How to Make a Yarn Winter Hat Christmas Ornament


This is a great project for using leftover or scrap yarn. You can use one color, or mix it up and make a striped hat using multiple colors of yarn.

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

Things you’ll need:
Toilet paper roll
Pencil
Scissors
Yarn
Fiberfill

Things to do:
1. Measure 1″ from the edge of the toilet paper roll and mark it with a pencil.

2. Cut the toilet paper roll so that it measures 1″ tall.

3. Cut strands of yarn that each measure about 10″ long. The number of strands you cut will depend on the thickness of your yarn, but you can always cut a few to get you started now and add more as you need them.

4. Working with one strand at a time, fold the strand in half then insert the loop through the center of the toilet paper roll.

5. Bring the yarn tails over the roll and through the loop.

6. Pull the tails to secure the yarn around the roll. (If you’ve ever made fringe before, this is the same technique.) The knot should rest on the edge of the roll.

7. Repeat steps 3-5, sliding the strands of yarn close together as you work.

8. Continue until you have filled the entire circumference of the toilet paper roll.

9. Grab all the yarn ends together, then push them through the center of the toilet paper roll.

10. Cut an 8″ strand of yarn, then use your finger to comb the strands neatly.

11. Double knot the 8″ strand of yarn around the yarn tails, making sure all the tails are secured.

12. Trim the strand you knotted, as well as the yarn tails. The yarn tails should be trimmed short enough that they look like a pompom.

13. Stuff a bit of fiberfill inside the yarn hat to hold its shape.

14. Tie another 10″ strand of yarn around the pompom, then knot it at the top to use it as an ornament hanger.

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French Macaron Glitter Ornaments Tutorial


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

Things you’ll need:
Work surface covering
Krylon Short Cuts Spray Paint in Turquoise
Soda Pop Bottle Caps
Muse Purple Super Chunky Glitter
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scrap yarn or ornament hanger

Things to do:
1. Cover your work surface for protection. Place two soda bottle caps on the surface face down, then spray paint them.

2. Allow the caps to dry.

3. Using the hot glue gun, add a thin layer of glue around the edge of one bottle cap.

4. Immediately place the second bottle cap on top and squeeze them together.

5. Place a small amount of glitter on a piece of cardboard.

6. Working in small sections, place a dab of hot glue between the bottle caps…

7. …then roll the glued section in the glitter.

8. Repeat steps 6-7 until the entire circumference of the bottle caps is covered in glitter. Thread an 8″ piece of scrap yarn or ornament hook through the loop.

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Vintage Diorama Tin Pan Christmas Ornament Tutorial


I made these 3d ornaments as a child. They are reminiscent of the aluminum trees from the past.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 20-30 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
6″ round aluminum pan
Old greeting card, picture, sheet music, wrapping paper, photo…
Embellishments (tiny trees, gift packages) and trim (tinsel, pearls)
Ribbon
Stapler
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Utility blade or Xacto knife
Scissors
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Start by poking hole in center of bottom of pan with knife or blade.

2. The pans I found were already marked in sixths. Using scissors, cut on lines from center to edge of pan.

3. Use pencil to roll each edge from center to edge.

4. Place pan on top of card or paper and trace around edge with pencil. Cut out, staple to pan around fluted edge.
5. Glue trim and embellishments as desired to inside of diorama and outside. Add hanger. Reminisce.


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DIY JOY Holiday Letter Decor


Bring Joy to the world with your own faux snow covered Joy sign. Here is how to make your own:

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 2 hours plus drying time
Age range: 10+

Things you will need:
JOY Holiday Letter DIY Kit
Krylon Glitter Blast Cherry Bomb Glitter Spray Paint
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray
Aleene’s True Glittered Snow
White Extra Fine Glitter
Red and White Baker’s Twine

Things to do:
1. Spray the wooden letters J and Y with the Krylon Glitter Blast Cherry Bomb Glitter Spray Paint. Set aside to dry, repeat coats if desired. I only used one coat of paint.

2. When the letters have dried, with a small paint brush, brush on a layer of Aleene’s True Glitter Snow on the top of the letter J. Then dab on more leaving little spikes of snow.
3. Before the Aleene’s glitter snow dries, over a paper lined container, pour on some white extra fine glitter on top of the snow. Shake off excess glitter.

4. Repeat with the lower part of the J, only going up about a quarter of the way.
5. With a clean paint brush, gently brush off any excess white glitter on the red part of the J.

6. Repeat with the top of the letter Y. Set both letters aside to dry.

7. When finished with glitter, fold paper in half and pour the glitter back into the container.

8. Tightly tie on the Letters J and Y onto the O wreath with the red and white bakers twine. Add an additional strand at the top if hanging.

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DIY Glittered Wine Bottle and Glasses

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

Things you will need:
Mod Podge
Glitter
Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray
Small Poly Foam Brush
Glasses
Wine Bottle
Rubbing alcohol

Things to do:
1. Clean glass thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.

2. Starting with the top edge of the stem of the glass, carefully brush on some Mod Podge. You may use painter’s tape for a straighter line.

3. Continue to brush a coat of Mod Podge onto the rest of the stem of the glass.

4. Over a paper lined container, generously pour on a coat of garnet red extra fine glitter. Shake off any excess glitter. Set aside to dry for about 5 hours. Repeat coats of glitter if necessary. Let dry 5 hours between all coats.

5. Once Mod Podge has dried, add a top a top layer of Mod Podge to reduce the amount of glitter falling off. Allow to dry another 5 hours.

