DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem

 

I first saw the Cotton Boll Stems on the Fixer Upper show, loved how they looked and then I saw them at Hobby Lobby at 50% off, wanted to buy them but still too expensive, but then I happen to see a tutorial on how to make your own, so here we are, “DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems.”

What you need to make these stems is so low cost and yet they look so great.

  • Cotton Balls
  • Tree Stems
  • Pine Cones
  • Hot Glue Gun

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems

Branches, cotton balls and pine cones.

 

 

I just went out to my yard and found tree branches laying around in the yard, how much cheaper could you get? I also found the pine cones in my yard, now I realize everyone doesn’t have pine cones laying around so you may have to purchase some large ones or maybe you can find some around in your neighborhood, park or even a cemetery.  I would suggest looking for the larger cones they work the best.  You will have to pull the pieces off the cone, you may want to use a pliers and try to pick cones that don’t have the sap on them it can get quite sticky.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Stem Bolls

Pine Cone Pieces

 

Put a dollop of hot glue in the middle of the cotton ball, I indented mine a little before putting the glue on.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem

Glue in center of cotton ball

 

I then stuck the cotton ball onto the branch, be careful not burn yourself, push the ball down and form it into a nice cotton boll.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem

Attached Cotton Ball onto branch.            

Attaching cotton onto stems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it is onto adding your pine cone scales to form your shell for the cotton boll.  I used 4 scales per cotton boll, you can judge how many work for your cotton bolls.  I put glue down from about the middle of the scale to the bottom so they would stick well on the cotton boll and somewhat on the stem.

 

DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stem

Attaching pine cone pieces onto cotton ball.       

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just continue applying the cotton bolls and pine cone scales and until you think they look full enough.  I didn’t put as many on my branches as I could of so use your judgement to how you would like it to look.

 

There are plenty of ideas for making these Cotton Boll Stems online if you need more inspiration.

 

And here you have it “DIY Low Cost Cotton Boll Stems.”

 

 

Cotton Boll Stem

 

 

 

 

 




DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

I just needed some Spring added to my house and so what could be more attractive then a bring colorful wreath.  Alas, my “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

I have never worked with the Deco Mesh for a wreath before, I had shared back in December the Deco Mesh Garland that I made: http://grammescountrysplendor.com/budget-candy-cane-garland/  that was my first time working with the deco mesh. 

So here are the supplies you will need to make your “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

  • 1-21″ Deco Mesh Roll (color of choice)
  • 4-10″ Deco Mesh Rolls (color of choice)
  • Wire Ring 
  • Chenille Stems
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Flowers
  • Ribbons

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

Supplies for DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

The colors I used were the blue, green, pink, yellow, lime green & purple and it is a 14″ wire wreath ring.

I started by cutting my 4-10″ rolls into 10″ pieces, then I attached the chenille stems on the ring, I have to tell you that I wasn’t really sure just how many or where to place these, but I ended up doing 2 on each section of the ring for all 4 levels of the ring.  You can cut layers of the 10″ deco mesh at once, makes it go faster.

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

Cutting 10″ pieces of   deco mesh.

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

Cutting layers of mesh

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

Wire Ring with chenille stems

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now it comes to the attaching the deco mesh step.  I started with the 21″ roll of deco mesh, you just take the end of it and attach it on the outside part of the ring, I didn’t attach it on each ring, but you can experiment and see what you like best, you just kind of puff it as you attach it, whatever you like works!!  

 

First layer of deco mesh

 

Once you have the 21″ deco mesh attached you can start attaching the 10″ pieces wherever you like, just roll them and fold in half and attach and you are on your way to forming your, “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

Attaching 10″ pieces onto ring.

 

Once you have all you deco mesh attached and are satisfied with how it looks you can cut your ribbon, I used the wire ribbon, it holds it’s shape better.  I cut my ribbon 10″ long and then cut the a V out of the ends, attached it to the wreath as I thought looked good.  I did not hide the chenille stems, since I used silver shiny stems I thought they added a nice touch to the wreath and actually you don’t see much of them anyway.  I also added the flowers at this time just securing them with the chenille stems also.  

