Category: Winter Crafts

DIY Modern Clay Christmas Ornaments

Forget the Christmas cookies – Use your cookie cutters to make clay ornaments this year! These ornaments are simple and fun for any age and look lovely hanging on a Christmas tree.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 6 and up *younger ages need assistance

Things you’ll need:
Clay
Gold paint
Parchment paper
Knife
Thin ribbon
Christmas cookie cutter
Paint brush
Dowel
Scissors
Clear glaze spray
Rolling pin

Things to do:
1. Work clay in your hands until it’s soft and warm. Roll it out on a piece of parchment paper until it’s 1/4 ” thick. Be sure your hands and rolling pin are clean before working with the clay.
2. Use your cookie cutter to cut out your ornament shapes.
3. Use a dowel of the end of a paint brush to make indents in the tree shape. These will be your ornaments.
4. Push a hole through the top of the tree. This will be your ornament hanger.
5. If there are any rough edges on your ornament, trim them off with a knife.
6. Bake the ornament at 275 degrees for 45 minutes.
7. When the ornament has cooled, paint in the indents and the edge of the tree with gold paint.
8. Spray clear glaze on the ornament and let it dry.
9. Thread a piece of ribbon through the hold at the top and knot the ends to create a hanger.

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How to Make a Snowy Winter Forest Wreath Tutorial


This cozy wreath brings a bit of winter wonderland magic to your home! Hang it on your front door to dress up your stoop or inside by the fire and stay cozy.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large grapevine wreath
Bottle brush trees (green and white)
Diamond Dust
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Tacky glue
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut off the bases of your trees with wire cutters.
2. Use hot glue to attach the trees to the inside of the wreath. Vary the color and sizes of trees to create a more natural, forest look.
3. Drip tacky glue around the wreath and on the trees. Sprinkle a heavy layer of glitter on to the glue and let it dry completely.

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How to Make a Spool Snowman Ornament Tutorial

This festive, frosty the snowman ornament is the perfect snowy day project! Kids will love painting and gluing the pieces together to create an ornament of their own.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large spool
Small spool
Narrow ribbon
Black, white and orange paint
Hot glue and glue sticks
Bells (small and large)
Scissors
Sealer spray
Paint brush
Stylist

Things to do:
1. Paint your large spool white and small spool black. Let the paint dry.
2. Paint the top edge of the large spool black.
3. Paint an orange nose, black eyes, and black coal pieces for a mouth on the white spool.
4. Spray with sealer.
5. Use hot glue to attach the small spool on top of the large spool.
6. Cut a 12″ piece of ribbon and thread it through a small bell. Glue it to the top of the black spool.
7. Glue a large bell to the bottom of the white spool, covering the hole.
8. Tie a ribbon scarf around the neck of the snowman.

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Embroidery Hoop Saltbox House Wreath Tutorial

There’s no place like home for the holidays! Adorn your front door with this adorable village wreath and complete your shabby chic Christmas decor.

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

Things you’ll need:
Large embroidery hoop
Evergreen picks
White star picks
Paper mache saltbox house
Red satin ribbon
Spray Glitter
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Wire
Wire cutters
Scissors
White paint
Paint brush
Mod Podge
Diamond Dust

Things to do:
1. Start by painting your house completely white.
2. Apply a thick layer of Mod Podge to the entire house then sprinkle on the glitter for a shimmery effect.
3. Use wire to attach your greenery picks to the bottom of the embroidery hoop.
2. Use hot glue to add your paper mache house. For our wreath, we placed the house in the center.
3. Spray the greenery and decor with glitter.
4. Add a large bow to the top of the embroidery hoop.

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DIY “Joy” Rustic Wood Christmas Ornaments


These ornaments are the perfect handmade addition to a shabby chic Christmas tree. Experiment with different colors of paint to create an ornament that complements your Christmas decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 8 and up

Things you’ll need:
Unfinished Wood Ornament Cutout
Miniature Green Sisal Wreath
Miniature Ivory Frosted Wreath
Letter Stickers
Stain
Red Acrylic Paint
White Chalk Paint
Paint Brush
Sandpaper
Jute

Things to do:
1. Stain the ornament and let it dry completely.
2. Place J and Y stickers on the ornament allowing room for the wreath in the center.
3. Paint your ornament, covering the stickers.
4. Gently pull off stickers when paint is completely dry.
5. Sand the edges of the ornament.
6. Spray the ornament with clear coat and let it dry.
7. Glue your miniature wreath in between the J and Y then string a piece of jute through the top hole and knot the ends, creating a loop hanger.

