How to Make Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers

Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers Tiffany Windsor

Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers Tiffany Windsor

Inspired by a burlap and lace tablerunner created by Professor Pincushion, Tiffany Windsor created a Fall tablescape featuring looped burlap and pearl flowers. A vintage favorite from the Momma Aleene’s archives, these flowers are a perfect way to transform a floral topiary to match this rustic theme.

Click to watch Tiffany’s How to Make Looped Burlap and Pearl Flowers YouTube video.

To learn how to make the companion table runner, click this Professor Pincushion YouTube video link or check out their on-line tutorial – How to Make a Holiday Tablerunner.

Materials for Burlap and Pearl Flowers

Burlap by the yard
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Pearl stickers (or pearl finish buttons)
Optional – 18 gauge stem wire or wooden skewers (for flower stems)

NOTE: if there is any step that you do not understand, be sure to watch Tiffany’s video tutorial as it may be helpful to see a visual of all these steps :o)Burlap Loop Flower - gluing

1. Most burlap yardage is stitched along the sides to keep it from unraveling. If your burlap in stitched, cut away stitch line with scissors.

2. Cut burlap into 20″ width.

3. Measure and mark at 4″ intervals (for large flowers), 3″ intervals (for medium flowers) and 2-1/2″ intervals (for smaller flower).

4. Find one thread at mark line and pull out completely. (Set aside to use for twine accents.)

5. Apply glue along each side where you have removed the thread. Spread glue wide enough to cover two rows of burlap threads. This will help to keep burlap from unraveling during next step. Let glue dry completely.

6. In this next step, you will need to pull out all the threads between your glue lines. Just pull out each thread one-by-one (and set those threads aside for another project).Burlap Loop Flower - Cutting Burlap

7. Once you have removed the threads, you can now cut the burlap apart between the glue lines. You should now have several pieces that will be used to create individual flowers. Please note that if you want smaller, less bulky flowers, you can cut your 20″ pieces into 10″ pieces.

8. Apply glue along one long edge of burlap strip. Fold over to glue the two straight edges together. You should now have a looped edge and an edge with two layers.

Burlap Loop Flower - Rolling9. You are now ready to start rolling the burlap strip. Apply glue along the straight edge. If you are creating a flower on a stem, you will want to lay the wire (or skewer) perpendicular into the glue at the end of the burlap strip. If you are not using a stem, just begin rolling the strip, pressing to keep the roll tight and keep the cut edges even. When you are finished rolling, you will have the shape of a flower bud. To create a fully-blooming flower, press the flower face down on work surface to spread out the loops.

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11-19-13 Looped Burlap Topiary Tablescape


How to Make a Fall Twigs Vase

Fall Twigs Vase Tiffany Windosr

Fall Twigs Vase Tiffany Windosr

Tiffany Windsor shares her tips for making a fall twigs vase quick and easy. After testing several gluing techniques, she found the easiest way to assemble this rustic home decor accent and shares those tips with you in her video tutorial.  Click to watch Tiffany’s How to Make a Fall Twigs Vase YouTube video tutorial.


Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Small glass jar or vase
White copy paper
Pencil or pen
Wood twigs (or cinnamon sticks) – twigs should be as straight as possible
Wire cutter (or gardening cutters)
Ribbon or twine

Follow along with these step-by-steps by watching Tiffany’s how-to video!

1. Lay vase on paper. Use pencil to mark lines on paper indicating top and bottom of vase. These lines will be used to measure and cut twigs.

2. Apply three lines of glue around vase. Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes to allow glue to start to dry.

3. Using measurement on paper, cut twigs to length with cutters. Cut enough twigs to fit around entire vase.

4. Once glue has set as recommended in step 2 above, set vase on work surface. Press each twig into glue using the work surface to hold the twig at the bottom and to keep all the twigs aligned. Because you have let the glue set and you are using with work surface to help hold the bottom of the twigs, they should not shift. Cover entire vase with twigs.

5. Wrap with ribbon or twine and tie into knot. Set aside to dry.

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Cereal Box Printed Felt Heart Pendant by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Printed Heart Felt Pendant Heidi Borchers

Printed felts are available in so many cool colors and print designs! EcoHeidi Borchers teams up printed felt with cereal box cardboard to create a pendant.

