Friday, March 25, 2011

Etceteras: twine and rag nests

Spring is here and that means it is nest building time. Birds are starting to gather twigs and other natural elements to make their little architectural wonders.

I love the idea of birds using bits of fiber to fill in the gaps of their nests and have seen them flying away with a strip of fabric, string or pillow stuffing.

I made this twine nests using the paper mache glue that I posted about here. I wrapped the twine around the bottom of a bowl after dipping it into the paste.

Once the nest was dry, I filled in the bare spots with torn pieces of fabric, yarn and moss.
I hope to see some real birds’ nests around the garden soon and hear the chirps of some baby birds.

This project is linked at the following:

Tip Junkie handmade projects Photobucket       Photobucket   

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Upcycling: snow globe place cards

I love making snow globes. The funny thing is I’ve never actually made one with snow or water.

Faux snow globes are fun to make and a great use of small jars. With several small jars you could make a set of place cards for next dinner party or brunch.

To make a faux snow globe, you’ll need:
  • Small jars
  • Oasis or floral styrofoam
  • Moss
  • Small silk flowers
  • Paper
  • Tacky glue
  1. Glue a small piece of oasis to the inside of your jar top.
  2. Add a little moss on top of the oasis and glue down.
  3. Insert small silk flowers or greenery into the oasis.
  4. I added a butterfly that I printed out and trimmed and of course, the guest’s name.
  5. Carefully, place your jar onto the lid and screw into place.
This project would be ideal if you had a lot of baby food jars.

This project is linked at the following:

Transformation ThursdayA Crafty SoireegiveawaysHouseofHepworths

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Etceteras: spring door d├ęcor

I bought these cute tin planters at the dollar store recently. They had bright flowers and butterflies painted on them. My plan was to simply remove the paint and work with the plain tin planters.

I first tried to remove the paint with paint remover but it didn’t budge. I realized that it probably wasn’t paint but some type of decal. Next I tried a steel wool pad. Nothing. I moved to Plan C – sandpaper. The sandpaper worked but it also scratched up the metal and I realized that the butterfly and flowers were embossed on so I gave up.

I refused to waste the dollar that I spend on this planter so I moved to Plan D. Cover up the offending butterfly and flowers. Trust me – they needed to be covered up.

With my glue gun, fabric and a few stems of pussy willows the planter was ready to use. Rather than use it as a planter, I added some wire to create a door hanger.
Now my door has a springtime feel to it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Inkling: it’s a wrap – white paper flower

I love pretty packages and this idea not only uses materials I had on hand, but gives this package a clean and simple look. This pretty white gift box doesn’t need wrapping paper. Just a flower and some homemade ribbon and it’s all ready to gift.

To make a paper flower, you can use white paper, wax paper or parchment paper. I used parchment paper. If you’re not familiar with parchment paper, it’s typically used for baking – to line cookie sheets or cake pans. I’m sure there are other uses for parchment paper, but that’s what I’ve used it for.

Cut petals from your parchment paper and glue onto a small circular paper base. Start with the outer petals and work your way in making your petals smaller toward the middle.

The ribbon is made from fabric that I had on hand. Cut narrow strips of fabric and fringe the edges. Cut out leaves from the same fabric. Glue or tape your ribbon, leaves and flower to the box.
I like the clean white and green color palette but the sky is the limit when it comes to making a package pretty.

This project is linked at the following:

  Tip Junkie handmade projects     NightOwlCrafting Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden All Things Heart and Home CreativeShareWednesdays

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Dirt: seed strip garland gift

Here’s an idea for your next party favor or house warming gift.

Make a seed strip garland and wrap it around a bottle or vase.  Add directions and you have a nice, useful gift.

Here’s how you can make this project:

Seed Strip Garland:
  • Cut out pieces of newspaper or other recyclable paper into leaf shapes. I used  telephone book white pages.
  • Make a paste out of flour and water - approximately one tablespoon of flour and two tablespoons of water.
  • Using the paste and a small paint brush, glue a seed to each paper leaf. Let dry thoroughly.
  • Glue the leaves to a piece of string to make a garland.


  • Recycle an old bottle and wrap the seed strip garland around the vase.
  • Add planting and care instructions.
The seed strips are meant to be planted with the paper and string. The seeds are then evenly spaced in your garden and paper and string will eventually compost.

This is a nice low-cost gift that can be used for a variety of gift-giving occasions.

If you want to raise the wow-factor, put your vase and garland in a basket and add gardening tools, gloves or other fun items.

This project is linked at the following:


craftMakingPhotobucketTexas MonkeyChildmadeTip Junkie handmade projectsGet Your Craft On TuesdayNightOwlCraftingMake it Yours @ My Backyard EdenAll Things Heart and HomeCreativeShareWednesdaysTransformation Thursday A Crafty SoireegiveawaysHouseofHepworthsPhotobucketLovely Crafty HomePhotobucket

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.