Monday, April 12, 2021

Decoupage Spring Table Mat

   "Spring is the time of plans and projects"

                                                                     Leo Tolstoy

Celebrate spring by creating fun craft projects while at the same time adding beauty to your surroundings!  One way is to make an adorable spring table mat! It's a delightful way to provide a decorative accent feature that can dress up almost any area of your home - including the dining room, kitchen and living areas. And it's a great decorative accent piece that can be used anywhere, on any type of table, including buffets, side tables, end tables, sofa tables, coffee tables and of course dining tables, too. A perfect project for this month's Spring Crafts Challenge Hop! Just check how easy it is to make a lovely decoupage spring table mat:


  • Natural Cotton Cord (100ft 8mm)
  • Gorilla Grip pad
  • Decorative paper napkins
  • Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Parchment paper
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Clear plastic from a ziplock bag


Let's begin - to stop the 3-ply cord from coming apart, add a little fabric glue to the end .  .  .

pressing it together and let dry.
Next, add a dab of fabric glue on the center of the pad and lay the tip of the cord on top. Begin folding the cord together, adding fabric glue around the sides of the cord and on top of the pad to keep the cords and shape secure. I wanted the mat to have an oval shape, but didn't fold the center cord together long enough initially. I should have folded the cord together at six inches or more to maintain an oval shape while coiling the cord. The longer the folded cord in the center, the more of a oval shape is attained.
You can see the mat beginning to take shape! But the more you coil, the more the mat becomes rounder.
Continue adding fabric glue around the bottom and sides of the cord to hold the shape together and to the pad.
Once you've reached the size you want (19"), cut the cord at an angle and using more fabric glue, blend in the end to the side of the mat.

Then cut off the excess pad around the mat .  .  .

cutting as close to the mat edge as possible.
To make decorative cord trim for the mat, cut two 60" strips of cord. Secure ends with fabric glue and let dry, as before.  Begin coiling the cord, applying fabric glue to secure and placing cord on parchment paper to continue coiling.
Continue coiling cord into a circle and applying fabric glue until .  .  .
satisfied with size of the circle.
Then make a decorative curve with the cord and continue coiling cord for a second circle. Use the first coil as a pattern for the size of the second coiled circle.
Let dry and repeat for making a second decorative set - matching the size.

Then glue decorative coils onto the table mat .  .  .
matching placement on opposite sides.
To decorate table mat with napkins, cut out napkin designs .  .  .
and separate the plain layers of the napkin from the printed side.

Then lay out a design plan around the table mat.
Next, add a layer of decoupage to the cording - just enough for the size of the napkin design.
Then lay the napkin down on top of the decoupage, smoothing out the napkin. Use clear plastic to smooth down the napkin (as long as you haven't added more Mod Podge to the top of the napkin. If you have, the napkin might come up when removing the plastic) Otherwise, just use the brush to lightly smooth the napkin down along the ridges of the cord. 
Continue adding Mod Podge to the cord and applying the cutout napkin designs. 

Smoothing the napkin designs out as you add each design section .  .  .
using the paint brush to high-light the shape of the cording.
until the table mat is covered with the napkin design. Once dry, seal entire table mat with Mod Podge.

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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, hosted by Beverly @Across the Blvd! The theme for April is Spring Crafts!

Meet the participants:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

DIY Knock-Off Ribbon Plumes

Some of my favorite crafting projects have been done with ribbon! I work with ribbon all the time and the worst part about it is the fraying that might happen. There are several methods that you can use to stop ribbon from fraying or unraveling, but what if you actually want it to unravel!  That's right! This is all about unraveling ribbon to make beautiful plumes - a great way to "knock-off" a pampas grass design I saw on Crate and Barrel! Don't you just love figuring out how to re-create something you saw in a high-end shop? Perfect for this month's DIY Challenge, "Get Your DIY On Knock-Off Challenge" 

But unraveling ribbon isn't all that easy. The trick is finding those threads that are continuous on the ribbon and unwinds it all. And it can be tricky because all ribbons are not created equal. There're the ones where you can find that particular thread - like here: You simply start pulling the threads on the end and suddenly it's starts to unravel - the thread coming off - going back and forth - unraveling the ribbon!

And then there's the other kind of ribbon where no matter how hard you try, the one thread that's suppose to be holding it all together just doesn't exist. And I think it has something to do with the quality of the ribbon and how it's made. Like this type pictured below:
The ribbon is very rough and not soft like the other type. I got it from Hobby Lobby for 50% off. HL has ribbon on sale for half price just about every other week. The sides of this ribbon seems to be stamped sealed and not woven. It's the only ribbon I had that was long enough to make a few plumes. I didn't have enough of the first ribbon or any other ribbon that I could find "the thread" that unravels it all! 

Do you see the large safety pin in the picture? That is what I used mostly to remove the threads from the length of the ribbon. I also used a seam ripper when my hand started to cramp (something that happens often - not just for this project). But I'm jumping ahead of showing you how I made the ribbon plumes. So let's begin by gathering what you need: 


  • Ribbon - 1.5 width
  • Double-sided tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Large safety pin/seam ripper/small brush
  • Cutting board surface 
  • Floral stem wire (16-18 gauge)


After gathering your supplies, start cutting about thirty, 5" ribbon strips to make one plume. Next add double sided tape to one of the short end edges. Do this for all the ribbon strips.After adding the double sided tape, cut the side edges, sometimes called the welting, off of the ribbon strips.Then start removing the fray threads from the end.Use the tip end of a large safety pin to scrape the fraying threads off to reveal soft silk-like fibers. I like using a small cutting board as a work surface to scrape the ribbon. It's nice and sturdy and seems to make it all work better.Use a small brush .  .  to help remove the gathered loose threads that bunch up from scraping the ribbon.  .  .creating a nice smooth silky fringed piece. It took me about four minutes to get it to look like this. Imagine doing thirty of these - it can be very time consuming! So take a seat in front of the tv and binge watch a good movie or series! Better yet, listen to some good music to make it all go quicker!To add the ribbon fringe to the stem wire to create the plume, remove the backing from the double-sided tape and .  .  .place the tip of the wire on the edge of the tape and .  .  .begin rolling the ribbon fringe around the wire stem .  .  .                                                

until the ribbon fringe is secured around and onto the wire stem. Isn't this beginning to look fabulous!Continue adding the ribbon fringes to the stem wire, staggering the tape slightly below the previous ribbon fringe.

Adding each fringe on - one by one.

I tried grouping the fringes together on the tape for the second plume I made - either way is ok, but I prefer adding the fringe on separately .  .  .

to make a beautiful plume!

Welcome to our monthly DIY Challenge hosted by Terrie @Decorate and More with Tip! On the first Wednesday of the month, Terrie hosts a DIY Challenge with a group of talented bloggers who love to create budget friendly décor for their homes. For the month of April we were tasked with creating a DIY Knock-Off! 

If you're coming over from Cindy @Cloches and Lavender, welcome!  To see more knock-off ideas click on the blog titles below to check out their awesome knock-off creations!


Decorate and More with Tip                              Sweet Southern Grace


Cloches and Lavender                                    Purple Hues and Me


B4 and Afters                                                                Patina and Paint

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