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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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

 

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! ❤

Crochet puff stitch slouchy beanie

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When I was 10, my grandma decided to teach me how to knit. I picked it up pretty quickly, but would get so uptight that my stitches were *squeaking* when sliding off the needles. A few years ago, I picked up loom knitting, it is super rewarding as projects come together quickly so you get that instant gratification, but the large gauge creates only one sort of “look”. Then I saw these amazing crochet beanies by “the hook nook” that she posts on Instagram, and decided I need to figure out how to make one!
After some googling, the best tutorial I found was by Sewrella, she does a great job explaining all the different stitches– especially for someone like me who has never even picked up a crochet hook before! Check it out:

 

I picked up a crochet hook and some cheap acrylic yarn, and got to work! This came together surprisingly quickly- one evening at home, and then breaks during work, and it was done! Of course, I had to add a droopy pom pom to finish it off haha 🙂 I am really happy with how it turned out, and have been wearing it pretty much non stop the past few days. I am definitely planning on expanding my crochet skills to make more projects like this, so rewarding!

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What a crafty year!

Can’t believe 2015 is over so soon, and at the same time sooo looking forward to all the great things 2016 has in store! In bullet form, here are some of the personal highlights for me this year:

  • Started this blog! duhhhh!!
  • Moved to a new apartment and got to decorate it!
  • Bought an apartment, and got to renovate it! Phew… enough moving for one year!
  • Started planning our wedding for next year- stay tuned for details!

And here, at a glance, are all of the crafty projects I have posted about in the past year, as a quick reference if you are feeling crafty during these cold winter night:

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Toilet paper roll wall art

 

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Melted vinyl record bowls

 

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Beer bottle vase

 

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Recycled pennant bunting

 

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Thrifted cake plate / cake stand

 

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Painting laminate furniture

 

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Felt succulents

 

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Crisco candle

 

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Magazine paper trees

 

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Felt stockings (ornament / gift card holder)

 

I hope you find some inspiration and give at least one of these projects a try! And here’s to a crafty, inspired, thrifty, and colorful 2016! 🙂

Handmade felt stocking ornaments / gift card holders

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For holidays, I like to give gift cards. I’m terrible at buying gifts, so this is a good option that takes the pressure off. Since it is a small sized gift, I like to present it in a way that makes it feel more substantial and special, for those who deserve it of course (see my craftworthiness article to learn more).

This is a very affordable project, and you only need basic sewing skills. Here’s what you’ll need:
supplies

Felt: you can get this for $0.30 a sheet at Michaels, and my local dollar store has it for $0.25 a sheet, so a very inexpensive material. I had some felt at home already from a previous project (like my felt succulents), so I wanted to use it up.

Needle + Thread: I like to use embroidery floss to make the stitches stand out. I got a pack of 8 colors for $1 at dollar tree. If you only have regular thread you can double it up on your needle to get thicker stitches.

Ribbon: You don’t need a lot, again you can get cheap ribbon at the dollar store. I always keep ribbon I get with gift wrapping and re-use it.

stocking templateA template: I traced around a gift card on some cardstock, then shaped my stocking around it, leaving a bit of space around the sides for stitching. You also need a little rectangle piece to go at the top of the stocking, you can leave it plain or scalloped.

Decorations: you can use buttons, sequins, appliques, or anything else you can stitch on there! A few other ideas are little jingle bells, or metallic charms.

 

Let’s get started!

1) First, trace the template on a piece of felt, then cut it out. You will need two of the “sock” shape, and two of the rectangle shape.

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2) Now is the time to decorate the pieces. You can use basic embroidery, or add anything else you would like to make is special and personalized for the person you are making it for. Also add the ribbon at the corner of the stocking with a few stitches.

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3) Now sew around the sides and bottom of the stocking, connecting the 2 pieces together. Lastly, sew the rectangle parts to the stocking, and to each other around the sides.

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Done! Now you can tuck in your gift card, or any other special treats, and you are finished! If you want more of a glitzy look that is not quite this rustic, you can sew or glue on some sequins or beads, or go crazy with glitter glue. I like both looks, so its up to you!

I hope you try this affordable and gift-able holiday craft, and leave a comment for any other projects you would like to see! ❤ Happy Holidays! 🙂

 

DIY Crisco Candles- does it really work??

My friend and I were discussing having a craft night, and one of the projects she brought up was candle making. Hmmm, never attempted it before! But being the true self-taught DIY’er that I am, I set out to google and youtube the crap out of it, until I can figure it out! I love using scented candles in our place, and whenever guests come over they always comment on how nice our place smells, so this would definitely be useful for me. On top of that, large candles are expensive! I can spend hours in the candle aisle of a home decor store just sniffing all the different ones…. So making my own could be economical AND useful! The majority of tutorials I ran across were “traditional” candle making, involving wax, double boiling, and all other kinds of steps I wasn’t too excited about. Enter the “Crisco Candle“. Haha you read that right! I found a bunch of tutorials showing how a tub of Crisco could be used as an emergency candle in case of a power outage, but also a few brave souls who have melted the Crisco into their own scented and colorful candle creations! I decided that if I’m going to attempt this, the cheap and easy route is the way to go! Sorry, THRIFTY, not cheap!

Here is one of my favorite tutorials showing this technique by Lisa Pullano:

Here is what the process looked like for me:
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The steps were easy enough to follow- microwave a bunch of Crisco until its melted, add oils for scent, and bits of crayon for color. Pour into heat-safe vessel with a wick, and voila!

The Crisco itself was fairly affordable, about $2.50 for a brick pictured above. about 80% of one brick was enough to make one candle. A pack of crayons was $1 at the dollar store. I already had a bunch of essential oils from previous projects (hello, soap-making!). For containers, I re-used tea tins!

The process itself was easy enough, although messy! The result- a soft candle that burns slowly. Not sure if I used too little essential oils, because mine doesn’t really “throw” the fragrance around the room, it just smells like ‘candle’ (if that’s even a scent), and you can only pick up on the actual scent by standing right next to it 😛

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I made one orange colored candle, scented with tangerine and lemongrass essential oils, and one purple candle, scented with vanilla and peppermint oils.

What do you think? Would you attempt this form of candle making? Personally, even though it was a fun experience and a neat technique to learn, I found it too messy and not fragrant enough, so I will stick to buying conventional candles- despite the price! ❤

Easy and FREE Pennant Bunting DIY

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If you are like me, you have probably been pinning and coveting all these awesome bunting ideas that are so popular for parties or room decor. I wanted to make something like that, but didn’t have a budget for materials. So I decided to make one for free!

I used:

– Cereal/ cardboard-y food box

– Washi tape

– Ribbon / yarn / string / twine, etc.

– (I’m assuming you already have scissors, a pen, and hole punch)

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I decided to do a notched shape, but the traditional triangular shape will work perfectly. Cut out your shapes, and decorate them to your liking. String them up and you’re done!

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I like bunting with lettering, so I decided to go with “HOME” for the entrance to our apartment. I used a regular black pen, and doodled / zen-tangled the insides of the letters, which by the way is a very calming process!

Lesson: If you are craving a craft but have no budget, there is always a way! Use things you already have, and make something out of nothing 🙂

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