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Coffee Filter Garland.

October 24, 2013

Hello!

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

I bet you’re excited to see this craft doesn’t involve a wreath, aren’t you?  I decided to make a garland, but not just any garland.  I’ve been saving this stash of unused coffee filters for a while now and finally decided to make something with it.  I found this really easy to make garland online and decided to run with it.  Check out the process below.

Materials:
Unused coffee filters
-Food coloring
-water
-Cups
-Drying rack
-Sewing machine
-Scissors

Directions:

1. Divide your coffee filters into stacks.  I made 12 stacks because I was going to try to make 12 different color dyes.

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters

2. Add a small amount of water and food coloring to cups.  The less water, the higher concentrated color.  I used gel food coloring, but you can use regular food coloring as well.  I found they all faded to a lighter color once dried in the sun, so take that into account.  (Also, you may want to wear gloves.  I squeezed the excess water off and ended up with lovely greenish-blue hands.  Nothing a little baking soda couldn’t remove, but if you can prevent it, I say go for it!)

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

3. After dying each pile, I attached them to the drying rack in the sun.  I left them in piles of about 10 until they got closer to dry.  Once I had a few dry, I’d remove them or try to separate the filters to allow them to dry more evenly.  The colors look very vibrant here, but you’ll see they faded after drying.

Dying Coffee Filters

Dying Coffee Filters

4. Once dried, randomly mix the coffee filters to create the effect you want in your garland.  I chose to make piles of between 7 and 10 coffee filters.  This allowed me to have a longer garland.  Once I had each pile, I folded them in half to keep them together, but give me guidance for the next step.

Dyed Coffee Filters

Dyed Coffee Filters

5.  Choose a thread color you’re happy with and stitch through each pile of coffee filters.  Leave some extra thread between each set of filters to allow the garland to sage and sway as you drape it.

Stitching coffee filters

Stitching coffee filters

6.  Once the filters are attached, you will cut them and fluff them to create your finished product.

How to cut coffee filters

How to cut coffee filters

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

Finished Coffee Filter Garland

 

Voila!  A beautiful garland for any occasion.  And so easy too!

Happy Garland!
-Amanda

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Gnome Garland

March 25, 2013

Hello friends!

I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of some good friends this weekend.  It was a beautiful ceremony followed by a great reception.

Prior to the wedding, I was asked by the mother of the bride to make some new garland for the couple.  After marriage both of their initials will be L.E.P.  The second component of this garland are the awesome gnomes.  This couple is fabulously quirky, and they love gnomes.  (Their cake topper was even a little gnome couple!)

Supplies:
-Felt
-Die Cut Machine (or letters to trace and cut out)
-Gnome Fabric
-Interfacing (Iron on, paper backed)
-Ric Rac (or any ribbon really)

Supplies for Gnome Garland

Supplies for Gnome Garland

Procedure:
1. I started by cutting all the letters out of felt on my die cut machine (have I mentioned I bought a die cut machine? LOVE IT!)  The only mistake I made here was that with these letters, I should’ve used interfacing and doubled up the stiffness of the felt.  (I’ll show you how I made it work later.)

2. Iron interfacing to back of gnome fabric.

Felt Backing on Gnomes

Felt Backing on Gnomes

3. Peel paper layer and iron felt to back of gnomes.

Felt Backing on Gnomes

Felt Backing on Gnomes

4. Individually cut out each gnome with love and care.

Cut out Gnome Close Up

Cut out Gnome Close Up

5. Line up gnomes and letters on ric rac allowing extra on the ends to tie the garland.

Gnome Letter Garland

Gnome Letter Garland

6. Once I realized my letters were too floppy, I went back and stitched along the bottom of the three letters to hold them together.  That got tricky because I had to make sure they were spaced enough apart to not pull and twist each other.

Gnome Letter Garland

Gnome Letter Garland

In general, I love the final product.  The gnomes really make it though!  The bride and groom were so happy with their surprise decor too!

Congratulations, gnomies!  Have a great honeymoon!

Love,
Amanda

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Valentine’s Day Garland

February 14, 2013

Hello Hello!

