Easy, Succulent Moss Balls to DIY and display

I am not tired of the succulent trend, not one bit. I love how easy care they are and every summer I add a few more to my garden. Today’s DIY Succulent Moss Balls use faux succulents, and it doesn’t get any easier than that! These mini succulent gardens need no care and no water, so you can display the Succulent Moss Balls almost anywhere – on candle pedestals, in bowls or birdcages, just about any nook or cranny. No muss, no fuss!

Cool! And an easy DIY -- Succulent Moss Balls on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Display them on candle pedestals . . .

DIY easy Succulent Moss Balls. CraftsnCoffee.com.

. . . or in a birdcage or a hanging candle chandelier.

You can buy the faux succulents in craft stores, and I suggest checking out your local dollar store, too. I found quite a few at a dollar store a while back and I stocked up. I didn’t have plans for them at the time, but I’m glad now that I had them on hand. Another favorite discovery – self-adhesive moss cloth. While regular moss cloth is pretty great, the self-adhesive is a breeze to use and requires no glue. These Succulent Moss Balls are summer easy, and you’ll make several in an hour.

DIY Succulent Moss Balls. They're faux succulents so they never need watering. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I used a 4″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam for the smaller Succulent Moss Ball.

To make Succulent Moss Balls, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” balls
  • Paper (for pattern)
  • Moss cloth (self-adhesive works great and I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Faux succulents
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; wire knippers
Love this Succulent Moss Ball! Super-easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I used the larger, 5″ ball for this Succulent Moss Ball.

To make Succulent Moss Balls:

1. Flatten the bottom of the foam ball, so it will stand and not roll.

2. Place three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections.

3. Place a piece of paper over one section, and trace the section. Cut out. This will be your pattern piece.

How to DIY easy Moss Balls on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Place rubber bands around the ball to divide it into six, equal sections. Trace a section to create your pattern piece for the moss.

4. Trace the pattern on the back of the moss cloth, and cut out six pieces. If using self-adhesive moss cloth, remove the backing and adhere each section to the foam ball. If your moss cloth is not self-adhesive, spread thick white craft glue on the back of each piece, and adhere to the balls. If there are any blank spots when you’re done, cut a small piece of moss cloth to fill in the hole, and attach to the foam ball.

Beautiful! DIY Succulent Moss Balls on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Depending on the sizes of your succulents and foam ball, you’ll need about six to nine succulents per ball.

5. Decide how you would like to arrange your succulents. Trim the stems to about 2” – 2-1/2”. Insert the stems into the top of the moss-covered ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If needed, make a hole in the moss with the tip of the scissors first.

6. Display!

Succulent Moss Balls are a super-easy DIY. They're made with faux succulents, so you can display them anywhere. CraftsnCoffee.com.

How would you display these Succulent Moss Balls?

I had a blast making these, and I hope you do, too. When you’re finished, what do you do if you have leftover moss cloth and faux succulents? You can make a Succulent Teacup Garden Wreath.

What's not to love about a Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden? DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Last year, I turned dollar store books into Succulent Book Planters, and you can use real or faux succulents in your book planter.

These Vintage Book Planters are adorable, and super-easy, too. Really, make them in just an hour or two. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux succulents on the left; the “real” succulents are on the right.

Also last year, Kathleen George shared her Faux Succulent Planter in a faux stone container.

DIY this succulent container garden from a foam ball! It's really not made from stone. Amazing. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Faux Stone Succulent Planter

Are you still on board with the succulent trend? Do you have any in your garden?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

Don’t forget — the Summertime Snowman Series is back on Tuesday!

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Summertime Snowman: DIY A Sweet Sock Snowman

This Sweet, Sock Snowman is the first in the new, Summertime Snowman Series. (How about that for alliteration?) I can always count on designer Debra Quartermain to create irresistible snowmen, and this DIY Sock Snowman is no exception. With a little help, I think kids could build this lovable snowman, too, and use their favorite colors of fleece to dress him up.

