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DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays

Mini Fabric Organization Trays DIY Mini Fabric Organization Trays
We live in a very old house with lots of built in cabinets and drawers, which is fabulous, I admit. But those old drawers and large and deep and things are easily lost in them if they aren’t corralled into smaller trays and boxes. This project makes tidy little trays perfect for holding change, jewelry, or other small items that you don’t want getting lost in the mire of your drawers.

Difficulty level: Moderate to advanced
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Lightweight cotton fabric
Fabric stiffener
Scissors
Ruler
Embroidery thread
Embroidery needle
Iron
Ironing board

Things to do:
1. Press your fabric well before beginning. Cut squares or rectangles that are 1″ larger all the way around than the finished tray size you are after.
2. Spray the fabric down well with fabric stiffener. You want to get it nice and west but not dripping. Hang to dry flat.
3. Once the fabric is dry, fold in and press a 1 inch flap on each side of the square. Fold and press the corners at an angle.
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4. Pull the angled corners together and fold over onto one side of the flap.
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5. Thread your embroidery needle and sew two French knots to hold the angled flap tightly onto one of the sides.
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6. Repeat with the other corners, pulling the sides of the tray up as you work.
7. Trim away excess thread and put those babies to good use!
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DIY Bird Wall Decals

June 20, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

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When summer hits we spend a lot of time lazing outdoors in the grass, watching the birds fly through the blue sky. But for the rest of the year, well, it’s nice to have a little reminder of those days indoors so we can always have the delight of those beautiful afternoons. This project brings the soaring birds indoors for year round fun in whatever colors and patterns match your decor. Choose lightweight cotton fabrics for the best results. Decals can be peeled off when you want to change or reposition them.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 25 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Fat quarters of cotton fabric
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Scissors
Bird template
Iron

Things to do:
1. Spray your fabric until its thoroughly damp and hang to dry for several hours. It should be stiff but not totally inflexible once dry.
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2. Using the template cut out as many birds as you want for your walls.
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3. Heat the iron to medium high and position one of the birds on a painted wall.
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4. Iron the fabric onto the wall with short but firm movements of the iron. The Stiffy Fabric Stiffener will make the fabric adhere to the wall.
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DIY Billowly Cloud Decals

Billowly Cloud Decals DIY Billowly Cloud Decals
Our house has white, white walls which is lovely for making the spaces light and bright but not particularly colorful. In order to add color without changing the paint, I look to large scale fabric decals such as these clouds. Fabric decals are removable, re-positionable and so much fun and these clouds fill up a wall with color and character that you’ll love.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
1/3 yard of lightweight fabric (makes 2 clouds)
Stiffy Fabric Stiffener
Scissors
Iron

Things to do:
1. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and hang over a line or string.
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2. Spray both side of the fabric well with Stiffy Fabric Stiffener until it is thoroughly damp.
3. Allow the fabric to dry for several hours. It should be stiff but not totally inflexible once dry.
4. Cut out free-form cloud shapes from the fabric. You should be able to get two clouds per length of fabric.
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5. Heat your iron to medium high and press the cloud onto a painted wall as if ironing. Use short, smooth movements, making sure you get all the way to the edges. The fabric stiffener will adhere the fabric to the walls. If you need to move the clouds, simple peel off and re-iron in their new position.
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DIY Mod Podge Clothes Hangers

Mod Podge Hangers DIY Mod Podge Clothes Hangers
Hangers are, just by their very definition, are utilitarian. They have a kind of boring-ish job keeping your clothes tidy in your closet and they look, well, kind of boring! So adding a little beauty to these ordinary household items is a wonderful way to add color and fun to your everyday chores.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Scrapbook paper
Wooden Hangers
Pencil
Scissors
Mod Podge
Foam brush

Things to do:
1. Lay one half of the hanger flat on the paper and trace around the outside as close to the edge of the wood as possible. Repeat with the other side of the hanger.
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2. Carefully cut around the traced lines. Erase any pencil marks.
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3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wood. Press the cut paper pieces onto the hanger and smooth out any air bubbles. Allow the glue to dry.
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4. Smooth down the edges of the paper around the wood and paint another two coats of Mod Podge on top, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
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How to Make a Spiral Mesh Wreath

