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DIY Festive July 4th – Red, White and Blue Tassel Anklet – Kids, Teens & Adults

By on June 1, 2017
DIY July 4th Tassel Anklet

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The Fourth of July is only a month away!   To celebrate Independence Day I have a super fun and fashionable red, white and blue tassel anklet.  These tassel anklets are a fun project to do with friends and family on or before July 4th.  It is truly so simple that kids, teens and adults will enjoy creating these Red, White and Blue tassel anklet to wear.

Materials:

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Silver Beads

Stretch Magic Cord

Red, White and Blue Embroidery Thread

Fork 

Scissors 

 

Steps:

 

1. Measure the length you want your anklet to be by simply wrapping it around your ankle and adding an extra 1-2inches.  Remember the tread we are using is stretchy so you will not need to leave a lot of room but you will not want it tight either.  We wanted a double strand of beads so we measured around the ankle twice.  Add any amount of strands you want.

2. Start beading the tread you have cut for your anklet.  To make it easy, I always take a bead and knot it on the very end.  It keeps the beads from trying to fall off while you are threading them.

3. Continue beading until the measured thread is full.

4. Take both ends of the thread and knot them together in a triple knot.

5.  Make Tassels.  Here is where the fork comes in.  Tassels are so fun to add to jewelry.  Follow these simple task to make your tassels.  We personally made six tassels for our anklet, 2 red, 2 blue and 2 white.  You can add as many as you would like.

  1. Use the fork to wrap the thread around to make the base of the tassels.  We wrapped the thread around about 15 times.
  2. Then use the stretch thread (about 3 inches) to tie (triple knot) only one side of the wrapped thread together.
  3. You will have a tied round bunch of thread.
  4. For easier management of the string, take the top stretchy knot and slide it onto the fork.
  5. Take the embroidery thread and knot it around one strand of the round bunch, preferable towards the top by the fork.
  6. Start wrapping the tread around several times tightly to secure the top of the tassel.  Once you have wrapped it several times secure it with a knot and trim the remaining string.
  7. Now it is time to cut the bottom thread loops into order to achieve the tassel.
  8. Trim the tassel ends evenly.

Ta-da, now you can make simple tassels.

 

6.  Now that you have all your tassels ready, take the large beaded strand and fold/twist it to make two even circles(strands).  If you chose more then a double looped ankle you would fold/twist it more times.  Next, take one of the tassels and tie (triple knot) the loops together.  I did this with the white tassels on both sides.

7.  Finish by adding the other colors to the anklet to make whatever pattern you desire and trimming the extra thread from the tassel ties.  When finished you have an amazing July 4th anklet to wear!

 

I absolutely LOVE how this anklet turned out.  It’s so stylish that kids and adults will want to wear it. My 11 year old actually made the bracelet and I gladly took the photos.  That should tell you how simple this bracelet it to make.  What a fun activity for the kids while celebrating Independence Day.

XOXO

Karis

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Simple, Inexpensive, Stunning & Customizable DIY Chandelier

By on May 25, 2017

When we bought our home there was a large closet that I knew had great potential to be converted to a small work area.  However, we piled all my craft boxes in there and shut the door.  Obviously, we had greater items that needed attention before a closet.

Recently I decided it was time to tackle the closet.  Like every project I start, it takes way more time than I originally figure.  Starting a project the last few weeks of the school year is certainly not the brightest idea.  Let’s face it, May, August and December are crazy when you have school age kids.  Every year I think, “This isn’t my first rodeo!  I will be prepared, and something always sneaks in and sends my for a loop.”

While, I am so excited to give you a tour of my new office space, it will have to wait.  There are still several items I want completed before I share the whole room.  I have decided to share one excited feature from my office that I created to tease you while you wait for the full tiny office reveal.

Simple – Customizable DIY Chandelier

My little closet area didn’t actually have ceiling light.  You will have to stick around to see the original photos of what the closet actually was, but it did have a light switch and a wall plug controlled by the switch.  To make my life easy I decided to work with what we had.

I made this fabulous chandelier by only purchasing one item.

Chandelier Material:

Finished Fabric Chandelier

 

  • Purchased Item – Pendant Light Kit 
  • Wire and Plires (from the hubby’s shop)
  • 3 Embroidery Hoops I used 2- 10 inch hoops and 1- 9 inch hoop.  (That is what I had without having to purchase any hoops.  You can easily use all the same size or all different sizes.)
  • Fabric Scraps (customizable to any color) – cut into strips

Super simple list of material if you ask me!

