Pinecone framed artwork

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I finally get to use my pinecones I’ve been saving since March!

For this project I used the mini pinecones, not the jumbo ones, but don’t worry! I’ve got some jumbo pinecone crafts in the works! Yippie!

First, I found a frame in my stash of extra stuff I’m not using.

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I love that this one is square.

Next I grabbed all my mini pinecones.

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I patiently sat there and hot glued each pinecone directly onto the glass of the frame.

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It was actually really easy and took me about 10 or 15 minutes.

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I love that you can see through the frame.

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And here’s the back of the frame. You can see all the hot glue!

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When I was done I hung it up on the wall…

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And then I stared at it for like a month.

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There was just *something* about this artwork that I didn’t like.

Then it finally hit me. It’s too plain and boring. So I added an ornament from the Dollar Store.

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I already like it about 1000 times better.

But I still wanted more color, so I added this ornament from Target (it was in a 4 pack for $1).

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And now I’m happy.

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Have you made any pinecone crafts this year? Tell me about it in my comments section!


     

Decor Ball Overload

Last week I had the privilege of doing a guest post at

Blue Cricket Design.

Here is a rendition of the post I made for her blog. I hope you all enjoy another decor ball post.

More decor balls. Yes, I am crazy.

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I promise this.is.my.last. decor ball post. Maybe.

I want to show you how to make a variety of decor balls. These are very popular right now – who doesn’t love a basket of decor balls?

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Here’s a tutorial on how to make pretty much any type of decor ball you could ever want.

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First, load up on your “gear”.

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You need a basic ball to start with. For this tutorial I used ping-pong balls, foam balls in assorted sizes, and training balls.

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You also need some materals to wrap around the balls. I used twine, cotton string, jute, and wicker. I also found some black string with sparkles in it.

For basic decor balls, just start with whatever size ball you want and wrap the twine around it gluing every 1/2″ or so.

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Keep wrapping and gluing until you reach the opposite side of the ball.

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Ta Da! Super easy!

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Now for the two-toned decor ball:

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Start by gluing down two colors of string side by side.

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Then just start gluing down both strands together in a spiral motion.

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When I got to the end I realized there was a big hole in the ball, so I just cut out a circle from a piece of thin cardboard and glued it on the ball.

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Then I just glued the strands over the piece of cardboard.

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Braided decor ball:

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This one was a little more tricky, but still doable.

Start by gluing three very long pieces of twine to your ball. Braid them about 3″

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From there just start wrapping the braid around and gluing it down in the same spiral fashion that you did the other balls.

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I would just braid a little, then wrap and glue, then braid more. Make sure you cut very long pieces of twine, otherwise you are going to have to try to add more in the middle of making your ball.

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Two-tone twisted decor ball:

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I made this one the same way as the basic two-tone decor ball, but instead of just gluing the twine down, I twisted it together before I glued it.

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Wicker balls:

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The tutorial for the large ball can be found here.

For this set of balls, from largest to smallest I used: a fake nerf basketball, plastic training ball, foam ball, and a ping-pong ball.

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Baby balls

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For the baby balls I used jute and ping-pong balls.

Jute balls

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Different ball sizes I used:

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I’m pretty sure you now know how to make any type of decor ball you could ever want.

I’d love to see some that you’ve made!

Here are links to balls I’ve already taught you how to make. No use posting the same tutorial twice, right?

Large Decor Ball

and

Pinto Bean Balls

I loosely promise to not post any more decor ball tutorials ever again! for at least a month.

If you’ve made any decor balls recently, post a link in my comments section!


     

What goes around comes around

My husband took my baby girl (she’s 5) out one Saturday morning for breakfast. When they came home she had a vase with flowers in it – just for moi! Yay!!

Hubs is sweet like that (for bringing me flowers, NOT for ditching me for breakfast)

Eventually the flowers died (these things lasted like 3 weeks!) and I was left with this cute little vase.

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I’m such a sucker for little glass vases.

