Felt Snowmen Décor

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

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

Ruffled Christmas Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Enhance the beauty of your home this holiday season with an elegant ivory ruffled wreath airbrushed and accented in gold.

Materials

  • Foam wreath, 12”
  • Ruffled knit ivory fabric, 60” wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Offray Pearl-Edge Ivory Sheer Ribbon, 2” wide, 4 ft.
  • Gold ball holiday stems
  • Pearls, two
  • Straight pins, two
  • Headpins, two
  • Craft wire

Tools

  • Testors Aztek Airbrush System
  • Testors Aztek Fine Line Nozzle
  • Testors Aztek Pearl Gold Acrylic Airbrush
Paint
  • Wire cutters
  • Adhesives: hot glue gun and sticks, painter’s tape

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, craft sticks, newspaper (to cover work surface), clothes hangers

Directions

STEP 1

Separate ruffles by cutting fabric into 1-1/2” strips that consist of 1” of ruffle and 1/2” of flat border. (Note: Knit fabric doesn’t fray.)

STEP 2

To paint ruffles, secure both ends of each strip to covered work surface with painters tape. Work in sections if space is limited to paint an entire strip at one time. Ruffle edge should be taut but not so tight it curls.

STEP 3

Using airbrush with fine nozzle attached, create line across edge of ruffle with gold paint. Use light trigger pressure, as too much pressure from the airbrush will lift delicate fabric. Repeat for all ruffle strips. Drape ruffles over hangers to dry.

STEP 4

Attach end of one ruffle strip to top center on back side of wreath using glue gun. Use craft sticks to hold the fabric in place while glue sets.

STEP 5

Wrap strip around wreath, creating small tucks  –  one on outer edge, one on front flat surface, and one on inside edge. Adhere tucks in place.

STEP 6

Bring fabric strip to back of wreath and continue with next row. Ruffled hem from previous row should cover flat border of new row when it is adhered in place. On curved areas, overlap ruffles at inner edges of wreath more than outer edges because of difference in diameter.

STEP 7

Continue working around one side of wreath to bottom center, adding strips as needed. At bottom center, cut strip and adhere in back. Move to top center and attach end of ruffle strip to back side of wreath. Working in opposite direction, overlap strips in center to create flat double border to be covered later. Repeat Steps 5-7 to finish covering remaining side of wreath with ruffles.

STEP 8

Wrap length of pearl-edged ribbon over flat double border, bringing it to back of wreath. Fold ribbon, creating 6” loop. Slip raw edge of ribbon against wreath. Dab hot glue on straight pins and insert into wreath to hold ribbon in place.

STEP 9

Cut branches from gold ball holiday stems and adhere to center ribbon on front side of wreath as desired. Slip some stems under ribbon and adhere in place.

STEP 10

Create bow by making four loops with one piece of ribbon. Secure bow with wire, twisting the ends together. Trim ribbon ends, leaving 2” tail.

STEP 11

Using scissors point, poke hole through ribbon and into top center of wreath.

STEP 12

Fill hole with hot glue and push wire ends of bow inside hole; let dry. Use ribbon tail to cover wire; adhere in place. Add more stems below bow as desired.

STEP 13

Cut several gold ball stems and poke into wreath in clusters. Dab stem wires with hot glue before poking through fabric and into wreath.

STEP 14

Finish wreath by securing loop made in Step 8 (on back of wreath) to top center of wreath. Insert headpin through pearl, dab pin with glue, and push into wreath at left edge of ribbon. Repeat on right edge of ribbon. (Note: Attaching ribbon to center will allow wreath to hang properly.)

Tip

  • Never airbrushed before? Testors Aztek Airbrush System is simple to use and maintain. Plus, it makes fast, easy, and accurate work of turning your projects into beautiful masterpieces.

by Lisa Nielsen for Testors (www.testors.com)
designed by the Domestic Diva (www.domestic-divaonline.com)

O Holy Night

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Easy-to-cut, self-adhesive, and removable, Silhouette vinyl is the perfect way to add your favorite quotes and designs directly to the walls of your home and projects. To get your Silhouette Holiday Sale discount, visit www.silhouetteamerica.com/black between November 28 and December 8 and enter promo code CNT upon checkout.

Materials

  • Silhouette Vinyl Starter Kit
  • Ceramic tile
  • Picture easel

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Designs: Nativity Wisemen, Star

Directions

O Holy Night

1. Load vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo without cutting mat. Select “Silhouette Vinyl” in media menu of cut settings.

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, create and cut image in the Silhouette Studio software using Nativity Wisemen and star designs, plus font of choice for sentiment. After image is cut, remove vinyl from the Silhouette and peel away negative space, so all that remains on vinyl backing is design.

