Purple Hues and Me

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Loopy Jute Twine Garland With Bells

I must first apologize to anyone who crochets or knits for this craft project I'm about to share with you.  I admire anyone who processes that skill.  My late mother-in-law tried to teach me years ago but I just couldn't pick it up.

I was in a fabric store recently and there was a video showing how to finger crochet or knit.  I often get the two techniques confused.  Anyway, while looking at the video, a light bulb went off in a weird sort of way for me to try to make a garland out of twine using a slipknot. I know, a slipknot!

After getting home, I pulled out my very large roll of jute twine and started making slipknots.  I first tied a knot on one end and then basically tied a knot to form a loop and continued tying knots with loops. This sounds a bit cray cray, but a cute little pattern of loops was forming and I liked how it was looking.

Sorry, some of the pictures are blurry, but it's hard taking photos with one hand and trying to keep it steady.  Here's what I did:

First make a loop .  .  .

and with your right fingers push the twine through the loop and out creating a knot with a loop. Or what some might call a slipknot .  .  .

and tighten.

Once you've made the first slipknot(with loop) continue making another slipknot with a loop using your fingers.

Keep tying knots and forming loops  .  .  . see the resulting pattern of loops?

How cute!
 I could go on and on and on making these .  .  . 

The spacing between the loops can be tighten by adjusting the loop.  Slipknots can easily be pulled out so once I was satisfied with the look, I added a drop of fabric glue to the knots and let dry.
And then I thought to tie (using threads from burlap scraps) red bells to the garland to make it festive!

Look how rustic and pretty it looks!
What do you think?

Loopy, loops - jingle bells, jingle, jingle!

I call this very rustic and hand made!
 This would be perfect to use with country, rustic, or woodland decor for the holidays!


And it goes great with my Jute and Pinecone Flower Tree.

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Linking To:  homestoriesatoz

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Decoupage Christmas Napkins on Mason Jar With Snow

I know there are more than 1001 ways to decorate a mason jar or bottle and you may be among those that are a bit overwhelmed with seeing lots of crafty mason jars (me included).   I believe mason jars have moved from being "trendy" to a status of being  "classic"  in the crafting world.  So yes, I'm here to say, mason jars are here to stay.  (Was that a rhyme?)  Anyway, I have tried to leave them alone .  .  .  except the time I made decorative tops here.  I cannot resist any longer!   So here I am showing you how I decorated a mason jar and wine bottle for the holidays and or winter.  The snow is actually what did it for me!

Materials used:
  • Mason Jar/Wine bottle
  • White chalk paint
  • Christmas/holiday napkins
  • Mod podge
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic wrap
  • Snow-Tex (DecorArt)
  • White glitter
  • Decorative trim
I decided to go back and forth between the mason jar and wine bottle at the same time since the first thing I needed to do was paint both of them using white chalk paint.  It was so much easier since I could use the same wet paint brush on both and then let them dry.

After the paint dried, the printed napkins were separated from their white backings and mod podge was brushed on the bottles.

The napkins were placed on top of the decoupage and smooth out and around using plastic wrap (see tutorial).  .  .

and allowed to dry.

Next,  Snow-Tex was applied using a plastic knife to the tops and bottoms.

Snow-Tex is amazing! 
It creates a realistic dimensional snow-like effect and dries permanently hard.
For a snow-glistening effect, white glitter was sprinkled over the Snow-Tex while wet.

The imprint from the mason jar adds dimension to the image.

Decorative stems were added to complete the look.

A view of the back.

These would be great to give as gifts or add to your holiday d├ęcor!

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!

Friday, November 14, 2014

German Bell Christmas Ornament & Tassel DIY

It was fun showing the ladies in my craft class how to make a German Bell ornament and tassel during our "Let's Get Crafty" session recently. It's so simple to make but looks rather elegant.  Here's how:  

For the ornament:
Using wrapping paper glued to cardstock as a decorative pattern:

1.  Cut the paper into a twelve inch square for a large ornament or for a smaller version, a six or eight inch square. 

2.  Fold (make crisp or sharp folds) the square in half, open and turn in opposite direction (ninety degrees) and fold again. Open square.

3.  Fold diagonally into a triangle, matching corners.  Open and turn in opposite direction (ninety degrees) and fold diagonally in half again.  Open square.

4.  Take a corner edge and meet the center crease line and fold. 

5.  Take the opposite corner edge and meet the center crease line and fold creating a kite shape.

6.  Open and repeat with each corner four times. Check each set of folds (4) to be sure no folds were missed.  The paper should take on a star-like shape.

7.  Push the middle center inward with your fingers forming four points while cupping the star-like shape together in the palm of hand.

8.  The four point come together to form a bell.  Glue the top three points together, leaving an opening to run a tassel or hanging cord through the middle.

9.  Make a small hole in bottom center for tassel or hanging cord.

To Make A Tassel:
Take crochet thread and wrap it around a piece of cardboard approximately 48 times.  The height of the cardboard will measure the length of the tassel.  So if the cardboard is three inches tall, the tassel will be three inches long. The quantity of times the thread is wrapped around will determine the thickness of the tassel.
Cut a piece of thread about 18" long and make a loop (slip) and place under the wrapped threads.

Double loop the thread through, pulling tightly at the top.

Remove the wrapped threads from the card and evenly cut the loops at the bottom.

Place additional thread at a fingers mark from loop and wrap around several times and tie into a knot. Thread ends into the eye of a needle and pull knot ends and needle down through the center of the tassel to hide the knot.

Thread the top tassel cording through the eye of a needle or use wire to run cording through the bottom hole, and up the center and out the top by the points.

Glue remaining point and side of bell and string on decorative beads and knot.

Smaller versions using 8" scrape book paper.

This is really a beautiful, and easy ornament to make for Christmas! 

Take a little time to enjoy

Happy Holiday Crafting!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cork Ribbon Flowers

I was in Michaels the other day and came across cork ribbon on clearance for seventy percent off.  Wow, what a deal! I remembered this past summer when it was featured on Michael's Makers website.  I guess it didn't go over well with crafters. Too bad.  I love cork and think having it available in ribbon opens up more possibilities in creativity.  Regular cork is just too bulky and stiff to actually make flexible things.  I've always wanted to make flowers out of cork.  I actually tried to make small ones using wine corks.  But I wasn't handy with carving and gave up rather quickly.  Now I had my chance.  I bought two different sizes of cork ribbon and didn't waste anytime putting my cork flowers together.

I made accordion folds in the ribbon and cut out five petal shapes of three different sizes.

.  .  .  and curled the ends with scissors.
Made a slit in the bottom centers and hot glued the ends together. 

Cut out an inch circle of cork ribbon and started gluing the largest five petals on .  .  .

Continue gluing each size layer of petals on.

First layer: 5 large petals
Second layer:  5 medium petals
Third layer:  5 small petals

Cut a disk from the end of a wine cork and glue in the center of the petals.

Now decorate to your hearts' content!
Next, I made wispy leaf-like flowers by freehand cutting and gluing to stem wire. 

Makes for quite an airy look!


What do you think about cork ribbon? 

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!