Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lights, Lights, and More Lights

I've been making these fluffy light strands.  I absolutely love the way they make my mantle look.  Especially in the Spring and Summer.  It just kind of brightens things up.  I made this particular one as a decoration for a wedding shower that my husband and I threw for his cousin.  I just love it!

I've listed the supplies you'll need to complete a strand of lights.  You can get all of this at Hobby Lobby except the cardboard.

3 spools of tulle (25 yds/spool)
1 strand of lights (35 count)
A piece of cardboard 7 in long

You can use any color of tulle.  I just used these for Mardi Gras.  Please be aware, in order to complete these, it may take a few hours.  If you don't need it as full as mine, you don't have to have as much tulle.  Just spread it out.  

To begin, you'll need to cut all of your tulle.  Wrap your tulle around the long ends of your cardboard.  You don't need to wrap the whole roll at once.  You can repeat this step 2 or 3 times per roll.  After you've wrapped your desired amount around the cardboard, place a rubber band around the tulle and cardboard.  This will hold your tulle in place while you cut.  Now, make your cut at either end.  After you cut at both ends, you will have 7 in strips of tulle.  Continue until you have cut all of your tulle.

Now you're ready to start tying.  I start at the end without the plug.  I bought the 35 light strand that only has a plug at one end.  Separate the wires and tie your first piece of tulle between the wires at the very end.  This is the only one that you will tie between the wires.  This piece kind of holds the rest of the ties on the strand.  The rest of the ties will go around both wires.

 Continue tying your tulle all the way down the strand.  Try to make sure that you tie them evenly so that you don't have any long pieces sticking out.

I tie them all the way down until I get to the last light.   Like I said before, it takes a while.  I used the time to watch a movie or catch up on "Once Upon a Time".  Love that show!  Anyway, here's what your finished strand should look like.  Except that you may have some different colors.

If this is a project that seems a little too tedious and time consuming, I sell these on my etsy shop.  Happy tying!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Burlap Wreath Madness

I recently had a request from a cousin (Lulu) to make a burlap wreath for her home.  She sent a picture to me and this is  the DIY that my Mother and I came up with.  These are the supplies that I used.  You can use finished burlap instead.

about 9 yds of 12 in unfinished burlap
18 in straw wreath form
1 pack of wire pins (Hobby Lobby floral section)
ribbon (if needed for bow)
wooden letter (If you want one) 

Start off pinning the end of your burlap to the wreath as seen below.  Wrap  the burlap diagonally.  It will pull tighter easier.

See what I mean by diagonally??  Wrap, wrap, wrap.  You'll use about 2 1/2 yards to wrap the wreath.  It will be easier to cut the length and then wrap.

When you get to the end, use 3 more wire pins to secure the burlap.  I wrapped the end under and pinned over the fold.  Be sure that you pin it to the back.  The back of the wreath form will be flatter than the front.

Now you can start on your ruffles.  Gather the end of your burlap.  Using 2 of the floral pins, pin the burlap that you've gathered to the wreath.

Measure out about 8 inches of the burlap and gather and pin that to the wreath.

Gather, pin, gather, pin...You get the picture.  Gather and pin all the way around the wreath.  Try to make sure that your ruffles are as uniform as can be.  You don't want a lopsided wreath.

After you've made it all the way around the wreath once, move to the outer layer of ruffles.  Gather, pin, gather, pin...making sure to get your outer ruffles in between the inner ruffles.

Gather and pin all the way around the outer layer.  After you place the last pins in the last ruffle, you can cut the burlap and try to tuck/hid the end under the other ruffles.

After you get the ruffles where you like them, add any embellishments that you like.  Here's one with a bow.

I added a painted letter to the next one.

The last one I finished, I added 3 painted crosses and some artificial green flowers.

This wreath is a great blank canvas that you can use all year long for just about any holiday or season!

Friday, February 1, 2013

I Love You Because...

This is the start of a new blog for me.  Crafts, Cooking, and ...well anything that I can come up with.

This is one of the first projects I tackled.  A cute picture frame that you can use as a lovey dovey writing board that I found on Pinterest

I started off rummaging through our boxes of frames and found this, not so good looking, picture frame that desperately needed a makeover.

Notice my handy dandy screwdriver.  Love that thing.

I took the picture out and painted the frame black. You may need to paint a few coats to cover the frame.  I had to paint over the roping a few times to make sure there was no brown showing.  I love the rope around the frame.  It gave it a little extra something.    

I think the black looks so much better.

 I took a piece of scrapbook paper that reminded me of mine and my husbands wedding.  Then simply cut the paper to fit the frame.  I used my borrowed Cricut to cut out "I love you because" from black cardstock and glued it to the paper.  You can also use colored vinyl for your words.

I drew a line below the words and added a few embellishments to make it even cuter.  Be sure to measure to make sure the line is straight.

After all the pieces of your project are dry, you can reinsert the glass.  Make sure you clean the glass well before you replace it.  You don't want to have any streaks and spots showing.  

Place the paper in the frame with the words and embellishments facing outward.  You may want to place a piece of cardboard or cardstock behind your paper to provide a little extra padding in the back of your frame.

Sorry.  My dry erase marker wasn't working very well at the time but, you get the drift.  I have since hung it on the wall and my hubby and I have exchanged a few lines.  Yes, he wrote on it, too!  I love doing things like this that everyone can enjoy.  Until next time.