Category: Winter Crafts

Woodland Pinecone Gnome Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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This adorable pinecone gnome adds a fun, whimsical vibe to your Christmas decor. Make several with different colored scarves and spice up your shelves this holiday season.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Pinecones
Felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wooden beads
Mini jingle bells

Things to do:
1. First, use hot glue to attach a wooden bead to the top of your pinecone.
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2. Next, cut a 1/2 inch strip of felt that’s about 6 inches long. Use hot glue to attach it around the neck of your pinecone gnome.
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3. Cut a triangle shape out of your felt and roll it into a hat. Use hot glue to secure the edges.
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4. Apply a drop of hot glue to the top of your hat and attach a mini bell to the top.
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5. Use glue to secure your hat to the top of the wooden bead head.
6. Use black acrylic paint to add little eyes to the wooden bead head.
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7. Display your pinecone gnome and enjoy!
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No-Sew Felt Lollipop Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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Perfect for little ones to join in the fun, create these retro inspired Candy Lollipop ornaments from felt.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Small dowel rod or skewer stick
Mod Podge
Glitter
Ruler
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks or
Craft glue
Some type of ribbon, string or wire to create hook

Things to do:
1. Cut out three rectangular strips of felt, equal in size.
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2. Layer your pieces of felt and glue them together securely, making sure that the edges are sealed together. Tip: This craft is great for kids, however, if they are young they may need assistance with the hot glue steps if you are not using craft glue.
3. After your strips are glued together, begin to roll your felt as pictured here. Gluing together as you go.
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4. Cut your dowel to your desired stick size.
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5. Paint a thin layer of mod podge onto your stick.
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6. Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry.
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7. Using glue, attach your stick to your felt roll.
8. Cut a small strip of felt in your desired color to create a bow. Notch the ends, and gather together in the middle and glue.
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9. Using glue, attach your bow to the bottom of the felt roll/top of the stick area.
10. Using ribbon, sting, etc. Create a loop, and attach to the top of your “lollipop” to create a hook.
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How to Make Your Bottle Brush Trees Shine! Tutorial

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Make your bottle brush trees glimmer and shine by adding a bit of sparkle with this super simple DIY.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 10 and up

Things you’ll need:
Bottle brush tree
Glitter
Paint brush or foam brush
Mod Podge

Things to do:
1. Fluff your bottle brush trees up to create your desired look.
2. Apply a coat of mod podge to your tree, using your paint brush.
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3. Sprinkle your glitter over your tree, or roll it in your glitter on a paper plate.
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4. Allow to dry.

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Snowman Clothespin Ornament Tutorial

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These darling snowman ornaments add a homemade touch to your Christmas tree decor. Have fun playing with different scarf patterns and create a customized set.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Clothespins
Wire
Wire cutters
Orange, white and black paint
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Scissors
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Disassemble your clothespin by twist it apart until the metal clip comes off.
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2. Put it back together using hot glue, with the flat sides touching.
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3. Paint the clothespins white – It should start to look like your snowman!
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4. Cut aSnowman_Clothespin_Ornament_Tutorial10 10-inch piece of wire.
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5. When the glue is dry, attach one end of the wire to the back to the snowman. Twist the other end around the nose of your pliers or wire cutters to create a curly hanger.
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6. Trim a 5-inch piece of ribbon and use hot glue to wrap it around the neck of your snowman, like a scarf.
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7. Now it’s time to paint on the face of your snowman! Use black paint to add eyes and buttons and orange paint to add a carrot nose.
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8. Display and enjoy!
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No-Sew Felt Christmas Candy Ribbon Tutorial

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Perfect for little ones to join in the fun, create these retro inspired Candy Ribbon ornaments from felt.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 10+ minutes
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Ruler
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks or
Craft glue
Some type of ribbon, string or wire to create hook

Things to do:
1. Cut out three rectangular strips of felt, equal in size. We used two strips of green, and one of white, to create the white stripe down the middle.
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2. Layer your pieces of felt and glue them together securely, making sure that the edges are sealed together. Tip: This craft is great for kids, however, if they are young they may need assistance with the hot glue steps if you are not using craft glue.
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3. Create your rippled look, by scrunching your felt together as pictured here. Glue the inbetweens together at the ends of the sections, so that you have the space in the middles to create your ribbon candy effect.
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4. If you wish to create a hanging ornament you can now add the addition of a hook, or string. This step could also be completed during step 2, when you are gluing your felt together.
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DIY Winter Scene Glass Jar Tutorial

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Create a lasting or temporary seasonal scene for a charming piece of wintery home decor!

