DIY an indoor-outdoor, Fringed Patriotic Wreath – from tablecloths!

I have a super-easy indoor-outdoor, Fringed Patriotic Wreath today. And YOU were my inspiration! When I posted my Fringed Mardi Gras Wreath, someone commented (on Facebook), that it could be made with plastic tablecloths for an indoor-outdoor wreath. Lightbulb moment! I had to give it a try and see if I could make a fringed wreath with red, white and blue plastic tablecloths. I wish I knew who made the comment to say “thank you”. What a great idea and an easy, inexpensive way to make an indoor-outdoor, Patriotic Wreath.

Easy wreath! It's made with plastic tablecloths, so you can hang it outside or indoors. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Once I had the wreath made, I had a couple of different ideas for embellishing it, and tried them all! You can pick your favorite, or maybe you have another idea, too.

Great ideas for embellishing Patriotic Wreaths. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can leave your wreath plain, or embellish it with a flag, pinwheel or poppers.

Easy, indoor-outdoor Patriotic Wreath -- made with plastic tablecloths! CraftsnCoffee.com.

It’s colorful enough to stand out without any embellishments.

Cute Patriotic Wreath. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com. Super easy!

My original plan called for adding a few, festive poppers.

To make a Fringed, Patriotic Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Plastic tablecloths in red, white and blue
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Poppers, curling ribbon, pinwheel or small flag
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; straight pins; optional: rotary cutter and cutting mat

To make a Fringed, Patriotic Wreath:

1. Make your fringed strips:

  • Cut two, 5” wide strips from a tablecloth.
  • Layer the two strips together, and cut the layered strips into 8” lengths.
  • You’ll need ten, 8” lengths of each color.
  • Fold a strip in half, so it measures 2-1/2” x 8”.
  • Working from the open end, cut fringe in each strip, stopping about ¾” from the fold.

2. Wrap a strip around the wreath, pinning and gluing to the back of the wreath.

3. Continue to add the fringed strips, alternating colors red, white and blue, till the wreath is covered.

4. Twist the chenille stem into a loop, and insert and glue the ends into the back of the wreath.

Quick DIY -- Fringed Patriotic Wreath made from plastic tablecloths. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll have this wreath whipped up in an hour!

5. Optional: Embellish your wreath:

A Patriotic Wreath decorated with poppers! So easy. It doesn't get much better than this! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add your poppers.

  • Poppers: Tie curling ribbon around the necks of poppers. Tie together the ends of 5- 6 lengths of curling ribbon, and pin and glue the ribbons to the back of the wreath.
Cute & easy Patriotic Wreath. It's made with plastic tablecloths, so you can hang it outdoors, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a pinwheel!

  • Pinwheel: Cut down the handle on a pinwheel. Cut a small snip through the plastic covering the wreath, and insert the pinwheel handle into the wreath. Remove, add a dab of glue, and insert the pinwheel back into the hole.
Cute wreath! DIY this quick & easy Fringed, Patriotic Wreath from plastic tablecloths. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a flag!

  • Flag: Cut a small snip though the plastic covering the wreath, and insert the flag. Remove, add a dab of glue, and insert the flag back into the hole.

Here are a few more patriotic wreaths you might enjoy. These are all easy to DIY, too. Easy enough that you can make one of the wreaths below for your indoor wreath, and also make today’s Fringed Patriotic Wreath to hang up outside.

This is a fun wreath, and even kids can easily make it. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easy, Red, White & Blue Bandana Wreath

Another fun mesh ribbon wreath! This one is made with the smaller, 6" wide Deco Mesh. CraftsnCoffee.com

Summertime, Deco Mesh Wreath

how to make a quick & easy July 4th wreath

Stars & Stripes Patriotic Wreath

Wrap up this easy, in expensive July 4th wreath using craft bandanas.

Wrap & Roll Patriotic Bandana Wreath

fast & easy patriotic wreath for July 4th. CraftsnCoffee.com

Patriotic Fringed Bandana Wreath

Easy wreath! It's made with plastic tablecloths, so you can hang it outside or indoors. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Which version do you prefer? Or do you have another idea for decorating this wreath? (My readers have the best ideas!)

Craft on!

P.S. Do you follow Crafts ‘n Coffee on Facebook? I’d love to have you follow along!

Sharon

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How to make a Baby Bouquet (it’s so cute!)

