DIY a Button & Beads Christmas Topiary, and a new giveaway!

November 1 and it’s game on, Christmas crafters! Whether you started your Christmas crafting in January, or you’re just now ready to jump in, this cute-as-a-button, Button & Beads Tabletop Tree belongs on your DIY list. Designer Patty Schaffer chose classic red & green for her tree, and this Christmas topiary adapts easily to any color scheme, from winter whites to sparkling metallics. To help kick-start this craftiest of seasons, I’m announcing a Crafts & Cocoa Giveaway, too. Let’s fire up the glue guns and go!

Pretty! Easy DIY with paper, beads, buttons and a Styrofoam cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Button & Beads Tabletop Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Scrapbook paper, four sheets in coordinating colors and patterns
  • Buttons, in coordinating colors
  • Beads, in coordinating colors
  • Pearl head pins in white, or other color
  • Beading pins, ¾”
  • Ink pad & sponge applicator
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1-1/4” circle punch*

*If you don’t have a circle punch, use a quarter as your template and cut out the circles with scissors.

DIY Button & Beads Tabletop Christmas Topiaries with your favorite scrapbook papers. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make a pair for the mantel, or a small grouping for a centerpiece.

To make a Button & Beads Tabletop Tree:

1. Punch 20 – 25 circles from each patterned paper. (You may need more as you go.)

2. Ink the edges of the paper circles with the sponge applicator.

3. Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin on the paper circles using the beading pins. Continue to pin the circles onto the cone, overlapping as you go. You do not need to pin on the circles in neat rows; Patty pinned hers on at random.

Love the details on this Button & Beads Christmas Cone! CraftsnCoffee.com has the DIY.

Cranberry and green is a classic Christmas color scheme. Whatever colors you choose, the tree will be just as beautiful!

5. Decorate the tree by pinning on buttons and beads with pearl head pins.

A few years ago, Patty shared her Paper Loop Christmas Cone with us, and you can see how easy it is to change up your papers to change the look.

DIY Paper Loop Christmas Cone. This one's easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Paper Loop Christmas Cone by Patty Schaffer.

Don’t throw out your paper scraps! Use your leftover papers to make Patty’s Pretty Paper Ornaments.

Very pretty, and an easy DIY -- as easy as wrapping a package. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

We’ve had some chilly nights here, and this morning, my daughter asked for a cup of cocoa to drink on her way to school. So, it’s time for the Crafts & Cocoa Giveaway! The giveaway includes:

  • Crafts ‘n Coffee wintertime mug
  • Hot cocoa samples
  • $25 gift card to your choice of Michaels, Jo-Ann Stores or Hobby Lobby.

To enter, tell me what you’re crafting for Christmas this year. I can’t wait to hear what you’re making! Leave your comments below by midnight on Thursday, November 10, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 11.

Thank you, and happy crafting!

Sharon

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How to DIY a super-cozy, candle-lit, Plaid Flannel Wreath

I’ve made a lot of wreaths, and shared even more, but I’ve never seen a Christmas wreath like the one Debi Schmitz shares with us today. After wrapping her Cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath in a warm & welcoming plaid flannel, Debi added a trio of battery-operated candles. Wow, does this amp up the warm and cozy (and cool!) factor. I’ve never seen a wreath like this, have you? I don’t think you can find a more welcoming, DIY Christmas wreath than this cozy, candle-lit, Plaid Flannel Wreath.

DIY Christmas wreath with battery-powered candles! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Cozy Plaid Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, 12” x 2” wreath; 2” x 2” x 6” scrap
  • Flannel fabric, 2/3 yd.
  • Silk evergreen and/or spruce stems, four (optional: be sure at least one includes pine cones)
  • Gold berries, one stem
  • Ribbon, gold lamé, 5/8” x 2 yds.
  • Battery operated candles, 2″ dia., and 4″, 3″ and 2″ tall
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; wire cutter; U-pins; craft pins; round toothpicks; optional: rotary cutter and rotary cutting mat.
Such a cozy wreath! Very welcoming for the holidays. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Between the plaid flannel and the warm glow of the candles, this is the coziest wreath ever!

To make a Cozy Plaid Wreath:

1. Cut the flannel fabric into approximately 1-½” strips. Wrap the wreath in the flannel strips, pinning and gluing each end to the back of the wreath. Overlap the strips as you go, making sure to cover the wreath completely.

DIY a cozy, plaid flannel wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

2. Create the platform for the candles:

  • Cut out the wreath insert pattern, and pin the pattern to the 2” thick scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
  • Using a sharp pencil, trace around the pattern, scoring the foam.
  • Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut out the wreath insert.
  • Check the fit to be sure the insert fits snugly in the lower curve of the wreath. If needed, sand the insert to fit using a scrap piece of foam.

