Drink Coaster Tutorial

IMG_1949Happy Wednesday everyone! Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and I hope that most of you aren’t scrambling last minute to get all your Valentines in order.  I thought today I would stray from the usual holiday crafts today, seeing how it would be a little ambitious to attempt a crafting adventure on the eve of this love-filled holiday.  In my illustrious procrastinating fashion, I will be shopping along with all of my kindred spirits on Valentine’s Day for a gift for my husband.  I do not recommend this, but I must stay true to myself.  This weekend, I chose to ignore the task at hand to prepare a house-warming gift for some friends who have just made their first acquisition.  Super exciting!

IMG_1952Over the weekend, I was flooded with the memories of buying our first house.  George and I were so excited! A place we could make all our own.  Our lives were filled with so much promise and expectation.  Naturally, I became inspired!  So I spent all weekend preparing a little gift basket for our friends as they begin their new lives together.  It’s nothing much, just some dishtowels, candy jars, and some coasters; but all made with love.  That’s the most important thing.  So in the spirit of giving, I have prepared a fun little tutorial for all of you.  I’m going to share how to make your own coasters out of terra cotta pot bases.  So lets get crafting!

DIY Drink Coaster Tutorial

 Materials:

4-6 (5”) Terra Cotta Pot Bases

Acrylic Paint (your choice of color)

Printed tissue paper or scrapbook paper

Modge Podge Glue

2 Paint Brushes

Clear Water proof sealant (Spray on)

Scissors

Piece of felt

Hot Glue Gun

We’re going to begin by cutting your decorative tissue paper.  Using the bottom of your pot base.  Trace a circle onto the backside of your tissue paper.  Then cut out the four or six circles.  You may need to do some trimming around the edged to make the fit inside the base.

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Next trim four or six strips of tissue paper about ¼” thick for the sides of your coasters.

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Now begin painting your terra cotta plant bases.  Depending on your choice of color, you may need to apply a few coats of paint.  Set them aside to dry.  This shouldn’t take long.

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Once your pot bases have dried completely, apply a coat of modge podge glue to the center of your post base.  Then lay one of your tissue paper circles on top of the glue.  Using clean hands, smooth the paper over the glue forcing any creases or bubbles to subside.  Repeat this process with all of your coasters.

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Next, apply a layer of modge podge glue to the outer rim of your coasters and smooth a strip of tissue paper all the way around the perimeter.  Trim off the excess.  Repeat this process with the rest of the coaster.

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Once the glue on your coasters have dried.  Apply a layer of modge podge glue over the surface of all of your tissue paper on each coaster.  Then set them aside to dry.

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Once the glue has dried completely, spray the surface of your coasters with your water proof sealant.  Then set them aside to dry.

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While your coasters are drying, cut out small circles of felt about a ½” wide.  Four circles for each coaster.  When your coaster have completely dried, using your hot glue gun, attach four felt circles to the corners on the bottom of each of your coasters.

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And we’re finished!  Find a pretty ribbon to tie your coasters together, and you have a fun little gift for someone special.  Or you can just display your craftiness proudly on your coffee table for all your guests to see.  Why not show off your crafty skills! No need to admit it was something super easy you threw together with thirty minutes of your spare time! Wink. Wink.

Enjoy!

And if your curious how to make those dish towels or candy jars, you can check out those tutorials at my Adventures in Motherhood blog.  And stay tuned…in just a few weeks I will have a fun new project that will speak to the Irish in you,

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Pillow Cover Tutorial

IMG_2455Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am. The sun has been shining constantly and we have been taking full advantage with barbeques, pool days, park trips, and even a few jaunts to Disneyland. Fall will be here before we know it, so there is no sense in wasting this sunny weather. Since we have been spending so much time outdoors, we have been sprucing up our patio outback. We have been trying to creating a nice peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

IMG_2459I am a huge fan of the upcycling movement. It’s one of the few ways I have managed to go green. My newest project has combined my love of upcycing with my sewing obsession. And I have created a new project for those of you who would like to do some sprucing up of your own. Today we are going to be making some pillow covers for some old throw pillows. They’re great for all of your indoor and outdoor furniture. I made some for the patio furniture on our new outdoor oasis. So let’s get started!

Pillow Cover Tutorial

Materials:

Throw Pillow (any size)

2/3 yard of Indoor or Outdoor Fabric

3/4 yard of cording

1/4 yard of Cotton fabric (accenting color)

scrap piece of felt

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Thread

Matching buttons (optional)

Instructions:

We are going to begin by cutting your fabric. The throw pillows that I am making covers for are 18″ x 18,” so all of my measurements will correspond with them. You may adjust your calculations to accommodate your pillow size. Just allow for a one inch (1″) seam allowance on all sides.

