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DIY: Floral Wall Hanging

Hello friends, I hope ya’ll are having a fabulous week. Not having a great start to the week? Still feeling those winter blues? Will spring ever come? Whatever it is that is bringing you down I have the cure for you in the form of some good old fashion crafting. Getting your craft on might just be the fix you need, so take off those grumpy pants and put on your creative ones because I am going to share some tips on how to make your very own floral wall hanging. For those who would like the fix but don’t want to do the work you can head on over to my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, as I have a few for sale.

Materials needed;

  • ribbon
  • metal hoop (same kind used for making dream catchers)
  • greenery
  • flowers/decor
  • floral tape
  • hot glue gun
  • floral wire cutters
  • scissors

Lets begin with the most tedious step which is attaching the greenery to the hoop using the floral tape.

Using the wire cutters, cut two long strands of the greenery that you are wanting as the base of the hoop. You want both pieces to be similar in size as they will be laying on either side of the hoop. Once you have them cut take the pieces and lay them on opposite sides of the hoop ensuring they are where you want them to be as you will be attaching them to the hoop using the floral tape. Take the floral tape and start to wrap it around the hoop to secure the greenery in place. I find it easier to cut a long piece of the floral tape instead of leaving it attached to the spool.

It can get frustrating as the hoop may slide and the greenery may shift while attaching the tape, just breath and be patient as you go. Remember that once this part is over it’s smooth sailing, this is by far the hardest part. Also, don’t worry if the tape is visible as this will eventually by covered. Continue working the floral tape all the way around, once you have attached the greenery you can cut the floral tape and use some hot glue to ensure it stays attached (I usually do this in two separate pieces and not one long continuous one).

Okay so now that the hard part is over you can relax and have some fun with these next few steps. If the greenery isn’t laying exactly how you would like (for example poking out in some spots instead of flowing with the shape of the hoop) don’t stress as this can be fixed once you attach some additional greenery and decor. The next step I like to do is to attach the ribbon.

Cut the ribbon in as many or as few pieces as you would like and at the desired length. For mine I chose to do four pieces around 6′ in length. I like to put the ribbon down the middle but again depending on how you attach the greenery you can add the ribbon wherever you would like or don’t add any at all, you can really play around with it and make it your own. The picture above shows how to attach the ribbon, simply pull the ends through the loop to attach the ribbon to the hoop.

Okay, things are looking good and the hard part is definitely over, now it’s time to fill in the rest with some greenery and decor. I added some additional greenery to fill in and cover the floral tape. Once things were filled in and flowing better I added some crochet flowers. I chose to make some crochet flowers instead of felt ones as I wanted to match the texture of the ribbon.

There you have it, your very own floral wall hanging! I am so proud of you and I hope it adds a little pep in your step this week and every week. It may be miserable outside but it doesn’t mean you need to carry it inside with you. Add a little sunshine in the form of crafting, it’s guaranteed to make your day a lot brighter 🙂

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DIY Crochet Cactus

As promised I am here to share the deets on the crochet cactus I posted a couple weeks ago. I attempted to follow a few patterns with no luck. It just didn’t turn out the way I envisioned or as the pattern said it would so what’s a hooker to do? That’s right, take things into her own hands and hook it up! The following are the steps I took to make this cute little cactus. I tried to write an easy to follow pattern, one that beginners and first time crocheters can attempt as well. If you have any questions along the way please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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Materials:

  • small ceramic pot
  • green yarn (size 4)
  • optional; yarn for flower (size 4)
  • stuffing
  • hook size 5.5 and 4.5 (if making a flower)
  • darning needle
  • scissors
  • crochet marker

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Okay lets get started, again if you have any questions along the way please feel free to send me an email.

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2. Sc in second from the hook in the back loop only and every one after that. Continue this all the way until the end, Ch 1 and turn. This will create a ribbed texture throughout.

3. Repeat step 2, continue to crochet in the back loop only for the next 16 rows. You can add more rows or less depending on the size of the ceramic pot you have. It should look like this;

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4. Once you have the desired length for your cactus (approx. 16 rows) then you will want to use your darning needle as pictured above. Fasten off the end and remove your crochet hook, leave a long tail of yarn for sewing the ends together. Attach the darning needle and begin to slide it across the top as in the picture above. Once you get all the way to the end pull it tightly to close the top part of what will be the cactus. It should look similar to this;

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5. Once you have the top secured you will then need to continue sewing the ends together. I find it helpful to use a crochet marker to hold the ends together, I find this allows for a straighter edge. Below is an example of how it should look;

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6. Continue to sew the edges together. Keep checking your stitch to make sure there aren’t any large gaps or holes, if so you will need to remove the stitching and start over. Yes, it can be frustrating but you will be thankful you did once you stuff it, there won’t be any large holes or white stuffing sticking through. Once you are at the end tie a knot to finish it off.

