DIY felt feather garland – Vin’yet Etc.

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Welcome to July’s 12 months of DIY challenge! In case this is your very first visit here I’ll fill you in on what 12 months of DIY is. Each month I join in with 11 awesome Canadian blogging friends, we DIY something spectacular using one material.

Here is what we’ve done so far.

January – Mason Jars – Farmhouse light

February – Fabric – Blanket with pom poms

March – Wood – wood sliced art

April – Thrift Store – roll n’ go travel bag

May – Mod Podge – beginners art

June – Spray Paint  – secret garden gate from an antique crib

And for July we are using felt!

I wanted to get my craft on for this month’s project, a little bit different than my usual DIY. I’m pretty much obsessed with both feathers and garland… so this project seemed like a great idea and I’m so happy with how this adorable felt feather garland has turned out!

Our sponsor this month, The Kunin Group Eco-fiPlus Premiumfelt has very generously donated the felt you will be seeing in all of our DIY projects! This thick high quality 8 oz felt is made from recycled plastic bottles… that is just awesome! You can see what my very creative friends have made at this end of this feather garland DIY tutorial, now on to how I made this feather garland… using felt.

Materials you will need 

Two different coloured felt sheets – (I used 2 – 12″ x 17″ white and 2 – 12″ x 17″grey felt sheets to make all of the feathers)

Sharp (comfortable) scissors

Glue gun and glue sticks

Twine or string of your choice (I used bakers twine from ikea) and embroidery thread

Hand drawn feather template(s) – (I used 4 different shaped feathers)

DIY Steps

1 Draw an outline/template of any feather shape(s) that you may like on to white paper, I used some shapes that I saw on line as a guide. (In total I used 4 different shapes)

2 Cut the template feathers out of the paper, use that as a guide to cut your felt into rectangular pieces.

3 Lay your template onto the felt rectangles and cut the feather shapes out of the felt. I alternated the 4 shapes for a total of 32 grey feathers and repeated that for a total of 32 white feathers. It’s a lot of cutting, make sure to use comfy scissors.

4 Group all of your like feathers together, keeping the grey and the white in separate piles, but group same shapes together.

5 Take one group at a time, leave the grey feathers whole and cut the white feathers down the center.

6 Run a thin line of hot glue down each side of the grey feather and stick one half of the white on either side. Repeat until all of your grey feathers have white halves glued on.

**Attach the individual feathers on to your selected twine… I used embroidery thread attached to each feather and wrapped that around the bakers twine and secured that with a dot of hot glue. I wanted the feathers to move in the wind.**

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There you have it, so easy…

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I love that it can hang anywhere… in my studio.

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Or in a gorgeous back yard…

So much fun!

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY felt project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends!

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From the top left, they are:

No Sew Felt Sewing Needle Storage Case from Time With Thea

DIY Felt Succulents from Brooklyn Berry Designs

DIY Felt Feather Garland from Vin’yet Etc.

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies from Life is a Party

DIY Felt Basket from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Felt Fruit Mobile from Woman in Real Life

DIY Felt Notebook Covers from Lifeovereasy

Felt Flamingo Bag from PMQ for Two

DIY Felt Coasters from Fresh Crush

DIY Nautical Throw Pillows with Felt Fabric from Sustain My Craft Habit

Floral Felt Tic-Tac-Toe Game from The DIY Mommy

Felt Wall Organizer from Love Create Celebrate

I sure hope you’ve gathered some inspiration from all of these awesome projects made with felt!? I most definitely will use this material again, thanks once again, The Kunin Group Eco-fiPlus Premiumfelt I really enjoyed using your quality felt product!

Peace and blue skies,

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by, The Kunin Group Eco-fiPlus Premiumfelt. As always, all of the opinions here are my very own and I only recommend companies that I love and use myself.

DIY – Simple patio makeover – Extend the life of your outdoor space

Hello friends! How is summer treating you so far? We’re gearing up for a long weekend around here, yahoo for Canada Day celebrations! I can think of no better way to celebrate Canada Day than to go on tour with some kick ass Canadian bloggy friends! Haha okay, so it’s a virtual tour and we’re not a rock band or anything (but maybe one day),  regardless it’s still awesome! We are on a Canadian blogger, summer patio tour! My part of the tour is a simple DIY patio/deck makeover, basically how to extend the life of your outdoor space! Check out the other “band members” at the end of this post. 😉

