Upcycle wine corks into a charming ornament for your Christmas tree. Simply glue the corks together in a Christmas tree shape and screw in a small eye hook at the top, where you can thread a ribbon for hanging. For an extra pop of color and pattern, glue circles of festive scrapbook paper to the ends of the corks.
Press the opposing side of the hook and loop tape to the attached side. Fold the cushions together and fold the pocket flap over. Determine the position of opposing hook and loop tape and mark it. Attach the opposing side of the hook and loop tape with fabric glue or by hand stitching.
Remove any excess threads on entire project.
On the two short sides of each panel, use a seam gauge to fold over 4” and press in place. Fold the top edge of the fold over 1/2” and pin in place. Sew a seam along the fold very close to the edge, backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Remove any excess threads.
Edgy and industrial: two common words associated with tween and teen room design. Collect used cans and use them to create a one-of-a-kind door wreath by drilling holes into the bottom of each can, then fastening the cans together side by side with twine or rope threaded through each hole. For an extra layer of contrast, wrap fabric scraps around every other can.
Give a plastic skeleton a fresh take on the afterlife as a minimalist wreath. Disassemble the skeleton by removing the thread, wire or string used to hold the pieces together. Next, attach bones to a wire wreath form using craft wire, overlapping and interlacing the bones. As a creepy finishing touch, wire the skull to the wreath's bottom so its sockets are approximately eye-level with trick-or-treaters.
Add a touch of whimsy and essence of fall to the back of each chair with this simple-to-make apple chair swag. Use an upholstery needle to thread small apples onto jute twine. Tie onto chair backs and tie on additional lengths of coordinating ribbons for a playful look. Tip: Once apples are no longer in use for decorating purposes, use them for applesauce or pie filling.
Keep your arts and crafts supplies within arm’s reach and neatly displayed by arranging them on a tiered cake stand. Dedicate the lower stand to glass jars for housing buttons, tacks and other embellishments which get lost easily. Keep spools of ribbon or thread in the center and then use the top tier for things you’ll need easy access to such as pens and paints.
To add a layer of decoration below the mantel, custom garland is made from birch logs and string. You'll need a hand saw to cut the logs down into 1/4-inch discs. To string the discs together, use a drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit to create one hole on each side of the disc. Next, thread the string through the holes, knotting it on each side to connect each disc side by side.
Situated between the Teton Range and the Snake River in northwestern Wyoming, the home is dominated by jurisdictional wetlands and natural water courses, so man-made water features are a natural enhancement to the site design. A series of ponds thread their way through this Wyoming's home site and floor plan. In the front, the water design takes on a natural pond-like form that butts against the foundation of the barn and family room.
1. Carefully undo the cardboard sleeve where it is glued. Turn over.
2. Punch two holes about 1/4-inch apart at the top/middle of the sleeve.
3. Thread a ribbon through one hole from the front and through the other hole from the back (Image 1).
4. Repeat for the other side with the other end of the ribbon.
5. Attach a small ornament (if desired) and tie a bow with the ribbon (Image 2).
The landscape design of this Wyoming home utilizes water as the primary component in the form of a series of ponds that thread their way through the site and house floor plan. A body of water surrounds the spa and is confined on all sides by man-made edges. It is channeled into a sluiceway, reminiscent of irrigation canals, to flow around the house and recycled back to the front pond.
Perfect for casual weekend living, this Hamptons beach-house dining/family room has a close connection to the kitchen, as well as to outdoor living areas. Glass doors on the ground level slide all the way into the walls, opening the family/dining room and living room to an expansive deck area. The rooms can be entirely open or protected from mosquitoes with a screen system, allowing for summer breezes, ample entertaining areas and restoring connections to nature. “A consistent — but not overwhelming — thread of blue follows throughout these ground level spaces: blue kitchen cabinets, blue custom rug and touches of blue walls,” note the architects.
Bring a bit of fall into your nursery, or any room that needs a touch of autumn hanging from the ceiling. Use your favorite fall colors to paint thick pieces of paper with washes of watercolor. Use lots of water and let the colors mix together. Once dry, cut leaf shapes out of the paper and poke a hole at one end. Find a beautiful branch and hang the leaves from it with varying lengths of thread. Hang your branch and let the leaves turn in the breeze.
High-grade nylons combine our favorite factors: durability + stain-resistance + oh-so-cushy. Kelly Sutherland of Connie Vernich Interior Designs says, "Go with a rug that is soft, plush and comfortable on your feet, but that also has stain-resistant qualities. I love a high-grade nylon, for example. For this particular rug, a patterned carpet with great scale was selected. The rug material is very soft underfoot and easy to maintain as it is constructed from a high-grade nylon. The edges were serged in a matching thread to the carpet to provide a high-end traditional rug finish. Don't forget the final touch – a quality rug cushion ensures extra comfort while keeping the rug in good shape for as long as possible."
As winter approaches and your potted plants start to migrate indoors, consider adorning them with these adorable pine cone snails. To create the body you will need to cut the snail shape out of the fabric of your choice. Think of the shape as an "s"with a short top curve and an extra long bottom curve to create your snail's head and tail. Cut two pieces, sew them together and stuff them. Stitch a pine cone to your snail's back to create the shell and thread a bit of string through the head to create antennae.
Make It: Sweeten your seasonal decor by using tree ornaments made from cookie dough. You'll need four cups of flour, one and one-half cups of water, one cup of salt, clear protective food coating and ribbon. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Next, combine the first four ingredients. Knead the mixture into dough and roll out flat. Cut the dough into fun shapes using holiday cookie cutters, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. After removing from the oven, and while the cookies are still soft, use a knife to poke a small hole in the top of each. Coat the cookies with a clear protective food coating, thread ribbon through each hole and hang on the tree.