Christmas Garland

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This simple but beautiful holiday-themed garland looks sophisticated, yet is easy enough for kids to make.


  • Bazzill White Cardstock
  • Echo Park Dots & Stripes Paper Collections: Metropolitan Ruby Red, Leaf; Candy Shoppe Raspberry
  • The Twinery Ocean Stripe Baker’s Twine


  • Xyron Adhesives: 3” Sticker Maker, 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Craft punches: circle, 2”; snowflake, 1-3/8”
  • Clearsnap Glitter: Winter Frost, Silver Lining

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper plates



Punch 12-20 circles from each color Echo Park paper. Sort into matching color pairs of main and back circles.


Punch 18-30 snowflakes from White cardstock.


Run snowflakes through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub very well, then peel.


Carefully remove snowflakes and lay with sticky side up on paper plate.


Sprinkle snowflakes with Winter Frost glitter, making sure to cover every snowflake completely, including the edges.


Run glittered snowflakes back through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker with glitter side up. Rub very well, then peel.


Adhere snowflakes to half of main circle centers, varying colors. Set pairs aside.


Press Xyron 3/16” High Tack Adhesive Dots on remaining main circles in random polka dot pattern.


Lay with sticky side up on paper plate; sprinkle with Silver Lining glitter. Tap off excess.


Run decorated circles through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker.


Lay several back circles 1” apart across work surface, in desired color pattern. Starting 6” from end, lay twine across center of back circles. Adhere decorated circle to matching color back circle and twine, pressing firmly. Repeat until all circles are adhered or desired length is achieved. Trim twine 6” beyond last circle. (Note: Increase starting and ending lengths of twine to 12” or more if intending to tie around column or post.)


  • Xyron makes it easy to add the glitter with very little mess, especially when crafting with children.
  • Make this garland as long or as short as desired by making more or less circles.

by Cristal “Pinky” Hobbs for Xyron Inc. (

Loopy Bloom Tree

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Christmas is just around the corner! Create a beautiful Christmas tree using My Favorite Things Die-namics dies, stamps, and cardstock to add a festive touch to your holiday décor.


  • Papier-mâché cone, 3-3/4”x11”
  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Jellybean Green, Smooth White, Electric Red, Kraft
  • My Favorite Things Jellybean Grosgrain Ribbon
  • My Favorite Things Hemp Cord
  • Pin, 3”
  • Clear rhinestones


  • Die-cutting system and My Favorite Things Die-namics Dies: Loopy Bloom, Christmas Ornaments, Star STAX
  • My Favorite Things Die-namics Christmas Ornaments Stamp
  • My Favorite Things Clearsnap ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Pads: Electric Red, Jellybean Green, Berrylicious
  • My Favorite Things MIX-ables Sheer: Shimmer Mist, Sparkle Glitter Glaze
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun, liquid glue, glue dots, foam squares

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, pins, paintbrush or paper piercer


Project Preparation

1. Cut 20 Loopy Blooms from Jellybean Green cardstock.

2. Cut 16 ornaments from Smooth White cardstock (four of each shape) and 16 ornament toppers from Kraft cardstock.

3. Cut six mini tags from Kraft cardstock and six mini tags from Smooth White cardstock.

4. Cut 12 small poinsettias from Electric Red cardstock.

5. Cut two of second largest Star STAX from Smooth White cardstock.

Tree Assembly

1. Cut each Loopy Bloom die-cut in half lengthwise.

2. Using thin paintbrush or paper piercer, curl bottom edge of Loopy Blooms upward.

3. Hot glue length of Jellybean Green ribbon along bottom edge of papier-mâché cone.

4. Apply bead of hot glue above ribbon and begin to adhere curled Loopy Bloom halves. Adhere Loopy Blooms row by row. Do not overlap Loopy Blooms within each row. Trim die cuts as needed using scissors. Adhere each successive row of Loopy Blooms directly above previous row. Continue in this manner to within 1/2” of cone top.

5. Push pin through top of cone and hot glue small piece of Jellybean Green ribbon around cone top.

Ornament Assembly

1. Stamp and embellish ornaments as desired using Christmas Ornaments Stamp Set, clear rhinestones, and MIX-ables Glitter Glaze. Adhere ornament topper to each ornament and tie small hemp bow to each topper.