Today we’re making a big, bouncing Baby Bouquet! This Baby Bouquet is packed with little goodies every baby needs – bibs, washcloths, socks and onesies. Designer Dina even added two soft rattles. Is there a mom-to-be who wouldn’t love this Baby Bouquet? I think not! You’ll be the favorite friend, auntie or mom if you show up at the baby shower with a Baby Bouquet! Here’s how to DIY it.

Cute! DIY Baby Bouquet. Make it for a boy or a girl! CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Baby Bouquet, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 7” ball
  • Container, we used a small tin pail (check the fit to be sure the 7″ ball fits the container)
  • Baby items: Onesies, socks, bibs, washcloths, and rattles (Our Baby Bouquet used 14 pairs of socks, 14 bibs, 14 washcloths, 5 onesies, and two rattles. You can change these quantities, as long as you end up with about 60 different items.)
  • Craft sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Floral tape in green
  • Tissue paper
  • Optional: Curling ribbon bow
  • Tools needed: Scissors

To make a Baby Bouquet:

1. Fold the baby items as follows:

  • Washcloths: Fold in thirds
  • Bibs: Fold in thirds
  • Onesies: Fold in fourths
  • Socks: Do not fold. Note: You will use the socks individually, so each pair will make two roses.

2. Place the craft stick at one end of a folded item, and roll it up around the craft stick, forming a rose shape. Wrap a rubber band around the base of the “rose” to hold the flower together. Wrap the floral tape around the base of the rose, and onto the craft stick. Dina found this video tutorial over at Parents magazine really helpful, and she suggests watching it if you have questions.)

How to make a Baby Bouquet. This is the cutest idea for a mom-to-be! CraftsnCoffee.com.

After folding each item in thirds or fourths (except for the socks), you’ll wrap it around a craft stick. Hold the rose in place with a rubber band, and then wrap with floral tape.

3. You’ll need about 60 “roses” for your bouquet. Our roses include: 28 socks, 14 bibs, 14 washcloths, and five onesies.

4. Place a square of tissue paper over the top of the container, and add the foam ball. Arrange the roses, inserting the craft sticks into the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Don’t worry about any gaps – you’ll fill those in with tissue paper in Step 6.

5. Tape the rattles onto craft sticks, and insert them in the top of the bouquet, so they are peeking out above the roses. If you need a longer stick, simply tape two craft sticks together.

6. Cut tissue paper into 4” squares, and insert the paper into the foam ball between the roses, filling in any gaps.

7. Optional: Add a bow to the front of the container.

It is so cute!

Adorable Baby Bouquet. Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cute as can be!

Just a few DIY touches can really personalize a baby shower and make it extra special. Earlier this week, Holly shared with us her Paper Ribbon Topiary, a colorful baby shower centerpiece that can also decorate the nursery.

DIY Baby Shower! So pretty! CraftsnCoffee.com.

It was fun planning this week’s baby shower crafts, and I’m planning another party for later this month. I think it will be even more fun, and of course, there will be presents!

But in the meantime, I have some exciting news to share – and it has nothing to do with babies! Woman’s World magazine found this little blog a while back, and this week the magazine is featuring my Duct Tape Flag! The issue will be on newsstands for a week, starting today. Wow! I never thought that I would see one of my craft ideas in a magazine like Woman’s World! How should I celebrate?!

Woman's World magazine features CraftsnCoffee.com!

Wow! I can’t believe Woman’s World featured my Duct Tape Flag!

Thanks for stopping in for this week’s baby shower.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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DIY a pretty, Paper Ribbon Topiary for a baby shower

This is a first on Crafts ‘n Coffee! We’re celebrating babies, bibs and booties this week with crafts and décor that make a baby shower special. I’ll start with a baby shower centerpiece that’s both easy and easily customized with scrapbook paper. In fact, designer Holly Gagnon first made this Paper Ribbon Topiary for Valentine’s Day. I thought it was so sweet, and asked her to create one for a baby shower, too. It’s cute as can be, and thank you, Holly! Holly made this Paper Ribbon Topiary for a baby boy, but of course, you can change it up and make it all sugar & spice.

DIY Baby Shower Centerpiece! Change up the papers and use it for baby girls, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s the Paper Ribbon Topiary Holly made for Valentine’s Day, which she shared over on her blog Ribbons and Glue. You can see how easy it is to change the papers and get a whole new look! Select papers that will match the baby’s nursery, and once the little bundle arrives, it will look pretty sweet in the baby’s room, too.

