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Monday, March 30, 2015

My Hometalk's Clipboard on Quick Easter Crafts for Everyone

http://www.hometalk.com/b/7071220/easter-crafts
Welcome to my Hometalk's Clipboard on Quick & Easy Easter Crafts for Everyone!  I was asked to curate this Easter crafts board for Hometalk! What an honor!  Easter is such a great time of year for making crafts! It puts a fresh face on spring and new creations that will brighten any home.
 
I've clipped some exciting posts from Hometalker's who've shared their creativity from crafty Easter Eggs to 3D Bunny Wall Art, a No-Sew Bunny & Carrot Wreath, and Bunny Topiaries just to name a few. There are so many Easter crafts here to get you inspired! And the best part  .  .  . there's still plenty of time to get crafty for Easter!
 
So hop on over and check out my clipboard on Easter Crafts.  And while you're there be sure to join Hometalk if you haven't already.  And of course, you can follow me too!  It's  a great place to interact with fellow Hometalkers on any subject pertaining to home and garden, crafts, décor, diy's, and so much more!  I love, love, love Hometalk! And you will, too!
 

Take a little time to enjoy

and
Happy Crafting!

 



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Make a Spring Floral Cone Arrangement In Less Than 10 Minutes




I've been looking for spring to arrive for quite some time now.  No sign of crocus, daffodil or tree blossoms around here.   But the temperatures are just beginning to climb and it won't be long, now.  I'm in a joyous mood to put away those wintry scenes and make something fabulous for spring.  What better way than to create a quick and easy floral arrangement.  I have my new found material of paper-backed burlap that I wanted to use that's left over from making burlap mason jar toppers, so this is what I did: 

Using a 12" x 12" square

that I easily shaped into a cone and hot glued together along the edge.





Then punched a hole in the corner tip, adding a piece of jute twine .  .  .
but then decided that this was a bit plain,  cut out a burlap circle and made a spiral flower to glue on front.  

 
And finally, added a bunch of flowers and BAM!
 
You have a beautiful spring time floral arrangement for your door or wall in less than ten minutes!


 
 


Wouldn't this make a wonderful addition to any spring décor, or special occasion?

Take a little time to enjoy
 

and

Happy Crafting!











Saturday, March 21, 2015

Easter Bunny Mason Jar Toppers - DIY




I found purple wide mouth mason jars at JoAnn's - without tops!  You know purple is my favorite color so I couldn't resist. 

There are so many colorful mason jars available at different craft stores, but most don't have tops - although plain mason jar tops should fit.  I thought it easy to make decorative Easter toppers that slip right over the opening or existing metal lids using paper backed burlap fabric - also found at JoAnn's.  I love this material!  It's already stiff, thus eliminating the need to coat the burlap with mod podge or glue.

You will need:
Burlap paper backed - 24" x 12" (paper section at JoAnn)
White faux fur or fleece fabric
Cotton print fabric
Poly-fil
Thread and needle
Scissors
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue                                        
Hot Glue
Parchment paper
Seed Beads for eyes
Small pom-poms for nose
Stem wire for whiskers
Pipe cleaners  for ears
Embellishments
Bunny head, arms, and ears template

You can copy and paste template to Word and adjust size (if needed) using format.
 
First, you need to draw a circle on the paper-back of the burlap using the mouth or lid of the mason jar and cut out. 
Next, cut out a 1/2-3/4 inch wide x 12 inches long strip of the same material and cut out.
 

Adhere tacky glue to both edges of the circle and strip and wrap the strip around the circle, until ends meet, as pictured. Cut off excess.   It doesn't take long for the glue to grab the edges.

 
Place topper on parchment paper and place additional glue inside, as pictured. Allow to dry.

 
 
While topper is drying, cut out pieces of pattern and fabric.
 
 
Hand stitch pieces, right sides  together leaving openings to turn inside out.

 
 
 
Starting with the bunny head, turn inside out and lightly stuff with poly-fil. 
Sorry, I didn't take pictures of sewing on the seed beads for eyes or gluing on the whiskers and nose.
I added the eyes before I closed the opening for head, sewing from the inside so the threads wouldn't show on the outside.  


 
 The ears were turned inside out and slightly folded pipe cleaners were inserted inside instead of poly-fil.  The ends of the pipe cleaners were cut off before stitching the ears closed. Using pipe cleaners allowed the ears to be shaped up or down.

