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How To Make Spring Cutlery Holders With Burlap Ribbon

Do you like to dress up your Easter table with that little extra something to wow your guests? The centerpiece steals the show but adding a little pop of color either on top or beside the dinner plates is always a nice touch. Today I'm sharing an easy tutorial on how to make Spring cutlery holders with burlap ribbon but they could be used any time of the year.

You don't have to use burlap ribbon like I did, any wide ribbon would work. Which makes the possibilities for these endless. Depending on the stencil or the ribbon, you could make them for any season or holiday.

Spring Cutlery Holders With Burlap Ribbon

What I love about these cutlery holders is that they are so handy to have for buffets, large gatherings, summer BBQ's or picnics, weddings, and of course to embellish holiday tables.

For the holidays I made a few different styles of burlap Christmas Cutlery Holders both for my dinner table as well as extra sets to give for hostess gifts.

How To Make Spring Cutlery Holders With Burlap Ribbon


Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders With Stencil

It's better to use the unwired ribbon because you will be sewing along the edges. Although you could make these without sewing by using no-sew fabric glue.

These cutlery holders are so inexpensive to make because oftentimes you can find the plain burlap ribbon at the dollar store. These are the supplies used to make the Spring Cutlery Holders.

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders Supplies

Here's how I made them...


Step 1 - Cut the burlap ribbon

To mark the cut lines for each cutlery holder on the burlap ribbon spool, remove a strand of jute every 15 inches (like pictured below).

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders Cut Lines

I prefer making my cutlery holders in sets of eight but depending on how large your gatherings, you may want to make more. Cut the ribbon at your 15-inch markings.

Spring Cutlery Holders Burlap Ribbon Cut To Size

Step 2 - Cut the jute trim

Cut strips of narrow decorative ribbon about 4 1/2-inches long, slightly larger than the 4-inch burlap. You'll need two per cutlery holder. I used 3/8-inch green jute ribbon to decorate mine.

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders With Jute Trim

Step 3 - Sew (or glue) the trim

No worries if you don't have a sewing machine, you definitely can make these with no-sew fabric glue.

Lay the cut burlap ribbon flat and sew or glue one piece of decorative ribbon on the top facing outwards. Flip the burlap over and sew the bottom piece on the back side of the burlap (as pictured below).

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders Sewing Trim

Step 4 - Mark the fold

Fold the bottom half of the burlap ribbon over and measure 5 1/2 inches and pin in place.

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders Folded

Step 5 - Sew the side seams

Stitch or glue the sides of the cutlery holders together along the factory edge with either matching thread or a contrasting color like I did. Mine matches the color of the green jute ribbon.

Trim the decorative ribbon, any loose threads, and strands of burlap.

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders Assembled

Here is one complete set of eight finished. Now time to decorate the cutlery holders with a stencil.

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders Before Stencil

Step 6 - Stencil the cutlery holders

Slip a piece of paper inside each pouch so the paint doesn't seep through to the back. You could stencil the cutlery holders before they are sewn together but I found it easier to line up the stencil after they are sewn.

Place the self-adhesive stencil onto the center of the front of each cutlery holder. You don't have to use adhesive stencils but I found it much easier if you do. A regular stencil with stencil spray adhesive certainly would work too.

Place some multi-surface or fabric paint onto a paper plate. Load just a little paint onto a stencil brush and offload onto a paper towel until the brush is almost dry. The key is having very little paint on the brush. Pounce the paint over the stencil until it is dark enough to your liking then move on to the next cutlery pouch.

Spring Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders Stenciled

I used a French Fleur De Lis stencil which really isn't Spring but the color I stenciled them certainly is. The color matches my woven placemats which I use for both Spring and Summer.

A bunny silhouette stencil with a pompom tail would be adorable for Easter. Like I said, the possibilities are endless for decorating these cutlery holders.

Burlap Ribbon Cutlery Holders For Spring Or Summer

I've included affiliate links below so you can see what products I used or recommend to make these cutlery holders. See my disclosure policy

For This Project You Will Need:

4-inch Wide Burlap Ribbon
3/8 inch Wide Jute or Decorative Ribbon
Thread or No-Sew Fabric Glue
Small Adhesive Stencil
Small Stencil Brush
Multi-Surface or Fabric Paint

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How To Age New Wood With Stuff From Your Kitchen

Did you know you can make brand new wood look like its been aging naturally for years? And the best part is that what you need to do it can be found in your pantry! It's an easy technique and you can watch the aging process happen before your very eyes. In this post, I'll show you how to age new wood with stuff from your kitchen in two different ways.

I'm often asked this question when I've used this technique in projects posted on the blog. Instead of repeating the instructions every time I use it, I thought it would be easier for you guys to find the instructions in one dedicated tutorial post.

How To Age New Wood With Stuff From Your Kitchen


How To Age New Wood With Stuff From Your Kitchen


I should point out that the resulting patina will vary depending on the type of wood.

