The spring 2012 issue!

Although mother nature may disagree, Create & Decorate spring has definitely sprung. Our Website is now updated, and ready for your visit! (click here) Subscribers have started to receive their copies, and the newsstand copies are available on Valentine’s Day. (How appropriate! We loooove us some Create & Decorate!)

Cover project designed by Wendy Waldron and Lisa McComb

To mark this auspicious occasion, leave us a comment telling us what signifies spring to you, and we will randomly select 2 friends to receive a FREE April issue!

Be My Valentine Wreath

Could this cupid-approved Valentine project possibly be any more fun? Create this cheery wreath with just a few inexpensive supplies.

Designed by Rebekah Meier


The Dow Chemical Company 10″ STYROFOAM Wreath

1-2 packages red and white cupcake wrappers

9″ sheet thick craft foam

Roll red crepe paper

10 small white pom-poms

1 yd. red check ribbon

Hot glue and gun, 10-12 round toothpicks, scissors, straight pins


1. Wrap crepe paper around wreath and secure ends with straight pin.

2. Wrap approximately 18” of ribbon around the top of wreath for a hanger. Pin or hot glue in place.

3. Flatten cupcake wrappers with hands. Pin wrappers around the wreath.

4. Cut 10, 1/2” square pieces from craft foam. Gently pinch the center of 10 cupcake wrappers. Hot glue craft foam pieces to the wrong side (non-design side) of wrappers.

5. Hot glue 1 white pom pom to the center of each wrapper from step 4.

6. Gently insert a 1” piece of toothpick into the center of each craft foam piece and hot glue in place.

7. Arrange and insert the 10 toothpick/cupcake wrappers around the wreath.

8. Add more wrappers if necessary to even out design.

9. Create bow and hot glue to the top of wreath.

This project submitted courtesy of The Dow Chemical Company.

“What is it?” #48 – The Answer

Well, I guess I did an okay job, as some of you guessed correctly, and some found this week’s puzzle a bit too…dare I say it…puzzling.

It is, in fact, a vintage grater–and, we think, a slicer as well.

This item was loaned to us by the fabulous Jane “Oh I have one of those!” Guthrie. Thanks, Jane! She could open a museum. Like, for real.

Muchos gracias to everyone who gave it a go; there were some really great guesses. You can read them all here.

Happy Friday, and check back next week for another head-scratcher!

Free pattern from Wichelt!

We posted about this on Facebook yesterday, but for all of you out there who may not be on on the ‘Book, or just really don’t care about what we post there (hey, it’s possible, even though we’re super interesting!), Wichelt is offering a free chart for a fun cross-stitch project!

There’s a code in their ad on page 3 in the January/February issued of C&D, but cause we’re feeling generous, we’re gonna give you that code RIGHT NOW! Just go to, click on the Create & Decorate logo , and type CD212. Pattern should pop right up! No purchase is necessary, and you don’t have to enter any other info! Easy peasy.

Another code will be offered in the March/April issue, on newsstands February 14th!

UPDATE: If you are having problems, make sure your internet connection is working, and make sure your PDF reader is up-to-date. If you have virus protection on your computer, that may also be preventing you from being able to see the pattern!

“What is it?” Wednesday, #48!

Ok kids, it’s that time again. It’s been lonely here on the home front with the All-Wise Editor out in sunny Cali for CHA, but I did my best to crop this image into what will hopefully be the perfect balance between “Um, come on, that is just too easy!” and “Good grief, that is waaaaay too hard to guess.” Let’s be honest; Beverly’s eye is a weensy bit better than mine, so hopefully this week’s puzzle is as fun as usual.

You know the drill by now, but I’ll say it again anyway! Leave your guesses in the comments, and we’ll post all of them with the answer on Friday. Happy guessing!