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How to make DIY vertical garden design step by step tutorial instructions

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This is how to make a vertical garden design for planting a tower of herbs at home. It is a great space utilization idea. Or if you don’t have time to build it yourself, just get this ready-to-use stack-a-pot we found out earlier.

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Beautiful Paper Lamps


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Take a look at these beautiful paper lamps. If you`re wondering what shops host these beauties, hold on for a second. These paper lamps and candle lights are part of a “do-it-yourself” project and you can easily turn them to a dream come true if you are handy with your scissors. If you know how to make paper cut cards and patterns, you are almost done. Choose the kind of paper you think matches your room design and start thinking of a pattern. The images clearly show patterns of flowers, trees, butterflies, branches and even nice messages that seem “carved” on paper. You can follow these patterns if you like the way they look and if not…you can always come up with some nice images. Although the design might seem minimalistic the silhouettes that are cast on the walls during night time are spectacular. The shadows that will seem to enchant your walls will bring you joy and if you have kids, they`ll be delighted as well. These beautiful paper lamps can also be a heartwarming gift.

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Cute Yarn Snowman..


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The last few weeks I have been hoarding a bunch of Pinterest pins for Christmas and sorting through them to see what I am going to recreate for my own holiday decor. Well here’s #1!  and I just love this pin by Wendy of Craft Goodies, I love natural stuff and burlap really makes me smile. So I have had this on my list to do and  here’s my version. My cute snowman is a lot larger, because to me bigger is better!

 

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List of materials I used were: 2 Bernat Baby Blanket (#6 super Bulky) yarn in White (Walmart), Panacea Burlap Garland Roll (Michaels), Panacea Naturally wired twine (Michaels), 3-4ft hard styro foam board (Michaels floral foam section), 3 buttons, a faux carrot, cotton balls or batting, hot glue and a chef knife.

 

I decided to use a large styro foam board because it is less expensive, but you can buy the foam already cut into 3 different sized circles to skip the whole cutting step. I then placed three graduating in size plates on the foam to draw circles. Cut them out with a chefs knife. They do not need to be super perfect.

 

Next make a spiral in hot glue in the center of the foam circle and place various cotton balls, this is to make snowman appear fuller, you can use batting if you have it, I had cotton balls on hand so I just used them, again less expensive.  Hot glue the end of the yarn to the back of the foam and start wrapping the yarn in one direction. This can be tricky when you get close the sides of the circles, just hot glue the yarn in place. I wrapped the yarn over each foam circle twice to cover all the cotton and foam. Next hot glue the circles together. I overlapped the bottom two and glued the edges together of the top two.

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Now for the hat and arms. The twine I used was the perfect color but not the right gauge. Wendy of Craft Goodies used 20 gauge wire.  The wired twine I found did not have a gauge on the package, but I thought it would still work and it does. (I found this out trying to make the hat.) The arms & hands are bent shaped and twisted for strength, then just shove them into the foam and hot glue into place.

 

For the hat: I had to unroll the whole twine and double it and twist it for strength. Then you get two hardback books in different sizes, one for the rim of the hat one for the top of the hat. I will not lie this is the tough part. Wrap the twine around three times for the larger book and press flat. Slip it off and do the same for the smaller book, about eight or nine times. I then took smaller pieces of twine wire and wired the hat together in the back to make it stable. It tends to flop. Slip it over the head and hot glue into place. Cut a small piece of a faux carrot diagonally and hot glue into place.  Place buttons and glue into place. Loop a small piece of twine on the back of the head and hot glue to make a hanger. Tie burlap around the neck and trim and you are done!

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25 DIY Christmas Wreaths – Holiday Home Decor


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One of my favorite things to make during the holidays is a wreath. I feel like they are so easy (well, mostly) and there’s instant gratification. You might think, “it’s a little early for Christmas crafts.” I believe that Christmas crafts get a special pass, because if you make this wreath in the next few weeks, you’ll be ready to pop it on your door right after Thanksgiving! I particularly like the different ones I’m seeing on the interwebs this year, because they are more modern and brightly colored than ever. I also fancy the ones with white bases and bright accents, like this white yarn Christmas wreath. Are you interested in making a Christmas wreath this year? Take a peek at some amazing tutorials – just continue through the jump.

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Door Prize

A striped wreath lends a jolly vibe to interior doors—and will last from year to year.

