Fast patriotic home decor

Fast patriotic home decor is perfect for me. If it is cheap even better. Decorating for each and every holiday feels overwhelming and quite frankly my budget is not that huge. I try to make my decorations things I can use for a long time or reuse year after year.  Some things I find helpful to keep on hand is a trio of vases, pretty kitchen towel, hand towel and maybe a little decorative piece.  I have a golden yellow star that I use for Christmas and 4th of  July and a trio of vases that I use for anything and everything and kitchen towels that hang on my wall ovens. americana inspired patriotic home decor using beans that can easily be recycled.

This is the trio of vases I used and you have probably seen in my projects before. I ordered the glass jars from Oriental Trading Company.  They are called the milk jug vase and I originally bought them because they had a neck I could wrap ribbon around for a party.

To make the american flag out of beans you will need:

  • a bag of red pinto beans
  • white navy beans
  • black beans 9 they sort of look blue
  • 3/4 cup measuring cup
  • jute cording

Instructions for fast patriotic home decor:

  1. Measure out 3/4 cup of beans for each stripe and layer them into two jars as shown in the photo.
  2. Fill the remaining jar with black beans.
  3. Wrap jute cording around the necks of the jars and tie a knot to secure into place.

When you are finished with the decorations you can put them back in your pantry until you are ready to cook with beans.  It is a super simple project that is fast, cheap and easy and for me that is the trifecta of crafting.

I also made super fast hand towels for the kitchen to go with the Americana style decorations.

Mod Podge serving tray

Mod Podge Serving Tray DIY in bold colors using wrapping paper, Mod Podge and paint.  May 19th is National Mod Podge Day and the 50th Anniversary celebration and I’m pretty sure everyone has used it at some point in a childhood art project.  I fondly remember the giant jug always out on the counter in art class.  One of my favorite ways to use Mod Podge is the traditional way – to decopage paper to wood. In honor of this creative occasion I have partnered with Plaid, the makers of Mod Podge to bring you this bold bright Mod Podge serving tray and a giveaway. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter my giveaway.

The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.To celebrate Plaid is giving away prize packages on their social media channels, live streams, and projects and I am giving away a $50 prize package. (scroll to bottom)  In Celebration of National Mod Podge day I made a bold bright serving tray that is perfect for breakfast in bed or as a gift all by itself. I used two of my favorite products to create the tray.  Basic Mod Podge  to adhere the wrapping paper and Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to create a glossy finish that is easy to wipe off.


On National Mod Podge Day they will be giving away a BIG Mod Podge Prize pack! The prize is valued around $250 in Mod Podge and Plaid products. Just post your Mod Podge craft on Facebook (at this post) or on Instagram with hash tag #nationalmodpodgeday to enter to win! A winner will be chosen during the Plaid livestream at 2 PM on May 19th.

Supplies for the Mod Podge Serving tray:

To make the Mod Podge Serving tray:

  1. Sand any rough spots and remove dust with tack cloth.
  2. Paint the wood tray in your favorite color combinations.  I used a pearl on the inside and matte on the sides.  Sand if needed and apply a second coat of paint if you need more coverage.
  3. Trim the gift wrap to fit in the center of the tray. You can try to get it exact or use the craft knife to remove the excess once it is adhered to the bottom.
  4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge evenly along the bottom and place the gift wrap on top.  Gently smooth out any bubbles.  Allow to dry before adding the next layer.
  5. Pour contents of two bottles of Dimensional Magic to center of the tray covering the entire surface.  Allow to dry thoroughly .

I covered mine with a loose piece of foil to keep out dust. Once it is dry and cured until firm you can use it and I let mine sit for 24 hours to give it plenty of time to cure.

mod podge serving tray

The contents of the $50 prize package:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

mod lodge serving tray

Cheese Markers – Make your own from polymer clay

DIY cheese markers from polymer clay. DIY cheese markers from polymer clay are easy to make.  These clever cheese markers will be the talk of your party.  You can wow your guests with your craftiness when they learn you made them yourself.  Make a list of your favorite cheese varieties and make a marker for each one.  You can create as many as you would like.  I think they would make great gifts too.  You could give it as a hostess gift or as a welcome to your new house gift.

custom cheese markers for a wine a cheese party

The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.Supplies for Cheese markers:

Instructions for DIY Cheese Markers:

Step 1:

Per the Sculpey website: Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area.

Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by working small amounts in your hand until smooth and soft.

Step 2:

After conditioning your clay roll it out at the 2nd thickest setting of your Clay Conditioning Machine. Divide it in two sheets that are large enough to accommodate multiple oval cut outs.

Step 3:

Gather the following supplies: largest oval cutter and word stamps. Cut out an even number of tops and bottoms. Stamp the words into the lower half of the top piece. Bake according to directions above. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 4:

Make a molded embellishment for each of your markers. Condition the clay and press into the mold. Remove the excess clay and then remove from mold. Bake according to thickness. Allow to cool before handling.

Step 5:

Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the stamped piece and place on top of the back piece. Gently press together. Place a toothpick in-between the layers. Wiggle it around a tiny bit so it can be removed and can be replaced after each use. Smooth our any rough edges.

Step 6:

Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the molded embellishment and gently press onto the top right corner of the piece. Smooth our any rough edges. Gently place stamped and embellished side up on the baking sheet.

Step 7:

Bake according to directions above and with the toothpick in place Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 8:

Remove tooth pick. Brush paint over the entire piece. Use a paper towel to remove the excess. Allow to dry.

Easy sew pot holder trivet

An easy sew pot holder trivet is a fast and fun gift to make using your fabric scraps. Add a little color to your home decor that is budget friendly.

An easy sew pot holder trivet is a fast and fun gift to make using your fabric scraps.  Add a little color to your home decor that is budget friendly.  The theme for this months #mycreativechallenge is Spring and I chose floral scraps from another project.  Click the link for the decorative flower-pot sitting on the pot holder trivet.  It is a 15 minute craft and could also be perfect for Spring.

If you would like to play a long with the challenge use the hashtag on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.  We would love to see what you create and it does not have to be anything complex it can be simple like this pot holder or flower-pot.

Out of curiosity would you call the project a pot holder, trivet or something else?

The content below may have been sponsored, contain affiliate links or free items for use. Know that this will not sway the opinion no matter what. (Even though they may want to!) This costs you nothing and helps pay for this blog's overhead. Click Diclosures to learn more.Supplies for the Easy sew pot holder trivet:

How to make the easy sew pot holder trivet:

  1. Cut fabric scraps into strips 2″x8″  and sew the strips together right sides facing each other.
  2. Press the seams open or to the darker fabric. Pressings important for a clean look.
  3. Square up the fabric by using a sewing ruler.
  4. Cut the batting and the fabric backing to the same size as the top and pin or clip together for sewing.
  5. If you want to be fancy sew along the edges of each strip.  If you want to be quick sew a simple X.  You do this by sewing a straight line from one corner to the next corner and repeat for the other side.
  6. Once the layers are sewn together you can square up again.  Somehow I always need to.
  7. Sew the bias tape around the edges.  You will want to pin in place or sew very slowly to make sure you are sewing on both sides.  

Sometimes I use a sewing cheat when working with bias tape.  I use a washable glue stick to hold the bias in place before I sew it on. Voila! you now have yourself a pot holder trivet.   Make sure you visit  Jen and Carla for their projects.

Jen Goode – 100 Directions – printable Spring floral image

Carla Schauer Designs – printable family chore chart magnets.

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Chalkboard napkin rings

 diy Chalkboard napkin rings craft ideaDIY Chalkboard napkin rings are fun and easy to make. Chalkboard adorns everything from wine glasses to fabric pillows these days. So many varieties of chalkboard paint are available on the market that it is impossible to escape this super fun trend. Take a quick look at Pinterest and you will discover all kinds of recipes for creating your own chalkboard paint in any color imaginable plus a multitude of fun projects to use this paint on.  If you don’t want to paint chalkboard you van buy premade.

