Dollar Store Metal Flowers

Happy Memorial Day weekend! This isn’t so much a tutorial as just sharing a little outdoor project I did recently using some dollar store items and an old section of fence. I picked up this fence on the side of the road and thought it would be cute to decorate around my chicken coop.

First, I painted it white using some paint that I had on hand.

I found these little red, white and blue signs at the Dollar tree. I love the metal flowers but was not crazy about the writing part. I decided to buy a bunch of them and take them apart to use just the metal flowers to decorate with.

It was very easy to just pry open the metal chain with some pliers and slip the metal flowers off.

Once the fence dried I laid out the flowers to figure out a pattern I liked.

Then I attached them on using tiny nails and the holes that were already in the flowers (from where they originally hung on the chain).

I put it up alongside of my chicken coop just for some color and decoration. I thought about doing a similar one for by the house entry way. You could use DT metal flowers for decorating wreaths, birdhouses, signs, baskets, or any other kind of garden decor!

I just wanted to share this project because sometimes you can find a gaudy dollar store decoration and turn it into something cute! I love these flowers and actually went back to get more but they were out. Maybe next year! Have a great weekend and stay safe everyone! πŸ™‚

Baseball Mason Jars

Hello crafty friends! Hope this post finds you safe and healthy! I was recently asked to make some baseball themed mason jars as gifts for the senior baseball Moms, since my brother-in-law is the coach. I jumped at the chance, because who doesn’t love mason jar crafts! I used short, fat mason jars that are going to have succulents planted in them. I thought I’d share the process since painting mason jars is a popular project these days and can be customized for pretty much any type of theme you want!

I started out with these short mason jars which can be bought just about anywhere. I got these at Wally world. If they are brand new jars, you are ready to start painting. If they are old jars or have been used before, it is a good idea to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue or oils. This helps the paint to adhere better.

The key to painting mason jars is getting the right kind of paint. Chalk paint works great and can be found any any craft store or place that sells paint. I used Kilz White Chalk paint also found at Wally world, which is AWESOME, but a bit pricey.

I ended up painting a total of 3 coats to make it an opaque white. Each coat should dry completely before you start the next coat. Give it at least a few hours between each coat.

When painting, it’s easiest to paint the rim first, and then go around and do the sides.

Next I used a paint pen to draw on the red baseball stitches. I have tried many types of paint pens and like this brand the best. I get better results with this than the Sharpie or ArtDeco brands, but that’s just my preference. Use what you like to work with!

First draw a circle like this:

And then do the tick marks all facing one direction like this.

Then do the same on the other side of the line, like a mirrored image of the stitch.

I did one side of all the jars first and let them dry, before proceeding to the other side!

When you do the stitches on the other sides, draw them pointing in the opposite direction. This is how a real baseball stitches are.

Once fully dry, spray them with a clear sealer. I used Aleene’s Matte Finish sealer. Spray lightly at first to make sure the red lines to do run. If it’s your first time making these, I always recommend having one “test” jar that you do each step on first, to make sure things are coming out the way you want them to. I did two full coats of sealer.

I added some twine around the top and tied in a bow. Raffia or ribbon would look great too. Maybe ribbon in the color of your favorite team. Customize them however you’d like!

I think they came out super cute and will make great gifts! What kinds of projects are you guys working on these days? Happy Spring! πŸ™‚

Dollar Store Gnome Ornaments

Hello! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these crazy times. I am back with a project I actually did a while ago but just realized I never posted! I created these little gnome ornaments using some unfinished dollar store Easter egg ornaments. They came out super cute and were pretty easy.

Here are the egg ornaments I used. I found them at the Dollar Tree. I grabbed a ton because there are so many possibilities with them. At 5 for $1, you can’t go wrong!

I used tape to create the straight lines of the gnome body and some of their beards. Please note that you can totally skip the tape steps and paint them free-hand if you’d like! If you are going to use the tape method, here’s how.

Using some tape, make a triangle shape. Make the triangle as tall as you’d like your gnome to be. I would have preferred to use masking tape but I was out. Hope you can see the clear tape lines okay.

If you’d like a straight, pointed beard, then add two more pieces of tape on the bottom to create a diamond shape.

Using acrylic paint, fill in the bottom half of the diamond with white for the gnomes beard. I created a small peak, or rounded top to the beard, just to give the beard some shape. It may need two coats. Let each coat dry completely before applying the next coat.