3. Cover the insert with flannel fabric.

The coziest Plaid Flannel Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

4. Insert and glue three toothpicks in the rounded edge of the insert. Pick and glue the curved insert into the wreath.

5. Cut a 10″ x 3″ strip of flannel, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath so that it extends above the insert. This strip will help hold the candles in place.

DIY a Cozy, Plaid Flannel Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

6. Hanger: Place glue on ends of a U-pin and insert in the center back of the wreath.

7. Decorate the wreath:

  • Cut the evergreen and spruce stems into 4 – 6 pieces, and the bead stem into 2-3 shorter lengths.
  • Arrange the stems at the bottom of the wreath.
  • Secure with low-temp glue and U-pins.
  • Using U-pins, loop an extra strip of flannel through the arrangement.
  • Make a bow with 4-1/2” loops and 12” tails from the gold ribbon. Pin and glue in place.

8. Place the candles on the platform.

So warm and inviting! DIY this Cozy Plaid Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The candles are not attached, so you can easily remove them to turn them on and off.

What do you think of Debi’s wreath? Have you ever thought to add battery-operated candles to a wreath? I don’t think it could be any more cozy, do you?

Update: Yikes, I forgot to include these Mad for Plaid & Paisley Ornaments in the original post, so I’m adding them now. If you have leftover plaid fabric scraps after making the wreath, then check out the pretty plaid ornaments Patty Schaffer shared with us earlier!

Wrap & Go Ornaments

Rag Ball Ornaments

Patchwork Fabric Ornament

Super easy, and made from old shirts! Great DIY gift idea, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy almost Halloween weekend!

Sharon

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A new favorite for Thanksgiving dessert – DIY a Cupcake Bouquet!

Silly question here – can ever have too much dessert on Thanksgiving? Nope, I didn’t think so. In the spirit of more dessert is always the answer, how about adding a Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet to the Thanksgiving buffet? If you’ve followed Crafts ‘n Coffee for a while, you might remember the first Cupcake Bouquet I shared, and more recently, my Halloween Cupcake Bouquet. Am I cupcake obsessed? Maybe! But I do know that you can’t go wrong adding a Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet to the Thanksgiving menu – not only is it yummy, but it’s pretty enough to serve as a Thanksgiving centerpiece, too.

How pretty! Perfect as a dessert and a centerpiece at Thanksgiving! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The tutorial for the Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet is very similar to the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet, and we simply changed the frosting colors for a fall theme. Just by changing the colors of the frosting, it’s easy to create a custom Cupcake Bouquet for your special occasion, from a bridal shower to a graduation party. Here’s how we made our Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet.

Beautiful (and yummy) for any occasion -- DIY a Cupcake Bouquet on CraftsnCoffee.com.

A cupcake bouquet makes a beautiful centerpiece, too.

To make a Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Bowl, basket, or other container to fit the 6” ball (I found this tin pail at the dollar store)
  • Cupcakes baked in liners (the number you’ll need will depend on the container, and how you position the ball in the container. I’ve used from 16 – 20 cupcakes in making my bouquets)
  • Frosting
  • Gel food coloring
  • Tissue paper in green
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors, toothpicks, metal skewer, cake decorating bag and tip (we used the Wilton 1M tip)

To make a Thanksgiving Cupcake Bouquet:

1. Bake your cupcakes in liners and let cool.

2. Position your ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in your container and test the fit. It should fit snugly, so that it will not tip, roll or fall out of the container. If needed, secure the ball in the bowl with low-temp glue.

How to DIY a Cupcake Bouquet. Easier than you think! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Place your ball in the container, and then add the cupcakes. You’ll use toothpicks to attach the cupcakes.

3. Add a row of cupcakes around the rim of the bowl. To add a cupcake, insert two toothpicks into the foam ball so that the picks point slightly upward. Poke two holes in the bottom of a cupcake using the metal skewer. Insert the cupcake onto the toothpicks. Repeat, adding toothpicks and cupcakes, till you have the first row all around the foam ball.

4. Add a second row of cupcakes.

How to DIY a Cupcake Bouquet. Fun for parties! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The cupcakes are in place and ready for frosting.

5. Finish adding cupcakes to fill in the opening at the top.

6. Frost each cupcake to look like a rose. (This tutorial is easy to follow.)

Tutorial for making a Cupcake Bouquet. It's easier than you think! CraftsnCoffee.com.

My friend Dina frosted these beauties.

7. Cut the green tissue paper into 3” – 4” squares. Carefully tuck the squares between the cupcakes, and using the metal skewer, push the tissue paper into the foam ball.

Wow, this would be beautiful -- and yummy, for Thanksgiving dinner. CraftsnCoffee.com has the DIY.

Here are the other two Cupcake Bouquets Dina and I have made.

