Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hanging Light Bulb Vases

I did this upcycled light bulb project a couple years ago and never shared the tutorial on how I made them! I'm really bad about that....I have 1000's of photos of projects and never blog them. I'm going through all my stuff while I'm pregnant and needing to rest a little more.

It's a pretty easy project. I love the big round shape of these light bulbs. They are from our bathroom light fixtures. When they burn out I pull them apart to make vases.

You will need a burnt out light bulb, wire, needle nose plyers, and for safety a heavy duty glove. 

I did everything over a plastic bag. The first thing you will need to do is remove the center "pin."

Once the center pin/plate is removed there is glass backing that you will chip & break away at with the plyers.

You can kind of see the black glass piece I'm pulling out.

Now you will be able to get inside the light bulb & pull the guts out.

Shake all the leftover glass pieces out of the bulb and it's ready for the wire.

I picked up wire from the Dollar Tree and wrapped a piece around itself on one side and then bringing one of the strands around to the other side and looping it through to create a hanging wire.

Hang & fill fresh flowers or use dried flowers!

I hung mine from my chandelier for a while but they are now hanging on my ladder.

I'll be doing a post on my ladder wall décor soon!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

No Sew Mini Fabric Pumpkins

After making my Halloween wreath I had some left over fabric & I've been wanting mini pumpkins for my flower box, so I thought why not make some. I had just enough fabric for two small ones in a perfect farmhouse pattern!

I needed something flexible for the center...hmmm what do I have? Bubble wrap! If you're a Amazon junky like myself, you have a bubble wrap stash. You could use PolyFill too if you have some.

I used a large bowl to draw out a circle. It's about 12-14 inches wide.

I cut a stick from outside at about 5"- 6" for the center stem.

Form a ball with the bubble wrap & hot glue your stem into the middle. I did hot glue on two sides.

Open your bubble wrap up and glue your stick in and wrap the bubble wrap back around the stem.

Place your "ball" in the center of the fabric and start pulling your fabric up to the stick & hot gluing it to the stem. 

As you're pulling the fabric up, you do a little fold over with the fabric since its round. 

Once all your fabric is glued to the stem, tie jute twine around and around while putting little dollops of hot glue down to help hole the twine in place around the stem. 

I love the rough shape of them! I tied jute twine around the pumpkin on one to make them different. That did give it more of a round shape.

These would make great little place card holders on a table setting for guests to take home on Thanksgiving! I think I'll be making more since I have more fabric in a vintage white design:)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Stylish Halloween Wreath

 I made a fun Fall wreath two years ago & I've been asked by Hometalk to share how to make it. I decided since I already have a Fall wreath, why not make a Halloween one with the same concept! You can see the fall one HERE

The Fall wreath.

The items you will need:

Most of my supplies are from Micheals & the rest I already had.

*grape vine wreath
*paper flowers
*fabric in seasonal color
*jewelry bling
*fake seed stems
*hot glue & gun
*mini clothes pins
*fabric tags
*metal letters
*rick rack

I started out by making the fabric rosettes & lace rosettes.

You will need several strips of fabric in seasonal colors & different lengths.

To make the roses it's basically a twist & wrap technique. I kept them loose for that shabby Halloween look. You first fold a corner, hot glue it down and start twisting and wrapping. 

The larger lace flowers are made by taking a section of lace and forming a circle. Hot glue the lace into place as circle.

I then added a fabric rosette to the center & added a black bead to the center of the rosette. 

You will then lay out your fabric & lace flowers onto the wreath and fill a few random holes with the paper flowers. I chose to go with the black & white ones with skulls in the center.

At both ends fill it off with the feathers & yellow seed sprigs.

For the "boo" tags I just hot glued rick rack, paper rose flowers & the metal flowers to the fabric tags.

Use the small clothes pins to attach the tags to the lace. Tie the lace banner across your wreath and you're done!

You will be guarantied to wow guests at your door with this wreath! It's different & fun. 

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