8 Cozy Crochet Blanket Ideas for Winter

Amazing Crochet Blanket Ideas that will keep you warm all winter long.

Crochet Blanket Ideas
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Here are some crochet blanket ideas that are so versatile and some of the stitch patterns are easy to make. Craft a throw blanket to snuggle in your favorite chair or a large blanket for the bed. The most fun is gifting them. They are really popular now and I don’t see them losing their appeal anytime soon.

Crochet Blanket Ideas
Kristine In Between

Kristine used a simple pattern for this comfy blanket. It is crocheted in double crochet using a 6 mm hook and she chained 120 and did 150 rows for this lovely design. I love the refreshing mix of colors in this one.


6 Free Crochet Blanket Ideas and Patterns

Crochet Blanket Ideas

This classic Chevron style blanket welcomes you with its pretty winter colors such as Robins Egg, Grey Heather, Taupe and Off White. This beautiful crochet afghan makes a delightful gift. Get the free crochet blanket pattern.

This afghan incorporates chunky tassels, pretty stripes and lots of lacy stitches. It is easy to see why this would be the favorite winter blanket for everyone in your home. A delightfully bold mix of Spearmint Green, Clematis Purple, Pewter Grey, Goldenrod and Fleece White. Use this free afghan pattern to make this afghan.

Crochet Blanket Ideas

This is one of my favorite crochet blanket ideas. The triangle lace pattern of this pastel-colored afghan is very warm and welcoming. Considered easy to make, this blanket is machine washable. Get the pattern and make one for yourself.

Crochet Blanket Ideas This country granny blanket features charming modern hues that pop on a pristine white background. Taking a nap on the sofa would be so easy to do while snuggled up under this soft afghan. The pretty design features a mix of mauve, country red, country yellow, green, soft teal and white. Want to test your crochet skills on this one? If so, here is the free afghan pattern.

Crochet Blanket Ideas There is just something about a zigzag design that makes perfect sense when it comes to home decor or pretty afghans. This one of our crochet blanket ideas mixes warm colors of taupe, dark heather, oatmeal and carrot but you can crochet this blanket using any color mix you desire. With a thick stitch, you can be certain to stay warm. Try out this crochet afghan pattern.

Crochet Blanket Ideas

The Gingham Plaid Afghan is minimal in colors but makes a large impact on design. Showcasing vintage white and dark grey, it is perfect for wrapping up in your favorite chair. Get instructions to make this crochet blanket.

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas are some of the best presents you could ever give. Show your significant other how much you love him or her with one of these fun craft projects.


Easy to Make Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas for Him or Her

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas A handmade Mason jar decorated and filled with candy makes a thoughtful handmade gift for your Valentine. There are tons of ways you can decorate the jar. Cut out and glue on pretty hearts, paint the jar, embellish it with ribbons, fabric and lace or tie on a pretty bow. Your choices are endless.

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas
The Casual Craftlete

This is one of the adorable country-style handmade Valentines gift ideas that’s so very cute. You can purchase these little burlap bags at most any craft store. Simply paint on some pretty hearts. I suggest using a heart stencil to get the perfect shape because you want them to be as straight as possible. Also, be sure to insert a small strip of cardboard or card stock to prevent bleed through when painting your burlap. Finally, when they are dry, fill your bags with some tasty treats and tie on a pretty little bow.

A Valentines Bath Bomb That Rocks

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas
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Nothing says I love you like homemade bath bombs. These relaxing fizzles are a real treat for a nice evening to unwind and pamper yourself. They make wonderful gifts for family and friends. Wondering how to make these? Here is the recipe.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • Baking soda (1 cup)
  • A cup of citric acid
  • Essential oil of your choice-lavender is used for this one
  • Jojoba, olive oil or sweet almond
  • A heart mold
  • Red food coloring

Mix your baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid using a good-sized bowl. Once those ingredients are thoroughly mixed together, add 3 tablespoons of the sweet almond oil (or whichever oil you chose from the steps above) and use a fork to splice and mix it in with the other ingredients in the bowl. It may clump up so just mix it throughout the bowl. Keep adding a tablespoon of the oil at a time and mix it in until it has a good texture where it stays together and you can squeeze it in your hand. It will look similar to dough. Add a few drops of oil and food coloring. Blend this together and you will see a nice splotchy mix of red and white.

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas

Fill your heart mold with your mixture and press it down into the mold really well because you want it as tight and compact into the mold as possible. Let it sit in the mold for about 10 to 15 minutes then flip the mold upside down onto a piece of cardboard or something you do not mind getting oily and pop it out. Don’t touch it because it will crumble easily at this point. Let them sit at room temperature for at least two days so they can completely harden.

Once hardened, wrap these sweetly scented bath bombs in tulle or some other pretty wrap and give as gifts. Your friends will thank you.

