Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week-end. My sweet husband and I spent a few hours on Friday tooling around the countryside. The fall colors continue to enchant us here in the Northeast, several weeks beyond the normal season, and we enjoyed the drive immensely. After bringing new stock to my booth at the Gristmill Antique Center, we hit a [poorly priced] estate sale followed by a new flea market in Schodack (NY), where I bought several items from one dealer. I hope to have them for you tomorrow, if not, then next week. We also popped into Dirty Bird Antiques & Uniques where I inquired about available space–I’m looking to expand(!). Too soon to tell how that will work out, so I’ll just jump into today’s post. Yesterday I promised to share how I’ve used my mini wreaths in various Christmas projects. Here’s an ornament with some farmhouse charm.
Pieces of jute webbing have filled my workbench for several weeks as I’ve been working on “CHEERS” Christmas banners (I’ll share them soon). As I began making more and more wreaths, they naturally became jumbled together one day and I realized that they looked pretty good together. An ornament was born. It’s actually amazing sometimes that anything at all is “born” in my work room.
I should be embarrassed, but I’m not (LOL). I’ve finally accepted that this is just the way I create. When it’s time to work, I clear a space and get down to business. In between, spaces sometimes get a little–ahem–cluttered. But let’s get back to our project…
First, you’ll want to make some of the mini wreaths I talked about in yesterday’s post: How to Make the Cutest Mini Wreaths You’ve Ever Seen. (I hope you’ll forgive the hyperbole!)
Then you want to get your hands on some yummy, 3.5″ jute webbing. Upholsterers use this for the seats and backs of chairs and sofas. I lucked out and purchased a whole roll at a garage sale at a good price.
It’s a pretty easy little craft, but I think it has a great farmhouse appeal. Follow these steps and you’re good to go.
An especially nice aspect of this project is that the jute does not fray easily. So, for example, the cut at the top, if made along the grain of the jute, will not fray because the weave is so tight. Same with the frayed end; you won’t continually loose more strands of the jute. You decide how long you want it to be and then it stays in place.
Use them on packages, your tree, or around the neck of a nice bottle of wine.
How would you decorate with them?
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