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Winter Crafts for Adults

by CustomHomes on Thursday, January 26, 2017

winter crafts - 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 winter crafts that will keep you sane:

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 dry and away from moisture so they do not start sprouting!

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 it to dry for two hours. Then, test the ornament before hanging. You can 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 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. That’s all there is to 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