Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder




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Bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder 

This bubble Gum Machine Bird Feeder is fairly easy to make and will look adorable in the yard. And, as long as you have some of the materials on hand, this project should be somewhat inexpensive. Hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!  =)

The Drilling Process 

I went through the drilling process twice so I could find the easiest method for you. A few cracked pots and many striped drill blades later and I believe I found it! The key to drilling through the clay quickly seems to be a wet clay pot and a glass and tile drill bit. Now you will have to use the spade blade for the bottom of the clay pot and the bit for the middle of the bottom clay saucer.

Materials:

  • 1 Clay Pot ( This didn’t have a size labeled but it measures about 5 inches in diameter and about 4 inches in length)
  • 4-inch Clay Saucer
  • 8-inch Clay Saucer
  • Glass Globe ( You can find these with the fake flowers at Walmart, I’ve also seen them at the dollar tree. Make sure this fits on the clay pot correctly before buying.)
  • 1 Wooden Dresser Knob (These come 2 in a pack at Lowes)
  • Safety glasses
  • 1-inch spade blade
  • 1/8-inch Drill Bit
  • 1/2-inch Glass & Tile  Drill Bit
  •  4 Feet of thin Wire ( I bought mine at Lowes and had them cut it to size.)
  • Wire cutters
  • Appropriate wire camps (This will depend on the size of the wire)
  • Red Spray Paint
  • A bucket or something you can soak clay pots in ( I just soaked mine in the bathtub, it needs to be cleaned anyway. ;p)
  • Bird Seed
  • heavy duty glue (Gorilla Glue will work nicely)

How to:

Step One: Soak clay pot and saucers in water for a few hours and begin to drill holes. Soaking the pots and saucer will allow the clay to soften making it easier to drill through.

  • Use a 1/8-inch drill bit to drill a hole in the middle of both saucers and wooden knob
  • Use 1-inch spade blade to drill the hole in the middle of the bottom of the clay pot.
  • Use 1/2-inch glass & Tile blade to drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the glass globe. Also, use Glass & Tile bit to drill 4 holes around the rim of the saucer where the bird seed will come out.

*I ruined so many blades trying to figure out how to drill the seed holes around the rim of the pot. I finally decided to use a drill bit that is made for glass and tile, this worked wonderfully! As long as the clay pot has soaked in water for a few hours the glass bit will drill right through!

( Don’t mind my helper. He’s selfish and seems to think everything is about him =p )

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Step Two: Spray paint clay pot, saucers, and knob red.

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Step 3: Double the wire to form a loop at the top. Attach wire clamp to secure the wire in place; use pliers to squeeze shut.

(After I took the photo I realized my wire clamp got stuck in the knob hole.)

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Step 4: Continue feeding the wire through the drilled holes until it comes out the bottom.Bubble gum bird feeder 4

Step 5: Attach a second wire clamp on the bottom to hold everything.

*After putting this together I realized I bought the wrong type of wire clamp because the clamp slipped right through the hole. They have different types and I’m sure if you ask someone at your local hardware store they’d be more then happy to help! I used a rubber band and some heavy duty glue to secure it for now.Bubble gum bird feeder 7

Step 6: I then used a heavy duty glue to secure the wooden knob to the top saucer. This will act as a lid and make it easy to take the lid on and off when filling seed. I also glued the glass globe to the clay pot, this just kept it from being so wobbly. I did NOT glue the clay pot to the bottom saucer. I wanted easy access in case bird seed would get stuck in the pot.

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Step 7: The only thing left to do is to fill the bird feeder with seeds and enjoy watching the birds munch on their new snack!

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DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder





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DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder

You can make this super cute DIY Lighthouse Bird Feeder using just a few supplies from the dollar tree. I will warn you, gluing the stones on takes some patience. Because of this I left all the supplies out in my craft room and glued a little each night while watching TV. It took a little time but the birds seem to LOVE it!

Supplies: 

  • Small traffic cones ( I got these at the dollar tree in with the school supplies)
  • Small fan or something to work as a balcony ( I also got mine at the dollar tree)
  • 4 packs of stone ( from dollar tree)
  • 9 inch pie pan ( from dollar tree. Set your cone in it to make sure it fits!)
  • Solar light ( you can buy this at dollar tree but I found one I liked better at Walmart)
  • Thick twine
  • Drill
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Loctite
  • caulking gun 
  • popsicle sticks
  • paper plate
  • Laytex gloves
  • Sea Shells ( maybe you have some from a previous trip to the beach?)
  • Small sea critters ( found mine at dollar tree)
  • Small piece of Burlap
  • Grey or tan spray paint (try to get a paint that will blend in well with the rocks)
  • small dowl rod painted black (optional)

How to:

Step 1: The first thing I did was put my cone in my pie pan and marked the holes. This helped me to know where to drill.Light House step 1

Step 2: Next I spray painted my traffic cone grey and left it dry overnight.

