Kiss Me, I’m St. Patrick’s Day Burlap Bunting.

Remember, how I said it was Mantel Season ? Well, it’s mantel season! And that means it’s time for some St. Patrick’s Day burlap bunting. Whoop. Whoop.

On Valentine’s Day, I put all my Valentine’s Day decor in its bin, and started moving onto March. I know it’s only February, but I’m ready for Spring and GREEN!

Today during naptime, I whipped up a quick NO-SEW burlap bunting. I didn’t even bother to clean up the mess of craft time with the boys or the basket of toys dumped all over the place.. Just keepin’ it real for you!

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Anywho.. this bunting is super easy, super fast, and super cute… You will notice this trend with most of my projects.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  Burlap (the yardage depends on the amount of flags making. I used scraps. But, I’d say a 1/4 yard)
  •  Jute, Twine, or some type of string or ribbon
  •  Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  •  Paint Brushes
  • Craft Paint (I used white and green)

Here’s what you’ll do:

Step One- Determine the size and shape of your bunting and create a template. I chose a triangle with a 7 inch base.

St. Patrick's Day Burlap Bunting

Use a template to cut your burlap. My triangle is about 7 inches wide.

St. Patrick's Day Burlap Bunting

Trace your template. I did this once…

 

Step 2: Cut your Flags

St. Patrick's Day Burlap Bunting

Step 3- Decide what you want on your bunting.. I wanted a St. Patrick’s Day Bunting, so I went with “KISS ME.” I don’t like even numbers (not because I’m superstitious, but because my mom says groups of things look better in odd groupings, and she’s always right. Oh, Heeyyy, Mom!) so I put a little shamrock in there, for good measure.

Step 4: Get your Paint On! Now, you can use a stencil, or place the text you want to paint under the burlap and trace it, or you can free hand it. I just went for it and painted my letters. But, the shamrock was a different story. I traced a shamrock I had floating around. If I didn’t have a shamrock floating around, I probably would have printed off one to trace underneath the burlap, but I’m lucky like that…

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St. Patrick's Day Burlap Bunting

I found a stray shamrock to trace…

Step 5- Hang your string/jute/ribbon/whatever you are using to hang this bunting. Because this was a No-Sew Bunting (just like my paper bag bunting ) I wanted to hang my string, glue my little pennants/flags on location as I would not be able to adjust afterward.

St. Patrick's Day Burlap Bunting

Hang your twine/jute/ribbon to desired hang length..

Step 6- Glue your flags. I just put a line of hot glue at the top of the burlap and folded it over the string.

St. Patrick's Day Burlap Bunting

Hot glue and fold over jute/twine/ribbon

DONE AND DONE!

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St. Patrick's Day Burlap Bunting

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Berry Letter T Wreath

When I first laid eyes on this pin from Our Unexpected Journey, I knew I had to have it. I loved it for a few reasons. First, it was wintery without being overtly Christmasy. Second, nothing says wintertime like a bushel of cranberries. Third, I love me some door décor and was happy to get away from the traditional wreath.

You certainly could go the easy route and use a wooden or black MDF letter from any craft store for this project. The thing is, the letter T can be a bit of a crapshoot when using premade letters—often it is very tall and narrow or the fonts available are on the trendy side. I wanted something a bit more classic looking, so I opted to make my own.

Berry Letter T Wreath

What you need:

  • Letter on paper (in a font of your choice)
  • ¼” plywood  (Any type will do, I went for the cheapest one. You want a lightweight piece.)
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Paint  (optional)
  • Glue gun
  • Berries
  • Picture Hanger
  • Ribbon/Burlap

Step 1:

Choose a font for your letter. Select the size that looks best on your door. The dimensions for my T are 12” x 14”.

You can print it out and tape your paper together, as it will likely be bigger than 8.5 x11. Since we have access to LCD projectors at school, I used one to trace my T onto a single sheet of large paper. Convenient crafting tools–one of the many perks of being a teacher.

Step 2:

Cut your piece of wood into a square or rectangle that is close to the dimensions of your letter. This way you have less excess wood to work with as you cut your letter.

Tape your cut out letter to the piece of wood and use it as a stencil to trace your letter onto the wood.

