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 Tea Tin

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

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

Materials

  • 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

Tools

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

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

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

STEP 2

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

STEP 3

Adhere papers to container.

STEP 4

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

STEP 5

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

STEP 6

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

STEP 7

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

STEP 8

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

by Yvonne Yam for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

Festive Pen-touch Doodled Ornaments

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Turn inexpensive glass ornaments into something unique using Pen-touch® Markers and acrylic paint. Personalize ornaments with the recipient’s name or pair simple designs with bright paint for a real “WOW” factor. The paint-like Pen-touch is easy to use and gives rich opaque results.

Materials

  • Clear glass ornaments

Tools

  • Sakura Pen-touch® Black Paint Marker
  • Acrylic paint
  • Empty egg carton (optional)

Basic Supplies

plastic straw, toothpick, scrap paper

Directions

STEP 1

Remove hanger/cover from top of ornament.

STEP 2

Pour small amount of paint into ornament, taking care not to get any on outside of ornament. (Note: Depending on size of paint bottle spout and ornament opening, it may be helpful to use a plastic straw as a funnel. An empty egg carton works great to hold ornaments as you work.)

STEP 3

Roll ornament to distribute paint as desired along inside areas.

STEP 4

Use plastic straw or toothpick to pop any air bubbles.

STEP 5

Replace the hanger/cover on top of ornament.

STEP 6

Sketch doodles on scrap paper to determine desired design.

STEP 7

Using sketch as guide, decorate outside of ornament using Pen-touch Paint Markers. (Note: The permanent, opaque ink gives a glossy finish that writes beautifully on glass. Regular permanent markers will not give the same opaque results as this valve action paint marker.)

STEP 8

Personalize ornaments with your favorite pattern, year, or names of family members. Journal favorite memories and add new ones each Christmas.

Tips

  • For this project, cheaper acrylic paint is better. Less expensive brands are thinner and spread more easily.
  • Clear glass ornaments can be found almost anywhere during the holidays, including most dollar stores.

Video

  • Click here or on the Sakura of America advertisement below for a video of this fun project.

by Maureen Wilson for Sakura of America (www.sakuraofamerica.com)

 

Jeweled Tree Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Craft four of these sparkling greetings from a single 12″x12″ sheet of glittery cardstock, then embellish with The Robin’s Nest Dew Drop “ornaments.”

Materials

  • Cardstock: The Robin’s Nest Canada Stripe, white, green, brown embossed
  • Papers: red diamond, lime green linen, sage green dot, Merry Christmas
  • The Robin’s Nest Dew Drops, assorted
  • Buttons, assorted

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and dot embossing folder
  • Unity Stamp Co. Baubled Branches Stamp
  • Green chalk ink pad
  • Adhesives: clear-drying liquid glue, double-sided tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

Size

3”x6”

Jeweled Tree Card

1. Make 3”x6” side-fold card from Canada Stripe cardstock.

2. Cut 2-1/2”x3” green cardstock panel and 2-1/2”x2-3/4” red diamond paper panel. Center red panel on green; adhere layers together. Emboss paper with dot texture and adhere to card.

3. Cut 3”x1-7/8” lime green paper panel; notch one end and adhere to card.

4. Cut 2-1/2”x7/8” sage green paper panel; adhere to card. Detail cut sentiment from Christmas paper; adhere to card.

5. Stamp green branch image onto white cardstock; detail cut image. Adhere to card. Cut small brown cardstock rectangle; adhere to base of branch.

6. Using liquid glue, adhere buttons and Dew Drops to branch. Let dry.

Tip

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

by Tonya Wilson-Trantham (www.creativeaddictiontopaper.blogspot.com)

DIY Coloring Placemat

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Keep little ones entertained at the Thanksgiving table with a coloring placemat made at home in just minutes!

Materials

  • American Crafts Cardstock: Vanilla, Dark Kraft

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Sketch Pens
  • Silhouette Shapes: Pumpkin and Hay Scene (#12988), Grass Border (#39667)
  • Paper adhesive

Directions

Size

12”x12”

DYI Coloring Placemat

1. Using Silhouette Studio software, create placemat design. Place scalloped border around design.

2. Load CAMEO with sketch pen and Vanilla cardstock.

3. In Studio software, select all portions of design except scalloped border. Open the cut settings window, choose Silhouette Sketch Pen and click cut. When complete, replace pen with cutting blade. Do not unload mat.

