How to make a Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath

Fresh, modern concrete home décor is all the rage, but I’d never mess around with the real thing and mix up my own concrete. I wish I was that adventurous, but I’m not. However, you might remember how I fell in love with the faux concrete finish from Plaid, and it’s opened up a world of concrete design ideas (a pun!). Like this DIY, Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath. It looks so real, yet it’s super lightweight, easy to make and even easier to hang – no reinforcement needed. The succulents are faux, so it’s easy care, too. (This Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath was also featured in the summer issue—and last issue, sniff, of Craft Ideas magazine.)

DIY modern, Faux Concrete Wreath

Doesn’t it look like real concrete?

To make a Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” x 2” wreath; scrap piece
  • Plaid Folk Art Painted Finishes in concrete
  • Painter’s tape
  • Acrylic craft paint in bright pink (or other accent color)
  • Faux air plants, 2
  • Faux succulents, 5 – 6
  • Chenille stem
  • Mod Podge
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush; knippers

To make a Faux Concrete & Succulent Wreath:

1. Apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to wreath and let dry.

2. Mask off with painter’s tape a portion of the wreath that will be painted bright pink.

3. Following directions on packaging, paint wreath with Painted Finishes base coat. While still wet, dab on top coat and blend into base coat. Let dry.

DIY Modern, Faux Concrete Wreath

Mask off the area for color blocking (left). Paint on the concrete finish and when dry, remove the tape. Paint on the accent color.

4. Remove painter’s tape, and paint unmasked area bright pink.

5. Arrange air plants and succulents on wreath. When pleased with arrangement, place glue on stems, and insert them into wreath. If needed, trim stems to fit. (Hint: Arrange the succulents and air plants in a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam first. This way you can easily see how they will look and rearrange them without marring the finish on the wreath.)

6. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem, forming a loop. Insert and glue the loop into the back of the wreath to use as a hanger.

DIY Modern, faux concrete wreath

The succulents are faux, so no watering required!

If you like the look of concrete but you’re like me, and afraid to try the real thing, you have to check out this paint finish. You’ll love it! These Faux Concrete Eggs are the first project I made with the faux finish.

DIY modernFaux Concrete Eggs

The color blocking is optional.

I painted an extra egg and made this Faux Concrete Succulent Planter.

DIY modern Faux Concrete Succulent Planter

Making this faux, concrete planter is easy, and the faux succulents are easy-care, too.

I’ve not partnered with Plaid for this post. I just love that this product is so quick and easy to use, and a great shortcut to achieving a concrete-like finish, without a lot of time and mess.

Have you tackled mixing up a batch of real concrete and making something with it? Or are you like me, and you’d rather brush on a concrete finish paint?

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: DIY a cozy, Felt Leaf Christmas Cone

Can you ever have too many tabletop Christmas trees? Sweet little cones to tuck in here and there, display in a corner, showcase on a tabletop, or wherever you need a little holiday cheer? No, I didn’t think so! So, here’s another one for your collection – a DIY Felt Leaf Christmas Cone. I thought I’d share this one now, because cutting out the felt leaves could seem daunting during the Christmas season. Summertime is the time to make this Felt Leaf Christmas Cone, and in a few months, you’ll love how it looks in its special little nook.

DIY rustic felt Christmas cones

DIY rustic felt Christmas cones

Where would you display these cozy little cones?

To make a Felt Leaf Christmas Cone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 9” cone (or other size of your choice)
  • Felt, ¼ yd., in cream or other color of your choice
  • Birch round, 3” – 4” dia.
  • Twigs, eight
  • Stick, ½” dia.
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; knippers; serrated knife

To make a Felt Leaf Christmas Cone:

1. Glue a 1” x 12” felt strip around the bottom edge of the cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

2. Using pattern, cut out approximately 170 felt leaves.

3. Starting along the bottom edge of the cone, glue on a row of leaves, slightly overlapping each leaf by about 1/8”. Each leaf should point down, with the curved end up.

DIY rustic felt Christmas tree cones

On each new row, position the point on each leaf so it is between the two leaves below.

4. Add a second row of leaves, and position each leaf so the point is between the two leaves in the first row. Repeat, adding rows of leaves around the cone till the cone is covered.

