I saw this post on Factory Direct Craft awhile back and thought it looked pretty fun... especially to fill glass hurricanes for and display on some shelves or my new mantle (more on that at some other point). That tutorial was very thorough, but I feel like I should show you what I did. However, this project was really difficult for me to photograph because it involves hot glue and two hands, so between what I posted and the tutorial from Factory Direct Craft, I think it's pretty easy to do and each took about 2 minutes to make!
(On an unrelated note, Factory Direct Craft is a great place to get super-cheap craft supplies! And no one is paying me to say that, though I'd love to be paid for it! Hint to FDC...)
Jute Twine Home Decor
- Jute (I used 4ply and I think it might have been a little too thick, but it was the cheapest for about $4 on Joann.com... and I have TONS still left that I'm excited to do something with! However, it was a little smelly when I first opened it... but it doesn't smell now, for whatever reason, so I wouldn't worry if it has a little smell to it at first.)
- Styrofoam balls (I used medium-ish sized ones from Walmart or Joann.com - maybe 3" size)
- Hot glue & hot glue gun
The How To
I just uncoiled the jute as I needed it - so I didn't cute a long piece first or anything. I just made a small coil on the styrofoam ball and hot glued it in place. To some extent, I just used a bit of glue and then once I had the coil started, I sort of squeezed more glue under the coil.
Wind the twine around outside the coil and on top of the little string that hangs out from the coil you started (the pictures help this make some sense).
Slowly wind the twine around the styrofoam, gluing as you go.
When you get to the end of the styrofoam, cut the jute and make a little coil like you had before and glue it down and ta da!
I put them in a hurricane/vase and love them! You really don't notice the glue spots poking out and you have super-cheap decor that looks like it could have come from one of the super-ritzy home decor shops!
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