 

All the 10″ pieces attached                                          

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

Flowers added to wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Ta Da there is the finished “DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath.”

 

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath

 

 

Because I had not made one of these before I needed some guidance and here is a link to a youtube that helped me along.  And also I purchased my Deco Mesh online here is a great link for a good price on the deco mesh:

 

I hope you enjoyed this DIY Deco Mesh Spring Wreath share.  Leave a comment!!

 

 




Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

 

 

Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal

Blessing Vinyl Wall Decal

 

Yesterday I took on a new challenge with my Cricut, I made my first wall decal, “Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal.”  

I am sorry I don’t have any picture instructions, it slipped my mind to take pictures of the process.  I did have some issues while doing this project, good thing it was just a trial run.  I actually was doing this as a practice before doing the main project I wanted the saying for.  My daughter-in-law had asked me to do her a wall hanging on wood for her dining room and the Blessings For the Food saying is what she wants on the 22″ X 28″ board.

So in experimenting with the vinyl I had for a wall decal I had to print it out on a 12″ X 24″ mat, so I had to first order some mats that size.  I used the standard grip mat, it might have been too sticky for the vinyl I used, but I have had problems with this vinyl before, so I am not really sure it if was the mat or the vinyl.  I have to be honest, I bought this vinyl at Hobby Lobby, I love Hobby Lobby but I won’t buy their Paper Studio vinyl again, I have had problems with cutting it and in this case I had problems getting the backing to peel off of the mat and like I said it could have been because the mat was too sticky.

Once I got the whole saying removed from the mat I proceeded to cut the words apart from the 12 X 24″ printed piece.  I am still learning so I am sure there is a process where the words might all print in the exact order of the saying, but I have of yet figured that out and at this point it really worked okay doing it the way I did.

One thing you have to make sure when working with placing the wall decal on the wall is rubbing it on there really well with a scraper so that the letters/words adhere to the wall and release from the transfer paper.  I did use just plain contact paper for my transfer paper, there is transfer paper made specifically for working with vinyl but contact paper is cheaper and does work really well, I have used it in a few different projects.  

As I get more experienced at the whole Cricut/Vinyl process I will post some tips on how to use the vinyl.  Don’t be afraid to step out and take the challenge of a wall decal, they really aren’t that difficult and there are just so many, “How to do,” tutorials out there, just such a sweet way to decorate or put a message out to others.

I hope my “Blessings Vinyl Wall Decal” encouraged you to make a wall decal for yourself.

 

 

 




Money Saving Organization Tips

Money Saving Organization Tips

 

Messy Closet needs organization

  

 

Organization is a very good way to keep your house in order so I want to let you in on a few of my, “Money Saving Organization Tips.”

I have found that when I have things organized it is so much easier to keep my house clean and sure takes less time to clean the house on a regular basis.  I have a relative that whenever I went to her house I always wondered how come her house was always clean and my house was always a mess!  One day when I was her watching her kids I opened a closet to find something and “Oh My, I nearly was attacked by all the things that came tumbling out of that closet,” I found her secret cleanliness!!!

But now on the serious side the, “Money Saving Organization Tips.”

  • A cleaning/organizing system.
  • Low cost ways to organize.

I once read a book about keeping a file box of a cleaning system and setting up a schedule of daily, weekly, monthly and/or yearly cleaning.  That book was, Sidetracked Home Executives, I have to tell you this book is full of humor along with a great system to not only clean your home and keep it clean but to also have a system to help you complete other task throughout the year.  I really think you would enjoy this book, one of the statements on the front of the book is, “From Pigpen to Paradise,” that statement alone says so much about how it can help one to get organized.  Make sure to click on the link at the bottom of this post and order the book for yourself.

