to the stem, adhere a few of the cut-out leaves onto construction paper. Glue leaves to the stem and the tendril.

11. Spray on sealer and let dry.

DIY a Leaf Pumpkin

Using real leaves gives the pumpkin a warm, natural finish. If you’d like a brighter finish, use silk leaves.

Here’s another beautifully natural fall craft Kathleen shared with us — her Preserved Leaf Wreath.

DIY Fall Leaf Wreath

Preserved Leaf Wreath by Kathleen George

Diane Flowers also shared this Fall Leaf & Textured Cube, and here’s the link to her tutorial.

DIY fall leaf centerpiece

Fall Leaves & Textured Cube by Diane Flowers

Have you started thinking about the fall? Next week is a turning point here, as it’s back to school on Wednesday. Plus, there’s the eclipse! We won’t see the full eclipse here, but I plan to view what I can. Do you have eclipse viewing plans?

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make a Santa with paper prairie points

Debi Schmitz is back today with a Prairie Point Santa. (Don’t miss the Prairie Point Pumpkin she shared last week.) This favorite, folding technique works with paper and fabric, and there is a lot you can do with these folded, paper prairie points. As you’re making the Santa, if you need a little help making the points, check out the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes to see just how to fold the paper strips.

DIY Prairie Point Santa

Prairie Point Santa by Debi Schmitz.

To make a Prairie Point Santa, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, one each 5” and 2-1/2” balls
  • Acrylic craft paint in skin tone
  • Wood dowel, 1/8” x 4”
  • Scrapbook paper, three 12” x 12” sheets in red
  • Flat head pins, 7/8”
  • Buttons:
    • Snowflakes, three 1” and one ¾”
    • Black, two ½” (eyes)
    • Wood, ½” (nose)
  • Pompom, 1” in white
  • Felt: 2” square in tan; 4” square in black
  • Powdered blush
  • Chunky yarn in white
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; Xacto® knife; cutting mat; burnisher, ruler or other flat edge tool for pressing folds; acrylic ruler; paintbrush, ½”; pencil; cardboard, 6” scrap; optional: thimble

To make a Prairie Point Santa:

1. Insert and glue the 4” dowel halfway into the bottom of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Brush on a thick coat of Mod Podge and let dry.

2. Paint the 2-1/2” ball and the wood button and let dry. Glue the button nose to the face.

3. Cut one sheet of the scrapbook paper into 1” x 2” strips. On each strip, mark the center along the 2” side with a pencil. Fold in the end of each strip to the center, forming a point. Burnish the folds with a burnisher, ruler or other tool. (Watch the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes if you’d like to see a demonstration on folding the points.)

How to DIY prairie points

How to make paper prairie points.

4. Pin four points on the bottom center of the 5” ball, with the points meeting in the middle. Place a pin on each side and the point. Add another row, offsetting the points with the first row, and overlapping the row slightly. Pin the sides in place, but do not pin the points.

How to DIY Prairie Points

Start by pinning four points on the bottom of the ball. These are the only points that will have the points pinned down.

5. Continue to add rows, keeping them as even as possible, and overlapping the row below it by about 3/8”. Make more prairie points as needed. At the top of the ball, leave the center 1” – 1-1/2” uncovered.

6. Glue a 1” snowflake button to the bottom center of the ball so the Santa will stand.

DIY Prairie Point Santa

Glue a 1″ snowflake button on the bottom to help Santa stand.

7. Glue black buttons to face for eyes. Cut eyelids from tan felt and glue to face, over eyes. Blush cheeks.

DIY Prairie Point Santa

I think he’d look cute with hair and beard made from a fuzzy yarn, too.

8. Santa’s beard: Wrap about 120” of white yarn around your four fingers. Slip loops off your hand and tie off with another piece of yarn. Glue tied end to Santa’s face, just under his nose.

9. Insert and glue the other end of the dowel into Santa’s body. Be sure the two balls fit together snugly.

10. Accordion fold a 1” x 12” strip of red paper. Make the pleats about ½” wide. Glue the pleated strip around Santa’s neck.

11. Sleeves:

  • Cut two, 3-1/2” x 4” strips of red scrapbook paper.
  • Fold in half to measure 3-1/2” x 2”, and then in half again to measure 3-1/2” x 1”.
  • Cut four mittens from black felt.
  • Glue mittens together in pairs.
  • Insert one mitten pair in the end of each sleeve, and glue the sleeve closed.
  • Glue sleeves in place under collar; if needed, pin in place till glue dries.

12. Santa’s hair: Wrap about 120” of white yarn around a 6” wide piece of cardboard. Slip loops off cardboard and tie off with another piece of yarn. Glue tied center to top of Santa’s head. Trim yarn, if needed.