Spiral Mesh Wreath How to Make a Spiral Mesh Wreath
While traditional mesh wreaths are pretty darn awesome, sometimes you want something with just a little more zing for your door. Enter the spiral wreath. This is no timid decoration! The technique creates a wild, oversized wreath that will add definite pizzazz to your front door decor!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
24 inch wide royal blue mesh or other colors of your choice
10 inch wide red mesh or other colors of your choice
Red pipe cleaners
Wreath form
Scissors
Embellishments – Americana barn star and burlap star picks

Things to do:
1. Cut a two foot section of the wider mesh and roll it tightly up.
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2. Using a pipe cleaner, twist in the center of the roll to hold it in place, leave the tails free.
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3. Cut three one foot sections of the narrower mesh and roll each tightly. Using a pipe cleaner, twist the ends of the three rolls together.
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4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have between 10 and 15 of each color.
5. Take the tails of the pipe cleaners from one of the long rolls and twist it to the outer two rings of the wreath, tightening on the back side.
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6. Push the raw edges of the narrower bunch in through the center rings of the wreath, close to the first set of ties, and twist the pipe cleaners around the center two rings to secure.
7. Now attach another of the longer rolls, using the same technique, to the inner most rings of the form.
8. Continue this process, with the longer rolls on the outer and inner rings and the shorter rolls on the center rings, punching them closely together, until you have made it all the way around the wreath form. Trim any excess pipe cleaners form the backside.
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9. Using picks, or other embellishments, add decorations here and there throughout the wreath. Here we have inserted star picks at intervals around the wreath and have wired a large star into the center.
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DIY Deco Mesh Bottle Wrap

Deco Mesh Bottle Wrap DIY Deco Mesh Bottle Wrap
Festive and fun, using deco mesh to wrap that special bottle of wine, beer or champagne will wow your giftee and make your gift that much more special. You’ll need mesh that, folded in half, is about ¾ the height of the bottle. Smaller bottles can use 12 inch mesh, larger bottles will need 24 inch mesh.

Difficulty level: easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Bottle
Turquoise deco mesh or other colors of your choice
Scissors
Ribbon or 1 inch natural sinamay ribbon

Things to do:
1. Cut a length of mesh that is about 3 times as long as your bottle is high.
2. Lay the mesh out, curly side down, with the bottle at the center point.
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3. Pull the ends up, wrapping the edges around under themselves as you go, and grasp at the neck of the bottle.
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4. Cut a 2 foot section of the narrow deco mesh.
5. Tie around the neck and into a bow. Fluff up the curls at the top of the bottle.
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How to Make a Beach Theme Mesh Wreath

Beach Theme Mesh Wreath How to Make a Beach Theme Mesh Wreath
It’s almost summer! And where I live that means it’s getting close to beach time! Even if you can’t actually hit the sand, beach theme decor is a great way to create a relaxed, playful atmosphere in your home and this mesh wreath is a fun focal point for this style.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wreath form (click here to learn how to make your base wreath)
Mesh in beachy colors such as turquoise, burlap, and natural
Shell garland
Beach sign
Fish net
Pipe cleaners
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Starting with your widest mesh, bunch the very end and secure it to the inner ring of the wreath by tightly twisting one of the ties around the end, leaving the tails up when you are done.
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2. Allow for enough length for some good bunching and bunch the mesh again, attaching it to the next tie on the inner ring. Repeat this process until you have reached the tie you started with.
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3. Once you have gone all the way around, move to the outer ring without cutting the mesh. Continue to secure the mesh to the wreath with enough space for bunching. When you have reached the last tie, trim the mesh and secure as you did with the first one.
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4. Repeat this entire process with your next mesh roll. Continue this process with all colors of your mesh and use the same process to attach your fish netting, treating it as a wide, loose mesh.
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5. Once you have the mesh attached to the wreath, flip the form over and pull all the tails of the pipe cleaners to the backside. Twist the tightly and trim away ends as needed.
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6. Now that the base of your wreath is done, it’s time to add the details! Cut pipe cleaners in half to make small ties. Secure the shell garland at regular intervals around the wreath using the shorter pipe cleaner ties.
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7. Using a short tie, secure the hanger for the beach sign to the wreath so that the sign sits slightly off center on one side of the wreath.
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How to Make a Deco Mesh Pom Pom