 

Money Saving Organization Tips

Cleaning infographics

 

 

Then there is the few organization tips I found that help me stay organized and my cleaning supplies easily accessible.  I really despise when I can’t find something and I know that having a good organization is a marvelous way of helping me not to be frustrated when trying to find something.  Makes me think of when my mother-in-law would come to visit years ago, she has since passed away, but she would say to me, “you seem to always be looking for something.” Having things really organized sure does makes life so much more relaxed. So one thing I did was put my loose photos in a file system in picture boxes, then when I wanted a picture of my children all I had to do was go to that divider and look through the photos.  Of course now with all the digital photo systems people don’t have all the loose photos like us older people but yet it is a system that really works for me.

 

Then I hated having to get on my knees to find all my cleaning supplies under the sink.  It seemed like it was so hard to find anything under the sink because it is always so dark under there and you had to move so many other cleaning supplies to find one item.  So I found this great organization idea on pinterest, DIY Cleaning Closet, not only did I use the over the door hanging cleaning supplies system, I also did the paper towelling storage, I love this system.  The best part about the organization/storage I use, they are cheap shoe storage systems. When my husband ask me, “do we have any window cleaner?” I can just right to the closet door and grab the window cleaner without have to crawl under the sink.

 

Money Saving

Over the door cleaning organization

Money Saving Organization Tips

Paper Toweling Organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh believe me I don’t have all the cleaning and organization under control but it sure does help to have some areas in a good order.

 

I hope you enjoyed “Money Saving Organization Tips” post and that is gives you some helps to having a more organized home!!  Don’t forget to leave a comment and also pick up your book, “Sidetracked Home Executives.”




Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

 

 

Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

 

I am having so much fun with my Cricut, I just wanted to share my latest project, the “Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box.”

 

The rolled flowers really aren’t very hard to make, they actually are kind of fun! So follow along and see how this “Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box,” was put together.  

The supplies you will need to make this shadow box is:

  • Shadow Box, size of your choice.
  • Cardstock, red, white and blue.
  • Glue, I used Tacky Glue.
  • Quilling Tool.
  • Light Grip Mat.

 

Patriotic Rolled Flower Shadow Box

Pattern for 3D Rose Flower

 

 

 

 

 

 

So obviously you do need the Cricut and with it you go to the designs category and pick out the 3D flower pattern, I used the pattern with the rounded scalloped edges, I cut out 4 blue, 8 red and 8 white. 

 

 

Cut 3D Flower Pattern

Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

Red, White & Blue 3D Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Now it is on to learning how to roll the roses, this is where the quilling tool comes in to play.  After cutting out your flower pattern you take the quilling tool and if you want you can turn the edges of the flower form down as in the pictures, next step is to wind up the flower form into a rose.  There are videos that show how to do these flowers much better then I can begin to explain, Paper Flower Tutorial.

 

 

Quilling Tool

Turning the edges like a rose petal

All the petals rolled under.

Rolling the 3D form into a flower.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After having rolled and glued all my flowers I placed them onto the back drop paper and glued them into place.  

Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

3D Flowers Ready for Framing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also decided I wanted to put a patriotic saying on the glass of the shadow box and so I chose words from the song, “You’re A Grand Old Flag.”  So there you have it my “Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box.”  

 

Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

Patriotic Rolled Flowers Shadow Box

 

 

 




DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holder

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

 

I needed some new Valentine decorations to use for the John 3:16 Meal we were having at church, so I thought I would try my hand at making these being I had all I need to make my “DIY Glitter HeartCandle Holders.”

There are a few steps to prepare these jars for this sweet candle holder, but before I delve into steps I just want to say you can use mason jars for this project, but I had these jars and figured I would put them to good use.

  • Wash the jars good with warm soapy water.
  • If you have any glue residue on them clean that off too.
  • You will need a few items: tape, craft paint, modge podge, glitter and foam brush.

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

Supplies needed for DIY

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

Cleaned jars

 

 

 

 

 

Now that you have everything gathered together you are ready to start the, “DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders.”  So after you have the jars washed up, dried off and any glue residue removed, which by the way I removed my glue residue with Goo Be Gone, works really well.  You will need to secure a heart shape on the outside of the jar, you want it really secure so that no craft paint, or glitter get into the heart shaped space.  

