Category: Winter Crafts

How to Make a Fox Wood Slice Ornament

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes, plus time for paint to dry
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Wood slice
Paintbrush and small foam brush
Silver Metal Screw Eyes
Pencil (preferably with a flat, relatively new eraser)
White Acrylic Paint
Harvest Orange Acrylic Paint
Black Acrylic Paint

Things to do:
1. Using the white acrylic paint and paintbrush, paint the entire surface of the ornament. We filled in the middle with a larger foam brush, then used a small paintbrush to outline the face. Allow the paint to dry.


2. Using a pencil, draw the fox face, bringing it to a point on the edge for the nose. You don’t need to be a professional artist to do this!

3. Using the orange acrylic paint, paint the area of the face that you just outlined. Again, we suggest using a small paintbrush to fill in the outline and using a larger brush to fill in the center. Allow the paint to dry.


4. Dip the top of a pencil eraser in the black paint, covering the entire surface of the eraser.

5. Dab the eraser onto the center point of the fox face to paint the nose.

6. Repeat steps 4-5 to make the eyes of the fox.

7. If you’d like, use a small paintbrush to neaten or reshape the eyes and nose.

8. Use your pencil eraser to lightly erase your pencil marks.

9. Screw the metal screw eye into the center top of the wood slice.

10. Cut an 8″ length of twine, then thread it through the screw eye to use it as an ornament hanger.

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5-Minute Holiday Food Treats Tutorial


These three delicious holiday treats make great gifts for kids or a fun snow day project! With a few simple craft supplies, you can transform your everyday snacks into something seasonal and fun!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes each
Age range: 8 and up

Snow Man Donuts

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Googly Eyes
Tape
Three Mini Donuts
Black Felt
Green Pompoms
Red Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Fill your plastic treat bags with three powdered donuts and tie the top. Your donuts should look like three snow balls.

2. Cut a top hat out of black felt. Secure it to the top of the donut treat bag with glue.


3. Use glue to attach two googly eyes to the face of the snowman.
4. Cut a six-inch piece of ribbon and tie it around the snowman’s neck, like a scarf.

5. Finish your snowman by gluing two pompom “buttons” to the front.

Cheese Stick Snowman

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Cheese Sticks
Googly Eyes
Blue Ribbon
Plastic Top Hats
Plastic Treat Bags
Orange Paper

Things to do:
1. Fold the excess plastic down on the top and use a piece of tape to secure it.

2. Glue two google eyes to the front of the cheese stick.
3. Cut a 4-inch piece of blue ribbon and tie it around the neck of the snowman.

4. Cut a small triangle out of orange paper and use glue to attach it to the snowman’s face, making his nose.

5. Use glue to attach the plastic top hat to the top of the cheese stick.

Reindeer Chocolate Bar

Things you’ll need:
Scissors
Glue
Chocolate Bar
Large Googly Eyes
1-inch Red Pompoms
Brown Felt
Two Candy Canes

Things to do:
1. Cut two ear shapes out of brown felt. Use glue to attach them to the top, back of the chocolate bar.


2. Use tape to secure the candy canes to the back of the chocolate bar. These will be your reindeer’s antlers.

3. Use glue to attach two large googly eyes and a red pompom nose to the front of the chocolate bar.

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How to Make a Quick Seasonal Floral Arrangement


This lovely holiday arrangement is the perfect decor piece for your mantel or front door. Try your hand at floral arranging and create a piece you’ll treasure for years to come.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
French Flower Bucket
Ribbon Bow (Learn to tie a bow via Bow Tutorial)
Seasonal Picks (berries, pinecones, ornaments)
Greenery
Wire
Wire Cutters

Things to do:
1. Fill your rustic vase with greenery.


2. Begin filling in the gaps with your seasonal picks. Begin with your largest picks, like berries or bulbs.


3. Cut 3-inch wire pieces and use them to secure your pinecones to the tips of your greenery. This will add depth and dimension to your arrangement.

4. Tie a ribbon around the center of the vase. Add a large bow to the front and trim the ends so they hand down evenly.

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Christmas Play-Doh Party Favors Tutorial


Looking for a cute favor to set out at your holiday party? These Christmas Play-Doh containers will keep your younger guests entertained and they look super cute on display! There are endless Christmas combinations, and all you’ll need is a few simple craft materials. Today, we’ll be showing you how to make the reindeer Play-Doh favor – Once you have the basics down, let your creativity run wild!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Play-Doh
Construction Paper
Red and White Pompoms
Red and Blue Ribbon
Black and Brown Pipe Cleaners
Scissors
Craft Glue
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Googly Eyes

Things to do:
1. Measure the sides of your Play-Doh container and cut a piece of red construction paper that will wrap around and fully cover the container. You’ll also need to cut a 1/8-inch white paper strip that will wrap around the rim of the lid and a black paper strip that will wrap around the center of the Play-Doh container.