3. Cover vinyl design with section of transfer paper and smooth down using the Silhouette scraper tool.

4. Lift transfer paper off liner and arrange on tile. (Note: The vinyl design will be held in place making it easy to arrange on your tile.)

5. Rub vinyl firmly on clean, dry tile. Lift transfer paper, carefully making sure that all vinyl is stuck down.

6. Place tile on easel.

Tip

  • The vinyl starter kit contains all the materials you need to get started with vinyl décor, including four colors of premium vinyl, 10 feet of transfer paper, 10 vinyl designs, an instructional DVD, and Silhouette’s hook and scraper. Silhouette’s Premium Vinyl has a stronger adhesive for both indoor and outdoor use. It’s gentle enough for most indoor walls, but resilient enough to withstand the sun and weather.

for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Seasonal Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Add some fun to your porch décor with this twine-wrapped wreath embellished for fall. Twine gives this project its great cross-seasonal texture and charm.

Materials

  • Foam wreath, 12”
  • Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow Collection: Chipboard Shapes, Journaling Cards, Stick Pins
  • Twine: cream, burlap
  • Brown ribbon
  • Green rick rack

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: Mega Runner, 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape, 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Using Xyron Mega Runner, apply adhesive around foam wreath.

STEP 2

Wrap burlap twine solidly around wreath form for 1-1/2” section, measured along outer edge. Leave 1” gap and cover another 1-1/2”. Repeat around entire wreath.

STEP 3

Wrap cream twine solidly around wreath form to fill in gaps.

STEP 4

Layer chipboard shapes and journaling cards onto wreath as shown using Xyron 1/2” Double-Sided High Tack Tape and Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots.

STEP 5

Wrap rick rack and ribbon around wreath at bottom left; tie into bow. Add stick pins where desired.

STEP 6

Use cream twine to create loop at rear for hanging.

Tip

  • Change this wreath to match each season by removing the embellishments and adding new ones secured with new tape and adhesive dots.

by Sharon Callis for Xyron Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Autumn Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall is a favorite time of year, with leaves falling and friends stopping by for cider. This bright, cheery fall wreath will welcome guests to your home.

Materials

  • Paper: Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection, Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection
  • Imaginisce Bushel o’ Fall Collection Bling and Die Cuts
  • Thin cardboard
  • Paper doily, 6” diameter
  • Raffia
  • Burlap (for hanger

Tools

  • Xyron 9” Creative Station
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit
  • Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler
  • Provo Craft Cricut Cuttlebug and Polka Dot Page Embossing Folder
  • Imaginisce i-bond Glue Gun Tool and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, sandpaper, scissors

Directions

Size

16” diameter

Autumn Wreath

1. Cut 5”x5” patterned paper square. Roll into cone shape; adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 15 additional cones from assorted patterned papers.

2. Cut 5”x5”cardstock square. Emboss using Cuttlebug. Lightly sand raised pattern, then roll into cone shape. Adhere with Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler or hot glue gun. Repeat to make 5 additional embossed cones from assorted cardstock.

3. Cut 5”x5” cardboard square; run through Xyron 9” Creative Station. (Note: This is a great way to recycle a cereal box, etc.) Leaving center open area smaller than doily, dry fit cones around cardboard in desired pattern. When desired placement of cones is achieved, firmly press cones to cardboard to adhere in place. (Note: More cones can be created and added to fill in gaps if necessary.)

4. Fold raffia on itself several times; trim and nestle between cones. Secure with hot glue gun.

5. Using doily as reference, cut patterned paper circle smaller than doily; adhere to center of doily with tape runner from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Stack several layers of adhesive foam squares from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit in open center of wreath. Adhere doily to foam squares.

6. Embellish doily with die cuts and gems; adhere with foam tape from Xyron Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

7. To create hanger, cut strip of burlap to desired length; tie into bow. Adhere burlap to cardboard back.

Tip

  • Rolling papers into cones is a simple task when you use a Xyron Teresa Collins Stapler.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

We Give Thanks Cross-stitch Breadcover

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Express the sentiment of the holiday when you add an extra-special touch to your Thanksgiving table with this beautiful cross-stitch breadcover. The simplicity of the design makes it easy to stitch in one or two evenings.

 Materials

  • Charles Craft Country Oatmeal 14-count Breadcover, 18” square
  • DMC Six-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Tapestry needle, #24

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, contrasting thread

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Size of finished design: 1-1⁄4”x5-3⁄8”x5-3⁄8”; stitch count: 75 w x 75 h

We Give Thanks Breadcover

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Design will be stitched in one corner. Leaving seven rows along outer edge unworked, mark center of one corner with contrasting thread.

