Monday, March 28, 2011

Tassel Decor Tutorial

Here is how to make a Tassel

You will need:
Ribbon of your choice
Styrofoam Ball size of your choice (Mine are 2 1/2")
Acrylic Paint of your choice
Paint Brush
Hot glue gun/sticks
1 Toothpick
Needle & Thread to match your tulle
A topper of your choice
Drill with small bit
Tape measurer or a ruler
Painters Tape
Lighter, candle or embossing gun

 Step 1: Cut the Styrofoam ball in half.

Step 2: Place tooth pick in center of Styrofoam, on the flat side. Paint the flat side first and then hold toothpick while you paint the top side.

 Step 3: While the paint is drying, cut short, medium & long strips of ribbon. (About 22 strips for each size)

You can cut some or all of the ends to add a little extra style.

Step 4: Start gluing the the ends of the long strips onto the Styrofoam after the paint has dried.
Step 5: You will then need to glue the strip down the side of the Styrofoam as shown in the picture below.

Work your way around until all of the long strips have been glued.
Step 5: Do the same with the medium sized strips but make sure that you DON'T glue them down the side like you did for the large strips. Just glue the ends.

Step 6: Glue the small sized strips in half and work your way around the top portion of the Styrofoam like in the picture below.

Step 7: Grab a few strips of tulle and sew a running stitch down one side. Gather it so that it looks like the picture below.
Step 8: Glue the sides together so that the tulle takes on a circular shape. (The Glue will be covered by your topper).

 Step 9: Glue the tulle to the top.

Step 10: Place a piece of painters tape on your topper. Measure the center of your topper and make a dot with a pencil.

 Step 11: Line up your ruler in the other direction with the dot you just made. Make another dot. This dot will be your center point.

 Step 12: Drill a hole at your center point.
Step 13: Thread some ribbon through the hole.

Step 14: Place a pencil through the ribbon loops to keep it from pulling through while you even the ends and tie the knots.
Step 15: Cut off the ends of the frayed ribbon and singe the ends together with a flame or embossing gun.

Step 16: Glue your topper onto the tulle and...

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Your very own Decorative Tassel! 

Let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to help.

Have fun!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Birthday Hat - My dad's 50th!

Today was my dad's 50th birthday. I am so happy that I was able to spend they day with him and celebrate.  My mom and dad were parents when they needed to be and now they play a different role. They are 2 of my closest friends. They have taught me everything I know and have sacrificed everything for my brother and me. I have my dad's humor, knees, nose, and feet. So many inside jokes. I was never a "daddy, can I have your credit card?" daughter. I was the cuddle up next to him and watch an old movie, begging for bedtime stories about when he was a kid, and a "daddy, I love you" daughter. As I sit here with tears in my eyes, I am so thankful to have him in my life.

Here is the hat I made him for his special day. I knew that no matter what, even if I have to glue it to his head, he was going to wear this hat with a smile. =)
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There is that smile!!
I love you Daddy! <3

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Tassel Decor

I was browsing through one of my favorite stores the other day. It is one of those stores where you go in with a list and just get completely lost in it. I was inspired by a decorative tassel. I have a very simple rule when I shop/browse in stores like this and it is as follows: If I can make it myself, I won't by it. I stumbled upon this adorable decorative tassel and after looking at it for a moment, I decided I could make this myself! So, I purchased the supplies and went home and made one for my future craft room door. We are getting ready to move in a month and I just can't wait to hang it up!! I will finally have my own craft room!!! WOOHOO!
If you want a decorative tassel made just by you, you can! I will be following up with a tutorial soon so, stay tuned!


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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Anthropologie Inspired Push Pin Tutorial

Want to learn how to make these super cute, super easy push pins? Great! You're in the right place.
Let's get started...
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Fabric strip measured at your preference (This strip is measure at 1 3/4" X 8")
Thumb Tack
Needle & Thread
Felt Circle
Gem/s to adorn center
Glue Gun (if you are like me and hate tying teeny-tiny knots ;) )

Step 1: Fold Strip of fabric in half.

Step 2: From the underside, begin threading along the open edges. 

Step 3: If you are opting for my glue gun method, leave just a little tail and glue down. 

Step 4: Thread a running stitch along the edge of the fabric (Sorry it is a little hard to see).

Make sure you end up on the underside of the fabric just like the beginning. 

Step 5: Scrunch fabric down as shown in the picture below.

 Step 6: Again, glue down end of thread and snip off the access.

Step 7: You should now have both ends with the hot glue facing up.

 Step 8: Pinch ends together so the glued sides are on the outside.

Step 9: Begin another running stitch starting at the outside of the petals and work your way toward the center. Again, hot glue tail end of thread.
(It will be slightly more difficult to get needle through the glue toward the middle so, becareful).
 I highlighted the thread in red.
Step 10: When done, glue and cut the end of the thread.

Step 11: Flip flower over and adorn center with desired decor.

Step 12: Glue thumb tack to underside of flower with glue gun.

Step 13: Apply hot glue to one side of felt and then place on underside of flower. The thumb tack will poke through.

Now showcase your new push pin! You can make magnets, embellishments, and anything else you can think up. 
Have fun!
(The card is handmade by Kate W.)