2. Stamp sentiments on mini tags and adhere rhinestone to each tag.

3. Adhere rhinestone to center of each small poinsettia.

Tree Topper Assembly

1. Score each Star STAX die-cut from each point straight across star.

2. Fold stars on score lines to form three-dimensional star.

3. Spray stars with MIX-ables Sheer Shimmer Mist; let dry.

4. Stack several foam squares together and adhere to center back of one star.

5. Push pin through center of stack of foam squares as shown.

6. Remove liner from top foam square and apply small amount of liquid adhesive to back points of other star.

7. Line these two stars up and adhere together. Apply small amount of pressure to points until glue dries.

Decorating The Tree

1. Adhere ornaments, tags, and poinsettias to tree as desired using hot glue gun.

2. Gently insert star assembly into top of tree.


  • Make different size trees for a stunning Christmas display.
  • Try making a tree using felt Loopy Bloom die-cuts.

by Debbie Carriere for My Favorite Things (

Front Porch Witch

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Scrap wood, paint, and simple embellishments come together perfectly to create this Halloween porch greeter!


  • Scrap wood, 1/8” thick, 5-1/2”x13”
  • Wooden items: alphabet letter “A”, 6” tall; paint stick; jumbo craft sticks, six; teardrop, 2-1/2”; teardrops, 1/2”, two; mini craft stick; circles, 1/4”, 1/2”
  • Wiggle eyes, two each: 1/4”, 1”
  • DMC Black Memory Thread
  • Ribbon, 18” lengths: black, 2” wide; orange/black polka dot, 3/8” wide


  • Saws: hand, band
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Citron Green, Plum, Lamp Black, Snow White, Pumpkin Spice
  • Beacon Adhesives Premium Tacky Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, sanding block, cutting surface, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Approximately 17”x9”


1. Use band saw to cut scrap wood into 13” length. Sand edges and surface. Use hand saw to cut paint stick to 9” length. Sand cut edge on paint stick.

2. On covered work surface, paint as follows: 13” scrap wood (face) and 1/4” circle (nose wart) Citron Green; jumbo craft sticks (hair), mini craft stick (mouth), 2-1/2” teardrop shape (nose) Lamp Black; paint stick (hat brim), wooden letter “A” (hat top) Plum; two small teardrops (teeth) Snow White; 1/2” circle (spider’s body) Pumpkin Spice. Let dry. Paint top 2” edge on face Plum. Let dry.

3. Refer to photograph to adhere hat top and hat brim on top of face using tacky glue. Adhere three craft sticks, on each side of face, onto back edge of hat brim for hair. Let dry. Adhere large wiggle eyes, nose, mouth, and teeth on face. Adhere wart on nose. Let dry.

4. Measure and cut eight 2” thread lengths (for spider legs). Adhere legs on back side of spider’s body. Adhere spider onto hat. Bend legs and spot glue to secure. Adhere small wiggle eyes on spider. Let dry.

5. Layer orange ribbon on top of black ribbon on work surface. Wrap ribbon lengths around bottom of face and tie into bow. Spot glue ribbon on face to secure. Let dry.

by Melony Miller Bradley (

Easter Sheep

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


For a fantastic last-minute decorating idea, create this Easter sheep with your kids and fill with flowers, candy, eggs, and grass for an adorable Easter dinner centerpiece.


  • Recycled box
  • White cardstock or construction paper
  • White curling ribbon
  • Wiggle eyes, two
  • Blue/white checked ribbon, 6” length
  • Silver bell, 1⁄2”
  • White cord, 4” length


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: White Wash, Baby Blue
  • Black markers: fine-tip, medium-tip
  • API The Ultimate! Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)



Cut off top of box to desired height. (Note: Box height should be a minimum of 5-1/2” tall.) Round top edge with scissors.


On covered work surface, paint inside of box Baby Blue and outside White Wash. Let dry. Using fine-tip marker, outline rounded edges on top of box.


Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Using fine-tip marker, draw outline and nose on head. Adhere wiggle eyes to head. Fold back flap on head and adhere to front of sheep.


Tie ribbon bow. Thread cord through bell and tie around bow’s center. Adhere bow with bell under head.