 

I made my heart by tracing a heart from my nifty heart template and then put painters tape over the heart and cut it out, pulled the heart shaped tape from off of the paper heart and secured it onto the jar.  

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

Painter’s Tape Heart

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

Ready for cutting the heart out.

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holder

Ready to pull off of paper and place on jar.                    

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holder

Heart secured onto jar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we are ready to put the craft paint onto the jar, pour some craft paint into a shallow container and dip your foam brush in it, then paint your jar all around the jar, let the paint dry and then we are ready to brush the modge podge onto the jar. You can pull the tape heart off and carefully brush modge podge on around the heart, sprinkle with glitter and let it dry again for a few hours.

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holder.

Craft paint and Glitter.

 

Once it has dried, before giving it that second coat gently tap the jar on a hard service to get any excess glitter off. It is time for another coat of modge podge and glitter, let it dry again, I let mine dry overnight and then I coated it one more time with modge podge to seal it up good.

 

 

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

DIY Glitter Heart Candle Holders

 




Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

 

I wanted to make some Valentine decorations and so I decided to find some ideas online and I saw this neat bouquet made with cut out daisy forms so I thought what would be sweeter then hearts with pictures and here we have my “Sweet Picture Valentine Bouquet.”

 

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Heart Flower Design

 

I started out by finding a pattern on my Cricut Design Space and there I found this heart flower design, I picked out a few different colors and prints I wanted to use for my “Sweet Picture Valentine Bouquet.”  I placed them on the design cutting board and proceeded as Cricut instructed.  The completed size was 3.05″ By 4.03″.  Once all my pieces were cut out I continued onto assembling the heart, flower and picture cut out into a heart shape. Fortunately I have a heart-shaped tracing template with multiple size hearts, so I traced the smallest heart over the picture and cut the heart out.       

 

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Flower Design Cut Out                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet.

Heart, Flowers & Pictures

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Heart Design Ready for Sticks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My next step was to attach them onto a dowel, I painted the 1/4″ dowels white and then cut them into different lengths.  How was I going to attach my heart/flower cutout onto the dowel the the next question, of course Hot Glue them.

 

 

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Hot glue onto the back of the flower.

Additional hot glue over to stick to secure it.                                                                                   

Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet

Flower, Heart & Picture attached to dowel

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it, my “Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet”  with “Grandpa & Grandma’s Sweethearts wrote on the heart.  I tried to make the saying in vinyl letters but I am having issues with getting my Cricut to cut out very small words, that is definitely a work in progress, much learning to do here.  But I love my Cricut and I can see many more projects in the future.

 

You know that neat crinkly paper you see in craft stores?  Well, I didn’t have any of that to put in my container for my “Sweet Valentine Picture Bouquet” so I decided to make my own.  I took red, white, pink and paper ran it through the shredder and then I ran it through my Fiskar Paper Crimper and there I had it my Crinkle Paper and it didn’t cost me a penny.

Crinkle paper

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know what you think of this project, comment below, leave any questions you might have!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




First Cricut Projects

First Cricut Projects

 

 

First Cricut Projects

First Cricut Projects

 

Well, I have actually dived into making crafts on my Cricut!!  At first I was a little overwhelmed with how to use this new machine, but now I am just so excited about all the possibilities.  I am not quite ready to give anyone a training on using the Cricut, but I do want to share my First Cricut Projects!

So many questions when getting ready to use the Cricut, where do you get the vinyl, what kind of vinyl do you use, how do you design on the design center, all those answers are surely being answered.  I am so thankful for the help from my daughter she is sending me sites to check out and places to buy vinyl and where to get SVG downloads.

 

First Cricut Projects

Rose made with the Cricut

 

I saw this rose on a post that someone put online and I thought that is just so cute, so I went on youtube and found the pattern for making it.  I went to the design center on Cricut.com and follow the directions and cut those rose out of card stock paper.  I am going to have to make a bunch more of these.  

