Monday, June 19, 2017

Create a Patriotic Korker Bow Turban Twist Headband

Hi everyone!  I'm over on Bowdabrablog today showing you how to create a fun, super easy patriotic korker bow on a matching no-sew t-shirt turban twist headband. Whew! Hope that wasn't too much in one gulp, lol!!!!!

Everyone loves dressing up for a holiday celebration and this is the perfect hair accessory for kids or grown-ups alike to compliment their patriotic outfits. It's a turban style, red, white and blue headband topped with an adorable korker bow that's super cute to wear to any patriotic celebration, including Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Flag Day and even throughout the summer! 

So stop on by Bowdabrablog, where I'm on the design team and check out my easy to follow tutorial.  Why not give it a try and show off your patriotic spirit by making this adorable korker bow turban twist no-sew t-shirt headband! 

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Crafting!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Dollar Store Crafts - Monthly Challenge Blog Hop

It's that time again for our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!

On the 2nd Monday of each month, a group of talented bloggers share their themed creations for the month, be it Upcycling, family Recipes or Dollar Store Crafts.  This month, it's Dollar Store Crafts, new or old! Everyone loves dollar store crafts so I'm really excited about this one!

It's amazing what can be created with items from the dollar store! Can you imagine making adorable centerpieces of handcrafted foam flowers with crystal-like centers in large salt shaker vases filled with pebbles?

Yes, I can and let me show you how you can, too! 
Gather the following from the Dollar Tree:
  • Large Salt Shakers - 5"
  • Foam Sheets - assorted colors
  • Seed Beads
  • Bag of Pebbles
  • Hot Glue Sticks

You will also need:
  • Floral Wire - 18 gauge
  • Glue Gun
  • 2" Scallop Circle Puncher or create your own circles by hand
  • Scissors
  • Smooth Hot Plate or Iron 
  • Packing foam or bouncy/soft surface
  • Wooden spoon round handle tip

  1. Begin by punching out lots of scallop circles from the foam sheets. If you don't have a puncher, just make a two inch circle pattern with scallop edges. You can count the holes in the shaker tops to see how many you might need.
  2. Then make slits in the circles every two scallop edges, stopping just before center.
  3. Lay the foam circle on a heated plate or iron for a few seconds and

let the edges curl.

4.  Remove and lay on top of foam, pressing tip of handle down in center of circle, twisting to form flower shapes. Repeat to make more.

5.  Next, cut floral wire into 4 and 6 inch lengths.

6. Then, add hot glue to the tip of the wire, swirling the wire around so the glue won't fall off.
7.  Dip the glue tip into the seed beads, swirling it around. You can use your fingers to shape the beads around the wire while it's still in with all the beads to help with not touching the hot glue and getting burn.
*Keep a cup of ice water nearby for touching the hot glue.
8.  Remove and cautiously use your fingers to shape the beads round and let cool.  

9.  Insert opposite wire end into center of foam flower shape, pushing it toward the seed beads.

10.  Add a dab of glue to bottom of beads and press foam flower shape together to form an adorable handcrafted flower.
Love how the seed beads look crystal-like! 
11.  Fill the salt shaker containers with pebbles and screw on tops.

12.  Insert handcrafted foam flowers into top holes, curving the wires and arranging at different heights.

Then stand back and admire your lovely creations!

Be sure to visit all of the ladies' blogs for their awesome Dollar Store Crafts:

Gail@Purple Hues and Me

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you've been inspired to make your own Dollar Store project!


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Create an Adorable Patriotic Bow Ribbon Wreath

Hi everyone!  I'm over on the Bowdabrablog today sharing how I made this adorable Patriotic Bow Ribbon Wreath!  It can be the perfect addition to your Fourth of July celebration, or any red, white, and blue event, proudly showing off your patriotic spirit!

So please stop by and get all the details in my easy to follow tutorial

Have fun and keep crafting!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Celebrate the USA Link Party 2017

We're excited to join with a group of blogging friends to bring you a month long Celebrate the USA Link Party 2017! We'll each be sharing a patriotic post to kick off the party. You're invited to share any patriotic posts (old or new) at the party. Crafts, Party Ideas, Decor, Recipes, and more. It's a celebration of all things Red, White, and Blue! We're happy to have you join the party!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Patriotic Newspaper Tubes Star Candle Holder - DIY

Add a touch of patriotic elegance to your décor with this awesome diy newspaper tubes candle holder or decorative accent piece. It's a super easy recycle project that's inexpensive, costing next to nothing to create, and the best part, you probably have everything on hand to make. 

With little more than newspaper, a skewer stick, glue and paint, you can create a festive decorative item in red, white and blue, that's perfect for any patriotic occasion or nautical themed décor!

