Archive for the ‘Craft’ tag
September 12th, 2014 at 5:21 pm
By Kim Ross
The onset of fall weather and the smell of apples cooking makes me want to start bringing out my fall decorations. This year, I decided to make my own wreath out of burlap. It was really easy and very customizable, so it can be used year-round. I love the way it turned out with a couple of fall additions.
First you need a Metal Wreath Ring. It’s only a couple of dollars and is sold in many different sizes. You also need a couple spools of wired burlap ribbon, which come in all kinds of patterns, colors, and textures. I used the 2.5 inch x 7 yard spools and went through 2 of them. At our local hobby store they sell 30 foot spools which probably would have been a better option in hindsight…it depends on how many wreaths you want to make. When I looped my burlap I did smaller, tighter loops, so if you like it more loopy then you will want more feet of ribbon.
The first step is to tie the ribbon onto the wreath frame. I looped it through the wire and then tied a knot to hold it. Every time I added a new spool of ribbon I repeated this step.
The next step is to pull the burlap up through the first space. Pull the burlap through to make a loop. Once you complete a loop, take the end, twist, and do it in the next slat. Once you have finished the first row, weave and loop in the other direction to make a second row. I used this video to help to demonstrate the process.
You keep this process up until you go all the way around the wreath. At the end, I tied another knot (just like I started), and concealed it under the loops.
Then I picked up some decorative pumpkins and fall berries on sticks to weave into the wreath, and made a bow with some fall ribbon that I had on hand. I didn’t want to glue anything on the wreath so I can change out the decor for different holidays, but feel free to make yours permanent. I am thinking about adding a painted “R” in the middle at some point for our last name initial.
Here are some other wreath inspirations for you to make one all your own!
March 31st, 2014 at 7:28 am
By Kim Ross
Scarves are all the rage, and just because winter is over doesn’t mean they need to be packed away in the closet. During spring and summer, choose scarves that are lighter material and have brighter colors. Have you ever tried making one yourself? Check out some of these great DIY scarves!
32 Easy DIY Scarves - I really like the tie-die infinity, braided infinity, ruffled, stenciled, and circle scarves for spring!
No sew rosette scarf - This would be a great way to dress up a tee or tank.
Arm Knitting – An easy, new trend. This is the best tutorial I have seen!
10 T-shirt Scarves- All 10 of these are on my to-do list!
You will find me wearing scarves all year long!
October 17th, 2013 at 5:00 am
In my opinion, fall has the best seasonal decor. There’s just so much you can do with the colors, holidays and seasonal pieces (pumpkins/gourds, leaves, etc.). While the stores take advantage of this great opportunity, there are so many options for DIY home decor that is fun to make and just as (or more) beautiful than anything store-bought. Here are some great projects to spice up your home with autumn accents.
July 31st, 2013 at 8:21 am
Anyone who has ever dressed a little girl knows that there are countless ways to accessorize their outfits. There are so many different clips, headbands, hair ties, etc. and they can get quite pricey. Then there are times when you just can’t find the perfect bow to go with a particular outfit. Why not make your own? YOU choose the type, shape, style, material, etc. Your options are endless! We’ve put together a list of online resources that will help you “do it yourself!” Check out these great tutorials:
- The Ribbon Retreat
- Tulle Hair Bow
- Twisted Hair Bow
- 40 Hair Bow & Flower Tutorials
- Button Hair Ties
- Button & Bead Hair Pins
- Vintage Sequin Flower Headband
- Holiday Headbands
- Lace Flower Headband
Have you ever made your own hair bows? Do you have any tips?