How to make a Sock Penguin

It’s Penguin Awareness Day and to celebrate, Debra Quartermain is sharing an adorable, DIY Sock Penguin. This little penguin got the memo about casual Friday and instead of a fancy tux, Debra’s little penguin sports a casual, polka-dot turtleneck sweater. Too cute! Debra and others have shared oodles of penguins on Crafts ‘n Coffee, and I’ve also linked to a round up of penguin crafts.  (If you love a good sock craft, don’t miss Debra’s Sock Owls.)

DIY Sock Penguin

Sock Penguin by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Sock Penguin, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: One each 1-1/2” and 3” balls
  • Socks: one white tube sock and one polka dot sock
  • Felt, 9” x 12” sheet in white, black and orange
  • Buttons: two ¼” and two ½”, in pastel colors
  • Pompoms: 1” in white and 2” in black
  • Pearl head quilt pins in black, two
  • Floss, ½ yd. in white
  • Powdered blush or chalk in pink
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; paper; ruler; round toothpick

To make a Sock Penguin:

1. Build the body: Press one side of the 3” ball on a tabletop, flattening it so that it will stand on its own. Press one side of the 1-1/2” ball on the table. Pick and glue the two balls together by placing a dab of glue on the ends of the toothpick, and inserting it into the round top of the 3” ball and the flattened side of the 1-1/2” ball. Add glue and press the two pieces firmly together.

2. Stretch the white tube sock over the body, beginning with the head. Pull the sock all the way down so it covers the bottom ball. Cut off the excess sock, and stretch and glue the ends to the bottom of the ball. Add pins if needed to help hold the sock in place. Keep the sock as smooth as possible so the penguin will stand.

3. Sweater: Measure 5” down from the top (cuff) of the sock, and cut. With the cut edge at the top and the cuff at the bottom, pull the tube down over the penguin. Roll the top of the sock tube at the neck to make a turtleneck. Glue two ½” buttons to front.

4. Cut another 5” length of sock and turn inside out. Tie off one end with floss for top of hat. Turn right side out. Roll up open end 1” to make a cuff. Stretch the hat onto the penguin’s head. Glue two 1/4” buttons to the cuff.

5. Blush cheeks. Insert quilt pins for eyes.

6. Using the patterns, cut out the following:

  • A beak and two feet from orange felt.
  • Two feet and two wings from white felt.
  • Two wings from black felt.

7. Pinch beak in half and glue in place.

8. Glue the white feet to the orange feet, and the white wings to the black wings.

9. Glue feet to bottom of penguin. Glue wing ends to either side of penguin.

10. Glue white pompom to top of hat and black pompom in place as tail.

DIY Sock Penguin

Don’t you love his casual wardrobe?

Adorable! If you’re looking for a more formal penguin, suited up in tux, or penguins skiing, sledding, fishing, or even napping, don’t miss this Penguin Craft Round Up.

The best DIY penguin crafts! has crafty, weekend plans? I’ll be at Creativation in Phoenix, which is the new name for the CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) Show. It’s a new name, new venue, new adventure! I also hope to see Debra Quartermain while I’m at the show. You can stop in and say “hello” to Debra right now over on her blog.

Happy crafting!


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DIY a Rustic, Heart Memo Board pretty enough for year-round

This Rustic Heart Memo Board will add a vintage vibe to your Valentine’s Day décor. Kathleen George walks you through an amazing transformation with a faux rust finish made from nothing more than acrylic craft paint. If you’d rather use a faux finish kit, that will work, too, and you’ll find a few recommendations over on the Rustic Folk Art Angels. Whichever method you use, the results are beautiful, and you’ll want to display this Memo Board all year long.

DIY vintage, faux finish Memo Board in a heart shape

Rustic Heart Memo Board by Kathleen George.

To make a Rustic, Heart Memo Board, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Newspaper, paper bag, or other paper (for pattern)
  • Acrylic craft paint in red iron oxide, dark green, and antique gold
  • Painter’s canvas, primed or unprimed, 1/2 yd.
  • Gesso (if using unprimed canvas)
  • Pressure-sensitive copper foil tape
  • Ribbon, sheer gold metallic
  • Brass brads, four
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and bar of soap or old candle; straight pins; pencil; black marker; paintbrushes: medium flat and stiff round; natural sponge; work gloves or gardening gloves

To make a Rustic, Heart Memo Board:

1. Sketch a heart pattern on newspaper, an old paper bag, or other sheet of paper. Pin the pattern to the foam sheet, and trace around it with a sharp pencil. Remove the pattern and if needed, draw over the score line with a black marker.