Then fill in your hat. Once the beard is dry, peel away the bottom pieces of tape and fill in the red body around the beard. Once the entire gnome body is dry, peel all of the tape away. Fill in the outside with whatever background color you’d like.

The gnome on the right has a “textured” beard. This was just an experiment. I used some salt mixed into some white paint and a bit of white glue. Then just dabbed it on. It came out pretty good, kind of like the textured snow paint you get at the craft store. If you decide to try it, be sure to seal it when you’re done. I can not confirm how long this lasts or how good the quality is, as it was my first time playing around with this kind of textured paint.

Next, add your nose. You can paint one on, or use a small wooden disc like these. I happened to have these on hand and the small ones worked perfectly. You could also use a button for a 3D effect, and paint it flesh colored.

Then add any details. Again, I had this stuff on hand. My craft stash is ridiculous and has accumulated over the years, so I can often find random little “accents” like this. You can always paint these types of details on, or check out the dollar store or craft store for little accents you can add!

The same little wooden discs that were used for the nose can be used for the hands!

I even found these cute coffee cups at Michaels and thought the gnomes might look cute sipping some hot cocoa or coffee while they are out there in the snow. πŸ™‚

When you’re all done, add a coat of sealer. I used sparkle Mod Podge to give them some holiday bling.

Use twine, string or ribbon to hang them. I used bakers twine. This can be found at Dollar Tree in a variety of colors.

Here are the finished products. You can’t appreciate the “sparkle” in the photos, but in real life, they are very shimmery!

Here are the next ones in progress…can you guess what they will be???

 

Easy Family Craft: Story Stones

Since we’re all stuck at home, I thought I’d share a fun, easy craft project that you can do with the kids. My friend asked me to come up with a family-friendly craft idea for a Facebook group, so I thought I’d share it here too. This cool thing about this project is that it allows for multiple activities. The projects consists of 3 steps: going for a hike to find your stones, creating pictures on your stones, and then telling a story using the pictures you have created. Here are the steps.

Head outside for a nature walk. Find between 10-12 stones. They can be different shapes and sizes, but flat ones tend to work the best for this project. When you get home, you will want to clean them so there is no dirt or debris on the surface. Give them a rinse with some warm soapy water and let dry.

Next, create a variety of images on the stones. You can use any of the following mediums on the stones:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint pens
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Cut out pictures of objects from magazines and glue on the stones

Acrylic paint and paint pens are the best options, as they are thicker and have the best coverage. Create a bunch of different images; think animals, plants, people, hobbies, or anything that interests you!

Once dry, take turns telling a story using the pictures on your stones. Tell a funny story, a scary story, or create a theme for your stories. You can use just your own, or throw everyone’s in a pot and draw them randomly to tell your story! Go to Pinterest and search “story stones” for many links and variations on this project.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I’m taking advantage of down time to get creative and come up with some new projects. Thank for stopping by and happy crafting! πŸ™‚

DIY Grapevine Wreath With Pinecone Flowers

Happy first day of Spring! In light of all the craziness in the world I thought I’d post a cheerful Spring-inspired project that is easy and fun! I found the grapevines and the pinecones on my property. If you can’t find them in nature, they can easily be obtained at any craft store or even Wally world!

Here are the grapevine “before.” I had the green floral wire on hand.

Using small pieces of the wire, go through and tie off your vines where they are coming apart, to create long bundles to work with.

You could use a wreath form if you’d like, which can be found virtually anywhere, including the dollar store. To get started, I just winged it and made a random circle with my longest vine.

Keep layering the vines and tying them down when needed. There’s no exact pattern, just tie the vines together where they are loose.

Looking nice and round!

Once you’re done with the wreath, start with the pinecones. You’ll be using the bottom part of the cone as the face of the “flowers.” Cut each pinecone in half, about 2/3 down towards bottom of the cone. You’ll have to use some big garden shears or heavy-duty pruning scissors.

Next hot-glue them onto the wreath, staggering them.

Add as many pinecone flowers as you’d like. You could go all the way around or do a couple small bunches; whatever looks good to you! Also, if you’re heavy handed with the glue gun like me, be sure to do it over a piece of cardboard or newspaper to protect from drips.

You can stop here and have an all-natural wreath, or you can continue on and paint the pinecones to add some color. It’s up to you and what kind of look you’re going for!

