Rustic Rag Tie Garland Tutorial

Have you decorated your home for fall yet? Some people decorate as soon as September 1st arrives while others wait until the official first day of autumn. No matter your preference, I have do-it-yourself fall décor projects that will keep your home warm and cozy. 

Today, I will show you how to make a rustic rag tie garland. This garland is a versatile piece of fall décor. It can be a fireplace trimming, dining table runner, or coffee table centerpiece to name a few. The garland takes patience to create. However, if you recruit the help of your family, it can be completed quickly. It’s a way to craft and bond at the same time! 

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Fall Sign DIY Tutorial

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV

September is here! It marks the unofficial start of fall for many people. They begin planning for cooler weather, early sunsets, and the holidays. While exciting, this season can also be a source of stress due to grief, finances, and pressure to finish the year strong.

As we enter the final stretch of 2022, I encourage you to practice gratitude daily. Find a reason to give God thanks. Thanksgiving places God above our hardships. When God is prioritized, He supplies our needs (Matthew 6:33). A grateful heart opens the door for our prayers to be answered.

Today’s do-it-yourself project is for a fall sign. You will learn how to make a stencil with a cutting machine and best practices for stenciling. If you do not have a cutting machine, stay tuned! I will post a tutorial on how to make stencils by hand soon.

Overall, I hope my Fall Sign DIY tutorial will remind you to always give thanks!

How to Make a Fall Sign with a Cutting Machine

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Shop Sharifa Creates

Shop Sharifa Creates is my official online store. I created it for you! 

I sell patterns and cut files that will help you make the DIY projects on Sharifa Creates. All products are digital! Once purchased, a secure link with the file will be automatically emailed to you. You can then download the file and begin crafting in a matter of minutes. 

Keep reading to see a list of items that you can buy today.

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Celebrating 8 Years of Sharifa Creates

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16, NIV

When I graduated from college, I did not know what was next. I earned my degree in mathematics but felt led to embrace the creativity I had suppressed during those four years. So, I made a commitment to God: Wherever He guided me, I would follow.

Then God gave me the vision for Sharifa Creates. A do-it-yourself arts & crafts blog that shares my creative “light” and inspires others to do the same. On August 12th, 2014, I pursued the vision by publishing my first post.

Running Sharifa Creates has its hills and valleys. I have faced seasons of writer’s block and become frustrated with failed DIY tutorials. However, there are also times when readers share their Sharifa Creates’ creations and leave encouraging comments.

My journey as a DIY arts & crafts blogger carries on. How far will God take Sharifa Creates? I do not know, but I continue to follow Him. Only God knows what is next. I am confident that where He leads me will be much greater than anything I can ask or imagine. 8 years and 224 blog posts later and I feel like I am just getting started! 

Peace & Blessings, 

Sharifa 💕

3-D Party Banner DIY Tutorial

Make it your goal to celebrate your accomplishments – even the “small” wins. Celebrate your work promotion AND finally perfecting a recipe. Celebrations do not have to be extravagant undertakings. Simply do whatever brings you joy! That may mean watching your favorite TV show with a glass of wine, getting a mani-pedi, or crafting a dazzling piece of home décor. Life is more fulfilling when it’s celebrated. 

Today’s DIY offers a literal way to celebrate as I show you how to create a 3-D Party Banner. This project combines the results of my letter banner and confetti tutorials. Keep reading for instructions!

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Glitter 101: A Guide to Crafting with Glitter

Do you have a love-hate relationship with glitter? You love the way it enhances your DIY projects but hate the way it trails behind you long after you are done crafting. I felt the same way when I first began using glitter. Over time, I learned how to manage the greatness of glitter so that it is not intimidating. 

In today’s blog post, I provide unique tips that simplify the process of applying and cleaning glitter. Keep reading for details! 

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How To Make Confetti

I learned how to make cascarones (confetti eggs) in my middle school Spanish class. My teacher, Ms. Brown, asked each student to bring six hollow eggs. We dyed the shells bright colors and drew decorative designs on them. We then filled the shells with confetti and glitter before sealing them with tissue paper.  

I had no idea why we were making cascarones. Ms. Brown only told us they were for our upcoming Cinco de Mayo party. On that day, Ms. Brown led us outside. To my surprise she began cracking the confetti eggs on our heads one by one! I was heated…at first. I had just got my 4c natural hair styled into mini twists (iykyk). As my classmates ran around, throwing, and cracking cascarones on each other, I had no choice but to join in on the excitement. I went home with a head full of confetti and glitter. Weeks later I was still attempting to comb all of it out of my hair. 

I am always reminded of this memory when I work with confetti. It is such a versatile medium! Confetti is used to create everything from cascarones and gender reveal poppers to greeting cards and unique table spreads. Although confetti is normally purchased in-store, you can do-it-yourself. In today’s tutorial, I show you how to make confetti in three simple steps!

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Letter Banner DIY Tutorial + Cut Files

Letter banners are a creative way to send a bold, yet beautiful message. I use them as festive party decorations and dazzling statement pieces for my home. Although I adore letter banners, the process of making them by hand is tedious. In my original tutorial, I traced letters onto cardstock and individually cut them with an X-acto knife. My hands would beg for mercy *cringe*.

Last year everything changed because I bought my first die-cutting machine! After learning about all the innovative ways I could use this machine, I knew it would help me make banners with ease. 

In today’s DIY tutorial, I will show you how to create a letter banner with cut files from my online shop. Let’s get started!

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How To Make Glitter Paint

Crafters and glitter have a love-hate relationship. While glitter is an exciting medium to work with, it is painful to clean up. It trails behind you long after you are done crafting. I could write a whole blog post on the strange places I have found glitter.

What is the solution? Glitter paint! 

Normally, glitter is shaken into wet glue and then dusted away. This method causes glitter to spread everywhere. Glitter paint is applied directly to a surface which eliminates the need to remove excess glitter. It also seals the glitter, preventing it from rubbing off. 

In today’s DIY tutorial, I will show you how to make glitter paint. Making it yourself allows you to customize the glitter’s color, shape, and size as well as the paint’s density. It is a simple process! Keep reading for instructions.

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How To Make A Tassel Keychain

Tassels have existed since the beginning of time. They are created with unique materials in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Many people see tassels as purely decorative items. However, tassels serve as everything from status symbols to cultural signifiers. They mean different things to different people! For me personally, tassels signify healing.

In the Bible (Numbers 15:37-41), the Israelites were instructed to attach tassels with a blue cord to the hems of their garments. The tassels were a reminder to keep God’s commands. Later on, Jesus wore the same tassel adorned garment while ministering to people. The sick would touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and be miraculously healed. 

“And when the men of that place had knowledge of Him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto Him all that were diseased; And besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” – Matthew 14:35-36 (KJV)

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