Category: Winter Crafts

Embroidery Hoop Holiday Wreath Tutorial

This embroidery hoop holiday wreath is a festive alternative to the traditional fir wreath. Make several with different miniatures to create a village and display them as a gallery wall.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden embroidery hoops (small and large)
Artificial greenery
Burlap ribbon
Miniature holiday houses
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Use wire to secure your small and large embroidery hoops together. Wrap the wire tightly, so they stay in place.
2. Cut a few pieces of greenery off of your sprig and use wire to attach them to your embroidery hoop.
3. Use hot glue to add your miniature holiday houses to the large embroidery hoop.
4. Cut a 24-inch piece of ribbon and slide it through the center of your hoop. Secure the ends with hot glue to create a hanger for your wreath.

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Pottery Barn Inspired Rustic Felt Christmas Trees

Spruce up your shelves or winter table with a forest of festive felt trees. Try playing with different colors, textures, and shapes to create a natural, unique look that you and your holiday guests are sure to love.

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt sheets
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wood slices

Things to do:
1. Fold a piece of paper in half and draw a tree shape. Cut it out and open it up to reveal a perfectly symmetrical tree.
2. Trace your pattern onto a piece of felt and cut it out. You’ll need a minimum of five felt trees per one project.
3. Next, attach to your felt trees to the stick. Fold them in half and run a line of hot glue down the middle. Place them roughly 1/2 inch above the top of the stick.
4. When all of your felt pieces are attached and the tree is full, use hot glue to bring the tops of the trees together, giving it a finished and polished look.
5. Use hot glue to secure the stick to a log slice base. If you’ll be moving your trees around a lot and need it to be extra secure, I recommend drilling a hole into the base first.

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How to Make a Frozen-Themed Snowflake Hair Clip

Let her accessorize with this adorable snowflake hair clip as eek out the last bit of winter fun.

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

Things you’ll need:
Two colors (light and dark) of narrow blue ribbon
Snowflake ornament
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks


Things to do:
1. Cut 9 pieces of one color of ribbon to 3 1/2 inches, and cut 9 pieces of the other color to 3 inches each. Thread your needle. Put the needle through both pieces, with the smaller on top, but don’t pull the needle all the way through yet.
2. Loop the shorter ribbon onto the needle as shown.
3. Loop the larger ribbon onto the needle as well.
4. Continue looping the other pieces onto the needle, pulling the finished ones down as you work.
5. After you’ve completed all nine loops, your flower will look like this. Don’t trim the thread yet.
6. Sew the last petal to the first petal. Tie off the thread and clip. Warm up your hot glue gun.
7. Glue a piece of ribbon to the top of the barrette.
8. Glue the flower to the barrette.
9. Glue the snowflake to the middle of the barrette.

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Kid Friendly Popsicle Stick Hot Chocolate Mug Tutorial

Ward off the cold with this cute craft stick mug decoration. Add a magnet and display it on a refrigerator, door, or inside a locker and think chocolatey goodness all season! It’s complete with “marshmallows.”

Difficulty level: Easy
Time to complete: 1 hour, includes drying time
Age range: 6+

Things you’ll need:
Acrylic paint
Paint brush
10 popsicle sticks
Small white pom poms
Acrylic snowflake
Craft foam sheet
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Card stock


Things to do:
1. Warm up your hot glue gun and attach the craft sticks to the card stock as shown.
2. Continue until all 10 have been glued onto the card stock.
3. Cut the card stock around the sticks and paint. You’ll need to use two coats, allowing it to dry in between.
4. Warm up your hot glue gun. Glue the pom poms to the top of the “mug.”
5. Repeat with all the pom poms.
6. Glue the acrylic snowflake to the front.
7. Cut a piece of the foam into the shape of a handle and glue to the side of the craft stick mug. Glue the magnets to the back.

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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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