Ribbon leaves- the easy way!

So now you know how to make flowers out of coffee filters, cupcake liners, and even a few ways with ribbon. To help your flowers feel more complete, you can finish them off with a few green ribbon leaves at the base, here’s how!

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You will need:

Green ribbon
Scissors
Candle with matches / lighter
Glue to attach to flower

Start by cutting your ribbon into strips between 3-4 inches in length. The length of these strips will determine how much (if at all) your leaves will peek beyond the flower petals. To better estimate the length needed for the size of the flower, I like to measure from the base of my flower to the tip of the outermost petal, and add a little bit more. All your ribbon strips don’t have to be the same exact length, so don’t get too caught up with measuring!

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Once you have your ribbon strips cut out (image 1), you can trim the edges to create a pointed edge (image 2). To make this process easier and more symmetrical, you can fold your strip in half and cut both sides at once.

I prefer to use a lit tealight candle to singe the edges of the ribbon pieces, but you can also use a lighter if you are comfortable. Since we are dealing with open flame here, use your common sense and be safe and careful. I have burned my fingers more than once doing this! So feel free to use a pair of long tweezers or pliers to have a comfortable hold on your ribbon away from the flame.

Gently singe off the ribbon edges near the flame, and if you like round out any edges and add curve to your leaves by briefly holding your ribbon a few inches above the candle.

Easy! Now attach your ribbon leaves to the base of your flower using your choice of glue. Hot glue works great in this case.

Adding leaves helps give a more complete look to my flowers, and they look a little more polished and “finished”. I recommend adding leaves in groups of 3 or 5, as odd number groupings look best. For bonus points, use watercolor or fabric paint to add darker or lighter areas to your leaves!

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Paint Chips Wall Art DIY

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If you are like me, you may try to avoid going to craft stores when you are on a budget. The endless aisles of temptations, and those prices! But rest assured, you can still craft with a minimal to non-existent budget, and still create beautiful projects!

Inspiration strikes anywhere- even at the hardware store! I love looking at all the different paint chips on display, especially ones with ridiculous names- “blooming persimmon”?! I’m guessing that’s a shade of orange?

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Even better is that you can usually sneak away with a handful of paint chip samples without anyone giving you a dirty look- yay! Free crafting supplies! These are a lot of fun for any kind of paper crafting- you can cut them up and use them in cards, scrapbooks, journals, basically any kind of paper project!

I grabbed my handful of paint chips and cut them all out into a rough leaf shape using a made up template. You can use any shape you like, working around any writing on the sample cards. If you have a shape punch or a small die-cut available this would come together very quickly! But scissors and a few minutes of concentration work just as well!

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After all your shapes are cut out, you can play around with creating a pattern that you like. You can go with a more geometric and structured look, or a more organic flowing one- your call.  Once I figured out a pattern that I liked, I backed my leaves with double sided tape. You can also use foam tape for a more dimensional look.

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You have a few options on how to turn this into a wall art / décor piece:
– An empty picture frame
– A blank canvas
– Painted wood plank
– Foam core / craft board

I went with the last option, I remember using lots of foam core board in my days in design school, and to be honest the material is very finicky to work with, but at $1.25 I figured it would be worth the trouble!

Glue your pieces down according to your pattern, and proudly display it anywhere in your home! This fun and thrifty craft project is very budget friendly- the paint chips were free, and the board was just over $1 and I have leftovers for future projects!

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I hope you try this affordable craft, to inject some fun summer color into your space! ❤

3 Easy DIY Terra Cotta Pots

Looking for an easy summer DIY? I got you! These super easy painted terra cotta pots are fun and playful, and can be easily customized to match your summer décor, both outdoors and in.

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All you need for this project is terra cotta pots and paint of your choice. I found a pack of 3 small terra cotta pots at my local dollar store for $1.50, so this is a very affordable craft! For paint, I used leftover latex wall paint, but pretty much any kind of paint would work here.

Watch this video to see how you can paint these fun terra cotta pots:

Since this project is very simple, it would also work great as a project for kids (with adult supervision, of course!) or as a fun family activity!

You can plant real plants in these, but since I can’t keep anything alive, I plopped in some of my felt succulents. Check out how to make these here. You can also re-purpose these fun pots as pencil holders, candle holders, or as open storage. You can use any color that works with your décor, and create fun and playful designs that work for you!

