Peppermint Express Christmas Décor

Hello Crafts Ideas friends! It’s Jill Cornell with you today, and I have a fun Christmas décor project to share with you.

American Crafts has a whimsical, fun collection out this year called Peppermint Express. I love the 12″x12″ sheet of patterned paper that has a Christmas Bingo card look to it. I was inspired to create an 11″x14″ canvas using this sheet of paper.

I  created a quilt of sorts along the edges of the canvas using scraps of paper from a 6″x6″ paper pad in the Peppermint Express collection. To finish off the edges of the canvas, I adhered a strip of ribbon around all the edges.

Finally, I used a variety of dimensional stickers, patterned paper squares (that I machine stitched) and die-cuts to embellish several of the squares on the canvas. 

This was a quick and easy project to create for Christmas this year. Happy New Year!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

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Snow Bunnies

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Usher in the New Year with a fun new project! Cross-stitch these adorable snow bunnies to give your home décor a wintry touch.

Materials

  • DMC 14-count Pale Blue Aida
  • DMC 6-Strand Embroidery Floss

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Basic Supplies

scissors

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands
  • French Knot: 2 strands (wrapped 2 times)

Directions

Size / Stitch Count

Size: 8”x8-5/8”; stitch count: 113 w x 122 h

Snow Bunnies

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitched design centered on fabric.

3. Backstitch weeds using one strand DMC 435 Brown, Vy. Lt. and eyes using one strand DMC 310 Black. For all other backstitching, use DMC 3371 Black Brown.

4. Complete French Knots with two strands wrapped two times using DMC White for eyes and DMC 221 Shell Pink, Vy. Dk. for berries.

5. Finish as desired.

by Pamela Kellogg

1st Snow Mini Album

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Capture the beauty of the first snow of the season with this gorgeous mini album.

Materials

  • Maya Road 3-Ring Chipboard Tab Book, 8″x5″
  • Chipboard cut-outs: snowflakes, letters to spell “1st Snow”
  • Embellishments: chunky crystal glitter, fine transparent clear glitter, light blue gems
  • Burlap scrap
  • Thin natural twine
  • Ribbons: white, brown, white tulle

Tools

  • Xyron Adhesives: 1.5” Create-A-Sticker, 3” Sticker Maker, Clear Hold Adhesive from Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit, High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots
  • Embossing machine and embossing folder of choice
  • Background stamps of choice
  • Acrylic paints: light blue, white, brown

Basic Supplies

scissors, baby wipe, paintbrushes, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

STEP 1

Remove pages from book rings. On covered work surface, paint all pages and snowflakes with light blue paint; let dry.

STEP 2

Paint chipboard letters white; let dry.

STEP 3

Place snowflakes in embossing folder; emboss.

STEP 4

Glaze snowflakes with brown acrylic paint, working it into the crevices with your fingers; wipe away with baby wipe. Let dry.

STEP 5

Using white paint, stamp each page to add dimension.

STEP 6

Run snowflakes facedown through Xyron 1.5” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove snowflakes. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter.

STEP 7

Run letters facedown through Xyron 3” Sticker Maker. Rub backing, then peel to remove. Sprinkle with fine clear glitter. Add chunky glitter as desired, adhering with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit.

STEP 8

Use seasonal stamped sentiments or die-cuts to embellish interior pages.

STEP 9

Fold burlap on itself; trim to desired size. Tie twine around burlap bundle; secure with Xyron’s Clear Hold Adhesive from the Teresa Collins Adhesive Kit. Adhere snowflakes, letters and bundle to cover with Xyron’s High Tack 3/8” Adhesive Dots. Adhere gems to snowflake centers.

STEP 10

Reassemble book. Cut ribbons into 3” lengths; tie on rings.

by Linda Neff for Xyron, Inc. (www.xyron.com)

New Year’s Party Hat

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Ring out the old boring party hats! Upcycle leftover Christmas decorations to bling in new, airbrushed party hats for your New Year’s celebration.

