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‘SHABBY’ CENTERPIECES

By Morgan Sprigler

I recently arrived back home from witnessing my baby brother marry his sweetheart and am feeling especially sentimental at the moment. Watching him smile ear to ear (literally, it looked a little painful) will be a vision etched in my mind and in my heart for a very long time.

Because I was so moved with this theme, several wedding-related ideas were bouncing around in the crafty section of my brain and I just couldn’t decide on one! So, I headed to Ben Franklin Crafts, 420 New Albany Plaza, for some extra inspiration.

While strolling through the store, I came up with a lovely idea for a table setting. If you like all things shabby-chic like me, I think you will really enjoy this idea.


screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-49-35-amSUPPLIES:

– WOODEN BIRDHOUSE

– WOODEN MINIATURE PLANTERS

– WOODEN NUMBERS

– MINI WOODEN DOWELS

– PRESERVED MOSS

– CHALK PAINT (BLUSH IS SO PRETTY!)

– PAINT BRUSH

– CARDSTOCK

– THIN TIP SHARPIE

– GLUE GUN


screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-49-39-amSTEP ONE – PAINT

I found the spray chalk paint by Rust-Oleum to be very simple to use. I used the color Blush Pink, which I absolutely love. I only applied one layer and let dry. For my table number and miniature planters, I applied Americana’s Chalky Finish Paint in Ivory using a paint brush.

STEP TWO – PLACE SETTINGS

Using a piece of the cardboard from the sandpaper packaging, I created a template for the place settings. I drew out a version of a scroll, but a long rectangle would serve the same purpose, as would any shape that you prefer. Once I had my template, I traced it onto my cardstock and cut out each one individually and then wrote the names on the front of the scroll. Finally, I used my glue gun to place a small dot on the back of the cardstock and secured a mini wooden dowel.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-49-48-am

STEP THREE – DISTRESSS

Because it was 103 degrees on the day I made these, my paint was dry as soon as I finished step two. Typically, you would need to let it dry for at least an hour. Once you’re sure your paint is dry and set, use the sand paper and start scrubbing away like you would on a really dirty pan (yuck). You can distress your birdhouse, wooden numbers and planters as much or as little as you like.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-49-56-am

STEP FOUR – HOT GLUE

You should all know by now that I love some hot glue, so this was my favorite part. Glue a thin layer of moss on top of your birdhouse, making sure to cover it completely, while working in small sections. Bare spots don’t necessarily look great for this particular craft. Then, take about a quarter size and fill your planters with moss. (FYI – this is messy. You may want to lay down some newspaper).screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-50-07-am

STEP FIVE – FINISHING TOUCHES

Push your wooden dowel and name scroll into the mini planter. This should go in very easily and does not need glue to hold in place. Now you can set your tables. I loved how the planters looked underneath a wine glass. Now is the time to get creative and add flowers from your favorite florist, beautiful placemats, interesting china, etc.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-50-44-amscreen-shot-2018-08-20-at-9-50-52-am

I hope this helps to inspire those of you who are planning an upcoming wedding and want to add a DIY touch, no matter how small. Cheers to all of you beautiful brides and grooms! May your lives together be full of joy.

XO,

Morgan

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Sock Snowmen

By Morgan Sprigler

Happy Holiday’s Extol Readers! I am about to give you the best gift you will receive all season long, a purpose for all of your random onesie socks! Aren’t you excited?!

My oldest daughter has been asking for a pet for months and she found this craft to be the cuteness equivalent of a Christmas morning puppy. At least, she hasn’t asked about a little fur-ball in over 48 hours (a much needed break for this momma).

The best part about this craft is that you will most likely have all of the items you need right under your roof. So, keep this on your radar for the next snow day!


screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-09-48-amSupplies: 

• White crew cut socks of any size

• Colored socks from your mismatched sock pile (we all have one, right?)

• Rice (lentils or dried beans will work, too)

• Rubber bands (hair ties will also do the job)

• Buttons and embellishment

• Scissors

• Hot glue gun

• Hot glue sticks


screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-09-39-amSTEP ONE

Cut the sock in half at the heel, so that you have two sections. One should be ribbed, while the other is solid cotton. I found that the ribbed section, or the ankle of the sock,is best for making a “child” snowman. The solid cotton section, or the foot of the sock, is best for an “adult” snowman. One sock should equal two snowpeople (one child and one adult). Are you following? I hope so.


screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-09-53-amSTEP TWO

Tie a rubber band around the side of the ribbed section that you cut from the solid section and then turn inside out. This will allow the sock to hold the rice. The solid section is already closed at the toe, so there is no need for this step for your “adult” snowman.


screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-09-58-amSTEP THREE

Fill as far up to the top of each section as you can with your rice, leaving enough space at the top to be able to wrap with another rubber band.


screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-10-03-amSTEP FOUR

Using another rubber band, wrap just above the middle of the sock to create the head.


screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-09-43-amSTEP FIVE

Because I have two toddlers, I have quite the extensive collection of itty bitty mismatched socks. These worked perfectly to create hats for my snow-people. I just rolled up the opening of the sock a bit and stretched over the head. If you don’t have little socks, that’s OK. You can achieve the same result from a regular sized sock with a little cutting, folding and rolling. You can also use scraps from an old sweater, t-shirt, blanket, etc.


screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-10-09-amSTEP SIX

Now the fun part! Find some things around your home you can use for embellishment. I raided my craft-stash for flowers and buttons. If you don’t have a craft-stash (aka Hobby Lobby trinkets and trash) rummage through some of your old clothing. I guarantee you can find something interesting for your little snow guy or gal to show off. Get out your glue gun and go crazy! I actually found them to be sweet without eyes, but my children both disagreed. So, we added some little black dots so their “babies” could see.

Once my girls decide to stop carrying around their snow creatures like baby-dolls, I hope to display them somewhere in our home to enjoy throughout the holidays. They would look precious on top of a mantle, or incorporated into a tablescape. If you have a ton of mismatched socks, you could even do an entire Christmas tree of sock-snowmen. The world is your oyster, people.

Wishing you and your families a blessed Holiday season.

XO,

Morgan