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Wishing you all a happy and crafty summer! ❤

Mesh Storage Decoration

We all have them- bland, boring, uninspiring storage containers. They serve a single utilitarian purpose- organization! And while their plain, understated style may work in more extreme minimalist spaces, I am a firm believer that every item you surround yourself with should have even the smallest bit of your personality reflected in it.

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Start with a simple mesh storage container- you can find these in most office supply stores, but your local thrift store probably has a bunch of these too! So if you are in the mood to be environmentally friendly AND thrifty at the same time, check there first. This metal mesh material is  very sturdy and easy to clean, so you are likely to find ones in good condition- make sure to check for rust spots!

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You can find the same style of this mesh container as a magazine holder, pen cup, paper sorting shelf, mail sorter, and a bunch of other table top organizer containers.

When it comes to decorating these, I picked embroidery thread, for a few reasons:
1. I already had a good selection in my stash
2. It comes in bright punchy colors
3. You can find a variety pack of it at your dollar store
4. It gave me an opportunity to practice my stitching! (which still needs improvement lol)

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This is a great chance to practice any kind of embroidery or cross stitching patterns or techniques that you have been meaning to try, as the larger scale and sturdy mesh are fairly forgiving. The hard part is knowing when to stop! So I just kept going with fun geometric shapes, lines, and repeating patterns- very relaxing busy-hands type stuff! This is also a great activity for older kids to practice fine motor skills, just make sure to use a plastic needle for the threading, and supervise when scissors are involved! You can provide templates for shapes, or just let their imagination run free, like I did with mine!

Do you have boring office storage that needs perking up? I hope you give this fun project a try, and let me know what you think in the comments! ❤

Ribbon Roses

Welcome to week 3 of “April Flowers”! This week I will share with you how you can make roses out of ribbon, and it’s really not as hard as it looks!

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You will need:

Satin ribbon ***
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Stick / skewer
Candle + lighter

***Alternative: This same technique also works with synthetic fabric, think polyester and lining satin, or sheer organza. Using fabric may be a more economic option if you are planning to make a lot of these! I found a big roll of thick ribbon on clearance at Michaels for $1, so keep your eyes open for bargains!

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Start by measuring your ribbon and cutting out your pieces. You will need 10 pieces that are 1.5 inches wide, and 5 pieces that are 2 inches wide.

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Round the corners of your rectangular pieces into “squoval” shapes.

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VERY CAREFULLY singe the edges of your ribbon next to a candle flame. Use the heat of the candle to curve the petals slightly so they are a bit convex.

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This is what your rose petals will look like at this stage. Put them aside and start with one small petal.

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Put a strip of hot glue in the bottom corner of your petal, and fold it down.

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Lay down another strip of hot glue and roll in your petal corner to form a bud.

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Glue the next 4 small petals around this bud, one at a time. As you glue, make sure to slightly stagger your petals so they are dispersed evenly all the way around.

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After five petals, glue in your stick. This is optional- you can continue without the stick if you are planning to use this ribbon rose as a hair accessory!

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Continue to glue down small petals 6 through 10, staggering them around the bud, focusing the glue at the bottom of the petals.

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Glue down the last 5 large petals. As you glue, do not press them down as much as before, allowing more gaps between petal layers.

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And there you have it! Your own rose made of ribbon!

These are beautiful in floral centerpieces and as decor accents, and can be made without the stick for fashion accessories. If you have a wedding or event coming up, consider making some of these to incorporate into your decoration or bouquets!

Here is a quick summary, feel free to pin or save this image for quick reference!

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I hope you enjoyed this weeks’ DIY flower! 🙂 There is one more week left, and one more DIY flower project coming your way! If you would like to vote on the next flower project I make, keep your eyes on my Instagram feed (@Throneandthimble) for your chance to decide!

Cupcake Liner Flowers- 2 minute DIY

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Keeping with the theme from last week of making flowers from kitchen pantry items (see my coffee filter flowers here) this week I am making flowers out of cupcake liners!

These are very economical, I got a pack of 80 cupcake liners at the dollar store for $1, and since you only need 3 liners per flower, that’s like… 26 flowers for just $1!!

