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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

 

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)

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)

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