2. Wax the knife with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut out the heart. Sand away crumbs and rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

3. Place the pattern on the painter’s canvas, and trace around it. Cut out the heart and glue to the foam heart using thick, white craft glue.

4. Glue a 1” wide strip of canvas around the edges of the foam heart. If needed, pin canvas strip to the heart while the glue dries. Remove the pins after the glue dries.

5. If you’re using primed canvas, skip to Step 6. If you’re using unprimed canvas, follow the directions on the Gesso container and apply one or two coats of Gesso to the canvas. Let dry. If there are a few imperfections, that’s o.k. and they will add to the rustic appeal.

6. Create the “rusty” faux finish:

  • Paint the front and sides of the heart red iron oxide.
  • Using a slightly damp sponge, add patches of dark green.
  • Using the sponge, add patches of antique gold.
  • Rinse sponge well, and then use the sponge to soften the hard edges where the colors overlap.
  • Add more red iron oxide where the finish is uneven, and use the sponge to blend.
  • Continue to add paint until you like the finish. (Remember, this is a rustic finish and it doesn’t have to be perfect!)
  • Let dry.

7. Put on gloves. Press copper foil tape onto the heart, so that half of the tape is on the front, and fold the other half down onto the sides.

8. Add brads in a vertical row down the front of the heart.

9. Tie a 14” length of ribbon in a bow, with a big loop for a hanger. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the heart.

DIY vintage, faux finish Memo Board in a heart shape

Kathleen pins vintage photos on her memo board. How would you use your Rustic Heart Memo Board?

Have you had success with faux finishes? Do you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share?

Happy crafting!

P.S. We’re celebrating Penguin Awareness Day on Friday! You don’t want to miss it!



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It’s darling! Here’s how to DIY a Valentine’s Day Snowman

How about a Valentine’s Day Snowman that will melt the coldest of hearts? Making this DIY, Valentine’s Day Snowman is as easy as wrapping soft, chenille yarn around balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam – no boots, no mittens and no snow needed. I made him in just an hour or two, so if you start winding your balls now, you’ll have him wrapped up well before dinnertime. And that gives you plenty of time to sit back and sip a cup of cocoa. (If you’re a fan of chenille yarn, don’t miss this easy, Winter Yarn Wreath.)

DIY easy Valentine's Day Snowman tutorial

This soft, chenille yarn snowman is easy enough that the kids can make one, too.

To make a Valentine’s Day Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-1/2”, 3” and 4” balls
  • Chenille yarn in white & pink (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Sock (hat)
  • Felt or fleece, 14” x 5/8” strip (scarf)
  • Wired twine (arms)
  • Glittered heart ornament
  • Buttons, three
  • Black beads
  • Acrylic craft paint in orange
  • Wood skewer
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; permanent marker in black; wire cutters

To make a Valentine’s Day Snowman:

1. Flatten one side of the 4” ball on a tabletop, so that the ball will stand and not roll. Pin and glue one end of the yarn to the ball, and wrap the ball till it’s completely covered. Pin and glue the other end in place. Repeat, wrapping the 2-1/2” and 3” balls in yarn.

2. Dip both ends of two toothpicks in glue, and pick and glue together the 4” and 3” balls. Repeat, adding the 2-1/2” ball to the snowman.

Easy DIY Snowman craft with yarn and styrofoam

Paint a wood skewer for his nose, and add beads for the eyes and mouth.

3. Paint the pointed end of the wooden skewer orange, and let dry. Clip off the end, and insert it into the snowman’s face for his nose.

4. Press two beads into the snowman’s head for eyes, and then remove each bead and glue in place.

5. Pin on beads for the snowman’s mouth. Color the heads of the pins with a black, permanent marker.

6. Tie a 14” x 5/8” strip of felt or fleece around the snowman’s neck. Cut fringe in the ends.

7. From the top of the sock, measure and mark a 9” long triangle with a rounded tip. Cut out the triangle, but DO NOT CUT through the cuff! The sock cuff also serves as the cuff on the hat, so it needs to be intact. Turn the triangle inside out and glue the seam. Let glue dry and then turn the hat right side out. Place hat on the snowman’s head.

how to DIY a snowman hat from a sock

Measure down about 9″ from the top of the sock, and cut an elongated triangle with a curved tip. Do NOT cut the cuff!

