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DIY Mason Jar Luminaries for the Thanksgiving Table

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Add warmth and sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these easy DIY Mason Jar LuminariesIn just a few days, we get to host Thanksgiving dinner in our new house!  Graham and I have been working hard to get the house in tip top shape and continue our remodeling projects while creating a warm, welcoming space for our family.  Last week, I shared the pretty new linen fringe napkins that I sewed and embroidered for our Thanksgiving table and today I wanted to share a couple easy additions to complete the festive table setting!

These simple Mason Jar Luminaries are easy to put together and add a warm, sparkle to your Thanksgiving table.

Add warmth and sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these easy DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

These simple Mason Jar Luminaries are easy to put together and add a warm, sparkle to your Thanksgiving table.

My favorite part of the table are the simple DIY Mason Jar Luminaries!  They were so easy to make and they add light and warmth to the table without candles.

Add warmth and sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these easy DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

You need only a few items to make your own Mason Jar Luminaries.

Add warmth and sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these easy DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

The string lights need little preparation, but you will need to add batteries to the battery pack, which unfortunately for this project, is clear.  The battery color was visible inside the luminary jars, so I just gave the outer case a quick coat of chalk paint (which dries to a matte finish in a few minutes).

Add warmth and sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these easy DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

That’s it.  Now it’ll blend right in.  Load your string of lights into the mason jar, “fluffing” them around so that they fill out the jar nicely.  Hold the battery pack towards the top of the jar and put the lid on.  Tip the jar upside down and set it on its lid.  The battery pack should rest at the bottom and the lights should be around and above the battery pack.

These simple Mason Jar Luminaries are easy to put together and add a warm, sparkle to your Thanksgiving table.

So pretty, right?  Wait till you see your table glowing with these beauties!  I finished off my table with [some] of the gold pumpkins that I collected from The Pumpkin Boutique this Fall.  (So happy to continue using them throughout the season since I bought just about a hundred of them!!)  I also added in a few small, white pumpkins (grocery store) and some adorable chalkboard name cards (from my local Jo-Ann.)

These simple Mason Jar Luminaries are easy to put together and add a warm, sparkle to your Thanksgiving table.
Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Are you all ready for Thursday?  I still need to beat the grocery store rush and pick up some things for my side dishes!  I hope your week is relaxing and full of yummy meal planning and crafting!

Autumn Acorn Napkin Rings - DIY

For more Thanksgiving table ideas, don’t forget to check out these Autumn Acorn Napkin Rings and this traditional Cloth Dinner Napkin sewing tutorial.

The absolute BEST dinner rolls. Ever.

And, of course, my granny’s best yeast dinner rolls you’ll ever have!  These are the real reason we make Thanksgiving dinner – lots and lots of rolls…and pumpkin pie!

DIY Linen Fringe Napkins

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Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

You guys!!!  I made the most beautiful napkins for my Thanksgiving table!!  I can’t get enough of that fringe technique I used on my flannel throw blankets a few weeks ago, so when I came across this crisp, white linen in Jo-Ann, I knew I had to make some linen fringe napkins to add to my napkin collection.

Add warmth and sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these easy DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Once I had the napkins made, I needed to embroider something with metallic thread and I found the most perfect leaf pattern already loaded on my Babylock Aventura sewing and embroidery machine.  I could not possibly love these more!!

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Want to make a set????  I’ll show you how:

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!For four napkins, you will need just over a yard of fabric – let’s say 1 1/4 yards.  Pre-wash and dry the linen. Begin by rough cutting the napkins into 19.5″ squares.  We’re shooting for a finished 18″ napkin, but in order to easily do the fringe technique, we need to really get our fabric cut precisely along the grain line.  So, give yourself some working room and cut the squares out larger.  Work on one side of the square at a time and begin pulling out the cross threads until you have one thread that goes all the way across the edge – now you have a straight edge to measure from.  Repeat for each side until you can see a perfect square.  Now, trim down the napkin into a perfect 18″ square.

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

On your cover stitch machine (I use a Babylock Evolution), sew a border around the entire napkin, about 1/4″ away from the raw edge.  You can alternately use a regular sewing machine and sew two rows of stitches around the napkin to mimic the same look (or use a twin needle!)

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!Next, pull the threads to form a fringe edge.  Remove the cross threads to the stitching, but not beyond.

