Christmas in July 2018 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2018, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from cards and gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me!

This week’s project: Twine Ball Ornaments

These twine balls will add simple and rustic beauty to your Christmas tree this season. Or if you don’t want them as hanging ornaments, how about filling up a bowl or basket with them along with some fresh greens and pinecones as a table centerpiece? So pretty! Colored yarn or twine could also be used. A little girls bedroom Christmas tree would look adorable done up in pink or purple sparkly twine balls!

 

 

You will need: white glue {the $ store brand is fine}, water, cornstarch, bowl, spoon, round balloon, plastic wrap, jute twine, glitter {optional}, newspaper/waxed paper {to protect your work surface}, waxed/parchment paper {for drying on}, ribbon/yarn/bakers twine, embellishments {optional}.

 

#1} Place down a sheet of newspaper or waxed paper to protect your work surface. Things can get messy!

#2} Blow up a balloon. I found a nice round shape was achieved by blowing up the balloon larger than it should be and then letting out the air until it was the required size. Tie shut.

#3} Combine 1/2 cup white glue, 1/4 cup water and 1 tbsp. cornstarch in a bowl and mix until very smooth. You don’t want any lumps!

 

 

#4} Wrap the balloon in plastic wrap {this keeps the twine from sticking to the balloon}.

 

 

#5} Cut a length of twine about 12′ long. I found this length of twine worked well for a balloon about 4 in diameter. I know it sounds like a lot of twine but it’s surprising how fast the length gets used up when wrapping it around and around the balloon.

#6} Place twine in the bowl of glue mixture to saturate it well.

 

 

#7} Grasp the one end of the twine and gently pull it through your fingers to squeeze some of the glue mixture out {you want the twine fairly wet but not dripping}. Tie one end of twine around the balloon knot.

 

 

#8} Begin wrapping the twine around the balloon in a random pattern. Be sure to keep the twine taut as you wrap. When you are pleased with how the ball looks, cut the twine and tuck the end under a section of twine. ∗Please note: if you want your twine balls to sparkle, sprinkle now with glitter while the glue is still wet.

 

 

#9} Let the wrapped balloon dry overnight on a piece of waxed/parchment paper. It would likely stick to newspaper. When dry, pop the balloon with a knife or scissors, cut off the knot at the top and pull the deflated balloon and plastic wrap through one of the openings in the twine.

 

 

 

#10} For hanging, add a length of twine, ribbon, yarn or bakers twine looped and tied in a knot or add a ornament hanger.

#11} Any embellishments can be added at this time such as holly sprigs/berries, a ribbon bow or jingle bells just to name a few. It’s up to you how plain or dressed up you want them to be. Your twine ball/balls are now ready for decorating this Christmas season!

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Christmas in July project 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

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New Items Are Available At The Market!

Hi everyone!

I’m popping in today to share with you that I have some new products available at the Carstairs Artisan Market in Carstairs, Alberta. These items include wreaths, tags, boxed cards, rag garlands, bows, room sprays, soy tart brittle, pebble art and more.

∗Plus, did you know that the Carstairs Artisan Market will ship requested products? If you see something you would like to have shipped to you, please do not hesitate to call the market for all the details. Their number is 1-403-337-3363.

 

Curly Paper Wreaths

  

 

 

 

Room Sprays

∗My usual room spray scents are available with the addition of two new ones:

  • Grandmas’s Kitchen ~ a combination of buttery oatmeal cookies, spices and vanilla.
  • Vanilla Mint ~ a cool and refreshing scent.
  • I have more room spray scents on the go and will post when they are available.

 

 

 

“Coffee” gift card holders and cards

  

 

 

 

Pebble Art

  

 

 

 

Boxed card sets

  

  

 

 

 

Spring and Easter table favors/basket stuffers

 

 

 

Card kits

  

 

 

 

Tags

 

 

 

“Springy” Rag Garland

 

 

 

Bows {large assortment available ~ wedding, baby, masculine, birthday

 

 

 

Baby Gender Announcements

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

 

Pebble Art

Hi everyone!

Pebble art is a craft that has been out for a while now and I have been wanting to try it. The use of pebbles and small rocks to create art is such a simple concept. These are the pieces I have created so far. I hope you like them. More designs are on the way so stay tuned! 🙂

 

“COME AND SIT A WHILE WITH ME”

 

 

 

“SWEET BABY”

 

 

 

“LOVE BIRDS”

 

 

 

 

These are available at the Carstairs Artisan Market or for pick up at my home.

