Purple Hues and Me

Monday, August 24, 2015

Corrugated Cardboard and Jute Twine Vase DIY

This is truly an upcycle/recycle craft - one, where most of the materials are household items.  A small cardboard box, wood skewers and jute twine.  

Lets begin by cutting off the flaps and peeling off the top paper layer of a small cardboard box to uncover corrugated paper with open ended grooves or ridges. 

It might be a bit time consuming to remove all of the paper especially the little slivers.  I used tweezers to help with the removal and then went over every groove with fine sandpaper.  Doing that did the trick, leaving the corrugated box relatively smooth. 

Next, I took wooden skewers and gently inserted one into every other groove - pushing down to the bottom of the box, around the entire box.  All the sticks should basically be the same height after inserting into the corrugated grooves. 

To make the inside of the box look neater and stronger I glued a piece of cardboard on the bottom.

Once all of the skewers were inserted, starting at the bottom, hot glued the jute twine onto the box, wrapping it around at least five times.
The next step is where I got decorative and started twirling and curling the twine on top of the corrugated grooves, gluing in place.

Once I went around the entire box, adding and gluing on twine designs, I started weaving the twine over and under the wooden sticks, first covering the top edge of the corrugated paper.

  I continued weaving the twine over and under around the box to complete five rows.  After that, I separated the weaving into five or more rows until nearing the top.  Then, I wrapped the twine around each wood skewer, all the way around until reaching the skewer where I started and ended, gluing the twine down inside and cutting off the excess.

Next, I coated the entire vase with mod podge and let it dry for a few hours.

After the twine and corrugated cardboard dried, I cut off the ends and the skewer sticks and filed down any sharp places.

And finally, I coated the inside and outside with a clear paint-on craft varnish.

If you want to display real flowers in this vase, there's enough room to insert a glass container.
For now, I'll stick with a faux fall arrangement.

Looks so earthy and rustic!

What a fun upcycle/recycle project!  I was inspired to make this from a vase I saw at Walmart and one online that I tried to find again but couldn't. 

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Bowdabra Family Reunion Memories Journal

Today I'm excited to share how to make a  Family Reunion Memories Journal  at  Pop on over to see how.  It's really a great idea for anyone planning a family reunion.

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Stenciled Dimensional Leaf Mason Jars

Mason jar crafts are here to stay and, I bet, just when you thought you've seen them all, here's another to add to the mix!  Stenciled dimensional leaves on mason jars.  It's so easy to do - all you need is a stencil, DecoArt Dimensional Effects Paste, masking tape, craft stick and a mason jar!

And for the paste (sold at Hobby Lobby), it adheres to most surfaces, and provides a textured 3-D design that cleans up while wet with soap and water! How cool is that! #DecoArtDimensionalEffectsPaste

1.  Position stencil onto mason jar with painter's tape or re-positional spray adhesive.

2.  Spread on the dimensional effects paste over the stencil using a craft stick or palette knife.  Since I didn't have either, I used the back of a plastic spoon and applied the paste in thick layers.

3.  Once all of the stencil is covered, quickly peel the stencil from the jar, revealing an awesome raised leaf.  Wash the paste off of the stencil with water.

I used another leaf pattern stencil on a second jar.

4.  Allow to dry.  Depending on how thick the paste is applied, it could take anywhere from 4-12 hours.  I let mine dry overnight (at least 8 hrs.) since it was very thick in places.

5.  Once dry - the leaves felt firm but rubbery to touch, paint as desire.  I loved the look of the white leaves, but I knew I needed to add some color since leaves are not white .  .  .  although, I guess these could be considered bleached leaves if I added a light beige color.   Anyhow, I dry painted on green, copper and dark red acrylics to add some color.

I love how the jars look, especially, the raised peaks and valleys of the leaves, and how it feels, and I loved using DecoArt Dimensional Effects Paste.  I'm thinking of all the possibilities to use it on projects with the holidays coming up. It's such a great way to add additional interest to a lot of designs!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Woven Ribbon Recycled Tin Can Pen and Pencil Holders


Recycled tin cans are the perfect size to contain pens, pencils, markers and other office supplies.  There are so many ways to design a recycled tin can into a pen and pencil holder - just google tin can pen and pencil holder and you'll see literally hundreds.  I've done a lot of woven ribbon items lately and thought why not try it on a tin can.  Besides, I needed to make some pen holders anyway.  I have too many pens and other writing and drawing instruments and really need a place to store them instead of my usual ziplock bags.  

First, gather the following items:
  • Ribbon - your choice (I used 2 DollarTree  - 5/8" rolls)
  • Clean tin can
  • Hot glue gun/glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Candle or lighter to seal ribbon ends
  • Burlap, fabric or cardstock to cover bottom of can
1.  Measure the height of the can with a strip of ribbon and cut length.  Begin by placing strip edge around the rim of can, marking with a pencil on rim to determine the number of strips needed. Cut out using the first strip as a guide.  For this can I cut 17 strips.

2.  Take the second ribbon and measure the circumference of the can by wrapping it around and cut.  Place strip on can from top inside rim to bottom rim to determine the number of strips needed and cut out using the length of the first strip as a guide.  I needed 7 strips for this.  

3. Seal ribbon ends with flame of candle to prevent fraying.

4.  Attach each vertical ribbon strip along the can rim with hot glue. At first, I put the glue on the rim but hot glue can be messy so I added the glue to the ribbon edge and applied the ribbon to the rim for a neater look.

5.  Once all of the vertical ribbons are attached,  take a horizontal ribbon strip and place the edge right next to the inside rim and glue on.  Begin by weaving over and under the vertical strips as you wrap the horizontal ribbon around the can.  The wrapped horizontal woven ribbon should end at the place where you began. Glue ends in place.

6.  Continue adding and gluing horizontal strips on, alternating and weaving over and under until reaching the bottom rim.  Straighten and adjust the ribbon by pulling down the strips.  

7.  Once finished weaving, wrap vertical ends over rim onto bottom of can and glue down.

8.  And finally, cut out a circle of burlap or fabric or cardstock slightly smaller than round rim of can and glue on to cover ribbon edges.

These woven ribbon tin cans really turned out easy to make and definitely has a one of a kind look. 

For another can, I used left over wired burlap ribbon that I removed the wire from the ribbon before using.
 Remember, when making a woven ribbon tin can, keep in mind that a decorated pen or pencil holder should reflect the personality of where you plan on putting it.  Be it in a craft room or office  .  .  . whether it's a fun place, creative, serious or even cluttered.  
Have fun with weaving the cans in complimentary ribbon colors and prints!
It's really so easy!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!