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Step 3: I then started gluing my rocks. I found the easiest way to do this was to squeeze some Loctite on a paper plate and use a popsicle stick to apply the glue to the rocks. Because this gets a little messy, I suggest wearing latex gloves. I didn’t wear gloves and had Loctite on my hands for a week!

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Step 4: I wanted to add a balcony but couldn’t find ANYTHING that would work. While I was at the dollar tree I came across this fan, it worked perfectly! I just used a screwdriver to pop it apart and then spray painted it black. My scissors were used to cut the middle section of the fan out so it fits around my lighthouse.

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It should look something like this when you’re finished.

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Step 5: To fit the solar light in I had to figure out a way to cut a hole in the top. I found that drilling a bunch of holes around the rim then cutting it with scissors worked for me. If you have a better way of doing this, go for it!

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Step 6: I then took the stake part of the solar light off and shoved it in the hole. Perfect fit!

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Step 7: Next I used my hot glue gun to glue twine around my pie pan. I think it gives more of a nautical look.

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Step 8: Next I Put my lighthouse back in the pie pan to make sure the holes I marked earlier were still accurate. I then drilled my holes. Make sure when you drill your holes you drill down. Doing it this way leaves the sharp edge on the bottom rather than the top, this way the birds don’t step on anything sharp!

After drilling the holes I stuck a piece of twine through each hole and tied a double knot at the base of the pan. You will need 4 long pieces of twine for this. I pulled the twine up in the air to about the length I wanted and gave myself a few extra inches of wiggle room (we will tie the top knot in Step 11).I found that dipping my twin in water helped it to go through the holes much easier. See the photo below for help with this step.

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Step 9: Use Loctite to glue your lighthouse to the pie pan & let it dry overnight.

*I goofed a little here, I tried to glue my lighthouse down before putting the twine in. This didn’t work very good so I had to re-glue the lighthouse.

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Step 11: Once everything is dried bring all four strings up and tie in a double knot. I also hot glued a few mini sea creatures around the rim of the pie pan. It should look something like this when you’re all finished.

*I also decided to drill a hole in the side of my lighthouse and used Loctite to secure a little perch for the birds. I used a small dowel rod and painted it

black.

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Step 12: Time for the fun part! Fill your Lighthouse bird feeder with birdseed and scatter a few seashells around. I put a little piece of burlap around the balcony so the birdseed didn’t fall through.

I’m not sure who enjoys this lighthouse bird feeder more, me or the birds?

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Empty Oats Container & Coffee Filter Flower Vase




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How to Turn an Empty Oatmeal Container into a FLower Vase

I’m wrapping up Coffee Filter Week with this cute flower vase made from coffee filters. Along with my coffee filter flowers, this vase will be the perfect addition to your spring decor! Not only are they super fun to make but you probably already have everything to make them on hand. Now, let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Empty oats container
  • Coffee dyed coffee filters
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • small old bowl
  • Twine
  • Coffee dyed strips of fabric
  • Coffee dyed paper doilies
  • Stencil ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 )
  • spanish moss
  • Foam for the inside of the vase to hold the flowers.

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STEP 1: Coffee dye coffee filters and make sure they are dry. If you’re not sure how to do this click here —> HOW TO COFFEE DYE COFFEE FILTERS 

STEP 2: Brush one side of the coffee filter entirely with mod podge and begin sticking them on the oats container; you will need a few layers. Carefully press out any creases with your hands. A few won’t hurt as long as they are flat to the container. Also, make sure to wrap the filters around the top and bottom of the container. See photo below. 

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STEP 3: Once oats container is completely covered in coffee filters, allow to dry. If you can see part of the container through the coffee filters then apply a few more layers in that area and allow to dry.

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STEP 4: Once the container is Dry use mod podge to secure the coffee dyed paper doily. I ONLY brushed the outer edges. If you brush the mod podge over the writing it will smear. I used my Cricut to write one of my favorite bible verses onto the doily. If you do not have a Cricut you could use stencils. Stenciling on the beginning letter of your last name would be a very cute idea.

