4/8/15

Outdoor entertaining with Walnut Hollow and Kunin products

 
 
 
Welcome to the Walnut Hollow and Kunin Group blog hop! April 22 is Earth Day and we are celebrating with a very special blog hop. Kunin Felt and Walnut Hollow, two “Made in the USA” companies committed to eco-friendly practices and quality products partner to bring you indoor-outdoor home decor projects.

At Kunin Group, it all began with Stephen Seymour Kunin in the 1960’s, “the Father of Craft Felts”. Now The Kunin Group, located in NH manufactures adhesive-backed, die-cut, embossed, and stiffened fabrics in several color and style options using their Eco-fi fiber. Kunin turns trash into treasure using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Over six hundred million bottles end up in landfills each year, so far this year Kunin has recycled over 350,000, 000 and counting. This adds the value of environmental stewardship to the fun of making crafts. 

Walnut Hollow® began as a small family-owned business in Dodgeville, WI in the 70’s. Walnut Hollow is committed to protecting the environment and replenishing natural resources.    The company’s owners and employees have been since the beginning strongly committed to preserving natural resources through its raw materials consumption practices, production processes, recycling activities, and community involvement. The Ladd's (owners and founders of Walnut Hollow) have planted more than 300,000 trees and shrubs on personal property in the surrounding area. Whenever possible, raw material is harvested from plantation and managed woodlands for the manufacture of their home décor items and wood surfaces. Through their manufacturing process no wood waste ends up in landfills, all is recycled. Walnut Hollow’s emphasis has always been to bring the best possible quality products to art and craft hobbyists.

Today I am sharing how to make outdoor (and indoor) entertaining more fun and enjoyable using some amazing products from Walnut Hollow and the Kunin Group.



I used a Rustic Tray Square from Walnut Hollow.  I began by painting it with Deco Arts paint, then grunged it up a bit by inking it with ColorBox Crafter's Ink in Stone.



The tray is approximately 11" square so I pieced the Brown Leopard Printzfelt from the Kunin Group and adhered it as the bottom layer with Helmar Fabric Adhesive, which is perfect for adhering all kinds of fabric, including felt.


The second/top layer is Cashmere/Tan Prestofelt which is another felt collection, and it's self adhesive!  Prestofelt's bond is strong and it bonded well with the bottom layer of felt and it looks great on the tray. 
 
 
 



The tray is the perfect piece for holding glasses and silverware for your next outdoor event.  Using some left over scraps of felt I tied them around the silverware and the glasses to dress them up and have them coordinate with the base pieces.  The felt is easy to cut, does not fray, is fade resistant and doesn't mildew.



Once the tray was completed, I decided to work on the Rustic Bin.  I also painted it with Deco Arts Paint and grunged it up a bit with Clearsnap Crafter's Ink in Stone.


Using Black Friendly Felt and the Leopard print, I adhered it around the bin with Helmar Fabric Adhesive.   I also placed silverware in the bin to show another use for it.




I can't wait for Summer to arrive so the outdoor entertaining can begin.  And this will be a focal point on my table.


Find out more about Kunin Group here:
And find out more about Walnut Hollow here:
Our teams are sharing projects that pair both Kunin Group felt and Walnut Hollow wood products to create practical and beautiful home decor, organizing solutions, and entertaining items. You can make these projects all year long, not just for Earth Day. To see more inspiring projects, continue on the hop using the list below:

Walnut Hollow
Kunin Group Felt
Sue Eldred
Beth Watson
Debra Quartermain
Sabrina Alery
Abby Davis
Jennifer Priest 
Marilyn Gossett
Laura Kelly
Steph Ackerman YOU ARE HERE
Laura Bray GO HERE NEXT

And to sweeten the Made In the USA, eco-friendly fun, we're having a giveaway! We're sending an assortment of Walnut Hollow wood products to one lucky crafter. Use the widget below to enter to win!

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Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph



 
 
 
 

10 comments:

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  2. great projects, who knew felt came in a leopard print.
    thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Great project enjoyed visit on the blog.

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  4. The animal print is wonderful! Great project for summer!

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  5. What a nice set for summer picnics.

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  6. Super idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. love your project Steph.. great inspiration here! I see summer projects for me!!

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