Love this idea! What a special dessert for a party, and an easy DIY, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Halloween Cupcake Bouquet 

Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet 

These are so fun to make – and eat! What other occasions could you celebrate with a Cupcake Bouquet? Would you serve cupcakes for Thanksgiving?

Happy cupcake crafting!

Sharon

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Repurpose silk ties and DIY a gorgeous, Silk Tie Wreath

As promised, today I have the DIY on how to repurpose old neckties and make a Silk Tie Wreath. I recommend you scout second-hand stores for ties, and when you do, be sure to pick up extras so you can also make the Silk Tie Topiary I shared earlier this week. Many thanks to Taffie who commented that she was going to make the topiary from Christmas ties – I love this idea! You could do the same and make the Silk Tie Wreath from Christmas ties. And your list of projects might grow when you see a few of the other crafts and décor make with old ties that I’ve included, too.

A beautiful wreath made with men's neckties! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pretty, and perfect for fall! Crafts made with silk neckties on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Why not make the Men’s Tie Topiary, too?

To make a Men’s Silk Tie Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Silk neckties, one dozen
  • Iron-on interfacing, lightweight, ¼ yd., preferably in a dark color
  • Ribbon, 4” (for hanger)
  • Small sawtooth hanger and nails
  • Yes! Paste or other craft paste
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; iron; sharp pencil; ruler; sharp knife or putty knife; straight pins; needle & thread
Beautiful Necktie Wreath -- what a great way to repurpose old ties. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Look for Christmas ties and make this a Christmas wreath.

To make a Men’s Silk Tie Wreath:

1. Cut a 7” length from the narrow end of a tie, including the point. Save the remaining silk for another project.

2. Clip the threads that hold the tie together at the back and open up the tie. Remove the liner from inside the tie. Iron the tie flat using the silk setting on your iron, keeping the point intact, if possible. If a point comes undone, slipstitch it together again.

3. Line up the point of the pattern with the point on the narrow end of tie, and then cut out the pattern piece. Repeat, cutting out 12 tie pieces.

4. Using pattern, cut 12 pieces from batting.

5. Place the batting pattern on the wreath, and using a ruler and a sharp pencil, score a line on either side of the pattern. Repeat, using the batting pattern to mark 12 even segments all around the wreath. Score these lines with a sharp pencil.

6. Working on one segment at a time, spread paste or a thick, white craft glue on one section. Center batting over paste with point extending beyond the wreath and adhere. Continue till you’ve added all 12 pieces of batting.

7. Center a tie piece over a section of batting; the tie should extend 1/4″ beyond the batting on either side. You are now going to tuck the edges of the tie into the scored grooves. Position the tip of a sharp knife or putty knife over the fabric piece and the scored line, and gently push straight down into the groove, tucking the fabric in place. Repeat for the other side of the fabric piece.

8. Tuck the remaining 11 tie fabric pieces into the wreath in the same way.

9. Fold over the excess tie fabric on the inside edge onto the back of the wreath and secure with glue and straight pins.

10. Use paste to attach the points on the ties to the points on the batting. Trim away excess batting.

11. Tie ribbon in a loop, and pin and glue knot to the back for a hanger.

How to embellish a Silk Tie Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you like, add a bow and roses made from the tie fabric.

12. To make the optional bow: Select one of the leftover ties, clip the threads in back and iron flat. Cut a 12″ x 2″ strip of fabric. Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together, and sew a 1/4″ seam. Turn the tube right side out and whip stitch ends closed. Tie the silk strip in a bow and pin and glue to the wreath.

13. To make the optional fabric roses:

  • Cut a 1-1/2” to 2-1/4” wide x 8” strip of silk. (The wider the strip, the larger the rose.)
  • Fold fabric strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides facing out.
  • Hand stitch cut edges together, gathering slightly as you sew.
  • Fold down the top corner at one end to create the center of the rose.
  • Roll the gathered strip of fabric around the folded corner and sew the base of the flower together as you roll the fabric into a rose.
  • Fold the outside end corner over and stitch it down to the base of the rose.
  • Repeat, till you have the sizes and numbers of roses you’d like to use.
  • Pin the roses onto the wreath around the bow.
DIY a wreath from repurposed neckties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

There’s a lot of fabric in a tie, so save those gorgeous scraps for other crafts.

Here are a few more reasons to scout around for discarded neckties.

Beautiful ways to repurpose men's neckties! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Silk Tie Topiary

Silk Tie Deco Spheres  

Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments  

Recycled Tie Wreath in red and blue  

Madras Plaid Springtime Topiary

Madras Plaid Easter Eggs 

Has this week has inspired you to try repurposing old ties to make something beautiful?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY beautiful fall and winter décor made with men’s neckties

The rich colors in men’s silk neckties are perfect for decorating this time of year – vibrant red, burgundy, navy blue, and splashes of gold. Designer Kathleen George turned a pile of cast-off silk ties into a beautiful topiary and wreath you can display through the holidays and on into winter. Today, I have her tutorial for making the Men’s Silk Tie Topiary, and on Friday, I’ll share her tutorial for the Men’s Silk Tie Wreath. If you don’t have old ties buried in a closet somewhere, do what Kathleen did and scout your local second-hand stores. You’re sure to find a collection of ties at a fraction of their original price.