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You will need:
– Cupcake liners
– Scissors
– Hot glue gun
– Skewer or stick

*** QUICK TIP: I cut up a wire hanger into 4 pieces to be used as stems. This makes the flowers bendable to different angles, and is a great upcycling opportunity! ***

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Grab 3 cupcake liners, stack them together, and flatten them out.

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Fold your liners in half like a taco.

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Fold your liners in half again, into a quarter circle shape.

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Cut out your petals. You can keep them rounded, or spiky, or scalloped, or really wide, or really skinny- the possibilities are endless! And each different type of petal shape results in a different looking flower.

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Open up your folded cupcake liners. Take a moment to fix any petals if needed.

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Push your stick through the centre of all cupcake liners. Now you are ready to start gluing!

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Put hot glue in the centre of the cupcake liner, and bunch it together at the tip of the stick. Your petals may get a bit bunched at first, but that is ok, that is the centre of your flower, so will naturally look more dense.

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Keep gluing your liners one at a time, making sure the glue comes in contact with both the previous liner and the stick itself.

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You can add silk leaves, or green ribbon along the base of the flower. Play around with different petal shapes for a different result!

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These are fantastic to use in centrepieces for events and weddings. I have experimented and tried coloring it with different methods, but since the liners are water-repellant I have not yet found a method that works! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

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You can use different colored liners- pastel ones look great! Patterned liners are fun too, but not as realistic looking.

Here’s a full recap of all the steps, feel free to pin it and save it for your next event!

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Looped and Knotted Ribbon Flower

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Here is the first in my DIY flower series! We are going to kick things off with this fun loopy ribbon flower, which is probably the easiest ribbon flower I have attempted so far. You can get completely different result depending on the type of ribbon you use for your flower: thicker ribbon, sheer ribbon, even printed ribbon, will result in completely different looking ribbon flowers!

Here is the video tutorial I made, which explains all the steps in depth:

You will need:

Ribbon
Needle and thread
Ruler
Skewer / chopstick / wire
Scissors
Hot glue gun

Step 1: Decide how big you want your flower to be. I wanted a medium flower, so I cut my ribbon into 10 cm long pieces. I also made a slightly bigger flower using 12 cm long pieces. The longer your ribbon sections, the floppier your ribbon flower will be!

Step 2: Cut 50 pieces of ribbon, all the same length that you decided.

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Step 3: Knot your ribbon at the centre of each piece. Don’t worry too much about the ribbon flipping between the shiny and dull side, as long as your knot is tight and centred, it will look great at the end!

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Step 4: Thread your needle and get ready to sew- start with the bottom of the flower, which is 30 pieces. Fold each piece in half, putting the raw edges of the ribbon together. Sew along the edge, 1 ‘in-n-out’ stitch per piece is enough.

Step 5: Once all 30 pieces are sewn together, gather the pieces together by pulling on the thread from both sides, and knot the thread tightly together to hold in place. Cut your thread, and put your bottom flower aside.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining 20 pieces of ribbon. This is your top flower.

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Step 7: Glue time! Start by hot gluing your skewer to the centre of the bottom flower. Then, glue the centre of the top flower to the centre of the bottom flower, layering them together. give it a good fluff and your flower is complete!

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Variations:

Instead of a skewer you can also use floral wire, which allows the stem of the flower to be re-positionable. If you are using a wooden stick / skewer / chopstick you can also paint it green to blend in better as a “stem”.

This would look awesome with sheer or organza ribbon, and could come out looking fun and whimsical if you use printed ribbon.

You can use fewer pieces of ribbon for a floppier look. I like my flowers extra fluffy and dense so  I used 50 pieces of ribbon per flower.

For the next few weeks there will be lots more DIY spring flowers coming your way, including some other ribbon flowers variations, so stay tuned for more!

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DIY Water Marble Easter Eggs

I had so much fun decorating these eggs and making this video, I hope you enjoy!
You will need:

Eggs (paper / plastic / real)
Nail polish
Cup with water (use paper or plastic, not Styrofoam like me!)
Toothpick or skewer

Technique:

Drop a few drops of nailpolish into your water cup in concentric circles.
Use your toothpick or skewer to swirl and swoosh the colors around in your cup.
Dip your egg into the cup, and use your toothpick to clean up around the edges.
Lift your egg from the water, and let it dry on the side.

