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DIY No-Sew Spider Web Trick or Treat Bag

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03 DSC 0141 2 DIY No Sew Spider Web Trick or Treat BagHappy Friday everyone! The best thing about Halloween when you’re little is dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating! When I was little we got a new bag or bucket for every year. I think I had a few pumpkins, and tote bags we decorated, and I know I had a few happy meal buckets. I don’t have kids of my own just yet, but I do like to make a bags for Halloween every few years. Here’s my latest Halloween tote…

Here’s What You Need:

*Black Tote Bag

*White Doilies (I bought mine in the dollar section of Michaels)

*Glow in the Dark Plastic Spiders (I bought mine at Dollar Tree)

*Fabric Glue (I like Fabritac)

Instructions:

 

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Gather your supplies. Lay out your doilies on top of your bag where you want your “webs.”

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Once you have your doilies positioned where you want them, trim off the excess doily close to the edges of the bag.

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Load up the back of your doily with fabric glue.

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Glue your doilies down onto the front of your bag, lining them up where you need them. Press down firmly and smooth out the edges.

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Once your doilies are dry, you can glue on your spiders. Place a dollop of hot glue to the underside of your glow in the dark spiders. Press the spiders onto your bag where you want them.

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Once everything is nice and dry you are ready to fill er’ up and go.

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06 DSC 0127 2 DIY No Sew Spider Web Trick or Treat BagI just love my spider web tote! My favorite part is that the little spiders glow in the dark! It was super easy to make and pretty inexpensive too! Although I use mine for running errands, I think it would make a wonderful trick or treat bag! I think that kids would like the glow in the dark features maybe even more than I do. I am a sucker for doilies as well! I hope some of you guys will make one of these for yourself or your kiddos this year! It’s a blast! I’ll be back next week with more Halloween fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Halloween Felt Cute Candy Corn Plushie

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One of my absolute favorite things to make are plush toys! They are so fun and rewarding! They make great gifts for kids and funky adults like me and my sister! Every Halloween I have to make some kind of plushie. This year I decided to make a little cartoon candy corn for Hannah. Here’s the how-to…..

What You Need:

*Pattern(see below)

*1 sheet each of white, yellow, and orange felt

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Black and Orange Embroidery Floss and Embroidery Needle

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating thread

*Scissors

*Stuffing

Here’s The Pattern:

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Untitled 23 792x1024 DIY Halloween Felt Cute Candy Corn Plushie To use this pattern, right click and open the links up in another page. Right click on the image once it is up in the other page, and then save it to your computer.

Instructions:

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First, cut out your felt pieces. Draw in your face with a marking pen or pencil.

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Stitch on the face with your black embroidery floss. I used all six strands and used a simple back stitch embroidery stitch.

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Once your face is stitched you are ready to stitch your pieces. line up the top of the bottom piece with the bottom of the middle piece, right sides together. Stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Open up the seams and lightly press open with your fingers a few times or a cool iron.

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Stitch the top to the middle with right sides facing. Do the same thing with the other pieces. You should end up with two candy corns. Lay the front and back together with right sides facing each other. Pin all the way around, matching the seams at the sides.

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Stitch all the way around your candy corn leaving a small opening in the bottom for turning and stuffing.

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Turn the candy corn right side out through the hole in the bottom.

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Stuff your candy corn with fiber fill or other stuffing of your choice.

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Whip stitch the opening in the bottom closed with some orange thread. To finish off, tie some ribbon around the neck in a bow.

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03 DSC 0114 3 DIY Halloween Felt Cute Candy Corn PlushieIsn’t he adorable! I named him Carl. My sister loved him and he is now residing in her room! I would have made one for myself, but Beau would have destroyed it, since anything with stuffing automatically becomes his. I hope you stitchers out there enjoy this little pattern! I can’t wait to see your cute little candy corns! I’ll be back tomorrow with a no sew trick or treat bag! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Halloween Glitter Frame

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03 DSC 0126 3 Easy DIY Halloween Glitter FrameHey everybody! Today I am going to share a super easy and quick Halloween diy with you, my spider covered glitter frame. You can get most of what you need at the dollar store. The best part is that it can be made in less than half an hour, which makes this perfect for a weeknight craft!

Here’s What You Need:

*Black Frame (I got mine at Dollar Tree)

*Black Glitter

*Mod Podge or Clear Drying Craft Glue

*Halloween Spiders( I got mine at Dollar Tree)

*Hot Glue

Instructions:

 

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First, gather up all your supplies. If you can remove the glass, do so at this time, if not, tape up the edges of the glass.