Ribbons and Glue has the tutorial for this pretty, Paper Ribbon Topiary.

To make a Paper Ribbon Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” and 3” balls
  • Scrapbook paper (Double-sided paper looks especially pretty; Holly used Little Man from Echo Park Paper)
  • Container, about 3” – 4” across the top
  • Wood dowel, 15” long
  • Paper shred
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stapler; craft pins; serrated knife; optional: paper trimmer or rotary cutter and cutting mat

To make a Paper Ribbon Topiary:

  1. Insert the 3” ball into the container. If needed, trim the ball to fit using the serrated knife. Make sure the ball fits snugly, and glue in place.
  1. Insert the wood dowel into the container, and check to be sure it’s straight. Remove the dowel, and then glue in place in the container. Let glue set.
  1. Place the 5” ball onto the dowel, and again, check to be sure the topiary stands straight. Remove the 5” ball.
  1. Cut the scrapbook papers into ½” x 4” strips. A paper trimmer or rotary cutter and cutting mat are not necessary, but these tools will make the cutting go faster.
How to make a Paper Ribbon Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

When you use double sided papers, the topiary looks nice from all angles.

  1. Bring together the ends of each strip, and staple them together. Glue the paper loops to the 5” ball, starting at the top. Work around the ball as you go, and be sure to not cover the hole at the bottom. (Holly didn’t count the number of loops she used, but she suggests making more than you think you’ll need! Sounds like HGTV time to me!)
  1. Squeeze glue in the hole at the bottom of the ball, and place the ball onto the wood dowel. If needed, straighten the ball before the glue sets.
  1. Optional: Embellish the container with ribbon, bows, stickers, buttons, etc.
After the baby shower, the Paper Ribbon Topiary makes a pretty decoration in the nursery, too.

After the baby shower, the Paper Ribbon Topiary makes a pretty decoration in the nursery, too.

Thank you, Holly, for sharing your Paper Ribbon Topiary with us today. Be sure to stop in at Ribbons and Glue and tell Holly “hello”.

DIY Baby Shower! So pretty! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s a sneak peek from Friday – see you then!

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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Another pretty, Crepe Paper Flower Wreath to DIY

I have a flower-ful lovely for you today. You may remember the pretty-in-pink Crepe Paper Flower Wreath from a few weeks ago. Designer and photographer Dina had so much fun making her Crepe Paper Flower Wreath that she made a second wreath, changing it up with texture and rich jewel tones. I’d have a hard time choosing between these two wreaths! I love that they’re both easy enough, so whichever one is your favorite, you can DIY your own Crepe Paper Flower Wreath.

Beautiful! Love these colors. DIY Crepe Paper Flower Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s Dina’s original, pink Crepe Paper Flower Wreath.

Beautiful! DIY this Crepe Paper Flower Wreath on CraftsnCoffee.com.

And here are both wreaths, side-by-side. They’re both beautiful, and I won’t ask you to pick between the two. That’s too hard to do!

These are both beautiful wreaths! Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Jewel-Tone Crepe Paper Flower Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 14” wreath
  • Crepe paper: Lime green, medium green, lavender, violet, light blue, medium blue, and black
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; chopstick
These are gorgeous crepe paper flowers! CraftsnCoffee.com.

No matter which color palette you choose, your flowers will be beautiful!

To make a Jewel-Tone Crepe Paper Flower Wreath:

1. Cover the wreath with crepe paper squares:

  • Cut 2” squares from the violet, medium blue, and medium green crepe paper.
  • Place a square on the wreath, position the chopstick over the center of the square, and push the chopstick about ½” deep into the wreath.
  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam has an excellent grip, and the wreath will hold the crepe paper square in place.
  • Continue to insert the crepe paper squares into the wreath, alternating colors as you go, till the wreath is covered.
How to make a Crepe Paper Wreath. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cut the crepe paper into 2″ squares, and tuck the squares into the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Make your flowers, mixing and matching the light and dark tones. Dina recommends following this tutorial. For her wreath, Dina used the following sizes, and you can always use more:

  • Three, 4” – 4-1/2” flowers
  • Two, 3” – 3-1/2” flowers
  • One, 2-1/2” flowers
Beautiful, DIY Crepe Paper Flower Wreath! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Use several colors for each flower.

3. Arrange your flowers on the wreath. When you like the arrangement, glue them in place.

Beautiful wreath! Love these crepe paper flowers. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Once you’ve arranged your flowers, glue them in place. If you like, you can always add more flowers!

