Tassel Tutorial

Let’s continue adding more to the tapestry!! To add more of a detailed finish on our tapestry, we’d need a nice accessory that creates movement. Usually, tapestries  are multi-colored & multi-textured. Creating texture, movement, and more color will emphasize the placemat, I mean our tapestry. ;P

Featuring 4 different color of embroidery floss, adding them as tassels, will even create more texture and movement to our piece. This DIY is perfect for a nursery, bedroom, or any living space! Let’s start making our tassels!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Embroidery Floss
    I had four colors, all picked from the same color theme of the placemat.
  • Scissors (Sharp fine ones!)
  • Sewing kit (Needle and thread)
  • Thread ( same colors you’re planning to use for your tassels.
  • Square cardboard.
    Whatever the size, your square will be, will be the size of your tassel.
    I used a size of 2″ x 2″inch.

Where To Buy:

Creating tassels, can be very time consuming, so put on your favorite show on Netflix, and have a crafter-noon! I tried my very best capturing each step while creating my tassel, so please refer to the photos in case my step-by-step directions seem unclear. Here we go!

Directions:

  1. Take your embroidery floss and place against the cardboard square, leaving an 1.5″inch out.
  2. Wrap a few times around the square. I wrapped mine exactly 20 times.
  3. Clip the rest of the floss off, and tie at the top.
  4. Cut a 5-6″inch long floss, off the same color and tie in the middle of one side of the cardboard square.
    This will be the top of the tassel.
  5. Push the ream of embroidery floss off the cardboard square.
  6. Pull the hanging exposed top of the tie up, and cut ream on the opposite end.
  7. Cutting another strand of floss, tie together the entire group of floss, creating the top “poof” portion of the tassel.
  8. Double/triple knot the tie, and trim off excess floss.
  9. Trim floss down, to desired length.
  10. REPEAT steps over, until you have enough tassels for your tapestry.
    I made 11 tassels for tapestry, using 4 different colors.
  11. Once all tassel’s have been made, style your tassels in a cool color pattern that ties in with your placemat.
  12. Sew on tassels on bottom edge of placemat. Secure, and you’re done!!

This easy and affordable wall tapestry brings a small touch of bold colors throughout. Subtle, simple, and boho all at the same time!! Hung on a wooden dowel, its true beauty comes in its simplicity of color yet variety of colors and textures! This once placemat, now turned tapestry is sure to add charm to any room!!

If you liked this tutorial, or found it helped, please follow me on Pinterest!! Click the Pinterest icon above and add to your Pinterest board!!! I had such a great time creating this, I actually want to make more to scatter around the home, and also start making a few for special holidays and occasions!! Stay tuned for more DIYs later this summer! Happy June everyone!!

Crafty Cacti

Here’s the next portion of my crafty cacti crafts!!! As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been crazy for cacti!! So during this winter/spring transitional season, staying inside during this cold chilly spring season, I have no choice, but to keep the children busy with crafts! Here’s a Pinterest inspired Cacti craft from CullenABCs.

What You’ll Need:

  • Acrylic Paint (Green, Black, White, Orange, and Yellow)
  • Fine Tip Paint Brush
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Plastic Fork
  • White Printer Paper/ or Construction Paper

 

Below are a few crafty cactus crafts I think are so so adorable for words, I had to share!! Take a look at these awesome bloggers and their cactus crafts!

Pinterest Cactus Pinspiration:

(Bottom Left)

Paper Cactus Garland

By: Lia Griffith

(Top Right)

Cactus Coloring Page

By: Kristyn, from Lil’ Luna

(Top Left)

Finger Painting Cacti Art

By: CullensAbcs YouTube Channel

If you haven’t checked out my last cacti craft, you can click the picture above of the Cactus Cut Out pic, there you’ll see my previous post, along with the other PINteresting cacti PINspiration!

Directions:

  1. Using a green acrylic paint, apply a coat onto your child’s hand using the sponge brush.
  2. Have your child stamp his/her handprint to your sheet of paper.
  3. Have handprint set to dry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Once dried, take lighter color green and brush strokes using your plastic fork.
    This will create the sharp pines of the cactus.
  5. Next, taking your toothpicks, paint on random dots of white or black onto your cacti.
    This creates more of the sharp, pine effect of the cacti. I made two different versions with both of my sons.
  6. Using your fine paint brush and yellow/orange paint, paint on small florals on your cactus. This can also be optional, as I know some boys may not like flowers on their cactus. 

    And from there….Set to dry, and viola! Enjoy your cactus handprint, made by you and kids!

Happy cacti crafting everyone!!

