Peppermint Express Christmas Décor

Hello Crafts Ideas friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I have a fun Christmas décor project to share with you.

American Crafts has a whimsical, fun collection out this year called Peppermint Express. I love the 12″x12″ sheet of patterned paper that has a Christmas Bingo card look to it. I was inspired to create an 11″x14″ canvas using this sheet of paper.

I  created a quilt of sorts along the edges of the canvas using scraps of paper from a 6″x6″ paper pad in the Peppermint Express collection. To finish off the edges of the canvas, I adhered a strip of ribbon around all the edges.

Finally, I used a variety of dimensional stickers, patterned paper squares (that I machine stitched) and die-cuts to embellish several of the squares on the canvas. 

This was a quick and easy project to create for Christmas this year. Happy New Year!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Felt Snowmen Décor

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These two frosty fellows are sure to add cheer to your winter décor and brighten even the dreariest of days.

Materials

  • Wood felt: white, 3/8 yd.; red, green, black, 1/8 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Orange wool roving
  • Buttons: white, 3/8” to 1/2”, six; red, 1/2” to 5/8”, two
  • Black perle cotton, #12

Tools

  • Needles: felting; embroidery
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Directions

Size

7-1/2″ and 10-1/2″ tall

General

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: Use one strand of perle cotton for French knots and running stitches.)

Large Snowman

1. Enlarge pattern 120%. Cut two snowman shapes from white felt, using the lower of two bottom lines for large snowman.

2. Transfer eye and mouth dots to one snowman shape following pattern. Make French knots on dots, wrapping thread around needle three times for each knot. Sew white buttons to dots on body. Roll tiny piece of orange wool roving into circle, place it in center of face, and punch with needle tool to attach for nose.

3. Pin snowman shapes together with right sides facing out. Sew a machine straight stitch around snowman 1/4” from edges, leaving bottom open. Trim seam allowance 1/8” from stitching.

4. Stuff snowman firmly at top and less firm at bottom. Cut 4” circle from white felt. Pin to bottom opening of snowman. Sew running stitch 1/8” from edges of circle and snowman bottom to attach

5. Cut 1”x18” strip from red felt for scarf. Wrap scarf around snowman’s neck and tie on left side. Cut fringe at ends of scarf.

6. To make hat, cut 1-1/2”x4” strip from black felt. Using running stitch, sew short ends together 1/8” from edges to make tube. Cut 1-1/2” circle from black felt. Sew circle around top of felt tube.

7. To make hat brim, cut 2” circle from black felt and cut 1-1/4” circle from center. Sew inside edge of circle to bottom of hat. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat with black thread. Sew hat to top of head to secure it.

Small Snowman

Follow same basic instructions as large snowman, using actual size of pattern and cutting the upper of two bottom lines for small snowman. Cut 3/4”x15” strip from green felt for scarf, and from black felt cut 1”x3-1/2” strip for side of hat, 1-1/8” circle for top, and 1-3/4” circle with 1” circle cut from center for brim. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Christmas Card Tree

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Don’t throw out your Christmas cards after the holiday season! Recycle them into this beautiful easy-to-make Christmas tree.

Materials

  • Recycled Christmas cards
  • Gold cardstock
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4”, 12” length
  • Plastic-foam disc, 3”

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/4″
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, stapler

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Follow directions on patterns.

STEP 2

With right side facing up, fold each card where indicated by dashed line on pattern forming a pointed end; do not crease. Secure ends together with stapler. Punch hole where indicated by “O” on pattern.

STEP 3

Adhere one end of dowel to center of plastic-foam (base). Let dry. Beginning with extra-large cards and ending with small cards, thread cards onto dowel, working around base. Adhere wrong sides of star edges together, leaving bottom open. Let dry. Place open end of star onto top of dowel.

by the Craft Ideas Staff, formerly Crafts ‘n things (www.craftideas.com)

Swirl Cap Characters

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Add some festive flair to your Christmas packages with these quick-and-simple holiday gift tags.

Materials

  • Craft foam (for each): white, 6” square; red, 3”x4”
  • Flannel fabric, 1-1⁄2”x14” (snowman’s scarf)

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: white, ivory, hot pink, crimson, orange
  • Pinking shears
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, tracing paper, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

7″ tall

Swirl Cap Characters

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Trace hat outline only onto red foam, and remaining patterns onto white; cut out. Using long, smooth strokes, cut swirls in hats. Cut two 3⁄4”x3-1⁄4” hat bands from white using pinking shears.

2. Transfer faces. For Santa, basecoat face Ivory. While paint is still wet, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink. When dry, paint nose and mouth Crimson and eyebrows White.

3. Using pattern as guide, draw details with black fine-tip permanent marker.

4. For snowman, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink and paint nose Orange. Draw details with marker. Tie scarf around neck.

