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DIY Modern Wood Burned Spoons

October 31, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Burned Spoons DIY Modern Wood Burned Spoons
It’s getting to be that time of year, holiday gift making time! These are great, easy to make gifts that will be a hit with all sorts of friends and family members! Use free form thinking here, making crazy but repetitive marks for the biggest impact. You can also use the varied shapes of the tips to create different shaped burn marks.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wooden spoons
Wood burning tool and tips
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Draw hash marks, lines, arrays and dashes on the spoons in repetitive patterns.
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2. Screw in a tip that will work best for the shape you want to burn and plug in your wood-burning tool.
3. Trace the marks using the wood burning tool.
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DIY Golden Holiday Pear Placecards

Pear Placecards DIY Golden Holiday Pear Placecards
Holiday Season is fast approaching, which means, of course, the big family dinners are coming up soon as well! Make a little bit of a splash this year by adding elegant place cards to your table decor. These beautiful golden pears are simple to make, reusable year after year and add that touch of glam to your place settings.

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

Things you’ll need:
Artificial pears
Gold Spray Paint
Silver ribbon
Small tags
Scissors
Pen
Masking tape

Things to do:
1. Using your tape, mask off the stems on each pear.
2. On a covered work surface in a well ventilated space, Lightly spray one side of the pears with paint. Allow them to dry and then turn and repeat the process. Continue until the pears have two coats of paint all the way around
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3. Once the paint is dry, remove the masking tape.
4. Write the name of each guest on a tag.
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5. Cut 8-inch lengths of ribbon and tie around the stem of each pear.
6. Thread the tags onto the ribbon and tie off into a bow, trim the ribbon as needed.
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How to Make a Tea Towel Pillow Wrap

October 24, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Tea Towel Pillow Wrap How to Make a Tea Towel Pillow Wrap
Here’s a little trick to turn a plain, ordinary pillow into something a little more fun! Make an easy to wash, easy to change slip to spice up your normal pillow covers using old fashioned tea towels and a little twine or ribbon. Be sure that the pillow underneath has a cover that opens at the top, rather than the sides, or one that has a fold over pocket on the end for the best finished look.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 25 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Pillow with a pillowcase
Tea towels
Sewing machine and notions
Darning needle
Ribbon or twine
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Measure out the tea towels so that they will wrap, just a little loosely, around the pillow and mark where the ends meet. Trim and hem if needed.
2. Sew along the line you marked to join the ends to create a tube of fabric.
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3. Slip the tube over the pillow.
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4. Using your ribbon or twine and the darning needle, Thread a 6 inch length through the edges of the slip 1/3 of the way from either end of the open sides and tie the ribbon into bows.
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DIY Wood Slice Rustic Alphabet Magnets

October 23, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Slice Alphabet Magnets DIY Wood Slice Rustic Alphabet Magnets
Alphabet magnets are a part of life when you have little kids, but there’s no reason that the magnets on your fridge can’t be neat ones! These awesome, rustic, wood slice alphabet magnets are so fun and totally personalizeable! Make a standard set of letters or create enough for whole sentences, family names or favorite words!

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices
Pencil
Wood burning tool
Magnets
Craft glue

Things to do:
1. Using a template or freehand, draw the letters onto the wood slices using your pencil.
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2. With the chisel or find tip screwed into it, heat up your wood burning tool and trace the outsides of the letters.
3. Fill in the letters with the shading tool or using patterns or crosshatching.
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4. Once the letters are done, flip the wood slices over and attach a magnet with a generous dollop of glue. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before attaching to your fridge.
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Embroidery Hoop Map Frame

October 19, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Embroidery Hoop Map Frame Embroidery Hoop Map Frame
Once upon a time, I was quite the traveler. I loved visiting somewhere new and finding exciting adventures. And while I’m a little more stay at home these days, My travel lust still lingers, and as a result, I have a long and abiding love for maps! Maps, maps everywhere! These are the newest addition to my map collection, maps of my favorite places framed in simple, pretty embroidery hoops.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Maps
Embroidery hoops
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Smooth the map out flat on a solid surface.
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2. Slip the inside hoop under the map, centering it on the place you want framed on the map.
3. Place the outer hoop on top of the map over where the inner hoop is and gently press down to slip the two hoops together. Pull slightly on the edges of the map as you go to keep the paper taut.
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4. Flip the map over and trim away all the excess paper at the edge of the hoops.
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DIY Hydrangea Wreath