Materials

  • Party hat
  • Plastic headband
  • Recycled Christmas items: white shirt box, bows, silver tinsel garland
  • Small brad

Tools

  • Testors Aztek A220 Broadstroke EZ Airbrush Set
  • Testors Aztek AC100 Powerful and Compact Compressor-Standard or Airbrush Propellant, 6 oz. can with Air Can Adapter
  • Testors Aztek Airbrushable Acrylic Paint, 2 oz.: Opaque Black, Fluorescent Yellow, Fluorescent Pink
  • Testors Aztek Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner, 4 oz.
  • Testors Aztek Cleaning Drop Cloth
  • Lace fabric
  • Silver glitter
  • Adhesives: double-stick tape, all-purpose glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, scrap paper, straight pin, paper plate, plastic spoon, black marker

Directions

STEP 1

Deconstruct party hat and use as template to trace onto shirt box. Use a small cup to trace a circle (clock base) and freehand draw two clock hand shapes onto the shirt box; cut out all shapes.

STEP 2

Cover work area with Cleaning Drop Cloth. Following manufacturer’s instructions, assemble airbrush to chosen air source.  Remove red plastic cap and fill Quick Change Bottle with Fluorescent Pink Paint; close cap and thread connector to bottle. The connector then snaps into place on airbrush.

STEP 3

Practice airbrushing on piece of paper before applying paint to project. (Note: Trigger turns air on and off.  Roller at front of airbrush allows flow of air to be adjusted.  To adjust flow of paint, turn ring at top of the paint bottle until you have desired amount of paint.) Lightly press trigger and spray smooth, even strokes of Fluorescent Pink paint onto party hat.  (Note: Heavy amounts of paint may warp the cardboard, so keep coats of paint very light.)  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 4

Should paint start to dry inside the Quick Connect Cap, simply insert included wire tool into opening of cap and remove any dried paint.  If airbrush sit is left idle and paint has dried inside bottle, cap, or siphon tubes, disassemble parts and soak in Universal Acrylic Airbrush Cleaner.

STEP 5

To change colors, pop off first bottle and thread connector onto another; snap into place.  Replace red plastic cap on first bottle to keep paint fresh. Lay lace fabric over painted party hat.  Lightly press trigger and spray light, smooth, even strokes of Opaque Black paint until lace is covered completely.

STEP 6

Carefully remove lace to reveal design.  Set aside to dry.

STEP 7

Airbrush clock face with Fluorescent Yellow Paint.  Let dry and apply additional coats if necessary.

STEP 8

Apply glue to clock hands and run bead of glue along edge of circle as shown. Cover glue with silver glitter. Let dry. Brush off any excess glitter.

STEP 9

Securing all with double-stick tape, reassemble party hat into cone shape, attach tinsel to base and bows to top of hat. Using straight pin to start holes, poke brad through all pieces to form clock and attach to hat.  Position clock on opposite side of hat’s seam.

STEP 10

Cut small slits in sides of hat; slide headband through slits. If desired, use black marker to write, “Happy New Years,” or further personalize it by the adding the year or name.

Tips

  • Attach folded tape to the bottoms of your shapes to secure them while airbrushing and glittering.
  • Place items to be glittered on a paper plate for easy clean up and use a plastic spoon to sprinkle the glitter.
  • To learn more about this particular Testor’s Aztek Airbrush, click here to view a video with details and other helpful basic airbrushing information.

by Emma McDonald for The Testors Corporation (www.testors.com)

Felt Snowmen Décor

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These two frosty fellows are sure to add cheer to your winter décor and brighten even the dreariest of days.

Materials

  • Wood felt: white, 3/8 yd.; red, green, black, 1/8 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Orange wool roving
  • Buttons: white, 3/8” to 1/2”, six; red, 1/2” to 5/8”, two
  • Black perle cotton, #12

Tools

  • Needles: felting; embroidery
  • Sewing machine and white thread

Directions

Size

7-1/2″ and 10-1/2″ tall

General

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: Use one strand of perle cotton for French knots and running stitches.)