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Below is a better look at the doily I made using my Cricut. If you have a Cricut the possibilities are endless of what you could do here.

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STEP 5: Next I wrapped a piece of twine around the vase a few times and tied a bow. Just remember when you are making this vase that it is yours! Have fun with it! Just because I wrapped twine around mine doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Do what makes you happy =)




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STEP 6: Finally I added a piece of coffee dyed fabric and tied it in a knot. Here’s a little tip to consider: When working with fabric if you rip it rather then cut it you will get nice frayed edges. Also, if you wait and coffee dye after ripping the fabric you will get nice dark frayed edges.

TIPS: To secure the flowers in the vase add a piece of foam to the bottom. You can also fill the container with dry rice and secure the flowers in the rice. Adding Spanish moss to the top of the vase helps to hide the flower stems.

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DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree




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DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree

I have been seeing these around everywhere lately and decided to try making one of my own. They are really easy to make and look so stinking cute! I wish I would have made one last year! I want to mention that in the photo above I made a mistake, I should have wrapped the lights on and THEN the Burlap ribbon. You can see how it looks a little funny with the lights going around the burlap.. Oops! Also, it will probably look a lot cuter once those mums beside it bloom 😉

What you will need: 

The how to: 

Step One– First you will need a tomato stake. This is an old one I got from my pap.

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Step Two – Tie a knot around the base of the tomato stake with one end of the leaf garland.

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Step Three – Twist the leaf garland around the tomato stake tying new ones as needed, I used 8. You can use as many or as little as you like, I like a lot of leaves on mine.

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Step Four – Start at the base of the tomato stake and wrap the lights around the tree. Make sure to start with the end that plugs into the wall.

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Step Five – Next, Starting at the base of the tomato stake wrap the burlap ribbon around it. The ribbon I bought had wire in it and was easy to bend around the base to stay in place. If you don’t have ribbon with wire in it then I suggest using some wire or twine to secure the ribbon.

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Step Six: Next, tie a bow and use a piece of twine or wire to secure it to the top. I do not know how to make these bows so I had my mom make one for me. This is actually her tree, I made mine a few days ago.

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Barn Board Flower Door Hanger




DIY- Wood PLank Flowers

Barn Board Flower Door Hanger

What you will need:

  • Pieces of fabric ( I like homespun material.)
  • pieces of burlap
  • Fake flowers of your choice ( you can switch these out with the seasons)
  • Spanish Moss
  • Decoration for the burlap, I used a rusty star. (optional)
  • wire ( I use rebar wire for my crafts. You can but this at lowes and if I remember correctly it costs less than $5)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Drill ( to drill holes to hang)

The How To:

Step 1:

Cut a piece of fabric to fit around the the plank. Lay the fabric over the board making sure the board is in the center. Hold fabric in place and flip the board over.

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 Step 2: Fold the bottom fabric up and staple. Next fold the fabric on both sides and staple. When you staple you want to make sure the fabric is tight.

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Step 3: Cut a piece of burlap double the width you want it. Center the burlap over the board and allow it to slightly overlap the (black & white checked) material. Fold the burlap down to make a crease, unfold the burlap and put a staple on the crease as close to the edge of the board as possible. Put another staple at the bottom of the burlap. Do the same on the other side.

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Step 4: Then pull the burlap around to the back and staple. Make sure it is tight.

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Step 5: Now you should have a pocket. Put an arrangement of flowers of your choice in the pocket. Tuck in some brown Spanish moss. I then drilled two holes in the top corner so I could hang it. I twisted the ends of my wire around a pencil to give it a cool swirly look. You can leave the burlap plain or you can dress it up. I chose to dress it up with a rusty star.

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DIY Burlap Napkin rings




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DIY Burlap Napkin Rings

The other day I was pondering about all the strange things I know being a DIY/food blogger and one of those strange things is the fact that I know a toilet paper roll is 4 inches long. I mean that’s not normal, is it?  I’ve been kind of obsessed with empty toilet paper rolls lately. There’s so many cool DIY projects you can do with them as you will be seeing over the next couple months (that was your warning). But I am in love with these burlap napkin rings that I made. These are very inexpensive to make and fairly easy! I think they would be gorgeous for a wedding, and they cost next to nothing to make!

What you will Need: 

I also found these super cool finger caps on amazon! I am always burning my fingers when doing projects like this so I will have to invest in a pack of these myself!  Click Here to see FINGER CAPS 

The How To: 

Step 1: First take your scissors and cut the toilet paper roll in half.

