DIY easy and Whimsical Felt Gnomes (no-sew!)

Debra Quartermain makes her magic again today and is sharing her Whimsical Felt Gnomes. These Gnomes are easier than you think, and cute as can be. I love the unexpected, gray and blue felt Debra uses for her Whimsical Felt Gnomes. You can make your own magic here, however. Change the colors of felt, the sizes of the cones, or the embellishments. Make an entire family of Felt Gnomes. Or better yet, get the family together or another group and each person can DIY their own Whimsical Felt Gnome.

DIY Felt Gnomes

Whimsical Felt Gnomes by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Felt Gnome, you’ll need:

(Supplies below are for one Felt Gnome)

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone and 1” ball
  • Felt felt: 12” x 18” craft cuts, one each in Lagoon and Smoke (Debra uses Kunin Premium)
  • Sock, 2” toe scrap
  • Chunky white yarn, 10 yards
  • Cardboard, 4” x 8”
  • Embellishments (choose your favorite):
    • Bells, three 3/4” and one 1” in silver*
    • Snowflakes, three 1” and one 1”
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; pencil; ruler
DIY Felt Gnomes no-sew

These cute Felt Gnomes are easier than they look!

To make a Felt Gnome:

1. Wrap a 3” wide strip of felt around the lower end of a cone. Overlap ends, trim and glue. Trace around the bottom of the cone on felt. Cut out and glue the circle to bottom of cone.

2. Make the hat:

  • Roll remaining piece of felt around the exposed part of the cone.
  • Overlap ends, trim and glue.
  • Remove hat. Glue bells or snowflakes to the front and a large bell or snowflake on top.

2. Make the nose: Insert the foam ball in the 2″ sock piece (cut from the toe). Pull sock tight, trim off excess and glue sock to back of ball.

3. Make the beard:

  • Wrap half the yarn around the 4″ x 8″ piece of cardboard.
  • Insert an 8” piece of yarn through the wrapped yarn and tie off.
  • Clip through one edge of the yarn, releasing it from the cardboard.
  • Glue beard to front of cone, overlapping the felt by ½”.

4. Repeat Step 3 to fill in the back of cone.

5. Glue nose ball to center front of cone. Make sure the nose is snug and secure in the beard.

6. Place hat on gnome.

7. If needed, trim the ends of the beard. Or, add more yarn sections to fill in any gaps.

DIY Felt Gnomes

How would you work your creative magic on these Felt Gnomes?

Adorable, aren’t they? I’d love to know how you would make your Felt Gnomes. You all are so creative – how would you make your own magic?

P.S. Debra will join us again this Friday! You don’t want to miss what she’s planned for us!!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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More farmhouse décor: Easy plaid accents to DIY tonight!

Sometimes, the crafts I make are so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to share them. Like these DIY Plaid Flannel Cones. The tutorial is just two steps, and you could probably make these just by looking at them. I’m o.k. with easy, and I really like these Plaid Flannel Cones. They look great when paired with my Farmhouse-Style Plaid Winter Wreath. Crafts don’t have to be rocket science, right?

 DIY Plaid Flannel Cones

You know how to make these just by looking at the picture, right?

To make Plaid Flannel Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” and 6” cones, or other sizes of your choice
  • Plaid flannel, ¼ yd. is enough for both cones
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and matt

To make Plaid Flannel Cones:

1. Cut flannel into 1-1/4” wide strips.

2. Pin and glue one strip along the bottom edge of the cone. Begin twisting the strip. Start to wrap the cone with the twisted strip, pinning and gluing the strip in place. Continue twisting the fabric strip, and wrapping the cone till it’s covered. Once glue dries, remove the pins.

 DIY Plaid Flannel Cones

Twist your flannel strip as you wrap the cone.

DIY Plaid Flannel Cones

Easy enough you can make a forest of Plaid Cones!

I had a lot of plaid flannel leftover after making my Farmhouse-Style Plaid Winter Wreath, and that’s what inspired me to make the cones.

