Happy Halloweenie


imageIt was fun to carve and I made him look very happy… Small marshmallows for teeth triangles for eyes and nose and a big smile to greet everyone with. What will your Jack-o-lantern look like? Put your imagination to work…. Happy Halloweenie 🎃

Making Mushroom Wreaths

imageTo make a Velvet Mushroom Wreath:

Using a ruler and sharp pencil, score a 10” square in the center of your foam sheet. Wax the knife blade with the bar of soap or an old candle, and cut out the center, creating a 2” frame.
2. Cover the square wreath with the burnt orange fabric:

Cut the fabric into three, 3″ wide strips.
Pin and glue one strip to the back of the square wreath, and wrap it around the wreath.
Stretch the strip as you wrap it, so that the ends curl under as you go.
Pin and glue the other end to the back of the wreath.
Repeat with the two additional strips, till wreath is covered.
Corners: Center a fabric strip over the corner as you wrap. Fold over any excess fabric, and pin and glue to the back of the wreath.
3. Cut the mushrooms stems from the leftover, 10” foam square:

Cut out five stems, one each 3¾”, 3″, and 1¾” tall; and two that are 2¼” tall.
Cut away the corners, and press the edges on a tabletop to flatten.
Roll each stem on the tabletop till it’s round.
Roll more firmly near the top edge, so that the stem tapers at the tip.
4. Wrap the stems in the cream fabric and glue the edge. Cut away excess fabric, leaving ½” extra at the top and bottom. Using the scissors or another pointed tool, tuck the excess fabric into the top and bottom of the stem. Add a dab of glue, if needed, to help hold the fabric in place.

DIY Velvet Mushrooms. Beautiful on a Fall Wreath or made as Christmas Ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.
You’ll pair each stem with a half ball for the mushroom cap. If I were making these into Christmas ornaments, I’d cover the mushroom cap in red, stretchy fabric.

5. Cut the foam balls in half. Match up each half ball, or mushroom cap, with a stem. Cut a ½” deep hole in the flat side of each half ball to fit the stem.

6. Cover the mushroom caps with fabric:

Cut a circle of fabric large enough to cover the half ball, and add ½” all around.
Gather the fabric around the half ball, pulling fabric snugly to the bottom of the mushroom cap. Glue fabric in place.
7. Glue mushroom stems into the mushroom caps.

8. Arrange and glue mushrooms in place on the wreath. Decorate the wreath with natural materials.

Look at the details on this Fall Wreath with a woodland scene. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.
Add little critters, like ladybugs or a turtle, to introduce a little woodland whimsy.

9. Dip the picture hanger nails in glue, and insert through the hanger into the back of the wreath. Let the glue dry before hanging the wreath.

This is a beautiful woodland wreath for fall! The velvet mushrooms would make cute tree ornaments, too. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.
These colors are beautiful for fall.

Tinsel Tuesdays: How to make a Snowman Candle Pedestal

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Today’s Tinsel Tuesday tutorial (how’s that for alliteration?) is a special, DIY gift idea – a Snowman Candle Pedestal. In a clever “hat trick”, a 3” pedestal candle finishes off his top hat. Like Frosty, the top hat really brings him to life and adds personality. For even more personality, tie on a fleece scarf in bright colors or patterns, and then paint the Snowman Candle Pedestal to match. If it’s hot where you are right now, this is the time to build a Snowman Candle Pedestal!

A cute DIY Gift idea. Snowman Candle Pedestal tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com. Snowman Candle Pedestal by Koren Russell.

To make a Snowman Candle Pedestal, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
    • 5” Ball
    • 1” x 12” x 10 Block, or other size sheet that’s 1” thick
  • Acrylic craft paint: Off-white, cream, light cream, dark burgundy, orange
  • Air-dry modeling clay*
  • Felt or fleece, 4” x 24” in blue or other color of your choice

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Tile Mosaic Crafts: DIY mosaics for the garden and indoors, too

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I love mosaics, but I’ve not yet tried to make my own. And I have no excuse – making a 3-D mosaic is as easy as this five-step tutorial. How pretty would these mosaic eggs, cone or even a tile mosaic garden ball be in my garden? I bet you feel the same way, so I’m sharing this easy tutorial today so you can make a mosaic for your garden. Of course, these look beautiful indoors, too.

This post has so many different ways to make mosaic garden ornaments! CraftsnCoffee.com

To make a Tile Mosaic, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone; 4” egg (balls would work, too)
  • Ceramic tile: Sheets of 3/8” squares in colors of your choice
  • Latex ceramic tile adhesive
  • Grout in color of your choice (Kathleen used white)
  • Acrylic floor wax
  • Tools needed: Tile nippers; palette knife; rubber spatula; disposable gloves; lint-free cloth; old rag

These mosaics aren't hard -- make them in five steps with the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com. So pretty — indoors or out!

To make a Tile Mosaic

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For summer fun or for school, DIY a model of a Southwest Adobe House

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If your summer travel includes a trip to the southwest, you may be inspired to recreate your adventures and make this Southwest Adobe House. Or maybe you’ll want to make it because your plans don’t include a trip to the southwest. Bookmark this Adobe House tutorial for the school year, too – it might come in handy. While I know that kids will find this a cool project, they will need help from an adult along the way.

DIY a model of a southwest adobe house. Great for the kids at home or for school. Bookmark this! CraftsnCoffee.com.

 To make a Southwest Adobe House, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 1″ x 12″ x 18″ sheets OR one 1″ x 12″ x 36″ sheet
  • Packaged sand
  • Wooden dowel, 15 ” x 3/16″ dia.
  • Balsa strips:
    • 1 yd. 6mm x 2mm (ladder frame)
    • 1 ft. 3mm square balsa strip (ladder rungs)
  • White craft glue:
    • Thick, white craft glue for assembling the house
    • Thin-bodied white glue for brushing…

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