13. Santa’s hat: Roll into a cone a 4”x 4” square of red paper, and glue ends. Glue to Santa’s head. Fold over the point, and glue in place. Glue 1” pom pom to point of hat. Glue large and small snowflake buttons to hat.

14. Glue large snowflake button to Santa’s body.

 DIY Prairie Point Santa

Add a hanger and he’s an ornament!

He’s so cute! If you have extra prairie points left over, go watch the video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes and Candie Cooper will show you how to make this ornament.

DIY Paper Pine Cone Christmas Ornament

Paper Pineapple or Pine Cone Ornament by Patty Schaffer.

Go nontraditional and change it up with different papers like Rebekah Meier did when she make these Pink Paper Pineapple Ornaments.

DIY Paper Pine Cone Ornaments

Kathleen George made her Folded Paper Pine Cone Ornaments to look like mini trees, and she used nontraditional colors, too.

DIY Paper Pinecone Tree Ornament

Have you tried making prairie points? What did you make?

Happy crafting!


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How to make a Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin

It’s the first fall craft of the year, and it’s a pumpkin craft at that! You all know I love fall and pumpkin crafts, right? We have DIY pumpkin crafts of all kinds here on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and today Debi Schmitz is sharing yet another way to celebrate this bright orange gourd. Debi has used a favorite technique – folding fabric squares into points, often called prairie points, to DIY her Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin. If you’re a “pumpkin everything” kind of gal, you’ll want to try Debi’s Prairie Point Pumpkin.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Prairie Point Pumpkin by Debi Schmitz.

To make a Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Real pumpkin stem, cleaned and dried
  • Burlap, 1/6 yd in natural
  • Cotton fabric, 1/3 yd each of three different prints/colors
  • Flat head pins, 7/8”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; clear acrylic ruler; iron & ironing board; three rubber bands; permanent marker; optional: rotary cutter & cutting mat
 DIY Prairie Point Pumpkin

Debi added her fabrics in rows, similar to the segments on a pumpkin. I wonder if you could also add them at random?

To make a Folded Fabric, Prairie Point Pumpkin:

1. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a ½” slice from the bottom of the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Carve a hole about 3/4″ deep at the top of the ball to accommodate the stem. Check to be sure the hole will fit the stem.

3. Cut fabrics into 2-1/2” strips, and cut the strips into 2-1/2” squares. Optional: If you have a rotary cutter and cutting mat, this will go faster.

4. Make the prairie points:

  • Fold a fabric square in half and press.
  • Open up the square, fold in the opposite direction, and press again. Do not open the square.
  • Fold each outer corner to the center. Press to help hold the point.
  • Repeat, pressing and folding each square into a point.
  • Hint: We used this technique to fold paper strips to make the Pink Pinecone Ornaments. If you’d like a little more instruction, you might find these diagrams helpful!

5. Wrap three rubber bands around the ball, creating six equal sections. Using a marker, draw a line along each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands and repeat, dividing the ball into 12 equal sections.

6. Pin and glue a 2” x 18” fabric strip around the bottom edge of the pumpkin, gathering the fabric as you go.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Pin and glue a strip of fabric around the bottom edge.

7. Pin six fabric points around the stem opening you carved in the top of the ball. Center each point on one of the vertical lines, and be sure they overlap to cover the ball.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Start with a row around the top, and center each point on one of the vertical lines.

8. Repeat at the bottom of the pumpkin, matching the colors used at the top of the pumpkin.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

After you add the row around the top, you’ll work from the bottom up.

9. Add another row of fabric points around the bottom of the pumpkin, overlapping the first row by about 3/8” and offsetting the points. Be sure to use the same colors in each pumpkin section. Repeat, adding rows till you reach the first layer. Pin the final layer of fabric points under the layer around the top.

DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Continue to add rows, matching the fabrics for each section. The last row will be pinned under the first row at the top.

10. Cut a piece of burlap to cover the top of the pumpkin and glue in place.

11. Cover the bottom of the pumpkin with a piece of burlap.

12. Securely glue the stem in place with a glue gun.

 DIY a Prairie Point Pumpkin

Isn’t it beautiful?

Last year, Debi shared a few more pumpkin crafts with us, like her Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin.

DIY Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin

Another favorite was Debi’s String Art Pumpkin.

DIY a String Art Pumpkin

Debi will be back for Tinsel Tuesday next week, and wait till you see what she’s made with a pile of paper, prairie points!

Are you ready for fall?!

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: Recycled Christmas crafts made with soda cans and milk cartons

I’m talking trash today! 🙂 I have two Christmas crafts for you, and both DIY Christmas Tree Cones are made with supplies you might regularly toss in the trash – soda cans and milk cartons. Thank you to designers Debi Schmitz and Kathleen George for sharing with us ways to decorate for Christmas that involve recycling. Plus, there’s nothing trashy about these tabletop trees — both would look pretty in your Christmas display.

