Saturday, September 25, 2021

Accent Tin Can Using Ribbon

Are you like me and hate to throw cans and bottles out? I have bags and bags of all types of containers just waiting to be upcycled into something creative! The ongoing question around my house is, "do you want to save this?" Well of course I do! Lol! They can certainly come in handy when I need to make a special craft for a blog hop like 'Do It Over Designers!' 

'Do It Over' Designers is a group of talented bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY, hosted by Anne @The Apple Street Cottage. It happens the 4th Saturday of every other month and it's all about taking something old and/or unused and 'doing it over' into something new. Anything from fabric, old dishes, and decor to dressers and hutches. Items found in closets, cabinets, barns, garages, yard sales, thrift stores, you name it!

I have lots of tin cans in my stash. Crafters like me know they are a valuable craft supply item! There are so many ways to create something using tin cans. And anything  woven is quite popular right now - checks, plaids, and stripes - you name it - it's on trend! And if you have lots of ribbon like I do, weaving ribbon on a tin can is a fun crafty project to do - especially in these times where we are confined at home because of the pandemic. Imagine all the possibilities of what you can do with a decorated tin can as an accent piece!

Materials Needed:
Tin Can
Ribbon - (2) 7/8"
Measuring Tape/pencil
Hot Glue 
Let's get started by measuring the height of the can with a strip of ribbon and cut a length with a little bit of overhang.  Begin by placing ribbon strip over the edge around the bottom rim of can (upside down) and glue in place with hot glue. Cut out additional strips using the first one as a guide.  
For this can, I cut 16 strips of ribbon and glued them down over the edge on the bottom.
Once all of the vertical ribbons are attached,  measure around the circumference of the can to get the length of ribbon needed to weave and cut a strip of ribbon.  Place strip on can going from top rim to bottom rim to determine the number of strips needed and cut out using the length of the first strip as a guide.  I needed 6 strips for this. 
 Then, take a horizontal ribbon strip and place the edge right next to the inside rim and glue in place. 
Begin by weaving over and under the vertical strips as you wrap the horizontal ribbon around the can.  
The wrapped horizontal woven ribbon should end at the place where you began. Glue ends in place.

Straighten and adjust the ribbon by pulling down the strips.  
Continue adding and gluing horizontal strips on, alternating and weaving over and under .  .  .

until reaching the top rim, and gluing in place.

Cut off excess ribbon at the rim - gluing in place at edge when needed.

To cover the bottom of the can, place the can bottom on a piece of cardstock - roughly 6"x6" - drawing a circle around the can with a pencil. Then glue on strips of ribbon .  .  .
along the edge of the cardstock.
Then cut out several strips of the second ribbon and begin weaving over and under over the cardstock circle.
Gently lift up the woven ribbon, adding glue to the cardstock paper and smoothing the ribbon down.
Then cut the woven circle out and .  .  .
and glue in place on bottom of can and you're done!
Doesn't this look cool as a vase to show off ornamental grasses! 

Be sure to check out all the 'Do It Over Designers' listed below to see their lovely "do overs" too! 

Little Vintage Cottage

Modern on Monticello

Pandora’s Box

Purple Hues & Me

Unique Creations by Anita

My Hubbard Home

The Apple Street Cottage

Birdz of a Feather

Exquisitely Unremarkable

Thursday, September 23, 2021

DIY Rope Ribbed Glass Pumpkin

Do you love decorating with pumpkins for the Fall season? I know I do! There must be over one hundred and one ways to create all kinds of decorative pumpkins. From using the real thing - to styrofoam, wood, paper, velvet, ribbon, yarn, etc! So many possibilities! I could go on and on with how you can make a decorative pumpkin and the best part, most are so easy to create! Like this DIY rope ribbed glass pumpkin I'm about to show you - just in time for this months' Creative Craft Hop, hosted by Sara @Birdz of a Feather! If you're coming over from Terri @Decorate & More with Tip, wasn't her drip painted ginger jar gorgeous!

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I think the rope ribbed glass pumpkin looks so chic and classy and incredibly easy to make! It took about 10-15 minutes to create! 

You just need a few items to make one:

 Start with a clean, grime and oil-free fish bowl. Mine is about 9" across. Then turn the fish bowl upside down to make the bottom of the bowl the top of the pumpkin. 

Next, cut five -25" strips of 10mm jute rope. Glue one end of a rope strip on top of the glass at the 12 o'clock position and .  .  .

wrap it down and around and back up to the top at the 6 o'clock spot and glue down. 

Then take another piece of rope and place that one between the first ends at the 3 o'clock spot, gluing the ends down, as before - ending that piece at the 9 spot. Place the third rope end equally between the twelve and three spots - gluing it down and wrapping around the bowl, as before, and gluing down the end between the 6 and 9 spots. 
And finally, take the fourth rope, gluing it down between the 3 and 6 spots and wrapping around the bowl and gluing the end down between the 9 and 12 spots - creating eight ribbed pumpkin sections! I hope that wasn't confusing for you. You'll notice that the ropes criss-cross at the bottom center. Add a few drops of hot glue on top of each one so they won't move and to keep them together.

