February 2014 archive

Ragin’ Rag Wreath

We have a winner! Congratulations Barbara C. Your rag wreath is on its way!

Rag Wreath

On our very first Craft Night years and years ago, I coerced all participants to make rag wreaths. Now, some didn’t share my enthusiasm, but let me tell you, I’ve made FOUR of these bad boys. Mainly because they are super easy to make… and… I went overboard with gathering fabric for this project.

This does prove to be a great project to complete with friends because you can share fabric and really diversify the colors in your wreath.



-Assorted fabric to be  cut in strips- (Note: I would give you an estimate about the amount of fabric needed for this wreath, but the surplus of leftover fabric strips  from this project does not attest to my estimation skills.. I can tell you that you could probably buy a yard of fabric total and be fine. You can buy fabric by any increment. You could also buy the quilting packs of fabric (My good friend Carrie just bought two packs of quilting squares, and her wreath is so dear).

-A Wire Hanger (The Mommy Dearest reference is too obvious, no?)

-Assorted Ribbon of coordinating colors of wreath (optional)


-Cut/tear your fabric into strips of about  1 1/2″-2″ by 6″-8″ (Sorry for the range, but you don’t have to be precise) Also, as you can tell, I tore my fabric. It was easier, hence that was the road I chose to take.

Fabric is cut into strips/torn.

Fabric is cut into strips/torn.

- Shape your hanger into a circle (leave the hook– it makes a lovely…well, hook).

Rag wreath

- Take your strips and tie them in knots on your hanger.

Rag Wreath

-Keep tying those knots.

Rag Wreath

-Fluff and scrunch

Rag Wreath

Don’t get discouraged. It might seems like an endless project, and at times, you may think that it looks horrible, but just keep tying and scrunching your knots close together.

My good friend Gayle was quite efficient with this craft. She lined up her different stacks of fabric, and went to town. She scrunched and shifted at the end, instead of fluffing and scrunching every couple knots like I did. Gayle is smart like that.

This is also a fine craft for our younger friends (read: Kiddos). They can practice their fine motor skills and even the concept of patterns (that’s if you want your fabrics to be in a patterned order).

That’s it, folks.

After all those knots, you  will have a pretty cute wreath, or in my case 4 wreaths…


The rag wreath has endless possibilities.

Check out Carrie’s cute pastel Easter cutie:

Spring rag wreath

Rag Wreath






Or Rona’s Redskins fan wreath:


And then, my good friend Sarah wowed us all with an upscale monochromatic rag wreath. She used burlap, so naturally I’m in love.

Isn't she gorgeous?

Isn’t she gorgeous?

Sarah used a wire wreath form, so her wreath is fuller and more substantial. She’ll also tell you it took more time (But totally worth it).

Burlap Rag WreathShe made these cute felt shamrocks and a miniature “Lu cky” banner to make it festive.

rag wreath



Isn’t Sarah’s wreath gorgeous?

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s day luck, teachlovecraft is holding its very first freebie. Who will be lucky enough to win the Springtime Rag wreath I just made?

Rag wreath

rag wreath


Rag Wreath

Want  it? Well there are 7 ways to enter to win this little Ragtime Beaut:

Good Luck!!

St. Patrick’s Day Easy Paper DIY Banner

Easy Paper Banner

What’s that? You like my banner? Oh, thanks. It only took me less than 10 minutes. It’s an Easy Paper DIY Banner. What’s that, you want to hit me? You won’t after this post. Because you, too, can create this ridiculously cute banner in less than ten minutes and act nonchalant when your pal compliments you on it.

I imagine the exchange to go like this:

-“Cute Banner”

-”Oh, this old thing? It took me ten minutes”

-<eyes roll>


So, here’s the latest quick and easy project for you all (See, I told you that most of my projects are quick and easy. Like my Burlap Bunting, and my Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath, and my ridiculously easy mantel).

St. Patrick's day Banner I’m still not sure whether you call it bunting, or garland, or  a banner. So, from here on out, I will be calling it a “bgr.” I hope that doesn’t stand for something unsavory, but I’m just gonna choose not to google it, and just hope for the best.

Anyway, this BGR (bunting/garland/banner) is a quick one.

Here’s what you’ll need for your Easy DIY Banner:

Assorted Paper and a heart hole punch:

St. Patrick's Day banner

I spent way too much time in the paper aisle at JoAnn’s.
I really thought the grass paper was cute, but I also picked up three plaids.

Some pages from a book (I had an old geography text book that I decided to use) or newspaper, or scrapbook paper, or whatever your little heart desires:

Easy Paper DIY Banner

See that Geography class from freshman year is useful.





-A hole punch

Here’s what you’ll do for your Easy Paper DIY Banner:

Brace yourselves because this is ridiculously easy.

1. Punch some hearts out of your paper of choice (You’ll need three hearts per pennant)

IMG_41982. Fold your hearts in half.

3. Cut a “V” or a triangle out of your page/soon to be pennant.

Paper Garland4. Arrange the hearts on the page in a shamrock style fashion, add a stem, then glue.

Easy Paper DIY Banner5. Punch two holes in each pennant and thread ribbon through each pennant.

6. Hang.

Easy Paper DIY Banner

7. Revel in your brilliance with a TON of pictures.

Easy Paper DIY BannerEasy Paper DIY BannerSt. Patrick's Day BannerSt. Patrick's Day PennantSt. Patrick's Day Garland

Okay, Okay, I’ll stop with the pictures. But seriously, the level of ease of this project is not indicative of the level of cuteness of this BGR. Give it a try, and when your friends compliment you on it, let me know if your exchange with them goes as I predicted!



March Mantel Madness- Mantel Ideas for March

Mantel Madness is in full swing over here. Read more to see my Mantel Ideas for March.

I just took down February’s mantel, made a burlap bunting/banner (anyone know which one to call it?), and  swapped a few more Marchy (read: Green and Spring) items, and I called it a day. And once again, I did not spend a cent!

Let’s take a look at this lucky lovely mantel.

IMG_4223And now for some close-ups and the details.

Mantel Ideas for March The moss covered “D” is one of my favorites. Lisa and her husband made the “D” for me. She explained how to cut letters in her Berry T post. Instead of berries, I bought some sheets of moss (the kind with the sticker back), which you can find in the floral section of any craft store. And I simply cut the moss and covered the letter. Could it get any simpler?

Mantel Ideas for March

Dollar Store Flowers? Yes, Please!

The beer growler gets another month on the mantel, but I swapped the glitter hearts with some artificial forsythia and pussy willows, which I snagged at The Dollar Tree. If you don’t frequent The Dollar Tree you might want to start. Or…actually don’t, or you’ll end up with six packs of doilies with which you swear will become something.

Mantel Ideas for March

What says March more than a horn and a bird. Right?

The horn I found in the boys’ toy box.

The little bird? Finn picked that out at his Great Grandmother’s retirement home’s gift shop. I’m not suggesting you start perusing your local retirement home’s gift shop, but I’m not not suggesting that either…

Mantel Ideas for March

On the other side, is another bird that Finn picked up at the Old Folks’ Home, a cute pewter mug that was my husband’s when he was a wee lil lad; a wine cork filled green cut glass bowl, which my mother-in-law gave me (Thanks, Amy. I LOVE that bowl); a plate (a wedding gift), which I thought was kind of like an Irish Blessing, and bonus: the colors worked; and then two books , which are dual purpose as I needed height, but they also add a bit of interest.

March Mantel burlap buntingMantel Ideas for March

Truly, it’s nothing crazy, but I like it. Have you dolled up your mantel for March? If so, I’d love to see it!



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