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Spring Wreath

I LOVE the color yellow!  It is just so bright an cheery!  While rummaging through the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby, I found a whole bunch of this yellow fabric for about $3!  Its a pretty basic print, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it, but I couldn’t pass up the happy color!  Then I found this gorgeous wreath at Beautiful Nest and it occurred to me that I never make wreaths.  Like, seriously, I think I’ve only ever made one wreath before in my life.  I thought the yellow would be perfect for bringing a little spring into my life with this wreath!  Since I live in an apartment right now and don’t really trust my neighbors to leave it alone, this wreath is going to decorate the inside of my door!  Then I get to enjoy it all the time!

Notes about the project:  I left the edges of the fabric raggedy to add a little bit more of a homemade touch.  Also, my goal was to use on-hand supplies, so my fabric and wire were a little too flimsy to support themselves.  I found a cardboard frame was necessary, but it might not be necessary for your wreath.

Materials needed:

  • 5-1/2″ strip of bottom fabric (I used 3 strips of each fabric about 45″ long – from selvage to selvage)
  • 2-1/2″ strip of middle fabric
  • 1″ strip of top fabric
  • Extra fabric or ribbon for the hanger and embellishments
  • Wire (about 30″)
  • 12″ cardboard circle with 5″ circle cut out of middle (optional)
  • Small cardboard rectangle (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Some sort of hole punching device (I used a seam ripper)
  • Glue (I used hot glue – I’m so impatient!)

Instructions:

  1. Cut all of your strips of fabric.  Perfect measurements aren’t necessary.  I like things to look slightly amiss sometimes.  It gives them character!  I probably should have ironed my fabric, but its just character!  My Marine Corps husband would have a huge problem with this.
  2. Lay the strips out flat.  Place the smaller strips on top of each other and make sure the right sides of all fabric are facing out.
  3. Pierce a hole through all three layers of fabric about every 1-2″ along the length of the fabric.  Make sure these holes are in the center of fabric.
  4. Thread the wire in and out of the holes until all the fabric is on the wire.  When you reach the end of one strip, just start on with the next one!  The holes in the above photo with the wire are about 3 inches apart, but I decided I wanted them closer – just in case you are worried that your wire doesn’t look like mine.
  5. Once all the fabric is on the wire, spread the fabric out and twist the ends of the wire together to create a loop.
  6. If your wreath is flimsy and you need a cardboard base, continue with this step.  If not, skip to the next step.  Carefully flip the wreath over so the backside is showing.  Arrange the folds in a pleasing manner.  Apply glue to the cardboard base and slap it onto the back of your wreath.
  7. Loop the hanger ribbon (or fabric…or whatever else you might want to use) and glue it to the back of the wreath.  You may choose to glue a small cardboard piece down on top of the ribbon ends to secure them.
  8. When the wreath is dry, flip it back over to the front side and get to decorating!  I used a fabric bow (again leaving the edges raw), but you could use flowers, Easter eggs, bird stuff…whatever blows your hair back! (Notice my lack of creativity in the embellishing department…this would be my novice wreath making skills coming out)
  9. Enjoy!

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Message Board

A lot of people make message boards and I have ALWAYS wanted to make/buy/own one!  Unfortunately, I just don’t have the extra funds for something like this.  I also haven’t had an extra canvas lying around.  What I do have is cardboard!  For some reason I always seem to have plenty of it!  The nice thing about using cardboard for the backbone of this project is that it is highly customizable.  You can make it any size or shape you want!  I chose a decent sized, long, vertical board.  The original plan was going to have a contrasting frame in that fun polka dot fabric, but I just couldn’t figure out how to make it work.  I still wanted to use the fabric though, so I opted for pockets!

Materials needed:

  • Two or three pieces of cardboard cut to the same size (I used two)
  • Two or three layers of batting depending on how plush you want your board (I used two layers of thin batting)
  • Two contrasting pieces of fabric (one must be large enough to cover the cardboard)
  • Ribbon (mine is about 1/4″ wide)
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread

Instructions:

  1. Use hot glue to attach your pieces of cardboard to each other.  Doubling or tripling the boards will give them more strength.
  2. Cut the batting to the same size as the board.  I used glue to attach the corners of the batting to the board, but this is up to you.
  3. Cut the main fabric to be about 2″ wider than the board on all sides.
  4. Cut any pockets as wide as the main fabric, but as tall as you want the pocket.  Make sure you leave enough fabric to have 2″ extra at the bottom of the board and about 1″ extra to fold over the top edge of the pocket (like a hem).
  5. Lay the board face down on the back side of the main fabric (the batting should be sandwiched in the middle).  Pull the edges up and glue them to the back of the board.  Make sure the fabric is taut.  Fold the corners under at an angle to make sure no loose edges will show from the front of the frame.
  6. For the pockets, fold the top edge in to prevent any loose edges from showing.  Glue them to the board just like the main fabric.  I have two pockets (one in the same pattern as the main fabric), but you can have as many as you want!
  7. Time for the ribbons!  Cross the ribbons over the front of the fabric and glue the ends to the back of the board.  These ribbons need to be tight or they won’t be able to hold anything.  The number of crosses you can fit depends on the size of your board.
  8. Sew a button onto each cross.  Make sure you go through all layers of the board with the needle to fasten it securely.  Don’t worry, it is surprisingly easy to sew through cardboard!
  9. Attach a ribbon to hang it and that board is finished!The two close up pictures above are of my husband and my older sister (Carter’s mom)…the pictures are goofy, but they’re some of my absolute favorites!