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Paint a thin layer of decoupage medium on your frame. You can paint it all at once if you are quick, or you can work in sections.

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Once you have your decoupage medium painted on, sprinkle glitter all over the wet medium. Carefully lift up edges and tapp the frame gently to remove excess glitter.

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Set your frame aside to dry. Once the medium has dried well, you can add the spiders. Add a dab of hot glue to the belly of a spider. Glue the spider down to the frame where you want it. Glue more spiders on in the same way until you have a look you are happy with. I di one side of my frame and then the top opposite corner on mine, but you could just as easily cover the whole frame, or do even less. Once the glue has dried, you are ready to add your art print and enjoy!

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02 DSC 0130 3 Easy DIY Halloween Glitter FrameI think it turned out pretty dang cute! I love the art print with it from The Cottage Market! It is one of four designs. You can find them all Here. I used stretchy spiders since they looked a little creepier to me, however you can use any kind of creepy crawly you like! I love this frame so much, I think I may make another one with some little snakes. I’ll be back tomorrow with a cut Halloween plushie! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween Wreath

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02 DSC 0090 2 DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween WreathHi guys! Today I am going to share my new Halloween wreath DIY with you all! I have been a fan of Tim Burton and Nightmare Before Christmas since I saw the movie when it came out in theaters when I was a kid! One of my favorite things from the film is the “Christmas” toys and decorations the Halloweentown villagers make. There is a spooky possessed christmas wreath that I love and have always wanted to make one of my own. So, this year I thought I’d make my own monster wreath for Halloween. I swapped out the traditional green wreath and red bow for a spookier black and orange . I have seen lots of Monster wreaths on Pinterest this past year that were adorable like this one. Here is how I made mine…

Here’s What You Need:

*Black Tinsel Holiday Wreath

*Black Tinsel ( I bought skull tinsel at Dollar Tree)

*Halloween Bow or Ribbon

*Stiff White Felt

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Scissors

*Pumpkin Fac Set ( I bought mine at Dollar Tree)

*Hot Glue

Instructions:

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First, lay your wreath on top of your stiff white felt sheet. Draw in the teeth with a marking pen or pencil.

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Carefully flip the wreath and felt over and trace a circle around the wreath on the felt where you need to cut it out.

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Cut out the teeth felt pieces. I wasn’t happy with my first set, so I flipped the felt over and drew in another set on the other side, that is why there are pencil marks on the back.Glue the felt mouth pieces to the back side of the wreath with hot glue or strong craft glue.

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Next, take your pumpkin face kit out and get the eye piece. Hot glue the eye piece to the top front of the wreath where you like it.

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Now if you want you can add the tinsel arms and the bow tie. I used tinsel garland that had skulls on it with black and silver tinsel. I just cut all the skulls off, then I cut the tinsel into two short pieces and two long pieces for a total of four arms. Glue the tinsel arms to the back bottom of your wreath. To finish off glue or tie on the Halloween bow.

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01 DSC 0094 2 DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired Halloween WreathEven though this little guy is not exactly like the wreath in the movie, I just adore him! It is just perfect for Halloween, and looks fantastic hanging on our front door! This wreath was so super easy to make, and I was able to complete it from start to finish in under an hour. I also love that this is something you can let the kid’s help with as long as you’re handling the hot glue. I do hope some of you all will give this diy a try this year, you’ll love it! I’ll be back tomorrow with another spooky project! Until then….

Happy Crafting!

DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween Village

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07 DSC 0169 3 DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween VillageHey guys! Halloween is coming early to the blog! Every day this week I will be sharing a new Halloween DIY with you all! To start off the crafting I thought I’d share my favorite project first. I am a huge fan of vintage putz houses, so much that I made these houses at Christmas last year from templates I found on RetroRenovation.com. So, when I was thinking about Halloween crafting this year, I just knew I had to make a little mid mod spooky neighborhood. This project is really easy, it’s just time-consuming. I makes a fantastic project for a craft night with the girls! Or a weekend diy!

Here’s What You Need:

*Templates (Links are Below)

*Xacto Knife

*Chipboard (like cereal boxes)

*White Pain for Primer

*Paint (I like the Martha Stewart Craft Paint)

*Mod Podge or clear drying craft glue for glitter

*Glitter

*Vellum

*Hot Glue

*Black Foam Core

*Fake Spider Web Pack

*Bottle Brush Trees

*Halloween Miniatures or Cupcake Picks

*Paper Straws  Striped

*Battery Operated Tea Lights

Here is the link for the page where you can download the 1st house

Here is the link for the page where you can download the 2nd ranch house

Instructions:

For more detailed instructions, see the full tutorial for the Christmas houses RetroRenovation.com Here. Here is the basics and what I did differently. First trace and cut out your chipboard template pieces. I extended the roofline by a couple of inches on two of my houses to add some mid mod supports for styling.

