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Thrifty Thursday 64

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LINKY STUFF:

How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted.
Other stuff:
*Please add a text link or my button to your post!
*2 projects from the previous week’s linky will be spotlighted, so let them know they ROCK!
*Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*Have fun and be inspired!
*My friend Nikki knows how to throw a great party too. Be there…
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FEATURES:

Spring Wreath DIY

Amy from Aprons & Ambition made this resourceful spring wreath from Mardi Gras beads and paper flowers.  I love

the texture the spray painted beads give, and it is no secret how I feel about paper flowers.

Birdhouse Spring Decor

This rustic yellow birdhouse at Ode to Inspiration makes me happy.  Go see the full tutorial and

get your spring decor on.

Spring sign DIYHow fun is this bright yellow sign by Natalie at Johnny In A Dress?  She pinned it and made it, and

I love it!

PARTY!!

St. Patrick’s Day Sucker Bouquet

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Continuing with our week of guest posters here at SBLC, today I am thrilled to bring you Cheri from It’s So Very Cheri.

She is going to take you through a fun St. Patrick’s Day kids craft.  Thank you for being here, Cheri!

Hey It’s Cheri from Its So Very Cheri.

I am honored to be here today. I think the world of Johnnie and consider her to be a wonderful blog friend.

Although we have never meet–at least not yet–in person–there are just some people that you develop a wonderful bond with and Johnnie is one of those gals.

  • I love to create things and decorate.
  • I have 4 kiddos and home school them.
  • My hubby is in school.
  • I share lots of craft projects and love beach themed projects.
  • My birthday is on Christmas Day and I love everything about Christmas.
  • I love typography projects.

I wanted to created a fun

St. Patrick’s Day

craft for the kids.

They get excited about every holiday. I thought something SPRINGY would be fun.


FOR THIS PROJECT I USED:

2 sheets of card stock paper

striped green paper

polka dot green paper

scissors

glue gun

a 4 leaf clover image

pencil

styrofoam

ribbon

clothes pins

DIRECTIONS:

I took my 2 sheets of paper and folded the paper so I could create a box. This requires you to fold it into thirds on all sides.

{Using 2 pieces gives the finished box extra durability.}

You need to cut the 4 corner pieces so you can fold them in.

St. Patrick's Day Kids Craft

I used some clothes pins to hold my folded in pieces while I glued them in place.

{If you do not own a glue gun you could carefully tape your piece or staple them.}

St. Patrick's Day Kids Craft

I cut 4 rectangle pieces that were the length of each side of the box and then used my scissors to snip up part way so I could create “grass”.

St. Patrick's Day Kids Craft

I did not have a cube of styrofoam so I used some of my sheets and broke them and stacked them in my paper box. I did not glue it in place–just set them in there.

St. Patrick's Day Kids Craft

I then cut out 4 leaf clovers out of my polka dot paper. I only cut 4 leaf clovers for my bigger suckers.

St. Patrick's Day Kids Craft

I used Blow pops. I filled in with smaller suckers-I got a bag of AIR HEAD suckers. They had light green and a dark green sucker so I used both. I poked the suckers through the middle of the 4 leaf clover and pushed the paper up around it a little. Then I pushed them into the styrofoam.

St. Patrick's Day Kids Craft

I finished it off with a piece of bright green gross grain ribbon around the top of my box.

Do your kids have a St. Patrick’s Day party coming up?

Thank you so much for having me today.

I hope you will come over and check out my other projects and recipes and if you like what you see I hope you will follow along.

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Spring T-Shirt & Paper Rose Wreath

Spring wreath DIY

What to do with all those paper roses I have been showing you?  How about a T-shirt paper rose wreath?  Remember this t-shirt wreath from winter? I stripped it down to just the shirt covered wreath form and added a burlap bow and 3 paper roses.

TshirtRoseWreath

This is a great basic wreath to embellish for every season.  And don’t forget all the other things you can do with those old t-shirts…

{Guest Post} Dollar Tree Spring Decor Project

 

spring

TODAY LAUNCHES A WEEK OF GUEST POSTS HERE AT SBLC! 

