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DIY Pom Pom Rug

DIY Pom Pom Rug 3I finally finished the pom pom rug for my daughter’s room!  I can’t tell you how good it feels to have this rug finished. And through the process, I learned a few things about these rugs. For starters, there’s a reason they’re usually small in scale.  The pom poms take a long time to make and it takes up a lot of yarn.  So if you want to make one, keep this in mind.  Pom pom rugs are not a cheaper alternative to regular rugs unless you have a very large stash of yarn you want to get rid of.  And with that said, on to the tutorial.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 5I’ve seen a few tutorials that suggest using a non-slip rug mat as your base.  I don’t recommend this because they are made out of flimsy rubber and rip easy.  If you’re going to go through the trouble of making a pom pom rug, I recommend Latch Rug Canvas.  I purchased this one on Amazon.  You can probably find it at fabric and craft stores as well.


Pom pom maker

Yarn –  wool is always best but very expensive.  I made mine with a soft acrylic


Latch Rug Canvas

Masking Tape

DIY Pom Pom Rug 11.Make the desired amount of pom poms for your rug.  Leave about a 6in tail to attach the pom poms later.

I made my pom poms in two colors and two sizes to achieve a variety of texture.  I also made my pom poms full by trimming them down.  For a more shaggy look, trim your pom poms less.

* I was able to get about 10 full pom poms (2 inches in diameter) from a 5oz ball of yarn

DIY Pom Pom Rug 72.  Thread the tails of you pom poms trough two different squares on your latch rug canvas.  Tie a knot on the back side of the canvas.  I made a triple knot for good measure.  Continue to do this until all your pom poms are attached to the canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 6This is what the back looks like. I trimmed the tails to one inch after I made the knots.

DIY Pom Pom Rug 83.  To finish the back of the rug, cut the canvas into sections.  Refer to the black dotted lines in the top figure.

4.  Fold the sections over and tape down with masking tape.  Make sure the canvas is not showing in the front of your rug.

* Alternative to steps 3 & 4 – You could just cut away the excess canvas.

DIY Pom Pom Rug  4This pom pom rug measures 32in x 23in and took about 150 pom poms to make.

*I recommend making some extra pom poms to have on hand in the event that a pom pom comes apart.

Valentine Cards with a Purpose

Positive Valentine CardsThis year I decided to change things up a little with our Valentine cards.  Normally I make a standard card that my daughter can sign and give out to everyone.  This time I plan on making them more personal and giving them a purpose.  My daughter will address each card and write something she likes about that child.   The cards read, “I like that you ________.” and she will fill in the blanks. It could be as simple as, “I like that you are kind”.    The emphasis will be on writing something sincere and positive.

I know this isn’t for everyone. If you like the idea, there are directions below.


White Cardstock – 8 1/2 in x 11 in

Washi Tape


Parchment Paper

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Click here for Valentine card template. washi tape envelope directions

Directions to make outside pouch

1.   Cut a piece of card stock to 8 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in.  You will get exactly 4 strips out of a standard size piece of cardstock.

2.  Fold in half.  Refer to fig 2.

3.  Place two pieces of tape on the top and bottom of the paper with half of it hanging off the edge.  Fold tape to the back side to seal the folded paper together.

4.  Your paper should now look like fig 4.  Trim tape with scissors (refer to dotted blue lines).

5.  Decorate the top of the pouch.  Set aside.

positive valentine cards 2Directions for the Valentine card.

1.  Print Valentine card template on cardstock.

2.  Cut into eight pieces (refer to crop marks).  Make sure the crop marks are cut off.

3.  Place a piece of washi tape on the right side of the card with about one inch of it hanging off the edge.  Fold it over so the sticky sides of tape come together.  A little of the tape should be on the back side of the card.  This will be the pull tab for the card.

4.  With a pen, write pull on the tape.  Let dry.

5.  Write a message on the card and tuck the card inside the pouch. Done.

Handmade Trend: Rough Gemstones

gemstone inpsired giftsBy now it’s no secret that rough gemstone inspired products are popular, especially in the handmade world.  A quick search on Etsy will turn up a plethora of gem inspired creations.  You’ll also find a lot of DIY gem projects on Pinterest. So today I put together a small round-up of my favorite handmade pieces.

1.  Watercolor Birthstone Cards by Squirrelly Minds Paper – I love the idea of sending out a birthstone birthday card. It’s a great personal touch.

2.  Raw Quartz Ring by Christina Rose – A great statement piece.

3.  Amethyst Quartz Soap by Rock Hound Soap – The first time I saw this I thought it was real amethyst.  I was totally fooled.  Were you fooled?

4.  Faceted Magnets by Pigeon Toe Ceramics – I wish I could replace all my mismatched magnets with these.

Mollie Makes Christmas Edition


Christmas CraftsHave you started crafting for Christmas?  The closest I’ve come to getting started is purchasing this Mollie Makes Christmas magazine.  And just between you and me, this might be as far as I get, *sigh*.

I found this Mollie Makes magazine at Jo-Ann Fabrics.  I always like the holiday edition craft magazines because they usually include more projects.  This edition contains 156 ideas with a lot of templates and patterns.  Below, are a few of my favorite projects.

Christmas Crafts 3Christmas Collar by Samantha Stas

Christmas Crafts 4Sweedish Dala Horse by Carina Envoldsen-Harris

Christmas Crafts 2Retro Ornaments by Samantha Stas

Christmas Crafts 5Woolly Words by Meredith Crawford

Printable: Fig Preserves Labels

free printable fig preserves label I’ve always wanted to try making homemade canned jams.  Specifically, I wanted to make canned jams from fruit trees in my yard.  I never knew anyone that canned fruit so the whole process was new to me and a little intimidating.  I didn’t want to make a mistake and end up with canned bacteria instead (yikes!).   So, I was really focused on the sterilization and water-bath part. Maybe a little too focused.  But the jam seems to have sealed up nicely so I’m hopeful.

Pictured above are the jars of fig preserves I made.  I used this recipe if anyone is interested.  My tree is still yielding fruit so I see more homemade preserves in my future.  Along with the preserves, I made some labels to go with them.  They’re a little more contemporary in style.  PDF link below.

fig prerserve labelsClick here for the PDF

Do you make your own canned goods?  What do you like to make?  Any tips for this newbie?

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