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!

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! ❤

Wallpaper- take 1 and 2

I have always loved the look of wallpaper, and how it can give a space so much style and personality. Now, I’m not talking about your grandma’s flowery faded pastel kind of wallpaper. My taste in patterns is a lot more modern, leaning towards more geometric shapes and neutral colors.

When we bought our place in the summer we had some renovations to do. Nothing major, just changing the floors from carpet to laminate, and some painting. One of the design elements I wanted to include in our place is some wallpaper. Thus began the adventure…

Take 1: Textured paintable wallpaper
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The wall above our fireplace had some icky “popcorn” texture, and also a giant mirror glued to the wall that I wanted gone. Once we removed the mirror (it took lots of duct tape and 2 hairdryers… don’t ask) we realized that there is a recessed part of the wall behind it. That area was looking pretty gnarly- lots of leftover mirror glue and some tearing in the drywall. We decided to cover it up rather than patch it, so we got a small piece of drywall from the hardware store. We measured and cut it to fit the recessed area, the drilled it into the studs using drywall screws. We patched up the “seams” with some filler. The next dilemma we faced was- how do we make the wall texture even? The one patch of new smooth drywall was surrounded by areas with the “popcorn” texture. My solution was: Textured wallpaper!

Since no stores nearby us had textured wallpaper, we ordered it online. The pattern we picked is called “Shatter” and you can see it here and here. We bought some regular wallpaper glue from the hardware store, and I got to work! Now, I have never done wallpaper before, so through some trial and error I figured it out. Here are some tips:

1. Take your time to line up the pattern and generally pre-cut your strips, one at a time.

2. I found it much easier to put the glue on the wall, rather than on the paper. Walking around with a giant soggy piece of paper that keeps sticking to itself felt very counter productive.

3. What I ended up doing is putting the glue on the wall in sections, and squeezing out the bubbles / adjust alignment for each section. Much easier than doing the whole strip in one go!

4. To trim the wallpaper once it is covered in glue, resist the urge to use a knife! using scissors might not give the most even and straight cut, but using a knife often rips through the wet paper leaving a ragged edge 😦

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The wallpaper we picked did a great job camouflaging the difference in textures that was going on underneath, and we also painted over it in the same paint color as the rest of our walls. We ended up mounting our TV on that wall, which works perfectly. This textured wall gives a great subtle interest to our living room focal wall.

Take 2: chevron print wallpaper
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I love chevron print, but could not imagine myself painting a pattern on the wall myself. Even with lots of painters tape and painstaking measurements, I could not see myself being happy with the results, especially with such a clean geometric pattern. So wallpaper it is! This one was for our dining room focal wall, but it is also a “hallway” wall, since you have to pass through our dining room to get to our living room. Whenever we have people over, whether it is for a meal, or tea, or watching a movie, everyone passes by it!

I do not remember the exact name of the pattern we chose, but we ordered it through our local Benjamin Moore store. They were great about letting us borrow book after book of wallpaper patterns until we found just the right one! This white and grey pattern works great with the wall paint we picked, and the subtle lines of shiny texture add interest.
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Putting this wallpaper up ended up being a 3 person job! This wallpaper was a lot thinner and so much more delicate than the previous textured one I experienced. It was also much more important to make sure the pattern lines up just right at the seams, since it would be very obvious if it was even just a little bit off.
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Overall I am very happy with how it turned out. You can see the rest of my dining room in my previous post here (even though I ended up replacing the photo on the wall- update will be coming eventually!). I will probably not be tackling wallpaper again in the near future though, and if the budget permits hire a professional to apply it next time.

Have you tried putting up wallpaper yourself? How did it work for you? I would love to hear your wallpaper success stories (or disasters!) 🙂

Quick and cheap Halloween decor

Although the rest of our apartment remains relatively neutral throughout the seasons, its always fun to change things up, especially for holidays! I am not much of a fan of the really gory or creepy Halloween stuff, so instead I went for a more toned down look for our door decor:

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The spider garland and ‘boo’ ghost were $1.25 each from dollarama.

The rest of the shapes are paper cut outs- just regular printer paper- so free!

The whole thing was $2.50 !!!

How are you getting your space Halloween-ready? 🙂

 

New Dining Room!