Watch Heidi’s Printed Felt Heart Pendant YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Cereal box cardboard (or food packaging cardboard)
Cardboard squeegee (for applying glue)
Acrylic paint (color to complement or match felt)
Paint brush
Printed felt
Hole punch (small for jewelry findings)
Pattern of your choice
Squeegee (to spread glue)
Wax paper
Bottle caps (to raise pendant off worksurface)
3D Crystal Lacquer
Jewelry findings – jumprings – necklace chain
Jewelry pliers

1. Transfer pattern of your choice to cardboard. Cut out along pattern line. Punch hole for jump ring.

2. Paint back of cardboard. Let dry.

3. Apply smooth coat of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to front of cardboard with squeegee. Glue to wrong side of felt. Let dry for approximately one hour.

4. Cut out felt along cardboard pattern line.

5. Punch hole in felt where you punched hole in cardboard. Let glue dry completely.

6. Place wax paper on work surface. Place bottle caps on wax paper. Place felt shape on top of bottle caps. This will raise the piece from the tabletop for the next step.

7. Apply coat of 3D liberally over felt by first drawing a line of lacquer directly from the bottle tip along the outside edge of felt, then fill in to completely coat the felt. As 3D soaks into the felt, continue to apply and fill in until you have a nice even coat.

8. Using tweezers, drop rhinestones into wet 3D. Let piece dry undisturbed overnight.

9. Add jumpring and attach to necklace chain.

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Create the Look of Embossing with Glue on Canvas by Heidi Borchers

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Look of Embossing with Glue on Canvas Heidi Borchers

Using a fan-favorite vintage Momma Aleene technique, Heidi Borchers uses Aleene’s Tacky glue to create the look of embossing on a mixed media art canvas. Whether whimsical art faces, pretty florals or abstract designs, this technique is very versatile!

Click to watch Heidi’s Look of Embossing with Glue on Canvas YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Decoupage – matte
Paint brush
Stretched art canvas
Book pages (romance novels work well)
Acrylic paint – black, plus colors of your choice to suit your design
Pattern of your choice
Scotch tape
Handpainted or fancy printed tissue papers

1. Cut or tear book pages into approximate 2″ x 3″ strips.

2. Brush Aleene’s Decoupage onto canvas, working small section at a time.

3. Brush back of torn page with Decoupage, lay onto canvas and brush over top with Decoupage. Repeat to cover entire frame (front and sides). Note: you can keep all your pages going in same direction or overlap askew. Let dry completely.

4. Draw your pattern onto canvas.

5. Apply tape to Tacky glue bottle to create small tape nozzle.

6. Keeping tip of nozzle able 1/4″ above canvas, draw a thin line of glue over pattern lines. If your lines flow together where you don’t want, let glue set up for a few minutes to slightly thicken and use the blunt end of a toothpick to pick up some of the glue to help to clean up any areas of unwanted glue. Let dry until completely clear.

7. Before you start painting the background, check to see if there are any words that you want to show through on the canvas. If you don’t see any words that you want to peek through the painted areas, you can always decoupage them onto the background before painting.

8. Paint entire canvas black (leaving desired words exposed). Let dry.

9. Brush over the design areas of the canvas with desired colors to suit your pattern. On this canvas, Heidi used a layered dry brush technique to keep adding and adding layers of colors. Let dry.

10. Tear pieces of tissue paper into strips. Glue along outside edges with Decoupage leaving some pieces hanging over and extending beyond the canvas.

11. If desired, glue embellishments in place to accent pattern design.

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Faux Chocolate Thumb Tacks by Candace Jedrowicz

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Faux Chocolate Thumb Tacks Candace Jedrowicz

Bring a little chocolate love into your office and home space with chocolate thumb tacks!  Candace Jedrowicz shares a super easy way to make polymer clay chocolates to transform your tacks into tiny, delicious looking chocolates!

Watch Candace’s Faux Chocolate Thumb Tacks YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Super Gel Adhesive
Polymer clay – chocolate color – I mix my own with dark brown, gold and a little bit of orange
Small round, square and heart shaped molds – read how to make some here
Water spritzer
Thumb tacks – the flat kind
Polymer clay sealer – satin
Paint brush

1. Condition the polymer clay. Roll a small ball

2. Spritz a mold with a little water and press the ball of clay into it. Smooth the back as flat as possible.

3. While the clay is still in the mold, press the the flat side of the tack into the clay to make an impression.

4. Carefully push the clay out of the mold and make sure the tack will still fit before baking the clay according to the directions on the package.