7. Turn the cactus inside out so the stitching is on the inside. Now you are ready to stuff your cactus. Use as little or as much stuffing as you would like, keep in mind you don’t want too much stuffing showing through. If you have a lot showing it means it’s over stuffed and you will want to remove some of it. Once you are done you can add a flower or leave it as is.

8. Optional* To crochet the flower I am going to share a video I found helpful. I used a size 4.5 hook for the flower. The following video will demonstrate how to make the perfect little flower. Once you have your flower ready to go, fasten off and leave a long tail. You can then use your darning needle to attach the flower to the cactus. I attached mine near the top at an angle, but hey you can attach it anywhere you please.

9. Once you have finished adding the flower you are done! It’s that simple. Take your cactus and set it inside the ceramic pot, viola complete.

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DIY: Burlap Wreath Inspired by Love

“Out with the old and in with the new” is the theme for this next do it yourself post. I have given the burlap wreath a new and exciting look for 2015, if you missed my post last week on this project take a read here. I will now reveal my makeover secrets so that you too can create some love fitted for the season. I used the following supplies;

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  • One styrofoam wreath mould (approx. 16″ around)
  • One roll of burlap
  • Some twine
  • Two different colours of felt (red and pink)
  • One roll of lace ribbon
  • Two colours of yarn for the crochet flowers (you can also use felt for the flowers)

The first thing I did was attach the burlap to the styrofoam mould, you will need a hot glue gun for this part. Put a little glue along the end of the roll of burlap and attach it to the styrofoam and carefully add a little pressure to ensure it sticks. From here, proceed to wrap the burlap around the mould like so;

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Keep going around while trying to space the burlap out evenly. You can tell how even you are by the edging of the burlap. As you can see above I tried to keep a consistent pattern all the way around.

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To finish off I added some glue to the end piece and attached it to the back side of the wreath. You should have the entire white mould covered. What you will have, if you notice above, is a space that is not consistent with the rest of the wreath. The end piece will not go in the same direction as the rest of the burlap, to cover this up I added some lace ribbon. It not only covered up the inconsistency but it also added a nice romantic feel to the “love” vibe I was going for;

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You can leave the ribbon as such or you can add a bow if you would like;

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I opted for the bow, either way I feel the lace ribbon creates a sense of elegance. Another option is wrapping the ribbon all the away around the wreath, get creative and make it your own! Next, I focused on adding some flowers. This year I wanted to try a different technique then the one I had used previously, i.e. flowers made from felt, so I decided to crochet them;

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The pattern I used to create the flowers can be found here. I used two different hooks (6mm and 5mm) to create varying sized flowers. I added some pearl beads to the centre of the flowers using my hot glue gun. Yes, this will hurt a little! It’s almost impossible not to burn your finger tips but it was worth it. Plus who needs finger tips really?! The pearls tie together the elegance of the lace with the texture of the yarn. If hooking isn’t your cup of tea then you can create some flowers using felt. You also use silk flowers if you prefer, remember there are no rules!

After attaching the flowers I took out the two colours of felt which I then used to create the bunting. I cut triangle shapes out of the red felt and hearts out of the pink. I attached the hearts to the red pieces using my hot glue gun, again ouch be careful, and then attached it to the piece of twine I had pre-measured ahead of time.

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From here I secured the bunting to the back of the wreath using some glue;

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And there you have it! You should now be prepared to create your very own wreath using these simple techniques.The great thing is that you can implement the same methods to create a wreath for any season and for any reason. It makes the sweetest gift for any occasion or a “just because” gift.

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Use your creative side to make the world smile and to spread a little love. Happy Crafting!

