The Love Shack

The Love Shack
(created by Sophia Vida)

This little bird house is anything but a shack. It’s a great Valentine’s Day craft that’s super easy and fun to make! 

For this project you will need:

– 8-1/2″ Plain Wood Bird House
– Vintage Printed Papers by Graphic 45 – Le Romantique Collection
– 3″ Small Bird
– Medium Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart

– Medium Heart Punch by Martha Stewart  

– 12-16 Small Ivory Colored Pearls
– 4 Large Ivory Colored Pearls
– 6 Small Satin Peach Colored Roses
– 1 Large Heart Shaped Button (any color will do)
– Small Piece of Ivory Satin Ribbon for your Heart Button
– Matte Mod Podge
– Acrylic Paints: White, Antique White, Flesh, Magenta
– Jim Holtz Distress Ink – Tea Dye
– White Glitter
– Aleenes Tacky Glue
– Small Make Up Applicator
– 1/2″ Paint Brush
– Small Foam Brush
– Small Amount of Wood Excelsior or Spanish Moss
– Glue Gun
– 2 Plastic Coated Paper Plates (1 will be used a painting palette, the other will be used for the glitter)
– Paper Towels
– Container with clean water to rinse the brushes
– Fine Grit Sandpaper
– Scotch Tape

  1.  Pick the patterned paper for the roof and cut out the images from the vintage paper for the bird house. Set aside.
  2. Punch 6-8 hearts. Set aside.
  3. Punch 6-8 butterflies. Fold the butterfly wings at the body on each side. Glue 2 small pearls to the body of each butterfly. Set aside.
  4. Using the fine grit sandpaper, lightly sand any rough spots or jagged edges on your bird house. Wipe off any dust with a paper towel.
  5. Using the 1/2″ brush base coat your bird house in white paint. Let dry. Apply a second coat. Let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush in between coats so the paint won’t dry on your brush.
  6. Using the 1/2″ brush, paint the sides of the bird house with Antique White. Rinse your brush. Let dry.
  7. Mix equals parts of the Flesh paint with the Magenta paint. Using the 1/2″ brush, paint the base of the bird house. Next paint the inside of the hole for the bird house. Last paint the front and back of your heart button. Let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush.
  8. Using the second paper plate, mix a small amount of Aleenes Tacky glue with a little water. Cover the front of your heart button with glue and sprinkle with white glitter. Let dry.
  9. Measure the paper for each roof panel and cut to size. Turn over the paper and add a few pieces of tape to the underside top seam. Then turn it back over and test your sizing on the roof. It should fully cover the roof but not hang over the edge.
  10. Using the make up applicator, dab it into the distress ink and begin distressing the bird house. Make the corners and underlying roof edges a little darker than the rest. Let dry.
  11. Using your small foam brush, dip it into the Matte Mod Podge and use it as a glue to adhere your roof panels to the bird house. Continue by gluing your images to all 4 sides of  the bird house. Glue your punched heart and butterflies to any open spaces. Note: you will only be gluing the butterfly body to the bird house so the wings will stand up. Let dry.
  12. Using the make up applicator, dab it into the distress ink and begin distressing the roof panels, images, hearts and butterflies you just glued to the bird house in step 10. Let dry.
  13. Using your glue gun adhere the excelsior to the bottom edges of the bird house and add a little to the hole in the front. Next glue the satin roses to the edge of the roof on the front of the house and glue the large ivory pearls in between the satin roses. Then glue your bird on the perch.
  14. Run the ivory satin ribbon through the holes on the heart button and tie it off. Trim off any excess. Using your glue gun, adhere the heart button to the front highest point on the roof. Voila you have a beautiful and romantic Valentine decoration!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making The Love Shack Valentine Decoration!

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Snowbird Holiday Tree

Snowbird Holiday Tree
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– 2-3 bushels small white silk flower rosebuds
– 6″ silver pedestal bowl
– 12″ Styrofoam cone
– 6″ Styrofoam square
– 3″ white feather bird for top
– small bag of white plume feathers
– floral pick
– 1-2 crystal sprays
– 1-2 white pearl sprays
– wire cutters
– 6-8 floral pins
– Floral Tape
– Glue Gun

The snowbird on this tree was so cute and spunky, he made me laugh. I had to find a way to put him to use. As as result I created this topiary tree that makes a wonderful home decoration for the holiday!