 
The ears were sewn in place.
 

 The paws were turned inside out and lightly filled with poly-fil.  I used a natural looking thread to loop around the ends, front to back, for toes, as pictured.

 
The sleeves were placed over the paws and using tacky glue added small strips of fabric for cuffs. (optional)
 
The completed paws were hot glued onto the topper as shown:

 
Additional hot glue was placed in the center between the paws and the head was glued on there.

 
 
Handmade flower embellishments and ribbon were added to the burlap toppers.
 







 

Just think of all the possibilities for making mason jar decorative toppers .  .  .
 
 
Take a little time to enjoy
and
Happy Crafting!





















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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Decoupaged Bread Basket A La Dollar Tree



I don't bake breads often but when I do I'm always searching for something to put them in at breakfast and dinner time.  I recently picked up some baskets and paper napkins, along with colorful deco mesh (for another project, here) from the Dollar Tree.  I have a couple of projects in mind, one of them to decoupage a basket for my breads using decorative napkins.  It's really a simple and easy project.


All you need is a basket, decorative napkins, white glue, water and sponge . .  . all available at the Dollar Tree.



Separate the white paper backing from the printed side of the napkin.



 
Lay the napkin printed side up on the basket.  Wet sponge with water and gently tap the napkin down following the layout.  Tear off any excess, and add napkin pieces to fill-in the basket area, one side at a time. It's easy to overlap using this method.



 
Allow to dry.  Trim off any excess napkin paper.


Once dry, mix one part white glue to 1/4 part water.  Apply mixture using sponge over entire napkin.


You can seal the basket on the outside with glossy varnish, if you want.  I don't know of a sealant that's food safe.




This method of using water and a sponge to apply the napkin is quick and easy. And I found wrinkles to be at a minimum. Once dry, the glue and water mixture as a decoupage, using a sponge to apply, goes on smoothly, too.   

Using this technique, there are so many possibilities to decoupage lots of dollar store baskets and decorative napkins for everyday home usage and for special occasions, inexpensively.


Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!





Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DollarTree Ruffled Decorative Mesh Easter Basket





I discovered colorful decorative mesh at the Dollar Tree.  Five yards for a dollar!  Yes!  Can you believe it?  But I'm tired of making the usual mesh wreaths and wall hangings.  Aren't you?  There are some beautiful creative mesh wreaths and unique wall hangings out there, but let's do something different with that fabric for a change.  Let's have another way to work that mesh.   How about dressing up a woven basket!  What's Easter without a frilly easter basket? 

You will need:
  • Dollar Tree Decorative Mesh (three rolls - 6 inches x 5 yards)
  • Heavy duty thread and needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • DT basket w/handle
  • Skewer stick
                                        
To make:

Cut  mesh length about 3 1/2 - 4 times the width of the basket. Be generous.

Fold mesh in half, finished edges together. Loop the thread a couple of times into a knot around the end finished edge of mesh. Sew a running basting stitch, over and under, around the finish edges, pulling the thread to gather the mesh into a ruffle as you stitch.  You must use heavy duty thread because the friction of pulling the thread against the nylon mesh might cause the thread to break. Finish the end ruffle by double looping the threads into a knot.


Hot glue the end of the ruffle to the side bottom of the basket, making sure to hold the glued spot until cooled.  Continue gluing the ruffle around the basket, straightening the ruffle sewn edge as you go.

 
Glue on another ruffle as before.


Continue gluing on ruffles until the woven basket is covered depending on the size of the basket.





For the handle:
Cut an 18" length of mesh and using a skewer stick, roll the mesh, beginning at the corner edge, into a rod, lightly gluing the end.

 
Wrap the mesh rod around the handle, gluing the ends at the beginning and end.

Flowers:
Double together approximately 12 inches of mesh, first sewing a tight end rolled together, gathering the fray ends to sew and then loosening the roll as you sew the bottoms together into a swirl effect. You can cut off any loose fibers.  The key to making these flowers is to roll and sew the bottoms together as you roll keeping the flower portion together.  Glue flowers onto basket.

 
Now fill this lovely basket with your favorite Easter goodies!
 
 
 
How cute is this!
 
 



Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!

 









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