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Step 2: Next cut little pieces of burlap to go around the toilet paper rolls. The best way to do this is to lay the toilet paper roll on the burlap and eye ball it. Once you cut your first square out you can use it as a pattern for the rest of them.

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Step 3: Take your glue gun and run a strip of glue in a zig zag motion up the roll. Place the end of your burlap square on the glue and hold till dry. Roll the toilet paper roll till you reach the other end of the burlap, glue it using the same technique you used with the other end.

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Step 4: Run glue along the inside of the toilet paper roll and gently tuck the burlap down carefully pressing so it sticks. Do the same to the other end.

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Step 5: Get a few pieces of raffia and tie a double knot around the center of the roll. Make sure your bow is on the opposite end of the seam. Trim raffia to desired length.

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Step 6: Glue buttons on the middle of the knot.

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Step 7: Fold silverware in napkins and put burlap ring around the napkin.

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DIY Snowy Pine Cones

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DIY Snowy Pine Cones

DIY Snowy Pine Cones are easy and fun to make! Making your house beautiful for Christmas doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Today I am going to show you how I made these elegant looking snowy pine cones without breaking the bank. These are so easy to make, I think you are going to love them! =)

What you will need:

Pine Cones ( find them in the woods somewhere or buy a pack of the scented ones at the store)

1 bag of Epsom salts

white glitters

mod podge ( you can by this at the dollar tree!)

paint brush

brown paper bag

The Step by Step: 

Step 1 – Add right to the brown paper bag, 1 cup of Epsom salts and about 1-2 tsp. white glitters. Give the bag a couple shakes and make sure the glitter is mixed in good.

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Step 2 – pour the mod podge in a very small bowl ( the dollar tree has the perfect bowls for this! They sell little packs of clear plastic bowls over near the party supplies.

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Step 3 – paint the tips of the pine cones with mod podge. When you are painting them try to imagine where the snow would fall, and those are the parts you want to paint.

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Step 4 – put the pine cone in the brown paper bag and shake it all around so all the painted parts of the pine cone are well coated with the salts (snow).

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Step 5 – pull the pine cones out and let them dry

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Step 6 – decorate the house with them or give them as gifts!

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DIY Scarecrow


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I didn’t have a second post for this week until I went to my moms house and caught her making this! Thanks to my mom I am going to show you step by step how she made this adorable scarecrow using a bale of hay and some of my dads old clothing. =)

* My mom said the hay made her very itchy, so I recommend wearing pants, long sleeves, and gloves to make these.

What you will need:

 

  • 1 bale of hay (every time I try to say hay bale it always comes out hale Bay… just in case you were wondering 😉 )
  •  1 pair of old jeans
  • 1 old button up flannel
  • twine
  • scissors
  • a stick or small board to support the scarecrow head
  • hammer & nails
  • Permanent markers
  • straw hat
  • bandanna or a men’s  handkerchief
  • someone to help ya ( It takes 2 people to put him together easily)
  • piece of burlap for the head ( we didn’t measure.. it just needs to be big enough to wrap around the ball and tuck into the shirt. Burlap is very cheap to buy… I think it’s only around $2.50 a yard.)
  • something round to use as the head.. we used one of my sons old bounce balls

How to:

1.) First, unbutton the flannel and start stuffing it with hay ( sorry, no photo.. this is where I caught her making it and ran for my camera! ha ) Once the shirt is all stuffed with hay tie some twine around the wrists but let a little hay stick out ( photo below).

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2.) Once the flannel shirt has been stuffed, it’s time to start working on the head. For the head, my mom used an old bouncie ball of my sons. She wrapped it in hay to make it a little fuller and so the head would not look so round. Once she got the head the size she wanted she wrapped a piece of burlap around it. Then tied a knot at the bottom with a piece of twine.

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3.) Take a scrap piece of board and stuff it down the back of the flannel, then attach the head by stuffing the board up threw the back of the head. We didn’t measure the board just eye balled it =P Here are some photo’s to show you what I mean:

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… use your hands to try to shape the head some; tie a handkerchief around the neck

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You will have something that looks like this..

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4. Stuff the pants up to the knees with hay.

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5.) This next part you are going to need some help with. Have one person hold the top of the pants while the other person lifts the body of the scarecrow on top the pants. Tuck the shirt into the pants.

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6.) Finish stuffing the legs and tie some twine around them letting some of the hay stick out. ( You could also use the rope that us used to hold the hay bale together.)

