Monday, July 13, 2020

Gimp Braided Trim Wrapped Ornament

 Welcome to our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!  I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a themed monthly challenge blog hop on the 2nd Monday of each month!  This month it's Christmas in July and time to get a head start on making all things Christmas!

I love making handcrafted ornaments for the holidays, but it can be quite stressful when you're trying to do a hundred other things! So now's the time to  begin creating those pretty ornaments you've had in mind for so long!  Here's an easy way of making gorgeous looking ornaments  -  if you have left over gimp braided trim like I do, how cool would it be to wrap a styrofoam ball around it and then top it off with a beautiful Bowdabra bow for a lovely Christmas ornament! It's definitely easy to make and yet very dramatic in design!

Materials Needed:
Styrofoam Ball
Acrylic Craft Paint
Ornament hanger (from broken ornament)
Gimp Braided Trim
Fabri-Tac Fabric Glue
Mini Bowdabra, Bow Wire, Ruler and Wand
5/8" Sheer Metallic Trim Ribbon 

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Begin by placing the ornament hanger in the top center of the styrofoam ball. 
But in hindsight, it's easier to paint first using FolkArt Brush Metal to cover the white - let dry and then add the hanger.
Next, apply a generous amount of fabric glue around the base of the ornament and begin placing the trim down following the edge of the hanger, making sure the loops in the design are as close to the hanger as possible.
Continue applying glue in the width of the trim to the ball and then adding the trim  -
Make sure the trim fits as close to the previous row. 
And try to place the loops in the open grooves of the trim as you're gluing it on.
Proceed with wrapping the styrofoam ball with the trim being .  .  .
very careful with placement of the trim as the area gets smaller and smaller. You'll have to tighten it up a bit!
And finally, to finish, squish together the end of the trim in a circle while gluing it down, and then cutting off the excess.
Adorable - isn't it! But to complete the look, add a loopy bow to the top!
Here's how:
Using a Mini Bowdabra, insert a 24" piece of bow wire folded in half into the Mini Bowdabra, tucking ends under. Then, make a crease near the end of the ribbon and place into the Mini Bowdabra. Fold the ribbon at the 2" mark and press into the Mini Bowdabra. This is your first loop.
Next, fold the other side at the same 2" loop width. Continue folding loops one at a time down through the center of the Mini Bowdabra .  .  .
making 13 loops on each side for a total of 26 loops - this happened to be the end of the ribbon that's why 13 loops were made.  Then scrunch down the loops with the Mini Bowdabra Wand.  
While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the bow wire through the loop at the other end pulling tightly, tie in a knot and gently pull bow out.
Fluff the bow, arranging the loops. Then tie the bow onto the hanger with the bow wire adjusting the wire through the center of the bow.  Make a loop with the two wires for hanging, tying the ends together and cutting off excess wire.
How adorable is this! Perfect for a Christmas in July project!
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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Decoupage Napkin Flowers on Glass

I've had this clear glass jar with lid for sometime now. I bought it and other glass containers for my nieces' sweet sixteen candy buffet that I created. I love the shape of the jar and although it's perfect on its' own, I wanted to dress it up a bit - by decoupaging it with pretty napkin hydrangeas cut-outs!

I love to decoupage but I wanted to leave this container clear and not paint it. Usually, paint is used to define the images of the napkin and to make them sharp and distinct on whatever you are applying it to. But I wanted a more transparent or translucent look - like the flowers were floating on glass. And fortunately, the Mod Podge I used dried clear to make that possible. Noteworthy: I used Mod Podge Matte because it was what I had on hand, so this piece is for decorative purposes only. But you can use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge which allows it to be used indoors or outdoors and safely cleaned by hand or in the top shelf of a dishwasher once cured following directions. 

Materials Used:
  • Glass container w/lid
  • Rubbing alcohol/paper towels
  • Decorative hydrangeas paper napkins
  • Hydrangeas petal paper punch
  • Matte Mod Podge or Dishwasher-Safe MP
  • Soft small paint brush
  • Printer paper/small scissors
  • Skewer stick
Begin by thoroughly washing the glass container and lid with dish detergent and water and then dry. Wipe with a alcohol soaked paper towel to remove any soap residue, dirt and oil. Let dry.