DIY Snowman hat from a sock

Turn inside out and glue the cut edges together.

DIY Snowman hat from a sock.

Turn right side out and you have a hat!

8. Glue three buttons to the middle ball.

9. Fold in half a length of wired twine, and twist together, forming hands and arms. Using a wood skewer, poke holes in each side of the middle ball for the arms. Insert and glue the arms into the holes.

10. Position hands to the front, and glue a glittered heart into the snowman’s hands.

DIY easy Snowman craft with Styrofoam and yarn

His heart is a leftover Christmas ornament. I saw bags of glittered hearts at a dollar store, too.

I hope you’ll build this sweet, Valentine’s Day Snowman. I really had fun making him, and I think you will, too. Have you pulled out your Valentine ’s Day decorations?

Happy crafting!


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Three times the fun: DIY Snowman Wall Art

Brrrr! We’re coming out of a cold snap, and I like that I can admire this darling, DIY Snowman Wall Art while sitting inside by the fire. And there’s no better time than a snowy day to DIY these cuties. The smiling, snowman faces will warm the coldest day, and designer Debi Schmitz has packed this Snowman Wall Art with so much detail. She even cut apart a plaid shirt and dressed her snowmen in buttons, bows, cuffs, a collar and a pompom hat. This project can be spread out over a few days, and it’s definitely worth the time it takes! (If you saved your scraps after making the Mad for Plaid Ornaments, now is the time to get them out and use them up!)

DIY Snowman Wall Art picture tutorial

Snowman Wall Art by Debi Schmitz.

You can always make a smaller picture, too, and frame just one or two snowman heads. It’s easy enough to adjust the measurements and cut the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam to size.

DIY Favorite Snowman Crafts tutorials

If you like, make the picture smaller. Cut a smaller background and frame, and make a picture with one snowman.

To make the Snowman Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
    • 1” x 6” discs, three
  • Flannel fabric, 1/3 yd.
  • Felt, 2/3 yd., to match the flannel fabric (Debi used tan)
  • Flannel shirt, boy’s size 6/7
  • Felt, white, one square
  • Corks, three each 1 ¼”, 1”, & ¾”
  • Buttons, black:
    • Six, 7/8”
    • 15, ½”
  • Acrylic craft paint in orange
  • Textured snow paint
  • Straight pins, 7/8”
  • U-pin (hanger)
  • Round toothpicks, 36
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife or Xacto® knife; plastic knife; paintbrush, ½”; a few hardback books; needle & thread; optional: felt tip marker; rotary cutter and cutting mat
DIY easy snowman craft tutorials

Another shot of those three smiling faces! Don’t the felt eyelids add personality?

To make the Snowman Wall Art:

1. Using the ruler and a sharp pencil, measure and mark the following on the 1” sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Optional: Trace over the lines with a marker so they’re easier to see.

  • 10” x 24” rectangle (background)
  • Two, 1” x 24” strips (frame sides)
  • Two, 1” x 8” strips (frame top & bottom)

2. Cut out the foam pieces with a serrated knife or Xacto knife. If using a serrated knife, wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle for smoother cutting. When done, sand any rough edges with a scrap piece of foam.

3. Cut the following rectangles from the felt yardage:

  • 14” x 28”
  • 10” x 24”

4. Spread a thin layer of thick, white craft glue over the front of the 10” x 24” foam rectangle (background). Center 14” x 28” tan felt on the background, and smooth out the felt with your hands. Tightly wrap the felt around the corners and sides, and glue and pin to the back. Let dry. Trim away excess felt.

5. Glue the 10” x 24” felt piece to the back. Let glue dry.

6. Assemble the frame with toothpicks and glue at each corner. The top and bottom pieces will go inside the two side pieces. The finished frame should measure 10” wide and 24” long.

How to DIY Snowman Wall Art

First, cover the background in felt. Next, you’ll pick and glue together the frame. After that, you’ll wrap the frame in flannel strips.

7. Cut six, 1-½” wide strips of flannel fabric. Glue and pin one end of a flannel strip to the frame and wrap it around the frame on the diagonal, slightly overlapping the fabric with each pass. Glue and pin the other end to the frame. Repeat, adding additional strips, till the frame is covered.

8. Assemble the frame and background:

  • Dip toothpicks in glue, and insert in the back of the frame.
  • Space the toothpicks 4” – 5” apart, and 1” from the edge.
  • Spread glue between the toothpicks, too.
  • Center the frame on the background and gently press the frame in place. Be careful so the frame and/or toothpicks do not break!
  • Turn over the picture, and place books on top to help hold the frame in place while the glue dries.
DIY Snowman Wall Art

Dip toothpicks in glue, and insert them into the back side of the frame. Very gently pick and glue the frame to the background.