2. Use craft glue to hold your paper strips in place.




3. Cut a small black square and use craft glue to secure it to the center of your black paper strip. This will be Santa’s belt.

4. Use craft glue to add two googly eyes to the center of the Play-Doh container.


5. Pull a cotton ball apart to create a small beard. Use glue to attach it under the eyes.

6. Roll a piece of red paper into a cone shape and measure it to fit on the top of the Play-Doh lid. Use hot glue to hold it in place.


7. Glue a white pompom to the top of Santa’s hat.

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Yarn-Wrapped Pinecones Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 5 minutes per pinecone
Age range: 8 and up, with adult supervision for hot glue gun

Things you’ll need:
Natural pinecones
Bulky, super-bulky, and/or jumbo-weight yarn in different colors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Grab a pinecone. (Pinecones that are opened up work best here.) Add a dot of hot glue near the bottom of the pinecone between the first two layers.

2. Immediately push the tail end of the yarn into the hot glue to hold it in place, ensuring the yarn adheres to the glue.

3. Begin wrapping the yarn around the pinecone, weaving it between the first two layers of pinecone.

4. When you reach the tail of the yarn where you originally started wrapping, move the yarn up between the next two layers of the pinecone.

5. Continue wrapping the yarn around the pinecone until you reach the top.

6. Add a dot of glue where you want the wrap to end.

7. Push the yarn onto the glue, then trim the yarn end as close to the pinecone as possible. Tip: Use the scissor ends to push the yarn into the pinecone.

8. Remove any excess hot glue from the pinecone.

9. Wrap as many pinecones as you’d like in different colors of bulky, super-bulky, and/or jumbo-weight yarn. You can display them individually on shelves, or gather all of them together in a display such as a bowl or vase.

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How to Make a Painted Pinecone Display Tutorial

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 minutes, plus time for spray paint to dry
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Cardboard or other work surface covering
Natural pinecones
Krylon Short Cuts White
Krylon Short Cuts Turquoise
Krylon Short Cuts Ocean Blue
Glass vase, bowl, or other container

Things to do:
1. Divide the pinecones into three groups, placing 4-5 pinecones in each group.

2. Place the first group of pinecones on a piece of cardboard and spray them with the white spray paint.
Tip: Depending on how your pinecones are laying, you may need to move them around a bit to cover the entire surface with spray paint. If you can’t cover the entire surface, you may just need to add extra coats, flipping the pinecones over with each new coat. Aim the spray paint nozzle from the top of the pinecone down, then from the bottom of the pinecone up to make sure you’re getting between each layer.

3. Allow the pinecones to dry, then add a second coat of paint.

4. Place the second group of pinecones on the cardboard and spray them with the turquoise spray paint.

5. Allow the pinecones to dry, then add a second coat of paint.

6. Place the third group of pinecones on the cardboard and spray them with the ocean blue spray paint.

7. Allow the pinecones to dry, then add a second coat of paint.

8. Gather all the pinecones together. Place them randomly in a glass vase, bowl, or other container to display.

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DIY Pinecone and Wine Cork Christmas Trees

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus paint drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Pinecones
Corks
True Green Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint
Champagne Round Faceted Beads
Emerald Green Extra Fine Glitter
White Extra Fine Glitter
Aleene’s True Glittered Snow
Mod Podge
Epson Salt

Things to do:
1. Cut off the end of a clean pinecone to give it a flatter bottom edge.

2. Place a large amount of hot glue on top of the cork.

3. Place and hold the pinecone into the hot glue. Hold the pinecone in place until the glue starts to dry. Set the pinecone aside, standing straight up, to completely dry.

4. With the True Green Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint, paint the entire pinecone. I found it easier to start with the underneath side first, then paint the inside of the pinceone last. Set pinecone aside to dry.

5. Once the green paint is dry, start brushing on the Aleene’s True Glittered Snow. Be sure to leave some small clumps to give more of a snow feel.

6. Also, brush on the Aleene’s Glittered snow to the base of the pinecone. You may set the pinecone aside to dry, or add some other fun options.

