This is one of my favorite crafts to make, because not only is it inexpensive, it is also used on a daily basis. These also make great craft show/fair items.
What you need:
How to make it:
1. Cut the towel in half. Thread your needle, and make a fairly loose running stitch from one edge of the towel to the other.
2. Once you have your running stitches in place, slowly gather the top of the towel until it is the width of your potholder. Pin it in place to the back of the potholder using the straight pins.
3. Stitch the towel to the potholder, making sure to not stitch all the way through to the front. I used a simple back stitch, only stitching through the back layer of the potholder.
4. Now you want to fold the top of the potholder towards the back to make a flap wide enough to fit around the handle of your oven door. Take note of your design on the front as well. You don't want to fold it over so much you ruin the design on the front of the potholder.
Sew a button onto your potholder so the hanging loop can fasten to it. Make sure to not sew through the front of the potholder. You will have to angle your need quite a bit to stitch only on the back layer.
That's it! Now hang your new creation on your oven door!
**Note: I recommend hand washing these, and laying them flat to dry.**
I absolutely LOVE the dollar store. By 'dollar store', I mean any store where all items cost only $1. My local dollar store happens to be called Dollar Tree, and I shop there on a regular basis. I know that times can be hard, and a lot of people out there may not have a lot of money to spend on decorating for the holidays. By spending just a little time in a dollar store and using a lot of imagination, you can create tons of beautiful decorations out of inexpensive items.
Now, let's get started.
What you need:
a roll of wrapping paper to use as the background
a sheet of reindeer window clings
How to make it:
1. Get out all of your supplies.
2. Take the back off of the frame, and remove the glass. Lay the back on the wrapping paper, and trace around it to get the proper size for your background.
3. Cut out the wrapping paper, and put it into the frame, then replace the back. Do not put the glass in at this time. We are doing it this way so you can see exactly where your window clings need to be placed so they aren't covered by the edges of the frame once it is assembled.
4. Place your window clings onto the wrapping paper in a design you like. Once they are in place, remove the back and wrapping paper. Insert the glass, then wrapping paper, and then replace the back.
Pretty, right?! I love making things like this. It is a great way to decorate your home and not spend a lot of money. This is just one of many beautiful things you can make from inexpensive items so you don't go broke trying to look festive.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at my tutorial. See y'all later!
I absolutely love making something beautiful out of something mundane, and this wreath is my latest creation made from simple items you may never have though to use as a home decoration: plastic tablecloths!
Plastic tablecloths are easy to find, inexpensive, and come in a wide variety of colors so you can make wreaths for any season, to represent your love for your favorite sports team, or even a baby shower.
I buy my tablecloths from The Dollar Tree and WalMart. They are $1.00 or less. I also get my wire wreath frame from The Dollar Tree for $1.00 (WalMart has them for around $3), making this a very cost-efficient way to decorate.
Let's get started!
What you'll need:
Plastic tablecloths in the colors you like (I use 3 colors, and roughly 6 tablecloths per wreath, so get 2 tablecloths in each color)
A wire frame wreath form
How to make it:
1. First, lay out your tablecloth straight out of the package like shown in the photo above. Cut a strip off of the tablecloth, measuring roughly 1.5 inches wide.
2. Cut the strip in half.
3. The strips that you have cut may be folded on one side. This is where the tablecloth was folded to fit into the package. Open up each strip until all layers are flat and you can see the folded seam that runs down the middle. Cut each strip in half again on this seam.
4. Now we need to cut the strips into petal shapes. Just trim a bit off of each side of the ends of the strips so they have a point. This doesn't have to be perfect at all.
5. Separate all of the layers of the petals. They will be pretty thin, but will look brighter once you start making the wreath and everything gets squished together. Repeat all of the steps for each color of tablecloth you are using.
6. Now comes the fun part: actually making the wreath. Take a petal and gently tie it onto the wreath frame, starting on one of the sections in the center of the wreath.
7. Because the petals are thin, you need to use two of each color before moving on to the next. For example, tie on 2 red petals, then 2 orange, then 2 yellow. I know things are looking a little funky right now, but the more petals you tie on, the better it will look.
8. As you tie on more petals, slide them tightly together so they are dense and fluffy. Here is a photo of another wreath I'm in the process of making with baby shower colors in blue, pink and yellow. Continue tying on your petals until all of the wire is covered.
Don't worry if it looks a little rough. We'll fluff it out and make it pretty in just a second.
9. When you have as many petals tied on as you want, flip the wreath over. Use your fingers to gently push any straggling petals from the back of the wreath through to the front. The back should look like the photo above.
10. Fluff out all of the petals on the front on the wreath, and you're done! Tie a piece of wire or string to the wreath frame so you can hang it up.
If you happen to make a wreath like this, I would love to see it!
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