Thursday, August 15, 2019

DIY Fringe Bowl for Fall

Have you noticed fringe is everywhere for fall in home decor these days - furniture, pillows, rugs, accents and especially wall hangings!  Adding fringe to decorative items is a great way of changing or introducing a new look for the season! 

One way could be to use jute twine to coil into a bowl and then add a cool handmade fringe around the top edge! That would be so cool!

Here's how:
Start with a plastic bowl for shaping. I got this one at Target for 79 cents!
 And wrap it in strips of parchment paper instead of plastic wrap that will sometimes stick or melt and make the inside finish shiny.
 Then add fabric glue to the end of a large roll of jute twine (don't cut) and begin twirling it in a tight coil circle.
Place the coiled twine circle on top of the parchment covered bowl and continue adding fabric glue as you twirl the twine around.  

Add lines of glue along the twine as you are coiling it around the bowl base,  making sure to keep the twine even and the circle flat.
Continue coiling and gluing the twine around the bowl, holding the twine firmly in place as you are waiting for the glue to dry (a few seconds) until reaching the end of the bowl.
To finish, cut the twine at an angle, adding a bit of glue, while blending and smoothing into the edge. Gently remove plastic bowl from coiled twine bowl.
Seal the bowl with a coat of mod podge to make the fibers stronger and to control the jute twine threads. 
To make the fringe,  wrap a piece of jute twine around the edge of the finished bowl, overlapping the ends and cut off.  Measure the height of the side of the bowl (8") and begin  cutting eight inch strips of twine.  Then take each twine piece and fold in half forming a loop on one end.

Make a lark's head knot by placing the loop over the long piece of twine. 

With the loop hanging down over the twine, pull the two twine strands through the loop around the twine, pulling strands tight into a knot. 
Continue making larks head knots around the twine .  .  .
until twine is completely covered.
Unravel the twine strands and fluff using a comb or stiff brush. Attach fringe to edge of bowl using fabric glue or a strong glue made for fabric. Use clothespins to hold in place until glue is completely dry.

Back View

You can still insert the plastic bowl back in to use with food or wet items. 
It's a perfect fit!

What a fun way to add a decorative look using fringe!
Ideal for showing off my faux figs for Fall! Oh yeah!

I'm sharing my Fringe Bowl tutorial as part of the Creative Crafter's Group Craft Challenge on Facebook hosted by Janet @Try It, Like It, Create It, where we are challenged to create  themed projects on the 15th of each month.  
Feel free to share your own Fall Crafts posts by linking up below!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Decoupage a Thrift Store Frame

Hey everybody! It's that time again for our 
Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!
I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a monthly challenge blog hop. On the 2nd Monday of each month we share our themed creations for the month. 
The theme for August is Thrift Store Find ReMake Challenge where we 

 upcycle/repurpose an item we found at the thrift store, flea market or garage sale for twenty dollars or less!

The last time I was in the thrift store, the pickings were a bit slim for small items that I could give a new look to or a new purpose! But then I knew I could count on a variety of frames they had in stock to find something I could work with! There's usually a good selection in that category! 

And here it is! A bit ornate for my taste, but it was only three bucks, so I couldn't resist! But you know what? After I finish transfiguring, oops, I mean transforming this baby, you won't even recognize it! 
To begin, there are so many ways to update an old picture frame. And usually you start with cleaning it first - I just needed to wipe it down with a wet rag after taking the backing and mat board off. It was in great shape! 

Then I painted the frame and the wooden border around the mat board (I removed that, too) with a multi-surface white acrylic paint! And I made sure I got the paint into all the crevices with the sponge brush!

Some would just stop at painting this frame for a refreshed look - but not me! For a fun and festive design, I decided to decoupage napkins onto the frame.  I have been using napkins on lots of my projects and I really love the finished look each time! Napkins are so versatile and it's amazing to me what you can do with them! 

Here, I've cut the napkin into four strips with angle ends (that I eyeballed) - the length of the frame sides. After removing the white layers of the napkins .  .  . 
and applying mod podge to one side of the wood frame, gently smoothed out the napkin on top.
Then, using a plastic baggy, continued smoothing out the napkin into the grooves and crevices of the frame.
Next, continue to decoupage the napkin strips onto each side of the frame - matching the design, until completely covered. Once dry, use sandpaper or emery board to scrape and remove excess napkin paper from edges and sides.

And then add additional mod podge to seal the napkin to the frame.  The inner wood mat border was also decoupage with napkin strips following the same steps.
flower graphic that I found online and printed to size was placed on the center mat to compliment the napkin design. And finally, the entire frame was re-assembled for a whimsical decorative piece to hang!
The result is fabulous!
See how the new frame blends in with my decor - especially the curtains!
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Now meet this month's participants!

Purple Hues & Me | This Autoimmune Life

You will definitely want to check out all of our hosts creations, ideas and inspirations for this month's Thrift Store ReMake Theme!

And be sure to come back on September 9th for our
Upcycle Challenge using clothing, fiber or material!

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Monday, August 5, 2019

How to Make an Accordion Fan and Bows Gift Wrap

Take your gift wrapping to the next level with an adorable accordion fan and bows design.  

I'm over on Bowdabrablog today showing you how it's done! And you won't believe how easy it is! 

Instead of sealing both ends when wrapping a gift, try accordion folding one end like a fan and adding a pretty bow to finish the look! 

So be sure to stop by Bowdabrablog and get the full tutorial on "How To Make an Accordion Fan and Bows Gift Wrap!" 

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