Category: General Crafts

How to Make a Large Sinamay Bow

Whether you need a large bow for the top of the tree, a wedding, or other celebration, this large sinamay/poly mesh bow is surprisingly quick to make. It not only makes a big impact, but is elegant as well!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Poly mesh ribbon
Tinsel pipe cleaner

Things to do:
1. Keep the poly mesh on the spool. Fold over one end to half the size of the final bow, making sure there’s a tail to wrap later.

2. Create a loop on the other end and hold in place, as shown.

3. Continue making loops until you have 3 loops on each side. Hold the middle in place.

4. Wrap the center with the pipe cleaner or other wire.

5. Spread the loops out on each side.

6. When all the loops are spread, the bow will look as shown. Attach the bow to your tree or other celebratory display!

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DIY Silhouette Mason Jar Luminary

Every Christmas can be a white Christmas with this snow scene luminary. Elegant and festive, this luminary can grace your mantel or end table for the holidays – both before and after!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Clear mason jar
Rusty tin barn cutout
Rusty tin pine tree cutout
Artificial snow spray
Flickering tea light
Scrapbook paper

Clear tape

Things to do:
1. Cut the scrapbook paper to the height you desire for the jar. Make sure it’s at least as tall as your tallest tin cutout.

2. Determine how long to make the paper so that it reaches all the way around the jar with some overlap. Mark the overlap points.

3. Trace your rusty tin shapes onto the paper.

4. Cut out around the shapes – you’ll be cutting out the paper around the tracings, and not cutting out the parts you traced. Make sure to keep the areas completely connected, or you won’t be able to wrap the jar later. For instance, in this example the trees are connected to the barn on both sides.

5. This is what your work should look like.

6. Tape the strip into a tube that will fit around the jar later.

7. Spray the jar with the snow spray. Use more spray on the top of the jar, but be sure to have some on the bottom to represent snow on the ground.

8. This is what the jar should look like after spraying and allowing to dry.

9. Turn on your tea light.

10. Wrap the paper around the jar and enjoy your winter-long white Christmas!

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Beaded Snowman Ornament Tutorial

With winter still here for awhile, there’s no need to keep the snowman ornaments just for the holidays! This jolly snowman decor is cute enough to hang anywhere, any time.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
1 – Wood beads
2 – 1 inch wood beads
2 – Acrylic beads
Jute and bead chain
1- Miniature top hat
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Perle cotton or embroidery floss
Needle with large eye
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. Paint all three beads and allow to dry.

2. Thread your needle and knot one end. Slide it through the acrylic bead and through the first large wooden bead.

3. Now add the remaining two wooden beads and the final acrylic bead, as shown.

4. Take the needle and thread from the top and thread it over the acrylic bead and back into the three wooden beads.

5. Warm up your hot glue gun. Wrap the remaining thread between the bottom acrylic bead and the bottom wooden bead several times. Clip the thread and glue in place onto the wooden bead, so the thread is barely visible.

6. Glue the top hat to the snowman’s head.”

7. Wrap the jute chain around that hat, glue in place, and tie the top into a loop.

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DIY Cinnamon Stick Candle Holder

Fill your home with the sweet smell of cinnamon! This rustic candle holder is as beautiful as it is fragrant, and oh-so-easy to make. Grab your supplies and get started on this fun upcycle project.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Cinnamon sticks
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is covering your mason jar with cinnamon sticks. Apply a thin line of hot glue along the flat side of a cinnamon stick and attach it directly to the glass. Repeat this step until the entire surface is covered.

2. Cut a 24-inch piece of jute and wrap it around the jar. Tie a beautiful bow on the front.

3. Unscrew the lid of your mason jar and place a small candle inside. Vanilla or cinnamon scented candles tend to smell the best with the cinnamon sticks.

