Tied Ribbon Wreath for Fall

A tied ribbon wreath is a great way to include beautiful colors and textures in your home decor.  In this fall version, I used earth toned ribbons in a variety of materials, along with a metal leaf and wood buttons to add some natural flair.  Cut or torn fabric strips would make a pretty alternative for a more rustic wreath.

Fall Tied Wribbon Wreath from Carla Schauer Designs


For this wreath, I used a STYROFOAM Brand Foam wreath form approximately 8″ in diameter.  Tip: Painting the front of the wreath using a foam brush and acrylic paint will camouflage the form in case it happens to peek through the ribbons.


While the painted wreath form dries, cut several lengths of each ribbon type.  The amount of ribbon needed will vary, depending on the size of the wreath form and the width of the ribbon. My form required around 50 pieces, each 10″ long.  Widths ranged from 1/2 to 1″.


Beginning with the wider ribbons, tie the pieces around the form. Fill in the spaces with the narrower pieces, adjusting the position of the knots as necessary to cover any gaps.


Once all the ribbons are tied around the wreath form, the whole project might look a little scary.  Mine resembled a big autumn-colored ribbon Medusa.  No worries, though, we’ll fix that.

ribbon-wreath-ties-2_webOnce all the ribbon ends have been trimmed to approximately 1.5 inches long (use sharp fabric scissors for clean edges), scary Medusa will be transformed into a pretty tied ribbon wreath ready for embellishing.


Glue dark brown button “berries” tied with orange embroidery floss around the wreath, and a large aged metal leaf as an accent.  More buttons tied with cream floss can be glued on top of the leaf for additional coordinating color and texture.


With no time or labor-intensive techniques to deal with, this tied ribbon wreath can be assembled quickly and easily.   Plus, it makes a great stash-buster project, using pieces that may be left over from previous projects.  Dive into your ribbon stash and make one today!

ribbon-wreath-final_webThanks for stopping by!



Campfire Wishing Stones Craft

One of the best ways to keep kids entertained while camping is to have a great stash of camp crafts ready to make.These “wishing stones” are made with melted crayons, and no two are ever the same.


Find some smooth stones on your nature scavenger hunt, or bring some with you, along with a handful of crayons. This is a great way to use up all those broken pieces.


Have an adult place your stones in the fire coals to heat. We like to use kitchen tongs for adding and removing stones.  While the stones are heating, have the kids peel any wrappers off the crayons.


Remove stones from fire and place on paper towel or plate.  Press crayons against hot stones to melt wax. Make lines, dots, flowers, or whatever your imagination desires.

*Safety note:  kids should use paper towel or plate to turn stones, not fingers. Stones are hot!


Experiment with metallic, shimmery, and other types of crayons, they all melt with different effects.  Let stones cool and wax harden before touching.

20140719-165551-60951938.jpgFor bonus fun, before crayon wax hardens, sprinkle wishing stones with glow-in-the-dark glitter.  “Charge” glitter with a flashlight for glowing nighttime entertainment and extra-special wishes.

Thanks for stopping by!  For more fab camping crafts, check out the rest of the posts on this month’s Craft Lightning series.


Travel Bingo for Kids

When I was a kid, we vacationed in a series of Griswold-worthy road trips.  Each was complete with side trips to see local “largest ball of twine” style landmarks and random unscheduled detours, all in our wood paneled Buick station wagon with luggage on top.  Niagara Falls, Mackinac Island, Philadelphia, Hershey PA, Myrtle Beach, Disney, and every Midwestern destination between…we did them all.

Confession:  Some of those road trips I remember more than the vacation destination itself.

Free printable travel bingo game for kids from carlaschauer.com

Printable Travel Bingo for Kids


We played the license plate game, and searched for the letters of the alphabet, but our favorite was always Travel Bingo.  There would be a new list each trip, filled with some old favorites and more new items to find.  The only problem was that in the early road trip years, my sister couldn’t read yet.  So before we could start, I had to sketch little pictures of each one.   Pure torture for a kid waiting to play!

It also would have been great if Mom could draw.  But her genius in making staring out a car window into a fun game makes up for it.

Free Printable Travel Bingo for Kids

Make family memories with Travel Bingo.

In the spirit of the traditional family road trip, I made a Printable Travel Bingo game for kids in those younger age groups to play along with older siblings and parents.  I included pictures for pre-readers, and added labels for kids beginning to connect words together.  Just download and print as many as you need.  Find just one row or the whole sheet, depending on the length of your trip.

Free printable Travel Bingo for Kids from carlaschauer.com

For those with older kids, I have a separate Printable Travel Scavenger Hunt for tweens and teens.  A little sillier (and a wee bit icky), it’s a fun way to convince them to turn off the electronics for a while and join in the family fun. Note: in our version of the game, each person finds his/her own item on the list, and finds must be verified by another passenger.  It lets us all use the same sheet, and keeps everyone honest.  (More on the rules we use in the tween post.)

Use printable Travel Bingo to entertain younger children on road trips.  Free from carlaschauer.com

Play Travel Bingo on your next road trip.

I hope you enjoy our traditional travel bingo, and wish you a bunch of silly family road trip memories!

Thanks for stopping by!

Time to Shine” Inspiration Notes

Ranging from free to a few dollars, updating home decor using art printables is inexpensive and convenient.  Customizing your printables is easy as well.  In a few minutes, you can add a bit of sparkle and show your personality.

"Shine" printable inspiration image.  Free on carlaschauer.com

Shine” printable image from Carla Schauer

I like using 4×6″ art printables to tuck into vignettes or use on smaller shelves and tables.  They are also fun to swap out every once in a while to keep decor fresh and interesting .

Add sparkle to printable art.  Printable available on carlaschauer.com

Look closely to see sparkly letters.

I added some sparkle to my “Time to Shine” printables using Clearsnap Smooch Iridescent Accent Ink.  While it is not as easy to see in photographs, the “shine” text shimmers nicely in the light.  It’s a little detail that makes a big impact.

Inspirational printables in two color options, free on carlaschauer.com

Turquoise or fuchsia color options.

You can download these 4×6 “Time to Shine” Inspirational Printables and add your own sparkle using Smooch or glitter glue.  Just a fun little freebie because I like you.  And because everyone needs a day to shine.  :D

Thanks for stopping by!