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

Things you’ll need:
Glass jar
Fake snow
Bottle brush trees and other seasonal miniatures
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Pencil/Skewer Stick (something long for pressing the snow into place)

Things to do:
1. Find a clean clear jar. We have used a small vintage canning jar, but any clear jar will work.
2. Add your snow. If you wish for the scene to be permanent add glue first and your snow on top. It can be added without glue for a temporary piece.
3. Using your pencil or stick, arrange and press down your snow into place.
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4. Use small miniature winter themed pieces. These can also be glued, or simply positioned into place. You can use your stick to adjust and move your miniatures as you see fit.
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DIY Vintage Inspired Wooden Advent Calendar

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Count down the 12 days of Christmas with this retro themed, simple kitschy to make wooden Advent Calendar.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 60+ minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished wood shadow box
Mod Podge
Glitter
Miniatures
Paint brush
Christmas/Winter themed scrapbook paper or book pages
Card Stock
Ruler
Hot glue/hot glue gun
Pipe cleaner
Aleene’s True Glittered Snow

Things to do:
1. Use Mod Podge and coat the inside top area of your shadow box. Sprinkle with glitter and move your box around to coat the entire area in glitter. Allow to dry.
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2. Measure out the size of your squares. Using card stock, cut 12 squares that will fit the size of your shadow box squares.
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3. Cut out 12 pieces of scrapbook paper or book pages to completely cover each of the 12 pieces of card stock.
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4. Glue each cut out piece of scrapbook paper or book page to the card stock.
5. Using your mod podge, paint a thin layer over your pieces. Allow to dry.
6. Using hot glue, attach each piece to your desired box in your shadow box. Glue the top of each piece only, so that the flap can securely lift up.
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7. Using hot glue and pipe cleaner outline the top area of your box.
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8. Using hot glue add your Christmas miniatures.
9. Use your Glittered Snow and a paintbrush to create your desired snow effect to the top of your box. Allow to dry. Add any additional pieces or miniatures as you see fit.
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5-Minute Primitive Homespun Ribbon Wreath Ornament

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Fabric ornaments add a rustic touch to your Christmas tree decor. This wreath looks lovely in festive green patterns. Play with different prints and make a mix-matched ornament set you’ll enjoy all season long.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Fabric
Mini styrofoam wreath
Hot glue gun/hot glue sticks
Rusty tin stars
Jute
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut 20 fabric strips, each roughly 3/4 inch wide and 8 inches long.
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2. Fold a fabric strip in half and lay the wreath form over it. Slide the ends of the strip around the wreath form and up through the center of the loop, knotting it around the wreath form. Repeat this step until the entire wreath form is covered.
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3. Trim any excess fabric. All fabric strips should be even in length.
4. Use hot glue to attach a metal star to the bottom of the wreath.
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5. Cut an 8-inch piece of jute and knot the ends, creating a loop. Use hot glue to secure it to the back of the wreath.
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DIY Vintage Inspired Cloche Ornaments

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Create vintage inspired cloches to use in your retro themed display, or as gorgeous Christmas ornaments!

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 30+ minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Miniature acrylic oval cloches
Aleene’s True Glittered Snow
Miniatures that will fit inside of your cloche (2-3/4″ W x 3″ H)
Paint Brush
Glitter *optional

Things to do:
1. Using your Aleene’s True Glittered Snow and your paint brush, create your desired snow look on the base of your cloche. Be sure to stay on the base.
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2. Add your miniatures.
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3. Optional: We used extra glitter to create an even more glittered snow, if you wish to do so, sprinkle your glitter into your snow.
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4. Allow to dry without the lid.
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5-Minute Woodland Pinecone Gnome Ornaments

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These pinecone gnomes are the perfect addition to Scandinavian Christmas decor. Make a set or play with different colors of felt and display them proudly.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Pinecones
Yarn
Scissors
Wooden beads
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, make the hat for your gnome. Cut a square of felt and roll it into a cone shape. Use hot glue to secure it in place. Use scissors to trim the bottom of the cone, so it’s straight across.
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2. Next, we’re going to make the beard. Cut 10 pieces of yarn, all roughly 1 1/2 inches long. Use hot glue to secure them to a long, anchor piece. Trim the ends, so they’re all the same length.
3. Now we get to assemble the pieces! Use hot glue to secure a large wooden bead to the top of your pinecone – This will be the head of your gnome.
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4. Next, add a nose. Use hot glue to attach a small wooden bead to the center of your head.
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5. Complete your gnome by using hot glue to attach the beard and hat.
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