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I will probably figure out a way to string these lovelies up on some ribbon and use them for spring décor around the house! How do you use Easter eggs for your spring décor? Let me know in the comments! ❤

And check out this new twist using glitter nail polish to make sparkly Easter eggs in my new post! Click here to see it 🙂

DIY Canvas Monogram- Easy Room Decor

My little sister is all grown up, and will be going away to college next year, I can hardly believe it! It is also her birthday next month, so I wanted to make her a cute little décor piece for her room, something that is small enough that she can take with her to her dorm to give it some personality and color.  I was inspired by different recycled canvas art designs that have a masked quote that shows the colors of the canvas through the letters, but is painted everywhere else, kinda like these:

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So after getting inspired, I set out to the thrift store to find myself a canvas to repurpose! The ones I found were not too colorful, so I ended up picking out a more neutral one and adding in the color myself for a similar effect. The canvas I found was pretty small, about 8 inches by 8 inches, and was already decoupage-d with pages from a book, which I though gave it a really nice texture as a background. And it was only $3! What a score!

I could not decide on a quote, and since the canvas was pretty small I decided to just go with a monogram instead- simple, and doesn’t change with your mood!

To do the lettering, you have a few options:

1. Letter stickers– This would be super convenient if you are doing a whole sentence or quote, as it keeps all the letters consistent. One thing to keep in mind is to keep an eye for wonky letters and uneven spaces!

2. Tape– you can use painters tape or washi tape to tape off a letter (or any shape, for that matter) and paint around it or within it.

3. Template– you can make your own by drawing out or printing out your letter or shape on paper and cutting it out. Either use that template as a mask, and paint around it or within it, or draw the shape on your canvas and freehand paint it.

I ended up using option 3, and drew out the letter “M” myself (my printer is broken!) and cutting it out. Next came painting- I wanted to have lots of bright colors, but I don’t have a bunch of different paint colors in my craft stash, so I had to improvise! Out came my nail-polish stash!

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Using different color nail polish (including glitter and sparkle!) I carefully painted within my template. It did leak a bit around the edges, but most of it would be corrected later on.

To get a more modern look, I painted the background white with some leftover paint primer I had from our previous painting adventures. Since I wanted the texture to still come through, I diluted the primer with water to provide a more see through wash of color.

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Painting the background also allowed me to go in and correct any small mistakes where the nail polish leaked around the edges, to get a cleaner look. I ended up with 2 thin coats of the primer-water-wash all over the canvas, including the sides.

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This was a very quick project, and the whole thing came together in just 2 afternoons. Total cost= $3 how great is that! So happy I was able to achieve a very similar look to the inspiration pieces, without buying a bunch of supplies, and instead use what I had at home. I hope my sister likes it and displays it proudly an her dorm wall! ❤

Embroidery Thread Organization- for free!

If you are like me, the majority of your crafting supplies stash is a cluster of cardboard boxes and zip bags stuffed to capacity, organized in a way that only makes sense to you! While this may work most of the time, it definitely can cause some frustration, as materials may get entangled and become unusable, especially thread and ribbon. Here is my mess of embroidery thread / floss before:

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You could always order these cardboard floss bobbins, or, you can very easily make your own! AND you get the satisfaction of re-using a discarded material for a new crafty purpose! 🙂

To make my own organizers for embroidery thread, I used an empty granola bar box, and cut it up into flat pieces, and then into squares with two slits on one side:

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You can make these pieces any size that works for you, I ended up with more narrow pieces towards the end as I was running out of cardboard!

Once you have all your pieces cut, you can start winding your thread. Start by securing one end of the thread in one of the slits, then loop the rest of the thread around the cardboard piece. When you reach the end of the thread, secure the end in the second slit, and you’re done!

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This organizational project is very rewarding, as you will be able to see exactly all the different colors you have, making it easier to come up with new color combos for your crafts! Now all my embroidery thread stays compactly contained, and no more dreaded tangles!

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What are some fun ways you organize your stash? Share your tips in the comments! I am in the process of re-arranging my crafting space, so any advice helps! ❤