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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How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

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Being Consistent 

Last week I told you a little bit about my game plan for becoming a more consistent blogger. I have been doing tons of research lately and as it turns out I am not the only blogger with this issue. I find it even more difficult since I am a creative person. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t finish ANYTHING. I start a million projects and go from one project to the next without ever finishing any of them. So my next step in becoming a better and more consistent blogger is to give myself finish dates. I’d call them deadlines but I feel that word puts a damper on my accomplishments so let’s just stick with finish dates. Since you are reading this post it means I must have made all my finish dates for the past 2 weeks! Yay me!

How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Now that you know how to Dye Coffee Filters using coffee and food dye it’s time to get into the fun stuff! This week I want to show you how to make these super cute coffee filter Easter eggs. These are so easy to make and I really think you are going to love them. You may even have everything you need to make them on hand!

Supplies: 




STEP 1: Paint the egg with Mod Podge.

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Step 2: Paint one side of each coffee filter strip and begin covering the egg with them. Use your fingers to to press strips down while smoothing  out any creases.

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Step 3: Keep adding strips until egg is completely covered and the color of the egg is no longer visible. Let dry over night.

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Step 4: Once the eggs are dry look for spots where the original eggs may be still showing through the coffee filter strips. Add a few more layers of strips and allow to dry over night.

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Step 5: You know you are done adding strips when the eggs look like the photo below. =)




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Step 6: To dress up the eggs cut strips of fabric and/or burlap and mod podge them to the egg. Once this dries you can use smaller strips of fabric and twine to really dress them up! Look at my main photo for examples.

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Step 7:  Add glitter because it makes everything beautiful. =)  (use the white kind)

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Finally, embellish eggs with layers of fabric and twine. I have found that if I cut or rip the fabric first, and then coffee dye it, I end up with a nice dark edge on my fabric. It also gives it more of that rustic look I love so much.

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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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Candy Corn Magnets

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What you need:

  • cupcake papers ( 1 cupcake paper makes 1 candy corn magnet)
  • Button magnets (found in the craft department at Walmart)
  • 3 paint brushes (one for each color of paint)
  • Orange, Yellow, & White paint ( I used the acrylic, plaid brand, paint at Walmart. It’s about $1 a bottle)
  • Glitter ( I used white)
  • Glue ( I used a hot glue gun because it dries fast, but school glue would work fine, too)

How to make them:

1.) First you need to fold your cupcake papers in half, then in half again, then again. With each fold place a small dab of glue to keep them from opening. Like this:

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2.) Paint your papers to look like a candy corn.

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3.) Apply glitter while paint is still wet.

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4.)  Let candy corns dry, then glue the magnet to the back. They make different kinds of magnets, I like the button ones because they seem to be much stronger than the others.

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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 😉

Barn Board Photos

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The photo that shows 3 barns board photos is me and my family. The one that has all three of us in it and the one that has just my son are both tacky still, that’s why it looks white and you can see streaks. The other photo is my photographer & her husband, she is a good friend of my families and does all my photos for free so normally I like to give her something special weather it be crafts or in this case a barn board photo. 🙂

This September a friend and I went to Sunfest for the first time, we fell instantly in love with some photos we saw of the ocean. My friend looked at me and said “we can do this, with our own photos!” and that is exactly what we did. These barn board photos make beautiful gifts, you will want to make some for yourself as well. 🙂

what you will need:

* Mod Podge

* foam brush

*barn board cut to size of photos

*photos printed onto card stock (you can use regular printer paper but card stock works much better)

*liter

*scissors

*old towel

*credit card or something similar ( I use a discount one that the football team passes out every year)

What you will need

How we did it:

Firs print off the phot0(s) you want to use. Cut the photos down to size leaving a small rim just incase it burns in a little too far. Once you cut your photos, standing over a sink burn your edges ( I find this works best if you run your liter up and down the side till it just catches fire then I watch it burn in till it gets a hair past the rim, then I simply wet my finger and run it along the ashes to stop the burning process.). Next lay everything onto a towel and pour mod podge onto barn board, take your foam brush and evenly spread mod podge all over your barn board. Next take your photo center it onto the barn board and using your hand press it down. Pour some more mod podge right on top of your photo and again evenly spread it all over the photo and to the edges of the barn board. Now take your credit card and use it to run across the photo smoothing out any bubbles (this will also keep bubbles from forming as it dries.). And lastly I just use my foam brush and run it all over the barn board once again, and let it dry. Now you have a beautiful one of a kind photo(s). 🙂

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