Table Upcycle Tutorial

Have you ever wanted to re-finish or upcycle that old table but didn’t know how? Or maybe you found a fantastic piece at a garage sale or thrift shop, but didn’t know how to make it perfectly your own.

Shelly has a fabulous tutorial on her blog on how to go from old to fab. Check out the photos below:

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To see the complete tutorial to refinish your table check out Shelly’s blog – Minette’s Maze

Felt Gingerbread Cookie Tutorial

It may not be too close to Christmas yet, but it doesn’t mean we can’t start thinking about projects that will be super fun to work on when the time comes. Besides, Christmas comes in a blink of an eye, its is always here before we know it.

Here is a fun tutorial to do with the kids.

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  • 9×12 sheet of felt (hot chocolate)
  • Matching embroidery floss
  • 3D Fabric Paint in Red and White

**Optional**
Ikea 7-piece Baking Set (Duktig)

Using a water soluble marker, start by tracing the gingerbread man cookie cutter (or use this gingerbread man pattern). You will need two pieces for each finished cookie.

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Tassel Garland Tutorial

Tassel Garland

My son’s first birthday is next month, so I have been scouring the internet looking for budget-friendly (boy scout themed!) party decorations. Although I have seen several different tassel garland tutorials, I think this one, made from a $1.99 plastic tablecloth, takes the cake for being cheaper and faster to assemble than the regular, tissue paper garlands you’ve seen around. The plastic is much easier to work with than tissue paper (as well as a little more durable), and the creases that it comes with straight out of the package make a perfect measuring tool.

What you’ll need:
  • A rectangular plastic table cloth (can be found at any party supply or craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape
  • A nice big space to unfold/refold your tablecloth
1. First, unfold the tablecloth (they come folded in tiny rectangles!) on the floor. Then, fold it in half lengthwise. Cut the tablecloth in half along the fold.
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2. Leave one half of the tablecloth on the floor and set the other half aside. Using the creases in the tablecloth as a guide, cut it into strips between 12-15 inches wide (make your cuts about every two creases or so, as pictured). When you’re finished, repeat this process on the other half of the tablecloth.
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Sweet Little Ring Bowl Tutorial – The Perfect Gift

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The art of giving has always been close to my heart.  There is nothing quite like finding the perfect gift.  Choosing the wrapping with care, a ribbon that is cool and soft to the touch and the ideal card, to not only hint at what’s to come, but to compliment it.  To me, the whole process is part of the beauty of giving a gift.  From the tissue, to the ribbon, to the box, it’s all part of the experience of receiving.   There was a reason I was paid, starting at a very young age and stretching to this day, to wrap all of our family’s Christmas gifts; even my own which were marked carefully so that I knew not to peak into the box of the ones that were mine.   Clearly I was also a strict rule follower, but I digress.  The only thing I love more than finding the perfect gift, is making the perfect gift.  It takes time and thought and as you slowly and methodically craft, your mind wanders almost in a meditative state.  You think of the receiver, the times you have shared, your relationship, the joy, the time that has passed and all the many moments spent together.  All of this thought, all of this love, is woven into the gift; not unlike the seamstresses who did the detail work on Princess Diana’s wedding gown wove a strand of her hair into the hem of her gown, you are weaving your love into the gift.

This Sweet little ring bowl is one of my favorite gifts to give.  It is perfect for the newly engaged, the newly wed, or really anyone who has the need of a darling little bowl to keep treasures.  For you DIY brides out there would be lovely to use in place of a ring pillow, it’s sweet, it’s whimsical, and it is something that you can set on your nightstand or by your powder room sink as a constant reminder of your wedding day~ really it cannot get more lovely. * As a bonus, it is so easy! You could easily craft this with your children to teach them the beautiful art of giving.

* To use in a wedding you could stamp out small holes to lace gold or silver thread through for securing the rings for that long walk down the aisle.

You will need

  • A non-serrated knife
  • A rolling pin
  • Small dishes for stencils
  • Small dishes for molds
  • Acrylic paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Gold leaf leaves
  • Fine sand paper
  • Mod Podge

 

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