I’m now on Etsy!

Something I have been working on semi-secretly for the past few weeks is finally launching: I started an Etsy store!

I make hand-lettered bunting banners with tassels using only recycled kraft food packaging and vintage mixed fibers. I am so excited to be able to share some handmade goodness with the world! I love these banners because they can be used in so many different settings:

Wedding decor
Baby shower decor
Engagement photos
Bridal shower decor
Baby photos
Home decor
Pregnancy photos
Nursery decor

And the list goes on! I love the versatility of it, as it can be customized for any occassion or season of life, and I love being able to use only recycled materials! The kraft cardstock I use is all 100% recycled from food packaging, like boxes of granola bars and oatmeal. The mixed fibers I use are all either thrifted or vintage, and are an eclectic and exciting mix of lace, ribbon, yarn, and fabric! I love making these lush and juicy tassels and customizing each one to have a unique mix of textures and colors.

You can bookmark my store page, as I will be adding new listings every week!
www.throneandthimble.etsy.com

I hope you check it out, and maybe find something you like! ❤ Shay

 

Confetti wall decals

It’s been a WHILE! Now that baby boy is almost 6 months old I’m finally starting to get a bit of my crafting mojo back, phew! Starting with…. these colorful and fun wall decals!

This is a super easy DIY that can brighten up any space, just in time for spring! When I was looking up wall decals to decorate the nursery I saw a few online, but they were either pricey or not exactly the colors I had in mind. I decided to do it myself using both an adhesive vinyl sheet that you can find at your local craft store, and washi tape.

Here’s how:

Adhesive vinyl:
You can find this material in your local craft store for only a few dollar per sheet. it is available in different colors and finishes, from matte to shiny and even glittery! It is basically a giant sticker that is safe to use on wall surfaces. Normally these adhesive vinyl sheets are used with a cutting machine to precisely cut out designs, but you can cut your own by hand!

Shapes– I decided to go with triangles, and since I was going for a fun confetti look it was ok that they were all a little different. If you prefer a more uniform look, definitely trace out your shapes before cutting. The easiest shapes to cut are triangles, squares, and diamonds. If you go with a more curvy shape like circles (for polka dots walls) or hearts, you may consider investing in a craft punch that can quickly punch out uniform shapes for you.

First, cut out your sheet into strips. Some sheets have a grid pattern on the back to make it easier to get a straight line, or you can use a ruler if you prefer. Then, zig zag cut along the strip to form your triangles. See, told you it was easy!

Washi tape:
This collectible supply is a crafting must have that most people already have in their stash. If you do, then this project will cost you nothing! However if you have a specific color or pattern in mind for your wall stickers you may need to pick up another roll. And don’t call me “enabler”!

On a piece of parchment paper, lay out strips of washi tape so that their edges sightly overlap. This way, you are creating your own giant sticker! If your tape has a repeating pattern pay attention to line it up so that it looks continuous. Make sure to press down along the edges so that there are no gaps.

Pick up your washi sticker and cut out your shapes! A bit more work but still super easy!

Sticking to the wall:
Arrange these wall decals on your wall in any way you like- a dense cluster along the corner, perfectly lined up and staggered, or as random or specific as you like! You may want to give your wall a quick wipe down before starting to make sure there is no dust, this will help your wall decals stick better. Make sure to apply pressure with your fingers along the corners, as that is the most likely spot to lift. I have had these on my nursery walls for about 8 months now and so far they are holding up great! The only time you may see lifting is if there are extreme temperature or humidity shifts in the room.

These are a lot of fun to add color and personality to any room, but especially great for dorm rooms or renters as they are easily removable and do not damage the walls.

I hope you try this fun DIY! If you do, please snap a picture and tag me on instagram @throneandthimble so that I can admire your creation! 🙂

Cute Cloud Lamp

As some of you may already know (If you read my last post… hint hint!) I am expecting! And as the nesting instinct is swinging into full speed, expect to see a few more decor projects that I am working on for the nursery!

First up- this adorable IKEA hack! I have been seeing this cute sleepy eyes design everywhere, and I knew it would be perfect for a night light! Zero planning and prep, dive right in:

I used the DROMSYN cloud lamp from IKEA, it is $12.99 here in Canada, here is a link: http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/30330358/

You can customize this fun decor piece any way you like- with swirls, patterns, sayings, anything your imagination can dream up! A few quick tips:

– You may need to go over your lines a few times to make sure they are opaque and not showing any streaks.
– You can correct mistakes with a cotton pad or swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.
– This is a DIY, so don’t get hung up on making it perfect! I love the slight imperfections as it adds character.