Chalkboard signs
I ran into these fun 2″ x 3″ mini chalkboard pieces in the unfinished wood craft supply section of my local JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts. They are made by Darice. I immediately knew I wanted to do something with them but wasn’t sure exactly what right away. I remembered I had purchased some wood beveled napkin rings in bulk so of course! Napkin Rings.


With the addition of some polymer clay and paint in bright colors, I knew they would be unique as a table accessory/place marker.

Supplies for Chalkboard napkin rings:

  • wood rings
  • chalkboards
  • paint and brush
  • polymer clay
  • stamp
  • ink
  • mold


I chose DecoArt’s Americana Acrylics in bright, fun colors.

Instructions for Chalkboard napkin rings:

I painted the wood pieces in alternating colors.

napkin ring craft ideas

To add a little embellishment to them, I used a plastic mould made for polymer clay and Sculpey III by Polyform in Silver. When using plastic moulds, it helps to dust the surface with corn starch. This allows the clay to peel away from the mold more easily.

A little conditioned clay was pressed into the mould, shaped and peeled away.


I also opted to decorate the center of the wood ring with clay strips. I rolled out the clay into thin strips using an acrylic roller. I used a clay knife to cut thin strips to fit into the center of the beveled wood napkin ring.

Solvent ink and a script font stamp add some texture to the strips.

I wrapped the strips around the center of the wood ring and baked them along with the fancy moulded shapes according to the directions on the package.


When the clay was cured and cooled. I dry brushed the fancy shape, glued it to the center top of the chalkboard frame and added a little flat backed gem stone.

I used a super stong glue to attach the chalkboard frames to the wood rings. These napkin rings can be used over and over again. I love napkin ring projects. Almost any material can be used to make them including recycled materials. They can instantly bring an entirely new personality to table decor. Thanks for letting me share my idea with you!

Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white

faux-flokati-fuzzy-pouf foot stool tuffet
Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white can be made with ease if you follow these directions.  It was so much easier than I thought it would be to make this.  I did not use a pattern and made it up as a went along.  The faux fur makes it really easy to hide any mistakes you might make.  I thought sewing the fur would be really difficult and it was not.  Just go slow and take your time and you should not run into any issues.

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Materials for a fuzzy pouf:

  • Faux fur used  Faux fur assortment
  • Tuffet 
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Sewing Machine and thread
  • Seam Ripper (optional)
  • staple gun
  • staples
  • scissors
  • flat head screwdriver or  staple lifter (optional)
  • Power Drill with Phillips Head bit
  • Wood disk and wood feet ( Home Depot)
  • Paint brush and DecoArt Paint
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions for a fuzzy pouf:

  1. Place the tuffet cushion or the wood base in the centre of the fabric, and trace the circle 2 inches bigger than needed. Repeat for the cushion wrap.trace-wood-onto-fabric
  2. Secure the two tuffets together by adding a layer of hot glue between the two cushions.stacked-tuffets
  3. Measure the two stacked cushions plus the wood disk and 2-3 inches to the length and cut the side panel accordingly. Pin the two together.
  4. Line up the side panel with the edge of the top panel. Start sewing with a basting stitch about 2” down from the top. You will be sewing a 5/8” seam.
  5. When you’ve sewn around the perimeter, remove the pieces from the machine and line up the edges for a custom fit. Do this by marking a straight line on both ends of the panel where they should be sewn together and pin them in place.how-to-sew-a-cylinder
  6. Use a regular stitch to sew the pieces together.
  7. Trim off the excess seam allowance.
  8. Place the fabric over the cushion. Pull taught but do not distort the shape. Place the wood base on top of the cushion. Pull fabric up over edge firmly but not so much you pull the pattern out of shape. Place three staples approximately two inches from outside edge.fuzzy pouf -tuffet-black-and-white-furniture
  9. Place three more staples on the opposite side of the first three then do the same on the left side and the right side
  10. Pull firmly on the unstapled sections, smoothing as you go and staple in place after one section is stapled and smooth.
  11. Repeat step 11 until all the fabric is smooth and stapled into place. If you make any errors remove the stapled area and rework.
  12. Cut off excess fabric up to about 1/2′ from staples
  13. Add the brackets for the feet and then add the feet.   You can add the brackets before or after you staple the fabric.  Your choice.
  14. I painted my feet with polyurethane to protect it from spills.  How you finish the feet is your choice.