7. One option is to add the Champagne Round Faceted Beads before the Aleene’s Glittered Snow dries. Place each bead into some snow.

8. Add a many Champagne Round Faceted Beads as you would like, then set the pinecone aside to dry.

9. Another option is to pour Epson salt on top of the snow glue.

10. Or pour on some white glitter on top of the snow.

11. If you are not looking for a snow effect, you may also add some glitter directly onto the green paint. Brush on some Mod Podge onto the painted pincecone where you would like the glitter to stick.

12. Over a paper lined container, generously pour some green glitter onto the pinecone. Completely cover the Mod Podge. Shake off excess glitter.

13. Fold the paper in half and pour the glitter back into the container.

Voila! You now have your own DIY Pinecone Christmas Tree.

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DIY Faux Snow Jars

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour plus drying time.
Age range: 10+

Things you will need:
Glass Jar
Aleene’s True Glittered Snow
White Extra Fine Glitter
Flameless Flickering Tealights
Bottle Brush Trees
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray
Epson Salt

Things to do:
Here are a few options on how to make your own faux snow jars.

1. Brush the Aleene’s True Glittered Snow onto the glass jar.

2. First option: Before the snow dries, generously pour the white fine glitter on top of the snow glue, over a paper lined container. Shake off excess glitter.

3. Fold the paper in half and pour the excess glitter back into the container.

4. Second Option: Over a paper lined container pour some Epson Salt over the Aleene’s Glittered Snow. Then, shake off excess Espon Salt.
5. Fold paper in half and pour excess Epson Salt back into the container.

6. Third option: Do both. First, pour on the Epson Salt over the Aleene’s Glitter Snow. Pour excess back into container. Then, pour on some glitter on top of the Epson Salt. The third option gives the most coverage.

7. Spray glass jars with Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray to reduce the amount of faux snow falling off. Then set jars aside to dry.

8. Add a flickering flameless tealight into each jar and Voila! You now have your own DIY Snow Jar.

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How to Make a Yarn Winter Hat Christmas Ornament


This is a great project for using leftover or scrap yarn. You can use one color, or mix it up and make a striped hat using multiple colors of yarn.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Toilet paper roll
Pencil
Scissors
Yarn
Fiberfill

Things to do:
1. Measure 1″ from the edge of the toilet paper roll and mark it with a pencil.

2. Cut the toilet paper roll so that it measures 1″ tall.

3. Cut strands of yarn that each measure about 10″ long. The number of strands you cut will depend on the thickness of your yarn, but you can always cut a few to get you started now and add more as you need them.

4. Working with one strand at a time, fold the strand in half then insert the loop through the center of the toilet paper roll.

5. Bring the yarn tails over the roll and through the loop.

6. Pull the tails to secure the yarn around the roll. (If you’ve ever made fringe before, this is the same technique.) The knot should rest on the edge of the roll.

7. Repeat steps 3-5, sliding the strands of yarn close together as you work.

8. Continue until you have filled the entire circumference of the toilet paper roll.

9. Grab all the yarn ends together, then push them through the center of the toilet paper roll.

10. Cut an 8″ strand of yarn, then use your finger to comb the strands neatly.

11. Double knot the 8″ strand of yarn around the yarn tails, making sure all the tails are secured.

12. Trim the strand you knotted, as well as the yarn tails. The yarn tails should be trimmed short enough that they look like a pompom.

13. Stuff a bit of fiberfill inside the yarn hat to hold its shape.

14. Tie another 10″ strand of yarn around the pompom, then knot it at the top to use it as an ornament hanger.

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Vintage Diorama Tin Pan Christmas Ornament Tutorial


I made these 3d ornaments as a child. They are reminiscent of the aluminum trees from the past.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20-30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
6″ round aluminum pan
Old greeting card, picture, sheet music, wrapping paper, photo…
Embellishments (tiny trees, gift packages) and trim (tinsel, pearls)
Ribbon
Stapler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Utility blade or Xacto knife
Scissors
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Start by poking hole in center of bottom of pan with knife or blade.

2. The pans I found were already marked in sixths. Using scissors, cut on lines from center to edge of pan.

3. Use pencil to roll each edge from center to edge.

4. Place pan on top of card or paper and trace around edge with pencil. Cut out, staple to pan around fluted edge.
5. Glue trim and embellishments as desired to inside of diorama and outside. Add hanger. Reminisce.


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