Handmade Holidays

December 1, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to


It’s December 1st, and you know what that means… Christmas is just around the corner. I’m kicking off a month of Handmade Holiday goodness, with some ornament inspiration. Over the next few days I’ll be posting some great ideas for handmade ornaments, including a few tutorials & patterns as well as some links to a few ornaments you can purchase, in case you run out of crafting time.

First up are a couple of felt ornaments I made a few years ago for a charity auction at work. These were really easy and fun to make, and were a huge hit at the auction.


For the Snowmen: Cut the snowman shape out of white felt, and stitch the two pieces together with colored embroidery thread (pick something that matches the color of felt you’ve chosen for the scarf). When you’ve almost finished stitching around the snowman, stop and fill it with stuffing, then continue stitching him up. You can add the face first if you’d like, but I found it easier to add after.

For the scarf, cut two strips of colored felt, one to go around your snowman’s neck and the other to loop over and hang down. I originally tried tying a longer strip like you would a regular scarf, but found that it didn’t lay very nice. Wrap one piece around the neck of your snowman, and use the second piece to cover the seam and hang down. Don’t forget to cut a little bit of fringe on the bottom too!

Then simply sew on a few tiny buttons and make a loop at the top with thread so you can hang him on your tree.


For the trees: Cut the tree shapes out of green felt, using pinking shears. Sew around the edge using colored embroidery thread (something that matches the ribbon). When you get to the top, insert the two ends of the ribbon making a loop, and continue sewing. Remember to leave a little hole to stuff it before you sew it all the way up. Then simply sew on a few multi-colored buttons to make the ornaments. I was lucky enough to find little star shaped buttons at my local craft store, but you could use anything.

Stay tuned for more Handmade Holiday goodness all December long.

Posted by: kelly

Happy Thanksgiving America

November 26, 2009 - Filed under Inspiration, Thanksgiving


These cute acorn cookies are from Amy Atlas’s Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet.

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Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2009 - Filed under Halloween

This Jack ‘O Ghost is from Etsy’s ‘Out of Our Gourds‘.

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DIY Halloween Garland Freebie!

October 27, 2009 - Filed under Free Stuff, Halloween, How-to, Paper goods

Looking for some last minute Halloween decorations? Here’s a quick project I designed that you can download for free!

Print the pdf onto card stock, cut out the circles and thread them along a piece of ribbon or string. Feel free to use the pieces any way you like. Spell out “Happy Halloween” across your mantel, or sting individual circles from your ceiling. You could even shrink them down, attach them to toothpicks and use them as cupcake toppers! The sky’s the limit, so get creative.


Download the Garland

The pdf contains 5 spooky illustrations, all the letters to spell “Happy Halloween”, and a few assorted patterns to break things up.

(p.s. feel free to send me photos of your finished garland!)

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Halloween Art

October 26, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, Paper goods


I love this Halloween print from Sara Harvey. You can see more of her great work in her Etsy shop.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 6: Virtual Pumpkins

October 24, 2009 - Filed under Halloween


No knives required, just your fingers and your imagination! Hallowcarver is a download-able app for your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can select from several different pumpkin shapes and backgrounds, and then start carving. When you’re done you can upload your creation for a chance to win a new iPod Touch.

Download Hallowcarver
Check out the gallery

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Pumpkin Week – Day 5: Paper Pumpkins

October 23, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to

If yesterday’s handmade pumpkin ideas are a little too much work… don’t worry cause here are some super easy paper pumpkins. They’re kid friendly too!


1. The hostess with the mostess has instructions for this mod take on a paper pumpkin.

2. Laurie Flannery’s craft club spent an evening making these pumpkins.

3. This 3D pumpkin is made from strips of paper fastened together.

4. Turn ordinary paper lanterns it to pumpkins lanterns.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 4: Handmade Pumpkins

October 22, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration

It’s always a little sad when that Jack-O-lantern you put so much work into starts to shrivel up on you. Here are some great ideas for handmade pumpkins you can keep forever.

handmade pumpkins

1. Decadent Fibers’ needle felting kit, includes two needles, illustrated instructions, and custom-dyed wool.

2. Martha shows you how to make these decorative pumpkins from rope, and foam balls.

3. Etsy is a great place to shop for handmade holiday decorations, like this cute little pumpkin.

4. David Frykman has several Halloween inspired woodcarvings including this set of three pumpkins.

5. More pumpkins made with hand dyed wool over at Turkey Feathers.

6. Show off your basic wood working skills with these easy wooden pumpkins.

Posted by: kelly

Pumpkin Week – Day 3: Carve-less Pumpkins

October 21, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration

Not a fan of the messy pumpkin innards? Don’t have time to get your hands dirty? Or just plain don’t like to carve? Why not try one of these easy ‘carve-less’ pumpkin ideas.


1. Try painting your pumpkin white then use a stencil and some black acrylic paint. More examples.

2. Lace inspired. With spray adhesive, place a doily on your pumpkin and use a small stencil brush to fill in the pattern.

3. For a cheap but expensive look, use gold and silver leaf.

4. How about glitter pumpkins to bring a little sparkle to your party.

5. Use ordinary black upholstery tacks to create a pattern on your pumpkin.

6. Ok, so this one does involve a little bit of carving…. Drill holes or use a nail to punch holes in your pumpkin, then place flowers through the holes.

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Pumpkin Week – Day 2: Pretty Pumpkins

October 20, 2009 - Filed under Halloween, How-to, Inspiration, Thanksgiving

Not all pumpkins have to be spooky, or even orange for that matter. Check out some of these gorgeous pumpkins for a less traditional look. These would also be great for Thanksgiving decorations as well.


1. Use an electric drill in varying sizes to get a quick and sophisticated look. You can also use a hammer and small cookie cutters to create a similar look.

2. Get inspired by patterns around you. Use lino cutters to carve out an intricate pattern.

3. This autumn centerpiece uses a flea market chandelier turned upside-down. (You could also spray the chandelier black for a spookier display at your Halloween party)

4. Use woodcarving tools or small pieces of pipe to create a lace-like pattern.

5. This thorny pattern is inspired by antique chinaware.

6. Light your front steps or your living room, with a lantern inspired pumpkin.

Posted by: kelly