5. Assemble the star:

  • For each star, you’ll need: Seven, 1″ twigs; a 3″ twig; and two, ½” circles of cream felt.
  • Place a generous dot of glue on one felt circle.
  • Place the ends of the twigs so that they are touching each other at the center of the circle, and position the 3” twig at the bottom.
  • Glue a second felt circle on top.
  • Let glue dry.

6. Cut a 3″ x ½” diameter stick for the tree trunk. Be sure that one end is perfectly straight across so that the tree will stand straight.

7. Glue the straight end of the stick to the center of the birch round. Double check that the trunk is straight before the glue dries.

8. Assemble the tree:

  • Using the point of a serrated knife, carve out a small, ½” x ½” hole in the bottom center of the cone.
  • Add glue to the hole in the bottom of the cone, and insert the trunk.
  • Check to be sure the tree stands straight, and adjust if needed.
  • Add a dab of glue at top of cone, and insert the 3” end of the twig star into the cone.
DIY rustic felt Christmas Cones

The twig stars and birch bark bases add a rustic touch.

If you’d like to add a few more tabletop trees to your collection, check out these Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones.

DIY Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones

Scalloped Felt Christmas Cones

For a completely different look, fashion your felt and lace trims into a trio of Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Trees. There are so many ways to personalize these pretty cones.

DIY Vintage Style Christmas Cones

Vintage Felt & Lace Christmas Tree

What’s in your collection of tabletop trees?

Happy crafting!



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Craft for kids: DIY a Faux Foam Cactus

I have a Barrel cactus in my kitchen window, and does that little plant have big spikes! Ouch! If you’re looking for a fun – and painless, craft for the kids this summer, today I’m sharing a kinder, gentler, DIY Faux Foam Cactus by Linda Valentino. There’s nothing hard about making this Faux Cactus, which is topped with fanciful, felt flowers. If you’re looking for an educational craft for the classroom or scout troop, this is a good addition to a unit all about the southwest and desert life.

DIY faux foam cactus

Faux Foam Cactus by Linda Valentino.

To make a Faux, Foam Cactus, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” and 3” balls, one each
  • Clay pot, 3 ½” dia.
  • Felt scraps in yellow
  • Pearl head pins in white, size 17, four dozen
  • Acrylic craft paints: Green, dark green, dark red, terra cotta
  • Spanish moss
  • Jumbo rick rack in turquoise, 12”
  • Rocks, three – four
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; stiff bristle paintbrush; toothpicks; pencil; wood skewer

To make a Faux, Foam Cactus:

1. Insert a wood skewer into the 3” foam ball. Use the skewer as a handle, and paint the 3” foam ball green. Let paint dry. Paint 12 dark green stripes down the ball, about ½” apart. Let dry.

2. Place a pencil along a dark green stripe, and rock the pencil back & forth down the length of the ball, making an indent. Repeat, making an indented line along each dark green stripe.

3. Cut three, 2” circles from yellow felt. Push a pencil point into the top of cactus, making a small hole. Squeeze a few drops of glue into the hole. Using a wood skewer, push the center of a felt circle into the hole. Repeat, inserting two more felt circles into the hole.

4. Paint the pot terra cotta, and the rim dark red. Let dry, and then glue rick rack around the rim. Glue the 2” foam ball into the pot.

5. Break two toothpicks in half. Dip ends in glue and insert the four halves into bottom of cactus. Add glue to the other ends of toothpicks and push into the 2” ball. Place moss around the cactus and add a few rocks, too.

6. Dip tips of four, pearl head pins into glue, and insert into a raised stripe on the cactus. Repeat, adding four pins down the length of each raised stripe.

DIY Faux Foam Cactus

Pair this Faux Foam Cactus with a unit on the southwest and desert life.

For children a little older, you can pair the Faux Foam Cactus with the Southwest Adobe House.

DIY southwest adobe house

Southwest Adobe House

I hope you had a beautiful July 4th! Now, as we head into the second half of the summer, how are your kids keeping busy this summer? Are they crafting? Tell me what they’re making!

Happy crafting!


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DIY party decorations with colorful confetti!

The party theme continues from last week (don’t miss Patty Schaffer’s cutest-ever Cupcake Birthday Card) and we’re making colorful, confetti party decorations. Once you hang up this Confetti Wreath and display the Confetti Cones, you are ready to party! These are easy party decorations to DIY, so give them a try! (I’m honored that these party crafts first appeared in the summer issue of Craft Ideas magazine – more on that later.)