I chose bright, Springy colors. I painted them with my DecoArt multi-surface acrylic paint. I did 2 coats on each cone.

Choose your colors for the center of the flowers. I used yellow center for the blue, purple, green and pink flowers, and a brown/black for the center of the yellow flowers.

Once dry I will spray with a coat of clear sealer to help preserve them.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I have found it very therapeutic to use all this down time at home to get creative and work on all those craft projects I’ve been putting off. Happy crafting!

Dollar Store Gnome

I’ve been seeing a lot of gnomes on various dollar store craft pages and thought I would give one a try! They are so cute and can be customized for any holiday or occasion. I got all the supplies at the Dollar Tree except for the nose and the tin heart, both of which I had on hand. There are certainly a ton of items at the DT you could use you accent the hat, but the wooden balls for the nose may need to be bought at a craft store. Here’s the how-to!

First, I wanted to share my little hack for keeping your working surface clean. I use Dollar Tree wrapping paper when working on my dining room table. The edges curl and hold the paper in place on the table. When you’re done, toss it!

A lot of tutorials have you using the DT foam cones for the gnome’s hat. All my DT’s have been out of the foam cones lately, so I improvised and went with plastic funnels that are roughly the same shape. You can find these in the car/tool section.

Grab yourself a mop and cut off the strings. Don’t worry about the length because you can always trim his beard later. Start gluing them on the funnel or foam cone. If you’re using foam, beware that the hot glue gun may melt the foam, and you might have to use a cold glue of some kind.

Once they are all secured in place, unravel the mop strings to give your beard more volume. It’s a bit tedious but I think the end result is worth it. Twist the strings in the opposite direction that they are curled and they will unravel pretty easily.

After I was done un-twisting the strings, I could still see the black cone underneath and wanted to hide it more. I did a second layer of strings underneath the original beard. In hindsight I realized I could have just painted the bottom of the funnel white to camouflage it. Something to experiment with if you use these dark funnels.

Comb out the beard with your fingers and trim it if necessary. I started out with this flat round nose but you’ll see in the next few pics I switched to a round ball nose. I like the round ball much better.

Slip your sock over the tip of the cone and adjust it so the end hangs over a bit. I stuffed the hat with some cotton balls to puff it out and give it some volume. Tuck up the opening of the sock to create the kind of hat rim you’d like, and secure in place with a few dabs of hot glue.

I tied the end of the hat with a little piece of red twine and hot glued the tin heart on his hat as an accent.Β For hat accents you could use faux flowers or berries, little seasonal ornaments (a heart, a shamrock, etc.), a little bow, or whatever you feel like. I’m sure he’d look cute just plain too!

He kinda has a Valentine’s day vibe, don’t ya think? I love him but am going to give them another try a different tutorial, with rice-filled socks for the base. I will be sure to post them too. Have a great day my crafty friends! πŸ™‚

Halloween Nutcracker

HALLOWEEN IS LIFE!!! So incase you didn’t know, I’m obsessed with Halloween and all things spooky! I saw these unfinished nutcrackers on clearance and immediately knew I could create some kind of cool Halloween man! I was debating between a skeleton and pumpkin and decided on pumpkin.

I got him for a couple bucks at Michael’s since they’re trying to move the Christmas stuff! I didn’t use the paint that came with him. I used my stash of acrylic paints that I had on hand.

I peeled off the hair and beard that he came with. I felt like a pumpkin man didn’t really need the traditional nutcracker hair. lol…

I just started painting him whatever colors I was feeling. I love the teal with the orange. It just pops!

For the polka dots, I used the end of an old paint brush. It’s a great tool to easily create perfect little dots!

As you can see he has a “distressed” look. I did this by just dry brushing over the whole thing with black and brown paint. I just kind of winged it and dry brushed him all over. I used a light purple dry brush on his boots.

So…I kinda forgot one of the main features of the nutcracker is the hinged mouth. Initially I just painted a mouth right on the face, but quickly realized it looked kinda weird with the little bottom mouth part just sitting there empty….

So I painted over the original mouth and used the nutcracker part to create a mouth that “opens”! I think it looks so much better.

I’m planning on sealing him with this spray once it stops snowing!

I have a few more and might try a skeleton man next. What do you think of the mouth? Should I have stuck with the first one and just added a traditional nutcracker beard to the bottom portion of the mouth? TIA for your thoughts and happy crafting! πŸ™‚

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