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Birthday Banner

My nephew is turning 1!  Since my family is coming from all over the place and has all sorts of different time commitments, we celebrated his birthday a few weeks early.  I saw this super fun confetti garland from Increasingly Domestic and had to make one for the party!  I decided to add letters to mine to personalize it for the kid (not that he can read, but he did like the fun colors!).  I also made the birthday hat, so be sure to look for that in an upcoming post!

Materials needed:

  • Felt sheets in several different colors (one sheet of each color should be sufficient for a banner of this size)
  • Ribbon scraps
  • Letter templates (I printed my from a word processor)
  • Circle template (I used the bottom of a candle jar – about 3-1/2″ diameter)
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Trace several circles onto your felt using your circle template and felt marker.  I traced 4 circles onto each color of felt.  Since I found 8 different colors of felt, I had a total of 32 circles to create 2 separate chains.  Cut the circles out.
  2. Sew a line through the center of each circle so the circles are just touching at the edges.  Do not cut the threads in between the circles.  Increasingly Domestic provides an excellent photo tutorial for this process.
  3. If you need to create your letter templates, follow these directions.  If not, skip to the next step.  I used Microsoft Word to print out huge letters, but you can use any word processor.  Open the program and type out one of each letter that you will need on your banner.  Highlight the letters and try out different fonts until you find one you like.  Make sure it is thick enough to easily cut out.  I stopped at a font called Marker Felt.  Increase the font size until it is large enough for your banner.  My font size is 250.  Print out the letters and cut them out.
  4. Choose which circle will hold which letter and trace that letter onto a contrasting color of felt.  You might want to trace the letter upside down so any marker lines do not show on the finished product.  Cut the letters out.
  5. Time for the hot glue gun!  Use the glue gun to adhere the letters to the circles.  Make sure the letters are where you want them before attaching them to the circles.  Hot glue is not a very forgiving material when used with felt.
  6. Glue a loop of ribbon to the backside of the end circles.
  7. Hang up your banner and celebrate!  These circles have a tendency to twist on the chain (which is part of the charm), so you may want to hang the chain against a flat wall to keep the letters facing forward.

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Jewelry Hanger

I saw this awesome jewelry hanger on Just Thought I’d Share about a week ago.  This made me think about my poor jewelry hanging out in one giant ball in the top drawer of my dresser.  Most of the time I am too lazy or crunched for time to bother pulling them apart to actually wear something!  I’ve been thinking for a long time that I needed some sort of jewelry box, but I just hadn’t bought/found/made one.

Then I saw this fantastic idea!  A frame that displays all of your jewelry on hooks!  Like art!  Something to sort my jewelry and decorate my walls at the same time?  Fabulous!  I had to make one right away!

I immediately headed for my icky-looking frame collection and found a large metal frame that used to hold my sorority composites while I was in college.  The edge was starting to rust, so it needed some sort of refinishing. This is where I ran into trouble.  I really didn’t want to purchase anything specifically for this project so that ruled out spray paint or some sort of primer.  My first attempts at just painting over the frame with a silver acrylic were a definite fail.  Then I attempted some sort of refinish like my fabric covered frame from a few weeks ago.  Another fail.  Nothing wanted to stick to this ugly frame!  Eventually I settled on a layer of tacky glue and then fabric clamped down (with about 100 paper clips) overnight until it dried into position.  It still didn’t want to stick, but when the backing was added to the frame, it stayed in place nicely!

After my experiences, I would highly recommend a different frame (this was a pretty ugly frame to begin with) or a purchase of primer as the original instructions described!

I settled on old jeans to cover the frame and a scrap of a suiting fabric my cousin gave me a while ago.  This was a relatively easy project except for my whole frame fiasco!  I am very pleased with the results and wear my jewelry a lot more frequently!  I highly recommend it!

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Another fun frame!

I already mentioned the fact that I have a bunch of beat up picture frames.  I’ve already showed you how to paint and stencil a frame.  Well, here’s another one!  This one is covered in a fun blue fabric to suit this adorable picture of my nephew and his dog!  This picture was taken by Mr. B’s Photo Shoot, who also took the pictures in my About Me page.