Deco Mesh Pom Pom How to Make a Deco Mesh Pom Pom
Perfect for adding extra dimension to wreaths, a topping for a gift or just as a decorative accent, these pom poms are fun to make and quick to whip up. Add accents, make them multi color, try them large or small! You’ll love them!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Floral wire
Turquoise Deco mesh or other colors of your choice
Scissors
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. Cut four lengths of deco mesh that are as long as they are wide (so if you are using 12 inch mesh, cut 12 inch long sections).
2. Scrunch one section up along the center point, pinching tightly. Repeat with a second piece.
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3. Layer the two together in an X so the narrow points meet. Wrap tightly with a short length of wire.
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4. Repeat with the other two sections, adding accent pieces as desired.
5. Press the two wired points together and add another piece of wire to connect them.
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6. Fluff out the edges of the pom pom.
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How to Make a Sinamay Mesh Garland

Sinamay Mesh Garland How to Make a Sinamay Mesh Garland
Mesh wreaths are the hot topic in the craft world at the moment, and what better way to set off your beautiful newly made wreath than with a matching garland around the door. Simple to make, these garlands are great for parties, holidays and special events, anytime you want to kick your front door decor up a notch!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 25 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Mesh netting in various colors (we used royal blue, red, white and natural) – twice the length of the finished garland you are after.
Pipe cleaners
Paracord
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Measure the length of garland you need. Cut a piece of paracord 1/3 longer than that length.
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2. Lay a pipe cleaner about 8 inches up from one end of the paracord and tie the paracord tightly around it to secure. If desired you can add a drop of glue to the knot.
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3. Move about 6 inches up and repeat the process, continuing along the length of the paracord, adding a pipe cleaner at 6 inch intervals, leaving a slightly longer 8 inch tail at the far end.
4. Lay your mesh netting out so that the widest is on the bottom and any accent colors are on top. Measure out about 10 inches and bunch tightly.
5. Secure the bunch with the first pipe cleaner on the cord, twisting it tightly around the mesh. Wrap the pipe cleaner tails around to the back side, twist together and trim away any excess.
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6. Go down the mesh about 12 inches, bunch and secure with the next pipe cleaner. Repeat this process, using 12 inches of mesh for each section of the garland. Finish with a slightly shorter tail of about 10 inches of mesh.
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7. Add embellishments as desires and hang around your door.

DIY Burlap Wreath Tutorial

DIY Burlap Wreath Tutorial DIY Burlap Wreath Tutorial
This tutorial will teach you how to make a gorgeous and trendy burlap wreath in just a few easy steps! You’ll love the finished product, which will look beautiful displayed on your front door or in your home.

Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Age range: 13 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wire Frame
Pipe Cleaners
2” Lavender Poly Mesh Ribbon
Fake Flowers
Wire
Wire Cutters
Scissors
Burlap fabric

Things to do:
1. Attach pipe cleaners to the metal frame. At every wire connection, wrap a pipe cleaner. Be sure that they’re wrapped tightly and are evenly spaced.
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2. The next step is adding the burlap. For my 12 inch wire frame, I used 14 inch burlap. Start on the outside of the frame and use the pipe cleaners to attach the fabric. Twist the burlap on tightly, so it won’t slip around. Repeat this step until the entire frame is covered in burlap, including both the inside and outside pipe cleaners.
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3. Cut the burlap, leaving a few inches extra to tuck into the wreath. Hide the end and secure it with a pipe cleaner.
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4. Now, we’re going to decorate the wreath using poly mesh. Attach the end of poly mesh with a pipe cleaner, and continue to work the ribbon around the wreath, attaching it with pipe cleaners as you go. When you’ve covered the wreath, cut the poly mesh and hide the end in the fabric.
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5. Create a poly mesh bow and attach it to the top of the wreath. If you don’t know how to make a bow out of ribbon, see our bow tutorial for a few ideas!
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6. Add flowers to the wreath, using wire to attach them.
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