Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Decor ~ House 129 ~ Tutorial & Giveaway!

Imprintalish

Hi! My name is Kelly and I'm an East Coast girl at {heart} who is an identical twin, wife, sister, daughter, blogger, singer, DIY girl and woman of God. I am addicted to coffee, love accessorizing and find my home to be an ever changing canvas. I'm married to my best friend and blessed to call him my husband. We have two dogs that are our kiddos -- Parker and Buster. They bring me a great deal of joy too. Life is good!


Homemade ornaments are fun, personal and the sky is the limit for your creative juices. This year I opened up an Etsy store called House 129 and have made several ornaments that are rustic, natural, and a bit of whimsy. The Yarn Wrapped Star Ornament is one of those pieces and was inspired by West Elms Yarn-Wrapped Ornament. Today, I'm tickled silly to be share the DIY tutorial for this ornament.


Supplies you'll need include a piece of cardboard, glue gun, scissors, yarn(s) of choice, twine and a star template (the size and shape of your choice personalizes this tutorial). The very first thing you'll want to do is decide on the shape and size of your star. Trace it onto the cardboard and cut. Note: My cardboard is white on one side and kraft on the other (as you will see throughout the images).


Once you have your star(s) cut out, you'll want to cut a piece of twin to use for your loop. I usually do a 7"-8" strand for my ornaments, but that can vary based on personal preferences. Make sure your glue gun is warmed up and ready to go to work, here is where the fun gets started. Now you'll want to place a small amount of glue on the tip of the star and ensure that each end of your twine is secure. You'll also want to put a dot of glue to place the yarn on before you start wrapping.

And now you wrap... there is no mathematical, scientific order or system to this {just the simple art of wrapping}


Just keep wrapping, going in different directions. This is the element of this ornament that makes each and everyone unique, with a rustic feel. No perfection is necessary here {yay!}. For the perfectionist in me, that's like a breath of fresh air {smile}. Now, when you get to the points, you'll want to be sure to use your glue gun -- placing glue on both side to ensure that the yarn cannot unravel. It's a little hard to see, but it is pictured above in the spotlighted section.
So, how is your wrapping coming along? Just keep wrapping...until the entire piece of cardboard is covered and it appears that that the star is balanced overall. While a perfect wrap isn't necessary, you don't want one side of the star much thicker than the other. As your wrapping, you can evaluate and adjust as necessary. However, once you glue a point, turning back is a little harder to do. As you near completion, wrap until you have the perfect spot to cut the yarn and inner twine it within the ornament. When that is determined, be sure to apply a dot of glue again to ensure it's secure.


Once you've completed that step -- VOILA! You have yourself a Yarn Wrapped Star Ornament. I love this yarn too. The color is called Aspen Tweed. I picked it up at Walmart and I'm in love with the color and texture. They’re not difficult to make and can be made in all different shapes, sizes and color. Add one to your gifts for a little extra touch of love. Happy Crafting!


Thanks so much Kelly!!Isn't that fabulous? Bet you can't guess what I'm going to be doing soon?!!!! Yep, making some star ornaments!!! Are you guys ready for something else that Kelly is graciously offering you guys? A GIVEAWAY!!


A bit of background on Kelly's shop...

House 129 was started in September 2011. The name of the store is inspired by our house number, which also happens to be our first home where my husband and I began our journey of marriage together. I {heart} symbolism, don't you just love when there's a special meaning behind a name, song, or souvenir.

She is giving away a $10 Store Credit!!!
(good on items only-not shipping)

You could buy yourself some of these...

Large Flat Birch Wood Ornaments (Set of 5)

or these...

Round Stitched Ornament/Gift Embellishment : Complete Set of 5

 or a couple of these cuties...

Felt Owl Ornament : Gray/Burgundy

Go check out the rest of her shop!


To enter, follow instructions via Rafflecopter below! Happy winning!





Lish

19 comments:

Chelsea said...

I LOVE the crotchet headbands set!!

lorraine said...

i love the flat birch ornaments :)

lisawith4 said...

I like the round stitched ornaments!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I really like the Mini Gift Tags. Red-White Polka Dot. Set of 6

Kaytee said...

I love the Round Stitched Ornament/Gift Embellishments!

Anonymous said...

I adore the vintage green yarn wrapped star. I also love the owl ornaments!
Trisha

Brandi said...

I love the round stitched ornaments!

Brandi said...

I love the round stitched ornaments!

Grace said...

I love this!!! http://www.etsy.com/listing/82171234/felt-owl-ornament-grayburgundy

Maegan Morin said...

I LOVE the adorable felt owls!! In blue and pink :D

megnate at telus dot net

ElfRenee said...

Love the owls!!

Melody said...

I love the Blue Felt Birds ornaments.

Aimee Lee said...

I love the flat wooden ornaments!

E. said...

My favourite item is the Felt Owl Ornament Gray/Burgundy!

karmakaytlyn said...

I have fallen in love with the Felt Owl Ornament : Blue/Green! Thanks so much for the AWESOME giveaway from karmakaytlyn@yahoo.com!

Marija said...

I love the felt old camera ornament!

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh my gosh -- all of her stuff is adorable, especially the felt pieces but that little owl is SO cute!

All Wired Up TOO said...

Love the Small Flat Birch Wood Ornaments!

Francesca said...

Thanks for the cute tutorial!