Category: Winter Crafts

How to Make a Pompom Christmas Tree Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Foam Christmas tree
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Yarn in various shades of green
Pompom maker (medium)

Things to do:
1. Open the medium pompom maker, then wrap the yarn around one end, making sure you wrap over the yarn tail to secure it.

2. Continue wrapping until you have filled the entire half of the pompom maker. The more yarn you wrap, the thicker and puffier your pompom will be.

3. Repeat steps 1-2 on the other side of the pompom maker, trying to make the second side even with the first side.

4. When you are happy with the thickness, close the pompom maker, then trim the yarn.

5. Using sharp scissors, cut the pompom loops from one side of the pompom maker.

6. Repeat step 5 on the other side of the pompom maker. Cut an 8″ length of yarn, then tie it around the pompom tightly.

7. Remove the pompom from the pompom maker by pulling the maker apart.

8. Using the hot glue gun, add a dab of hot glue to the back of the pompom.

9. Press the pompom onto the foam tree. We suggest starting at the bottom and working your way up to the top of the tree.

10. Continue to make and add pompoms, filling the entire circumference of the foam tree. Pack the pompoms in as tightly as possible to make sure there’s no white foam visible.

11. If you’d like, you can change the shades of green to go from dark to light as you work your way up the tree.

12. When you reach the top of the tree, glue pompoms around the top, then add one to the tip of the tree to cover the top of the foam.

13. Use scissors to trim away any uneven pompoms around the tree.

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How to Use Fabric to Wrap Gifts


There are many ways to wrap gifts with fabric, but this particular technique works best with square boxes.

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

Things you’ll need:
Square gift box
Scissors
Fabric (fat quarters work well for smaller boxes)

Things to do:
1. Cut your fabric so that it’s 4 times the width and height of your square box. If your box is 9″, for example, then you’d need a square of fabric that is 36″ square.

Tip: An easy way to measure this without a ruler is to place your box on the fabric edge, then flip it over three times on each edge. That will roughly give you an idea of where to cut the fabric.

2. Place the fabric right side down on a table, then place the square box in the center, aligning the box corners with each straight edge of the fabric.

3. Pull the upper right corner of the fabric over the box snugly.

4. Fold the lower left corner of the fabric over on itself, toward the corner of the box.

5. Grab the folded lower left corner of the fabric and pull it over the box, overlapping it with the opposite corner of fabric. You may need to use both hands here: one to hold the right corner taut as you use your other hand to fold the left corner over it.

6. Pull the lower right corner over the box.

7. Use your other hand to tuck in any excess fabric on the sides of the box.

8. Pull the upper left corner of fabric over the box, again using your other hand to tuck in excess fabric on the sides.

9. Tie the corners together in a double knot on the top of the box.

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How to Make a Mason Jar Wreath Ornament


This tiny wreath works well as a tree ornament or displayed on a wall. If you’re displaying yours on a wall, create a trio of wreaths and hang them together for a festive decoration!

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

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar lid ring
Natural jute twine
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Satin leaf ribbon
Red ribbon with gold edge

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of twine that’s about 140″ long.

2. Begin wrapping the twine around the jar ring, wrapping over the tail to secure it as you continue to wrap. As you wrap, be sure the twine is close together and doesn’t leave a gap.

3. When you’ve wrapped twine around the entire ring, trim the twine.

4. Add a dot of hot glue, then lay the twine over the glue to secure it.

5. Cut a length of satin leaf ribbon that’s about 16″ long.

6. Hot glue one end of the ribbon to the twine at the same point where you secured the twine in step 4.

7. Wrap the leaf ribbon around the entire jar, wrapping as evenly as possible. When you’ve wrapped around the entire ring, trim the ribbon.

8. Add another dot of hot glue, then lay the leaf ribbon over it to secure the end.

9. Cut a length of red ribbon that’s about 8″ long, or the length you’d like for your hanger.

10. Wrap the red ribbon around the wreath, then knot the top to secure it.

11. If you’d like, cut a second length of red ribbon and tie it in a bow. Hot glue the bow to the center top of the wreath. You can hang your wreath on the wall, or use it as a tree ornament.

