Burlap Crafts - DIY Inspired
04th Aug2014

Stenciled Burlap Sacks DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Stenciled Burlap Gift Sacks

You may know that I am obsessed with dollar bins at retail stores.  I ALWAYS get sucked in.  There are very few times where I walk by and find nothing. This time I found some little burlap sacks and some pretty trim. I tossed them into my basket and knew exactly what I was going to make with them.  Here is my tutorial for stenciled burlap sacks.  They make fun wedding favors, gift wrapping, or even great gifts as-is for jewelry or other small trinkets.

Materials:

  • Dollar bin burlap sacks
  • Various trim
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Black craft paint
  • Foam spouncer
  • Small paper plate
  • Stencils

Here are the cute little bags I found.  They were three for two dollars.

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I also found this pretty trim in mint, yellow, and white.

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I used adhesive stencils for this project. The Martha Stewart brand is great because the fuzz from the burlap rubs right off the stencil if you run it under a little water and it’s as good as new.  I placed the stencil on my bag and used a spouncer and black paint.

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Tip: Here are my tips for stenciling, crafting, and caring for burlap.

I made each bag a little different.

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Next, I added trim to each bag using a hot glue gun.  You can use fabric glue as well, but I found it easier to use hot glue (I’m an Expert Hot Gluer!).

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Here they are… adorable, right?  I am using these as gift bags for small gifts. I think these would also make really sweet wedding or baby shower favor bags as well.

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Stenciled Burlap Gift Sacks

Need more inspiration?  Here are some burlap craft ideas and stenciling craft ideas!

24th Apr2014

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

by Dinah Wulf

Spring Centerpiece with Stenciled Burlap

I had the honor of sharing this project, how to make a spring centerpiece with stenciled burlap, on the Darice Blog and today I wanted to re-share it with you here on DIY Inspired! Now that spring well underway, this fun and easy project will help brighten up your dining room table! I have a particularly LARGE dining table, so I made three.  Of course you can always just make one or two!

Materials

Darice Supply List:

  • 3 Metal Planters
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Flourish Stencil
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Stencil Brush Set
  • Licorice FolkArt Acrylic Paint
  • David Tutera Natural Burlap in Brown
  • Dual Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas
  • Dritz Fray Check

Instructions:

Step One

Measure and cut the David Tutera Natural Burlap in three six by six pieces.

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Step Two

Apply Dritz Fray Check on all four sides of each piece of burlap and allow it to dry for approximately 15 minutes.

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Step Three

Once the Dritz Fray Check is dry, center the stencil onto one burlap square. Make sure to protect your work surface. Generously apply some paint onto the tip of the stencil brush and dab off any excess paint. Apply the paint onto the stencil in an up and down motion. Remove the stencil and wash it thoroughly.  Make sure to rinse and clean the stencil in between stenciling each piece. Repeat this step for the other two burlap squares.

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Step Four

Once your burlap pieces are stenciled and dry (approximately 15 minute dry time), hot glue them onto your metal planters.

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Step Five

Lastly, arrange four Blue Grandiose Hydrangeas or any flower of your choice in each of your metal planters. I personally like the look of fake hydrangeas. I use them all the time! Like here and here and here!

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In five easy steps you will have a beautiful personalized spring dining room centerpiece. These three metal planters were perfect for my eight foot dining room table.  You can personalize them with a monogram as well. These also make fun gifts too, especially for Mother’s Day!  

Try these other DIY decorating ideas:

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08th Apr2014

DIY Bachelorette Party Favor Bags

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Bachelorette Party Gift Bags

I am honored to be sponsored by BurlapFabric.com today for this tutorial. OK, so I’m not technically going to a Bachelorette party, rather a fun annual girls weekend that my four best friends and I try to do once a year (it doesn’t always work out with over a dozen kids among us!).  This year, is special because it’s the first year in the last five years that all five of us will be going on a weekend getaway.  I wanted to do something special so I decided to make personalized stenciled swag bags, which would also make a great DIY Bachelorette party favor bags.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jute tote bags from BurlapFabric.com
  • Paper plate
  • Craft paint
  • Spouncer
  • Letter stencils
  • Clean towels

If there was a Queen of natural fiber stenciling, I think I’d be in the running! Ha! I have done so many stenciling projects because it’s both fun and simple to do.  I was able to stencil these five bags in no time. Here is one of the bags I got from BurlapFabric.com. They are great because they are sturdy and lined inside. The 9X11X4 size was perfect for these party favor bags.

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First I chose a paint color for each of my best girlfriends. Naturally, I chose their favorites. Several different colors look vibrant and pretty against a natural fiber like these jute tote bags.