I am so excited to introduce

to you Debbie from Debbiedoos’s.  Check out her great projects, her Monday Newbie Party,

blogging tutorials and more.  Today she is sharing a dollar store spring decor project.

Take it away Debbie!

Happy Spring! I know not officially here yet, but it is in my house.
Thought I would share a Spring craft, that I whipped up in a few minutes.
All from dollar tree items,and of course a can of spray paint.
I used my new favorite color Blue ocean breeze.
I spray painted my white canvas.
What you will need:
Easter grass
Spring Easter Foam cut outs  {dollar tree}
Foam eggs {dollar tree}
Faux Spring flower {dollar tree}
First I glued my grass on the board, both with craft glue, and my handy dandy glue gun.
I added my foam eggs with a dab of hot glue.
Then I glued my foam chickie..
Topped it off with my fun faux orange flower..
How C A Y U T E!
{ I say that often don’t I?}
I am all about budget friendly cute crafts.
If you are looking for Candace Olson designs…oops sorry you made a wrong turn.
HOWEVER, if HGTV would like to give me my own show, and a pocket full of money…
I will give Candace a run!
My cutsie did not stop there.  I filled the apothocary jar up with some grass, another faux flower and some foam eggs…
Tied the top with some dollar tree ribbon!
Say it again with me… C A Y U T E!
I also bought the pretty fun paper napkins for the bathroom at the dollar tree.  They are not really for the bathroom, but hey why not?
For the record my painted Giani counter top is holding up great! You may see that project here, if you missed it.
Today I am guest posting over at Johnnie, from Saved by love creations.
I thank you Johnnie for this opportunity to share with your wonderful friends and readers.
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DIY Coffee Filter Roses


This is one of several paper roses techniques I have tried in preparation for a friend’s June wedding centerpieces.  It was shared by crafter Cassie Chappell on the Martha Stewart Show.  You can watch the video (which flies through the process rather quickly), and read instructions here:  Coffe Filter Rose Tutorial.  It is absolutely stunning. The water color paint effect on the coffee filter creates the look of a real rose!


I got a little carried away with the tips and used acrylic wash on top of the watercolor

to get a more vibrant red.  Now I wish I hadn’t.  I think if I had just let them

dry, the difference between the tips and base would be more natural, like

Cassie’s in the video.  But still, I love them!  This is the first and only

one I made in this style.  It took awhile, and I think the bride

is going for the look of the larger petals like in this

paper rose tutorial I showed you, so it may be the last for awhile.

I stuck it in this vase with other roses I made from a different technique.

I have a certain mother with her eye on the bouquet (Hi Mom)!

Coffee Filter Roses

So, what do you think?  That video is mind blowing,

particularly after you have tried this.

I hit pause and had to rewind like every 5 seconds!

Home Decor With K&Company Ephemera

Spring decorating ideas


Are you decorating for spring yet?  Whatever your style or theme, scrapbooking supplies can be used to add detail and interest to your decor. Use ribbon, lace, twine and paper embellishments to capture a lovely feel.

I spied this K&Company Ephemera Pack at Joann’s and had to have it for something.

K&Company vintage emphemera pack

It contains all kinds of embellishments, including little pockets, feathers, bird paper species cards, ticket stubs, flowers and more.  I wasn’t sure what I would do with it until I was placing these upcycled tin cans around my living room. They really needed dressed up and I thought of my ephemera pack.  I also had a random birdcage I wanted to incorporate, and this bird themed pack helped bring it all together.  PERFECT!

Grab glass containers & candles of all sizes from Goodwill, and use empty jars and cans from your kitchen to fill and accessorize.  You can tie things together with the oh so popular baker’s twine, ribbon, and lace.  Use clothespins to clip embellishments here and there.  Throw in some old books to vary height and interest.

