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

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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 Processing, Beacon 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

Make a scrappy felt owl pillow

owl pillowDIY felt owl pillow

Luscious wool felt and ruffled print fabrics make this owl a colorful and adorable accent this autumn or to display throughout the year.

MATERIALS for felt owl pillow:

  • National Nonwovens WoolFelt: Buttercream, 1 yd.; Hallow’s Eve, 1/4 yd.; Copper Canyon, Black, scraps
  • Cotton fabric, in coordinating prints, scraps
  • Fairfield Home Elegance Pillow Insert, 14” x 14”
  • Acrylic crystal rhinestones, 9mm, two

Tools for felt owl pillow:

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Rotary cutter and self-healing cutting mat
  • Adhesives: Beacon AdhesivesFabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive,
  • Fairfield Processing Stick fusible webbing

BASIC SUPPLIES to make a felt owl pillow:

  • straight pins, scissors, iron and pressing surface, sewing needle

Directions for felt owl pillow:

  1. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 15” squares from Buttercream felt for pillow front and back.
  2. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply fusible webbing to Hallow’s Eve, Black, and Copper Canyon felt.
  3.  Cut body, two wings, and two eyes from Hallow’s Eve fused-felt. Cut two pupils, two ears, and beak from Black fused-felt. Cut two eye circles from Copper fused-felt.
  4. Using photo as guide, fuse pieces in place using iron and pressing surface on Buttercream square. Set aside beak for attachment in later step. Machine-sew pieces in place using straight stitch and contrasting thread.
  5. Cut six 2”x12” print fabric strips. Machine-sew knife pleat down center of strips creating ruffles. Adhere ruffles on center of owl for feathers. Adhere rhinestones on eyes using fabric glue. Machine-sew beak onto top ruffle.
  6. Using 1/2” seam allowance, machine-sew pillow front and back together with right sides out, leaving bottom side open. Insert pillow form into open side; hand-sew bottom closed using 1/2” seam allowance and running stitch. Knot and clip thread ends.

 

A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath

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A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath, is easy and fun wreath to make for the month of October and through Nov. 2nd.  I decided to make a posada style sugar skull wreaths few for our house this year.  It is an opportunity to teach my children about different celebrations and holidays celebrated from other cultures in our community, have a little fun making art and decorating our house.  The calavera [plural:calaveras is a representation of a human skull. The term is most often applied to decorative or edible skulls made from either sugar or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) and the Roman Catholic holiday All Souls’ Day. Calavera can also refer to any artistic representations of skulls.   The most widely known calaveras are created with cane sugar and are decorated with items such as colored foil, icing, beads, and feathers.

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.Crafting in the same style -Day of the Dead folk arts called a Posada style, which means  blank skulls that you can decorate. I ordered my skulls from Oriental Trading Company –  Bag of Skulls.

Supplies for A Calavera Sugar Skull Wreath:

  1. Cut Olyfun into strips and wrap around wreath form. Sector the ends with glue.  I use Fabri-Tac because it does not melt the foam like hot glue. olyfun halloween wreath
  2. Form a loop at the end of the Olyfun to make a hanger for the wreath. tickles glitter glue on olyfun wreath
  3. You can add Stickles glitter glue to the wreath if you want.  If you do give it ample time to dry. plastic skulls for halloween crafts
  4. Decorate the Skulls with Sharpie Markers.  I freeform the designs with very basic swirls, dots and hearts.sharpie marker sugar skull idea
  5. Fill in the designs with the markers.  Embellish the design with Stickles glitter glue.diy sugar skull decorations
  6. Enhance the design with stick on crystals in various spots.
  7. Poke small holes in the wreath with scissors for the base of the flowers.  Add hot glue to the base of the flower and press into the holes. Hold in place for a few seconds.sugar skull wreath tutorial
  8. Add a generous dollop of hot glue to the base of the skull and adhere to the bottom center of the wreath.  Hold in place for a few seconds.

Make a Decorative Weighted Door Stop

weighted Door Stop

Make a weighted door stop that is weather friendly using  a washable fabric and Poly-Pellets and Polyfil fiberfill on the inside.  We live in a older home and the doors do not have springs and need to be held open when carrying items inside.   The weather does not always cooperate so I needed the door stop to be washable and also not too heavy and something that would not scratch the floor.  We used a rock for a little while but it was starting to leave marks.

The decorative door stop also doubles as a table cloth holder when we eat outside on the back patio.  I wanted a fabric that was pretty and durable so I chose a printed canvas.  The pattern I made on my own and will share a printable version with you too.

 

Materials use for Door Stop:

  1. Scissors
  2. Canvas fabric
  3. twill tape or ribbon
  4. Crafter’s Choice fiberfill stuffing 
  5. Poly-Pellets
  6. Sewing machine or needle and thread.
  7. Straight pins optional

Instructions for Door Stop:

  1. Cut 4 panels of fabric to the same shape.  I used a gothic arch that was hand drawn.
  2. Place two panels wrong sides together and sew on side from top to bottom. Repeat for next two panels. Pin if needed
  3. Place the newly sewn panels wrong side together and pin the twill tape at the top.
  4. Sew the two panels together along both sides.
  5. Measure the bottom opening and cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than needed.
  6. Turn piece wrong side out and pin the bottom piece of fabric to 3 of the 4 sides.
  7. Stuff the top two thirds or more with Polyfil.  Sew opening almost closed.  Leave an opening large enough for a funnel tip.
  8. Pour in PolyPellets and sew opening closed.

Now you have a weather friendly door stop that can be use all year long and looks pretty while you are using it.

 

 

Placemat Pillow – simple sewing

Placemat Pillow

A placemat pillow is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a pillow.  I love finding fancy placemats and turning them into pillows.  If I purchased embroidered fabric the pillows would be very expensive to make.  I picked up a 4 pack of place mats on clearance for $5 and I even had a 20% off coupon bringing the cost down to one dollar a piece for the embroidered seahorses.   I could have left them as rectangles but I wanted them as small accent pillows to go in front of my other pillows.  The seahorse pillows will be my summer pillows.

Materials to make a placemat pillow:

  • Placemat
  • fabric for backing
  • Polyfil Fiberfill for stuffing
  • Scissors or rotary cutter, ruler and mat
  • Sewing machine and coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Bamboo skewer or wooden spoon

Instructions to make a placemat pillow:

  1. Decide on the size and shape you want your pillow.  I went with squares and trimmed the fronts of the placemats down to 11×11 squares.
  2. Cut a piece of fabric for the back to the same size as the front of the pillow.
  3. Place right sides of fabric together and pin around the pair leaving a small opening to add in the Polyfil.
  4. Sew around 3 of the four sides completely and then make sure you leave the opening on the 4th side  for stuffing.
  5. Trim off any excess fabric and clip the corners at an angle.  This will give you better corners when you turn the fabric right side out.
  6. Turn the pillow right side out.  Iron the pillow front and back. I like to iron the opening where the stuffing is going so it has a crisp edge and is easier to sew closed.
  7. Stuff the pillow with the Polyfil.  Use the skewers to push the filling into the corners.
  8. Pin the opening closed and use a whip stitches or a straight stitch to close the opening.

whipstitch

Sit back relax and enjoy your placemat pillow.  No one will know it started out as a placemat unless you tell them what a genius you are.