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DIY Felt Pinecone Tutorial

Pinecones are telling sign of autumn and winter, but sometimes we can’t find them near our houses or when we do, they’re not the right size for decorating. Create your own pinecone using felt and a Styrofoam egg. No one will be fooled, but everyone will appreciate your kitschy creativity!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Brown felt sheet
Styrofoam egg
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Cut several pieces of felt lengthwise, making each 2″ wide. I used 5 pieces for this project but you can use more if you’d like more layers.
2. Cut scallops into one side of each piece as shown.
3. Carefully snip between each scallop, making sure you don’t accidentally cut the scallop off. Warm up your hot glue gun.
4. Roll the first piece of felt tightly as shown, just a few inches down the piece. Glue in place after a few wraps.
5. Glue this to the top of the egg, then continue wrapping this piece to the egg, glueing as you go. Take another piece of felt and wrap it adjacent to the first, continuing to wrap down the egg.
6. Add all the pieces to the egg, wrapping down to the bottom. There will be an open spot at the base, so cut a piece of felt as shown to fill it.
7. Glue the final piece to the bottom of the egg, completing the pinecone.

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DIY Glitter Glam Autumn Leaves

Allow beautiful leaves to march right across your hearth, banister, or book case. Gorgeous glitter leaves will add sparkle and shine to any decor.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Artificial maple leaves
Extra fine copper glitter
Extra fine gold glitter
Mod Podge
Paint brushes
Jute twine


Things to do:
1. Paint Mod Podge to a leaf. You can choose how much of the leaf you want covered by adjusting where you add the Mod Podge.
2. Sprinkle on the glitter.
3. Allow to dry, and add another coat of Mod Podge to the top to help keep the glitter in place, if desired.
4. Decide how long you want the banner, and cut the jute to this length plus an extra 2-3 feet depending on length. Tie the jute onto the leaves and hang!

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Simple DIY Fabric Coasters

Use a cloth napkin to create coasters for every person at your holiday table! Feature the fabric’s design and no one will know the coaster was once a napkin.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Cloth napkin
Sewing machine and general sewing supplies


Things to do:
1. Cut two pieces each measuring 5 1/2 ” square from the cloth napkin.
2. With right sides together, sew around the edges of the squares along 3 sides using a 1/4 ” seam allowance. On the fourth side, leave about 2 inches unsewn.
3. Turn the coaster right side out. Fold the unsewn segments inside, and pin in place. Sew closed.
4. Press the coaster so it’s flat.

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Felt Autumn Leaf Headband Tutorial

Give her some fun autumn color in the form of an adorable headband. Use larger or smaller leaves to change the effect, or alter the color and style of stitches for a different look.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted felt sheets in autumn colors
Embroidery thread
Needle with large eye
Fold-over elastic
Sewing machine and sewing supplies


Things to do:
1. Pin your leaves to the felt as shown.
2. Cut around each leaf.
3. Thread your needle with embroidery floss. Stitch veins into the felt leave as shown.
4. Cut the fold-over elastic 2″-3″ shorter than the circumference of her head. Sew the ends together using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.
5. Sew the leaves to the elastic as shown.

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How to Make 4-Point Felt Flowers

Add this 4-point flower to packages, make smaller ones in groups to glue to barrettes, or add to pinbacks and pin to your lapel or a bag that needs “sprucing.” These can be made in a variety of sizes and even shapes.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Needle and thread


Things to do:
1. Draw a rounded triangle on your felt. To make sure it’s symmetrical, draw just one side on a fold of felt.
2. Unfold your shape to make sure it’s the size you want.
3. Trace this onto the felt three more times, and cut.
4. Thread your needle. Make sure the thread is long enough for all 4 triangles. Knot the end and create a long running stitch along the straight edge of your triangle as shown.
5. Add the other 3 triangles onto the same piece of thread.
6. Pull the end of the thread to gather all 4 pieces. Form them into a circle.
7. Tie the thread off in the back of the flower to keep the petals in place.

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How to Make a Looped Felt Flower

Craft this looped felt flower for a hair accessory on its own, or combine with other, smaller flowers in a group. This beautiful flower is simple to make, but looks like you spent lots of time on it!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Crafter’s glue


Things to do:
1. Cut a piece of felt the length of your felt sheet and about 2 1/2 ” wide. Fold in half lengthwise and glue along one end.
2. Cut slits about 1/4 ” apart along the folded side of the felt.
3. This is what the felt looks like after clipping.
4. Roll the felt, gluing in place every so often.
5. Continue rolling until you reach the end of the felt.
6. Apply the flower to a barrette.

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