Craft/DIY Ideas

Canning Jar Band Pumpkin

Today is a revisit to one of my past favorite fall projects. This particular one is from just over two years ago. Enjoy!

**********************************************************************************************************************

I am such a huge copycat sometimes and this little project is no exception. Granted, I do have a lot of at least semi-original ideas, but some are just imitations of other cute ideas I’ve seen and just put my own little twist on. To be fair, I always try to acknowledge my source of inspiration and I am incredibly grateful when others do the same for me. For this project I completely fell in love with Simply Klassic Home’s canning lid pumpkin and knew I had to try making one.

This was a snap to make and only used a few materials, all of which I had on hand.

For the stem I rolled a length of burlap and glued down. I trimmed this up a bit as well.

Then, simply gather a bunch of canning jar bands of the same size and run a string or twine through their middles. Gather and tie around the stem. Arrange bands so that the tied portion is covered up and there are no major gaps.

I added a green felt leaf for some of the pictures and tried it without for others.

As you can see, I didn’t try to clean up or pretty up my canning bands.

Some are newer, but others are well-worn and loved.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Rachel

 

Craft/DIY Ideas

Criss-Cross Fall Wreath

Howdy everyone!

I’ve been a little MIA lately, but it’s all been for a good reason.

School started and I’ve been in PTO mom mode, dealing with beginning of the school year craziness and preparing for our big yearly fundraiser coming up in several weeks.

This is how I deal with stress:

early fall 2014 033

I make stuff. No surprise, eh?

I also take lengthy walks, pray for wisdom and sanity, drink too much coffee, and eat comfort foods.

But I digress. About the wreath…

early fall 2014 034

Again I went with a yarn-wrapped style. This time I picked out a brown with neutral flecks of color in it.

early fall 2014 031

For the flowers I used different neutrals as well, then added in a little pop of pink. IF I had some coral-y orange I may have thrown in a bit of that too for interest. I placed a rectangle of burlap underneath them all, leaving a bit to peek out near the middle. A couple of buttons were used for accents. To make this more interesting, I used a buttery light yellow yarn and criss-crossed it around the portion of wreath not covered by flowers and such.

early fall 2014 029

And since I hadn’t busted out my trusty chalkboard for pictures in awhile, I thought this would be a good shot.

Happy Fall Y’all!

–Rachel

Craft/DIY Ideas

Bloomin’ Burlap Wreath

Some pops of bright color make this wreath suitable for hanging in spring or summer.

ebay 3-27-14 043

I especially love the contrast in textures between the burlap, felt, and lace.

ebay 3-27-14 045

Oh yes, in case you’re wondering, that really is a hot pink lace doily thrown in the mix.

I thought it added a little something extra to it.

ebay 3-27-14 049

Mixed with this assortment of bright felt flowers, it definitely perks up the burlap.

ebay 3-27-14 043

I chose a simple white grosgrain ribbon as a hanger.

Easy peasy and kinda fun.

Maybe not for everyone, but I really like it:)

Craft/DIY Ideas

Yarn-Wrapped Heart Wreath

Since a lot of people often decorate for Christmas right after Thanksgiving, I thought it would be timely to share a Christmas wreath idea today.

cmas wreaths, button rings 004

This one is a heart-shaped foam wreath form wrapped with a red yarn and embellished with white felt roses.

cmas wreaths, button rings 005

I also used a little green felt to make leaves for the roses. A green with red grosgrain ribbon was used as the hanger.

cmas wreaths, button rings 001

Very simple and not a lot of bells and whistles, but sometimes simplest is best.

While I have made my share of yarn-wrapped wreaths, doing a heart shape was new for me. The result is pretty, but I have to admit that wrapping it was much more awkward than doing a basic circle wreath, especially when it comes to the center point areas. It definitely took a lot of yarn to make sure those areas were well covered.

Actually, if you just switch out the ribbon, this would make a great Valentine’s Day wreath as well!

If you want to check out my Christmas wreaths from previous years, here are the links:

book wreaths, jars 025

Book Page wreath, this one made out of old sheet music.

yarn wreath 010

A Yuletide Yarn Wreath

red wreath 004

Red Hot Wreath, wrapped in vintage fabric.

Can you tell I love making wreaths? Oh yes I do.

Hope you count your blessings tomorrow and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Craft/DIY Ideas

Handmade Christmas Series: Red Hot Wreath

Yes, I am doing another repeat post from last year. I have a love/hate relationship with looking back at old postings. (I’m sure some of you fellow bloggers can commiserate!) Some of my old posts make me cringe and wish I could delete them, and others just plain make me smile. This is one that makes me smile. I loved this wreath!

*******************************************************************************************************************************************

If you’re not into bold colors or prints, I apologize now. The wreath I just made is definitely not for the faint of heart.

See what I mean? A bold red and white print coupled with bright red felt roses. How’d I make it? Let me show you…

I started out with a plain straw wreath form (14″). A foam wreath form would work too.

Taking some vintage fabric, I cut long lengths of it, @5-6″ wide. Folding one edge in as I went, I wrapped it around the wreath form until it was completely covered. I hot glued the ends to hold in place.

Using the same method for making felt roses I used here, I made 9 large red blooms and adhered them to one side of my wreath. That’s it! The results? Well, you’ll either like it or hate it. I’m hoping for like it, but we’ll see.

One thing’s for sure though–any front door with this hanging on it would be impossible to miss!

Craft/DIY Ideas

Canning Jar Band Pumpkin

I am such a huge copycat sometimes and this little project is no exception. Granted, I do have a lot of at least semi-original ideas, but some are just imitations of other cute ideas I’ve seen and just put my own little twist on. To be fair, I always try to acknowledge my source of inspiration and I am incredibly grateful when others do the same for me. For this project I completely fell in love with Simply Klassic Home’s canning lid pumpkin and knew I had to try making one.

This was a snap to make and only used a few materials, all of which I had on hand.

For the stem I rolled a length of burlap and glued down. I trimmed this up a bit as well.

Then, simply gather a bunch of canning jar bands of the same size and run a string or twine through their middles. Gather and tie around the stem. Arrange bands so that the tied portion is covered up and there are no major gaps.

I added a green felt leaf for some of the pictures and tried it without for others.

As you can see, I didn’t try to clean up or pretty up my canning bands.

Some are newer, but others are well-worn and loved.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Rachel

Craft/DIY Ideas

Pumpkin Spice Fall Wreath

The kids are back in school–woo hoo!! It was definitely a weird type of week for me. Weird  but good. This year ALL of my kiddos are in elementary school. We have a 5th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader, and two that just started kindergarten. I am not used to having a quiet house, so it’s taking some getting used to. My little guys are in afternoon kindergarten, so I’m footloose and fancy free for a few hours every weekday now. It’s amazing how much I can get done without any little ones around! One of the many little projects I tackled this week was this yarn-wrapped fall wreath.

I haven’t made a wreath in awhile, so I wanted something fall-ish to spruce up my front door.

This orange yarn with fall colored accents are just the ticket.

To make it, I simply wrapped a foam wreath form completely with yarn.

I made a variety of felt roses, flowers, and green leaves that I thought would complement it.

In addition, I also made some fabric covered buttons and regular buttons and glued those on as well.

To add a finishing touch, I ruffled three pieces of this brown and white fabric and layered them at one end.

Welcome Fall!