DIY recycled Christmas trees

Note: Both of these projects involve sharp edges and cutting tools, so if you’re crafting with kids, please be mindful of this!

DIY recycled soda can Christmas tree

To make a Soda Can Christmas Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone or other size of your choice
  • Soda cans, 12 – 18, washed and dried
  • Pedestal base (Debi used a small, metal bucket)
  • Flat head pins, 7/8”
  • Ribbon, green sparkle, ½” x 18”
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; circle punch for thick materials, 1-1/2” (Debbie used a Fiskars punch ); permanent marker or sharp pencil; ruler; nail polish remover; optional: thimble; lightweight gloves*

*Please note: The cut edges can be very sharp! We recommend wearing lightweight gloves while you work with the soda cans.

To make a Soda Can Christmas Tree:

1. Carefully cut off both ends of the cans, and then cut from the top edge to the bottom edge. Flatten into a sheet. Save at least 5 tabs from the top of the can for Step 9.

DIY recycled soda can Christmas tree

Cut off tops & bottoms from clean, dry soda cans. Then, make a cut from the top to the bottom of the can.

2. Using the punch, punch out 10 circles from each can. Flatten out each circle with your hands to keep them from rolling up. Decide how you’d like to use your circles — Debi displayed hers with the silver side out; you could also add the circles with the print side out, or alternate between the silver side and the print side.

DIY recycled soda can Christmas tree

Decide if you’d like to display your circles with the silver side or print side showing; or, try a mix of both.

3. With the ruler and permanent marker or sharp pencil, draw a line around the cone ¾” up from the bottom. Draw another line around the cone, ¾” up from the first line. Continue to add lines around the cone, each one spaced ¾” from the line below it.

4. Spread a thin layer of craft glue around the bottom ¾” edge of the cone. Insert a pin into a soda can circle, about 1/8” from the top edge. Pin the circle to the cone along the scored line. The bottom of the circle will extend about ½” beyond the cone. Continue to add the circles till the first row is filled in, overlapping each circle with the previous circle. You may find it easier to work on the cone if you place it on a pedestal, such as an overturned mug.

DIY recycled soda can Christmas tree cone

Pin on the first row so the circles hang about 1/2″ below the bottom of the cone.

5. Using the next line as a guide, add another row of circles, offsetting them with the row below. Continue to add rows of soda can circles till you are 2” from the top. (Hint: The closer you get to the top, the more the circles might flare out. Try tightly wrapping a rubber band around the flared rows, and letting the tree sit for several hours. This will help shape the soda can circles to fit more snugly around the cone.)

DIY recycled soda can Christmas craft

Offset each new row with the row below.

DIY recycled soda can Christmas craft

You’ll place a square piece over the top.

6. Cut a 3” square from a flattened soda can. Cut out a 1” circle from the center (save the 1” circle). Cut slits along each edge of the square, stopping just short of the center circle. Center the square on the top of the cone, and fold down edges. Pin edges in place, overlapping to cover the cone. Glue the 1” circle to the top of the cone.

7. Add several more rows of soda can circles till you reach the top.

8. Glue the cone to the pedestal base.

9. Slide the 5 pop tabs onto the ribbon, spaced apart evenly. Glue ribbon around the base.

10. Clean any craft glue off the circles with a cotton ball and nail polish remover.

DIY recycled soda can Christmas craft

If you reversed several circles, they would look like ornaments. 

DIY milk carton Christmas cone

Can you believe this Christmas Tree is made with milk cartons?

 To make a Fringed, Milk Carton Christmas Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Cardboard milk cartons, clean and dry
  • Christmas ornament pick or a small ornament
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; heavy-duty scissors; ruler; pencil; needle tool or awl; straight pins; Xacto™ knife; knippers

To make a Fringed, Milk Carton Christmas Tree:

1. Cut tops and bottoms from the milk cartons with the Xacto knife. Cut apart the carton vertically along one long edge so that the carton will lay flat.

2. Using the ruler and Exacto knife, trim the cut edges so they’re straight and square. Cut the carton into 2-1/2” wide strips.

3. Cut ¼” wide fringe along one edge of each strip, leaving about 3/8” uncut along the top edge. You may find that you need heavy-duty scissors or knippers to cut the fringe.

4. Pierce small holes about ½” apart all along the top edge using a needle tool or awl. This will help make pinning easier.

5. Slightly curl the fringe by rolling the strip over a pencil.

DIY recycled Milk Carton Christmas Tree

Kathleen chose to add her strips with the white side facing out. You could also change it up and show the print side of the milk cartons.

