Tassel Keychain DIY

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This past weekend I hosted The Crafty Social here in southwest Louisiana. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot and will post all about it soon. There were two projects that I created patterns for specifically for the event, and now I can share them starting with this Tassel Keychain DIY. It takes only a few items to create and would be a great project for a group to do together or to create to give as gifts (Christmas isn’t that far away!). I have mine on my keys and love how it doesn’t add a lot of extra weight but adds bulk so I can find my keys easier in my purse. -As always, make sure to read all the directions before making.-

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What you will need:

  • Roughly 37 yards of size 3 crochet thread
  • Ruler
  • Keychain
  • Two 1″ (25mm) wood round beads
  • Tapestry needle or plastic yarn needle
  • Cardboard/cardstock cut into a 4″x6″ size
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Glue

Tassel Keychain DIY
First you will need to cut two pieces from your thread that will be used later. One piece should be about 36″ long and the other 24″ long.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Leaving a small tail of thread off the cardstock, take the rest of the thread and begin to wrap it around long ways. If your paper isn’t very sturdy, you will have to make sure to keep it flat while wrapping.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Once you have wrapped all the yarn, make sure the two thread ends are on the same side.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take the 36″ long piece of thread and string through the top loop which is opposite of the thread ends. Center the thread and tie two to three knots as tight as you can.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Cut through the other end loops now.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Use the 24″ piece of thread to tie around all the thread about 1″ down from where the loops are.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Loop thread around two more times and knot off. For extra hold, you can add glue to the knot at the end of the project.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Trim off the bottom of the tassel so all the strands are the same length.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Thread the needle with both pieces of the 36″ thread that you had tied at the top.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take needle and thread through both wooden beads.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Then take needle and go around the keychain two times.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Next, take needle back down through the two beads. You will have to pull the top thread a little by little to make sure it is all tight and there isn’t much slack.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Take one piece of thread out of needle and thread the other through the top loops.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Tie the two strands together so the thread will not unravel.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Make sure it is knotted as close and tight to underneath the bead as possible so it won’t show.

Tassel Keychain DIY
Knot it at least two more times and then trim the excess. You can also add some glue to those knots for extra strength. Now you have a beautiful tassel keychain. Share you pics of ones that you make on social media using hashtag #happytogetherbyjess

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Modern Classroom Decor

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This summer I was hired by a friend to help her create modern classroom decor and it was a fun challenge. She was really drawn to Scandinavian and farmhouse design, so we did a mixture of that style inside her classroom. I also got to design her hallway bulletin board. I used my Cricut Explore to cut out all the shapes from card stock and the names from vinyl. The background is a fabric from Hobby Lobby and the trim is actually gold streamers. We like to think outside the box haha.

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To pull from the Scandinavian style, we used a lot of light raw wood. I edged out the white board with wood (inspired from this Fixer Upper classroom makeover) which was really easy to do. It’s a small thing, but makes an impact. It can always be stained or painted later very easily.

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We stuck with black and gold for metal accessories in the room. This industrial curtain rod is from Target (it’s this one but in black, they aren’t showing it right now) and the curtains were some I had from our old house. I always keep certain household decor items around because you never know when they might come in handy.

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I helped pick out the above accessories from a few places. The light and watering can are from Target, the letter board was from Amazon (but Hobby Lobby now carries them…hello 40% off coupon!), the plant stand is from Wayfair, and the plant is from Home Depot.

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My friend really wanted a modern pegboard as well, so I made two small ones out of 2’x4′ piece of plywood (it was either 3/4″ thick or 1″). I thought it would be hard to make them, but once I drew out a template, it took hardly no time to drill holes and cut down dowels to fit. We placed these where a bulletin board used to be. To add another place to write things, we simply stuck a 2’x4′ chalkboard board from Home Depot in the middle. One of her friends did a great job doing the lettering on it. As the year goes on, she will be able to switch things around and add items as needed. The side pendants were another item someone had gifted me and they fit here perfectly. They were from a light kit from Ikea. The metal brackets they hang on are from Lowes.

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The last bigger project I made was this cute little reading “house” simply made from 2″x2″‘s. I looked at a few similar tutorials online and tweaked it to fit what she needed. Most tutorials are for actual bed frames and we didn’t need all of that. I screwed all the pieces together so she can easily unscrew it all and remove it if she switches classrooms next year. The pillows and cushions are from Urban Outfitters.

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I helped her pick out this rug from Urban Outfitters (even though we really wanted the sold out plus sign one since she loves math), but she also has brought in other things that show her style and things that are purposeful to her teaching. It’s all very organized and so inviting!

