DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial

It’s amazing how inspiration can strike at a moment’s notice. It can happen as fast as lighting or with a flick of a switch. The best part of being creative is that you never know when such inspiration will strike.

A few years ago I was shopping at an antique store when I spotted a neat vintage glass box. As soon as I saw it the ideas flooded my mind with possibilities. The only problem was it was filled with old glass insulators. Insulators have a fascinating history, but their main purpose was to support wire that was strung between telephone poles during the 1920s-1940s. Unfortunately I didn’t have any use for 12 extras. But, since it was only $10, I purchased the box anyway.

Over the years I tried to put them to use but nothing stuck. Then as I was about to donate them to Good Will, inspiration struck. “How about a bud vase centerpiece?” I thought.

So with some handy power tools, a piece of wood, stain, and my glass insulators, I created this simple, yet elegant centerpiece. Taking something old and re purposing it in a new way is so fulfilling and a great way to add a something old, something new twist to one’s wedding or event.

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

DIY Glass Insulator Centerpiece Tutorial - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/10/02/diy-glass-insulator-centerpiece-tutorial

Materials:
2-3 ft Wooden Board
Drill
1 3/8” Hole Saw
Wood Stain
Paint Brush
Rag

Instructions:
1. Find your insulators. You can find clear glass insulators at any antique store ($2-5 an insulator).
2. Go shopping at Home Depot. Any home improvement store should have a wooden board. This one came from Home Depot ($4). If you want to make a few centerpieces get the 8ft board and then have them cut it into 2ft increments.
3. Mark your holes as to where you want to place the insulators.
4. Get the power tools out. Use a drill and hole cutter attachment to hollow out the wood.
5. Stain the wood (if desired) by generously painting the board and then quickly wipe with rag. Give it time to dry.
6. Place glass insulators upside down and add flowers – voilà – a bud vase centerpiece.

Author: Valerie Pritt // Design: Fleur De Lis Event Consulting // Rentals: North Hill Chair Covers & Linens // Floral Design: Leelee’s Sassy Bloom // Photographer: Meg Burke Photography

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Make Canvas Grocery Bags

If by chance you’re not using your own grocery bags when you go shopping, I’ll give you three good reasons you should start.

1. It’s better for the environment to shop with reusable bags. Let’s try to create less waste for landfills!
2. Some places are going to start charging for the bags they give you at checkout, if they aren’t already.
3. And finally, when you can make and carry your own bags as cute as these…why wouldn’t you?

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Make Canvas Grocery Bags

Here’s What You’ll Need

Canvas drop cloth (from any Lowe’s, Home Depot or hardware store)
Scissors
Letter stencils
Pencil
Wine cork
Colored pens or paint
Paint brush (if using paint)
Ruler or tape measure
Fabric ribbon
Sewing machine
Iron

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Make canvas grocery bags - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/09/18/make-canvas-grocery-bags/

Make canvas grocery bags - http://fabyoubliss.com/2014/09/18/make-canvas-grocery-bags/ ‎

STEP ONE

Measure out front, back, sides and bottom of what will be your bag.

Front and back – 13″ in width x 15″ in height
Bottom – 13″ in length x 8″ in width
Sides – 8″ in width x 15″ in height

Cut your pattern to the measurements and your fabric should look like the image below.

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STEP TWO

Iron out the wrinkles, then place your stencils where you want them to be. I chose the phrases “Be Healthy”, “Be Happy”, and “Be Loved” for my bags. You can follow along with the exact sentiments, or create your own.

Pencil in your letters, then use a cork to create polka dots in a pattern that appeals to you on all sides of your bag.

Color in your letters and dots and outline with black. The colors I chose were, white for the writing, brown for the dots on the “Be Healthy” bag, gray for the dots on the “Be Happy” bag and pink for the dots on the “Be Loved” bag.

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STEP THREE

Follow the four steps in the image below to construct the bag.

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STEP FOUR

There are tons of ways to attach straps to a bag. I chose adding them to the outside because I liked the look. But you can sew them on however you like. I purchased a few rolls of jute/polyester fabric ribbon from a craft supply store. This ribbon does not have wires in it and it’s very strong, perfect for handles.

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Measure out 27″ of ribbon for each side. Fold under the ends about an inch and pin each end to outside of bag about 3″ from the side and about 2″ from the top. Now for the tricky part. First, sew an X to attach the ribbon to the bag. Then sew a box around the outside of the X to make the attachment even stronger.

Repeat for remaining 3 straps.

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And that’s it. Now you have some really cute, eco-chic bags to use and reuse when you go shopping.

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Succulent Wedding Favors You Can Make

Over the years, Fab You Bliss has only featured a couple of wedding favor posts. Because we are a site geared towards Eco-friendly soirees – and living in general – we’re not keen on promoting favors that many guests might end up throwing away.