6. Beginning at the bottom of the cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, pin a strip of fringe all around the cone. Continue pinning fringed strips around the cone, slightly overlapping each layer with the layer below. If there is a gap where the ends don’t meet, cut a small length from another strip to fill in the gap.

7. Carefully remove an ornament from the floral pick and glue to the top the cone.

8. Optional: Decorate the base with leaves and ornaments from the picks.

Kathleen made her tree with the solid white facing out. You could also have the patterned side face out for a more colorful version. Or, try using playing cards like Patty Schaffer did with her Playing Card Topiary. This fun topiary would be perfect as a Game Night centerpiece!

DIY recycled Christmas crafts

Here’s another idea — Patty Schaffer used playing cards to DIY this Fringed Topiary Cone. It would make a fun centerpiece for game night!

I have one more idea for you for a recycled Christmas craft, and that’s Kathleen George’s Soda Can Christmas Wreath. Amazing, isn’t it?

DIY Soda Can Christmas Wreath

I love this “trash to treasure” idea for Christmas. Do you?

DIY recycled Christmas crafts

Happy crafting!


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Seeds and peas and moss, oh my! Stunning Deco Spheres or Ornaments au naturel! (Winner announcement, too)

Kathleen George has turned everyday seeds, peas, moss and a few more natural materials into stunning Deco Spheres or Ornaments. The subtle beauty of each natural element really shines in Kathleen’s DIY Deco Spheres. Kathleen added hanging ribbons to make ornaments, which is totally optional. Make them all, or make a dozen from just one of the materials Kathleen has used. You can’t go wrong, and Mother Nature will approve!

DIY natural material deco spheres

DIY natural Deco Spheres

Add hangers for ornaments, or simply display on their own.

To make Deco Spheres au Naturel, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4″ balls
  • Dried materials: pumpkin seeds, chili peppers, dried split peas, moss, pinecones
  • Straight pins
  • Ribbon, 12″ per ornament
  • Optional: Acrylic sealer, low gloss
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins for chili peppers

To make Deco Spheres au Naturel:

1. General directions: Working on a small section at a time, cover part of a ball with glue and glue on dried materials; continue, working on one section at a time, until the ball is covered. Let dry. Hint: Experiment to see which adhesive works best for you. Thick, white craft glue may work best for the dried split peas, pumpkin seeds and moss, as it dries more slowly, giving you more time to position the materials. Low-temp glue might work best for the chili peppers and pinecone leaves.

DIY natural Deco Spheres

The textures are beautiful!

Split Peas: Glue split peas as close together as possible. Kathleen divided her ball into alternating quadrants of yellow and green split peas. Stripes and swirls are other design options.

Pumpkin Seeds: Glue pumpkin seeds as close together as possible.

Pinecones: Cut apart a pinecone. Starting at the bottom of the ball, glue individual leaves in a row around the ball. Add another row, overlapping the first. Continue adding rows, overlapping each row, until ball is covered.

Chile Peppers: Glue peppers as close together as possible; to keep peppers in place, pin top and bottom of each pepper to the ball.

Moss: Cover ball entirely with moss. Optional: Wrap ribbon around ball, pinning at top and bottom of ball.

2. Optional: Spray ornaments with an acrylic sealer. (Do not spray the Moss Balls.)

3. Optional: Knot together ends of ribbon. Place dab of glue on top of ball and pin and glue the knot to the ball for a hanger.

DIY natural Deco Spheres

Stunning, right? While these colors and textures are lovely for fall and winter, I can’t think of a season where these wouldn’t enhance your decor.

DIY natural ornaments

What else could you use to make these Au Naturel Deco Spheres?

Now, it’s time to announce the winner of our Christmas in July giveaway. Thank you to every reader who entered and shared their crafty holiday plans. What a busy, creative group! I hope you’ll share your photos, too, so we can see the results of your hard work. I could only draw one name for the prize package, and I’m so glad that did the work for me. I could never pick just one! The winner is Lorrie Koenig. Please contact me, Lorrie, for the details.

Several of you generously asked if you could send craft supplies to Paulette, who lost her home and everything in it to a house fire. I’ve sent an e-mail to Paulette to see if she will supply her address and I’ve not yet heard back from her. So, Paulette, if you’re reading this, please contact me and we will send a bounty of supplies to you!

Thank you to all of you!

P.S. While we’re on the topic of Mother Nature, can I share a photo of my hostas?  I am so frustrated that the roving band of neighborhood thugs  deer totally decimated my hostas in a matter of days. By day, they walk through yards, down the sidewalk, and across the streets. By night, they come into my yard and eat their fill! GRRR! Has anyone successfully defended their hostas from deer? What’s the secret??

GRR! Destructive deer at work!