Pretty, and perfect for fall! Crafts made with silk neckties on CraftsnCoffee.com.

On Friday, I’ll share Kathleen’s tutorial for the Silk Tie Wreath.

Beautiful! Make a Silk Tie Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The rich, vibrant hues are perfect for fall, and will warm up the winter months, too.

To make a Men’s Silk Tie Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone and 4” ball
  • Wood dowel, ¾” x 4”
  • Neckties, six
  • Pearl head pins in coordinating color (Kathleen used red)
  • Iron-on interfacing, lightweight, preferably in a dark color
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Yes! Paste or other craft paste
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and bar of soap or old candle; ruler; 1” putty knife or table knife; stiff bristle paintbrush, 1”; iron; sharp pencil; needle & thread

To make a Men’s Silk Tie Topiary:

Make the topiary form:

  1. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut the 4” ball in half. Save one half for a future project.
  2. In the rounded side of the half ball, use the tip of the knife to make a ¾” deep hole for the wood dowel. Do the same in the center bottom of the cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.
  3. Glue the wood dowel in the half ball base and in the bottom of the cone. Check to be sure the topiary stands straight before the glue dries.
  4. Paint the dowel and the bottom of the cone black. Let dry.
Beautiful details on topiary made with men's neckties. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll alternate sections as you add the ties, and then insert pearl head pins between the sections.

Prepare the ties:

  1. Clip the threads that hold the ties together at the back. Remove the liners from inside each tie. Iron the fabric flat.
  2. Cut six, 13-1/2” x 3” pieces of fabric stabilizer. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, iron two pieces of stabilizer onto the back of each tie. Be sure to position the stabilizer so it aligns with the pattern in the fabric.
  3. Using the patterns, cut six pieces from stabilized tie fabric. (Note: plan your cuts strategically. If you’d like to use the excess silk for another project, cut your fabric from the center section of the tie, leaving the larger portions for a future project.)
  4. Cut four, 4” x 3-1/2” pieces of fabric stabilizer for the base. Iron the stabilizer onto the reverse side of tie fabric. Using pattern, cut out four segments.
How to make a base for a Silk Tie Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Be sure to clip the fabric as shown in the pattern, so it will fit around the curved, half ball.

Cover the cone and base:

  1. Using the tie pattern and a sharp pencil, mark six segments all around the cone.
  2. Spread a thin, even layer of Yes! Paste or other craft paste onto the cone with a putty knife or table knife.
  3. Starting along the bottom edge of the cone, position the first tie piece on the cone so that the point extends beyond the bottom edge. Carefully continue up the cone, using your fingertips to smooth the fabric into place and keep it in the section. Fold the top of the fabric strip onto the top of the cone and glue down. Trim away excess fabric at the top.
  4. Repeat, covering every other section on the cone. Cover the three remaining sections, slightly overlapping the first pieces.
  5. Insert pearl head pins along the edges of each strip, spacing them approximately ½” apart.
  6. Cover the base. Adhere fabric pieces to two alternating sections on the half ball, smoothing fabric around the curve. (Remember to cut a slit as indicated on the pattern so that the fabric will lay flat on the curved, half ball.) Finish with the remaining two fabric pieces. Insert pearl head pins along the overlapping edges.

Gorgeous! What a pretty way to repurpose old ties. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Aren’t the colors gorgeous? The red hues look like the leaves I can see from my window right now. Of course, Kathleen also changed it up and used cotton, madras neckties to create a Madras Plaid Springtime Topiary. Make both and it will be easy enough to change out the look for something lighter and brighter once all that snow melts.

Beautiful topiaries made with men's neckties! Tutorials on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I can’t wait to share Kathleen’s tutorial for the Men’s Silk Tie Wreath on Friday. See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Vintage, Halloween décor: DIY a mixed media, needle-felted Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern

We move so fast through life. A DIY dinner in ten minutes? Count me in! Quick & easy Halloween crafts, like the Candy Corn Eggs? Love it! But sometimes, like the slow food movement, it’s good to slow down and enjoy the process. This vintage style, mixed media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern is not hard, but it will take more than 10 minutes to complete. This vintage-style Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern is worth every minute! The tutorial walks you through the steps, from easy needle felting to paper crafting. If you can, carve out an hour or two this weekend to make a Halloween craft you’ll treasure forever!