Adorable! Easy snowman made with a tube sock on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweet Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Sweet, Sock Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ Egg and 3″ Ball
  • Tube sock in white
  • Fleece, 9” x 22” (Debra used pink & white striped fleece)
  • Buttons, three each ½” and 1”, to match the fleece
  • Pompom, ½” in pink
  • Floss, ½ yd in white
  • Brush-on blush or pink chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; round toothpick; straight pins; pencil; ruler

 To make a Sweet, Sock Snowman:

1. Build the snowman body:

  • Press the wide end of the egg on a tabletop to flatten so the egg will stand.
  • Flatten one side of the foam ball.
  • Twist together the flat side of the foam ball and the narrow end of the egg, so that they join together snugly.
  • Place glue on both ends of the toothpick, and on the narrow end of the egg.
  • Insert the toothpick into the narrow end of the egg and into the flat side of the foam ball, and join the two pieces together.
  • Let glue dry.

2. Stretch the tube sock over the snowman body, starting with the head. Stretch the sock down around the bottom of the egg. Cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra inch all around. Stretch and glue extra sock to the bottom of the egg; if needed, use straight pins to help hold the sock in place.

3. Cut from fleece a 3” x 12” strip (scarf) and 8” x 9” rectangle (hat).

What a sweet face on this easy Sock Snowman. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The pastels are sweet as can be, but you can easily change it up with fleece in your favorite colors. Bright red or even a leopard print would totally change the look!

4. Fashion the hat:

  • Roll fleece in a tube, and overlap and glue together the 8” sides.
  • Roll up one end, creating a 1” cuff.
  • Roll up cuff again.
  • Stretch hat over snowman’s head.
  • Use floss to tie off excess fleece close to the top of the snowman’s head.
  • Cut fringe in excess fleece.
  • Glue three, ½” buttons to the cuff.

5. Blush cheeks and glue on pompom nose.

6. Glue three, 1” buttons on the snowman’s belly.

7. Cut 1” fringe in the ends of the scarf, and tie the scarf around the snowman’s neck.

The cutest sock snowman! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Sweet, Sock Snowman is the first in the Summertime Snowman Series on Crafts ‘n Coffee!

I hope this Sweet Sock Snowman finds a place in your summertime craft line up! Here’s where you’ll find a few more cool, Christmas crafts made with socks.

We had a scorcher this weekend with temperatures in the 90s. That is just way too hot! How about you? How’s your weather?

Summertime Snowman Series on CraftsnCoffee.com! Cute!

Don’t forget — I’ll have a new summertime snowman next Tuesday!

Happy snowman crafting!

Sharon       

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Craft your way to summertime cool with the Summertime Snowman Series!

Here’s what I’ve been planning behind the scenes – a summertime series of Snowman Crafts! Crafting a summertime snowman is a sure way to keep your cool as temperatures climb. The last few years, I’ve featured Christmas crafts in the summer with Tinsel Tuesdays and I thought I’d change it up this year and feature DIY Snowman Crafts. Every Tuesday this summer, I’ll have snowmen from a few of your favorite designers, all using different styles and techniques. Are you feeling cooler already?

Summertime Snowman Series on CraftsnCoffee.com! Cute!

To help you chill till then, here are five favorite snowman crafts from the past. For more snowmen crafts, browse through the Snowman page in our directory.

Cute! Love them all! DIY Snowman Crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com
If you’re looking for Christmas crafts to DIY this summer, before the holiday rush, check out the first feature in the 2015 Tinsel Tuesday series. Page through for a summertime of ideas.

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.
You might also find more inspiration in the very first Tinsel Tuesdays back in 2014.

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.

Join me next Tuesday – no boots or shovels required!

The best snowman crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Wrapping up the Birthday Bash and announcing the giveaway winners

Thank you to all who attended last week’s Birthday Bash, celebrating the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Today I’m announcing the winners of the birthday giveaway, and I have one last party craft to share. The Birthday Bash reminded me of an early birthday memory I have of the year my sister and I shared a castle birthday cake. It was a dream come true! So, I have a soft spot for this Fairy Tale Castle by Kathleen George. This DIY Castle Centerpiece is perfect for Princess or Knight themed birthday parties, as well as school projects, puppet shows or even a dollhouse.

Fun for parties, or school projects. I'd like to make a sparkling white Ice Castle for a Frozen party! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fairy Tale Castle by Kathleen George.

Invite the guest of honor to help in the planning, and decorating. I think there are still lots of Frozen fans out there, and imagine turning this Fairy Tale Castle into a sparkling and snowy ice palace. You’ll find the tutorial for the Fairy Tale Castle over on StyrofoamCrafts.com.