DIY Farmhouse-Style Wreath

Farmhouse-Style Plaid Winter Wreath

Here’s another idea for leftover plaid fabric. Patty Schaffer made these Mad for Plaid Ornaments with old shirts, but you could use your fabric scraps as well.

DIY plaid ornaments

I still have extra plaid flannel in my stash. What would you make with the leftover fabric?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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Grab a cup of cocoa and check out this Farmhouse-Style Plaid Wreath

DIY this season-spanning, Farmhouse-Style Plaid Wreath today and enjoy its cozy warmth all winter long. This is a favorite technique for making a fabric wreath, but to give it a shabby style, I used fabric strips instead of fabric squares. All you’ll need to add to this yummy mix of natural & nubby quilt batting and cozy plaid flannel is a steaming cup of cocoa. And the only question I have for you is one marshmallow or two?

DIY Farmhouse style plaid wreath

The longer fabric strips give the wreath a more shabby appearance.

DIY Farmhouse-Style Plaid Wreath

Dress it up for Christmas, too.

To make a Rustic, Farmhouse-Style Plaid Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 14”
  • Natural quilt batting (I used Warm & Natural Needled Cotton Batting, which is carried at JoAnns)
  • Chenille stem
  • Low-temp glue gun or thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; chopstick, wood skewer, or other pointed tool; optional: rotary cutter and cutting matt

To make a Rustic, Farmhouse-Style Plaid Wreath:

1. Twist together the ends of a 4” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue in the back of the wreath for a hanger.

2. Cut a strip of quilt batting to cover the outside and inside edges of the wreath. Glue in place. If needed, add pins to hold the batting in place while the glue dries. (When I made the wreath, I finished the front of the wreath first, but I think it will be easier to cover the edges first.)

3. Cut 1-1/2” x 5” strips from the quilt batting and the plaid flannel. I didn’t count the total number of strips, but you’ll definitely need more batting strips than plaid flannel strips.

DIY Farmhouse Style Wreath

Glue strips of batting around the edges first, and then tuck the strips into the front of the wreath.

4. Place a strip of quilt batting on the wreath, and using the wood skewer, push the center of the strip into the wreath. Continue, till you have the wreath covered with strips of quilt batting.

DIY easy, shabby wreath

Now, add the plaid flannel strips.

5. Using the same technique, add as many plaid flannel strips as you like.

DIY farmhouse wreath

Doesn’t this wreath make you want to sit by the fire with a cup of cocoa?

Now, you know I had plaid flannel leftover, right?  I’ll show you later this week what I made with my leftover scraps.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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Craft hack! DIY a Wood Slice Wreath the easy way!

Today I’m revisiting my Faux Barn Wood Wreath to create a Wood Slice Wreath. I love a shortcut and this wreath is all about easy! Instead of spending hours slicing and dicing tree branches, I used a fat quarter of fabric and a sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Voila, a Faux, Wood Slice Wreath in an hour or less! One 36” long sheet will yield two wreaths, to grab a girlfriend and DIY this Wood Slice Wreath. (Or use your favorite fabric and create a fresh, new look.)

DIY easy wood slice wreath

You don’t have to be a lumberjack to make this easy Wood Slice Wreath!

To make a Faux, Wood Slice Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet (one 36” sheet will make two wreaths)
  • Fabric, fat quarter*
  • Faux pine sprigs
  • Faux cardinals, two
  • Wood slices, five – seven
  • U-pins
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife or Xacto knife; bar of soap or old candle; wire knippers

*I ordered my fabric on Spoonflower.

To make a Faux, Wood Slice Wreath:

1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and score a 12” x 15” rectangle on the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap, and cut out the rectangle. (Save the 12” x 21” rectangle for another project – or make a second wreath!)

2. Score a second rectangle inside the 12” x 15” rectangle to create a frame with 2-1/2” wide sides and top, and a 3-1/2” wide bottom. Cut out the interior rectangle.

DIY easy wood slice wreath

Do you know what this metal ruler is called? An angle ruler, maybe? I used it to measure and square up my rectangle.

3. Place the frame face down on the wrong side of the fabric. Wrap the fabric around the frame, folding neatly at the corners. Pin and glue the fabric to the back of the frame. Trim away excess fabric. When the glue dries, remove the pins.

