All About Bees Decor

Hi Everyone! Bumble Bees and Queen Bees are so popular this season we just had to make a few. This is a great spring or summer or even year round theme. We made some door hangers, window leaners, and shelf sitters.

Mom did a great job with making all the patterns and painting the basic colors. She used wire for some of the bee’s antennas. Some antennas were part of the wood patterns. If you ever want us to share our patterns with you, just email me and I can try to send it to you.

I think Mom’s inspiration came from Pinterest. Then we put our own twist on things to make them all different. We hope to inspire you the same as we were inspired.

Door Hanger or Window Leaner
This bee is smaller but made of thicker wood so it stands by itself.
Here it is in my sister’s home in her grandchildren’s playroom. I love her HOME sign too!
Here is the bee skep Mom made from an empty “Ensure” bottle.
These were twin bees. Except for the wings they are the same.
Queen Bee with wire antenna and buffalo plaid wings. Mom decoupaged buffalo plaid fabric for the wings.
This is the very first one we made. I still need the bow and it needs it’s forever home.
Here is one we made and I am getting ready to put the finishing touches on it.
Here are two smaller ones we made. They still need their bows. I always add the bow at the end after we spray seal them. Mom’s skeps are also shown. I am going to post about those separately.
Here is the first one we made for my sister. It is now displayed in her window of her grandchildren’s play room. The kids love the bee theme!
I diamond dusted the gold crowns. Pictures don’t really capture the sparkle.
Here’s an up close of the wire antenna bee with crown.
So cute!
Here are two more bees we made. One with swirl wings and the other with buffalo plaid. Mom used fabric and decoupaged onto the wings.
Another angle of the skep in it’s forever home.
Here are two smaller bees with swirl wings. I used my favorite stencil ever to make the swirls.
One of our Queen Bees
Here is another type of bee you could use in your decor too. I have already posted how to make this one out of the toy bees from Dollar General.

All this decor could be used on it’s own or with a whole theme. They could be put on a wreath or on a tiered tray or shelves on your coffee bar.

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Toy Bee Turned into Glamorous Queen Bee

This little queen bee would be a great addition to a wreath or a sweet decoration for a tiered tray. I bought several at Dollar General to glam and jazz up in different ways.

I wanted to make this queen bee after seeing this done on Facebook by Debi Rigg on Studio MD AZ. I want to make another one with black and white checks in the future. I am practicing my checks on bigger projects first. This toy is too tiny for me to try right now. Practice, practice, practice.

I used Diamond Dust on her wings. It made a big difference. See below for the before during and after pictures.

Here she is WITHOUT Diamond Dust.
My Mom made the bee skeps in the background. One is made from wood and one is made from a recycled ENSURE can! She uses rope from the Dollar Tree and I put the little jewels and bees on them. LOVE!
Here they are side by side. Before and After.

Let your imagination run wild and paint one of these toys to match your decor or your project. Decorating with bees is so popular this summer.

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Sweet Spring Bird Topiary

Hi Everyone! Do you love birds? My Mom is an avid bird watcher. We loved making these sweet little birds on a stick made into a topiaries. You can leave off the eggs and use these as decor all year round.

I bought the terra cotta pots at Walmart and the styrofoam rounds at Dollar Tree. I bought the styrofoam blocks and moss at Hobby Lobby. Mom made the little birds from wood with her jigsaw. The crackle medium we used was Valspar from Lowes.

We crackle painted the birds so I also crackle painted the pots to match. To make crackle paint, you first paint a base coat of the color you choose to show through the cracks. Let dry. Then paint on the crackle medium which is clear. I use a heavy hand because I like my cracks to be bigger in size. Generally speaking, the thicker you apply the medium and top coat, the larger your cracks will be. Follow the instructions and let dry 1-3 hours. Then put your top coat on. Don’t overwork the top coat or it will just keep taking the paint off. See my post Chic Wooden Angels for more details. I use a blowdryer to help speed up the cracking process.

I used Dollar Tree styrofoam rounds for the green set of birds and for the ivory set I had to use styrofoam blocks.

We decided to make these sage green and ivory.

Some of my moss was greener than others. So I used the greener moss for the ivory set of birds to make that set more colorful.

I like the larger cracks on this topiary the best.

Please watch my show-n-tell video on Facebook where I hold them up and explain how we made them. Click here for the video.

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Chicken Wire Tote Bag with Green Moss

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Here is our version of a “purse planter” made from chicken wire and green moss. Chicken wire can add that farmhouse, country feel to many projects. It adds a texture dimension and makes a rustic statement. This project works best if you have a partner to help along the way but it is not necessary. I was lucky enough to have my Mom as my partner.

Change out for the seasons. I plan to change to Americana for Memorial Day and Fourth of July, then to Sunflowers for the rest of the summer and even into fall.