 

First Cricut Projects

Plate with Faith, Hope and Love Decal

 

Then my next project was the plate with the decal I uploaded onto the Design Center and found the hearts on the Design Center, so obviously I printed them off and placed them on the plate.  The plate is special to me it came from my mother’s collection of dishes and she passed away Sept. 10, 2001, so I thought this would be a special way to use the plate. I am trying to decorate my house for Valentines but I seem to keep getting side tracked by Cricut projects, at least today I manged to get the Christmas Season items are packed away.

 

First Cricut Projects

Let your light so shine decal

 

 

Last but not least I wanted to make up some decorations for our church dinner we are having.  Each year around Valentines we have a John 3:16 meal, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  For this meal we invite friends and family in to join us for a special menu and I of course want the church decorated for Valentines, well really for the subject of “God’s Love.”  I will be using my Cricut to make some other decorations, so watch for the future post of the other projects I made for the church.

I hope you enjoyed this post and come back soon!  If you love to do crafts and have always wanted those wonderful home decor objects with the sweet sayings on them this is a great way to make them for yourself.  I have a t-shirt I want to make, I am a little weary of that project but I will dive into that one too.

Where to buy Vinyl:

 https://expressionsvinyl.com/

http://www.michaels.com/home

http://us.cricut.com/project/

 

 

 

 




Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

 

Closet To Craft Area On A Budgett

Closet redo to Craft Area

 

I had gotten a Cricut Explore Air for Christmas from my daughter, I already did scrapbooking and so I needed some room where everything could be so I could work on my crafts without taking up the Dining Room table constantly.  Well, I transformed half of my spare bedroom closet into a “Closet To Craft Area On A Budget.”

I started out with a full closet and emptied it down to a half closet with nothing in it.                                 

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

Spare Bedroom Closet                                                                                                                                                          

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

Beginning of Closet makeover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see I added the filing cabinet which I was going to fancy up but will wait until Spring when I can spray paint it in the garage, so far this hasn’t cost me anything, the filing cabinet I already had, plus the other piece of furniture is an old kitchen cabinet I spray painted last year.

Now that I have the furniture pieces in there I made a worktop from a piece of plywood and painted it, that didn’t cost me anything, because the wood I already had and the paint was left over from another project.  The next thing I added was a pegboard, which I also found in the garage from some left over wood, just cut it to the size I wanted with a jigsaw, painted it and screwed it up to the wall.  There was already a board on the wall up at the top, but on the bottom of the pegboard I had to add some depth so I added 8 washers to the screw in the back of the pegboard and then screwed it into the wall.  

 

 

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

Tabletop made out of plywood and painted.

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

DIY Pegboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was onto the decorating part of the Closet To Craft Area On A Budget project.  My first attempt at making Vinyl Wall Decals with my new Cricut Explore Air was pretty successful, I surely did learn a few things about designing one, I realized I should have made the letters a little thicker and maybe a little bigger but hey it was my first time. This little saying is very fitting to my craft work, I am a bit messy whether it be scrapbooking or some other DIY.  Of course this project did cost me a little because I had to buy the Vinyl, but even having to buy that it wasn’t that much of an expense.  I bought a 12″ X 36″ roll of vinyl at Hobby Lobby for $7.99 with a 40% off coupon, so making the cost $4.79 and I used only a small portion of that roll.  My next decorative project with the vinyl was the “I Love My Grandkids,” decal I posted on the picture, I should have used a different color, didn’t work out quite like I wanted but I know it is there and what it says! 

 

 

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

Budget Decor

Closet To Craft Area On A Budger

Vinyl Creativity is Messy                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

This project really was a very minimal cost as even the little items like the picture frame I bought at a second hand store for $.25 and the metal basket hanging on the wall was $.50 and the shelf was a garage sale item I had bought a few years back, so I would say my largest expense was the vinyl.  The storage on the shelves was either items I have had around the house or bought a while back, even some of the picture boxes are just shoe boxes that I covered with paper that had family photos printed on it, I made those boxes like 22 years ago and look they are still in one piece and very useful.  

