Saturday, November 19, 2011

so knotty tutorial - home sweet home hanger

welcome back gypsies for today's "so knotty" tutorial, the "home sweet home hanger"
for this project i used papers from authentique's "splendid" collection, a beautiful combination of blues, greens and golds. the twinery's "stone", "cappuccino" and "buttercream" coordinate beautifully.
so first, i sanded and shredded the heck out of a 3 1/2"x 5 1/4" piece of the "foundation" paper that comes with every collection. it's really a great idea - you get two 12"x12" sheets in a base color with subtle pattern that coordinates with the whole collection.

i also chose a "headline" card from the collection as the main element of the hanger and sanded the heck out of that too.
to make the "knotty" flower, i started by tracing 5 circles onto a piece of scrap paper. i used "glue n seal", filling a circle with a liberal amount. then, starting in the center and using my burnishing tool, i set the end of the twine {the twinery's "lemon drop"} in the circle's center and started working it into a coil. you'll want 5 circles to make a daisy.
the great thing about "glue n seal" is that it has a fairly long dry time, and dries clear, so you have time to work and your glue doesn't show!

while the flower petals dry, it's a good time to braid the hanger. using "stone", "cappuccino" and "buttercream" twine, cut 5 strands of each color  ~14" long. keep each color bundled together, and tie a knot at one end, leaving a bit as the "tassel". then braid the entire length leaving about 2" at the end to tie a knot, but don't tie it yet.

assemble the card, layering the "home" element on top of the blue paper, then onto a 4"x5 3/4" paper that's been sanded and inked with "iced spruce" distress ink. punch two regular-sized holes in the top corners of the card. feed through the braid so your knot is on the card front, then thread through the loose end of the braid, and tie it off leaving the knot and a tassel on the front of the card.

to assemble the flower, start by tieing a bit of twine into a button, and glue the button as the flower's center. then glue the petals around, leaving a little space in between. i used a piece of authentique's "free bird" paper, and tim holtz's "tattered leaves" die to create the leaf, crumpling the paper and inking the edges with "iced spruce" for added leafiness. a tiny heart lock tied with twine completes the hominess.

i hope you were inspired today to make good things - things for home and hearth. don't forget to leave a comment below so you're entered to win this fabulous prize.
and make sure you come back on november 23 for my very festive xmas tag. there's lots of techniques in that one so you won't want to miss it.

thank you for stopping by my caravan, have great journeys this week, and stop back soon!


  1. Love these clever little circles made into a flower! Wonderful hanging! I must get some twine and give it a try- thank you for all your inspiration!

  2. So creative. Thanks for showing the possibilities.

  3. Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.
    Luvs lucy

  4. So cute and it doesn't seem like it takes too long to make. Perfect for someone like me with ADD. lol