Step ONE:

 

First, decide what size you would like your new custom chandelier to be.  My little craft area has low ceilings so I only used three hoops and spaced them 4 inches apart.  Remember, this is your chandelier.  You make it how you want!  Use larger hoops or add a tier, make it yours.

Once you have the size you will use the wire to stabilize each tier.  I simply wrapped the wire several times around each hoop to secure.

Step TWO:

Next, you will take all your thin fabric strips and start wrapping and weaving them around your embroidery hoops.  Simply knot each piece of fabric together, that is what will give the chandelier its charm at the end.  I specifically worked hard not to create a pattern.  Sometimes I looped one strip of fabric all the way down and other times I only went half way and then back up.  Continue wrapping several times around the whole chandelier.

It will look like this:

 

Step THREE:

Finally, follow the directions of the pendant light kit and stabilize your light.  It’s super simple.  I actually used more of the wire at the top of the chandelier to help stabilize the pendant light.  It worked like a charm and the final produced looks amazing.

 

This chandelier cost me about $12 which was the cost of the pendant light kit.  I actually had all the other materials in my craft closet.  I LOVE this light.  As you can see, it is 100% customizable.  I can imagine how amazing this would be, much bigger and wrapped in different shades of burlap!  Or, use your baby’s nursery colors and hang this lamp over the rocking chair.  Maybe even create a smaller version and have it hanging as a bedside light.  The ideas are endless, don’t be afraid to try this simple, inexpensive, customizable chandelier out.  You might find you have several uses for them.

To see other lighting from Nitty-Gritty Roots visit the links below.

DIY Farmhouse Chandelier

DIY Pretty Pendant Light

 

XOXO

Karis

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Last Minute Teacher Gifts – “Berry” Best Year

By on May 11, 2017

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Hello!  Guys, it’s May!  May is much like the month of December in our house except there is not Christmas Day celebration.  It’s more like a marathon race to finish the school year strong.  So, I will admit I wanted to throw in the towel over the weekend.  My kids were working on last book projects, studying for final exams, we were signing permission slips and adding dates to the calendar.  All the time while I am giving myself a motivational speech about finishing strong.

 

It’s no surprise but I truly adore my kids teachers.  Every man and women who have poured amazing life, love and support into my kids for nine months deserves praise.  These people have instructed, hugged, loved, disciplined, encouraged, and prayed over my kids and I could never repay them for the amazing job they have done.  Teachers are precious jewels!  It’s a hard job and I am seriously thankful God has called people to be teachers, especially my kids teachers.

 

Over the last week I have been working on a few teachers gifts that I am excited to share with each of you.  This first gift is supper cute and screams summer.  Here is a photo of the supplies I used.

As you can see, it requires only 4 items and one of the items I have a free printable right here on this page for you.

Supplies:

1.  Tag – link here –> Teacher Gifts Berry

2. Soap  – I found mine at world market but here is a cute soap you could use.

3.  Basket Filler – I used some left over from Easter like this.

4.  A Strawberry Pint –  I found mine on sale for about                                                                                  $3 but you can order these super cute ones here.

You take those 4 items and in about 5 minutes you have this great teachers gift.

 

How cute is this gift?  I love it!  It’s bright and cheery.  Above all, its supper simple and the perfect way to show all those teachers that we care.

I know it seems like just yesterday we were preparing for the first day of the school year.  Now it’s time to dig deep and finish strong.  Yes, I’m giving myself my own pep talk.  Lets pray I remember to send all the money that’s needed, sign all the forms for the final field trips and remember what day is the last day of school.  Certainly, we can all finish this year strong.  Worry less because now you have the perfect teacher gift!

 

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5 Ways to Decorate for Spring with Tulips.

By on March 3, 2017

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SPRING, it’s a beautiful thing!!  I love the quote “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”  The funny (maybe it’s sad) thing is, Texas winters are honestly not horrible but oh how I long for spring.  Spring has a fresh, new feeling.  It seems that my body wakes up again and the winter fog has been lifted.  The mornings and evenings are crisp and cool.  Afternoons, are delightful!  They aren’t hot and they aren’t cold, just perfect!

Spring home decorating is one of my favorite times.  Seriously, cute bunnies, flowers, nest, sweet birds, branches and colorful eggs scream WAKE-UP it’s SPRING.  Spring decorating can be fun, easy and inexpensive.  Sure, there are plenty of great spring decor you can spend money on but the great thing is, you don’t have to.  Today we will be looking at 5 ways to use two bunches of artificial tulips (click for link) to create stunning spring decor for your home.

