Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The holiday season is right around the corner. When it comes to gift giving I have always kept it simple and homemade. When my children were little they would help me make cookies and homemade breads. We would put together gift baskets filled with homemade delights from the kitchen and the craft room. Every year we had a huge Christmas party at our house. The house was decorated and filled with friends and family. When it came to gift giving time we would all exchange gifts. We were all like- minded so the gifts were all homemade and vintage yard sale finds. I guess my point is that gifts from your hands are always best.
I will show you how I made a shabby chic tag, (I know I did tags on here before), it is not so much the tag but the rosettes I put on them. You can make simple fabric rosettes add them to objects and they make great gifts. Tae the tag I will show you add it to a bottle of wine for a hostess gift, you can also use them as jacket pins. I have made lots of them in the past, and given them away. I also made shabby chick hanging sap buckets they were super easy.
Anyway here is how to make the little simple rosette that you can add to anything to give it a special touch.
Step 1 – Cut your fabric strip. Now this all depends on what size rosette you need for your project. The ones here are 1” X 22”. After I cut that size out I then cut the strip into 4 equal lengths. So now you have 4 pieces of fabric. If you want to make larger rosettes you will increase the size of your fabric strip.
Step 3 – Thread your needle with heavy duty thread. (Carpet and button thread works great for this). If you use regular sewing thread, you run the risk of your thread snapping when you gather the fabric strip. Knot one end of your thread and use a running stitch down the length of the fabric strip. When you get to the end of the strip pull your thread tight and the fabric strip will gather. Bring the two ends together in a tight circle and tack them together wand then not off your thread and clip. You now have a tiny fabric rosette.
Step 3 – Pick a center for your flower. You can use a button a rhinestone anything that you feel looks good. I used a metal brad. They were the perfect size. You can make another a little larger and stack the two on top of each other for more dimensions.
Step 4 – Now for the tag. I used plain shipping tags. You can buy these at craft stores in the scrap booking section, but you can also buy them at Office Depot or Staples for half the money and they come in two different sizes. I used Tim Holtz Distress ink and an ink pad. I have an ink pad holder, but if you don’t want to get one you can use a makeup sponge. Take your ink and lightly start from the edges in a circular motion and apply the ink to the blank tag. Keep the outside edges darker and the inside part lighter. Make sure you ink the back also, it makes it look neater.
Step 5 – Your tag is inked now all you have to do is add your rosettes and any other embellishment you want. I added a piece of lace. The lace was to white for what I wanted so I went over it with Tim Holtz Distress Ink. I used white craft glue in the gold bottle. That is it. You have a great tag to add to a gift.
Step 6 – Sap Buckets - You can find these in vintage and antique stores and they make reproduction ones you can find in home décor stores. Paint the bucket any color you want. I spray painted the black one and with flat black and the off white one I just used acrylic craft paint. After they are dry you can embellish any way you choose. I wrapped them with burlap, (I spray painted the burlap on the black bucket with flat white paint). Then I added my rosettes. The ones on the buckets have 3 and 2 tiers to them. I used a button for the center and glued it on. Then I glued the rosette to the burlap and that was it. I love the look.
You can make a gift of a jar candle into something special by wrapping the jar with fabric, just big enough to cover the label. Then tack it on with a bit of glue. Make a contrasting rosette and make a matching tag. Make cookies, wrap in cling wrap, now wrap in a piece of fabric. Now add one of these tags and it makes your cookies look like a work of art. The list goes on and on.
These rosettes are so easy to make. The ones I made for the shabby chic tags took me five min to make four, they add a homemade touch to all your gift giving.
Gifts from your hands will always touch their hearts. That is what it is all about. As always if you have any questions please give me a shout. Enjoy, Faith
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