9. Hanger: Dip the ends of a U-pin in glue, and center and insert the U-pin facing down in the back of the picture, 2” down from the top edge. Carefully bend the U-pin at the center and flip it up for a hanger.

10. Spread the textured snow paint on the front and sides of each disc. Let dry.

DIY Snowman Wall Art

You’ll dress the top snowman in a collar cut from a boy’s shirt.

11. Glue together with the glue gun one large, one medium, and one small cork for the carrot noses. Paint orange.

12. Insert three, glue-dipped toothpicks into the back of each disc. Using low-temp glue, pick and glue the discs to the wall hanging.

13. Make the snowman faces:

  • Cut six eyelids from white felt using the eyelid pattern.
  • Glue on the 7/8″ button eyes, felt eyelids, and carrot noses.
  • Arrange and glue five, ½” buttons to each face for a smile.
DIY cute snowman craft tutorials

Tie a flannel strip into a bow for the middle snowman.

14. Cut the button placket from the sleeve of the flannel shirt; it should measure about 1” x 7”. Glue the strip to the top right corner or the frame. Repeat with the other sleeve, and glue to the bottom left corner.

15. Cut the collar from the flannel shirt and glue to the neck of the top snowman.

16. Cut a 1” x 12” strip from the flannel fabric (not the shirt), tie in a bow, and glue to the middle snowman.

DIY Snowman Wall Art

The bottom snowman sports a bow tie and a pompom cap.

17. Bottom snowman:

  • Cut a 2” x 24” strip of flannel fabric, tie in a bow, and glue under his chin.
  • Cut a 4” x 14” strip from the flannel shirt.
  • Fold up ½” along one long edge, and glue in place; fold up ½” again and glue in place.
  • Glue the hemmed edge onto his head at a slight angle.
  • Gather the open edge into a scrunched point and glue.
  • Cut a 2” x 12” strip of shirt flannel. Fold in half to measure 2” x 6”. Gather one long edge with needle and thread, pull tight and knot. Cut fringe along the other edge to make a pompom and glue to the top of the hat.
DIY Snowman Wall Art picture

Here’s the trio!

If you’re like me and you don’t like to put holes in your walls, hanging this Snowman Wall Art couldn’t be easier. The finished picture is very lightweight, and you can use Command Hooks from 3M to hang it. No hammers and no holes!

How has your winter been? Did you just experience this cold snap, too? For those who like to watch the snow fall while staying toasty warm inside, I’ll have another snowman craft on Friday! See you then.

Happy crafting.


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Welcome back! A year in review; a big “thank you”; and a craft emergency!

Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were wonderful, and packed with family, friends and fun! Today I have the “best of” Crafts ‘n Coffee from 2016, but first, I want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to both the many new followers and those of you who have followed Crafts ‘n Coffee since way back when. I’m so glad you’re here, and I hope you’ll join in and leave a comment from time to time. You are the absolute best!

DIY easy String Art Heart tutorial

Easy, String-Art Heart

Now, here are the favorite crafts of 2016. I bet some of these are your favorites, too. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and last year, this String Art Heart was one of the top projects on Crafts ‘n Coffee for the second year in a row. If you’ve not yet made this Valentine’s Day String Art Heart, perhaps this is the year you add it to your list. (Check out the Gold & Glittering String Art Heart, too.)

DIY String Art Heart easy tutorial

Gold & Glittering String Art Heart by Patty Schaffer.

The Red & White Deco Mesh Topiary is another repeat winner. Patty Schaffer designed this Christmas topiary several years ago, and it’s been a hit ever since.

how to DIY Deco Mesh Topiary for Christmas

You can do what I did and recreate Patty’s Deco Mesh Topiary for Valentine’s Day. It’s another one for your Valentine’s Day craft list!

How to DIY a Deco Mesh Topiary

Valentine’s Day Deco Mesh Topiary

Crafts ‘n Coffee readers love to craft for Christmas, and these no-sew Patchwork Fabric Ornaments made from old shirts pulled in the readers in 2016. Patty Schaffer showed us how to make three different ornaments from second-hand shirts, and the Mad for Plaid & Paisley series links to all three tutorials.

DIY no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments easy

The velvet trim adds a little luxury to these ornaments made with second-hand shirts.

