Spring Bird Nest Decoration DIY Tutorial

March 7, 2014 in Creating, Easter, Easter Creations

Bird Nest Tutorial

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I’m not gonna lie, this is not a fast project, but it’s worth it!  Really, look at how cute this turned out.  It’s the quintessential Spring decoration.  And it costs less than $10 to make.  A little chicken wire, a little raffia a few cute eggs and a whole lot of twigs, all from Crafts at Joann.com (ok, not the twigs).  So pop in your favorite chick flick, get comfy and ring in Spring!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A boat load of small twigs.  I sent my kids out on a hunt and they just gathered what they found on the ground.  Keep in mind, the more flexible, the better.
  • Chicken wire – 18″x18″ square…approximately.
  • Hot glue and gun…lots of it.
  • 1 package raffia (my husband not-so-affectionately calls raffia hay…he’s not really a fan, but you can’t argue with the results!)

Whatcha Gotta Do:

  • First you need a form to glue your twigs to.  I like chicken wire because it’s cheap, easy to work with, and frankly I had some on hand.  Cut a strip off about 18″ wide using wire cutters.  Fold your strip in half so it’s a square.  Place it on the ground and use one hand to hold down the center and the other to start bending the sides up.  Fold the pointy corners down inside the bowl and just work it until you have a reasonably round or oval bowl shape.  If you’ve spent any time on this blog you know the instruction I’m going to give next; don’t feel like it has to be perfect!  You’re going to cover it with glue and twigs, you just need a base to start with.

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  • Now start glueing.  There is no rhyme or reason to this part.  Just glue…

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and glue…

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and glue until…

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the chicken wire is covered on the outside and top.

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I didn’t bother glueing twigs to the bottom because you want a flat base for it to sit and you are going to use raffia to cover it…and, frankly, I was sick of glueing.

  • Here’s a picture of what my raffia looked like when I pulled it out of the package.  I almost never buy it so I’m not sure if it comes any other way, but you want a package that is tied together, not a big tangled mess (unless you want the inside of your bird nest to look that way, which if you do, no judgment).

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Pull off a few strands and simply wind them around you fingers and then lay them in the nest.  Then help it unravel so it fills to the walls.  Do this several times until you get enough coverage in the nest to cover the wire.

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  • To finish the inside of the nest, tie a knot in a few strands of the raffia and make a very small circle using only two fingers the same way you made the bigger ones.  Leave about 5″ of the end out and wrap it through the hole in the center and around the outside 3 or 4 times to keep the circle bundled.  Secure the ends on the back with, you guessed it, hot glue.

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Place your mini circle in the middle and, TA DA…

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The word you’re looking for is “ADORABLE!”

  • The final step is for those of us who didn’t quite go low enough with the twigs (did I mention I was sick of glueing?).  I needed to cover a bit of wire right at the base on the outside so I just wound some raffia around the bottom a few times and (shutter) glued.

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It’s barely noticeable down there.  Add some cute eggs and there you have it!

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Happy Spring!

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<3, Sharla

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Daily Doable 10/25/13

October 25, 2013 in Daily Doable

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Series: Getting the Most Out of Your Dead or Dried Roses!  Day #3

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Daily Doable 10/7/13

October 7, 2013 in Daily Doable

 

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Three New Bog Posts!!!  Boneheads Cards by Card Sharks for 3 Halloween Crafts!

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Boneheads Ribbon Garland

October 7, 2013 in Creating, Halloween Creations

Boneheads Ribbon Garland

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Oh yes, we are using those spooky and adorable Boneheads again, how can I resist?!  I might love them.  We used the cards to make Bonehead Coasters…

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But we still have cards left, and we are going to put every bit of them to use to make the ribbon garland and packaging string you see above.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Box Boneheads Halloween Greeting Cards by Card Sharks found on Etsy (don’t worry, buy the box of cards and you can make all three of the Halloween crafts you see on this blog.  Well worth the money!)
  • A few shapes of circle cutters
  • Tape
  • Ribbons and Fibers, I mean, like, a lot.  Here’s the beauty of this project, buy a few spools of what you need for this project and I promise you’ll have enough left over to make the Dia de Morte Pendant Banner featured on the blog as well.  Two for the price of one!

*The circle and flower cutters came from Die Cut Machines, Supplies and More at Joann.com and the ribbons I bought from Quilting Fabric at Joann.com.

