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Embroidered Wall Decor

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Embroidered Wall Decor

Supplies:

Embroidery hoop, floss and needles
Printed fabric

Directions:

  • Put fabric in hoop with at least 2” of fabric sticking out around the edge of the hoop
  • Use a variety of embroidery stitches (backstitch, French knot, lazy daisy etc.) with different colors of coordinating floss and stitch over several areas on the printed fabric to highlight elements of the print
  • When stitching is completed cut fabric about 2” away from the hoop all the way around the edge.
  • Thread a needle and stitch close to the cut edge going all the way around the circle; gather fabric as you go.
  • When you are around the circle and back to where you began take both ends of the thread and gently pull gathering the fabric until it is tight. Tie in a couple knots and trim excess floss.
  • Now gently push inside hoop up so that is raises above the outside hoop by about 1/4-1/3” this will allow the extra fabric on the back to have more room and the hoop will now hang flush against the wall.

 

 

 

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Nautical Canning Jar

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Nautical Canning Jar

Supplies:

Canning jar (pint size)
Alcohol ink (if jar is clear) and cotton ball
Fish netting (6x12”)
Jute
Glue gun and glue
Sand
LED tea light

Directions:

  • Using alcohol ink tint your jar by using a few drops and then rubbing it around with a cotton ball and repeat until whole jar is covered.
  • Lay jar down at one short end of the fish net and glue edge of netting to jar.
  • Roll jar along the netting stretching netting at top and bottom of jar as you go. When you reach the edge where you started glue in place and trim excess netting.
  • Turn jar down with opening on the work surface. Facing the bottom of the jar pull netting and glue in place. Now trim excess netting.
  • Turn jar up with opening on top. Take jute and glue end right where jar lid would screw in place (about 1/2” from the top of the jar. Wrap jute around the opening and glue as you go. After wrapping around about 3 rows trim excess netting so that none of it will show once you reach the top. Continue wrapping twine and gluing as you go until you reach the very top of the jar. Trim excess twine.
  • Pour sand into jar to desired height and add LED tea light.

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Polka Dot and Striped Wood Candle Holder

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Polka Dot and Striped Wood Candle Holder

Supplies:
Unfinished wood candle holder
Painters tape
Acrylic paint (2 colors) and paint brushes (foam and bristle)
Gray acrylic paint to add an aged appearance
Circle punch, scrap card stock and ruler

Directions:

  • Wrap gold edge of candle insert with painter’s tape
  • Paint cube with foam brush and allow to dry then remove tape
  • Cut card stock the size of one side of the cube
  • Punch card stock with circle punch to make stencil
  • Lay “stencil” on cube and tape to secure
  • Select second color and use foam brush as a dauber to add polka dots, allow to dry and repeat process with other sides
  • To make stripes tape the area you do NOT want to have the second color (use ruler to make a straight line)
  • Paint the stripes, allow to dry before removing tape
  • Squirt a little gray paint on a plastic lid or scrap card stock, dip brush in and wipe on scrap paper until hardly any paint is on the brush; swipe quickly across each side to create an aged affect
  • Set aside to dry and add candle

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Beaded Tassel Necklace

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Beaded Tassel Necklace

Beaded Tassel Necklace

Supplies:
Chain
Beads
8 mm split ring
Jewelry tools
Craft thread
Tassel maker

Directions:

  • Use tassel maker to make tassel and tie center piece with craft thread that is at least 12” long
  • Thread beads onto tassel tie (keeping both ends together thru large beads) attach to split ring with a small knot, slip chain thru split ring
  • Attach chain ends with split ring or clasp
  • Super easy, super cute!

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Feathered Friends

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Feathered Friends

Supplies:

2 giant pompoms
4 small pompoms
2 wiggle eyes
2 chenille stems
4 large feathers
3 small feathers
Glue gun and glue

Directions:

  • Take one chenille stem and curve in half to bring the 2 ends together (not about 6")
  • Go 3" down from the 2 ends (antennae) and twist to form a circle at the bottom
  • Fold circle in half and bring bottom of circle up to the twist (form 2 small circles)
  • Take the other 6" chenille stem, fold in half and bring up between the 2 circles and twist in-between the 2 antennae)
  • Now you have 4 antennae; hot glue 4 tiny pompoms on the end of each chenille stem
  • Glue feathers at the back

 

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