Large Snowman

1. Enlarge pattern 120%. Cut two snowman shapes from white felt, using the lower of two bottom lines for large snowman.

2. Transfer eye and mouth dots to one snowman shape following pattern. Make French knots on dots, wrapping thread around needle three times for each knot. Sew white buttons to dots on body. Roll tiny piece of orange wool roving into circle, place it in center of face, and punch with needle tool to attach for nose.

3. Pin snowman shapes together with right sides facing out. Sew a machine straight stitch around snowman 1/4” from edges, leaving bottom open. Trim seam allowance 1/8” from stitching.

4. Stuff snowman firmly at top and less firm at bottom. Cut 4” circle from white felt. Pin to bottom opening of snowman. Sew running stitch 1/8” from edges of circle and snowman bottom to attach

5. Cut 1”x18” strip from red felt for scarf. Wrap scarf around snowman’s neck and tie on left side. Cut fringe at ends of scarf.

6. To make hat, cut 1-1/2”x4” strip from black felt. Using running stitch, sew short ends together 1/8” from edges to make tube. Cut 1-1/2” circle from black felt. Sew circle around top of felt tube.

7. To make hat brim, cut 2” circle from black felt and cut 1-1/4” circle from center. Sew inside edge of circle to bottom of hat. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat with black thread. Sew hat to top of head to secure it.

Small Snowman

Follow same basic instructions as large snowman, using actual size of pattern and cutting the upper of two bottom lines for small snowman. Cut 3/4”x15” strip from green felt for scarf, and from black felt cut 1”x3-1/2” strip for side of hat, 1-1/8” circle for top, and 1-3/4” circle with 1” circle cut from center for brim. Sew greenery and red button to left side of hat.

by Mary Ayres

Lacy Candle Shade

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These one-of-a-kind candle shades are great gifts and so easy to customize to fit any color scheme.

Materials

  • Glass candlestick and votive cup
  • Cardstock: heavy white, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Heartfelt Creations Burst of Splendor Paper Collection (HCDP1 235)
  • Teardrop beads
  • Pearls: 4mm, 5mm
  • Iridescent yarn
  • Jewelry findings: headpins, jump rings
  • Battery-operated candle

Tools

  • Die-cutting and Embossing Machine
  • Heartfelt Creations PreCut Stamp Sets: Dahlia Cluster (HCPC 3548), Bold Leaf (HCPC 3547), Open Leaf (HCPC 3545)
  • Heartfelt Creations Dies: Classic Leaf (HCD 736), Decorative Lace Border (HCD 713)
  • Scor-Pal
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
  • Markers: Imagination International COPIC Amethyst V17, Mallow V15, Pale Lilac V12; Tombow Dark Olive 158, Asparagus 192; Stampin’ Up! Garden Green
  • Ranger Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue
  • Adhesives: Beacon Adhesives 527 Multi-Use Glue, paper glue

Basic Supplies

sewing needle and white thread, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters

Directions

STEP 1

Adhere votive cup to top of candlestick with 527 Glue; let dry.

STEP 2

Die cut four Decorative Lace Borders from heavy white cardstock. Adhere together, end to end, to create a strip approximately 23-1/2” long. Cut two 1/2” strips from green paper. Adhere along length of lace border, 1” from top edge. Apply Stardust Stickles throughout middle of lace; let dry.

STEP 3

Using Scor-Pal, score every other scallop on lace strip. Turn strip over, score opposite scallops. Mountain-valley fold length of strip; adhere ends together to create a tube.

STEP 4

Run threaded needle through lattice holes of lace tube just below uppermost scallop, securing a 4mm pearl between each fold. Tighten thread to draw top closer; tie threads off to create small top opening.