5. Adhere bottom edges of hats to tops of heads and hat bands to hats. To hang, separate swirl and place on package. Write recipient’s name on hat band.

Tip

  • Need a last-minute gift? Kids can easily create these gift tags as ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Faux Mercury Glass Mirror

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Transform an old picture frame into your very own “antique” holiday décor mirror.

Materials

  • Frame with glass insert, 10”x14”
  • American Crafts Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection: Winter patterned paper, Ephemera Cardstock Die-cuts
  • WorldWin Vellum
  • May Arts Red Twill/Chevron Ribbon (382-34-14), 3/4”, 1 yd.

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 5” Creative Station with Permanent/Laminate Cartridge, High Tack Double-Sided Tape, 9” Creative Station, High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Spray Paint
  • EK Success Martha Stewart Crafts Sterling Glitter

Basic Supplies

scissors, vinegar, spray bottle, paper towels, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Using photo frame die-cut as pattern, cut same-size panel from paper. Apply adhesive to back side of photo frame die-cut using Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; adhere paper to die-cut. Adhere tree, boy and snowman using Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Adhere sledding girl to banner using Xyron Double-Sided Tape. Adhere banner to die cut collage.

STEP 2

Run entire die cut collage through Xyron 5” Creative Station to apply laminate to back side and adhesive to front. Trim with scissors.

STEP 3

Freehand cut hills from vellum. Apply adhesive using Xyron 9” Creative Station. Sprinkle with glitter; burnish to paper with finger. Run glittered hills back through Creative Station to apply adhesive on top of glitter.

STEP 4

Adhere die cut collage to glass panel first, followed by glitter hills. (Note: The layers seem backward because they are on back side of glass. The top layer is adhered first.)

STEP 5

Combine 1 part vinegar with 2 parts water in small spray bottle. Over covered work surface, lightly mist back of glass, over collage and hills, to create antique-looking blemishes. Spray paint over spritzed glass. Allow to dry for one minute, then use paper towel to blot water-marked areas. Repeat 1-2 times. (Note: Laminating die cut collage keeps paint from seeping through during this step.)

STEP 6

When dry, place glass back in frame. Tie ribbon into large bow; adhere with Xyron Adhesive Dots. Use additional Xyron Adhesive Dots to add dimension to bow tails. Trim as desired.

Tip

The top adhesive film can be used to clean up any extra glitter that may have spilled in work area.

by Gini Williams Cagle for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Faux Cupcake Ornaments

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Create these festive miniature faux cupcakes to spice up your holiday décor this Christmas.

Materials

  • Celebrate It Mini Cupcake Baking Cups
  • FloraCraft Foam Ball, 1-1/2”
  • All-purpose caulking
  • White cardstock
  • Red ribbon
  • Assorted beads, four (for hanger)
  • Rhinestones: clear, two; red, 12
  • Beadalon Products: large topaz bead; silver beads, 18; headpins; wire, 24- and 18-gauge

Tools

  • Testors Enamel Paint Markers (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com): Blue (2508), Green (2524), Red (2503), Yellow (2514)
  • Wilton: Disposable Decorating Bags; Decorating Tips, #48, #70
  • Wire cutters
  • Flat nose pliers, two
  • Funnel
  • Glitter: silver, clear
  • Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, spool of thread, craft knife, toothpick, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

All “frosting” on cupcakes is created by filling decorating bag with caulking and squeezing it out with different style tips.  Follow manufacturer’s directions on decorating bag package.  Decorating bags and tips used for these projects should not be reused for food.

Basic Cupcake

1. Cut small section off bottom of foam ball to create flat surface.

2. Apply caulking to flat bottom and set into baking cup.

3. Set baking cup into funnel.

4. Squeeze bead of caulking into space between cup and foam ball.  (Note: This will adhere foam to foil and help it keep its shape once set.)

Wire Hangers

1. Cut 5” length from 18-gauge wire; wrap around any tubular object, such as Testors enamel markers or jewelry ring maker, two or three times.

 

2. Lay another larger round object, such as a spool of thread, on excess wire and smooth wire around object to create “s” shape. Slip wire off both objects and trim. Dip wire end in glue, then attach bead.

3. Each hanger is connected to a SIMPLE LOOP WIRE. To create one, cut 2-1/2” length from 24-gauge wire and wrap into spiral on one end (See Wire Hangers – Step 1). Dip straight wire end into glue and insert into center of cupcake.

Angel Cupcake

1. Cut 18” length of 18-gauge wire; fold in half.

2. Using pliers, grab wire at 1/3 of wire length. Grab folded end with another set of pliers and twist until wires are wrapped around each other.