Back (left) and front.

4. Cut an X through the fabric, cutting to each corner. Glue a 1” x 4” fabric strip in each corner. Wrap the fabric through the center and to the back, and pin and glue the fabric in place. Trim away excess fabric, and remove pins after the glue dries.

DIY easy wood slice wreath

Once you wrap your fabric to the back, there will be a gap in the corners (top). Fill in the gap with a fabric strip (middle), and then fold the fabric to the back (bottom).

5. Arrange the wood slices, pine sprigs and birds on the front of the wreath. When you like the arrangement, glue the embellishments in place. If needed, use U- pins to help secure the pine sprigs.

6. Twist together ends of a 4” chenille stem. Insert and glue into the back of the wreath for a hanger.

DIY Wood Slice Wreath

DIY this for any season and any style. The variations are endless!

Here’s the spring version that appeared in Craft Ideas magazine.

Faux Barn Wood Wreath featured in Craft Ideas magazine. Find it on newsstands now. CraftsnCoffee.com.

I made this wreath the same way — with a fat quarter of barn wood fabric and a sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Picture this in plaid fabric, or a bright Christmas print. Or, how about cozy, white fleece? There are so many ways to DIY this wreath! If you don’t care for the rustic look, how would you make this wreath?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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He’s rugged & rustic: How to DIY a Burlap Snowman

This rustic, DIY Burlap Snowman would be right at home in the north woods, watching over a forest of Christmas trees. Designer Debra Quartermain cleverly fashioned him from burlap ribbon and balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam – couldn’t be easier! His trendy, buffalo check accessories brighten his homespun style, and you’ll whip them up fast from a sock. This Burlap Snowman is ruggedly handsome, and a “must have” for your snowman collection.

DIY Burlap Snowman

Rustic, Burlap Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

DIY Burlap Snowman

No sewing, no stuffing. It’s just burlap ribbon and balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

To make a Burlap Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 2-½”, 3″ and 4” balls
  • Adult, red plaid socks, one pair
  • Burlap ribbon, 1-¼” x 4 yards
  • Carpet tacks, 15
  • Pom poms: 1” in red
  • Mini pinecones, two
  • Button, ½”
  • Red berry, ¼”
  • Covered black wire, 18”
  • Jute ball, 1”, four
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; round toothpicks; straight pins; pencil; ruler; needle & thread

To make a Burlap Snowman:

1. Cover the head with the burlap ribbon:

  • Cut eight, 9” lengths of burlap ribbon. Remove wire from one side of each ribbon length.
  • Center one length on the 2-½” foam ball (head). Wrap around the ball, pulling tight.
  • Overlap the ends of the ribbon, and glue to the ball.
  • Place second length of burlap centered in opposite direction from first strip. Wrap around ball, pull tight and adhere.
  • Repeat with two more lengths of ribbon, wrapping them around the ball to fill in the gaps. If needed, make a few little tucks along the edges to help the ribbon lay flat.

2. Dip ends of tacks in glue and insert in face for eyes and mouth. Glue on berry for nose.

DIY Burlap Snowman

You’ll use tacks to create his face.

3. Make the hat:

  • Measure 8” down from cuff of plaid sock, and cut. Turn wrong side out.
  • Sew a gathering stitch across the cut end, pull tight to gather, and knot off.
  • Turn right side out and place on snowman’s head.
  • Glue pom pom to the top of the hat, and buttons and pinecones to the brim.

4. Press the 4” ball on a tabletop, creating a flat bottom. Cover the ball with burlap ribbon, using eight, 12” lengths of ribbon and following instructions in Step 1.

5. Cover the 3” ball with eight, 11” lengths of ribbon, following instructions in Step 1.

6. Assemble the snowman, inserting toothpicks between the balls, and gluing the balls together.

7. Make the scarf:

  • Cut two, 3” x 8” strips from a plaid sock.
  • Fold strips in half to measure 1-1/2” x 8″.
  • Wrap one strip around the neck and glue in place; cut off excess sock.
  • Knot second strip in the center, fringe the ends, and glue to the front of the scarf.

