Patriotic Ribbon Topiary

I love this Patriotic Ribbon Topiary as the centerpiece for my burlap ruffle table runner! I saw this topiary from Whitney Caroline Designs last year and got started making my own. I just didn’t finish it until this year. ;) I am not only celebrating the freedom in this great country, but the freedom of finally having this project done!

It cost me about 5 bucks to make. I had a syrofoam ball left over from my DIY moss ball project. I bought three spools of dollar ribbon and a dowel. I recycled a piece of Styrofoam packaging to hold it up in the target dollar section bucket and topped with some paper filler that came decorating a gift from a client. Oh, and I already had the pins.

It took quite a while to cut and pin all those little ribbon circles which is why it took my short attention span one session last year and one session this year to complete it. I sure do love it now that it’s done!

Lucky for me, I live in Utah where we celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July so I get to leave my Red, White and Blue up the whole month of July!

Linking Up:
Patriotic Parade
Get Your Craft On
Trash to Treasure
Toot Your Horn Tuesday
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Teaching Toddlers Colors

This fun toddler activity combines hand eye coordination with learning colors. They get to build a tower increasing their coordination, but can only use the specified color.

For instance, we used yellow. He had to find a yellow block and then add it to the tower. Once the tower was built he would knock it down and we would start again.

He loved playing it over and over and it really helped with his color recognition.

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Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Ucreate

I am so excited to be featured by Kari over on Ucreate today!! I was so lucky to spend some time with her at CBC and was thrilled when she asked me to be a guest on Ucreate. Be sure to run over and see the tutorial I did just for her. It involves washers, nail polish and lots of accessorizing…

Now on to the fun stuff. I asked Kari to answer some questions so we could all get to know her a little better.

U Create

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?

  • This depends on what type of craft I’m working on. Right now I would definitely say my new Silhouette machine! I’m having so much fun with it and will be showing my readers some really cool things to do with it soon!
If you were a candy bar what would you be?
  • Hands down Snickers…best candy bar on the planet! Just had one.

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If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life what would it be?

  • I like stylish clothes, but I am so into comfort! I would pick my favorite jeans, a cool graphic tee, and flip flops for sure!! (At CBC, she had on a super cute Ucreate owl t-shirt she made!)
What is one of your favorite summer activities to do with your kids?

  • It’s hard to chose one, but I would have to say picnics at the park. We bring frisbees, balls, etc…feed the ducks…and eat a picnic lunch on a blanket.

Thanks to Kari for a fun Feature Friday!!

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Burlap Ruffle Table Runner

This is a fun patriotic table runner with a little burlap ruffle for added cuteness. I made it for the 4th of July, but it can easily be done with alternate fabric for any occasion.

Supplies needed:
Scissors
2 cotton towels or fabric
Denim (slightly more than 1 pant leg)
Burlap (at least 1 ft x 4 ft, preferably more)
Sewing Machine
Thread
Glue Gun
Hot Glue


My patriotic cotton towels are from Dollar Tree.

1. Cut towels in half. Measure how long your table is to see how much denim you will need to make the runner long enough. Alternate material.

2. Pin and sew the edges of the denim to match the towel width.
3. Put the bright sides of the fabric together. Pin and sew the edge together to connect the two fabrics. Continue until all the pieces are sewn together in a strip.

4. Cut burlap in to six 2 inch wide and about 4 foot long strips. Snip and pull out one of the burlap strands to make cutting straight a snap.
5.To make ruffles, hold on to the strand in the middle of the end a burlap strip and CAREFULLY push the material to gather. Do this from each end until the gathering meeting in the middle and you have a ruffle. Be extremely gentle with the strand. I broke mine multiple times. When you are happy with the amount of gathering, tie knots on the end of each strand to keep the ruffle in place.

6. Now hot glue your ruffles on each seam. Wrap the edges of the burlap around the runner and glue down for a finished look.

I was so proud to show off my Denim and burlap ruffle table runner to the hubs when he got home. Too bad he asked what it was and was confused. He claims he has never seen a table runner before. I know he has seen them tons of times at my moms house. Such a man.

Linking Up:
Patriotic Parade
Get Your Craft On
Transformation Thursday
Strut Your Stuff
Show Off Your Stuff
Show and Tell
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Look What I Made

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