Category: Winter Crafts

DIY Rustic Felt Trees

Make an entire forest of these rustic felt trees, or create just one for a tree for a dollhouse or train set for an older child. Perfect for either decor or imaginative play!

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

Things you’ll need:
Tree template
Green felt
Cinnamon stick
Round birch wood slices
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Drill and drill bits
Sewing pins


Things to do:
1. Drill a hole in one of the wood slices, making sure it’s largest to insert a cinnamon stick. Warm up your hot glue gun.
2. Add some hot glue to the base of the cinnamon stick and glue inside the hole.
3. Fold a piece of felt and pin the template along the fold as shown.
4. Cut out the tree shape and unfold.
5. Repeat for at least 5 more trees, but more if you want a fuller effect.
6. Refold the tree shape and carefully add hot glue along the fold.
7. Attach to the cinnamon stick as shown.
8. Repeat for another tree shape, placing it opposite of the first one.
9. Continue for the remaining tree shapes. The top of the final tree should look as shown.

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DIY Winter Snowball Wreath Tutorial

Celebrate winter with this festive wreath… and creating this “snow” sculpture won’t even get your hands cold!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes, includes drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Flat-backed Styrofoam wreath
1 1/2 ” Styrofoam balls
2″ Styrofoam balls
1″ Styrofoam balls
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Warm up you hot glue gun and start gluing the largest balls around the wreath form, leaving space between them.
2. Add smaller balls between the larger ones.
3. Glue the smallest balls on the wreath to fill in bare areas, and create depth. Add a piece of string and hang!

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How to Make Clothespin Snowflake Ornaments

Transform your tree into a shabby-chic masterpiece with these rustic star ornaments. All you need is a few materials to create unique decor that will set your holiday style apart.

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

Things you’ll need:
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is disassembling the clothespins. Twist both sides in opposite directions and remove the metal clips.
2. Next, use a foam brush to stain your clothespins. If you’re making multiple ornaments, try using different shades of stain to add depth.
3. When your stain is dry, run a line of hot glue down the flat side and attach it to another clothespin. Do this until you have six pairs of clothespins.
4. Use hot glue to attach 6 clothespins by their ends in a circle. When all six are in place, your snowflake shape will appear!
5. Cut a 10-inch piece of jute and knot the end, creating a loop.
6. Use hot glue to attach the knot to the back of the star.
7. Hang your ornament and enjoy!

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Clothespin Christmas Angel Ornaments Tutorial

Looking for a fun, rainy day project for older kids? These clothespin angels combine painting, cutting, and gluing to create a cute little doll your kids will enjoy.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up *Younger kids may need help with the glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Paint in black, red, and gold
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Feather boa
Pipe cleaners
Wood head bead

Things to do:
1. The first step is painting the face of your angel. Use a small paintbrush to add hair, eyes, and a smile. Let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step.
2. Next, paint two black slippers on the bottom of your clothespin. The straighter your lines are, the better they will look.
3. Cut a piece of boa and use hot glue to secure it to the middle of your clothespin.
4. To make the halo, wrap a pipe cleaner around the lid of your acrylic paint and wrap the end of the wire to keep the circle shape. Cut the straight wire about 1-inch from the halo and use hot glue to attach it to the back of your angel’s head.
5. Attach the angel’s head to the clothespin body with hot glue.
6. Fold your piece of felt in half and cut out a half heart shape. Unfold the felt to reveal a perfectly symmetrical heart. Run a line of hot glue down the middle and attach the wings to the back of your angel.Clothespin_Christmas_Angel_Ornaments10
7. Complete your angel with pipe cleaner arms. Cut a 5-inch piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it tightly around the angel body, twisting it in the back to hold them in place.

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DIY New Year’s Eve Party Headband

Ring in the new year with the fabulous, sparkly and fun star headband. The metallic pipe cleaners add plenty of sparkle and are easy to use and attach to the headband.

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

Things you’ll need:
Silver metal headbands
Gold metallic pipe cleaners
Silver metallic tinsel pipe cleaners
Wire cutters or scissors
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Star template


Things to do:
1. Form a pipe cleaner into the shape of a star. Arrange the points inside the lines of the star template, using it as a guide to form the bends and points.
2. The star should look like this when complete.
3. Repeat with two more pipe cleaners.
4. Wrap the headband with another pipe cleaner. You don’t need to cover every part of the headband – the silver of the headband adds interest.
5. Cut pieces of pipe cleaner to about 3 inches each.
6. Use these pieces to attach the stars to the headband. Consider adding a drop of hot glue to keep everything in place for the big celebration!

