Sunday, June 29, 2014

Easy Patriotic Wreath

Welcome to my Tea Party.

Today I'm sharing a fun easy to make
wreath  suitable for any patriotic holiday.

Pour a cup of tea and let's get started.

Begin with a straw wreath
(or alternately, a pool noodle that is curled into a circle
and held together permanently with a
wood dowel inserted and hot glued into the inner hole;
I wrapped a piece of duct tape where
the ends of the pool noodle is glued
together for added security)

Wrap the wreath form in sections
using red and white colored yarn
as shown (representative of the
red and white stripes of the American Flag.

Wrap one section using navy blue yarn.
Apply white buttons on the blue section
using hot glue
to represent stars in the field of blue.

And you're done!!

Hang and enjoy the holiday.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paper Party Tablecloth 4th of July Bunting Tutorial

The Accordion aka Fan Fold

Can be used in a variety of ways 
and sizes
as can easily be seen when browsing 
online craft sites and blogs.

Love these Fall Leaves

Art paper accordion folded rosettes are used
to decorate handmade greeting cards,

Christmas tree ornaments

tiny rosettes decorate a paperclip

large ones make great party decorations.

For my window bunting 
I started with a paper tablecloth
from our super center.

I cut along the length of the tablecloth
 about 15 inches from the edge 
so it was very narrow and long
(approximately 5 or 6  feet in length).

With the piece of tablecloth that I cut
 I began to fold, fold, fold

I added a strip of poster board (or card stock)
in between the folds at both ends 
to give it some stability for hanging.

Along ONE EDGE I gathered a few folded sections
together and punched a hole in the center of the section
about 1/2 inch from the edge.

but first I strengthened the paper
by applying a small strip of tape where
the hole would be.

Then I threaded a hinged ring 
through the holes.

Open it up and Voila!!
a Bunting ready to be hung.

See the hinged ring in the very center
and how the ends are straight
stiffened by the card stock between the end folds.

To hang I applied 
several  1 inch squares of velcro
hook & loop tape to the window frame
and to the bunting.

I love how this looks in my office 
reception desk window.

I'll be watching for cute paper tablecloths
for other holidays....maybe Halloween...
orange, black and yellow stripes or checks 
with candy corn and jack-o-lanterns 
or black cats would be fun!!

sharing at these parties:

and Ivy and Elephants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

4th of July Decorated Office Tree

Time to update the office tree
for the next upcoming holiday

Independence Day,  July 4th

In addition to last years firecrackers and rockets

I added these red shiny balls 
found at a garage sale.
The gold star bursts reminded me of "fireworks".

and a smaller size has gold stars

This past Christmas season I picked up these 
blue icicles.

And my favorite addition, another garage sale find,

this "fountain" of silver with red & blue stars
I've used as a tree topper.

Hope you enjoyed this little holiday tree tour.
Have a happy and safe 4th.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Flag Day and Red Skelton's Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance

photo found at  free wallpaper 

I stumbled upon this
by Red Skelton
and wanted to share it with you
in recognition of Flag Day
which is Saturday June 14.
Please click the link above to go there.