I know this is a tough pill to swallow for many who absolutely have to have those candle favors or frame favors or whatever adorable thing you are sure everyone will love. But realistically everyone has their own taste when it comes to what they put in their home. So unfortunately many wedding favors, no matter how cute they are, end up in a landfills. And that’s something we really hope to avoid.

Personally I think it’s best to not to give favors to eliminate the possibility of waste. But if you really want to give your guests something, how about sending them home with something living like these succulent wedding favors you can make?

DIY Succulent wedding favors from Smarty Had A Party

Image via Smarty Had a Party

If this is something that interests you, hop on over and check out this easy tutorial on Smarty Had a Party.

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How To Make Your Own Flower Crown

Last week I visited a wedding venue in Manhattan Beach, California called Shade Hotel, a lovely boutique venue that would be a wonderful place for beach town wedding. I’ll have a full review on the property for you later this month.

Anyhow, while at the hotel I attended a flower crown making workshop which was just the ticket I needed to get me out of my craft idea funk.

And since it did wonders for me…I decided to share a version of the tutorial with you as well. So here’s how to make your own flower crown.

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Flower crowns for weddings are really popular right now. But these pretty creations can also be used for anything from your bridal shower, to your engagement party or even your rehearsal dinner…and more. The possibilities are endless!

What You’ll Need

A bunch of artificial flowers
Natural brown vine covered wire
Floral tape
Ribbon or raffia of choice
Scissors
Wire cutters

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STEP ONE

Gather your artificial flowers and cut them leaving about an inch of stems to secure them to your crown base. FYI, try to pick artificial flowers with smaller, thinner stems as opposed to ones with thick stems as thicker stems will make assembling your crown a bit more difficult.

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STEP TWO

Measure the size of your head, (or the head of the person who will be wearing the flower crown), by taking the vine covered wire and making a circle around your head where you want the crown to fit. Once you have the right size, give it an extra inch before cutting so you can wrap the ends together and still have the crown fit.

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STEP THREE

Cut another piece of wire about 1 1/2 to 2 times the size of the base and connect it to the base at where the back of the crown will be.

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STEP FOUR

As noted in the image above, you’re going to take the second wire and wrap it around, up and through and repeat around the base wire so it eventually looks like the image below. Once you make it around to the back where you started, secure the second wire as you did the beginning and cut it so it looks as neat as possible.

This second wire is used to help you secure the stems of the flowers to your crown base before you tape them. If you think it would be easier to omit the second wire and tape your stems directly to your base, that would work as well. There really is no absolute instructions here. Whatever works for you is the best idea.

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STEP FIVE

Choose your flowers and have an idea how you want to arrange them. I chose to use some big flowers, some medium sized ones and some small in shades of cream and green and blue, cream and green for my second crown.

Start arranging your flowers on your crown however you like. Tape each flower with some floral tape as you go. The inside is not going to look pretty until you wrap it with ribbon, so do worry about it until you get to that point.

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Make your own flower crown - see more at http://fabyoubliss.com


STEP SIX

The flower crown is your design so you can do as many flowers or as few as you like. For mine, the blue, cream and green one I made I only wrapped flowers about half way around the crown. Then I wrapped a brown ribbon around the wire and tape to cover the unsightly inside.

For the cream and green crown, I placed flowers all the way around and used a cream ribbon on the inside. Wrap the ribbon however you like, there’s no right or wrong.

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Make your own flower crown - see more at http://fabyoubliss.com

Make your own flower crown - see more at http://fabyoubliss.com

And there you have it. With so many color and style options you can create any kind of look you want.

Try a monochrome crown with different flowers of all the same color, which I think would look fabulous, or maybe one with a different color for each flower.

As said, there is no right or wrong…just keep creating until you get it how you want it to look. Then use it as decor somewhere in your home after your event or big day!

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The Cutest Thing I Ever Made With Felt

Have you seen this craft tutorial?

I made it a couple of years ago. But it’s still one of my favorites and it gets pinned quite a lot on Pinterest.

So I thought, why not re-post it for any of you who didn’t see it the first time around.

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The Cutest Thing I Ever Made With Felt

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Top 5 Craft Posts of 2013

Continuing on with the end of the year’s top posts, today is the top 5 craft posts of 2013!

Obviously, since I’m the one who creates most of these projects, I’m a little biased in thinking all of them were great. So, I picked the top 5 posts based on the number of views, shares and pins and re-pins on Pinterest each post received. Number one, The Handcrafted Rock Vase, pretty much blew everything other post away, and I’m thrilled to see it was so popular.

But the next four were all very popular too! Did your favorite post get picked?

#5. Handmade Flower Accessory




#4. Wine Cork Initial




#3. Eco-Friendly Soaps




#2. Ombre Bead & Chain Bracelet




#1. Handmade Rustic Rock Vase

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