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Neighbor Gift Idea — Make Burlap & Chalkboard Gift Bags!!

8 Dec

 I have a fast, inexpensive, easy project to share that would be really fun to make as neighbor gifts this year.

These little bags can be customized to fit any size gift that you can image:
  • Wine or Sparkling Cider with a little tag that says “Wishing you a Sparkling Holiday Season!”
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel Sticks.
  • Dollar Store Peppermints.
  • Even gift cards.

And the painted chalkboard labels that you make are great because the bag can be used again and again!

    My project was chosen by Krylon to featured on the front page of Your Holiday Style – one of their sites dedicated to sharing cool spray painted holiday projects. So fun!!  You can click below to go over and check out my tutorial.   yhs They also have some other great holiday projects you can download and save for later submitted by some of your very favorite crafters from a little group that I am part of called Crafterminds.

    Heather from Dollar Store Crafts: Sweet Apothecary Jar

    Amy from Mod Podge Rocks: Holiday Gift Card Tinhttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/_d-0RmmAdars/TP6Uyn3RgpI/AAAAAAAADCc/0jMV6TSJ8e4/s400/Krylon+Gift+Card+Holder.jpg
    Beckie from Infarrantly Creative: Time Capsule OrnamentsIMG_1679
    Check out Your Holiday Style and see all of the easy, inexpensive, quick Christmas ideas.

    yhs

    And upload YOUR spray painted projects!!!
    XOXO
    I hope you are having a great week!! 

    Spring Project: Burlap Flowered Topiaries

    1 Apr
    I got a wonderful tip from Lindsey @ Pleated Poppy last week — she clued me in to a great place to get beautiful fabric, Hawthorne Threads. They have a great selection of yummy fabric and it’s really easy to order. I was thrilled when a package came for me TWO days after I ordered! 

    It was all so pretty – I didn’t want to cut any of it up. I finally decided to make some little Spring topiaries.

    I used burlap as the background and then used the pretty fabric to make fabric flowers. They look so bright and Spring-y in my kitchen! The topiary would make a cute centerpiece on your table, but I decided to make three – I think everything looks better in threes, don’t you?


    If you would like to make some, here is what I did:
    Supplies:
    Terra Cotta Pot(s)
    Styrofoam ball(s)
    Wood dowel(s)
    ribbon
    Fabric scraps
    Scrapbook paper scraps
    Jeweled scrapbook brads
    Moss
    Gorilla Glue
    Flower arranging block(s)
    Vinyl numbers or stencil and paint (optional)
    • Spray painted the pots. (3 coats). Once dried, I added a vinyl number to each pot. You could also stencil something on each pot. Or just leave it plain too – it’s up to you.
    • Cover the balls in burlap. I cut a 3 inch strip of burlap. Wrapped it around the ball to see how long to make it. Cut it to that length. Attached it with hot glue. TIP: This is a great way to NOT burn your fingers. Get a few straight pins that you don’t mind ruining. After you apply the hot glue, stick a straight pin in the ball and let it cool. It helps attach the burlap to the ball so well! 
    • I made little cuts in the sides of the burlap. Run a line of hot glue inside the outer edge of the burlap strip. Then press the edges down, the little slits will help the burlap conform to the ball shape without wrinkles. Make an oval section of burlap to cover up each end of the ball.
    • Once the ball(s) are covered in burlap, set them aside and start making the flowers. Cut your fabric scraps — mine were 2 inches wide by 20 inches long. I made 14 flowers per topiary. Then make a long, running stitch down the middle of each strip with your machine, or by hand. Then gather the thread at one end of each strip and pull to gather the material. I gathered all of the strips at the same time.
    • Once the strips are gathered, make them into flowers. Take one end and fold it around in a circular motion until you have made a circle, make the circle a little bigger each time it goes around. It should go around about three times. Secure with a pin.
    • You don’t have to use a machine to do this craft. If you don’t want to use a machine, skip the gathering step and move right on to the this step — You can make the flower using hot glue. Take one end of the strip make a little fold to the side and add a dab of hot glue, keep doing this, going in a circular motion and gathering your material as you hot glue it. This may take some time and patience. 
    • Once you have made your flowers, hot glue them together. I flipped each flower over and added hot glue from the back, putting a dab under each layer of material until it keeps it shape. Remove the pins once cooled. 
    • Cut out some circles out of scrapbook paper. I used three different papers. I used a 1/2 inch punch. Then put a jeweled scrapbook brad through each circle. 
    • Now attach the flowers onto the burlap balls. I used straight pins to arrange them on the ball ahead of time. Space the flowers out so that the burlap shows though the middle. Then I dabbed some Gorilla Glue onto the back of each flower. I then put a straight pin back in the middle of the flower to hold the flower on to the ball until the glue dried. Once the glue dried, then I pulled the pins out.
    https://i1.wp.com/www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/15/156d1efe-de63-4a1e-8ea0-c982518ec19c_300.jpg
    • Now attach the scrapbook paper to the center of each flower with a dab of hot glue. Hold until the glue cools.
    • I put a little block of flower arranging foam in the bottom of each pot. I put a little Gorilla Glue in the bottom. Then I took a wood dowel and stuck it in the bottom of the burlap/flower ball and then through the center of the pot. 
    • Then I wrapped the dowel in ribbon.
    • Finally I put hot glued a layer of moss over the top of flower arranging foam.

