Pompom garland – easy DIY

This DIY project is so easy and straightforward, there is really not much to it! It is perfect for kids as well- no heat gun or sharp tools! So if you are looking for a fun way to bring in color and texture to your décor, keep reading 🙂

 

First, you will need pom-poms. How many would depend on how long you want your garland to be!

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My local dollar store had a medium bag of assorted pom poms for $1, so this was a very affordable craft! They also have sparkly ones in holiday colors- fun! I am sure you can order them online as well, if you are looking at sticking to a specific color palette.

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I used embroidery thread and a plastic yarn needle to connect my pompoms. Choose any color string you like! Using a thicker string like twine or yarn catches on the pom poms and makes it more difficult to slide them around.

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Poke the yarn needle through each individual pompom and pull the string through. String them along in random color order, or find a pattern!

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You can leave your pompoms tight together like a fuzzy rainbow caterpillar!

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Or use your fingers to space them out evenly. This is a more airy look, and makes your garland longer!

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You can add your pom-pom garland to your Christmas tree!

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Or hang it up with some washi tape as part of your colourful holiday décor!

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I hope you enjoy this fun holiday DIY! ❤

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Pinecone Trees- Holiday Decor

I love to upcycle and use unusual materials, especially when it comes to holiday decor! (for an example, check my magazine trees from last year here). Here is another example of DIY holiday decor, using pretty much 90% upcycled materials! Bonus points for the cozy rustic feel 😉

First, you will need pinecones. Ideally, you would be able to collect these from nature if it is dry enough outside. If you get soggy pinecones, lay them out to dry in a warm spot, or pop them in the oven on a very low temperature (this also kills any creepy crawlies that may have tagged along!)

For the base, use a bottle cap! You can decorate it as you please- paint, stickers, gems, whatever you happen to have on hand! Or leave it plain, that works too! Use hot glue to attach the base to the bottom of the pinecone, and check to make sure it is standing up straight.

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For the star at the top, and the ornaments, use beads, pom poms, even rolled up tin foil! You can also cut up a string of mardi-gras beads (you know you have a strand hiding in your junk drawer!) which makes the perfect metallic look ornaments.

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You can stand these up on your mantel or along a window ledge as a little pinecone forest, or attach a loop of ribbon at the top to transform your pinecone tree into a festive ornament! It will look perfectly natural and rustic on your tree, or draped over a bottle of wine as a gift embellishment!

Feel free to make your tree your own- you can paint it, add glitter, or puff paint along the edges for a snowy look!

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If you are trying this project with kids, a safe process is to encourage them to select the ornaments they like, and point to you where they would like each one placed, and you handle the hot gluing, to protect little fingers!

I hope you try this fun and quick holiday craft, these are great to make especially when it is cold and snowy outside! 🙂

String ornaments DIY

Got some cardboard and string? You can make your own ornaments! Here’s how:

Materials:

Carboard
Pen / pencil
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Assorted ribbon and string (also: yarn, twine, rope, etc)

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Step1:
Draw your shape on a piece of cardboard and cut out. To reinforce, cut the same shape but going the opposite way of the cardboard grain.

Step 2:
Glue your two identical piece together, sandwiching a loop of ribbon in between for hanging.

Step 3:
Wrap and glue string all the way around!

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Have fun with different materials for different results: Yarn for a fuzzy “Christmas sweater” look, twine for a rough rustic look, rope for a nautical spin.

Decorate and embellish to your heart’s content: Adding ribbons, bells, bows, faux branches, or cut out felt shapes!

These are great for a handmade Christmas gift, or as additional embellishments to other gifts: draped over the neck of a wine bottle for a personal touch, or included with a personalized gift tag to top off a present.

The shapes I have found to work best are hearts and candy canes, but feel free to experiment with other shapes like trees or bells!

Since the materials are mostly upcycled and affordable, I think that makes it the perfect quick and easy holiday craft! Which combination of materials is your favorite?

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Faux Flowers Bridal Bouquet

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One last wedding DIY before I switch gears into holiday crafting!

This is a more involved project, and the longest video I have made so far! But really it is a culmination of several other small projects into one large one! To preface- I have nothing personal against real flowers! It’s just that for my own bridal bouquet, I wanted to be 100% in control of the result, and I wanted to have one less thing to worry about the day-of!

Here are some perks to having a DIY faux bouquet:

  • You are in control of how it looks, down to the tiniest detail.
  • It is made weeks or months in advance, so one less thing to stress about on your special day.
  • Using upcycled and affordable materials is much more budget friendly- weddings are already expensive! The materials for my bouquet came to about $15 altogether!
  • It is durable- lasting through scorching heat, endless photos, hours of dancing, and bouquet tossing! Plus, you get to keep it afterwards to display at home!

So now that I have you convinced:

You will need:

Styrofoam ball– 3″-4″ is a good size, keep in mind it will be much larger once flowers are added! I found this at my local dollar store for $1.25
Toilet paper rolls– Free! Or, you can use paper towel roll, or gift wrap roll.
Felt– about $0.30 a sheet at a craft store (like Michaels’).
Ribbon– Great chance to upcycle old gift ribbon, or use ribbon from the thrift store. In mine I also layered in strips of fabric from my MIL’s wedding dress.
Flowers / stems / foliage– You can use any plastic or silk flowers of your choice, or better yet, make your own! I used my coffee filter flowers for the bulk of it, filling in the gaps with cupcake liner flowers, as well as ribbon roses for accents! Leaves and other green elements are from the dollar store.
Your tools– hot glue gun and scissors!

Ready to go!

Start by constructing you handle: Cut two toilet paper rolls length-wise to open them up, and glue them end-to-end to create one extra-long roll. Glue your roll closed, adjusting the width by rolling it into itself. We will be adding a few more layers on top, so the result will be thicker.

Close one end of your roll by gluing a piece of cardboard, or leftover toilet paper roll, to cover it completely.

To attach the handle to the styrofoam ball, score the area using the handle, then use your scissors to dig up and deepen that score line, so that the handle can slide in about 1/2″. Glue liberally to create a secure hold.

Cover your handle with felt to smooth over any seams, and glue the bottom for a clean finish.

Wrap your handle with your choice of fabric or ribbon. Add any elements you choose to personalize your bouquet handle- interlacing ribbon in different colors, bling like pearls or rhinestones, lace or bows- make it your own!

Start adding your flower stems to the styrofoam ball. Start with the largest flowers, and work your way down to smaller elements like leaves or small flowers. If your ball is dense, the stems should hold on their own, but you can always add a bit of glue to make it more secure. Distribute your flowers evenly around the ball, stepping back and rotating your bouquet frequently to view it from all angles.

Finish your bouquet by adding flowers or leaves to camouflage the connection between the ball and the handle.

Sit back to admire your work, and get ready for “You made it?! No way!!” 🙂

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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! ❤

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