Santa Tag

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Use pre-made embellishments to craft this playful Christmas tag in a hurry.


  • Pretty Little Studio: Vintage Santa Claus Diecut; Christmas at Home Collection Deck the Halls Paper Ribbons, Comfort and Joy 8”x8” Paper, Merry Shipping Tags
  • My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline Lovely Collection Pins
  • Green button
  • Green sequins
  • Trims: red/white baker’s twine, sheer white ribbon


  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, foam tape, tiny clear dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil




Santa Tag

1. Cut 2”x2-3/4” Comfort and Joy paper strip; notch end with scissors. Adhere to right side of shipping tag.

2. Cut and adhere two paper ribbon banners to first banner.

3. Adhere Santa Claus diecut using foam tape.

4. Tie ribbon bow and adhere to top of tag with clear dots. Thread button with twine, knotting ends at front. Adhere button to bow with clear dots. Push two pins through bow behind button.

5. Adhere sequins with clear dots.


  • Do not leave tag laying in presence of small children; small components and pins present a choking hazard.

by Celeste Brodnik

Jolly Ol’ Elf Mini Album

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Make a gift album they won’t forget! Paper bags work well for albums because they provide built-in pocket details for tags, photos, and memorabilia.


  • White paper bags, 3-1/2”x6-3/4”x2”, two
  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Cindy Lou Dot Glitter, Cindy Lou Stripe, Cindy Lou Who Presents; pale green, bright green, and white scraps
  • Holiday-themed paper scraps, assorted
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops Christmas Collection (dd137)
  • Buttons, assorted
  • Trims: seam binding, lace, ribbon, rickrack
  • Silk flower


  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Tim Holtz Alterations On the Edge Scallops Die
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Seal Punch
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko VersaMagic Aloe Vera Chalk Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil



6-3/4”x3-1/2” (closed)

Note: Ink all paper and paper bag edges Aloe Vera prior to assembly.

Album Base

1. Measure and mark first paper bag 1” from open end. Cut away 1”-wide strip on front layer of paper bag only.

2. Measure and mark second paper bag 2” from open end. Fold on line; unfold bag.

3. To create album base, place paper bags lengthwise and side by side on work surface with open ends of bags facing each other at center; bag bottoms should face up.

4. Apply double-sided tape to back of 2”-wide flap on second bag and slide flap into open end of first bag. Press bags together to secure adhesive.

First Spread

1. See Photo 1. Cut 4-1/4”x3-1/2” red striped paper panel; score and fold to measure 2-1/8”x3-1/2”. Adhere back of folded paper to bag bottom on left side. Unfold paper and adhere flower and green trim as shown.

Photo 1

2. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Adhere paper to front of first paper bag; this is hidden by longer strip in photo.

3. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” strip from green/red flourish paper. Die cut one short end using scallops die. Score and fold strip at 4-5/8”. Adhere straight edge of strip to flourish paper beneath bag flap.

4. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to paper beneath, creating pocket.

5. Create small cardstock tag to slide into pocket. Adhere embellishment to die-cut page. Fold die-cut page to left.

Second Spread

1. See Photo 2. Cut 7-1/2”x3-1/2” red cardstock strip. Adhere to album base, sliding left end inside open bag and right end beneath bag flap on right. Adhere top and bottom edges of bag bottom to cardstock layer, creating pocket.

Photo 2

2. Cut 2-1/8”x3-1/2” green/red flourish paper strip. Adhere to bag bottom on right. Adhere braid trim to edge of paper as shown.

3. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pocket on right.

4. Fold die-cut page to left again.

Third Spread

1. See Photo 3. Adhere lace trim to edge of flourish panel covering bag front.

Photo 3

2. Create another cardstock tag to insert into pocket created by open end of bag.

3. Adhere embellishment to back of striped page at far left.

4. See Photo 4. Cut two 3-3/4”x4-1/2” green/red flourish paper panels; score each panel 1” from one short end. Die cut ends opposite folds. Fold on score lines and adhere flaps to top and bottom edges of left-hand album page, next to fold. Cut 3-1/2”x3-1/2” square of dot paper and adhere between flaps. Refold page.