    XOXO

    Spring Project: Burlap Flowered Topiaries

    1 Apr
    I got a wonderful tip from Lindsey @ Pleated Poppy last week — she clued me in to a great place to get beautiful fabric, Hawthorne Threads. They have a great selection of yummy fabric and it’s really easy to order. I was thrilled when a package came for me TWO days after I ordered! 

    It was all so pretty – I didn’t want to cut any of it up. I finally decided to make some little Spring topiaries.

    I used burlap as the background and then used the pretty fabric to make fabric flowers. They look so bright and Spring-y in my kitchen! The topiary would make a cute centerpiece on your table, but I decided to make three – I think everything looks better in threes, don’t you?


    If you would like to make some, here is what I did:
    Supplies:
    Terra Cotta Pot(s)
    Styrofoam ball(s)
    Wood dowel(s)
    ribbon
    Fabric scraps
    Scrapbook paper scraps
    Jeweled scrapbook brads
    Moss
    Gorilla Glue
    Flower arranging block(s)
    Vinyl numbers or stencil and paint (optional)
    • Spray painted the pots. (3 coats). Once dried, I added a vinyl number to each pot. You could also stencil something on each pot. Or just leave it plain too – it’s up to you.
    • Cover the balls in burlap. I cut a 3 inch strip of burlap. Wrapped it around the ball to see how long to make it. Cut it to that length. Attached it with hot glue. TIP: This is a great way to NOT burn your fingers. Get a few straight pins that you don’t mind ruining. After you apply the hot glue, stick a straight pin in the ball and let it cool. It helps attach the burlap to the ball so well! 
    • I made little cuts in the sides of the burlap. Run a line of hot glue inside the outer edge of the burlap strip. Then press the edges down, the little slits will help the burlap conform to the ball shape without wrinkles. Make an oval section of burlap to cover up each end of the ball.
    • Once the ball(s) are covered in burlap, set them aside and start making the flowers. Cut your fabric scraps — mine were 2 inches wide by 20 inches long. I made 14 flowers per topiary. Then make a long, running stitch down the middle of each strip with your machine, or by hand. Then gather the thread at one end of each strip and pull to gather the material. I gathered all of the strips at the same time.
    • Once the strips are gathered, make them into flowers. Take one end and fold it around in a circular motion until you have made a circle, make the circle a little bigger each time it goes around. It should go around about three times. Secure with a pin.
    • You don’t have to use a machine to do this craft. If you don’t want to use a machine, skip the gathering step and move right on to the this step — You can make the flower using hot glue. Take one end of the strip make a little fold to the side and add a dab of hot glue, keep doing this, going in a circular motion and gathering your material as you hot glue it. This may take some time and patience. 
    • Once you have made your flowers, hot glue them together. I flipped each flower over and added hot glue from the back, putting a dab under each layer of material until it keeps it shape. Remove the pins once cooled. 
    • Cut out some circles out of scrapbook paper. I used three different papers. I used a 1/2 inch punch. Then put a jeweled scrapbook brad through each circle. 
    • Now attach the flowers onto the burlap balls. I used straight pins to arrange them on the ball ahead of time. Space the flowers out so that the burlap shows though the middle. Then I dabbed some Gorilla Glue onto the back of each flower. I then put a straight pin back in the middle of the flower to hold the flower on to the ball until the glue dried. Once the glue dried, then I pulled the pins out.
    https://i1.wp.com/www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/15/156d1efe-de63-4a1e-8ea0-c982518ec19c_300.jpg
    • Now attach the scrapbook paper to the center of each flower with a dab of hot glue. Hold until the glue cools.
    • I put a little block of flower arranging foam in the bottom of each pot. I put a little Gorilla Glue in the bottom. Then I took a wood dowel and stuck it in the bottom of the burlap/flower ball and then through the center of the pot. 
    • Then I wrapped the dowel in ribbon.
    • Finally I put hot glued a layer of moss over the top of flower arranging foam.

    XOXO

    You know I love burlap…

    25 Jan
    Did you see Project Runway last week??
    The challenge: burlap!
    The designers took this:
    And made it into this!

     And my friend Meg sent me this picture over because she knows I love burlap — looks so chic. Although maybe a little itchy?

    Would you wear burlap??
    I have a great giveaway starting in a few hours
    so come back and check it out!!
    XOXO