marbled acrylic tile coasters {a tutorial}

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Coasters! They’re an easy craft project, fun to make and gift, and so easy to customize. I create personalized coasters in my etsy shop, but wanted to tackle a material I’ve never used for coasters before–acrylic tiles!

Materials:

  • 4 Square Acrylic Tiles
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush
  • Patterned Paper or Fabric

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Step 1: Gather your materials. You can cut your acyrlic sheet yourself using a table saw, but you may be able to find a home improvement store willing to do that for you. Trace your tile onto the back of your paper and cut. Do this for each tile. Love the paper? I got it from Paper Source!

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Step 3: Use your Mod Podge to cover one side of the tile. Place your paper (patterned side down), over your tile and press firmly. Once dry, use the Mod Podge to seal over the paper.

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Let dry, and that’s it!

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Cute, right? I think a set of these would make a great hostess or housewarming gift!

Thanks for reading!

easy gemstone jewelry {a tutorial}

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Jewelry making is something I’ve been doing for years. I love the process of choosing stones, deciding on a design, and, of course, wearing and gifting the finished product. Lately, I’ve been drawn to simpler styles and clean lines, which lends itself nicely for beginners. Today, I’m sharing the how-to for these easy gemstone bracelets…

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Materials:

  • Gemstone Connectors
  • Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Clasps
  • Chain

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Step 1: Attach a jump ring to one end of your connector. To do this, hold your jump ring with one set of pliers, and take a second set of pliers to gently pry it open. Hook one end of the connector onto the open jump ring, as well as a length of chain. Use your pliers to gently close your jump ring.

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Step 2: Use your cutter pliers to snip the end of your chain, as well as cut a second piece of chain for the other end of the connector. To do this, you’ll have to decide on the final length of your bracelet. I like mine to be about 7″ long (but I have small wrists). Each length of my chain was 2.5″ long. The other two inches came from the connector, jump rings, and clasp (so the total length was 7″).

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Step 3: At the end of your chain, attach another jump ring. Also attach your clasp (I chose a magnetic clasp) to this same jump ring.

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Step 4: Repeat for the other end of your bracelet.

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Once you get the hang of it, a bracelet like this will only take 10 minutes or so!

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I hope to do more jewelry tutorials in the future…let me know if you liked this one and what you’d like to see me share next!

Thanks for reading!

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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