3. Following chart, cross-stitch with two strands of floss. Backstitch using two strands DMC 703 Chartreuse.

4. Press cloth on wrong side.

by Alida Macor

Embellished Towels

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Add a colorful fabric band accent to a towel for a one-of-a-kind gift or to coordinate with your household color scheme. Great for using your favorite leftover fabric or to make for various holidays!

Materials

  • Plain white towel
  • Fabric scraps
  • Coordinating all-purpose thread

Tools

  • VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine

Basic Supplies

scissors, straight pins, tape measure, iron and pressing surface

Directions

Measuring & Cutting Fabric

1. Measure width of towel from edge to edge; add 1” to measurement.

2. Determine height of towel for band (2”-3” is usually good height); add 1” to measurement.

3. Cut fabric scrap using width and height measurements taken in Steps 1 and 2.

ADDING EMBELLISHMENT

1. Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of fabric to wrong side. Press.

2. Position fabric band on towel, pinning in place to secure.

3. Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair Machine for fabric to be sewn.

4. Set machine for straight stitch.

5. Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of fabric band. (Note: If trying to choose between two colors, opt for darker color which will usually blend in better than lighter color.)

6. Carefully stitch close to folded edge on all four sides of fabric band. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. The presser foot will help guide fabric evenly while stitching.

7. Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures machine stitching so threads do not become loose. It is done by reversing few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at beginning or end of line of machine sewing. To backstitch, position needle about 1/2″ from top edge of fabric. Stitch in reverse almost to raw edge. Change to forward and stitch to end of fabric. Reverse and backstitch about 1/2″.)

8. Remove towel from machine. Trim thread tails.

Tip

  • The more slowly you sew, the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.

Vivo™ by Singer® Create & Repair Tutorial Video

  • To view a video on using the Vivo™ by Singer® Create & Repair Machine and for helpful information on other sewing basics, click here.

by SINGER® (www.singerco.com)

Great Finds Friday: Chic Home Dec, Fab Tools from FloraCraft®

Welcome to another Great Finds Friday, Crafters! Today, I’m going to share three exciting new creative options from FloraCraft®, makers of Make It: Fun® Foam. You’ll also get a chance to win a $50 FloraCraft® gift card, plus an opportunity to earn another $50 if a project you create with your prize gets published!

First, we have to take a look at the new three-piece Make It: Fun® Foam Tools set. I love craft tools, gadgets, etc., because I know great ones will make my creative process easier and more enjoyable. That gets me crafting more often, which is always good. This new tool kit includes three handy plastic tools for creating new shapes and textures out of craft foam. The Rasp has a rough side for gently smoothing the foam’s finish, rounding rough edges, and smoothing out cut marks. The easy-to-grip, serrated Knife smoothly cuts through foam. The Tuck & Scribe tool has a rounded end to etch patterns into foam, and a pointed end that is designed for tucking fabric pieces, felt, or ribbons into foam to create an all-over fabric finish without pins or glue. The tools are kid-friendly, too, and have a suggested retail value of $3.99 for the set of three. I think these would make ideal party favors at a crafty girls-night-in event!

One of my favorite new FloraCraft® products is the Design It:® LED Light Strand. You can add it to your dried and silk floral arrangements, even submerse it in a water-filled fresh arrangement. Place your completed floral design in a dark corner of your home to provide a soft light, or use it to bring a festive glow to the dinner table at holiday or everyday gatherings. These lights would be gorgeous entwined in evening reception table arrangements, too. Everything looks better by candlelight, and these tiny, sparkling, battery-operated lights give you that effect. Imagine them peeking out through pine boughs decorating your holiday mantle or bannister; because they have attached battery packs, finding a conveniently placed outlet is never a problem!  And battery packs can be refilled when needed for long-time use. The 34-1/2”-long LED Light Strand contains 15 warm white lights perfect for topiaries, plants, floral arrangements, and water-filled vases. Suggested retail price is $5.99. FloraCraft® also offers Design It:® LED Lighted Branches, not shown, as another creative illumination option; they retail for $7.99. You can learn more on the FloraCraft® website.

Design It:® SimpleStyle® Decorative Mesh from FloraCraft® bends easily and holds its shape, making it perfect for creating wreaths, bows, garlands, and other dimensional accents for home or special events. Metallic strands woven throughout provide extra sparkle to anything you drape, wrap, or tie with Decorative Mesh. Tie bows around chair backs for a festive event venue, loop and pin one or more colors together on a foam wreath form, or add mesh to wall hangings and gift packages. Crafts ‘n things Weekly featured this darling mesh-topped Gift Box Topiary in the October 9th issue; simply cover foam cubes with decorative paper and top with Decorative Mesh curls and bows for instant Christmas WOW! Decorative Mesh is available in 6” and 10” widths on 10-yard spools in the colors shown below. Suggested retail price is $6.99 and $7.99 respectively.

