Christmas, Craft Projects, DIY GIFT GUIDE, Holiday, Quick and Easy Crafts

DIY GIFT GUIDE: Spool Ornament

Spool Ornament Cover

Today’s DIY GIFT GUIDE post is even easier than yesterday’s and would look super cute on your Christmas tree!

Know someone who sews? Then this would be the perfect gift for them! Turn an old wooden spool into a Christmas ornament in just a few steps.

Supplies:

  • Wooden spool
  • Wire
  • Ribbon
  • Beads
  • Wire Cutter
  • Scissors

Steps:

  • The worst part of this project is the first part. Remove any old thread from your spools so they are completely bare. I did the by unraveling each spool, but if you don’t have the patience (not sure how I did) you could score yours off with an exacto knife.

Spools

  • Once your spools are naked (hehe), cut a long pice of wire and fold it in half. Thread a seed bead onto the end and let it rest in the bend of the wire. This will stop your larger beads and spool from falling off of the wire.
  • Thread your beads onto the wire — thread through both ends of the wire.
  • Thread your wire through the spool, then add beads on top. I liked my ornament simple and just added one bright red bead below and above my spool. You can add as many as you’d like.
  • Create a loop in the wire after you add your last bead, then secure the wire by wrapping the long ends around the base of the loop until your wire runs out.
  • Tie a piece of ribbon through the loop to make a hook for the tree.
  • Embellish your spool with a large ribbon.
  • Ta da! Hang on your tree!

spool

If you want to get fancy, seal the ends of your ribbon with a no-fray fabric treatment. I haven’t done that to mine, but I probably will before I gift them.

spool ornamentCheck back tomorrow for another gift idea!

 

 

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Craft Projects

DIY Doggie Bow Tie

{A Smith of All Trades} Remmy and his bow tie

It snowed a ton in Maryland yesterday — but of course, nothing stuck AT ALL. What the heck! Even though I didn’t get to frolic through the promised 10 inches of snow, I did get a snow day from work. That basically meant playing with my pup all day, which included me making him an ADORABLE bow tie.

{A Smith of All Trades} Remmy and his bow tie1

“Hey Mom, make me a bow tie, please!”

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Remmy picked out a charming fabric for his bow tie, and we immediately set to work on our snow day project. First, I cut out a nice rectangle of fabric and ironed it flat.

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Then, I created a secure hem using hem tape.

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I did the same thing to the other side of the fabric.

{A Smith of All Trades} Remmy and his bow tie5

This was different hem tape than I used in my tablecloth project, so first I had to iron one side of the tape down. Then, you remove the paper backing, and iron the other side of the fabric to the exposed side of the tape.

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When I was done, it looked something like this:

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Next, I folded each end of the newly hemmed rectangle into the center, with about an inch of overlap. I placed hem tape down the center strip, and secured the two ends together. I also ironed strong creases into the folds.

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Next, I created the center of the bow tie using the same technique as before — just suppppppper skinny!

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I secured this piece to the middle of the large rectangle, then wrapped it around remaining fabric and cinched it tight.

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I stitched the ends closed, then sewed a polka dot button in the middle. Time to go find Remmy!

{A Smith of All Trades} Remmy and his bow tie11

Well, he found me and the bow tie first. And immediately stole it and hid from me.

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What a jerk. Once I finagled the bow tie from my pup, I tried to slip it onto his collar. Unfortunately, I didn’t leave enough room around the center like I thought I did, so it wouldn’t slip onto the collar. Good to know for next time!

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Oh well! Time to grab some zip ties!

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Looping a few zip ties through the back center of the bow tie, I secured it to my pup’s collar. Then we had a PHOTO SHOOT! Many treats were involved.

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Then we took the bow tie off… Turns out my pup doesn’t love it like he does his shirts.

{A Smith of All Trades} Remmy and his bow tie22

Thanks for stopping by!

Craft Projects, Holiday, Valentine's Day

Love Birds

Red love bird

I love birds and I love Valentine’s Day, so naturally I would do a bird-themed craft project for the Feb. 14 holiday. While Valentine’s Day is still a month away (a month to the day today!), I wanted to get started early on the few projects I have planned so the decorations can be out an about for a bit. I only have one Valentine’s Day decoration — a cute wreath my step mom made me — so I need just a few more things around the house.

As I sat down to watch the football game last night, I got out my sewing kit and a few pieces of felt. To start on my love birds, I cut out two pieces to make the body.

Love bird project

Then, I starting stitching around the outside of the body.

Love bird project2

I doubled up the thread so it would show more on the stitching.

Love bird project3

I kept stitching all the way around the body until there was a small slit open by the tail. I stuffed the body using some leftover batting.

Love bird project4

Love bird project5

Once it was all stuffed, I sewed the remainder of the body closed.

Love bird project6

Time to add the rest of the pieces! I cut out a beak, wing and feet, and sewed each piece to the bird.

Love bird project7For the wing, I used a heart!!!

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Lastly, I added an eye using thread.

The red bird is for my hubby. Then I made a white one for me! For the second bird, I sewed all of the extra pieces on first. … the beak, the wing, the feet and the eye. That was a lot easier.

Love birds

We have the cutest love birds. ❤

All in all, it took me less than two hours to make these two love birds. Now they are sitting on our mantel — the first of the Valentine’s decor for our house.

Love bird project Mantel

L.O.V.E.