Remember this castle cake in the old Betty Crocker Boys & Girls Cookbook? CraftsnCoffee.com

Castle cake from Betty Crocker’s Boys & Girls Cookbook.

I remember this cookbook! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Does anyone else remember this cookbook?

I have such vivid memories of our castle birthday cake, but I’ve no idea where the photos might be. But thank goodness for google. I searched and found a photo of the cake from the cookbook, along with a copy of the cookbook. Does anyone else remember Betty Crocker’s Boys and Girls Cookbook? I remember paging through it over and over again when I was a kid.

And the winners are . . .

I loved reading every single comment you left last week, and I always appreciate the time you spend reading Crafts ‘n Coffee and leaving your notes. Thank you, thank you! And now, the winners of the Birthday Bash giveaway are:

Prize #1 — Pam B:

  • $75 craft store gift card (choose from Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • $25 gift card from Laura Kelly and Sizzix.com
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two cones, six balls, one wreath
  • One-year subscription to Craft Ideas
  • Craft apron
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash!

Prize #2 — Lisa M6:

  • $50 craft store gift card (choose from Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • Rainbow Cloud Pillow Kit from Laura Kelly
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two cones, six balls, one wreath
  • One-year subscription to Craft Ideas
  • Craft apron
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash!

Prize #3 – Lorrie: 

  • $25 craft store gift card (choose from Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • Rainbow Cloud Pillow Kit from Laura Kelly
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two cones, six balls, one wreath
  • One-year subscription to Craft Ideas
  • Craft apron
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packetsA few birthday goodies for your next bash!

Congratulations, ladies! Please contact me so I can arrange for your prizes.

I hope to see you all on Friday, when I have a little summer fun announcement to make! See you then.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Birthday Bash: DIY a Faux Cake Centerpiece “frosted” with flowers

We’re topping off Birthday Bash Week with cake, of course! You can’t have a party without cake, can you? Making this Flower Cake Centerpiece really is a piece of cake (I can hear my daughter groaning over that pun!). Honestly, I’m not sure that something this pretty should be so easy to make — it took me less than two hours to DIY this Flower Cake Centerpiece.  This faux cake is an impressive centerpiece on a buffet table, or at a baby or bridal shower, a birthday, or other special occasion. And, you can use it over and over again. In other news, I’m announcing the week’s biggest giveaway today!

So pretty! And you can DIY this Flower Cake Centerpiece in an evening. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make this Flower Cake Centerpiece tonight!

Beautiful! DIY a Faux Flower Cake Centerpiece! So easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Don’t the flowers look like frosting?

Beautiful dettail on a Faux Flower Cake. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Yummy, right? You can easily change the look of this cake by using different flowers.

To make a Flower Cake Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Four, 1” x 8” discs; OR, one 8” x 4” cake form
  • Silk flowers (I used 24 to “frost” the sides and 12 for the top)
  • Optional: Wood skewers (if using individual 1” discs); cake topper (mine came from a collection from My Mind’s Eye)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Wire knippers
Materials to DIY a Flower Cake Centerpiece. Easy & so pretty! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can use a single, 4″ thick Cake Form, or four, 1″ thick discs.

To make a Flower Cake Centerpiece:

1. If using a cake form, skip to Step 2. If using four, 1” discs, glue the discs together, and then insert four wood picks through the top and down through the four layers. Trim off excess skewers.

Easy DIY -- how to make a Flower Cake Centerpiece. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glue together the 1″ discs, and then insert four wood picks through the layers. Nip off the excess wood picks.

2. Trim flower stems to 2” long.

3. Add a row of flowers around the cake, about 1” up from the bottom. Add a second row of flowers around the cake, about ½” down from the top of the cake. As you add the second row, stagger the flowers so they’re positioned between the flowers in the first row.

How to make the prettiest, Flower Cake Centerpiece. DIY it and use it over and over again. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cover the sides first, and then the top.

4. Fill in the top with flowers.

5. Optional: Add a cake topper.

6. Display!

This is so pretty! And an easy DIY centerpiece, too. Use it over and over again. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Can you think of a better way to wrap up the week-long birthday celebration than with this Flower Cake Centerpiece?