For the Doorway Garland and Wrapping Paper Garland:

First things first, you need your little punch outs.  If you’ve made the other projects listed for these cards then you’ve been cutting the backs off of the cards and (hopefully) saving them.  Inside the cards is a cute little speech bubble that says “Boo!”  Punch out that little bubble in ALL of the left over cards.  We’re not done yet.  Now grab that cute box cover that came with the cards.  There are more pics on the front and back of that cover that you are going to punch out.  The more, the better.  I also really liked using a few different designs for the punch outs.  I think it looks more interesting.

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Now that you have all of your cute little cut outs we are going to attach them to the strings of the garland.  I used three thin types.  Small green ric rac, orange and white string, and thin back ribbon.  I measured them together to the length of the doorway I was planning on hanging them in.  Once you have the right length tie them all together at both ends.  Now you are going to put the cut outs on.  I did a few on each ribbon spaced out from each other by taping one to the ribbon and using a rolled piece of tape to sandwich another to the other side.  You want each cut out to be double sided on the string in case if flips over when I is hanging.

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Once you’ve got all of your cut outs on hang it in the door way.  I did this to help me see how much ribbon I wanted to use on each side.

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Now you need all that ribbon and fibers.  I was not precise when I did this (if you know me, then you know I hate precise).  I just eyed it to cut and made sure I did the exact same amount on each side.  In addition to the longer pieces I also used some very short ones to add variety.  Then I just started tieing them on until I got a look that I liked.  It’s not rocket science, just do what you like.

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TA DA!!!

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To make the wrapping paper garland simply choose the fiber you want to wrap around the package and wrap it.  Then you are just going to tape the cut outs to the string by slipping a piece of scotch tape sticky side up under the fiber and pressing the cut out to it right side up.  Keep adding them until you like the look.  This is a lovely and reusable wrapping idea, especially if you are giving away the Boneheads Coasters you made to that perfect Halloween party host. 

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<3, Sharla

Burlap Candle

August 1, 2013 in Creating, Thanksgiving Creations

Burlap Thanksgiving

 
Burlap Candle
 
Have you noticed how everywhere you look in the home decor world burlap is draped on, sewn into, or glued over one thing or another?  And why not?!  It’s cheap, cute and a great blank canvas for some serious creativity.  Well, friend of the blog, Cassie, had a great idea of covering pillar candles with burlap as a Thanksgiving table decoration my bestie, Amy and I decided to take the challenge.  Um, yes, this is happening, and here’s how to do it…
 
YOU WILL NEED:
A fat pillar candle (I found mine in a 2 pack at Hobby Lobby for $5.99)
1/4 yard of burlap (Walmart has the cheapest burlap I could find including different colors)
Hair dryer or heat embossing tool
Hot glue and gun
Ribbon, twine, and other embellishments (from Shop at Joann.com)
Scissors
 
LETS GET STARTED:
 
 
First thing you need to do is get your burlap ready.  Amy and I  just laid our candle right on the burlap and eyeballed how much to cut in order to cover the candle.  You’re basically cutting a wide strip that is tall enough to go to the top of the candle and long enough to roll up around the candle.  Don’t worry about being too precise, after the burlap is on, it’s easy to trim off extra.
 
 
Now, roll the burlap around the candle and use rubber bands or sting or twine to wrap around it so you don’t have to hold it on while you heat the candle.  Remember how I said you need a hair dryer for this craft?  Here’s where it comes in handy.  Use your heat tool (which every it may be) and carefully heat the candle with the burlap on it.  As you heat small portions press the burlap into the candle and hold it there for a few seconds to allow the wax to cool and grab the burlap.  Be careful not to hold the heat in one place too long, it will melt the wax too much and burn your finger when you press it (ouch!).  It’s better to use long strokes to heat the wax.  Go all around the candle heating and pressing until you have attached most of the burlap.  It’s not going to be a perfect snug fit (unless you are a perfectionist, in which case you have my sincere condolences) but it should hold the burlap well enough that you don’t need the rubber band to keep it on.  
 
 
Use the hot glue gun to run a line of glue down the inside of the overlapped burlap and then trim off the extra.
 
 
Trim off the excess at the top of the candle and you are ready for the fun part…
 
 
Decorate it!  Amy M and I love to do fall crafts so we pool our resources and share silk leaves, berries and ribbon and got creative.  I’ve also seen the candles where you stop at the burlap, if you’re more of a minimalist.  
 
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They turned out great, right?  See, fun, easy, and affordable!  Keep an eye out for more burlap crafts, it’s our gobble theme!
 
 
<3, Sharla & Amy

Christmas Advent Candle

August 1, 2013 in Christmas Creations, Creating

Christmas Advent Candles
 
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I am so excited about this post.  This is a project I came up with at the tail end of the Christmas season last year and I have been waiting all of this time to give it a try.  My kids love to count down the days until Christmas (really, I am just as bad) so the more ways to count down, the better.  I learned the technique for this project from a friend who was a Close To my Heart consultant (hi, Doree) and I have always wanted to do it more because, seriously, it is so cool!  
 