GRRR! My suburban neighborhood is host to a huge population of white tail deer.

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: Ballard Designs knock off – DIY Ornament Topiary

This Ballard Design knock off is going to save you some holiday cash, and bonus, it’s a really easy DIY. When I saw the Ornament Topiary in the Ballard catalog, I knew I could make a prettier one for a lot less than $79 (plus shipping!). I made my Ornament Topiary for less than $30, and I think the bright red ornaments are more festive. The craft stores already have buckets of ornaments available, so grab a coupon and pick up a few in your favorite colors and DIY this easy Christmas Ornament Topiary!

DIY Easy Ornament Topiary

DIY ornament topiary easy

Here’s the original from the Ballard Designs catalog. It’s $79 + shipping, yikes!

DIY Ornament Topiary easy

I decorated the pot with a plaid ribbon and snowflake decals.

To make an Ornament Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 8” ball
  • Tin pail or other container, approx. 8” dia opening (you could even use an elegant urn like Ballard Designs did)
  • Ornaments, 3” dia, 24 – 30 (I used 27; the number you’ll need will depend on the spacing)
  • Pine garland, faux
  • Optional: Ribbon to trim pail; snowflake decals; filler; sand or kitty litter
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; knippers

To make an Ornament Topiary:

1. Remove the hangers from the ornaments.

2. Squeeze glue around the neck of the  ornament, and insert into the center top of the 8” ball. Insert and glue a ring of ornaments around the center ornament. Continue to fill in the foam ball, adding two more rows of ornaments.

DIY Ornament Topiary Easy

Start by inserting an ornament in the center top of the 8″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

3. Clip sprigs from the pine garland, and insert between the ornaments to fill in any gaps.

4. Optional: Decorate the tin pail or other container with ribbon around the rim, and snowflake decals.

5. Place the ball in the pot. If needed, add filler such as shredded paper to the pot first, to lift up the ball. Or, for more stability, add weight to the pail by filling with sand or kitty litter.

DIY ornament topiary easy

If you’re worried about the stability of the topiary, fill the pail with sand or kitty litter.

You can make a pair of Ornament Topiaries for less than one from Ballard Designs — score! I wish I had made a pair and perhaps I can find more ornaments and make another.

DIY Ornament Topiary

While you’re at the craft store, pick up extra ornaments and make an Ornament Wreath, too.

DIY Ornament Wreath

Thursday is the last day to enter the Christmas in July giveaway. Be sure to enter!

It’s August 1 and we’re entering the most crafty time of the year! I am so excited about the line up I have planned for Crafts ‘n Coffee over the next few months. Let the fun begin!

See you Friday!

Happy crafting!


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Christmas in July: DIY Felt & Pom Pom Tabletop Christmas Trees

Today wraps up Christmas in July, and designer Beth Watson shares her colorful, tabletop Christmas trees made with felt and pom pom trim. These trees are classics, and I love that the supplies are readily available. Why not pair these DIY tabletop trees with the Holiday Pom Pom Wreath? Both are easy enough, and the kids can help out, too. Here’s Beth and her tutorial for these colorful trees.

DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

Funky Christmas Trees by Beth Watson

Good Morning Crafts ‘n Coffee fans and MERRY CHRISTMAS in July!

Beth here on the blog today to share some fun and Funky Christmas Trees created with STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam Cones and Expo International Trims, which are both easy to find at your local craft store.  Pick up some felt and wooden candlesticks and you are ready to make these quick and easy trees in just an afternoon or evening.   

To make Funky Christmas Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand foam: One 7” and two 9” cones
  • Expo International trims:
  • Felt, 9” x 12” sheets, one each Kelly green, green pirate green and apple green (Beth used Kunin Eco-fi® Classicfelt™)
  • Wooden candlesticks and finials
  • Spray paint or acrylic craft paints (Beth used a wood tone spray paint)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors
DIY tabletop Christmas Trees

It’s easy, one-stop shopping for these supplies!

To make Funky Christmas Trees:

1. Following instructions on the can and working in a well ventilated area, apply several light coats of wood tone spray paint to wooden candlesticks and finials.  Set aside to dry. (NOTE: Acrylic craft paint would work as well.)

DIY tabletop Christmas trees

Use your choice of spray paint or a brush-on acrylic craft paint.

2. Cover the cones in felt:

  • Apply a bead of low temp glue along the long edge of the 7” cone and attach to the short edge of the apple green felt.
  • Roll the cone to wrap with felt, gluing as you go.
  • Trim felt along the original straight edge and secure edge with glue.
  • Trim along the top edge, then along the bottom edge.
  • From the scraps, cut a circle to cover the bottom of the cone. Glue in place and trim. Repeat for the top of the cone.
  • Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 and cover one 9” cone with pirate green felt and the other with Kelly green felt.