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Using a cover stitch here really makes for a lovely, professional finish – see the backside there?  Looks good and keeps the material secure!

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Repeat to complete your set of napkins.

Thanksgiving Table

Machine embroider (or hand embroider) a festive pattern centered over a corner of each napkin.  I used five different shades of Madeira metallic thread and just randomly rotated through them for each step of this leaf embroidery pattern.  They’re so beautiful!

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

I also grabbed some pretty trim to make some simple napkin rings.  Cut the trim into 6″ lengths, overlap the ends and hot glue them together.  Trim any hanging threads and apply Fray Check to keep the edges from fraying further.  Easy!

Gorgeous DIY Linen Fringe Napkins for your Thanksgiving table!

Add warmth and sparkle to your Thanksgiving table with these easy DIY Mason Jar Luminaries

For more Thanksgiving table inspiration and project instructions, hop over to The Creative Spark today for an easy DIY Mason Jar Luminary idea!

DIY Backpack Tutorial

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DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!This sewing project is fairly simple and quick!  It doesn’t take much fabric or time to create this DIY backpack for your littles.  It’s the perfect size for summer outings or to haul a snack and some crayons on daily errands.  You could even size it up for bigger kids or yourself.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach!

You can even add an appliqué, monogram, or embroidery design to personalize the tote!  Ready to make one?  Let’s get started.  You will need:

  • 1/2 yard main fabric
  • 2/3 yard lining fabric
  • sewable, fusible web such as Heat ‘n’ Bond Lite
  • disappearing ink fabric marker
  • 2 yards of ribbon or drawstring

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 1:  Begin by cutting two rectangles of main fabric and two rectangles of lining fabric measuring 15″ wide and 14″ tall.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 2:  Cut two pieces of fusible web, each measuring 15″ x 14″.  Adhere one side of the fusible web to the wrong side of each lining piece.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 3:  Adhere the main fabric to the other side of the fusible web so that you have two rectangles with one side exterior and the other side lining fabric.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 4:  From the bottom corners of each rectangle, cut out a 2″x 2″ square as shown.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 5:  Fold the top edge of each rectangle toward the wrong side by 1.5″ and press a crease in the fabric.  Open the top edges back out.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 6:  Use the fabric pen to mark the center point just beneath the folded, exterior edge on ONE of the rectangles, as shown.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 7:  Sew two parallel buttonholes, no longer than 3/4″ tall, splitting the center mark.  Be sure that the fold you previously made is turned up and out of the way so that you are not sewing through it on the backside.  Use a seam ripper to carefully open the buttonholes and finish the cut fabric with Fray-Check.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach!Step 8:  Match the two rectangles, right sides together.  Be sure the folded top edges are unfolded at this point.  Sew and/or serge along each side and along the bottom edge.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 9:  With the backpack still right sides together, open up the square hole in the bottom corners.  Bring the bottom seam up to meet the side seam so that the open squares now form a line across as shown in the picture above.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 10:  Sew across that open line, closing up the corners and forming a squared off bottom to the backpack.  Repeat on the other side.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 11:  Turn the back right side out and iron as needed.  Refold the top edge to the wrong side along the creased line you made in Step 5.  Stitch about 1.25″ from the top edge, all the way around the top, to form a casing.  Be sure you are catching the folded edge on the underside.  If you have a cover stitch machine, a cover stitch works nicely here.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 12:  Now, it’s time to make the straps.  Cut a 6″ wide by 44″ long strip of the lining fabric.  You can also use grosgrain ribbon here.  Press each long side in toward the center.  Fold over again to make a strip of fabric with raw edges enclosed and four layers thick.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 13:  Tuck the short ends in before folding the fabric into the strip and sew along the edge all the way around the strap.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 14:  Fold the strap in half and note the center point.  Mark 3″ down from the center point on the strap.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 15:  On the back side of the backpack (opposite the buttonholes), place the center loop of the strap along the casing stitch line.  Stitch the strap in place, as shown.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 16:  Loop the straps down the backpack and pin the ends in place about 1/4 of the way up the back of the backpack and about 3.5″ in from each side seam!  Stitch a small rectangle to secure the ends on the backpack.  Repeat for the other strap.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

Step 17:  String a ribbon or drawstring of some type through the buttonholes and casing of the top and tie a bow.  Trim excess ribbon, but be sure that the ends of the ribbon will not pull inside the buttonholes when the backpack top is fully open.

