Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I love having a wreath on our front door. It adds so much! Especially for us since our front yard has no landscaping yet ;) I had bought a gorgeous dried floral wreath and sadly it did not do well with the few hours of sun it gets before night time. I thought maybe it might make it since it’s not in direct sun for too long but I was wrong. I learned my lesson. I’m sticking with faux wreaths for now since they will last quite a bit longer before they fade away. To rectify the situation, I went to the store and decided to make a magnolia wreath diy.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess To make your own you will need:

  • Magnolia leave stems (I bought five at Michaels and ended up using only four; I happened to get them on sale for 50% off!)
  • Grapevine wreath (I reused one that I had torn everything off of already, but you can find these for less at thrift stores or at local craft stores)
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by breaking down the stems into smaller bunches.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
To create a more natural look, you can turn some of the leaves around so you can see the back as well. I have seen faux magnolia stems be all green, so you might not need or want to do this. I liked the look and felt it added more visual interest to the wreath.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by placing one stem in the grapevine wreath. Glue the bottom in place and at other spots where the stem is lying flat on the wreath so it will stay in place.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Continue adding more stems on top of the previous ones. Glue one in place at a time. I also found I had to bend the stems at times to make them more curved to fit the wreath’s direction.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Your last stem will be tucked underneath the very first one. From the front, flat on the ground, I liked how the wreath looked, but once I held it up there were some spaces I wanted to fill in.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
If you feel the same way, take some individual leaves and glue them in the bare spots.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I also decided to glue down more leaves because we get a ton of very strong winds out here and I didn’t want the leaves blowing off. It made for a flatter wreath, but I wanted that security.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess It now lives on my front door and I’m hoping it will make it through the summer. This is truly a simple and easy project and would be fun to make together on a craft night with friends. -jess

Wood Vase Holder DIY

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
I love sewing, crocheting, and all, but you all know how I like to create with all kinds of things so today I’m sharing this wood vase holder diy. A few weeks ago I saw something kind of like this but it was made from metal. I really liked how it looked but also figured I could make something with that same concept but for a lot less money. I was right! I made this out of wood and since I had almost all the supplies already it didn’t cost anywhere near the amount of the metal one. I liked how simple this was to make using minimal tools.

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You can see two different types of vases I had on hand that fit in it. It’s a generous size but you could always change the sizes of the wood pieces to suit a specific vase you want whether it be smaller, larger, wider, or not so wide. Here is your supply list to create your own wood vase holder diy:

  • 2 pieces of 3/4 x 36 poplar square for the legs and top joining pieces
  • Wood for the base (I used a 1×8 scrap piece I had. just make sure it is at least 3/4″ thick and 5.5″ wide)
  • Four 3/4″ x 1/2″ corner braces with screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Paint brush
  • Wood stain
  • Polycrylic finish
  • Lint free cloth
  • Ruler
  • Saw (I used a chop saw but also used a hand saw to cut off the ends of two smaller pieces I cut too long)
  • Drill and bit that the screws you use will need

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
First make your wood cuts. From the two pieces of poplar cut the following lengths: four that are 12″ long, two that are 5.5″ long, and two that are 4″ long. From your wood for your base cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece. Sand all of the pieces, especially focusing on any rough spots.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Next, grab your corner braces and prepare to put them on.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Take your 12″ pieces of poplar and screw on each brace so that the top is 4″ from the bottom. Repeat for all four pieces.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take a leg with the brace and place on the corner of the base. Screw in place. Repeat for all four sides making sure that the legs are in the correct place on each end.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
It was a little difficult to get the last leg on, so if you leave the leg screws a little loose on the base you can turn them to make more room for your drill if necessary. Then go back and tighten them once they are all in place. You might also find it best not to screw the screws in too tightly as it can make the legs warp a little bit at the top.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take the smaller pieces and place them on the appropriate sides. I put a little bit of wood glue on the ends of the piece and then clamped them in place one at a time. I would put one in place and go about my day and the next time I got in the car I would switch and do another piece. The wood glue holds these in place super good so no need for screws or nails on these unless you want to do that.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Some people skip doing this but I like to use a pre-stain wood conditioner. It helps the wood soak up the stain more evenly. I applied it with a paint brush and then wiped off the extra with an old t-shirt. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
After the conditioner has set for the amount allotted on the can, apply your stain of choice. I used this Early American color stain. I applied one coat using a paint brush, let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then wiped off any excess. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Once the stain is completely dry you can apply a polycrylic finish. I applied one coat with a paint brush. (Make sure to wash your brush after.) This will protect the wood from any water that might spill onto it.

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Let it dry and then it’s ready to hold a vase full of flowers. A great mother’s day gift idea since that is very soon ;). Make sure to share your happy together projects on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tag me too :)  Have fun creating! -jess

Bunny Bags DIY

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together Spring time brings to mind all the cute adorable animals that are being born. You know, bunnies, lambs, etc. We are getting ready to add some little bunnies to our family soon so my girls are all about the little furry guys right now. With their love for rabbits and it being spring time and Easter soon, I whipped up some cute bunny bags and want to share them with you. They are really easy to make and would make a cute little way to share small gifts. Enjoy this bunny bags diy!