Now that you have read the Faux Flokati – a fuzzy Pouf in Black and white tutorial you can make your own or try your hand at another style stool.  The Tuffet MCM Style or  check out this Modern Stool tutorial.
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DIY faux Flokati bench idea

faux flokati benchA DIY faux Flokati bench made from a rescued $3 stool from St. Vinny’s .  As soon as I walked into the small furniture section of the store I knew I was getting the little bench.  It was perfect for this project that had been stuck in my head for a while and if not for this one then it was certainly going to get used for something else.  Plus $3 made it a steal.  It did take a little repair work shoring up the legs.  Nothing a little Gorilla Glue could not handle.  The bench was perfect and I ended up giving to a friend as a gift.  She loved it and it looks great in her house.  It made the perfect foot stool for her living room.
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wood bench with cushion wrap thrift store scoreMaterials for the DIY faux Flokati bench:

  • Faux Fur
  • Cushion Wrap
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper, nails, hammer and glue for repairs

Instruction for the DIY faux Flokati bench:

  1. Make any repairs to the stool as needed.  I had to do some minor work.  If you are using Gorilla Glue follow the manufacturers directions.
  2. Clean the stool too. I used a little sandpaper to clean up the rough edges and added a coat of  wood renew stuff to it also.  The lable was not on the bottle so I cannot tell you what it was.
  3. Wrap at the cushion wrap around the top of the stool.  Staple in place.  You can add more layers if you would like it padded a bit more. Trim of any excess.
  4. Wrap the faux fur around the top of the stool and staple in place.  Trim off any excess faux fur.

Enjoy your foot stool with the faux flokati. If you like the look of flokati you can get the faux fur in lots of colors from Shannon Fabric.  The Cushion Wrap can be purchased through the link above or at many big box stores.

sweet dreams banner

sweet dreams bannerIf you are looking for a quick way to update your daughter’s bedroom or sleep space? Make a sweet dreams banner. This whimsical pennant banner will do just that! My daughter loves handmade items in her room.  If they are old enough they can help you make it too.

MATERIALS

  • Canvas fabric, 54” wide, 1/4 yard
  • Grey gathered ribbon, one yard
  • Pink pom-pom fringe, one yard
  • Prima Flowers, in assorted sizes
  • Buttons Galore and More Cozy Cottage Button Collection
  • Crystal teardrops with jump rings, three

TOOLS

  • Sizzix Big Shot Pro Die-Cutting System and Bigz Pro Jumbo Banners Dies
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • DecoArt Americana: Black Writer; Light Buttermilk Acrylic Paint; Shimmering Silver Dazzling Metallics Paint
  • DecoArt Glamour Dust: Black Ice, Celebration Pink
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue

BASIC SUPPLIES

  • scissors, fabric marker or pen, straight pins, ruler or measuring tape, pencil, newspaper (to cover work surface)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut canvas into 12”x12” squares. Layer two squares together and place them on Banners die. Run die through machine following manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat for seven total sets of pennants.
  2. Pin two pennants together. Sew together using 1/8” seam allowance. Repeat for each set of pennants.
  3. On covered work surface, basecoat front of pennant Light Buttermilk. Drybrush Celebration Pink glitter randomly on each pennant. Let dry.
  4. Use pencil to draw letters spelling “DREAM” on each pennant, leaving two pennants blank. Outline letters using Black Writer. Let dry. Paint Black Ice glitter inside outlines on letters. Let dry.
  5. Measure 12” from end of grey ribbon; sew first blank pennant piece on underside of ribbon. Sew “DREAM” pennants along ribbon ending with other blank pennant. Leave 12” of ribbon on other side.
  6. On every other pennant piece, adhere pink pom-pom fringe along edges using fabric glue.
  7. Adhere buttons and Prima Flowers randomly along banner using fabric glue. Let dry. Attach crystal teardrops on bottom of “D,” “E,” and “M” pennants by piercing jump ring through bottom of canvas; squeeze closed.

easy sew whimsical tree table runner

 

whimsical tree table runnerMake a fabric scrap big tree table runner for your fall table.  Vibrant fabric scraps , burlap, and wool felt combine to create this colorful autumn-inspired table runner. The runner is whimsical and freestyle so if you make a mistake no one will know.  Use your die-cut machine to cut the leaf shapes or freehand draw and cut out from fused fabrics. You can find printable images online if you are not comfortable with freehand drawing.  You could even ask your child do draw them for you.  Then it will be a joint piece of art for your home or to give as a gift.

