I have half of the dynamic duo from At the Picket Fence today and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Heather and Vanessa are the sibling duo who create and blog about their beautiful homes and share scrumptuous recipes! I’m honored to have Vanessa here today to share this brilliant Ballard Designs knock off project.
Hi there! I’m Vanessa from the blog At the Picket Fence and I’m so thrilled to be visiting here today! Brittany’s kinda my hero and is helping me find the courage to tackle more DIY projects. Come 2014 my house isn’t gonna know what hit it! At this time of the year more than ever, being frugal is the name of the game and I love to try and come up with creative gift giving ideas for friends and family. Today I’m sharing with you a so simple, no-sew project!
I just love me some Ballard Designs. Don’t you? But, their prices don’t love me back. So, I have to resort to knocking them off. That always sounds so wrong doesn’t it? Kinda has a Bonnie and Clyde ring to it. I’m just going to think of it as imitation being the sincerest form of flattery! This is my version of their hanging ornament table runner from last year and just to prove how very très frugal this really is, here’s the cost difference:
Theirs ~$79.00 …….. Mine ~ $15.00
- Drop cloth cut to size of runner you want (don’t wash the drop cloth first!)
- Fabric squares or remnants in color/patterns of choice
- Ribbon in coordinating color
- Glitter Paint writer in color of your choice
Step 1 ~ Using whatever you can find that works, cut out your desired ornament shapes. I was trying to do my best to imitate the Ballard version so I went with round for two of them and used a glass to trace the circles (’cause I really stink at doing shapes freehand.) Oh and be sure to use a really dull pencil over and over again before finally going in search of one that is sharpened! It adds to the whole “tortured crafter” thing.
Step 2 ~ Once you have your shapes cut out, place them on the drop cloth runner and then use No-Sew/craft glue to attach.
Step 3 ~ Cut twine to desired length (they should all line up at the top) and put a knot at the bottom where it attaches to the fabric ornament. Glue twine in place.
Step 4 ~ Use the ribbon to cover up the top of the twine pieces and attach with the No-Sew glue or craft glue.
Step 5 ~ Finish off the edges of the ornaments with glitter paint.
Step 6 ~ Stand back and admire your handiwork and then take it off the table before your children can cover it with crumbs.
All that’s left now is to wrap it up and put it under the tree! What about you? Do you like to give handmade gifts for Christmas? Here’s another idea you might like. This is my Homemade Vanilla Extract and re-purposed Pringles chip container gift packaging!
Thanks again to Brittany for letting me hang out over here with all of you today and I hope you will stop over and visit me sometime At the Picket Fence!
Oh my goodness, this is the last day of the Très Frugal DIY Gift Idea series. I cannot thank you enough for coming along for the journey. And a huge thank you to all my creative blogging friends who contributed their creative gift ideas. If you missed any of the tutorials, here’s the round up: