Monday, September 9, 2019

DIY Ribbons and Bows Pumpkin



Looking for a unique way to decorate your pumpkins? I'm over on Bowdabrablog today showing you how to give them a sassy fall look using ribbons and bows! It's a fabulous and adorable way to decorate your pumpkins!   And the perfect accent piece for your fall holiday decor. Plus, you won't believe how easy it is to create the look! So please stop by Bowdabrablog and check out my latest tutorial!





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Happy Fall Crafting with Bows!

DIY Denim Bowl - Upcycle Challenge Material



Hey everybody! It's the 2nd Monday of the month and time for another Monthly Challenge Blog Hop! I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you this monthly challenge blog hop!  

The theme for September is to create an upcycled project that is made from Fabric.
Upcycling fabric into something different or unique is the way to go these days. Imagine creating something very elaborate or something quite simple from old clothes and household goods like curtains, tablecloths, blankets and just about anything made of fabric! 

Denim is probably the most popular fabric to upcycle! You can find upcycle items made out of denim everywhere! Almost everyone has some type of old jeans in their wardrobe - except me! Lol! Until stretch jeans came out, I was never a jeans wearing person. They had no give and was always grabbing me in the wrong places and I never felt comfortable wearing them. However, the hubs loves them and since he has recently lost weight, has a few pair of jeans for me to cut up - I mean, to make projects out of! Yay!

So for this project, start with the legs, cutting off the hem, side seams, and the hip area! *And don't forget to save these pieces to make more upcycle projects! Then open and smooth out the fabric on your work surface.
Next, using a ruler or yard stick, mark off 1/2" points to make denim strips.
Begin cutting 1/2" strips, folding up the strips to size and cut. After awhile, and getting impatient with having to cut so many strips, I starting eyeballing the 1/2" width to cut out. That's the quickest way there is for cutting them out at this point!
 I cut out a total of fifty-one, 32" long strips of denim from one wide leg. That gave me 17 groups of 3 to braid.
To braid, take three denim strips and lay them on top of each other with the wrong side up. Tape down the strips to a flat surface to hold in place.  Separate the three strips, crossing the left strip over the middle strip, then cross the right strip over the new middle strip, making sure the right side of the denim is showing. Now listen to some music or a tv show to braid lots and lots of denim strips!
When you need to lengthen the strips, here's the most "popular" way to do it: by lining up a new strip on the bottom of the old strip and fold over. 
 Then make a slit at the fold creating a hole in both pieces. 
Thread the bottom strip through the top and bottom slits and pull, laying the connection flat.  
Repeat the same steps for the other two strips to lengthen, and continue braiding for one continuous long denim strip. I must admit that after connecting a few strips this way, I got impatient and starting gluing the ends together with fabric glue. That works, too, and a whole lot quicker!
To begin making the denim bowl, add a dab of hot glue to the center of an upside down glass bowl and press one end of the denim strip down on top. Start coiling the strip tightly in a circle as you add hot glue along the edges of the denim fabric, making sure to keep the strips flat as you glue. Try not to get the glue on the glass - but if you do, it will come off easily when removing the completed bowl.
Continue adding glue to the edges of the denim strips and coiling it flat around the glass .  .  .
until reaching the desired size.  Then cut off the excess denim strip at an angle and blend into the coiled denim fabric, sealing close with hot glue. 

 Gently remove the bowl from the glass by running your fingers inside between the glass and denim bowl, un-sticking any hot glue spots and pulling the denim bowl off.
I love how this upcycle denim bowl turned out  .  .  .
perfect to hold just about anything!




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Friday, September 6, 2019

Whimsical Wood Cutout Pumpkin



It's the first Friday of the month and we're so glad Bring On the Crafts Blog Hop is back from summer vacation! 


Today's the day we bring you a fun themed craft to share! And the theme for September is WOOD!

It's always fun finding holiday craft items at the dollar store - and it never disappoints when searching for a project. Take this unfinished wood pumpkin cutout hanger:
It's perfect for this month's Bring on The Craft's theme of Wood, don't you think!  And there are probably at least one thousand and one ways it can be decorated, too! 

So, I'm taking a quick and easy way to help make this wood pumpkin look whimsical! In fact, it already looks whimsical with the cutout eyes, nose and mouth. It just needs to be finished and ready for hanging for the best holiday event ever! Halloween!

You will need:
  • Wood cutout pumpkin
  • Acrylic craft paint 
  • Sponge brush
  • Wired ribbon - 1.5" and 2"+ wide
  • Hot glue
Begin by painting the wood a nice shade of orange and .  .  .

 let dry.
Then start pulling one side of wire from the ribbon, gathering the fabric as you pull. Continue pulling wire and gathering the ribbon fabric until you have enough gathered ribbon to fit around the pumpkin shape. Once gathered, cut off excess wire leaving just enough to secure the fabric from unraveling.

Adjust the gathers and hot glue ribbon gathered side around the back of the pumpkin edge.
 Glue on additional ribbon to cover eyes and mouth for a whimsical look!