Step 3:

Use your trusty jigsaw to cut out your letter. After it was cut, I used sandpaper to smooth out the edges. My husband made a second letter for Gracie, who used hers in a different craft.

Berry Letter T Wreath

Step 4:

Before I glued the berries, I decided to spray paint my T red. I figured that if any wood showed through the gaps of berries, it would be less contrast if it were the same color.

Step 5:

Prepare for a berry gluing marathon. I chose to cut the berries off of my stems the day prior to making the T. Berry branches were on sale at Michaels after Christmas 2012, so I grabbed a whole bunch. Any extra sprigs went towards other Christmas décor- you can never have too many Christmas greens/foliage.

Berry Letter T Wreath

Use your glue gun to glue each berry onto the letter. I wanted a crisp outline, so I chose to glue berries around the perimeter of my T before filling in the center. As the first layer firmed up, I went back and put a second layer of berries in order to cover up the gaps from the first layer. This is mindless work; I just put on some TV and got to it!

Step 6:

Hang her up! For the letter T, I decided to use 2 small picture hangers for my ribbon because I didn’t like the look of just one hanger in the center of the letter. I secured 2 picture hangers on the back with some hot glue. I then used some leftover Christmas ribbon and voila, my door décor was complete.

Berry Letter T Wreath

 

I think it’s classy and fabulous. Almost everyone who comes over when this is on the door asks where I got it, which is always a huge compliment. We love it, and I hope you love yours too!

Berry Letter T Wreath

 

 

The Happiest Place on Earth…

Update: IKEA is having another BYOF day on March 8th. They have some great specials going on. Check it out if you’re around!

IKEA! Where else can you sample authentic Swedish cuisine and peruse perfectly styled living spaces? All jokes aside, we love IKEA for the fact that it’s not a stuffy furniture store with pushy sales people who will pounce on you as soon as you walk in the door. You are encouraged to sit/nap (I’ve seen people nap), touch, play with everything there. It’s inviting and family friendly. Not to mention it’s a great place for home décor inspirations.

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The obligatory Swedish meatball picture.

Sure you might associate IKEA with college dorms, funky designs and ten dollar Lack tables, but IKEA is not what it used to be. Over the past few years, the store has created sophisticated, classic designs and quality pieces (solid wood not particle board).

Last weekend IKEA held a BYOF (Bring Your Own Friend) event. If you sign up to be an IKEA Family member you will receive special offers and coupons. We made the drive there with L. She loved her first IKEA experience. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by IKEA. But…IKEA if you would like to sponsor a future post, TLC is available. Have your people talk to our people.

Check out these darling little chairs. Comparable to Pottery Barn Kids and The Land of Nod, but only $19.99. They are made out of solid wood and come in gray brown, dark brown and black. Matching tables also available. They almost came home with us, but L is still too little for them. Maybe next year.

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This messy craft table caught my attention. The store carries everything you see on the table from the roll of white paper to the color pencils. How cute is that crayon tin!

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This bed with built-in storage would be great for a small space or a tween room.

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I almost drooled on one of these wing back chairs. Uh huh, the blue one is in velvet. You can add some nailhead trim on the arms for a little bling. Formal living room fire place? Corner of the office? Accent chair in master bedroom? We need a bigger house.

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These two dinette sets are quite charming. Check out the “put a bird on it” one on the right. The birds on the wall are vinyl decals. Oh IKEA, you know how to make a girl smile!

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Did you know IKEA sold fabric? Plus you get to cut your own! Raise your hand if you always wanted to do that. I love the navy blue botanical print on the left.

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Of course we always check out the “As-Is” section. If you are lucky you might score some great finds at a discounted price and already assembled.

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Here are the things that came home with us:

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  1. Abacus (starting her number sense early)
  2. Wooden Hammering Toy
  3. Mobile (L loved this mobile at her pediatrician’s office)
  4. Fabric Cupcake Set
  5. Paper napkins (for L’s birthday party)
  6. Dish Towels (love these simple linen dish towels, we use these for everything)
  7. Tray
  8. Linen Table Runner

I also picked up three floor rugs for Grace. Can’t wait to see what she’s going to turn them into.

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Hope I’m not the only crazy IKEA lover out there. Tell us what you love about IKEA.

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