With our move to the new place, there were plenty of opportunities to re-work and re-arrange the way each room looks and feels. To add to that, the apartment we bought came fully furnished- so we had 2 of everything! One of the rooms we finished first was the dining room, as we love to entertain and couldn’t wait to host our friends and families. After some discussion, we decided to give away our old wooden dining table (last seen here), in favor of this oval glass table and set of 4 upholstered chairs that came with the apartment. I was originally not a fan, as I don’t like dark wood color, and thought the “wine rack” base looked a little funny. Add to that the fact that I’m terribly clumsy, which is not a good mix with glass anything! But, the larger size meant we could host more friends comfortably, so function won over preference 😛 With the dining set also came a little glass bar/ side board, and I’m still thinking how to make it more functional with a tray on top- suggestions welcome!

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We kept our “Red City” canvas, even though it doesn’t 100% go with the rest of the room, but until we decide on something else, its a nice focal point!

We also recently painted the walls a cool gray, to help make the space feel more modern. It looks a bit blueish under certain light, so I might have to play around with the light bulbs in the hanging fixture!

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One of the major project we undertook for this room was having a focal wall covered in wallpaper! Selecting the wallpaper was the easy part, we both loved the chevron print and the subtle shiny stripe. I have never applied wallpaper before, so it was a learning process, but after watching a bunch of YouTube how-to videos, I felt confident enough to tackle it! I think it came out great!

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So glad this room is done! Still a few decorative pieces I would like to add over time, but I generally go for a more clean and modern look, so I much prefer it uncluttered!

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Let me know what you think in the comments! ❤

DIY Felt Succulents

So I think it has already been established that I cannot keep any type of plant alive.  However, I could not deny how cute succulents are (yes, I just referred to a plant as “cute”) so I had to find a work-around. At the same time, I had quite a bit of leftover felt from a previous project, so in my effort to smash my stash, I set out to make succulents out of felt!

First thing is selecting colors. I tried to stick to greens and neutrals, but had to work only with the colors I already had in my stash. If I could go out to buy some, I would pick up different shades of grey, light purples, dusty greens, but avoid browns and creams.

After looking at a few different tutorials online, I figured the most realistic way (but not the easiest or fastest!) would be to cut out individual ‘petal’ shapes and glue them together going from smallest to largest.

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Here is an example of the petal shape I was using, and also an idea of the size variation going from small to large. I also experimented with other petal shapes, using both pointy ones  ‘>’ and completely rounded ones ‘)’ . I found that this shape ‘}’ ends up looking the most realistic.

I stuck to around 25 petals for the large succulents, and about 20 for the small ones.

Starting out with the smallest petal, I glued it folded in half, kind of like a taco shape. Then I glued additional petals one at a time, wrapping around the center petal, keeping the glue only at the “base” of the flower, and staggering the petals so they don’t overlap.

Once I got a succulent-like shape, I added shading around the edges in a different color using eye shadow. Yes, you read that right. Felt doesn’t take on paint or ink very well, so I used eye shadow to brush on some dusty color on the edges to add depth and color. I tried to stick to neutral shades, and purples, and concentrated the color along the edges and tips of the petals.

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Warning- these are pretty addictive to make, so plan to put aside enough time!

I added in spiky bits, and more “leafy” bits so that there is some variety, and tried to have a good variety of colors and sizes for more realism.

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I ended up painting the bowl with some leftover paint, for a more modern and clean look for our entry way table.

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I was originally thinking of gluing down the succulents to the bowl and adding some pebbles around, but I am having too much fun playing around with them and re-arranging them in the bowl, so not now, but might do that at a later time.

This project is also great with felt scraps, and would definitely work on a smaller scale- picture a single succulent “bloom” in a tiny terracotta pot, or even better, an ornate teacup!

Let me know what you think, and if you will try this project! 🙂

When your decor budget = $0

Starting from scratch. That’s a daunting thought, right? But what if that was the case: empty space, zero budget, go. How would you make it comfortable, stylish, YOU?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Up-cycle and reuse: when your pockets are empty, work with what you’ve got! Anything you can get your hands on that can be re-purposed using existing materials will work. A few examples of this are my toilet paper roll wall decor, beer bottle up-cycle, and bunting.

Hand me downs: there is NO shame in accepting previously loved pieces from friends or relatives. They may not be ideal, but they can definitely get you started! Stuck with an ugly hand me down sofa? Here are some ideas.

Learn to love simplicity: I know it can be tempting to want to fill all those shelves, hang something on every wall, and have cushions in every color and pattern. These are the things that make your space YOURS. However, restrain yourself from over-stuffing your space, as it can quickly become cluttered, fussy looking, and dust collecting! I don’t mean go totally zen and minimalist, but leaving your space relatively empty has a calming effect, makes your space feel larger and cleaner, and is great on a budget! Don’t believe me? Check out these spaces:

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What would you do if you had to start from scratch with a $0 budget? Leave your tips in the comments! 🙂