Have you ever been jealous of the mom who seems to be good at just about everything–including sewing? I have. No matter how hard I try, I’m just not a natural seamstress. The farthest my sewing skills take me is putting a button back on.
However, I’ve recently found a new passion that I’ve begun to enjoy very much–weaving. I’m constantly amazed at the countless things you can make and the vast variety of materials you can choose to work with. If you’re like me and you aren’t loving the whole needle and thread thing (or even if you do), then take a peek at these 5 trendy woven projects. Who knows? You might just discover a hidden talent!
Isn’t this Woven Circle Mat by A Beautiful Mess stunning? I’ll take 20 please!
Dress up a plain lawn chair with Henhouse‘s Woven Chair Tutorial. The new transformation is sure to be the talk of the block.
Okay, yes there isn’t a lot of weaving involved here, but for those who want something simple (and inexpensive) to spruce up a blank wall then check out I Spy DIY‘s Wall Hanging. It’s colorful. It’s fun. It’s bright. And I can’t think of a reason NOT to love it!
If you’re looking for something a little more natural, then call off the search because you’ve stumbled upon Free People‘s secret to DIY Branch Weaving.
Say Yes’ DIY Woven Necklace makes a stunning homemade birthday gift.
Give weaving a whirl! You never know, it could become your latest obsession.
We’re Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring, two friends and colleagues who live in opposite sides of the world who came together thanks to the internet, frequent flyer miles and Skype to forge a friendship and to work on projects that we love, like Decorate With Flowers. Below is one of our DIY projects from our book. It’s a quick, easy way to bring color to castoff jars and make your flowers appear as works of art.
How to Make Chalky Pastel Jam Jars
You will need:
- Recycled jam jars
- Latex paint in a variety of colors
- Smaller bottles to fit inside
- Hardware stores often sell small sample-size containers of latex paint. This is an inexpensive way to get a wide variety of colors for this project as you do not need much paint for each jar. Pour a small amount of paint into a clean glass jar.
- Coat the inside of the jar by tilting it to move the paint around as you cover the inside. Add more paint as needed.
- When the inside is fully coated carefully pour out any excess paint and wipe the rim and outside of the jar clean. Let dry. This may take a day or two.
- You cannot get the inside of your painted jars wet as the paint will peel off, so place smaller bottles inside to hold the water for your flowers.
Flowers used in this project:
- Garden rose
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Photos and project from Decorate With Flowers.