5. Glue a tack into the back of each chocolate. Allow to dry.

6. Coat each chocolate with 2 coats of satin sealer.  Allow to dry well between coats.

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From Bagel Box to Gift Box by Candace Jedrowicz

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Bagel Box Gift Box Candace Jedrowicz

Admit it, you sometimes buy product because you want to use the box for a project!  Candace Jedrowicz loves great big bagel boxes and shares how to make one into a lovely gift box!  Grab your spray paint, felt and glitter and get ready to make some giftable magic!

Watch Candace’s From Bagel Box to Gift Box YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Aleene’s No Sew Fabric Glue
Bagel box
Spray paint – I used silver
Felt – I used white
Old credit or gift card to use to spread glue
Decorative plastic or fabric – my decorative plastic had been wrapped around a bouquet of flowers
Glitter glue – I used silver and gold
Wired ribbon – I used 2″ wide gold ribbon

1. Spray the box with paint, inside and out.  Allow to dry and spray on a second coat.  Allow to dry.

2. Trace the sides of the box to make pattern for the felt that will be glued to the inside of the box up to the fold.  Spread Tacky Glue on one inside side at a time and lay the felt into the glue. Press and smooth for firm attachment.  Repeat for all sides.  Optional: Cut decorative felt pieces that will be glued above the fold on the flaps.  Use No Sew Glue around the edges

3. Cut plastic or fabric hearts to cover the perforated parts on the outside of the flaps.  Glue in place.  Allow to dry.

4. Add decorative details with glitter glue.  Allow to dry.

5. Cut a 3′ piece of wired ribbon to tie the handles together and make a pretty bow.

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Aleene’s Craft Foam Alphabet Frame by Heidi Borchers

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Aleene's Craft Foam Alphabet Frame by EcoHeidi Borchers

Heidi Borchers adds a hidden message on a wood frame. Spell out the alphabet in craft foam letters or add a special message. Foam flowers on wire stems add a playful touch along the top.

Watch Heidi’s Craft Foam Alphabet Frame YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Wood frame
Craft foam sticky alphabet letters
Pencil and ruler
Acrylic paint (bright color of your choice plus white for dry brushing and yellow for dry brushing “hidden” letters)
Paint brush
Paper towel
Optional: drill with small drill bit, 18 gauge wire, wire cutters, craft foam sticky flowers and leaves

1. Measure alphabet letters and draw pencil lines across front of frame slightly larger than letters. This will help to keep the spacing lined up when gluing in place.

2. Before you start any gluing, determine placement of the alphabet letters by laying them in place on frame, using pencil lines as guide. If desired, follow the alphabet and repeat across the frame or add in special “hidden” words.

3. Remove paper backing from letter. With a toothpick, apply Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue to the back of the letter. This gluing step will help to hold these letters in place permanently during the painting process. Let glue dry.

4. Brush paint over entire surface of the frame and letters. Let dry.

5. To dry brush, dip clean brush into white paint. Brush excess paint off onto a paper towel. With a light brush stroke, brush white paint over all letters. Let dry.

6. If you have included words into your alphabet letters layout, use another color of acrylic paint in dry brush method to highlight those words (in this example I used yellow to highlight the words “I love you”.)

7. If desired, you can add flowers along the top of your frame. Glue lengths of wire between two flowers. Glue two leaves onto stem. Set aside to dry.

8. Drill several holes along the top of the frame, spacing to accommodate several flowers side-by-side.

9. Dip ends of flower wires into glue and insert in drilled holes. Let dry.

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Silly Super Hero Mask by Candace Jedrowicz

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Silly Super Hero Mask Candace Jedrowicz

Do you remember wearing a towel like a cape and pretending to fly like Superman when you were a kid?  Candace Jedrowicz never stopped doing that.  She can be seen flying around town all the time.  Not really, but she’d love to!  Candace shares a fun and easy super hero costume that can be made with things you have around the house!

Watch Candace’s Silly Super Hero Mask YouTube video tutorial!



Felt in a light and dark color or paper plate and markers/crayons
Aleene’s No Sew Glue or Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Black eyelash yarn or colored paper
Glittery foam or paper plate for the crown and chest emblem
Gems or whatever your super hero wants to decorate with
Long sleeve shirt
Letters for the chest emblem – foam, paper. felt. wrapping paper, etc.
Headband or ribbon
Gator clip
Super Hero Printout 1
Super Hero Printout 2

1. Print out the patterns and cut them out.

2. Use regular paper to measure the mask for the eye holes before cutting on your material.

3. Glue the mask to the bottom of your crown and decorate with gems or glitter.  Cut pieces of eyelash yarn or paper to fit under the upper eye hole.  Glue in place.  If you use paper, it’s a good idea to cut the lash slits before gluing on.

