The holidays are here which means crafters are in overdrive! Dreaming, creating, repurposing, and general overall decorating madness. Trying to avoid the creative urge to scheme, invent easy and beautiful holiday crafts is futile.
So here we go. Take these styrofoam cones for example – with a roll of twine, and some glue you will create awesome Christmas trees.
- Styrofoam cones
- Hot glue gun
- Bases for the trees (optional)
All supplies can generally be found at any craft store – I even found these birch bases at Michaels. If you can’t find twine, you will certainly score some at your local hardware store — that’s where I found mine.
Here’s how you do it:
- Starting at the base of the cone, hot glue the start of the twine then continue to wrap the twine till you reach the top.
- Hot glue the twine to the top of the cone.
For a little extra holiday pop, I added wool felt ball garland and tree toppers. However, these trees look amazing on their own. I also found the felt balls at Michaels and simply created the garland by threading the balls together with a sewing needle and red thread.
Happy crafting and happy holidays!
My friend Kate and I found these cool vintage spigot handles at our local antique store. The shapes are so unique that I had to have them — they were inexpensive and the sale was made.
With E-6000 adhesive, I reinvented them as magnets by simply gluing round hardware store magnets on the back of the spigot.
The Art of Patron challenge … check! I submitted my creation, Snow Globe, Patron Style, by contest deadline but let me tell ya crafters, it wasn’t without some disasters and minor meltdowns, some involving cussing. Yes I like to do that occasionally and it feels good – sorry mom! Anywho there were hot messes far too many to yammer on about. But the best was AFTER I inserted the trees, glitter, liquid, and sealed the cork I stepped back to admire my work … there it was, floating gently around the bottle with glitter swirling around its lifeless body, a tequila loving spider…&#%!@?!!!! Fast forward to a moment of silence for Mr Spider, more cussing, and a project do-over, I finished my creations. Phew!
After I simmer down, I’ll share the ‘how-to’ for making YOUR own spider-free snow globe. All conflama aside, it was a fun challenge and thank you Patron for the opportunity to participate!
Happy &#%!@?! crafting
A few weeks back, I was invited by the communications group for Patrón tequila to take a shot at being creative by entering “The Art of Patrón” contest.
From now until April 30th, Patrón is hosting “The Art of Patrón,” a contest that recognizes handmade visual and functional pieces of art that contain, are made from, or depict any Patrón bottle or component thereof. Those who are 21 and older, are invited to submit original designs for a chance to win a cash prize and national exposure!
I’m going to take a whirl at this challenge and I hope you will too! Simply follow this link for all of the details: www.artofpatron.com.
Not only will I enjoy this challenge, I’ll enjoy emptying the bottle too….oh boy. Cheers and happy crafting!
Posted in Patron Bottle Crafts, Random
Tagged Art Of Patron Contest, cash prize, Craft Blogger, Craft Projects with Glass Bottles, DIY, functional pieces, national exposure, Patron, Patron Bottle Crafts, Patron Tequila, Projects with Liquor Bottles
Chalkboard paint is so much fun to work with and it allows you countless ways to produce unique and functional pieces like this project, Birch Log Table Numbers.
I have a giant pile of unused terra-cotta flower pots so putting them to good use, I cracked open a can of chalkboard paint and created these simple gifts for the upcoming Easter holiday.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Terra Cotta containers (any paintable container will do)
- Chalkboard paint
- Foam paint brush
- Small plant or flower of your choosing (I used Baby’s Tears)
- Egg (optional)
You can find all of the project ingredients, including terra-cotta pots, at any craft store. Oh, with the exception of live plants and real eggs but you could substitute with artificial. For live plants, visit your local nursery and for eggs, visit your fridge.
Here’s how you do it:
- Clean the surface of the container and paint away!
- After the paint dries completely, with chalk write or draw anything you want on the surface.
- Insert plant or flower.
- Your done!
For an added surprise, I placed a simple brown egg that I blew out then glued twine into the hole to hang.
Here’s how you blow-out an egg:
- Using a long stick pin, poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg and move the pin around to break op the yolk. Make one of the holes a little larger than the other. That’s the hole you’ll insert and glue twine.
- Holding the egg in one hand, force the egg contents out by gently blowing into the smaller hole in the egg. The egg insides will come out the other side. Note to crafters – save the insides and make a scrambled egg for yourself – no waste!
- After the insides are empty, insert the egg in warm soapy water to clean the inside of the egg. Rinse and let dry on a paper towel.
