Handmade Fall Crafts (2016)

Fall crafts available at Susie’s Crafts for the fall of 2016.

When I think of fall I think of bold vibrant colors, kids in costumes, and families giving thanks around a table.  The start of the fall season was on September 22, 2016 and where I live, in the rolling hills of West Virginia, it is one of the most beautiful times of the year, being surrounded by the gorgeous changing leaves from green to red, yellow, and orange.  Susie’s Crafts is also prepared for the 2016 Fall Season with her handmade fall crafts.  At Susie’s Crafts fall means handmade scarecrows, witches, pumpkins, and jewel colored flowers.


o   Handmade scarecrows come in a variety of styles.  We have scarecrow heads that can be hung on walls and doors.  Hanging shirt scarecrows that are made from old team sweatshirts and flannel shirts.  If you live locally and have a long sleeve adult shirt that you would like used for a scarecrow just bring it in during business hours to see about a custom scarecrow.  Wood scarecrows can be used to decorate a room, porch, and yard for you this fall holiday season.  Sitting scarecrows are made using child sized clothes and if you live locally can be customized with your own clothing.  Typically, some of the team shirt scarecrows we have available are Steelers and Mountaineers.  Flannel shirt scarecrows come in a variety of colors.  Call, email, or message us to get a list of colors and styles that are currently available for each pictured item.

o   Hanging shirt scarecrows typically cost $15.00

o   Handing heads range from $10.00 to $12.75

o   Sitting scarecrows are priced from $15.00 to $20.00


o   Pumpkins are available in wood, material, felt, and paper.  Sizes range from a few inches to a couple feet.  Pumpkins look good on mantles, shelves, porches, and yards.

o   Pumpkins range from $0.75 to $8.00

Miscellaneous fall handmade crafts

o   Susie has a selection of Halloween decorations that include witches, witches boots & hats, black cats, and ghosts.  Susie also has handmade seasonal ornaments for your pencil tree.  You can find a variety of pumpkins, acorns, candy corn, harvest crops, and many more items that are perfect for pencil trees.

Fall Silk Flower Bushes and Crafts

o   Susie doesn’t just specialize in handmade crafts, she also has a selection of silk bushes and garlands that can be used for a variety of decorating needs.  Susie sells vase arrangements, grave blankets and saddles for your cemetery needs.  There is a large selection of fall wreaths including silk floral wreaths and wire mesh wreaths.  If you need an arrangement for your mantle or table Susie has you covered there as well.  Or if you are a do it your-selfer  Susie has the supplied needed to get you started:  silk bushes, garlands, wire, foam, ribbon, and unfinished wreaths and baskets.

  • So be sure to stop in and check out all of the handmade fall crafts that are currently available at Susie’s Crafts.  If you don’t live in the area that’s okay too, just call, email, or message about any items that are pictured or other items that may be available for purchase.  Susie’s crafts are affordable for people who are on a fixed income, we have layaway available, and accept all major credit cards.
  • All prices listed in post are for items to be picked up locally.  All items are available for shipment, call, message, or email to get a price on what an item will cost to be shipped.  Shipping prices vary based on weight, size, and destination.
  • All items shown are available in a limited supply and once supplies are gone may not be available again, so please do not hesitate to contact us about an item you are interested in purchasing.  Given the nature of all items being handmade slight variations will be observed from one like item to another.
  • Check out our Facebook account for more pictures of items available in 2016.

Susie’s Crafts has a new look.

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Homemade with Heart Blog Update

I would like to take this time to apologize to everyone for the lack of updates recently.  Due to personal matters including eye surgery it will probably be another two or three weeks before I will be posting another blog.  Susie and I appreciate your understanding during this time.

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Stovepipe Hat Snowman Ornament

Today I am going to take a break from our Trash to Treasure series and show you how Susie makes a Stovepipe Hat Snowman Ornament.  These ornaments are fairly easy and only require a little sewing and only scraps of material, felt and a few other items.

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Stovepipe Hat Snowman

Materials List

  • scraps of muslin, black felt, and homespun material
  • needle and thread (black and tan/cream)
  • paint:  black, orange, and white
  • stuffing
  • glue gun
  • scissors

Materials for Stovepipe Hat Snowman

Instructions for Handmade Christmas Ornament

Cut a 6 inch circle from muslin for head.  If you don’t have muslin some other good choices for material are flannel and old sheets.  Choose a color that is relative for you whether that is tan, cream, or white.