I’m wrapping up the 75th Birthday Bash for STYROFOAM Brand Foam with the biggest giveaway yet! But first, I’d like to announce the winner of yesterday’s giveaway. Thank you to everyone who has stopped in this week and shared your inspiration and projects! I’ve loved reading every single comment — you inspire me! Thank goodness for random.org, as I could never pick just one winner myself. Today it’s commenter #1 again — Barb! Please contact me, Barb, for your prize package.

Today you have a chance to win three different prize packages, each one bursting with crafty goodness! And to make it even more fun, designer and artist Laura Kelly is adding in a few goodies, too! Here’s what we’ve jam packed into the three prize packages:

Prize #1:

  • $75 craft store gift card (choose from Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • $25 gift card from Laura Kelly and Sizzix.com
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two cones, six balls, one wreath
  • One-year subscription to Craft Ideas
  • Craft apron
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash!

Prize #2:

  • $50 craft store gift card (choose from Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • Rainbow Cloud Pillow Kit from Laura Kelly
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two cones, six balls, one wreath
  • One-year subscription to Craft Ideas
  • Craft apron
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash!

Prize #3:

  • $25 craft store gift card (choose from Jo-Ann Stores, Michaels and Hobby Lobby)
  • Rainbow Cloud Pillow Kit from Laura Kelly
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two cones, six balls, one wreath
  • One-year subscription to Craft Ideas
  • Craft apron
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash!

For your chance to win one of these three prize packages, please tell me below the types of crafts that are your favorite here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. I’d like to know what you like best, to help me better plan the projects I feature. What do you like, and what should I include more of? I would love your feedback!

Please leave your feedback below by midnight on Monday, June 6, and I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, June 7.

Thank you so much for taking the time to join in the party this week! I had a lot of fun planning it and I hope you had fun, too.

Happy crafting!

P.S. Don’t miss Laura’s Birthday Celebration Wreath

Sharon

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Birthday Bash: DIY special occasion décor with Crepe Paper Flower Cones

I cannot imagine a more beautiful way to make a party special than with a pair (or more) of these gorgeous, Crepe Paper Flower Cones. The creamy, flower topiary with the glistening, golden button accents would be lovely for DIY wedding décor, too. Designer Dina Rossi made the smaller Crepe Paper Flower Cone in shades of pink for an ombré effect, and you could easily change it up to match your own favorite color scheme. In other news, designer and artist Laura Kelly joins in the birthday celebration this week with her Birthday Celebration Wreath! Lots of crafty fun today, and another giveaway!

Gorgeous! DIY Crepe Paper Flower Cones on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Crepe Paper Flower Cones by Dina Rossi.

Beautiful! DIY Crepe Paper Flower party decorations on CraftsnCoffee.com.

How pretty are these flowers?

To make Crepe Paper Flower Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” or 18” cones, or other size of your choice
  • Crepe paper in your choice of colors; we used:
    • White and cream for the 18” cone
    • Light, medium and dark pink, plus white, for the 12” cone
  • Optional:
    • White & cream cone: Assorted gold buttons; light pink crepe paper
    • Pink ombré cone: Pearl head pins
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins

To make Crepe Paper Flower Cones:

(Note: Dina recommends this tutorial for more details on making the crepe paper flowers.)

These would make a party (or bridal shower) special! DIY Crepe Paper Flower Cones on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dina randomly mixed the white and cream crepe paper when she made the flowers.

White & Cream Cone:

  1. Optional: Wrap the cone in pink crepe paper, and pin and glue the paper to the cone. Trim paper around the bottom and top of the cone, so the paper is even with the top and the bottom.
  2. Create an assortment of 40 – 45 flowers, mixing and matching layers of cream and white crepe paper. The final number you need will depend on how tightly together you arrange the flowers on the cone. Vary the diameter of your flowers from 4” in diameter to 2-1/4”. You’ll use the larger flowers around the bottom of the cone, and the smaller ones on top.
  3. Glue a button to the center of each flower.
  4. Arrange the first row of flowers around the bottom of the cone, pinning the flowers in place. (Using pins will make it easier to rearrange the flowers, if needed, as you go.) Continue adding flowers around the cone, working from the bottom to the top. Use the smaller flowers closer to the top.
Beautiful button details on these crepe paper flowers. See the Crepe Paper Flower Cones on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The buttons beautifully finish off the flowers.

