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Winter crafts for adults

by CustomHomes on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Simmering PotpourriEveryone gets antsy during the dead of winter when leaving the home is not an option. So what do you do when the cookies are baked, the laundry is done, and the Netflix has been watched? Well here are a few craft ideas that will keep you sane this winter.

Felt hand warmers

Felt hand warmers are a wonderful gift to your loved ones or to yourself. These are simple crafts that can be done in an afternoon (even a couple pairs if you need them in a hurry).

You will need:
At least 12 inches of felt, any color you like
Sharp scissors
Funnel
Matching thread
Needle
Flaxseed
Lavender flowers (optional)

First cut two hearts and then lay them next to each other on their right sides. Sew from the bottom of the heart to the top, leaving a small opening to turn the heart inside out. Turn the hearts inside out and use the funnel to fill them both with flaxseed and lavender flowers if desired. Once filled, sew the last patch.

Warm your hand warmers in the microwave for about 30 seconds and put them in your mittens or pockets. Be sure to keep your hand warmers from moisture so they do not sprout!

Snowflake wine cork ornament

Snowflake wine cork ornaments are a wonderful way to reuse corks and beautifully decorate your home.

You will need:
A sharp knife
Plenty of wine corks
Hot glue gun
Matching ribbon

Cut the ends of the corks off to have a clean edge. Then glue the round sides of the corks together to form a snowflake. When you have a snowflake you like, glue a ribbon to the top of the ornament. Allow to dry for two hours. Then test the ornament before hanging. I do this by gently tugging on each end to make sure it is safely secure. If you’re not sure, add more hot glue. Once finished hang around your home and enjoy your recycled art!

Simmering Potpourri

Simmering potpourri is a simple and wonderful way to make your home smell wonderful and warm during the winter.

You will need:
About a quart of water
Orange peels
Star anise
Allspice
Cranberries
Bay leaves
Cinnamon
Cloves
And anything else you think will smell wonderful!

Bring water to simmer in a large pot. Then you can slowly add the herbs to the pot and continue with the same heat. Keep an eye on the pot throughout the day and add a cup of water when needed. And that’s it! Enjoy!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com