Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DIY: Burlap Bow Series Recap

I cannot believe my first little DIY series is over. Those twelve weeks seemed to fly past…

Thank you, so much, to those of you who have followed this little series so closely and have even taken time to offer your feedback about my little bow projects. It has meant so much to me to hear from all of you along the way. For those of you who may have joined us mid-way through the series or simply missed a tutorial at some point, I am posting a little recap today. Each tutorial is posted below in an image recap. To view the tutorial for each bow, simply click on the picture.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11
Part 12
Thank you, again, for following my burlap bow tutorial series. I hope you have found some of my tips to be useful for your own crafts, gift wrapping, or other DIY home projects.

Monday, December 30, 2013

DIY: 12 Ways to Make a Burlap Bow, Part 12

Good morning! This post will feature the final part of a 12-week DIY series that focuses on making burlap bows. As usual, I am joining the Creative Corner Hop blog link-up at Cherished Treasures, as are many talented do-it-yourselfers; be sure to hop on over and visit a few other creative projects there today!

Today's project will focus on this bow
You will need the following items to create this bow. Please note that I decided to use a thinner version of the white ribbon when I actually began making the bow. You could use this size as well, but I decided that a thin ribbon would fit my design better. The wider ribbon (1 inch) will serve the same purpose, so if that's all you have, it is fine!
 My bow is going to be an embellishment on a wreath, so I began with a plain burlap wreath.
I targeted the area in which I wanted to attach the bow and pushed the burlap aside to reveal the floral wire frame on which the wreath is built. Then, I pulled one strip of white ribbon underneath the center wire, as seen below. As previously mentioned, you could also use the wider ribbon at this point as well.
Use the wide burlap to begin creating a basic shoestring bow. Start with one fold over to create a single loop. Cinch the burlap ribbon securely across the center, leaving a tail approximately 4-6 inches in length.
Fold back again the opposite way to create the loop on the opposite side. Again, cinch the bow in the middle, just behind the previous fold. 
Lay the bow across the base, where you initially attached the white ribbon. Pull the ribbon around both sides of the bow, in the middle, and tie a secure knot.

 Trim the remaining ribbon to match the length of the first "tail."
Then, repeat this same process to make another shoestring bow with the chevron, wire-edge ribbon. Start with one fold over to create a single loop. Cinch the burlap ribbon securely across the center, leaving a tail approximately 4-6 inches in length.
Fold back again the opposite way to create the loop on the opposite side. Again, cinch the bow in the middle, just behind the previous fold. 
Lay the bow on top of the first burlap bow. Pull the same white ribbon around both sides of the bow, in the middle, and tie a secure knot.

Now, cut a short length of the chevron, wire-edge ribbon. 8-10 inches should be plenty, but it's always better to have to much ribbon and trim a bit than to not have enough, so judge this part according to the size of the wreath or other base to which you are attaching the bow. 
 Lay the ribbon strip over the center of the bow, covering the white ribbon in the center. Wrap the ribbon around both sides, and pull it through the wire frame beneath the bow.
Tie a simple knot on the back, behind the bow, to secure this center strip of fabric. This is what the back side of my wreath looks like, where I pulled the strip through the top and bottom spaces of the wire frame.
 This is what the front view of the finished bow will look like! Make sure you trim the length of the "tails" on the chevron bow to be slightly shorter than the larger bow behind it.
Here are a couple of additional shots of my finished bow and the full wreath.

If my tutorial hasn't been quite helpful enough for you, and you would like to simply purchase this bow or the wreath, both are now available in The Tally Tales Etsy store!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"Merry Christmas" from the Tally Household

Braxton would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very "Merry Christmas," from our home to yours.

Monday, December 23, 2013

DIY: 12 Ways to Make a Burlap Bow, Part 11

Good morning! This post will feature part 11 of a 12-week DIY series that focuses on making burlap bows. As usual, I am joining the Creative Corner Hop blog link-up at Cherished Treasures, as are many talented do-it-yourselfers; be sure to hop on over and visit a few other creative projects there today!

This is a beautiful bow design, but you'll probably be surprised by how easy it is to create! Today's project will focus on this bow
You only need three different ribbon styles for this bow: one basic wire-edged fabric ribbon, one burlap ribbon (preferably with a width measurement larger than the fabric ribbon), and one simple curling ribbon.

Use the wire-edged ribbon to wrap around the length of the box or other item to which you will attach the bow. Tie a secure knot in the center, as you can see in the picture below.
Using the curling ribbon, tie a single knot just beside the first knot created with the wire-edged ribbon.
Cinch the burlap ribbon securely across the center, leaving a tail approximately 4-6 inches in length.
Fold the burlap ribbon only once behind the first strip. Again, cinch it securely in the middle, and leave a tail that is approximately the same length as the first.
Lay this simple bow across the wire-edged ribbon on the package. Use the curling ribbon to tie a knot across the middle, where you were holding the bow.

 Use the wire-edged fabric ribbon to create a simple bow that will top the burlap. Start with one fold over. Leave a "tail," and cinch the ribbon in the middle. 
Fold back again the opposite way to create the loop on the opposite side. Again, cinch the bow in the middle, just behind the previous fold. 
Again, cut the ribbon to leave a tail that is approximately the same length as the first one. Lay this little bow on top of the burlap bow, and use the curling ribbon once again to tie a knot across the middle.
Use scissors to add a soft curl to the curling ribbon, and you are finished!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

On the Menu: Tasty Peanut Butter Treats

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite treats to make anytime, but especially during the holidays. At this time of year, there are so many occasions that call for food preparation, and these are quick, simple, but oh-so-tasty treats that I frequently prepare for holiday gatherings.
Everything about these little treats is simple, starting with the ingredients list. You only need a few items to make these candies! 
Ingredients:

Ritz crackers
Peanut butter
Vanilla Bark Coating
Sprinkles (or other sugar toping)
Obviously, my ingredients list lacks portion specifications; as you follow the instructions, you will see that the portions simply depend upon how much you want to make. I usually start with one package of vanilla bark coating, and I make as many of candies I can with that package. Typically, one package will make a batch of approximately 35 of these treats. 

Directions:
Prepare peanut butter and crackers! 

Melt vanilla bark coating as directed on the package. Most often, the microwave instructions require that you heat the entire package for 90 seconds, stir well, and then continue heating and stirring at 15-second intervals until the coating reaches a smooth, liquid consistency.

Now, simply dip the peanut butter crackers into the coating. To make this really easy on yourself (and to cut back on the mess), use kitchen serving tongs to dip the crackers.
Place the coated crackers onto wax paper.
Before the bark coating hardens, decorate the crackers with sprinkles or other sugar topping.
Allow the bark coating to completely harden before transferring these treats onto a serving tray or container. This usually takes no more than 15-20 minutes, and if you are in a hurry, you can even stick them in the refrigerator to speed up the process a bit.

These make terrific holiday favors as well if you just need a little something to give. Simply place a couple of finished treats in a decorative baking cup and wrap in a clear plastic gift bag!