Pink Ombré Cone:

  1. Optional: Wrap the cone in pink crepe paper, and pin and glue the paper to the cone. Trim paper around the bottom and top of the cone, so the paper is even with the top and the bottom.
  2. Make five styles of flowers, for the five rows. The flowers vary in size from 3-1/4” on the bottom to 2-1/4” on top.
Love these Crepe Paper Flower Cones for parties! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The pearl head pins add a little sparkle.

  • Row 1 (bottom row): Dark pink petals with medium pink centers
  • Row 2:  Dark pink outer petals; medium pink inner petals; white centers
  • Row 3:  Medium pink petals with white centers
  • Row 4: Medium pink outer petals; light pink inner petals; white centers
  • Row 5 (top row): Light pink petals with white centers
Beautiful, ombre Crepe Paper Flower Cone. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

DIY for a bridal shower using the bride’s favorite colors.

3. Arrange the first row of flowers around the bottom of the cone, pinning the flowers in the center with pearl head pins. (Using pins will make it easier to rearrange the flowers, if needed, as you go.) Continue adding flowers around the cone, working from the bottom to the top.

Stunning, right?

Gorgeous! DIY Crepe Paper Flower Cones on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Dina recently displayed these gorgeous cones at an 80th birthday celebration she hosted.

Check out this Birthday Celebration Yarn Wreath Laura made with her new, Sizzix dies and a rainbow of yarn. Just looking at it makes you happy! Thank you, Laura, for celebrating the 75th birthday for STYROFOAM Brand Foam with us.

Laura Kelly made the happiest wreath ever! Yarn-wrapped Birthday Celebration WReath on MeandMyInklings.com.

Don’t you love Laura’s Birthday Celebration Wreath?!

Thank you to everyone who has joined this week’s party to celebrate 75 years of crafting with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. There are giveaways everyday this week, and the winner of Wednesday’s giveaway is commenter #1 — Katiria! Please contact me, Katiria, to arrange for your prize.

You have another chance to win the goodies today, and the prize package includes:

  • A one-year subscription to Craft Ideas magazine
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A craft apron
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash.
Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

For your chance to win, please respond below and tell me about your most recent project made with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I can’t wait to hear more about your crafting adventures with STYROFOAM Brand Foam!

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Now Closed.**

Tomorrow wraps up the 75th birthday bash for STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and you don’t want to miss it! I’m giving away three prize packages, and each one includes a craft store gift card, and goodies from Laura Kelly. Please join in the celebration tomorrow, and tell your friends about the party, too.

Invite-#3

Happy crafting.

P.S. Be sure to hop over and say hello to Laura Kelly today.

Sharon

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Birthday Bash: 20+ Clever Cupcake Crafts with a serving of Ice Cream fun!

What’s a party without cupcakes and ice cream? As we celebrate the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, I’ve rounded up the cutest collection of cupcake and ice cream crafts. Use these crafts for party décor, or hands-on crafts for children’s parties. These sweet, cupcake & ice cream crafts are fun for parties, special occasions, and maybe even for every day. (And don’t forget the giveaway!)

Cupcake-and-Ice-Cream-Crafts

No-Cal Cupcakes

Cute cupcake craft. No calories! CraftsnCoffee.com

No-Cal Cupcakes

Carnation Cupcake Centerpiece

Easy centerpiece idea for Mother's Day, bridal showers, birthdays, etc. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Carnation Cupcake

Cupcake Pencil Holder

I want this for my desk! A Cupcake Pencil Holder. CraftsnCoffee.com

With a cherry on top, this pencil holder looks good enough to eat!

Cupcake Bulletin Board 

Adorable memo board. LOVE this fabric. CraftsnCoffee.com

It’s easy enough to adapt this project to your choice of fabrics.

Easy Felt Cupcakes

DIY Valentine's Day Gift Crafts felt cupcakes

Easy Felt Cupcakes by Dondi Richardson.

No-Cal Party Favors

Cute idea for a bridal shower or baby shower. DIY placecard holders that look like cupcakes and slices of cake. CraftsnCoffee.com.

No-Cal Placecard Holders by Kathleen George

Pompom Cupcake Ornament

Pompom Cupcake Ornament

Pompom Cupcake Ornament

Lollipop Cupcake

Cute Sweet Tree for Valentine's Day. It looks like a cupake! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Lollipop Cupcake.

