Repurpose silk ties and DIY a gorgeous, Silk Tie Wreath

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look for Christmas ties and make this a Christmas wreath.

To make a Men’s Silk Tie Wreath:

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

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

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

4. Using pattern, cut 12 pieces from batting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. To make the optional fabric roses:

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

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

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

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

Silk Tie Topiary

Silk Tie Deco Spheres  

Recycled Tie Christmas Ornaments  

Recycled Tie Wreath in red and blue  

Madras Plaid Springtime Topiary

Madras Plaid Easter Eggs 

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To make a Men’s Silk Tie Topiary:

Make the topiary form:

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

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

Prepare the ties:

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

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

Cover the cone and base:

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

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

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

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

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vintage Halloween crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Search online for royalty-free images.

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

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

8. Make the hat:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

vintage, mixed media snowman craft

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

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

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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

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

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

Long-Legged Halloween Bats by Kathleen George.

To make Long-Legged Bats, you will need:

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

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

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

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

To make Long-Legged Bats:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Glue or pin on beads for eyes.

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

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

Could these bats be any cuter?

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

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

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

Super-cute Halloween crafts for kids on CraftsnCoffee.com

Crepe Paper Mummies   

Cheesecloth Mummies  

Frankenmummy Family

Yarn Ghosts

Fuzzy Wuzzy Ghosts  

Glove Ghostie  

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

Happy bat crafting!

Sharon

 

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Display this Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin all season long

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

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

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

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

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

To make a Faux Pallet Wood Pumpkin:

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

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

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

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

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

Pretty papers for a pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Debi alternated the paper on her slats.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. Make the hanger:

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

    THANKS garland fall decor on CraftsnCoffee.com.

    Tie each tag onto a length of jute.

11. Make the garland:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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DIY an easy, String Art Pumpkin Picture

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

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

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

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

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

To make a String Art Pumpkin:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to make a String Art Pumpkin. CraftsnCoffee.com

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

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

10. Insert and glue nail heads in corners.

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

String Art Pumpkin Picture by Debi Schmitz.

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

Happy crafting!

Sharon

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

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

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

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

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

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

To make a Halloween Cupcake Bouquet:

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

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

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

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

4. Add a second row of cupcakes.

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

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

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

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

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

8. Place two candy eyes on each cupcake.

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

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

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

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

A Valentine’s Day Cupcake Bouquet.

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

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

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

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

Happy Halloween crafting!

Sharon

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DIY Halloween décor & party fun: Black Roses & Eyeball Lollipop Bouquet and Topiary

Eyeball this Black Roses & Lollipop Bouquet for a sweet & easy Halloween decoration. It all started when I found these eyeball lollipops, and decided to pair them with black roses to make a Halloween Lollipop Bouquet. I made both the Halloween Bouquet and the Topiary in an evening, so if you need multiples for Halloween gifts (neighbors? teachers?) you can quickly DIY quite a few. Trick-or-treaters will get a kick out of the Black Roses & Lollipop Bouquet & Topiary, and they’re entertaining for a classroom Halloween party, too. (Don’t miss the all-things candy corn giveaway.)

Cute, and super easy. DIY Black Roses & Lollipops Bouquet and Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Black Roses & Lollipop Bouquet or Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” ball or 9” cone
  • Container to fit the 5” ball (I found my tin pail at Dollar Tree)
  • Eyeball Print Lollipops*, approximately 40 – 50 for either the 5” ball or the 9” cone
  • Black roses, approximately 40 – 50 for either the 5″ ball or the 9″ cone (the final number will depend on how large the roses are, and how you arrange them)
  • Optional: Paint and decorations for the container; candle pedestal for the 9” cone
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire knippers; sharp pencil

*You can easily substitute other lollipops. These orange Tootsie Pops are a colorful choice, as are these cute, striped, orange & white lollipops.

To make a Black Roses & Lollipop Bouquet or Topiary:

Make the lollipop roses

1. Cut the roses from the stems, and separate the layers of petals. You might need to trim away the plastic stamen that holds the layers together.

2. Stack together three layers of rose petals, and test fit the lollipop stem through the holes in the center. If the stick does not easily slip through the holes, make tiny snips around the holes.

3. Insert three layers of petals onto each lollipop stem.

How to make lollipop roses for Halloween. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Cut your roses apart, and then thread three layers of petals onto the lollipop stick.

If using the 5” ball

4. Paint and decorate your pot. Let paint dry.

5. Place the 5” ball in the pot, and using a sharp pencil, draw a line around the foam ball where it rests on the pot.

6. The score line is your first row. Insert lollipop stems into the foam ball along this line. Add another row of lollipops, alternating them to fill in the spaces between the roses in the first row. Continue adding lollipop roses till the ball is covered. How many lollipop roses you will need depends on how large your roses are and how you arrange them.