If you’ve been around for other “best of” recaps, you know that snowmen always land a top spot. This Sweater Snowman and other frosty cuties made with repurposed socks, stockings and sweaters were all favorites in 2016. (And wait till you see a few of the darling snowmen in the works for this year!)

DIY sweater snowman from an old sweater

Sweater Snowman by Kathleen George.

And last but not least, the tutorials for science fair projects and other school assignments scored big. In 2016, Kathleen George shared with us her tutorials for a Plant Cell Model and an Animal Cell Model, and they quickly rose to the top of the class. If 2017 is the year for a science fair in your house, bookmark these tutorials.

Top DIY tutorials for science fairs and school projects

It’s fun to see what readers loved the most each year. Those stats, along with your comments and suggestions, help me plan for the year ahead. This year, we’ll have more sweet snowmen; sparkling Christmas crafts; Valentine’s Day crafts you’ll adore; school projects; activities for the kids; and so much more. What else should I include? Besides Christmas, for what other holidays or occasions do you craft and decorate?

I have a special “thank you” for the top commenters of 2016 – Barb Macaskill, Angie Dyer, Anne Haun and Lisa M6. You ladies are superstar crafters, and I look forward to hearing from you every week. Please contact me so I can tell you about your thank-you goodies.

Finally, I have to tell you about the craft emergency I had over the holidays – my Mod Podge ran out, not once but three times! If you follow Crafts ‘n Coffee on Instagram, you might have seen the photo below. I was crafting like crazy over the holidays and I used up every last drop in three jars of Mod Podge! I’m back in business now with a jumbo, 32-ounce jar of Mod Podge. Phew! Who else has had a craft emergency?

Mod Podge for DIY crafts

Yikes! I went through three jars of Mod Podge this holiday season!

DIY the best snowman crafts

Isn’t he cute?

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

Happy crafting!


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A favorite Christmas craft: No-Sew, Christmas Sock Owls!

I have one more Christmas craft to share this year, and it’s one of my favorites. Do you remember the No-Sew Sock Owls Debra Quartermain shared with us earlier this year? I thought they were adorable, and I’ve reimagined them with Christmas socks. These Christmas Sock Owls are super fun and easy, I hope you’ll give them a try this holiday season. It’s a Christmas craft that’s perfect to share with family, friends, neighbors, Scout troops, classrooms — really, just about anyone can DIY these Sock Owls.

DIY easy No-Sew Sock Owls with Christmas socks

To make your Christmas Sock Owls, just follow the original No-Sew Sock Owl tutorial and make your owls with Christmas socks. Then, accessorize your cuties for the holidays.

How to DIY no-sew Sock Owls for Christmas

I made the mini Christmas wreath with a chenille stem.

For the red Sock Owl, I made a Christmas wreath from a chenille stem, and decorated it with a red bow and red, pearl head pins. I wrapped a felt strip around the green Sock Owl for a scarf, and twisted together red and white chenille stems to make his candy cane.

DIY easy, no-sew Christmas Sock Owls

Here are the original No-Sew Sock Owls.

DIY easy no-sew Sock Owls

Aren’t they cute?

So now it’s time to say have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! I hope you have many magical moments to share with family and friends in the weeks ahead. Behind the scenes here at Crafts ‘n Coffee, in addition to doing a little decorating and baking, I’ll be crafting for the coming year. We have some fun plans to share in 2017!

I will see you on January 6, 2017!

Happy Christmas crafting!


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DIY classic Starburst Ornaments made with toothpicks

These Starburst Ornaments are a favorite DIY ornament. They’re easy enough for kids to make, and cool enough that adults love them, too. The retro, sputnik style glistens with a lavish sprinkling of glitter, and humble toothpicks never looked so glamorous! The best part – you can make these Starburst Ornaments in five easy steps. Get the kids in on it, make a pile of these Starburst Ornaments, and you can go from decorating your Christmas tree to a sparkling New Year’s Eve Centerpiece!

DIY Glittered Starburst Christmas Ornaments with toothpicks and Styrofoam balls

To make Starburst Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-1/2” balls
  • Toothpicks, 50 per ball
  • Acrylic craft paint in gold metallic
  • Micro glitter in gold
  • Satin ribbon, 1/8” wide
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Wooden skewer; stiff bristle paintbrush; box top or newspaper

To make Starburst Ornaments:

  1. Insert a skewer into the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to use as a handle. Paint the ball gold, and let dry.
  2. Insert 50 toothpicks, evenly spaced, all around the ball.
  3. Brush a generous coat of Mod Podge onto the foam ball and all sides of the toothpicks.
  4. While the Mod Podge is still wet, sprinkle generously with gold micro glitter. Work over a cookie sheet or gift box so you can reuse the excess glitter. Let dry.
  5. Remove the skewer. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Squeeze glue into the hole left behind by the skewer, and insert the knot into the hole.