4. Twist together the ends of a 3” length of chenille stem. Insert and glue the stem into the back of the wreath for a hanger. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.

You can use this same technique with squares of fabric, too, like I did when I made my Easy, Red, White & Blue Bandanna Wreath.

Nothing hard about this wreath -- it uses bandanas and a Styrofoam brand wreath. Super easy and super cute! CraftsnCoffee.com

This Quick & Easy Bandanna Wreath is perfect for kids to make, too.

Here’s another favorite summertime wreath, also made with fabric squares – Patty Schaffer’s Watermelon Wreath.

A sweet summertime wreath! On my "must-make" summer craft list! CraftsnCoffee.com

Seeing Dina’s two, Crepe Paper Flower Wreaths side-by-side reminds me of this tree I saw past weekend.

These are both beautiful wreaths! Easy DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I saw this tree while I was running errands Saturday morning, and I had to pull over and photograph it. Amazing, isn’t it?

Wow, what an amazing tree! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Mother Nature had a little help, when someone grafted together these two flowering trees.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and if you’re still debating about what to DIY for mom, be sure to check out the 35+, DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas I shared last week. Some of the gift ideas are super easy and super-fast, so you still have time to DIY mom a special gift.

Have a wonderful weekend, and happy crafting!

Sharon

 

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A $5 DIY gift idea: How to make a Candy Bouquet

When you need a fast, fun and inexpensive gift, DIY a Candy Bouquet. Candy Bouquets are perfect for dads, grads, teachers, neighbors, friends – just about anyone. With a $5 price tag, Candy Bouquets are a sweet idea for when you need multiple gifts, too. I shopped a dollar store for my supplies, and it was fun to mix and match the containers and candy to the occasion. I even found a small Crayola thermos for the teacher’s Candy Bouquet. (Did you know this week is Teacher Appreciation Week?) Here’s how I made my Candy Bouquets.

How to make a Candy Bouquet. A fast, $5 gift idea! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Each Candy Bouquet cost $5 or less, without the extra embellishments.

Such a fun, easy idea, and each Candy Bouquet costs about $5! CraftsnCoffee.com.

These are fun “just because” gifts. They might say “thank you” to a neighbor or a baby sitter, or maybe “get well” for a friend.

To make a Candy Bouquet, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Cube, ball, egg, or other shape to fit in your container
  • Mug, cup or other container*
  • Candy bars, 8 – 10 snack size; optional: packs of gum
  • Fill material, such as paper shred, curling ribbon, or candy
  • Optional: Embellishments, such as flowers and scrapbook stickers
  • Tools needed: Scissors; tape; wood skewers*; serrated knife

*The Teacher’s Candy Bouquet used a small thermos, and pencils instead of skewers.

This is all you'll need to DIY a $5 Candy Bouquet. Great gift idea when you need multiples! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s what you’ll need for your Candy Bouquet.

To make a Candy Bouquet:

1. Cut your foam so that it fits snugly in the mug or other container. Wedge the foam into the container, and fill in with scraps, if needed, to hold the foam tight.

How to DIY a Candy Bouquet. Super easy gift idea! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cut your foam to fit your containers.

2. Tape wood skewers to the back of the candy bars and gum packs.

I used pencils instead of wood skewers for the Teacher's Candy Bouquet.

I used pencils instead of wood skewers for the Teacher’s Candy Bouquet.

3. Arrange and insert the wood skewers into the container.

4. Optional: Add embellishments.

5. Cover the foam with paper shred, curling ribbon, or small candies.

You can have fun mixing and matching the candy to fit your occasion. If you need a few ideas to start, All Wording shares a list of sayings paired with popular candy bars.

Teacher’s Candy Bouquet

Pair this bouquet with a card that says: "many & many thanks to an EXTRA Special Teacher."

Pair this bouquet with a card that says: “many & many thanks to an EXTRA Special Teacher.”

Mother’s Day, Husband, Best Friend, or Someone Special Candy Bouquet

You might tag this bouquet with a saying such as: "I love you Mounds!" or "My love for you is Mound-less."

You might tag this bouquet with a saying such as: “I love you Mounds!” or “My love for you is Mound-less.”

Father’s Day Candy Bouquet

Here's a way to tell Dad: "Our love for you is bigger than the Milky Way!" or, "We love you to the Milky Way and back!"

