last week while i was over at my mom’s house i noticed some homemade silver bells that she had hanging on her hall tree in the dining room. i had noticed them in years past (and kinda remember making them in sunday school when i was little) but this year they really popped out and i wanted to create my own with my littles. since they were home monday and tuesday with the general winter icks we tackled them yesterday for a little restful project. simply made with items you already have in the house (or could easily save to use) i thought i’d share a quick tutorial in case you’re interested.
supplies needed : 5 egg cartons (this made two 4 strand garlands), tin foil, scissors, twine or thread, needle
time to complete : about 1/2 an hour
cut all of the egg cups apart using shears.
cut all of the pokey extra bits off of the individual egg cups until you have a simple round cup shaped edging
cut tin foil into square sheets and wrap over the cups and smooth down edges.
thread your egg bells onto twine or thread (i used bakers twine style yarn i already had & an upholstery needle). i made sure to use a different amount on each strand so that we would have different lengths when they were bundled together. tie together once you have 3-4 strands.
we made one longer strand than the other as i wasn’t counting the cups as i thread them.
i’m thrilled at the result and so happy we were able to make something with random household supplies and without having to spend a ton of money on “craft” supplies. the kids were excited that we had matching decor as their “nonna” too.
have a wonderful wednesday!
i hope you are your loved ones have a beautiful and relaxed thanksgiving tomorrow filled with fat turkey & cranberries & corn pudding & smashed potatoes & corn bread stuffing & green bean casserole & hot rolls with melted butter & homemade gravy & pecan pie & pumpkin pie & those little sweet pickles & lots of black olives stuffed on the ends of your fingers so you look like e.t calling home when you point at uncle fred. you do still put the black olives on your fingers right?
(i think i just gained 15 pounds writing that)
and thank you for popping here when you do. i know i’m not the most dependable of bloggers lately but i do appreciate your sweet notes. thank you my friends!!
sometimes it’s the quick projects that can completely make my day. thanksgiving decor doesn’t really consist of much around here. some vintage turkey platters, some owl candles i scored at cost plus a few years ago and a few vintage beistle cutouts. i don’t know what it is about thanksgiving decor but i find most of it to be way too cutesy for my taste. i’ve been looking for some mercury glass inspired pieces this year, in a bronze & copper colorway, but haven’t found much that i like, so i haven’t gotten anything. whoa says me. yay says the husband. ;)
this banner however was a quick fix for the second fireplace mantel. the one that tends to be forgotten and under used. hence the lack of wall decor above it.
i have a big bin of two different styles of vintage general store signage that i scored at alameda on two separate occasions. usually i pick a word and have it hanging out on top of the bricks. this time i decided to hang it with some old twine and some clothespins. easy and fast and totally made my grateful heart’s day.
happy weekend my friends!
i posted a tutorial up over on the JBS blog yesterday explaining how to make this vintage JOY wall hanging. come on over.
just a little heads up for any of you that might be interested, spoonflower is having an in house fat quarter sale through halloween. that means you can order two of my fabrics for the price of one. kinda a cool deal and a great way for you to try out my designs, or even a few of the other amazing artists they have over there.