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach or pool!

There you have it!  The cutest little backpack!

Summer Beach Bags - super cute beach bags with home dec fabric + backpack tutorial

DIY Backpack Tutorial - what a fun project to make for little ones!  The perfect size to tote a snack and a book to the beach!

 

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns

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DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

Do you love mercury glass as much as I do?  I have paid quite the pretty penny over the years for a few small pieces to set around my home, but I hate to pay for something if I can make it myself.  I don’t know why I didn’t try DIY mercury glass sooner – I saw lots of people showing how easy it is years ago, but I only tackled it just recently.  I saw these pretty clear beaded glass lanterns in Jo-Ann and they inspired me to finally jump on the bandwagon.

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!I experimented with several different techniques that I had come across, but what I discovered is that getting a gorgeous mercury glass effect couldn’t be easier and is practically fool-proof.  I’m ready to transform ALL the clear glass I can find!  All you need is a few supplies and you can tackle this project, too!

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

Supplies:

  • water bottle with light mist spray function
  • Looking Glass spray paint by Krylon
  • clean clear glass lantern, vase, tray, votive, etc.

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

  1. Gather your supplies and find a well-ventilated, protected work area.  Be sure the glass is clean and free of tags, labels, or dirt.  Remove handles or other components that you won’t be painting.  Cover the outside of the container if you’re concerned the paint will spread to unwanted areas (I didn’t cover these and they were fine!) We’re going to be working on the inside of the glass container (or bottom side if you choose to paint a tray or platter).DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!
  2. Shake the can of Looking Glass spray paint for several minutes to get it well mixed.  We will first add a light layer of spray paint to the inside of the lantern and will immediately follow with a quick mist/spray of water.  Spray the paint in short bursts and try to spray lightly enough that the paint doesn’t pool and run.
  3. As soon as you’ve sprayed the paint into the lantern, shoot it with a quick mist of water.  When the water droplets hit the damp spray paint, they will form the spots and bubbled effect that makes mercury glass look so aged and cool.  Allow the paint and water to dry completely – 30 minutes or so.
  4. Repeat layers of spray paint and water droplets until you have the look you desire.  I added 2-3 layers for each lantern.
  5. Don’t be alarmed if your paint does pool or run – try to tilt the container to spread the run-off so that it adds to the overall texture of the paint rather than drying as a streak running straight down the lantern.  You can also tip the glass upside down on some paper towels to remove excess water/paint.  DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!
  6. I experimented with using a vinegar/water solution and did not find much, if any, difference from using plain water.  I also experimented with sponging some areas with metallic gold/bronze paint, but ultimately couldn’t see any difference in the finished lantern.  Because we’re layering the paint and water while the paint is still wet, it doesn’t matter if you spray the water first or the paint, but I seemed to have less running and streaking when I started with the paint as outlined in these instructions.DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

So there you have it!  DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns for the win!  Don’t they look so good?  I’m really happy with how they turned out.  Why did I wait so long?

DIY Mercury Glass Lanterns - make your own mercury glass!

These lanterns are gorgeous in the home or as part of your outdoor decor (keep them protected from wet weather).  They also look beautiful glowing with candles in the evening!  As soon as the weather evens out, they’re going to live on my deck tables!!  I think this would be such a great project for a Mother’s Day gift, too!  Happy crafting!!

 

 

**This tutorial was initially published at The Creative Spark.

DIY Snow Globe Ornaments

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Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

The break from school over the holidays allows for some extra crafting time.  Last year, I made these beautiful snow globe ornaments and I was thinking about doing some more this year because they’re just so pretty.  There’s just something so magical about a snow globe, don’t  you think?

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!You can find tiny trees, animals, and other figurines on ebay or etsy – there are so many choices out there.  You will need:

clear glass ornaments with open bottom (I found mine at a local craft store)
Deco Art Snow-tex
iridescent buffalo snow flakes
figurines
miniature bottle brush trees
Bleach and a glass jar for bleaching the trees
white glue
glitter (silver, iridescent, gold)
small mirror rounds to fit bottom of ornament
ribbon/ric rac/ trim
hot glue and glue sticks

How to bleach bottle brush trees for snow globe ornaments

Step 1:  Begin by placing the bottle brush trees into a container with 1 part Bleach : 5 parts water.  Wait until all the color is removed from the trees.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 2:  Rinse the trees with clean water and set aside to dry.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 3:  Use a foam brush to apply white glue or mod podge to the bristles of the tree.  Sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Silver, iridescent, or gold glitter look great – you could really use any color glitter!

