Dec 8, 2011

Primitive Rag Balls

I call these simple "rag balls" when they don't have the hook for hanging. Rag balls are a common primitive decoration in the country around here. 

All you need is some plain ole' Styrofoam balls, fabric and hot glue!
Cut up the fabric in manageable strips, depending on the size of your Styrofoam balls, and hot glue'em on. Add on some crafting wire if you want a hanger. And that's it.
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image from Walmart.com

You can simply fill any old bowl with them to add a dash of color here or there.

 


Below are some hand-made Christmas tree rag balls I made.




Price: $1.00 each for hanging ragball ornaments (with wire hook) = Sold out
Price: $4.95 for a set of 5 Ragball bowl fillers (without hooks)

Update: New patterns/colors to choose from in Booth #555. Photos coming soon!

Dec 7, 2011

TOBACCO STICK STAR | DOOR WREATH

Here is my Tobacco Stick Star


I used some of the old tobacco sticks I had laying around.
 I had my husband nail them with a nail gun in the shape of stars.  

The basic star pattern, laid out on the ground. 
Here they are in full size, laid out. For this door star I had to cut the full size sticks down.

For decoration, I added a handmade bow and glued on some gold beads and here you have it.

But after looking at it with the beads, I really prefer it plain with some homespun ribbon instead of the fancy, gold bow.

It's for sale in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555
Price: $9.99 Sold 
THANK YOU!



Here are a few more tobacco stick stars that I made without anything fancy:
I just dry brushed on some red paint to the edges and added a grapevine wreath to the center

This is one plain before I did any painting or decorations. I sell them like this also. They are great hanging on barns and sheds.
Here is a larger tobacco stick star that I had him nail together so I could stick it around behind my flowers for interest. 

For those of you that don't know what a tobacco stick is. It is actual sticks that are sharpened to a point on each end. 
They were used when growing fields of tobacco. 
And after the cutting of the tobacco in the fields, the sticks (along with spears on the ends) would be shoved through the stalks of the tobacco, one by one, until the sticks were full of tobacco, and then that is how the tobacco was hung in the barns to cure.
Anyways, I cut the ends of each stick (because they are pretty long) and shortened them to make a small enough star for my door. 

 

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