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DIY Tutorial: Hanging Lanterns From Recycled Jars

I thought it would be fun to make some hanging lanterns from old jars for Halloween! I originally planned on painting spider webs or some other designs on them in black to make them more Halloweenie, but I decided that I liked the simplicity of them and left them as they are!

I’ve seen a lot of methods for painting glass (like the Mod Podge version I used for my Moroccan lanterns) but I really liked using this Crystal Gloss Enamels paint. No mixing anything, just paint! Simple and effective! It’s also kinda streaky (like every other glass painting method I’ve seen) but I think the streakiness gives it more charm.

Supplies:

♥ Glass jar with label removed – I used jars from Lindsay green olives because they looked perfect for lanterns!
Americana Crystal Gloss Enamels paint (be sure to get Crystal, there are other Gloss Enamels that aren’t transparent).
♥ Black paint – I recommend FolkArt for this because it’s thick, so you only have to do one coat!
♥ Black wire – I’m using 12 gauge jewlery wire
♥ Painters tape
♥ Sponge brush
♥ Paint brush
Round nose pliers & wire cutters

Step 1: Paint the center portion of the jar using the Crystal gloss enamels paint and sponge brush (I experimented and it seems the sponge brush makes it less streaky than a paint brush). I did three coats of paint, letting it dry between each.

Step 2: Use painter’s tape to tape off the top and bottom of the jar.

Step 3: First paint the bottom of the jar with the black paint. Carefully peel off the tape while the paint is still wet. Give it time to dry fully, then flip it over and repeat on the top half.

Step 4: Using your round nose pliers, make a loop at the end of the wire. Wrap the wire half way around the rim of the jar and make another loop, and bend the wire over the top of the loop.

Wrap the wire all the way around the rim and cut the wire leaving just enough to wrap around the first loop you made. Make sure that when you do this, it fits tightly around the rim so it doesn’t slip off.

Step 5: To make the handle, cut a piece of wire to your desired length and make a loop at each end. Slide the loops into the loops on the jar and squeeze them closed.

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Halloween Yarn Pillows DIY Sewing Tutorial

This is part two of my Spooky Spaces tutorial! In case you missed the first part, where I showed how to sew fabric applique pillows (shown in the photo below), be sure to check it out right here! As I mentioned before, I have been invited by Jo-Ann’s to participate in their Celebrate the Season campaign and for Halloween I was given the theme Spooky Spaces, so I chose to create this set of pillows that you could use on your couch, bed, etc to spookify any space!

Supplies:

16 inch pillow form
♥ 1/2 yard of fabric for each pillow
♥ White Yarn – I’m using Lion Brand Homespun
♥ Fabric Glue – I’m using this Aleene’s Fabric Fusion pen
♥ Chalk
♥ Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
♥ Designs of your choice  - if you need ideas, try Googling “Halloween silhouette”

Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric that is 17 inches tall x 38 inches wide.

Step 2: Find the center 16 inches of the piece and make marks with chalk (this will help you place your designs later). The easiest way to find the center is to fold it in half and then make a line 8 inches from the fold on each side.

Step 3: On the (17 inch) ends of the fabric, fold the edge over 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold over another 1/2″ and pin in place. Do this on both (17 inch) ends of the fabric. Sew along those edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Step 4: Use chalk to transfer your design onto the fabric. You can draw freehand or print a shape, cut it out and then trace around it. I traced the ghost like this but had to draw the spiderweb freehand.

 Step 5: Trace over your design with glue and carefully press your yarn into it. I did this little by little, putting glue on a few inches at a time, to avoid getting glue all over by accidentally dragging the yarn through it. When you’re at the beginning and end of your design, be sure to put a little glue on the ends of the yarn so it doesn’t fray.

Wait for the glue to dry fully before moving onto the last steps.

Step 6: Fold the fabric (right sides together) along those chalk lines. You should get a 4 inch overlap in the center.

Step 7: Pin along the edges a sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Flip it right side out and put your pillow form in!

If you still have any chalk marks on your pillow, you can use a wet towel to wipe it off.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. These supplies were provided to me free of charge by Jo-Ann’s, however, I designed the project myself and all opinions here are my own.

If you’re interested in seeing what other bloggers participating in Jo-Ann’s Celebrate the Season campaign have created, search for #spookyspaces on Pinterest or Instagram. And if you want even more inspiration, be sure to check out Jo-Ann’s Creativity Made Simple website, which is filled with project ideas!

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Halloween Silhouette Applique Pillows DIY Sewing Tutorial

I feel incredibly lucky to have been invited by Jo-Ann’s to participate in their Celebrate the Season campaign (this means you can expect Thanksgiving & Christmas tutorials from me too)! For Halloween I was given the theme Spooky Spaces, so I chose to create this set of pillows that you could use on your couch, bed, etc to spookify any space!

Since this is kind of a two part project, I have two separate tutorials for you! In this post, I’m going to show you how to make the fabric applique pillows (in the first pic). In the next post, I’ll show you how to make the yarn ones.