DIY tabletop Christmas trees

Wrap & roll the cone in felt, gluing as you go.

DIY tabletop Christmas trees

Cover the top and bottom of each cone with felt.

3. Wrap the cones in pom pom trim:

  • Note: Don’t cut the trim with each row; you’re going to wrap the cone in a continuous piece.
  • Starting at the back seam, glue a row of pom pom trim around the bottom of the cone; position the trim so the pom poms dangle off the cone.
  • As you complete the row at the back of the cone, slightly curve the bead of low temp glue upwards to start a new row, and then wrap the trim around the cone again.
  • Continue to add rows in this manner till you reach the top.
  • Glue a final row around the very top edge. Cut off at the back seam, and adhere the end to the cone with a dot of low-temp glue.
  • Repeat, wrapping each cone in pom pom trim. Vary the width of the rows to create different looks.
DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

Wrap the cones in a continuous strand of pom pom trim.

(You can mix and match your trims and felt colors. Beth used the smaller pom pom trim on the 7” cone; and wrapped the Kelly green cone with the neon green, pom pom trim and the 9” pirate green cone with the white, pom pom trim.)

4. Assemble your trees and glue a finial to the top of each cone, and glue each cone to a candlestick.

DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

Assemble your cones, adding a finial top and candlestick base.

I hope you will use my Trio of Funky Christmas Trees as a jumping off point to showcase your creativity to make Christmas in July inspired home décor pieces using shapes of STYROFOAM brand foam as a base!

Thanks for stopping by! -Beth

DIY Tabletop Christmas Trees

Go traditional, like Beth did, or change it up.

Thank you, Beth! Be sure to say “hello” to Beth over on her blog. I know that a lot of readers love making snowmen, so you might want to check out Beth’s Vintage Valentine’s Day Snowmen, too.

DIY vintage snowman craft

Vintage, Valentine’s Day Snowmen by Beth Watson

This wraps up Christmas in July with the Expo International design team. I hope you’ve enjoyed the week! Please remember to enter the Christmas in July giveaway, too. Check out the goodies we’re giving away!

I’ll see you next week on Tinsel Tuesday.

Happy crafting!


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Christmas in July: It’s a festive & fun Felt Wreath with fanciful pom pom trim

It’s day four of Christmas in July, and designer Debra Quartermain is sharing a bright and happy Holiday Pom Pom Wreath. Just like the bejeweled Christmas Topiaries Christie shared with us yesterday, Debra’s wreath is in non-traditional Christmas colors – hot pink and lime green. This DIY Christmas Wreath is easy and it’s a Christmas craft that kids can make, too. (Don’t forget to enter the Christmas in July giveaway!)

DIY Christmas Wreath easy

Holiday Pom Pom Wreath by Debra Quartermain.

To Make a Holiday Pom Pom Wreath, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” wreath, 6” cone
  • Felt, 9” x 12”, 4 pieces of neon green, 1 candy pink
  • Expo International Pom Pom trim, 4 yds of pink and 1 yd green*
  • Buttons, eight 1/2”, lime green
  • Thread spool
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; pencil; ruler

*You can find Expo International pom pom trim at WalMart.

DIY Christmas Wreath easy

You need just a few basic supplies for this wreath. Yay!

To make a Holiday Pom Pom Wreath:

1. Cut neon green felt into 2” by 12” strips. Pin and glue the end of one strip to the back of the wreath, and wrap the strip around the wreath. Pin and glue the other end to the back of the wreath. Continue wrapping the wreath in felt strips till it’s covered.

DIY Christmas wreath easy

Starting at the back of the wreath, pin and glue the felt strips in place and then wrap the wreath.

2. Wrap the pink pom pom trim around the wreath, pinning and gluing as needed.

DIY Christmas wreath easy

Wrap it up with pom poms!

3. Make the mini tree:

  • Wrap the pink felt around the cone. Trim off excess felt and glue edge to cone.
  • Trace around the bottom of the cone on a scrap felt piece, and cut out. Glue to the bottom of the cone.
  • Wrap the spool in a 2” strip of lime green felt, and glue in place.
  • Glue the spool to the bottom of the foam cone.
  • Wrap green pom pom trim twice around the top and bottom of the cone. Glue in place.
  • Glue buttons to tree.
DIY Christmas wreath easy

Wrap the cone in pink felt, trim off excess, and glue in place.

DIY Christmas wreath easy

The trunk is a sewing spool, wrapped in felt.

4. Insert the tree into the center of the wreath.

DIY Christmas wreath easy

I love the bright colors, but of course, you can use any colors you choose.