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas

Most everyone decorates their refrigerators with something. Why not try one of these handmade Valentines gift ideas and give your Valentine a collection of heart magnets? These adorable little treasures are thoughtful and cute not to mention they are much easier to make than what you might think.

Using air-dry clay, pinch off a bit of the clay and roll it into a ball. The size does not really matter, but try to make sure the ball is no bigger than a quarter. Using your hands, form the ball into a rounded triangle shape.

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas

Continue smoothing and pressing until your ball of clay starts to resemble a heart and work with it till you have it like you want it. Make several of these in different sizes. Be sure the back of your hearts is nice and flat because that is where you will put your magnet. Allow the clay to dry for about two days. Once dried, paint your hearts using watercolor paints. You can mix the paint to make different shades of pink and red. Let them dry and then apply either an extra coat of paint or go ahead and apply Mod Podge to seal the paint.

Last you will glue to the back a small magnet or a thin strip of magnetic tape. Your little magnets are now ready to gift!

Handmade Valentines Gift Ideas
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This gorgeous candle is one of my most beloved handmade Valentines gift ideas. How do you make it?

Supplies Needed:

  • Corn syrup
  • Candy heart sprinkles
  • Empty jar
  • Candle wax
  • Candlewick

How to:

Melt your candle wax until it becomes liquid and have it ready because you need to be sure it is enough to fill the jar you are using. Add a little corn syrup to your jar and move the jar around so that the syrup will coat the sides of the jar and the bottom. Now you can add your candy sprinkles to the jar and shake it around to get them to stick to the syrup on the sides and bottom. Carefully pour in your wax, then add the wick to the middle and hold it in place using a toothpick at the top until it all dries. Tie on a pretty ribbon and you are finished! What a beautiful candle!

5 Fabulous Valentines Day Wreath Ideas

These 5 amazing Valentines Day Wreath Ideas are sure to dress up your front door.  In addition, they will make your home warm and inviting during the sweetest time of the year.


The 5 Most Popular Valentines Day Wreaths

Valentines Day Wreath

This bright and happy wreath is a fun DIY project you can finish in one day.

The supplies you will need are:

  • a metal wreath ring
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Red and white striped deco mesh
  • A mixture of different ribbons (white with red polka dots, red print, Chevron striped and Valentine theme ribbons)
  • Wide wired burlap ribbon
  • Heart accents
  • A wooden or metal heart
  • A clip for clipping the heart to the wreath
  • Wooden letters that spell “Love”

First, paint your heart however you like. Lovely stripes of red, white and pink and a distressed look makes this heart have a country appeal. Additionally, the letters are painted red and glued to the heart once dry. As soon as those steps are completed, you need to glue the clip to the back of the heart so that you will be able to clip it snuggly into the wreath.

After your heart is finished, weave your deco mesh ribbon through the metal wreath ring and secure it every 6 inches or so with twisting on a red pipe cleaner. After you have filled the entire wreath with the deco mesh, clip the heart securely into the deco mesh. Simply press it down and find part of the metal wreath to clip it on. 

Now you can start adding the rest of your ribbon in loops. Secure them around the metal wire wreath as you go with more pipe cleaners. Play with the design as much as you like because you need to focus on filling in any gaps. Just start around the heart and work your way across the wreath. Isn’t it gorgeous!

Make all of these Valentines Day Wreaths Using the Same General Method

Valentines Day Wreath Grapevine

This is another charming and easy to make Valentines Day Wreath. Whimsy and delicate, create this easy DIY project with a grapevine wreath, lace fern vine or other greenery, red flowers of your choice, a pretty burlap bow and a wooden heart or other decorative Valentine themed accent.

Valentines Day Wreath Mason Jar

What a darling Valentines Day Wreath! The cute chalkboard jar gives this design a bit of country charm and deco mesh again wins the day. The comingled ribbons and accents add a personal and unique touch that will leave your guests in awe. Don’t forget that these crafts make thoughtful Valentines’ Day gifts as well.

Valentines Day Wreath Cupid

This one is absolutely darling. I love it! In my quest to figure out what was used to embellish this Valentines day wreath with the cupid accents, I found the cupid wreath kit they used. The bright red, white and pink ribbons and deco mesh draw you in to take a closer look.

Valentines Day Wreath Burlap Heart
All Months Decor

Keeping it minimal is just as lovely and this beautiful red burlap heart wreath does not disappoint. Accented with a striped chevron ribbon, this wreath makes a classy statement.

5 Winter Crafts for Kids for Snow Day Fun

All parents need winter crafts for kids to keep them busy during those scheduled and unscheduled days off from school. These craft ideas are not just something to keep your kids from driving you insane while they are stuck in the house, these creations also make fun projects to do together as a family.


5 Winter Crafts for Kids

Snow Storm in a Jar

Winter Crafts for Kids

This winter project is fun for kids of all ages.