Here’s a way to tell Dad: “Our love for you is bigger than the Milky Way!” or, “We love you to the Milky Way and back!”

Happy Graduation Candy Bouquet

This oversized, plastic cup is filled with $100,000 bars and gold wrapped Rolos®.

This oversized, plastic cup is filled with $100,000 bars and gold wrapped Rolos®.

I picked up the embellishments at a craft store. They added a few dollars to the cost of the bouquet, and they are definitely optional.

I picked up the embellishments at a craft store. They added a few dollars to the cost of the bouquet, and they are definitely optional.

The all-purpose, Happy Birthday, Get Well, Glad You’re My Friend, or other Special Occasion Candy Bouquet

Fun & easy DIY gift idea, and all of the supplies are from a dollar store. How to make a Candy Bouquet on CraftsnCoffee.com.

This mug says it all: “Chocolate is always the answer”!

Candy Bouquets are perfect for a quick and inexpensive gift, or when you need to make multiples.

Candy Bouquets are perfect for a quick and inexpensive gift, or when you need to make multiples.

What would you like in your Candy Bouquet? Do you have any suggestions for pairing candy bars and sentiments?

Happy candy crafting!

Sharon

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35+ DIY gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and there’s still time to DIY a handmade Mother’s Day gift. I’ve collected more than 35 favorite, Mother’s Day craft ideas, and many are super easy to make. I’ve linked up wreaths, topiaries, garden décor, photo crafts, and lots more. See something you love? Drop a hint and share the link!😉

More than 35 beautiful DIY gift ideas for Mother's Day! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll start with my favorite – a Cupcake Bouquet, of course! (Hint, hint to anyone in my family who might be reading this . . .)

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

DIY a Cupcake Bouquet for Mother’s Day.

I think most moms would appreciate the sentiment on these Soothing Spa Eggs!

I could use these on my desk! Easy to make with clay and foam eggs, and not just for Easter! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Soothing Spa Eggs

Does your mom enjoy sewing and other needle crafts? Rebekah Meier shares her Treasure Box & Pin Cushion, and Patty Schaffer shows how to make a Button Bouquet.

How to make a vintage pin cushion and keepsake box for Mother's Day.

This keepsake box & pin cushion is both pretty and useful.

how to make a button bouquet

Button Flower Bouquet

And here are many more gift ideas that I’m sure your mom would love! Or, help out your family and send a few links so they know what you might like!

Garden Crafts for Mom

Mosaic Garden Balls

how to make a pebble or river rock mosaic garden ball

Pebble Mosaic Garden Ball

Vintage Book Succulent Garden

There's a trick to making this Vintage Book Container Garden in just an hour or two! I love this idea. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Vintage Book, Succulent Garden

Teacup Succulent Garden Wreath

Pretty! Love this Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Moss Wreath & Teacup Succulent Garden Wreath

Sea Glass & Sand Orbs

sea glass & seashell crafts

Sea Glass & Sand Orbs by Kathleen George

Topiaries for Mom

Teacup Topiary

how to make a teacup topiary

Teatime & Teacup Topiaries

Ranunculus Topiary

DIY Topiary and Pomander

Ranunculus Topiary & Pomander

Flower Garden Topiary

What a pretty topiary! A great way to use up paper scraps and paint chips. CraftsnCoffee.com

Flower Garden Topiary

Paper Flower & Buttons Tree

Felt Flower Topiary

Polka Dot Crepe Paper Flower Topiary

Butterfly Topiary

Favorite Button Topiary

Wreaths for Mom

Map Flowers Wreath

Map Flower Wreath: Beautiful wreath made with an old map, flower punches and Styrofoam wreath. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Map Flowers Wreath

Shabby Burlap & Buttons Wreath

This pretty Shabby Burlap & Buttons Wreath is so easy to make. Perfect for fall!

Shabby Burlap & Buttons Wreath

Crepe Paper Flower Wreath

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

The wreath is like a springtime garden party!

Ombre Spring Wreath

Felt Daffodil Wreath

Spring Yarn Wreath

Summertime Burlap, Twine & Butterfly Wreath

Flowers for Mom

20-Minute Mother’s Day Mug

If you have 20 minutes, you can make this Mother's Day Mug.

20-Minute Mother’s Day Mug

Pink & Green Carnation Cone & Pomander

Super-easy Carnation Toiary and Carnation Pomander for home decor, weddings and Mother's Day.

