DIY ribbon-wrapped jewelry stand

by on Sep 26, 2012

This jewelry stand organizes and displays my bracelets and necklaces.

I’m back today with a brief tutorial on the DIY ribbon-wrapped jewelry stand, featured in yesterday’s blog post. This project is actually quite simple, just a bit time-consuming.

t-stand + vintage ribbon and hankies = shabby chic jewelry stand...cute!

I love costume jewelry…and in my house, it’s everywhere I turn. The idea for this jewelry stand came to mind when thinking of ways to organize and display my bracelets and necklaces.

I purchased the t-stand at Michael’s Craft Store for $12 and used a 40% off coupon (look for coupons in the Sunday paper). A while back, I bought a huge bag of miscellaneous vintage ribbon from the Goodwill. I had no idea what I’d end up doing with it, but I knew it would come in handy at some point.

Aside from the stand, ribbon and a couple of hankies, you’ll only need scissors and a glue gun.

Cover stand with strips of ribbon.

I first covered the stand with a base of sheer ribbon so the black stand wouldn’t show through. I simply cut strips of ribbon and hot-glued them to the stand. I wasn’t particularly fond of this ribbon, so I didn’t mind covering it up.

Next I tore an old hankie into strips, wrapped them around the stand and then hot-glued the ends. I covered the majority of the stand with the hankie strips.

I then finished it off by randomly wrapping and hot-gluing strips of vintage lace ribbon. I used no particular method – simply overlap ribbon until you get a look you like.

As you can see from the base, I went crazy with the ribbon. This was a fun project and actually turned out better than I had imagined. In fact, a second one is in the works.

If you have any questions about the tutorial, feel free to email me at jstgeorge@yakimaherald.com

Happy crafting!

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New Shop! | The Green Door

by on Aug 1, 2012

How amazing is this antique children's folding table?

I was walking through the parking lot on Front Street – the one between Cafe Melange and Garden Girl – to meet a friend at Barrel House for lunch (more on that later). Lo and behold, I noticed what appeared to be a new shop tucked next to Carousel in the space that The French Hen used to occupy: The Green Door.

Making a mental note to pop inside on my way back, I proceeded to BH (and I sat down to an absolutely terrific chicken/gorgonzola/red wine relish sandwich … will fill you in on the sandy’s delicious details in the next issue, out Sept. 7).

The Green Door is owned by a gal named Marie, who ran a shop in Zillah previously. She moved it up to Yakima hoping to get increased attention on the line of paint she carries–Annie Sloan. Now I’d never heard of Annie Sloan paints, but since we’re working on the Home & Garden issue of the magazine, and since I fancy myself a quasi crafter/DIYer, I was instantly intrigued. Apparently they’re all the rage.

Marie says Annie Sloan paints (they’re called “chalk” paints, but that just means it dries with a matte finish) are made with minerals and are very low VOC. To prove it, she pulled out an OPEN can of paint that was right there under her counter. She had just finished painting a piece of furniture. I actually had to put my nose right up to the rim of the paint can before I smelled it. Suitably impressed.

In addition to the paint, The Green Door carries some antiques and crafted items (like decoupage magnets made by Marie’s daughter Erin and darling tea towel hooks), plus hand-painted furniture, of course. Marie’s hoping to have a grand-opening in the near future, after which she plans on holding paint workshops. Take a peek inside:

Here are some of the 30 paint colors available ... They had me at "Duck Egg."

A chest of drawers that Marie painted and distressed.

…and a chest that Erin painted and “crackled.”

Some of the magnets that Erin makes.

A coffee creamer...

 

Two rustic lanterns hang from an ornate hook.

How amazing is this antique children's folding table?

Here's the prize that Marie will give away during her grand opening event...date TBD.

This is Marie, who owns The Green Door on Front Street.

To visit:

The Green Door • 25 N. Front St., No. 5

Yakima • 509-945-1031

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9-5, Sat 9-4

Check it out on Facebook

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Put a cork in it!

by on Apr 18, 2012

Photos by Sara Gettys

We all seem to have a stash of corks piling up somewhere, but what to do with them? In case you missed our special wine edition of Yakima Magazine, we featured four DIY projects to help you put them to good use – well, when it comes to decorating anyway.