Photo 4

5. Fold bag bottom to left to meet edge of striped page.

Fourth Spread

1. See Photo 5. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” red/green leaf paper strip. Score and fold 4-5/8” from one short end. Adhere to last folded page of album as shown. Adhere green trim to left edge.

Photo 5

2. See Photo 6. To create fold-out dot page, cut 10-1/2”x3-7/8” dot paper strip. Score strip 3-1/2” from each short end; die cut short ends. Fold strip and adhere to last album page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket.

Photo 6

3. Cut 3-1/2”x3” striped paper panel and adhere inside open page on three sides, leaving right edge open to create pocket. Add paper strip and embellishment to bottom of lower flap.

4. Create small cardstock tags to slide into pockets. Close page.


1. Open album to first spread. Fold striped paper panel closed and adhere Santa image and three red Dew Drops to front to create left side of front cover.

2. Cut 9-3/8”x3-1/2” dot paper strip; score and fold at 4-5/8”. Adhere paper to front and back of album on right side.

3. Cut 6-7/8”x3-1/2” red striped paper strip; adhere to back of album.

4. Cut two 12” seam binding lengths. Center and adhere ends to edges of front covers; let dry. Adhere lace and trim to edges of cover to hide seam binding ends; let dry.

5. Tie album closed as shown.

6. Using photo as guide, embellish right side of front cover.


  • Be sure to use clear-drying liquid glue with Dew Drops embellishments for best effect.

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (

Be Merry Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Combine chic paper tape and an easy watercolor technique to craft this merry-and-bright greeting.


  • White cardstock: textured, smooth
  • Queen & Co. Trendy Tape Vertical Stripes Teal


  • Punches: corner rounder, assorted circles
  • Printworks Stamps: Star Snowflake (B3845), Be Merry (A2764)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Markers: Ranger Tim Holtz Evergreen Distress Marker, Imagination International COPIC Yellow
  • Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
  • Water-barrel brush
  • Tiny stapler
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, heat tool



Make 4-1/2”x6” top-fold card from textured white cardstock; round bottom corners.


Cut 4-1/4”x4” textured white cardstock panel; round bottom corners. Apply diagonal tape strips across panel as shown; trim tape even with panel edges. Adhere panel to card.


Stamp sentiment and four snowflakes onto smooth white cardstock, leaving space between images; heat emboss with clear powder.


Lightly trace snowflakes with Evergreen marker; use water-barrel brush to blend color, creating watercolor look. Color stars with yellow marker. Punch snowflakes into circles of assorted size; overlap and adhere to card along top of taped panel. Highlight stars with Glossy Accents; let dry.


Cut sentiment into small, notched flag; staple to upper left corner of card.


  • For a glitzy version of this card, use metallic tape and outline snowflake images with glitter glue instead of marker.

by Linda Beeson (

Cloud Clay Embellished Christmas Tags

This time of the year, I am looking to get my presents made and wrapped and to do it all in a creative way and ahead of time. The holiday season is a great time to showcase your DIY talents but, let’s face it, anything that takes hours of work probably isn’t going to get done. Today I have a quick-and-easy Christmas-themed project that combines the drying convenience of AMACO Cloud Clay – a quick-drying air dry clay – recycled clothing tags, glitter, and paint. It hits all the sweet spots: it’s easy, it’s quick, it isn’t messy, it recycles, and it has glitter!