6. Starting with the top edge of the wine bottle, carefully brush on a coat of Mod Podge.

7. Continue coating on the Mod Podge over the bottom of the bottle.

8. Generously pour the same red garnet extra fine glitter onto the wine bottle, over the paper lined container. Set aside to dry. Repeat coats of glitter if desired.

9. Once you are finished with the glitter, fold the paper in half and pour the glitter back into the container.
10. Spray the wine with the Krylon Glitter Blast Clear Sealer Spray or another coat of Mod Podge. Set aside to dry.

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Cinnamon Stick Firewood Stack Christmas Ornament Tutorial


Create these sweet little wood stacks that add a great scent to your tree.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 5-10 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Cinnamon sticks
Embellishments (pine and berries)
Ribbon or twine
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors

Things to do:
1. First, start out by cutting your cinnamon sticks in half lengthwise. I would recommend wearing safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris.
2. Using three of the half pieces of cinnamon start forming your wood stack. Glue two together side by side and one on top.

3. Now, glue your embellishments on top of wood stack.

4. Cut approximately 20″ of trim, fold in half and make an overhand knot to form loop for hanging. With loop on top, wrap the loose ends around bottom of logs, pull tight and tie in knot or bow.

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DIY Woodland Forest Mason Jar Terrarium


The snow has just begun to fall on this little woodland scene.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 10 and up (help with glue gun is advised)

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Miniature reindeer
Miniature trees
Sheet moss
Crystal glitter
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Twine
Berries

Things to do:
1. Start by drizzling hot glue in bottom of jar. Carefully pat in a piece of sheet moss. Be careful to not burn your fingers. Allow the moss to creep up sides of jar a bit. Once your moss is in place, glue your tiny trees in background.

2. Glue deer into moss as desired. Sprinkle glitter liberally for desired look.


3. Screw lid onto jar. Wrap twine around lid and tie in bow. Tie knots in ends of twine so scene is still visible. Glue berries under the bow.
4. After I finished this project, I decided I wanted more snow on the deer. I gave it a quick shot of hairspray and sprinkled on more crystal glitter.

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DIY Snowman Snow Globe


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

Things you will need:
Miniature Glittered Snowman
Acrylic Snow Globe Jar
E6000
Miniature Top Hats
Glitter
“Snow Globe” Snowflakes
EnviroTex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish
Glycerin
Craft Super Heat Gun with Stand (optional)

Things to do:
1. Sand the inside of the snow globe where the snowman will be placed.
2. Using the E6000 glue, glue the snowman onto the inside piece of the snow globe. Hold the snowman in place for awhile until glue starts to dry. I used a heat gun for a short period of time to speed up the glue drying process, as my snowman kept falling over. Let glue dry for a minimum of 24 hours.

3. Brush the snowman with the EnvironTex Lite. Allow to dry for at least 8 hours or up to 48 hours for full strength.
4. Fill the snow globe with water. Then add the snowman hats and snowglobe snowflakes.

5. Add the extra fine white glitter, as much as desired.Then add a 1/2 tsp. of glitter to the water.

6. Coat the outside edges of the seal of the snow globe with the E6000 glue. Then leave the snow globe upside down to dry for at least 24 hours.

7. Screw on the base of the snow globe.

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5-Minute Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Tutorial


Plaid is everywhere and even better when paired with burlap!

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

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam ball
Fat quarter of fabric
Burlap ribbon
Twine
Embellishments (berries, greenery, rusty bells)
Scissors or pinking shears
Glue or hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Start by cutting your fabric into 9-inch x 15-inch for a 3-inch styrofoam ball.
2. Place the styrofoam ball in center of fabric and bring short sides to center. Glue each piece at the top to hold.


3. Next, cut a 10-inch piece of twine. Gather the longer sides of fabric to top then tie the twine in knot to secure.

4. Cut a 19-inch piece of burlap ribbon and a 10-inch piece of twine. Fold burlap back and forth to form a bow with tails. Tie twine tightly around center.


5. Using ends of twine, tie bow to gathered fabric.

6. Finally, tie the tiny bells to ends of twine. To finish the ornament, glue embellishments in the center of bow to your liking. Cut a 14-inch piece of twine, double and tie in knot. Glue to center for a hanger.

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DIY Glittery Star Garland


Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes plus 1 hour drying time
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Covering for work surface
Cardstock
Star punch
Glitter
Adhesive spray
Small hole punch
Scissors
Jute twine

Things to do:
1. Using the star punch, punch the star color of your choice in cardstock.

2. Continue punching around the border of the cardstock until you have the number of stars you’d like for your garland.

3. Place a covering on your work surface and lay out all the stars. Divide them into two groups. Spray the first group of stars with spray adhesive.

4. Immediately cover the first group of stars with the glitter color of your choice. (We used white glitter.)

5. Once the stars are covered, use your finger to distribute the glitter evenly on the star’s surface.

6. Repeat steps 3-5 with the second group of stars, this time using a different glitter color. (We used blue glitter.) Allow the glitter stars to dry for at least an hour. Tip: If you’d like, you can repeat steps 3-6 again to glitter the back of the star. This is ideal if your stars won’t be laying flat against a wall.

7. Once the stars are dry, punch a hole in the top of a star with a small hole punch.

8. Repeat step 7 to punch a hole in the top of each star.

9. Cut a length of twine the same length you’d like your garland, plus 1-2″ extra.

10. Thread the first star onto the twine. Tie a knot before and after the star to ensure it doesn’t slide along the garland.

11. Repeat step 11 with the rest of the stars, spacing them evenly across. Hang your garland on the mantle or anywhere else that needs some holiday sparkle.

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