8. Dip ends of carpet tacks in glue, and insert into the body for buttons.

9. Cut the wire piece in half. Shape one end of each piece into a Y. Insert opposite ends into body on either side. Glue in place. Glue a jute ball into one hand.

10. Arrange remaining jute balls around the snowman and glue in place.

DIY Burlap Snowman

If you can’t find a buffalo check sock, a solid red sock would be super cute, too.

Last year, Debi Schmitz shared her Rustic Twine Snowman with us.

 DIY Rustic Twine Snowman

Rustic, Twine Snowman by Debi Schmitz

If you’d like to see lots more snowmen, be sure to check out the Snowman page in the project directory.

I have a few more snowman crafts planned in the weeks ahead, and I can’t wait to share them. I have a feeling a lot of you find snowmen as irresistible as I do!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Make a funny face on these stacking pumpkins

More pumpkins today, and these personality-packed Pumpkin Cubes are fun for everyone! Gather the family, a Scout troop, classroom, or even your bunco club and have each person make a Pumpkin Cube. Then, stack them up for a whimsical display. Designer Kathleen George shares a pattern for some of her favorite jack-‘o-lantern faces, but you can DIY your own, too. Kathleen uses fabric to make these Pumpkin Cubes, and if you prefer, use scrapbook paper instead.

DIY cute pumpkins

Stacking Pumpkin Cubes by Kathleen George.

To make Stacking Pumpkin Cubes, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” cubes (or other cube sizes of your choice)*
  • Acrylic craft paint in white and black OR opaque markers (for faces)
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Fabric or scrapbook paper:
    • Orange and yellow prints, 10” x 14” piece per pumpkin
    • Scraps of green and brown
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; liner paintbrush; sponge paintbrush; transfer paper; optional: double-sided iron-on adhesive and iron.

*Hint: Your local Dollar Tree carries 3” x 4” blocks. You can use this size and easily cut a 1” slice from the block to create a 3” x 3” cube.

DIY cute pumpkins

Follow Kathleen’s patterns, or create your own funny faces.

To make Stacking Pumpkin Cubes:

1. Cover the foam cube with fabric (or paper):

  • Center and glue a 3-1/2” square to the top and bottom of a foam cube.
  • Clip corners diagonally, almost to the cube. Fold down and glue excess fabric to the cube.
  • Wrap a 3” x 13” strip of fabric (or paper) around the cube and glue in place.
  • Let glue dry.

2. Brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the foam cube. This preps the fabric for painting. Let dry.

3. Poke a small hole in center top of each pumpkin. To make the stem, tightly roll up a 1-1/2” square of brown fabric. Insert and glue in the hole. Cut off top of stem at a 45° angle.

4. To make the leaves, fuse together two pieces of green fabric. Cut out leaves. Pinch ends together, and using scissors point, push ends into pumpkin next to stem. Add a dab of glue.

5. Paint faces onto the pumpkin cubes. You can use the patterns and transfer paper to mark the pumpkins first, or create your own faces.

DIY cute pumpkins

Use paper or fabric to cover the cubes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Because you can never have too many pumpkins, here are a few more pumpkins to DIY.

DIY pumpkin crafts

Handmade, Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern Card

Top Hat Jack

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins

Elegant, No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

Have you been to the pumpkin patch yet? The apple orchards and garden centers have their pumpkins on display, but I’ve not yet brought any home. Have you?

Happy pumpkin crafting!

Sharon

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Pumpkin crafts and new, no-sew Cowhide Pumpkins

I’ve rustled up a few Cowboy Pumpkins today! No-sew pumpkins are easy enough that I like to experiment with different looks, like the Minky Pumpkins I made last year. One of my experiments was a pretty big craft fail, but that craft fail led me to this version of the Cowhide Pumpkins. Craft Ideas published the Cowboy Pumpkins last year, and now that the magazine is gone, I decided to share them here, too. Cowhide Pumpkins might be unexpected, but that’s half the fun!