4. In Studio software, select scalloped border. Click cut. When panel is cut, remove from CAMEO and adhere to Dark Kraft cardstock.

Tip

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Advent Calendar

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Count down to Christmas with this interactive Advent Calendar filled with hidden surprises.

Materials

  • My Favorite Things Cardstock: Gumdrop Green, Wild Cherry, Primitive White
  • Kraft paper or paper grocery bag
  • Advent items (to use as filler)

Tools

  • Die-cutting machine
  • My Favorite Things Stamps: Document It – Holiday Traditions, Sheet Music Background, Max Alphabet
  • My Favorite Things Premium Dye Ink Pads: Black Licorice, Electric Red, Gumdrop Green
  • My Favorite Things Die-Namics LLD Accent-It Dies: Flags & Tags, Holiday Traditions Elements
  • Paper crimper
  • Adhesives: strips, foam dimensional tape

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, stapler

Directions

Size

2-1/2”x4”

Advent Calendar

1. Using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Holiday Traditions Elements, die cut 25 circles from Primitive White cardstock. Die cut 13 Wild Cherry and 12 Gumdrop Green flags using My Favorite Things Die-Namics Flags & Tags. Use paper trimmer to cut 25 panels of kraft paper measuring 4-1/4”x5-1/2”.

2. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp each kraft panel with Sheet Music Background.

3. Stamp each Primitive White circle with the “Dec” sentiment, using Gumdrop Green ink for 12 and Electric Red ink for 13. Using Black Licorice ink, stamp numbers 1 through 25 on each circle with Max Alphabet stamps.

4. On back of kraft panel, apply adhesive strip along one short side. Apply second strip halfway up long side from corner of first strip. Apply third adhesive strip in center of opposite long side.

5. Remove backing from short side adhesive strip and adhere short ends together to form cylinder.

6. Remove backing from second strip and press end of cylinder closed. Fill cylinder with desired Advent items (candy, bible verse, etc.)

7. Remove backing from third piece and press packet closed in opposite direction as first end.

8. Reinforce each end by crimping 1/2”.

9. Repeat Steps 4-8 for all kraft panels.

10. Staple one Accent It Flag to end of each container.

11. Adhere Accent It Holiday Traditions stamped circle to top of each flag using foam tape.

Tip

  • To hang Advent Calendar containers on a tree or banner, add a loop of string around the foam tape before adhering the medallion to the container.

by Amy Rohl for My Favorite Things (www.mftstamps.com)

Turkey Treat Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Fall party guests will smile when they see this adorable treat box filled with candy!

Materials

  • Cardstock: American Crafts Chestnut, Cranberry, Mustard; Simple Stories SNAP Color Vibe Yellow Dot/Chevron
  • Self-adhesive black enamel dots

Tools

  • Silhouette CAMEO Electronic Cutting Machine and Turkey Pillow Box Shape
  • Adhesive runner or adhesive of choice

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, computer

Directions

Size

4″x5″

Turkey Treat Box

1. Gather supplies. Trim cardstock as follows: Chestnut, 6-1/2”x7”; Chevron, 4”x3-3/4”; Cranberry, 2”x2”; Mustard, 2”x2”.

2. Place papers on Silhouette Cutting Mat as shown and load into CAMEO.

3. Open Silhouette Studio software on computer. Ungroup Turkey Pillow Box Shape parts and move each piece to correspond with the placement of papers on the mat in Step 2.

4. Choose the “cardstock” setting in Silhouette Studio and click cut. Remove papers from CAMEO when complete.

5. Assemble pillow box, adhering side flap closed and folding along dotted lines to create top and bottom. Adhere chevron tail feathers to back. Adhere facial features to front and lightly flip up edges of chest “feathers”.

6. Fill with treats.

Tip

  • Googly eyes can be used in place of enamel dots, if desired

by Jeana Goodwin for Silhouette America (blog.silhouetteamerica.com)

Holiday Shimmer Cards

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Send handmade winter greetings that sparkle with Grafix Funky Film. Best of all, you won’t need any adhesives! Make traditional, trendy, or modern style cards with this easy-to-use film. 

