Kid’s craft idea: Make a Read & Grow Bookworm

I remember reading for hours & hours during the summer when I was a kid (that is, when I wasn’t making something). My daughter spent her summer hours the same way, and visits to the library were a highlight of summer days. These memories are one reason why I adore Kathleen George’s Read & Grow Bookworm. Not only will kids have a blast making this colorful bookworm, but every time they read a book, they add another ball. By summer’s end, who knows how long the Read & Grow Bookworm will be! It’s a fun way to encourage reading, and give the kids a head start for the new school year.

A cute kid's craft that encourages reading, too. Every time a child finishes a book, he or she adds another ball to the Bookworm.

Read & Grow Bookworm by Kathleen George

To make a Read & Grow Bookworm, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 3” ball (head)
    • 2-1/2” balls, one for each book read
    • ¾”, two for antennae
    • Scrap piece
  • Acrylic craft paints in assorted colors
  • Chenille stems, at least three and more for additional books
  • Wiggle eyes, ¾”, two
  • Pompom, ½” in pink
  • Felt scraps
  • Top hat, 2” (you’ll find one in the doll making aisle)
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewers; medium flat paintbrush; ruler; wire knippers

To make a Read & Grow Bookworm:

1. Insert a wood skewer into each foam ball and use this as a handle while painting. Paint balls in your favorite colors, and then insert the wood skewers into a scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam while the paint dries.

How to build a Read & Grow Bookworm. Tutorial on

Use chenille stems to form a “coupling system” to connect the balls.

2. You’ll build your bookworm using links made from chenille stems:

  • Cut chenille stems into 1-1/2” lengths
  • Bend each piece to form a “U”
  • Dip the ends of one U into the glue
  • Insert into the back of the head, leaving a small loop

3. To add more balls:

  • Thread a second U through the loop behind the head
  • Dip ends into glue, and insert the U into a 2-1/2” ball
  • Repeat to add more balls.

4. Glue wiggle eyes and pompom nose onto face. Cut a mouth from a scrap of felt, and glue to face.

Here's a kid's craft that encourages reading, too -- a Read & Grow Bookworm!

Let the kids customize their bookworm with different colors of paint and other embellishments — glitter, sequins, etc.

5. Glue hat to top of head.

6. Cut two, 4″ chenille stem lengths. Insert and glue one end of each stem in a 3/4″ ball. Insert stems into head on either side of the hat for antennae.

7. See how long you can make your bookworm by adding a new ball every time you read a book!

A cute kid's craft that encourages reading, too. Every time a child finishes a book, he or she adds another ball to the Bookworm.

Reading + Crafting = Total Win!

Our library always has a summer reading program, and that’s a lot of fun, too. Does your library have a summer reading program? Are you participating in it?

Happy crafting (and summer reading)!


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A snowman craft for the kids – DIY a Glittering Snowman Ornament

This week’s Summertime Snowman craft is for all of the kids who are “too hot” and “so bored”. Everyone will chill out when making this Glittering Snowman Ornament. His scarf and hat are made with chenille stems – so easy! But kids can also dress up their DIY Snowman Ornament in other bits and pieces found around the house. Just think how pretty he’ll be glittering on your Christmas tree – and how you may very well wish for a warm July day in the middle of December!

Cute ornament idea for the kids to make. Gittering Snowman Ornament on

Glittering Snowman Ornament by Kathleen George

To make a Glittering, Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” ball and 3” egg; scrap piece
  • Chenille stems in orange and crystal white; 1/2″-dia. stem in red
  • Pompom, ½” in sparkling red
  • Black beads, two 7mm
  • Buttons, three heart shaped
  • Cord in silver (for hanging)
  • Glitter in white or iridescent
  • Powdered blush
  • Mod Podge, matte finish
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; toothpick; wood skewer; old newspaper or a box lid; wide, soft paintbrush; straight pin

*Note: An adult should always supervise children when they’re crafting, and especially when they’re using the plastic knife.

To make a Glittering, Snowman Ornament:

1. Make the snowman body:

  • Cut a thin slice from both ends of the foam egg.
  • Squeeze glue onto one end of a toothpick, and insert it into the narrow end of the egg.
  • Pick and glue the foam ball onto the egg.

2. Glitter the snowman:

  • Cover your work surface with old newspaper, or work over a box lid.
  • Insert the wood skewer into the bottom of the snowman and use it as a handle.
  • Brush Mod Podge onto the snowman, and while it’s wet, sprinkle generously with glitter.
  • Gently pat glitter with fingertips to be sure it’s adhered.
  • Insert skewer into a scrap piece of foam while snowman dries.
  • Carefully clean up the glitter and place it back into the container.
Cute face on this Snowman Ornament. DIY on

You could also use scraps of fleece or felt to dress this sparkling snowman.

