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)

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)

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

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

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)

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)

Heavenly Angel

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Decorate your home this holiday season with this beautiful angel made from fabric and freezer paper! Gold designs are airbrushed using lace and a paper doily as stencils, giving this angel her sparkle and shine.

Materials

  • Ivory sheer fabric, 18”x45”
  • Lace, 8”x8” scrap
  • FloraCraft Foam Cone, 6”
  • Paper doily, 12” circle
  • Gold ball Christmas ornament of choice, 1-1/2” diameter
  • Gold wire, 22- or 24-gauge
  • Gold headpins, three
  • Round pearls, three
  • Small green leafy Christmas sprig
  • Reynolds Freezer Paper

Tools

  • Testors Aztec Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztec Airbrushable Pearl Gold Acrylic Paint (available at Testors.com or Amazon.com)
  • Wire cutters
  • Paintbrush, 1”
  • Fast Finish Découpage
  • Adhesives: Stencil Ease Repositionable Stencil Adhesive, Elmer’s Craft Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, marker, tape, craft knife, toothpicks, iron and pressing surface, knitting needle or skinny pen, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Angel Templates

1. Download and print angel body and wing template. (Note: The blue word “template” is a link. To access this template, select the link, then download and print.)

2. Follow directions to assemble body template.

Angel

1. From sheer fabric and freezer paper, cut one 16” square for angel body and three 8” squares for wings. Set wings aside.

2. Iron sheer fabric onto all freezer paper squares. (Note: Freezer paper will keep fabric stable while you work.)

3. Place 16” bonded fabric/paper square onto work surface with paper side up. Using template, trace one 12” circle onto freezer paper with marker. (Note: Circle will be visible through the sheer fabric.) Using marker, place dot in center of circle.

4. With fabric side up, use one-inch paintbrush to paint even coat of découpage on circle outline. Straddle line with center of brush to place découpage half inside and half outside of line. (Note: This will prevent fabric edge from fraying when cut.)

5. When dry, spray back side of 12-inch paper doily with repositionable stencil adhesive. Align doily with fabric circle and press to adhere.

6. Over covered work surface, use airbrush to paint doily gold.

7. When dry, carefully peel away doily, then fabric, from freezer paper.

8. Drape fabric over foam cone, matching dot to cone center.

9. For angel wings, place one 8” square onto work surface with paper side up. Trace wing template onto square using marker.

10. Use paintbrush to evenly coat entire fabric-side surface of each 8” square with découpage.

11. When completely dry, bond all three squares as follows:  Remove freezer paper from one square and place square on layer with wing outline. Paint with more découpage, which will bond fabrics together. Repeat with third wing and let dry.

12. Spray adhesive on back of lace and place over wing shape. (Note: Lace should cover wing completely.)

13. Over covered work surface, airbrush wing with gold paint. When completely dry, remove lace and cut out wing on marker line. Carefully peel away freezer paper.

14. For angel head, remove hanger/top from ball ornament. Place enough toothpicks in hole of ornament to fill space.  Adhere toothpicks to ball; let dry.

15. Wrap gold wire around knitting needle or skinny pen five times to form coiled ring small enough to cover toothpicks. Cut off excess wire.

16. Use craft knife to make small “x” cut into fabric over dot on cone. Insert toothpicks into spiral wire and push into dot in fabric, leaving about 1/4” space between head and body.

17. To form angel halo, double wrap wire around any round 1-1/2” object (such as a glue bottle). Slide wire off container. Make 45-degree bend in excess wire, leaving a 2-1/2” tail. Smooth out any kinks in wire circle.

18. Wrap opposite wire end around bend and cut off excess.

19. Push wire stem into cone behind angel’s head.

20. For angel arms, cut 8” wire length. Stick wire through cone, 1/4” below neck, leaving equal amount of wire on each side.  Bend wire to form angled arms.

21. Stick wire ends through ornamental Christmas sprig and loop ends.

22. Insert one headpin through each pearl. To attach wings on angel back, position one pearl at top of wings and push pearl headpin into cone. Place remaining pearl headpins at middle and at bottom to secure wings in place.

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