STEP 5

Thread yarn through holes at bottom of lace tube, just above teardrop descenders. Tighten yard to draw bottom closer until shade fits your candleholder; tie yarn off.

STEP 6

Thread teardrop bead on headpin, followed by 5mm pearl. Using pliers, wrap headpin stem around jump ring, making a loop and trimming off excess wire if necessary. Using pliers, open jump ring to hang pendant from shade every other pleat, opposite of the teardrop descenders. Repeat around entire bottom of shade.

STEP 7

Stamp small Dahlia on Whisper White cardstock, color with COPIC markers and cut out. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 8

Apply Garden Green marker to Bold Leaf stamp; stamp on Whisper White cardstock. Apply Dark Olive and Asparagus marker to Open Leaf stamp; stamp over Bold Leaf stamp. Using Classic Leaf die, die cut/emboss two leaves. Apply Stickles as desired.

STEP 9

Adhere leaves to flower. Adhere flower to paper shade as shown.

STEP 10

Insert battery-operated candle into votive cup; place shade on votive cup.

Tip

  • For safety reasons, use only battery-operated candles to light this shaded lamp.

by Linda Kleman for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Winter’s Woes Sign

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With this winter welcome, you’ll have visitors in abundance and your home will be filled with friends helping to make the season enjoyable.

Materials

  • Birch, veneer, or pine wood, 1⁄4” thick, 8”x10”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Antique Gold, Cashmere Beige, Sable Brown, Light Avocado, Sand, Antique White, Hauser Dark Green, Moon Yellow, Uniform Blue, Burnt Sienna, Lamp Black, Rookwood Red
  • Fabric of choice, 1”x5”
  • Black wire, 20-gauge, 16” length

Tools

  • Scroll saw
  • Drill with 1⁄16” bit
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Flat, Series 2700, 3⁄4”, 1”; Angular, Series 2160, 1⁄4”; Liner, Series 2595, 10/0; Stippler, Series 650, 1⁄4”
  • Walnut wood stain
  • Spray sealer
  • Black extra-fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, transfer paper, pencil, soft cloth, sandpaper, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

7-1⁄2”x9-1⁄2”

Sign

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Cut wood as indicated. Drill holes where indicated. Sand all sides of wood; wipe dust with soft cloth. Apply stain; let dry.

2. Transfer details (except lettering).

3. Paint the following: girl’s face and hands Cashmere Beige, shade Sable Brown; snowmen, girl’s hat brim, and tassel Sand; inside of sign Antique White; outside of sign Uniform Blue; girl’s hat and shirt and highlight dots on hat and tassel Light Avocado; one mitten Hauser Dark Green; other mitten Rookwood Red; snowman noses Burnt Sienna; girl’s hair Moon Yellow, shade Antique Gold; squiggles on hat and shirt, snowflakes on mittens, and highlight dots on sign border Sand. Drybrush cheeks with combination of Rookwood Red and Sand.

4. Sand corners for “aged” look. Apply stain; let dry.

5. Dot eyes and lettering Lamp Black. Adhere snowmens’ mittens and noses, girl’s hands, and hat brim with hair to sign. Add details with marker. Apply sealer; let dry.

6. Insert wire through holes for hanger; twist ends to secure. Tie fabric into bow at top of hanger.

by Cheryl Seslar

Christmas Card Tree

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Don’t throw out your Christmas cards after the holiday season! Recycle them into this beautiful easy-to-make Christmas tree.

Materials

  • Recycled Christmas cards
  • Gold cardstock
  • Wooden dowel, 1/4”, 12” length
  • Plastic-foam disc, 3”

Tools

  • Hole punch, 1/4″
  • Thick craft glue

Basic Supplies

paper, pencil, scissors, ruler, stapler

Directions

STEP 1

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Follow directions on patterns.

STEP 2

With right side facing up, fold each card where indicated by dashed line on pattern forming a pointed end; do not crease. Secure ends together with stapler. Punch hole where indicated by “O” on pattern.

