Posts Tagged ‘Craft’

Button Tree on Burlap

You know that saying, you are the company which you keep?

When it comes to my friends this is sooooo true. 

All my friends are gorgeous, smart, and kind, so, therefore, I must be, too. Natch. 

Not only are all my friends lovely, but they are also talented in so many ways. The best part is it is not at all competitive (and if you know me, I know this is hard to believe). Instead, I enjoy and celebrate the talents my friends possess because remember I am the company I keep, and you best believe I’m gonna try to emulate their crafts.  Yesterday, my sister-in-law Courtney (gorg, smart, and sweet, obvi) sent me a text of her latest craft. I absolutely adore it. I gushed over it, and decided to share it with you all. 

Best of all, it is a quick craft, it uses BURLAP (holler!), and it’s perfect for the holiday season. 


Isn’t it darling?

While a tutorial probably isn’t necessary for this cute button tree on burlap, I’ll give you a quick run down of materials and directions. 


Here’s what you’ll need for the button tree on burlap:

- burlap ( is my choice supplier of burlap because, yes, one has to have a choice supplier of burlap)

- Buttons

- a glue gun with glue sticks

- a frame— without the glass


Here’s what you’ll do:

- Cut the appropriate size of burlap for your frame.

- Adhere/secure the burlap onto the mdf backing of the frame

- Arrange and then glue the buttons. 



So quick, so easy, yet, so cute. You could adapt this craft for other winter shapes, such as a snowflake or even a wreath. Better yet, you may be able to think of additional designs for other seasons.


Thanks for sharing this one, Courtney. Now, excuse me while I whip up one of these button trees on burlap!



DIY Jewelry Storage

Growing up with a grandfather who was a jeweler wasn’t a bad gig. There were many hours of show and tell, and even the fortunate bonus of getting handmade jewelry for ‘life milestones’. Each item crafted by my grandpa is very special to us grandkids and we all treasure these family heirlooms. Sadly, this unique talent skipped right over me, but it certainly resonates in my sister.

We all know those girls who love the glitz and glam things in life. My sister, Michelle, is one of those girls. If it has glitter, rhinestones, or anything sparkly, it’s the thing for her. What started when she was little with bedazzling all of her clothes, has now turned into the hobby of jewelry making. True, my grandpa worked with real jewels and fine metals, but Michelle’s jewelry is nothing to brush aside. Since she is constantly making and selling jewelry, the arsenal of earrings and necklaces she has assembled is quite impressive. For her birthday, I knew that she would appreciate (and actually use) another means for her to store her creations. I may not be able to make jewelry, but I knew I could make some sort of jewelry holder.

I’m sure you’ve seen lots of ideas for jewelry storage online, so you can consider this just another one to add to the mix!

What you need:

Frame—I got mine at Hobby Lobby on super clearance

Radiator Grill/Screen

Metal cutter/shears

Spraypaint (optional)

S Hooks


Step 1:

Spray paint your frame. My sister’s room has the color scheme of a peacock feather—the walls are bright purplish pink, and the accents are golds and blues. Subdued isn’t quite a word that one associates with my sister. To go with this color scheme, I decided to spray paint the frame a deep purple color.


Step 2:

Cut your radiator grille. I found my metal screen at Home Depot. They had four patterns that came in aluminum, gold, and a bronzish color. I went with gold because Michelle already has that color as an accent in her room. I think that purple and gold are very regal colors, and Michelle always jokes that she is the queen, so it was a perfect fit!

P1030376 I used some metal cutting shears and cut it down to size. You’ll notice that some of the corners are cut on an angle—this is where the little hooks are that enable you to hang it on the wall. I wasn’t sure if she wanted it horizontal or vertical on her wall, so I was sure to leave these hooks free from the screen.


The screen itself was about $30, and I certainly will be using all of the remnants to create something else—maybe some jewelry holders for myself.

Step 3:

Secure your grill onto the back of the frame. I used a stapler to do this, and it worked like a charm. Step back and admire your handiwork!


Step 4:

Place your S hooks through the holes in the screen. I chose to hold off on this step until I gave it to my sister as I didn’t know if she would use this for necklaces, bracelets, or both. We stuck the S hooks in when she knew which jewelry it would hold.


Here it is when it was all said and done and up on her crazy colored wall:

mom1 finito

 What do you think? This craft is not only practical, but couldn’t have been any easier to make. It took all of 5 minutes to physically put together. I’m looking forward to making one of my own sometime soon—although I can guarantee you it won’t be purple and gold! 



Take Me Out to the Ball Game Baseball Wreath

Easy Baseball Wreath

 Easy Baseball Wreath

I love a good wreath. and “If you don’t know, now you know,…. ” ( please read/sing this to the tune of “Juicy”).

And if you saw my You’re a Grand Ole Flag Mantel, you know that I have a thing for anything patriotic. To me, baseball is pretty patriotic. After all,  it is America’s Pastime. So, an easy baseball wreath is right up my patriotic wreath-lovin’ alley.

There are some other tutorials on how to make a baseball wreath, but almost all of them suggest drilling holes in the balls, and using a wire hanger. I decided this was not a viable option because the wire will eventually sag, and the wreath will, too.

This one’s a pretty easy wreath to replicate, but you are going to need a whole lot of glue to make this one.

Here’s what you’ll need:

- Baseballs (I used 11)

- Burlap  from

-Gorilla Glue, hot glue, or caulk (clear)

- 12 inch Wire Wreath Frame– You can get one here

baseball wreath

- Ribbon of your choice baseball team/color

- Baseball hat (optional)

Here’s what you’ll do:

- Glue the baseballs to the wire frame. The wreath form has a “cupped” side (like a channel) and a flat side. You want to place the balls in the cupped/channel side (basically, the wreath form side that will hold the balls). I found it helpful to first secure the baseballs to the form with hot glue, and then flip  the wreath over with the wire facing up, and fortify it with Gorilla Glue. hot glue,  or Caulk. Don’t be shy with the adhesive, and don’t worry what it looks like because no one will see the back of the wreath.

- Wrap burlap around the wreath- I wanted my burlap to be a little rustic, so I used scraps and pulled some strands out, so it would fray a bit. The burlap also helps hide the wreath form while securing the balls a bit more.


- Wrap some decorative ribbon to the wreath.

- Hang it!


There’s something about the look of used baseballs that I really just love. Am I am the only one?

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