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Make Your Own Confetti Poppers

Admittedly, most of us won’t want to pop this confetti popper all over the house very often. But if you’re at a party with a cleanup crew available, or enjoying some time outside, you and your kids will have fun ringing in the new year or any other special occasion with this wildly fun project! You’ll need to stock up on confetti because the kids will want to keep on popping.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+ (parents may need to help stretch the balloon)

Things you’ll need:
Clear tape
Cardboard tube
Fancy paper or card stock
Small balloon (smaller balloons fit best on paper towel tubes, but if you have a larger cardboard tube, then you can use a larger balloon. The balloon needs to stretch around the tube in order to work)

Things to do:
1. Tie your balloon at the end without blowing up the balloon.

2. Cut off the top, round part of the balloon.

3. Stretch it over the tube. It needs to fit tight.

4. Cut your fancy paper and tape it to the tube, over the balloon, to cover it and make it look festive.

5. Pour in the confetti about halfway. To use, pull down quickly on the balloon end and release quickly. Be prepared to laugh and have fun!

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Mason Jar Lid Wreath Ornaments Tutorial

You can make the simple lid wreath out of a mason jar lid. Create this in many different colors with other embellishments, like small pom poms, sequins, or beads. The possibilities are endless!

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

Things you’ll need:
Two-piece Mason jar lid
Jute twine
Red twine
String pearl beads
Narrow red ribbon
Hemp twine
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Try cut enough of the jute to go around the lid, but if you estimate short, it’s okay to have seams. Glue the end of the jute to the back of the lid and start wrapping.
2. Finish wrapping and glue the end into place.
3. Wrap the string of beads around the lid in the same way, leaving as much space between the wraps as you’d like.
4. Repeat with the red twine.
5. Tie a piece of ribbon into a bow.
6. Loop the hemp twine around the top for hanging, and glue the bow into place.

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Retro-Inspired Jingle Bell Snowflake Ornament Tutorial

Jingle all the way! Combining glittery pipe cleaners and small jingle bells creates a festive holiday ornament that’s easy to make. Hang it with a bit of fishing wire to make it appear it’s floating on the tree.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Assorted jingle bells
Silver tinsel pipe cleaners
Fishing wire


Things to do:
1. Wrap two pipe cleaners around each other.
2. Add a third.
3. Slide a small jingle bell all the way down to the intersection of all pipe cleaners.
4. Continue with the remaining five jingle bells.
5. Slide a larger jingle bell onto each spoke.
6. Trim the ends but leave enough to curl each down as shown.
7. Add a piece of fishing wire to hang the ornament on the tree!

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Button Christmas Wreath Embroidery Hoop Art {Tutorial}

Hang this little button wreath as a nod to the holiday and to primitive style. This will look as cute in your home as in your office.

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

Things you’ll need:
Holiday-colored buttons
Embroidery hoop
Narrow ribbon
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Cut your burlap about 2 inches taller and wider than your embroidery hoop, all the way around.
2. Open the hoop, insert the burlap, and snap the hoop back into place. Make sure the burlap is taut.
3. Trace a circle in the center of the burlap. Warm up your hot glue gun.
4. Glue several buttons onto the traced circle as shown.
5. Glue another layer of buttons inside the first.
6. Add smaller buttons on top to fill in the spaces and give the project dimension.
7. Tie your ribbon into a bow.
8. Glue this to the wreath.
9. Trim the burlap even with the hoop.

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Quick and Simple Christmas Ornament Wreath Tutorial

Bring the beautiful ball ornaments to your door or wall, rather than just your tree! This ornament wreath is simple to make and the color possibilities are fun and festive.

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Assorted Christmas ball ornaments
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun. Start wrapping your ribbon around the Styrofoam wreath.
2. Finish wrapping the wreath so you no longer see any Styrofoam.
3. Glue the ornaments on as desired.
4. Finish gluing the ornaments to the wreath. Add a ribbon for hanging or add a hook to the back of the wreath.

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