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I should explain what “gearing up” for Canada Day means for  Mr. Mans and I. Basically it means we’ve decided that we won’t be doing any projects this weekend! Not a one, we are doing nothing this loooong weekend, ziltch, zero, nada, nut-n-honey! You get the picture, some of  you may even be thinking so, what’s the big deal? Well the deal-o is we’ve been so super busy working away on our rural property, refinishing our master bedroom (I promise to reveal that soon) and doing project after project that it feels like we’ve been on this hamster wheel, spinning outta control. Every weekend seems so full, visiting, projecting, laundry, house work… okay that’s a lie, what house work? HA! And then the work week strikes, you know, you probably do the same thing, lather, rinse and repeat. Sooooo,  we decided that this weekend not one project would be worked on… Hahahaha! That sounded ridiculous! Let me rephrase that, the concept is for us to not work on any projects this weekend, I’ll let you know how that pans out after this weekend is done! So you’ve read it here, we are not going to work on any projects or make any plans! Shocking!!! So why the drama? A bit of a back story for you,  since moving in 3 years ago our work shop has flooded every spring, ugh! That’s not a good thing at all when that’s kind of your bread and butter! Long story short, we had to completely redo our property’s drainage, that meant dredging out the pond on our property, the pond is a huge focal point here, it’s beautiful but it’s main function is drainage. During this process we learned that zero maintenance has been done on the pond or on the drainage of the property for over 15 years. Whomp, whomp and that equals flooding!

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Everything at one point was dug up around here and to be honest I never thought it would go back together!

We’ve been working hard on improving the drainage and I’m so happy to say it’s finally done, well almost. Just the spreading of the top soil and grass seed then this phase of property improvement is done. So how does this matter to this post? Well not only is this part of the busy, as you can imagine doing such a big project doesn’t leave much room in the budget to rebuild decks and such and that is our ultimate goal for our porch and back deck, eventually. This year though we are doing a simple patio/deck makeover and hopefully that will extend the life of our outdoor space for a couple more years, I thought I’d share some of our tips with you. We finished getting our front porch, summer ready and we decided to keep that simple too. Hmmmm, I’m seeing a theme here.

Here are some before pictures, nothing too shocking, because I’m a horrible blogger that takes horrible before pictures. But if you’re really curious about things around here you should follow me on Snapchat… that’s where I overshare. 😉 @vinyetetc

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Not a horrible space, but not a cozy place to spend a nice summer day, or a nice Canada day relaxing! 😉

The simple steps I took to refresh this space:

I emptied the deck and power washed the entire thing, I cleaned the whole floor area and let it completely dry, we get direct sun back there so we used a waterproofing sealant to extent the life of our deck, we used Olympic Maxium from Lowe’s (clear). I let that dry 24 hours and put the furniture back, as simple and as basic as that sounds… it took me all last weekend! I did do a couple of other things…

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I replaced the screens with some billowy white curtains (from Ikea), I can add the screens back if the bugs become an issue, to date though it’s been fine. We added an outdoor carpet from Ikea, this really tied the whole space together for a very reasonable cost! This made the space feel so much bigger and cozy! Need I say more?

A few weeks ago we also covered the glass table top with a wooden top, a new patio set wasn’t in the cards this year either… I hated that glass table, this I don’t mind at all. We refurbished an old room heater and made a swag light for over the table with an Ikea light kit, I adore the way that turned out it’s just perfect for the back deck!

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I created a planting/drying area for peonies, herbs and such using the side of an antique crib by leaning it up against the house… I made a garden gate with the headboard of the same crib, you can see how we did that here. I also made a very simple wind chime with some spare drift wood and a vintage clamp pant hanger, it’s kind of adorable. :)

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This space is now the perfect area to chill, catch up on some serious magazine reading and drink that lemon water down on a hot day!

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I posted this on Instagram this past week… I’m going a little flower crazy over there, if you like flowers, I’d love it if you joined me! :)

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And now for the rest of the “band” haha, but seriously make sure to check out all of the awesome from my bloggy friends, some patio inspiration to create your own summer time vibes!

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View Becki’s summer deck – The Uncommon Law

Come for a drink on Ariel’s patio – PMQ for two

View Meredith’s balcony patio – Coral & Mint

Check out Laurie’s simple patio upgrades – Vin’yet Etc.

Tour Dannyelle’s patio updates – Life is a Party

Andrea shows us how to love our suburban backyards – Personally Andrea

Get a peek into Tara’s backyard – Suburble

Relax on Joann’s funky chairs – Woman in Real Life

Thank you so much for stopping in, peace and blue skies! xo

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Happy Canada Day, cheers!

