February 13, 2019

Last Minute Honey Bears for Valentines Day!

I think most crafters would agree that they would love to get some small little supply goodies to try out in such a cute container--I know I would. Here are a couple of ideas to get you going on filling up those honey bear jars:

For starters, I found different textiles that acted like ribbon in a traditional Valentine color scheme. 

Find little bits and bobs to add in as well such as differently shaped paper clips, mini doilies, heart-shaped brads, and buttons.

Add a cute tag with a bow of some kind and your craft-loving friends are sure to enjoy a couple little Valentine goodies in upcoming projects. And if there are no crafters to be found, just use these to fill up with your sweetheart's favorite candy or treat!

Happy Valentines Day!

February 12, 2019

Valentine Honey Bears Decor

Lately, I've had a bit of an obsession for honey bear jars with my crafting. I found some in bulk to use for a few different projects this Valentines Day, starting with some vases and centerpieces. 

I started off by spray painting each of the honey bear jars.

Then using a combo of colored chalk paint and acrylic I painted each one's face and a couple of details on.

To cover over the twisted plastic top where the lids would've gone, I used some jute to wrap around the top to give a nod to jute honey skeps. To finish them off, I tied a bow on with bakers twine.

They make cute, affordable centerpieces or you could even use them in a variety of size as vases for the holiday or other events.

February 5, 2019

Valentine Tree Decorating Tips & Tricks

I'm usually nowhere near ready to put away my Christmas tree after the holiday season; I just ADORE twinkle lights and will use any excuse to have them out and around. So I welcomed the gift of a miniature pink tree one year for Valentine's Day for this very reason. I get my twinkle lights for a little longer, Snowmen, Santa, and Rudolph can be packed away in a decent time frame after Christmas. Here are a few tips and tricks that I abide by when I put up my Valentine tree:

Start with picking two-three consistent elements (be it ornaments, lights, etc.) that can be arranged throughout the tree to help it keep an aesthetic balance. This year I went with shiny magenta ball ornaments, a strand of mercury glass mushroom lights, and vintage valentines. My punch-out valentines came from this booklet here, or you can use the adorable sets that Laughing Elephant has released for sale. Then move on to adding other elements to the tree.

Valentine ornaments can be as basic as old cards you've saved over the years to fancier glass blown ones such as the pink and red bird shown below. I picked up a few wooden ones from Hobby Lobby and snagged my Raggedy Ann and Andy ornaments from the Christmas bin, along with some hearts I had laying around. 

If the holiday reminds you of all things chocolate and conversation hearts, try putting a sweet-tooth spin to your theme. A couple years ago I started snagging dessert ornaments on after Christmas sales super cheap to use as Valentine ornaments instead.

Finally, I used an antique card I found as a tree topper:

If, like me, you don't have a holiday specific tree skirt, you can do what I did and use scrap fabric or lace that is in a red, pink, or purple color scheme to wrap around the bottom loosely.

Fortunately, I had plenty of leftover punch-out vintage valentines, so I stuck a few in some empty clear glassware terrariums (and a teapot) with some fake snow and plastic heart vase fillers from Dollar tree. 

If you have a Valentine tree, how do you decorate it?

February 4, 2019

Valentine Rag Wreath DIY

I enjoy wreath making, and by far one of my favorite types to create are rag wreaths. Rag wreaths are great because they're incredibly simply to assemble and super cheap to make if you have scrap fabric laying around your house that you cannot find another use for and still want to re-purpose it instead of tossing it away.

For the frame of this wreath, you're going to want to use a this wired one, and I'd highly recommend using a wire frame with a few different concentric wire circles inside it. This is going to give your wreath a much fuller look to it since you can attach the rags on the inside and outside of the frame. You can find wire wreath frames at local craft and floral shops in various shapes and sizes, but I got mine at Dollar Tree--win, win for frugality! Gather your fabrics that you're going to use for your wreath, and then you're going to cut and tear them into small strips to make the "rags." 

I generally like to cut my strips into one inch by 5 inch strips, but I also cut them into longer and shorter strips as well as I go to get added variety to wreath. If you  want your strips to have the frayed look around the edges I have done below, then instead of cutting the fabric strip, you're going to rip them from the initial fabric piece. Keep in mind that this is not an exact science here, and when I make a rag wreath there's a whole lot of randomization and estimation as far as measurements and placement. It's difficult to mess it up, and perfection is soooo not necessary for this craft!

To attach the rags, just do your basic overhand knot doubled to secure each rag to the wire frame. Work your way around the entire frame switching between the different fabric patterns as you go to your liking. Tie them to all the differing wires (I had four in this frame) in your wreath and compact them really well. 

The more rags you use in the wreath the more bulk it will have and give the wreath a "full" look to it. I tend to lean towards overdoing it on the rags to avoid any empty or lean spots. Fill it up all around and step back periodically to make sure you're balancing your different fabrics rags throughout the whole frame and not just on one side or spot in particular. 

Finally, I like to add a focal piece of some type to add to the wreath for interest to the eye. In this case, I used this galvanized tin and wood heart ornament I found at Hobby Lobby. I simply tied it to the wire frame on either side at the bottom. 

Happy wreath making!
© Natalie Grimm. Made with love by The Dutch Lady Designs.