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DIY Sunflowers

Alright, as promised I am going to teach you the ways of the sunflower. I know it has been a long wait and you just weren’t sure what to do or where to start so sit back and take a read through so you too can create some floral magic. Without further ado lets get started. For this crafting project you will need the following;

  • 4 pieces of felt, 2 in yellow and 2 in brown (depending on how many flowers you want to make)
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors
  • a quarter cup of imagination lightly mixed with a cup full of patiences

Here is the felt I used;

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Lets start by creating the centre of the flower. I will try my best to describe my technique as well I have include a link with some additional instructions. Take the brown felt and cut a circle, you can make it as large or small as you want. The larger the centre the bigger the flower, for mine I went on the larger side. Once you have a circle cut from the felt you can then begin to cut on the inside in a circular motion all the way down to the middle;

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Once you have your piece looking like the one above, you then roll the outer end towards the middle end piece. You want to keep it as flat and circular as you can, try and envision what the centre of the flower looks like. Feel free to cut the edges of the flower as you go if there are pieces that are sticking out. Here is what mine looked like;

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To finish you can add some glue to connect the pieces together. Viola, you are half way there (the link above will provide further instructions/pictures if you are stuck). Now comes the somewhat tedious part, the cutting of the petals. Pull out your yellow felt and lets begin. You start by cutting out one petal, make it as big or as small as you would like but try and keep it symmetric with the centre you just created.

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Once you have the desired shape, use this petal as an outline for the rest so you can create the same sized petals. Lay it over top the felt and cut around it. I cut about 14 petals for my flower.

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This point on becomes the fun part, putting it all together. Use the hot glue gun to attach the petals, put a small portion on the bottom tip of the flower and attach it to the bottom of the centre piece. Repeat all the way around the centre until it is fully covered with petals (I used about 7 petals). Then go around the outside and add the remaining petals in between the spaces of the first row of petals. This will fill in the spaces and give the sunflower a fuller look.

 

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And there you have it, I hope with the instructions I have provided above you too can create your very own sunflowers! If you need clarification about anything please let me know in the comments below or feel free to send me an email. This crafting project is a great way to create some beautiful fall décor and it isn’t costly so get out there and get crafting! The world is waiting to see the beauty you can create with your own two hands 🙂

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DIY Twine Vase

Are you ever left wondering how you can add some new décor into your living space without having to spend a lot of money? I know I have! The good news is that it’s overwhelmingly refreshing to see all the exciting things you can do that cost less than $20.00, you just have to be willing to think outside of the box. So go out and pick up a bottle of wine, sit back and relax…..plus you will need the empty container for this next “do it yourself” post, it’s a win win!

If wine isn’t your thing don’t worry, you can use any empty glass container. This crafting project is not about spending a lot of money, it’s more about taking what you have or can find and revitalizing it. To get you started and to give you some inspiration, I am going to show you how I created a vase using some twine with a pinch of imagination. Here is what I used to make my twine vase;

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  • Empty wine bottle
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Button

*The only thing not pictured here are the pearl beads I ended up adding at the end

This is all you need to create a unique vase, depending on what you are using to decorate the vase, altogether it cost me under $20.00. You will also need a hot glue gun, it’s the best assurance that the twine stays attached to the glass container and your fingers are less likely to become permanently attached to the twine, trust me don’t learn the hard way like me 😉 I started at the top of the bottle, putting a small drop of glue and then attaching the twine and wrapping it around the neck of the bottle. You want to add another drop of glue and then pull the twine tightly around the bottle again. The first couple rows are important, if there isn’t enough glue used to hold the twine in place, it can slide up causing the twine to bunch up or slide off the bottle.

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Keep going around, adding glue less frequently as you work your way down but enough to ensure it stays in place and does not shift up or fall down. You may have to use your fingers to push the twine up if it’s falling down to ensure there aren’t any gaps, again add some glue if needed to help hold everything in it’s place.

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The trickiest part of this crafting project is to make sure there aren’t any gaps, as well to use the appropriate amount of glue. Sometimes it will dry up before you are able to use it and the twine won’t stick, if that happens just peal the glue off and add some more, attaching the twine as quickly as possible and pushing it up gently with your fingers to close in the gaps.

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If you are moving along and find that there are some gaps and you aren’t able to push the twine together, you can always wrap the twine over top of the gap. You don’t want to do this too frequently as it won’t look as polished once completed. I had to do this a couple of times and it ended up not being that noticeable.

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Once you get near the bottom you may have to pick up the bottle and turn it in the air to ensure you have covered it completely. Put enough glue near the end, just like at the beginning, to hold it in place and to keep it from shifting. Once you have it completely covered the fun part begins, choose your décor pieces and get to work. If you are stuck for ideas check out Pinterest as you can usually find lots of inspiration on there (you can also follow me on Pinterest, I have some great pins that will help with this crafting project). I chose simple, neutral décor so that I can interchange the vase between rooms. In the end, you can fill it with flowers or you can leave it as is.