Be sure to check out more of Kids Crafts on my DIY Page of my blog!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Art Beast + City Exploring

Moving to a new city is always scary. Leaving your friends and family behind, and starting all over again, making new friends is hard. But that’s only one bad side. With the move to Sacramento, my family and I are exposed to so much more places to discover in our new area. Sacramento’s midtown is one of our favorite places. This past afternoon the kids and I were casually walking around Midtown, and a little bit of Downtown Sacramento. As we learn familiarize ourselves with the city, we came across this fantastic art studio called Art Beast located on K St.

The Art Beast Studio

2226 K St.

Sacramento, ca 95816

Midtown

YELP

Parent TIP: When exploring the town, where lots of walking in involved, bring out the kick scooters for the kids!

Balance and direction helps improve coordination and can be use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning out to balance their weight. Both my children already know how to ride a bike, but I always keep the scooters in the car, just for our city exploring. (which is all the time/every weekend)

++Gross and Fine Motor Skills++

While opening up doors to exploration, creativity and learning, scooters help develop both sets of motor skills kids need everyday. Scooters must be transported to a place of play, perhaps assembled. Maneuvered properly, and can even be used as a centerpiece for imaginary play…….Going down a steep hill.

I’m all about indoor place places that don’t include a trampoline or jumpy houses!!! ArtBeast let’s your children explore three levels of fun play places. I came in on a weekday afternoon around 3:30 and admission was $8 for all 3 of us (my two boys ages 6 &9).

ArtBeast is a space filled with active play (indoor and out), creative art space with activities set for you at the table, arts & crafts stocked with rolling pads and open paint jars, to a baby and toddler corners with padding and soft toys.

Developmental toys, dolls and dollhouses bring ArtBeast to life, as this business creates rooms of exploration. It caters from 0-12 months, all the way up to 5-7years. 8 years and up, with your child is respectful or has a sibling, and knows how to play well near young children.

I’ve been to similar play places in Berkeley (Studio Grow) that were the same. Some may think that the $8 admission fee is kind’ve expensive, but for being able to come in and out as many times as you want throughout the day (until closing) I’ll def take it.

Fan Of ArtBeast:

++OPEN PLAY

+++UNLIMITED ART SUPPLIES TO HAVE YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOW

++++OUTDOOR PLAY SPACE

…I CAN GO ON…

This place is awesome.

Skills:

ArtBeast aims also toward many types of skills for you to highlight:

Artistic

From a simple standing double sided kid-sized art easel, there’s little waiting for the next art piece as there’s a wide paper roll clipped and ready!

Easels, as well as white boards/chalk boards, are recommended for building fine motor skills and proper pencil grip — (great for writing beginners!)

Auditory

Exploring musical sounds (downstairs with the instruments, guitar wall, piano, and wash board,) can honestly, start a solo career. Just enjoy exploring musical sounds! Watch out Bruno Mars, kids at ArtBeast can join you on tour with their tambourine, cymbals, maracas, clackers and a triangle! Strike up a band and play with all the cool instruments!

Cognitive

Pattern blocks, PVC pipes, magnets, and legos! Kids need to explore shapes, and colors hands-on. Matching, and mosaics — connecting, building, all gorgeous ways for kids to develop fine motor skills. Rotate, manipulate, and create!

So many ideas to spark the imagination!

Emotional

Soft pillow furry friends rule our children’s rooms. Multi-colored plush toys inspire endless creativity. These furry friends are the catalyst for imaginary adventures. ArtBeast as a room with a shelf of furry friends. Let’s now forget as parents that these plush simple toys are not just a centerpiece in the room, but also friends to our children.

Fine Motor

Constructive playtime awaits at ArtBeast with exciting blocks, magnet wall puzzles, shapes, and work vehicle play.  Just a few steps away is the indoor sandbox, and craft area where your children can enjoy a craft activity with paint, brush, and glue. Rinestones, stickers, and anything press-on art help with fine motor skills. Grab a pair of scissors with your mommy,and cut multi-colored large or small construction paper ready at hand.

Imagination & Large Motor

Real life play areas, such as this outdoor kitchen display — kids can reach inside, and out, serving up “sand” soup, or what my son made was lasagna. Serve imaginary food to your new friends you meet at the ArtBeast. Reach, pull, storage, pull apart all the supplies provided in the outdoor kitchen.

The wooden kitchen comes stocked with plenty of play pieces, so kids can make and serve everything.

Open Play:
The concept at ArtBeast is awesome. You and your child are free to explore, from musical instruments, a dramatic play stage and puppets downstairs, to the 2nd floor of art and crafts, clay, and paint, to a cozy room with more imagination!

Nowa days our overscheduled and overstimulated children need to start using their imaginations. ArtBeast creates the space for you and your child to inspire open-ended thinking and encourage kids to see the fun alternatives then just the screen.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the ArtBeast.

Check out more of my Sacramento discoveries on my Sacramento Page of my blog!

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