Cupcake Wall Art

how to DIY wall art using scrapbook papers

Festive Cupcake Wall Art

Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

DIY wall art with ice cream theme

Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

Ice Cream Cone Door Décor

The summer wreath alternative -- hang an ice cream cone on your front door! Cute!

Ice Cream Cone Door Décor

Pink Polka Dot Popsicle

Hello summer! Hang a super-sized, no-melt Pink Polka Dot Popsicle on your front door instead of the usual summer wreath. Much more fun!

Pink Polka Dot Popsicle

Super-Scoop Ice Cream Cone

Super-fun and super-sized ice cream cone for the front door. Hello, summer!

Ice Cream Door Décor

Ice Cream Cone Card

This is such a cute card! I'd love to receive it in the mail! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Ice Cream Cone Card

Creamsicle Greeting Card

Perfect for handmade card for summer, and the creamsicle looks so real. CraftsnCoffee.com

Creamsicle Greeting Card

Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament

Felted, Ice Cream Cone Ornament

Needle Felted, Ice Cream Cone Ornament

Everlasting Ice Cream Parfait

A yummy craft idea for kids. #KidsCrafts. More faux ice cream crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com, too. #KidsCrafts

Everlasting Ice Cream Parfait.

Everlasting Ice Cream Sundae

A cute and easy craft idea for kids -- faux ice cream sundaes made with balls of Styrofoam and paint. Easy! - faux ice cream sundaes made with paint and balls of STYROFOAM. CraftsnCoffee.com. #KidsCrafts

Ever-Lasting Ice Cream Sundaes.

Ice Cream Cone Ornament

Cute craft ideas for kids. Make these faux ice cream cones now, and give as gifts at Christmas time. #KidsCraftIdea

Ice Cream Cone Ornament

I Scream for Ice Cream

Cute, and no-sew! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I Scream for Ice Cream

And of course, if you want the real thing, make a Cupcake Bouquet!

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

Cupcake Bouquet

Cupcake-and-Ice-Cream-Crafts

I have a beautiful party craft lined up for tomorrow – here’s a sneak peek. I hope you’ll invite your friends to join us tomorrow, too.

Beautiful! Sneak peek of party celebration on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll have a new party idea tomorrow!

There’s a daily giveaway this week, and the winner of yesterday’s giveaway is Queen Angie. Please contact me, Angie, for more information.

You could be tomorrow’s winner! For your chance to win, please tell me where you go for your crafty inspiration. Which blogs are your favorite? Are there magazines you read? Or do you watch any crafty TV shows or listen to crafty podcasts? Leave your answer below for your chance to win today’s giveaway.

Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Here’s what’s in the giveaway:

  • A one-year subscription to Craft Ideas magazine
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A craft apron
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash!

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Now Closed.**

See you tomorrow & happy cake & ice cream crafting!

Sharon

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Birthday Bash: Fancy Food Cones dress up the buffet

Yesterday, the Birthday Balloon Wreath welcomed you to the 75th birthday bash for STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Today’s two-in-one Edible Centerpieces are both an impressive, festive decoration, and a key part of the party menu. I have collected favorite tips and techniques for dressing up your buffet table with Veggie Topiaries, a Strawberry Topiary, and of course, topiary cones packed with sweet treats. (And don’t forget the daily giveaways this week!)

Great video for making edible centerpieces! So fun and wow, are they impressive! CraftsnCoffee.com.

How fancy is this? Be sure to watch the video and see how easy it is to DIY.

I poked around online and found several excellent videos that walk you through making an Edible Centerpiece Cone. Over on Ask the Decorator, you’ll learn basic techniques for making a cone covered in grapes, and one that’s topped with savory olives. Once you watch the video, you can adapt the technique to different fruits and veggies, and different sizes of cones, too.

Yummy! This is an awesome video for making Strawberry Topiaries. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Strawberries are in season now, and you’ll definitely want to make a Strawberry Topiary after watching this video!

The second video tutorial I recommend is one I found on EHow that shows you how to make a beautiful Strawberry Cone. Strawberries are in season right now, so the timing for this one is perfect!

DIY Edible Centerpiece Cones. So fun for a party! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

From crudites to dessert, these Edible Centerpieces will dress up your next party.

Here are a few Edible Centerpiece Cones we’ve made, from crudités to dessert! Click through the links below for the tutorials.