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I stenciled our names on each bag in each of my friend’s favorite colors. Since I wanted our names to go up and down from the top right of each bag, it helped to start stenciling with the last letter first.

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Stenciling Tips:

  • Use a spouncer to help prevent bleeding.
  • Apply in a straight up and down motion.
  • Remove the excess paint before stenciling.
  • Wash your stencils in between each application so that your stencils will stay clean and last a long time.
  • Less in more. In the picture below you will see that I used very little paint for each name.

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Here’s how they turned out! The girls are going to love them.

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I can’t wait to show you what’s inside! Stay tuned for a fun Girls Weekend FREE Printable!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to BurlapFabric.com for sponsoring this post. Be sure to stop by and see all the fabulous products from bags to ribbon and much more! You can also follow them on FacebookPinterest ,  Twitter, and  YouTube!

05th Mar2014

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

by Dinah Wulf

St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting

I had some left over fabric from some St. Patrick’s Day no sew hand towels I made. I am lacking in my decorations this year so I decided to make a St. Patrick’s Day Fabric Scrap and Burlap Scrap Bunting. My leftovers were the perfect amount.

I had made a banner similar to this one for a Vintage Themed Baby Shower I did. You can see the full tutorial for it there. These two fabric quarters were perfect for making a hand towel and this bunting. Score! So cheap (less than $5 for both)!

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Anyway, the difference between this bunting and the scrap fabric bunting I made for the baby shower was this…

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I used this awesome Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler that pretty much cut my time in half when making this!  It was so ah-mazing and cut the lines perfectly clean. All you need is the cutter and a cutting mat and with one swipe you have a perfectly straight line.  No need for scissors! Oh… and so much easier to use this when cutting the burlap as well. I highly recommend it if you couldn’t tell.

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I cut my strips of fabric and burlap and then knotted them to some rope I had left over as well from these nautical inspired thrift store rope vases I made. I altered the two patterns and a burlap strip.

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I love the mix of fabric and burlap. As you may or may not know, crafting with burlap is messy! Make sure you have your garbage can handy!

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11th Dec2013

Gift Card Pairing Ideas for the Holidays

by Dinah Wulf

Gift Card Pairing Ideas is sponsored by Ralph’s.  All opinions are 100% my own.

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I’ve often heard people say “gift cards are so impersonal”.  On the contrary, gift cards allow the recipient to buy what their hearts desire without the hassles and hurts of playing the return and exchange game. I’ve put together a fun list of creative gift card pairing ideas to make the “impersonal” a thoughtful and stand out holiday gift. Oh! And of course I had to throw in my own upcycled DIY tutorial!

My husband and I went to Ralph’s and were inspired by so many ideas.  We searched the aisles to look for creative gift card pairing ideas… and I must say we were EASILY inspired! We came up with several ideas to fit many different types of people like, co-workers, picky family members, and fellow Moms. More on this later… I want to share with you what I ended up buying my in-laws along with a gift card from Ralph’s.

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My in-laws are coffee drinkers like me, so we bought two recycled eco-friendly Aladdin coffee travel mugs, a bag of their favorite Starbucks coffee, and some Private Selection Carmel Sea Salt hot cocoa.

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I decided to make my own gift box out of a recycled food box. I cut it to size leaving the top open.

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To cover it, I used:

  • Recycled burlap coffee bean sack
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Paper (optional)

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The burlap I used was a little see-through, so I covered the box with paper to hide the writing.  I had this burlap coffee sack left over from when I made my recycled coffee bean sack pillows. I used a glue gun to secure the burlap in place.

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I stuffed the inside with some extra burlap scraps and placed my items gift card inside.  It turned out quite sturdy and cute!

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Here are some other gift card pairing ideas we came up with while inspired by walking up and down the aisles of Ralph’s:

  1. Dessert theme:  ice cream cones, sprinkles, chocolate and caramel sauce, and cherries
  2. Baby theme: any baby products along with your gift card
  3. Nail theme: nail clippers, nail file, nail polish, cotton balls
  4. Spa theme: face mask, wash glove, loofa, sponge, lotion
  5. Mixed drink theme: any of the Bonny shakers, corckscrew, jigger, or cocktail strainers, and a bottle of liquor
  6. Wine theme: bottle of wine, wine charms, wine bag, and corkscrew

The list goes on and on but those are our favorites.  We wanted to give a big THANK YOU to Ralph’s for sponsoring this post and inspiring us!