Materials Needed for Project

  • Medium sized Mason jar
  • White paint
  • Baby oil
  • Water
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Alka Seltzer
  • Blue food coloring

How to Make

  • Fill the jar about 3/4 with baby oil then set it aside.
  • In a disposable bowl combine one cup of water with one teaspoon of white paint and mix it until the paint is dissolved. It will look like you have white water.
  • Once mixed well, pour the white water into the jar leaving a little room at the top.
  • Have your kids help by sprinkling in the glitter.
  • Add as much blue food coloring as you want.
  • Then wait for the glitter and water to settle at the bottom of the jar.

Winter Projects for Kids

Once your water has settled, it is time to make the fun snow storm. Take an alka seltzer tablet and break it into pieces and have the kids drop the pieces into the jar and watch what happens….. Just like that, you have a fun snow storm jar.

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Snow Dough

Winter Crafts for Kids

Making snow dough is a fun and educational winter craft for kids. They can make all sorts of things with it including the obvious cute little snowman.

Materials Needed for Project

  • 1 cup of lotion
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • Iridescent glitter
  • Peppermint extract

To make your snow dough extra cold put the cornstarch in the freezer for a few hours before using.

How to Make 

  • In a bowl, combine in equal amounts lotion and cornstarch.
  • Mix in a few drops of peppermint to give it a nice winter scent.

You can play around with the ingredients as much as you like to give it a different consistency and feel. More lotion will make it a softer oozy dough and more starch gives it a dryer snow type feel. Your kids will love it.

Winter Crafts for Kids

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Snow Man Tissue Box

This fun winter craft for kids is also a cute way to hide the tissue box that we all know is coming out in full force during the frosty months of winter.

Winter Crafts for Kids

 

Materials Needed for Project

  • Wooden tissue box cover
  • Craft paints in colors orange, black, red and white
  • Sponge paint brushes and small round paintbrush

How to Make

  • Paint the tissue box cover white. Allow each coat of paint to dry before applying a new coat. It may take 2-3 coats to get the desired full coverage.
  • Using a small round paintbrush and black paint, create two eyes and fill in the circles.
  • Paint smaller circle dots for the mouth.
  • Add a cute carrot nose with orange paint.
  • Allow the face to completely dry then dab a small dot of white paint into each eye.

Your snowman tissue box is finished! You can make him unique and dress him up with extra features. You are only limited by your imagination.

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Footprint Winter Crafts for Kids

You can never go wrong with these adorable footprint crafts that you will treasure for years to come.

Winter Crafts for Kids

Materials Needed for Project

  • White stretched canvas
  • Safe non-toxic paint for babies/child’s feet or foot pads
  • Medium painters brush
  • Sponge
  • Pencil

How to Make

  • Paint child’s feet and firmly yet carefully put them on the blank canvas at an angle as shown above. Then remove and clean child’s feet while the paint is drying.
  • Once footprints are completely dry use pencil to draw in the eyes and beak of birds.
  • Color belly of birds using paint.
  • Draw in and paint bird feet.
  • Once everything is dry, draw branches and then paint them in painting around the bird’s feet.
  • After everything is dry you can use the sponge and lightly sponge in the blue for the sky being careful to wipe off excess paint and taking care around birds.

Let the project dry and you have a gorgeous heirloom.

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Winter Crafts for Kids Penguin Pine Cones

These pine cone decorations are so unbelievably cute and easy with mom’s help.

Winter Crafts for Kids

Materials Needed for Project

  • Pine cones of different sizes
  • White and black paint
  • small paint brushes
  • Felt
  • Colorful pipe cleaners
  • Small cotton balls
  • Unfinished wood spheres
  • Craft glue
  • Jingle bells

How to Make 

  • Paint the tips of your pine cones with white paint and dry.
  • Cut out black felt penguin wings and feet. I do not have the actual pattern for this project however it should not be hard to estimate the sizes by looking at the picture above. Pattern Universe also has some great patterns that you can use if needed.
  • Glue feet and wings of penguin onto pine cones.
  • Paint the wood spheres to use as the penguin heads. If necessary, use painters tape and tape off the area where the white face should be and then paint the rest of the sphere black. Once it is dry, remove the tape and use a small paintbrush to paint the face white. If you want your penguins to have rosy cheeks, lightly brush on a thin dab of pink. Create small black circles for the eyes.
  • Use orange felt to make the nose. Cut out a cone shape and put just a little cotton inside the role it tightly together and glue the edges. Once dry, glue it to the penguin’s face.
  • Glue the head of the penguin firmly onto the top of the pine cone and allow it to dry. You may need to cut out a portion of the top of the cone so it will fit in snug.
  • Once the head is firmly dried in place, your child can twist his or her favorite color pipe cleaner around the head for a cute little scarf.
  • You can experience with the hat styles and cotton earmuffs for your penguins.

Now your charming penguins are ready to place anywhere in the home to make your winter scene bright.

These winter crafts for kids should come in handy when you need something fun to do with your little ones during the coldest months of the year.