Monday, October 17, 2016

Bowdabra Fall Wall Hanging

Looking for something different to style your office or home that shouts FALL?  Why not create this lovely wall hangingfilled with pretty Bowdabra bows!

I'm over on Bowdabrablog showing you how to make this awesome fall wall hanging.   Head on over and check out my easy to follow tutorial!

Have Fun  


Keep Crafting! 

Friday, October 7, 2016

DIY Newspaper Framed Mirror

Fall represents for many of us a time to decorate and refresh our homes.  I love making things that are inexpensive and earth friendly for my home.  It's amazing how many different kinds of accent pieces you can create using ordinary newspapers.  From flowers, vases, baskets and even a holiday tree, it's interesting to see how newspaper can be transformed into very unique decorative objects. And the best part, they costs next to nothing to create.

So, how did I make this framed mirror?

I started by cutting strips of newspaper, rolling them up using a thin wood skewer and .  .  . 

gluing the triangular ends with plain white glue.

Next, I placed the tubes on a cardboard circle the same size as the mirror in a clockwise pattern .  .  .

filling tubes in-between .  .  .

and gluing in place with a fast grab tacky glue.

Next, I placed together two additional tubes horizontally, gluing in place, and then clamping down to dry. 

After drying, I glued the mirror on top with tacky glue, weighing down with a heavy object to dry.

To weave the frame, begin by taking the two tubes twisting one over the other, and picking up the next tube, over one, and between the tubes.

Continue twisting the horizontal tubes and picking up the next tube between the twisted tubes - or one tube over and one tube under.

Lengthen the twisting tubes by adding glue to the tube end and inserting a new tube.

It may be necessary to twist the tubes more between tube spaces before overlapping the next tube.
Be sure to tighten and push together the rows as you progress.

To finish off the rows, tighten any loose areas by pushing the rows together and then turn the frame over to the back. Place tacky glue on each tube at woven edge and bend the tube over, clamping down to hold until dry.

Once dry, cut off excess tubing. Spray on a matte varnish or sealant after covering mirror for protection. Add a removable command strip for hanging on the back cardboard.

This handcrafted framed mirror from recycled newspapers is an earth friendly inspired accent piece that's very stylish, innovative and inexpensive!

Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

2016 Halloween Blog Hop - A Recycle Witch DIY

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween - Unknown

Welcome!  It's time for the Halloween Blog Hop 2016 & $100 Giveaway! My favorite time of the  year! Join me and nine other bloggers as we host a month-long Halloween bash featuring old and new Halloween recipes, crafts, DIY props and decor, printables, costume design, party ideas, games, and Halloween traditions. On Halloween night we'll announce our giveaway winner and share our favorite picks from the party.
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I'm really thrilled to be participating with this group of highly creative and talented ladies! Tis the season for tricks and treats and all things spooky - including a frightfully fun, easy to make
Recycle WITCH! 

I had so much fun creating this adorable recycle witch from an empty Downy In-Wash Scent bottle. The bottle has such a cool shape for a witch.  And it's a great project to make with kids. But the best part is you can make it with stuff you already have around the house or in your stash!

Here's how: 

Materials -
Downy In-Wash Scent Booster Bottle
Pebble rocks or sand
Plastic grocery bags
Masking tape
Paper Towels/toilet paper
White Glue/Tacky glue
Acrylic Paints
Poster board
18 gauge stem wire


1.  Remove the top and cover of the bottle.
2.  Take several grocery plastic bags and squeeze together, making a ball.
3.  Insert the ball into another bag, twisting lengthwise into a tail.  Wrap tail end with masking tape.
4.  Put pebbles inside bottle for weight and insert tail of bags into neck opening.
5.  Mix glue with a bit of water and saturate strips of paper towels and glue on bottle.
6.  Continue gluing on several layers of paper towels until bottle and head are completely covered.  Allow to dry.
7.   To make the nose, take several pieces of toilet paper and saturate with glue. Shape into a nose, adding curvature to the tip.
8.  Press nose onto face, gluing in place. Let dry.
9.  Using the same method for the nose, make a chin and glue on just below the nose. Let dry.
10. Shape mouth by indenting between nose and chin.
11. Paint head and face.
12. Paint body (not shown) 
13. To make hair, wrap yarn around cardboard several times.
14. Tie together at one end and cut opposite end.
15. Glue yarn on top of head for hair. Have fun adding eyes, brows and lip color.

To Make the Witch's Hat:

There are many ways to make a witch's hat, but the easiest for me was to make a old fashion compass with pencil and string and (1) draw a semi circle on the poster board corner. (2) Cut out and form a cone shape, gluing sides. (3) Use a round object to draw a circle pattern for the hat brim. (4) Use the base of the cone to draw another circle in center. (5) Cut out center circle.  (6) Place brim over cone and push down toward base. Make slits at base around cone. (7) Fold slits over hat brim and glue in place. (8) Make patterns of brim and cone from scraps of felt to cover hat. (9) Glue on felt and let dry. 

To make arms, brush glue mixture on paper towels and roll into tubes.  Insert wire into tubes and cut off excess at ends.  Fold over one end on each .  .  .

paint arms, let dry and glue on at bottle top sides.

I hastily made hands by taking a strip of toilet paper, brushing on glue at one end and rolling into tiny strips. Then added glue to another strip and pressed together to form a round, flat surface. Once dry, I cut the strips into 10 little fingers and glued to the round surface - kinda scary looking, aren't they! 

And of course, no witch is complete without her broom and cape -  made out of raffia for the broom and burlap for the cape!  

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Repurpose Beer Can Flower and Leaf Wreath

I recently found a wonderful site called Terrain that's an offshoot of Anthropologie.  Briefly, Terrain is a celebration of nature and design that highlights a fabulous collection of unusual earthy items. There were so many  things on the site that caught my eye, but I was truly taken with a lovely metal flower and leaf wreath as seen below.

OMG!  Anytime I get a chance to do a knock off of some sort, especially using a freebie like cans - I go for it, as seen here and here.   Oh yes!  So here is how I made my version of their wreath.

Aluminum cans
Rustic vine wrapped wire
Utility knife/craft knife
Flower/leaf template
E6000 glue/hot glue
Primer spray paint/acrylic craft paint
Floral stem wire

  • Gather aluminum cans - beer or soda.
  • Find leaf and flower templates (large to small) online, print, and cut out.
  • Carefully cut off the ends of clean cans using  a utility knife. Make a vertical cut with scissors. Cut an even edge, removing any slivers or jagged edges.  Smooth out the curve of the can by rolling on the edge of a table or countertop. You may want to wear gloves for this!

  • Trace the outline of the flower and leaf templates with a pencil .  .  .

and cut out.

  • Leaf texture can be added by placing cut-outs on soft corrugated cardboard (cushion backing) and drawing on lines with a dull pencil point.

  • Do the same for making flowers, cutting out gradually from large to small.
  • Spray primer paint on cut-out and let dry.

  • Then paint cut-outs with an array of acrylic craft paints.

  • Add texture to flower petals by rolling and shaping with a skewer stick.

  • Assemble flowers in layers gluing on with E6000.
  • Glue on short floral stem wire to leaves.
  • Shape rustic vine wrapped wire into a 15 inch circle wreath. 
  • Arrange and glue on finished flowers and leaves onto the wire wreath.

After trying on more flowers (different color) and leaves, I went for a cleaner look with fewer leaves and flowers. 

What a great repurpose use of beer cans!   I love how this looks .  .  . and if I hadn't told you, no one would think the flowers and leaves were made from beer cans!

Take a little time to enjoy


Happy Crafting!