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!

linking to:

tatertots and jello

    


make an easy dot canvas {a tutorial}

canvas art

canvas art

 

Canvas art is a definite obsession love of mine (see here for lots of proof of that)–it’s easy, it’s versatile, and the finished product always looks much more expensive than the price of the few materials it took to create it. Today’s canvas creations are no exception I wanted to replace the three prints we have hanging on our dining room wall, and these square canvas pieces were a perfect fit.

easy canvas art

You just need canvas(es), paint and a pencil! I liked the look of these square 12×12 canvases, and I chose an array of blue and green paints for this project.

Step 1: Since I wanted my paint to be a circular shape, I traced a large circle on each canvas. I decided on a palette for each canvas (one of dark blues, one of light blues, and one of greens), and used my pencil eraser to start stamping.

make canvas art

 

Step 2: Keep going–you’re getting there! I love how the shades of blue mixed and blended with each other; I purposely didn’t wash the eraser between colors to get this effect.

canvas art

 

Continue until you get to the edges of your circle (or whichever shape you chose), let dry and hang!

 

painted canvas

canvas art

 

 

 

canvas art

 

Thanks for reading!

    


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!