So last night I whipped out my glue gun…and made us a little toothbrush holder for our recently refreshed bathroom (you can check out some of the bathroom posts including painting the bathroom mint, finding an old buffet on Craigslist to turn into a vanity, how we hacked the buffet, and then painted it, and installed it). Anyway…back to the project…wha-bam!
Seriously…there’s nothing I can’t do with a glue. Except maybe create world peace. But that’s a job for Miss America, right?! Bah-dum-tsh….I’m here all night. Anyway…here is the new toothbrush/toothpaste holder on the vanity.
And the beauty of the whole project is that it cost me a whopping $2! The only thing that I had to buy was the glass vase. We already had the 3/16″ sisal rope on hand from various rope obsessed projects (you can even check out my Pinterest board dedicated to rope decor)and the yellow baker’s twine (from the Twinery on Etsy) is leftover from our wedding invitations.
I was a bit sick of our toothbrushes hanging out in the open and the toothpaste always lingering on the vanity top. I like things to have a spot…a put away spot. So the game plan for this project was to take a small, glass vase and wrap it in rope with a little baker’s twine mixed in for some color. But I didn’t want to glue the rope directly to the glass…that way I could remove the glass to clean it of toothpaste residue and put it back. So essentially, I made a rope koozie for the vase.
To do this, I started with the base. I coiled the the rope tightly, hot gluing it as I went along. Lots of hot glue = a tighter more secure coil. Fortunately, I only suffered a handful of hot glue burns…only one pseudo serious. It really helped by coiling the rope while laying it flat on the table to keep the base of the rope koozie even. I continued wrapping and gluing until the rope coaster was one rope round wider than the glass vase.
That’s when I started to take the rope koozie vertical and glued between the vertical rope layers.
After a solid first wrap around with the sisal rope, that’s when I started to wrap the rope with the yellow baker’s twine.
I capitalized on my Type A personality and oh so carefully and evenly wrapped the twine around the rope, gluing each end of the twine to the rope to keep it from unraveling. As for the length of the twine, I used a really precise measuring method and used “two wingspans” length of twine. You know…where one wingspan equals the space between my hands when I stretch them out.
I wrapped the rope with the twine at random intervals. I didn’t really have a pattern or system for wrapping the rope with twine, I just kind of winged it.
I just kept wrapping and gluing and wrapping until the rope had just barely covered the top of the glass. The whole project took about two beers (that’s nearly two hours for those of you unfamiliar with my beer drinking pace) but it would probably take someone who is a little less Type A about an hour (a one beer project).
I love the end result…it’s so much cuter than the old, metal toothbrush holder. AND I made it…AND it has so much character…AND it’s a step in the right color direction (we’re going from a mint/yellow color combo in this space).
One little bathroom accessorizing project done…so many more to go. I’m thinking of adding some art, a little first aid cabinet, some rustic towel hooks, and a snazzy new (and colorful) light fixture. Stay tuned.
Pssst…How about all of you? What have you unleashed your glue gun fury on? Or any bathroom accessorizing going on? Do share! I love hearing from you all!
It’s officially February so I’m officially allowing myself to “think pink” as in Valentine’s Day pink. Can we just take a minute to recognize the fact that I have NEVER set out a single decoration for Valentine’s Day?! Strange huh?! It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore! Especially since I’m all about decorating for various holidays and pink is my favorite color. Well, a Valentine’s Day decorator virgin I am not…anymore.
I made myself a little love note to hang in our dining room, right underneath the lovely little chalk board message that Colby wrote to me…ten months ago…that I can’t bring myself to erase…like ever. #thatchalkboardnotewillbetheretilwedie
The banner was simple and was inspired by some crafting supplies I found in the Martha Stewart aisle of our local AC Moore. I couldn’t help myself. I picked up a punch set (originally $30 but only $18 after using a coupon) and a circle cutter (also originally $30 but only $18 after redeeming a coupon).
Armed with my new Martha goods, some pink and white paper, and enough candy hearts to put an entire third grade classroom into one serious sugar coma (no worries, I restricted myself to only half a bowl), I got to work making my “love-ly” banner.
First step…tracing and cutting the letters “L – O – V – E” out of the hot pink letters.
Hot tip…flip the paper to the back side and also flip your stencil over. That way you don’t have to worry about pen/pencil marks showing after you cut your letters out.
Next step…using the circle cutter to cut a couple of circles out of the white and light pink papers. I ended up setting the cutter to make 8″ white circles and 10″ light pink circles.
Circle cutter, where have you been all my life! I loved it and it was so much easier than my usual “let’s find something around the house that is approximately this size” method. The circle cutter does use a razor blade so be sure to lay down a cutting mat to protect your work surface. I used one meant for cutting fabric and it worked like a charm.
Muhammad Ali would be proud…I was a punching machine! I was worried about being able to lineup the punch correctly and getting a nice and even punch border, kind of resembling a doily. But it was pretty simple to eyeball the right positioning by turning the punch around and lining up where you left off with your last punch with the current punch.