To make the stem, add glue around the ends of the rope ribs and .  .  .
begin coiling the fifth rope strip on top and around into a stem shape, gluing in place.
How cool does this look!
Add leaves and berries to complete the look!

For an additional decorative look, place on a glass pedestal .  .  .
and add twinkle lights for a nice, warm effect at night.

Next up is Jenna @The Painted Apron! Please enjoy checking out her adorable spooky centerpiece for Halloween!

Be sure to have fun and get inspired with all of the wonderful creations offered this month by clicking on the links below!

How to Paint a Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin

How to Decorate Pumpkins with Rope and Twine

Hello Fall Pillows

DIY Succulent Pumpkins

DIY Fall Halloween Magnets The Cute Side of Boo

Drip Painted Ginger Jar Tutorial

DIY Rope Ribbed Glass Pumpkin

Creations A Spooky Centerpiece for Halloween

Spray Paint Chrome

Monday, September 13, 2021

DIY Fall Sunflower Decor

Sunflowers are perfect for the Fall season! Using them is a good way to brighten your autumn decor - especially when they're in unique colors - which happen to be a beautiful variation for the lovely old- fashion garden flower. When you think of sunflowers for fall, you think of pretty blooms of bright yellow flowers - but they also come in cool shades of deep pink, and others, too!

I recently purchased fabric in a popular black and white check sprinkled with deep pink sunflowers from a site called Spoonflower. The fabric inspired me to make a few sunflowers out of foam sheets and to use a portion of the fabric to decoupage a vase for this month's Fall Crafts & Decor Blog Hop, hosted by Beverly @Across the Blvd.  It's a fun way to usher in the Fall season!

So let's get started with making the sunflowers first.

Material Used:
  • Foam Sheets - 1mm
  • 4" circle template
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Cardboard
  • Floral stem wire
  • Hot glue
  • Brown Chenille stems
  • Floral pliers
  • Black acrylic paint/sponge
  • Floral tape
  • Green crepe paper

Begin by drawing nine - 4" circle on foam sheets and cut out.

Next, fold the circle in half and .  .  .
fold again.
Then cut slits on the four folds.
Then cut slits evenly spaced between the four cuts and then two more evenly spaced between those slits .  .  .
for a total of 16 cuts. Then begin rounding off the sides of each segment. First one side and .  .  .
then flip the circle over and do the other side of the segments. 
Be sure to angle your cuts on the second segments to form a point on each segment or petal as you cut.
Once all the petals are cut, heat each one on a medium hot iron for a few seconds
folding the segment (petal) together while curling the tip down.
Continue heating each petal until .  .  .
all are folded and curved.
Repeat for each of the remaining eight circles. Then group in stacks of three.
Cut out three 1.5" circles from cardboard, punching a hole in center. Wrap the end of a floral stem into a circle using floral pliers, 
and bend into a right angle.
Then insert stem wire into hole in cardboard, gluing the bent circle wire in the center.
Next, twist together two chenille stems, end to end, and begin rolling one end together in a circle.
Add glue to the top of the cardboard and stem wire .  .  .
and attach the chenille circle. This will be the center or disk florets of the sunflower.
 Add black paint to darken and let dry.
Next, add glue to the bottom of the center and push stem through the center of a sunflower layer.
Then add the other two layers, gluing between each layer.
Once all three sunflower layers are in place, add a dab of hot glue to center stem, adding two more wire stems beside it and begin taping all together using floral tape.
Next, cut out leaves by folding crepe paper and cutting half oval shapes.
Attach leaves to sunflower stem wires using hot glue for a lovely effect.
To decoupage a glass vase with the black and white check and sunflowers fabric : You will also need Matte Mod Podge, brush, and scissors. 

First, make sure glass is clean and free of any dirt and oil and let dry. Then measure fabric around the vase where you want to attach it and cut out. Apply mod podge in increments to glass where the fabric will go.
Lay fabric down on top of mod podge, smoothing it out.
Next, lift fabric up and over to where you need to add more mod podge to glass. Continue adding mod podge and .  .  .
smoothing fabric down over the glue .  .  .
until you reach the area where you began. Make sure to line up the design before cutting off any excess fabric.
Then apply a layer of mod podge over all of the fabric to seal in place.
Cut slits in excess fabric on bottom, smoothing it out and let dry. Add a circle of fabric to area to conceal and cover with more mod podge and let dry. Sorry, I thought I had a picture of that.
How cool is this! Perfect for Fall!

Each month, a group of craft, home decor, and recipe bloggers co-host a themed blog hop. This month, we’re all sharing Fall Crafts & Decor Projects!
Our Co-Hosts:

Beverly | Across the Blvd

Click titles below to see how other’s met the Fall Crafts & Décor Challenge.