STEP 3

Adhere one end of dowel to center of plastic-foam (base). Let dry. Beginning with extra-large cards and ending with small cards, thread cards onto dowel, working around base. Adhere wrong sides of star edges together, leaving bottom open. Let dry. Place open end of star onto top of dowel.

by the Craft Ideas Staff, formerly Crafts ‘n things (www.craftideas.com)

Quilted Charm Necklace

What crafter/artist/sewing enthusiast, etc. doesn’t keep all kinds of bits and baubles in their stash? As creative thinkers, we are hesitant to discard of anything that might be used in some random project in the near or even not so distant near future. This is what inspired me to create my Quilted Charm Necklace.

Quilted Charm Necklace

To make the quilted charms, simply raid your fabric stash scraps for any light colored cotton or muslin. Cut them into 2-1/2″ squares. You will need two squares for each charm. Then grab some really tiny strips of fused cotton muslin, a stamp pad,and some inspiring stamps, and stamp words using StazOn ink. Heat set the ink with an iron. Then fuse the stamped phases to one of the fabric squares by peeling off the paper backing and using the iron to fuse the fabric in place.

Gather some tiny bits of printed fabrics, beads, and wool felt die cuts. I used my Sizzix BigShot die-cutting machine and smaller dies to die cut flowers, vines, and leaves.

Embellish each charm as desired. Use your imagination. Use your bits and baubles leftover from other projects or even old repurposed charms and other jewelry bits, vintage fabrics, flat-backed stones… the sky is the limit when you are creating this quilted charm necklace! Once you have embellished each square to your liking, use the sewing machine to stitch items in place, adding a cool mixed media feel to your necklace. Beads will have to be hand-stitched using strong thread and a beading needle. Beadalon is a great source for these materials.

Now you are ready to assemble your quilted charms. Cut 2-1/4″ squares of interfacing that will serve to give “body” to each of your charms. Sandwich the interfacing between the two fabric squares and sew the edges together. I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each charm.

Use some jewelry chain, jump rings, and some assorted bits of beads and stones. Mine came from a pair of beaded sandals my aunt didn’t want to wear any longer. The lined crystals came from a favorite necklace that broke. Look around your stash of mis-matched earrings and broken jewelry stash and I will bet you will come up with all sorts of cool things for your Quilted Charm Necklace.

I hope this inspires you to think about unusual ways to mix mediums together and come up with some unique creations in 2014! I love quilting and I love jewelry so I thought of a way to marry the two. What do you love?

Live Life Creatively,

 

 

 

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

 

Swirl Cap Characters

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Add some festive flair to your Christmas packages with these quick-and-simple holiday gift tags.

Materials

  • Craft foam (for each): white, 6” square; red, 3”x4”
  • Flannel fabric, 1-1⁄2”x14” (snowman’s scarf)

Tools

  • Acrylic paints: white, ivory, hot pink, crimson, orange
  • Pinking shears
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

ruler, tracing paper, pencil, paintbrush, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

7″ tall

Swirl Cap Characters

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print.) Trace hat outline only onto red foam, and remaining patterns onto white; cut out. Using long, smooth strokes, cut swirls in hats. Cut two 3⁄4”x3-1⁄4” hat bands from white using pinking shears.

2. Transfer faces. For Santa, basecoat face Ivory. While paint is still wet, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink. When dry, paint nose and mouth Crimson and eyebrows White.

3. Using pattern as guide, draw details with black fine-tip permanent marker.

4. For snowman, drybrush cheeks Hot Pink and paint nose Orange. Draw details with marker. Tie scarf around neck.

5. Adhere bottom edges of hats to tops of heads and hat bands to hats. To hang, separate swirl and place on package. Write recipient’s name on hat band.

Tip

  • Need a last-minute gift? Kids can easily create these gift tags as ornaments for Grandma and Grandpa.

by Barbara Matthiessen