The other day I had an hour to spare (kid free I might add) so of course I headed to a craft store to stroll around.  Spring was in the air and the first display I saw was artificial tulips, all colors and they looked beautiful.  I love tulips!  So much that the fall after my husband and I got married I decided to plant some.  I went to a local nursery and hand picked every single tulip bulb.  I stored them in a brown paper bag in the hall closet for weeks until the day came to plant them.  We were young and newly married and planting tulips seemed to be an adult thing to do.  My sweet husband got out and we planet all 100 bulbs.  Several times we stopped and asked “I wonder if there is special way to place these bulbs in the soil?”  This was before smart phones so it never occurred to us to wipe off the dirt and go ask someone.  Nope, we just kept trucking away on those bulbs.  After several hours, they were planted and the wait till spring began.

Finally, spring arrived and we started seeing some of our tulips coming up.  Well, out of 100 I think only, 30 came up.  That’s when we realized there is a correct way of placing the bulbs in the ground.  Oops, I will say, the ones that did bloom were so beautiful.  Here, 14 years later and we still have not planted tulips again.

The display of artificial tulips seemed like the prefect way to reintroduce tulips into our life.  Tulips might still be a little bit a sore spot.  Ha!  I grabbed two bunches and decided I would figure out a great way to use them in my spring home decorating.  I didn’t just figure out one way to use the tulips which I spend under $10 on but I came up with 5 ways.

I decided that the best way to display the tulips was to wrap them in some burlap and ribbon and create a bouquet.  In our house I always have burlap, it’s like a staple.  We might not have bread but rest assure I can provide burlap.  Having the tulips perfectly together opened up more ideas.

 

 

1.  Tulips in a hanging scale look they like were made for each other! Yes?

2. Who loves a tree stump?  Who loves a vintage tea pot?  Who loves a bouquet of tulips? Yes to all three, and the amount of happiness that is found in one area of the home.

3.  I removed the bow from bouquet, wrapped twine in its place and decided to hang the bouquet on our barn door.  Again, my heart swooned!

4.  Next, I decided to hang the same bouquet with twine on a ladder.  Lovely!

5.  Last, I took the burlap and twine off and stuck all the tulips into a large pottery crock.  I love pottery crocks and one full of tulips is delightful.

Two bunches of artificial yellow tulips for less than $10 can easily be used 5 different ways to make stunning home spring decor.  Which way is your favorite?

Until next time! XOXO

 

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DIY Farmhouse Chandelier

By on November 8, 2016

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I am so excited to share this post today about my farmhouse chandelier I recently built to go in the dinning area of our (still under construction) dinning and kitchen area.

Raise your hand if you can walk into a store and pick out the most expensive product!  Let’s face it, contrary to what the husbands think, we don’t do it on purpose.  Right ladies, it just happens.  We really want the one item that we have our hearts set on to be the cheapest.

The other day I set out to find that perfect chandelier to go over our dining table.  For some reason I was thinking in my head $150 would be reasonable, because all chandeliers I have seen online are that price…not!  Needless to say I was in shock when the few farmhouse chandeliers I saw were $600 and up. I liked them, but our whole house is a remodel and well lets face it, I have a dozen other things I need to do in this house and spending $600 wasn’t on that list.

I left and went to a local craft/antique store.  I browsed around, found the hubby a birthday gift, and then I saw them!!  Two matching tall weathered wire baskets.  They were perfect, and the best part they were $30 each.  Score!  I sent the hubby a crazy text with a photo of them and explained I was making my own chandelier.  He was so confused and a bit worried I think.

Here is a photo of the supplies I used.

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2 wire baskets – bought locally but you could use something like this or this

Weather piece of wood

Ceiling Chandelier Light Fixture – here is the one I bought

Light Fixture Chain- like this

2 sets of Mending Plates

Couple of Screws

Edison Light Bulbs – like this

 

Lets get started!

 

First Step:

Decide how far apart you want the baskets.

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Second Step:

Decide on sizing of wood and cut accordingly.

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Third Step:

Decide where the light cords will go.  I bought a fixture with 6 cords so I knew I wanted 3 inside each basket.  I laid the wood piece down and then marked where each cord would fit then drilled the holes.

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Fourth Step:

Mount the mending plates so they are away from the holes but secure the wire baskets.

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Fifth Step:

Add screws on the ends of wood to hold the chains.

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Sixth Step:

Hang Chandelier.  You can see we weaved the light cords into the chains when we were hanging the chandelier.

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(only look at the chandelier, that kitchen behind it is still waiting for completion and a reveal will be coming soon)

 

Seventh Step:

ENJOY!!

 

Yes, it really was that easy to make.  I love it!  It’s exactly what I wanted for around $110 instead of $600.

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