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Mini Felt Christmas Wreath Ornament Tutorial


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 45 minutes
Age range: 8 and up, with adult supervision using the sewing needle

Things you’ll need:
Assorted colors of felt
Disappearing ink marker or other marking tool such as chalk
Scissors
Grid ruler
Sewing needle and thread
Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Grab a grid ruler (or any other type of ruler) and measure 1″ across the edge of a piece of felt. Using a marking tool, mark the 1″ across. Continue to make 1″ increment marks across the piece of felt.

2. Place the ruler perpendicular to the marks you made in step 1, then mark 1″ increments across the felt once again.

3. Use scissors to cut along the lines you made. Your 1″ squares don’t have to be perfect!

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for as many different felt colors as you’d like. We used red, green, and gray, but you can certainly create your own palette. Don’t worry about cutting the exact amount of felt; if you find you need more later, you can always repeat these steps to create more squares.

5. Cut a long strand of thread that’s twice the size you want your wreath to be plus 3-4″ extra. Thread a sewing needle with the thread, doubling the thread so that there are two strands. Knot the ends together near the tails.

6. Pierce the center of a felt square with the sewing needle, then slide the square near the thread tails.

7. Continue adding felt squares, alternating colors if you’d like. You can even pierce and stack three or four squares at a time to speed up the process.

8. Add felt squares until your wreath is the size you’d like.

9. Tie the thread in a double knot nestled between the felt squares, then trim the ends so they are hidden in the felt.

10. Cut a 5-6″ piece of ribbon, then wrap it around the felt squares. Move the felt so that the ribbon rests inside the squares.

11. Tie a knot in the top of the ribbon to use it as a hanger. Hang your mini wreath on the wall or as an ornament on the tree.

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DIY: How to Tie the Perfect Gift Bow Tutorial


Learn the basics of bow tying with this practical tutorial! These three beautiful bows have the same basic steps in common, so it’s easy to create beautiful decorations or gift toppers with the ribbon you have at home.

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

Things you’ll need:
Ribbon
Scissors
Wire
Wire Cutters

Things to do:

Bow One:

1. Fold your ribbon over itself, making a triangle shape or “sail”.

2. Wrap the ribbon around the sail, creating a center loop and leaving a single tail hanging down.

3. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop and pull it around the side, creating a side loop.

4. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop again and make a loop on the other side.
5. Repeat this step until you have two loops on either side of the center loop.

6. When there are two loops on either side, twist the ribbon behind the center again and pull the end down, making a second tail.
7. Use wire to secure the bow.

8. Flatten out the loops.
9. Trim your ends so each side is even.

Bow Two:

1. Fold your ribbon over itself, making a triangle shape or “sail”.

2. Wrap the ribbon around the sail, creating a center loop and leaving a single tail hanging down.

3. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop and pull it around the side, creating a side loop.
4. Twist the ribbon behind the center loop again and make a loop on the other side.
5. Repeat this step until you have a thick, full bow. You can make your bow as large as you want. For our bow, we added six loops on either side.

6. Use wire to secure the bow.


7. Use your fingers to pull the loops out, adding volume and spreading them out as much as possible to create a thick, full bow.
8. Trim your ends so each side is even.

Bow Three:

1. Cut a piece of wide ribbon and tie it around your gift, leaving two long tails.

2. Layer two different ribbons, placing the thinner ribbon on top of the wider ribbon.
3. Use your layered ribbon to make a loop with no tail.


4. Continue twisting and adding loops on either side.

5. When your bow is full and thick, slide the center loop on your two tails and tie it tightly in place.

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Hershey’s Kisses Holiday Centerpiece Tree and Place Settings Tutorial


What’s better than a centerpiece you can eat?! These adorable table toppers are festive and a sweet treat, so they’re sure to bit a hit at your holiday soiree!

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

Things you’ll need:
7-inch Cardboard Cone
Chocolate Kisses
Star Garland
2-inch Star Ornament
Christmas Green Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Wire Cutters
Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks
Candy
Toothpicks

Things to do:
1. Paint your cardboard cone with a thin layer of green acrylic paint. Set it aside to dry.


2. While your paint is drying, you can make your candy table toppers! Use hot glue to attach your gold star to a toothpick. Wrap the toothpick with gold star garland and stick it down into the candy. Make enough so every place setting has one.