DIY No-sew Cowboy Pumpkins

Aren’t these fun?

To make Cowboy Pumpkins, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” balls
  • Fabric, ¼ yd each faux leather and cotton in a cowhide print
  • Pumpkin stems
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; straight pins; bamboo skewer; butter knife
 DIY no-sew Cowboy Pumpkins

You’ll use faux leather and cowhide-print cotton.

To make Cowboy Pumpkins:

1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut a small slice from the top and bottom of the foam ball. Roll the cut edges on a tabletop and use your fingers to gently compress and round the edges to make a pumpkin shape. Carve a small, 1” – 1-1/2” wide hole at the top of the pumpkin to accommodate excess fabric.

Note: For a pumpkin shape that is squatter and less round, cut larger slices from the top and bottom of the foam ball.

2. Use the bamboo skewer to score vertical grooves all around the pumpkin, dividing the ball into 7 – 8 sections. Make the sections different widths, just like a real pumpkin. Go over the score lines with a serrated knife, creating deeper and more distinct grooves.

3. Cover each section with fabric:

  • Cut out a rectangular piece of fabric to roughly fit one of the scored sections, plus a ½” seam all around.
  • Pin the fabric piece in place, and using the score lines as your guide, trim the fabric piece to fit the pumpkin section. Be sure to leave an extra ½” all around for the seam allowance.
  • Using the knife, tuck the fabric seams into the scored grooves. Work back and forth between the sides, till the section is completely tucked in.
  • Hold the knife straight up and down for a cleaner line.
  • If needed, pin the material down in the groove. Push the pins in far enough so they are hidden in the groove.
  • Repeat, till all sections are covered.
  • Trim away excess fabric and threads with nail scissors.

4. Glue a pumpkin stem to the top of the pumpkin.

DIY no-sew Cowboy Pumpkins

A few week’s ago, the remnant bins at my local Joann’s had samples of faux leather.

If Cowhide Pumpkins aren’t your style, no worries. I have lots more no-sew pumpkins — just find your favorite from the links below. And, if you make your own riff on these, let me know. I’d love to see your no-sew pumpkins!

Easy Pumpkin Crafts DIY

First row, left to right:

Pretty Plaid Pumpkins

Minky Fabric Pumpkins 

No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins  (orange & aqua)

Second row, left to right:

No-Sew Silk Pumpkins

No-Sew Patchwork Pumpkins (copper stems)

Third row, left to right:

No-Sew Velvet Pumpkins

Sock & Ribbon Pumpkins  

Sweater Pumpkins

Fourth row, left to right:

No-Sew Burlap Pumpkins

Prairie Point Pumpkin

Cowhide Pumpkins

I have an idea for another variation on these no-sew fabric pumpkins, but I’m not sure I’ll get it done this year . . .

Happy pumpkin crafting!

Sharon  

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Wind up more Christmas yarn crafts: DIY a few Chunky Yarn Trees

I’ve been crafting a lot with yarn this season, and I had this beautiful, chunky yarn left over from my Pom Pom Wreath. I didn’t care for the pom poms I made with this yarn, but I love these DIY, Chunky Yarn Trees. Because the yarn is so thick, you’ll whip up these Yarn Cones in a jiffy. Paired together, the Pom Pom Wreath and Chunky Yarn Trees make a beautiful Christmas vignette. The colors and textures are so soft and understated, and the rusty stars and jingle bells add a rustic element. I may display them all winter long!

DIY Yarn Cones

The chunky yarn wraps up fast.

DIY Yarn Crafts

I love the Pom Pom Wreath and Chunky Yarn Cones paired together.

To make Chunky Yarn Trees, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, 9” x 4”, 9” x 5” and 8” x 4” cones (or other sizes of your choice)
  • Chunky yarn*
  • Metal stars with rust finish, 3*
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins

*I found my stars and yarn at Hobby Lobby.

To make Chunky Yarn Trees:

1. Pin and glue the end of the yarn to the base of the cone. Continue wrapping the cone in yarn, spot gluing as you go. If needed, use straight pins to hold the yarn in place while the glue dries.