The paper doilies kind of looked a little rough around the edges after punching around the circumference, but it was nothing a little trim trim couldn’t resolve.
And finally it was assembly time. Armed with my hot glue gun (seriously…I’m completely incapable of crafting anything without it), I layered the paper doilies on top of each other, adorning each with a hot pink letter.
And the last step…hot gluing a strand of jute to the paper letters to make a garland. I still have tons of jute leftover from all the wedding craft projects involving jute. Thus why I used this material. But ribbon or bakers twine would also look pretty cute. I’m just a use whatcha got kind of girl.
With the love garland assembled, I simply draped it around the chalkboard in the dining room and tied the jute ends together at the top into a bow so it would stay put.
I love the pops of pink that are going on in our dining room right now, in the “love” banner along and in the pink flowers on the dining room table.
Perhaps our dining room needs more pink? Colby…how do you feel about that? Can I girl up the dining room a bit?! No? Okay. I pick my battles.
Pssst…I’m linking this post up to Carmel’s blog, Our Fifth House, at tomorrow’s link party which is all about love. So stop by and check out all of the crafty projects going on as part of the Dog Days of Winter link parties hosted by Carmel and a few other bloggers. It’s going to be legend…wait for it…dary!
I know this post is WAY late. The dog ate my homework…oldest excuse in the book. By this time of year, you’re probably immersing that turkey in for a good brine-ing and putting those finishing touches on all those Christmas cookies for Santa. But here at The Roost, we’re just putting together our Christmas wreaths and garlands. Doh! Holiday season procrastinators of the world unite! It can’t just be me?! Show of hands…who is still decorating their home for Christmas? Anyway…back to the wreaths and garlands. Here is what I made…wreaths for the dining room chairs:
And some garland for above the kitchen sink:
I love how Christmas wreaths and garlands inside a home bring out that rustic, Christmas is here, let’s pack in the sleigh (errr….family mini van) and go sing some Christmas carols at the neighbors’. Poor neighbors. And making your own Christmas wreaths and garlands is not only CHEAP but EASY. Here are your supplies:
Supplies included four mini wreath forms, which you can get at just about any local craft store for about $1.50 each. They also have various sizes so you can do a full on, monstrous outdoor wreath. You also need some green, floral wire, which also costs just a few bucks. Then, a walk int he woods yielded a few spruce boughs that I sliced up using a pair of snips.
I just took the bough and cut off all the little branches shooting off of it. The smaller branches were saved to make the mini wreaths and the larger branches were used for the garland. Then to make the wreaths, you just grab a couple of small branches:
And wind the floral wire around and around and around…..around and around and around….around and around and a….you get the point.
You just keep wrapping the floral wire around the wreath form, adding branches here and there, making sure to completely cover up the wreath form. But if you miss a little spot here and there, don’t sweat it (to the oldies Richard Simmons style). Adorn your mini wreath with your favorite ribbon, my glittery ribbon of choice hailed from Target for $1.98 for an entire roll, and hang.
I made four mini wreaths in total and hung them on the backs of our four dining room chairs. Christmas wreaths done…and just under 30 minutes total time.
Now stepping up to the plate…Christmas garland. You can make a simple garland pretty much using the same method as wreath making. Grab some branches, add some more branches, and twist the floral wire around them. Start with the tip of the garland and work towards the stem side, making sure all your branches are pointing in the same direction.
I tend to grab a small clump of branches for a fuller garland effect. Mostly because I don’t decorate the garlands after they’re made. But if you plan to cover your garland in twinkle lights, ornaments and bows, adding just a single branch, instead of a clump, would be fine.
As you add branches and twist the floral wire around, slide the new branches slightly further out to the base of your garland, away from the tip. This is how you “grow” the garland. So there’s a good six inches or so of overlapping branches. You can kind of see the overlap of branches in the pic below of the underside of the garland.
And just keep
swimming twisting and just keep twisting.
And little drummer boy drum roll please……the finished garland hanging over the kitchen sink window.
The garland looks extra awesome by night. For comparison’s sake, here’s the garland by day:
And the garland by night:
Cue up the oooooooooh! And strike up the awwwwwwww! Festive, no?! Now I just wish I had made these and put them up earlier on in the season so we could enjoy them more. Oh who am I kidding?! It will be July before I finish taking down all the Christmas decor anyway so I guess it doesn’t really matter.
Pssst…Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Hope you have a fantastic round of holiday celebrations with all your friends and family!
You take off their hats…no…wait…that’s popes in a car. Hmmmmm…I got it! Hang them in the windows and the lofty area above the staircase!
To add a little Christmas cheer around our house, I took advantage of some dollar store snowflake ornaments and hung them ALL OVER the house. ”Take advantage” is putting it lightly. I STOCKED up. And came home with 105 snowflakes for less than $20. So if the world really ends today…I may not have stockpiles of canned goods and water, but I do have plastic snowflake ornaments. Barter or trade anyone?!