Hint: As you add more lollipop roses, you might run into other lollipop sticks when inserting another lollipop rose. If this happens, just move the lollipop rose slightly, and try inserting the stem at a different angle.

Fun Halloween craft -- DIY a Lollipop Bouquet and Topiary with black roses. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Make a bouquet, or a topiary — or both! You can easily DIY both in an evening.

If using a 9” cone

7. Insert a row of lollipop roses around the base of the cone.

8. Continue adding rows of lollipop roses, alternating the placement to fill in the gaps in the row below.

9. If you run into other lollipop sticks when you’re inserting another lollipop rose, just move the lollipop rose slightly, and try inserting at different angle.

10. As you get closer to the top, the lollipop sticks will poke through to the other side. In some cases, the roses will cover the stems. Other times, you will need to angle your lollipop stick down into the cone to keep it from poking through the other side.

11. Top off the cone with a lollipop rose.

12. Optional: Display on a candle pedestal.

Fun idea using black roses & lollipops! DIY Lollipop Bouquet and Topiary on CraftsnCoffee.com.

These are perfect for a Halloween party, classroom party, or neighborhood get together.

Fun, right? If you’re the room mom, or party hostess, here’s another Halloween Lollipop Tree that’s an easy DIY.

A fun tutorial to make a Halloween Lollipop Tree.

Halloween Lollipop Tree

If you’ve not yet entered for your chance to win the Halloween, Candy Corn Prize Package, go take a look, and check out all of the candy corn crafts, too.

Lots of fun craft & decor ideas for Halloween! CraftsnCoffee.com.

I’ll see you Friday with more sweet treats!

Happy Halloween crafting.

Sharon

 

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Favorite Candy Corn Crafts for Halloween – and a sweet little giveaway

I just might need a candy corn intervention! After I posted the Candy Corn Eggs & Minis earlier this week, I thought about all of the colorful, candy corn crafts I’ve shared through the years. And there have been a lot! So, I’ve gathered them all together in this post for a colorful, DIY Candy Corn Craft round up. Paint glitter, paper, fabric, paper clay, ribbon, it’s all here – except for the carbs and the calories! And I have a fun, mini giveaway, too, in celebration of this colorful, iconic, Halloween candy.

Lots of fun craft & decor ideas for Halloween! CraftsnCoffee.com.

 Flex Ribbon Candy Corn Cones

Wrap deco mesh tubing around Styrofoam cones for this quick & easy Candy Corn DIY. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Flex Ribbon Candy Corn Cones

Candy Corn Cones

quick & easy Halloween crafts

Candy Corn Cones with button toppers.

Ruffled Candy Corn Cone

Ruffled Candy Corn Cone

Ruffled Candy Corn Cone

Punched Fabric Candy Corn Cone

Halloween craft stash buster -- use your fabric scraps and make this Candy Corn Cone. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Punched Fabric Candy Corn Cone

Mini, Yarn Wrapped Candy Corn (from Patty Schaffer’s blog)

easy Halloween candy corn craft

Yarn Wrapped Candy Corn

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cuties

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cutie

Duct Tape Candy Corn Cutie

Candy Corn Eggs & Minis

Fun Halloween craft for kids -- Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Mini Candy Corn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Super-Sized Candy Corn

Super-sized candy corn? And, super easy? Yes please! Scrapbook papers and a 1" sheet of Styrofoam brand foam are all you need. pP

Halloween Candy Corn

Glittered Candy Corn

Fun idea -- decorate for Halloween with Glittered Candy Corn. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn

Glittered Candy Corn Cones

Sweet & easy Glittered Candy Corn Cones. So easy you can make a bunch! CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered, Candy Corn Cones

Glittered Candy Corn Garland

This Glittered Candy Corn Garland is perfect for non-scary Halloween decor. CraftsnCoffee.com. t

Glittered Candy Corn Garland

Duct Tape Candy Corn Topiary

DIY Halloween Duct Tape Topiaries

Duct Tape Topiary

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Duct Tape Candy Corn Door Hanger

Fluffy Fabric, Candy Corn Door Hanger

How cute would this be hanging on your front door? It's an easy alternative to a Halloween wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fluffy Fabric Candy Corn Door Hanger

Ruffled Candy Corn Door Décor

If you don't like creepy Halloween decorations, check out this Ruffled Candy Corn Door Decor on CraftsnCoffee.com. Lots of other fun, candy corn craft ideas, too.