08th Nov2013

Seven Step By Step Burlap Craft Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

I think all Crafters these days love making crafts out of burlap.  It’s inexpensive, rustic yet feminine in style, and timeless. We use it for weddings, showers, and even home décor projects.  The possibilities of its use are endless.  As I sat here the other night I realized that I have done several burlap crafts myself, so as usual, I put together a round-up of some of my favorites. From a simple upcycled vase to an upholstered ottoman, here is my list of seven step by step burlap craft tutorials.

7 step by step burlap craft tutorials

Burlap Wire Hanger Wreath- my most recent tutorial this one is easy with only two materials 1) burlap and 2) a wire hanger…duh!

Repurposed Earring Burlap Napkin Rings- perfect for your holiday table this season.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman- You guessed it!  I found this baby for $5, and reupholstered it in a cool printed burlap material with all the places I’d love to travel to on it. BTW, I actually ended re-doing this one again {here it is}.

Recycled Patron Bottle Vase- A super simple way to upcycle a tequila bottle using burlap and lace.

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillows- An easy sewing tutorial using coffee bean sacks for durable outdoor pillows.

DIY Recycled Jar Tea Light- A stenciled monogramed tea light holder made out of an old sauce jar.

Burlap Stenciled Placemats- Probably my most popular post of all time! It includes tips and tricks for washing and caring for burlap.

Hope you enjoyed my list! And I hope you try some of them!  Leave a comment if you have any questions. :) Have a great weekend!

05th Nov2013

Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece #turkeytablescapes

by Dinah Wulf

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This Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece tutorial is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I’m pretty much a regular at Jo-Ann’s…at several locations!  This year for fall, they had a great line of Autumn Inspirations that really sparked some ideas.  In particular, I love the hints of dark navy blue.  Blue isn’t a color that I would normally associate with Thanksgiving time; however I just realized how beautiful it looks with other fall colors.

I decided to make a fall pumpkin centerpiece for my #TurkeyTableScape this year!  You can get all of the supplies at Jo-Ann’s. 

Here is shopping list of what you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Floral foam block
  • Burlap scraps
  • Assortment of Autumn Inspirations decorative picks

I started off with this craft pumpkin.  I wanted a small one for my table this year because my husband and I are having a small intimate Thanksgiving for four this year.  Our families are both out of state so it’ll just be us!

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First, I cut off the top.  This particular pumpkin is all Styrofoam.  If you buy a regular craft pumpkin, they are typically hollow. 

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If your pumpkin is hollow, you can use a floral foam block to place inside the pumpkin after you cut it.

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Next, I simply arranged my assortment of decorative picks inside the pumpkin.  I love the mix of blue feathers.  These particular decorative picks are great, because they look very realistic.

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Lastly, for a more finished look, I added some burlap around the bottom of the arrangement.  I always check the remnants section at Jo-Ann’s for fabric like this.

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Here are a few AFTER photos! Notice the burlap  feather napkin rings I made too!

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Be sure to check out Jo-Ann’s craft catalog for more DIY inspiration.  

30th Oct2013

Burlap Wire Hanger Wreath Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I wanted to make a small wreath to hang on the door to my guest bathroom downstairs.  A friend of mine used a wire hanger for a Christmas wreath in the past, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I also have made a recycled book page butterfly wreath with a wire hanger.   I have to say it turned out pretty cute! Here is my burlap wire hanger wreath tutorial.

Materials:

  • One yard of burlap
  • Wire Hanger
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Flower embellishment

WARNING: Burlap crafts are messy!  Here are some more tips for working with burlap and caring for it as well.

Instructions:

Unwind a wire hanger and maneuver and bend it to shape a circle and set it aside.

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For this wreath, I cut 2” thick strips of burlap.  I also used about 14 strips for this wreath. You can make the wreath as thick and as full as you like.

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Fold each strip with two inch width as shown.

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The wire hanger makes it easy to poke through the burlap with the strip completely folded. Continue to add folded strips until your wire hanger is covered.

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Using wire cutters, trim off any access wire if needed.

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Secure the ends of the wire hanger as shown.

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Spread and fluff the burlap to make a continuous ring.  Cut off any access fraying.

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Turn and twist the burlap until you get the desired look.

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I added a pre-made burlap flower as an embellishment. Here is the finished project!

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This wreath is smaller than normal; the perfect size for my bathroom.  You can easily add more wire to make it larger.  If you are making a larger wreath, I would also suggest making the strips wider as well.

If you enjoy crafting with burlap check out some tips I have on a tutorial I did for some stenciled burlap placemats I made.

