felt ball ponytail holders {a tutorial}

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Happy Monday! I have the sweetest tutorial for you all today; these felt ball ponytail holders are simple and so, so adorable (as is my little model, obviously). I created them with three different felt balls, but you could easily do this with single balls for something a bit simpler and easier.

Materials:
felt balls (you can find them here)
ponytail holders
hot glue

Step 1: Take your felt balls, choose your colors, and hot glue them together. Let cool.

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Step 2: Take your trio of felt balls, and hot glue to a ponytail holder. Glue liberally so that they won’t come apart when you’re putting them in your little one’s hair.

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This is so simple, it’s barely worthy of the word “tutorial”, but they turned out so cute, I just had to share!

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Thanks for reading!

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watercolor garland for fall {a tutorial}

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Y’all know me-I love a good garland. And this garland-combining gold glitter cardstock and Autumn-hued watercolors-is a new favorite of mine. Better still, it’s so simple to make and technique is so versatile. Make one for Fall, make one for Winter, and you’ll be good to go (until Valentine’s Day, that is)!

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Materials:
gold glitter cardstock
watercolored paper (or scrapbook paper is another cute option)
paper punch (mine is 3/4″)

Step 1: Paint your watercolor paper in the colors of your choice. I chose shades of red, orange, yellow, mustard and brown. Be sure to cover the paper entirely, and don’t be afraid to let your colors bleed and blend together. Make sure to paint both sides of the paper.

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Step 2: Once dry, use your paper punch to punch out circles from both your painted paper and your glitter cardstock.

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Step 3: Stitch your circles together (I have a designated needle for sewing through paper). This is a fast process; it took less than 5 minutes!

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And that’s it!

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What color palette would you make one of these cuties in?

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burlap and felt autumn wreath {a tutorial}

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Good morning, Burlap+Blue readers! Carrie here, from Dream Green DIY, back to show you my favorite way to celebrate the fall season. I think I can speak for the majority of us when I say that boots, pumpkins, scarves and pumpkin spice lattes have us all leaping for joy over the beginning of fall. It didn’t take my husband and I long to jump head first into the season by revamping our front door with a new wreath fit for the colors and rustic feeling of fall.

Supplies:
Straw wreath form in whatever size you’d like
Burlap cut into long, thin strips (amount will vary based on the size of your wreath form)
Staple gun, staples
Scissors
Permanent marker
Three squares of felt in your favorite fall hues

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Start by wrapping the end of your first burlap strip around to the back of your wreath form and staple in place. Then continue to wrap the burlap around the wreath, using staples every now and then, until you’ve covered the entire wreath.

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Next, lay out your felt and choose your first color. I wanted to make leaf-like shapes, so I went with a simple curved template. I cut the smallest leaves first and then laid one of the forms on top of the second sheet of felt, tracing a replica shape in a slightly larger size. After cutting this second, slightly larger set out, I laid one piece on the last piece of felt and did the same thing – Tracing another slightly larger size, and then cut the final set out.

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Once all three sizes and colors were cut out, I sandwiched them all together to create colorful felt leaves. To attach them to the wreath, I used my staple gun to put a single staple in the center of each three-layered leaf. Why staples? Our front door happens to be in direct sunlight most of the day so, even on a chilly day, anything hot glued is quick to melt and fall apart. If this isn’t an issue for you, by all means, break out the hot glue gun! A set of pretty pearl-topped pins could also do the trick for adhering the felt leaves to the straw wreath.

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This oh-so-simple method has become a mainstay in our home, ever since crafting together a flowery version for the spring and summer. An added bonus is the naturally sweet smell of straw and burlap welcoming us through the front door every time we come home.

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What are YOUR favorite ways to decorate for the fall season?

Carrie Waller is a freelance writer and designer living in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her DIY blogging features for Burlap+Blue are available the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. For a real-time rehash of her home renovation projects and other DIY how-to’s, visit her blog at DreamGreenDIY.com.

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