Vintage, Mixed Media Jack-'o-Lantern. Step-by-step tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vintage, Mixed-Media Jack-‘o-Lantern by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Vintage, Mixed Media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Ball, 3-1/2″
    • Cube, 4” square; OR a sheet or block that is 1”, 2” or 4” thick*
  • Wool fiber or wool roving in orange
  • Felt in black
  • Scrapbook paper, one sheet 12” x 12” (Rebekah used a black paper with yellow stars)
  • Cardstock in cream and orange
  • Halloween images (royalty-free, online images)
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2″ x 1 yd, in gold organza and black satin
  • Corsage pins with black heads, seven (pumpkin’s face)
  • Chenille stem in gold
  • Glitter glue in white/iridescent
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; deco edge scissors with scallop and pinking blades; serrated knife and candle stub or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; round toothpicks; needelfelting tool**; needle & thread; computer & printer (for the Halloween images)

*The pumpkin sits on a 4” base, so you will either use a purchased, 4” cube, or you can build your own cube from a sheet.

**Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. Follow manufacturer’s instructions.

To make a Vintage, Mixed Media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern:

1. If you purchased a 4” cube of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, go to Step 2. Otherwise, wax the serrated knife blade with a candle stub or bar of soap. Then, make a 4” cube:

  • If you are using a 4” thick block, measure and mark a 4” square. Cut out the square.
  • If using a sheet that’s 1” – 2” thick, measure and mark the number of 4” squares on your foam sheet that you’ll need to create a 4” cube. For example, you’ll need four, 4” squares if using a 1” sheet, or two, 4” squares if using a 2” thick sheet.
  • Stack and glue the 4” squares together to create a 4” cube.

2. From the scrapbook paper, cut two, 4-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ strips and one 3-3/4″ square. Overlap and glue together the two short ends of the 4-1/2″-wide strips, creating a 4-1/2″ x 16-1/4″ strip. Score and fold ½” from the top edge of the strip, making a sharp crease along the length of the strip.

3. Wrap the paper strip around the cube, with the ½” fold at the top. Position the strip so that the ends overlap at the back. Pinch the paper at the corners, and then remove the paper strip and fold crisply at each corner.

4. Glue the strip around the cube. Clip the corners at the top, and fold the ½” tabs down and glue in place.

5. Search online for royalty-free, vintage-style Halloween images. Print images on the cream cardstock, and cut out with deco edge scissors. Matte images on orange cardstock and glue to the foam block. Embellish images with glitter glue.

Vintage Halloween crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Search online for royalty-free images.

6. Place a small amount of wool roving on the 3-1/2” ball and felt in place, inserting the needle numerous times through the fibers and into the foam ball. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until the ball is completely covered.

7. Glue two toothpicks halfway into the bottom of the ball. Apply glue to the exposed ends and insert into the top of paper-covered cube; let dry.

8. Make the hat:

  • Hat crown: Cut a 2-1/2″ x 9″ strip from black felt and roll it up, gluing end.
  • Hat brim: Cut a 3” circle from felt with scallop edge scissors.
  • Glue the crown to the brim.
  • Glue a small square of felt to the top of the hat, and then trim to fit.
  • Glue hat to the pumpkin’s head.
  • Glue a chenille stem around the bottom of the hat crown, and cut away extra stem.

9. Cut from black felt triangle eyes and a nose, and a smiling face. Glue features to the pumpkin.

Sweet, felted Jack-'o-Lantern. Get the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can add felt features, like Rebekah did, or use buttons or beads.

10. Layer together the black and gold ribbons, and stitch a gathering stitch along one long edge. Pull thread to gather the ribbons, creating a ruffle. Wrap the ruffle around the pumpkin’s neck, and tie off threads. If needed, spot glue around the neck.

Sweet! DIY this Mixed Media Jack-'o-Lantern on CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll use several techniques to make this smiling jack-‘o-lantern, from needle felting to paper crafting.

And you’re done! If you enjoyed Rebekah’s Vintage, Mixed Media Halloween Jack-‘o-Lantern, then take a peek at her Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman. Now that you’ve made the Jack-‘o-Lantern, why not make the Snowman?

vintage, mixed media snowman craft

Rebekah Meier’s Sweet Felted Snowman is a vintage, mixed media treat. The sweet, needlefelted head perches on a foam cube covered in vintage papers.

When is the last time you slowed down and made a craft that took a little extra time?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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A Halloween bat craft for kids (they’re kind of cute!)

I’ve had more bat encounters than I care to count, and I wish they all looked as cute as these Long-Legged Halloween Bats by Kathleen George. These towering bats will add a fun touch to your Halloween décor, and your party guests will say “aww”, instead of “eeeek!” These Halloween Bats are a fun Halloween craft for kids, too, so gather the supplies and make a whole colony of bats.

Cute Halloween craft for kids! Bat craft tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Long-Legged Halloween Bats by Kathleen George.