Pink & Green Pomander

Pink Posy Purse

Cute DIY centerpiece for a luncheon or bridal shower. Mother's Day gift idea, too. Easy enough to make multiples. CraftsnCoffee.com

Pink Posy Purse

Carnation Cupcake

Framed Flower Bouquet

Framed Orchids

Blooming Paper Flower Pomander

Purple Posy Package

Moss & Roses Cone

Felted Flower Pins

Photo Crafts for Mom

CD Photo Clip

easy Father's Day crafts for kids

CD Photo Clip

Blooming Family Photo Garden

A beautiful way to display family photos. It would be pretty as part of a gallery wall, too. CraftsnCoffee.com.Steampunk Photo Cube

steampunk photo cube

Steampunk Style Photo Cube

Handmade Photo Cube

Vintage Photo Cube

I love you!

Origami Heart Wreath

How to make an Origami Heart Wreath. Great Valentine's Day craft idea for kids! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The heart with wings is a little more challenging for younger hands, but older children can easily follow the tutorial.

Easy String Art Heart

Really -- no pounding, no smashed fingers! Easy way to make string art on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Easy, String-Art Heart

Do you have any favorites here? You can always share a few links with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge, and help your family celebrate Mother’s Day.

More than 35 beautiful DIY gift ideas for Mother's Day! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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DIY a Moss & Roses Cone for mom, a bride, or maybe you

This elegant, Moss & Roses Cone has always been a favorite of mine. The pink tipped roses, natural moss, gossamer ribbon, and floating butterfly are a delightful combination. I can think of so many ways to use this DIY floral arrangement. You can hang it on your front door, of course. Or, give it to mom for Mother’s Day. It would make the most striking bridal bouquet, or it could hang on the church doors, or the back of the bride’s chair at the wedding reception. Here’s how to DIY this simple yet sophisticated Moss & Roses Cone.

Gorgeous! Easy enough to DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Moss & Roses Cone by Diane Flowers.

To make a Moss & Roses Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” x 4” cone
  • Silk roses, 10 stems
  • Silk butterfly
  • Reindeer moss in light and dark green
  • Wired, organza ribbon in ivory, 2-1/2” wide
  • Craft wire in silver, 20-gauge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; wire cutters; green floral tape; floral pick or wood skewer; floral pins

To make a Moss & Roses Cone:

1. Glue moss to the cone, alternating the light and dark green moss, till the cone is completely covered.

2. Arrange the roses in your hand, creating a pleasing arrangement. Be sure the roses face forward and form an arch that’s slightly higher in the center. Trim the stems, and insert them into the wide end of the foam cone. Fill in any bare spots with leaves.

A beautiful, DIY arrangement for brides, mom, or maybe me! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Can you see the butterfly fluttering in the top right?

3. Loosely wrap a 24″ length of wire around your finger, forming a coil. Do not coil the last 2”, and wrap this tail end around a floral pick. Wrap floral tape around the pick and the wire to hold them together. Glue the butterfly to the coiled end of the wire, and let glue dry. Insert the pick into the cone, positioned so the butterfly is floating above the roses.

4. Center the organza ribbon over the front of the cone and pin in place. Wrap the ribbon on a slight angle around to the back and and then back to the front. Pin the ribbons in back and in front where they overlap. Wrap the ribbons to the back again, and then tie in a bow at the top. Cut a “v” in the ribbon ends. Glue a small piece of moss over the pin at the front.

Beautiful details on the Moss & Roses Cone on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a small piece of moss to hide the floral pins.

Diane also made this gorgeous, Love in Bloom Wreath. I don’t know of a mom or a bride who wouldn’t find this wreath special.

Gorgeous! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Love in Bloom Wreath by Diane Flowers.

Why would you make this Moss & Roses Cone? Would you hang it on your door, gift it to your mom, or even carry it down the aisle?

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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Mother’s Day Craft Idea: DIY a Button Photo Cube

When I posted the Favorite Button Topiary earlier this week, I suggested keeping your buttons handy for today’s tutorial – a Button Photo Cube. This is a beautiful DIY Mother’s Day craft, and really, who wouldn’t like a Button Photo Cube? Grandma? Teacher? Neighbor? Designer Patty Schaffer is the mastermind behind this colorful, Button Photo Cube, and her tutorial is super easy to follow.

Cute idea for Mother's Day -- DIY Button Photo Cube. CraftsnCoffee.com

DIY Button Photo Cube by Patty Schaffer.

