Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Haul Out The Holly: Christmas Tree Twig Art

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I'm so excited to be a part of the Haul Out the Holly Event again! I had a great time making my felt poinsettias for last year's event!

This year, my project is going to be just as easy and thrifty.

I'm going to show you how to make Christmas Tree Twig Art


I first started with 3 pieces of scrap beadboard I had on hand. Now you can use anything you have available at home. 1x3 pine pieces would work great as well, like I did HERE.

I cut them equal length:16.5 inches
You can use any desired length of your choice


I then took 2 pieces of lathe wood to secure the 3 pieces of wood. I used Gorilla Glue and then nailed them in place. If you have a nail gun, then that is a nice time saver! I love mine! Don't know what I would do without it!


I wanted to create a simple frame around the edge of my beadboard for a more finished look so I cut up a 1/2 inch x 1 inch trim piece in 4 pieces. Mine were approx. 10.5 inches (2) and 15 inches (2) long.
I painted the beadboard an off-white color and then painted the trim pieces a dark red.


While your wood pieces are drying, go out in the yard and start searching for some twigs for your art piece. This is a great opportunity to get your kids involved.


After the paint was dry. I sanded down the edges of the painted wood pieces and added a little Early American MinWax Stain to give them a worn look that I love.

After they were dry, then I glued down the 4 trim pieces with Gorilla glue and a nail gun around the perimeter of the the beadboard. It gives it a nice finished look.


Now the twig tree is so easy. You just start breaking up your collected twigs. I started from the bottom with the longest piece and worked my way up...getting shorter and shorter, until I reached the top. I used 3 small twigs for the trunk. I simply used a hot glue gun to secure the pieces on the beadboard.


For the star, I used skinny twigs all broken in 5 even lengths. I made a star figure and secured the ends with hot glue. I wanted to add a little more interest to the star so I wrapped thin twin around the points and glued them to secure them. They are more for looks than function. :)




The power of scrap wood, nature and a glue gun to create your own Christmas Art!



Thanks so much for visiting today. And a big thanks to Gwen from Gwenny Penny for having me join in on the the Haul Out The Holly Festivities!

Now the event continues for 3 weeks! There will be a featured blogger each day showing off a fun Christmas craft tutorial that you can make, too!


Linking up HERE
Best DIY Projects of November-Beneath My Heart
Christmas Linky Party at Someday Crafts

Monday, November 28, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #40

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

I can't believe it's my 40th linky party! Time flies when you're having thrifty fun! Thanks to all who link up each week! And welcome to all newbies! I enjoy all of your fun projects and thrift finds for $10 or less! Your talent and creativeness never gets old!

Here are a few projects I would like to feature from last week's party:

English Breakfast Cardstock from c.w.frosting
Grab some tea and some notecards and create a beautiful gift for a friend.


Easy Candle Upcycle from Happy-Go-Lucky
We all have half used candles around...why not create some new ones with them. I love the layers!



Nature Inspired Christmas Wreath from Shabby Love
A beautiful wreath to create to have up all winter long.


The Welcome Window from Artsy VaVa
Create a welcoming piece using an old window! So pretty.

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Here are the rules:
1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wire Picture Hanger

Today I’m going to share how to make a wire picture hanger.


It’s super easy. This what you will need:

 
Piece of wood-You can use your imagination here. In this tutorial, I’m using a piece of old trim I got at my local salvage center for 10 cents. If you can’t find old trim, buy some new trim at any Home Improvement Store. Or just use some scrap wood. Paint it any color you like.
Wire
Wire cutters
Drill/drill bit
Heavy duty stapler
Small clothespins
Sawtooth Hanger


 
What you do first is mark where you want your wire to go on both ends of your piece of wood. Then drill with a small drill bit.

 
A good tip while using a drill. Use a scrap piece of wood under what you are drilling, so you don’t drill your table!

 
Next comes the wire.

You can use whatever you like. I have 2 different types. The small wire on the left is actually floral wire I got at Michael’s. The big role of wire is from a Hardware Store. Either one is fine. I like the bigger role because it’s black. But the floral wire is thinner and is easier to work with in small projects like this.


 
Insert the wire in the holes. Make sure you cut your wire a little longer than what you think you need. You can always trim it later.

 
After the wire is inserted in both holes, I like to give them a little tug with the wire cutters or a pliers to make the wire tight.


 
Then I take the heavy duty stapler and staple down the wire.


 
I also added a sawtooth hanger on the back for easy hanging.


Next you will need some mini clothespins. You can find these at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for cheap! 40 in a package for less than $1.25 with a coupon.


 
You can leave the clothespins “plain” or you can paint them. I find spray painting is easier.
And there you have it! An easy project to display your fun pictures or art!

This project cost me literally pennies to make.


Do you have a fun way to display your photos?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #39

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

WHERE WE SHOW OFF OUR CREATIVE AND THRIFTY SELVES FOR $10 OR LESS!

Here are a few projects featured from last week's party:

Shortbread from The Lazy Hobbyhopper


Turkey Favor Tins from Burton Avenue


Homemade Chalk Paint from Centsible Chic


Pinecone Map Ornament from Turtles and Tails



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Here are the rules:
1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.
5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Snowflake Candle

I'm going to show you an easy way to dress up an ordinary candle for the holidays.



You can use any kind of jar candle.
I'm showing this candle because this is one of my new "cheap" favorites. You can find Better Homes and Gardens candles at Wal-Mart. I got this big one for $6. They smell wonderful!



