Farmhouse Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees

Hi friends,

I love farmhouse/vintage decor! The Christmas season is a perfect time to craft a little something farmhouse-y. ๐Ÿ˜‰

These sweet little trees are so easy to make and will add the perfect touch to your table or shelf. All you need are some styrofoam cones (I got my little ones at Dollar Tree and the larger one at Hobby Lobby), some chunky yarn (I used Bernat Blanket Yarn in Vintage White), craft glue (I love this glue), and something for the tree topper. I used kraft card stock to make stars to top my trees.

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To make the trees, begin by putting a thin layer of glue on the top of the cone. Attach the end of the yarn in the center of the top and make a little coil until the top is covered. Add a little more glue on the sides and continue wrapping the yarn around the cone until you get near the bottom, no need to add glue to the entire cone. I added more glue before I wrapped the last couple of rows. Then just cut the yarn making sure to glue the end securely.

To make my stars, I used my star dies and cut 2 stars from kraft card stock for each tree. I glued them together with a toothpick sandwiched between them. Then I added a button to the center of each star. Once they were dry, I pushed the toothpick into the top of the tree. 

And here are my completed Farmhouse Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees! I love how they turned out!

My Tiny Bottle Brush Christmas Trees on Vintage Wood Spools look so cute with my Farmhouse Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees! (You can find the details for the Bottle Brush Christmas Trees here.)

This would be a fun craft to make with the kids! The styrofoam cones come in so many different sizes – you could make a whole forest! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hi friends,

There is something so comforting in a mug of hot cocoa! It warms you up on a cold winter night – even just wrapping your hands around the warm mug feels so good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I used a simple recipe to mix up some Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix to gift to friends for Christmas this year. Simply fill some quart mason jars with the mix and tie on a tag with instructions for a sweet treat.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

10 cups powdered milk

4-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups dry coffee creamer (I used French vanilla)

2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Place in airtight containers of your choice. 

To prepare Hot Cocoa:

Place 1/4 cup mix in a mug. Add 1 cup hot water and mix well.

Top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.

You can add some mini chocolate chips to the mix for extra chocolate flavor. Like peppermint hot cocoa? Crush some peppermint candies and mix them in.

I was able to fill 4 quart mason jars with this recipe. Of course, you could stretch it farther by using smaller containers. I printed a label with instructions on white card stock, trimmed and layered it to red card stock, punched a hole in the corner, and tied it around the jar with red baker’s twine.

If you are interested in a free PDF of the labels I printed I’ve attached a link below.

A jar of this mix alone would make a great gift. But you could also put it in a basket with a couple of cute mugs (these red polka dot mugs are cute!), a bag of mini marshmallows, and some peppermint sticks for a fun gift.

Happy Gifting!

Anita

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Crochet Candy Cane Can Cozy

Hi friends,

We all love our hot beverages in the winter, but we still drink lots of cold ones, too! My Crochet Candy Cane Can Cozy is just the thing to make those cold drinks a little festive and to help keep them nice and frosty. ๐Ÿ™‚

It works up quickly using cotton yarn and I added a cute little wooden tree button just for fun. ๐ŸŒฒ I had the tree buttons in my stash, but these buttons are cute and you could sew them on with either side showing. I love this Clover Soft Touch crochet hook, too!

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Here’s the pattern…

Crochet Candy Cane Can Cozy

I Love This Cotton – White and Red

H/5mm hook

Optional: Decorative button

Stitches used US terms:

Magic Ring

Single crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Slip stitch – ss

Back loop only – blo

Note: DO NOT cut yarn when changing colors. Carry the yarn on the inside of your work. This saves you from weaving in a lot of ends when you are finished.

Using Red, make Magic Ring, ch 1.

Round 1: Work 9 hdc in ring. Join with ss to first hdc. Pull ring closed. (9 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (18 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss. *hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch * Repeat from * to * around to last stitch. hdc in last stitch. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 4: ch 1. Working in blo, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Rounds 5-7: ch 1. Working in both loops, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 8-9: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 10-11: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 12-13: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 14-15: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to White

Round 16: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Round 17: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to White.

Round 18: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Round 19: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew on decorative button if using. 

