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Guys, I’m not as crafty as I like to think I am. I’ve admitted this before but here I am attempting crafts again. I’m either stubborn or stupid (who am I kidding, of course I’m stubborn!). Last year my Mom made a craft request for a Christmas gift and apparently she liked the decorative ‘S’ I made her enough to request another craft this year. This years challenge? A burlap bubble wreath. Yeah, I had no idea what that was either. But after she showed me her inspiration images (here, here, here, and here) I figured it was doable. I had trouble finding a tutorial, but then came across this one which I used for the materials list and not much else. I seem to be on a crafting trend where I look up lots of inspiration pictures, read several tutorials, and then disregard everyone’s advice and do whatever I want. This may be why I never like any of the crafts I do…

But I think this wreath turned out alright.

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial

For this project I bought:

a 24″ wire wreath frame (I lost my receipt but I think it was $10-$12)

2 rolls of 6 inch wide 30 ft long burlap ($6.99 each)

a roll of thin wire ($1.99) – I only used about 12″ of this so don’t buy a whole roll, just borrow some from a friend

hot glue gun and sticks – I used my mini low temp hot glue gun

wood cut outs (lost my receipt but I think all three were less than $10)

2 little bottles of paint ($1.99 each) – I didn’t use much but I was out of black and white so I had to buy these new

All in all after coupons I spent just under $40 to make this wreath.

If I were making this wreath for myself I would have been able to make it much faster but since I was making it for my Mom and I was unsure of exactly what she wanted… I questioned a lot of my choices. I could have made this in an hour, but it took about 2 hours spread out over two days.

The reason this is only ‘sort of’ a tutorial is because it’s really easy, but very hard to explain. So here is my best attempt to explain something simple yet hard to put into words.

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial The wire wreath frame I used was sort of curved, which you may be able to see from the picture above. Also, the burlap came in a roll so it was curved as well. I tried to work within those curves to make my job easier. So basically I just stick loops of the burlap up through the back of the wreath frame, I also twisted and turned about every other one I looped through to give it a more layered look. Like I said, it was very simple to do but hard to explain.

Side note: burlap smells awful! I mean, seriously awful! I’ve never used burlap before so I was surprised by that. Thankfully the smell faded over time, or at least I got used to it.

Here is the back of the wreath after I was finished:

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial I did not use any glue or wire in this process. This is just the burlap and wire frame.

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial I actually like it plain like this, but the inspiration images my Mom sent me all had stuff on them like fake flowers, initials, and bows. I wanted to get a large ‘S’ for our last name but I couldn’t find what I wanted to so I grabbed a fleur-de-lis and a small ‘J’ and ‘S’ (everyone in my family has a ‘J’ first name). I also couldn’t find a cool looking ribbon so I made my own.

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial You can probably follow my process in the last few pictures but basically all I did was lay out a strip of the burlap, painted it white, freehand painted black chevrons, and let it dry. It has the imperfect, rustic look that a lot of her inspiration images had. When it dried I cut it in half and started playing around with it (the burlap is 6″ wide so after it was cut it was about 3″ wide).

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial This is the part where I have no idea what I’m doing haha. Then I got a little crazy and cut my ‘ribbon’ into strips…

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial The “bow” under the fleur-de-lis I attached with a little glue from the hot glue gun and I also stitched it with the thin wire I bought. The fleur-de-lis is glued on.

Little House Design: Burlap Bubble Wreath Tutorial The strips that I stick around the bottom right are just stuck in through the wire frame. The ‘J’ and ‘S’ are glued on.

And that is how I made a huge burlap wreath for $40!

 

I’ve always been enchanted by flocked Christmas trees (although, I didn’t know they were called ‘flocked’ until more recently). Artificial trees are expensive enough but the ones that have fake snow on them are even more expensive. And since I was gifted a perfectly fine pre-lit tree last year I decided to try my hand at flocking my tree on my own.

Little House Design: How to flock a pre-lit Christmas Tree

I googled and found that there are several different ways to flock a tree, but I landed on this tutorial as the easiest and most cost effective.

