Monday, February 28, 2022

Upcycled Newspaper Flowers Wreath

 I'm old school and still get the newspaper each and everyday! I know I can read it online and I do that, too! Lol! I've been subscribing to the Washington Post newspaper since I was out on my own. My dad got me into reading the paper each day when I was growing up. Now I can't do without my daily routine! So why not put them to good use after reading, by upcycling or repurposing the newspapers into something fun and crafty!

There are tons of things you can create with newspaper - just look on Pinterest! I got really tickled when I came across this pin - by a fellow crafter who said she reads the New York Times each day - one of the papers I read online. And one day the NY Times had a diy article on 'Turn the News Into a Rose.' So, being a crafter, she had to make a few newspaper roses on a wreath that turned out really pretty! How cool is that!

Newspaper is a great source for upcycling and making something unique and creative! I love making things that are inexpensive and earth friendly for my home.  It's amazing how many different kinds of accent pieces you can create using ordinary newspapers. And it's interesting to see how newspaper can be transformed into very unique decorative objects like here, herehere, here, and here to share a few of the projects I've made!  And the best part, they costs next to nothing to create.

So, for this month's Sustainable Pinterest Challenge, hosted by Julie @Sum of Their Stories, it's all about Floral Crafts and I'm sharing how to make my very own newspaper flowers wreath!

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Materials used:

Let's get started by cutting newspaper into squares. I thought a four inch square would be a good flower size and divided a newspaper section into four inch wide 
strips with the help of a yard stick for measuring -
then 4" squares. 
Once the squares are cut out, take one newspaper square and  .  .  .
fold it in half diagonally creating a triangle .  .  .
and fold in half again.
Then draw what I call an 'ice cream cone' shape from the folded side around to the opposite side. 
And cut out.
Open, and you have created a flower with a total of eight petals!
Then fold 47 more flower petals from the newspaper squares you cut out. It's easier to use the first folded cone shape as a pattern to cut out each additional folded triangular shape.
Next, spread out sheets of parchment paper on your work surface and paint each flower with Mod Podge - first one side, let dry and .  .  .
then paint the other sides and let dry. The Mod Podge gives the newspaper a faux leather-like feel. Once all are dry, take a table knife to help unstick the newspaper  from the parchment paper. Picking them up by hand might cause them to tear - just saying!
To make one completed flower, you will need four single flowers. Take the first flower and cut out one petal. Take the second, and cut out two petals. The third, cut out three petals and the fourth, cut across (half) for four petals.

You will need five cut out pieces to make a decorative flower. Use the three petal cut-out for the fifth piece. The other pieces can be discarded.
To add color, I used watercolor paint to brush on a purple border. Then decided that using a purple magic marker would be easier and quicker. 
To shape each piece, apply tacky glue on the adjacent side petal and .  .  .
glue the petals together for a cupping effect.
Once all the pieces are glued, use a bamboo stick to roll the edges - if you want.

Then glue each one together by adding tacky glue to the bottom center -  graduating in size -  starting with the largest one on the bottom and ending with the smallest, inserted (glued) in the middle. Use the end tip of a large paint brush or utensil to hold in place until the glue takes hold.

To make a newspaper wrapped wreath - decide the diameter of the wreath (12") and cut out three pieces of vine wrapped wire - each one a little bit longer than the other to wrap around.  Then cut out thin strips of newspaper dipped in mod podge and begin wrapping a strip around the vine covered craft wire  - 
from one end to the other.
Once dry, wrap each newspaper covered vine wire over and under each other and around forming the wreath.  Secure by intertwining the wire ends together.
Glue flowers on to wreath and each other, using hot glue for a decorative look!
 Don't you just love it when an upcycle project comes together that looks really gorgeous!

Now, it's time to meet the other participants and their projects!

Julie | Sum of their Stories
Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Terri | A Good Life
Ann| The Apple Street Cottage
T’onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
Julie | Treasures Made From Yarn
Allyson | Southern Sunflowers
Mel | Decor Craft Design
Donna | Modern on Monticello
Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

And be sure to check out all of the Sustainable Pinterest Challenge Floral crafts shown below:

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Macrame Mail Stand


If you have some kind of table in your foyer or entryway, you know it's a natural drop zone area - especially for mail and other items. Have I got an adorable macrame mail stand that tidies unruly mail while adding a bit of glam to the area.
Please note that I am not an expert at creating macrame. I took a class over forty years ago and had to re-learn most of the knots and techniques.


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Let's begin with two wood hoops. Mine are 12 inches in diameter. I wish they were bigger, but I already had them in my stash. Stand the hoops upright, touching center sides and tie together (temporarily). Spread bottoms apart, as pictured.

Cut dowel rod in half (6"). Eyeball midway where the hoops are tied and where the width is six inches (from hoop to hoop) on each side of the hoops.  

Glue rods to hoops. Then remove the temporary tie and glue edges of hoop together at center.
Then wrap macrame cord around center hoops to secure, gluing ends down.
To find out the length of cords needed, I researched online and it said to measure the length needed which would be the distance between rods and multiply that eight times to get the length of each cord needed. My area is 11.5"x8=92" for each cord. I needed 18 cords to cover the dowel rod. These are called working cords.

Next, make a lark's head knot by folding the cord in half placing the loop over the dowel rod. 
Pull the loop down behind the rod and pull the two cords down and through the loop. Pull and tighten the knot. .
Then fill the rod with lark's head knots .  .  .  18, as I mentioned before. It's important to have an even number of cords for making the square knots.
Next, take two cords and lay them over on the right. Then take four cords and begin making a square knot, by taking four cords - two working cords - left, right and two filler cords (center). Take the left cord and make a "L" shape over the two middle cords. 
Move the right working cord under the two filler cords and over the left working cord. Pull both working cords to tighten, keeping the filler cords straight. This is a left facing half square knot.
Mirror the process working with the opposite side cords. The two working cord have switched places. Move working cord to the left, passing it over the fillers and under working cord . Move working cord to the right, passing under the fillers and over cord. Tighten the by pulling on the working cords, while holding the fillers steady.
For the next row, include the two cords on the right to make the square knot - continuing all the way over and including those two cords on the left side to secure the knots to the hoops.  

Continue laying two cords over the hoop for each row, creating square knots along each row.

Continue making square knots along the length of the hoops between the rods.
A word of caution - making macrame square knots was very repetitious so I decided to watch tv as I was making them. Bad idea! I got wrapped up in the tv and forget if I completed square knots and if I left cords out - causing me to take more than a few cords out.

When reaching the next dowel rod,  pull the four cords down of each square knot to make a finishing knot for each cord around the rod. Wrap the cord around the rod, forming a loop and thread the end of the cord up and through the loop, pulling the knot tight against the last macrame knot. Cut off excess knot. 

I love having this mail stand for incoming mail.

Welcome! It’s time for another Creative Craft Blog Hop, hosted by Sara @ Birdz of a Feather! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on making a macrame mail stand. Up next is Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction sharing her soft and cozy DIY Throw! Perfect for these cold wintry days and nights! But don’t forget to check out the other stops too because you’ll find plenty more creative craft ideas!