Barb from Facebook, “The Shabby Tree” made one of these last year, and I wanted to give it a try. It took me this long to buy the chicken wire and supplies and get to it. I am going to use it as a door hanger. I was afraid the wire would scratch up my door but it is so light weight that it does not bang and knock around.

I bought the wire at Tractor Supply, the moss at Hobby Lobby and the rope at Dollar Tree.

First thing we did was take the moss out of the bag and get an idea of the size we needed to cut the chicken wire. We cut the chicken wire to be a little bit bigger than the moss. We folded the chicken wire so that we only had to connect the sides together.

Line up the design of the wire and then twist the cut portions together using pliers. Bend them into the purse so that the ends will not cut or scratch you.

Here is the wire pouch when finished.
It’s hard to see before you put the moss inside.

Then we put the moss on the inside. We had a little bit extra so we bent the ends down and made a “facing” on each side at the top. We did not glue or sew or wire the sides of the moss since we are not putting soil inside. Ours just stayed together naturally because the moss folds easily. The moss came in a roll at Hobby Lobby.

We put the two ends of the rope together with wire and it did not look pretty, so we covered and wrapped it with twine. We put that end piece on the backside of the pouch.
We connected the rope to the wire with twine and cut the ends so it would all blend together. Here is how we connected to the top.
Here is how we connected the bottom.
Voila, all done.

I really like it on my garage door. But I may move it to my front door when I finish our Bumble Bee Door Hanger. ??
Here I am just being silly acting like it was my real purse. I do love a tote bag. lol

I changed this purse decor out for the Fourth of July and also for late summer using sunflowers.

Thank you for reading my blog about the chicken wire purse. When we did this project we also put chicken wire on a frame that now is on my Fireplace Mantel. I’ll blog about that next.

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Glass Vase Spring Arrangement with Bird Eggs

Hi Everyone! I was inspired by a Pinterest Post to make this glass vase arrangement. I had leftover eggs from another project and I wanted to also put some Spanish moss at the bottom of the vase. The eggs were shades of sage green, gray and beige. I bought them from Hobby Lobby. I was lucky to find three branch type stems at Hobby Lobby for only $1.24 each. The vase came from Dollar Tree last year.

Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird’s Eggs.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
This arrangement is perfect for a fireplace mantel or buffet.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Take a look in your Hobby Lobby and you may find these stems/flowers on sale too.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
Here’s a close up of the vase with the eggs and moss.
Spring Arrangement in Clear Glass Vase with Moss and Bird's Eggs.
I like how the sage green of the stems match the eggs perfectly.

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Top 5 Spring DIY Decor Ideas

Hi Everyone! Here are my top five favorite Spring Crafts we made this year. These go beyond Easter and some can be used all year round. Keep reading for more details.

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SPRING Shelf Sitters

Spring Block Letters

One of the first projects we made was to welcome spring and make these block letters. I was ready to take down Winter and Valentine’s decor and put up something with bright colors. These letters were the ticket. We used 2×4’s and stained them. Then decoupaged spring time scrapbook paper on each one. I used ready made letters and flowers to embellish each block. This was a fun project. I am thinking about turning them around and decorating Americana “Summer” on the backside. I’ll keep you posted if I do this. More info can be found here: SPRING BLOCK LETTERS

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Spring Wreath

Nature Inspired Spring Wreath

Another favorite project was this spring wreath. I had a Berry Wreath on here for Christmas/Winter/Valentine’s. I love how simple and clean this looks for Spring. I used a ready made grapevine wreath and embellished with a birds nest and purple heather. I used my wooden tray as a backdrop. More info can be found here: NATURE INSPIRED SPRING WREATH

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Rustic Lace and Burlap Angel

This cute neutral colored angel can be a part of your decor all year round. Mom made here with a more rounded bottom and a round ball for her head. Except for the burlap flower, lace and raffia she is fairly primitive in design. More info can be found here: RUSTIC LACE AND BURLAP ANGEL

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Garden Angels

We made these garden angels before things started turning green. I love to put angels in my flower beds and flower pots. They are very comforting symbols to mix in your home and garden decor. We also made one with a stake to put in flower pots. More info can be found here: RUSTIC WOODEN GARDEN ANGELS

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Turquoise Jeweled Wooden Cross

Crosses are another year round home decor. This one is special to me since Mom made it and turquoise is my favorite color. I love the cross jewel in the middle with tiger’s eye and turquoise nuggets. More info can be found here: TURQUOISE JEWELED WOODEN CROSS

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Thank you for for reading about my top five spring crafts so far this year. I am going to be working on some chicken wire projects coming up. So stay tuned please. Happy Spring!

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Aqua Striped Bunny, Farmhouse Home Decor

Hip Hop Hooray! Easter’s On Its Way!