From Indoor/Outdoor fabric

Front Piece – cut one square piece for front surface 20″ x 20″

Back Pieces – Cut two rectangle pieces – 20″ x 15″

From Coordinating Cotton Fabric

Cut three strips – 2″ wide

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First we will attach our cotton fabric strips together. Using your sewing machine, attach your three strips together at by each end, so you have one long strip.

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Next, using an iron, press the seams flat on your strips.

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Now, using your iron, we are going to press the raw edges of your back pieces of fabric. One each rectangular piece of fabric, along the long edge fold a 1/4″ of fabric over and press it with the iron. Then fold the fabric over one more time and press it with the iron. Your raw edge should be completely covered now.

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Next, using your sewing machine, run a straight stitch along the edge of each rectangular piece of fabric to hold your finished edge in place.

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Now we’re going to make the piping for your pillow. Wrap the seam side around of your fabric strip around your chording. Using a straight stitch along the side of your chording to encase it in the fabric.

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Your chording should be completely encased in fabric when you are finished.

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Next, pin your cording on the right side of your front piece of square fabric. Start at one of the corners, leaving an inch or so of extra chording hanging over the edge. Run the chording along the entire outer edge of the fabric. The raw edges of the fabrics should be matched up.

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Next lay one of your rectangular pieces of fabric, right sides together, atop of the front piece. The finished edge should lay in the middle. Pin it in place. Lay your second rectangular piece atop of your square piece, so the finished edge overlaps the other. Pin it in place.

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Next we are going to finish our pillow cover, by running a straight stitch all the way around the circumference of your pillow. Run the stitch as close to the chording as possible.

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Turn your pillow cover right side out. And your cover is finished.

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Now for the flower accent for your pillow.

-Using your indoor/outdoor fabric and coordinating cotton fabric, cut eight large circles (3″ wide) and eight small circles (1.5″ wide). You should have 16 circles from each fabric. 32 circles in all.

-Place one cotton circle on the backside of each indoor fabric circle.

-Fold the sides of your circles inward creating a petal.

-Using your needle and thread, attach your petals to your scrap piece of felt creating a circle.

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-Next, do the same with the smaller circles on top of the previous layer.  You can add buttons to the center of your flower, if you like. It’s optional.

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Our final task is attaching your lower to your pillow. Pick your placement and attach it to your pillow using a needle and thread.

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Insert your pillow and toss it on your couch or patio chair. And sit back and relax and enjoy your craftiness.

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ENJOY!!!

DIY – Tin Can Vases

IMG_6616Happy New Year everyone! We’re jumping right into the crafting, because I’m just not ready to have an empty house just yet. I have decided that we are going to replace all of our Christmas decorations, rather than leaving a bare naked house. So I have been busy putting together some new wintery decorations. I been so inspired, and so I just had to get to work. I have made a monogrammed wreath for our front door, a lighted burlap garland for our living room, and some vases our entry table.

IMG_6620Today I have prepared a super simple and cheap tutorial for all of you. You see it’s been really cold here in southern California lately. So we have been eating a lot of soup to warm us up. I had a surplus of tin cans lying around the house. This project was perfect, because it helped me recycle some of my tin cans. Today, we are going to be making some twine wrapped tin can vases. They are super easy, and I am thinking about using them as centerpieces for my sister-in-laws bridal shower this summer. She’s doing a cute rustic theme with lots of burlap and wildflowers.

So let’s get started!

Twine Wrapped Tin Can Vases

Materials:

-Empty Tin Cans, rinsed and minus the label
-Ball of Twine
-2″ wide Ribbon, any color
-Hot Glue Gun
-Scissors

We’ll begin by gluing our twine to the can. First determine which side of your can you want to be the back. Place a small dollop of glue on the base of your can. Place the end of your twine in the glue and hold in place for a moment.

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Begin wrapping your twin around the can. Periodically place a small dollop of glue on the can to hold your twine in place.

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Continue wrapping your twine until you have wrapped the entire can. When you reach the top of your can, place a long strip of glue and a large blob on the end the end of your twine in place.

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Next, decide where you want to place your ribbon. I chose the center. Place a strip of glue on the end of your ribbon and hold it in place at the back of your vase.  Wrap the ribbon around the can and cut your piece about 2″ longer than needed. Fold the frayed in under and add a healthy strip of glue to the backside of it. Pull your ribbon tight and hold the end down in place so glue can begin to set.

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You are finished! There are some other elements you can add if you like, to embellish your vase. But I am going for simple and clean.

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Buy some pretty flowers and find the perfect place to display them!

ENJOY!

If you are interested in making a monogrammed burlap wreath of your own, I have prepared a tutorial for my Parenting OC magazine blog Adventures in Motherhood and Crafting. So check it out.

Happy Crafting!