Cut curling ribbon into 3” lengths and curl using edge of scissors. Adhere pieces to sheep.


For legs, cut four 2-1/2”x3” strips from white paper. Use medium-tip marker to draw line on one long edge (hoof) of each strip. Roll strips into 3⁄4” tubes (legs) and adhere closed. Using scissors, make 1/4” snips around top edge of tube (side opposite of hoof) and fold paper down to create tabs for adhering to bottom of box. Adhere legs to bottom of sheep with black line on bottom for hooves.


  • Young kids can paint the sheep while you cut and curl ribbon. All they’ll have to do is glue!
  • Use a paper plate as a palette for paint or as an easier way for little kids to apply glue. Just give them a sponge scrap and have them blot glue onto ribbon ends.
  • Try cloud decorative-edge scissors to round the box top!

Another idea…

  • Pack your sheep with small travel items, candy, a deck of cards, mini perfume bottles, and other small gifts. Deliver to your local nursing home or to a local shut-in in your neighborhood!

by Mary Ayres

Watercolor Coffee Filter Roses

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


You can create these gorgeous watercolor roses in any shade. Each one is made from four inexpensive coffee filters, then painted with Sakura of America Koi watercolor paints.


  • Sakura of America Koi Watercolors (tube)
  • Cone coffee filters, four per rose
  • Printer paper
  • Floral wire, 20-gauge
  • Green floral tape


  • Paintbrush
  • Wire cutters
  • Glue stick

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, bamboo skewer, measuring spoon, newspaper (to cover work surface), poster board (optional), hair dryer (optional)


(Note: This project was inspired by a project on the Martha Stewart Show, but has been simplified.)

Making Roses

1. Print two copies of patterns onto printer paper. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print patterns.) To create sturdy pattern templates, use glue stick to adhere one set of patterns to poster board before cutting out pieces on black lines. Keep second set of patterns intact to use as placement guides.

2. Place petal shapes onto four coffee filters as shown. Trace petals and lightly number with pencil near base. Cut out petals, cutting through both layers of coffee filter. (Note: Because coffee filters are thin, several filters may be cut at once to save time; be sure filters are facing the same direction and keep numbered pieces together in plastic cups or bags for future use.)

3. For each flower, cut seven 2-1/2” lengths of floral tape; set aside. Cut 15” wire length for stem.

4. To assemble rose, begin with petal #1. Poke wire down between right-hand petals until 5” length extends above petals. Loop wire tip around and poke back down through base of right-hand petals. Pinch loop slightly and gently tug wire down to secure first petal and prevent it from sliding up and down stem.

5. Fold right-hand petal inward and roll to coil entire piece around stem. Secure base of petal with shorter end of wire.

6. Add petal #2 in same way. Poke wire down between right-hand petals. Arrange petals so they fill empty spaces between first petals. Roll and secure with piece of floral tape. When applying tape, stretch piece while pulling to get good, tight hold around base.

7. Add petal #3 in same way as petal #2.

8. Petal #4 needs to be separated first. Gently tear along bottom of petal to make flat strip, then wrap strip around rose and secure with tape.

9. Get two #5 petals and two #6 petals. (Note: Since these petals weren’t cut on fold, there are two of each one.) Fan out four pieces like a hand of cards. Place rose in center and wrap petals around rose. Secure base with tape.

10. Repeat Step 9 using two #7 and two #8 petals.

11. If desired, wrap entire stem in floral tape for more realistic look.

12. Starting with outer petals, fan out petals, bending gently backward from base.

Painting Roses

1. Blend small amount of paint with approximately one tablespoon of water on palette. Paint petals, starting at center and working outward. (Note: To save time, dip entire rose in base color rather than applying with brush.)

2. Add second color while rose is still wet. This color needs to be more concentrated than first color; add water to paint with brush rather than tablespoon. Run tip of brush along edge of each petal to deposit color.

3. Hang rose upside down over protected surface; hanging preserves shape of petals. Allow rose to dry for at least three hours; to speed drying, use hair dryer on low setting.

4. Once rose is dry, shape petals by placing skewer behind petal and rolling petal backward.


by Maureen Wilson of for Sakura of America