Between the bright colors, the fun pom poms, and the little tree, this is such a celebratory wreath! I hope you’ll visit Debra’s blog Making Celebrating – she is one talented lady! If you missed it, be sure to read about the lovely visit I had with Debra at her B&B, the Quartermain House B&B.

We have one more day to celebrate Christmas in July! See you tomorrow!

Happy crafting!


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Christmas in July: DIY lavish, elegant, Bejeweled Christmas Topiaries

Ooh la la! I have such a treat for you today! Christie Troxell, designer, artist, event planner, and a member of the Expo International design team, is sharing with us her trio of vintage style, Bejeweled Christmas Topiaries. Enrobed in nontraditional colors, you could display these luscious topiaries year-round – and why not, they’re beautiful! Now, Christie will walk you through her tutorial for her Bejeweled Christmas Topiaries.

DIY Topiaries

They’re so fancy!

It happened again; I blinked, and an entire month of summer passed by! While we’ve been enjoying sunny days at the beach and lots of time spent making summertime memories with friends and family, inevitably, my mind wanders ahead to the holidays. 

DIY Topiaries

Christie “dipped” a corner in jewels!

Christmas in July is one of my favorite ways to get my holiday fix in the middle of the year. It’s a fun departure from summer activities, and offers a little dose of holiday cheer that tides me over until the weather cools down and the sleigh bells start ringing. 

DIY Topiaries

Display these trees year-round, or as a centerpiece for a special party.

Crafting up some pretty Christmas decor is just one of the ways I love to celebrate. I created a trio of vintage styled Christmas trees in my own signature style, using versatile STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, stunning lace and ribbon trims from Expo International, and vintage jewelry findings from my own collection of thrifted treasures. Walk with me in a winter wonderland; it’s Christmas in July!

To make Bejeweled Christmas Topiaries, you’ll need:

DIY Topiaries

Supplies needed to make Bejeweled Christmas Topiaries.

To make Bejeweled Christmas Topiaries:

1. While I love the traditional reds and greens associated with Christmas, I wanted to create a unique palette for this project that would coordinate with my existing home furnishings. I hand dyed the lace trims with coral and black fabric dye. This was done a day in advance, to give the lace time to absorb the color, and to dry.

2. I applied a bead of hot glue to the tip of an 8” cone, and pressed on the end of my ivory rosette ribbon trim. Once secured, I wrapped the trim tightly around the cone at an angle, adding a dot of glue occasionally to keep the trim in position. Once I had wrapped the entire cone, I glued the excess by overlapping it on the bottom of the cone and gluing in place.

DIY Topiaries

Starting at the top of a cone, glue on one end of the lace, and wrap the lace around the cone on a slight diagonal.

3. Repeat Step 2 and wrap the 12” cone in gray dyed lace, wrapping at an angle from the top of the cone to the bottom.

4. I wrapped the second, 8” cone from top to bottom in red tulle. This creates a base color that is visible through the lace trim I planned to use. Next, I wrapped the cone in the coral lace, wrapping on an angle from top to bottom.

DIY Topiaries

Christie first wrapped her cone in red tulle, and then added a layer of peach lace for a subtle, two-tone effect.

The wrapped trees would be lovely to display just as they are, but I always like to go a little overboard, especially at Christmas time! Adding sparkle and shine to these pretty Christmas trees is very easy to do, with dazzling rhinestone buttons and pearls from Expo International. 

DIY Topiaries

All wrapped up and ready for embellishing!

5. For the 12” tree, I added seven Chloe Ruffled Flowers, spaced randomly. I love the pale peachy color and the delicate gold trim on these embellishments. I also adore the combination of peach with grey, and gold is the perfect metallic to set off the pairing. To finish the look, I glued Six-Stone Flower Rhinestone Buttons and Starburst Rhinestone Buttons to the center of each rosette, and topped the tree with an inverted clear glass diamond from my collection.

DIY Topiaries

Christie added a rhinestone button to the center of each flower.

6. Next, I pored through my collection of junk jewelry to select the perfect pieces to embellish the ivory tree. Whenever I’m at the flea market, I’m always on the lookout for jars of junk jewelry at bargain prices. I display it in my studio in pretty apothecary jars, and dig into it often, searching for just the right embellishments for my projects. Once I had gathered my choices, I used the glue gun to adhere them from the base of the tree in a cluster. I decided not to cover the entire surface, opting instead to create a “dipped” effect, achieved by covering just the bottom portion of the tree in a triangular shape. I added a fun round piece to the top and added some assorted gems to cover the exposed surface area. For a final touch, I added a little string of sparkling chandelier crystals.

DIY Topiaries

Christie has a fabulous collection of costume jewelry picked up at flea markets.

How to DIY a Topiary

Christie added the jewels in a triangular shape along the base of the cone, creating a “dipped” effect.