Flowerful Fruit Roll-Up Topiary

Rainbow Mint Topiary

Veggie Topiary

Meringue Cookie Topiary

Colorful Gumball Topiary

There are endless variations for making Candy Cones, and it all depends on which types of candy you use. You really can’t go wrong! This is an especially fun idea for kids’ parties, and it’s a natural for a Halloween party.

Add a Candy Topiary to your next party! Kids love to make them, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Nothing says “party” like a Candy Topiary!

Consider making Candy Trees a holiday tradition. In addition to Halloween, you can craft a Peppermint Candy Tree for the holidays.

So adorable for a Christmas mantel! I love the red & white color scheme. CraftsnCoffee.com

A sweet & sparkling Peppermint Candy Tree.

Sweet Candy Cone DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add this to the menu for a Valentine’s Day party, or even a bridal shower.

Of course, you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day without candy, like this Sweet Candy Heart Topiary.

Here are a few more tips I’ve gathered through the years:

  • People often ask me if it’s safe to eat food displayed on a foam cone. My answer is to always wrap your cone in plastic wrap or foil so that the food doesn’t touch the cone. Then you don’t have to worry about it.
  • Use toothpicks, pins, or even frosting to hold the food onto the cone. That way, your foods will remain edible.
  • You can glue candy to the cones, of course, but if your candy is unwrapped, you won’t want to eat it!
  • If you are using frosting, test first to be sure you have the right consistency and that the frosting will hold. Trust me on this one! I had a disaster one hot, humid summer day when my candy slid right off the cone!
  • Food cones are fun and easy, so enlist the kids. Plus, if they help add the fruits and veggies to the cone, they’re more likely to eat them!

Now, on to the presents! The winner of yesterday’s giveaway is Donna O’Neil! Please contact me, Donna, to arrange for your prize.

If you didn’t win, don’t worry, it’s Party Week on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and everyday you’ll have a chance to win:

  • A one-year subscription to Craft Ideas magazine
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A craft apron
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash.
Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

For your chance to win today’s giveaway, tell me why you like to craft with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I’d love to know why you choose to craft with it. I’ll announce today’s winner tomorrow. Thank you!

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Now Closed.**

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Birthday Week Bash: How to DIY a Birthday Balloon Wreath

Welcome to the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam! What better way to kick off a birthday week celebration than with a Birthday Balloon Wreath? It’s like a party in a wreath! Hang this Birthday Balloon Wreath on your front door, and everyone will know where the party is. Get the family involved and have the kids DIY this wreath – my daughter made this one and she says it’s an easy wreath to DIY. I’m announcing the first giveaway today, too – woo-hoo! Let’s party!

How-to-make-a-Balloon-Wreath

Nothing says “party” like a Balloon Wreath!

To make a Birthday Balloon Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath
  • Balloons, 10”, in assorted colors; you’ll need about 200 balloons
  • Floral pins or straight pins
  • Chenille stem
  • Embellishments: Party hats, noisemakers, bows, etc. (We used eight noisemakers)
  • Optional: Crepe paper (to wrap the wreath)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors
Easy tutorial for making a Birthday Balloon Wreath. Fun idea! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Embellish with noisemakers, party hats, ribbons and bows, etc.

To make a Birthday Balloon Wreath:

1. Optional: Wrap the wreath in crepe paper, pinning and gluing the ends of the crepe paper strip to the back of the wreath. Note: We wrapped our wreath, and then found that the balloons pretty much covered all of the crepe paper. However, it made the back look nice. So, if you’re going to see the back, you might consider covering your wreath.

Supplies for a Balloon Wreath. Easy DIY! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Wrapping the wreath is optional, as the balloons will cover the front of the wreath. However, it will make the back of the wreath look pretty!

3. Pin on the balloons, covering the front and edges of the wreath. You can use floral pins or straight pins to pin on the balloons. If you are using straight pins, you’ll need to use two for each balloon to help hold them in place.

Easy tutorial to make a Birthday Balloon Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pin on balloons with floral pins. If you use straight pins, use two to help hold the balloons in place.

4. Decide how you’d like to embellish the wreath. We tried several ideas first, and decided on the noisemakers. I glued the noisemakers together in two groups of three, and one group of two. I then attached the noisemakers to the wreath with floral pins.