3. Make the snowman’s face:

  • Glue bead eyes to face, pressing firmly to embed them in the foam.
  • Cut an orange chenille stem into thirds; fold one piece in half and twist tightly to create the carrot nose. Insert and glue the nose to the face.
  • Lightly blush the cheeks.

4. Wrap a jumbo chenille stem around the snowman’s neck for a scarf. Curl each end with your fingers.

5. Glue buttons down the center front.

6. Shape the hat:

  • Wrap the 1/2″ red chenille stem into a tight coil, and glue to the head.
  • Gently lift up the center of the coil to form a hat shape.
  • Glue the crystal chenille stem around the base of the hat, and trim away the extra.
  • Glue pom pom to tip of hat.

7. Knot together the ends on a 10″ length of cord. Pin knot to snowman wherever hanger will allow snowman to hang straight. Adjust as needed until you’re pleased with how he looks when hanging. Add dot of glue to secure.

Cute ornament idea for the kids to make. Gittering Snowman Ornament on

When you hang this cutie on your tree, the lights will make him sparkle.

Still “too hot” and “too bored”? Here are two more Snowman Crafts for kids:

Springy Snowman Ornament

Springy Snowman Ornament

Springy Snowman Ornament

Snowman Picture (made with plastic bags!)

This cute snowman is made from plastic shopping bags. Genius!

Plastic Bag Snowman Picture

What are your kids doing this summer? Just hanging out? Going to camp? Over here, my daughter has been busy with a few classes this summer, and she’s updating the Project Directory on Crafts ‘n Coffee.

Happy crafting!


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Road Trip Recap: A Beach Glass Festival (and favorite Beach Glass Crafts)

Who could resist a festival celebrating beach glass? Especially when it’s a beautiful Saturday morning and the festival is in a charming, waterfront town. A few weeks ago, I took a short drive east, along Lake Erie, to attend the Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival. I’m sharing a few of the pretties I saw at the festival, along with some favorite DIY beach glass and sea glass crafts.

Beach glass festival in Ashtabula, Ohio.

The 2016 Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival

Downtown Ashtabula, Ohio.

Ashtabula has a charming downtown, and booths selling beach glass treasures lined the streets.

The festival was in downtown Ashtabula, a quaint little town on the Ashtabula River. Native Americans named the river, and it means “river of many fishes.” Vintage storefronts line the downtown streets, along with intriguing gift shops, restaurants, and even a chocolate shop.

Ashtabula River in Ashtabula, Ohio.

The town is right along the Ashtabula River.

Ashtabula River in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Four-wheel traffic comes to a halt as boats pass under the bridge.

It was a sunny, blue sky day, perfect for enjoying the views, and the river that runs right through the downtown area. Four-wheel traffic often comes to a halt when the lift bridge raises for boat traffic. In the background, Jimmy Buffett music played, adding a beach vibe to the event.

Ashtabula Harbor Sea Glass Festival.

There were dozens of vendors selling wares of all sorts embellished with beach glass and other treasures.

Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival,

There were mermaids, too!

Cute-as-can-be for the garden. These concrete turtles are decorated with beach glass.

And turtles!

Of course, there was an astonishing amount and variety of beach glass. From gorgeous jewelry to resin toilet seats(!), the festival showcased the soft and sometimes vibrant hues of beach glass. I admired $15 pendants to lavish pieces of wearable art selling for hundreds of dollars. Besides jewelry, the booths included framed art, concrete garden décor, mobiles, birdhouses, greeting cards, mosaic windows, and so much more – all of it strikingly embellished with beach glass.

Lovely beach glass mosaics at the Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival.

I loved these windows, and wish I had a place to hang one.

Gorgeous window mosaic made with beach glass. Love the colors.

I love this window too. Where would you hang it?

Ashtabula Harbor Beach Glass Festival.

There were even greeting cards decorated with beach glass.

Other beach finds were turned into artwork, too, including crafts made with driftwood and polished rocks.

Driftwood & polished beach rocks. Love these!

I admired these pictures made with driftwood and polished beach rocks.

Fabulous! Made with finds from the beach.

Look at all of the found treasures on this birdhouse! This was another one of my favorite creations that I saw at the festival.

Maybe I’ll return to Ashtabula next month for the Wine & Walleye Festival!

Ashtabula, Ohio.

The Wine & Walleye Festival is next month.