4.Whether you are using material or paper, glue a piece of material to the inside of the headband. Cover the outside of the  headband and material with glue and wrap the mask and crown around it.  Make sure it’s not too close to the eye holes.  Use clothespins to hold it together as it dries.  If you don’t want to use a headband – make holes on the outer points of the mask and use ribbons for ties.

5. Make your chest emblem any shape you want and glue on letters, or a logo or anything at all  Glue the gator pin on the back, reenforce with material.  I used felt on the back with a slit so that I could slip the clip through.

6. Use your imagination do the magic and have FUN!



Aleene’s Kids’ Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets

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Kids Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets EcoHeidi Borchers

Girls of all ages will love these bright and fun water bottle bracelets by EcoHeidi Borchers. Wrapped in fabric strips, water bottle bracelets can be made to mix and match and are fun to share with your friends!

Watch EcoHeidi’s Water Bottle Friendship Bracelets YouTube video tutorial!


Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Water bottles (smooth sided water bottles are the best for this project)
Craft knife
Blue masking tape (1/2″ wide or 1″ wide cut down to 1/2″)
Small hole punch (for embroidery floss)
Fabric – torn into approximately 1/2″ wide strips
Embroidery floss and needle

1. Wrap masking tape around water bottle to measure off cutting area for one bracelet. Use craft knife to carefully cut through water bottle. If needed, use scissors to straighten cutting lines. Remove masking tape (as use again for additional bracelets.)

2. If you plan on stitching on buttons or embellishment, use hole punch to punch two small holes side-by-side in bracelet.

3. Apply line of Aleene’s Tacky Glue to end of first fabric strip. Glue end to inside of bracelet near the two holes you punched. This will make it easier to find those two holes again.

4. Begin wrapping fabric around and around bracelet overlapping each section and pulling tight. When you reach the end, cut off excess fabric and glue end to the inside of bracelet.

5. Thread embroidery floss onto needle. Use needle to find punched holes.

6. Thread two buttons onto floss. Working from the outside of the bracelet, press needle through first hole and back up through second hole, bringing thread back through buttons. Tie ends of thread into double knot to secure buttons to bracelet. If desired, tie floss into bow. Apply small dab of glue to center of bow to hold in place.

7. For another embellishment idea, cut shapes from water bottles (heart or star). Paint back of shape. Let dry. Punch two holes and attach to bracelet with embroidery floss.

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Paper Plate Owl by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Paper Plate Owl EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers created this super cute owl from paper plates!  She found the perfect fluted-edge plates at Target and cut the owl feathers. Her easy faux-patina painting technique transforms this project into the look of weathered metal.

Watch EcoHeidi’s Paper Plate Owl YouTube video tutorial!



Aleene’s Tacky Glue
White paper plates (2-1/2 plates per owl)
Paper Plate Owl Patterns
18 gauge florist wire
Wire cutters
Florist tape – brown
Wax paper
Spray paint – copper metallic
Blue masking tape
Acrylic paint – medium teal, light teal, green, white
Sea sponge

1. Cut owl patterns from center of paper plates.

2. For legs, wrap wire with florist tape.

3. Apply Aleene’s Tacky glue to one side of owl body, place both wire legs in place and glue second owl body in place, sandwiching the wire legs in between. Use clothespins to hold the layers together. Set aside to dry.

4. Cut fluted edges of plates into feathers.

5. Squeeze puddle of glue onto wax paper. Dip end of feather(s) into glue and place onto owl body, starting at the bottom and working up by layering the rows of feathers.

6. When you reach the top, just glue the feathers hanging over the top edge. You can cut them off when the glue is dry. Glue feathers onto wing pieces. Glue wings onto body.

Paper Plate Owl Feet EcoHeidi Borchers7. In a well ventilated area, spray entire owl and both legs with spray paint.

8. Use masking tape to hold the smaller owl body pieces onto spraying surface so that they don’t blow away when you spray. Let dry.

9. Use sea sponge to apply acrylic paint over sprayed pieces layering each color for a faux patina effect. Be sure to leave some copper showing through.

10. Use brush to apply acrylic paint in any areas that the sponge does not reach and to apply to eyes.  Let dry.

11. Glue owl eyes and beak in place. Let dry.

12. Bend bottom leg wire to create triangles (for feet) so that the owl can stand.

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