What you need is:
  • 1 tapered candle (mine are 10”)
  • 1 piece of white tissue paper cut into an 8 1/2” x 11” rectangle
  • a heat tool or hair dryer
 
That’s it!  That’s all you need!
 
How to do it:
First you need to prepare the numbers for the candle.  Cut your tissue paper down to the same size a regular piece of paper.  On a computer create a line of numbers with 1 at the top and 12 at the bottom going down the page, like this…
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2
3…..
Print your line of numbers on the tissue paper.  This can be tricky, what I ended up doing was taping my tissue paper to a piece of card stock and then printing it because my printer kept eating the tissue paper even if it was taped to a regular paper.  After it’s printed cut it down as close to the numbers as you can get.
 
 
Now grab your candle and place the number strip going down it the way you like and hold it in place with your thumb.  Grab you hair dryer or heat tool and, starting at number 1, hold the heat a few inches away from the candle and blow it back and forth over the the tissue paper.  What is going to happen is the wax behind the paper is going to melt and little and when it does it will fuse with the tissue paper and the paper will become translucent (see in the picture how right around the 6 it’s not melted).  Once it’s translucent you’ve got it on so you can move down the candle until the whole piece of paper is secured.  Be careful not to heat one place too much, you don’t want the wax to drip.  Remember, less is more, so don’t go holding the heat right up against the candle right when you start.  You only need to melt it a little for this to work.
 
 
Now that you’ve got your candle, its fun to do a little some thing every night you light it.  We put together three list ideas for the 12 days and printed them on cute card stock to keep with the candle.  Yes, my neighbors will all be getting one of these…
 
 
 
For the printable PDF of the True Meaning of Christmas click here…12 Days True Meaning
 
The True Meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas
 
1 The Partridge in a Pear Tree=Jesus Christ, the Son of God
2 Turtle Doves=The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens=Faith, Hope, and Charity
4 Calling Birds=The Four Gospels and/or  the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings=The First Five Books of the Old Testament which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-Laying=The Six Days of Creation
7 Swans A-Swimming=The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
8  Maids A-Milking=The Eight Beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing=The Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-Leaping=The Ten Commandments
11 Pipers Piping=The Eleven Faithful Apostles
12 Drummers Drumming=The Twelve Points of Doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed
*In the song “true love” refers to God, the “me” who receives the presents refers to every baptized person.
 
For the printable PDF version for the Spirit of Christmas click here…12 acts of kindness
 
12 Days of
the Spirit of Christmas
 
1. Say “Merry Christmas” to every single person you meet.
2. Leave rolled up dollars with a note in the $1 section of a store.
3. Go to a busy place and hold the door open for 15 minutes for people.
4.Buy 3 helium balloons and hand them out to kids in a store.
5. Write a message of gratitude to someone who has touched your life.
6.Go threw a drive threw and pay for the car behind you.
7. Take treats to your local fire department or police station.
8. Leave kid made book marks at the local library.
9.Tape candy canes to ATMs around town.
10. Leave change taped to a vending machine.
11.Be an EXTRA polite driver/friend/family member/employee.
12. Decorate a neighbor’s door with paper snow flakes and side walk with chalk.
 
For the printable PDF version of the 12 Days of Christmas click here…12 Days Christ
 
12 Days of Christmas
  1. Psalm 27:1How is the Lord my light?
  2. John 13:34-35Do I keep all of the commandments?
  3. Isaiah 41:10From whom do I get my strength?
  4. Matthew 5:16How can I let my light shine today?
  5. Isaiah 1:18Do I understand what Christ did for me?
  6. John 14:16-17, 26How can the Holy Spirit help me become more like Christ?
  7. John 15:13-14Do I have a true understanding of the sacrifice my Savior made for me?
  8. Luke 22:42, 23:46Wherein lies the power of Christ?
  9. Timothy 4:12Do I cleave unto the truth & do I teach those around me to stand for righteousness?
  10. John 14:27Do I search of inner peace and happiness?
  11. Matthew 6:19-21What are my values, my core beliefs and priorities?
  12. Luke 2:1-20What can I do to remember Christ every day?
 
There you have it, all the hard work done for you.  Now all you have to do is sit on the couch and eat bonbons until Christmas comes (yeah, right).  
 
 
Don’t have the time to make your own candle?  Click here to visit our Etsy store and order one!
 
<3, Sharla