3. Form the two untwisted wires into “y” shape.

4. Roughly shape into curves with your hands. Twist ends together at top as shown.

5. Push the two twisted ends together, forming two loops for wings. Slide on topaz bead.

6. Form wings by pinching along wire several times with flat-nose pliers.

7. Slip silver bead over remaining wires above topaz bead.

8. Bend top wires into 45-degree angle.

9. Wrap and smooth remaining wire around marker or other round object to create double, open halo above topaz bead.

10. Stick long twisted stem at bottom of angel into glue and then into center of cupcake. Insert simple loop wire (from Wire Hangers – Step 3) in cupcake behind stem.

11. Using #70 decorating tip, form base of angel by applying adhesive caulking and working from center of cupcake out to edges, overlapping strokes.

12. When caulking is dry, paint with yellow marker.

Snowflake Cupcake

1. Print and use template to cut two identical snowflakes with craft knife from cardstock. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.) Place one flake on covered work surface and dot glue on center and points. Lay 3” simple loop wire on snowflake as shown. Place second snowflake on top of wire, aligning snowflakes. Let dry.

2. Apply thin coat of glue to both sides of snowflake and sprinkle on clear glitter. Adhere rhinestone in center on each side.

3. For frosting, use swirling pattern to apply caulking with #48 decorating tip positioned on its side.  (Note: This will make frosting swirls stand on end.)

4. When dry, paint frosting with blue marker. While paint is still wet, sprinkle on silver glitter. Stick snowflake simple loop wire into glue and then into center of cupcake.

Wreath Cupcake

1. Use #70 decorating tip to apply two rippled lines of caulking around border of cupcake. (Note: The slower you move the tip, the more it will ripple the caulking.)

2. Using toothpick, jab repeatedly at caulking. As toothpick is pulled out, peeks are formed that look like wreath needles.

3. When set, paint wreath with green marker.

4. Dab glue on back of red rhinestones and attach to wreath in groups of three.

5. Attach simple loop wire to center of cupcake. Tie bow on wire with red ribbon.

Gift Package Cupcake

1. Cover cupcake with caulking using #70 decorating tip.

2. Once set, apply caulking to add ribbon and bow with #48 tip.

3. Paint ribbon with red marker.

4. Push headpin into each silver bead and insert into cupcake as shown.  Add simple loop wire to center and surround with beads.

by The Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com) for The Testor Corporation (www.testors.com)

Springy Celebration Ornament

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Add sparkle and fun to your tree this year. This clay ornament is quick and easy so you can create a batch in many color combos!

Materials

  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Red Glitter Oven-Bake Clay
  • Green glass crystals

Tools

  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Clay Extruder (with half-circle extruding disc)
  • Copy paper
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
  • Tape

Basic Supplies

wax paper

Directions

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 275° F. Run clay through Clay Conditioning Machine on several passes on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass; insert folded side into rollers first.

STEP 2

Create cone with sheet of copy paper; tape in place.

STEP 3

Fill extruder completely with Red Glitter clay. Extrude completely.

STEP 4

Lay extruded piece of clay down on flat side. Using fingers, create point at one end. At other end, create loop and connect back to strip.

STEP 5

Press crystals firmly into clay in random pattern.

STEP 6

Starting with pointed end of strip and small point of paper cone, wrap clay around cone.

STEP 7

Bake clay on paper cone on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool. Remove paper and hang ornament on tree.

Tip

  • For a different look, mix two colors of clay together to create marbleized look. Run marbleized clay through extruder and follow instructions to wrap around cone.

by Polyform Products (http://www.sculpey.com/)

Great Finds Friday: Children’s Art Project

(Note: This information was previously shared on the Craft Ideas Facebook page, but we feel it’s important to promote efforts like this one that do social good through creativity. You can shop the Children’s Art Project website year-round, not just at the holidays. For more information, visit http://www.childrensart.org.)

Still looking for one-of-a-kind, meaningful, affordable holiday gifts for loved ones? Check off your gift list and do good at the same time. Shop online to benefit University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Art Project (CAP). Three of our favorite crafty gift ideas are shown here. Here’s more information about the Children’s Art Project and their mission:

CAP’s in-hospital art classes offer pediatric cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Children’s Cancer Hospital the opportunity to let their spirit shine through while providing a respite from chemotherapy, needles and blood counts. What started as a volunteer project selling Christmas cards featuring the patients’ artwork operates today as a cherished non-profit and powerful million dollar enterprise with a national network of over 2,000 volunteers, 23 retail partners and almost 20,000 Facebook fans.

Most profoundly, CAP gives the young patients a sense of purpose and accomplishment, recognizing that cancer won’t get in the way of hopes, dreams and their futures.

SHOP. GIVE. DO GOOD. Merry Christmas!!!

Dawn Gehring, Craft Ideas Online Editor (www.craftideas.com)

Sweet Juliet Gift Bag

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Create a stunning DIY gift bag to present your gift cards and smaller gifts in style.