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together You will need:

  • Small burlap or fabric bags (I found these in the dollar section at Target)
  • Felt or leather for the ears
  • Optional: Fabric to go on ears
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Yarn
  • Optional: Sewing machine/supplies

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Start by making ears from your felt or leather. Since each bag will be different, make the ears the size you like. I suggest making a pattern with paper and using that as a template.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
If you like, cut out a smaller piece of fabric and put it on the middle of the ears. You can glue this part on if you like or sew it on like I did.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Then take your hot glue gun and glue the ears on the inside of one side of the bag.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Create little fuzz ball tails by making yarn pom poms. Simply start by wrapping the yarn around a few fingers.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Keep wrapping until you have a pretty good amount. The more yarn you use the tighter the tail will look.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Cut a piece of yarn about 12″ long. Gently take the yarn bundle off of your fingers being careful to keep it intact. Wrap the extra piece of yarn around the center and tie together.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Next, take your scissors and cut through each loop of yarn on the sides. Then trim around the yarn ends until it is all even and fluffy looking.

Bunny Bags DIY | happy together
Glue the little tails on and you are done.

Can’t wait to share with you the real bunnies we will get soon! Happy crafting! -jess

 

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Any vintage tin collectors out there? I admit I love to snag them up when I see them at thrift or antique stores with the hope to make them into a candle, a planter for succulents, or something like that. But the other day I decided this one should turn into a recipe box! So here is a vintage tin recipe box diy in case you might be interested in making one as well.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
{Having a hard time finding a cool old tin? Search around online at Etsy for some great choices of vintage tins.} I would suggest using a size tin that is similar to that of a regular recipe box.  That way it’s easy to find ready made recipe cards and such to fit into it. If not, you can always make your own like I did. Start by gathering your tin, a strong glue (I used e600 which is a super strong kind), and a metal label holder with bards. I found these label holders in the scrapbook section but also saw some in the wood section at a local craft store.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Put glue on the label holder just on the bottom and side edges.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Place it on the tin where you would like it to be. I ended up using a clamp and clothespin for extra help holding it in place while it dried.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
Cut the prongs off of the bards and glue them in the holes of the label maker.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
To create the front label I simply cut a small piece of cardstock that would fit and used small letter rubber stamps to create the word “recipes”.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
You can find these stamp sets at craft stores and even in the dollar section at Target. I love having them on hand as they add a little extra character to different projects.

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Now my tin was a little too small for the pre-made recipe cards I found at a store. I could have tried to find a customizable type online and printed them, but I simply used 3×5 note cards as they fit perfectly. I found these stickers in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby. They fold over to create a tab on top of the cards.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
I used my stamps again to create the words on the tabs. You can make as many different sections as you like.

Vintage Tin Recipe Box DIY | happy together
This vintage tin recipe box diy is a simple project and takes very little time to create. I think it came out really cute and think it would be a cute little house warming gift too. Share if you make one :) #happytogetherbyjess

-jess

Free Heart Animals Pattern

Free Heart Animals Pattern | happy together
Here is a free heart animals pattern for you to use in honor of Valentines Day, which is so close! Of course, these heart animals are for any time of the year really, but are inspired by this love filled holiday.

Free Heart Animals Pattern | happy together
I picked some of my children’s favorite animals to create: a fox, cat, lamb, owl, and deer. They are an easy sew and if you have scrap fabrics these are a great project to use them on. To create your own heart animals, you will need the following:

  • Fabric (scraps or a fat quarter for each)
  • Felt or Other None Fraying Fabrics (like leather/faux leather, fleece, iron on vinyl, etc) for faces, noses, and ears.
  • Safety Eyes (or use felt circles or embroidery if these are for younger children)
  • Glue, Felt Scraps, Seam Ripper, and Marker (if using safety eyes)
  • Embroidery Thread and Needle
  • Stuffing
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Iron
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Free Heart Animals Pattern PDF Download

Free Heart Animals Pattern | happy together
Start by cutting out your pattern and using that to cut out the pieces from your chosen materials. The pattern pieces have how many of each you will need to cut. As you can see I used all kinds of stuff I had on hand. I use mostly cottons for the body but did use a linen fabric on the owl. I used acrylic felt mostly for faces and ears, but also used wool felt, fleece, faux leather from a purse I had cut up, and iron on vinyl.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Iron your main heart fabric. If you need to iron felt, I suggest placing fabric on top of it before pressing. Then place the heart face on top middle of a heart body piece and sew in place.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
If you are using iron on vinyl, you can iron that on now.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Sew on the nose.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
If your animal has ears, place them where you would like them.

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Then fold them down and pin in place. Sew very close to the edge just to keep them in place.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Note: If you are making a deer, you will need to pinch the rounded bottom and sew in place.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Now place your eyes on. You can sew on felt circles or embroider eyes if this is for a little one. Other wise, add the safety eyes. Mark where they are to go.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Use a seam ripper to cut just enough of an opening for the eyes to go through. On the back, add some glue around the opening.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Cut a small piece of felt and cut a slit in the middle. Place the eye piece through the felt and let the glue dry this in place. Add the plastic eye backing. Note: I have used safety eyes a lot and find adding the glue and felt helps keep it even more secure.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Next embroider on any features you would like to add such as a mouth, eye lashes, whiskers, etc.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Take the face……

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together and place the heart back on top, right sides facing, and pin in place. I suggest doing it with the eyes up as it’s easier to sew and remove pins this way.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Sew all around the heart (1/4″ seam allowance, which is included in pattern) except to leave a small opening big enough to turn the heart right side out.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Trim notches around the curves of the heart shape.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Turn right side out and push at seams to make sure it is all out.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Fill the heart animal with stuffing until desired size is achieved.

Free Pattern: Heart Animals | happy together
Hand sew the opening shut.

Free Heart Animals Pattern | happy together
Now you have a cute little heart animal! I hope you enjoy this free heart animals pattern. Share pics on the Happy Together facebook page or use #happytogetherbyjess on social media to share your creation.

-jess