Plus they got a cute metal lid.


All you need is a snowflake stencil, paint, stencil brush and glitter.

I found this cute snowflake stencil at Hobby Lobby for $3-full price. You can get it cheaper with your 40% coupon!


On my particular candle the label peeled right off! If you have a hard time removing a label, I heard Goo Gone is really good!

Then all you do is stencil on your snowflake. I mixed some cream and light blue paint together so the snowflakes stood out from the white candle.


While the paint is still wet, add a pile of glitter to the snowflake.
Let it sit on there for a minute or two and then shake off onto a piece of paper. Don't want to waste any glitter. :)

Do this same process all around the jar at random.


Light your candle and enjoy!

A simple embelishment to add to your decor or gift!


I just used basic craft paint and the paint worked fine on glass. My candle will be up and away from hands so I don't have to worry about paint scratching off. If you are worried about that then a simple clear spray sealer would work great! Or there is also glass paint found at your local craft store.

This would work great on any glass container!

Wouldn't this be a fun and easy gift for a teacher or neighbor? Do you plan to do some homemade gifts this Christmas?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Angry Birds INKtaskic T-Shirt Review

I was recently asked to review some products from a wonderful website called INKtaskic. Have you heard of it? It's a great place to customize clothes, accessories, signs, stickers and much more!

There is so much to choose from and with great prices!

All you you have to do is upload your favorite picture or photo from your computer and customize the product(s) of your choice. INKtastic also has a wide variety of designs on their site for you to choose from as well.

My sons' new obsession is Angry Birds. Do your kids like them as well?


It was so easy to customize my boys' shirts! Uploading the photos was fast and easy. And I also added their names. Kids love personalized gifts!


The quality of the shirts and prints are perfect! My boys are going to get a kick out of these when they open them up on Christmas!


Who's on your Christmas list?! Think of INKtastic for you next personalized gift!

Disclaimer: These opinions are mine and mine alone. I was not paid by INKtastic to to say these excellent words of "fantasticness"...I did receive 2 customized t-shirts to review for At Home With K blog.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #38

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

WHERE YOU SHOW OFF OUR THRIFTY TALENT FOR $10 OR LESS!

Here are a few projects featured from last week's party:

Drawer Basket from Salvaged Whimsy
Got some extra drawers laying around? Well how about making an awesome basket out of them?!!


Book Page Roses from Twigg Studios
A fun and easy tutorial to make these beauties.


Thanksgiving Silhouettes from Home Delicious
What fun to make with your kids to celebrate the season!


End Table from Curbside Creations
Go check out the BEFORE! It was a an old air purifier or something... :)


Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Nut Free Cupcakes from Hazel and Honeysuckle
We're gluten and dairy free at our house! And we have a birthday coming up...this will be perfect!


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1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...
2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.
3. You can link up multiple projects.
4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.


5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.
6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!
Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Felt Poinsettias and Haul Out The Holly Announcement

I'm excited to announce that I was invited again to be a part of the Haul Out the Holly event at Gwenny Penny! Selected Bloggers from November 28-December 16 will share a Holiday craft each day! Fun, huh?!!

Haul Out the Holly,Gwenny Penny,Christmas tutorials


I thought it would be fun to share what I did for last year's Haul Out The Holly event.

Felt Poinsettias

These are so easy to make, it will feel like you are cheating! LOL

Here is what you will need:
Felt-red or white
Scissors
Pen
Wire-I used floral wire
wire cutters
glue-hot glue or E-6000
small jingle bells
needle
thread
optional spray paint

What I love about this project is that it is CHEAP!!

 Felt can be bought at your local craft store for super CHEAP! An 8''x11'' piece of felt is 25 cents each at Hobby Lobby. And I just happened to be there during their sale, so it was 1/2 off! So I actually got it for 13 cents each!

 Take your felt and use the pattern that I provided below and trace away with a pen. If my calculations are right you can make about 4 poinsettias to one sheet! 1 "flower pattern" and 5 "petal patterns" equals 1 poinsettia.


enlarge or shrink to your desired size


If you are making several poinsettias at a time, put in a good movie and cut away.

This is what you should end up with.


Cut your wire 2-3 inches in length with wire cutters. I used floral wire that I got at my local craft store.

Find the center of the flower and poke right through the felt. Then bend it about 1/2 inch against the felt so it will stay put.


I then glued the wire to the felt to secure it. It is up to you what kind of glue you would like. E-6000 is my new favorite! It's flexible so it works great with felt!


You then glue on your pedals. Make sure one of the pedals is covering up the bent wire.

This is what it should look like.


It is now time for the bells!

I got a sack of small bells (approx. 60) for $4. They were then 50% off at Hobby Lobby. $2 baby!



The value pack of bells comes in silver and gold.

You can leave as is but I'm not a fan of either so I pulled out the spray paint!

I used a metal primer and a metallic bronze spray paint.


After the bells were dry, I took a needle and thread and sewed on my bells to the center. Use 3.

And Finished! Like I said, so easy!


You can put them in your tree.


I made 20 of them, so they will be going on our BIG tree this Christmas!
 

Or add to a wreath...or any kind of greenery in your home.



Or how about attaching longer length wire to your poinsettias and it would be a wonderful flower arrangement with greenery in a nice vase.

I hope I inspired you to do a little crafting this Holiday Season!

My Haul Out The Holly Christmas Craft will be posted on Tuesday, November 29th. So stay tuned!

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