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All of the kids who were around while we were putting it all together just loved her room! They all said it was their favorite and they didn’t want to leave it :) I think a big part of that is her though, as she is so loving and kind to all the children she is around. I learned a lot from this experience and yet again, it gives me more understanding of a different career. It was a lot of work putting a classroom together from scratch and then to add all the lesson planning and everything else a teacher has to do is a lot. Thank you teachers for all the thought and preparation you do for teaching our kiddos. We will never even know the full extent of it, but us parents are so grateful. It makes a world of difference to us all. -jess

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The Crafty Social: A Fall Inspired DIY Workshop


In a previous post I mentioned about how I was in the middle of preparing for this event. It is time I can finally announce The Crafty Social! It is a fall inspired DIY workshop that I am hosting here in southwest Louisiana through the Women’s Ministry at my church. It will consist of four DIY projects (all supplies included except for scissors and no crafting experience necessary!), snacks, and giveaways.  If you are local, you can register here. If you are not local, you can still participate and purchase the limited edition t-shirt and wait for the DIY posts that I will share mid October covering a few of the projects so you can make them at home. The above video is a closer look at all the projects. Clark Miller of Zoe Photography helped bring my vision to reality for that. It turned out so good!

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The first campaign for this t-shirt will be open until Monday, September 11, for orders. This allows for those who want to receive it before the event to get it in time. As soon as it is over, I will start another campaign for it though. That one will be open for orders until October 9th. There are a few color options available. Below are the four projects that we will make together. A few of them have color options that you will be able to choose from when you register. The first is these cute pumpkin mason jars. I made four, but there are six colors to pick from.

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The second project will be this tassel key chain.

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The third will be pinback buttons. Each participant will create three (one being The Crafty Social collectors pin and the other two being selected during the event).

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The fourth and final project will be this fall felt banner. There are three color options available for this project.

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I do hope you can join me for The Crafty Social 2017 DIY Workshop. And if not, I hope you consider purchasing a limited edition t-shirt and then coming back to check out the tutorials later in October. Be following along on social media #thecraftysocialworkshop -jess

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Corbel Wall Lamp DIY

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I love when a project turns out even better than what I was hoping for! That is what happened with this corbel wall lamp diy. Miss E’s room has been mostly done for a while, but she’s needed some type of lighting for reading at night. I was on instagram and saw these wall lamps in someone’s foyer, and I instantly remembered these bookends I had bought at Magnolia last year. I just bought them because I thought they were pretty but then didn’t know where to put them. Lo and behold, they were the perfect thing to make these with! And good news! No electrical knowledge needed ;)

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To make your own you will need:

  • Corbel (I used these corbel bookends)
  • Lampshade that is size appropriate for corbel (I used these lampshades)
  • Mason Jar Lamp Adapter (small mouth/wide mouth…. use the size that would look best on the corbel you use. I used the small mouth ones)
  • Strong Adhesive (I used E6000)
  • Optional: Spray paint and cord cover (you can easily make a diy cord cover like I did too)
  • Hanging hardware of your choice
  • Tools: staple gun and tools necessary to attach hanging hardware you chose

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First do any preparation to the corbel that is needed. If you are using antique ones, you might need to clean it up, repaint, etc. Since these were technically bookends, I had to scrape off the black things, sand it down, and change where the hanging hardware went.

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This next step is optional, but I wanted to spray paint the top of the lamp adapter a bronze color (I used this). To make sure the cord didn’t get any paint on it, I covered it with a plastic bag and taped it in place. I also taped over the on/off switch and put a paper towel in the top to protect the light bulb socket.

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Once the paint dries, glue on the lamp adapter. Make sure to try it in place with the lampshade first though. You want to make sure that the lampshade won’t hit the wall when it’s in on. When the glue has dried, you can use a staple gun and secure the cord down in a few places. If you would like to add a cord cover you can find them already made or you can make your own. I just used burlap ribbon with metal in the edges. I hand sewed it together over the cord and then scrunched it up. The metal edging keeps it in place so it keeps that scrunched up look.

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I am so impressed with the finished product and it didn’t take long at all. Let me know if you make one. I would love to see one of these made with different types of corbels. Share on social media using #happytogetherbyjess Happy creating! -jess

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Recent Publications

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We are currently at home watching Hurricane Harvey come through. Thankfully we are safe, but we are a little anxious watching all of our friends and others who are being affected by it. We are continuing to pray for all who are down here that need help and for all those who are helping. Since we are stuck inside for a while, I decided to catch up on some things. I’m currently in the middle of planning a diy workshop (!!!!! will share more on that next week for anyone who might want to attend it here in southwest Louisiana) and working on getting some things blogged that have been sitting on my camera for months, like these publications. Back in November, Happy Together was one of the blogs featured in the Artful Blogging magazine. It was volume 10, issue 4 which was out through January. My favorite part was showing my girls that they were in a magazine! I loved the pictures they chose to use and I wrote an article about one of my favorite parts of blogging, community. If you didn’t get a chance to get one when it was out, you can still order it here.

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I also had three projects published in the book Mom Crafts, which came out in the spring. It’s full of diy crafts for the expectant mom. I was able to create three that focused on the momma: a lavender eye pillow for those tired eyes, a modern nursing bag to carry around that baby stuff in style, and an infinity nursing scarf that doubles as a nursing cape and a fashion accessory. If you happen to grab the book and make any of these projects, please share! I would love to see what you create. -jess

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