Over the last few years, I’ve seen a variety of crafted Christmas trees. Many crafters start with a bought cardboard or styrofoam cone tree and decorate it. Some trees are made with a heavy paper cut in a half or quarter circle and folded to make a cone. They can be made with cardboard from cereal boxes, construction paper, heavy gift wrapping paper, or even heavy scrap book paper.
I’ve pinned pretty egg carton flower crafts for a few years. This year I’m trying to make more of my inspiring pins. First I thought I would use paper egg cartons which seems to be the favorite among crafters. You can paint them any color. Then I saw a neighbor throwing away colored styrofoam egg cartons in white, pink, and yellow. (Our county does not accept styrofoam in recyclables.) Hmm, okay I decided to rescue the styrofoam and give it a try.
For spring and Easter this year, I wanted to try the simple craft of a candy-filled vase. Florists have used the 2 vase technique for years. Get a clear glass vase that is wide and tall enough to hold a smaller vase. Then fill the area between the 2 glass walls with candy. You can use jelly beans, candy corn in fall, or pastel mints for Easter and spring. I bought a simple glass vase and pastel mints at Dollar Tree. I added a plastic glass for the insert.
For fall I am adding texture, natural materials, and rustic details. My goal is a rustic coastal home with lots of tans, textures, and browns. I wanted my heron printable from the classic book, Birds of Australia, on the dining room picture ledge. I put it in a new aged white frame and added a shabby chic dollar store pumpkin on each end. I made those a few years ago. I measured a length of jute against it for size and adjusted the length.
I love the twig crafts I’ve seen on Pinterest and other blogs. For fall I am going rustic by adding texture with wood and burlap with lots of neutrals and tans to my living room and dining room. A twig frame would be a great addition. There are several reasons I love this craft. First off the little sticks are free out of my yard. Second they are natural and rustic with such texture. The frame is perfect for fall, but I know I’ll be using my twig frame year-round. Whether I need to frame a small Santa or spring flowers, a twig frame works beautifully. Read More
It’s hot and humid here in central Florida, and I’m dreaming of cooler days in a few months. Up north, when leaves start to turn, you can make beautiful colored leaf wreaths. I always think of maple leaves as they are so beautiful. Of course, I’ve seen green leaf wreaths, fall leaf wreaths with colored leaves, and even leaf wreaths with brown leaves.
For quite a few years, I wore a cute blue 4th of July summer sleep shirt. It is a dark blue with a cute embroidery decoration on the front. When I could no longer use it, I put it aside planning to make a patriotic decoration one summer. This past January when I was purging and organizing my craft supplies, I made a promise to myself that I would use or lose lots of old items I’ve saved for crafts. Today’s simple craft is based on my old night shirt and an embroidery hoop.
I’ve been looking for another really simple craft that I could do with what I have. I had seen many pretty little butterflies on Pinterest made from cupcake liners. I have those and some have cute little prints too. Hmm, I just noticed I don’t have light blue ones. Oh well, pink and white will work for spring. Read More