Aging New With Pantry Goods Solution


Age New Wood With Tea And Vinegar Solution


Wood Aging Solution Recipe:

  • Use a container with a lid like a large plastic food container.
  • Fill the container 3/4 full with White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar (my preference).
  • Submerge a large piece of #0000 gauge steel wool into the vinegar and close the lid.
  • Let it steep for a minimum of 12 hours (I prefer a week). The longer the solution steeps and disintegrates the steel wool, the darker the stain. 
  • When the aging solution is ready to use, run it through a strainer into a clean mason jar or glass jar with lid. 

Wood Aging Instructions - Step 1

  • Brew a pot of black tea. My preference is Earl Grey because no sense wasting it all on wood.
  • Steep the tea for at least 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Pour the black tea through a strainer if you used loose tea.
  • Brush the tea onto bare wood with an inexpensive chip brush and let dry completely.


Wood Aging Instructions - Step 2:

  • Wear rubber gloves because not only will it stain your fingers but the smell will stay on your hands for days. Ask me how I know.
  • Brush the aging solution onto the tea stained wood with an inexpensive chip brush.
  • Let it dry between coats.
  • Repeat with as many coats required to get the aged patina of your liking.

    How it works:

    The acid from the vinegar reacts to the tannins in the wood and essentially provides an acid wash stain that creates that lovely aged patina.

    You can see how it worked on the Rustic Wood Wedding Card Caddy below. This is the wood caddy before staining...

    Aging New Wood With Pantry Goods Before

    ...and after staining with the vinegar and tea aging solution. Again the patina will be different depending on the type of wood you use.

    Aging New Wood With Pantry Goods After

    Aging New Wood With Pantry Items Supplies

    Age New Wood Without Tea

    The recipe is the same as the one above but skipping the black tea step. It really comes down to personal preference. I suggest you try both methods on a sample board of whatever type of wood you'll be using for your project.

    In this example using lumber for our Large Rustic Plank Wood Clock project, instead of applying the aging solution with a chip brush, I applied it with the steel wool remaining in the container.

    Aging New Wood With Pantry Items Steel Wool Application

    In the photo below you can see the difference between the treated and untreated wood. You'll notice the aged patina is lighter without the black tea.

    Aging New Wood With Pantry Items Before And After

    I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

    How To Age New Wood With Pantry Goods

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    Talk Of The Town Party 161

    Welcome friends, so glad you could join us this week. The polar vortex has not left the building and quite frankly I'm downright sick of temps in the -30℃ (-22℉) range. Those of you still in it, let's cry together 😢

    I'm going to be MIA from the party next week but you can still link up with one of my sweet co-hosts.  💝 Happy Valentine's Day 💝


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    Welcome back to Talk of the Town!
    First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!



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    Chicken Tortilla Soup - CincyShopper

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    Now, it's your turn!
    PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link ups; the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for recipes. Thank you!
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    The Quick Change Artist Seasonal Ottoman Tray

    Every home could use a tray or two, right? Oftentimes they come with a hefty price tag but there's a budget-friendly option. Umbra photo trays found at the thrift store make the perfect year-round tray to use for every new season or holiday. By simply changing what's displayed under the glass, ONE tray becomes the quick change artist seasonal ottoman tray!

    Seasonal Ottoman Tray With Fabric For Valentines Day

    Quick Change Artist Seasonal Ottoman Tray


    Like my upcycled Umbra tray that I'm currently using to decorate for Valentine's Day. Painted a neutral white, it works with every color, pattern, and style of embellishment placed under the glass year-round.

    When you live in a small home like I do, giving home decor a multi-purpose is key to avoid having to store it during the off-season. I do the same thing with seasonal pillows. I keep one size pillow forms and change out the pillow covers ONLY for the seasons like I did with these Holiday Ornament Pillows.

    The red and white heart fabric I used to decorate the tray for Valentine's Day may look familiar because last week I shared how I used some of the fleece remnants to make an easy Fleece Valentine Heart Pillow.

    Seasonal Ottoman Tray Fleece Fabric Remnant

    The possibilities are endless to change what's displayed under the glass of the tray. You could use fabric like I did or scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper, napkins, doilies...well you get the picture.

    Seasonal Ottoman Tray Lined With Fabric For Valentines

    This is what the Umbra wooden tray looked like before...
    Seasonal Photo Frame Umbra Ottoman Tray Before
    I've seen these particular trays often at thrift stores. In fact, a few years ago I upcycled an identical one with scrapbook paper and typography, turning it into a Coffee Tray With Rustic Charm.


    Here's how I did it...


    Step 1 - Prep tray for paint

    There are a few things that need to be done first before we paint the tray. First, remove the backing and the wood photo mat (which we will not be using).

    Unfortunately, oftentimes the glass can't be removed because it's glued down so I recommend running a piece of painter's tape along the edge of the glass.

    With 150 grit sandpaper lightly sand the wood to rough up the glossy finish. Because of the dark cherry stained finish, you are guaranteed to get some paint bleed where the tannins in the wood bleed through the paint. For this reason, it's important to prime the tray first.

    Seasonal Thrift Store Ottoman Tray Primed

    Step 2 - Paint the tray

    Now the tray is ready to be painted with neutral white chalk paint. Note, if you notice pink spots coming through the paint then you'll need to add another coat of primer.