3. When the paint is dry, use hot glue to attach candy kisses. Cover the entire surface.


4. Loosely wrap the tree with gold star garland.


5. Use hot glue to attach a glitter star to the top of the tree.


6. Display your tree in the center of the table and the candy table toppers at each place setting for a festive, holiday table display!

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DIY Wine Cork Snowflake Ornament


Wine corks can make fabulously festive holiday decorations. Here is how to make a your own Wine Cork Snowflake Ornament:

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

Things you will need:
Wine Corks
Mod Podge
Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Ocean Blue Extra Fine Glitter
Blush Pink Extra Fine Glitter
Natural Jute Twine

Things to do:
1. Heat up glue gun.
2. Arrange corks in snowflake pattern of choice.

3. Starting with the center of the snowflake, place a line of glue down the side of one wine cork. Then press and hold the wine corks together for a few moments until the glue dries.

4. Continue glueing the wine corks together into a round shape.

5. Glue two wine corks to the top of the circle of wine corks.

6. Glue two wine corks to the bottom of the circle of wine corks.

7. Add two wine corks to each of the sides of the wine cork circle with hot glue.

8. Brush Mod Podge onto the top of each wine cork.

9. Over a paper lined container, generously pour on some ocean blue extra fine glitter, covering the Mod Podge completely. Allow to dry. Some colors may need additional coats of Mod Podge and glitter.
10. Fold the paper in half and pour the glitter back into the container.

11. For my second wine cork snowflake, I placed one wine cork in the middle and then glued 6 wine corks around the center cork.

12. Then glued two one corks to each of the corks around the center cork. Repeat steps 8-10 with additional wine cork snowflakes.

13. Using hot glue, glue a small piece of natural jute twine to the the back of the snowflake. Allow to dry to completely dry before hanging.
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DIY Lace Doily Christmas Tree


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

Things you’ll need:
White doilies
Scissors
Paper mache cone
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Fold one of the doilies in half.

2. Using scissors, cut along the folded line to cut the doily in half.

3. Starting at the bottom of the tree, add a line of hot glue to the long edge of one doily half.

4. Place the doily on the cone so that the bottom of the doily comes just to the bottom edge of the cone.

5. Repeat steps 1-4 all the way around the bottom edge, overlapping the doily edges if necessary and keeping the doilies as even as possible.

6. Repeat steps 1-4 once again, this time creating a second layer of doilies centered over the first layer to help hide the cone.

7. Continue to add doilies around the cone in layers, working your way to the top of the cone.

8. As you get closer to the top, you may find that you can just wrap one doily all the way around, and that’s sufficient to cover the cone. Continue until you’ve covered the entire cone.

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DIY Apothecary Christmas Light Garland

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This festive garland is a wonderful way to light up the night and celebrate the holiday season in style.

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

Things you’ll need:
Mini glass bottles with corks
Miniature bottle brush trees
Artificial snow
Knife
Wire cutters
Funnel
LED string lights

Things to do:

  1. First, use an exacto knife to trim small notches out of the cork lids on the bottles. The holes should be large enough that the wires on the lights will fit through when the lids are on the bottles.
  2. Use the funnel to add snow to the bottles.
  3. Use wire cutters to remove the large base from the bottoms of the trees.
  4. Place a tree and a light from the strand inside each bottle and push the lid on tightly to hold them in place.
  5. Add a bottle to every other light on the strand.
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5-Minute Homemade Holiday Stamps Tutorial

Do you want to add a personal touch to your gift wrapping this holiday season? Today, we’re going to show you how to make homemade stamps that you can use to create custom gift tags! This is a super fun way to add a handmade touch to the holidays.

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

Things you’ll need:
Ink Pad
Thick Foam Sheets
Gold Stars
Gift Tags
Knife and mat set
Wood bases
Craft Glue

Things to do:

  1. Cut a 1″ x 2 1/4 ” strip of foam.
  2. Use your knife to cut a tree out of the foam rectangle. You can add a trunk and different markings by carving out the foam.

  3. Use craft glue to secure the foam tree to a piece of wood.
  4. When the glue is dry, you can use your stamp! One of our favorite ways to use homemade stamps is to make gift tags. Press the stamp firmly onto the ink pad stamp it onto the center of a gift tag.
  5. Finish the gift tag by gluing a star to the top of the tree for a 3D effect.
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