I spent an afternoon hanging the snowflakes using some pilfered fishing line from Colby’s tackle box. Shhhh…don’t tell my husband! Actually, I stole it from him last Christmas season to make a snowflake mobile and he’s hasn’t missed it yet. I’m claiming eminent domain! It’s mine now!
To secure the snowflakes to the window trim and to the ceiling above the staircase, I just used good ol’ 3M Command Hooks. They’re the same hooks that we used to hang the bats during Halloween. In fact, we never took the hooks down and recycled the bat hanging locations for the snowflakes.
Other snowflake hanging locations included the back kitchen window:
Here’s another shot from afar:
In the kitchen window above the sink:
Oh…and the flowers in the “joy” milk bottles that we made last Christmas (back here) also came from the dollar store. Holla!
And more snowflakes in the parlor window:
And in the living room window (I know they’re hard to see but they’re there I swear…blogger photographer fail):
Both living room windows (again…they’re there…it was just a super sunny day with snow reflecting through the window):
One hot tip for anyone looking to repeat this project…to make the multiple snowflake, first tie the first snowflake at the top, then to add more snowflakes, weave the fishing line through the bottom of the snowflake and tie a knot around the top.
This keeps the snowflakes hanging vertically and in line. You gotta keep those snowflakes in line…there’s no telling what they’ll do if left to their own devices! Sheesh…snowflakes these days!
Pssst…What little touches have you been adding to your home this Christmas season? Any dollar store finds? Or turning ornaments into garlands or window decor?
One of my FAVORITE Christmas traditions is making “Christmas” mints. What are Christmas mints you say? Glad you asked! While most ladies are slaving away in the kitchen making Christmas cookies, I’m dipping homemade mints in chocolate. And the Christmas mints have a great story…it’s a doozy so here’s the Reader’s Digest version. It’s a family recipe that’s been passed down generation to generation along with an antique doughnut hole cutter to cut out the mint dough (aka…the innards). Six years ago, the tradition was passed down to me from my mom. The mints are to die for. Trust me. They’re so good that I’m certain with the right marketing and supply chain management system that I could single-handedly take down York Peppermint Patties. They’re THAT good! Anyway…I make thousands of these things every Christmas season and package them up. And this year…I got a little creative with the packaging.
Recognize the treat boxes? They’re leftover boxes for our wedding favors. We thrifted it up this year and reused what we already had instead of spending $50-$75 on Christmas treat tins and boxes. And here is the outside of the box complete with baker’s twine and cedar clippings from the bush out front.
Crafting up the boxes was super simple. It all started with a few basic craft supplies and leftover wedding favor boxes. Note the message on the inside…”Whoopie, we got hitched”. Can you tell we gave out whoopie pies as favors?! And in the craft supplies pic below…ignore the jute and the glitter paint. These were replaced with baker’s twine and gold metallic paint. This is what happens when you start making treat boxes four weeks ago and frantically finish them last night in order to give them out today. #procrastinationmaximation
First step…I had to cover up the “Whoopie” message which is not Christmas appropriate. Well, maybe it’s late night, post Christmas party appropriate but definitely not the message I want to share with my friends and family this Christmas season. So I used some Martha Stewart chalkboard stickers that was leftover from labeling some office supply jars, to cover up the stamped on message.
Then I took some of the Martha Stewart gold metallic paint that I picked up at Michael’s.
Tested out how the paint looked on the chalkboard label.
And painted the message onto the labels, channeling my inner calligrapher. I’m not quitting my day job anytime soon in hopes of making it big in the calligraphy world.
After letting the paint dry for a little while it was time to assemble the boxes. I was pseudo worried about the paint getting on the mints and contaminating them. But I always line my treat boxes with parchment paper so I powered through.
Then out came the Martha Stewart, Christmas themed baker’s twine, also from Michaels. I swear I wasn’t paid or perked by Martha to use her products. I just have this strange infatuation with all things Martha. Martha’s my girl!
To polish off the treat boxes, I wrapped them in a double strand of red baker’s twine and then tied a few cedar clippings into the twine bow.
The cedar clippings came from an overgrown bush out in our front yard and is the product of shear laziness. I wanted to green up the treat boxes but it was pouring outside and I didn’t want to put a coat and shoes on. I told you shear laziness was involved. So off to the front porch I went where I simply opened up the door, reached over to the bush which is spilling out into the front stairway these days, and snipped off a branch. No outside in the rain time necessary.
And scene. Signed, sealed, delivered. Completed Christmas mint favor boxes ready for passing out. Okay, now send me your addresses so I can send you a box of mints. Kidding!
Pssst…What last minute Christmas projects are you whacking off your to-do list? Any family traditions that you’re carrying out? Or crafts still to be made?