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I hope this post gives you enough instruction so that you can go out and make your own twine crafting sensation. If not and you still have a few questions, or if you have any questions in regards to any of my other posts please feel free to leave a comment below or you can send me an email at bbcraftlandia@gmail.com.  Happy crafting 🙂

 

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DIY Terrarium

As promised, I am going to share with you the secrets of creating your very own slice of paradise. Keeping in mind your paradise may look different than mine and by all means, once you know the basics, you can get creative and add whatever it is you would like. To start out I used the following supplies;

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  1. Glass container (Winners) = $9.99.
  2. Sand (Michaels) = $3.99.
  3. Sea shells (donated by Mother Nature) = free
  4. Air plants (2) medium sized (Whole Foods) = $3.99 each.
  5. Birds (Michaels) = $2.99

* not pictured here is the miniature beach chair which I had discovered after making my terrarium. Michaels has a great selection of miniature figurines which are perfect for this crafting project. For the chair I paid $6.99.

After you have collected your supplies, the next step is making sure your container is clean and ready to go. Roll up your sleeves and get to it;

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After washing and drying your container it should be ready to give’r. The next step is setting up the base of your terrarium, for mine I used sand and it was as easy as this;

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Once you have filled the base of the container it is time for the fun part, no the margaritas comes afterwards so put down your glass, I meant it’s time to decorate!! For me, I started by adding the plants. I used air plants and the great thing about using this kind of plant is that they don’t need soil, they can just sit on top and in fact you don’t want to bury them in too much sand/soil as you will need to remove the plants twice a week to water them (or as per instructions). To water them you just run them under some water and then they are ready to go back into the terrarium.

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After you have put in the plants, the next part is a bit easier as you can fill in the remaining space with your décor. Oh and most importantly don’t for get to put a bird on it! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHmLljk2t8M)

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The last step for me was making sure it was approved by the boss of the house, also known as Sir Charles, he had to give the “sniff” of approval and as you can see it passed;

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And there you have it! I hope this gives you a great start on making your very own slice of paradise.

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* here are some additional sites that may help you in your quest for terrarium domination;

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DIY Burlap Wreath

Are you ready for a wild and crazy time? Well I don’t know about you but nothing says “wild and crazy” like creating a wreath 😉 So here goes, my “do it yourself” instructions for creating a burlap wreath. I hope you are ready….what’s that, you aren’t? Well might I suggesting starting with a cup of inspiration? My cup of inspiration came from this Whistlers Chestnut Ale;

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That was my cup of inspiration but whatever your cup is I suggestion you drink it now so that you are ready to begin. Cheers! After you are feeling inspired, you will need some supplies. I used the following;

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  • 1 19′ wreath frame
  • 1 1/2 spools of burlap (10 yards per roll)
  • 1 spool of ribbon
  • Flowers
  • Floral wire (not pictured)

This is all you will need to create your wreath. You can use whatever you would like to decorate with, it doesn’t have to be flowers, I encourage you to make it your own and get creative. The first step is to weave the burlap through the frame, like so;

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Keep weaving in and out, trying to switch it up so that it doesn’t become too “patterned”. It is honestly as easy as that, keep weaving in and out until you are almost at the end. If it helps you can tie the burlap in a knot at the starting point so that it does not come undone. The nice thing about burlap is that it works really well and usually stays in place. As you go along  you can fluff out the burlap to give it more volume, this will help you to see where you need to weave. Here is what mine looked like close to the end;

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Once you have completed filling in the frame, you can cut off the remaining roll and tie the end to the frame or you can weave it in ensuring it stays. Go along and fluff out the burlap, you want to make sure the frame is covered and that you can’t see any of the green wire. Now the fun part, decorating! This is where you can get really creative. I used some ribbon to weave in and out of the burlap loops, you can also use ribbon to make a bow which you can put at the top or on the side. It looks really nice with just the ribbon so it is up to you if you want to add any additional flowers/decorations. Use the floral wire to hold the flowers in place or whatever it is you are using to decorate with. You can use a hot glue gun to secure the décor but I suggest using wire so that you have the option to change it up. Here is what mine looked like after I was done;

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It didn’t take me that long to create, so don’t get discouraged, it shouldn’t take any longer than an hour and it was really fun to make. I will keep showing different variations of the wreath throughout the year to showcase the versatility of this floral creation. I hope you enjoy making this wreath as much as I did!

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