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Fun fabric a few inches larger than the frame
  • Mod Podge

Instructions:

  1. Cover the top surface of the frame with Mod Podge.
  2. Lay the frame face down on the wrong side of the fabric.  Be sure to center the frame on the piece of fabric.
  3. Turn the frame and the fabric over and smooth the fabric into place.
  4. Use scissors of a rotary knife to cut the fabric out of the center of the frame.  Leave enough fabric to cover the inside lip of the frame.
  5. Clip the inside fabric diagonally to the corners of the frame.
  6. Apply Mod Podge to the inside lip of the frame and smooth the fabric over it.
  7. Apply Mod Podge to the outside edges of the frame and smooth fabric over it.
  8. Trim the excess fabric at the frame’s corners as close as you can.
  9. Apply Mod Podge to the back of the frame and smooth the loose fabric over it.
  10. Apply two layers of Mod Podge over the entire piece of fabric.  Always wait until each layer has dried before reapplying.
  11. Once the Mod Podge is dry, you can add a picture and your frame is complete!

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Fun Heart Frame

I started collecting picture frames in college.  None of them match (but I have already told you about my eclectic tastes in decorating).  Since college I have moved about 6 times.  Needless to say, many of my frames have seen better days.  This particular frame had several chips across the front detracting from the overall appearance (I forgot to take a before picture).  Rather than trash the frame, I decided to give it new life.  Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I picked a heart theme.  Not exactly a genius concept, but I like it!  Husband isn’t thrilled to be featured in a pink frame, but he can deal 😛  Sorry about Husband’s tongue in the picture…I have very few pictures of him without a goofy face.

On another note, I edited my instructions for the Easy Refurbished Dog Collar to include interfacing inside the collar.  This will make the collar stronger and last longer!

Now, back to the picture frame…

Materials needed:

  • Picture frame
  • Different colors of acrylic paint (I chose white and three shades of pink)
  • Stencil with different size hearts
  • Sponge brushes
  • Mod Podge

Instructions:

  1. Wipe down your picture frame to remove any dirt or dust.  Paint your base color on the frame.  You may need to use several layers to achieve full coverage.  Wait for each layer to dry completely before starting the next layer.
  2. Pick several different sizes of heart stencils to add variation to the frame.  Start with the largest size and position it on the frame.  It is ok if the heart runs off the edge a bit as long as you position it so that it still looks like a heart.  Use the sponge brush to lightly apply a layer of a contrasting paint color through the stencil and onto the frame.  Repeat this process with different colors on different sections of the frame.  Be creative about their placements!  If some of the edges of the hearts don’t come out clean you can touch them up later or paint another heart over the rough spot.
  3. Wait for the paint to dry and repeat step 2 with a slightly smaller size heart.  You can begin overlapping some hearts using different colors of paint.
  4. Repeat this process for any other size hearts you wish to use.  I used two smaller heart stencils.
  5. Wait for the paint to dry and use the base color to touch-up any misshapen hearts or stray spots of paint.
  6. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal your frame.
  7. Once the frame is completely dry, you can add the picture of your Valentine!  Voila!  Super easy and really customizable.

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String Art – Wall decoration

How do you draw a circle using only straight lines?  Tangent lines!  Ok, so math dork humor aside, string art looks pretty cool, is easy to create, and is a very forgiving medium.

Materials needed:

  • A wood base (you can use scrap wood or purchase a wood plaque at your local craft store)
  • Paint (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 1 inch nails (you will need quite a few of these depending on the size of your project)
  • Hammer
  • Embroidery floss in various colors
  • Hanging kit

Instructions:

  1. If you want to paint the wood base, start with this step.  If not, move onto the next.  Natural wood can be just as beautiful as painted wood, so this is your judgment call.  If you choose to paint the wood, allow it to dry fully before moving on to the next step.
  2. Decide what sort of pattern you want to create.  Basic string art begins with circles or straight lines.  You can run an internet search for string art to see all of the different options out there.  I will show how to create the string art shown at the top of this page, which is made up entirely of straight lines.  This picture shows a circle base.
  3. Draw your desired pattern on the wood.  You may choose to trace a bowl or plate for the circle or use a ruler for the straight lines.
  4. Hammer nails into the wood along the lines.  I positioned the nails about 1/2 inch apart (my project is roughly 16 x 12 inches).  You may choose to space them farther apart for a larger project or closer together for a smaller project.  Do not hammer the nails all the way into the wood.  You need to leave enough nail sticking out to tie string around.
  5. Tie the embroidery floss on your starter nail with a square knot and start weaving the string around the nails.  When you are finished with one string, tie it to a nail, but do not cut the string.  The fantastic thing about string art is that you can take off the string at any point and start over if you do not like the direction you are headed.
  6. Continue adding different colors of thread until you are pleased with the results.  Trim the excess thread.
  7. Install the hanging kit as per the manufacturer’s instructions and proudly display your art!(Note: the last string art was completed by a friend of mine)

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