Category: Winter Crafts

How to Make a Rustic Wood Owl Ornament

Whether you’re decorating for fall or Winter, you’ll enjoy making these owl ornaments. Give each one its own personality with different color buttons. Make them even more special by using a wood-burning tool for the feathers instead of a marker.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Oval wood slices
Felt sheets
Small buttons
Wood buttons
Black pipe cleaners
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Drill with a bit to make a hole for the twine


Things to do:
1. Drill holes in the top of your wood slices. Cut two black pieces of felt in circles and a yellow or orange piece of felt in a triangle. Warm up your hot glue gun.
2. Glue the felt to the wood slices as shown.
3. Draw wings and feathers on the wood slice.
4. Glue wooden buttons to the felt for eyes.
5. Add small buttons on for pupils.
6. Cut four pieces of pipe cleaner as shown.
7. Form these into feet.
8. Glue the feet to the back of the wood slice.
9. Loop the twine through the hold you drilled and tie.

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How to Make Wire Frame Angels

This multi-purpose DIY project will have your Christmas decor looking lovely all season long! Use the wire form to create unique gift tags, or leave the wire angel on and display it as a work of art.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you need:
Wood plaque
Wooden spools
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating your wire form. Heat up your hot glue gun and use it to attach your spools to a wooden plaque. To create an angel shape, I attached one spool to the top center and two spools on either side, just below the top.
2. Next, it’s time to add a few nails to complete the form. Hammer two nails below the center spool, another two about 1-inch below those, and two more at both bottom corners for the plaque.
3. When your form is finished, it’s time to create your wire angels! Cut a 2-foot piece of wire and start at the center, wrapping it around the top spool. Continue making your way around the nails and spools to create the outline of an angel.
4. When you reach the end, trim any excess wire and wrap the ends together, securing the shape.

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How to Make a Spiral Felt Ball Ornament

Get an early start on your holiday crafting, or create this felt ball in multiple and add to bowls, shelves and other areas for a kitschy decor item. This is easy enough for kids to help you with. Add a string to the top for hanging if desired.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Felt sheets
Sequin pins


Things to do:
1. Cut 4 pieces of felt strips the short length of the felt rectangle by 2″ wide.
2. Wrap the first strip around the Styrofoam ball. Trim the end and pin into place as shown.
3. Repeat with a second strip.
4. Finish with two more strips.
5. Cut strips from another color and repeat the process in between the original strips. But this time, twist them as you place them on the ball. Pin into place.

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DIY New Year’s Eve Celebration Bottle Decor

Ring in the new year with this simple but elegant bottle decor that – in golden glory – exclaims the hope to come! Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1-2 hours (includes drying time)
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
4 glass bottles
Gold glitter craft foam
Wooden dowel rods
Metallic gold spray paint
Computer and printer
Face mask (recommended)

Things to do:
1. Don your face mask (highly recommended) and head outside on a low-wind day that’s preferably at least 45 degrees. Spray your bottles, making sure to spray with the wind direction away from your body. It’s best to spray light coats and allow each to dry for 10-15 minutes. Spraying thick coats will cause the paint to drip down the bottles.

2. Print out numbers that are about 3 1/2 to 4 inches tall.

3. Cut the numbers out and trace them, upside down, on the back side of the craft foam.

4. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut out the letters and admire their sparkle.

5. Check the length of the dowel rod to make sure it’s long enough to go inside the bottle and still allow room to glue a number to the top. If it’s not long enough, add some filler to the bottle first. Glue the numbers to the dowel rod, and then insert one dowel into each bottle.

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How to Make Pine Wreath Napkin Rings

‘Tis the season for handmade decorations and attention to every detail! These mini wreath napkin holders will dress up your dinner party, adding a festive feel to your holiday soiree!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Minute
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Pine roping
Wire cutters
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut a 7-inch piece of garland.

2. Coil the garland into a circle, wrapping the end around the loop to hold the shape in place.

3. Make a ribbon bow and trim the tails evenly.

4. Use hot glue to attach the bow to the top of the wreath.

5. Slip a napkin through the wreath and display it for your guests to enjoy.

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DIY Beaded Snowflake Ornament

Make these pretty, sparkly bead snowflakes and hang from your tree or in your windows to catch the light. Beaded snowflakes are relaxing to make if you’re an adult, and they’re simple enough for children to make. Adults will just have to help with the final step to secure the ends.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Tinsel pipe cleaners
Crystal round beads
Small pliers

Things to do:
1. Fold three pipe cleaners in half to find the center.