I hope you try this cute DIY, and stay tuned for more nursery decor projects! I may not be posting as frequently, so make sure to follow the blog to get email notifications when I post, and if you would like you can also subscribe to my youtube channel so you can be the first to see when I publish a new video! ❤

Glitter Easter Eggs- MESS FREE!

Now, I love glitter as much as the next girl, but as a crafter I am also no stranger to the phrase: “glitter is the herpes of the craft world” LOL! And from experience, it is definitely true- once you start to play with glitter in your crafts, you will be finding flecks of the stuff in your hair and between your toes for the next few months! So here is one mess free way to add some glitter to your life, and add some bling to boring cheap plastic Easter eggs!

I bought these plastic eggs all strung up as a garland, so I cut the string so that they can be used individually in my décor. This left the holes in the eggs (like beads!) which is actually a good thing! I poke a skewer through the holes to give a good grip on the eggs, so its easy to get at all angles and turn it without actually touching it!

If you are using the type of plastic eggs that open in half, you can still get a good grip on the eggs by separating the halves, and holding each side from the inside of the egg.

For mess free glitter, I am using glitter nail polish! I love the look of glitter polish, and have a few bottles in my stash, but I’m not a fan of actually wearing it on my nails as it is a total nightmare to remove! 😛

So just glob on the glitter nail polish- and I really do mean GLOB! No need to get caught up in making neat strokes, as glitter nail polish doesn’t work that way! I have also seen a nail artist use a makeup sponge to dab on glitter polish for maximum coverage, but that seems like work, so instead I just layer on thick swipes of polish until it looks like the glitter is evenly distributed.

You can leave the glitter more spread out and sheer to let the pastel color of the egg show through, or you can keep layering the polish on until all you see is glitter- totally up to you and the look that you prefer, so have fun experimenting.

Since the egg is already on a skewer, it is easy to pop it into a cup or a container to dry without touching anything, while you work on the next one.

I did try using glitter glue for this project too, and while it looked pretty, it takes forever to dry in comparison with the nail polish. And since I’m all about instant gratification when it comes to crafts, I just went with the polish for my eggs.

You can string these eggs up as a garland, lay them out in a decorative bowl, glue them to an Easter or spring themed wreath, what other fun ways can you think of to use these fun eggs in your décor?

If you like this project, check out my Easter eggs project from last year, where I show how to water marble with, you guessed it, nail polish!

Wishing everyone a happy Easter! And keep an eye out for a personal update coming in the next week or so (all good, I promise!) 🙂

Have a crafty holiday!

With the holidays fast approaching, I wanted to wish all of my readers a very happy and relaxing holiday season! I hope you are all cozy and warm, and enjoying all of the season’s festivities! If you are still looking for some last minute holiday crafts, or if you are starting to feel a bit of cabin fever, maybe some of these past tutorials will fit the bill!

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Upcycled bunting using cereal boxes do your own lettering to spell out festive words like “NOEL” , “MERRY” , or “JOLLY”, or go all out to spell longer holiday phrases! Or, use sparkly washi tape as your accent, and write “2017” for your New Years’ Eve party!

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Magazine Christmas trees I made these last year, and they did not survive in storage all too well, however they are so easy and did I mention FREE to make, that I may as well make new ones this year! Add glitter or glue on beads or small ornaments for an extra festive holiday look!

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Felt stocking gift card holders These tiny stockings are so fuzzy and cute, and such a thoughtful way to customize a simple gift. Tuck in a candy cane for an extra treat! Plus, the lucky recipient can keep their personalized stocking as an ornament for years to come.

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DIY string ornaments the name says it all- if you have some cardboard and string, you can make these! These are easy to customize as well, from ribbon bows to jingly bells and googly eyes!

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Pinecone Christmas tree the perfect combo of using natural materials and upcycled found items. Sprinkle some glitter on these cuties for the perfect “snowy tree” look!

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Pompom garland This fun and colourful project is also perfectly kid-safe, and adds such a playful and whimsical look to any space! Use any colors that match your theme for a cute look even after the holidays are gone 🙂

Wishing you all a safe and warm holiday season ❤ see you in 2017!

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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! ❤

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! 🙂

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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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! 🙂

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! ❤