DIY easy party decorations

 DIY Confetti Wreath

You can make the wreath and the cones in an evening.

DIY confetti party decorations

Make it a family tradition and display the confetti decor for each family member’s birthday.

To make the Confetti Wreath and Confetti Cones, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Cones, 12” x 4” and 9” x 4”
    • Wreath, 12” x 2”
  • Glittered balls, 1-1/2” dia., two pink and one purple
  • Multicolor, Mexican Confetti*
  • Ultra-fine, iridescent glitter
  • Purchased bow
  • Chenille stem
  • Mod Podge
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Old newspaper; wax paper; stiff bristle paintbrush; wooden skewer or chopstick.

*I purchased a 12-ouce bag of multicolor, Mexican Confetti on Amazon (free shipping!) and have more than ½ bag leftover.

To make the Confetti Wreath:

DIY Confetti Wreath

Be sure to cover your work area first, for easier clean up.

1. Brush Mod Podge onto the inside edge of the wreath, and sprinkle with confetti. In bare areas, pat down confetti, and sprinkle again.

2. Brush Mod Podge onto the outside edge of the wreath, and following Step 1, sprinkle with confetti.

DIY Confetti Wreath

Cover the inner and outer edges first, and then cover the front with confetti.

3. Brush Mod Podge on the front of the wreath, and sprinkle with confetti. If you see any bare areas, add more confetti.

4. Lightly sprinkle all over with iridescent glitter.

5. When dry, glue bow to the center of the wreath. Glue glittered ball to the center of the bow.

6. Twist together ends of a 4” length of chenille stem, forming a loop. Insert and glue the loop into the back of the wreath to use as a hanger.

DIY confetti party wreath

To make the Confetti Cones:

1. Insert a wood skewer or chopstick into the bottom of a cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to use as a handle.

2. Brush Mod Podge onto the cone, and while wet, sprinkle cone with confetti. Pat down confetti, and sprinkle more onto the cone. Lightly sprinkle with iridescent glitter. When cone is covered, carefully remove the handle, and place cone on a piece of wax paper to dry.

3. Repeat with second cone.

4. When dry, glue glittered balls to the top of each cone.

DIY Confetti Cones

DIY Confetti Party Ideas

You’ll have leftover confetti — use it fill clear balloons!

On another note, it’s not all about celebrating today. I was dismayed to learn that the summer issue of Craft Ideas would be the last one. Through the years, I’ve worked with many talented, creative and inspiring editors at Craft Ideas (and back when it was Crafts ‘n things and Pack-‘o-Fun magazines, too). I’m saddened to see the magazine disappear and these hardworking editors move on to new opportunities. I wish them well!

I with you a wonderful holiday weekend and very happy July 4th. My Tuesday post falls on July 4th, so I won’t see you again until next Friday. Enjoy the parades, parties and cook outs, and the friends and family you share it with. And do tell me if you’ve crafted up anything patriotic for your festivities.

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: DIY an adorable Snowman and keep cool!

How hot is it where you live? I know some readers are suffering scorching heat and I hope today’s Snowman & SNOW Cubes will help you keep your cool. Is there a better time to DIY a snowman than on a hot summer’s day? I don’t think so! Debra Quartermain shares this snowman tutorial with us, and you know she makes some of the most darling snowmen around!

Cute! DIY on

Snowman & SNOW Cubes by Debra Quartermain

DIY Christmas Snowman craft

So many cute details!

To make a Snowman & SNOW Cubes, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls: One 1-1/2″ and three 1″
    • Cubes: Five 3″
    • Egg: One 3″
    • Sheet, scrap piece
  • Wool roving: 1/8 oz. black; 1/4 natural; small pieces of orange and red
  • Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheets, one each in gold, sage green, and natural; and two in berry red (Debra used wool felt)
  • Fabric, 1-1/2” X 12” scrap of striped cotton
  • Buttons: Three small black and one heart
  • Embroidery floss in black
  • Twigs, two 3″
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle; pencil; ruler; round wooden toothpicks; embroidery needle; straight pins; needlefelting tool*

*Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp! Always use with caution!

