Sunday, November 29, 2009

Whit's Cheapo Jute Twine Ornaments

Hey guys!! Sorry for my brief break... I have been out of town with the fam for Thanksgiving.  I have spent the last week or so getting the tree up and planning how I would dress it.  This year I am in love with silver.  I have it all over the tree...  and I have found that I love balancing it with neutral tones and more rustic pieces.  I decided to make some jute twine ornaments...

Now I will show you how I did it...

I started by getting my materials together.  I used a small ply jute twine, hot glue gun, and an unfinished paper mache ornament.  All of these can be found at craft stores.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby but you can also find them at Michael's and Joanns.

I started by gluing the twine to the top of the ornament.

Then, I wrapped it around and added dabs of hot glue as I went until I made it to the bottom of the ornament.

It was really easy as that!  I wanted to add a bit of sparkle for contrast so I found these great ornament hangers at Target for super cheap.  I just added one to it and I was finished...

Here's a few on the tree although I find it so hard to take a good tree picture...

And a few more in a different shape with a larger ply twine...

Hope you guys like them!! Let me know if you have any other questions!

Don't forget to get your projects ready for the Rust-Oleum Revamp party... It's a week from today and you can get all the info by clicking the party button on our sidebar.  Hope everyone had a safe Thanksgiving and prepare yourself for LOTS more Shanty Christmas fun:)!!

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ashley's Candy Cane Display

I will be linking this to
Hooked on Houses Holiday Party

 Hey guys! So, I'm still decorating for Christmas and still loving it!!!! Thought I'd share my latest creation with our blogging friends!!!! I love candy canes almost as much as I love snowflakes so I had to make this as soon as I thought of it!!!

Presenting the Candy Cane Display and she has all of my favorites ~ candy canes, distressed wood, jingle bells and of course twine!!!

Here's how she came to be...

2 outdoor candy canes purchased from Wal-Mart

painted a S2S favorite Rust-oleum Heirloom White.

While the candy canes were drying I began work on two fence panels purchased at Home Depot

I found their half way point and gave them a quick zip with my Ryobi battery powered circular saw (this made four 3ft pieces).

Next I used the lazy mans hammer and nails (aka Gorilla Glue Epoxy ~ it's like cement!) and attached all four newly cut boards together and let dry.

Now back to the candy canes...

I used my hot glue gun to wrap 4ply jute twine around each candy cane.

So sweet...I could just eat them up!!!!

Back to the boards...

As soon as the Gorilla Glue Epoxy was dry I spray painted the board a shade of blue...
and glazed with another S2S favorite ~ Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze!

A little distressing of the edges with my 3M sanding block and a brush over with Minwax Red Mahogany stain gave the perfect aged look!

When the board was dry I used Gorilla Glue Epoxy to attach the candy canes to each other and then to the board.

Next, I used 4ply jute twine to tie a bow around the candy canes where they were attached together

and added some sweet jingle bells with 1 ply twine to top it off!!!

Now for one final detail...

Even if I prop this piece I want it to look as if it is meant to hang so I drilled a hole at the top two corners

and slid 4ply jute twine through the back and tied knots on the front side!

Not sure where I am going to put her

propped inside...

maybe in the corner on the front porch...

For now I'll just have fun moving her around the house...she is just so darn cute everywhere I put her!!!!

Reminder!!!!  You all have 1 week to get those projects done for out Rust-oleum Revamp Link Party and Giveaway!!!  You can get all the information for it HERE!!!

Also....don't forget to stop by our Etsy shop ~ The Shanty Shoppe ~ where we have this new shanty along with many others available for purchase!!!!

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Ashley's Thrifty Ornaments

I will be linking this to:
Hooked on Houses Holiday Party!

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving!  I just wanted to share a quick, thrifty ornament with you!  It's easy, cheap and so cute!!!

I started with a 6-pack package of square glass ornaments

purchased at Hobby Lobby (50% off of course),

a bag of snowflakes (also from Hobby Lobby) and a roll of 1ply jute twine.

I took off the silver tops from each ornament, pushed some snowflakes through the top, replaced the top and added the twine to hang them....I know, so easy yet so cute!!!!!  I just LOVE them!!!!!

So sweet and simple!  I also filled glass balls with snowflakes but the square ornaments are just too cute to keep to myself!!!!  Happy trimming!!!!!

Don't forget about our Rust-oleum Revamp Link Party and Giveaway December 6!!!  You can get all of the information for it HERE along with the button to help get the word out!!!  We can't wait to see your projects!!!

Also...if you get a chance stop by our new Etsy shop ~ The Shanty Shoppe ~ where we have many shanties available for purchase!!!!


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