Materials

  • Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet Collection Antiquity Paper Collection (HCDP1 237)
  • Cardstock: red, salmon, kraft, moss green
  • Brown paper lunch bag, 5-1/2″ wide
  • Large white brad
  • Large oval rhinestone
  • Basic Grey Magnetic Disks

Tools

  • Die cutting and embossing machine
  • Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet Collection Postcard PreCut Stamp Set (HCPC 3563)
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliette (HCD 740), Sun Kissed Fleur (HCD 734); Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval Small (354804), Classic Oval Lg (354802), Gold Ovals One (088598), Borderabilities A2 Scalloped Borders One
  • Ink pads: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento; Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Lights Salmon, Earthtones in Lettuce, Pesto and Red Pepper
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Fantastix Blending Tool
  • Acrylic block
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, pencil, scoring tool

Directions

STEP 1

Cut paper bag 4-1/2” from bottom. Fold the bottom of the bag on itself with long sides together and crease, making the front and back of bag completely flat.

STEP 2

Cut kraft cardstock to 5-1/2”x7”; score length at 4-3/4” to create front flap. Using Scalloped Borders die, die cut/emboss edge of flap as shown.

STEP 3

Cut red cardstock to 5-1/4”x1-1/2”; cut cream patterned paper to 5”x1-1/8”. Using Scalloped Borders die, die cut/emboss long edge of cardstock. Adhere all three panels to flap as shown.

STEP 4

Cover back of bag with adhesive. Adhere back panel to bag, allowing front flap to flip over bag opening.

STEP 5

Cut kraft cardstock to 5-1/2”x4-3/4”, red cardstock to 5-1/4”x4-1/2 and cream patterned paper to 5”x4-1/4. Using Tuxedo Black ink, stamp image on paper; color as desired with inks and blending tool.

STEP 6

Mat stamped panel to red cardstock; adhere matted image to kraft panel. Cover front of bag with adhesive and adhere panel to bag, aligning edges with back panel.

STEP 7

Using Sweet Juliette die, die cut/emboss two leaf sprays from moss green cardstock; ink edges. Adhere to bag as shown.

STEP 8

Using Sun Kissed Fleur die, die cut/emboss two same-size flowers, one from red and one from salmon cardstock. Center align flower layers, rotating top layer so petal colors alternate; adhere. Adhere flower to bag as shown.

STEP 9

Using Sweet Juliet die, die cut/emboss two same-size flowers, one from red and one from salmon cardstock. Center align flower layers of remaining red and salmon flowers, rotating top layer so petal colors alternate. Fold flower arms in to center, secure from front with brad. Adhere to flower on bag.

STEP 10

Using Gold Ovals One, die cut/emboss decorative oval from red cardstock. Die cut/emboss coordinating oval from kraft cardstock. Mat red oval to kraft oval. Adhere rhinestone in center. Adhere oval panel to front flap as shown, extending beyond edge of flap. Align and adhere magnet to back bottom side of oval and inside bag to keep flap closed.

STEP 11

Cut 1/2”x10” kraft cardstock and 1/4”x10” red cardstock strips. Mat red strip to kraft strip; adhere. Score strip 1/2” from each end; fold to 45 degrees. Adhere scored flaps to back side of back panel.

by Linda Kleman for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Snowflake Favor Box

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

This fun little box can be created with an electronic cutting machine or by hand. It’s perfect for stocking stuffers!

Materials

  • Kraft cardstock
  • Holiday print papers: blue, red
  • Transparency sheet
  • Metal snowman charm
  • Blue rhinestones
  • Trim: blue flat braid, red gingham ribbon
  • Small container of mints

Tools

  • Bosskut Gazelle Electronic Cutting Machine
  • The Cutting Café Christmas Tic Tac Box Template
  • Stampin’ Up! Jewelry Tag Punch
  • Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: double-sided red liner tape, clear dots, liquid glue
  • Optional: Craft knife and cutting mat

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

2”x3”

Snowflake Favor Box

1. Download box template at www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com. Following manufacturer’s instructions, cut box from red paper and lid from blue paper using cutting machine. If you don’t have a cutting machine, print the pdf pattern and cut by hand using craft knife and cutting mat.

2. Back snowflake window with transparency before assembling. Score and fold box and lid pieces as indicated, securing edges with double-sided tape.

3. Drop entire mint container inside box. Place lid on box.

4. Print sentiment onto kraft cardstock, punch into tag, and ink edges white. Adhere to box over snowflake.

5. Adhere trim and ribbon to lid edges using liquid glue; let dry. Adhere rhinestones with liquid glue; let dry. Adhere snowman charm with clear dots.

Tip

  • Personalize kraft tag with name to create favor place card for your holiday party.

by Regina Easter (www.thecuttingcafe.typepad.com)