Twine Wrapped Vase [host gift]

03/21/2011 at 4:45 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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One thing that is nice to bring along on a trip is a gift for your host family.  I was able to inexpensively transform this garage-sale vase into something a little more stylish.

Here's what I used!

I got glue all over my fingers vase and then wrapped the twine around, a couple inches at a time, making sure to keep it tightly wrapped.

Halfway done!

When I was finished, the glue dried pretty quickly. Now I can bring this to include in my host gift the next time I go to the Yucatan.  You could even do this type of activity in the missions field, if you could find/bring inexpensive vases to wrap.  Twine can add a bit of crafty style to anything!!!

Completed Vase (disregard my ugly tile that it is resting on, and the fact that I use a shoebox lid to contain my glue and paint!)

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Fabric Flowers (Pins, Headbands, Decor, Etc)

01/25/2011 at 4:20 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Nylon Flowers

These flowers are just the most adorable accessory ever.  I knew when I first saw them at this blog site I just had to feature the idea here.

I’m going to re-post several of the pictures and instructions just in case anything ever happens to Christy’s site. (She has a great name!)

As soon as I have a chance to try this out myself I’ll try to update with my own pictures, just so I’m not plagiarizing quite so much.  But I did get permission, don’t worry!

Get some fun nylon fabric and cut it into concentric circles. Perfection is not important here.  You could do this step before leaving for your trip if you wanted to have things prepped. I’ve found there are usually several girls hanging around the kitchen who are more than willing to help sort/cut/prep the women’s crafts if you don’t have time to prep.  Circles from 1 to 3-4 inches seemed to be the easiest to work with.

Hold the flower petal very close to the flame - quickly!

Hold the circles close to the flame so the edges curl up just enough. Less is more here – too much heat will cause a big curl on your petal. 

Post-burning flower petals

Stack the circles and sew them together with cute beads, a button, or even using a metal brad (the plain kind, or glue a crystal on it for more bling!)  

Using various beads for the centers

You can sew pins on the back of these to wear on shirts, or sew them to elastic headbands, on a bible cover, really the possibilities are endless.  Perhaps sewing a row onto a thick ribbon for decorating a hammock or kitchen area.

Much brighter with the flash!

 

Final Note: In order for my beads to have a little “extra” to hold onto when sewn, I cut a small (1/4 -1/2 inch) circle out of stiffened felt, colored it blue to match the flower, and attached it to the back of the flower to make it a little more sturdy when these get attached to their final destination.

Some Updates (3/15/2011) – Some friends and I tried to “mass produce” these in my kitchen and I have some additional helpful information.

  • We used organza fabric.  Nylon tulle did not work.
  • Do not have piles of fabric AND lit candles all over your table.  This is a fire risk. 🙂
  • Along the same line, it is much easier to cut all your circles out at once (stack and pin your fabrics and cut up to 10 layerss at a time — first cut 5″ circles, then a stack of 4″, 3″, 2″ and then put away all your scraps so they don’t get in the way when you are buring them.

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