Now it's time to punch out the hydrangeas petals! Because the paper napkins are soft and difficult to get clean, sharp edges when punching, printer paper needs to be used. So, cut out 3" squares of paper and insert one on the bottom of the puncher . .  .
and then insert the napkin .  .  .
and finally, another paper on top of the napkin. In other words, the napkin is sandwiched between two sheets of paper to get a clean punch-out cut.
Then punch the petals out. You will probably need a skewer stick to lift and remove the paper cut-out .  .  .
and then the napkin petal cut-out. Be careful - even though the paper helped punch out the napkin, some edges may not be completely cut. Use small scissors to cut out any stuck pieces.
Then remove the plain layers of the napkin from the back of the printed cut-out.
 Position the hydrangeas petal on the glass and brush a small amount of Mod Podge behind where you want it to go and place on top, smoothing out with a small brush. Continue around the glass creating a beautiful random hydrangea design - applying decoupage, laying down the cut-out hydrangea petals and finally smoothing them out. Let dry, once finished with the placement.
Repeat the process for the glass top .  .  .
 applying decoupage and then the hydrangea cut-out designs. Let dry when finish.

And finally, add a few more coats of Mod Podge over the design to seal allowing it to dry between coats. 
What a fun way to add pretty designs to glass containers and tops!
Perfect and lovely for just about anything in decor!

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I am thrilled to be a part of this Creative Craft Blog Hop created by Chloe @ Celebrate & Decorate and Andrea @ Design Morsels!
It's a great way for all of us to be inspired by an array of creative ideas and projects!
If you've hopped over after visiting Mary @Home is Where the Boat Is, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on decoupaging flowers on a glass jar and lid! The next blog hop is to Jane & Sonja @Sustain My Craft Habit. I'm sure you will love their awesome creation!

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Decoupage Watering Can Flower Pot

It's that time again for the monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, where a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item. Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!

The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.
Who can resist a vintage looking watering can at a thrift store for a great low price? I know I can't! That's why I snatched this one up at a local Goodwill store for three dollars long before the pandemic struck! The thrift stores in my area still haven't opened yet. So I'm very fortunate to have this piece to update for this month's Thrift Store Challenge!
You can find metal watering cans just about everywhere in crafting. Most are painted and then decoupaged. I love the look of "plain ole watering cans" - they remind me of times growing up when I had to "water the plants" for mama! And they came in so many different sizes and types! These days, most watering cans are made of molded plastics and there's not much you can do with them - except water your plants and flowers! But there are still lots of metal cans available, too!

I found these beautiful napkins online and knew right away the picture on them belonged on the watering can I had been holding on to! It was of an old metal can holding a patriotic floral arrangement! Here's how I added the napkin design to the watering can -

Gather together:   
  • Galvanized watering can
  • Decorative napkin
  • Matte mod podge
  • Soft small paint brush
And then begin by cleaning and washing the watering can with mild dish detergent to remove any grease and or stains and dry. Next, measure the area around where you want to place the napkin on the can -  about six inches! I had a clear bowl exactly 6" across, so that worked out fine for placing it on the napkin to tear the design out. Sharp edges you get with scissors just wouldn't do for this!
Then separate the design layer of the napkin from the plain layers. 
Next, lay the napkin design down on the outside of the can for fit .  .  .
and apply a layer of matte Mod Podge onto the can surface. 
Place the napkin design on top of the MP, smoothing out from the center to edges using a soft brush.. Apply additional MP while smoothing out wrinkles. 
Sometimes, I like to dip my finger in MP to also help smooth out wrinkles, too.
Using a plastic bag to help smooth any wrinkles out helps also!
Once dry, apply additional layers of Mod Podge to seal. 
I love how the metal shows through the napkin - as if the design is painted on!                                 
Perfect to hold floral arrangements!
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