DIY Glittered Starburst Ornaments with toothpicks and Styrofoam balls.

If the kids are looking for something to do over Christmas vacation, put them in charge of making this dazzling, New Year’s Eve Centerpiece.

DIY Retro Starburst Christmas Tree with Starburst Ornaments made with toothpicks and Styrofoam balls. s

Retro Starburst Christmas Tree

How’s your Christmas prep going? Are the cookies baked, tree decorated and gifts wrapped? Or are you still working down the list? I know I have a long way to go!

Happy Christmas crafting.


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A Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament, perfect for beginners

Another sweet, DIY ornament today! A few readers told me they love the look of needle felting, but they’re afraid to try it. This DIY, Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament is the perfect place to start. The “frosting” is felted right onto the top of the cupcake, and you don’t have to shape the fibers into a complex figure. Still not sure you want to try it? Then check out the Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornament I shared on Tuesday. Read on for a mini round-up of more than a dozen cupcake crafts – all calorie free!

So cute for the tree! DIY easy, Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament on

To make a Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2-1/2” ball and 5” cone
  • Wool roving, ¼ oz., in natural
  • Felt balls in assorted colors, 1 cm.
  • Ribbed sock, adult size, in pink (or other color of your choice)
  • Trims:
    • Ricrac in pink and light green
    • Pink ball trim
  • Felt, small scrap
  • Needle & thread (to match sock)
  • Fabric adhesive
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Angelina Fibers
  • Tools needed: Scissors; tape measure; marker; felting needle*; round toothpicks; straight pins; waxed dental floss OR serrated knife and a bar of soap or old candle.

*Note:  Needle felting needles are extremely sharp and should be used with caution. Do not let children use the felting needles.

To make a Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament:

1. Measure 2” up from the wide end of the cone, and mark a cutting line all around the cone. Slice through the cone with dental floss or a serrated knife (wax the knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle for smoother cutting). The 2” base will serve as the base of the cupcake.

2. Cut the 2-1/2” ball in half.

3. Insert the 2” cone base into the sock, narrow end first, till the wide end of the cone is about ¼” below the top of the sock. Cut away the bottom of the pink sock, leaving about 1” of extra fabric. Stitch a gathering stitch around the cut edge, pull thread, and knot off. Be sure you still have ¼” extra sock at the top.

4. Squeeze glue onto several toothpicks, and insert into the flat side of a half ball. Pick and glue the half ball onto the wide end of the cone, making sure to tuck the edge of the sock under the ball.

5. Place a small amount of wool roving on the half ball, and insert the felting needle through the roving and into the STYROFOAM Brand Foam. This will automatically “lock” the fibers onto the foam ball. Repeat, till the fibers are firmly attached. Continue felting roving onto the ball, until the ball is covered.

6. Trim the cupcake with ricrac and pink ball trim.

7. Trace the cupcake bottom onto felt.  Cut out the circle and glue to the bottom of the cupcake.

Cute way to decorate these felted, cupcake ornaments.

The wool felt balls are like sprinkles on top! The Angelina Fibers are optional, but if you look closely, you’ll see that they add extra sparkle.

8. Glue felt balls to the top of the cupcake.

9. Glue together ends of a 6” length of ricrac, and glue loop to the top of the cupcake for a hanger.

10. Optional: For extra sparkle, place small wisps of Angelina Fibers on the top of the cupcake.

Sweet, DIY Christmas Ornament! DIY Needle-Felted Christmas Ornament on

Needle-Felted Cupcake Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

Cute, right? While this Felted Cupcake Ornament is easy enough, kids shouldn’t work with a felting needle – they’re super sharp! If little hands in your house are eager to make their own cupcake ornament, suggest they make a Pompom Cupcake Ornament instead. Who doesn’t love a pompom topped cupcake?

Fun DIY for the kids -- Pompom Cupcake Ornament on

Pompom Cupcake Ornament by Kathleen George

If your crafty sweet tooth is still not satisfied, maybe one of these 20+ cupcake crafts will do the trick!