 

 

∗Plus, did you know that the Carstairs Artisan Market will ship requested products? If you see something you would like to have shipped to you, please do not hesitate to call the market for all the details. Their number is 1-403-337-3363.

 

 

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Until next time,

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #3 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #3 ~ Tiny Gift Bag

This sweet little gift bag is the perfect size for gifting perfume, some jewelry, nail polish or a special lip stick nestled in some tissue or crinkle paper. The finished size is 2 3/4″ wide and deep x 4″ tall.

You will need: card stock, patterned paper, cutting tool of choice, scoring board/tool, bone folder, scissors, adhesive, hole punch, ribbon or twine, stamped greeting, embellishments.

#1} Start with a 6″ x 12″ piece of card stock {two bags can be created from one sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock}. Starting with the 6″ side at the top, score at 2″.  Turn and score on the 12″ side at 2 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 8 1/4″and 11″.

 

 

#2} Fold on the score lines and crease with the bone folder.
#3} Cut on the folds up to the score line and remove the corner rectangle. Angle cut the top and bottom of the narrow strip above the removed piece. This makes for a nicer looking flap. Add adhesive on the flap as shown and fold the bag sealing the flap. This is now the back of the bag.

 

 

#4} Add adhesive to the flap which is at the front of the bag. Fold the side flaps, then the back flap and finally the front flap which has the adhesive on it. Use the bone folder to press down from the inside making sure it is well sealed on the bottom.

  

 

 

#5} Gently push in the sides as you squeeze the top shut.

 

 

#6} Adhere a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of patterned paper to the front of the bag. You can also decorate the back. Add a stamped greeting/image and any chosen embellishments.

#7} To keep the bag closed, either punch top holes through the front and back and tie shut. Or use a decorative clip or clothespin.

 

 

 

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See you tomorrow for day #4!

Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Handmade Holiday 2017 ~ Day #2

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day #2 of this year’s Handmade Holiday series. The holiday season can be such a busy time but it is still nice to create handmade items and add special touches to gifts for family and friends. Each day this week I will be sharing a new idea for creating a quick handmade holiday project. There will be tutorials for tags, home décor, gift card holders, recipes, treat holders and more. I hope that you will join me!

Day #2 ~ Christmas Wreath Ornament

Today  I am  sharing a project that you can make with items that you may already have around your house. These little wreaths are great to use as tree decorations, hang on a garland, adorning packages or make a set to give someone for a gift! Please be aware that these are not intended to be elegant looking ornaments. They are most definitely the country/prim look.

 

 

 

You will need: fabric, scissors, mason jar rings, twine/ribbon for hanging, embellishments, adhesive. ∗Please note: other circular shapes will work for this project as well ~ old wrist bangles, small embroidery hoops or even some wire or a pipe cleaner shaped into a circle.

 

#1} Cut strips of fabric 1/2″ x 6″. You can either cut the strips of fabric or tear them. If you decide to tear them, make a tiny snip at the edge of the fabric, grab each side and tear. The torn fabric will produce more loose threads{these can easily be snipped as you go} but will result in a more rustic looking ornament if that is okay with you.

 

 

#2} Take one strip of fabric and double knot it around your ring. Keep adding/tying the fabric strips until the ring is full.

 

 

#3} Once the ring is full, adjust the double knots so they are all on the outside edge of the ring.

 

 

#4} Now it’s time to adjust and fluff the strips until you’re happy with how they look. You may also trim the strips a wee bit if you feel they are too long. Add a hanging ribbon and chosen embellishments. That’s it! You’re done and your ornament is ready for any number of uses 🙂

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

 

Christmas in July 2017 ~ Day #3

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Christmas in July! Each Monday during the month of July 2017, there will be a post with a Christmas project designed to help you get a head start on the busy upcoming holiday season. There will be a variety of items ~ from gift packaging to home décor. You might even get some gift ideas for the special people on your list. Thank you for joining me today 🙂

This week’s project: Pinecone Wreath

A wreath is such an easy way to brighten up a front door, fireplace mantle, entry way mirror or any other spot that needs a cozy holiday touch. You can even get the kids involved by going pinecone hunting then upcycling those pinecones into a wreath. ∗Please note: I would advise letting the pinecones sit in a single layer {for example, on a tray or cookie sheet} in the garage or shed for a while before bringing them into the house. This will reduce the likelihood of little crawlies coming into your home. It also ensures the cones are thoroughly dry.