To make a Snowman & Snow Cubes:

1. Wax the serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut a 1″-thick slice from the end of one foam cube. Glue the 1” slice to a 3” cube, and the remaining, 2” slice to another 3” cube. You should have two, 3” cubes; one 4” tall block; and one 5” tall block.

2. Cut a 5″ x 12″ red felt strip. Apply white glue to edges of strip and wrap around the 5” foam block. Optional: If needed, pin the felt in place while the glue dries. Glue a 3” red felt square to the top and the bottom of the block.

3. Cut a 4” x 12” green felt strip and glue around the 4” block. Glue a 3” green felt square to the top and bottom of the block.

4. Cut a 3” x 12” red felt strip and two, 3” squares and cover a 3” cube, following instructions in Step 2. Repeat, and cover the remaining 3” cube in gold felt.

DIY Needle Felted Snowman tutorial

If you’re hesitant to stitch around the letters, you could also use a fabric paint to draw the lines.

5. Using patterns, cut letters from natural felt and glue letters to the blocks – the S on the 5” block; N and O to the 3” cubes; and the W to the 4” block. Let glue dry. Using three strands of black floss, stitch letters to the wool felt. (If you don’t want to hand stitch the letters, you could try the technique Debra used in her JOYful Snowman, in which she drew on stitching lines with fabric paint.)

6. Place a small, loose clump of natural wool roving on the top of each block, and spot glue. Needlefelt the roving several times to each block to help hold the roving in place.

7. Using patterns, cut from felt two green holly leaves and three red berries. Stitch a straight stitch down center of each holly leaf. Glue holly leaves together at the stem end. Glue leaves and berries to front of the “S” block.

DIY Needle Felted Snowman craft

You could turn this little Snowman into an ornament.

8. Build the Snowman body:

  • Press large end of foam egg and one side of 1-1/2” foam ball against work surface to flatten slightly.
  • Insert and glue one end of a toothpick into the flat side of the 1-1/2″ foam ball. Pick and glue the other end into the narrow end of the foam egg.

9. Dress and decorate the Snowman:

  • Wrap Snowman in natural roving and needle felt the wool in place.
  • Felt two tiny pieces of black roving onto his face for eyes.
  • Shape a small ball of orange roving into a carrot, and felt the base to his face.
  • Needlefelt a thin strip of red roving for a smile.
  • Tie a strip of cotton fabric around neck; trim ends.
  • Glue three black buttons to the body.
  • Poke small hole in each side of body using scissors tip; insert and glue twig arms into holes.
DIY cute snowman craft

Debra made all of his features with wisps of wool roving.

10. Make the Snowman’s hat:

  • Hat brim: Place a medium-sized ball of black wool roving on the scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Felt the wool into a flat circle.
  • As you felt, flip over the roving  several times to keep it from sticking to the foam sheet.
  • The brim should be about ¼” thick and slightly larger across than top of Snowman’s head.
  • Needlefelt center of hat brim to head.
  • Needlefelt another ball of roving into a tall, 3-D hat crown shape; again, flip fiber over several times to keep it from sticking to the foam sheet.
  • Needlefelt crown to brim, adding more roving as needed to fill out hat shape as desired.

11. Insert and glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of snowman’s body. Pick and glue Snowman into top of “N” block.

DIY felt Christmas crafts

Pick and glue the three snowballs to the top of the W block.

12. Snowballs: Wrap each 1″ foam ball with natural roving, and needlefelt the roving in place. Insert and glue a toothpick halfway into bottom of each ball. Pick and glue snowballs into the top of the “W” block.

13. Glue heart button to middle of “O”.

DIY felt Christmas crafts

This is a beautiful gift idea, too.

Need to chill even more? Last summer, Debra shared this sweet, Sock Snowman with us.

DIY easy sock snowman

Sweet, Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain

You might also remember her JOYful Snowman from last year. So bright and super cute!

DIY Felt Snowman craft

JOYful Snowman by Debra Quartermain

Check out the Snowmen in the Project Directory for even more. I’ve been sharing a few Snowman Crafts over on Facebook, too, to help fight the blistering heat. Be sure to follow!

How hot is it where you are?

Stay cool and craft on!