As I have explained previously, I am in love with Valentine’s day.  While my previous blogs have been love related, this one is straight up Valentine’s, and what more appropriate day to post on than Valentine’s day!  I hope your day is filled with lots of love from all around.  Seriously, spread love and find love in everything you do!  Today my love is particularly strong for my family.  I wouldn’t get through life without them and this past year has been one for the books and one we need to overcome with love.  So I dedicate this Valentine’s day to my beautiful mom, sisters, husband, extended family, and in-laws.  Love is what makes the world go round.

Ok, enough of that sappy stuff, and let’s get down to business.  I made what I would consider one of the cutest felt garlands for this Valentine season.  I have purchased many a felt garland in my life, but have been obsessing over the opportunity to make one on my own.

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

I did this one the old fashion way and created a template out of a folder and cut it out of two colors of felt.  Easy!

Valentine's Garland Template

Valentine’s Garland Template

The next step was to lay them out in a pattern and stitch them together.  I used a cream thread because I like the way it stands out, and I was a little bit lazy about changing my sewing machine thread.  ek!  Anyway, I pumped out three sets of these garlands, each a varying length.

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

They are all over my house and I can’t wait to make more garlands out of felt!  I think I’ll need to design some for every holiday.  Psst: I have a secret.  I have purchased a die cutting machine and I can’t wait till it arrives!  I am going to be pumping out all kinds of felt garlands!  I’ll do a whole blog about my new toy, don’t worry!

 

Valentine's Felt Heart and X Garland

Valentine’s Felt Heart and X Garland

What kind of garlands do you like?  Leave a comment letting me know what holiday is your favorite to decorate for!

Happy Valentine’s Day!
-Amanda

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Smell the Roses

February 7, 2013

Hello!

I am so excited about this blog post.  If you know me well, I love cakes and decorating them!  I have been building a Pinterest board with ideas for cake decorating and jumped at the opportunity to bake a cake for my Aunt and new Uncle’s marriage celebration.  I am not actually going to blog about the cake making process because I use a cake mix (shh..)!

Buttercream Rose Cake

Buttercream Rose Cake

For this cake, I decided to attempt a few details I’ve been wanting to try forever.  I’ve drooled over them on Pinterest and now was my chance!  I decided to do a rough side and beautiful roses on top of the cake.  I also went for a small bunting to swag on top of the cake as a makeshift topper.  It was all so much to make.  I’ll blog about the bunting in an upcoming post, so here you’ll get my cake decorating!

I found this awesome instruction (and this awesome inspiration) and followed it roughly.  For example, I don’t have the 1M tip so I used a smaller star tip, but it worked just as well.  Also, I make a buttercream icing using high ratio shortening found at my local bake shop.  This recipe allows for more powdered sugar per shortening  so it’s less oily and more creamy!  It’s seriously delicious.  The other thing I did differently was to use vanilla bean paste.  I knew I wasn’t going to dye the icing so I wanted the speckles of vanilla bean to show up.  It looked rustic and I was so pleased.

Buttercream Rose Cake

Buttercream Rose Cake, Speckled

After giving the cake a good crumb coat, I piped the roses around the outer edge of the top first followed by the center roses.  Start the tip in the middle of the rose and circle around twice.  I found the rose looks different with different twists and turns of the bag, but beautiful no matter what.  Play with the icing and see what design you like best.  As for the rest, I did as the instructions say and added some sweeps between the roses where any holes were left.  As for the sides of the cake, I piped a thick layer of icing around the edge and then using my spatula spread it out and gave it a rough look, which isn’t too hard, but looks fun!

Buttercream Rose Cake

Buttercream Rose Cake, sides

Other tips: I didn’t use my leveling strips around the cake pans and boy do I regret that.  One cake turned out domed and the other slanted.  I have no idea how that happened, but never again will I be too lazy to use the strips.

rose icing wedding cake

Buttercream Rose Cake with Bunting!

I strategically placed the bunting on top and voila, a finished cake!  I hope you like it!  I know there wasn’t much left after the couple cut the cake, must’ve been delicious!

Buttercream Rose Cake

Buttercream Rose Cake

Happy decorating!
-Amanda