Canisters, Cartons, and Containers: Fun Fall Basket

I might hoard bottles and bowls and jars sometimes. Or all the time. I finally am going to start using them this week, and to make myself use tons of them I am making it an entire series. To see the rest of my Canisters, Cartons and Containers click here.

Leafy Fall Basket

Fall Basket MaterialsMaterials:

Large Butter Tub
Burlap
Fall Leaves (We only have fake ones, real would be so much cooler!)
Wire
Twine
Hot Glue Gun
Nail

Directions:

First cut your burlap so that it will fit around your butter tub. I had a costco-sized tub and my burlap dimensions were about __”x__”

punch hole in butter tub with a nailAnother thing to do in the beginning is to punch the holes on each side of the butter tub. An easy way to do this is with a nail. It can be pushed into the plastic (near the top) on each side of the tub. This will be where the basket handle goes.

finished twine and wire

The next step is to put the wire through one of the holes, and loop it up and twist it so that it will stay. Then tie the twine to the loop of wire and twist it around the length of the wire.

Soon after you twist the twine around the wire put the second end of the wire through the other hole. Make sure that you don’t let go of the twine while you do this. Loop the end of the wire up and twist it around itself. Now you can tie the twine into the second loop and trim the ends of the twine.

Now you can start hot gluing the burlap to the basket. It will be a little weird because the bottom of the basket is smaller than the top. Just make sure to pull the bottom so that it goes around further than the top. If all else fails when you are done hot gluing the top of the burlap you can always fold in any excess burlap on the bottom so that it would be hidden.

trimming the excess burlap

The burlap at the bottom can be very messy. Now would be a good time to trim it. Also, you might notice that the butter tub print still shows through. By the time we add the leaves it shouldn’t be noticeable and if it is it would only be in bright light, like where I was taking pictures. If it bothers you, feel free to add a second layer of burlap now before we add the leaves to the basket.

The leaves can now be hot glued to the burlap. Make it fun and have them pointing in all sorts of directions. If you have a choice of different colored leaves or sizes try to alternate between them. adding leaves to basket

Finally, you will add the twine around the leaves. My twine bow didn’t want to stay put so I made sure to hot glue it in place.

Fall Basket from Butter Tub

Other than the fact that my leaves are fake I’m really happy with my fall basket. I can’t wait to put some rolls in it for our Thanksgiving Dinner!

If you happen to try making this with real leaves I would love to hear how you did it and how it went. Most parts of the country has beautiful leaves this time of year so I’m hoping someone will try it!

Cherry Dr. Pepper Can Bracelets

Last year I made these Coca-Cola Can bracelets. Every month it is still my most popular post. I hadn’t made any in quite awhile but a friend was disappointed that she never got one, so I had to pull my stuff out again to make some. This time I was a little bit more creative and we decided to bling them out a little bit more.

Go check out the first tutorial before you try to follow this tutorial, it will make everything easier!

Differences

Make the shape of the bracelet a little different, in the past I made them mostly square but the edges would catch on stuff and they would poke you or could rip.

You can choose to turn the edges back or forth. You will get a silver lining if they are turned out, but if they are turned under they will be less noticeable. It’s all about what you think looks best. I sometimes like the silver lining and sometimes want a cleaner edge. If you turn the edges under they shouldn’t scrape you as long as they are pressed very flat.

Instead of big holes for the ribbon, make very small holes with a pin and add jump rings. We also added metal clasps instead of ribbon for some of them. Or you can skip the holes all together if you roll the edges, and thread a small ribbon or elastic through.

Add more decoration to them by adding flowers or bows with hot glue.

Add fabric lining to give the bracelet a little more structure as well as comfort. I used t-shirt scraps because they don’t fray and just hot glued them in.

More Coca-Cola:
Coke Can Necklace
Decorating with Coca-Cola
Wallet with Charms from Coke Can
The Day I Wore a Coca-Cola T-shirt

Ribbon Bracelet

I recently spent some time in a super cute local ribbon shop. Seriously an entire shop of ribbon. I was in heaven! I found the ribbon used for this bracelet and had to have it.

I used these two tutorials to make this bracelet; Hand-Stitched Fabric Flower (except now I used hot glue instead of stitching!) and the Lace Cuff Bracelet Tutorial.

Using those tutorials it would be easy to design something awesome for yourself or for gifts to your friends. Have fun!

Wallet Decoration- Button Mickey

I have a wallet that my sister gave me recently, and I love it. I don’t love the company that put the name on the wallet, so I finally figured I should just cover it up instead of buy a new one and I love my wallet completely now.

Materials:
Wallet
Buttons
Ribbon (optional)
Hot Glue

Before:

 After:

 After After:

This was quick and easy, I saw a pin made from buttons at Disneyland, so this is just my version. Green for money 🙂 The bow is optional, you never know it might be good for a Disney lover guy!

Other Disney Projects:
Heartbeat of Disney T-Shirt
3 Ways to Use Disney Souvenirs

Save the Kitchen Towel! with Kitchen Towel Band

Everyone has a kitchen towel hanging on their oven door, right? There are lots of different ideas for how to get it to stay. Until lately, I would hang mine on and it would fall off. Or the baby would pull it off and it would be on the other side of the house by the time I needed it. I have seen lots of cute alterations I can do to my dish towels to fix the problem, but I like having a regular full size dish towel in reach for when I need it for something else. So in came the hair tie trick.