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How to make a Cupcake Birthday Card

There are lots of June birthdays in the family, so today I am sharing Patty Schaffer’s clever, DIY Cupcake Birthday Card. Patty’s card is like a birthday greeting and gift all in one, and enjoyed without a single extra calorie. In case you’re wondering, you can mail this dimensional card, if you put it in a small box. Otherwise, it’s special enough to warrant a hand delivery. I’m sharing a little more birthday fun, so read on.

DIY this cute, Cupcake Birthday Card on

Cupcake Birthday Card by Patty Schaffer

To make a Cupcake Birthday Card, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 2” x 3” cone
  • Scrapbook paper, 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” (Patty used green paper with embossed dots)
  • Cupcake liner
  • White tissue paper
  • Paper scraps or clear, decorative overlay
  • Letter stickers spelling “celebrate”
  • Wooden toothpick
  • Acrylic craft paint in pink
  • Washi tape in purple print
  • Chunky glitter in turquoise or other coordinating color
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter glue
  • Optional: Additional embellishments
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; paintbrush

To make a Cupcake Birthday Card:

1. Score and fold the scrapbook paper in half.

2. Wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut the foam cone and foam ball in half from top to bottom. You will use one half of each shape (save the other half for another card).

3. Cut the point off the bottom of the cone to make the bottom half of the cupcake.

4. Cut a slice from the half ball, and check to see if it fits on top of the cupcake bottom. If the two halves don’t fit together, trim to fit.

DIY Cupcake Birthday Card. Cute!

No calories! And super cute!

5. Brush Mod Podge on the ball, and cover with tissue paper to look like icing. Let dry.

6. Cut a cupcake liner in half. Check fit to see if it completely covers the cupcake bottom. Glue in place.

7. Glue together the cupcake top and bottom.

8. Adhere paper scrap or decorative overlay to front of card. Add letter stickers to spell out “celebrate”.

9. Glue cupcake to the card.

10. Paint toothpick pink and let dry.

11. Wrap washi tape around toothpick, and cut into pennant shape. Insert into top of cupcake.

12. Brush glitter glue on top of cupcake and sprinkle with turquoise glitter.

DIY this cute, Cupcake Birthday Card on

Change the saying, the papers, the colors, and make it your own.

Last year, we celebrated the 75th birthday of STYROFOAM Brand Foam with a roundup of 20+ Cupcake & Ice Cream Crafts. These sweet crafts are a lot of fun, so go take a peek!

 DIY Cupcake crafts I have one more idea to make a birthday celebration special – a Birthday Balloon Wreath.

DIY Balloon Wreath

Happy birthday to all the June birthdays!

Be sure to join in for Tinsel Tuesdays next week!

The best DIY Christmas crafts

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: Make Ribbon Christmas Ornaments from your stash

I don’t know about you, but I save the smallest pieces of ribbons. The ribbon scraps are too pretty to throw out. Now, I’m glad I saved them because I can use all of the leftover ribbon to make these Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments. With a mix of ribbon textures, sizes and colors, these DIY Christmas ornaments are very merry indeed. The Ribbon Christmas Ornaments are easy, and a fun Christmas craft for all ages, and groups, too. If you’re making these as a group, have each person bring in ribbon, and then mix it all up!

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

Look closely and you’ll see that Kathleen used a mix of sheer, satin, grosgrain and curling ribbons.

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

You can mix up the colors, too.

To make Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-1/2” ball
  • Assorted ribbons, 1/4″ – 3/8″ wide (model shown uses grosgrain, curling, sheer, and satin)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; wood skewers

To make Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments:

1. Cut several 3-1/2″ — 4″ lengths from a variety of ribbons. If using curling ribbon, cut 7″– 8″ lengths, and curl the ribbon on the blade of the scissors.

2. Insert a skewer into the ball to use as a handle. Place a dot of glue on the ball, center a ribbon length over the glue, and using a skewer, insert the ribbon ¼” deep into the ball. Remove skewer.

3. Repeat, mixing up the ribbons as you go for a collage effect. Let glue dry.

4. Remove the skewer from the ball. Knot together ends of a 6” ribbon, forming a loop. Squeeze glue in hole left by the skewer, and using another skewer, push the knot into the foam ball. Let dry.

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornaments

A trio of Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments by Kathleen George.

Don’t put away the ribbon yet. Here are a few more ideas for Christmas ornaments you can make with your leftover ribbons.