Materials Needed:

Skewer Stick
Red/White/Blue Acrylic Paint/Brush
Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Clothespin Clamps
Parchment Paper

Let's begin by folding a full sheet newspaper into four sections horizontally and cutting out on the folds.   Then, open the newspaper strips and place a skewer stick at a right angle on the bottom corner of the paper, as pictured. 

Roll the paper tip over the skewer and continue rolling the paper with fingers and hands pressed down on the surface.

You might have to lift the paper tube as you roll to tighten the tube. Continue rolling until you get close to the end point.  Add a bit of glue to the tip corner and continue rolling to the end and seal.

For this piece, every other tube will be red, white, and blue and I guesstimate will need at least seven tubes for each color plus two extra tubes to make the star, for a total of 23 tubes.* But I always roll a few more tubes, just in case.

To paint the tubes, lay down a sheet of parchment paper to paint on, and group the tubes together to paint.  It was easy to use the palm of my hand to roll the tubes over while painting to cover the tubes completely.  Let dry.

To Make the Star:  The length of one tube was about 21 inches long.  Add glue to one end .  .  .  

and insert another tube to make the length about 42 inches long.   

Next,  fold the longer tube into five pieces, 8 inches long .   .   .

and shape into a star.

Close the two ends of the star by inserting glue to seal.

Apply glue to the inside tubes where they cross each other and clamp together until dry.

Glue on a wrapping tube a little below the star point and let dry.

Begin wrapping around point and straight over to the next point until all five star points are wrapped.   Once all five points are wrapped in the same color, the next color is needed by cutting off old tube at side corner or back to hide the new connection and insert the next color tube. In other words, the red tube is cut off at the last wrapping point and .  .  .

glue is added, and a new, white tube is inserted.

Continue wrapping each of the five star points in new color.  

Continue following the red, white and blue order for the five star points, adding additional tubes as you wrap.

 When all star points have been wrapped many times and it's the last color of order (blue), cut off excess tube and tuck end tube down inside.


Super easy and oh, so unique!

Perfect for any patriotic or nautical themed décor!

I'm joining a group of blogging friends for a month long Celebrate USA Link Party that opens on June 1st.  Pease join us by sharing your all things Red, White and Blue Patriotic Creations!

Thanks for stopping by

and take a little time to enjoy -

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

DIY Recycled Newspaper Tubes Open Weave Bowl

It's always fun making projects out of newspapers .  .  . one of my favorite recycle material!   Almost everyone has some form of newspapers lying around and it's so easy and simple to create something decorative and unique!

Imagine rolling strips of newspaper into tubes and then, using an easy weave technique, make a lovely bowl or basket. How cool is that!  And you know you've probably tossed newspapers in the trash on a daily basis and chances are, once you make something, like I did, as seen here, here, here and here, you may never want to toss your papers again! OMG!

 Materials Needed: 
Skewer Stick
Tacky Glue (Fast Grab)
Paint - Primer

Begin by cutting a newspaper sheet into three strips

Place a skewer stick at a right angle on the corner of paper, as pictured.

Roll the tip over the skewer and continue rolling the paper with hands pressed down on the surface.

Continue rolling until you get close to the end point.  You might have to lift the paper to tighten the tube as you roll.  It takes practice to perfect your rolls.  Add a bit of glue to the tip corner and continue rolling to the end.
Now, turn on some music or tv and make lots of tubes, approximately 30 or more depending on the size of your bowl.

Next, glue together at middle of two tubes, one vertical and the other, horizontal. Clamp, til dry.

Glue two more tubes, on top, at center, criss-crossed and clamp together to dry.

Glue another tube (end) to center of tubes and let dry. This is your weaving tube.

Begin weaving tube under and over tube on right and then under left tube .  .  .

 and over and under left tube.  Continue over the next tube .  .  .
 and under and over each tube. You are actually wrapping each tube with the weaving tube, moving around to the next tube.

 Continue wrapping over, under and over, moving around .  .  .
 until you need to lengthen the weaving tube by adding glue to end of tube and inserting new tube into the short weaving tube end.
 Continue wrapping tube over, under, over each tube, moving around forming bowl.  You will need to use the palm of your hand to flatten down tubes as you wrap so the bowl won't be too narrow.
 Continue wrapping, gluing on additional tubes to weave, forming bowl .  .  . until vertical tubes are too short to wrap.
 Seal weaving tube with glue at a vertical tube and clamp. Then bend each vertical tube over to inside top and seal with glue and clamp til dry.
 Remove clamps and cut off excess tubes.

 See how pretty the bowl pattern is upside down! 

 For a great conversational piece, finish with a clear primer to show off the newspaper print or .  .  .

spray paint the finished bowl with a white primer or color of your choice.

Caution:  this can become very additive! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Paper Crafting!