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 4:  Use a spatula or foam brush to mound a bit of the Snow-Tex in the center of the mirror round.  Check to be sure the glass ball ornament will fit onto the mirror and outside of the snow mound.  Otherwise the ornament won’t be able to sit flat.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 5:  Place trees and small figurines into the Snow-Text while it is still wet.  Mound a bit more snow or push it around the bases of the trees.  The Snow-Tex will dry hard and hold the objects in place.  You could also secure with a little hot glue once the snow tex is dry.  Allow to dry before continuing.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 6:  Place 1-2 Tablespoons of buffalo snow into the glass ornament.  Before adding glue, be sure to dry fit the ornament onto the decorated mirror base – too much buffalo snow will cover the scene – adjust as needed.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 7:  Holding the ornament upside down, add hot glue to the rim of the opening and quickly place the mirror onto the ornament.  The hot glue dries quickly.  You can also use glass glue but it takes longer to dry.  Add more hot glue around the rim to secure.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Step 8:  Cover the uneven edge between mirror and ornament by hot gluing ric rac or ribbon around the perimeter.

Snow Globe Ornaments - these are so pretty!

Enjoy!  These ornaments make the loveliest gifts for friends and add sparkle and charm to your own tree!  Have fun!

Winter Village DIY

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Winter Wonderland Village

Although I usually spend my time sewing or baking, I actually really love sitting down to do some good old-fashioned paper crafting.  There’s something very relaxing about it.  After dressing up our mantle with the new fur and flannel stockings, I wanted to add some woodland glimmer to the rest of our family room.  I spent the good part of a day combining paper and glitter and snow and glue to make a great winter village!  I’ll show you how I made mine if you’d like to make one, too!

Winter Wonderland VillageSupplies:

heavy patterned cardstock – choose paper with small print so that it shows on the tiny buildings!
glitter cardstock
vellum
Cricut cutting machine
Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge
Cricut Scoring tool (or bone folder)
ruler
craft snow/
white glue or hot glue
glass dome
miniature trees and/or animals
flameless LED tea lights

(all supplies are available at Jo-Ann)

Winter Wonderland Village

Begin by finding the desired size and shape of buildings that will fit under your dome.  Using the Winter Wonderland Cricut cartridge or online software, select the desired shape.  Use scrap cardstock and your Cricut machine to cut a few sizes and quickly assemble just the basic structure.  Once you have the correct scale for your village, cut the buildings from patterned cardstock.  I cut one set from patterned cardstock and one from glitter cardstock for each building shape (church, house A, house B, etc.)  This way, I could mix and match patterned houses with glittered roofs and vice versa.  Other details were cut from a third sheet of cardstock.  Cut the inner piece (this is the same shape as the main building, but without windows) from vellum so that you can “light up” the windows with a flameless candle.

Winter Wonderland Village

Once your pieces are all cut, use a scoring tool (the pointy tip Cricut scoring tool works really well for this even though the cartridge is older so the machine can’t do the scoring for you.) and a ruler to score along the lines that the machine notches for you.  Fold along all the scored lines.

Winter Wonderland Village

Use white glue or hot glue to assemble the parts of each structure.  Glue them together to form the buildings.

Winter Wonderland Village

You can add little accents to the buildings, too, like a tiny bell (mine isn’t exactly the right shape for a church bell, but it works fine!) or a wreath, etc.

Winter Wonderland Village

Winter Wonderland Village

Add snow along some of the roof lines by adding glue and sprinkling on the snow material in small sections.  Alternately, you could add snow to the entire roof.

Winter Wonderland Village

Winter Wonderland Village

If you’ve used vellum for the inner structure pieces, you can place a flameless LED tea light under the structure for a warm glow throughout your village!

Winter Wonderland Village

Now, place your buildings on a bed of snow atop pedestals or pretty glass dishes and cover them with glass domes to keep the snow flurries at bay and add to the charm!

Winter Wonderland Village

Winter Wonderland Village

Have fun building your own gorgeous winter wonderland village!