Ruffled Candy Corn Door Décor

Glittered Candy Corn Door Décor

Who is that masked man? This Candy Corn Door Hanger is too much fun! DIY it on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn Door Hanger

Candy Corn Duct Tape Wreath

Halloween Candy Corn Duct Tape Wreath

Glittered Candy Corn Wreath

A pretty and very easy Glittered Candy Corn Wreath for Halloween. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn Wreath

Folk Art Candy Corn Girl 

Rebekah Meier made this beautiful folk art Candy Corn Girl. Her tutorial on Crafts 'n Coffee makes it look pretty easy.

Folk Art Candy Corn Girl

Lots of fun craft & decor ideas for Halloween! CraftsnCoffee.com.

That’s a lot of candy corn, but there is still more! I’m celebrating all-things candy corn with candy-corn packed giveaway. Tell me all about your crafty Halloween plans for your chance to win one of three Halloween, Candy Corn Prize Packages, which include:

  • Candy corn of every size and variety — original candy corn, candy corn trail mix, candy corn popcorn, candy corn gummis, candy corn m&ms, and candy corn Marshmallow Peeps (oops, I forgot to include the Peeps in the photo!)
  • Candy corn socks
  • Holiday Crafts magazine (which includes the tutorial for Patty Schaffer’s Candy Corn Wreath)
Candy corn giveaway on CraftsnCoffee.com

There’s a pack of Candy Corn Marshmallow Peeps in the prize package, too.

Just tell me below what you’re crafting for Halloween and you are entered. Please leave your comment by midnight on Thursday, September 29, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, September 30.

**Please Note: This Giveaway is Closed.**

Happy candy corn crafting!

Sharon

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Candy Corn Craft idea: DIY Glittered Candy Corn Eggs

I’ve hatched a new, candy corn craft today – DIY Glittered Candy Corn Eggs! And where there are Glittered, Candy Corn Eggs, there have to be a few itty bitty, Glittered Candy Corns, right? Today’s candy corn craft is pretty dang easy, and would be a fun Halloween craft for the kiddos, too. If you’re working with little ones, be sure to cut out the little Candy Corn Minis for them. You can cut quite a few mini candy corns from one sheet of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, so this is also a fun Halloween craft idea for a group.

Cute idea, and a good Halloween craft for kids. CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Minis, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
    • Eggs in assorted sizes
    • 1” x 12” x 18” sheet
    • 5” cube or scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paints in white, orange and yellow
  • Scrap paper (for pattern)
  • Plastic eyes or googly eyes
  • Glitter, crystalline
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; straight pins; sharp pencil; serrated knife*; bar of soap or old candle; wood skewers; stiff bristle paintbrushes; newspaper

*Note: An adult should always handle the serrated knife! 

Cute Halloween craft idea for kids! Candy Corn Crafts on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Nestle the eggs in their own little nest.

To make Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Minis:

Candy Corn Eggs

1. Score two, horizontal lines around each egg using a sharp pencil, dividing the egg into three sections. Insert a skewer into the bottom of each egg to use as a handle.

2. Paint eggs white, orange and yellow. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the eggs with glitter. Work over newspaper or a box lid for easier clean up. Insert the skewer into a foam cube or other scrap piece to hold the eggs upright while paint dries.

Candy Corn Minis

3. Draw a candy corn patterns on scrap paper. To make my patterns, I drew triangles that measured 3-1/2” and 4” tall, and 3” wide at the base. Once you’ve drawn your triangles, round the corners to create the candy corn shape. Cut out patterns.

4. Pin the patterns to the foam sheet, and draw around the patterns with a sharp pencil, scoring the foam.

5. Remove the patterns, and cut out each shape with a serrated knife. For easier, smoother cuts, wax the knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap.

6. Score three horizontal lines on each candy corn, dividing each one into three sections. Insert a wood skewer into the bottom of the candy corn, and use this as a handle as you paint. Squeeze paint directly onto the foam, and paint white, orange and yellow.

7. Sprinkle the wet paint with glitter. Insert the skewer into the foam cube or other scrap piece to hold upright while the paint dries.

8. Glue eyes onto minis.

Fun Halloween craft for kids -- Glittered Candy Corn Eggs & Mini Candy Corn. CraftsnCoffee.com.

If you want to supersize your candy corn, take a look at these jumbo sweets!

Fun idea -- decorate for Halloween with Glittered Candy Corn. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Glittered Candy Corn

A little Monday Morning Quarterbacking here . . . I kind of wish I’d softened the colors a bit on the eggs and the minis – wow, are they bright! I’m a wiggle eye advocate, but I used plastic eyes that I found at Michaels instead and I thought they added some personality. You’ll also find the same plastic eyes on the Polka Dot, Halloween Ghost Wreath I shared last week. If you’d prefer more traditional wiggle eyes, check out Wiggle Eye Craft Week from a while back!

Wiggle eyes, candy corn and football all in one post! Now, that’s a first!

Happy candy corn crafting!

Sharon  

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