Adorable, DIY Cupcake crafts! All on

Why so many cupcake crafts this year? We celebrated the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM Brand Foam this year. You might remember this 1946 cover from Plastics magazine, which I shared earlier this year. I love that one of the first creative uses for STYROFOAM Brand Foam was to decorate a Christmas tree. We’ve been part of holiday traditions for decades, and in fact, for generations!

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

Plastics magazine, December, 1946.

Old fashion reindeer sequins!

I remember these from when I was a kid, and they came in lots of colors. We pinned the reindeer sequins onto balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to make Christmas ornaments.

Do you remember crafting Christmas ornaments with STYROFOAM Brand Foam when you were a kid? I do! We made ornaments covered in sequins, including sequins shaped like reindeer. (These aren’t easy to find, but Fire Mountain Gems carries reindeer sequins in green.)

Happy Christmas crafting!


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DIY cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornaments

If you’ve followed Crafts ‘n Coffee this year, you may have noticed a few yummy, cupcake crafts, like those mouthwatering Cupcake Bouquets. Mmmmm! Today’s Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornament may not be as tasty, but it’s still sweet as can be. Wouldn’t this look darling on your tree? If you’re looking for DIY gift ideas, these Cupcake Ornaments are easy enough to make multiples.

Cute cupcake ornaments! Great DIY gift idea, too.

To make a Cupcake Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Cupcake liner
  • Floral pick with red berries
  • Textured snow paint (Rebekah used DecoArt® Snow-Tex®)
  • Glitter glue in red and blue*
  • Dimensional paint in shiny white (Rebekah used Scribbles®)
  • Craft wire
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; foam paintbrush

*You could substitute red and blue acrylic craft paint.

To make a Cupcake Ornament:

  1. Insert the pencil into your ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and use it as a handle. Paint a thin, even layer of textured snow paint on to the ball. Let dry.
  1. Squeeze glue onto the top of the ball, dripping it to look like scalloped frosting. While wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
  1. Squeeze glitter glue onto the scalloped “frosting”, and use fingers to shape it to match the scallops. (If using acrylic paint instead, carefully brush it on ith a dry brush and sprinkle with glitter while wet.)
  1. Outline scallop with glitter glue. Let dry.
  1. Outline scallop edge again, this time with the dimensional paint.
  1. Glue ball into the cupcake liner.
  1. Remove a red berry from the floral pick. Glue berry to the top of the cupcake.
  1. Twist a 3” length of craft wire into a loop. Glue ends in the hole in the top of the berry.
Sweet ornaments, and great DIY gift idea, too.

Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornaments by Rebekah Meier

For a memorable hostess gift, pair a Cute-as-can-be Cupcake Ornament with a Cupcake Bouquet. Once the real cupcakes are gone, the ornament will serve as a keepsake. I don’t have a Christmas theme Cupcake Bouquet, but with a few tweaks, the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet would be a festive way to say “Merry Christmas”.

Beautiful -- and yummy! Make a Cupcake Bouquet on

Add more red and white cupcakes to replace the pink cupcakes, and you have a Christmas Cupcake Bouquet.

I have a few more easy Christmas crafts to share this week and next while we’re in Christmas countdown mode. In the meantime, I hope you’re finding time to enjoy the holiday season, and a cupcake or two, as well!

Happy Christmas crafting.


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How to make the cutest, Candy Cane Snowman

What do you get when you add Christmas + a Snowman? A Candy Cane Snowman! You are going to love the DIY, snowman craft Debra Quartermain shares with us today. From the tip of his candy cane skis to the pompom on his bright red stocking cap, this Candy Cane Snowman is irresistible. I don’t think he needs much of an introduction – just take a peek below and you’ll want to DIY your own Candy Cane Snowman.

DIY Candy Cane Snowman on

You’ll want add this cutie to your Snowman collection!

To make a Candy Cane Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One each: 2-1/2″ and 1-1/2″ balls
    • One 6” egg
  • Fleece:
    • White, 1/6 yd.
    • Red, 1/4 yd.
  • Fabric, red & white check, 2-1/2″ x 45″
  • Fiberfill stuffing, or four cotton balls
  • Embroidery floss in red
  • Pompom, 2” in white
  • Buttons, 1/2″ in white, two
  • Beads, 8mm in black, two
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Candy canes, 8″ long, four (do not unwrap)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; straight pins; embroidery needle; iron & ironing board

To make a Candy Cane Snowman:

1. Wax the serrated knife with a candle stub or bar of soap. Cut thin slices from opposite ends of the foam egg and from one side of the 2-1/2” foam ball. Cut in half the 1-1/2” ball. (Hint: Clean up any bits of foam crumbs on your work table before moving on to Step 2.)