Materials for whimsical tree table runner:

  • Natural burlap, one yard
  • Blue/yellow print fabric, scrap
  • Wool felt: yellow, blue, brown
  • Prima Dynasty Flower Centers (536138), five

Tools to make whimsical tree table runner:

  • Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting System and Bigz Leaves Die
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Adhesives: Stick by Fairfield ProcessingBeacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Glue

BASIC SUPPLIES

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, rotary cutter and self-healing mat, iron and pressing surface, straight pins

Directions for making whimsical tree table runner:

  1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut 50”x14” burlap strip. Use sewing machine to sew zigzag stitch 1/4” from edge to prevent burlap from fraying.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse wool felt and fabric scraps to fusible webbing with iron and pressing surface.
  3. Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern onto cardstock. Cut out pattern. Trace tree on paper side of fused brown felt five times; cut out.
  4. Use die-cutting machine and Leaves die to die cut four large, medium, and small leaves each from blue, yellow, and print fused fabrics for total of 35 leaves. Remove paper backing and position leaves randomly in place on tree branches. Pin in place. Use iron to fuse leaves on trees, removing straight pins after adhering.
  5. Use sewing machine and straight stitch to sew around edges of leaves and trees.Adhere flower centers onto tree trunks using fabric glue. Let dry.

 whimsical table runner

Gingerbread man spa gift set

gingerbread man spa gift set

Make a gingerbread man spa gift set to give as a budget friendly handmade gift.  Recycled jars and paper scraps make this great a great stash buster too.  You can use traditional colors or modern.

Materials for Gingerbread man spa gift set

Recycled baby food jars
Patterned paper scraps
Cardstock scraps: cream; white; brown
Wooden knobs with holes, 1”, three
Gold eyelets, three

Tools for Gingerbread man spa gift set:

Rubber stamps: Pinecone (Hero Arts); Candy Cane (Paper Salon); Tiny Alphabet Stamps; Gingerbread Man (Denami Designs)
Ink pads: black pigment; Brown Fluid Chalk Ink (Clearsnap)
Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Alizarin Crimson; Evergreen; Milk Chocolate; Light Mocha
Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
Red permanent marker
Eyelet setter
Zip Dry Paper Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Marvy Clever Lever paper punches (Uchida): Scallop Circle, 1-1/2”; Circles: 1”, 2”
Hole punch, 1/16”
Drill with 1/16” bit
Small screws, three
Rubber bands

Directions for Gingerbread man spa gift set:

1. Remove labels from jars. Wash and dry jars. Paint: gingerbread jar top and knob Milk Chocolate; Christmas Tree jar top and knob Evergreen; Candy Cane jar top and knob Alizarin Crimson. When dry, dry brush all tops and knobs with Light Mocha. Apply three coats varnish.
2. Drill holes in jar tops underneath in center. Center knobs on top of jars and secure with screws so screw is placed in knob holes.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp gingerbread man and pinecone on brown cardstock. Cut out gingerbread man. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle around pinecone. Use red marker and glitter marker to color bow. Punch 2” circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere pinecone to center. Stamp candy cane on white cardstock. Color with red and glitter marker and cut out with scissors. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and scalloped circle from patterned paper scrap. Layer pieces together and adhere.
4. Use paper adhesives to glue circles to center of jars. Secure with rubber bands while drying.

5. Use alphabet stamps to stamp jar labels on cream cardstock. Tear labels from cardstock; ink edges Brown. Punch hole in each label; attach eyelet. Thread hemp through hole and tie around knob. Fill jars with body scrubs and salts.

PDF FOR gingerbread spa gift set list

by Melony Bradley