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)

1st Snow Mini Album

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Capture the beauty of the first snow of the season with this gorgeous mini album.

Materials

  • Maya Road 3-Ring Chipboard Tab Book, 8″x5″
  • Chipboard cut-outs: snowflakes, letters to spell “1st Snow”
  • Embellishments: chunky crystal glitter, fine transparent clear glitter, light blue gems
  • Burlap scrap
  • Thin natural twine
  • Ribbons: white, brown, white tulle

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 1.5” Create-A-Sticker, 3” Sticker Maker, Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots
  • Embossing machine and embossing folder of choice
  • Background stamps of choice
  • Acrylic paints: light blue, white, brown

Basic Supplies

scissors, baby wipe, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Remove pages from book rings. On covered work surface, paint all pages and snowflakes with light blue paint; let dry.

STEP 2

Paint chipboard letters white; let dry.

STEP 3

Place snowflakes in embossing folder; emboss.

STEP 4

Glaze snowflakes with brown acrylic paint, working it into the crevices with your fingers; wipe away with baby wipe. Let dry.

STEP 5

Using white paint, stamp each page to add dimension.

STEP 6

Run snowflakes facedown through Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove snowflakes. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter.

STEP 7

Run letters facedown through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter. Add chunky glitter as desired, adhering with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

STEP 8

Use seasonal stamped sentiments or die-cuts to embellish interior pages.

STEP 9

Fold burlap on itself; trim to desired size. Tie twine around burlap bundle; secure with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere snowflakes, letters and bundle to cover with Xyron’s High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots. Adhere gems to snowflake centers.

STEP 10

Reassemble book. Cut ribbons into 3” lengths; tie on rings.

by Linda Neff for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Lacy Candle Shade

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

These one-of-a-kind candle shades are great gifts and so easy to customize to fit any color scheme.

Materials

  • Glass candlestick and votive cup
  • Cardstock: heavy white, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Heartfelt Creations Burst of Splendor Paper Collection (HCDP1 235)
  • Teardrop beads
  • Pearls: 4mm, 5mm
  • Iridescent yarn
  • Jewelry findings: headpins, jump rings
  • Battery-operated candle

Tools

  • Die-cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Dahlia Cluster (HCPC 3548), Bold Leaf (HCPC 3547), Open Leaf (HCPC 3545)
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Classic Leaf (HCD 736), Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713)
  • Scor-Pal
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Markers: Imagination International COPIC Amethyst V17, Mallow V15, Pale Lilac V12; Tombow Dark Olive 158, Asparagus 192; Stampin’ Up! Garden Green
  • Ranger Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Multi-Use Glue, paper glue

Basic Supplies

sewing needle and white thread, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

Adhere votive cup to top of candlestick with 527 Glue; let dry.

STEP 2

Die cut four Decorative Lace Borders from heavy white cardstock. Adhere together, end to end, to create a strip approximately 23-1/2” long. Cut two 1/2” strips from green paper. Adhere along length of lace border, 1” from top edge. Apply Stardust Stickles throughout middle of lace; let dry.

STEP 3

Using Scor-Pal, score every other scallop on lace strip. Turn strip over, score opposite scallops. Mountain-valley fold length of strip; adhere ends together to create a tube.

STEP 4

Run threaded needle through lattice holes of lace tube just below uppermost scallop, securing a 4mm pearl between each fold. Tighten thread to draw top closer; tie threads off to create small top opening.

STEP 5

Thread yarn through holes at bottom of lace tube, just above teardrop descenders. Tighten yard to draw bottom closer until shade fits your candleholder; tie yarn off.

STEP 6

Thread teardrop bead on headpin, followed by 5mm pearl. Using pliers, wrap headpin stem around jump ring, making a loop and trimming off excess wire if necessary. Using pliers, open jump ring to hang pendant from shade every other pleat, opposite of the teardrop descenders. Repeat around entire bottom of shade.

STEP 7

Stamp small Dahlia on Whisper White cardstock, color with COPIC markers and cut out. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 8

Apply Garden Green marker to Bold Leaf stamp; stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Apply Dark Olive and Asparagus marker to Open Leaf stamp; stamp over Bold Leaf stamp. Using Classic Leaf die, die cut/emboss two leaves. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 9

Adhere leaves to flower. Adhere flower to paper shade as shown.

STEP 10

Insert battery-operated candle into votive cup; place shade on votive cup.

Tip

  • For safety reasons, use only battery-operated candles to light this shaded lamp.

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

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)

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)

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)

Candy Cane Christmas Wreath

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Create this adorable candy cane wreath for your home holiday decorating. Xyron adhesives will make this project super fast and easy.

Materials

  • Wrapped candy canes, 16
  • Crate Paper Bundled Up Cardstock, Ephemera Pack
  • May Arts red gingham plaid ribbon

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, Mega Runner, Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit by Xyron (1/4” High Tack Tape, Clear Hold Adhesive, Foam Squares), 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Sizzix Sidekick Machine with Sizzlits Tim Holtz Mini Paper Rosette Decorative Strip Die
  • Craft punches: EK Success Martha Stewart Crafts Doily Lace Edge Punch, Circle Punch

Basic Supplies

scissors, scoring tool, score board

Directions

STEP 1

Cut two strips of striped paper measuring 2”x12”.