2. Clip them in half. Set three of the pieces aside; you’ll only use 3 for each snowflake.

3. Fold the three pieces in half again to find the center.

4. Wrap one piece around another, in the middle.

5. Wrap the third piece around the center as well.

6. Slide a round bead onto one of the spokes of the snowflake.

7. Repeat by sliding a round bead on the other 5 points.

8. Slide the tri-beads onto the snowflake points.

9. You can make the snowflake in one color, or create a beautiful pattern. Leave some room at the top of each point.

10. Using pliers, roll each end down into a loop and twist. To hang, thread a piece of thread through one of the loops.

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DIY Christmas Presents Ribbon Hair Clips

Spread some cheer this season with this simple-to-make ribbon sculpture of gift packages on a barrette. This Christmas present barrette can be personalized many different ways, depending on what the girl who wears it will prefer!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Metal barrette
Red and green grosgrain ribbon or other colors of your choice
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Button or other embellishment

Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Cut a piece of narrow ribbon and cover the barrette.

2. Cut a piece of medium-width ribbon to 3 inches long.

3. Fold the ribbon to find the center.

4. Fold the ends toward the center and glue.

5. Fold in half again and glue together.

6. Cut a piece of narrow ribbon in half lengthwise.

7. Glue onto the ribbon square as shown.

8. Make a second package out of a 4″ piece of ribbon, folding and gluing as before.

9. Cut another piece of narrow ribbon in half lengthwise and glue onto the larger package piece. Glue both packages onto the barrette. Add a button or other embellishment for added cuteness!

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DIY Rustic Ruffled Burlap Garland

I love hanging fresh greenery at Christmas time. I find a nice thick garland to decorate my staircase and the fragrant accent instantly warms up the space. The only thing better than fresh garland is fresh garland with some character. This burlap garland will add the perfect finishing touch to your greenery this season, creating a rustic look that’s fit for a country Christmas.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap ribbon

Things to do:
1. Thread a yarn needle with jute. For Christmas time, use red or green for an added detail.

2. Push the needle and thread up through the burlap ribbon 1-inch from the end.

3. Push the needle and thread down through the burlap ribbon, creating 1-inch stitches.

4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you have reached your desired length.
5. Once the sewing is complete, tie a knot at the end and arrange the fabric until you achieve a look you love. Display your burlap garland with fresh greenery for a classic Christmas look.

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DIY Snowglobe Video Tutorial

This project will have you dreaming of a white Christmas all year long! Use the snow globe as a decoration for your winter table or give it as hostess gift. You’re sure to love this winter craft!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Mason Jar
Epsom Salts
Bottle brush tree
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Gold Ribbon

Things to do:
1. The first step is attaching the tree to the lid of the jar. Use a small drop of hot glue on the base of the tree and secure it to the center of the inside of the lid.

2. Fill your mason jar with Epsom salts. Pour them in until about 1/2 inch of the bottom of the jar is filled.

3. Screw the lid on with the tree and flip the winter wonderland right side up, letting the Epsom salts fall like snow.

4. Tie a bow using gold ribbon around the base of the jar.

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DIY “Baby’s First Christmas” Ornament

A child’s first Christmas is a sweet time that should be commemorated. This handmade ornament is the perfect keepsake, allowing you to celebrate a special occasion in a style that’s all your own.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes (plus drying time)
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
“1” cookie cutter
Spray adhesive
Artificial snow
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cover the outside edges of your cookie cutter with spray adhesive.

2. Pour a thin layer of artificial snow on the wet glue and set the cookie cutter aside to dry for 30 minutes.

3. Once the snow is dry to the touch, cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon and tie a knot at the ends, creating a loop.

4. Use hot glue to attach the loop to the top of the cookie cutter.
5. Cut a piece of ribbon and tie a bow. Trim the tails evenly.

6. Use hot glue to attach the bow to the top of the cookie cutter, covering the knot.

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