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How to Make Felt Christmas Village Luminaries


Light up the night with these miniature felt homes! This project is perfect for a snowy afternoon – Make multiple homes and arrange them together like a village for an adorable shelf display of table centerpiece.

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Knife and cutting mat
Ruler
Pencil
Paper
Thread
Needle
Battery-powered tea lights

Things to do:
1. The first step is creating a pattern for your houses. We’ve included an image of our pattern with dimensions below.
2. Trace the pattern onto the back of your felt. Trace around the windows and doors too, so you know where to cut.
3. Using a ruler as a guide, cut along the edges with a knife.
4. Fold the sides of the house together and stitch them in place with a needle and thread.
5. Place a battery powered tealight inside to illuminate the house.

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DIY Vintage Farmhouse Tart Mold Ornaments Tutorial


These kitschy diorama-style ornaments are the perfect snowy day project! Grab your supplies and get creative as your make custom ornaments to adorn your Christmas tree!

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

Things you’ll need:
Tart Pans (rusty and galvanized)
Mini Figurines (deer and snowmen)
Miniature Bottle Brush Trees (green and white)
Pine Stems
Wire Cutters
Sheet Music
Cotton
Pencil
Mini Gold Garland
Ribbon
Tacky Glue

Things to do:
1. Lay your tart mold onto a piece of sheet music and trace around the bottom. Cut out the shape and use glue to attach it to the center of your tart mold.
2. Use hot glue to attach a piece of mini pine garland and mini gold garland around the inside edge of the tart mold.
3. Use hot glue to attach your figurines to the inside of the tart mold. Get creative with the scenes you create!
4. Pull a piece of cotton apart, creating a thin layer of ‘snow.’ Use hot glue to attach it to the bottom of your tart mold scene.
5. Cut a 6-inch piece of ribbon and tie the ends in a knot, creating a loop. Use hot glue to secure it to the back of the tart mold and use it to hand your ornament.

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DIY Homespun Christmas Spool Garland


Deck the halls with a DIY garland this season! This ribbon spool garland is the perfect decoration for the modern maker.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 Hour
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden Spools (1-inch, 2-1/8 inch, assorted)
Buttons (assorted, unfinished wood)
Jute
Ribbons (various sizes and colors)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Cut short pieces of ribbon and use hot glue to wrap them around your spools. Use a variety of sizes and colors.
2. Cut a short piece of jute/ribbon and tie a bow around the center of your ribbon-covered spool.
3. Use hot glue to add a button to the center of your bow.
4. Thread the spool onto a length of ribbon and drip hot glue down the center of the spool to hold it in place.
5. When all of your spools have been added to the garland, use hot glue to add buttons on the ribbon between spools.

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How to Make Popsicle Stick Ski Ornaments Tutorial

Hit the slopes in style this season! These popsicle stick ski ornaments are super easy to make and lots of fun too – It’s the perfect snow day craft!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 minutes
Age range: 8 and up *use craft glue for younger ages

Things you’ll need:
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Colored popsicle sticks
6-inch skewers
Acrylic paint
10mm sequins
Bakers twine
Felt
Snowflake confetti

Things to do:
1. Paint thin stripes on both ends of your popsicle sticks.
2. Use hot glue to attach snowflakes just below the stripes.
3. Cross the popsicle sticks in an ‘x’ shape and use hot glue to attach them.
4. Slide sequins on the ends of both skewers and use glue to attach them to the skis. These will be your ski polls.
5. Cut felt into 1/4 ” strip and make two straps for your ski polls. Use glue to attach them in a loop shape to the top of the skewers.
6. Glue your ski polls to your skis then cut a 3/4 ” strip of white felt and wrap it around the center of skis. Glue it in place.
7. Cut a piece of bakers twine and tie a bow around the strip of felt.
8. Cover your skis with a quick spray of glitter spray for a sparkly finish.
9. Cut a 6-inch piece of bakers twine and knot the ends. Use hot glue to attach the loop to the back of the skis, creating an ornament hanger.

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DIY Snowman Felt Coasters Tutorial

These felt coasters add personality and warmth to your home during the cold winter months! All you need is a few simple supplies to get crafting, so let’s get creative!

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

Things you’ll need:
Felt
Embroidery floss
Needle

Things to do:
1. Cut out two 4″ circles from ivory felt.
2. Cut out a carrot nose from rust felt and use embroidery floss to stitch it into place.
3. Add two French knots for your snowman’s eyes.
4. Lay the second felt circle under the face and use embroidery floss to blanket stitch around the outside edge.

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