So most normal people would probably just give it to Goodwill, but I buy from Goodwill, not donate to Goodwill. I think it would be morally wrong for me to actually give something to Goodwill. Besides, I’m waaay too cheap for that. My crap gets sold on Craigslist, thankyouverymuch.

Rambling, sorry. Mmm-k, I found this cheesy sunflower and stuck it in the vase.

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A) the flower is too tall

B) it needs some filler or a little somin’ somin’ (whoops, not that type of blog, sorry)

C) it doesn’t stand up straight (no one likes a crooked flower)

D) “Allison, are you really considering that fake flower for your home decor?” Why yes. Yes I am.

Let’s start with A

If you need to cut floral stuff-ffff don’t use a pair of scissors. Use some pliars that have a little cutter-thingy on them.

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Now that that’s taken care of, on to B

I like to try out lots of different looks before I decide which one wins out.

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Rocks? I like the rocks, but you can still see the base of the flower which might be ok, but it’s totally buggin’ on me.

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Raffia? Oh geeze, for cryin’ out loud. Burn the raffia already.

My mom is raffia queen, so it’s just in my blood to try to use it on every. single. project. Kinda like little painted wooden figures or puff-paint shirts. Some things are really just better off left in the 80′s.

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Moss? Considering it’s my 3rd and only option left, Moss it is!! I’m sure hubs is thrill-to-the-D that I chose moss instead of a trip to Michael’s. Again. For the 12th time this week.

Okay, so on to C. Nobody likes a wonky flower.

Yes, I just said wonky.

Get out your glue gun – I prefer the mini cheapest-glue-gun-at-Michael’s gun. ‘Cause it’s cheap. And mini! Mini things are SO much ca-uter.

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Did you know you can get a pack of 25 glue sticks from the 99 cent store?

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Put a blob of hot gule on the end of the flower stem. This is not a precise science peeps. Just blob it on.

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Now cram your flower stem into the vase and hold it real still for at least 20 minutes. Don’t move a muscle or you will totally screw this up.

OMG I kid, I kid. Don’t freak out. Just hold it for like 30 20 10 5-7 seconds.

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And that, my friends is how to make a stem stand up in a vase. You can also use that green foam floral stuff, but who wants to pay for that? And plus, you don’t want green floral foam stuff showing through your vase. Clean lines only.

Now you get your moss and use a very fancy expensive tool to delicately place it at the bottom of the vase.

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Or you can just do what I did and use a butter knife and cram it in there. That works too.

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And there you have it. The cheap, cutting-the-corners, ubber crafty way to put a cheap flower in a free vase.

Now where should I put it? The granite bar or the side table? (‘Cause that’s where everything else I craft goes, right?). Nope, not today. I’ve got a surprise in store for you today.

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The mantle-less mantle! Can you believe I was actually able to put something on a non-existent mantle?

Good thing I cleaned up behind me before I took the picture… errr, uh, never mind.

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That is a dog on the couch, not some gross fur ball!!! (In fact, I’m considering having the dog be my next giveaway. Anyone want a cute Yorkie that refuses to be 100% housebroken?) And yes, that is a snorkel on the floor. Don’t ask. I don’t know. We don’t even have a pool nearby.

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See that cute little red box in the right-hand corner? My adorable 9-year old sister made that for *me* and mailed it to me for Valentine’s Day. <3

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Next time I decide to do a tutorial on how to stick a flower in a vase, remind me to not buy the first flower I see that’s less than a dollar when I’m racing through Michael’s trying to get in and out before they close. Kinda a cheesy choice.

On second thought, this vase is going to look just adorable in my 5-year olds room. Karma’s a bi… Oh, wait, I selected on my profile that this blog is G rated. Oops. How about this instead?

Hey, what goes around comes around.

Awww, I’m teasing. You all know I absolutely adore my kids.

And in conclusion, the moral of the story is, once again, hot glue rocks.

xoxo


     
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