Posts Tagged ‘Burlap’

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Burlap strikes again!

October 21, 2013

Hello!

I’m telling you, we cannot escape burlap.  It finds us even if we try to escape it.  So let’s just embrace it!

I found this cute burlap ribbon at the craft store and came home with it trying to brainstorm how to use it.  I decided sweet flowers with button centers would be the best use, but then I had to decide what the background of this wreath should be.

I started with my yarn wreath as the backdrop.

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Burlap Flowers on Yarn Wreath

Then decided to switch to my burlap wreath.

Burlap Wreath and Flowers

Burlap Wreath and Flowers

What do you think?  Simple, I know.

To make the flowers, simply fold the ribbon as many times as you’d like “petals.”  Once you’re satisfied, slip a needle with embroidery thread through the center to hold it in place.  You can twist the “petals” until they are evenly spread out.  Continue to stitch, add a button or something decorative to the center if you’d like.

I attached the flowers with straight pins (which you can see if you look closely).  I like being able to change things up.  Maybe that means I’m not good at committing?  Read into it as you see fit, but I’ll just be happy with my sweet burlap wreath… for now.  🙂

Happy wreath making,
Amanda

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Another Burlap Wreath

October 14, 2013

Hello friends!

I am pretty sure we’re either sick of burlap wreaths or can’t get enough of them, right?  I am somewhere in between.  I will always be about rustic, primitive decor, but sometimes people go overboard with burlap.  I am not sure how much I love or hate this wreath, but I’ll share it with you anyway!

I started with a wire wreath frame and many different types of burlap ribbon.  I realized after I began I didn’t have enough of a single ribbon to do the whole wreath.  I mixed up the colors then decided to block it out.  I added the skinny burlap ribbon at the end for a pop of color/cohesiveness.

Another Burlap Wreath

Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Close up of Another Burlap Wreath

Ok- I decided I wasn’t a fan and took it all apart.  When I put it back together, this is what I got… still not sure I love it.  Thoughts?

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Another Burlap Wreath, take 2

Ok, I went and bought another roll of ribbon (it was 50% off)!  Here’s my take 3 on the same wreath:

Take 3

Take 3

(ps. I couldn’t find my camera, sorry for the mediocre shot)

Happy Burlap-ing.  🙂
-Amanda

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Baby Shower Wreath

August 5, 2013

Hello!

I showed you a picture of the cute wreath I made for Melissa’s baby shower and wanted to give a quick tutorial and supply list of what I used for the wreath.  It was a pretty simple wreath.

Supplies
-Straw wreath
-Wide Burlap Ribbon
-Wide Chevron Burlap ribbon
-Two-tone twine
-Straight pins
-Wreath wire
-Fabric of your choice for onesie
-Embroidery thread
-Batting to stuff onesie
-Tiny clothes pins

Supplies

Supplies (plus a few extras)

How To:
1. I started with wide burlap ribbon and wrapped the straw wreath till it was completely covered.  You need to work with the burlap a little to prevent weird folds or wrinkles.  I used straight pins to hold it in place rather than hot glue.

2. Using the wide chevron burlap ribbon, I made a very simple bow and secured it in the middle with wire.  I secured  it to the wreath also using straight pins.

3. I used two-tone twine to create a clothes line across the top of the wreath.  I simply wrapped the twine around one side of the wreath, tied a bow, and stretched it across and repeated the bow on the other side.

4. To create the onesies, I free-handed a onesie on a piece of cardboard and then using scissors, cut onesies out of the yellow polka-dot fabric.  I used embroidery thread and a thick needle to create the black stitching around the edges.  Once almost around the onesie with stitches, stuff batting into the onesie to create a stuffed look.  Finish stitching the edge and tie off inside.

5. Using tiny clothes pins, attach each onesie to the twine to create the clothesline look.

Baby Shower Wreath

Baby Shower Wreath

Voila, you have the perfect baby shower wreath!

Happy Wreath making,
Amanda

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Bee Baby Shower

July 29, 2013

Hello!

This month we were lucky enough to throw a baby shower for our older sister, Melissa!  She’s due with her first child, and we couldn’t wait to shower her with love and gifts.  When deciding on a theme, we knew we wanted it to be gender neutral and “baby” without being pastels and too “baby.”  Melissa means “Honeybee” so we thought the perfect shower theme was “Mommy-to-Bee” and have it revolve around Melissa and her glowing mama self!

I started with invitations from TinyPrints (one of my favorite online printers for invitations).  There are tons of cute Etsy Bee shower invites as well.  It depends on what kind of bee theme you’re looking for.  We decided wanted a slightly more vintage, less in-your-face yellow and black.

As for the day of decor, we wanted to have the theme carry throughout the house beginning with the front door.  I made this wreath for Melissa to take once the shower ended.  Her nursery isn’t bee themed, so I tried to use the colors without going bee crazy!

Baby Shower Wreath

Baby Shower Wreath

I made a welcome canvas for inside the house as well as a sweet bee image for my mantle to help carry the theme throughout the house.

Mantle Decor

Mantle Decor

As for festivities during the shower, we wanted to keep it a bit low key, no crazy shower games.  Instead we decided to have a onesie decorating station so Melissa could go home with some sweet homemade clothes for her new baby.  We provided stencils, paint, paint pens, fabric sharpies, coloring book pages, and sample ideas to help jog creativity.  Sarah worked the table and got people motivated.  We hung a clothes line near the decorating table to make for decor and allow the onesies to dry while the party continued.

Onesie Decorating

Onesie Decorating

The shower was on a Saturday afternoon so we had a simple dessert bar and drinks.  Homemade cupcakes, lemon bars, and other desserts along with iced tea, lemonade, and water for the guests.

Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars

Cookie Dough Balls

Cookie Dough Balls

Beehive Cupcakes

Beehive Cupcakes

The only other baby shower game we played involved Melissa’s husband.  I recorded his answers to some predetermined questions and had Melissa guess what his answers would be.  It was fun to have the video recording to see his responses and reactions.

It turned out to be a beautiful shower, pouring love and gifts over Melissa and her baby-to-bee.

Happy Showers,
Amanda & Sarah

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Spring Wreath

May 2, 2011

Happy Monday!

I realized that I do a lot of cooking and not a lot of crafting so here goes: a springtime wreath!

I found an image online for an  Adorable Burlap Wreath!

I stopped at the store on the way home and picked up the following materials.

Materials:
One yard of Burlap
A roll of ribbon
A styrofoam round wreath
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Sticks
Wooden Letter
Paint/Brushes for letter

Procedure:
Cut the burlap into 2 inch strips.  I started by gluing the edge of a strip to the back of the wreath.  Wrap the burlap strips around the wreath, just slightly covering the previous piece.  I glued the burlap down on the backside of the wreath each time it crossed the back.  Continue until the whole wreath is covered.   After that I played with the ribbon I bought to make a nice decoration at the bottom.  I painted the letter blue and dotted the edge to resemble the ribbon.  I hot glued it to a piece of ribbon wrapped around the top of the wreath.

I realized later that the hook for the wreath holder wouldn’t fit where I tied the ribbon, so I added a red ribbon to the top to hang the wreath by.

It turned out cute, but I would’ve liked it a little different.  I think it’ll look beautiful on the front door though!

Enjoy!

Happy Crafting,

Amanda