23rd Oct2013

Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

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Since I got a little taste of my glittery and “bling-ed” out Halloween, I thought I’d definitely want to bring a little glitz and glam to my dinner table this year for Thanksgiving.  I guess you could call it rustic chic!  Plus, I love burlap crafts. I found some sparkly earrings in my closet and thought I would make Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings.

You only need 3 things:

  • Earrings of choice, one per napkin ring
  • Burlap strips
  • Scissors

Here are the earrings I found. I think it’s been close to a decade since I’ve worn them… yikes! Dangly rhinestone earrings MUST have been in!

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I went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts and found these fun blue feathers in the floral section.

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I gave them a little bend and they were the perfect size for napkin rings.

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First I folded my cloth napkins and wrapped a strip of burlap around it.  I didn’t secure it in any way.

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The feather wraps nicely around the burlap and keeps it in place.  This will also make it easy for your guests to take off when they are ready to use them. Next, I simply pierced the earring through the burlap and out the backing on the earring to keep it on.  This way, you won’t ruin your earrings and you can still wear them…that s if they are still in style!

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I thought they turned out cute!  They are definitely the inspiration for my whole Thanksgiving table scape… now for the centerpieces!

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04th Sep2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

I have been working on this vintage themed baby shower that I have coming up for a friend and I just wanted to share a couple of the decoration ideas I have already started. You know how I love upcycling so I started saving sauce and dressing jars to use as flower vases. I also had some fun vintage inspired baby fabric from my swag bag from the SoCal Social event I went to last year… I knew it would eventually come in handy!

Here are the materials I used:

  • Recycled Jars and Bottles
  • Fabric
  • Lace ribbon
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Craft Flowers
  • Burlap
  • Pearl Ribbon
  • Hot Glue
  • Double sided tape

Here are a couple more pictures.  I will use them for the flower arrangements for the shower.

I also used the scrap fabric to make a banner.  My daughter, Mia helped with this one! I cut all the fabric I had into strips.

I also cut a few pieces of left over lace ribbon.

One by one I tied on each strip, alternating the colors and patterns to some rope that I had left over from some thrift store rope vases I made a long time ago.

It turned out so cute!

I can’t wait to show you the shower.  It’s coming up soon!  I’m never sure exactly how things will turn out until the day of the event but I know I am using some things I already have for decorations like vintage suitcases, antique books, vintage handkerchiefs and baby books I bought while antique shopping, and some other things! Until then!

UPDATE! Here are some more fun decorations I made!  Oh! And also some free Vintage inspired printables!

30th Aug2013

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

I can’t believe that I found this ottoman on a recent thrift store shopping mission for five dollars! It was the perfect trash to treasure project. I couldn’t wait to get it home to get started on my makeover.  Now, this post is more than a simple ottoman makeover, because there was one EXTREMELY annoying issue I had while trying to take it apart.

Materials:

  • Drop cloth
  • Sander and sand paper
  • Clean rags
  • Spray paint
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Staple gun and staples

Here is what the ottoman looked like BEFORE.  The fabric was damaged at the top and the legs and several nicks and scratches.

 

I turned it over to find that it would be easy to recover (do this before you buy it at the store).

One by one I pulled out what seemed like hundreds on staples.

Here is what it looked like underneath.  Initially I was excited because it looked like it was going to be a quick and easy project. Next, at this point (I thought) all I needed to do was unscrew the top from the base and I can get to reupholster the cushion… WRONG!

I could NOT get the fourth and final screw out of this thing! I tried unscrewing it with a manual screw driver as well as a drill. I tried using a socket wrench. I even went to Home Depot and bought a screw extractor and THAT didn’t work.  I ended up drilling around the hole and manually pulling t out with pliers.

I mean, look at it! Yikes!

And look at the giant hole! Oooops! BUT I got the sucker out.  I figured it will be covered anyway and there are other areas where I can drill a new screw in.

Finally I was able to remove the top from the base. I first took the base and sanded it with an electric sander.  You can see all the nicks and scratches.

After I wiped down the base with a clean rag to remove all the dust and debris, I spray painted it using a brushed metallic spray paint in an oil bronze finish.  I wish I could capture the color better in the pictures, but it turned out great.

While the paint was drying I simply recovered the cushion in a more updated burlap printed fabric using a staple gun.  It was super easy.

Once the base was dry, I screwed in the top to the base with four new wood screws and reused the black cover and staple it in for a finished look underneath.  Here is an AFTER.

