Thursday, June 24, 2021

DIY Woven Yogurt Jar Hanger

 


Oui Yogurt is the bomb! And if you've never tasted it, you're truly missing out on the best yogurt there is! I like the peach flavor the best, but all of the flavors are very tasty! Heavenly creamy and thick with fresh fruit flavor! And the best part, the yogurt comes in the cutest shaped glass jar - perfect for unlimited types of crafts - just look on Pinterest!  Naturally, I've collected lots of jars - bag fulls, in fact! But I don't think I'll ever use them all! But here's an easy craft I want to share with you - a woven jar hanger! Perfect for flowers, succulents or any type of small plants or anything you might want to put in an adorable small jar and hang up! And have you noticed woven accessories are everywhere!

So let's get started! 

Gather: 

  • Oui jar
  • Cord - 109 yds cotton macrame cord 3mm
  • Heavy duty scissors
  • Tape measure/ruler
  • Hot glue/glue sticks
  • Large eye blunt needle
Just so you know, I am not a precise crafter. Many times I just eye-ball measurements and this is one of those times! The Oui glass jar is wider on the bottom and gets narrower as you move up to the opening, so exact measurements can be difficult. Anyway, turn the jar upside down and measure from slightly inside the bottom edge down to the top of the jar (which is now the bottom) adding a couple of extra inches (10") and then double the amount of the cord (20") - and fold the cord in half. The folded cord is 10" long. I used a ruler to measure and cut the cords. 

I initially thought if I glued down the folded cord in clockwise positions, and fill in-between, I would have an equal amount of spaces to glue on the cords. But once I got started, it didn't quite work out that way. As you can see, I glued the folded cords at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 positions.

Then fill in between with more folded cords glued on  .  .  .

until all the open spaces between the sections were filled with glued double cords. You can see that there were gaps showing in some of the sections. I should have just started at the twelve o'clock spot and glued the folded cords, side by side, all the way around. Oh well!

 Next, measure around the glass jar (circumference) at the widest spot on the bottom by loosely wrapping the cord around twice and then folding it in half. Because the glass is larger around the bottom and gets narrower toward the top opening, I measured each cord separately and didn't cut all of them at once. 

Begin weaving each row near the same area - first, by picking up one folded glued cord away from the glass and gluing down the cord under it horizontally. 
Then begin by weaving over and under the vertical cords as you move around the glass jar.   The horizontal cords should end at the place where you began - gluing in place (under the vertical cords) cutting off any excess cords.

Start the next row adjacent to the beginning row and continue weaving over and under, moving around the jar, as before. Be sure to lift the folded cord up as far as you can to avoid unnecessary gaps in the weaving.
As you weave, glue cords to glass and pull straight in place until set.


Continue weaving each row, as before until .  .  .
reaching the top glass edge, then turn glass jar right side up and smooth up the cords.
Glue down the smoothed cords over the edge of the glass and let dry.
To add hanging cords, measure how long you want them to be and double the cords. Decide where the hanging cords should go (equally on jar). Then thread the cord end through a wide eyed blunt needle and insert through top woven double cord, pulling needle through to attach hanging cord. Double cord and glue in place, making sure vertical cords are glued down, too. Repeat for second hanging cord.
Once the hanging cords are secured and glue is dry, cut off excess cords around jar. 
Tie cords at the top for hanging.











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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Thrift Store Wire Basket Update

It's that time again for our monthly Thrift Store Challenge! 

              

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.

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This month I want to share with you the wire baskets I found at my local Goodwill store. There's always an abundance of baskets of different types and styles at the thrift store, but mostly woven rattan types. So I was quite surprised to find a couple of wire baskets perfect to use for just about anything - for $2 and $3! Oh my!


For this challenge, I'm just showing you how I updated just one wire basket - the smaller of the two. Not so sure what I'm going to do with the larger one. It took me awhile to decide how but I settled on just adding fringe for a decorative effect.

The fringe takes the basket to a whole new level of decor! It can turn a tiresome looking piece into a custom accessory. A trendy style that includes the boho look, vintage or shabby chic look, and even the farmhouse look in decor.

So let's get started!

This is all you need to make fringe on this wire basket - Yarn, Scissors, and Ruler (not shown)

I measured where I wanted the fringe to stop and doubled that amount, cutting 9" strips. I didn't know how many I would need to cover the entire top around, so I cut about thirty strips to start but needed a total of 60 to finish.
To add fringe to the wire basket top, make a simple lark's head knot by folding cord together to create a loop over the wire.
Pull ends through the loop around the wire, pulling tight, creating a lark's head knot and the beginning of the fringe. 
Continue making lark's head knots along the entire wire top of the basket to create fringe.


Half-way through .  .  .

Adding the fringe is complete! 
Next, I wanted to add a decorative macrame knot along the handle called a half hitch knot.
This is done by looping the cord around the handle wire, and taking the cord back over itself. Then thread the cord end under and through the loop .  .  .
pulling tight. 
Continue repeating steps to .  .  .
create a lovely design along the handle. 
First one side, tucking the end cord into the handle, and .  .  .
then the other side.
Complete the look by tying yarn bows on the base of the handle on each side.
Looks quite lovely and very trendy, too!
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Monday, June 14, 2021

Outdoor DIY Tic Tac Toe

 

Welcome to June's Pinterest Challenge hosted by Alexandra @ EyeLoveKnots. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to actually make  something that we have pinned!  This month's challenge topic is Summer Fun. And I was inspired by this pin to create an Outdoor DIY Tic Tac Toe game.

For summer fun, why not take a classic game like Tic Tac Toe from inside the house to outdoors in the yard with this easy to make wood letters and rope version!  Perfect to keep both grownups and kids entertained - while upping the fun factor for outdoor family gatherings. 

And in case you need a refresher, the goal of tic tac toe is to get three Os or Xs in a row. - either horizontal, vertical or diagonal! It's a game of dexterity and skill - and who can outsmart their opponent! Fun Fun Fun!

Materials Needed:
Five 8" wooden Os
Five 8" wooden Xs
Four 40" L ropes
Fabri-Tac Fabric glue
Painter's tape
Acrylic paints
Sponge
Paint foam sponge dabbers
Stars stencil

Let's get started!   After looking all over for the best prices on wood letters - (they can get quite expensive buying a bunch) I found the best price at Walmart - 8" wood letters for $1.97! Woo, hoo! Not bad for an outdoor game! I got five of each, X and O.
Next, started painting the letters using a sponge and multi-purpose craft paint in patriotic colors - perfect for holidays and summer!
First, the Os in red .  .  . 
and the Xs in blue.

Then use painter's tape to add stripes on the Os .  .  .
painting the open areas in white .  .  .
for a cool patriotic look!
Next, use a paint dabber to stencil on stars to the Xs!
And finally, cut four strips of rope, 40 inches long to create the lines of the tic tac toe board. Seal the ends with fast drying fabric glue to prevent fraying.
Easy peasy to make for summertime fun!


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