So fun, quick and easy! 
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Bring on the Crafts — A Craft & DIY Blog Hop

As you know, on the first Friday through Sunday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces to create a fun craft or DIY project to share that follows a monthly materials theme. 

Together, with hosts Marie from Elle Marie Home and Habiba from Craftify My Love, share the #BringontheCrafts blog hop with you. September's theme is Wood! Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it uses Wood for the project.

Our September Co-hosts

Join in on the fun! If you'd like to participate next month, you can request to join our Bring on the Crafts Facebook Group. Next month's theme is Paint!

Not a blogger, but a creative mind none the less!? Don't worry, Share your awesome creations in our Craft Cult Facebook Group. This is also a great place to ask craft & DIY related questions and find inspiration for your next project.

Now let's see all of those amazing Craft and DIY Projects!


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Saturday, August 31, 2019

Decorative Nautical Knot Table Mat DIY

I recently got some rope from Amazon in hopes of making a decorative no-sew or non-glued basket. I was thinking about the handcrafted baskets that have become quite trendy! I really didn't find anything of interest for making a basket but I did come across a few nautical knot mats and coasters design that I really loved and decided to give it a try. 

The design of the mat is based on the nautical thump or carrick mats made out of thick hemp ropes. They were used on sailing ships to protect the deck from heavy objects and lessen the noise of the bumping and knocking. I looked at several YouTube videos, trying to get the hang of making a simple mat. I settled in on one video that seemed the easiest to follow. Thank you Johnny Depp!

And to make this mat you just need rope

Let's begin with 25 feet of twisted 3-strand 1/2"cotton rope cord.  Luckily the ends were already sealed with tape. And I hope the following pictures and corresponding steps are not too difficult to follow. 



1.  Fold rope cord in half with loop at one end.

2.  Form another loop by taking the cord over the loop that's there. It looks like a pretzel shape.

3.  Next, take the right side working end and take under middle cord, forming another loop in center.

4.  Then take the end of the same cord, under the loop cord, forming another loop .  .  .

5.  Take the end of the same cord, over the inner cord and under and over the last cord coming out at the bottom. There should be five loops in all after straightening out.

6.   Next, take same cord and follow the original cord, over, under, over, under, pulling cord through matching shapes, creating two rows. To even the cords going around - midway through, switch and use the left working cord end to follow the single cord all the way around.

7.  You should see the outline of a five round pointed knot appearing. At this point, tighten and make sure the cords are straight and start following the cords around for a third row. Going over and under following the cords. Even out the cords by switching up the working end cord to follow around for a third row.

8. Once the third row is completed, begin following the cords around for a fourth row. 

9.  Continue going around, over, under, as before, following cords for the fourth row. Tighten the cords by pulling and adjusting each one to bring the design in closer to the center and to eliminate the openings in the mat. 


When reaching the end, tuck in and secure underneath so they won't show and come loose.  This is the underside.

 Make sure the five round pointed knots are nice and even, and flatten down by rows. 


I am quite pleased with how the mat turned out. I love the design and think it works well as a decorative table mat in today's decor. Great for holiday gatherings! Imagine the possibilities using different types and color of decorative ropes and cords. 

It would also make a lovely coaster gift set done in a smaller version.
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Happy Crafting!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Wireless Light Basket DIY



It's that time again for The Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge on the fourth   Thursday of each month! Here, 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.
  Today I'm sharing how I made a wire basket I found at the Goodwill into a hanging light with no electrical wiring whatsoever! I think the basket was part of one of those tiered fruit hanging baskets popular many years ago. But there was only one basket with a chain attached for three dollars! It was in great shape - looking good as new!
I couldn't go wrong with getting this no matter what I did with it.

And that was very little! I didn't want to paint it. I loved the chrome, shiny look! But then it really needed something to dress it up a bit if I was going to make it into a light.  But first, I found this portable light bulb on Amazon that is battery operated and cordless! Perfect for what I wanted!
You can attach the light to any surface with it's peel and stick adhesive on the top. So it fit perfect in the center of the basket!  The bulb is magnetic to hold it in with a push button switch for two brightness levels!  
Some of you may already know that I'm on the design team for Bowdabra! And I'm excited to have recently joined the LaRibbon Influencer Club receiving lots of beautiful LaRibbon ribbon to be used for creative projects! 

So I decided to used part of this lovely leather-like sparkling ribbon to make into a partial decorative shade for my light.

By cutting the 2" wide ribbon into 1/2" strips  .  .  .

 to weave in and out of the wire spokes around the basket. 
As I said before, the ribbon was nice and thick, somewhat leather-like and easy to weave in and out to give the top portion of the shade a woven look!
 Don't you just love how the shade sparkles?
Now all you have to do is hang it up anywhere you need light and turn on the switch! How easy and cool is that!
This is such a lovely way to DIY a thrift store find into a one-of-a-kind hanging light source!
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And now for more thrifty goodness!


Meet the Hosts:

 Beverly |Across the Blvd  
- Angie | Grandma Creates - Jenny Cookies Coffee and Crafts 
 Amanda | Domestically Creative - Marie | DIY Adulation 

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