Monday, May 6, 2013

Mother's Day Wreath made of Craft Supplies!

Mother's Day is quickly approaching and I have been racking my brain trying to think of something really special to give my mom this year.  See, the problem is:  the woman doesn't like gifts.  Not to say that she doesn't appreciate them, she just doesn't need a lot and so would rather have dinner with me than the best gift in the world (although she does like her Kindle Fire that I got her!)  I would rather spend the time with her too but I also wanted to give her a little something to make this day different from every other Tuesday when we have our lunch dates.

So what do you get the woman who has everything?  More craft supplies of course!  The staple craft supplies are always in high demand, so why not get a few more?

Did I mention to put them on a wreath? 

Floral wreaths are lovely but a wreath full of craft supplies is the best!  Here's how to make it:

Step One: Buy a Styrofoam wreath at the craft store.  Paint it with acrylic paint.

Step Two:  Attach ribbon, fabric, beads, glue sticks, and more!  Yep.  That's it.  Two steps.

If you want your mother to be able to actually use the pieces, only add a dab of glue to the very ends of the ribbon.

For the fabric, simply roll it into a flower-like shape and PIN down.  This way she can unroll it and use it- glue free!

I chose to keep the ribbon on the spool (just for looks) and made a hanging loop from it.


To keep the acrylic paint from falling off, apply a line of glue down it's backside and stick to the wreath.

For some reason or another I haven't quite jumped aboard the "washi tape train" yet.  However, look at this beautiful print!  I thought mom would love to give this a try.


Each piece is glued, pinned or (in the washi tape's case) laying carefully upon the wreath but should be able to easily be taken off and used later.  Small purple jewelry beads were taken apart and glued around the wreath for decoration.  The great thing about hot glue is that it comes right off of stuff like this!

I'm going to try to run over to mom's house and give this to her early before she reads this post!  No amount of craft items can express my gratitude to my mother.  She's always been there for me and not only has she been a stellar mom but she has truly been my best friend.  I couldn't imagine going a day without talking to her or a season of my life without her.  I am who I am because of my mother.  I love you mom!

Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Burlap Bottle Vase

This week is flying by!  I didn't even realize it was Thursday until I woke up this morning and thought "boy, it seems like a while since I've done a post."  Oops.  It is a good week though; I am almost down to my one week mark at my current job (can't WAIT to start the new one!) and this morning I am having a little girl time with some of my friends.  Coffee and cinnamon rolls anyone?

Aaaanywho, here's what I've got for you today.  An easy and quick vase made from glass bottles and burlap!  Yes, I might have a problem.

When I say it is quick and easy, I mean it! 
All you need to do is get an empty glass bottle (we like IBC Black Cherry- yum!) and a piece of burlap. 
Cut the burlap into a piece a little taller that the bottle and long enough that it can wrap around the bottle more than once. 
Next, tape (or glue or whatever you desire) the burlap edge to the bottle.  This is just to hold the burlap in place.
Finish by wrapping the burlap all the way around.  Since the bottle is shaped as it is, the angle of the burlap will not be straight.  This is good- don't try to fix it by cutting against the grain!
To keep everything in place, pull a couple long strings from your spare burlap and tie them securely around the bottle.  No need for tape, glue, or sewing- burlap helps itself!

Feel free to cut against the grain at the bottom of the bottle because likely, you will have part of it hitting the table (or bottle showing) if you don't. 

I looooooove burlap.

Put any flowers you like in the top.  I like to use the billy balls from our wedding in our home decor whenever I can.  They held up so nicely and are just so neat- don't you think?  No water needed for those!

That's it!  I have to run, I am late to my breakfast date with the girls!  Hope you have enjoyed this easy tutorial to help brighten your home for summer!

Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann