Sep 26, 2013

DIY {Wine Bag and Tag} with FolkArt and a Michael’s Giveaway

{Northern Cottage} stenciled wine bag and tag

I’ve partnered up with FolkArt for this latest project….They sent some goodies from their new paint line FolkArt Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint which works on lots of surfaces (fabric, glass, wood, metal, etc.) 

So cool to have one go-to paint rather than needing separate paints for each surface and it's dishwasher safe and machine washable, too – that sure expands the crafty possibilities!! They also sent along some new stencils from Handmade Charlotte.  Both the paint and stencils are available at Michael's.

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**Keep reading…you’ll have a chance to win a $100 gift card to Michaels and a gift pack of this amazing FolkArt Multi Surface Paint!!


This Upcycled Wine Bag and Tag are made from a men’s shirtsleeve and a laminate counter sample from the home improvement store. 

{Northern Cottage} just for you wine bag and tag


  • Men’s long sleeve shirt (hubby won’t miss one spare shirt!)
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Sewing Machine (or hand sew if you like)
  • Handmade Charlotte Stencil (tons of cute options but I fell in ♥ with this arrow stencil to use first!)
  • Folk Art multi-surface paint
  • Folk Art clear chalkboard paint
  • Sponge stencil brush
  • Twine
  • Tag (I used a leftover laminate counter sample from when we did our kitchen – I knew I kept them for a reason!)

{Northern Cottage} wine bag supplies


Cut a sleeve off the shirt a little longer than the bottle you’ll be gifting, sew the bottom/cut-side closed leaving the cuff intact for the top.  Place some cardboard into the sleeve (so it doesn’t bleed through) and stencil the arrow (sooo cute!) several times on the outside.  Be sure to dab off extra paint from the brush before you stencil so you get a crisp clear result.  Let dry. 

Next, paint your tag with black Folk Art multi-surface paint, let dry a few hours and then coat with multi-surface clear chalkboard paint (which I think might be the coolest thing since sliced bread!), let dry an hour and do another coat.  Let cure for 24 hours.  Remember to condition the tag by rubbing a piece of chalk across the surface.

Insert your bottle (wine or sparking cider perhaps?) and tie the top with string, twine and add your tag!

{Northern Cottage} chalkboard tag

This is perfect for hostess gifts, neighbor gift, to bring to a dinner party, pretty much any gift occasion!

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Go raid hubby’s closet (shhhhh – I won’t tell!!… or go hit the thrift store for spare long sleeve shirts to whip up a few of these to have on hand for gift giving time!)

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{Bonus}: FolkArt is doing a giveaway--a FolkArt Multisurface prize pack and $100 Michael's gift card! What would you do with a $100 Michael's gift card?  Now that would be a FuN shopping trip!!  I hope ya win!!

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Jul 18, 2013

{a very pretty Porch Party}

{NorthernCOTTAGE} a pretty porch party

wanna join us for a pretty PORCH PARTY?? 
We have donuts and eclairsAnd lemonade, china, burlap, mason jars, vintage enamelware.  Look around and you’ll find lace, rustic wood, colorful banners – oh my!

You’ve probably heard of David Tutera who’s known for wedding/event planning.  He’s got a gorgeous new line of wedding and craft supplies: David Tutera Casual Elegance Collection with stuff we adore (I’m talking burlap, metal, chalkboard, lace, etc)    You can use these to create charming rustic, yet modern, effortlessly chic results (found exclusively at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.)  To create the overall sweet charming vibe for this porch party, I shopped around my cottage for fun, mostly vintage, items and also incorporated goodies from the David Tutera Casual Elegance line

The other day I showed you our sweet vintage layered hammockAfter a little afternoon nap in the warm summer breeze, one is bound to be famished, right?… Why not set up a fun little treat table on the front porch to enjoy with your lovies?

{NorthernCOTTAGE} breezy summer style

ahhhh…. ♥♥♥   

Can I get you some lemonade or sweet tea perhaps?  What’s better than drinking out of mismatched mason jars??…talk about casual but oh so fun!  Using cute striped straws adds instant charm!  A taller mason jar can also serve as a vase for wildflowers (wrapped in lace and burlap flowers)!  I ♥ this little potting table turned vintage beverage station!


Let’s jump over to our food Pastry Station {who needs actual food when you can have pastries??}


I put together a couple rustic ladders and put a painted board across the steps to form a little buffet. 

The banner in the front of the ladders was created using supplies like:

* twine
* lace
* burlap ribbon
* little wired flowers

So cute right?   Here’s how:  just take a length of jute twine (however long you want your finished banner to be), cut 8 to 10 strips of the lacey ribbon (about 6 inches or so each), tie them to the twine and then sew (or glue) on some doilies, burlap ribbon bits and twist on some burlap wired flowers.  So rustically elegant!!

Rustic Banner step by step

It matches the one I’ve strung across the front of the hammock in the garden!

{NorthernCOTTAGE} lace ribbon creations

Back at the pastry station…I made the cake stands using vintage pie tins and cake pans and glued them upside down on top of candlesticks ♥    They hold donuts with homemade icing and sprinkles galore and homemade eclairs – num num num!!


One of my fav elements from this décor line is the eyelet lace paper lanterns…ahhhh so cute!  Assemble the lantern frame, tie on some bakers twine to the bottom and then attach bits of twine to cute little farmers market baskets and they become…


{Mini Hot Air Balloons}!!

The table is set with a vintage sheet topped off with burlap and lace layers.  Each place setting has a pretty antique linen napkin wrapped with a butterfly napkin ring and a pretty little gift box (with extra little goodies tucked inside in case you don’t get enough sugar from the donuts!  ha!)


We also have wildflowers and peonies from our yard tucked in mason jar vases and stacked on top of layers of burlap and lace with burlap flowers added too.  And I used chalkboard stakes to mark ‘sip’ & ‘nibble’ signs to show the different stations on the porch


The backdrop has several banners and more layers of burlap and swags of ribbon strung up.

{NorthernCOTTAGE} ribbon chandie on the porch

We have the rustic ribbon chandie hanging over the table.  I’m smitten with that thing!!

These stinkin little grey tin buckets were used to hold extra sprinkles for the treats…sprinkle on baby!!


As you’ve seen, many of the items were crafted using elements from the David Tutera Casual Elegance line which many might think of more for wedding décor but you can use them for so.much.more

LIKE: a garden party, a little girls tea party, an afternoon luncheon with the girls. a romantic dinner with your honey, an ice cream social or maybe even just a picnic in the yard with the kiddos.  ♥♥♥

It’s the little things in decor that can make these everyday events even more special and even more pretty!

So run on out and grab some of these supplies to help make your next ‘everyday moment’ even more special!  I dare ya to tie on your thinking cap and think of using things in different, unintended ways. 

Because….Having all these things all collected together {along with adorable loved ones munching on yummy pretty donuts makes for one very pretty afternoon indeed!}

Check out more pretty from the David Tutera line here:


And check out some other very pretty creations with these goodies:


Happy Day to you my friends!!

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