I was trolling Pinterest recently for things I could make to go with Henry's teepee and I came across this adorable felt campfire featured on LiaGriffith.com. It was really easy to make and I can barely sew a straight line, so don't be intimidated if hand sewing is not your forte! I didn't actually look at the instructions or templates on Lia's site so I can't vouch for them so I'll provide a quick rundown of what I did:
I used regular felt from the craft store and embroidery floss in complimentary colours. I wanted each flame to be different so I didn't use one template, I just drew the outline for each flame in chalk, cut it out and then traced the bigger flame onto the piece of felt I would use for the smaller/inside flames so I would know the shape they would need to be. Make sure you cut two pieces of each large flame as one will be used for the back.
When I had the 3 shapes for each flame I sewed small flame to the medium and then sewed the medium to the large and then sewed the back onto the large flame leaving a gap so I could stuff it. When the three flames were complete I just sewed them together.
The logs were easy too and all three are different. For each, I folded the sheet of brown felt in half lengthwise and drew the shape of the log with chalk and then cut it out so it would have the front and back exactly the same. I then drew the bark designs I wanted and sewed along them with embroidery floss which was the same shade as the felt I would use for the ends of the logs. After this was done I attached the front and back of the log by sewing together both sides, leaving the ends of the log open.
Next, I needed to make the ends of the logs in the lighter felt. I just turned the sewn log onto its end and traced around the log end to make the right sized circle. Cut out the circle and the sew concentric rings in the matching lighter floss and repeat for the other log-end.
Sew one log end onto the log and then stuff the log before attaching the second log end.
I decided to make some rocks for the fire to sit on and these were made exactly the same way and took about 7 min each!
Don't you love making things that can be used for one application and then repurposed? This feather garland is the perfect project as it can be used in lots of different ways like décor for weddings, nurseries, parties etc. and best of all, it's so quick and easy to make! I made mine to put around a teepee I'm making for Henry, but until that's finished I've hung it on the mantle in the living room and to be honest, it's so pretty it might just stay there for a while :)
What you'll need:
Feathers! I found mine at Plumule Feathers on Etsy
Paint: I just used gold acrylic paint that I already had and it worked well.
String, twine or ribbon....whatever you want to use!
Glue gun and hairspray (both optional)
I applied the paint to the end of the nude colour feathers with a paintbrush and then used my fingers to "feather" it out toward the middle so it gave a slight ombre look.
Gently sprinkle the glitter on the wet paint. Repeat with all feathers and then let dry. I gave them a light spray with hair spray to help secure the glitter but this isn't necessary.
I attached the first feather in the middle of my twine and worked outward spacing them 9 inches apart. I just tied a knot around the stem and secured it with a dollop of hot glue to ensure they weren't going anywhere. And that's it! Enjoy :)
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My husband Scott is a collector of vintage 1977-'85 Star Wars action figures. He's spent many hours trolling eBay for steals and has amassed a pretty sweet collection which he finally admits is *almost* complete- it's just missing the elusive blue Snaggletooth. Since he's on the home stretch, he had been looking for a while for a display case that would be exactly the right dimensions to house his collection of figures. All 101 of them. We looked around but couldn't find any shadow boxes that were the right size so we decided to make one. Determining what materials to use and it's design was definitely an exercise in trial and error, but eventually we got there! Now Scott has a pretty cool place where all his figures can be showcased together. Below is a rundown of how we made it:
Have you ever wanted to make your own soap but, like me, the thought of working with lye put you off a little? A great alternative is the simple melt and pour method. It's so easy, takes very little time and the results are awesome~ you can avoid handling the chemicals and still create amazing handmade soap.
What you'll need:
Soap fragrance/ essential oil (optional)
Crushed lavender (optional)
Recently, good friends of ours had their first baby and I jumped at the opportunity to make another mobile. I decided on a coral reef theme as baby Ryker's mom studied marine biology and I thought the fish would also be really fun and colourful. I did things a little differently this time from the previous mobile (see woodland mobile) and I think it turned out pretty well!
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season! With all the socializing and celebrating this time of year brings it's no surprise that all those seasonal cocktails have inspired this latest blog post. I think you'll all agree that festive mingling is made all the more enjoyable when accompanied by the perfectly mixed drink which made me appreciate the importance of having a well stocked bar cart especially when entertaining at home. Take a peek at what I came up with:
Oh baby it's finished!!!! The nursery is complete and I am so excited to share the results with you! What used to be a spare room with cracked plaster walls and the remnants of 50+ year old wallpaper has become a cozy nest into which we can't wait to welcome our little man...which should be any day now!
Scott is from South Africa and when we found out we were having a boy we intended to do a safari theme but in the end we decided on a general animal theme which we had a lot of fun with- especially finding so many unusual stuffed animals! I'm convinced now that no nursery is complete without a sloth!
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Interested in adding a personal touch to your nursery? A mobile is an effective (and easy!) way to do just that. And as an added bonus, I discovered making one is also a really great way to pass the time if you're on bed rest and have run out of things to watch on Netflix!
I was in Anthropolgie recently and saw these super cute animal planters and knew they would be the perfect addition to the animal themed nursery we are planning.
To make my own I used air-dry clay and acrylic paint and what I loved about this project is that you can make them as realistic or not as you like and they will look great either way. I chose to use small pots inside instead of planting directly in the planter, but if you decide to plant directly inside make sure you use the appropriate clay in order to fire them so that you can water the plants without damaging your beautiful planter.
What you'll need:
1. Soy wax. I used a 4lb bag of Artminds Soy Wax Flakes which yielded 12 candles, various sizes.
3. Votive or jar
6. Wicks. You can use wood wicks or traditional wicks, I used Artminds wood wicks for the larger jars and regular wicks for the smaller ones, both worked well.
I made a pipe shelving unit recently (check it out here) and had some extra wood left over which was perfect for this next project. Since the shelves were going on the deck to house my veggies, I thought it would be nice to use the same wood in the same space. The off-cuts happened to be the ideal size for hanging shelves and I think they ended up complementing the pipe shelves perfectly!
Hi guys! I'm really excited to FINALLY share this project with you! I built these shelves to house the herbs and such I've planted out on the patio and I'm so happy with how it turned out. Below are some things I learned along the way that might help you if you're planning on making pipe furniture in the future:
This birdbath is the perfect project to welcome summer! With the weather getting hotter it provides a much needed oasis for the birds and gives our garden a pop of colour.
Here's what you'll need:
Bird bath- I used a flower pot base
Caulk and gun- GE silicone
Tile- I used old dishes, just make sure you don't use the rounded rim pieces
Tray to mix grout in
Float or other tool to spread grout
Start with the fun part: smash those tiles! I put mine in a plastic bag and whacked it with a hammer. Make sure you wear safety glasses in case a shard flies out- they're sharp!
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