Remember to visit the www.makeitfuncrafts.com website for craft projects and the www.designitflowers.com website for floral arranging how-tos from the talented design teams at FloraCraft®, and learn more about the rest of their expanded product line. You’ll also find hundreds of easy, creative project ideas for decorating your home, gifting, entertaining, and engaging your kids in non-electronic fun.

For your chance to WIN the $50 FloraCraft® gift card, first register right now on the Crafts ‘n things  website so you don’t miss future issues of Crafts ‘n things Weekly and the Craft of the Day projects. Both are free to you, even if you haven’t subscribed to the magazine yet – and we’d love to have you as a subscriber. Next, leave a comment here telling me your favorite craft idea for holiday gift-giving. I’d love to hear from you! And be sure to LIKE Crafts ‘n things and FloraCraft on Facebook to get current news, tips, and even more great craft ideas at your fingertips.

One additional winner will win a mini prize pack of the Foam Tools, one LED Light Strand, and one roll of Decorative Mesh.

Both winners will be announced on our blog and our Facebook page on Friday, November 8th! Good luck and happy crafting!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff (www.craftsnthings.com)

Autumn Splendor Canvas

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Embrace the fall season by creating this inexpensive home décor piece on canvas purchased from the dollar store. It’s a super fun and easy project that even your children can do.

Materials

  • Canvas, 8″x10”
  • Chipboard shapes: alphabet letters, heart, leaves
  • Copper pearl gems

Tools

  • Xyron 3/8” High Tack Adhesive Dots
  • Xyron 3” Sticker Maker
  • Acrylic paints: various autumn colors, dark red, turquoise
  • Stampendous! Glitter: Copper, Ice Blue

Basic Supplies

ruler, pencil, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Gather supplies and lay chipboard letters and leaves on canvas to determine placement.

STEP 2

Run chipboard letters and heart through the 3” Sticker Maker. Lightly pencil a line across bottom section of canvas to align letters; adhere “SPLENDOR” chipboard letters to canvas using penciled line as guide.

STEP 3

Pencil another line above top of adhered letters; adhere “autumn” chipboard letters using line as guide.

STEP 4

On covered work surface, paint over chipboard letters and canvas using dark shade of paint, making sure to get in the corners and cracks of letters with smaller brush. Apply several coats until desired effect is achieved. Let dry.

STEP 5

Paint over entire canvas again with lighter shade and different color of paint. Apply only one coat so some of darker color shows through. Let dry completely.

STEP 6

Gently brush contrasting color (designer used turquoise) in various places around the canvas to add just small amount of color. Let dry.

STEP 7

Paint heart dark red; let dry. Adhere heart to letter “D” as shown in photo using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

STEP 8

Run chipboard leaves upside down through 3” Sticker Maker.

STEP 9

Sprinkle glitter over adhesive on leaves (designer used Copper color and Copper/Ice Blue combination). Gently press glitter down to ensure it’s completely adhered to chipboard leaf.

STEP 10

After leaves are covered with glitter, run them through the 3” Sticker Maker again with glitter facing up this time.

STEP 11

Adhere chipboard leaves to canvas as shown in photo.

STEP 12

To finish canvas, adhere pearl gems in various places using Xyron 3/8″ High Tack Adhesive Dots.

Tip

  • Run any paper or chipboard shape through the Xyron 3” Sticker Maker twice to make your own glittery embellishments.

by Cari Locken for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Hope Candle Sleeve

This “Hope” Candle Sleeve is quick and easy to make and can be easily altered to create several different sizes.  Use it for part of a centerpiece or to illuminate your walkway.

Materials

  • Vellum, 8-1/2″x11”
  • Flameless LED votive candle, 2″

Tools

  • Clearsnap Rollagraph Hope Design Wheel & Handle
  • ScraPerfect Perfect Printing Pouch
  • Clearsnap Ann Butler’s Berry ColorBox Crafter’s Ink
  • Pink ultrafine glitter
  • Krylon Preserve It!
  • Velcro Mini Fasteners

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors

Directions:

Step 1

Cut 2”x11” vellum strip and run Perfect Printing Pouch over surface.

Step 2

Ink up roller evenly by rolling onto ink pad.

Step 3

Start on one side and run roller across vellum.

Step 4

Sprinkle glitter over ink; shake excess back into container.

Step 5

In well-ventilated area, spray vellum with Preserve It!; let dry.

Step 6

Wrap vellum around candle, overlapping ends 1/2”; trim.

Step 7

Place hook side of two Velcro Mini Fasteners on one vellum edge and three loop side fasteners on other edge; wrap around candle and fasten together.

by Ann Butler for Ann Butler Designs (www.creativitystirsthesoul.com)