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17 Feb

Simple Burlap Wreath: A Tutorial

I’VE BEEN busy today. As I sat listening to Willie Nelson singing some of Frank Sinatra’s songs, I enjoyed not only the music but some time crafting.

We went to see War Room today (which is fantastic, by the way!), and on the way home took a little trip into JoAnn’s to pick up some burlap for table runners for our Rosh Hashanah celebrating in a week. I say we because I have a husband who never minds craft shopping with me. And I love to take him ’cause he always buys more than I ever would. LOL! Although the burlap was only for table runners, he suggested that I should make a burlap wreath, too.

Now what you need to understand is that we’ve never hung a wreath on our door. He didn’t want the paint scratched from a wreath hanger, so we always hung our Christmas wreath on the brick wall beside the front door (which works, too). But husband dearest saw a burlap wreath at JoAnn’s and said, “I bet you could make one better than this one!” Which was good, because it was ON SALE for $24.99. I don’t know about you, but I have trouble buying something that could only cost a little money and labor. So I got some extra burlap and a foam ring and took a picture of the wreath (which husband dearest liked) so I could do something like it.

Here’s the picture of what we saw, including how it was made.


As you can see, it’s rather sparse and the bow is a complete disaster.
Now here are a couple of pictures of my wreath in progress.


I covered the wreath with a long strip of brown burlap and then began gluing down the burlap “fluffs” in a different manner from the store-bought one. I made squares of burlap and stuck the end of a paint brush into the center, gathering the burlap around the paint brush. Then I slipped the paint brush out and hot glued it to the wreath. Much fluffier!

Here’s a picture of it on our door. (Notice that I didn’t cover our beautiful brass dove descending on the cross, but framed it with the wreath.) I made a bow of brown burlap and looped a “ribbon” of brown burlap around the top of the wreath. Then, using flat tacks, I tacked it to the top of the door. No worries about it scratching the paint!



Have you ever made a burlap wreath? How did you hang it?

17 Feb

Sharpie Pens: 8 Tutorials for Things to Do With Them

EVERYONE HAS a Sharpie or two lying around.  At least, if you don’t, you should. These pens are like magic! Just them and a little creativity and you have a masterpiece.  Sharpies come in multiple colors and several tip thicknesses, so you can have just about anything you need for whatever craft you can think up.  I’ve scoured the internet and come up with eight tutorials that are diverse and interesting, and require more dedication than skill. None of them are very time consuming, either, so you can decide today and be done today, too! Instant results!

Tutorials for Things to Do With Sharpie Pens

From Kimmykats, Sharpies and washers tutorial.
What magic can happen when you combine a sharpie,
some muratic acid and hydrogen peroxide…

By Stephanie Lynn, Sharpies and dishes tutorial.

Once the designs were drawn, the dishes were set on a cookie sheet and baked at 350º for 30 minutes until the designs were set.
From Homespun Happenings, a Sharpies and sign tutorial.
With dark stain, the effect was perfect.
Doodle Easter Eggs from Alisaburke tutorial.
Eggs this pretty can be for any day!
Just Crafty Enough brings you Marimeko Shoes tutorial.
Give plain sneakers a whole new look!
The Thirty Sixth Avenue gives you a Christmas ornaments tutorial.
Get your Sharpies, some fun stencils, and give those ornaments a makeover!
Tye-Dye some shirts with Markers and Alcohol from Genuine Mudpie tutorial!
Pretty flowers effect with just a couple things you already have around the house!
Dear Lilly had a Christmas Project tutorial.
With fabric from your stash, some old pillows and a Sharpie, no cost pillows!

I know you have a zillion more ideas of what to do with your own pens, and I’d love to hear some of them. Leave me a comment and tell me your favorites.

What will you do with your Sharpies?