Monday, April 4, 2011

Mushroom Top Tags and the Bloom Bar

Believe it or not, this tag is made out of craft foam.


This isn't your children's craft foam...
...well, actually... it is.


It becomes something more if you open up your mind just a little bit.
This neon and... dare I say it... "tacky"... material is one that I have always overlooked... until I received this book for my birthday (thank you Mom).

visit Rebekah Meier's website

While this tag project isn't found within these pages, I was inspired to think outside of the craft box because of this book.  What I ended up with looks far from "tacky" (at least in my opinion) and reminds me of an earthy mushroom top.  Hence, Mushroom Top Tags.



Here's the how to...

1.  Gather up those supplies.  
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • glue gun (no gluesticks required)
  • craft paint, paintbrush, water in little dish
  • pen or pencil
  • cardstock
  • string or jute
  • and the star of the show - craft foam sheets
{I accidently bought the kind with a peel and stick backing (who knew there was such a thing?!), but it worked out much better anyway.}




2. Trace and cut out circles of craft foam.
This spool of string was the exact size and shape that I was looking for.


3.  Round the edges.
Scissors make this trimming task a snip!


4.  Etch into the foam.
A hot glue gun becomes an improvised heated etching tool to carve letters into the foam.

{Disclaimer:  Please understand that your hot glue gun was not intended for this purpose.  Take all safety precautions and do so at your own risk.}


5.  Make tiny foam circles.
This handy hole punch does the job.


6.  Stick to it!
Partly peel away the larger circle's backing.  Place the tiny circles, face down, along the edge.  Be sure to let them overhang.


This treatment gives the illusion of a pretty scalloped edge.


7.  The tag takes shape.
Remove the backing from the tiny circles and place onto sheet of cardstock.  Punch a hole in the cardstock - this is where the string will be tied.  Draw a curved shape around this hole.


8.  Trim and proper.
Cut out around your foam shape.  No need to be perfect... imperfection adds character and charm!


9.  Tone down those hues.
Burnt Umber coloured paint is dry brushed into the cracks and crevices.


10.  Add some earthy vintage flair.
Titanium White paint softens the look... don't you think?


11.  String those things.
Tie on your favourite string or ribbon.  This rustic jute contrasts nicely with the elegant scalloped edge.


12.  Hang up your hard work.
I chose to showcase my tags on simple green bottles filled with fresh Spring blooms.

Our breakfast bar has been transformed...



...into the Bloom Bar.


Come on in and have a seat.
Fresh Spring thoughts are on the menu.
Today's special: a side of tulips.

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35 comments:

  1. That's amazing that those are foam. I'm impressed! Very - actually!

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  2. SOOO cute, I have to do this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. AWESOME... They actually look like metal... LOVE it...

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  4. These are so cool! Love the little green bottles you put them on to!

    Thanks for stopping by Thrifty Like Me. Love your blog btw!

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  5. These are so neat. I've never seen anything like it. I'd love for you to link up to my Terrific Under Ten Tuesday Party sometime!

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  6. Here from Under the Table and can I just say that I have wanted to find tags like these for years! Never did I think that I could make them with the foam sheets! This is AWESOME!!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!!!

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  7. This is so cute - you are so creative! Your tea towels are great too. LOVE the stripes. :)
    Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

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  8. BILLIANT! I'm adding this to my list of things to try. Visiting from Beach Cottage Weds.

    -Aaron {the girl with the boy's name}

    www.mudpiesandmarigolds.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow, this is Lovely! Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

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  10. I've added this tutorial to my Idea File on my blog. It is adorable!
    http://www.mccormickmadness.com

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  11. Your tags are featured on my blog today! Come grab an I'm featured button!

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  12. This is so fantastic! I thought they were bottle tops at first! Great job!

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  13. What a beautiful transformation! I never would have guessed that was foam.

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  14. WOW!! That is a spectacular transformation! I have a ridiculous amount of craft foam - I can't wait to give this a try!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    ps - I'm your newest follower :)

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  15. Coolest creation I've ever seen! They look so distressed which is what I LOVE!

    I've highlighted this on FJI Facebook for SNS #76. :)

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Funky-Junk-Interiors/175378011140#!/photo.php?fbid=10150213644311141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&theater

    Donna

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  16. I love these. And the flower display is wonderful!
    ~Heidi

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  17. This is the best! I could not believe what it was made out of. Brave use of a glue gun! I will definately be trying this. Thanks so much for sharing your ingenious idea.
    ~Danylle

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  18. This is so great! It makes me wonder how many other things I overlook that could be made into something amazing like this! Found you on funky junk interiors- so cool!!
    Lindsay
    Craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com

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  19. AMAZING! Okay a little honesty here. I went from "yeah those are cute" to seeing them on the bottles spelling out "bloom" and thinking "HOLY SMOKES that is AWESOME!" lol. I am making some of these, you are so talented and have an eye for it really. I would be thrilled to have you share this at my VIP party this weekend =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-10.html

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  20. Those are great! I love crafty ideas that come from thinking outside the box!

    Jo @ SmileMonsters

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  21. Love, love, love! I'm a copying you!!!

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  22. I love this!! I will be following :)

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  23. Adorable. Creative. Genius.

    I am having a spring craft linky party and giveaway on my blog this Friday. I would love for you to showcase this wonderful project.

    Details are on my blog today.

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  24. These are the coolest goodies ever...where can I place my order? Xoxo

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  25. Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing!!! I love these! They have so much character and charm and they are so fun! You could use them in a million different ways! Thanks for sharing! Found you via Lovely Crafty Home. :)

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  26. for sure on the "to Do" list! love it! I am following you!
    Debbie

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  27. WOW! When I first saw your bloom jars I looked at what I thought was metal and thought to myself "shoot, I would like to do that for the bottles I have been collecting but don't have any idea where to start with that." I laughed out loud when I discovered it was that cheap puffy stuff. Way to be amazing!

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  28. This is an amazing tutorial and great idea! I want that book now. I saw someone mention this post on facebook, so I thought I'd come by and follow you on GFC and FB, so I will catch your next post. Have a good day!

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  29. Saw your post at "The Lettered Cottage"...SO creative! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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  30. These are great! I definitely need to make these!

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  31. I thought tags were made from metal! Visiting via The Lettered Cottage! =)

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