From black felt cut a 3 1/2 inch circle for the hat brim and a 3 inch by 5 inch rectangle for the stovepipe part of the hat.

Rip a small piece of homespun material or other type of material to match your Christmas ornaments and décor.

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Place a running stitch completely around muslin for head of handmade snowman ornament.

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Pull on running stitch to tighten thread and begin to make a form that begins to look like a bowl for the head of your stovepipe hat snowman.

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Fill bowl of head with stuffing.  Place enough stuffing to fill but don’t place to much in the bowl so that the head will be able to close properly for this handmade Christmas ornament.

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Pull on thread to close head.  Be careful to not pull to tight so that the thread doesn’t break.  If stuffing needs adjusted do it at this time.  After the tread is tied set aside to complete hat for Stovepipe Snowman Ornament.

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Take the felt rectangle and roll along the long side to make a roll.

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Place a line of glue along the end of the stovepipe snowman hat to close roll.

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Place hot glue on top of head of snowman ornament.

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Grab felt hat brim and place on top of head of handmade ornament.

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Press down lightly until hot glue sets.

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Add hot glue to end of felt roll and then place in center of brim and hold light while glue sets.

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Here is that your ornament should look like at this point.

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Now take your scrap of fabric and wrap around hat base and hot glue end of material.

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Choose best side of ornament to place the face on your primitive stovepipe snowman ornament.

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Face can be painted on this a paint brush.  Susie has just found it is easier to use squeeze bottles with fine metal tip.  Your local craft store should have these.

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Expect every primitive ornament to look slightly different.  Use your own creative on how you place eyes, mouth, and nose.

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If you are unsure about the nose practice first on paper before paint nose of snowman ornament.  And don’t forget to add some blush to the cheeks at the end if you wish.  Simply use the blush you have available in your bathroom with a q-tip.  After your ornament is complete don’t forget to add a hanger with black thread so that you can hand your ornament on your primitive Christmas tree.

Here is the completed stovepipe snowman ornament.  Remember to personalize your ornaments by choosing colors that match your décor of the décor of the person you will gift ornaments to.  This handmade ornament would be a great craft for kids with proper supervision.

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I hope you enjoyed learning how to this easy primitive stovepipe snowman ornament.


Next time on Homemade with Heart, I will get back to our Trash to Treasure series with Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles (part 3).

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Trash to Treasure: Glass Bottles (part 2 of 3)

Last time on our Trash to Treasure series Glass Bottles we looked at how to repurpose glass bottles to make vases, bird feeders, and lights.  Today we will look at different ways to upcycle glass bottles through mixed media and painting.  On the final part of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles we will look at using modge podge and other miscellaneous uses for glass bottle crafts.  In the 3rd and final part of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles I will also include different ways to cut glass bottles for some of the items shown in parts 1-3 of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles.

Mixed Media

Mixed media refers to using several different mediums to decorate an item, such as scrapbooking, painting, modge podge, lace, ribbon, and more.

  1. Lynne Woolgar on Gauche Alchemy shows how to use hot glue, lace ribbon, gesso, Lindy’s spray, and Distress Ink to make a altered art glass bottle.
  2. Using frosted glass spray paint, beads, stickers, rhinestones and more you can make an altered art bottle as similar to what is seen on Artful Musings.
  3. Cloth Paper Scissors magazine showcased these cute snowmen made from vintage glass bottles in their November/December 2008 issue.
  4. Check out Shabby Cottage Studio for pictures of several different altered bottles.

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Painting glass bottles is another creative way to repurpose glass bottles.  These bottles shown below would make great home décor pieces or gifts.  I have found from personal experience the best way to apply the base coat of paint on altered glass bottles is to use spray paint.  A great way to hold the bottle while spraying is to use a dowel rod with a paper towel wrapped around it placed into the opening of the bottle.