 

 

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

Low cost storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is going to be a very useful area for me and I hope that it gives you some inspiration to make yourself a craft area, maybe you have a spare closet that you just don’t really use that much or even a spare room that could be turned into a craft area.  There are so many possibilities and you can get so many ideas from the Internet.  I had taken a closet in our former home and turned that closet I used for whatever into a great place to organize all my craft items so I wasn’t digging here and there for them.  I actually got the main idea from a post on pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/179581103861189668/

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

Closet Made for Craft Organization

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are a few helps for making a craft area:

 http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-install-a-pegboard-105114

http://www.polishedhabitat.com/2014/craft-room-organization/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/179581103865988545

I hope what I have shared gives you some ideas and if you have any comments or questions please scroll to the bottom of this post and there you will find a comment box.

 

 

Closet To Craft Area On A Budget

The Before & After Closet To Craft Area

 




Budget Candy Cane Garland

Budget Candy Cane Garland

 

Candy Cane Garland

Budget Candy Cane Garland

 

I really enjoy decorating for Christmas and I try to do it on a budget, because of where I live and a budget it is a real challenge.  I have to drive an hour to get to my favorite store, Hobby Lobby.

For a number of years now I have decorated with snowmen, but this year I was trying to change it up a bit. I decided to go a candy cane theme in the kitchen and dining room,  well at least red and white. I was having a hard time located anything candy cane related, so I had to do with what I had or could find cheaply.

The lantern I bought a few years ago at a flea market for $15.00, which I thought was a pretty good buy for what I see they cost.  I put some fake snow in it, with red and white ornaments and a set of Micro 60 LED Super Bright Rope Lights, that I bought on Amazon.

 

The wrapped packages are just empty boxes wrapped in red and candy cane paper with white wire ribbon.  The ribbon I bought at Hobby Lobby at half price so I got a 90 foot spool for less then $4.00.  A super cheap decoration! And the red & white snow man I have had for a while, I bought it at a garage sale.  The tree is decorated with mini red bulbs and tiny candy canes, and yes, you guessed it I bought them ornaments at Hobby Lobby, but have had the tree for years.

Budget Candy Cane Garland

Decorate on a budget

 

The garland is made from 21″ red & white Metallic Deco Mesh Ribbon.  I bought this at Hobby Lobby at the end of the Christmas season last year at 80% off so I probably paid less then $3.00 for the whole roll.  So follow along for the instructions on how to make the mesh garland.

Using red aluminum wire, which probably works the best, but I didn’t have any so I used green floral wire and tripled it so I had enough strength and twisted it together.  Then twist red Chenille Stems, pipe cleaners to us oldies, securely around the wire.  I measured every 8″ for placing the stems.

 

 

Candy Cane Garland

Chenille Stems measured every 8″.  

Candy Cane Garland

Chenille Stems wrapped around triple floral wire.

 

 

 

 

 

Measure your mesh to the length of the wire, if you want tails cut it longer then the wire.  Fold up your mesh, gather it like accordion style and wrap the chenille stem tightly around the mesh, pouf it up some and gather it again at the next stem, gather, pouf & attach.  If you want more layers just do the process over the first layer of mesh.  When finished adding the mesh, twist the stems to the back to hide them.                                                                                                            

 

Candy Cane Garland

Accordion style gather of mesh.

Candy Cane Garland

Gathered and twisted with stem.

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t have the wide white mesh so I just used the narrow white and gathered it and secured it on, I am sure it would have looked nicer if I would have used the same width as the red, but that is how it goes when you are making a budget candy cane garland with what you have available.

How were the instructions, were they easy to follow and did you make a garland for yourself?

 

Hobby Lobby:  http://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Ribbon/Red-21%22-Metallic-Deco-Mesh-Ribbon/p/51401

Deco Mesh Ribbon Bow: http://timewiththea.com/2014/11/21/make-deco-mesh-bow-photo-tutorial/#_a5y_p=4674553