To make Long-Legged Bats, you will need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 1” ball (small bat) or 2-½” ball (large bat)
    • 2-½” egg (one per bat)
    • Scrap piece
  • Wood dowel, ¼” dia.: 16” for small bat; 24” for large bat
  • Acrylic craft paint in black
  • Cardstock in black
  • Beads, 3/8” in black (eyes)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; plastic knife or serrated knife and bar of soap or old candle*; wooden skewers; stiff paintbrush

*NOTE: Only adults should use the serrated knife. If children are making the craft, either have an adult cut the foam for them, or closely watch the children while they use a plastic knife.

Cute and easy Halloween bat to DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll make these cute bats with cardstock, wood dowels and balls and eggs of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

To make Long-Legged Bats:

1. Children: With the plastic knife, cut in half lengthwise the 2-½” egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Smooth cut edges by rolling gently against the work surface. These will be the bat’s feet.

Adults: Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut in half lengthwise the 2-½” egg of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Smooth cut edges by rolling gently against the work surface.

2. Cut each dowel in half, so you have two, 8” lengths, and two, 12” lengths.

3. Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of the foam balls and egg halves, and use as a handle while painting. Paint the balls, half eggs and wood dowels black. Insert the skewers into the foam scrap to hold the pieces upright while the paint dries.

4. Insert and glue a dowel into the top of each half egg. Insert and the other end of each dowel into the bottom of the foam ball.

5. Using the patterns, cut out the wings from cardstock. Score along the fold lines, and then fold the wings slightly forward. Slightly curl the tip of each wing by dragging the side of a pencil over it.

6. Glue the wings onto the back of the bat body.

7. Cut out ears for each bat. Curl the edges of each ear. Make two pencil holes in the top of each bat.  Insert an ear into each hole.

8. Glue or pin on beads for eyes.

9. Use the blunt end of a thin wooden skewer to press nostril indentations between the eyes, forming a nose.

Cute Halloween craft for kids -- these bats are easy. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Could these bats be any cuter?

If you’re feeling “batty”, here’s another bat craft Kathleen shared with us last year – Halloween Sock Bats.

These are fun -- Halloween bats made from old socks & Styrofoam shapes. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here are a few more favorite, Halloween crafts for kids.

Super-cute Halloween crafts for kids on CraftsnCoffee.com

Crepe Paper Mummies   

Cheesecloth Mummies  

Frankenmummy Family

Yarn Ghosts

Fuzzy Wuzzy Ghosts  

Glove Ghostie  

Have you had any close encounters of the bat kind? In various houses I’ve lived in, I’ve had bats in the attic, the bedroom, the laundry room, and most recently, I’ve discovered that they’re living in the tree right outside my door. As long as they stay outside, I’m o.k. with that!

Happy bat crafting!

Sharon

 

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Display this Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin all season long

Some of you said that you love decorating with pumpkins because you can display them from September all the way to Thanksgiving. And that’s the idea behind this easy, Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin designed by Debi Schmitz. Using foam instead of wood means this pumpkin will go together fast, and covering each slat with scrapbook paper layers on a lot of interest. Now, I’m not sure I would make mine a pumpkin for all season long . . . I’d love to see this Pallet Wood Pumpkin made with Halloween theme scrapbook paper. How cute would that be?

Easy, Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin! No power tools! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin, you’ll need*:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1”x 12” x 18” block
  • Acrylic craft paint in pumpkin orange and burnt umber
  • Wood dowel, ¼” x 36”
  • Scrapbook paper:
    • Dark green, one sheet each solid and patterned
    • Orange, one sheet each solid and patterned
    • Brown (stem)
  • Cloth covered wire, 18-gauge, in green
  • Wood tags, six in sizes from 1” x 1-3/4” to 1-1/2” x 1-3/4”
  • Adhesive letters spelling THANKS
  • Jute twine
  • Buttons, two ½” in orange
  • Felt or fabric, 1/3 yd (for back of pumpkin)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; craft knife; pencil; straight pins; wire cutter; stiff bristle paintbrush

*Did you notice — there are no power tools on this list! No hammers, either.

To make a Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin:

 1. Pin the pumpkin pattern to the sheet of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Trace around the pattern with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam sheet. Be sure to flip the pattern over along the fold line to draw the second half.

2. For smoother cutting, wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut out the pumpkin. Repeat for the pumpkin stem.

3. Use a scrap piece of foam to lightly sand and smooth the edges.

4. Cut the pumpkin into five strips, in this order, from left to right: 2-¼”, 2-¼”, 2”, 2-¼” and 2-¼” wide. Sand any rough edges smooth with a scrap piece of foam.

5. Paint the edges of each strip pumpkin orange. Paint the edges of the stem brown. Let dry.

Pretty papers for a pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Debi alternated the paper on her slats.