What you’ll need:

  • Small Christmas Tree cookie cutter (mine is about 1-1/2” tall)
  • AMACO Green Cloud Clay
  • Recycled clothing tags (or hand-cut/die-cut tags)
  • Chalkboard paint or other acrylic paint
  • Ribbon
  • Your choice of decorations (I used glitter and white glue, glitter glue, and pale gold acrylic paint)

Start by pinching off a palm-sized piece of Cloud Clay and knead it to warm it up and soften it. Pull it and fold it until it is nice and supple. Roll a piece of the Cloud Clay into a long snake.

Bend the clay snake into a series of loops and push them together gently to make a lumpy rectangle of clay which is larger than the cookie cutter.

Press the cookie cutter into the clay.

Gently remove the clay shape from the cookie cutter (you can ease it out by pressing a small ball of Cloud Clay to the back of the shape – the clay will stick to itself so you can use the ball as a handle to pull the shape out of the cookie cutter.) Cut away the ball of clay with a pair of sharp scissors.

Set aside the shape to dry as you repeat the process to make more trees.

As the Christmas trees are drying, you can decorate them. Here are some ideas:

Using a tube of glitter glue, run lines of glitter along the dips in the clay.

Using white glue, dot the glue on the tree and then dredge with glitter. Wait until the glue is dry to brush off the excess glitter and return it to the tube.

Paint the tree with a generous coat of gold acrylic paint. Wait about 30 seconds then wipe the excess off using a paper towel – the paint will have settled into the depressions in the shape.

Draw on the tree – I use a Ranger Inkssentials white marker.

While your trees finish drying, coat the tags with a coat of paint – I used black chalkboard paint but you can use any color or type of paint. You may need a couple coats of paint to cover the tags.

Cut pieces of ribbon 10″ long and knot through the tags (you may need to punch larger holes in the tags to take wider ribbon).

Attach the Christmas Trees to the tags using glue or dimensional glue dots.

If you use chalkboard paint, you can write on the tags using chalk – other dark paints will take gel pens and lighter paints will take permanent markers.

by Helen Bradley for AMACO (

Joyeux Noel Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Beautiful shades of teal and burgundy put a new spin on the traditional tones of the season. Lush, layered accents from Ruby Rock-it’s Joyeux Noel Collection give this card vintage-look elegance in an instant.


  • Burgundy cardstock
  • Ruby Rock-it Joyeux Noel Collection: Paper Pack, Layered Accents, Diecut Silhouettes, Bling, Trim
  • Trims: white scalloped lace, gold cord
  • Teal/gold silk poinsettia


  • Sewing machine and dark teal thread
  • Border punches, two of choice
  • Modeling paste
  • Plastic dot-pattern mask
  • Chalk inks: dark teal, burgundy
  • Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, sponge dauber, palette knife



Make 6”x5-1/4” burgundy top-fold card.


Cut 5-1/2”x4-3/4” teal damask paper panel and sponge edges with teal chalk ink. Using sewing machine, stitch around panel edges. Adhere panel to card.


Cut 5-1/2”x2” burgundy print paper strip, punch both long edges with first border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Adhere across bottom of teal panel.


Cut 5-1/2”x1-1/2” gold print paper strip, punch both long edges with second border punch, and sponge edges with burgundy ink. Wrap gold ribbon around center, adhering ends at back. Adhere strip to card.


Place mask over random areas of card and apply modeling paste using palette knife. Remove mask and let paste dry completely.


Cut lace to fit across top of card; adhere in gentle swag.


Using photo as guide, sponge edges of layered accents and silhouette with burgundy ink. Adhere elements to card as shown.


  • Use modeling paste with plastic masks and stencils to create interesting texture on cards and other projects; let dry completely after application.

by Lisa Novogrodski (

Holiday Tea Tin

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Upcycle tea and coffee tins and boxes into festive gift boxes for all ages!


  • Dark green cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs Home for the Holidays Collection: 12”x12” Paper Pack, Sugar Coated Icon CS Stickers, Christmas Mini Bows Kit, Candy Cane Washi Tape
  • SRM We’ve Got Your Border Christmas Stickers
  • Maya Road Bottle Cap
  • Red tulle


  • Xyron Adhesives: 5” Creative Station, Mega Runner, 1/2″ Double-Sided High Tack Tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil



Using the tin or box as a pattern, cut papers and cardstock to cover sides of container.