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7.) Take small bunches of hay and tie them together… this will be the scarecrows hair. Attach the hair by nailing it to the top of the board that is under the burlap.

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8.) Nail on the straw hat…

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9.) And the last thing left to do is to draw the face. Using permanent markers, she drew the mouth and eyes in black and the nose in red.

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DIY * Dollar Tree White Pumpkins

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What you will need:

  • Old T-shirt ( OR, I saw material at walmart that felt like T-shirt material and it was all ready a coffee dyed color… I think it was called cheese cloth?? If you use that, you will only need (I’m guessing) 1/2 a yard for 3-4  pumpkins. And you can skip the coffee dye step.)
  • cheap coffee for dying (dollar tree sales it!)
  • Dollar Tree bouquet of fall flowers ( you need 2 flowers per pumpkin)
  • Dollar Tree foam pumpkin ( as many as you want to make)
  • scissors
  • burlap ribbon ( I bought mine at walmart, but saw some at the dollar tree the next day =/ )
  • spray starch ( this is optional, it helps to keep the top part of the T-shirt looking the way you want, I’ll explain below)

The How To:

1.)  I just realized I forgot to take photo’s on how to cut the T-shirt and coffee dye it. I am going to do my best to explain: Lay the T-shirt down flat and cut up both sides, cut the sleeves off, and cut the thicker part of the T-shirt that goes around your neck off. When you are done cutting you should have 2 pieces of T-shirt with no sleeves and no neck- line. If you ever have trouble or don’t understand what I mean, please feel free to ask. =)

2.) Coffee dye the T-shirts with the same technique I used for my toilet paper roll snowmen. CLICK HERE. Allow to dry.

3.) First set the pumpkin in the middle of one of the coffee dyed T-shirt halves. Bring the corners of the material up to meet each other and hold tightly.pumpkin 2

4.) Wrap a piece of burlap at the base of where the material is gathered ( Look at photo) and tie a bow. You want to make sure that everything is nice and tight.pumpkin 4

5.) Fold the ends of the ribbon in half and make a slanted cut downward. ( you may want to practice this before you try it on your pumpkin) This just makes the ribbon ends look nice.

 

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6.) Cut 2 flowers off of the dollar tree bouquet (scissors work fine to do this. I just cut with an old pair of scissors then bend them back and forth till they snap off) Push the flowers through the t-shirt material and into the foam pumpkin directly under the middle of the bow (look at photo).

 

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7.) Cut the excess material off leaving about 1 inch of material or until you think it looks nice.

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8.)  Spray the excess material with some spray starch to make it stiff.  ( this is optional, but I think it looks better. The spray starch only cost about $3 )pumpkin 10

DIY Comic strip pencil cans

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A few days ago my son and I made this cute comic strip pencil can. It was super easy and super fun to make! Not to mention I now have a cute can to store all his pencils in. Check out how easy they were to make by following the 7 steps below:
What you will need:

1- empty and clean pringle can

mod podge

foam brush

your favorite comic strips from the local paper ( about 15-20 strips)

The How to:

1.) First cut your Pringle can to the size you want it to be. I put a few pencils in the can before I cut, just to give me an idea of where to cut.

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2.) Place the Pringle can on top of one of the comic strips and trace the bottom of it. Cut the circle out.

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3.) Now here is where I went wrong. I am going to tell you how I should have done this. So… when I did this, I mod podge the entire inside of the Pringle can. After that, I placed the comic circle that was cut onto the bottom of the inside of the can. This was a sticky mess! What I should have done was ONLY mod podged the bottom of the Pringle can, then place the circular comic strip in.

(see what I did? LOL )

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4.) After you get the circle piece in, then paint the rest of the inside of the can with the mod podge, including the top of the circular piece you just put in.

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5.) Take your strips and stick them vertically or horizontally ( however they fit and however you want them to go) to the inside of the can. Paint over top of the comic strips with Mod podge.

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* You will want to fold the strips over the can to the other side that has been painted with mod podge ( read next step)

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6.) Paint the outside of the can and place the comic strips on the same way you did the inside of the can. Paint over top of the comic strips when finished.

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7.) Let dry for a few hours or overnight.

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Are they cute or what? These would be so cute sitting on a desk or shelf in a kids play or learning room. Load them up with some pens and pencils and they would make a cute and inexpensive gift for a teacher. Not to mention it will give them a good laugh throughout the day 😉

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