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Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY Thread Wrapped Ombre Bracelet


Today I'm sharing a fun and simple ombre DIY bracelet that can be made completely with scraps and fabric Mod Podge. I have a special love for shades of blue, and I really love how the blue ombre bracelet turned out. However, it would also be fun to create more of a color-blocked look with bright colors, or even stripes of just two colors. (P.S. Here is a tutorial for the braided suede bracelet in the picture.)

What you need:
  • Embroidery thread (I used 7 different shades of blue)
  • Rope (I used some very soft white "rope" in the trim section of the craft store)
  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Scissors

What you do:
1. Tie a knot at the end of your rope. The kind of trim I was using frayed very easily. Then measure how long you want your bracelet to be (leaving extra room for the loop at the other end) and cut.

2. Add some fabric Mod Podge to the end you just cut to keep it from fraying. Also trim the end of your knot and cover it with Mod Podge as well.

3. Loop the second end around and use fabric Mod Podge to create a loop. Make sure that the loop is slightly bigger than your knot, but not too much bigger. Start wrapping some white embroidery thread around the base of the loop for support. Cover the thread with fabric Mod Podge.

4. Decide what colors you want to use and lightly sketch on the bracelet where you want each new section to stop and start. Now dab some fabric Mod Podge across the top of the bracelet where you are wrapping. You want to make sure all of your thread is secure, but if you use too much Mod Podge, it will show up slightly on darker colors. There is no need to tie knots or anything, just make sure that both ends of each section of embroidery thread are secure with Mod Podge.

5. Cut the thread when you are ready to start a new color, and start wrapping the new color right where you left off. You might need to add a tiny dap of Mod Podge to make sure the ends don't stick out.

6. Continue with each color, and then wrap the bracelet around something round (I used the Mod Podge bottle) so that it dries in the right shape. These bracelets are fun to make, and the colorful possibilities are endless. The best part is that you could make it entirely from fabric and thread scraps that you've saved from other projects.



Stop by and check out some of my other DIY jewelry tutorials and follow along with me on FacebookPinterestGoogle +, and Instagram.

This post was originally posted on Mod Podge Rocks.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Monday Funday

Last week I announced that I was leaving Monday Funday. However, I don't think most people read the little intros at the beginnings of link parties, so I wanted to make sure you all knew that the party was still going on. In fact, there are three new faces at the party, and you will still see me around each week linking up my posts and projects and checking out the features.

I was a part of Monday Funday for 90 awesome weeks - how crazy is that? And before that, I hosted another link party for 65 weeks called The Cure for the Common Monday. So basically, every Sunday night for over three years, I've been posting a crafty link party.

The biggest reason that I decided to step away is that I just launched a new site called Let's Wrap Stuff that is dedicated to all things gift wrap related. I would love for you to stop by the new site and leave a comment, or follow along on Facebook and Twitter. I'd also love to feature some of your creative gift wrap ideas. You can SUBMIT here.

And of course, be sure to stop by one of the 8 blogs now hosting Monday Funday and link up!




Monday, October 20, 2014

DIY Leather and Bronze Bracelet


Today I'm sharing how to make this fun knotted leather and bronze leafy bracelet. The colors and the leaves and acorn make this DIY bracelet perfect for all, but you could easily make it work year round. It's a pretty simple bracelet to make, but if you want to create the loop clasp you will need just a couple simple jewelry making tools and findings.

What you need:
1. Bronze leaf beads (mine were from Joann's)
2. Thin leather cord (test the cord to make sure it fits through your beads)
3. Large Crimp Tubes
4. A large round bead like this bronze acorn (also from Joann's)
5. Flat nosed pliers


Step 1: Start with your leather cord and a handful of leafy beads. Because you're going to be tying knots, you will need a lot more cord than you would expect.

Step 2: Leave a couple inches of room at the end, and then start by tying a knot and adding a bead. Keep alternating between knots and beads.

Step 3: If your beads have lines, make sure they all face in the same direction. Also be sure to leave a little space between the knots so that the beads can slightly move back and forth. If the knots are too close together, the bracelet will start to take a weird shape and it won't curve properly.

Step 4: When you are ready to add the clasp, start by putting your crimp tube on the end of the cord, followed by the acorn. You could also use a similar round bead.

Step 5: Now wrap the end of the leather cord back through the crimp tube and pull it tightly until the acorn is pretty close to the last knot.

Step 6: Use your jewelry pliers to squish the crimp tube around both leather cords. This should be a very secure hold, but I also like to add a tiny dab of super glue right next to the crimp tube for a little extra security. Trim the extra leather cord.

Step 7: To make the loop on the other end, add your crimp tube, then loop the cord back into the tube again. Before you squish it, use the acorn to test how large the loop should be. A bigger loop will be easier to put on and take off, but a tighter loop will be more secure. Add a dab of super glue, trim the extra cord, and enjoy!



Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 Fall Decorating Ideas - Monday Funday #91

Welcome to Monday Funday! I'm sad to announce this will be my last week as a cohost of Monday Funday. But don't worry! The party will go on. I'll post next week as a reminder and send you off to link up at one of the other awesome blogs. There are rumors there might be some new Monday Funday faces very soon.

Monday Funday Link Party
The Monday Funday Link Party is an 8 blog party where you can share your latest creativity including: DIY projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all EIGHT of the blogs below, pretty awesome, huh?!
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Hi, I'm Heather from Setting for Four and I'm so excited to be choosing the features this week! Recently I shared my Fall Home Tour Part 2 and this
pretty DIY Feather Place Card Ornament perfect for your harvest table now and your Christmas tree later!
 Also be sure to check out some of my other recent fall projects: Fall Mantlel Decor,  Apothecary Jar Fillers for Fall and Halloween, Easy Sparkly Painted Pumpkin DIY and
Heather at Setting for Four | www.settingforfour.com 
You can follow along with my Decor and DIY adventures on:  Pinterest, Facebook, Google Plus, Instagram and Twitter!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Big Announcement...

It's been a crazy year for me. I had a baby. We moved from Orlando, FL to Chattanooga, TN. My oldest son Benjamin started Kindergarten. My husband Grant went back to school. Things have been a little crazy lately... but I think I like crazy.

I've had this idea in my head for about 2 years, but I never acted on it. Since making gift boxes and sharing fun gift wrapping ideas and tutorials is pretty much my favorite thing to do, I wanted to start another website to share about all things gift wrapping related.


So that's how Let's Wrap Stuff was born. I want Let's Wrap Stuff to be more of a website and resource than a creative blog like Lines Across. I want to collect and share tons of creative wrapping ideas and printables so that you can easily go there and find the perfect idea for you. I also really would love to feature those of you who are super talented and creative and don't have blogs. Just check out the SUBMIT page for more information.

It's still pretty new, and there are only about 20 posts so far. I would love for you to pop over and check it out, and even maybe submit a few tutorials. I'd also love for you to follow along with Let's Wrap stuff on Facebook and Twitter.

Here one of my first posts - 24 Halloween Treat Bags and Boxes. Hop on over to Let's Wrap Stuff for all of the links.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Little Princess's Best Day Ever

 
This week, Sleeping Beauty was released from the Disney vault. I had already gone to Walmart to pick out a special princess costume for Lyla... my favorite princess, Rapunzel. Then this Saturday, Lyla got dressed up in her Rapunzel dress and shoes, and we headed to Walmart to buy the Sleeping Beauty DVD. Before we left, we made a fun check list of things to do for our special day together.


We decided to make Saturday a special mother-daughter all-things-Disney-princess day. I had already picked out the dress and shoes for Lyla, but she got to pick out a few more Disney princess things for herself in addition to the Sleeping Beauty DVD. She picked out a Rapunzel wig, a soft Disney Princess blanket, and Aurora's palace pet, Beauty. #DisneyBeauties #collectivebias


Playing dress up and pretending to be great characters like Rapunzel is such a wonderful learning activity for young children. There are so many good qualities that the Disney princesses show, like Cinderella's kindness to those who treated her poorly, Jasmine's desire to explore the world, and Belle's ability to stay true to herself when her world told her she was weird. However, sometimes princesses make mistakes as well, like when Ariel makes a deal with Ursula. Even though the princesses are great role models in many ways, they are not perfect. What's important is that your little girl's true role models (her parents) watch the movies with her and talk about all of the valuable lessons.


We put together a fun printable check list called "The Best Day Ever Ultimate Checklist" that you can download and print. There are two versions: the first one is blank and is fun to fill out with all of the fun things you are going to do one day and check them off as you complete them. The second one is a list with all of the fun things Rapunzel does in the song "When Will My Life Begin". This one is a huge list, but would be a fun checklist to try to complete over the course of a few weeks with your daughter.


We needed to add "take silly pictures for the camera" to the list.


Lyla helped me come up with a lot of the things on our list. She especially wanted to dress up like Rapunzel and go for a walk with Pascal barefoot, because Rapunzel was barefoot in the movie. She also wanted to have a special movie afternoon with her Beauty, her new blanket, and some popcorn. Lyla was so worn out from our day together that she actually fell asleep for a little while on the couch before we even watched the movie.



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This weekend Lyla and I had a mother-daughter all-things-Disney-princess day. I shared more on the blog today, plus a cute free printable. #disneybeauties #shop #rapunzel #sleepingbeautydvd #linkinprofile

...and here are the links to download the free printables



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monday Funday #90 - Halloween Crafts and Treats

Welcome!!! The Monday Funday Link Party is a 8 Blog Party where you can share your latest creativity...DIY projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all 8 blogs. What a great way to grow your blog!

Monday Funday Link Party at thatswhatchesaid.net

This week's features were chosen by Kimberly from A Night Owl...
Kimberly at anightowlblog.com
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