Large DIY Tassels Out of Mop Heads

DIY extra large tassels. I’m in love with these extra large DIY tassels.  Do you know why?  Because they look awesome and are made with mop heads!  It can’t get any easier than that.  These are the tassels I shared in my Easter inspiration last week.  So now you can make them too.  If you want.  I’m not going to force you.  I swear.

DIY tassel wall hanging out of mop heads. Are you thinking of all the cool ways you could use these?  You could totally make a cool 70′s inspired wall hanging to go with your macrame plant holder.  Or these would be super cool, in mass, for a party backdrop.  Or strung across a room sort or grouped together  like a chandelier.  I hung these very simply in the photo above but my heart really wanted to make more and go nuts on that wall, installation style.

This inexpensive mop head from Walmart is perfect for making in to extra large tassels. These mop heads have been in my garage for months.  I saw them at Wal-Mart and grabbed 3 knowing that I was going to figure out something to do with them.  They were about $3 a piece, so they are totally economical.  And while I could tell through the bag that they had a hard plastic piece at the top and a metal band around it, I decided to take a chance with them and see if I could manipulate them in some way.  And they were made in the USA.  Boom.  American mop heads are the finest in all the land, so I’ve heard.  Ok, I’ve never heard that but wouldn’t that be the best thing ever if we could travel abroad and when people ask us where we live we would say, “USA, you know, where the best mop heads come from?”

DIY extra large tassel with mop head and embroidery thread and yarn. For your extra large tassel you need one mop head and some embroidery thread or yarn.  Oh and scissors.  I always forget to put the scissors in the picture but I know you all would know to grab some scissors.  If I ever hear of someone trying to cut through yarn with their teeth because they weren’t instructed to use scissors is the day I quit blogging.  And start a commune of non-yarn biters.

Remove the metal band from the mop head to turn it in to a DIY tassel. This is the hardest part of the DIY and it isn’t really hard at all.  I sat down with one of these mop heads and figured out that if you started on one side and pulled the yarn strings out the top of the metal clamp that you could remove the metal clamp.  In fact, when you get about half way through, the metal clamp will slide right off the end of the mop head.  And as you move more of the long pieces through, you realize that there are short pieces in the middle of what was the underneath side of the mop!  What a fun discovery!  And those short pieces totally hide the plastic piece at the top of the head.

Use a little embroidery thread to turn a mop head in to a large tassel decoration. See!  How cute is that little puff at the top!  And you didn’t even have to do anything to get it!  The next part is purely decorative so go where your arty heart takes you.  Mine wanted them wrapped.  So I grabbed some embroidery thread and yarn and just wrapped a few inches near the top.

String up the mop head to hang it as a tassel. I was starting to think that the person who made this mop head was also a crafter when I noticed the plastic piece had a hole in it making it PERFECT for hanging!  So easy.

Large wrapped tassel DIY for home decor or party decorating.How would you use these tassels?

DIY wrapped tassels out of mop heads. I love to use yarn in my crafts so I may have nerded out over this peach yarn with little puffs on it.  I do just want to address the smell of these mop heads.  It makes me think of horses.  I’m not around horses, well, ever.  I don’t really know what they smell like but these reminded me of them.  Maybe a little bit of hay mixed with poo?  It really isn’t that bad.  I would certainly use them for a party or as home decor.  I may not hang them at nose level next to my bed, however.

Extra large tassels for home decor. Pretty excited about these tassels.  I’m trying to figure out how I can incorporate them in to my soon-to-be 8 year old’s birthday party.  But they really don’t scream ‘Minecraft’ do they?

Easy Green Pins for St. Patrick’s Day

Wear green with this easy DIY this St. Patrick's Day

 

I’m going to be honest with you.  I am not a huge fan of St. Patrick’s Day.  I don’t need my beer colored green and I hate that if you don’t wear green (look, that color doesn’t work for everyone) you will get pinched.  So I have figured out the absolutely easiest way to wear green on St. Patrick’s day without having to dress any differently than you do every other day.  Isn’t decorative tape the best?  And while these pins are reading very blue in the photos, this is the cutest mint green in all the land.  Don't forget to wear green this St. Patrick's DayAll you need is decorative tape (I used this Scotch masking tape which is my new favorite thing) and some safety pins in just about any size, although these work perfectly with the width of the tape.

Just use washi tape and a safety pin for an easy green pin for St. Patrick's Day

Simply tear off a piece of tape and thread it through the safety pin.The easiest way to wear green for St. Patrick's DayStick the tape to itself and then cut a decorative end at the bottom.

Washi tape makes it easy to wear green on St. Patrick's DayOr you can fringe it.  Just about anything will work.

