How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones!

How to DIY Christmas ornaments from pinecones! Sometimes you just need a cute, easy craft that doesn’t cost you a dime. That’s exactly what I needed this week, and it turned out super cute. I picked up these pinecones from our neighbor’s yard but I already had the glue gun, ribbon and twine in my craft cabinet. I cut the ribbon at the length I wanted and tied them into simple little bows. I then tied the twine around the knot on the bows and hot glued the bow knots to the base of the pine cones. I told you this was easy!! And I made six of them in different sizes. And then I hung them on our tree. Next year, I may create a woodland tree with these pine cones and wood slice ornaments. Arent they pretty? What awesome and free crafts have you done lately?
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Make it Monday: Paint stick burlap star

Make it Monday: Paint stick burlap star

You may recall when I made the folk art-inspired flag from paint sticks this summer. My folk art flag was beginning to fall apart and it had passed its phase of being useful…so I decided to repurpose it.

I started by taking the flag apart. See the paint? I didn’t bother taking the paint off since the sticks would be covered with burlap.

I laid it out in a star pattern and hot glued it together.

Then I began wrapping the star in wide burlap ribbon, taking the time to glue it at each pass. It took a long time and lots of ribbon, but when I finished, I had this:

I’m planning to hang it up and hang a wreath in the center of it. Isn’t it cute?

What crafts have you done lately?

Make it Monday: How to create fashionable storage boxes from ordinary shoeboxes

Make it Monday: How to create fashionable storage boxes from ordinary shoeboxes

I apparently have a shoe buying problem.

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With two little girls who like shoes as much as I do, I don’t see it getting any better. My husband isn’t impressed by the shoe buying, nor is he impressed by my shoebox-hoarding. I just knew I could do something cool with them.

I’ve wanted to reorganize my train wreck of a craft cabinet for awhile now, so I thought these would make cute storage boxes for my supplies. I raided my craft cabinet and found chalk paint, antiqued book plates and some paint brushes. I pealed all the stickers and tags off the boxes and wiped them with a dry microfiber cloth.

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I gave the box lids two coats of green chalk paint. Keep in mind anything chalk painted usually has an ugly phase. Don’t let it deter you. Just wait 12 hours and apply a second coat. The picture above is after the first coat- see how streaky and thin the paint looks?

And that massive green blob at the bottom is where my unattended (only for a minute, I promise) grabbed my paint brush and paint I’d left out and got to work. A word of caution: put paints and brushes out of the toddler’s reach when you’re not using them. I’m lucky that’s ALL she painted.

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I then applied two coats of paint to the bottom of the boxes and allowed them to dry.

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I then attached these antiqued bookplates to the box fronts. I already had these in my stash, but you can find them at Hobby Lobby.¬† Side note: if you are having trouble poking holes in the shoe boxes to attach the brads, I’ve found using a grill skewer works well to poke through the cardboard layers.

When I finished, I had three sets of cute little storage boxes.

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And with these, I loved the bottom of the boxes and opted not to paint them. I love how they turned out! They’re pretty enough to display on a desk or bookshelf.

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Next time you buy shoes, don’t toss the box. Get yourself some chalk paint and book plates, and make some cute little storage boxes.

Have a wonderful week!

 

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Spring and summer crafts: DIY moss spheres

Remember when I made these Spanish moss topiaries? After making them, I had tons of Spanish moss left over, so I decided to make something else. Grapevine and moss spheres can be costly if you buy them, but did you know you can make your own?

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I had these supplies left over after making the topiaries:

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I simply coated the styrofoam spheres with the Mod Podge and popped them into a Ziplock bag filled with Spanish moss…and shook it.

Just pretend you’re making Shake and Bake pork chops. Remember those?

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They should be covered and look a bit like this:

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Now, let them dry for 24 hours and then pop them into a pretty basket or bowl.

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Making these spheres cost me nothing, since I had all the materials already on hand, but if you were to buy them, you’d spend less than $10.

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Have a fabulous week!

Memorial Day Craft: How to Make a Paint Stick Flag

Memorial Day Craft: How to Make a Paint Stick Flag

Are you looking for a super easy and cheap folk art craft to do with your kiddos? Look no further than your local hardware store. Paint stir sticks are cheap and can be used to make so many cute things.

In the picture below, you will see everything needed to make a paint stick flag:

Simply glue your paint sticks together like this: lay two paint stir sticks vertically and glue the remaining sticks horizontally so that they cross the vertical sticks. I used hot glue for this, but craft glue may hold better.

Once the glue is dry, paint your sticks to look like an American flag. I used white star stickers, but if you’d prefer, you could paint or draw your stars.

So there you have it- a folk art inspired wood stick flag!