Here’s how: Cut strips of different colors of felt in varying, random widths. Our widest strip is about 1 1/4 inches. Mixing colors, wrap strips around a Styrofoam wreath form, each piece overlapping the previous slightly, pinning or gluing to the back of the Styrofoam as you go. Decorate with a felt poinsettia (following our instructions for wall poinsettias) if desired.

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Felt Balls

This wreath is perfect for those looking for something simple and colorful that can continue throughout the year.

This wreath was not free, but it was all worth it. We like it so much, that we´re considering to leave it in the livingroom after x-mas is over;)

What we used
A big wreath of straw.
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Loads of felted balls. You can make your own, but it will take some time.

How we did it
Put 5 balls on your thread and lay them over the top of the wreath. Wrap your thread around the wreath and put the needle into the side of the first ball to secure it. Put 5 more balls on your thread and repeat the operation. Make sure that you fill the gaps between the balls, making sure that they´re not in straight rows. See the photo. It sure takes time, but it turns out just perfect!

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Snowy Beauty

This gorgeous wreath uses a $3 base and fun craft store accents to make a statement piece for your home.

Here’s the quick play by play.  I started with a $3 dollar grapevine wreath.  To the base, I added some borrowed branches from mother nature that I clipped from a shrub.I found some fun silver curly willow at the craft store, and clipped it to fit inside the other branches.  Completely loving those curls.

Next came a bit of flocking or faux snow, this stuff is fun, but best to spray outdoors on a tarp.  I’m thinking our tree may get a dose of it for the first time this year.  You can find it at craft stores, I found mine at Michaels for $3 dollars a can.  It goes pretty far too . . I have about 2/3 of a can left, yay!!

Now is a good time to secure all your branches together with floral wire (should have done it before I sprayed the faux snow, not after!!!)

I added a few wintery springs found at the local craft store . . .

Then some glittered pinecones and blue ornaments for a pop of color !

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Your best bet is to use dollar store ornaments to create this bold wreath.

Christmas Ball Wreath

A shimmery stunner takes Christmas ornaments off the tree and onto the wall. Buy a straw wreath about 22 inches in diameter from the crafts store. Using 1/2 yard of white felt cut into 3-inch-wide strips, wrap each piece around the wreath, pinning to secure and overlapping the edges. Take assorted Christmas balls and attach to the felt with a low-temperature glue gun, using the smallest balls to fill in holes and gaps. This is also a great way to use older ornaments that may not look good from all angles. You can also add small stars, snowflakes, or other ornaments to give your wreath a unique look. Hang with wire, wrapped securely around “top” of wreath. (Note: You’ll need to add the wire before you cover the wreath completely with ornaments.)

DIY Crafty Christmas Present Ideas


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Photo Pillows

Spark a trip down memory lane with an old family photo and cool printer-friendly fabric. To begin, scan and upload the photo to your computer, then place the image in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ Microsoft Word document. Adjust the image as desired, leaving a half-inch border around it for seam allowance. Print onto an ink-jet fabric sheet ($9.99 for five 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets; amazon.com). If necessary, trim the fabric, then cut a same-size piece of backing fabric, like linen or broadcloth.

Pin the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing. Stitch around the pillow along the seam allowance, leaving a four-inch-wide opening on one side. Use small scissors to clip the corners, then turn the pillow right side out. Push out the corners, iron out any wrinkles, and stuff the pillow with loose fiberfill stuffing ($4.33 for one pound; amazon.com) before

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Postcards, matchbooks, and coins tell the stories of our travels, but back home these trinkets tend to get lost in a junk drawer. Instead, give vacation souvenirs—as well as snapshots—a more fitting home with this project adapted from Paper + Craft ($19.95; Chronicle).

Step 1: To source the geographical shape of your travel destination, type its name (Hawaii, Africa, Manhattan, etc.) and the word silhouette into Google. Print out a resulting image and use a copier to resize it to fit on the lid of a small white box
($.99 each, 4½”W x 6″L x 4½”H; containerstore.com for stores).

Step 2: Cut out the silhouette, then trace it onto the prettiest section of a colorful map of your destination.

Step 3: Next, cut the shape out of the map and use a glue stick to paste it onto the box’s lid.

Step 4: Finish by affixing a label on the lid and writing in the location and dates of your journey.

(Download the labels shown at left from chroniclebooks.com/papercraft).

Animal Tote Craft

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Here’s how to turn a $4 canvas bag (joann.com) into a cute woodland-themed carryall:

Step 1: Print the animal template of your choice from the list below and cut out. Using our photo as a guide, pick a mix of fabrics and place your template’s pieces on the fabrics; trace and cut out.

