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!

Sharon

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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.

Sharon

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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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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. CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Plastics magazine, December, 1946.

Old fashion reindeer sequins! CraftsnCoffee.com.

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!

Sharon

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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. CraftsnCoffee.com.

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. CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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.

Sharon

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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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cutie!

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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. CraftsnCoffee.com.

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 CraftsnCoffee.com.

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!

Sharon

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DIY merry & bright Christmas ornaments with fabric & Mod Podge

Your tree will be more merry and bright when you decorate with these Mod Podge & Fabric Ornaments. I’m a big fan of red and white at Christmas, but if you’re not, you can easily make these ornaments your own. Blue & white, pink & aqua, silver & gold, even leopard print will be beautiful. (I’ve noticed black for Christmas this year – have you?) The Mod Podge seals them and adds a shine that will glisten in the lights. These ornaments are an easy DIY, which means they’re a great gift idea, too.

Merry & bright! DIY Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments by Kathleen George.

To make a Mod Podge & Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Fabric, ¼ yd. or fat quarter for each ornament
  • Ribbon, silver metallic, 1/8” x 12”
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wooden skewers; stiff bristle paintbrush

To make a Mod Podge & Fabric Ornament:

  1. Using the pattern, cut six segments from your fabric.
  2. Insert a wooden skewer into a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Use the skewer as your handle, and spread a thin, even layer of glue on the ball.
  3. Spread a thin, even layer of glue on the back of a fabric segment. Position the fabric on the ball, lining up one of the points with the wooden skewer. Carefully smooth out the fabric with your fingertips, and clip fabric along the edges so the fabric lays smooth. Hint: If possible, use the design in the fabric to help camouflage the snips in the fabric.
  4. Repeat Step 3, slightly overlapping the fabric pieces, till the ball is covered. Let dry.
  5. Brush on several thin coats of Mod Podge, letting dry between coats.
  6. Remove skewer. Knot together the ends of a 12” length of ribbon. Squeeze a dab of glue into the hole left by the skewer, and then push the knot down into the hole. Let glue dry.
  7. Optional: Add a small ribbon bow.
Merry & bright! DIY Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Change up the fabric to customize these ornaments for friends and family.

While you have your fabric scraps in front of you, here’s another ornament to DIY — Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament. Use whatever you like in your stash, and make it your own.

Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament - DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Peppermint Stripe Fabric Ornament by Kathleen George

If you’ve not seen our video “5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes”, take a peek. In just five minutes, Candie Cooper shows you five favorite ornaments to DIY.

This is a great video tutorial! In just five minutes, it shows you how to make five different ornaments (and they're all really pretty).

If you have just five minutes, you can learn how to make these five ornaments.

I hope you love the Fabric & Mod Podge Ornaments as much as I do. What color fabrics would you use to make them?

I can’t wait to share another red & white creation on Friday – a Candy Cane Snowman! You don’t want to miss this cutie! See you Friday!

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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More reindeer fun & games: DIY Reindeer Ornament

If you’re still in a turkey coma and taking it easy today, you’ll love this super-cute DIY Reindeer Ornament. There’s nothing too strenuous about it, and it’s an ornament the kids can DIY, too. The supply list is easy, and you may have most of the materials on hand. (Just in case you were busy in the kitchen earlier this week, don’t miss the Rudolph the Reindeer Wreath I shared on Tuesday).

Cute! DIY Reindeer Ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Reindeer Ornament by Kathleen George.

Here’s Debi’s wreath, too.

Cute! Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Reindeer Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg and 1” ball
  • Craft sticks, four
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Wiggle eyes, a pair
  • Pompom, 5mm in red
  • Felt, small scraps in red & brown
  • Ribbon, 24” in red
  • Jingle bells, two 1”
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; stiff bristle paintbrush; wooden skewer or chopstick; knippers

To make a Reindeer Ornament:

1. Glue the foam ball to the front of the 3” foam egg, with the narrow end of the egg pointing up. Use the plastic knife to score a small groove in the middle of the ball, so it looks like a muzzle.

2. Insert a wooden skewer or chopstick into the bottom of the egg to use as a handle; paint the reindeer head brown. Let dry.

3. Antlers: Cut two of the craft sticks in half. For each antler, glue two halves onto the back of a full-size craft stick (see photo below). Let glue dry.

DIY an adorable Reindeer Ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This Reindeer is easy to DIY, and uses materials you probably already have on hand.

4. Glue on the eyes, on either size of the muzzle. Glue the pompom to the top of the muzzle. Cut a small mouth from red felt, and glue the mouth onto the face below the muzzle.

5. Push the antlers into the top of the head, remove, add a dab of glue to the hole, and insert the antlers back into the holes.

6. Cut two small ears from brown felt. Using the plastic knife, cut small, horizontal slits on either side of the head. Place a dot of glue in each slit. Fold the ears in half, and push the end of each ear into the slits.

Adorable Reindeer Ornament. Fun kid's DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can make your ribbon tails long, like Kathleen did, or shorten them up.

