10.10.2011

Cloth Napkins

***UPDATE***
{ I now make my napkins one inch bigger and like them better this size. To make napkins that are 7 in. x 7 in. simply cut the rectangle 14 in. x 8 in., instead of 13 in. x 7 in.}

For the past year, my husband and I have tried to stop buying both paper towels and napkins. For the most part, this has been easy, but one bump I have run into is what to do when guests are over and cookies have just come out of the oven? I hate to dirty more dishes for just a cookie or two, so I decided to whip up these little cloth napkins. They couldn’t be easier to make and are are so cute I can hardly stand it!
Materials: 
- Fabric
- Thread 
*That’s it!


Instructions: 


3. Trim off excess fabric and then turn right side out.
4. Fold in extra fabric on the open side and sew around all four edges. 
5. Add extra stitching if desired. 



I am so excited to use these at our next gathering! I will just have to convince people that it is okay to get them dirty! =) 
*ATH*






10.01.2011

Lamp Globes Become Hanging Planters

When I first saw these three lamp globes thrown into a trash pile I, number one, was shocked that they were not broken, and number two, knew that I had to make something with them! I had remembered seeing a picture, a while back, of hanging bird feeders made with globes similar to these. I decided to take a spin off of that idea, but instead of making them into feeders, making them into planters!

Materials: 
  • Globes
  • Soil
  • Hanging Succulent (I used “String of Tears”)
  • Manila Rope
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flameless tealight candles
Instructions: 




  1. (Refer to image above) With joined knot at the bottom of the globe, hot glue rope 1 up each side of the globe and robe 2 straight up the back of the globe. 
  2. Bring all strings together at the top and tie them together, securing them in place. 
  3. After all strings are tied together, cut off the excess of string 2. 
  4. With the two remaining strings (rope 1) create a loop at the top to hang from a hook, or simply tie the globe to hang.
  5. Fill the bottom portion of the globe with soil and plant!
  6. (Optional) Place flameless tea light inside and watch them glow!

*For a visual of how to make these globes, check out my youtube video!



It is true that ones man's trash can be another man's treasure!
*ATH*