So grab your glue gun and give it a go.

Photo by Sara Gettys

Initials are everywhere – on fireplace mantels, as bookends, even etched on wine glasses. Why  not make your own?

Directions: First, choose a letter. Then lay the corks out on a flat surface to form chosen letter. Using a hot glue gun, place a generous amount of glue on each cork. Glue together in a shape.

Photo by Sara Gettys

The cork magnet is the easiest project of all.

Directions: Simply hot glue a small magnet (available at craft stores) onto the back of the cork. Pop on the fridge to remind you that you need more wine.

Photo by Sara Gettys

Add some style to your dinner table with this super simple place card holder.

Directions: With a sharp knife, cut a slice into the top of the cork (champagne corks are easiest), so it will stand up. Slide in a piece of card stock, write a name and viola!

Photo by Sara Gettys

Yes, you could make a trivet with corks, or a picture frame or a bulletin board. But not many people make modern art with their leftover corks.

Directions: Buy a foam or wooden sphere at a craft store. The wooden sphere will be heavier, but the surface will be less apparent when finished. The size of the sphere is dependent on the number of corks you have. With a glue gun, glue each cork to the sphere, as closely as possible. Keep in mind where you want the “wine” side or the clean side to be on the outside (or both). Put it on a shelf and admire.

Still have leftover corks? When planting large pots, fill the bottom with corks to help with drainage and lighten the pot. Or you could shred the natural corks and add them to compost. And if you happen to have a wine barrel, you could put the corks in one layer on the end of it, and then add a glass top to make a decorative table.

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Spring up your decor: A topiary three ways

by on Apr 4, 2012

I was at Garden Girl the other day with my son (note to mothers: 4-year-olds and shops with lots of breakables don’t mix), picking up some last-minute bits of decor before a party we were throwing that night. I ended up buying a few things, including a fairly simple topiary of Myrtle. The gal who was working there said that Myrtle is exceptionally easy to care for (BIG bonus), and it doesn’t even need to be put in a pot with drainage.

There’s something so pleasing about a topiary – the order of it, the precision of the shape. It’s also a super easy way to add some pop to a lonely side table.  I like my topiary plain, but for the onset of spring and the approaching Easter holiday, I thought I’d play dress up with it too. Just for fun.

I just used some colorful ribbon...

...some sparkly eggs...

...and some darling little yellow chickies.

And this is what it turned into:

A bow-tied topiary - all the colors of the spring rainbow

A topiary as a nest for chickies

...and with a nest for the sparkly eggs. Happy Easter!

 

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DIY Clothespin Magnets

by on Mar 26, 2012

I typically tend to take on big projects, with the bigger is better mentality. But lately, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the fine details that make a house a home. These darling little clothespin magnets do exactly that. And they couldn’t be easier.

Quite simply, paint the clothespin and then follow the directions below.

5. Glue the final quarter circle to the top of the flower.

You’re done!

Stick to refrigerator and display your favorite pictures.

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DIY Vintage Book Wreath

by on Mar 22, 2012

By now you all know that I’m pretty much obsessed with burlap and vintage books. I just love the natural look and feel of the materials. So when I saw this paper wreath on Pinterest, I knew without-a-doubt I’d be making it.

I love, love, love how it turned out. It’s big and fluffy and adds great texture to my living room walls.

Materials: Wreath-shaped base. I used a straw wreath for its natural materials, but a styrofoam base would work just fine.

Book pages – I used vintage for the weathered pages.

Glue gun – with several glue sticks.

Loosely fold book pages like a fan and then glue at the base.

Slightly fold the base of the page and glue to the back of the wreath, making your way around it.

Apply the next layer to the sides of the wreath. Repeat and cover.

Fill in all empty spaces. Don’t worry about making it perfect. Shorter and longer pages add character.

Add a hook to the back of the wreath.

Hang and enjoy its loveliness!

If you like this project, you might also like our heart garland or decoupaged wine glasses.

Happy crafting!

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