Materials

  • Grafix Funky Films, assorted colors
  • Cardstock: blue, gold, black

Tools

  • Sentiment stamps of choice
  • Circle punch, 1/2”
  • Black ink pad
  • Fine-tip black permanent marker

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

Traditional Card

1. Make blue 5”x5” square top-fold card.

2. Punch two circles from Silver Sequins Funky Film to make snowman. Peel off paper backing; adhere snowman to card front center.

3. Cut 2-1/2”x5-1/2” strip of Mini Silver Stars Funky Film. Cut waves on one long side to create snowdrift. Remove backing and adhere to bottom of card; trim edges.

4. Cut two small rectangles from Cherry Red Funky Film. Cut slits into one short side to create fringe. Adhere to snowman as shown to make scarf. Cut carrot-shaped nose from Orange Sparkle Funky Film. Adhere to card front. Add buttons and eyes with black permanent marker.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in upper corner. Hand-draw simple snowflakes with black marker.

Trendy Card

1. Make gold 5-1/2”x4-1/4” top-fold card.

2. Using marker, draw line from one side of card to the other, curving downward. Draw second line across card, crossing the first line and curving upward. Stay within top third of card front

3. Using punch, create 9-10 circles from various Funky Film sheets. Remove backing and adhere circles to card front, evenly spacing below drawn lines.

4. Draw small black rectangle atop each circle to create ornament top.

5. Stamp or write sentiment in lower right corner.

Modern Card

1. Make black 4-1/2”x6” side-fold card.

2. Cut six triangles, two each from Silver Brush, Gold Brush, and Copper Brush Funky Film. Make first pair of triangles 1” tall, second pair 1-1/2” tall, and third pair 2” tall.

3. Stagger triangles on card front to form tree shape as shown. Leave space in center between triangle stacks to mimic tree trunk. Make right stack slightly lower than left, leaving 1/4” gap between triangles in stack.

Tips

  • Trace around dime and cut out the circles if you don’t have a 1/2” punch.
  • To make perfect triangles, cut Funky Film into squares, then cut squares in half diagonally, corner-to-corner.
  • Visit Grafix’s YouTube channel for a video demonstration of this project.

by Maureen Wilson for Grafix (www.grafixarts.com)

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.

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • 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

Directions

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.

Tips

  • 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 (www.mftstamps.com)

Halloween Window Hanger

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Try as they might, these playful pumpkins are just too cute to cause a scare this Halloween season. Paint this quick-and-simple trio to add some fun to your Halloween décor.

Materials

  • Wooden items: triangles, 1⁄4” thick, 2-1⁄2” tall, three; “BOO” letters, 3⁄16” thick, 1-1⁄2” tall
  • Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paints: White, Tangerine, Black, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow, Pink Quartz
  • Black craft wire, 20-gauge, 3” length
  • Eye screws, 1⁄4” long, three
  • Suction cups, three
  • Green raffia
  • Black thread
  • Fishing line

Tools

  • Royal & Langnickel Aqualon Paintbrushes: Flat Wash, Series 2700, 1⁄2”; Angular Shaders, Series 2160, 1⁄4”, 3⁄8”; Stencil, Series 1111, 1⁄4”; Liners, #1, 10/0
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, tracing paper, pencil, pliers

Directions

STEP 1

Drill shallow holes in top of letters and triangles. (Note: The “O’s” in “BOO” are placed at an angle.) Basecoat letters White and triangles (pumpkins) Tangerine. Apply random Black dots to letters using different size brush handles.

STEP 2

Using photo as guide and Red Iron Oxide, shade pumpkin segments and outside edges; highlight Yellow.

STEP 3

Print and cut out patterns; transfer faces. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.) Dot eyes and paint details Black. Lightly shade bottom of noses with Red Iron Oxide. Add dot to each eye and highlight nose White. Drybrush cheeks with Pink Quartz.

STEP 4

Cut three 1” lengths from wire; bend each in half. Cut fifteen 2” lengths from raffia. Cut three 12” lengths from thread; fold each in half.

STEP 5

Holding one folded thread length and five raffia lengths together, insert centers between bent wire. Using pliers, twist wire to secure. Apply glue to wire ends and insert into top of pumpkin; let dry. Arrange and trim raffia as desired.

STEP 6

Insert eye screws in tops of letters. Tie pumpkins to letters with thread as shown. Attach suction cups to glass surface; tie fishing line to suction cups and eye screws to hang.

by Loretta Mateik