Little House Design: How to flock a pre-lit Christmas Tree

I mixed all of these ingredients in my mixer for about five minutes until it was all whipped up like icing.

Little House Design: How to flock a pre-lit Christmas Tree

If you are wondering if I started to doubt myself when I put GLUE into my very expensive (albeit 12 year old) Kitchen Aid mixer the answer is YES. But, like so many weird projects I’ve done before (most notably when I bathed my sheepskin rug) I pressed on. Did I feel ridiculous putting glue and shaving cream all over the fake tree that will be in living room for the next four weeks? The answer is in the question.

As for the the application, being the resourceful lady that I am I just stuck my hand in a plastic baggie and started wiping that crap all over my tree. And despite how ridiculous it felt to do it, the results aren’t bad!

Before:

Little House Design: How to flock a pre-lit Christmas Tree

After:

Little House Design: How to flock a pre-lit Christmas Tree

Little House Design: How to flock a pre-lit Christmas Tree

Little House Design: How to flock a pre-lit Christmas Tree It does have the tiniest bit of a blue tinge (most noticeable in the last picture) but in person it isn’t too bad. Plus, I have no ornaments or anything on it to draw attention away from it. I really like it! I think if I were more ambitious I would do another half-batch and add more to make it that much more snowy, but that’s probably not going to happen.

It dried hard but not like rock solid or anything, it definitely flakes off. So there is the possibility that it will all come off by the end of the season but I kind of doubt that will happen. It’s definitely less messy than just throwing fake snow all over the tree!

It was a super easy and fast project that cost me less than $10 so I highly recommend attempting the DIY version before buying a $150 Christmas tree. Also, it only took me like an hour tops so that was a bonus.

Disclaimer: This is a pre-lit tree and I globbed glue and shaving cream all over those lights and their wires and I have no idea if that is a safe or responsible thing to do. If you are worried about doing it I would ask someone smart and/or an electrician first. I had the lights on all day today and there was no fire! I also touched the lights several times and they don’t seem to generate hardly any heat so the glue/shaving cream mixture wasn’t melting or anything. 

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

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All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Christmas Craft Roundup

December 18, 2012 — Leave a comment

It’s that time of year again… the time where you realize that you didn’t get everything done that you wanted to do before Christmas (okay, I did get one project done). So in true fatalistic spirit here is a round up of the Christmas crafts I wish I would have done a month ago. Perhaps next year?

Glitter Origami Cranes by Zakka Life. You had me at origami, little ornaments. I’ve been obsessed with paper cranes since we read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes in fourth grade. So, paper cranes + glitter = the best thing ever. Tutorial here.
Glitter bulb ornaments by Sweet Paul Magazine. Mostly, I just love these old style light bulbs and the addition of glitter and a string makes them extra adorable. Tutorial here.
Felt Ball Wreath by Pickles. I’ve been obsessed with this wreath for over a year. I just really like how colorful it is. Also, it isn’t super Christmasy which I nice. I haven’t done this project yet because it looks like it would take forever and I’m not sure the payoff would be worth it. Tutorial for making the wreath here and how to make the felt balls here.
Polka Dot Wreath by The Paper Mama. A friend send me this link a few weeks ago and I love it. Moss is so beautiful already that adding it to a wreath form plus miniatures is like totally my jam. Tutorial here.
Miniatures in a jar by Salt Tree. Seriously, need I say more? It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with miniatures and Christmas minis are like my own personal brand of heroine (I am so ashamed I just quoted that book). There are many variations of the ‘Christmas snow globe in a mason jar’ idea and I think it would fun to do any of them. Tutorial here.
Thumbtack wreath by Canadian Family Magazine. Apparently, I am now obsessed with wreaths. But I think you could do this treatment to other things as well. Basically it is just hundreds of flat metal thumbtacks pushed into styrofoam. Easy and cheap! Tutorial here.

Did you get to do any Christmas crafts this year? Or maybe you are satisfied with just looking and not attempting?