STEP 2

Punch long one side of each strip with Doily Lace punch.

STEP 3

Using a score board, score both strips every 1/2″. Accordion fold the strips.

STEP 4

Using Xyron’s 1/4″ High Tack Tape, apply adhesive strip to each ending tab and connect strips to form one long strip. With scalloped edge on outside, arc strip into circle rosette. Adhere rosette closed with Xyron 1/4” High Tack Tape.

STEP 5

Punch circle from decorative paper.

STEP 6

Using Xyron Mega Runner, cover back side with adhesive and attach to top of striped rosette.

STEP 7

Using Sidekick machine and Rosette dies, die cut a larger rosette from greetings paper and smaller rosette from red snowflake paper. Accordion fold rosettes. With scalloped edge on outside, arc strip into circle rosette. Adhere rosette closed with Xyron 1/4” High Tack Tape. Run finishing circles through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker and adhere to rosette fronts. Stack rosettes together; adhere using Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

STEP 8

Adhere snowman die cut to top of rosette stack with two Xyron Teresa Collins Foam Squares.

STEP 9

Using three or four Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots, adhere candy canes together, back to back as shown. Tie ribbon around each candy cane set. Arrange in wreath circle.

STEP 10

Using Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, adhere rosette stack to center of candy cane wreath, let dry. Add ribbon hanger and enjoy.

Tip

  • Use Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots or a hot glue gun to hold the candy cane tips together.

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

Vintage Santa Spoon Ornament

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use ribbon, vintage images, and sparkling Dew Drops to transform a simple spoon into a keepsake ornament.

Materials

  • The Robin’s Nest: Cream Cardstock, Christmas Rub-On, Gold Dew Drops, Christmas Tree Collection Tear Drop Dew Drops
  • Ribbon: red/white striped satin, narrow red glitter

Tools

  • Small oval punch
  • Craft wire
  • Dark red glitter glue
  • Adhesives: glue gun, clear-drying liquid glue, foam squares

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Apply large Santa rub-on to cream cardstock. Turn spoon upside down over image and trace bowl onto cardstock over Santa’s face, using photo as placement guide. Carefully cut out oval, preserving remaining rub-on image. Highlight image edges with glitter glue and let dry.

STEP 2

Using glue gun, adhere row of red Tear Drop Dew Drops, tips in, around bowl of spoon as shown. Let set. Layer several foam squares inside bowl of spoon and adhere Santa image.

STEP 3

Punch small oval from lower portion of remaining rub-on image; Christmas sentiment should be visible. Using clear-drying liquid glue, adhere gold Dew Drops around oval edges; let dry.

STEP 4

Tie multi-loop bows around spoon handle; secure with glue gun. Adhere oval image to center of bows.

STEP 5

Create small hanger from wire; thread under ribbon at back and secure with glue gun.

Tip

  • Work up a set of ornaments in assorted holiday colors by changing out ribbon and Dew Drops.

by Robin O’Crowley for The Robin’s Nest (www.robinsnest-scrap.com)

Holiday Gift Box Stack

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Stack up the holiday excitement by giving three small boxes instead of one big one!

Materials

  • Cardboard boxes with lids, in assorted sizes, three
  • American Crafts Crate Paper Bundled Up Collection Paper and Ephemera Cardstock Die Cuts
  • May Arts wide cream ribbon
  • Blue shimmer twine

Tools

  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker, 1/4” Double-Sided High Tack Tape, Adhesive Foam Squares from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Art Anthology Fiesta Velvet Dimensional Paint
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Walnut Stain ink pad

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, paintbrush, paper trimmer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

On covered work surface, paint boxes; set aside to dry.

STEP 2

Working one box at a time, cut paper panels measuring 1/4″ smaller than sides and top.

STEP 3

Ink edges of paper panels.

STEP 4

Run panels through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 5

Center paper on lids and sides of boxes; adhere. Repeat Steps 2-5 until boxes are covered.

STEP 6

Stack boxes as desired. Using Xyron 1/4″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape, adhere box lids to bottoms of boxes sitting above them. (Note: This allows boxes to open and gifts to be placed inside.)

STEP 7

Tie ribbon around box stack. Run die cut numbers “2” and “5” through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker; adhere to ribbon. Ink edges of mittens card. Using Xyron Adhesive Foam Squares from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, adhere mittens card and snowman die cut to stack. Using twine, tie Merry Christmas die cut to bow at top of stack.

Tips

  • Using these same techniques will yield a beautiful gift box from any plain box with a lid.
  • Have larger boxes? Xyron’s 5” Sticker Maker, 5” Creative Station or 9” Creative Station can be used for larger panels.

by Stacy Rodriguez for Xyron (www.xyron.com)