6. Decide how you would like to display the scrapbook paper. Debi chose to alternate between the patterned paper and the solid. Place each pumpkin strip face down on the reverse side of the scrapbook paper. Trace around each piece, and then cut out the paper strips. Trim as needed, and glue each paper strip to the corresponding foam strip.

7. Trace around the stem on the brown scrapbook paper. Cut out and glue the paper stem to the front of the foam stem.

How to create an easy Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Join together two strips at a time, making sure they line up before you add another strip. Alternate the placement of the wood dowels, too.

8. Cut the wood dowel into eleven, 2” lengths. Following the photo, and working from the left side to the right side, insert and glue wood dowels between the strips. Be sure the strips line up before you add another one. Insert and glue two wood dowels in the bottom corner of the stem, and insert and glue into the top of the pumpkins.

9. Place the pumpkin right side up on the tan felt or other fabric, and trace around it. Cut out and glue to the back of the pumpkin.

10. Make the hanger:

  • Make a small slit through the felt covering the two outside strips.
  • Insert and glue the ends of a 9” length of wire through the slits and into the foam. Insert the wire ends so that they are pointing up toward the top of the pumpkin.
  • Glue a ¾” x 2” felt or fabric piece above each slit for reinforcement.
  • Once glue dries, flip wire so it’s facing up.

    THANKS garland fall decor on CraftsnCoffee.com.

    Tie each tag onto a length of jute.

11. Make the garland:

  • Adhere letters to the wood tags.
  • Thread a 6” length of jute through each tag and tie a half knot. Tie each letter onto an 18” length of jute.
  • Glue jute to each side of pumpkin, leaving a 3” – 4” tail on either side.
  • Glue an orange button to either side of the jute garland.
  • Arrange and spot glue the letters to the front of the pumpkin.

12. Fold an 18” length of jute in half and then tie it around the base of the stem.

Detail from an easy, Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Debi used solid and patterned scrapbook paper for the leaves. You could add other embellishments, too, like buttons and acorns.

13. Using the patterns, cut three large green leaves and five small green leaves from the green scrapbook papers. Gently crinkle and fold the leaves, forming veins. Glue three large leaves and one small leaf to the base of the stem.

14. Create coiled tendrils from floral wire, and glue in place around the jute and the leaves.

15. Glue four small leaves and one wire tendril to the bottom right corner of the pumpkin. Tie a knot in center of a 9” piece of jute, and glue to the middle of the leaf cluster.

Cute! How to DIY a Pallet Wood Pumpkin without power tools! CraftsnCoffee.com.

How do you think this would look if I substituted Halloween scrapbook paper?

Don’t miss Debi’s Faux Pallet Wood Wall Clock, too.

Rustic Wall Clock -- looks like wood but it's made from foam! CraftsnCoffee.com

Who has fall activities planned for the weekend? A hike, apple picking, or? Enjoy!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY an easy, String Art Pumpkin Picture

This String Art Pumpkin looks like a lot of fun to DIY, and I really hope to try the tutorial Debi Schmitz shares with us today for making a String Art Pumpkin. I confess that if I had to use wood and a hammer, I wouldn’t be nearly as tempted to DIY this one. But like the String Art Hearts, this technique requires no pounding and no power tools – use just slip the escutcheon pins or nails right into the sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I’m up for that, how about you?

DIY a String Art Pumpkin -- with NO pounding! Easy! .CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a String Art Pumpkin, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 18” block (or use a larger sheet to make several string art pictures)
  • Fabric, ½ yd.
  • Crochet thread, #10, one spool each green and orange
  • Brass escutcheon pins, ¾” long, or small nails with heads
  • Nail heads in gold, 16
  • U-Pin
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; sharp pencil; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; straight pins
Cool String Art Pumpkin -- made without hammers & pounding! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll connect the nails outlining each section first, and then thread back & forth.

To make a String Art Pumpkin:

1. Measure and score a 12” x 14” rectangle on the foam sheet. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or old candle, and cut out the rectangle.

2. Center the foam rectangle on the wrong side of a 16” x 18” piece of fabric. Smoothly wrap fabric around the STYROFOAM Brand Foam, neatly folding the fabric at the corners. Pin and glue the fabric to the back.

3. Glue a 12” x 14” fabric rectangle to the back side.

4. Hanger: On the back side, insert and glue in place a u-pin, 1” down from the center top.

5. Print out the diagrams for the left side and right side of the pumpkin. Tape diagrams together along the center line. Pin the pattern to a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and insert an escutcheon pin through each hole. Remove the pattern.

6. Pin the pattern in place on the front of the fabric covered, foam rectangle. Using the pencil, lightly mark the nail dots onto the fabric. Remove the pattern.

7. Add the escutcheon pins or nails to the fabric covered board: Dip the escutcheon pins into the glue, and insert a pin at each pencil dot. Insert only ½” deep into the foam board, and keep ¼” above the foam board. Once you’ve inserted all of the nails, let the glue dry thoroughly.