5. Twist together the ends of a 6” length of chenille stem. Make a hole in the back of the wreath, add glue, and insert the ends of the chenille stem into the hole. Let glue set before hanging the wreath.

Fun for my next party! And it's an easy DIY, too. DIY a Balloon Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Isn’t it fun?

Now, if it’s a party, there have to be presents, right? Every day this week, you’ll have a chance to win a prize. Today’s giveaway includes:

  • A one-year subscription to Craft Ideas magazine
  • A 12-pack of Starbuck’s Via packets
  • A craft apron
  • A few birthday goodies for your next bash!
Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

Enter for your chance to win these goodies in the daily giveaway during the 75th birthday party for STYROFOAM Brand Foam on CraftsnCoffee.com!

For your chance to win, tell me about the first craft you remember making with STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. (I remember making sequin ornaments from balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam when I was a kid. The sequins were really fancy – leaping reindeer, burning candles, etc.)

**Please note: This giveaway is closed.**  

It's a party on Crafts 'n Coffee! Party crafts, decor & presents! See you then!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more party crafts! I hope you’ll invite your friends to join us!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Please come to our 75th Birthday Bash!

Who: You!

What: The 75th birthday for STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam

When: Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 3, 2016

Where: Right here on Crafts ‘n Coffee

Why: To celebrate 75 creative, crafty years!

I hope you will join me here on Crafts ‘n Coffee next week as we celebrate the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. For decades, we’ve decorated your door – spring, summer, fall and winter. We’ve dressed up your walls, embellished your Christmas trees, and stuffed those Easter baskets!  Generations have used STYROFOAM Brand Foam for school projects and to keep little hands busy. And next week, we’ll celebrate 75 fun years.

Celebrating 75 years of crafting and creating with STYROFOAM Brand Foam! CraftsnCoffee.com.

STYROFOAM Brand Foam is crisp, clean, and sparkles like a diamond in the light.

I’d like to share a little more about our guest of honor. STYROFOAM Brand Foam was invented by Dow Chemical in 1941 and used for flotation in World War II. (It’s an unsung hero in more ways than one!) Florists first began using the material, and it wasn’t long before others were using the foam to create and craft.

STYROFOAM Brand Foam has been a Christmas tradition for 75 years! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Plastics magazine, December, 1946.

I found this December, 1946 Plastics magazine cover and guess what’s decorating the tree! Inside the magazine there’s an ad for “beautifully formed, glistening white . . . light as a feather & unbreakable” White Christmas Ornaments. This might be the first-ever ad for STYROFOAM Brand Foam. I’ve never heard of Frank Paper Products Corporation , but I do know that we’ve partnered with our fabricator FloraCraft since 1949.

The first-ever ad for Styrofoam brand foam, and it's from 1946! CraftsnCoffee.com.

This may be the first ever ad for STYROFOAM Brand Foam!

I’ve mentioned before my collection of vintage craft books, and the earliest booklets date from 1960. Through the years, STYROFOAM Brand Foam has always found a way to adapt to trends.

retro christmas craft book

This 1960 project book doesn’t look very flashy, but it has 30 pages packed with 20 projects.

Retro, 1984 project book! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Remember macrame? We do, too, and Dow published this project book in 1984.

You may be most familiar with our white and green foam shapes, but did you know that Dow also makes Blue STYROFOAM Brand Insulation? The insulation is used worldwide to insulate the roofs, walls and foundations of homes and commercial buildings. Today, it’s used in sustainable builds around the world, including in net zero homes and green roofs.

Dow has partnered with Habitat for Humanity since 1993. CraftsnCoffee.com.

A Habitat build in Midland, MI.

Since 1993, Dow has partnered with Habitat for Humanity, and became its first international partner. Today, Dow is the national insulation partner for North America Habitat builds.

We have a lot to celebrate next week! Starting Monday, I’ll share party crafts and decorating ideas each day, and of course, there will be prizes! I love every single project I’m sharing next week, and I can’t wait for you to see them, too. It’s going to be a fun week!

Sneak peek of celebration week on CraftsnCoffee. We're celebrating 75 years of STYROFOAM Brand Foam! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Coming on Monday!

Please invite your crafty friends to join us, too. The more, the merrier.

Invite-#3

In the meantime, have a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends. I’ll see you Monday!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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