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.

How to make a felt sunflower pillow case - http://fabyoubliss.com

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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Believe Holiday Blocks and Chalkboard Christmas Trees Tutorial

I often get inspiration for craft projects by looking at magazines or catalogs. This is how the “Believe” blocks idea came about. And the chalkboard trees came by thinking what would look nice with the blocks. This believe holiday blocks and chalkboard Christmas trees tutorial was a fun project and it was a big hit at Thanksgiving. So I hope it will be a big hit in your house too.

FYI…if you’re looking for ideas for your wedding, creating simple blocks like these to spell out something would be fun and very inexpensive. Think about something you’d like to have decorate your home after the wedding. A nice message or perhaps your names would be lovely to decorate your mantel or a book shelf and it would be a built in conversation piece when you have guests over.

Another thing to mention, basically this is two tutorials in one. You can split them up and just do the blocks or just the trees, or do both like I’ve shown here.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

For The Trees
Cardboard or poster board
Masking or painters tape
Chalkboard spray paint, (or whatever color paint you desire)
Chalk or paint
At least 3 different holiday scrapbook papers
Scissors
Glue

For The Believe Blocks
Wood planks or blocks, different sizes
Masking or painters tape
Red spray paint
Chalk or paint

STEP ONE The Chalkboard Trees

To make the trees, you need a few large pieces of cardboard or poster board. I made three trees, one large, one medium and one small. Each tree is made the same way, just with smaller dimensions than the other. Below is the pattern to make the trees. I don’t have exact dimensions as I didn’t want this tutorial to be too technical. Basically you decide the sizes you want to make by drawing the image below in different sizes. The important thing to remember is to keep each side of your piece the same size so your tree comes out balanced.

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STEP TWO

This is what my trees looked like taped up prior to applying the paint.

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STEP THREE

Paint your trees outside or in a well ventilated area using spray paint. I chose to paint my trees with black chalkboard spray paint, but you can paint them whatever color you want.

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STEP FOUR

After the paint on your trees has dried, chalk, or paint if you like, in lines for your pennant flag banner.

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STEP FIVE

Cut little triangles from your favorite holiday scrapbook paper to create the flags for your pennant flag banner.

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STEP SIX

Glue your flags onto your tress in whatever fashion you like.

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STEP ONE Believe Blocks

These blocks are really fun. I got my wood pieces from Michael’s Craft Supply, but you can get similar pieces by going to your local home improvement store and ask if they have wood scraps. Construction sites are another good option if you’re looking for free pieces of wood. Just make sure your ask permission from whoever’s in charge.

Some of my wood pieces are of different thickness and I think it came out nice. To get the same look, no matter what you’re spelling out, the important thing is to vary the shapes of each block, but create a pattern. As you can see I have 3 long rectangle blocks for the B, the L and the V. There are also 2 square blocks for two of the Es. And finally there are the thicker, small rectangle blocks created for the I and E.

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STEP TWO

To create the stencils I measured the blocks and found a font within Photoshop that I liked. Then I printed up the letters on regular paper, cut them out and taped each to the blocks using double sided sticky tape.

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STEP THREE

Tape the sides of your blocks before painting as well.

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STEP FOUR

Again in a well ventilated area, spray paint the face of your blocks.

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STEP FIVE

After your blocks have dried, remove the side tape and paper stencils. You will probably notice some paint bleed into your letters. But don’t worry, you can cover it with chalk or paint. I chose to fill in my letters with white chalk, but paint would work as well.

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STEP SIX

I chose a sitting area window to place the believe blocks with a table underneath for the chalkboard trees. Decorate with pine cones, garland and lights and you’re done!

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Easy To Make Holiday Wreath

Today’s handcrafted project is as simple as they come. And with as busy as this time of year is, simple is just what we need, right?

So grab the few items needed to put together this easy to make holiday wreath and enjoy your work in no time at all!

SUPPLIES

Grapevine Wreath
Gold Glitter Covered Eucalyptus branches (4 or more bunches)
Large Artificial Red Holiday Berry Stems (4 or more bunches)
Small Artificial Red Holiday Berry Stems (4 or more bunches)
Bendable Wire or Garbage Ties
Wire Cutters
Needle Nose Pliers

STEP ONE

Gather your supplies and determine how you want your flora to be arranged. I started with the gold glitter covered eucalyptus leaves as the center.

STEP TWO

Insert the stem part of your artificial eucalyptus leaves into the grapevine wreath. Then bend the flora and secure it in place on the wreath with cut wire or garbage ties. Space your flora in whatever fashion looks good to you.

STEP THREE

Repeat step two with the large red berry stems and the small red berry stems until you’ve achieved the look you desire.

STEP FOUR

Hang on your door or anywhere around your house and enjoy!

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Handcrafted Marbled Glass Vases

Last year I featured this DIY I created for how to make these lovely marbled glass vases. Since it was a huge hit – I thought I’d re-post the link for you to check out if you haven’t already. You can view the original tutorial here.

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Making handcrafted marbled glass vases, jars or any glass container would be a brilliant idea for the bride who wants to DIY something for her wedding.

If you’re not a bride, grab some clear glass and make some of these to decorate your home. Also, with the holidays coming up – these would make nice gifts. Just an idea!

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How To Make a Festive Fall Spoon Wreath

Fall is here and it’s time to start thinking about holiday decor!

Don’t worry…I’m not talking about Christmas – yet. That’s coming later.

Until then, it’s always fun to decorate for the autumn season with Halloween and Thanksgiving in mind. And if you haven’t seen this fun spoon wreath I made last year for the fall season, head on over and take a look. All you need to make it is a bunch of spoons, some spray paint, and a few other essentials and you’ll be in business with one festive and fun fall wreath.

Plus…it’s definitely a conversation piece.

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