DIY Button Photo Cube for Mother's Day! So pretty. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Add a bouquet of blooming button flowers to this pretty Button Photo Cube.

To make a Button Photo Cube, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” cube
  • Buttons in assorted colors and sizes, about 300
  • Pearl head pins, 1-1/2”, about 300
  • Silver wire, 20-gauge, about 36”
  • Tools needed: Wire nippers

To make a Button Photo Cube:

  1. Cover the four sides and top of the foam cube with buttons, pinning them on with the pearl head pins. Use the larger buttons first, and cover the cube with a single layer. You’ll fill in the gaps in the next step.
  1. Pin on a second layer of buttons to cover the gaps. Use smaller buttons for the second layer, and occasionally stack several buttons together as you pin them on.
Detail from adorable Button Photo Cube. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Layer on the larger buttons first, and then fill in with the smaller buttons.

  1. Button legs:
  • Make four stacks of four buttons each, stacked from largest button to smallest.
  • Be sure the button stacks are even, or the cube will be wobbly.
  • Thread each stack of buttons onto two pearl head pins.
  • Insert a button leg into each bottom corner of the cube.
How to make button feet for a Button Photo Cube. CraftsnCoffee.com

Be sure the button stacks are the same height, so the cube won’t wobble.

  1. Button flowers:
  • Cut three, 5” lengths of wire.
  • Bend the tip of a wire to form a “u”.
  • Insert the “u” through a stack of three – five buttons, with the smallest button on top.
  • Tightly twist the wires together underneath the bottom button.
  • Make two more flowers.
  • Insert the flowers into the top of the button cube.
How to make Button Flowers and a Button Photo Cube. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Blooming button flowers!

  1. Photo holders: Make a flat coil in the end of an 8” length of wire. Insert the coiled wire into the top of the cube; trim the wire, if needed. Repeat to add a second photo holder.

Earlier this week, I featured the tutorial for this Favorite Button Topiary, and linked to this Button Egg, as well.

Beautiful button crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Button Egg & Favorite Button Topiary.

You could also make this charming Sweetheart Button Wreath for mom.

Such a sweet button wreath! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Sweetheart Button Wreath

And here’s another pretty Button Wreath, along with a video tutorial.

Simply stunning! One of my favorite button wreaths! CraftsnCoffee.com has the tutorial.

Patty Schaffer designed this Button & Button Flowers Wreath. I love the “flowers” she created by layering the colorful, patterned buttons.

Change up the look with this Patina Button Wreath that uses metallic buttons and a verdi gris faux finish.

Such a pretty button wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com shows you how to add the Verdi gris patina to the wreath.

Verdi Gris Button Wreath

Do you have crafty plans this weekend? Here’s what was in my shopping  cart recently. I’ve been planning a few fall crafts and I’m excited to start working on them this weekend. What are you working on?

Excited to start crafting for fall! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’m already planning a few fall crafts! I’m not sure if they’ll all work out, but I’m excited to give them a try.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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A Favorite Button Topiary to DIY

Looking through old posts recently, I realized that I featured Patty Schaffer’s Button Egg, but I never featured its companion Button Topiary. How did I miss this pretty project? The Button Egg is always a favorite, so I am calling this the Favorite Button Topiary. I hope it’s one of your favorites! At long last, here’s the tutorial for the DIY Button Topiary.

So pretty! DIY an easy Button Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Favorite Button Topiary by Patty Schaffer.

Such a pretty Button Egg. Love the bright pops of color! Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Here’s Patty’s Button Egg.

To make the Favorite Button Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone
  • Buttons:
    • White in assorted shades and sizes, about 400 – 450
    • Bright colors in assorted sizes, about 24 – 30
  • Pearl head pins, 1-1/2″, 400 – 450
  • Beads, assorted shapes in silver, about 20 – 24
  • Candle pedestal
  • Drywall screw, 2-1/2”
  • E-6000 Adhesive
  • Thick, white craft glue
Button detail from a DIY Button Topiary Tree. CraftsnCoffee.com.

The pearl head pins and colorful buttons add bright pops of color and lots of interest.

