DIY Doily Bunting

 

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One rule I always live by- just because it is cheap, doesn’t mean it has to look cheap! And that is definitely the case with this beautiful and dainty doily bunting. Here’s a quick video showing all the steps:

You can find paper doilies at your local dollar store or party supply store, though I would avoid specialty baking stores, unless you are planning to buy in bulk! I got a pack of 18 doilies for $1, and you only need one doily per garland, so you can really decorate a lot of space for very little money! I used these doilies in the silver color for my wedding, and it added a sweet romantic feel without being too kitch 😉 But you can definitely take it that way if that is the style you are going for! You can also give this bunting a more rustic feel by stringing it up on twine or adding burlap bows at the ends- I bet you can picture it right now!

You will need:

Paper Doilies
Ribbon
Scissors
Pencil
Optional- ruler, hole punch

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Step 1: Find the center of your doily. You can do this by measuring it to figure out the centre point, or follow the steps in the video to lightly crease an X shape to mark the spot! Mark it lightly with a pencil.

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Step 2: Divide the perimeter into even sections. This is different depending on your doily design. Mark your sections with a pencil.

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Step 3: Connect the dots. Use a ruler, or freehand a faint pencil line from the edge marks to the center. This is a guide for cutting in the next step.

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Step 4: Cut out your doily according to the lines you just drew. If you have an even number of sections, you could cut the doily in half and then cut the remaining sections on both halves at the same time. If it is an odd number, cut each section individually.

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Step 5: String ’em up. Depending on your doily design, you may need to use a hole punch to create holes in the right spot. Use ribbon, string, thin lace, yarn, anything you like!

Around the holiday season you will also find metallic gold and silver doilies in stores, which look absolutely beautiful! Feel free to add color with paint or watercolors, or a fun seasonal pattern using stamps. Embellish your doilies with stickers, letters, gems, or leave them plain- it is up to you!

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This creates gorgeous and dainty bunting to use in your room decor, and it is also excellent for parties and events. It would look beautiful as decor for a tea party, or in all silver and gold for a holiday party! I hope you give this DIY a try, if you do, make sure to tag me on Instagram @throneandthimble so that I can see your creations! ❤

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3 easy ways to paint glass jars & bottles

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It is so nice to finally ease back into the swing of things! I have several upcoming posts planned, sharing some of the (many!) DIY’s I did for my wedding. I promise these are not all wedding specific, and will work beautifully for any other event or party, or just as well for your home or room decor.

I have been seeing these beautiful painted jars everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest, with styles ranging from matte rustic, to glam metallic. They are an affordable way to add style to any space, and the ways you can use them are endless! As an added bonus, these fit perfectly with my preferred path of crafting, to reuse or upcycle existing supplies! There are so many different ways to paint glass containers like jars and bottles, here are some of the ways I’ve done it:

First, getting your jars and bottles ready:

You can save any glass container that you bring into your home, anything from jam jars, to syrup bottles and tomato sauce jars / bottles. You can also find these in thrift stores or garage sales, and they are normally very affordable- I picked up a whole bunch for $0.20 each! Make sure your container is clean and dry, and doesn’t have any glue residue from labels. One trick I learned from my sister to clean up sticky leftover glue is to use a dish detergent tablet and scrub with a bit of water- it dissolves the glue, and provides abrasion to scrape it away. If your container has a “best before” date stamp on it, use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover on a cotton pad to easily remove it.

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Method # 1: Painting the inside

This is by far my favorite method, as far as the result it gives. You can use any kind of opaque paint, I have tried regular wall-type latex paint, as well as craft acrylic paint, and they have both worked well. There are 2 approaches, depending on the type of container:

Wide-mouth jars: Use a paint brush to paint the inside of the jar. Depending on your paint, multiple coats may be required to achieve desired level of opacity. Leave jars upright to dry between coats.

Narrow-mouth bottles: Pour a small amount of paint into the jar, and swirl and spin your bottle so that the paint evenly coats the inside. This works best with less viscous paints, so you may need to dilute if the paint you are using is too thick. Turn bottle upside down to drain out remaining paint. Leave bottle upside down on a newspaper to continue to drain as it dries, and move it to a clean spot every few minutes.

Pros: Glass exterior retains its durable and glossy finish, highlighting any design elements in your jar like raised decorative bumps. Minimal brush strokes are visible.

Cons: pretty time consuming, especially when multiple coats are needed. May not be waterproof, if you are planning to use your container for real flowers in water.


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Method # 2: Painting the outside

Same kind of paints work well here, the more opaque the better! This method works regardless of the shape of your container. Simply use a paintbrush to cover the outside of your glass container with thin coats of paint, being mindful of the direction of your brush strokes. To minimize the look of brush strokes, alternate direction with each new coat of paint.

Pros: Super easy! Allows you to choose the finish, depending on the paint you use- matte, chalky, textured, glossy, even sparkly!

Cons: In most cases multiple coats are needed. Visible brush strokes. Depending on the type of paint, may rub off easily if not sealed with a top coat.

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Method # 3: Spray paint

This was the first method that came to my mind when I thought about painting glass jars and bottles. Unfortunately, since we live in an apartment with no balcony, I had to find an alternative outdoor space to test out this method!

I do feel that my spray painting skills (or lack thereof) affected the outcome here, so I would definitely recommend having a “practice” piece first, before painting the rest of your jars or bottles.

Follow the steps on your can of spray paint- they are not joking when they say to use multiple thin even coats! Otherwise you get drips and bumps- not good!

Pros: By far the quickest method. Huge variety of colors and finishes available.

Cons: Skill dependent. Need outdoor space. May rub off easily if not sealed.

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I hope you try these techniques with any jar or bottle you may have laying around! If you do, make sure to share and tag me on Instagarm @throneandthimble so that I can see!

Do you have a different way to paint glass containers like jars and bottles? Any tips or recommended products? Please let me know in the comments below! I always love reading your experiences and learning new crafty secrets! 🙂

Quick update

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The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for me, and things are only ramping up! If you have not picked up on it already, I am getting married in early September, so with relatives visiting from overseas, and lots of wedding crafts to do, while still working full time, I’ve had my plate full! Which explains the lack of posts!

To help my sanity I will be stepping away for the next few weeks to focus on family and fully enjoying this important moment in my life. I will be back in mid to late September with lots of wedding DIY’s to share!

If you are craving more DIY and crafty goodness in the meantime, make sure to follow me on Instagram @throneandthimble as I post more frequent updates on there 🙂

❤ Shay

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!

Sneak peek- upcycled and thrifty DIY’s coming up!

If you are following me on Instagram (@throneandthimble) you may have already seen some of the sneak peeks I have been sharing over the past few weeks, pictures like these for example:

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These are little previews of some of the fun DIY’s I have planned for the next couple of weeks! I will be sharing with you all different techniques to make beautiful and realistic flowers out of upcycled and thrifty materials, like coffee filters and ribbon. These are perfect little project for spring, and bring light and color into any room they are in. If you have an event like a wedding coming up (like I do!) these are also great budget-friendly alternatives to expensive floral centerpieces and bouquets, and are a great solution for those of us with allergies too. I will be sharing one flower per week, focusing on the different techniques and different results you can get with very humble supplies- think dollar store and thrift store, rather than big-box craft supply stores! I hope you come on this floral journey with me, and stay tuned for all the fun projects to come!

❤ Shay