2. Spread glue on flat top, wind yarn around top, and trim off excess yarn.

3. Glue stars to tops of trees.

DIY Yarn Crafts

The rusty stars and jingle bells add a rustic touch.

DIY Yarn Cones

I could make more and display a forest of trees on my mantel.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

The chunky yarn I used on the trees was leftover from my Pom Pom Wreath.

I have a few more yarn crafts for you, including these Yarn Ball Ornaments.

DIY Yarn Ball Ornaments

Yarn Ball Ornaments

Keep wrapping, and you’ll enough yarn balls to make a Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath.

DIY Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath

Yarn Ball Christmas Wreath

A while back, Kathleen George shared with us her Christmas Yarn Wreath.

DIY Christmas Yarn Wreath

Christmas Yarn Wreath

Do you have a yarn stash? Or plans to make a few Christmas yarn crafts? I’m kicking around a few more ideas that I hope to share soon . . .

P.S. I don’t want to rush the season, and I’ll have a new Halloween craft next week!

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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Craft a creamy, dreamy Pom Pom Wreath (and there are oodles of ways to make pom poms!)

Pom poms make me happy! They’re soft, playful and fun to make. Yes, I made 80+ pom poms to DIY my Pom Pom Wreath, but it didn’t feel like a chore. I worked on making the pom poms over a few days, and it was worth it – I love this Pom Pom Wreath. I’m not trying to rush into winter, so imagine this Pom Pom Wreath in fall colors, or black & orange for Halloween, or as a spirit wreath in the colors of your local sports team. I also discovered oodles of ways to make pom poms, and I’m linking up several tutorials you might find helpful.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

To make a Pom Pom Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Yarn in white, off white, cream and various textures (I used a white yarn, white fuzzy yarn, sparkly white yarn, and cream yarn)
  • Jingle bells with rusty finish, 3cm
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue or low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff cardboard or other tools to make pom poms*

*I used the Clover Pom-Pom Makers to make pom poms measuring 1-3/8”, 1-5/8”, 2-1/2” and 3-3/8” in dia. However, you don’t need special tools to make the pom poms. Check out the links below for more ways to make pom poms without any special tools.

To make a Pom Pom Wreath:

1. Add a hanger to the wreath: Twist together ends of a 4” chenille stem. Insert and glue in the back of the wreath.

2. Make your pom poms in assorted sizes and yarns. I used the Clover Pom Pom Maker and made pom poms measuring 1-3/8”, 1-5/8”, 2-1/2” and 3-3/8” in diameter. My wreath used 81 pompoms: 13 sparkly pompoms; 19 white pompoms; 27 fuzzy white pompoms; and 22 cream pompoms.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

It’s like a pom pom explosion!

3. Arrange the pompoms around the outer edge and inner edge of the wreath first. Glue in place.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

Arrange your pom poms around the outside and inside edges first.

4. Fill in the front of the wreath with pompoms. Arrange first, and then glue in place.

5. Glue six jingle bells to wreath.

DIY a Pom Pom wreath

Be sure to choose different yarns to add subtle color and texture to your wreath.

DIY Pom Pom Wreath

I thought about calling this wreath a Snowball Pom Pom Wreath.

I poked around on YouTube and and was amazed that there are so many ways to make pom poms. The easiest method uses no tools  at all and you simply wrap the yarn around your fingers — just follow this video to see how.

I remember using cardboard squares to make pom poms, and it’s easy enough. Surely you have a piece of cardboard around the house you can use, so watch this video and see how to make pom poms with a cardboard scrap.

This video also uses cardboard, cut in a template similar to a donut.

How about making a pom pom sandwich? This is a fun technique for making pom poms and it uses cardboard tubes.

And finally, I was amazed at this technique to quickly make multiple pom poms using a chair! This is one way to whip up what you need to make this Pom Pom Wreath!

While I was poking around online, I saw that Clover also has a pom pom-maker for heart-shape pom poms. How cute is that!? 🙂

What’s your favorite way to make pom poms?

Happy crafting!