You will need: wreath form {∗Please note: this can be a Styrofoam, wire form or a circle of flat cardboard with a circle cut out of the center, like I did for mine}, pinecones, hot glue gun/glue sticks, silicone mat or paper to protect your work surface, ribbon, glitter/embellishments{optional}.

∗Please note: glue guns get extremely hot! Please take care when using one to avoid burning yourself and it’s recommended  to keep them away from children.

 

 

Starting around the edge of the inside circle, place and hot glue the pinecones. Then gradually work your way around and out towards the outside of the base. Fill in empty spaces as needed. The wreath can be as deep as you want it to be. The main thing is to make sure that there are no empty spots where the base will show through.

  

 

 

Once you are satisfied with the pinecone placements, check the entire wreath for glue “strings” {those pesky fibers of glue that seem to stretch from one spot to another}. Now it’s time to decorate. The wreath can be as simple or as fancy as you want it to be. This one is pretty simple as I just added some faux berries, a burlap bow and some sheer ribbon for hanging. I am considering tucking some fresh evergreen sprigs into it closer to Christmas as I think the green would look nice with the berries. What do you think? 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net

Calender Corkboard

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun project for you ~ a calendar corkboard. These compact little calendars can be used anywhere in your home ~ on a desk, kitchen counter or night stand. Because they use basic supplies, a few can be created to coordinate with your décor. So let’s get started shall we?

 

You will need: chipboard, patterned paper, cutting tools of choice, adhesive, corner rounder, sanding block or nail buffer, 1/8″ hole punch or crop-a-dile, ribbon, calendar print outs {links below}, stapler or brads, paper piercer/piercing mat {if using brads}, eyelets/eyelet setter or crop-o-dile. ∗Please note: if you don’t have chipboard, don’t fret. Cardboard packaging, like a cereal box will work just fine. Just be sure that whatever you use is a little on the thicker side. This will make it easier for the calendar to stand nicely.

 

#1} Download and print off the PDF calendars. Thank you to http://www.print-a-calendar.com for their free downloads! calendar1   and   calendar2

 

 

 

#2} Cut apart into months. Mine ended up measuring 3″ high x 3 1/2″ wide.

 

 

#3} Stack the months lining up the edges. Staple on each end close to the top or just one staple above the month. Or, if you are using brads, measure and make two pencil marks where you want the brads to go. I measured in/down 1/4″ each way. Pierce holes with a paper piercer/mat.

 

 

#4}  Add brads. Cut a backing mat about 1/8″ larger that the calendar all the way around and adhere calendar to it. ∗Please note: Once 2018 is here, just download, print off, cut and stack the new months. Carefully remove the old calendar and adhere the new stack to the mat to enjoy your calendar for another year.

 

 

#5} Cut two chipboard pieces and four patterned paper pieces {two for the front/back and two for the insides}. I just have two patterned paper pieces shown to fit in the picture. Round the corners, if desired. The measurements for both are 4″ x 5 1/2″.

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#6} Adhere patterned paper to all four sides and lightly sand edges to smooth. On the outside of the front piece and the back piece, measure 3/8″ down and 3/4″ in towards the center, make pencil marks and punch holes with a hole punch. Add eyelets.

 

 

#7} Add some foam adhesive to the back of the calendar mat and adhere to front patterned paper/chipboard piece. Cut a piece of cork that measures 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″. The cork I used was just thick enough that it wouldn’t fit in the corner rounder so I rounded the corners with small scissors instead. Adhere below calendar. ∗Please note: because the cork is thinner than a typical corkboard, it’s best to use the smallest thumbtacks you can find.

 

 

#8} Put the front and back together, add ribbons through eyelets, tie into knots or bows and trim off the excess. There you go! You now have a pretty little calendar to put anywhere in your home 🙂

 

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial. As always, please feel free to share what you create!

 

 

 

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Erin

The Country Touch

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Email: ctrytch@telus.net