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Last Minute Game Day Decorating – Super easy football table runner

Looking for quick and easy decorating ideas for your Game Day party? How about making this football table runner – it comes together in less than 30 minutes!

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Although we aren’t huge football fans – i.e., none of our teams are in the game this year, we LOVE a party, and will look for any excuse to have one and Gameday shindigs are some of the best!  To get us into the festive mood, I came up with a DIY football table runner that will make our snacks look even yummier!

HOW TO MAKE A GAME DAY FOOTBALL TABLE RUNNER

You will need:

  • Burlap in your desired length and width – mine is 82″ long x 18.5″ wide.
  • Ribbon of your choice
  • Brown felt OR faux leather
  • White twine or yarn
  • A glue gun and glue

 

Begin by cutting the burlap into a rectangular shape the desired length of your table runner.

Football Table Runner - add ribbon

Next, glue your ribbon around the edge of the burlap and trim any outlying strings. I glued first the long sides, then the short sides, overlapping the corners and folding the edges over to create a clean edge.

Football table Runner - footballs

ADD YOUR FOOTBALLS

I made a template out of cardstock and drew them onto the back of my fabric.  You’ll need to cut out four footballs for either end of the table runner – eight in total. This is the same faux leather fabric I used to re-cover chairs from our Desperate Desk Area project. I try to reuse wherever possible!

For the football laces, I glued two small pieces of yarn in the middle. I think twine or a thin rope would have worked better, but I couldn’t find any.

Football Table Runner - yarn football threads
Finally, I glued four footballs on along the bottom of each end of the runner, then followed up with another row of ribbon on each of the short ends, encasing the footballs. The entire project took 15 minutes tops – including the time needed to heat up the glue gun.

Football Table Runner - styled
Now.. just to make the snacks! Hopefully, you’re much more organized for your party than I am. Either way, may your game day be merry, and may your team win!

 

 

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How to Make a Cozy Winter Wreath with Yarn

A cozy winter wreath is a perfect way to welcome your winter guests. Perk up your home’s entrance with this winter wreath made from balls of yarn.

winter wreath
All the glitz and sparkle of Christmas has been put away for another a year,  and winter has fully set in.

Ahh.. January. My least favorite month of the year. I’m desperate for something to make me giggle and smile. So is my front porch – it’s been looking a little bleak, what with this crazy cold weather we’ve been having. A front door pick-me-up was desperately needed to get me through January, as my go-to Fall Wreath is a little out of season. Although I’d prefer to be hanging a bit of spring on the door or celebrating summers arrival, that obviously wasn’t going to work either. I needed something new.

 

This one is time-consuming, but it’s worth it. It reminds me of a warm hug or a pile of snowballs – If they were warm!

How to Make a Cozy Winter Wreath with Yarn

winter wreath wrap form

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What you’ll need:

winter wreath - wrap balls

What to do:

  1. Cover the wreath form with coordinating scrap fabric, by wrapping it, and attach a length of burlap ribbon at the top for hanging.
  2. Begin creating the balls. It is easiest to wrap each ball one half at a time. Begin by dabbing glue on the top of the ball and winding the yarn in a spiral beginning at the top until you reach the middle of the ball. Cut the yarn and glue the end.
  3. Turn over the ball and wrap the yarn, meeting up with the cut end in the middle.
  4. Repeat. I found it easiest to create a dozen balls of each size and then to make whatever I needed to fill in the wreath as I went along.
  5. Begin attaching the balls to the form, starting with the largest balls and spacing them out.  Repeat this for each ball size until you’ve used two dozen per size.
  6. Create balls in various sizes to fill in the gaps.
  7. To finish, add a decorative burlap bow.
Cozy. Warm. Snuggly. 

In closing, I had no idea how difficult it would be to write an entire post about balls and not say anything derogatory since I’m ten years old inside. In truth, it turns out it’s impossible – if you’re easily offended, I recommend you stop reading now. The ten-year-old in me is fighting to get out, and I can’t hold back any longer. With that said, after creating this wreath, I have big and small balls. If you make this wreath as well, we’ll all have big and small balls. Balls to the walls. There. I feel so much better, and I’ll be laughing my way through all of January, every time I look at my front door!

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Basic to Bedazzling – a Pillar Candles Makeover

Turn plain white pillar candles into dazzling decor with twine and upholstery tacks! 

Pillar Candles Make over

It all started with three basic white pillar candles, a skein of hemp twine, and a whole lot of upholstery brads that I was supposed to return that I originally purchased for a chair make-over. I never got around to using them and then kept forgetting back – I’m notorious for not returning things!

After looking around and not finding anything, I decided to make my own.

HOW TO TURN BASIC PILLAR CANDLES INTO DAZZLING DECOR

You will need:

  • White pillar candles
  • hemp twine
  • upholstery nails
  • a glue gun and glue

How to make them:

  1. Glue the twine to the middle of your candle and wrap the twine down the length, securing with glue on the bottom.
  2. Add upholstery tacks along the top edge of the hemp by pressing them directly into the candle.
  3. Enjoy!
Pillar Candles Makeover - Step by Step
This was so easy! I rarely burn candles, so I’m not at all concerned about burning down to the twine, but if you are someone who burns candles, I’d recommend using this method on an LED candle to be safe.
I love how they turned out. They match the room just perfectly – a little bit of texture, a bit of bling, and a teensy bit of industrial. What a perfect way to spend 10 minutes. What did you do today?

 

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