If you want to DIY your own beach glass or sea glass crafts, I have a few, favorite beach glass crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee. If you’re not lucky enough to live on a beach where you can find beach glass or sea glass, no worries. Your local craft store sells sea glass by the bagful. So check out these projects made with beach glass and other found objects.

Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath

I love the soft shades of sea glass, and this Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath is simply gorgeous.

Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath

Driftwood & Seashell Wreath

This is a beautiful wreath! Perfect for those summer vacation beach finds. Tutorial on

Driftwood & Seashell Wreath

River Rock Mosaic Wreath

Another Summer Beach Wreath tutorial from Crafts 'n Coffee. This Polished River Rock Wreath is made with dollar store supplies (or of course, you could collect your own rocks).

Polished River Rock Mosaic Wreath

Driftwood Christmas Wreath

Driftwood Christmas Wreath

Driftwood Christmas Wreath

Sea Glass & Sand Orbs

sea glass & seashell crafts

Sea Glass & Sand Orbs

Sea Glass Topiary

Perfect for a coastal theme room! DIY your own Seashell and Sea Glass Mosaic Topiary Cones.

Sea Glass Topiary

Sea Glass Mosaic Candlesticks

how to make a sea glass mosaic centerpiece

Sea Glass Mosaic Candlesticks.

I know that there are other beach glass and sea glass festivals around the country – have you attended one?

Happy crafting!


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Summertime Snowman: DIY a Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament

July 4th has come and gone, and summer is in full swing. It’s going to be in the 90s this week and it’s definitely too hot for wool — unless you’re talking about needle felting. With a little wool roving, a few balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and Rebekah Meier’s tutorial, you’ll DIY this Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament in no time. Consider making several of these Needle-Felted Snowman Ornaments and get a head start on your Christmas gift list. You’ll be glad you did come December!

What a cutie! Easy needle felting craft on

Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Needle-felted Snowman Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • One each 3”, 2-1/2” and 2” balls
    • 1” sheet, small scrap
  • Textured snow paint
  • Felt in red and black
  • Wool fiber or roving in natural, orange and red (the red is used for the buttons, and you could substitute real buttons)
  • Fabric scrap for scarf (Rebekah used red check)
  • Beads: 2mm black, seven; small cream, one
  • Mini shovel
  • Glitter, fine iridescent
  • Powdered blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; two round toothpicks; needle felting tool*; sewing needle & thread; straight pins

Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp! Please use caution and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

To make a Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament:

1. Dip the toothpicks in glue, and pick and glue the foam balls together, smallest to largest, to make the snowman’s body. Let glue dry.

2. Place small amount of natural wool fiber or roving on the snowman’s head (2” ball), and attach the wool to the foam ball using the felting needle. As you insert the needle through the wool and into the foam ball, the fibers will automatically lock in place and adhere to the ball. Repeat till the head is covered, and then continue felting the snowman till all balls are covered.

3. Arms:

  • Roll in your palms a 1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of wool fiber, gently shaping the arm.
  • Place on the scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and lightly felt the fibers together. You don’t want to over felt and attach the wool to the foam sheet.
  • Place the arm on the snowman, and curve it around the body.
  • Gently felt both ends of the arm to the body.
  • Optional: If needed, insert a straight pin through the shoulder to help hold the arm in place.
Sparkling details on the cutest Snowman Ornament.

Rebekah used tiny balls of wool roving for the buttons. You could substitute real buttons instead.

4. Shovel: Dip the end of the shovel in the textured snow paint, and let dry. Carefully place shovel in the crook of the arm, and spot glue.

5. Buttons: Roll three small balls from red wool fiber and felt to the front of the snowman.

6. Scarf: Tie a scrap of cotton fabric around the snowman’s neck.

7. Nose: Roll a small amount of orange wool fibers into a cone. Place on the scrap sheet of foam and gently felt the fibers together. Glue nose to the snowman’s face with craft glue.

What a sweet face! DIY Needle-Felted Snowman Ornament on

Oops! I just noticed the mouth is missing a bead on the right. Sorry about that!

8. Eyes & mouth: Glue on black beads to form the mouth and add the eyes.

9. Hat:

  • Roll into a cylinder a 1-1/2″ x 8″ strip of red felt. Glue ends to secure.
  • Glue a scrap of red felt to the top, and let glue dry. Trim away excess felt.
  • Cut a 1-1/2” circle of red felt. Center and glue the cylinder onto the circle.
  • Glue hat to snowman’s head.

10. Decorate the hat: Cut a 1/4″ x 4″ strip from black wool felt. Sew a gathering stitch along one long edge with button thread. Pull ends to gather tightly and knot ends together to form a rosette. Glue a cream bead to center. Glue rosette to front of hat.