Run papers through Xyron 5” Creative Station for an even distribution of permanent adhesive.


Adhere papers to container.


Adhere washi tape around top and bottom edge of container base and top edge of lid. Adhere sticker banner and medallion to lid.


Wrap tulle around container, securing with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.


Adhere Santa and snow stickers inside bottle cap. Adhere cap to container using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.


Following manufacturer’s instructions, create green bow, securing with Xyron Mega Runner.


Adhere bow to container with Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape.

by Yvonne Yam for Xyron, Inc. (

Whimsical Christmas Stocking with Removable Silhouette

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

This personalized, keepsake stocking will not only fill your home with HOLIDAY CHEER, but will grace your walls ALL YEAR!


  • Wooden oval plaque, 5″x7″
  • Circle stickers
  • White, canvas cloth, 1 yd.
  • Side profile photo printed on photo paper (sized to fit on wood plaque)
  • No-Sew Velcro, white
  • White, all-purpose thread
  • Ribbon, in color of choice
  • Small Santa hat


  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Standard Compressor or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2oz.: Opaque Red, Opaque Green, Opaque White, Fluorescent Green
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Painters tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, craft knife, sewing machine, straight pins, scrap paper, hot glue gun, glue sticks, camera


Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking

1. For pattern, freehand draw stocking shape onto scrap paper, allowing additional 4”-5” at top of stocking to be folded down for cuff. (Note: An existing stocking can be used as pattern.) Cut two stockings from canvas cloth.

2. To create chevron design, fold down approximately 4”-5” of top layer of canvas cloth to create a cuff. (Note: Do not sew cuff into place.) Cut 2” pieces of painters tape and adhere to cuff of stocking in zig-zag design as shown. To create polka dot design, place circle stickers on front side of stocking in desired pattern just below cuff.

3. Cover work area with the Cleaning Drop Cloth. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to assemble airbrush to your chosen air source. Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Opaque Red Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

4. Practice airbrushing on piece of paper. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off. Roller at front of airbrush allows adjusts flow of air. To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Opaque Red paint on stocking, covering all circle stickers. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

5. Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, insert wire tool included in airbrush kit into opening of cap to remove any dried paint. If airbrush is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

6. To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place. Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Cover polka dot stocking to protect it from overspray. Airbrush Fluorescent Green paint over painter’s tape on cuff to create chevron design. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

7. Remove circle stickers and tape to reveal designs.

8. Airbrush wooden plaque with Opaque White paint. Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

9. Print photo of your subject’s side profile on photo paper. To create stencil, cut out silhouette with craft knife as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for spray adhesive’s temporary bond application and adhere silhouette stencil to painted white plaque. Use painters tape to mask off exposed areas on plaque from overspray. Airbrush Opaque Red paint over stencil. Let dry and gently remove stencil.

10. Pin both stocking pieces together with wrong sides facing out. Machine-sew stocking together, making sure to leave top of stocking open. Trim off any excess seam allowance. Turn stocking right side out. Fold cuff down. Using canvas scrap, create loop and machine-sew inside cuff. Sew over seam several times.

11. Using hot glue, adhere Velcro in a cross formation to stocking back (hook side) and plaque back (loop side) as shown. To make removable plaque hanger, cut 4” ribbon length to create loop; secure with hot glue. Cut small piece of hook side of Velcro and adhere onto base of the ribbon loop as shown.

12. Tie small ribbon length into bow and adhere to girl silhouette as shown. Adhere Santa hat to boy silhouette. Or, embellish plaques as desired. (Note: If you would like to hang plaque year round, do not permanently adhere Santa hat.)

Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking

1. To create Polka-Dot/Stripe Stocking, repeat steps for Chevron/Polka-Dot Stocking with the following changes. Adhere painter’s tape diagonally across stocking below cuff, then place circle stickers on cuff. Airbrush cuff green and below cuff red. Airbrush plaque green and silhouette white. All other directions are the same.


  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.
  • Using Velcro allows you to remove the silhouette plaque and hang in your home throughout the rest of the year. And as your child grows, you can recreate and attach a new silhouette. Color schemes can be adapted to match your décor.

by Emma McDonald for Testors (

Christmas Mailbox Card

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Customize these nature-inspired Susan Louise fine art images using water-reactive inks and a fun technique that creates a realistic snowfall look. Layer multiple images to create beautiful dimension.

Christmas Mailbox Card


  • Susan Louise Paper Pics Christmas Set 4 Mailbox Image (see Tip)
  • Cardstock: gold linen, deep red, dark green
  • Papers: Prima Marketing Nature Garden Collection Fairy Godmother, white
  • Scrap paper
  • Red satin ribbon, 13/16” wide
  • Small red metal nailhead sticker


  • Die-cutting system and dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven Set, Impression Obsession Pine Bough
  • Large corner rounder punch
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pads: Iced Spruce, Frayed Burlap
  • Ranger Inkssentials Blending Tool and Foam Pads
  • Small water mister or water dish
  • Adhesives: adhesive runner, assorted foam squares, Eclectic Products E6000 Spray Adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, cardboard box with no lid, paper towels, non-stick craft sheet, heat tool (optional)




Christmas Mailbox Card

1. Make 4-1/4”x5-1/2” gold linen side-fold card.

2. Cut 3-1/8”x3-3/8” deep red cardstock panel; round corners with punch.

3. Die cut #6 label from patterned paper, #5 label from one Paper Pic image, and #4 label from second Paper Pic image. Use photo as guide. Die cut pine bough from dark green cardstock.

4. Cut 6” ribbon length.

5. Measure and lightly mark top and bottom edges of card front 1-5/8” from fold. Mark again 3/4” from first mark. Using adhesive runner, apply adhesive between marks along top and bottom edges; apply 2” of adhesive down center of card. Press ribbon to card; trim ends flush with card.

6. Using photo as guide and ink blending tool, apply Distress Inks to scrap paper to test inking technique. Working on craft sheet, ink foam pad and apply to paper edges in circular motion, starting off edge of paper and working toward center. Ink will be more concentrated around paper edges and fade in center.

7. In same way, first apply Iced Spruce Distress Ink to upper portion of large Mailbox Paper Pic, and then apply Frayed Burlap to lower portion. Apply inks in same way to smaller Mailbox Paper Pic. Ink edges of patterned paper piece with Frayed Burlap.

8. After inking, clean craft sheet. Place inked Paper Pics images onto craft sheet. To create snowfall effect, either spritz each image with water (for smaller dots) or dip fingers into water dish and flick water drops over surface of images (for larger dots). Keeping images level, place paper towel over them and press down to blot water until all water is removed; do not rub. Remove paper towel. Repeat water technique if needed. When pleased with effect, gently dry images with heat tool if needed.

9. Using adhesive runner, center and adhere red cardstock panel to back of patterned paper label. Adhere layered piece to center of card.

10. Place pine bough die cut inside cardboard box and spray back side with adhesive. Adhere shape over lower edge of layered papers.

11. Apply four large and two small foam squares to back of large Mailbox Paper Pic; remove backing and adhere to patterned paper label.

12. Repeat Step 11 to adhere small Mailbox Paper Pic to card as shown.

13. Adhere red nailhead sticker to center top of patterned paper label.

14. To finish inside of card, cut 5-1/8”x8-1/8” white paper panel; score and fold paper. Using adhesive runner, apply 3/4″-long line of adhesive to inside front of card near fold. Center folded paper inside card and press card closed to secure liner.


