Jo-Ann “Celebrate The Season” Santa Favor Cup DIY

I’m back with my third and final DIY for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft’s Celebrate The Season. This time the theme was “fabulously festive”. These santa favor cups can not only be used to hold small treats, but you could also add tiny flags with names to use them as place holders. I think they would make any table festive, and they are very easy and quick to make.
Supplies:
-1 empty toilet paper tube for each Santa, you could cut paper towel roll tubes down to size too.
-felt in pink, red, and white
-black ribbon
-paper cups found in baking supplies area of Jo-Ann
-red embroidery floss
-sewing needle
-black seed beads
-sequins
-small red pom poms
-glue, I used hot glue
First you will need to cut strips of red and pink felt. Since I used synthetic sheets of felt, I cut my strips long enough to go around the tube twice, so the brown of the tube did not show. If you use wool blend felts they are thicker and you will only need to cut them long enough to go around once.
Next attach your eyes. Thread your needle with 3 strands of embroidery floss, and tie a knot on one end. Push you needle through the back of the felt so that the knot is hidden on the wrong side of the felt. Your needle should then go through a sequin, through a bead, and then back down through the sequin and felt. The seed bead will hold the sequin in place. Sew on both eyes.
Now stich of glue pom pom nose in place, and with red embroidery floss stitch a little smiling mouth.
The next step is to glue your face felt and body felt in place. Since I am wrapping mine around twice I made sure my face is right side up and glued the felt onto the paper tube, securing the end with more hot glue. Then glue the body on so that the felt meets up.
Add a bit of glue to the outside of your paper cup and push it down into the top of the paper tube. Hold in place while glue dries.
Now cut a beard and eyebrows from white felt. To make beard cut a half circle from felt, then fold in half and cut another half circle from the center, start small and check against your face, if they cut out area needs to be larger to show more of your face trim a bit. The eyebrows are simply a oval cut in half. Glue the beard on just on sides, and eyebrows in place.
Glue a black ribbon around the center for his belt, and fill the cup with candy or small toys. Here is a coupon from Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft stores to help purchase your supplies. If you end up making some Santa favor cups, I’d love to see them!

DIY Vintage inspired mushroom ornaments

Today I wanted to share a little DIY for a vintage inspired ornament. Not only do these make cute ornaments, but they are great tied to the top of gifts too. I actually have a folder on my computer for vintage Christmas ornaments I want to try and recreate, so I am happy to get one done in plenty of time for Christmas!

These guys are really customizable, so wether you want to paint on eyes, eyebrows, and a smile, use wiggly glue on eyes or cut shapes out of felt-anything goes! Here are your basic supplies:
-Styrofoam balls: I opted for the firm balls that have a smooth surface
-Paper Mache balls: These were slightly tricky because they had a rubbery like ball hidden inside under the paper mache, just look for balls made of cardboard exclusively to make cutting easiest. These sorts of balls still work of course, they just take a little more care to cut.
-Glue: You’ll need thick tacky glue and a hot glue gun
-Berry Stems- these are for the noses, but you could always skip noses, cut them from felt, or paint one on instead.
-Brushes
-Pom-poms: these act as a buffer between the mushroom cap and body. If you glue the cap directly onto the body it ends up covering part of the face and didn’t quite match the look of the vintage ornaments.
-Paint-You’ll need red, optional colors are black and white (for face painting)
-Wire- This is to create a hanger on top, but you can also glue a plastic hanger in place like I did on a couple of the ornaments instead.
-Red Glitter
-White Flocking Powder
1. Use scissors to cut your ball in half. Then trim it until its a bit smaller and looks good with your body styrofoam ball.
2. Paint one side of the mushroom top red and immediately sprinkle with red glitter, allow to dry and then do the same to the other side. Make sure the very edge is covered as well. Set aside to dry.
3.. Next your are gonna coat the styrofoam ball with the thick tacky glue. I like the poke a wooden craft stick into the end of the ball to make it easier to hold. Then sprinkle the whole thing with white flocking powder (follow instructions for powder about well ventilated area) Let this dry completely.
4. Use hot glue to attach pom pom to top of body. Twist wire into a little hook and insert end through top of mushroom, I use a little hot glue to secure the end in place. Then glue mushroom cap onto the pom pom.
5. To add flocked dots, apply little dots of tacky glue to the top and sprinkle on the flocking powder. Then you just blow away what doesn’t stick and you’ll be amazed at how nice and clean your flocked dots are. Or you can cut some from felt and glue them on.
6. Lastly once it’s all dry you can add your face. Cut the nose stem short and push it into the ball. Paint on eyes, glue on wiggly eyes etc. and voila!
I’d love to see them if you make any!