    Seasonal Thrift Store Ottoman Tray Painted White

    Once the last coat of chalk paint is dry, lightly sand along the edges with 220 grit sandpaper for a distressed finish like pictured below.

    Seasonal Ottoman Tray With Distressed Finish

    Protect the paint with either clear wax or a clear top coat. Depending on how much use the tray will get, I would suggest the later. Although having said that  I, on the other hand, used white wax to protect my tray.

    Seasonal Ottoman Tray Painted And Waxed White


    Step 3 - Add the pretty under glass

    Now we're ready to replace the photo paper that came with the tray with pretty seasonal scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, wallpaper, fabric, and the list goes on. The possibilities are endless. 

    For my Valentine heart fleece, all I did was wrap it around a piece of cardboard cut to size and taped it onto the back. Easy peasy!

    Step 4 - Assemble the tray

    Clean the glass inside and out, scraping any paint splatters with a scraper knife. Make sure the glass is completely dry before inserting your pretty paper or fabric. Assemble the frame and you're done.

    Seasonal Ottoman Tray With Fabric And Chalk Paint

    If anyone is wondering about the Ombre Valentine Flower Vase on the end table in each of these photos, it was such an easy craft made with mod melts and a glass cylinder from the dollar store.

    For this project you will need...

    This post contains affiliate links for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.

    Photo Frame
    Fabric or Seasonal Paper
    150 grit and 220 grit Sandpaper
    Primer
    White Chalk Paint
    White Wax or Clear Top Coat

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    How To Make A Box Store Table Look Expensive

    A lot of us have been there. You need an end table but you're on a tight budget so you head over to the big box store and grab one in a box for under $50. Such was the case with this dark espresso table after rearranging a room in our house several years ago. But what about instead of making due until the budget can accommodate a more expensive table, you make that cheap box store table look like you paid big bucks?

    That's what I did when moving the table from the living room to the master bedroom. Too cheap to buy a more expensive one, I transformed that box store table with chalk paint, some scrapbook paper, and a little creativity and I'm going to show you how.

    How To Make A Box Store Table Look Expensive

    How To Make A Box Store Table Look Expensive


    This post first appeared on The Interior Frugalista in June 2015. The post has been updated and reshared for those of you who missed it the first time.

    Before we get into the makeover this is what the table looked like before...

    Inexpensive Box Store Table Before

    Remember the espresso rage a few years back? In my home staging days, this color was so popular and we used it often.

    The height is perfect to use as a tall night table, especially for someone who likes to read and have the light cast down. The small drawer is very handy to have too.

    Not one to do matchy-matchy, you can see what we used for a nightstand on the opposite side of the bed in my Small Mid-Century Modern Cabinet post. A legless relic that had seen it's better days but now looks amazing with its metallic grey finish and curvy legs.

    Inexpensive Box Store Table After Makeover

    Here's what we did to the inexpensive box store table


    Before you begin

    Before you begin putting paintbrush to paint you should read my tutorial on How To Prep Furniture For Chalk Paint first because you may or may not need to prime.

    Step 1 - Fresh Paint

    The entire table was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for a beautiful matte finish. The top painted Duck Egg Blue that plays well with the Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray HC-146 wall color.

    Box Store Table Top Painted Duck Egg Blue

    The base of the table was painted Pure White to play off the other white elements in the room like our DIY Master Bedroom Built-In Window Seat.

    For a shabby chic finish, the table was lightly distressed along the edges and the paint is protected with clear wax and buffed to a matte sheen.

    Inexpensive Box Store Table Makeover With Chalk Paint

    Step 2 - Gold Dipped Legs

    To add more visual interest and echo the gold in the French carte postale bedding, the legs were given a hand-dipped look with gold metallic gilding wax and delicate surface frog tape. Striving for a shabby chic finish, the gold was hand buffed to make the feet look worn.

    Inexpensive Box Store Table Gold Dipped Legs

    While I was at it I rubbed more gold gilding wax with my finger along the edge of the top, not being fussy about covering the duck egg blue.

    Inexpensive Box Store Table Top Edge Gilded Gold

    Step 3 - Stenciled Bottom Shelf

    It's all about the details, right? A gold flower burst was stenciled in the center of the bottom shelf with the gold gilding wax. Yes, you can stencil with metallic wax but the trick is having very little wax on the stencil brush.

    Inexpensive Box Store Table Stenciled Bottom Shelf

    Step 4 - Make The Drawer Pretty Too

    Don't forget to make the drawer pretty too! The inside of the drawer is painted duck egg blue and lined with pretty scrapbook paper that I had in my stash and decoupaged with Mod Podge.

    Inexpensive Box Store Table Decoupaged Drawer

    Step 5 - Replace The Knob

    Replacing the hardware is like adding pretty jewelry to the little black dress. The original wood knob was replaced with this pretty white ceramic gold polka dot knob that echoes the petals on the stencil below.

    Inexpensive Box Store Table New Ceramic Knob


    I've included affiliate links below so you can see what products I used or recommend for this furniture makeover. See my disclosure policy.

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