11. Hanger: Using needle & thread, stitch through the top of the hat. Knot ends to form a loop.

12. Sprinkle snowman with glitter; shake off excess.

What a cutie! Easy needle felting craft on

I would leave this little guy on display all winter long.

If you have wool roving left over, Rebekah has more ideas for you. You might remember these Sweet Felted Snowmen, which you could also make into ornaments.

A Christmas craft you can display all winter long! Adorable felted snowmen tutorial on

Sweet, Felted Snowmen

And here’s another felted snowman craft – Rebekah’s Sparkling Vintage Snowmen could be displayed all winter, too. Rebekah used bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving, making it even easier for novice needle felters.

So sweet. Felted with bamboo fiberfill instead of wool roving -- great idea for felting novices.

These snowmen are such a charming way to cool off! Which one is your favorite?

Happy crafting.




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A sweet, sparkling summertime watermelon craft

I bet you thought I’d have a patriotic craft today, right? Nope, I do not. Today is all about a summertime favorite – watermelon! Watermelon tastes like summer, don’t you think? I have an easy watermelon craft today that will decorate your home all through summer, and not just for July 4th. Topped off with sparkling glitter, this DIY, Sparkling Watermelon Centerpiece looks as refreshing as the real thing.

Cute and easy Watermelon to DIY!

These are easy enough – make extras to display in a bowl, or along the mantel.

To make a Sparkling Watermelon Centerpiece, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” and 9” cones, and 3” balls (or other sizes of your choice)
  • Acrylic craft paint in pink, green, black and white (if you can’t find the exact shades you’d like, purchase extras in lighter/darker shades for mixing)
  • Crystal glitter
  • Tools needed: Old newspapers; wooden skewers; stiff paintbrush; disposable bowls

To make a Sparkling Watermelon Centerpiece:

1. Spread newspaper over work surface. Insert a wooden skewer into the bottom of a cone or foam ball. This will be your handle while you paint.

2. Squeeze green paint into a disposable bowl, and if you like, mix in other shades to create “watermelon” green. Paint the lower portion of the cone, or the ball, green.

3. Squeeze white paint into a disposable bowl. Brush a narrow stripe along the edge of the green section, blending paint as you go, to create a light green stripe.

Cute idea -- how to paint Styrofoam balls to make a summertime watermelon centerpiece.

Brush on a thin stripe of white paint, blending as you go.

4. Squeeze pink paint into a disposable bowl, and if you like, mix in another shade or even a dash of red to create “watermelon” pink. Paint the remaining portion of the cone or ball pink.

Perfect for a summer party -- check out this tutorial for making a Watermelon Centerpiece.

Next, brush on pink paint.

5. Squeeze a small amount of black paint into a disposable bowl, and add a dab of white. Blend the two colors, and draw thin lines onto the watermelon for seeds.

6. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle liberally with glitter.

Don’t they look like summer?

Cute for a summertime party or picnic -- DIY Sparkling Watermelon Centerpiece on

I love the sparkle!

Watermelon is designer Patty Schaffer’s favorite fruit, and she can’t get enough of it in the summertime. Patty designed this Watermelon Wreath and shared it on Crafts ‘n Coffee a few summers ago.

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

How do you eat your watermelon – with or without salt? I prefer “without”.

I wish you a wonderful holiday weekend with family and friends. Stay safe!

Happy crafting.



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Here’s how to DIY a bright & JOYful Snowman

Every time Debra Quartermain pulls out her fleece, felt, and STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, you know you’re in for a treat. Debra’s Sweet Sock Snowman started off the Summertime Snowman Series, and today she shares her JOYful Snowman. If his whimsical face and bright colors don’t bring you JOY, nothing will. Debra shares a time-saving technique, too – what looks like whip stitch embroidery is really dimensional fabric paint. Phew! This is easier than I thought!

Cute as can be felt & fleece snowman! DIY on

JOYful Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

Maybe you remember this snowman’s cheerful face from the Summertime Snowman Series announcement.

Summertime Snowman Series on! Cute!

To make a JOYful Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 3” and 2” balls, one each
    • 3” cubes, three (or, a 1” thick sheet, cut into three, 9” x 3” strips).
  • Fleece fabric in white and lime green
  • Cotton fabric in red & white check, 3″ x 22″
  • Felt, 9″ x 12″ sheets: two white and one lime green; scrap of red
  • Foam sheet (or foamie), small scrap in lime green
  • Cording, 2 yds in red
  • Fiber or yarn, ½ yrd in red
  • Dimensional fabric paint in white
  • Pompom, 2” in white
  • Brads: two, 8mm in black; hearts, three in red
  • Embroidery floss in red
  • Cosmetic blush
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; fine-line permanent marker in red; pencil; ruler; embroidery needle

To make a JOYful Snowman:

1. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut the 2″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam in half. Cut a thin slice from the bottom of the 3″ foam ball. Carefully clean the work surface so that the stray crumbs do not stick to the fleece fabric.

2. Cut out the felt and fleece pieces:

From the lime green fleece cut:

  • 4″ x 9″ strip (hat)
  • Two 4″ circles (mittens)

From the white fleece, cut:

  • One, 8” circle

From the white felt, cut:

  • Four, 3” x 9” white felt strips
  • Two, 3” squares

From the lime green felt, cut:

  • Letter O
  • 1” square

From the red felt, cut:

  • Letters J and Y
  • Tiny oval (nose)

From the lime green foam sheet, cut:

  • Small star
Details from the JOYful Snowman on

Cut the letter J and the small star from felt.

3. Build the foam base:

  • Use glue gun to glue the 3” cubes together. (If using 3″ x 9″ strips, stack and glue them together to form a 9″ x 3″ x 3″ block.)
  • Cover the sides with the 9” x 3” white felt strips.
  • Glue the 3” felt squares on the ends.
  • Glue red cording between the blocks and around the ends.
  • Glue felt letters JOY to the blocks.
  • Make tiny stitching lines on each letter with white dimensional paint.
  • Let dry.
Details from cute JOYful Snowman on

The “package” is a felt square wrapped in fibers or yarn.

4. Add details:

  • Wrap the 1” lime green felt square with red fiber or yarn to look like a package; tie a bow in front.
  • Glue package near the base of the Y.
  • Outline the felt star with the red marker. Glue to the J.
  • Glue and insert heart brad into “O.”

5. Make the snowman’s head:

  • Place 3″ foam ball, round side down, in center of 8”, white fleece circle.
  • Wrap fleece around the ball and glue fleece to the flat side; trim excess fleece as needed.
  • Using the tip of the scissors, make two small holes for the eyes, and glue the black brads in holes.
  • Glue red felt nose to face.
  • Apply blush to cheeks using fingertips.
Cutest JOYful Snowman, made with felt, fleece & Styrofoam. DIY on

The bright, lime green is super cheerful, but he would look cute dressed in any color of your choosing.

6. Thread needle with three strands of floss; knot ends. Insert needle through back of head to center front, below eyes. Stitch a small smile and then take needle back through head. Glue head to top of the blocks.

7. Make the hat:

  • Glue short edges of hat strip together; let dry.
  • Sew a gathering stitch around one end of hat and pull stitches tight; knot ends.
  • Turn hat right side out.
  • Turn up brim, making a 1-1/2″ cuff and place hat on snowman’s head.
  • Glue pompom to tip.
  • Use white dimensional paint to make tiny stitch lines along the cuff; let dry.
  • Glue and insert two heart-shaped brads in cuff.

8. Tie checked fabric scarf around neck; fringe ends 1″.

9. Cover 2″ foam half-balls with 4″ fleece circles in same way as head in Step 5. Glue hands on block, next to snowman’s head.

Cute as can be felt & fleece snowman! DIY on

JOYful Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

Just in case you missed it, here’s Debra’s Sweet Sock Snowman, the first in the Summertime Snowman Series.

Adorable! Easy snowman made with a tube sock on

Sweet Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

Can you believe it’s almost July? What’s on your summer bucket list? Have you crossed off anything yet?

Happy crafting.


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A Shark Week craft for kids: DIY a Shark Pencil Holder

Shark Week, that annual celebration and exploration of everything shark, starts June 26th on the Discovery Channel. If you know a Shark Week fan, then do not miss this Shark Pencil Holder. I wouldn’t want to meet a shark in the ocean, but on a desktop, this pencil holder is pretty fun! Sometimes, it’s hard to find crafts for boys, so hang on to this one – they will love it! (And I’m sharing a little news about me and The Pioneer Woman, too!)

Cute craft for Shark Week, or save for the Scout troop.

Shark Pencil Holder by Kathleen George

To make a Shark Pencil Holder, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” egg
  • Acrylic craft paint in gray
  • Foam craft sheets in gray, red and white
  • Wiggle eyes, ½”, two
  • Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife*; large Phillips screwdriver

*Note: Always supervise kids when crafting, and especially when cutting with the plastic knife.

