Category: Winter Crafts

Modern Cinnamon Stick Himmeli Ornament Tutorial

Fill your home with the sweet smell of cinnamon! This all-natural air freshener will fill your space with a warm and inviting aroma. Make several and display them throughout the room for best results.

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

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Wooden beads
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is cutting your string. You need four pieces, all measuring about 24-inches long. Knot the ends of your strings together.
2. Slide cinnamon sticks on all four of your strings. Pull them up tight to the knot.
3. Now we’re going to add a crossing cinnamon stick. Slide it on a string as you normally would, but then slide the neighboring string through it as well. Repeat this step on the other side, so you have two crossing cinnamon sticks.
4. Add four more cinnamon sticks on the four strings.
5. When all of your cinnamon sticks are in place, pull the ends of your string up and tie them in a knot, creating a diamond shape.
6. To add dimension to your cinnamon stick hanger, use hot glue to add beads in between your cinnamon stick diamonds.
7. Slide a wooden bead onto the top of the cinnamon stick diamond and knot your strings in a loop, creating a hanger.

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5-Minute Rustic Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Looking for a quick and easy way to update your ornaments this holiday season? These rustic Christmas ornaments take only a few minutes to make and look absolutely lovely in the glow of Christmas lights.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache ornament
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, we’re going to create a base of greenery. Trim off a piece or two and secure them to the top of your ornament with a drop of hot glue. Let the glue dry before moving on to the next step. Be careful not to cover the hanger on the ornament.
2. Trim off a few accent pieces, such as berries or pinecones, and secure them to the top of the greenery. Use them to cover the seam, where the greenery is glued to the ornament.
3. Display your ornament and enjoy!

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DIY Golden Snitch Harry Potter-Inspired Ornament

Use this simple DIY for a super easy peasy Harry Potter inspired ornaments. This is a fabulous craft idea for children to whip up for the Christmas Tree or to give to their favorite Potter Head!

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

Things you’ll need:
Christmas ornament
Mod Podge
Gold glitter
Paint brush
White Wire Garland
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Using your paintbrush, brush an even coat of mod podge onto your ornament.
2. Sprinkle with gold glitter, covering all bare spots. Allow to fully dry.
3. Cut two pieces of garland for your wings. This will depend on the size of wings you desire for the size of ornament you have chosen. We used around 6 inches per wing.
4. Bend your wire garland into a wing shape. This is super simple!
5. Attach your wings to each side of your ornament using hot glue.

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DIY Bookpage Christmas Ornament

Create a gorgeous ornament using the pages from your favorite books for a unique Christmas tree theme. These ornaments make great gifts, and can be personalized to make a thoughtful present for your favorite bookworm!

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

Things you’ll need:
Christmas Ornament
Mod Podge
Book pages

Things to do:
1. Gently rip pieces in all shapes and sizes out of your book pages. Tip: finding books at thrift stores that have been heavily used is a great option for this project.
2. Paint or saturate your page pieces in mod podge, and smooth onto your ornament.
3. Once your pieces have been added to your ornament, completely covering all bare spots, use your hands to smooth all of your pieces into place. There will be lumps, this is normal and sometimes unavoidable.
4. Sprinkle with glitter and shake off the excess, while your mod podge is still wet.
5. Allow to dry.

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How to Make a Frosty Winter Jar Luminary Tutorial

Create a dazzling frosted jar luminary in a few simple steps! Great for seasonal decorating and gifting!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20 minutes + dry time
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Glass jar
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Epsom salt
Winter themed miniatures (bottle brush tree, tiny deer, etc.)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Use a paint brush to paint a thin layer of mod podge on your glass jar.
2. Roll in (or sprinkle with) epsom salt. Cover your entire jar.
3. Allow to dry.
4. Wrap your twine around the top lip of your jar. Tie or glue into place.
5. Hot glue your seasonal miniatures into place.

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“JOY” Faux Fur Christmas Letters Tutorial

It’s cold outside, but your decor will be oh-so-cozy! These fur letters add a chic, modern touch to your home around the holidays. If you’re looking for an update to traditional holiday decor, this DIY is for you!

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

Things you’ll need:
JOY paper mache letters
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Trace the outline of your letter onto the backside of your fur. Cut out the shape.
2. Use hot glue to attach the fur to your letter.
3. Cut several 1-inch wide strips of fur and use hot glue to attach them to the edges of your letter.

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Gold-Gilded Woodland Gift Toppers Tutorial

Take your gift wrapping to the next level with these forest gift toppers! They only take a few minutes to make and easily slide on to any gift, adding a unique, homemade touch.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 5 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mini bottle brush trees
Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Things to do:
1. First, apply a drop of hot glue on the end of your clothespin and secure your tree in place.
2. Add drops of hot glue on the bottom of the deer’s feet and attach it to the other side of the clothespin.
3. Tie a ribbon around your present and clip your gift topper in place.

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Retro-Inspired Candy Tin Shadow Box Tutorial

Create a fun vintage inspired tin assemblage box using a mint tin and all of your winter or Christmas themed bits and bobs! This is a great project for kids and adults alike!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes + dry time
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Tin mint box/tin craft box
Aleene’s True Snow
Glitter (optional)
Paint brush
Christmas/Winter themed miniatures (mini bottle brush trees, plastic reindeer, etc)
Vintage Paper Scrap (cards, etc) or Scrapbook Paper

Things to do:
1. Using a paintbrush in your open mint tin, dollop/paint your Aleene’s True Snow all over the inside, top and sides of your box. Thickness and design is up to you, but be sure you have covered all of the silver area of your box that will be visible.
2. Add your miniatures. We like to add the miniatures while the True Snow is still wet, so that the pieces will dry in place and look as though they are part of the scene. (You may have to come back after the snow has dried and hot glue pieces to the top and sides of the box ).
3. Adding extras such as vintage cut outs or scrapbook paper add charm, as does rick rack and any other various same themed additions that strike your fancy!
4. Allow to fully dry.

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DIY Rustic Mason Jar Ring Wreath Tutorial

Create a simple, yet beautiful rustic inspired wreath using canning jar rings and jute twine using this simple tutorial!

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

Things you’ll need:
Canning jar ring
Jute twine
Winter-themed miniatures
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of twine. The length will be determined by the size of your ring, and what you feel comfortable working with. You can easily add twine as you go.
2. Attach one end of your twine to the inside of the ring using hot glue.
3. Wrap your ring. Keep your twine tight and close together. When you run out of twine, simply attach the end of your twine to the inside of your ring using hot glue, and start with a new piece of twine just as you started until you reach the end, and your wreath is entirely covered.
4. Create a loop of twine to act as your ornament hanger. Attach using hot glue on the top backside of your ring.
5. Add your miniatures using hot glue. We used mint bottle brush trees, and created ribbons using our twine and attaching with hot glue.

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5-Minute Jingle Bell Wreath Tutorial

Spread holiday cheer with a musical ornament that complements any Christmas decor! This project is simple and easy, so the kids can help too!

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

Things you’ll need:
Jingle bells
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut an 8-inch piece of wire.
2. Slide jingle bells into the wire, varying sizes for dimension.
3. When the wire is covered with jingle bells, twist the ends together, creating a wreath shape.
4. Slide a piece of wire through the top of the wreath and wrap the ends together, creating a hanger.

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