Recognize the top rose from this paper rose tutorial?  The other rose I haven’t shown you yet, but stay tuned.

Spring paper crafts

Here, I filled a mason jar with sand and placed a die cut paper flower.  Vintage buttons and velvet ribbonas table scatter.  So simple, and I love it!

Paper decorating

For more mason jar ideas, check out my 50+ post!

mason jar ideas

Now  I am working on some printables to replace

the winter ones.  The mantel is almost finished too.

What are your spring decor favorites?

50+ Recycled T-Shirt Craft Projects

50 Recycled T-shirt Crafts

This week’s 50+ round-up will give you some ways to recycle those shirts you never wear into lovely home decor, jewelry, ruffled tops and much more.  Don’t have any?  Hit the thrift stores and garage sales to snatch up shirts for next to nothing, in the color palate  perfect for you project.  Enjoy!

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50+ projects to make using old t-shirts #recycletshirts #upcycle #repurpose
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Thrifty Thursday Week 63

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Whew!  Another week has passed and it is time to party.  What have you been creating?  Thanks for being here to share and see all the great projects.  If you are new, welcome!

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LINKY STUFF:

How it Works: No giveaways, shop or links to your main blog, please. That way we know when we come to Thrifty Thursday, we will only encounter DIY projects and not end up sifting through a bunch of other links. Entries not related, or to main blog pages/shops/giveaways will be deleted.
Other stuff:
*Please add a text link or my button to your post!
*2 projects from the previous week’s linky will be spotlighted, so let them know they ROCK!
*Please visit the at least the 2 blogs above you and shower them with comment love.
*Leave me a comment and let me know you were here. I love hearing from you.
*Have fun and be inspired!
*My friend Nikki knows how to throw a great party too. Be there…
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FEATURES:

Handmade Boutique FlowerHow precious is this boutique flower headband from Shabby

Beach Nest?  There is a great step by step there.  I am crushing

on handmade flowers in a big way right now, and this is

on my to do list for sure!

Burlap welcome signWhen her doorbell broke, Holly at Life as a Thrifter got creative and made this burlap

framed sign as an alternative.  The best thing about it, besides that it

looks great, is that  her napping girl  doesn’t get awakened everytime

there is a visitor!

DIY framed key art

Cameron Homemade walks us through the making of

a lovely mantle with revamped Goodwill art.  I love

the framed glittered key, and the red and aqua!

PARTY!

PAPER ROSE DIY WITH TEMPLATE

Paper crafts

As promised, here is the paper rose tutorial I teased you with at the end of

Monday’s rose embellished frame tutorial.  You can use any decorative scrapbook paper you want,

but it should have print on both sides.  I like to ink the edges of the petals and

leaves with distress ink pads.  The possibilities are endless, so raid those scrapbooking

supplies and lets make some gorgeous roses!

SUPPLIES:

SCRAPBOOK PAPER (double sided)

CRAFT GLUE

FLORAL WIRE

FLORAL TAPE

PETAL & LEAF TEMPLATE (PRINT AND CUT OUT)

SCISSORS

BAMBOO SKEWER





WHEN YOU ROLL THE PETALS, DO 3 AT A TIME BY STACKING THEM

AND ROLLING THEM TOGETHER.  SLIDE THE BAMBOO STICK OUT,

LEAVING A “TUBE” OF ROLLED UP PETALS.

STRAIGHTEN THEM OUT TO GLUE BASE AND FOLD

AROUND FLORAL WIRE IN NEXT STEP.



ADD LEAVES IN DESIRED POSITION

DOWN STEM WITH FLORAL TAPE

 


Aren’t they FABULOUS?

Mother’s Day gift… check.

PURPLE? 

Absolutely.

Best part… they live forever!

Paper rose tutorial

SAVED BY LOVE FEATURED AT THE SITCOM

Head on over to Suzy’s Artsy Craftsy Sitcom

for SBLC’s up close and personal interview.

Join the international creative hop while

you are there, and look around at

Suzy’s amazing creations.