7. Tie a ribbon bow. Tie a jingle bell onto each ribbon tail. Glue the bow to the bottom of the ornament.

8. Knot together the ends of a 10” length of ribbon. Place a dab of glue at the top of the reindeer’s head, and insert the ribbon into the head.

I have another kid-tested reindeer craft from Kim over at Inspiration Made Simple. Kim’s son made this little guy, and you can find his tutorial over on Kim’s blog.

Adorable! Tutorial on Inspiration Made Simple.

This guy’s adorable! You’ll find the tutorial over on Inspiration Made Simple.

This morning, I’ve had pie for breakfast (a favorite, post-Thanksgiving tradition) and I’ve already been to Jo-Ann Stores to shop the early morning deals (Black Friday is not a post-Thanksgiving tradition, but I had a very long list of needed craft supplies and couldn’t pass up the deals). I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and that you can take some time and breathe this weekend, before the holiday season is in full gear!

And finally, who else had pie for breakfast?

Happy crafting!

Sharon  

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Say hello to Rudolph, everyone’s favorite reindeer wreath!

While visions of turkey and ‘taters may be dancing in your head this week, I’m going to fast forward to the reindeer games. And let’s be honest, this Rudolph the Reindeer Wreath is a lot cuter than a turkey! To keep it easy, designer Debi Schmitz started with a purchased, pine wreath – easy enough! The full tutorial for the DIY Reindeer Wreath is over on StyrofoamCrafts.com, so be sure to check it out. (Debi also shared her Cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath a few weeks ago, which was a favorite with many readers.)

Cute! Rudolph the Reindeer Christmas Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s Debi’s Cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath. The glow from the battery-powered candles will warm up any dark, winter day.

DIY a super-cozy, Plaid Christmas Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Speaking of winter, we had our first snow of the season on Saturday, following a Friday that was an unseasonable 75°. Crazy! It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just two days away. Tomorrow, I’m making a mincemeat pie, my dad’s favorite, and I always add extra apples and raisins to the mix. What’s on your menu for the Thanksgiving feast?

I wish you a warm & cozy Thanksgiving day, surrounded by those you love. I’ll see you Friday with more reindeer fun & games!

Happy crafting, and happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon

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Melt-your-heart Handmade Christmas gift idea: DIY an adorable Panda Bear Ornament

If Tuesday’s Teddy Bear Ornaments didn’t melt your heart, then surely this DIY Panda Bear Ornament will! I don’t know which one is cuter, and there’s no reason to pick – make the Teddy Bear and the Panda Bear Ornaments! Handmade ornaments are perfect for gift giving, too, and many of you shared that you’re making ornaments this year. Who on your list wouldn’t want a Panda Bear Ornament?

Panda Bear Ornament! So cute, and made with socks and a Styrofoam ball. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Panda Bear Ornament by Kathleen George.

Here are the Teddy Bear Ornaments I shared earlier this week.

Too cute! DIY with fuzzy socks over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Teddy Bear Sock Ornament by Kathleen George

To make a Panda Bear Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
  • Knit glove in white
  • Fuzzy sock, adult size in black, or a black glove
  • Patterned sock for scarf and hat
  • Felt, black scrap
  • Googly eyes, ¼”
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 8” (hanger)
  • Blush or chalk in pink
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; tape measure; rubber band; table knife with thin edge; tapestry needle

To make a Panda Bear Ornament:

1. Mark the center top of the 3” ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using a pencil. Measure 2” down from the center top, and place a rubber band around the ball. Be sure the rubber band is evenly placed all the way around. Using a sharp pencil, score a deep line along the rubber band. You will use this line to tuck the fabric into the ball.

2. Cut a 4” circle from the white sock and a 6” circle from the black glove or sock. (Note: See “Hint” in Step 4 if your sock is not large enough to cut out a 6” circle.)

3. Center the white fabric circle over the top of the ball, and pin it in place at the top. Gently stretch fabric down over the ball, and ¼” past the scored line. Using the thin edge of a table knife, tuck the ¼” seam allowance into the scored line around the ball. Stretch the fabric as you go, so that it’s smooth.

4. Repeat, using the black circle to cover the lower half of the ball. Hint: If your sock was not large enough to cut out a 6” circle, push the ball down into the toe of sock and cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra ¼” for your seam. Tuck the seam allowance into the scored line.

5. Add ears:

  • Using the pattern, cut out four ears.
  • With right sides together, sew the pairs together with a ¼” seam.
  • Trim seam and turn right side out.
  • Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge, and glue to the side of the panda bear’s head (see photo).
  • Secure with pins while glue dries.
Adorbs! DIY Panda Bear Ornament on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Older children can make these cuties, but be sure an adult handles the knife used to tuck the fabric into the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

6. Add the face:

  • Cut from black felt two, ¾” long ovals from black felt.
  • Glue ovals to panda’s face for eyes, and then glue a googly eye onto each oval.
  • Cut from black felt a tiny triangle for a nose and a V shape for the mouth, and a small strip to connect the two.
  • Glue features to face.