Here’s a free PDF for easy printing…

These would make a fun stocking stuffer or a cute teacher gift along with their favorite soda.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hi friends,

Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the United States! I hope your day is filled with love and gratitude even though this year has been much different than usual. โค๏ธ

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This beautiful stamp is from the Harvesting Thanks set at Unity Stamp Company. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white card stock, colored it with Copic Markers, and layered in to green card stock. I attached the stamped image to a white card.

I’m so thankful for all of you that stop by my little blog!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anita

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Christmas Filled With Love

Hi friends,

I love this little mouse! Heโ€™s one of several in the โ€œA Little Mousyโ€ stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. He worked perfectly to make a simple and quick Christmas card. ๐ŸŽ„

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I stamped the little mouse with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored him with Copic markers.

I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink next to the mouse. This sentiment is an older stamp from A Muse Studio and is discontinued. Use your favorite Christmas sentiment stamp to make your card. (This set has some great sentiments.)

I layered the stamped panel to green card stock and then attached it to a white card. I really like all the white space on the card – it puts the focus on the cute little mouse! And itโ€™s so simple and quick to make!

This is my favorite adhesive tape runner for card making – and you can get refills here.

This is a great layout for making cards assembly-line style if you have a lot of Christmas cards to make. I cut my white panel of card stock to 3-3/4 by 5 inches and used my Misti Stamp Tool to stamp the tiny mouse in the corner.

If you donโ€™t have a Misti Stamp Tool, you may want to add it to your Christmas list. ๐Ÿ˜Š Itโ€™s a great tool to have in your craft room! Itโ€™s especially helpful stamping larger stamps when they donโ€™t stamp well the first time. You can ink them back up and re-stamp the image perfectly.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Crochet Candy Cane Hand Sanitizer Holder

Hi friends,

We are still keeping hand sanitizer close by and this Crochet Candy Cane Hand Sanitizer Holder adds a little fun to something we all need to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ It will also make a great stocking stuffer or a cute little friend or neighbor gift!

It holds a mini bottle of hand sanitizer and buttons around your purse or backpack strap. It’s made with cotton yarn so it is washable (I used I Love This Cotton) and it works up super quickly.

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Looking for new hooks? I like these Clover soft touch hooks.

Hereโ€™s the free pattern…

Crochet Candy Cane Hand Sanitizer Holder

I Love This Cotton yarn – White and Red

H/5mm hook

1/2-inch button

Stitches used in US terms:

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Single Crochet- sc

Note: DO NOT cut yarn when changing colors. Carry the yarn on the inside of your work. This saves you from weaving in a lot of ends when you are finished.

Chain 12 with Red. Join with ss to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1. sc same stitch as ss and in each ch around. Join with ss to first sc. (12 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss. *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 4 times. 2 sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 3-4: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 5-6: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 7-8: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 9-10: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 11-12: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to Red.

Handle:

Ch 20. sc in 6th ch from hook. sc in next 14 ch. Join with ss to top of Round 12.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew button to opposite side of holder. Insert hand sanitizer and button handle around purse or backpack strap.

Here’s a free PDF if you’d like to easily print the pattern:

I hope you enjoy this little pattern! ๐Ÿงถ

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Mr. & Mrs. Card

Hi friends,

Last month my handsome godson and his beautiful bride were finally able to get married! They had originally planned a May wedding – but then Covid. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They had the most wonderful wedding at a beautiful venue in the hills of Tennessee. It fit them perfectly and I couldn’t be happier for them! โค๏ธ

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I love this photo of the happy couple taken by her sister!

Of course the happy occasion called for a special card. I made this simple but elegant card to wish them well in their marriage.

I embossed a panel of white card stock with a flourish embossing folder. (This is a discontinued one from Stampin’ Up, but here is a similar one.) I attached the panel to a kraft card. I punched a heart from kraft card stock and also from white card stock. I embossed the white heart with the same embossing folder. I attached the kraft heart to the card and then added the white heart with foam tape. I stamped “Mr. & Mrs.” with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and punched it with a label punch. I attached it to the card with foam tape and finished the card by adding 2 tiny pearls to the label.