Supplies:

16 inch pillow form
♥ 1/2 yard of fabric for each pillow
♥ Small piece of black fabric
♥ Chalk
♥ Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies
♥ Designs of your choice for the appliques – if you need ideas, try Googling “Halloween silhouette”

Sewing these pillowcases will require basic sewing knowledge, sewing on the appliques however, is a little tricky and probably better for someone with a little more experience. If you’re looking for an easier alternative, I would recommend using iron-on or spray-on fabric adhesive to attach the appliques rather than sewing.

Step 1: Cut a piece of fabric that is 17 inches tall x 38 inches wide.

Step 2: Find the center 16 inches of the piece and make marks with chalk (this will help you place your appliques later). The easiest way to find the center is to fold it in half and then make a line 8 inches from the fold on each side.

Step 3: On the (17 inch) ends of the fabric, fold the edge over 1/2″ and press with an iron. Fold over another 1/2″ and pin in place. Do this on both (17 inch) ends of the fabric. Sew along those edges using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

 

Step 4: Use chalk to transfer your design onto the black fabric. You can draw freehand or (what I did) print a shape, cut it out and then trace around it.

Step 5: Cut out your design and pin it in place on the center of the fabric (between those two lines you drew in step 2).

 

Step 6: Zig zag stitch around the edge of the entire design.

Step 7: In a contrasting thread color, straight stitch along the edge, over the zig zag you just did.

Step 8: Fold the fabric (right sides together) along those chalk lines. You should get a 4 inch overlap in the center.

Step 9: Pin along the edges a sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Flip it right side out and put your pillow form in!

If you still have any chalk marks on your pillow, you can use a wet towel to wipe it off.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. These supplies were provided to me free of charge by Jo-Ann’s, however, I designed the project myself and all opinions here are my own.

If you’re interested in seeing what other bloggers participating in Jo-Ann’s Celebrate the Season campaign have created, search for #spookyspaces on Pinterest or Instagram. And if you want even more inspiration, be sure to check out the Jo-Ann’s Creativity Made Simple website, which is filled with project ideas!

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DIY Faux Beaded Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

This bracelet started out as an experiment when Joann’s sent me this Beads in a Bottle paint by Tulip to try. I was intrigued (love the metal colors!) and wanted to test it out! My first bracelet came out kinda so-so. So I decided to make a second one, knowing that I could do better this time, and I made a tutorial for you to follow!

Before we get started, here’s a few tips for using this paint (so you can learn from my mistakes):

- The beads shrink when they dry so in order to get them to look their best, you need to put them really close together. This is kinda scary because you’ll probably think they might blob together.

- If they do look like they’re going to touch as the paint is settling (it goes from being pointy on top to being round and looking like an actual bead), you can gently use the tip of the paint bottle to nudge it in another direction.

- Go slow! And practice on something before you actually attempt a project :)

Supplies:

♥  Leather scrap – I bought this bag o scraps! (an old belt would work too!)
♥  Scissors (these are awesome for cutting leather!)
♥  Snap kit & a hammer – I used this & this (a button + button hole would work also!)
Tulip Beads in a Bottle paint

 

Step 1: Wrap the leather around your wrist and cut it to a length that overlaps by about 1 inch. I also cut the ends so that they’re rounded (personal preference!)

Step 2: Poke holes in the ends and use your snap kit to attach the snap pieces to both ends.

Step 3: Fold the bracelet in half so that you can find the center and mark it by sticking pins in the edges.

Step 4: Start off your design as shown in the picture above.

 

Step 5: Follow the photos above to complete the first half of the design and then repeat on the other side as shown below.

The photo above shows the paint when it was dry, to give you an idea of how much the beads shrink when they dry, compare it to the photos above where the beads nearly touch!

Disclosure: Joann’s sent me this paint and these scissors for free, to try, with no obligation to post about them. I enjoyed them so I wanted to share. Everything else used here was purchased on my own. All opinions here are genuine and my own. I wouldn’t post about something I didn’t like or find worthwhile.

P.S. Not to sound like an advertisement, but these Fiskar’s Amplify RazorEdge scissors are truly badass for cutting leather! If you often cut heavy fabrics, I recommend checking them out!

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DIY Tutorial: Ribbon Bike Streamers

My poor bike has certainly seen better days! Not that you can really tell since I managed to crop out most of the rust and scratches in these pictures. But since I can’t afford my dream bike, I’m just gonna have to pretty up the one I have! Here’s a tutorial on how I made some streamers using ribbon:

Supplies:

♥ A variety of ribbons, lace, fabric strips, yarn, etc.
♥ Scissors
♥ Two paper clips
♥ Sewing needle and thread

Step 1: Cut pieces of all of your ribbons to your desired length (keep in mind that they will be folded in half). I cut mine to 22 inches.

Step 2: Take some of your ribbons, fold them in half over the paper clip and stitch them so they won’t move. I found it too hard to stitch all of the ribbons at once so I stitched each different type of ribbon separately.

Now you can insert the paper clips into the holes on the ends of your handlebar grips!

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