Friday, January 27, 2012

Storybook Bird House!

I purchased a few Little Golden Books at my local library for 50 cents each and turned them into cute little storybook bird houses!

It was pretty simple and fun to make! 
All you need is:
  • A book of your choice
  • A wooden bird house (or you can chose to make one yourself)
  • Mod Podge
  • Scissors and paint brush
  • Paint, if you desire.
I started by taking the pre-made birdhouse that I purchased from Michael's for about $5.

I chose to paint the edges purple and yellow, so using a sponge brush I applied a light layer of paint all the way around. The nice thing is that you don't have to worry about making it perfect because the pictures are going to cover up most of the mistakes.

 Then, using a scrap piece of paper I traced the shapes of the sides on the birdhouse... so that I could use them for a stencil. For Example: on my birdhouse there are 6 triangles around the top and 6 rectangles for the sides, so I made a triangle stencil and a rectangle stencil. (If your birdhouse has different shapes you will need to make a stencil for each shape)

Then, I copied the stencils throughout the book to get the pictures that I wanted around my birdhouse.


I cut them out with scissors and I was ready to go!
(For the front picture, I used an X-Acto knife to cut out the hole and the peg on the front of the birdhouse)

I, then, applied a thin layer of Mod Podge on the sides of the birdhouse...placed the picture down...then Mod Podged over them. I repeated this for every side and around the top until it was completely covered.

I decided to keep the pictures in order around the birdhouse clockwise, so that you could still follow the story as you turned the birdhouse around! I even added two of my favorite quotes to the birdhouse "I shall always be with you" on the front and "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" on the very bottom!

*They are so cute! And if you are making a birdhouse with the standard two-planked peak on the top, you can always lay the cover over it so that the roof is make out of the covers of the book!!*

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Metallic Backsplash

After moving in my new house this past August, I've been staying very busy with house improvements! I am always doing and making things to make my little house that much more perfect. I had painted my kitchen a solid "Deep Caviar" color prior to moving in, and I've known it always needed a little something. So, while making my weekly Michael's run  I came across some very cute metallic bronze paint and thought it would be perfect to tie in the different colors of my kitchen!
I decided to get the "Rich Espresso" color and a stencil. I just repeated the stencil several times to give it a tiled look, and I'm really happy with the outcome!



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Valentines Day Crafts

I, Amanda, decided I wanted to make cute packaging for my boyfriend's Valentines day gift (read more at I am getting him a Fossil watch and wanted to make a decorated box to put it in.
I bought a cardboard box at Michael's, along with a piece of red felt, ribbon, and patterned paper. 
I painted the bottom half of  the box a cream color from leftover acrylic paint. While letting that dry, I decorated the lid of the box. Using the patterned paper I made a envelope, where I plan to put my card. I fastened the envelope to the lid. 
Using the ribbon, I made a border around the sides of the lid.

For the inside of the box, I made a felt heart. I cut two pieces of the red felt out and sewed them together by hand, and stuffed the inside with cotton. I made the heart to fasten the watch around.
I also made paper fortune cookies for a fun touch to put inside the box. 

More pictures of the finished product to come...

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Rit Dyed Shoes

So I, Amanda, had a pair of white Roxy slip-on shoes that had gotten dirty from being worn during the summer months. I had seen a tutorial online on dying shoes, so I decided I would give it a try.

I washed the shoes as best I could and put a little Clorox on them to make them a whiter. While I was washing the shoes, I was letting a large pot of water boil. When I heard the water start to boil, I turned the heat down and dumped in about half a packet of teal Rit dye tint (found at Michael's).

When the dye was mixed into the water thoroughly, I dipped one shoe in. I had to hold it in with a plastic spoon or else the shoe wouldn't stay in all the way. 
I let each shoe soak in the dye for 10 minutes. After they were done I rinsed them in cold water until I could see that the dye was no longer coming off the shoe. After, I let them dry on a paper towel for a little bit.
When they had dried for a while and weren't so soaked, I decided to throw them in the dryer so the process would go faster. 

This was the finished product:

With the left over dye, Carrissa dyed a white shirt. 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Baby Food Jars = Spice Container

So I saw a few similar ideas using baby food jars, and considering I had so many I thought It would be a good idea to reuse them for crafts!

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I have been saving the empty baby food jars for a few days.
I just cleaned them out really good, and after letting them soak in hot water for a few minutes, the labels pealed right off.

In addition to the baby food jars, I used glittery scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, craft glue, magnets, and a marker.
I started by using E6000 glue and gluing the magnets to the lids of the baby food jars.

While the glue was drying, I cut out small circles with the scrapbook paper and labeled the spices.

Then, I used a Mod Podge to glue the labels to the bottom of the baby food jars!
(I found that Mod Podge works best as opposed to any other craft glue. Others can cause the paper to wrinkle and not stick)

That's all! They are super easy to make, and they look nice on the side of the fridge. 
You can even use them in an office area for thumb tacks, paper clips, and safety pins...or in a craft nook for buttons, glitter, and rhinestones!
The possibilities are endless...and it even helps get rid of all of those baby food jars :-)
Oh, and with the extra scrapbook paper I made a few more paperclip magnets!

Decorative Magnetic Clothes Pins

I had a bag of extra wooden clothes pins laying around and I thought it would be so cute and easy to make decorative magnets out of them!
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You can buy colored clothes pin magnets at the store, but it is was less expensive and fun to make at home!
All you need is paint, clothes pins, a brush, craft glue, and a sheet of magnets.

I started by cutting the magnet sheet in small strips to fit the back of the clothes pin.
Then, I put a small amount of E600 glue on the clothes pin and attached the magnet.
(any craft glue should work)

Then, I painted the fronts of the clothes pin a solid color and let them dry.
When they were done, I decided to come back and polka dot them with a different color.

  These are so fun and easy to make, and you can even decorate them with scrapbook paper and cover in Mod Podge... or add googly eyes and turn them into little animals for kids! But I love them for hanging pictures on the refrigerator!