felt bow garland {a tutorial}

felt bow garland by burlap+blue

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Sharing a repost from (hard to believe) THREE years ago. Where does the time go? Enjoy!

First, gather your felt, scissors, hot glue, embroidery floss and some cardstock to create your template. I made my template business card size (maybe a tad longer), but create yours however you like.

(See the magazine peeking out in the corner of the photo? It’s the new BHG, which is where I totally stole the color palette inspiration, btw)

So, first things first. Using your template, cut a rectangle from each piece of felt, as well as a skinny piece to wrap around the middle of each bow.

Fold each rectangle, accordian style, and pinch it in the middle. Tie each with a length of embroidery floss down the middle. I tried both hot glue and my sewing machine to hold these together, the floss was quickest and easiest for me.

After each bow is tied (or glued or stitched), hot glue your skinny piece around the middle of each bow, hiding the ends in the back.

After you’re done, you’ll have a group of these pretties….

Next up-you’ll need to connect the bows together. My original thought was to use embroidery thread to stitch them together. I knew, though, that I did not want the thread to show, and, because each bow is a different color, that would be difficult with embroidery thread. So, my solution was this…

Using a small piece of felt and hot glue, I had a simple and invisible solution. Lastly, take two skinny pieces of felt to create loops for hanging. Attach to each end of your garland.

And you’re done!

So tell me, what color combinations would you create this in? Personally, I’d love to see all white, or maybe one with shades of gray and white!

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Anthropologie-inspired mod podge pencils {a tutorial}

anthropologie pencils

I know I’m tooting my own horn here, but can we just take a moment to sit back and admire how just plain adorable these Mod Podged pencils are? I noticed something similar on Anthropologie’s site a few months ago, and can’t believe it took me this long to create this tissue paper and Mod Podge knock off.

mod podge pencils

All you need is this:

tissue paper crafts

Love the tissue paper? Me too. I found it at Target this week, and you can purchase online here. The patterns are bold, geometric and very on-trend.

Step 1: Create a template out of cardstock so you can easily cut your tissue paper. Mine was 1″ x 9″, 2″ longer than my pencils, so that I could make the cute embellishments at the end. Cut out a length of each of your tissue paper pieces using your template.

mod podge pencils

Step 2: Paint a strip of Mod Podge along the lower edge of your tissue paper, and adhere to your pencil.

anthropologie pencils


Step 2: Brush Mod Podge on the rest of tissue paper, and wrap around the pencil. Let dry.


tissue paper pencil

tissue paper pencil


Step 3: Once dry, use scissors to carefully cut the excess tissue paper into thin strips.

tissue paper pencil


Step 4: Take a piece of coordinating twine and tie a knot just the pencil eraser. Clip ends.







tissue paper crafts


And that’s it! Perfect for gift giving, or just to add a little cheer to your office or desk.

mod podge pencils

anthropologie pencils

anthropologie pencils


Thanks for reading!


Confetti Glassware Tutorial + how to make your glassware shine {plus a giveaway!}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #showmetheshine #CollectiveBias

confetti glassware 1

I love crafting handmade gifts for friends and family, and now that spring is approaching, and bringing with it various bridal showers, weddings, and housewarmings, I’m so excited to share one of my go-to gifts with you all! These confetti glasses are inexpensive and easily customizable-choose your colors to match any decor style. And, because presentation is everything, I’ll share my not-so-secret secret for getting your glasses sparkly and shiny and ready to gift!

glasses (these were a dollar at Target!)
Finish® Quantum Max™ (also at Target–scroll down for a coupon!)

paintbrush or cotton swab

Step 1: Gather your materials and wash your glasses. I used glass tumblers from Target, but any kind of glassware will do! I found the paints at a local craft store, and chose paint that specifically said they could be used on glass. Be sure to read the curing instructions, though. These paints require a 21 day cure time or they can be baked in the oven to speed up the process.

You need a clean and spotless surface to paint, so I use  Finish® Quantum Max™ on all my glassware before (and after!)  painting. Finish® products make my glasses positively shine and are the perfect complement to all my glass and dish crafting projects.

confetti glassware-2

Step 2: Take your first color, and dab small dots onto your glass. I decided to go only halfway up the glass, starting from the bottom. When you’re finished with one color, clean your brush, let it dry, and begin your next color.


Almost done! Two colors left…


Step 3: Let dry and cure, run in the dishwasher with Finish® Quantum Max™ to get them gift-giving ready, and you’re done!

confetti glassware 5

confetti glassware 6

Be sure to follow Finish® on Facebook here for their latest updates and promotions, and download Target’s fabulous Cartwheel app to find a coupon to save on Finish® Max in 1™ & Finish® Quantum Max™ (small size 3/29-4/25).

And because I’m such a visual person, here’s where you can find Finish® at Target…


Want your own gift card to purchase a Finish® at Target? Of course you do! The Grand Prize is a $100 Target gift card and this lovely Riedel Decanter and Glass Set. There are three more prizes, each with a Target gift card! Must be 18 to enter, and good luck!!

Finish #ShineAndProtect Giveaway!