  1. Found on Pinterest this altered art bottle using spray paint, jute, flowers, and cardboard or wood letters.
  2. Some tan paint sprayed on this glass bottle craft with some jute and other paint make this cute scarecrow.
  3. This cute altered bottle craft uses paint to give the bottle a stained glass look.
  4. Here is a snowman made from a wine bottle, felt, and other embellishments.
  5. This wine bottle craft required some painting skills but would great on a mantle or shelf.
  6. A gingerbread wine bottle craft that definitely requires some knowledge of painting.
  7. A great way to use black spray paint, textured spray paint, and cinnamon to make a primitive painted jug.

Disclaimer:  Always wear protective gear when working with glass to avoid injury.

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Next time I will be taking a break from our Trash to Treasure series and will be showing you how Susie makes one of her snowman ornaments.



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Trash to Treasures: Glass Bottles (part 1 of 3)

Upcycling Glass Bottles

Glass bottles are used to house a variety of food, drinks, medications, and beauty products.  It is common for people to come into contact with glass bottles daily.  Drink bottles include beer, liquor, soda, and coffee just to name a few.  Hot sauce, dressings, and oils are common food items that are stored in glass bottles.  Alcohols are commonly stored in glass bottles, this includes wine, beer, and liquor.  Perfumes and liquid medications are also commonly stored in glass bottles.

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According to Wikipedia, glass bottles have been traced as far back as 1500 BC and increased in popularity with the invention of glass blowing.  Glass bottles are 100% recyclable, but today instead of recycling we are going to look at upcycling bottles to make pretty decorations and functional items that can be kept or given as gifts for special occasions.

There are many different ways to alter and upcycle glass bottles; bottled can be used to create other functional household items such as vases, bird feeders, food/drink receptacles and lights.  Creating these items can be as simple as adding other hardware to bottles or cutting bottles.

Another way to upcycle glass bottles is by creating one of a kind home décor items; techniques used to upcycle glass bottles include mod podge, painting, and other mixed media techniques.

Let’s look at different ways to upcycle glass bottles to make altered glass projects.


Using glass bottles as vases is an easy way to upcycle glass bottles.  Vases do not have to be altered in any other way to be functional, just simply clean the glass bottle and remove the label.  Glass bottles can also be altered to give the vase a unique and custom look.  Here a list of different ways/ideas to use glass bottles as vases.

  1. Sand and Sisal uses Martha Stewart glass paint to make a glass bottle look like sea glass.
  2. Glass bottles can be placed in a wood box with a few springs of flowers in each bottle  As seen here.
  3. Here is another way to use a wood box to display glass bottles as vases.
  4. Spray paint creates gorgeous and inexpensive vases for table décor.  Wedding Chicks use gold spray paint to create elegant table vases for a wedding.
  5. Another way to easily change the look of glass bottle crafts is by pouring paint into the bottle and coating the inside as seen on theSITSgirls.
  6. Finally make a wire bracket for the glass bottle craft and hand then with flowers in them as seen here.

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Bird Feeders

Bird feeders are a great way to upcycle bottles and decorate gardens, trees, and porches.  Glass bottles can be used to make bird feeders that hold seed bird feed or as a hummingbird feeder.

  1.  The Garden Roof Coop show how to use a glass bottle, copper wire, various embellishments and a hummingbird feeder tube to make a pretty upcycled glass bottle craft.
  2. On Better Homes and Gardens find instructions on how to use a glass bottle and a soda-bottle feeder attachment to make a glass bottle bird feeder that is then filled with bird seed.
  3. Kristen @ Down Home Inspiration shows how to make a bird feeder for wine bottles using furring strips and plywood for under $10.00.
  4. An example of making a whimsical birdfeeder using a wine bottle and martini glass can be found on Pinterest.
  5. ChickenStreet shows how to make a wood base for wine bottles to dispense bird seed.
  6. Drilling a hole into the side of a bottle and attaching a small plate to the bottom is another way to make a glass bottle bird feeder.  Instructions for this wine bottle craft is found here.
  7. Diana Wearing shows how to use old soda bottles and bedsprings to make a unique hummingbird feeder on hometalk.

Join us next time for part 2 of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles; part 2 will focus on using glass bottles to make lights and lamps and how to used mixed media techniques to create one of a kind altered bottle art.

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Disclaimer:  Always wear protective gear when working with glass to avoid injury.

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