Super easy DIY for St. Patrick's Day Easy and cute.  Just how I like my crafts.  Ok.  So maybe I will drink green beer.

 

Easy Gift Giving with Store Bought Treats

*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of the Bakery Because “Give the gift of deliciousness” campaign.
Easy gift giving with store bought treatsIf you know me well, you know that I over think everything.  Often, I get an idea and it spirals out of control until it is so big, and such a production that I don’t have the energy to do it anymore.  But if I can get out of my own head, I can simplify things and not lose the intention behind it.  Take for instance, sweet treats.  I love sugar.  And most other people do too.  But I don’t need to spend days baking special treats to show someone my appreciation or love.  Store bought treats are there for me, ready to use.  While they might be a little plain for my liking, all it takes is a moment to jazz them up and put a little “me” in it.

cinnamon-rolls-and-sugar-cookiesYour local grocery store’s bakery section is an untapped resource.  For real.  Mine has a crazy amount of baked goods, decorated cakes, cookies, and even accessories (the coolest candles and sprinkles!)  So why not embrace it and take some of the stress off of yourself.  And guess what else?  These things taste amazing!

use duct tape and cardstock to create cookie pouchesI decided to pick up some goodies and give them a little repacking makeover.  All I needed was some cardstock and Duck tape to get me started.  Super easy.

store bought cookies are perfect for gifting to othersThese little cookie pouches were really quick to make and I LOVE how they look!  Who wouldn’t want to get a bright pink cookie package?

Repackage store bought treats to share the love easilyI used plain cookies and then picked up other supplies at the store to create individual cookie decorating gifts.  For no other reason than to make someone’s day.  But of course these would work as Valentine’s too.  But guess what?  The store also has frosted cookies!  Instead of these kits, you could just pop the pre-decorated cookies in clear cello bags – letting their cuteness show through.  Even easier.

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?

A round up of Valentine's Day posts

 

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few of my posts that might help you make the day a little more special for your family:

Candy popcorn recipe with Jello

Music inspired printable Valentine’s

Hanging balloon Valentine’s

A non-traditional view of Valentine’s Day (inspo board based on a song by The Cults)

Felt heart finger puppets

Edible confetti

Popsicle Stick Heart Peace Sign

Heart garland tutorial for You Are my Fave

Pink and gold goat cheese appetizer (The BEST appetizer and so pretty too!)

Sorbet and champagne cocktail

And don’t forget this smash cake tutorial I helped Meringue Bake Shop with!

2014 CHA Show Recap

crystal ninja and swarovski crystals at CHA ShowTwo weekends ago I put my craft hat on and headed to the CHA Mega Show at the Anaheim Convention Center.  CHA is the Craft and Hobby Association and this show is a conference and trade show for the country’s largest craft vendors.  This is where shops come to do their buying, designers come to show off their new collections and everyone in the industry comes to learn via workshops.  It is enormous!  I attended as “media” and was super excited to find some awesome new discoveries that, I’m sure, will take my crafts to the next level.  I had been invited to a workshop at the Swarovski booth and that was how I started my day.  I have never had the pleasure to work with their crystals before but YOU GUYS! they are absolutely even more stunning in person.

Swarovski Crystals workshop at CHA showI made that cute little compact mirror right there.  And, of course, I am already dreaming up ways to fit more Swarovski Crystals in my life.  See that little pointy tool peeking out from behind the bag?  That is a Crystal Katana and it is magic.  The tip is made of a rubber material that makes picking up and placing the crystals crazy easy.  I don’t know about you but my fat fingers just get in the way when trying to do delicate work.  The Crystal Ninja (maker of the katana) and Swarovski gifted one of these tools to each of us.  Score!

Erika Domesek and I at the CHA ShowThe workshop was hosted by Erika Domesek of P.S. I Made This and if you didn’t know, stripes are where its at.  She is an ambassador for Swarovski and chatted with us throughout our workshop.  She is super nice and really interesting to listen to.  Super excited that she will speaking at Alt Summit later this week so I can try to gain a little more of her business knowledge (not only is she creative, she has really made a name for herself in the business world and I think she is close to world domination…)

The Crystal Katana at the CHA ShowLater on in the show I found the Crystal Ninja booth and this huge sparkly Crystal Katana.  Of course I had to have a picture with it.  Do you see the TV behind me?!  Everything looks better with crystals…I wonder what my husband would say if he came home from work to find out TV like this…

Look how huge this scarf is!  at the CHA showThe booths were full of inspiration.  I can’t remember which booth this is (great recap Sharon!) but how awesome is that huge scarf?!  And those yarn balls instantly made me think that I’m probably going to need to recreate this for a future party.  Those balls would make perfect seats don’t you agree?   [Read more...]