Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sneak Peek: Salvation Army Frame

I never thought I would be so excited to find this 3 dollar frame today at the Salvation Army. Stay tuned to see what I'm making with it.

Happy Crafting!
Love, Melanie

Monday, February 27, 2012

Decorative Fabric Balls (Saint Patrick's Day Edition)

I had some fabric leftover from my wreath, so I decided to make some decorative balls for my glass vase. It was the perfect addition to my St. Patty's Day decor.

In order to make this, you will need:
-styrofoam balls

First, I cut the fabric into strips. The size of each strip will depend on the size of your balls, mine were 3 inch balls. My strips ended up being somewhere between 0.5 inch-1inch wide, and about 9.5 inches long. I eyeballed these measurements so they were not exact each time. Each ball required 8 strips of fabric, but that will depend on how thin you make them.

Once your strips are cut, you are ready to begin. I began wrapping the fabric strips around the styrofoam ball and using one pin to join the ends. Continue this process until the entire ball is covered.

When your entire ball is covered and you can no longer see styrofoam, you have finished your first fabric ball. Repeat these steps to fill an entire vase, bowl, etc.

Happy Crafting!
Love, Melanie

Monday, February 20, 2012

St. Patty's Day Wreath

This is a project I have been so excited to do! Finally, Joann's holiday fabrics went on sale last weekend, and I was able to begin this fun project. I originally saw a picture of this wreath at The Magic of Ordinary Things blog and it looked like something that could be easily recreated.

In order to make this, you will need:
1 wire hanger

I used 5 fabric patterns for this wreath, but you could use as many or as few as you'd like. I purchased half a yard of each pattern, and still had plenty of fabric leftover for another project (coming soon).

To start this project I shaped the wire hanger into a circle and cut off the hook at the top. You could leave the hook on if you are planning to hang your wreath from it.

Next, I cut strips of each fabric. My strips were approximately 1 to 1.5 inches wide and 8-9 inches long. I say approximately because I did not measure as I cut, i figured it wouldn't matter for the final product. You may cut your strips any width you desire. If you have more fabrics, you may want them thinner so each one takes up less space. 

Once all the work is done, the fun begins! I began tying each strip to the wire hanger, until the hanger was full and my wreath was complete! The amount of fabric strips you need will depend on how thin you cut your strips. I also added a ribbon for hanging.

Happy Crafting!
Love, Melanie

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Heart Bouquet

I whipped this up one day to match my "Love" blocks and heart wreath. I used the wood hearts from the heart wreath to trace the hearts, glued them on skewers, and stuck them in a vase. My easiest project yet! I am very pleased with the final product, so I thought I'd show it off. 

What are some ways you've spruced up the house for Valentine's Day?

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Heart Wreath

Once again, thank you to the Oopsey Daisy Blog for having such great ideas for Valentine's Day. I followed this tutorial pretty closely when doing this project. Let's get started:

In order to make this you will need:
A wreath form
Wood hearts of all sizes
Scrapbook Paper
Wooden circle beads (2 sizes)
Red paint
Mod Podge
Gorilla glue
Hot glue gun

I started by wrapping the ribbon around the wreath form. To do this, I place some gorilla glue at the start of the ribbon and used sewing pins for reinforcement. When that was finished, I began tracing the hearts onto the scrapbook pages, mixing up the sizes and shapes for each pattern.

Once all the hearts were traced on paper, I began painting. I used red paint and made sure to cover both sides of the hearts. I didn't want to be able to see any of the wood, especially because I knew I would be hanging it over a mirror.

While I waited for the paint to dry, I cut the hearts out so they were ready to go.

Next, I glued the wooden beads onto the backs of the hearts using the gorilla glue. I wanted to make sure I had some flat hearts(no bead) and then a variety of hearts with both sizes of beads on the back. You don't need to have the same amount of each, I just mixed it up at random.

When the glue was completely dried, I painted all the beads. Once again, I didn't want the wood to show at all.

After the paint dried, I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper hearts to the wooden hearts. I first put a layer on the wooden heart, placed the paper hearts, and then added another coat to the top to seal it off. More waiting for things to dry....

FINALLY, it was time to place the hearts on the wreath. I placed hearts all over, trying to cover up as much of the wreath as possible. I just kept adding more, and more, and more. I used a hot glue gun for this part, and it worked very well.  I also added more ribbon for the wreath to hang. I am so happy with the finished product!!

- would look great with any shapes (circles, squares, stars, etc)
- any colors or patterns of paper would also be nice
- you can do this for any holiday or season

Happy Crafting!