Friday, April 13, 2012

Faux floating buoy....a tutorial

Hello my sweet friends, I hope you had a wonderful week.  I'm so glad it's the weekend, aren't you?

Before anything else, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your well wishes.  I realize you likely have many other blogs you follow, but that you take the time to leave your sweet comments means a great deal and they do not go unappreciated. 

So before I take a little leave, please know that I will miss you and didn't want to leave you hanging, so I worked on a couple of little projects that are scheduled to post throughout the week.  They didn't take too much time to create, but I hope you will enjoy them.   

I've been wanting  to make this craft since Christmas but wanted to wait for the 'right' time to do so.  I hope your Christmas box is not too far out of reach cause you're going to have to dig through it.

Clear Christmas Bulbs
Blue/Green Food Colouring

- Using the same technique used here, dye the Christmas bulbs.
- Please refer to this tutorial to tie your jute netting, but start by making a hoop that will fit at the bottom as shown. 
- Tie a knot at the top 
- You're done.  So super easy, no?

I love how they turned out so beachy!  

I was patting myself on the back for a brilliant idea and then spotted these...Pottery Barn buoy glass filler: beautiful and a "steal" at $25.68 for a set of 6.  But given it cost me $2.99 - the price of discounted bulbs at the end of the season - I think I'll stick with mine. 

I made some using jute and some using 
white cotton string, both from Canvas Corp...

Well my sweet friends, I hope you enjoyed this last 'live' post as the balance of the posts this week will be scheduled (so please forgive me not responding to your comments right away).  

The posts are reflective of my state of mind ('beachy') and no, I won't be posting pictures of me laying at the beach, but they may make you long for summer....;) I sure hope you love them, I kinda do...

So it is with a little bit of a heavy heart (but I'm not going to lie, excitement too) that I say to you...see ya' in a week's time.  Please take care of yourselves and say a little prayer for me and my family so we may have a safe and enjoyable trip.  

luv ya all bunches and bunches.

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  1. Lucy, have a great time on your vacation! Thanks for sharing this great idea that we can use for our summer decorating.

  2. I think you are genious! They are so cute!!! What a clever idea!!

  3. Have a fabulous time Lucy.
    Thanks for these great buoys!

  4. These are BRILL ;) Love em a bunch ~ I'll be sharing on my fb page. Have to pass them along =) Enjoy your vaca! Have fun and travel safe.

  5. they look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your tutorials. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  6. So sweet and summery. Have a great time.

  7. What a great way to use the balls. Happy time on your vacation. We just returned from S.Florida ourselves and miss it already!

  8. I hope that u have a great trip.

  9. Love this craft.So easy and looks like summer.Have a wonderful,safe,relaxing trip.

  10. Love this idea, Lu. It's simple but great looking. Hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

  11. These are really amazing! Love them!
    p.s. have a great trip!

  12. Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? Just brilliant, Lucy. I love those glass buoys and recently bought one--I saw the small ones at PB, too. I wonder if glass ornaments are available right now?? Have a great time on your vacation!

  13. Wonderfull idea! Thank's! I really like beach/sea-decoration, espacally in summer!

  14. This awesome! I love this and I hope I can find some clear Christmas balls!

  15. Have a wonderful trip! Enjoy the time off. Although it's hard to step away, it's good for the soul. :) Love the buoys. We have a few fishermen in my family and these remind me of them. Take Care, Mel

  16. I love these- and I loved them the first time I saw them back when Kim at Sand & Sisal did them {}

    1. I think Kim's are very pretty and using a pre-made net is a great idea and a time saver. xo

  17. beautiful lu, just perfectly beautiful! :) your projects always always inspire me---thank you!

  18. What a fantastically beachy idea! I love this. Have a great vacation.

  19. Oh my gosh, Lucy...your creativity never ceases to amaze me...and your photos are always so gorgeous...thank you so much for the inspiration!

  20. Love these and all things sea!! I'm your newest follower!

  21. These are great! I lived in Hawaii for 6 years and the real ones would wash up now and again- this totally reminded me of some great times! I'll have to remember this one!
    xo Becca

  22. I love how these turned out - great idea to use the plastic balls!
    Thanks for sharing - Lowri

  23. I love your ingenuity. I would of never thought to use glass christmas bulbs. Very cool and thanks for sharing. : )

  24. I've been collecting vintage glass floats for about two years - I just love them :-) Your take on floats great! They look just like the real thing. I've been thinking about putting some glass floats in the planters on my front porch this summer, but I think I might follow your tutorial and make some faux ones instead - just in case there's a float thief in our neighbourhood ;-)


  25. I am really tickled to find this tutorial; these floats are fabulous! Thank you!

  26. These are wonderful! We hope to see you back next week to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming!! -The Sisters

  27. Someone posted these to Pinterest. What a great idea & they're so pretty. What did you do with the opening of the ornament? How did you cover them up?


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