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Industrial style desk ~ reveal 2/3

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Welcome to part 2 of this 3 part series, the second industrial desk is built and I must say that we are all very happy with how it turned out! Our audio student had some design elements that he wanted incorporated into the second desk, I think we met all of his needs. This post […]

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Project ~ Summer Kitchen

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What is a summer kitchen? Before moving into our 1854 farm house I had no idea what it was, I certainly would have never guessed that it was considered a luxury if a home had a summer kitchen. In reality all this wide open room had going for it was the fact that the cooking […]

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DIY ~ Influenced by…

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There are so many influences and inspirations out there… this series will be dedicated to what makes me want to give it a go… add my own spin. ~ This “influenced by” is from Sow & Dipity, you can find her blog HERE. She’s a real sweetie, her name is Shelly… you should check out […]

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Industrial style desk ~ reveal 1/3

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Happy Birthday Munk! Munker, is the nickname we gave to our baby boy Michael, “baby” is a relative term today because he’s 6′-4″ and not much of a baby any more! :’) Our “baby” just turned 23 on March 20th – I can’t even believe it! Time is a bitter sweet thing… As a young […]

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DIY ~ influenced by…

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Since I’ve been blogging (a month and a bit), I’ve been extremely influenced by the creativity out there… inspired enough to do my own version of what they did, call it copying, doing a knock-off or I’ve even heard the term slagging… regardless, I felt inspired enough to get off my butt and try some […]

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Tin Barn Market

Tin Barn Market | Vin'yet Etc.

“Create. Re-purpose. Re-invent. LOVE again.” This concept isn’t new, it isn’t something we haven’t heard before… so what makes this shop “blog-worthy”? The two very inspirational women that own this shop are what make this “blog-worthy”!!! Oh don’t get me wrong, the “market” is full of different, eclectic hand picked items that make any kindred […]

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Confessions of a Newbie…

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It’s been one month exactly since I became a blogger! Happy anniversary to us! Over 3 1/2 months since I’ve felt this way… So why am I feeling so blah? Why the heck am I waking up in the middle of the night with self doubt! I have nothing to stress about, my family is […]

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DIY clock

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My love of re-purposing and antiques, added to that a slight obsession with clocks, (alright “slight” may be an understatement) a full blown fixation is more like it! This DIY is gonna be awesome! 😀 A clock made out of an antique stovepipe collar…what? Yep, I’ve seen these pipe surrounds used many different ways. Some […]

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My Catch # 4

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Metropolis Living, my 4th and final stop on what I am touting as my dream day! In my last post I said I was saving the best until last… What I mean by that is, while all of the places were awesome & amazing, for me personally this place was the cherry on top of […]

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Our first DIY

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Hi There… This is our very first DIY post and it’s kind of terrifying. SO many good blogs out there, how do we make this one our very own? Jump in both feet, be yourself… The only way we know how. This post is dedicated to a very good friend of ours, Dwight. He has […]

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My Catch #3

Jaws Antiques

My 3rd stop of the day was just down the street, no moving of the car! Awesome!!! Jaws Antiques… Interesting name! I had read some reviews on this place and was excited to get some deals… The contrast from my last stop to this place was evident right away! It was packed with everything from […]

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My Catch #2

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Driving into the heart of the city I had no idea what to expect. I’ve done city driving, I’m good to go, right? Well there is a lot of negativity out there ref Toronto driving, I must admit I was a little anxious… I am happy to report though that not one bad thing happened, […]

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My Catch #1

The salvage-shop

Hey there, as some of you may know I had a pretty huge adventure on Saturday! While Bud was at the car show in Toronto (boring), I went hunting! And yes my eyes were WAY bigger than my budget (of course-I wanted everything) and even the amount of time in the day wasn’t enough! It’s […]

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Happy Hunting!

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“Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting wabbits”. Okay maybe not wabbits per say, but goodies… I’ll be cruzin’ vintage, antique and loveliness this coming weekend! This is my first hunting trip, I’ll be hitting up 8 stores in the Toronto area! My eyes may be way bigger than my pocket book, or my comfortable shoes […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

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This is our first post, thought I would launch the site with a Valentine tribute to my Mr. Mans… June 17th, 1989, our wedding day… Keep in mind this was the 80’s and poofy was the style! 😉 Kissing my husband for the first time! Our first dance as husband and wife! xo Awwww, so […]

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