8. Carefully knot the green crochet thread around one of the nails. Wrap the thread around the nails outlining the stem first, and then wrap diagonally from one side to the other. Use steady pressure so the thread doesn’t sag, but don’t pull too much or you’ll pull out the nails.

How to make a String Art Pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com

In each section, Debi wound around and around in one direction, and then the other, creating hatch marks.

9. Tie the orange crochet thread around a pumpkin nail. Wrap the thread around the nails outlining each section of the pumpkin first. Once the outline is done, create your desired design. Debi created a “hatch mark” design in each section by first wrapping the thread on the diagonal from top to bottom, and then in reverse from bottom to top.

10. Insert and glue nail heads in corners.

The easy way to make a String Art Pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

String Art Pumpkin Picture by Debi Schmitz.

Have you tried making string art? Don’t you think this technique looks easier?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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How to DIY a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet! (and the winners of the Candy Corn Prize Packages)

Ever since I shared a Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet earlier this year, I’ve been looking for another reason to DIY a Cupcake Bouquet. Halloween is the perfect time for a Cupcake Bouquet, don’t you think? It’s a fun season packed with sweet treats and lots of parties, reasons enough to make a Cupcake Bouquet. So my cake decorating partner-in-crime and I paired up again to make this colorful, Halloween Cupcake Bouquet. It’s an impressive way to serve up cupcakes, and you will not believe how easy it is to DIY a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet.

A Cupcake Bouquet -- perfect for a Halloween party. Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” ball
  • Pot, bowl, basket, or other container to fit the 6” ball (I used a terra cotta pot, which I painted black)
  • Cupcakes baked in liners (you’ll need at least 16 cupcakes, and maybe as many as 20)
  • Frosting in orange, purple and bright green
  • Candy eyes in white, yellow and green
  • Tissue paper in white, orange and bright green
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors, toothpicks, metal skewer, cake decorating bag and round tip (Dina used Wilton’s 1M round tip)
DIY Cupcake Bouquet -- fun idea for Halloween! CraftsnCoffee.com.

These would be a bit hit at the school Halloween party!

To make a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet:

1. Bake your cupcakes in liners and let cool. (The final number you need will depend on how much of your foam ball is exposed, and how you arrange your cupcakes. I’ve used anywhere from 16 – 20 when I’ve made Cupcake Bouquets.)

2. Position your ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in your container and test the fit. It should fit snugly, so that it will not tip, roll or fall out of the container. To help with the “fit”:

  • If your ball rests too low in the container, add a little crumpled paper in the bottom of the container to raise up the ball.
  • If it’s wobbly, secure the ball in the bowl with low-temp glue.

3. Add a row of cupcakes around the rim of the bowl. To add a cupcake, insert two toothpicks into the foam ball so that the picks point slightly upward. Poke two holes in the bottom of a cupcake using the metal skewer. Insert the cupcake onto the toothpicks. Repeat, adding toothpicks and cupcakes, till you have the first row all around the foam ball. (I shared a few more photos of the process over on the post for the Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet.)

4. Add a second row of cupcakes.

5. Finish adding cupcakes to fill in the opening at the top.

DIY a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet! Easy! CraftsnCoffee.com.

We use toothpicks to mark the cupcakes we wanted frosted in specific colors.

6. Frost each cupcake using Wilton’s 1M round tip.

7. Cut the tissue paper into 3” – 4” squares. Carefully tuck the squares between the cupcakes, and using the metal skewer, push the tissue paper into the foam ball.

8. Place two candy eyes on each cupcake.

Great for Halloween parties -- DIY a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet on CraftsnCoffee.com.

We used candy eyes to decorate our cupcakes, but you could dress these up for Halloween in endless ways!

And yes, I continue to look for more reasons to make another Cupcake Bouquet . . .🙂

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

A Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet.

Speaking of sweet treats, today I announce the winners of the Halloween, Candy Corn Prize Packages, which include:

  • Candy corn of every size and variety — original candy corn, candy corn trail mix, candy corn popcorn, candy corn gummis, candy corn m&ms, and candy corn Marshmallow Peeps (oops – I did not include the Peeps in the photo . . .).
  • Candy corn socks
  • Holiday Crafts magazine (which includes the tutorial for Patty Schaffer’s Candy Corn Wreath)
Candy corn giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com

Imagine a package of Candy Corn Marshmallow Peeps in the prize package, too.

Thank you to everyone who chimed in and shared their Halloween crafts. I love reading about what’s on your craft tables, and I wish you all a sweet seaosn! The three winners today are Barb Macaskill,  Donna Baker, and Everyday Party Magazine. Congratulations! Please contact me to arrange for your prize package.

Happy Halloween crafting!

Sharon

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