7. Make the scarf:

  • Cut a 1-3/4” x 12” strip from the decorative sock.
  • Fold strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides together.
  • Stitch a very small seam along the long edge.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Tie scarf around the bear, covering the seam line.

8. Blush cheeks and ears with blush or pink chalk.

9. Thread tapestry needle with ¼” ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the fabric at the center top of head, and knot ends.

While you’re shopping for supplies, pick up a few more white socks to DIY these Sock Penguins.

This Penguin Ornament is too cute, and made from socks. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Penguin Sock Ornament by Kathleen George.

And, don’t forget a few extra gloves to make these Penguin Ornaments.

DIY Penguin Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These Skiing Penguins are the easiest of all, and a fun Christmas ornaments for the kids to DIY.

Skiing Penguin Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Skiing Penguin Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Who has plans to make the Teddy Bear or Panda Bear Ornaments? Or are you crafting something else this weekend?

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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How to DIY Teddy Bear Ornaments from fuzzy socks

Who doesn’t love a pair of cozy, fuzzy socks, right? You are going to love them even more after Kathleen George works her magic today and turns fuzzy socks into the sweetest, DIY, Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments. Guys, these are adorable, right down to the tip of their stocking caps! Be sure to make extras – when your friends and family see these cuties, they will want their own Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments. (Or, tell them to follow Crafts ‘n Coffee and DIY their own 😉

Too cute! DIY with fuzzy socks over on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Teddy Bear Sock Ornament by Kathleen George

Cute, DIY ornaments made from fuzzy socks! CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can use a brown or cream fuzzy sock.

To make Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3″ ball
  • Socks:
    • Fuzzy socks in brown or cream (you can also use old gloves)
    • Patterned sock for scarf and hat
  • Brushed felt or fur trim in white, ½” x 7” strip
  • Black felt, tiny scrap
  • Googly eyes, ¼”
  • Half-round, 8mm bead in black
  • Pompom (to coordinate with hat)
  • Ribbon, ¼” x 8” (hanger)
  • Blush or chalk in pink
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; twist tie; nail scissors or other pointed tool; needle & thread; tapestry needle; optional: sewing machine

To make Teddy Bear Sock Ornaments:

1. With the sharp pencil, make a ¾” diameter hole in the top of the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If your sock is especially fuzzy, you might need to make the hole a little deeper.

2. Cover your ball with fabric:

  • Cut down one side of your sock (or glove) and spread out the fabric, wrong side up.
  • Place the foam ball in the center of the fabric, with the hole facing up.
  • Pull the sock fabric up and around the ball, and secure with a twist tie at the top.
  • Cut off the extra fabric just above the twist tie.
  • Remove the twist tie, and squeeze some glue into the hole in the foam ball.
  • Tuck the fabric down into the hole, using the nail scissors or another pointed tool.
  • Stretch the fabric up and over the ball as you go, pulling it smooth without wrinkles.
  • As you tuck in the fabric, keep the folds evenly spaced around the hole.

3. Add ears:

  • Using the pattern, cut out four ears.
  • With right sides together, sew the pairs together with a ¼” seam.
  • Trim seam and turn right side out.
  • Run a bead of glue along the bottom edge, and glue to the side of the bear’s head (see photo).
  • Secure with pins while glue dries.

4. Glue on googly eyes and nose. Cut tiny mouth from black felt and glue in place.

Cute Teddy Bear Ornament made with fuzzy socks. Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make the hat and scarf from colorful Christmas socks.

5. Make the hat:

  • Using pattern, cut out the hat from the patterned sock.
  • Fold hat lengthwise with right sides together.
  • Stitch a ¼” seam along the long edge.
  • Turn hat right side out and check the fit on bear’s head.
  • If hat is super stretchy and too big for the bear, stich again with a wider seam.
  • Glue hat to the bear’s head, and if needed, use pins to hold it in place while the glue dries.
  • Trim the hat with a ½” x 7” strip of brushed white felt or faux fur.
  • Glue a pompom on the tip.

7. Make the scarf:

  • Cut a 1-3/4” x 12” strip from the decorative sock.
  • Fold strip in half lengthwise, with the right sides together.
  • Stitch a very small seam along the long edge.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Tie scarf around the middle of the bear.

8. Blush cheeks and ears with blush or pink chalk.

9. Thread tapestry needle with ¼” ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the fabric at the center top of head, and knot ends.

Polar bear ornament made with fuzzy socks and a ball of Styrofoam! Cute! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute as can be!

Adorable, right? Kathleen also shared with us her cute, Polar Bear Sock Ornament.

Polar Bear Sock Ornament

Polar Bear Sock Ornament by Kathleen George

Kathleen’s Christmas Sock Ornaments are even easier, and a true classic! Better yet, they’re made with socks picked up at the dollar store.

Christmas Sock Ornament

Christmas Sock Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Sneak peek!

Eye spy a sneak peek . . .

Did you know that yesterday, November 14, was National Teddy Bear Day. Who knew! What a sweet coincidence. We’ll celebrate a little more on Friday . . . See you then!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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