26th Jul2013

Recycled Patron Bottle Vase

by Dinah Wulf

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OK, so now you know I like Patron…Silver, that is.  It took a long time and a few parties and get-togethers to get through this bottle.  Initially I didn’t intend on keeping it.  After I finished it, however I couldn’t part ways because I love the shape, color, and durability of it. Instead of throwing it away, I made a recycled Patron bottle vase.  The pictures speak for themselves; however I wanted to write out the tutorial.  It’s a fun and SUPER easy project you can do in minutes with any type of bottle or vase. I did a guest post for Jill over at Popsicle Blog and she gave me some great materials to use.

Materials:

  • Patron bottle or any bottle or vase
  • Lace Ribbon
  • Coffee bean sack or burlap
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Here is the Patron Bottle BEFORE.  It’s the large size (I know, I know, I SWEAR my husband bought it!)

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Instructions:

I used a thick lace ribbon first and wrapped it around, securing it with glue. 

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Next I found an old coffee bean sack that I used to make outdoor coffee sack pillows with a few months ago.  I measured and cute accordingly.

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I secured it over the lace ribbon with glue.

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That’s it!  Here is another AFTER photo.

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The possibilities of decorating a bottle are limitless.  You can use all different textured, patterned, and colored ribbon to match your home or party décor.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to recycle bottles and use them for wedding or bridal shower centerpieces as well.  Group or cluster a few together to make a whimsical tablescape.

10th May2013

8 Fun and Easy Ideas for Stencils

by Dinah Wulf

I must say that stenciling is one of my favorite craft projects to do.  It’s a fairly simple task, especially when you know a few tips or tricks.  It is also very versatile in that you can use it for small and large projects, from place mats to furniture.  Here are eight fun and easy ideas for stencils I’ve done in the past.  All of which have complete step by step photo tutorials.  I hope you try them out!

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Stenciling with Burlap

Recycled Jar Tea Light

This is a tutorial for stenciling a monogram on a lantern made from a recycled food jar. I still have this displayed in my living room today.  It also makes a fun personalized handmade gift.  Fill it with tea lights or candy and give it to Mom for Mother’s Day!

Stenciled Wall Art

I made this initially as a prop for my daughter’s birthday party one year, but now it hangs in her room by her bed.

Burlap Stenciled Place Mats

Also a great handmade Mother’s day gift idea, these stenciled burlap place mats are a hit every time I bring them out to use for my guests.  Make a set of four to eight to give to Mom or Grandma.  Consider using words that remind you of her!

Stenciled Furniture

Stenciled Dresser

This is one of my first DIY projects I posted on this blog.  In hindsight I may have done it differently but you learn as you grow, right???

Upcycled TV Tray Table

One of my more recent projects, stenciling TV trays gives them a little upcycled flair.

Other fun Stenciling Projects

Stenciled School Spirit Shirts

I made these shirts with my best friend, Jenny for her daughter’s school spirit shirts.  Check out the post and Jen shares how she made he own stencil!

Recycled T-Shirt Bunting

I made this for Thanksgiving last year, but it’s a great tutorial for any type of banner or bunting you need for parties or holidays.  Make a “Happy Mother’s Day” one for mom!

Shoe Box Lid Wall Art

My thriftiness at its finest, I made this SUPER cheap wall art for my guest room!

I hope you try these projects!  Feel free to share some of your ideas in the comments!  Happy stenciling!

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19th Dec2012

Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow

by Dinah Wulf

Flea Market Coffee Bean Sacks

I purchased these coffee bean sacks from a flea market a while ago.  They have been sitting in my craft closet just waiting to be transformed.  Ever since we remodeled our patio, I knew I wanted to make this Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow.  I knew it would look fabulous on my new outdoor furniture.  It also helps that the wood looked perfectly refinished thanks to Teak Master.  Here is how it turned out.

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So, you know my issues with sewing.  So here is the spot where I make a disclaimer… since I’m not confident in my sewing skills, this is not a tutorial (in my head anyway), it’s rather a post showing you how I made this.  I’m not sure if it’s right or wrong.  I just know how I happen to make it!

First I cut out the area of the coffee bean sack that I wanted to showcase.  I cut it about an inch and a half wider and longer than my pillow.

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I pinned it inside out using straight pins.

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I broke out my sewing machine and… yep… you guessed it… sewed in a straight line, leaving an opening for the pillow.

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I turned the pillow case right side out and inserted the pillow.

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Next, I pinned the opening to make it easier to hand stitch.

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Finally I hand stitched it closed.  The beauty of working with a burlap sack is that you can’t really notice the hand stitching.

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Voila!  Now you have a fun Recycled Coffee Bean Sack Pillow!  Here are some after photos.

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If you need some tips on how to care for burlap, I have a few for you!

Here are some more fun trash to treasure ideas and tutorials!

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