  1. Cut the foam block to fit snugly inside the pedestal bowl. The top should be level with the rim on your bowl. Add a little glue to the bottom of the bowl and adhere in place.
  2. Add a little glue to the to of the foam block and adhere the cone in place. For extra support, add a few floral pins around the seam of the two foam pieces.
  3. Add a floral pick to the bottom of your bird (just poke it thru the center of the bottom). Place a dab of glue on the other end of the pick and insert into the top of the tree.
  4. Using the wire cutters, cut your rosebuds from the bushels. Leave about a 3/4″ – 1″ piece of stem on each. Place a dab of glue on the end of one of the rosebud stems and insert it in the top of the tree directly under your bird. Repeat this step and work your way down until you have covered the entire cone.
  5. Using the wire cutters, cut a few end pieces from the crystal stem. Place a dab of glue on the end, and insert them randomly on your cone or anywhere you may have a gap.
  6. Repeat step 5 using the white pearl spray.
  7. Stick the ends of the feathers directly into the foam base to fill in any gaps at the bottom. Voila! You have a gorgeous holiday decoration.

Tips: You can use any color scheme you desire. If you find the perfect bowl is bigger than what you need, just improvise and adjust your sizes. Add extra holiday picks, feathers or ribbon and bows at the base to cover any gaps. The variations are endless! The main idea is simply to enjoy and have fun!!!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Snowbird Holiday Tree!

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Autumn Scarecrow Pix

Autumn Scarecrow Pix
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– 3.5 Clay Pot
– 9″ Scarecrow Pick
– 3.5″ square piece of floral foam
– Spanish Moss
– Glue Gun

This is another super easy fun project to make. It’s makes a great inexpensive take home gift for your Thanksgiving Day Guests. You can personalize the pot rims with your guest’s name using Deco Markers, add Thanksgiving Sentiments or just leave them plain. Any way you choose, it will look great!

  1. Trim your floral foam so it will snuggly fit into your pot.
  2. Once you have the right fit, put a little glue in the bottom and put your floral foam in place.
  3. Add a few drops of glue to the top of your floral foam and glue the Spanish Moss to the top of the foam. Make sure to completely cover the floral foam.
  4. You can put a dab of glue on the tip of your Scarecrow pick and insert it into the top of the floral foam.
  5. If desired, decorate the edge and base of the pot with Deco Art Markers. Voila! You have a fun and cute memento to give your Thanksgiving Day Guests.

Tips: For extra pizzaz add ribbon and a bow as decoration. You can also add an extra punch of color by painting the sides with acrylic paint or stencil a design. To save money and go green, you can recycle white styrofoam from a package and cut it to the desired size.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Autumn Scarecrow Pix!

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Autumn Wheat Centerpiece

Autumn Wheat Centerpiece
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this project you will need:

– 2 bundles of wheat
– 2 yds of 2-1/2″ Wide Harvest Colored Wired Ribbon
– 1 piece coordinating pipe cleaner stem to match your ribbon
– 24″ Floral Wire
– Wire Cutters
– Scissors
– 1 large rubber band
– 1 book 6-7″ in length and about 1″ thick (be creative there are so many things you can use for this – it doesn’t have to be exact)

This is a super easy fun project to make that looks great as a table centerpiece or home decor. The wheat bundles can be found at your local craft or grocery stores this time of year. Depending on the size of the wheat bundle, you may want to purchase 2 so that when combined your finger tips can almost wrap around the base.

  1. Put your wheat together in one bundle and secure with the rubber band.
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut a 24″ piece of floral wire and wrap it around the middle of the stem of the bundle several times and twist the ends closed. Cut off any excess with the cutters and tuck the ends back into the bundle so you won’t get poked.
  3. Work the bottom part of the wheat stems and spread them a little to make it stand.
  4. Cut about a 15″ piece of ribbon and wrap it around the bundle covering the floral wire and tie it off. Tuck the ends back under the ribbon.
  5. Using your remaining ribbon, leave a 6″ piece of ribbon loose then start wrapping the ribbon lengthwise around your book. You should make 3 complete circles around the book and end up with about a 8″ piece of ribbon for the other end. (Note: Each wrap around the book equals two loops on the bow)
  6. Carefully slide the ribbon off the book and pinch it together in the center. Using the pipe cleaner stem wrap it around the center and twist.
  7. Bring the longer end piece back around the front to make a loop and secure it with the pipe cleaner stem through the middle of the loop. Then secure the bow with the pipe cleaner stem to the ribbon around the base of the wheat bundle.
  8. Cut the ends of the ribbon so they are both about the same length.
  9. Shape your bow and end pieces. Voila! You have a beautiful autumn centerpiece.

Tips: For extra pizzaz, add some dried florals or colorful feathers to your centerpiece. Also, if bow making is not your thing, just buy a pre-made bow and attach it to your bundle with coordinating ribbon.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Autumn Wheat Centerpiece!

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