Get Crafty- Mason Jar Ring Wreath

Pinterest, as the root of all my crafty ideas. 
Sometimes things will pop up in my feed that I just HAVE to try out.

About once a month, my best friend and I try and have a craft day. 
Our craft days usually consist of a couple of fun crafts, lots of chatter and yummy lunch!

Today's big craft idea came from Tater Tots and Jello. This is one of my favorite blogs to read. They have some super fun ideas and I've used their blog for things several times. One thing I've learned, more than once, about blog DIY ideas...they are almost never as simple as they look or seem. This wreath was definitely another one of those projects.

First off, you'll need a few simple items for your wreath:

Washi Tape
Canning Jar Rings (32  large or about 50-60 small)
Thick Floral Wire
Wire Cutters

Step 1
Line the outside of your canning rings with the washi tape. Some of the tape I had was thinner than others so I doubled them when needed. Canning rings can be expensive if purchasing them from the store. I'd suggest raiding your grandmother's house.

After you've got all your rings wrapped, the fun part begins! 

The original DIY post instructed you to use ribbon to form your wreath. After trying that out, we found that it wasn't holding the shape very well. We ended up with a big 'ol jumbled up pile of metal rings. After trying a bit of thick black floral wire, we figured out that it was the best and most successful method since it holds that shape a little better.
So now, string your rings onto the wire in whatever pattern you choose. 
After all rings have been added, pull them tight onto your wire....and by tight I mean so tight that they don't move and that you have created a donut shape.
This may require two hands- one to pull the rings tight and secure the wire, and one to hold the rings still.

Excess wire can be either cut down or tucked down into the rings.

Even pulled tight, the wreath will still move a little so when adding your hanger, good support is necessary. We chose a wide wired ribbon to do the job.

For the bow/support, we took a long piece of ribbon (probably around a yard or so) and folded it in half. Then, loop it around the top of your wreath. Take the two ends pieces and put them through your loop. This will help support the top of your wreath. Now tie your bow!
We used a small piece of twine that was tied around the blue ribbon as the hanger!

This was such a fun and adorable wreath to make! We will definitely be making a few more of these in the near future! I'm thinking maybe red, white and blue for the 4th or maybe black, purple and orange for Halloween!

Product Review: Royal Design Studio Stencils

Sometimes, simple little things around your home just need a little extra love.
During the last few months, I've been searching for the perfect craft table. I just wanted a simple little table that would be perfect to hold my cricut machine and accessories. Finally after searching, we finally came across one at the good 'ol Goodwill Boutique! 

It was perfect! needed a little love!
What could be more perfect than a touch of Royal Design Studio Stencils

Several weeks ago I was sent a fun stencil to review for them. After attempting a few projects (notice I said attempted....) I finally got the technique right with my craft table! 

The stencil I reviewed was the Tangier Lattice Moroccan Stencil
This stencil was available in size small and large. I reviewed size Large since I knew I would be stenciling larger items.

Before you get started, I would suggest checking out their website and reading the "How To" Section.

Now, Lets get to my project!

Step 1
Lay down your stencil exactly where you want it. Secure the stencil with tape so that it does not slide.

Step 2
Get painting!

I used Valspar spray paint in one of my favorite shades of pink for this table. 
Royal Design Studio also has their own line of Creme Paints available on their website for purchase.

The first couple of projects that I attempted.....I tried two other types of paint. 
Both were variations of can paint. I used both with a roller. When I tried this method, excess paint would end up oozing up under the stencil which of course created an ugly mess and left me disappointed. Spray paint for me, has been the most successful method!

My table top was bigger than the stencil so I needed to move it a few times in order to get the rest of the table. This part can be very tedious!

After I finished painting the table top, I let it dry. 
I was SO thrilled with my finished product! It left me so motivated and ready to start on another project! 
I've found myself running around looking for other things to paint!

I am so in love with my new craft table! What was once a boring white table is now a beautiful bright and whimsical place for me to do my blogging and crafting!

Ready to start your own stenciling?? 
Royal Design Studio Stencils has oodles of amazing stencils to choose from!

Royal Design Studio Stencils

DIY: Valentines Burlap Door Hanger

Valentines is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the cute little decorations that I get to hang up around the house! I set my mantle up all nice and perfect, bring out the pretty pink flowers and even break out my adorable Valentines Scentsy warmer that I get to use for just a few weeks! The only thing that was missing....a cute little door hanger!

While I was browsing around pinterest, I found all sorts of cute and simple ideas but only one really caught my attention! I'm a sucker for burlap!

Since it was just so simple, I figured out share the "how to" with you!

Burlap (your choice of dark or light...or even patterned)
Acrylic Paints (burlap sucks up the paint so make sure you have plenty!)
Trash Bag
Paper Plate
Cup of Water
Ribbon of your choice
Black Sharpie or Chalk
Plastic Grocery Bags

Step 1
Draw a large rectangle shape on your burlap using your marker or chalk. It doesn't have to be perfect so don't worry about digging out that ruler. 

I used the edge of my burlap so I really only needed to draw a large upside down "L" shape.

Step 2
Cut out your rectangle. This sounds simple but really is more challenging. Burlap can be a pain to work with so take your time!

Step 3
Draw your words using your sharpie or chalk
(I got a little ahead of myself so I missed taking a photo of this step)

Step 4
Start your painting!

As I said before, burlap loves to soak up your paint....however, you dont have to worry about the color being even. It kind of gives it that primitive look your going for anyways!

You'll need to let the red dry before adding the white polka dots or the black edges around the letters.

Step 5
After your paint has dried (I let mine sit overnight), Glue your edges. I use tacky glue. Seal all edges except for one corner. 

Step 6
After your edges have dried, stuff your piece with plastic bags. I used 4 in mine. It was just right. You don't want to put too many. Now you can seal the final corner. You may need to set something heavy on top of that corner to hold it together while drying.

Step 7

Add your wire!
I use floral wire. They have different sizes but I like to go with the thick heavy duty wire.

Poke the wire through your burlap at the top. Using a pair of pliers, curl the ends to keep it in place.

Step 8
Add your bow!


I am not a bow maker my no means! I just used a wide wired ribbon that was red to add the perfect touch!

Hope you enjoy!