To make the Favorite Button Topiary:

  1. Adhere the head of the drywall screw to the center of the pedestal using the E-6000 adhesive. The point should be facing up. Let glue dry.
  2. Center the cone over the drywall screw, and push it onto the screw. Remove the cone, add thick-white craft glue to the pedestal and the drywall screw, and place the cone back onto the pedestal. Let glue dry.
  3. Cover the cone with buttons:
  • Starting at the bottom of the cone, pin the white buttons to the cone using pearl head pins.
  • Work your way up the cone using the larger buttons first.
  • Occasionally thread a silver bead onto the pin before pinning on buttons.
  • Overlap the buttons to help fill in gaps, and pin on smaller buttons to cover the gaps, too.

4. Once the cone is covered, pin on the colored buttons, adding pops of color.

Here’s the sweet pair together.

Beautiful button crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These would make nice gifts for Mother’s Day.

Sneak peek!

Sneak peek!

Now that you have your buttons out, don’t put them away yet . . . Here’s a sneak peek of Friday’s craft. I think you’re going to like it . . .

What have you crafted with buttons?

Happy button crafting.

Sharon

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Plant a succulent teacup garden in a moss wreath (and announcing the Homework Helper winners)

Do you love succulent teacup gardens as much as I do? They are so sweet! Which led me to wonder if I could add a teacup succulent garden to my spring wreath. Voila, today I’m sharing how I made my Succulent Teacup Garden Wreath. I used a demitasse teacup, which is smaller than a regular teacup, and was easy to find at a local resale shop. The 10” wreath of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam is almost 2” thick, which is the perfect dimension for the demitasse teacup. The succulents and flowers are faux, so there’s no drippy water to worry about. This was a fun wreath to DIY!

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

The demitasse cups are small, and you'll need just a few succulents and flowers to fill it.

The demitasse cups are small, and you’ll need just a few succulents and flowers to fill it.

To make a Succulent Teacup Garden & Moss Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” wreath; 2” ball or other scrap piece to fit teacup
  • Moss cloth
  • Demitasse teacup
  • Faux succulents, two
  • Silk flowers, several stems and a few flowers for the teacup
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; rubber band; wire cutters; floral pins

To make a Succulent Teacup Garden & Moss Wreath:

1. Spread out moss cloth with paper side facing up. Place the wreath in a corner, and trace around it on the paper backing. Cut out the wreath shape and remove the paper backing. Glue the ring of moss to the wreath.

How to make an easy moss wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Trace around the wreath on the paper backing, and cut out.

2. Cut a strip of moss cloth to fit around the outside edge of the wreath; you might need to piece two strips together. Glue and pin the moss cloth around the outside of the wreath.

Easy DIY Moss Wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cover the outside edge with a strip of moss cloth.

3. Position demitasse teacup in the lower, inside curve of the wreath, and press to create a groove to help hold the cup in place. Remove the cup.

Sweetest wreath ever -- DIY a Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden. DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Press the teacup down into the foam, making an impression that will help hold the cup in place.

4. Arrange the succulents and silk flowers, and when you like how they look, rubber band the stems together.

5. Glue the foam ball or other scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam into the demitasse cup. Insert the plant stems into the cup, and add glue to help hold them in place.

6. Glue the demitasse cup into the groove in the wreath. Let glue dry.

7. Cut a strip of moss cloth to fit around the inside edge of the wreath. Glue in place, and cut to fit around the teacup.

8. Arrange several silk flower stems at the bottom of the wreath; if needed, trim stems to fit. When you like the arrangement, pin in place with floral pins.

Pretty! Love this Moss Wreath with a Teacup Succulent Garden! CraftsnCoffee.com.

The resale shop I visited had a lot of demitasse cups. You should be able to find one that suits your colors and style.

9. Loop ribbon through the wreath for hanging.

While you’re out and about scouting for demitasse teacups, pick up a few extra and DIY these Teacup Topiaries, too.

Teacup Topiaries, made with mismatched teacups, are perfect for Mother's Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, or bridal or baby showers.

Teacup Topiaries

The Succulent Teacup Garden Wreath and Teacup Topiaries would make lovely Mother’s Day gifts, don’t you think?

DIY a Moss Wreath with Teacup Succulent Garden. Easy tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make one for you, and another for Mother’s Day, or a teacher’s gift, or a housewarming gift, or just because!

And now, the winners in the recent, Homework Helper giveaway! Thank you to all who entered the giveaway. Brenda Ackerman and Emily Smith are the winners, and they’ll each receive:

  • A Solar System kit or Project Bricks kit (your choice)
  • A $50 gift card to Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Stores or Michaels (your choice)
  • A craft apron.

Please contact me, Brenda and Emily, to arrange for your prizes.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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