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14 Cute Winter Crafts That Will Add Cheer to Your Home
The weather outside is still frightful, but these cute winter crafts will make your home delightful. We’ll show you how to make wreaths, wall art and much more.
Create a herd of reindeer with supplies you can find in nature. Tiny pieces of wood, twigs and mini pinecones—plus the help of hot glue—form these little deer. As a bonus, the supplies are fun to gather, especially with little ones. Take a trip to the backyard or a local park to look for the necessary pieces.
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Winter is the perfect season to celebrate your favorite citrus fruits, and this elegant wreath makes it easy! Use whatever fruits you can find—such as oranges, lemons, clementines and kumquats—and bunches of assorted greens. The end result is a real stunner.
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It’s common to display a stack of holiday cards, but rarely are these warm wishes edible. Make your own sweet greetings with our recipe for gingerbread cards. A food-safe pen makes them easy to decorate, and they’d look darling threaded onto a garland.
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Bottle Cap Snowmen
Once the adults imbibe in a few beers, the kiddos can help turn bottle caps into adorable snowmen. Secure three bottle caps together with hot glue, then decorate each tier with craft paper, paint, stickers, buttons, glitter and any other supplies you have on hand. Attach a loop of colorful ribbon and hang your snowmen in a spot that could use a little winter cheer.
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Turn holiday greeting cards into a practical item that will last all season long. To make the card coasters, simply decoupage a wintery cutout onto the tops of plain tiles. Then, hot glue a thin layer of cork to the back of each coaster. This smart craft also makes a great gift!
Tea Cup Gardens
Add a little winter magic to your home with these tiny teacup displays. Similar to a fairy garden, these cute cups depict a sweet scene, thanks to miniature houses, real (or faux!) foliage, tiny trees and little figurines. To make, fill an old teacup with pebbles, top with moss or fake snow, then add tiny treasures.
Editor’s Tip: Craft stores (such as Michael’s) oftentimes have entire sections of fairy garden accessories. You can also find kits online.
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Need a decoration that looks AND smells amazing? Reach for a rosemary wreath. This craft can be made by attaching rosemary sprigs and pine boughs to a wreath form, then securing with twine. Intermittent berries and pinecones complete the effortless look.
When sprayed with silver and green paint and adorned with small metal stars, pinecones make a flock of tiny trees! Place each pinecone in a mason jar, votive holder or other small vase, then arrange on a mantel or shelf to create a tiny forest.
Celebrate the season of love by turning old spools of thread into a pretty piece of wall art. You can create any shape you’d like, but we suggest a simple heart. To make, paint a shaped plywood board and let dry. Then, arrange spools of various sizes in a heart shape. Once placed as desired, hot glue each spool and let dry.
Plain craft cones transform into winter gnomes with the help of felt, fur and a few add-ons. To make a gnome, wrap the bottom third of the cone in felt and secure with hot glue. Then, wrap the upper two-thirds in a different color of felt and secure. Add faux fur for the beard and a tiny, flesh-colored button for the nose. Finish the gnome with a small bell attached to the top of the hat.
Add a little sparkle to your home this winter by putting costume jewelry on display. When placed in a metallic frame or adorned on a foam craft cone, vintage brooches really shine. If you don’t own a collection, check out thrift stores and estate sales for pretty (yet penny-pinching) pieces.
Pinecone Kissing Ball
Whether used as decor inside or out, these pretty pine pomanders are eye-catching. Make one by folding a length of ribbon in half and securing to a large, Styrofoam ball with a thumbtack and hot glue. Repeat on the opposite side of the ball, this time using various lengths of ribbon. Then, adhere pine cones over the entire surface of the ball with hot glue.
Editor’s Tip: Make sure to have a variety of pine cone sizes on hand. Attach the bigger ones first, then fill in the gaps with smaller cones.
If you have a puzzle that’s lost a piece, don’t throw it away! Repurpose the game into this cute craft. Hot glue pieces to a heart-shaped frame, coordinating colors if desired. Add a pretty ribbon and display anywhere that needs a pop of color.
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