To make a Shark Pencil Holder:

1. Using a plastic knife, make an angled cut toward the wide end so that the egg sits on an angle, with the narrow end tilting up. (Carefully supervise the kids as they cut the foam shapes in half with a plastic knife.)

2. Cut a pie-shaped wedge out of the narrow end to form the open mouth. Refer to the photo for placement.

3. Center and cut a 3½”- long slit toward the back of the head. You’ll insert the fin into the slit in Step 9.

4. Make holes to hold pencils using a Phillips screwdriver. Push the screwdriver straight down into the thick part of the shark head and gently rotate to enlarge the hole so that it will easily hold a pencil.

5. Paint the shark head gray; do not paint inside the mouth. Let paint dry.

Fun craft for Shark Week -- DIY Shark Pencil Holder.

Look at those jaws!

6. Place a sheet of red craft foam inside the mouth, resting on the bottom jaw. Trace around the outside edge of the mouth. Cut out this piece, ⅛” inside the pencil line. Glue the foam inside the mouth.

7. Repeat Step 6 for the top of the shark’s mouth.

8. Cut out triangle teeth from the white foam sheet. Glue the teeth in the mouth along the edge of the red foamie.

9. Cut out a fin from gray craft foam and glue into the slit in the shark head.

10. Glue on ½” wiggly eyes.

11. Optional: Trace around the bottom of the shark on the sheet of gray craft foam. Cut out and glue to the bottom of the shark.

It's hard to find crafts for boys, and this one is great!

Shark Pencil Holder by Kathleen George.

Do you follow Shark Week? Or do you know someone who does?

Or, maybe you’re a fan of The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond? I know I’m a big fan and I’ve followed her for years. In fact, when we made our Cupcake Bouquet, I made sure we used one of her pretty bowls for the base.

Several years ago, I waited in line for hours at a book signing for a chance to meet Ree, and she was delightful. One reason that the wait was so long that day is that Ree took the time to talk to everyone who brought in a book for signing, and she graciously posed for photos, too.

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, at a book signing.

Me & Ree.

And here’s where I’m going with this. This week, Woman’s World magazine published the Patriotic Lollipop Bouquet I made and shared last year. I was pretty excited to have the project in the magazine, and then I received an advance copy. Whoa! Me and Ree in the same magazine? Made my day! The issue should be on newsstands right now.

Woman's World celebrates July 4th with a Patriotic Lollipop Bouquet and The Pioneer Woman.

That’s the cover of this week’s issue on the left. My Lollipop Bouquet is in the same issue with Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman!

Are you a fan of The Pioneer Woman? Or Shark Week?

Happy crafting.


P.S. I was just thinking this morning that I started the week with a Snow Angel, and ended it with Shark Week! Variety is the spice of life, and that’s what makes writing this blog so fun! The crafts and ideas are endless!

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Summertime Snowman Series: DIY a Glistening Snow Angel

There’s a first for everything and this is the first time I’ve written a tutorial that calls for “angel wings”! You have to love a sparkling snowman wearing angel wings, which of course, makes him a Snow Angel. This glistening, mixed media Snow Angel from Rebekah Meier is packed with charming details, like Christmas carol sheet music and sparkling silver buttons and chenille stems. So, let’s make a snowman with angel wings!

Beautiful mixed media Snow Angel by Rebekah Meier. Tutorial on

Snow Angel by Rebekah Meier

To make a Snow Angel, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • Balls, one each: 3″; 2″
    • Block, 1” x 12” x 18”
  • Acrylic craft paint in black and orange
  • Textured snow paint
  • Sheet music, Christmas carol music is perfect
  • Cardstock, two sheets 8-1/2” x 11” in white
  • Felt, one sheet in cream
  • Chenille stem in silver
  • Glitter: Ultra fine and fine in iridescent or white
  • Angel wings, 3-1/2″ tall, one pair in white
  • Small silver beads or dried allspice berries* (for buttons)
  • Powdered blush
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • *Optional: If using allspice berries, you’ll also need acrylic craft paint in metallic silver
  • Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; pencil; ruler; round toothpicks; medium flat paintbrush; large rubber bands

To make a Snow Angel:

1. Build the chimney:

  • Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin.
  • Measure and score four, 1” x 7” strips on the foam sheet.
  • Cut out the strips with the serrated knife.
  • Glue the strips together, creating a chimney that’s 4” wide and 7” tall.
  • Let glue dry.

2. Cover the chimney with sheet music:

  • Photocopy sheet music onto both card stock sheets, or, if a photocopy machine is not available, glue sheet music to the cardstock. Trim each sheet of cardstock to 7″ x 8-1/2″.
  • Wrap and glue the card stock around the chimney, folding at the corners and overlapping ends slightly.
  • Note: Place large rubber bands around block to secure paper until glue dries.