Christmas Ribbon Pomander

DIY Ribbon Pomander

Ribbon Pomander

Creamy Ribbon Christmas Ornament

DIY Ribbon Christmas Ornament

Creamy Ribbon Christmas Ornament

The technique Kathleen used to make today’s Festive, Ribbon Christmas Ornaments is not new and one you’ve probably used before. Kathleen used the same idea when she made her Punched Fabric Ornaments, and she substituted fabric squares for the ribbon. Another good stash buster!

Punched Fabric Ornament

Punched Fabric Ornament

Thanks for joining in another summertime Tinsel Tuesday!

Happy crafting!


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Patriotic crafts for kids: DIY a Tissue Paper Flag

Looking for a summertime, patriotic craft for the kids? I have a few patriotic crafts linked up today, and a new tutorial for a DIY Patriotic Flag Door Hanger. Kids will have fun making this flag – it’s easy enough to insert the tissue paper squares into the sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I used the same technique with bandana squares when I made my easy Bandana Wreath. Give the Patriotic Flag Door Hanger a try – it’s fast and it’s fun!

DIY flag craft for kids

Patriotic Flag Door Hanger by Linda Valentino.

To make a Patriotic Flag Door Hanger, you’ll need:

  • SYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1-¼” x  6-¾”  x  12” block (or, you can cut a larger sheet to size, and make several flags from the larger sheet)
  • Tissue paper: Two sheets each of red & blue; and one sheet of white
  • Ribbon:
    • Red, 1” x 39”
    • Patriotic-print, 1-½” x 24”
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; ruler; marker; optional: pinking shears

To make a Patriotic Flag Door Hanger:

1. Draw the flag shape on the foam rectangle:

  • Hold the foam rectangle vertically (up & down), and measure 5” down from the top.
  • Draw a line at this point across the foam sheet. This will be the blue field.
  • Draw four vertical lines, about 1-3/8” apart, from this line to the bottom of the foam rectangle. These are the stripes.
  • Be sure to refer to the photo if you have questions.

2. Cut tissue paper into 2” squares.

3. Fill in the blue field first:

  • Layer together two blue squares.
  • Center the flat end of the skewer over the two squares.
  • Squeeze a dab of glue on the foam flag.
  • Place the squares on the glue, and push down on the skewer, inserting the squares into the foam rectangle.
  • Repeat, adding more squares about ½” apart, till the blue field is covered.
  • Layer together two white tissue paper squares, and add stars in the same manner.

4. Fill in the red and white stripes, following instructions in Step 3.

5. Glue the red ribbon around the sides of the flag.

6. Add the hanger:

  • Make a hole in the top, ½” from each end. Use the needle to poke through the ribbon.
  • Dip the ends of the chenille stem in glue.
  • Insert one end into each hole.
  • Tie the patriotic ribbon around the chenille stem, and make a bow.
  • Optional: Trim ends of ribbon with pinking shears.
DIY patriotic craft for kids

Linda used tissue paper for her flag, but you could also use fabric or even bandanas.

If you like, substitute red, white and blue fabrics, or bandanas for the tissue paper. Here’s the Easy, Bandana Wreath that I made using squares cut from bandanas.

DIY easy bandana wreath

If your kids are a little older, this Duct Tape Flag is a fun idea.

DIY Duct Tape Flag

Duct Tape Flag.

If you’re planning a July 4th picnic, neighborhood party, or other summertime gathering, make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree for your centerpiece. I’m pretty sure the kids will love helping out with this one!

DIY Patriotic Lollipop Tree

Kids of all ages can make these Patriotic Rag Balls. Plus, there’s a history lesson involved, so you can combine crafting and learning.

DIY Rag Balls

Patriotic Rag Balls

Show your kids this line up and let me know which craft they choose!

Happy crafting!


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Tinsel Tuesday: DIY Holiday Deco Spheres with paper clay

These elegant, Holiday Deco Spheres look expensive, but they’re easy to make. Each step is pretty quick, and due to the drying time, you can work on them when you have a minute. I think the DIY Holiday Deco Spheres would make beautiful gifts, too. Personalize them with the recipient’s favorite word or their name. If you have a “word of the year”, stamp that on the ball. Add a ribbon and these Holiday Deco Spheres transform into ornaments. So many options!

DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Diane stamped her spheres with “Ho, Ho, Ho”, “Merry Merry” and “Jingle Jingle”.

To make Holiday Deco Spheres, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” balls
  • Air-dry clay in red, green and natural
  • Acrylic craft paint in metallic bronze
  • Antiquing gel in brown
  • Leafing glaze in silver
  • Letter stamps
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Optional (for display of the deco spheres): urn; reindeer moss; twig wreath; ribbon
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; wax paper; clay roller; ruler; round paintbrush; zip-top plastic bag; paper towels
DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Use your fingers and a roller to smooth out the clay.

To make Holiday Deco Spheres:

1. Wax serrated knife with soap or candle stub. Cut a thin slice from each ball so the ball will stand without rolling.

2. On a sheet of wax paper, roll clay to 1/4″ thickness.

3. Use your fingers to mold the clay around a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Piece clay together as needed to cover any gaps. Use the roller to carefully smooth out the clay. Place leftover clay in a zip-top bag for a future use.

4. Stamp your holiday word on the front of the ball. Let dry overnight.

5. Place small amount of silver glaze on paper towel and rub over stamped balls. Wipe away excess glaze with dry paper towel. Let dry.

6. Repeat Step 5 using brown antiquing gel.

 DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Add definition by painting the letters with a small amount of antiquing gel and paint.

7. Use a small paintbrush to paint stamped lettering metallic bronze. Wipe away excess paint with dry paper towel.

8. Repeat Step 7 using antiquing gel. Let dry.

9. Optional:

  • Glue reindeer moss around base of each ball.
  • To display deco sphere in an urn, glue ball to a twig wreath. Fill urn with scraps of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Glue wreath to top of urn. Fill in with moss, as needed.
  • To create an ornament, knot together ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Poke hole in top of ball with a skewer, knitting needle, or other pointed tool. Add a dab of glue in hole, and insert knot into the hole. Let dry.
DIY Holiday Deco Spheres

Holiday Deco Spheres by Diane Flowers.

Designer Diane Flowers shared a summertime version with us, too, when she showed us her Spa Eggs. Like I said, there are lots of options with this project!

DIY Clay and Styrofoam eggs

Soothing Spa Eggs

Merry, Bright, Jolly, Santa, Peace – what word or words would you stamp on your Holiday Deco Spheres?

Happy crafting!


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Awww, take a peek at this DIY Baby Shower Wreath

I know you’ll love this adorable, DIY Baby Shower Wreath, with its itty-bitty socks, sweet sneakers and soft, chenille yarn. Sweet as can be, right? If you’re hosting a baby shower, this Baby Shower Wreath belongs on your front door to welcome guests. The mom-to-be can take the wreath home, and hang it on her door, or the baby’s door, or in the nursery. Precious, isn’t it? And did I mention it’s super easy?

DIY Baby Shower Wreath

To make a Baby Shower Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath, beveled front
  • Chenille yarn
  • Baby socks, three, newborn size
  • Baby shoes, one pair, newborn size
  • Baker’s twine, 24”
  • Mini clothespins, six
  • Chenille stem
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pins
DIY Baby Shower Wreath

It’s easy enough to change the colors for a baby boy or girl.

To make a Baby Shower Wreath:

  1. Wrap the wreath in yarn. If there are gaps after the first pass, go back and double wrap where needed.
  2. Pin the baby shoes to the wreath at the 4:00 position. (You can also glue the shoes in place, but they may not be wearable.)
  3. Stretch a 24” length of baker’s twine across the wreath for a clothes line. Wrap each end around a straight pin. Insert the pins in the back of the wreath and glue in place. Be sure to pull the twine taut, so it doesn’t sag.
  4. Twist together ends of a 4” chenille stem. Insert and glue the ends in the back of the wreath for a hanger.
  5. Clip three newborn baby socks to the twine.
DIY Baby Shower Wreath

Save the extra socks and add them to a Baby Shower Bouquet (below). That way, the baby will have a matching pair.

Add a Baby Bouquet, and make the baby shower one to remember!

DIY Baby Bouquet

This wreath was a lot of fun to make, and my daughter helped out and wrapped the wreath for me. I hope you have fun with it, too!

Happy crafting.


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