The following winter crafts were created with supplies provided by Oriental Trading Company. Bring a bit of winter magic to your home with these easy DIY decorations.
One of my favorite holiday activities is to make winter crafts. I enjoy crafting on my own and with the kids. My kids love any excuse to use craft supplies and are so proud of their creations. The ornaments and things we make at Christmas turn into keepsakes. I bring out every year.
Oriental Trading has everything you need for a crafty Christmas. In fact, they have 1500+ ideas waiting for you at their Christmas sale. While you’re there, check out their holiday home ideas including hot trends like buffalo plaid, Nordic inspired decorations and more.
Get the look at Oriental Trading: DIY Ceramic Owls/ Small and Large Foam Trees/ Snowy Trees/ Clear Glass Gems/ Glass Jar Set/
Sisal Trees/ Natural Pine Cones/ Ball Mason Jars/ Large Wood Centerpiece/ Round Silver Textured Candle Holders
I’m on the owl decor trend this holiday season. When I saw the adorable DIY ceramic owls I knew I wanted to create a woodsy winter scene with them for my sideboard table. This scene would also work on the fireplace mantle.
I ended up painting my owls two different ways and liked both. One owl and foam tree set is painted to look like galvanized metal. The faux galvanized metal painting technique is a quick and easy 5 step paint job. I can’t even tell these are inexpensive foam trees, can you?
My other owl is a snowy white craft paint. Use a glossy acrylic paint for a subtle shine.
For the white owl’s trees, I used a hot glue gun to attach clear glass gems to foam trees. You do have to be a bit careful that the glue isn’t too hot or it will melt the foam. I let the hot glue cool a few seconds after putting a dot of it on my glass gem. Then, I attach it to the cone. Don’t worry if the gems don’t line up perfectly on the cone.
To set the scene on my table, I first laid down a snow blanket. On each end of my woodland scene I put a Snowy Tree. These trees are sold in pairs, and are one of my favorite things I have ever ordered from Oriental Trading. I know I’ll use them for years to come. The best part is I can leave them up as decorations all winter long!
In the center of the scene, I placed a wood slice I already had on hand. This Wood Centerpiece at Oriental Trading is similar.
Another one of my favorites from Oriental Trading, the Glass Jar Set, is perfect for a snowy sisal tree terrariums. To make fake snow, I used baking soda and a water spray bottle to spritz it and used a fork to sort of help clump it up to look more like real snow.
Once I had my basic scene set, I started adding to it a little bit with other decorations. Round Silver Textured Candle Holders, LED pillar candles, natural pine cones, a DIY gem-covered mason jar candle holder, a diy wood bead garland, and gnomes I made last year using felt, hot glue and a foam cone. I used cotton balls and white yard for the beard and a wood bead for the nose.