DIY Stovetop Scent

December 17, 2012 — 3 Comments

This weekend I hosted 1/5th of a progressive dinner. It was a lot of fun and since I was going to four other houses I decided to make hostess gifts. A few weeks ago I pinned a DIY jarred stovetop scent recipe (here’s the link) and it’s been in my brain since, so I decided to give it a go.

mylittlehousedesign.com DIY citrus and cinnamon stovetop scent
I think they turned out great! It was a super easy project and it only cost me about $5 per jar. I chose to do a citrus and cinnamon flavored one, but the link above has recipes for other non-Christmasy scents as well.
Here is what I did:
1) Materials:
Mason Jars (although you could reuse any jar and spray paint the lid)
Oranges (I used just under 1 per jar)
Whole cloves (I bought a small package that I split evenly between the jars)
Cinnamon sticks (I put about 2-3 in each jar)
Allspice (I did about 3 teaspoons in each jar)
Optional: Star anise (I couldn’t find this for the life of me so I left it out)
2) Put it in a jar.
3) Add water.
That’s it!
It was super easy and everyone seemed to really love it.
Here are the instructions for use:
1) Keep refrigerated
2) Pour into pot and simmer (I added a little more water but that’s optional)
2) Let cool and pour back into jar. It should last for about two weeks or 3-4 uses.
Not a super interior-designy post but it does make your home smell good so close enough.

Organizing for Lazy People

December 11, 2012 — 2 Comments
I apologize for my blog being down the past few days… Trust me I was working hard to get it back online! Thanks for coming back!
I have this credenza in my dining room that serves as a sort of faux-buffet. If I had a lot of serveware or party supplies I would put them in there but I don’t, so I use it for craft stuff. It looks decent on the outside (especially for something I got at IKEA’s clearance section for $40).
But it was not so nice on the inside.
My Mission: To organize it enough that stuff doesn’t fall out every time I open the doors. Nothing more, nothing less.

Let me be clear, I’m not trying to attempt this:

Because let’s be honest that looks like it took a lot of work and money.

So, here are my personal steps for organizing stuff to make it look less bad:

1) Take it all out: That’s right, empty that sucker out. Don’t try shuffling things around because it won’t work you have to start with a blank slate.

2) Put like with like. Separate everything into piles. For this project my piles were: fabric, stickers, ribbon, paint, and I also had one pile which I English-ly called ‘bits and bobs’ because you are going to have a pile of random stuff that just doesn’t fit in a pile.
3) Once everything is in a pile you can decide what containers will fit what stuff. Be creative! You don’t have to go out and buy matching storage containers. Here are some of the uncommon things I used to help me get organized:
Zippered mattress pouch

Shoe boxes

This used to hold bullion cubes, but you could use any of the food tubs that you are done using. Think parmesan cheese, margarine, or spices. They all come in nice plastic (or even glass) containers that after you take the sticker off and wash the container they are perfectly reusable.

4) Label it, but don’t feel like it has to be fancy. I have this funny old Label Buddy from about 10 years ago (yes, I was the 17 year old that asked for a label maker). It does these little punched labels that are silly, but they serve their purpose. The white label stickers you can print or write on work just as well.

That’s it! You gotta love the fast version of organizing  The long version involves deciding whether you need to keep all this crap but for this project my mission was simple.
Not a major improvement but when you set your goal low it’s easy to be happy with the outcome!

I am not super crafty. I enjoy doing crafts but it is a lot of work to gather all the right materials and then to make the whole craft come together. But last Christmas I actually did a craft that was easy, attractive, and affordable – yay!

I made mini yarn wrapped wreath ornaments. You know why I love them? Because they are miniature of course! There is literally no skill involved in making these so that makes them even better. Here is what I bought:

1) 3″ Styrofoam Wreaths – I bought a pack of 20 for $15.00 from here.

