Monday, November 25, 2013

Trash to Treasure - Turn fabric scraps and bed springs into Fall home decor

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Gotta love it when you can turn trash to treasure! Today I'm sharing a video tutorial on how to create acorns from scraps of fabric.  Combine these with an old bed spring, some twigs and who knows what else you can find and you've got a fun candle stick holder!

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Hints:  Old scraps of fabric are perfect for this project.  Gather twigs and maybe even a few berries from your yard to make this project festive.  I added extra texture by creating foliage with the S4-329 Foliage templates and dictionary paper.  It’s a fun touch and adds a little bit of unexpected texture!

Variation:  Paint your acorns in fun colors and decoupage words.  Display in a decorative bowl.  They make great conversation starters.

Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ machine
MD1-006 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Shields One die templates
S4-328 Spellbinders® Foliage die templates (optional)
Dictionary paper (optional)
Scraps of fabric in fall colors and patterns
Needle and thread with matching color
Tacky glue
Green chalk ink and makeup sponge
Polyester fiberfill or other suitable stuffing material
Acrylic paint – Tan, brown
Flat paintbrush

For the candle:
Battery operated taper candle
Twigs and/or berries
Fabric bow
Hot Glue

Cut three shield shapes from fabric using the #3 (with #1 being the smallest) Shields three die template.

Round off the point with scissors approximately 1/4” from the bottom.

With right sides together stitch pieces together beginning at the bottom center upwards to the top approximately 1/8” from the edge. 

Open up and set in remaining piece.  Stitch around beginning at one side on the top and sewing completely around to other side.  (add a little daub of glue on the edges to prevent them from pulling apart and fraying.  Let the glue dry.)

Turn right side out and add stuffing.

Stitch around the top approximately 1/4” from the top and pull thread tight to close opening.  Add glue and let dry.  Trim off excess with scissors.

Cut a random circle shape from burlap about 1/2” bigger that the size of your acorn.  Glue to top.

Paint acorn tan.  Let dry and then streak with brown if desired.  Add a little darker brown to the burlap and let dry.

As an option, cut several foliage shapes from dictionary paper and color with green ink.

Arrange twigs, acorns, paper foliage and berries.  Glue onto bedspring with hot glue.  Attach a bow with hot glue where desired. 

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