Cross-Stitch of the Month: December


Download the cross-stitch pattern here.



  • 6″-diameter embroidery hoop
  • 12″ square cross-stitch fabric
  • Embroidery floss: tan, black, red, and white
  • Embroidery needle


Cross-Stitch the Design: Place cross-stitch fabric in embroidery hoop, pulling fabric taut. Tighten screw. Using two strands of embroidery floss and following the downloadable chart (above) for the pattern, cross-stitch the gingerbread man from the back side through the fabric. See how to cross-stitch below. Weave tail from last stitch under previous stitches; trim ends.


How to Cross-Stitch: From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many cross-stitches as needed.


How to Finish: When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1/2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.

Visit us on the first of each month to receive a new seasonal cross-stitch pattern. Tag pics on Instagram with #MIYmaglife so we can see!

Get November’s pattern here.



How to Make a Felted Ball


1. Pull off a small piece of wool from one or more colors of roving.


2. Gently pull fibers apart to fluff the wool. The finished ball will be about half the size of this fluff of wool.


3. Using palms of your hands, roll wool into loose ball; change direction often to make a round ball. Wind errant fibers around ball as evenly as possible to keep smooth.


4. Fill a small bowl with very warm water as hot as your hands can comfortably tolerate. Add a drop of liquid laundry or dish soap. Dip ball of wool into bowl of hot, soapy water.


5. Squeeze excess water out of ball.

6. Roll ball between palms of your hands like you would roll a ball of modeling clay. Roll it very gently to avoid forming large cracks or lumps that cannot be taken out. Let ball dry.


Reindeer Paper Burlap Ornament


This post is sponsored by Glue Dots®.

Designer: Melanie East

Use printed burlap to create easy ornaments with an intricate look.



  • Craft Glue Dots® dispenser
  • DCWV printed burlap
  • DCWV cardstock, Luxe Lodge stack
  • Cricut Explore Machine
  • Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Pencil
  • 6″ length of twine or ribbon
  • Large glass to use as a cutting template

Finished ornament : approx. 5″ wide, but ornament can be made into any desired size

Time: 15 minutes
Level: Intermediate

Note: While using the Cricut machine will allow for more intricate shapes, do not let the lack of a Cricut machine keep you from trying this lovely project. Use scissors and simpler shapes to create your own custom ornaments.

Assemble the Ornament:

1. Place the large glass on the back of a printed burlap sheet. Using a pencil, draw around the glass to create the circle shape.


2. Use scissors to cut out the circle.


3. With the Cricut Explore and the Cricut Winter Woodland cartridge, cut out deer shapes onto a piece of DCWV Luxe Lodge paper.


4. Adhere the deer to the front of the printed burlap circle with Craft Glue Dots®.


5. Use the hole punch to create a hole at the top of the circle. Add twine or ribbon through the hole in order to hang the ornament.


Visit the Glue Dots website for more project ideas and helpful products that make holiday crafting easy and fun!

Holiday To-Do List

clear-chalkboardDesigner: Ashley Burdette

Keep track of your holiday to-do list with a cute hanging planner! The best part? Clear chalkboard paint makes this board erasable.


  • 514×12″ wooden crafts plank
  • Mint-green acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating
  • Numeral rubber stamps
  • Solvent ink pad (such as StāzOn)
  • 10″-long piece of leather cord
  • Drill
  • White chalk
  • Chalkboard marker or chalk


Assemble the To-Do List:

1. Using painter’s tape, mask off the bottom 114” of one side of the wooden crafts plank. Paint the masked off area with mint-green acrylic paint; let dry.

2. Paint the surface of the wooden crafts plank with Clear Chalkboard Coating; let dry for 24 hours.

3. Stamp numbers using a solvent ink pad along the left-hand edge of the plank; let dry.

4. Drill a hole large enough to accommodate the leather cord at the center top of the plank.
Thread leather cord through hole and tie ends together with an overhand knot.

5. Cure the board by rubbing white chalk across entire chalkboard surface; wipe off.

6. Use a chalkboard marker or chalk to write notes next to the numerals; wipe off as desired.

Cute DIY Dishes

what-a-dishDesigner: Lisa Storms

Because who doesn’t need a pretty little dish to hold small items?


  • White oven-bake clay (such as Sculpey)
  • Acrylic roller
  • Wooden rods
  • Die-cut circle or heart shape
  • Toothpick
  • Items for texturizing the clay: pencil eraser, rubber stamp, paper doilies
  • Ink pad in desired colors
  • Small round paper bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fine-tip artist’s paintbrush (optional)
  • Decoupage medium (such as Mod Podge)

what-a-dish-11. Following manufacturer’s instructions, condition the clay. Place clay on a smooth, hard surface. Using acrylic roller, roll out clay to 14” thick. To do this, position a wooden rod on each side of the clay. Place the roller across the clay and wooden rods; roll the clay to a consistent thickness (pictured above).

what-a-dish-22. For a circle or heart-shape dish, lay die-cut circle or heart shape on the flattened clay. Trace around the shape with a toothpick to cut it out (pictured above). Note: The jagged edges will be sanded later.

what-a-dish-33. Using texturizing items of your choice, stamp or emboss the clay with a pencil eraser or rubber stamp. Press eraser or rubber stamp into ink pad before pressing the design into the clay (pictured above).

what-a-dish-44. For lacelike embossing, place a stack of six paper doilies on the clay and roll over the doilies with the acrylic roller until an impression is made (pictured above). Carefully remove the doilies from the clay surface.

5. Place a small paper bowl right side down on a baking sheet. Place clay right side down on top of bowl, gently pressing the edges of the clay to round them against the curvature of the bowl.

6. Following the clay manufacturer’s instructions, bake the clay. Allow the clay to cool thoroughly.

7. Sand the dish with fine-grit sandpaper; wipe off the sanding dust.

8. Using a foam paintbrush, paint the dish with acrylic paint if desired. If needed, use a fine-tip paintbrush to paint in grooves, ridges, or stamped areas; remove excess paint with paper towel. Let the paint dry.

9. Paint the dish with decoupage medium; let dry.