Next, prime your chipboard pieces. Then paint your houses how you want them. Paint your roofs to match your glitter or accent the glitter. I painted my roofs black.

Now you need to glitter your roof pieces. Paint the decoupage medium or clear drying craft glue onto the roof pieces, then sprinkle with glitter and tap off the excess. Set aside to dry.

Next, Cut out your bases from your black foam core. My base pieces were cut around 9×11″. Take your spider web material and stretch a little of it over and around your foam core base a couple of times. Secure with a little glue if needed.

Now, glue your house pieces together. Glue the house down to the base, and glue on the roof. Now you should have a nice little house and base.

If you have extended the roof pieces, you need to add in the roofline supports. Measure and cut pieces of your striped paper straws to fit the space between the base and the edge of the roofline at an angle. Glue the straws in place.

To finish off, glue trees and your plastic minis to the base where you like. I used jack o lantern cupcake picks and bottle brush trees to glue around the door and house, and I glued a couple of large spun cotton spiders to the roof of a couple of my houses. Once everything is glued and dried, you can add a battery operated tea light to each house through the opening in the back. Light them up and enjoy!

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03 DSC 0174 3 DIY Mid Century Modern Halloween VillageI LOVE my spooky mid mod Halloween village! It was inspired in part by Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands. I love black and white in Halloween decorating! These little houses are going to go in the big shelf above my bed. I think they’d look amazing on a fireplace mantel too! So, if you are looking for a really fun and rewarding diy to tackle this month, give this one a try, it’s so much fun! I can’t wait to see your projects! I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Halloween project! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Fun Clutch Purse from an Anthro Place Mat

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A few weeks ago I was in Anthropologie with my mama, and came across these fun place-mats. I thought it was so cute, but we’re not that fancy when it comes to our place settings. In fact most of the time, we eat on tv trays in the living room. I carried the place mat around the store with me none the less trying to figure out if there was somewhere else in my house it would fit. I am always making bags with napkins and tablecloths, so I thought, man this would be a cute clutch purse. So I bought the one place mat and got to work. This clutch is super easy and you can use any place mat you fancy!

Here’s What You Need:

*Place Mat

*Zipper long enough to cover the height of your place mat. I think mine was a 14″

*Double fold bias tape

*Scissors

*Leather Scrap

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

*Embroidery Floss and Strong Hand Sewing Needle

Instructions:

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First gather all your supplies together. Measure and cut your placemat in half width wise so the sides of the placemat are your bottom of your clutch.

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Sandwich the cut top side of the front clutch piece in between your double fold bias tape. You may want to pin the tape on. Top stitch close to the bottom of the bias tape all the way across. Do the same thing with the back clutch piece.

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Cut a scrap of leather to make your pocket. I made mine to be 5×6″. Center the pocket on the front bag piece. Stitch around the sides and bottom of the pocket leaving the top open.

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Now you are ready to stitch on the zipper. Put on your zipper foot. Lay one side of your zipper centered right on top of the top of your front of your clutch piece. Pin in place. Your teeth should be laying right above the top of the clutch piece. Stitch the zipper tape down. You will need to stitch up to the zipper pull, then making sure your needle is down into the fabric, lift up your foot and unzip the zipper past the foot. Then put the foot back down and continue sewing. Once you have the one side of your zipper stitched, repeat with the back side of the clutch piece. Make sure you line up the two sides so they are sitting exactly mirrored. Pin the zipper and stitch it down like you did the front side. Snip off any extra zipper tape.

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Now you are ready to stitch around your clutch. If you have a place mat that is chunky like mine you will have to hand stitch the bag. If you have a thinner place mat, stitch around the sides and bottom close to the edge. If yours is too thick to sew on a machine, thread a needle with embroidery floss and hand stitch all the way around using a back stitch method, or whatever stitch you prefer. Once your bag is stitched all the way around, you are done. Fill er’ up and go!

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I just LOVE my new clutch! This is a fantastic weekday bag for me since when I’m running errands or just out for a few moments, I can toss in my wallet, phone, and keys, and go! It is a good size too! Not too small to where I’d lose it easily, but not too big to carry either. It fits perfectly under my arm! I love my anthro place mat purse! This was such an easy DIY, I may have to make more of them, next time I see a place mat at a store I just love. I hope you all will give this project a try sometime! It’s a lot of fun, even the hand stitching! I’ll be back next week with some fun Halloween DIY’s! Until then….

