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DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters

December 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters
Surprise surprise! Did you know cork can be decorated with wood burners, just like wood? It can! Which makes these cute snowflake coasters a snap to make and a perfect and easy gift to create for friends and family. You’ll need to keep a light touch when burning cork, they require just the faintest touch with the tip to burn.

Time required: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Square or round cork coasters
Wood burning tool
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Plug your wood burning tool in with the chisel tip inserted and allow it to heat up.
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2. If desired, sketch the basic shape of your snowflake onto the coasters.
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3. Trace the lines of the snowflake with the chisel tip, then add details coming off of the main branches of the snowflake.

5-Minute Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament

December 16, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Cinnamon Stick Tree 5 Minute Cinnamon Stick Tree Ornament
It’s that time of year, my friends! Holiday decorating time!! And nothing says Christmas to me like the scent of cinnamon! These cinnamon trees are so fun to make and can be sized up or down depending on how long your cinnamon sticks are. Perfect for ornaments, wreath decorations or gift toppers, they add just the right bit of whimsical fun and yummy scent.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Fabric strips or ribbon
Iron
Spray starch or Stiffy Fabric Stiffener (optional)
Bakers twine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut three strips of fabric or ribbon of varying lengths, each one slightly shorter than the next.
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2. Iron with starch or soak in Stiffy Fabric Stiffener to flatten or stiffin the ribbon/fabric.
3. Tie the longest one near one end of the cinnamon stick and knot firmly. Evenly space the next two with the second longest in the middle and the shortest one at the top. The stiffener will help the branches stick straight out.
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4. Flip the tree over and glue a loop of bakers twine at the top end for hanging.
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Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial

December 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Book Page Christmas Tree Book Page Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial
This festive craft is perfect for the holiday season! Make several trees in different sizes and use them as a centerpiece, or make small trees and incorporate them into your ceramic Christmas village. However you choose to use these trees, they’re sure to be a hit this holiday season!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 45 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Books pages
Styrofoam cone
Craft glue
Gold glitter
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Small birch slice

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting out the leaves or branches for the tree. Start by tearing out a page from an old book and folding it in half. Cut half oval shapes on the fold. The leaves should be roughly the same size, but don’t have to be exactly the same.
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2. The next step is gluing the leaves to the Styrofoam cone. Put hot glue on the top ½ inch of the leaf down the fold and attach it to the top of the cone. Continue gluing leaves until you’ve covered the top of the cone.
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3. Once you’ve created a top layer, use a drop of hot glue to bring the leaves together, creating a point, or top of your tree.
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4. Continue gluing leaves onto the Styrofoam cone until the entire surface is covered.
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5. Use hot glue to secure the birch wood slice to the bottom of the Styrofoam cone, creating a trunk.
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6. Once you’ve finished your tree, add glitter accents to the edges of the branches with tack glue.
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DIY Wood Burned Light Ornaments

December 13, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Wood Burned Light Ornaments DIY Wood Burned Light Ornaments
It’s almost that time of year! Holiday decorating time! I love making all sorts of handmade ornaments for my tree, especially those with a rustic feel. These pretty little wooden light ornaments are fun to make and perfect for gifts to give to friends, family and neighbors as well as for your own tree!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood light bulbs
Wood burning tool and tips
Narrow silver ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Plug in the wood burning tool with the rounded end tip inserted and allow it to warm up.
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2. Holding the wood light by the “screw” end, press the tip directly into the wood to create dots. You can either press lightly and quickly to make small dots or you can press more deeply and longer to create a more polka dot appearance.
3. Once you’ve dotted the ornament, cut a 5 inch length of ribbon for each ornament.
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4. With the glue gun, dab a dot of glue to the top of the ornament and press the center point of the ribbon into it.
5. Once the glue dries, tie a knot about halfway up the ribbon and then tie the tails into a bow. Trim the ends as needed to finish.

Easy Festive Mini Lightbulb Necklace

December 12, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Mini Lightbulb Necklace Easy Festive Mini Lightbulb Necklace
Holiday parties are just around the corner and that means it’s time to get your holiday gear ready to wear! This little mini lightbulb necklace is super cute, glass free (so much safer) and fun to make. Customize it with your favorite colors or make a rainbow to match that crazy Christmas sweater! The sky’s the limit!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Mini wood bulbs
Craft paint
Paintbrushes
Permanent marker
Drill with fine bit
Baker’s twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of twine about 3 inches longer than you want your necklace to be.
2. Using proper safety precautions, drill a hole where the bulb meets the threads on each bulb.
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3. On a covered work surface, paint the bulb part of each lightbulb with two coats of craft paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
4. Once the paint is dry, use the marker (silver or black looks great!) color in the threads, leaving the inner sides if the threads uncolored so that you can see them.
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5. Tie a knot near one end of the twine where you want the first bulb. Slide the bulb onto the twine until it butts up against the knot. Carefully knot the string on the other side of the bulb. Repeat the process, evenly spacing the bulbs out across the twine.
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6. Tie the ends together to finish the necklace.

Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments

December 11, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Winter Crafts

Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments
The holidays are here and it’s time to start thinking decorating! These cinnamon stick Santas are so much fun to make for kids and adults alike and make great decorations, gift toppers and ornaments! Plus, bonus! They smell great too! Make fat or thin, short of tall Santas depending on your cinnamon stick size and thickness (you could even make little gnomes from short fat sticks! How cute!)

