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Hello Creative Friends,

I can’t stop making flowers!  I saw some directions for using fabric (polyester blend) and making petals, then melting the edges so I thought I’d give it a try.  You have to use something with a poly blend because you want it to melt.  It was really one of the most relaxing crafts I’ve done in a while.  This is a good Netflix craft.  I melted my edges while watching Netflix.  I set up a tray table and went to work.

DIY Fabric Flower Peony Wreath

I found my material on the clearance table at Wal-Mart for $1.00 per yard.  Yeah!  They had all colors in this fabric.  I’m going to have to do some flowers in different colors.  What I will make them for I just don’t know but they were so much fun.  I told my husband I was going to have to start me an Etsy shop just so I’d have an excuse to make pretty flowers.

DIY Fabric Flower Basket of Peonies

For the ones in the photo above I put pearls in the centers.  I thought these ones would make cute package toppers or I could use them on anything.  My oldest daughter does photography so I might make her a few headbands for her props.

DIY Fabric Flower Peony Petals
You can see that even before you put them together they look like petals!

DIY Fabric Flower Peony Leaves

I had not seen anyone make leaves and melt them but hey I thought I’d try and I really like how the leaves turned out.

How did I make these?

Basically I just cut three sizes of circles, held them over a lit candle and turned them around melting all the edges.  If you try this, you must be careful not to burn yourself.  On the smaller ones you can use craft tweezers.  I have some that I use for embossing.

Next I layered them.  I put about four each of the larger petals and about three of the two smaller size petals for each flower.  I didn’t really make them all the same.  Some I used more of the same size layers.  Some not.  I just layered them till I thought they looked good.

I took a needle and thread and went up through the back through all the layers and made a few stitches to keep them together.  I saw on a few of the tutorials online where people stitched each petal a few stitches as they kept layering.  I thought that was way too much work when the layers are so thin and a needle easily goes though all the layers.  I guess if you wanted to put them on wire for a vase, you might want to do them individually or a different way but for what I wanted it wasn’t necessary.

For the leaves, I cut various size leaf shapes (no pattern involved).  Then melted those edges as well.

I added felt circles to the backs to give them a finished look on the ones that I want to use for package toppers and headbands.  Just be sure if you are adding buttons or pearls to the centers by stitching them through the back that you do that before you put the felt back on.

Here’s a few links to some tutorials online to melt the petals and make similar flowers.  I didn’t exactly follow all of the directions on any tutorial.  I just used the basic idea.  I think too many tutorials take unnecessary steps but I’ll share a few links to some if you like that step by step thing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a creative day!
Have a Creative Day, Julia

 

 

 

Come on in!

Hello Creative Friends,

Sharing some pics today of a wreath I made for my door yesterday.  I made up some flowers out of canvas (pieces of dropcloth I had on hand) and burlap.  I used a little cheesecloth in the centers of some of them.  I got the letter from Hobby Lobby and painted it an antique white.   I’m not sharing instructions on how I did these flowers.  I’ve been making paper and fabric flowers for years and I just play around with it until I get what I want.  When you have your fingers good and burnt, you know you are doing them right! (ha!)

There are about 100 tutorials for burlap and canvas flowers online.  Okay, maybe an exaggeration but there is a lot.  The Craftberry Bush Blog gives a tutorial for some done kind of the same way I did some of mine.

DIY Monogram Door Wreath

DIY Canvas (Drop Cloth) Flower
I fringed up the edges of my canvas because I liked the look of it.

DIY Burlap Flower
I tucked in some silk ivy I had in my floral stash.

DIY Burlap and Canvas Flowers

I haven’t made a wreath for my door in a long time. I used to always change it out but I really don’t think I’ve had anything on my door since Christmas. So unlike me.   I had wanted to paint my door but now we are going to replace it soon so I decided I’d just wait.

Thanks for stopping by and peeking at my project.

Have a creative day!
Have a Creative Day, Julia

Hello Creative Friends,

I had to make my husband a sympathy card for one of his bosses at work this past week, so I used my handy dandy go to “Thoughts and Prayers” stamp set from Stampin’ Up!  Most of my stamp sets don’t get much use but this one does.

Handstamped Sympathy Card
I used an ivory base for the stamped image. This tree stamp always turns out nice.  I used a little hemp thread to go around the image.

Thoughts and Prayers Handstamped Card

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project.  I put a “with sympathy” sentiment inside the card but forgot to take a pic of that.

Have a creative day!
Have a Creative Day, Julia

 

Hello Creative Friends,

Sharing one of my recent projects.  I took an old desk which used to belong to my husband’s grandmother and turned it into a coffee bar for my kitchen.  This desk has been sitting out on the patio in a corner for the last several years.  I cleaned it, sanded it a little, primed,  painted, and added new drawer pulls.  The photos show a little lighter than it actually is.  The paint color is  “True Turquoise”.  I have turquoise accents in my kitchen.  I love, love, love turquoise shades!

turquoise coffe station

I found the square basket at Ross.  I’d like to eventually add a couple shelves under there to hold my overflow of coffee syrups and cups.  I really needed the space in my cupboards though so I put them in the basket.

Desk to redo for coffee bar

Here’s the desk in its original state.  Yes, I am showing you cobwebs and all!

coffee station from desk

I added a couple hooks ($1.48 each) from Lowes to hold towels on the side of the desk.

Galvanized tray for coffee syrups

The galvanized tray I got for just under $10.00 at Ross.  The tier galvanized container I got from Hobby Lobby a long time ago.  The “coffee” containers holding napkins and stirrers are from Marshalls.

Coffee Chalkboard Art

The chalkboard is really just a cheap bulletin board turned over and painted on the back with several layers of chalkboard paint.  Wish I had one of those talented Etsy ladies to come and do my chalkboard art for me but I had to do it myself.  My kids liked it so I guess it passed approval.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my project.

Have a creative day!
Have a Creative Day, Julia

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