burlap tree ornaments diy

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 6The trend for natural and rustic appearing Christmas trees are becoming ever more popular. However, while these types of ornaments may not look as expensive as glass baubles or decorative lights, than can still be quite costly. Making them from scratch, on the other hand, is only consuming with your time. Here is one version of a quick and rustic ornament tutorial that will help you attain that more traditional tree.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 1What you will need: 

Burlap cloth
Styrofoam balls
Thread
Twine
Needle
Scissors

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 2Steps:

1. Place a foam ball on the burlap cloth. Tentatively wrap the ornament in the cloth until it is completely covered. Cut the material needed to cover one ornament.

2. Place the material that has just been removed on the remaining burlap. Cut out enough sheets of burlap to equal the number of ornaments that you will ultimately have.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 33. Once enough material has been cut, you may begin sewing your ornaments. Cover one foam ball with the burlap, gathering the excess material at the top. Sew the top shut. Repeat for each ornament.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 54. Once the burlap is securely sewn, twist the excess burlap and pull it in a downward motion, wrapping it around the top of the ornament so that it resembles the cap on a glass or plastic bauble. Sew it into place.

5. Now that each ornament has a faux cap, one of the last steps is to create a hanging mechanism. Thread the needle through the centre of the top cap so that it makes a loop. Tie a knot so that it stays in place.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 76. Lastly, tie a piece of twine around the hanging apparatus to finish off the look.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 8That’s all that is needed to make rustic tree decorations! Only 7 more days until Christmas!

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make these : rustic christmas candles

Rustic Christmas Candle DIYI truly believe in making Christmas gifts. In addition to the tutorials that were featured on the blog last year (here and here), I was inspired to create one that could either work on its own as a holiday craft, or as a thoughtful present for those whose homes embody a rustic feel. 

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 1What you will need:

Several jam jars
Scented candles
Aged book
Pine leaves
Twine
Moss
Scissors
Crazy glue

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 2Steps:

1. Measure the width and circumference of a single jam jar. Take those measurements and trace them onto the number of book pages that equal the number of jars. Cut and remove.

2. Now trace shapes onto the sheets of paper that will cover the jars. Again, cut and remove those shapes.

3. Take a jam jar and wrap it in one of those sheets of paper. Holding the paper with one hand, wrap twine around it once over so that the paper will stay in place. Tie it in a knot, and remove the excess twine.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 34. Place one or more pine leaves on the exterior of the jar. Use the twine to make it stay in place, wrapping around the jar several times.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 45. Once the exterior is complete, place a dab of crazy glue onto the bottom of the candle. Now set the candle in the centre of the jar.

Rustic Christmas Candle DIY - 66. Fill the jar with moss. Then wait until it becomes dark, light the candle, and watch the shapes dance on the wall or surface. It’s quite beautiful!

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The countdown is on! Only 16 days remaining!

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a week of christmas: diy your gifts

SucculentHolder8.jpgI am a believer in cheap gifts. Does that sound bad? Not so cheap that your friends and family dread receiving presents from you, and have secretly brandished you as a penny pincher. More like waiting to buy a really nice item once it goes on sale, or making something really beautiful for that special someone that will totally be used on a daily basis. I have also been known to regift. It’s something that I secretly take great pride in performing.

I think that my frugal attitude towards gift-giving stems from the fact that my family is just so damn big. I have immediate family members, step family, in-laws, a nephew and nieces galore, not to mention friends and random workers that I guiltily feel as if I must splurge on. That being said, making presents is something that I whole-heartily believe in.

SucculentHolder11I began this month with this Christmas DIY. Now, I’m here to show you an even simpler, and better yet, free DIY that is perfect for any plant lovers in your circles. I would personally love to receive this gift. So I made it for myself, in anticipation of showing all of you.

Even though I’m Canadian, I’ve had a mild obsession for American Flags lately. I chose to make our bedroom an American-themed room, and made an American-themed Valentine’s Day DIY for HaveHeart Magazine coming in February. Crazy, right? Anyway, I decided to take my obsession to a plant-based level as well. The lines in the can were reminiscent of the stripes in the flags, so really I had no other choice but to turn it into the American flag. However, you can make any motif that you, or your recipient, would like.

SucculentHolder1This is what you’ll need to make a Motif Plant Holder:

Tin Can

Acrylic Paint

SucculentHolder3Paint Brushes

Drill

SucculentHolder2It’s honestly such a straightforward project. To begin, simply drill a hole into the bottom of the tin can for drainage. I kept the lid to use as a plant dish.

SucculentHolder5Next, you’re ready to begin painting. Go wild. Cover half of the can, or the whole can, in whatever designs and colours that you would like.

SucculentHolder6I obviously chose the American Flag.

SucculentHolder9Once you’re done that, fill the can with a plant or succulent. Note, if this is a gift, and you’d like to minimize the chance of the plant dying on them, it’s best to stick to something a little tougher, like from the plant family Cactaceae​. I chose to use this Aloe Vera plant, since it seems to have been planted in magic fairy dust and will not stop growing!

SucculentHolder10SucculentHolder12The last step is to carefully wrap it. Obviously, the longer that you wait to do this, the better. But hey, if you’re the gambling type, then why not wrap it now?

SucculentHolder7See you tomorrow!

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Emory

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