Sharon 

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It’s creepy, it’s crawly, it’s Halloween Spider Web String Art

Recently, I took an early morning walk and the dew was heavy – throughout the field, spider webs sparkled and dripped with dew. It occurred to me, spiders are experts at string art. Why not DIY Spider Web String Art for Halloween? And that’s exactly what Debi Schmitz did. Yes, it’s creepy and it’s crawly, but this Halloween Spider Web String Art is perfect for Halloween. It’s string art made the easy – no hammers and no pounding! (And I have the winners of the Back-to-School Craft Kit Giveaway.)

DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

To make Halloween Spider Web String Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Fabric, ½ yd in purple
  • Escutcheon pins in gold, 3/4”
  • Crystal metallic embroidery floss, one skein
  • 1 package 7/8” sequin pins with flat heads
  • Pompoms, 1” in black, four
  • Chenille stems, two 3mm, in black
  • Pearl head straight pins in white, four
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2 yds in Halloween print
  • U-pin or other metal hangar for the back
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; ruler; chalk pencil or disappearing marker; optional: iron

To make Halloween Spider Web String Art:

1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and score a 12” x 12” square on the foam sheet. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap and cut out the square.

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Measure and cut a 12″ square.

2. If needed, iron the fabric. Cut 16” x 16” and 13” x 13” pieces from the fabric.

3. Center the foam square on the reverse side of the 16” x 16” fabric piece. Wrap the fabric around the foam square, just like wrapping a present. Be sure the fabric is smooth and taut in front, and carefully fold the fabric at the corners to keep fabric flat and square. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.

4. Center 13” x 13” fabric piece on the back, and glue edges all around. Let dry, and then trim away any excess fabric.

5. On the back, measure 1-1/2” down from the center of one edge. This is where you’ll add a hanger. Dip ends of a U-pin in glue, and insert into the back. Let glue dry.

6. With a chalk pencil or disappearing marker, lightly draw the spider web design on the front of the square. Follow the diagram and use a ruler to make sure it’s straight and centered.

DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

Add the pins, as indicated on the diagram.

7. Dip points of escutcheon pins into glue, and then insert pins halfway into the foam sheet where indicated by the diagram. Let glue dry.

8. Knot the embroidery floss around the middle nail. Wrap floss, keeping it taut, around the escutcheon pins in this order:

  • From the center, work your way to the end of one “spoke”, wrapping floss around each pin.
  • Repeat, wrapping the floss around the pins again and back to the center.
  • Wrap all eight spokes in the same manner.
  • Wrap the thread around each pin in the inner circle.
  • Repeat, wrapping each pin in the middle circle, and then the outer circle.
  • To finish, wrap floss around a pin in the middle circle on the spoke to the left.
  • Let floss hang down, off the picture.
  • Spot glue the wrapped pins, where needed, to help hold floss in place.
DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

First, you’ll wrap the spokes. Then, wrap the circles, working from the inside out.

9. Make the spiders:

  • Glue two pompoms together.
  • Insert pearl head straight pins for eyes.
  • Cut a chenille stem into four equal pieces.
  • Tightly twist lengths together in the center, and shape into eight spider legs.
  • Glue legs to spider body.
  • Glue spiders to the string art.

10. Glue Halloween ribbon around outside edge of the artwork. If needed, pin in place while glue dries.

DIY Halloween Spider Web String Art

This would be a fun group craft for older kids or teens. Since you don’t need a hammer, there’s no danger of smashing a finger!

If you’d like to make a few spiders for your String Art, how about these Itsy Bitsy Spiders?

DIY Halloween spiders

Itsy Bitsy Halloween Spiders by Kathleen George

Here’s one of the beautiful spider webs I saw on my early morning walk. It was a cool morning and felt more like fall than summer. Are you seeing signs of fall, too?

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The field was filled with hundreds of these webs, all sparkling in the early morning light.

Fall means it’s back-to-school time, too, and I have the winners of the Back-to-School Craft Kit Giveaway. LisaM6 and Barb Macaskill each win two Project Brick Kits and two Solar System Kits — one to keep and one to share with their teacher. Congratulations! Please contact me for the details.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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