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Thursday Quickie – Burlap Wrapped Hurricane Candle

Posted in CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY
on April 11, 2013

It’s been a super busy week – I’m knee-deep in black paint refinishing Ayden’s furniture. No, I’ve got paint everywhere. On my knees – because I keep kneeling in the paint I’ve spilled and on both of my feet, because I was wearing flip flops and spray painting – Charming. I’d show you, but the paint isn’t the only problem – I so need a pedicure.

Too, since I can’t seem to paint anything without spilling a significant amount of paint on the floor – especially if I’m using black – let’s just say, the paint is flying!

In the meantime, I’ve also been doing a fair amount of store perusing and had a chance to check out Joann’s Fabrics yesterday. I went in looking for rub ‘n’ buff and ran into a whole lot of cute spring and summer things.. and did not come out with the rub ‘n’ buff! For those of you who are a little confused as to what rub ‘n’ buff is, it’s a little bit of magic in a tube, and I’ve been using it to transform Ayden’s dresser. I promise to show you very soon!

Anyway, while I was there, a cute little hurricane candle holder caught my eye – it was all sweet, and had burlap, and a little button, and it just reminded me of warm nights and sweet scents.. and of course, I forgot to take a picture of it. But, just trust me, it was cute and sweet, and you’d have loved it!

To make sure you could catch a glimpse, I made my version, and it took less than an hour.

What I used:

  • A hurricane lamp (mine was from the dollar store)
  • A candle
  • A piece of burlap about 5-6″ in width and the circumference of my hurricane lamp + 1″. You could use burlap ribbon just as easily, but I had a ton left over from this burlap wreath
  • Raffia
  • Scrapbooking buttons
  • A glue gun, but this could also be accomplished with craft glue, it would just increase the drying time.

What I did:

1. I used hot glue to attach the burlap piece first to the glass, and then secured again after wrapping.

2. I took a long piece of raffia, adhered it to the bottom of the seam of burlap, and wrapped the raffia around the burlap, from bottom to top. Once at the top, I reversed and wrapped from top to bottom, gluing as needed.

3. I put the scrapbooking buttons in place.

4. I added candles!

Spring Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers

Posted in DECOR, DIY, OUTSIDE, WALL ART
on April 4, 2013

I’ve been looking to make a new wreath for my door. Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good wreath and I am not above spending some time to get exactly what I want – example: this deco-mesh carrot wreath that I made this past Easter.

Anyway, I was looking for something burlap-y, something spring-ish, something easy, and something somewhat unique-y, not necessarily in that order. Of course, I did some research – I could spend a million dollars on Etsy on any given day. I loved a lot of the wreaths that are out there – Burlap is so popular right now – but I decided to combine a couple of styles and come up with something probably not new.. but at least new to me!

And, here she is!

Spring Wreath

Making this wreath was easy, but a bit time consuming, as the ruffles are individually glued on to the wreath, but I’m really happy with how it came out. The felt flowers are the only part that requires sewing, and you can find a tutorial for how to make them here and a free flower template here. I am a little obsessed with felt flowers right now – you may remember that I made them for the first time to put on some throw pillows I recently made. Needless to say, I’ve been looking for anything and everything to put felt flowers on ever since!

Although it looks like Spring outside, it doesn’t actually feel like spring outside. I’m kind of hoping that if I just think Spring thoughts, and decorate as though it’s already here, the rest will follow. A girl can hope, no?

Easy to Make Spring Wreath made with fabric and burlap ribbon.

You can find a tutorial for this project here!

Linking up with Homecoming and the DIY’ers Link Party. Check it out!

Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers Tutorial

Posted in DECOR, DIY, OUTSIDE, WALL ART
on April 4, 2013

Hi there! I’m so excited to be sharing this project with you and hope you find it easy to follow along with! We will be making a Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers that looks something like this:

For this project I used:

  • 1 yard of burlap fabric – 45″ wide
  • 1/4 yard each of three coordinating cotton fabrics
  • Glue and a glue gun
  • 1 Straw Wreath Form
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Felt, thread and adornments for felt flowers

What I did:

Using the free template I found here and following the tutorial I found here, I created three large felt flowers in one of my coordinating cotton fabrics. I skipped the beading for the center of the flower and used burlap. Here is a closer look at my flowers:

For the wreath, I began by cutting my burlap into long 3″ strips. I wound the burlap around the wreath frame, in one direction, overlapping as I went, using glue to secure the ends. Here is a picture of the beginning of this step.

Next, I looped my ribbon through the middle and pulled up to the top, tying off to keep it out of the way – and secured the loop with glue – the ribbon length will depend on how far you want your wreath to hang, but mine was about 40″ in length.

Next, I cut squares of 3×3″ from the burlap – these would become my ribbon edge! I did not count the number of squares I used, but cut them as needed – I would cut a 3″ strip, fold it over, and cut the squares from the strip. I used approximately 1/2 yard for this step. Folding each square in to a triangle, and then again in to a triangle, I glued each corner to the center of the covered wreath form. I repeated this step until I had gone all around the form.

Here the wreath has a completed burlap ruffled edge.
Next, I repeated the above steps using the coordinating fabric in your desired pattern, placing the fabric ruffles on the inside of the burlap ruffle. Again, I cut as needed.

Lastly, I applied the felt flowers I made in step 1, to right bottom corner, hung the wreath.. and we have completion! 
Notes: I think using burlap ribbon would have significantly cut down on the time it took to make this project – at least for the ruffle border – I think I would still have used the fabric for the wreath form, as it doesn’t have an edge and I feel it would lay flatter because of this. If using the ribbon, I would cut the fabric size down to 1/2 yard and have an equivalent of 1/5 yard spool of burlap ribbon.
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