2) Yarn. I got four colors: red, green, cream, and dark grey. I still have a lot of yarn left over since these ornaments are so small, but I wanted a variety of colors. This is a great project if you already have yarn sitting around.  I wrapped the yarn around them, tied it off, and cut it very close. This one below has lots of knots because I did it color blocked. If you’re picky you could tuck the knots under the yarn but clearly I’m not so I just left it like this. It will eventually be hanging on a tree so only one side will be visible anyway.
3) I also bought a pack of mini trees and mini bells to add to a few of them.
Here is a sampling of the finished products.
I made 18 out of 20 ornaments last year. The 19th is below. Apparently I just couldn’t take it another second so I left this one half finished all year. That’s extreme laziness for ya, I could finish a one minute craft haha.
I loved this craft so much I decided to do a bigger wreath. I got a 12″ styrofoam at Michael’s for about $12.99 and wrapped it in the same way I did the little ones (why are styrofoam wreaths so expensive??? Seriously, it is like 4 oz of styrofoam, it can’t cost that much to make).
I love this wreath! I think I left it at my parent’s house so I need to get it so I can put it on my front door.

So that is my craftiness of last year. I don’t think I’ll be doing any Christmas crafts this year. I think I’m more of an every other year kind of Christmas crafty gal.

You should totally do this craft because it is easy, cute, and cheap (about $1.50 per ornament, $15 for the bigger wreath).

Happy crafting!

DIY Gold Leaf Projects

November 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

Yesterday, I shared my DIY gold leaf tray. It was such a fun easy project that I thought I would share other easy projects that utilize the beautiful gold leaf look.

My favorite DIY ever! This DIY gold leaf tray didn’t cost me anything and it only took about 45 minutes to do.

A few months ago I gold leafed some plastic clearance frames. It was a very easy project and I love the look (especially against those deep blue walls!). The gold pen I got cost $7.99 but I was able to do all five of these frames plus the project above.

Martha Stewart has a great tutorial on how to gild a lampshade. Such a good way to update an old or simple shade. In her tutorial she uses gold leaf sheets as opposed to the gold leaf pen that I used.

Gold leaf dipped table legs. I love this look! You may have to use gold colored paint for this look instead of a gold leaf pen, but the overall look is the same.

I love this DIY gold leafed map art from The Ugly Duckling House! Such a cool project. This would definitely take more than an hour to do but the pay off would be great.

This project from A Beautiful Mess combines two of my favorite things: recycling and gold leaf. These honey bear jars are just the regular ones from the grocery store but after they have been gold leafed they look like they cost $20 each! This would be so adorable to have sitting out at a party. Next time you run out of honey don’t throw away the bear!

This faux gold corner frame treatment is awesome. If you click through to A Thoughtful Place’s tutorial you’ll see that she spray painted masking tape gold to get the look but you could also just use the gold leaf pen to do the same thing.

There is no tutorial for this image… it is just a link to someone’s Instagram feed but the concept is simple. They spray painted the brackets from IKEA shelves gold. They look so classy and expensive now.

Mason jars are all the rage so why not combine two trends with these gold leafed animals on mason jar lids? Adorable. Tutorial here.

Happy gold-leafing!

I like to have craft nights. I know what you are thinking…”Jasmin, when did you become a grandmother?” But seriously crafts can be fun, especially if you’re drinking. I had a mini-craft night last weekend and I did the easiest craft ever. By easy I mean it literally took seven minutes. But to drag out this post I’ll start at the beginning. I wanted a wreath for my front door. Wreaths can go ‘country grandma’ really fast but I’ve seen some super cool ones lately.

(Source) But those all looked hard to make and probably expensive when you add up all the materials so I went the easy route. I bought an 18′ styrofoam wreath at Walmart for $7.80 (which is kind of expensive, right? it’s just a piece of shaped styrofoam) like this one.

Next I took some scrap fabric from IKEA and cut strips about 4″ by 3′. Honestly I’m just guessing because I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing. I had friends over and I was drinking and eating and this is pretty much the worst tutorial ever. I used straight pins to pin the end of one of the fabric strips to the back of the wreath and then I just wrapped and wrapped the fabric around and then I pinned the end of the strip to the back of the wreath. When it was completely done I used a small strip of fabric to create a ring to hang the wreath on. Does that makes sense? Probably not, but I know you are smart enough to figure out how to wrap fabric around a circle.

I actually really like it. For seven minutes and $8.00 I think it’s a pretty great wreath. It’s nice to have something on my front door, it actually does make it more welcoming. So you should have a craft night and make a super easy wreath because craft nights aren’t really about the crafts they are about friends hanging out and having fun.