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Fabric Patchy Personalized Hoop Art

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting a beautiful wedding with my mom. The bride and groom were completely adorable and the wedding was so sweet! I knew the theme of the wedding was designed as a soft vintage style. I thought it would be fun to make a little prop hoop for the couple to hold. I love hoop art, and have been wanting to try a patchy hoop for a while. At the time I did not have a machine that could drop the feed dogs, so I did not use a free motion embroidery technique, which is probably the preferred method. Here is how I made my hoop:

Here’s What You Need:

*Embroidery Hoop

*Linen Fabric (large enough to fit over your hoop plus a couple of inches)

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Steam a Seam Double Sided Fusible Interfacing

*Sewing Machine

*Thread

*Fabric Glue

*Scissors

*Ribbon or trim

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is decide how large you want your letters and what font you want to use. Adjust the font on your screen until the letters are the size you want. Use a ruler to measure the letter on the screen to help.

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Take a sheet of your steam a seam and hold it up to your screen. Trace the letters lightly with a pencil.

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Once you have the letters traced, you need to cut the letters apart so that they can be applied to the fabric to cut out further.

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Remove the backing sheet of your letter and press the sticky side down onto the right side of your fabric. Keep the top sheet on as a guide to cut out each letter.

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Now cut out each of your fabric letters. Discard the top sheet. The underside will be tacky.

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Lay out your letters on your fabric. You can lay the hoop over the fabric to help eye where everything will fit.

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Once you have your layout right, press the letters down. Iron each letter down to the fabric per the instructions on the steam a seam package.

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Now you need to topstitch the letters on your sewing machine. Stitch around each letter. You will have to lift up the presser foot, keeping the needle down in the fabric, and turn the fabric as you reach corners and tight curves. Clip excess threads. If you do not want to machine stitch, you can hand stitch around each letter with embroidery floss.

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Once your letters are sewn you are ready to make your hoop. Run a bead of fabric glue around the outside of the inner hoop.

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Lay your fabric over the hoop centering your text, then lay the outer hoop over the top of the fabric. Press and pull and tighten the fabric around the inner hoop, tightening the outer hoop as you go. Once the fabric is nice and smooth over the hoop, tighten the screw as much as you can on the outer hoop. Cut the excess fabric off the back of the hoop cutting close to the frame as possible.

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To finish off your hoop, tie a little ribbon or trim around the top screw of the embroidery hoop. Now you are ready to hang.

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I love how my little hoop turned out! It made a sweet prop for the wedding, and now it is hanging in my home for me and the hubby to admire. I had such fun making this sweet hoop, that I know I will be making more. Next time I think I may try my hand at free motion embroidery since my new machine has the capability. Have you guys ever made any patchy hoop art for your home? Any tips you’d like to share? Embroidery hoops make the cutest art when grouped together! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Protea Wine’s Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

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5 DSC 0168 Protea Wines Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird FeederHey guys! I recently was very honored to be asked to participate in Protea Wine’s Art Blossoms Campaign. This fantastic wine company send me two of their beautiful wine bottles to upcycle into something fun. The campaign asked six bloggers and pinners to create something special with their wine bottles. Then six lucky Protea Wine Pinterest followers will be chosen to receive one of these special gifts. It’s a fabulous way to spread art and beauty around the country and hopefully inspire others. I was super excited to be involved in this campaign not only because I love the idea behind it, or because I do love to upcycle, but also because their bottles are so fantastic! Years ago I made hummingbird feeders from wine and liquor bottles for our moms for Mother’s Day. It is a super easy DIY and makes a wonderful gift. The trick comes in finding the most beautiful bottles. So, I knew that the Protea bottle would be perfect!

Here’s a little video about the campaign:

Protea Art Blossoms from Alex Onion on Vimeo.

And now the how to:
Here’s What You Need:

*Wine Bottle

*Copper Wire 4ft (I bought mine at Home Depot, it is #4 or 5)

*Water Spicket Knob

*Button or Cabochon

*Hummingbird Feeder Tip for a glass bottle (I found mine at my local bird supply store)

*E6000

*Heavy Duty Pliers

*Workbench Clamp or Vise

*An extra set of hands comes in handy too

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is wash your bottle thoroughly and remove the paper label. If you still have gummy stuff on your bottle a little acetone will get it off. Once your bottle is nice and clean you are ready to wrap it. You need to make a loop to start. Straignten out your wire, then take the end of the wire and bend it back a little at around 2″ down, then bring the tip around and squeeze the sides together till the loop closes.