3. Build the snowman:

  • Cut ¾” from the bottom of the 3” ball.
  • Glue one end of a toothpick halfway into the bottom of the 3” ball.
  • Spread glue on bottom of 3” ball and the toothpick, and insert the toothpick into the chimney, so the snowman perches on top.
  • Place glue on both ends of a second toothpick, and pick and glue the 2” ball to the 3” ball.
Love this sparkly Snow Angel! DIY on

He’s so sweet & sparkly!

4. Brush snow paint onto the snowman and the top of the chimney. Let paint run down the chimney to resemble snow. While wet, sprinkle paint with fine glitter first, and then sprinkle with ultra-fine glitter. Let dry completely.

5. Top hat:

  • Roll a 2″ x 8″ felt strip into a 2” tall cylinder, and glue ends to secure.
  • Stand the cylinder on the felt, and trace around it twice.
  • Cut out one circle and glue to the top of the hat.
  • Cut out second circle 3/8” beyond traced line. Glue to bottom of hat for hat brim.
  • Wrap a 3” length of chenille stem around hat, just above the brim, and glue in place.
  • Glue hat to snowman’s head.

6. Buttons: If using allspice berries, paint silver and let dry. Glue allspice berries or silver beads to front of snowman.

7. Nose: Paint one end of toothpick orange and let dry. Cut tip from toothpick, and glue and insert into snowman’s face.

8. Cut 3/4″ x 8″ scarf from felt and tie around snowman’s neck; spot glue to secure. Glue wings to back of body.

9. Cut remaining chenille stem in half; bend one end of each piece into small loop for hands. Glue and insert straight stem ends into sides of snowman.

10. Dip pencil tip into black paint and dot eyes; repeat to make five dots for mouth. Use fingertip to apply blush to cheeks.

Beautiful mixed media Snow Angel by Rebekah Meier. Tutorial on

This Snow Angel is definitely a keepsake craft!

Here are two other favorite, mixed media snowmen from Rebekah.

Mixed Media Snowman Collage

Rebekah Meier creates the most beautiful snowmen. This mixed media collage is on

Mixed Media Snowman Collage

Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman

An adorable Snowman DIY by Rebekah Meier.

Sweet, Mixed Media Snowman

If you’re a fan of Rebekah Meier (I am!) and love her collage style, you may want to check out her brand new line of stamps!

Thanks for stopping in for the Summertime Snowman Series.

Happy crafting.



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Easy, Succulent Moss Balls to DIY and display

I am not tired of the succulent trend, not one bit. I love how easy care they are and every summer I add a few more to my garden. Today’s DIY Succulent Moss Balls use faux succulents, and it doesn’t get any easier than that! These mini succulent gardens need no care and no water, so you can display the Succulent Moss Balls almost anywhere – on candle pedestals, in bowls or birdcages, just about any nook or cranny. No muss, no fuss!

Cool! And an easy DIY -- Succulent Moss Balls on

Display them on candle pedestals . . .

DIY easy Succulent Moss Balls.

. . . or in a birdcage or a hanging candle chandelier.

You can buy the faux succulents in craft stores, and I suggest checking out your local dollar store, too. I found quite a few at a dollar store a while back and I stocked up. I didn’t have plans for them at the time, but I’m glad now that I had them on hand. Another favorite discovery – self-adhesive moss cloth. While regular moss cloth is pretty great, the self-adhesive is a breeze to use and requires no glue. These Succulent Moss Balls are summer easy, and you’ll make several in an hour.

DIY Succulent Moss Balls. They're faux succulents so they never need watering.

I used a 4″ ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam for the smaller Succulent Moss Ball.

To make Succulent Moss Balls, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” balls
  • Paper (for pattern)
  • Moss cloth (self-adhesive works great and I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
  • Faux succulents
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; wire knippers
Love this Succulent Moss Ball! Super-easy DIY on

I used the larger, 5″ ball for this Succulent Moss Ball.

To make Succulent Moss Balls:

1. Flatten the bottom of the foam ball, so it will stand and not roll.

2. Place three rubber bands around the ball, dividing it into six equal sections.

3. Place a piece of paper over one section, and trace the section. Cut out. This will be your pattern piece.

How to DIY easy Moss Balls on

Place rubber bands around the ball to divide it into six, equal sections. Trace a section to create your pattern piece for the moss.