This is a similar heart punch to the one I have. My “Mr. & Mrs.” stamp is an older one that is no longer available, but “congratulations”, “best wishes”, or even “love” would work wonderfully. The label punch I used is also no longer available, but there are lots of different options out there like this one from Stampin Up.

Although I sometimes use supplies that are no longer available, I hope my creations inspire you to take another look at what you have in your own craft room to create the perfect card or project for those special people. ๐Ÿ™‚

Congratulations to the Happy Couple and Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Easy Yarn Wrapped Wreath

Hi friends,

I was walking through the yarn aisle in Hobby Lobby and came across this wonderfully squishy Yarn Bee Eternal Bliss Yarn! It is a 7 weight jumbo yarn and was just too soft and pretty to not take home with me!

I only bought one skein because I had no idea what I was going to do with it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Then I remembered that I had this 8-inch wire wreath frame that I had gotten at Dollar Tree – it came in a package of 2 for $1.00 and I thought it would be perfect to use with this yarn.

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It’s super easy to make this wreath! All you have to do is leave a tail about 8-inches long and begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath. I forgot to take a picture while I was wrapping (it went so quickly!), but just wrap around the entire wreath keeping the yarn close together. When you’ve completed wrapping the entire wreath, cut your yarn, again leaving about an 8-inch tail. Tie the end of the yarn to the beginning tail with a double knot on the back of the wreath. Using a crochet hook, pull the ends of the yarn under the wrapped yarn.

Tip: because the huge skein doesn’t fit through the center of the 8-inch wreath, I pulled out a long strand of yarn and started wrapping from the skein out – using the skein as the beginning tail. Then the actual beginning end of the skein will be the end of your wrapping. I hope that makes sense! ๐Ÿ˜ณ You could also cut a very long strand of yarn (maybe 5-6 yards, I didn’t measure so I’m not exactly sure on the length) before beginning to wrap your wreath. If you’re using a larger wreath frame, the skein should fit through the center as you are wrapping.

Using 5/8″ buffalo plaid ribbon (this is similar to what I used), I slipped the ribbon under the yarn and tied a bow. I used thin black twine (I had the twine is my stash, thin ribbon would work great, too) to tie a 1.25″ jingle bell onto the knot of the bow – craft stores have jingle bells in their seasonal craft section right now. I slipped another piece of ribbon under the yarn on the back and tied it in a simple knot for a hanger.

I think it turned out super cute! And you should feel how squishy it is!!

Of course you could use a larger wire wreath frame or a styrofoam wreath form would work, too. The yarn comes in several different colors and ribbon choices are endless. I think it would also be cute with a snowflake hanging in the center.

I made two 8-inch wreaths with my one skein of yarn and have plenty left to make at least two more of that size. And don’t forget that Hobby Lobby puts their yarn on sale at 30% off every other week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Blessed – New Fall Card

Hi friends,

Thanksgiving in the United States is just a couple of weeks away. It’s a great time to remember all that we are blessed with – although I try to remember that always! ๐Ÿ™‚

We still have some beautiful Fall colors in Alabama, even though they are fading fast and Winter will be here soon. I love this Autumn Stoop stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. It’s the perfect image to capture some of those amazing colors of the season.

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I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic Markers. I layered the image to orange card stock and then attached it to a white card. I stamped “Blessed” with black ink on white card stock and punched it with a label punch. (Here’s a similar label punch.) I attached the sentiment with foam tape and added 2 gold sequins to finish the card.

FYI – this is my favorite adhesive (and refills) for card making and I love this glue for adding small embellishments.

Even though this year has been so different, I hope you will take a moment to remember all the blessings that we do have!

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Crochet Star Ornaments

Hi friends,

I found this super quick and easy Crochet Star Ornament pattern here at One Dog Woof. It works up in just a few minutes and it’s free! โญ๏ธ

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I stitched up my ornaments using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek white yarn with an H/5mm hook. They would also be super cute in red, green, gold, or light blue!

I threaded a small (1/2-inch) jingle bell onto some red and white striped ribbon (similar to this), threaded the ribbon through the top of the star, and tied it in a knot.

These are so fun to hang on your tree or to use as a package tie on. You could also string them together to make a garland. What will you do with your Crochet Star Ornaments?

Happy Stitching! โญ๏ธ

Anita

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