This wooden home decor will make someBUNNY feel special. He is made from heavy duty scrap wood we had on hand. The wood had a lot of character and looked rustic so staining it seemed the perfect finishing touch. Keep reading for the details and pictures.

Wooden Bunny with Brown and Aqua Stripes.  Stands on a base and has "Hoppy Easter" on it.

Mom “stained” the whole bunny with watered down brown acrylic craft paint. Then I used painter’s tape to make the striped lines. I wanted it to match my home which has shades of aqua and brown. I was going to also add cream but decided I liked just the blue and brown.

Wooden Bunny stained brown.
Here he is without his stripes. He stands up easily on his own.

I used my Chalk Couture teal paste to “stain” the stripes. I also used a Chalk Couture transfer to put on the words “Hoppy Easter”. I am a Chalk Couture Independent Designer. The paste is not permanent until you seal it. So I will seal it with spray on clear acrylic spray when I am totally finished.

I used one large strip of painter’s tape and one small strip of painter’s tape to make my large stripe.
Here are the stripes ready to begin using the paste to make the “teal stain”.
Here is where I decided he needed a base to stand on. He just looked too lonely as a porch leaner.

We were going to just use it as a porch leaner. But I asked Mom if she could put a base on it so it could stand anywhere in your home or outside your home. Ask and you shall have it with my Mom. She screwed the base onto the bunny and also glued it for good measure with E6000. This is one substantial bunny rabbit!

Here are the screw holes Mom used to attach the base.
Wooden Aqua Striped Bunny with wooden stand. Aqua and Burlap bow and has a saying of "Hoppy Easter".
He looks so good in my house, maybe I won’t even try to sell him.

I made a bow with tails using aqua polka dot burlap ribbons, aqua lace, and even some dollar tree ribbon. I love bows. They always add the finishing touch!

A better look at the bow and HOPPY EASTER! 🙂
Wooden Aqua and Brown Striped Bunny Home Decor.
He looks good everywhere I put him! Maybe I will have him HOP around until Easter.

Please view my time lapsed video on Facebook of me making this bunny. The link is below.

If Aqua is NOT your color, you could use pink, yellow, etc to make the stripes. You could even make the stripes look like ship lap. There are so many options with Easter Colors. Easter will be here before we know it.

Thank you so much for reading about how we made this Aqua Hoppy Bunny. Take care, God Bless!

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Darling Burlap Bunny, Home Decor

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Meet Burlap Bunny! He is my Mom’s bunny project. I can’t take credit for this creation at all. I think she was inspired by 3 or 4 different pictures she saw on pinterest. She basically used the supplies we have on hand. For instance the carrots were made with clothes pins and twine. Keep scrolling for more pictures and info.

Here, Mom was deciding how to make his teeth. She used popsicle sticks.
Here she was trying to decide what to put in his arms. Flowers, eggs, or carrots.
Carrots it is. She made these out of clothes pins and painted twine.
His whiskers were made with floral wire wrapped loosely around a pencil.
We wanted to attach the carrots but not with hot glue. So we wrapped the twine around them and around his wire arms.
I like his neutral colors. He blends in with any background.

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Cutie Potootie, Egg Bunny, Creating is Therapy

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Are y’all looking forward to SPRING! Mom and I sure are. Here is a cute little Bunny with FEET. Mom did get her inspiration from Pinterest. I searched to give that person credit, but could not find the inspiration picture again.

Home Decor, Cutie Potootie Egg Bunny

Mom stained the wood with acrylic paint mixed with water. Regular stain has such an odor and takes so long to dry that we frequently use this type “stain”.

The ears and whiskers are made from fairly heavy duty wire. The eyes are tacks and the nose and teeth are wood.

At first the bunny had only one wire whisker, but it look more like a mustache, so Mom put three on each side and Voila’ WHISKERS. He is so stinking cute. I love his teeth and feet.

He looks good sitting on my fireplace mantel.
Spring is in the air…..It was 70 degrees yesterday! Yippee!

Scrap wood really comes in handy when making DIY woodcraft home decor. Making these projects makes my Mom so, so happy! It defeats her depression and is great therapy!

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Adorable Bunny Family, Home Decor

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My Mom has to keep busy. She is from the old school of believing that staying busy is the best therapy to ward off depression and anxiety. The winter season is hard on her because being outside is another way for her to beat depression. Thank goodness spring is coming soon.

Here is a project she worked on during a bad weather spell that kept her inside. I didn’t get many pictures because she finished them before I knew she was even working on them.

She had put button eyes and noses on them. But the buttons made the bunnies look mean and beady eyed. So we decided they would be faceless and flowers would go next to their bows.

I have a collection of flowers but I needed quite a few so I went with the pastel ones because I had a whole full package of them.

These flowers looked the best with the ribbon I had on hand too!
They look so spring time!
Black, white and aqua with a little pink and yellow thrown in!

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