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No-Sew Fabric Rope Basket

Posted in BATHROOMS, CRAFTS, CREATE WITH ME, DIY
on February 6, 2017

Hi, Friends! It’s the first Monday of the month, and you know what that means.. It’s time for the February Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite before you go.

This month’s challenge was to create something using fabric! I used this challenge to finish the last item on my to-do list for our newly updated Powder Room – improve on the trashcan – and I did so by using upcycled t-shirts and hot glue to create a fabric rope basket without sewing a stitch!
I’ve had a bit of a crush on the rope storage baskets that are everywhere these days, and I thought it would be fun to make-over my trashcan with a custom-made basket that it could slide inside of! It was so much easier to make than I expected.

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To create a fabric rope trashcan cover yourself you’ll need the following:

 

  • Jersey fabric – I used the fabric from five medium men’s t-shirts in dark gray, navy, green and white
  • A glue gun
  • Sharp scissors able to cut fabric
  • A cylinder style trashcan

The first thing I did was to cut my t-shirts into 1″ wide strips, starting at the bottom of each shirt. If you cut along the bottom of the hem, you’ll end up with a jersey ring. Cut one end free, leaving a long string of t-shirt jersey.

Next, I braided the jersey strings into multiple braided ropes. I tied a knot at the top of three pieces of jersey, braided down, gluing the ends when the braiding was completed. Then, I untied the knot, finished braiding and secured that end with glue as well, leaving me with a braided piece of jersey rope. I repeated this task until all of my jersey strips were braided together. I was sure to mix strand colors to give me a mottled look I was after, as well as to braid like colored strands together.

To begin the basket, I twisted one of the braided ropes into a spiral, gluing every inch or so to secure. I continued adding strings to the spiral, gluing every inch or so,  until the spiral pad was the size of the bottom of the trash can.

When I’d reached the edges of the bottom of the trashcan, I began adding ropes up and around the sides of the trashcan, alternating color as I moved upward, gluing every inch or so.

Occasionally I would remove the trashcan from the basket to unstick any areas of the fabric that might have stuck. This was simple to do as the hot glue just peeled away from the plastic surface of the can, and the basket ropes were stretchy enough to replace the trash can afterward easily.

I decided to add a solid band of color around the top edge of the can and switched to solid colored strands about three-quarters of the way up, stopping when the basket reached just over the brink of the can.

 

Again, I pulled the can out of the basket to loosen any glue that may have seeped through and to ensure the ropes were all secure. And voila! A rope basket!

What I loved about this project was the simplicity and the multiple uses for it! I love the idea I could use the same procedure on a storage basket or any other kind of basket. And to make it even better,  I finished off my powder room to-do list.. which is now.. here.

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For even more fabulous projects made with fabric, check out the other participants for February! Everything is just adorable!

 

Pantry Organization Refresh – The Silhouette Creators Refresh Challenge

Don’t spend another minute searching through your kitchen pantry. Organize the space with appropriately sized containers and DIY Silhouette labels using this 5-step process! 
I’m slowly recovering from my-so-far-Powder-room fail, both mentally and figuratively. One day I’ll learn to trust my first instincts.. it would save so much time! In any case, it seemed like a superb time to focus on something else.. like my kitchen pantry. It’s perfect timing, too – January’s Silhouette Creators Monthly Challenge theme is refresh! Many thanks to Cat of Pocketful of Posies for hosting. 
 
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette

Follow this 5-step process to organize your kitchen pantry

 
Believe it or not, just a few short years ago our kitchen pantry was neat and well-ordered. But, over time, and as our needs have changed, it’s become very unorganized indeed! 
 
Sometimes it can be overwhelming to know where to begin when things get a bit out of control – it happens to all of us!  I have a 5 step process for most any kind of storage organization. It goes something like this:
 
1. Evaluate what you need to store. 
2. Sort Stage 1: Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item. 
3. Sort stage 2: Sort into categories for storage. 
4. Organize! This is the part where you find containers, and find those containers homes. 
5. Maintain. If you’ve found the right home for everything, this will be simple!     