Step 2: Next, trace the template’s pieces onto iron-on adhesive ($3.99 per yard-long roll; joann.com) and cut inside the lines so the adhesive shapes are slightly smaller than the fabric ones. Following the package instructions, iron adhesive to the back of fabric.

Step 3: Remove the adhesive’s backing. Working pattern side up, center the animal’s fabric body on the bag and iron in place. Follow with the other pieces of the animal, again using our photo for guidance. Finish by sewing on button eyes for the owl and squirrel.

Templates:

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Cinnamon Stick Candles

Add an aromatic touch to plain votives with cinnamon sticks, and fill your home with a scent reminiscent of freshly baked apple pie. Using a hot-glue gun, adhere sticks (McCormick’s are just the right height) to glass. Then encircle with ribbon. Display in a kitchen window or on your holiday table. Tip: Clean up any wax drippings immediately, while they’re still warm and pliable and lift up easily

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Cinnamon Stick Candles

Add an aromatic touch to plain votives with cinnamon sticks, and fill your home with a scent reminiscent of freshly baked apple pie. Using a hot-glue gun, adhere sticks (McCormick’s are just the right height) to glass. Then encircle with ribbon. Display in a kitchen window or on your holiday table. Tip: Clean up any wax drippings immediately, while they’re still warm and pliable and lift up easily

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Hurricane Candles

Place three hurricanes on newspaper in a well-ventilated area. With a grease pencil, mark where you’ll be placing the doilies to ensure even spacing. Put the doilies facedown on the newspaper, spray lightly with spray mount, and press to the glass, smoothing as you go. Once dry, set the hurricanes securely on the stairs or arrange on a table and insert the pillar candles. To decorate votives, trim the doilies to size, spray with spray mount, and adhere to glass. For variation, use doilies in different sizes. Tip: The number of hours a pillar candle burns before the wick is buried is usually equal to the pillar’s diameter. (These four-inch-wide candles burned for four hours.) To resurface the wick, score the candle’s circumference with a knife.

Candlelight can instantly transform any room into a cozy and inviting space. But as with any open flame, caution is necessary. For your safety, remember never to leave candles unattended, around playing children or pets, or near a draft.

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Egg Cups As Candle Holders

Scour your pantry, flea markets, and antiques shops for items that would make containers for candles — teacups, sugar bowls, jelly jars, or sake cups. Choose pieces solid enough to withstand hot wax. These egg cups were found on eBay. While many candles are made of paraffin, cleaner-burning options (think: green, plus fewer soot marks on the ceiling) include soy — a vegetable wax that burns longer — and beeswax, which emits a natural honey scent. Most waxes adhere well to porcelain, ceramic, and glass containers. To make clear candles, use gel wax in glass.
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How to Make Candles

You’ll need wax, wicks, putty, a pencil, and a candy thermometer, all of which can be found at a craft store such as Michaels. Wax is sold in blocks, sheets, and shavings, to be melted on a stove or in a microwave.
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Pouring the Wax

Wrap one end of the wick around a pencil. Set pencil on egg cup, suspending the wick. With putty, secure wick’s metal clip to bottom of cup. In a double boiler, melt wax according to package directions; use a candy thermometer to gauge temperature. Pour wax in cup; allow to fully cool. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.

Berry Wreath

Instead of buying a holiday wreath for a friend, make one out of berries and rose hips.
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A few minutes and a few tools are all it takes to weave magic you’ll enjoy all winter long.
YOUR MATERIALS
Tallow berries (ask your florist to order them or purchase a simulated version), rose hips (wear gloves and watch for thorns!), pepperberries, two grapevine wreath frames of different sizes (here you see a 6-inch frame and a 12-inch frame), a spool of florist’s wire, wire cutters, your choice of ribbon for a bow.
VARIATIONS
Sweet gum seedpods, poppy seedpods, love-in-a-mist pods, dried celosia flowers. When it comes to wreaths, whatever you can rescue from the garden or field is fair game for your creation. Create an ode to a single berry (Carolyn has a fondness for tallow berry) or combine ingredients (try pepperberries and rose hips). Carolyn’s preference for a base is, hands down, a round grapevine form, which gives the finished wreath a slightly uneven and thus natural texture, heft, and depth. Hang halo within halo for an added dimension. Then remember: It’s safest to showcase dried wreaths indoors.

Download printable instructions here!