7. For the final tree, I decided to use pearls as the main embellishments. These pearl glass beads from Expo International were just perfect! The larger sized beads were glued on in a random pattern to resemble ornaments, while the smaller beads were left on their strands and draped like garland onto the tree, overlapping in places just like a real Christmas tree. As luck would have it, I found a grey hued gem in my treasure collection, and used the end of my scissors to hollow out a hole in the tip of the cone, then glued it in and embellished it with a sparkling rhinestone button.

How to decorate as topiary

Christie made a hole at the top of the cone, and then added a crystal and rhinestone button.

8. To give the smaller trees a bit of elevation, I flipped over two mercury glass dishes and glued the trees to the pedestals.

DIY Topiaries


The finished display is such a delight, evoking memories of Christmas past, and sparkling with opulent gems and stones. I love the unconventional palette, and how well it coordinates with own home decor. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little departure from summer with me; thanks for stopping by to celebrate Christmas in July!

DIY Topiaries

Why not decorate with a nontraditional color palette this Christmas?

So fancy, right? Thank you, Christie! I think you’ll really enjoy getting to know Christie over on her blog Ritzy Parties, so be sure to stop in and say “hello.”

If Christie has put you in the mood for Christmas crafting, be sure to enter the Christmas in July giveaway! The prize package includes:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Two each 10″ and 8″ cones; one 12″ wreath; two 6″ balls; and six, 3″ balls.
  • A collection of trims from Expo International.
  • A few goodies from Ganong, Canada’s oldest chocolate and candy company (read about Debra’s connection to Ganong here). The goodies include a Ganong T-shirt (size XL); a bag of their signature Chicken Bones™ candy; a pair of Roman nougat bars; and two maple leaf lollipops. (Unfortunately, it’s too hot to ship their chocolates.)

Here’s how you can enter for your chance to win the Christmas in July prize package. Be sure to enter by midnight on Thursday, August 3.

Happy crafting!


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Christmas in July: DIY a Party Hat Snowman

Thanks to Expo International, we’re celebrating Christmas in July this week. Donna Budzynski is back today with her adorable Snowman in a fancy party hat! (Did you see Donna’s Rustic Christmas Trees yesterday?) I’m a little intimidated by painting, but with Donna’s tutorial, I think I could paint this snowman’s cute face. I might even use birthday print cardstock and pompom trim and make his hat a birthday party hat. Be sure to check out the Christmas in July giveaway, too!

DIY Snowman

I’d love to make this snowman for a winter birthday, and make his hat a party hat!

How to paint asnowman face

Donna makes it easy to paint this sweet face.

To make a Party Hat Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Expo International Trim Pipa Eyelash Trim – Red
  • Acrylic craft paint in black, white, pink, holly green, and canyon orange (Donna likes DecoArt)
  • Papier mache pot
  • Wood skewer
  • Cardstock for hat
  • Microbeads, clear*
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil with eraser; flat paintbrush; small round paintbrush; water/container

*Donna used clear microbeads from Martha Stewart. If you can’t find microbeads, substitute crystal glitter instead.

To make a Party Hat Snowman:

  1. Make a carrot nose: Cut the wood skewer to size and paint orange. Let dry.

2. Paint face onto the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam:

  • Dip pencil eraser into black paint, and make a dot for eyes and mouth.
  • Dip pencil eraser in pink paint and dab on cheeks.
  • Draw line for eyebrows with small round paintbrush.
  • Add a white dot to each eye and and a fine, white line in the mouth.
  • Insert nose in face.
  • Let paint dry.
How to paint a snowman face

You’ll use a pencil eraser to add the eyes, cheeks and mouth. Easy!

3. Mix white craft glue with water so that it’s the consistency of paint. Brush mixture onto the snowman’s head, and sprinkle with clear microbeads. (Note: You can substitute crystal glitter for the microbeads). Let dry.

How to paint a snowman face

If you can’t find microbeads, substitute clear glitter.

4. Roll cardstock into cone for hat. Check fit on snowman’s head and trim away excess paper. Glue hat together. Glue eyelash trim to top and around bottom of the hat. (Donna recommends Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive for this step).

DIY Snowman

Add your trim around the pot and the hat.

5. Paint pot green and let dry. Adhere trim around the top of the pot.

6. Glue hat to snowman’s head, and glue snowman head into pot.

 DIY Snowman

How would you change up this cutie?

Christmas is five months from today! So, be sure to check out the Christmas in July giveaway. It will put you in the mood for Christmas crafting! Here’s how to enter.

If you’d like to see more of Donna’s beautiful designs, don’t miss her blog!

I’ll see you tomorrow more another Christmas in July tutorial!

Happy crafting!


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