Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sparkle, Shimmer & Twine with Tulip Shimmer Sheets

Burlap and twine are two of my favorite "go-to" [also known as "must-have"] embellishments.  I love their natural, earthy look and texture.  However, as we all know, opposites attract.  This became evident once again when a brown paper package recently arrived on my doorstep.  I quickly opened the package to find a goldmine of Tulip's Fashion Glitter and Shimmer Transfer Sheets.
As I am participating in Tulip's Shimmer Holiday 2012 campaign, Tulip sent me a great selection of their glittery and shimmery products to try.  I decided to combine my "go to" favorites with Tulip's Fashion Glitter Shimmer Transfer Sheets and their Glam-It-Up Iron-on Glass Crystals to create a set of glass candle holders that will literally make the holidays shine!  

Here's a tutorial on this holiday DIY project.  In addition to the Shimmer Transfer Sheets and Glass Crystals, gather the following materials:  burlap, three tall glass cylinders [hello, dollar store] and baker's twine.  You will also need circle punches, a paper cutter, an iron, double-sided tape, and a hot glue gun.
First, iron the burlap so it lays flat and wrinkle-free.
Cut out three pieces of burlap, each 4" wide x 12" long.  This was a good size for my glass cylinders allowing for a one-inch overlap. 

Punch several small and large circles from the red shimmer transfer sheet.  I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the punches worked with the shimmer sheets.
Carefully position the shimmer circles, smooth side down, on your first piece of burlap.  Place a clean dishtowel [or other lightweight cloth] on top of the burlap.  Using a hot iron, press your design for approximately 40 seconds. 
When I lifted the towel, I wondered how a few of the circles ended up on the towel.  When I looked closer, I realized I had placed a few of the circles wrong side up on the burlap, so they adhered to the towel instead.  I guess that is one way you can decorate two items at once! 
After a few additional punched circles and a little more ironing,
I ended up with this design, much better for the intended project.
For the second candle holder, cut long strips from the red and gold shimmer transfer sheets.  Since I cannot cut a straight line, I used a paper cutter, which worked out perfectly.   Then iron the strips onto the burlap in the same way as above. 
For the third candle holder, cut small triangles to create a banner.  Place them in a curvy line.
After ironing the triangles onto the burlap, adhere twine above the triangles to create a banner. [I found that a hot glue gun worked best for this step.]

Then, using Tulip's Glam-It-Up Heat Setting Tool, adhere red Glass Crystals to the top and bottom of each triangle.  The heat-setting tool made it so easy to adhere the crystals exactly where I wanted them. 
Is it just me, or do the triangles seem to resemble reindeer?
Adhere the burlap strips to the cylinders using double-sided sticky tape. 
Then add a few embellishments:
Perhaps a bow tie
[also made from the shimmer sheets]
Or use twine to tie cinnamon sticks and holly around the burlap.
Add pillar candles, and you have a beautiful centerpiece ready to be displayed on a table or mantel just in time for the holidays.
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There you have it!  Burlap and Sparkle!  Who knew? 

Thank you, Tulip, for inspiring me with your beautiful shimmer and glitter products.  For many more shimmery and glittery ideas, visit Tulip at:
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  1. So cute! I love what you did with the burlap and glitter!

  2. These are simply beautiful! I love burlap and twine, so you just can't go wrong there!

  3. These are gorgeous! I love the combination of the rustic burlap with the glitzy shimmer. Well done!


  4. I would like to invite you to join me at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope you can make it!
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  5. lovely, great tutorial too. thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop.xo

  6. Great way to dress up burlap!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link part is open.

  7. I really want to try this product. Looks so fun. I am following you now ;)

  8. Dorreen that is a great project. They turned out wonderfully!

  9. Thank you for sharing your project on A Crafty Soiree, cohosted by myself and Malia at Yesterday on Tuesday. I've featured yours on this week's linky party. It will be up on Thursday at midnight EST. Please come by and see it & join us again by showing off more of your crafty skills!

  10. I just found out I'm allergic to burlap but these are adorable enough to risk it. Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!

  11. How cute and easy! Thanks so much for linking up!

  12. the burlap wraps look so festive! thanks for sharing at CCC
    catching you this week

  13. These are super cool! Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)

  14. Those look great! I love the burlap and twine combo too. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!


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