I just put an elastic band around the dish towel to keep it in place and it worked wonders. The baby hasn’t figured it out and just thinks it’s stuck. I decided it was a great idea and to share a cuter version with all of you. Don’t you hate when you think you’ve come up with something original and then after some research you see it somewhere else? (I totally did that with the nursing cover strap, they were called something else and everyone has thought of them already but they were on etsy under a different name. I didn’t find out until after I made a fool of myself! 🙂 That’s what happened to me today. I found some cute Dish Towel Belts over at Sassy Sanctuary. Lucky for me, she did them a little differently than I would so I am still going to show you my kitchen towel bands!

Materials:
Rubber Band (I still used a hair tie)
Big Silk or Fabric Flower (Three small ones would look cute too)
Scrap of felt
Hot glue
Button

Directions:
Hot glue the bottom of the flower to the rubber band. Glue on leaves as well but on the other side of the rubber band. Glue on the felt or fabric scrap to the back, just to hold everything in place a little bit better. Turn the flower over and add the smaller sections of petals by hot gluing them on. Finally, glue the button on top.

You might have noticed that this is the same idea as making a hair flower. It is, but it’s cooler because it’s for a towel now. Like the cheesy ad I made for it? We could make an infomercial and say, “But wait! if you call right now we’ll throw in two more free!” Because everyone needs 6 of these for all 6 ovens right?!

I thought it was cool, and it sure is useful. How would you embellish it differently?

For other crafty ideas check these posts out:
A Quick Trick to Protect Wood
Turkey Hair Clip (You could clip this to a hair tie to make a seasonal Towel Band!)
Mod Podged Coasters

Toy Laptop

My son always wants to play with my laptop- and if he gets to it before I do he inevitably does something that I never knew how to do. Did you know sticky notes change color?

I saved a keyboard from my old laptop that was thrown out because I knew the keys could atleast be used as scrapbooking letters. Instead, I wanted to make my son his own laptop. I still keep it up and only let him play with it occasionally, so I think that he still thinks that it’s the real deal! He at least knows that it’s special! Also, it probably isn’t a very safe toy, so that is another reason it is only played with on occasion, I want him to be supervised! This could be embellished tons more, be creative! This was all I felt like doing, maybe I will add more later, like icons.

Materials:
Old Laptop Keyboard
Cardboard
Acrylic Paint
Buttons
Hot Glue
Super Glue
Picture
Mod Podge

Directions:
1. Cut out your cardboard, paint so that it doesn’t look like cardboard. Fold cardboard in half.
2. Mod podge your picture to where the screen would be.
3. Super glue keyboard to cardboard, hot glue or super glue buttons on as power buttons.
Let dry, then enjoy playing!

Boo-ing: Round Two

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Do you know what “Boo-ing” is? Most people that I talk to don’t know what it is until I explain it, and then usually they remember hearing about it. It is a fun door-bell ditching activity to do around Halloween. You take a treat or gift of some sort and a print out (a poem with instructions and a picture to tape to the door, meaning “We’ve already been boo-ed, go spread the Halloween cheer with another neighbor!”) Last year I made my own Boo-ing printable, so I could start it around our community, we get to start it Saturday!

Check out last year’s post and grab the printable.

This year, I outlined a few containers you could make to put treats in for you neighbors on Arizona Mama. Go check out 3 Easy Boo-ing Ideas!

Cloth Height Charts

I was stuck in a recliner for awhile on bed rest, and I wanted to make a height chart for my baby boy that I was waiting for. I had been taking up a little bit of hand embroidery, and I thought that a cloth one would be perfect, and I could work on it right then.

This is the first one that I did. Click on the picture so you can zoom in to see it better. I was allowed to do stuff while sitting. So I cut the fabric, while sitting. I then ironed the edges under, while sitting. I cut fabric for the tree, while sitting.

I then stitched on the tree trunk and treetop, while sitting, what else? My sister helped with those, while sitting next to me. Those and the clouds are all done with a very simple running stitch. We also added a bird, he was stitched with a running stitch but then I used some back stitching for his legs, a french knot for an eye, and the satin stitch for the beak.

For the lines and numbers going up the side, I put the cloth in an embroidery hoop to make it easier. I measured and marked the lines with a tape measure and stitched them with a split stitch.

For his name I wanted it to be bigger and more special, so I used a bold chain stitch.

I didn’t worry about finishing off the edges because most of them were stitched over at some point. For the top and bottom I basically hemmed them with hot glue and slid the dowels in. The top just has yarn tied to it.

I showed off my masterpiece at work, and my boss wanted one for his little girl. I told him he was crazy because it took me about 6 hours to make this one. He offered to pay me for one hourly so I made this next one.

I did this one a little bit differently. I knew I didn’t want to stitch all of the lines, that was the most time consuming, so I bought a fabric paint pen.

With using a fabric pen, my edges wouldn’t be finished as well, so I ran them through the sewing machine first.

The design is also majorly different, I had fun cutting out the pieces and arranging them. I pinned them all down and started on the bottom pieces first and continued to the top layer of pieces until everything was sewn on. Sometimes I had to move stuff around to get to the pieces underneath. With this one, I used too many little pieces and that was really time consuming.

I did a tiny bit of embroidery on the ladybugs, using a french knot for the spots and antennae ends. I made a long stitch to separate the wings and for the length of the antennae.

Once everything was sewn on I used the fabric pen to make the lines and numbers. This one was shorter because the girl it was for was a lot taller to begin with than my unborn child so I made it to start at 18 inches. She also had a less of a chance of reaching six feet, so it is a few inches shorter there too.

On this one I sewed the hems for the dowels, because if they were to fall apart in years to come I didn’t want to fix them.

I still did the embroidered name, using the chain stitch as before.

With the two different versions that I learned from, my next one will be even simpler by using a simple design like the tree and by using the paint pen. Thanks for reading!

The Wild Olive is a good place to learn the basic embroidery stitches if you want to make a fancy one of your own. Thanks for reading!