2. Cut the following from the white fleece:

  • 6″ x 12″ rectangle (body)
  • 5″ circle (head)
  • Two 3″ circles (hands)

3. Fold red fleece in half so you have a 9” x 22” rectangle. Fold in half again to measure 9” x 11”. Using the patterns*, cut the following from the red fleece:

  • Sweater: Place sweater pattern on folded fleece, making sure the “center” and the “sleeve” are on folds, as indicated on the pattern.
  • Nose (see sweater pattern)
  • Hat: Cut an 8″ x 11″ rectangle. Fold rectangle in half and using pattern, cut out hat.
  • *Note: Be sure to enlarge the patterns as indicated! 

4. Center the 2-1/2” ball on the wrong side of the 5” circle of white fleece. The cut side of the ball should face up, and the rounded side down. Gather fleece evenly up over flat side of head, pulling tight; glue fleece to the foam to secure. If needed, pin fabric in place till glue holds. Trim away excess fabric.

5. Choose smoothest side of the ball for the face. Use scissors point to make two holes for eyes in foam, 3/8″ apart. Glue beads in place, pushing firmly into holes. Glue nose to face. Use fingertip to apply blush to cheeks.

The most adorable, Candy Cane Snowman on


6. Use three strands red floss to stitch a 2″ smile. Bring embroidery needle from back of head, through the foam ball to the face. Stitch mouth through the fleece only. To finish, take floss back through foam ball to back of head; knot and clip thread.

7. Wrap the 6″ x 12″ white fleece rectangle round the foam egg, keeping the fleece smooth and even, and overlapping the edges at the back. Glue fleece to secure. Gather fleece evenly under flat base of egg, pulling tight; glue fleece to foam to secure. Trim excess fabric.

8. Hands: Center each half ball, rounded side down, on the wrong side of the 3” fleece circle. Apply a line of glue around the edge of the fleece circle. Glue fleece to the flat sides of hands.

9. Place sweater on work surface, right sides together and underarms aligned. Glue underarm seams; let dry. Clip corners and turn sweater right side out. Repeat for hat.

Candy Cane Snowman on

Glue the candy cane poles to the hands, and then glue the hands to the body.

10. Place check fabric right side down on ironing board. Fold each long edge in 3/4″ and press, creating 1″ x 45″ strip.

11. Apply glue to neck end of body. Place sweater over top of body and then glue flat side of head to neck. Stuff sleeves lightly with fiberfill or cotton balls. Glue hands into bottoms of sleeves with flat sides toward body; do not glue hands to body. Glue hat on head and pompom to tip. Let dry.

12. Wrap check trim around the edge of the hat, neck, sweater bottom and sleeves, cutting to fit. Glue trim in place, overlapping seams at the back.

13. Sew red floss “X” through the buttons, and glue buttons to the sweater.

14. Cut curved ends from two candy canes; glue poles to hands as shown. Glue hands to body. Glue remaining candy canes to bottom of the body for skis.

Adorable! His red & white color scheme is fresh and cheerful, and you’ll be tempted to display him right through Valentine’s Day.

Cute as can be! DIY Candy Cane Snowman on

Don’t put this cutie away when Christmas is over. His red & white ensemble will brighten a dark, January day.

Here’s another peppermint theme snowman you’ll want to check out — a Peppermint Snowman designer Rebekah Meier shared with us a while back.

Too cute! His little peppermint hat is a baby sock. Easy tutorial on

Peppermint Snowman

Take a close looks at this Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel and you’ll see the Peppermint Snowman on the right. If you love red and white for Christmas, you’ll want to check out all of the projects.

I love red & white for Christmas! And this is an adorable, Red & White, Peppermint Stripe Christmas Mantel.

On Tuesday, I shared these bright, red & white Mod Podge & Fabric Ornaments. (Can you tell that red & white is favorite of mine at Christmas time?)

Merry & bright! DIY Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments on

Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Can you believe it’s December 2? I hope your plans for the month aren’t too crazy, and you can take some time to enjoy the season, sip a little cocoa, and nibble a few cookies. I have a few quick & easy ideas planned for this month, perfect for a gathering of friends & family to create together.

Have great weekend and I’ll see you next week.

Happy Christmas crafting!


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