When I do vintage projects I always have my great grandmother in mind. I met her, but never knew her. My mom did though. I think about a strong farm woman in Nebraska cooking, loving, and being. I see her being frugal with her materials. So, I didn’t cut off the tails to make them shorter, I used what I had. On my favorite ornament there are three knots in the tails. This is because I could either cut them to be the length I was imaging or find a way to use what was there instead of throwing it away.
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- Tag: Eye Connect Crafts – Small Arched Tag. Sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Red Barn and Suede.
- Images: Canvas Corp Brands – Better Not Pout. I scanned this, resized them, and printed on thin copy paper. I then used water around each side so that I could pull of the paper and it would have a ragged edge. Each edge was distress with Distress Ink – Walnut Stain.
- Paper Beads: These were created with Peanuts and Pretzel paper. I brushed on Glimmer Mist – Red Barn, and then sprayed on Glimmer Mist Suede. I cut them 1 inch on the long side, tapered into a point. Then I wrapped them around a paintbrush handle, and glued them with Mod Podge. Allow to dry, make sure that the tail end stays adhered.
- Braided Jute: I did this several ways. I will describe the best way! Cut 3 lengths of 40 inches, yes that long! Tape them together at one end and again at 5 inches in. Braid all but about 5 inches. Tape where you ended braiding and at the end. Weave the braid through the holes, creating a loop at the top, and making sure the tails that aren’t woven through are somewhat even. Tie a square knot at the base of the tag, tight to the tag.
- Finishing the Jute: Remove the tape that is about 5 inches in. Tie a knot. Thread the paper bead on. Tie a know tight to the bottom. Remove the tape at the end. Tie 3 knots in each tail. Repeat on the other tail.
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