4. Trace the pattern on the back of the moss cloth, and cut out six pieces. If using self-adhesive moss cloth, remove the backing and adhere each section to the foam ball. If your moss cloth is not self-adhesive, spread thick white craft glue on the back of each piece, and adhere to the balls. If there are any blank spots when you’re done, cut a small piece of moss cloth to fill in the hole, and attach to the foam ball.

Beautiful! DIY Succulent Moss Balls on

Depending on the sizes of your succulents and foam ball, you’ll need about six to nine succulents per ball.

5. Decide how you would like to arrange your succulents. Trim the stems to about 2” – 2-1/2”. Insert the stems into the top of the moss-covered ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If needed, make a hole in the moss with the tip of the scissors first.

6. Display!

Succulent Moss Balls are a super-easy DIY. They're made with faux succulents, so you can display them anywhere.

How would you display these Succulent Moss Balls?

I had a blast making these, and I hope you do, too. When you’re finished, what do you do if you have leftover moss cloth and faux succulents? You can make a Succulent Teacup Garden Wreath.

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

Last year, I turned dollar store books into Succulent Book Planters, and you can use real or faux succulents in your book planter.

These Vintage Book Planters are adorable, and super-easy, too. Really, make them in just an hour or two.

Faux succulents on the left; the “real” succulents are on the right.

Also last year, Kathleen George shared her Faux Succulent Planter in a faux stone container.

DIY this succulent container garden from a foam ball! It's really not made from stone. Amazing.

Faux Stone Succulent Planter

Are you still on board with the succulent trend? Do you have any in your garden?

Happy crafting!


Don’t forget — the Summertime Snowman Series is back on Tuesday!


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Summertime Snowman: DIY A Sweet Sock Snowman

This Sweet, Sock Snowman is the first in the new, Summertime Snowman Series. (How about that for alliteration?) I can always count on designer Debra Quartermain to create irresistible snowmen, and this DIY Sock Snowman is no exception. With a little help, I think kids could build this lovable snowman, too, and use their favorite colors of fleece to dress him up.

Adorable! Easy snowman made with a tube sock on

Sweet Sock Snowman by Debra Quartermain.

To make a Sweet, Sock Snowman, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ Egg and 3″ Ball
  • Tube sock in white
  • Fleece, 9” x 22” (Debra used pink & white striped fleece)
  • Buttons, three each ½” and 1”, to match the fleece
  • Pompom, ½” in pink
  • Floss, ½ yd in white
  • Brush-on blush or pink chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; round toothpick; straight pins; pencil; ruler

 To make a Sweet, Sock Snowman:

1. Build the snowman body:

  • Press the wide end of the egg on a tabletop to flatten so the egg will stand.
  • Flatten one side of the foam ball.
  • Twist together the flat side of the foam ball and the narrow end of the egg, so that they join together snugly.
  • Place glue on both ends of the toothpick, and on the narrow end of the egg.
  • Insert the toothpick into the narrow end of the egg and into the flat side of the foam ball, and join the two pieces together.
  • Let glue dry.

2. Stretch the tube sock over the snowman body, starting with the head. Stretch the sock down around the bottom of the egg. Cut off the excess sock, leaving an extra inch all around. Stretch and glue extra sock to the bottom of the egg; if needed, use straight pins to help hold the sock in place.

3. Cut from fleece a 3” x 12” strip (scarf) and 8” x 9” rectangle (hat).

What a sweet face on this easy Sock Snowman. DIY on

The pastels are sweet as can be, but you can easily change it up with fleece in your favorite colors. Bright red or even a leopard print would totally change the look!

4. Fashion the hat:

  • Roll fleece in a tube, and overlap and glue together the 8” sides.
  • Roll up one end, creating a 1” cuff.
  • Roll up cuff again.
  • Stretch hat over snowman’s head.
  • Use floss to tie off excess fleece close to the top of the snowman’s head.
  • Cut fringe in excess fleece.
  • Glue three, ½” buttons to the cuff.

5. Blush cheeks and glue on pompom nose.

6. Glue three, 1” buttons on the snowman’s belly.

7. Cut 1” fringe in the ends of the scarf, and tie the scarf around the snowman’s neck.

The cutest sock snowman! DIY on

This Sweet, Sock Snowman is the first in the Summertime Snowman Series on Crafts ‘n Coffee!

I hope this Sweet Sock Snowman finds a place in your summertime craft line up! Here’s where you’ll find a few more cool, Christmas crafts made with socks.

We had a scorcher this weekend with temperatures in the 90s. That is just way too hot! How about you? How’s your weather?

Summertime Snowman Series on! Cute!

Don’t forget — I’ll have a new summertime snowman next Tuesday!

Happy snowman crafting!


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