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

 

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Marble Furniture Transformation on a Budget

My apologies for being MIA! Before we get into the nitty gritty of today’s project, a personal update: I’m expecting! My husband and I are thrilled to be welcoming our first baby this fall. Since I have been a bit distracted and lacking in energy, even my favorite hobby had to be put on the back burner. However, I am excited to share some of what I have been working on in the meantime! More updates to come later 🙂

Ever since we moved into our current home, I have fantasized about having a marble top dining table. However, since we are on a budget, splurging on one was just not meant to be. In the meantime, I made do with a hand me down glass top dining table that I hated (see my previous dining table update here!). We have since upgarded to an IKEA one that I love! It is glossy and white, and we already had white bent wood chairs to go along with it.

However, with that ugly dining table out of the way, our hand me down bar was now very much out of place. It was a matching dark wood and glass set, and I know it had to go! So off to IKEA we went, but could not find something that we both liked, that was functional, and pretty, and under $50- am I asking for too much?

During a quick thrift store stop to drop off donations after some spring time de-cluttering, I poked my head in to see what’s new. I came in with the expectation that I will probably not find anything that fits our home, but had a few minutes to spare. I ran across this white bar with perfectly proportioned cubbies in my go-to white. Ummm sold! The $29 price tag didn’t hurt either 😉

The furniture piece was fairly solid, but once we dragged into our apartment I gave all the screws a little tightening, just in case. I then wiped down every surface with sanitizing wipes, and gave some of the scuffs along the legs a little scrub with a magic eraser. It was already looking better!

The top surface of the bar had some water damage, with some areas scuffed right down to the particleboard. I know I was going to cover the top, and I also knew just the right way to do it- contact paper from the dollar store! My local dollar store, Dollarama, has a good selection of sticky back shelf liner and contact paper in a variety of colors and patterns. I picked up 2 rolls of marble printed contact paper for $2 each and got started as soon as I got home.

After wiping down the surface one more time, I smoothed on the contact paper. It is forgiving enough that if you have to lift it and try again you can, as long as you do it right away before really pressing it down. I find it easier to go slowly and squeegee the bubbles out of the way as I go along. I wrapped the paper around the beveled edges and smoothed it down around the corners, trimming as needed.

If you do end up with some bubbles during your application, you can poke a small hole with a safety pin, and smooth it down to let out the air. You can also smooth out bubbles towards the edges to get an even surface. Once it is all smooth, burnish your surface gently to adhere it securely. I find that the stickiness is enough to hold it down well, no additional adhesive is needed! I have done this project a few months ago now and it is still holding well, no peeling at all!

Unfortunately my contact paper roll was a bit too short to cover the entire length of my bar top, so I lined up my next roll to finish it off. There is a seam, as the random marble pattern is not made to be repeating / matched, however it is not too obvious in the finished piece. Here is a close up, judge for yourself!

This “marble” top bar definitely satisfied my craving for a classy and polished piece to complete our dining room. Total damage done = $33. However, you can definitely do this for any piece of furniture you already have. It is such an easy makeover, I am thinking of trying it with one of my living room side tables!

Since I finished this project, several friends who visited us commented on it. The consensus: none of them could tell it was not real marble by looking at it! many of them assumed it was pricey and heavy, and were shocked when I told them it was one of my dollar store projects 🙂

If you are needing a bit of marble elegance in your space, give this project a try! It is so affordable, quick, easy, and (so far) durable, and will easily transform even the most boring pieces in your home! The contact paper sticks to any smooth clean surface, so will work with laminate / IKEA type furniture, glass, metal, and I would assume even wood, as long as the grain is not too prominent.

Quick note- keep in mind this contact paper is removable! this means you can try a different style and take it off if you change your mind without damaging the furniture.

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!

bunting project

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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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! 🙂

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!

Cupcake Liner Flowers- 2 minute DIY

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Keeping with the theme from last week of making flowers from kitchen pantry items (see my coffee filter flowers here) this week I am making flowers out of cupcake liners!

These are very economical, I got a pack of 80 cupcake liners at the dollar store for $1, and since you only need 3 liners per flower, that’s like… 26 flowers for just $1!!

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You will need:
– Cupcake liners
– Scissors
– Hot glue gun
– Skewer or stick

*** QUICK TIP: I cut up a wire hanger into 4 pieces to be used as stems. This makes the flowers bendable to different angles, and is a great upcycling opportunity! ***

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Grab 3 cupcake liners, stack them together, and flatten them out.

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Fold your liners in half like a taco.

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Fold your liners in half again, into a quarter circle shape.

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Cut out your petals. You can keep them rounded, or spiky, or scalloped, or really wide, or really skinny- the possibilities are endless! And each different type of petal shape results in a different looking flower.

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Open up your folded cupcake liners. Take a moment to fix any petals if needed.

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Push your stick through the centre of all cupcake liners. Now you are ready to start gluing!

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Put hot glue in the centre of the cupcake liner, and bunch it together at the tip of the stick. Your petals may get a bit bunched at first, but that is ok, that is the centre of your flower, so will naturally look more dense.

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Keep gluing your liners one at a time, making sure the glue comes in contact with both the previous liner and the stick itself.

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You can add silk leaves, or green ribbon along the base of the flower. Play around with different petal shapes for a different result!

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These are fantastic to use in centrepieces for events and weddings. I have experimented and tried coloring it with different methods, but since the liners are water-repellant I have not yet found a method that works! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

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You can use different colored liners- pastel ones look great! Patterned liners are fun too, but not as realistic looking.

Here’s a full recap of all the steps, feel free to pin it and save it for your next event!

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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