Evaluate

In the case of our pantry, our shelves are very deep, but the shelves come out far enough that storage on the door isn’t possible.  Still, if organized correctly, we have plenty of room for everything we need to store. So, what was our biggest problem? The containers we were using were either not properly sized for what we needed, taking up too much room, or not large enough to store what it needed to. Things had gotten out of control! 
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette - before
 
So much so that we’ve started moving into other cabinets to hold the overflow. 
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette - more mess

Determine whether to keep, relocate or dispose of each item

Sorting made me realize how many duplicates I had and also that I had a few things that were a wee bit out of date. Like, ahem, one that had a best by date of 2012.. how?
Kitchen pantry organization ideas and DIY labels cut with a Silhouette - sort out the contents

 Sort into categories for storage

After purging any expired foods, sort whatever is left into categories. From that, you can determine what storage you need.  
kitchen pantry organization - sort and purge

Ready, Set, Organize!

We moved some foods to smaller containers,  while some remained in larger containers.

For some categories, such as pasta, rice, and bagged snacks, baskets from the Target dollar aisle were a perfect home. To make the baskets easy to use, I added rope handles. This allowed me to maximize the number of shelves as I could make them just the required height for the basket to slide underneath, as we don’t need to be able to reach the top to slide the basket out. 


Drawers were a great alternative for lunch snacks, making it simple to see what is available and what is needed when making up the shopping list. 

add drawers to kitchen pantry
To complete the organization, I added vinyl labels for each container made on my Silhouette machine. I used the Harlow Solid Italic font in the Silhouette Studio and applied the vinyl to each container using transfer paper.  

I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to find everything again! Such a simple project that has made such a big difference in my every day!  
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How about you? How do you organize your storage areas? 

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by and please be sure to check out the other refresh projects for this month’s Silhouette Challenge! 

 

DIY Rustic Starburst Wall Art

Posted in CRAFTS, CREATE WITH ME, DECOR, DIY, OFFICE, WALL ART
on January 9, 2017

Wow, that weekend went by a little too quickly, didn’t it? We received a whole lot of snow for our area over the weekend which had all of the kids screaming, “Yay!” all except for the youngest one. In his mind, it is mandatory that a snowman is built on a snow day. So far, the snow has remained too powdery to make one, despite our multiple trips outside to attempt to coax it into even a measly snowball. Tell me I’m not the only person thinking of googling “how to make a snowman with powdery snow”? The worst was when we’d just convinced him we’d try again in the morning, and my daughter came in singing “Do you wanna build a snowman..?”. Seriously. Ah well, maybe we’ll have better luck today – You know we’re ready with carrot, coal, hat, scarf in hand! 






In between trips outside, I got in a little crafting and was able to pull together this fun, simple, DIY Rustic Starburst Wall Art for the January Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the materials we’ll use for next month’s projects, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for your favorite before you go.

 

This month’s challenge was to create something using natural wood: twigs, sticks, and other natural materials. I took this literally and went with twigs – at this time of year, our many trees and shrubs mean my yard has an overabundance of them in all different colors and textures. I love how they all come together in this starburst pattern in an almost ombre effect. 



I used thin branches from my crepe myrtle tree, azaleas, and our river birch. You don’t want branches that are too thick or too brittle.. it will make it difficult to cut. 



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To create this Rustic Starburst Wall Art yourself you’ll need the following: 

  • Foam board
  • A glue gun
  • Twigs 
  • Pruning shears
  • 1″x4″x6′ pine (if adding a frame)
  • stain in your choice of colors

First, cut your foam board to size. I cut a 14″x22″ piece in half. Then, cut your branches into 1″ pieces. 


To create an offset starburst, draw a starting point in the bottom left corner, then glue a twig facing out from the center of my point. 

Begin gluing twigs about 1/2″ apart in a spiral pattern, moving outward. Each line should be about 1″ from the last until you’ve completed the entire board, leaving a 1/2″ border around the edges.  



I chose to add a simple frame to my piece using 1″x4″ scraps of wood and stained the frame with a dark mahogany stain.  

And that’s all there is to it, except for finding a place to display it! 

I hope you can find time to make one on your snow day or hope you at least have better luck with your snowman! 

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