Time required: 15 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: Easy

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Craft paint in white and red
Paintbrush
Permanent marker

Things to do:
1. Pain the tip 1/3 of each cinnamon stick red. You may need two coats to get the best coverage.
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2. Once the red is dry, dab on white in a thin line around the bottom edge of the red and then add a beard, still dabbing the white, to create a textured appearance. Try to rotate the cinnamon stick so that the seam where the curls meet look like legs facing you when you choose a side for the beard.
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3. Add a blog of dabbed white to the top of the red to create a puff ball.
4. Once the white is dry, blend a little red and white together to create a pale pink and paint a tiny section in for the face. When it’s dry, add two eyes with the marker to finish.
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DIY Cinnamon Stick Rimmed Candles

December 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Cinnamon Stick Rimmed Candles DIY Cinnamon Stick Rimmed Candles
Cinnamon is the perfect scent for winter. Warm and soft and delicious, it screams the holidays and leaves your house smelling wonderful for hours. These cinnamon stick candles are as yummy smelling as they are pretty, perfect for winter table settings or rustic mantle displays.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Glass votive jar
Cinnamon sticks just barely taller than the votive jars
Wax
Wicks
Pencils or dowels
Double boiler
Cinnamon candle scent (optional)
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Melt the wax in your double boiler.
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2. Once melted, pout a small amount of wax into the bottom of the votive.
3. Lay the cinnamon sticks around the edge of the glass, the small amount of wax will help hold it in place. Sink the wick into the center of the wax as well.
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4. Once the wax had hardened a little, fill most of the rest of the way up the votive.
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5. Using a pencil or dowel, wrap the excess wick around it and balance it so the wick is centered while the wax hardens.
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6. If you get a depression in the wax near the wick, you’ll need to do a second pour to fill the hole and add a thin layer of wax to the top for best appearance.
7. Allow the wax to harden and then trim the wick to about ¼ inch above the wax.

Rustic Wood Slice Trees

Rustic Wood Slice Trees Rustic Wood Slice Trees
Bring a little of the great outdoors inside this holiday season with some sweet wood slice trees! These trees can be sized up or down depending on what size slices you use and are perfect for ornaments, place cards or mantle displays. You can also choose colored beads over natural beads for a different look.

Difficultly level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices in several sizes
Wood beads
Branch chucks (optional)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (high temp)

Things to do:
1. Stack the wood slices in the order they will go, from largest to smallest.
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2. Glue a bead in between each layer to separate them a little.
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3. If you want a trunk on your tree, glue a branch section onto the bottom of the largest slice to finish.
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Creative Rustic Christmas Gift Wrap Tutorial

December 9, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under "How to" Videos, Winter Crafts

Creative Christmas Gift Wrap Creative Rustic Christmas Gift Wrap Tutorial
Christmas is coming and what better way to get in the Holiday spirit than to wrap some presents! This tutorial will give you some inspiration for rustic wrapping that will take your gifts to the next level. Experiment with jute and rusted decor to create a look that you love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Brown wrapping paper
Brown and green jute
Ornament
Metal heart
Mini metal bells
Branch of greenery
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
White gift tags
Clear cord

Things to do:
Idea One
1. Wrap your present with brown wrapping paper.
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2. Take a piece of jute and wrap it around the package.
3. Attach your mini rusted bells to the gift tag using clear string.
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4. Place the greenery on the top of the present.
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5. Slide the gift tag onto the jute and tie it in a bow, securing the greenery in the process.
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Idea Two
1. Wrap your present with brown wrapping paper.
2. Tie a piece of jute onto the package using a cross pattern on the back.
3. Use clear string to attach a rusted heart to the gift tag.
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4. Slide an ornament and the gift tag onto the jute and tie a bow.
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How to Make Cornstarch Dough

December 8, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts, Winter Crafts

Cornstarch Dough How to Make Cornstarch Dough
Once upon a time, I was a kindergarten teacher where I spent a lot of time making, working with, rolling out (and cleaning up) salt dough. It’s a fabulous, easy to make dough and I’ll always love it. But it’s not always my go to playdough. While salt dough is great for many things, it’s not the best for projects requiring very white dough or very smooth dough. Fortunately, there’s an alternative that is almost as easy to whip up which makes a pure white, silky smooth dough perfect for baking up into lovely things or just for playing around with. Cornstarch dough.

Difficulty level: Easy, but requires the use of a stove and adult supervision to make
Time required: 25minutes

Things you’ll need:
Corn starch
Baking soda
Water
Bowl
Pot
Spoon
Plastic wrap

Things to do:
1. Measure out 1 cup of corn starch and 2 cups of baking soda and pour them into your pot.
2. Slowly add 1 ½ cup water, stirring as you add. If you want colored dough, add the food coloring to the water before you mix it in.
3. Turn on the stove and, stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until the dough begins to thicken.
4. Immediately dump the dough into your bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Leave the dough to cool.
5. Once cool, sprinkle corn starch on the counter top, turn the dough out and knead until silky smooth. You’ll have a lovely dough that will stay pure white even when baked, perfect for holiday ornaments.
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6. To cook finished objects, Preheat your oven to it’s lowest setting. Set clay objects on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until hard (time will depend on how thick the objects are. Flip them over every 10 minutes or so to speed the drying process.
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