- When dry, insert twine into the larger hole, glue in place and your done!
Happy Crafting and Happy Easter!
Posted in Centerpiece, Container Gardening, Crafts, DIY, Easter, Flower Arrangements, Table Settings
Tagged Baby's Tear Plants, Blowing Out an Egg Instructional, Chalkboard Flower Pots, Chalkboard Paint Projects, Craft Blogger, Crafts with Brown Farm Eggs, DIY, DIY Chalkboard Paint Projects, DIY Easter Crafts, Easter Crafts, Easter Gifts DIY, Projects with Baby's Tear Plants, terra cotta pots
Colorful flowers are a great way to say goodbye to winter and hello spring! This combination of light pink tea roses, orange kalanchoe, blue grape hyacinth, and thistle in a birch bark vessel are the perfect combination of color, texture and fragrance.
If you’re looking for one of these custom creations, please look me up at Rodale’s General Store. I would be delighted to create one of these lovelies just for you!
Posted in Flower Arrangements
Tagged Birch Bark Planter, centerpieces, Craft Blogger, florists, flower arranging, Grape Hyacinth in Flower Arrangements, Kalanchoe Flower Arrangement, Rodale's General Store, Spring Flower Arrangement, Thistle in Flower Arrangements, Unusual Centerpieces, Wedding Arrangements
My niece, Samantha, is a super artistic nine year-old. Her latest medium is duct tape and she’s cooking up all sorts of clever crafts. Inspired by Samantha I decided to give duct tape a whirl.
I’m always on the lookout for unique objects at sales and flea markets and recently I found a few outdated road atlas books. The individual pages are the perfect size for placemats. Using duct tape and Mod Podge, I easily and quickly created these placemats.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Road Atlas maps
- Duct tape
- Mod Podge (Outdoor) glue
- Foam brush
- X Acto knife
- Straight edge ruler
- Cutting mat
Here’s how you do it:
1. Select pages from the Road Atlas and remove them from the book using an X Acto knife.
2. Completely cover the back of map with duct tape, place the map on a cutting mat then cut any excess tape using a ruler and X Acto knife.
3. Flip the map over and brush a coat of Mod Podge (Outdoor) on the top of the placemat. This will seal and protect the placemat.
4. This next step is optional — after the Mod Podge glue is dry, place a border of tape around the map (see photo of placemat grouping above). This simply gives it a more framed and finished look but it’s not necessary.
5. You’re done!
Oh, we’re not done yet….sorry. If you’re feeling super crafty, you can make a Duct Tape napkin ring too! Simply roll out a piece of tape about 10 inches, fold the tape in half (sticky side to sticky side). Form a loop by curling one end over and stapling it to the other end. Cut the excess and you’ve got yourself a pretty cool napkin ring.
Posted in Crafts, Table Settings, Uncategorized
Tagged Clever Duct Tape Crafts, Craft Blogger, Crafts Using Duct Tape, Crafts Using Road Atlas Maps, DIY, Duct Tape Crafts, Duct Tape Napkin Rings, How To Make Placemats, Mod Podge Outdoor, Mod Podge Projects, Placemat Crafts, Road Atlas Map Crafts
Creativity is a drug I cannot live without. — Cecile B. DeMille
Last fall, I shared a blog post about my dear friends wedding. As with any event, I was honored to have the opportunity to help plan and style Jessica and Ryan’s special day. Since there are so many moving parts to wedding celebrations, planning can sometimes seem challenging but with great resources, creativity, fantastic and dedicated helpers (who I love and adore), and many, many to-do lists, events like this all come together.
Jess & Ryan recently shared ALL of their wedding photos with me and I pulled a select few to share with you. The photographer, Farid Widjaya, brilliantly captured every magical moment. Enjoy!
Jessica’s bouquet, sunflowers, thistle, craspidia, spray roses, scabiosa pods, white hypericum, silver brunia, and ferns
Birch slabs painted with chalkboard paint.
Sweet little Cora.
We’re ready for our closeup Mr. DeMille.
Vintage cobalt blue bottles under a glass cloche. These were the table centerpieces.
Posted in Events, Flower Arrangements, Weddings
Tagged centerpieces, Craft Blogger, Event Planner, Fall Wedding, Farm Weddings, Outdoor Entertaining, Styled & Pretty Weddings, Stylish Weddings, Wedding Bouquet, Wedding Crafts, Wedding Ideas, Weddings