Crafty

4th of July Painted Placemat & Napkin

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Hello all, are you excited for the upcoming Fourth of July? It’s one of my favorite holidays, I love the food and patriotic traditions!  Some years we host a party since we have a fantastic view of the local fireworks show from our front yard. In other years we’ll visit someone else’s home. This year my parents are hosting and we’ll spend the day poolside and then do the traditional fireworks observation at night.

I got crafty this year playing off Old Glory’s red and white stripes and white stars on a blue background to create a fun place setting. I partnered with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Brand to create a striped painted placemat and accompanying star spangled napkin, embellished with a fireworks inspired detail on top.

4th of july painted placemat and napkin

 

To recreate you’ll need red placemats, blue napkins, white craft tape, ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape; a roller, artist’s paintbrush, tray for paint, star punch from a craft store, and red pipe cleaners (not shown).

project supplies

 

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DIY Fabric Covered Boxes

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Hello everyone! I have a new DIY project to share today: fabric covered boxes perfect for storing keepsakes or office supplies. I love the idea of wrapping plain boxes in pretty patterns (like I did last year these marbled paper versions) and this time I made them with some beautiful fabrics sent to me by Annie Selke from her Pine Cone Hill collection.

diy fabric covered boxes

 

Here is the step by step:

make fabric covered boxes

 

First, round up the necessary supplies.  You’ll need about ½ yard of fabric for every box, sometimes more for larger versions. Find wood boxes at a craft store like Michaels, also glue designed for fabric and a brush to apply it. For thicker fabrics, you’ll need a staple gun too.

supplies

Next, cut the fabric to the size of the box and allow for enough fabric to wrap all fours sides.

trim fabric

With your staple gun, secure the first long side of the box with a few staples inside and close to the middle.

staple fabric

Apply a thin coat of glue to the bottom of the box and smooth the fabric as you rotate it around so that it lays flat along the bottom.

fabric glue

Staple the second side along the interior of the box, concentrating the staples toward the middle.

staple sides

Trim a piece of remaining fabric on the unwrapped sides so that you can easily wrap it up and around the edge without bulky excess. Add an additional layer of glue to the sides.

trim sides

fold up and over

add glue

 

Fold the trimmed fabric up and over the side of the box and secure it tight with the staple gun.

fold over

staple edge

Repeat the same process for the lid, but keep the fabric stapled  to the bottom edge of the lid to avoid the box becoming too difficult to close due to excess layers of fabric.

repeat for lid

 

In less than an hour you can create two stylish storage boxes for housing office supplies or mementos.

diy fabric covered boxes

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fabric covered boxes on shelf

 

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