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05 IMG 7874 Protea Wines Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird FeederNow, bend your lop at a right angle. Sit it on top of the bottle and center the loop in the middle of the bottle. Make a mark on the wire where it meets the edge of the bottle. Bend the wire at a right angle where you marked.

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Next, put the loop of your wire into your vise. Now, this is where it is handy to have a helper hold the bottle for you. Hold the bottle on top of the wire loop centered, then pull and wrap the wire around the bottle. Wrap it a few times around the large part of the bottle, then tightly wrap it a few times around the neck.

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Vary carefully squeeze the end of the wire down onto the neck of the bottle.

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Now you are ready to add your “flower.” Place a generous amount of E6000 onto the back of your spicket knob. Glue down to the front of your bottle just above the lip. You may want to put something under each side to keep it from shifting until the glue dries. Glue the button or cabachon to the center of the knob.

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Now insert your feeder tip into your bottle and you are ready to fill and hang.

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6 DSC 0166 Protea Wines Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird FeederI love how this feeder turned out! The bottle is just beautiful and it is going to look fabulous hanging in someone’s yard! You can enter to win one of these fabulous projects by following Protea Wines on Pinterest Here. You can also see what other fabulous projects are being done by other bloggers in the campaign by checking out the Protea Wines Art Blossoms Board Here. Lots of really cool stuff! I hope you all have enjoyed my little tutorial! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Pet Bed from a Side Table for the 2014 DogFenceDiy.com DIY Hackathon

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Hey everybody! Today I have something very special to share with you!  I am participating in the 2014 Dog Fence DIY Hackaton from DogFenceDIY.com. My mom has had this old side table that we have been wanting to turn into a dog bed for Sadie for over a year now, so I thought this would be a perfect project! It is so easy to find side tables at the thrift store for cheap, and you can make a bed out of as plain or fancy as you like. This project is really fun and easy! It is a great weekend project!

This bed was so simple to make. The first thing you need to do is paint your side table. Prime it first, then paint it how you like it. While your table is drying paint your wooden finials. Once the paint is nice and dry, apply a sealer if you like.

Now you are ready to add the finials. Turn your table upside down. Mark the center of the bottom of each foot. Measure your screws on your finials and find a drill bit a hair smaller. Drill a hole into each table leg where marked at the bottom. Screw your finials into the hole in the bottom of each leg.

*If your finials do not have screws, then you could glue them onto the bottom of your legs with some wood glue or construction adhesive

To make the banner, take your pre-made chalkboard pennants and string them onto your ribbon. I added two rub on transfers to each side of my banner. Then write the name of your pet in chalk. Now tie on your banner onto your table legs at the top just below the finials.

I used a pillow with a vintage pillowcase for the bedding in the table bed. You could always make a custom pillow to fit . I prefer to use regular bed pillows in my pet beds. They are cheap to replace and you can easily was the pillowcases when they get dirty. Smoosh your pillow into the bottom of the table and you are done.

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8 DSC 0076 DIY Upcycled Pet Bed from a Side Table for the 2014 DogFenceDiy.com DIY HackathonDon’t you just love it! Sadie is liking it already! The thing that I love the most about it is that it looks like a really expensive custom pet bed, but the whole thing cost less than thirty dollars. It looks fantastic in my mom’s sunroom, and I know it is going to be a favorite snuggle spot for all the dogs! So, next time you see that shabby side table at your local thrift, snag it and upcycle it into something spectacular for your favorite pooch or kitty! I’ll be back soon with another lovely project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower Lampshade

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2 DSC 0096 4 Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower LampshadeHey guys! Earlier this week I posted a DIY for an upcycled lamp made from a vintage cookie tin. Today I wanted to share the how to for the lampshade that I made for it. This lampshade was super easy and fun. It took less than twenty minutes to whip up too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Small Lampshade

*3-4 Yards of Large Chiffon Flower Trim (I bought mine Here)

*Scissors

*Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue

Instructions:

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This really couldn’t get much easier. First, gather your supplies. Grab your trim. Cut your flower trim apart, so you end up with tons of single chiffon flowers. Now you are ready to glue. Apply a nice amount of hot glue to the wrong side of your chiffon flower. Then glue the flower down to the lampshade. I started at the top and worked my way down. Glue each flower next to the previous and continue around your lampshade in rings until you reach the bottom. Fill in any thin areas with a flower. Once your lampshade is filled with flowers you are ready to add it to your lamp and enjoy!

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Isn’t it so darned cute! I LOVE it! I really can’t believe how easy it was too. I want to make a bunch more now! This little flower lampshade is a great way to update your favorite lamp. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!