October 17, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

DIY Hydrangea Wreath DIY Hydrangea Wreath
Hydrangeas are probably my favorite flower. I love how they start out green in the spring, turn blue and purple as the summer unfolds and then shift into rusty bronzy colors as fall arrives. They are always the perfect colors for the season at hand and they are arguably at their best in the fall, their blowsy, bold colors so beautiful. Perfect for a fall wreath. This wreath uses the beauty of hydrangeas and the lasting power of artificial flowers to add a gorgeous finishing touch to your fall front door decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
12-15 bunches of hydrangea blossoms in red, orange and purple
Wire wreath form
Green flora ribbon
Yellow ribbon
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Fold the end of the green ribbon around one of the outside wires of the wreath. Add a drop of glue and press to secure the end to the wreath.
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2. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, overlapping a little each time you wrap.
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3. Attach a loop of yellow ribbon to the wreath with hot glue, this will later be used for hanging the wreath.
4. Pull the flower punches off their stems, you’ll be glue these to the wreath by tucking them into the overlapping sections of ribbon. Dab glue on the end of the flower stems and tuck it into the overlap in the ribbon. Repeat with another bunch of the same color parallel to the other bunch. You’ll want to use two or three bunches of each color together in each section.
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5. Once you’ve place the first set of bunches, switch colors and repeat the process. Repeat again with the third color.
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6. Repeat these three colors around the wreath until the wreath is full.
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Burned Heart Spoon Ends

October 15, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Burned Heart Spoon Ends Burned Heart Spoon Ends
A wooden spoon is a wooden spoon, right? Plain and ordinary and always useful. But they can be beautiful too. And this little trick will spread a little love in the kitchen, at a potluck or just while doing the dishes with this sweet project. And while you’re at it, it will help identify your spoons should they be out and about with (or without) you so they don’t get mixed up with someone else’s.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Wood burning tool
Wooden spoons

Things to do:
1. Insert the fine detail tip into your wood burner and allow the tool to heat up.
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2. With the end of the spoon toward you, Lay the tip down against the end of the spoon and roll it slightly, moving the fatter part of the tip while leaving the narrow point in place to create half of a heart.
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3. Repeat to complete the heart.
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DIY Wood Burned Hanger

October 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

DIY Wood Burned Hanger DIY Wood Burned Hanger
Hangers are just about as plain and simple as things get, even the pretty old wood ones, which is fine since they are, at their core, utilitarian objects. But occasionally you might want something a little fancier when it comes to your hanger needs. Perhaps for a special person or a special outfit! Turn that boring hanger into a beautiful keepsake!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Trace paper
Wooden hanger
Woodburning tool
Pencil
Clip art

Things to do:
1. Lay the hanger out on the trace paper and trace around the outside to give yourself an idea of where to place the clip art.
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2. Lay the trace paper over the clip art, arranging it so that it’s centered on the hanger shape. Trace the art onto the paper in thick pencil lines.
3. Flip the trace paper over onto the hanger and use the side of the pencil tip to rub the image onto the flat of the hanger.
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4. Heat up your woodburning tool using the fine tip and trace around your images. Using the shading tool, fill in the shapes evenly to finish.
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How to Make a Fall Berry Wreath

October 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Fall Berry Wreath How to Make a Fall Berry Wreath
There’s something about fall that makes me want to hang a new, pretty wreath on my front door. It’s all the beautiful colors I’m sure! This fall berry wreath adds a little whimsical elegance to your stoop and ties in the colors of the season with your front door decor.

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Two (2) berry garlands
3 packages of berry picks
Wooden letterof your choice
Gold spray paint
Floral wire
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (high temp is best)
Wire wreath form
Yellow Ribbon

Things to do:
1. Wire one of the garlands to the outside center ring on the wreath by wrapping short lengths of floral wire around both the wreath wire and the core of the garland. Continue until you have used up all the garland.
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2. Repeat this process with the other garland, this time wiring it to the inner center ring.
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3. Splay the bunches of berries out evenly around the wreath. This will help you decide where to add the berry picks to get nice, full coverage.
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4. Insert the picks into open spaces, wiring the ends to the wreath form on the back side and working your way around until you have a nice, full wreath.
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5. In a well ventilated work area, spray the wooden letter with two coats of gold paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
6. Once the letter is dry, center in in the hole in the wreath, nestling it into the berries. Use dollops of hot glue to secure the letter to the wreath form.
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7. Cut a length of ribbon and loop through the form. Tie a knot and rotate around so that the knot is hidden behind the berries and hang the wreath.
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How to Make Fall Leaf Placecards

Fall Leaf Placecards How to Make Fall Leaf Placecards
It’s fall! It’s fall! The leaves are turning from green to yellow to red, the temperatures are crisp and cool and Thanksgiving dinner is fast approaching! Take some inspiration from Mother Nature this year and bring some of that fall beauty indoors and to your table with these lovely Fall Leaf Place Cards.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Artificial fall leaves
Hole punch
Tags
Yellow satin ribbon
Silver satin ribbon
Scissors
Pens

Things to do:
1. Layer two leaves, one over another, choosing a smaller leaf for the top in a contrasting color. Repeat for each place card needed. Stack them so the veins line up.
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2. Punch a hole through the two layers of leaves.
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3. Write the names of your guests on the tags.
4. Cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon, thread through the holes. Tie a knot to secure the two leaves together.
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5. Thread the tag through the ribbon and tie into a bow. Trim the ends to finish.
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