  • Paper Pics image is included as part of a set, but may also be ordered by the sheet. To order, email or phone 608-206-6987.

by Penny Pierick for Susan Louise™ (

Pink Poinsettia Stocking

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Hang this beautiful paper stocking from your mantle or tree, or use it as a gift card holder.


  • Kaisercraft Beyond The Page MDF Stocking Garland
  • Heartfelt Creations Daphne Paper Collection
  • White cardstock
  • Embellishments: black circle/gold letter stickers, pearls, laces, pink ribbon, white feathers


  • Die-cutting machine
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Ornamental Add On; Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Oval LG and Floral Ovals, Shapeabilities Layered Poinsettia
  • Heartfelt Creations Pre-cut Stamp Sets: Holiday Script Background, Christmas Sentiment Circles, Peaceful Night, Holly Berry, Petite Poinsettia
  • McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Molding Mat
  • Circle punch, 1″
  • Ink pads: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Victorian Velvet, Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz, embossing ink
  • Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Diamond, Gold
  • Ranger Gold Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder
  • Liquitex Acrylic Gesso Surface Prep
  • Adhesives: Plaid All Night Media Pop Dots, Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive, Ranger Glossy Accents

Basic Supplies

paintbrush, sandpaper, heat tool




Pink Poinsettia Stocking

1. Paint stocking with gesso.

2. Using stocking as pattern, cut main stocking and fold-down top panel from paper; adhere to stocking. Lightly sand edges; ink edges with Victorian Velvet.

3. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp images on stocking.

4. Using Victorian Velvet ink, stamp flowers and sentiment circles on cardstock. Using Layered Poinsettia, die cut flowers; ink edges with Victorian Velvet and gently shape petals while assembling flowers. Apply Gold Stickles to petal edges and Diamond Stickles to petals. Adhere large pearls in flower centers.

5. Punch out sentiment circles with circle punch. Adhere L, Y, R, I, and C letter stickers to circle centers. Apply Gold Stickles to sticker edges.

6. Using embossing ink, stamp leaves on green paper. Using Ornamental Add On, die cut leaves. Heat emboss with Gold powder.

7. Die cut Classic Oval and coordinating Floral Oval from papers. Adhere together, matting plain oval with floral oval. Using Golden Glitz ink, stamp sentiment in center of panel. Adhere small flower to panel with Pop Dot.

8. Adhere lace and feathers to stocking with Fabric Fusion.

9. Adhere sentiment panel to stocking with Pop Dots.

10. Adhere leaves, flowers and letter stickers to stocking, using Pop Dots for dimension as desired.

11. Tie ribbon in bow; adhere to stocking with Fabric Fusion. Adhere pearl to bow center.

12. Adhere additional accent pearls to stocking.

by Sarah Miller for Heartfelt Creations (

Whimsical Christmas Forest

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Transform foam triangles with colorful papers, unique trims, and glittery buttons to create a playful mantle scene.


  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Blocks, 12”x12”x1”, two
  • Holiday-themed papers, five
  • Ribbon, 1” wide, five assorted styles/colors
  • Adhesive pearls
  • Glitter buttons, assorted


  • Serrated knife
  • Wax candle or bar of soap
  • Adhesives: double-sided tape, liquid glue, clear dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil



5-1/2”-11-3/4” tall


1. Run serrated knife across old wax candle or bar of soap. Cut five triangular tree shapes of assorted sizes from foam blocks. Use photo as guide.

2. Trace each foam tree twice onto desired paper; cut out paper trees and adhere to front and back of foam trees using double-sided tape.

3. Apply double-sided tape along edges of trees; adhere different ribbon to each tree to cover exposed foam.

4. Using photo as guide, decorate trees with adhesive pearls, trim, and buttons; adhere buttons with clear dots.


  • Cover trees in felt or burlap instead of paper for another look; replace pearls and buttons with metal brads or metallic sequins.

by Patty Schaffer for The Dow Chemical Co.