Rubber 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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Christmas in July, Thrifted Angels in Frames Decor Idea

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I found these frames at one thrift store (I think Goodwill) and I found the angels at another thrift store (I think Salvation Army). I couldn’t decide if I wanted to leave the items gold in color and make an Old World style project or paint them and make a shabby chic project. For now, I decided to leave the items gold in color. I can ALWAYS go back and paint them later. And I think I will after Christmas this year.

I did not change the pictures in the frames at all. They were already gold and it was destiny how the angels fit perfectly inside the frames. I just had to make the angels match the frames. After I changed the color, I hot glued them in place. They are very light weight so hot glue was enough. I also did not want to permanently bond them with E6000 because I want to later take them off to paint them. I love options!

The angels were very grungy and dirty when I bought them. They even had what looked like a tinge of green mold about them. But they were not damaged in any way so I scooped them up. Remember when thrifting that color can always be changed with PAINT. In this case, I used Antique Gold Rub N Buff. Use this product in a well ventilated area. I used my fingers so I can get into all the areas I want. You can use a brush, but I never have. It does come off your fingers if you wash up right away. Below are some pictures of the before and after of the angels.

Below are some pictures of the project when finished.

Here they are all finished. I will probably paint everything later when I get tired of them this color. I will also change the background of the pictures. I thought about changing the picture to be Harlequin print. Not sure yet, but for now, I love them as is.

I hope I inspire you to go junking, thrifting, garage sale shopping, etc. You never know what treasures you can find and transform into extraordinary home decor.

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Trash to Treasure, Reviving a Candle

Revive a wax or battery operated candle by decoupaging and adding sparkly ribbon and adornment. In this revival, I used a jeweled cross and a salvaged base and a topper. Read below for all the supplies I used.

I went junking one weekend with my Mom and my Sister and found silver trays, candle holders, and other odds and ends. At Salvation Army, I found this candle bottom and topper. I am not really sure what they originally were used for or even sure if they were meant to go together. But my vision was for an Old World Style Candle.

The bottom and topper was a pale, brassy yellow. I added “Antique Gold Rub N Buff and it became a much richer gold color.

I had decided to use the cross and three rows of rhinestone ribbon to decorate and embellish with. So I added some rub n buff to those too. But I found some iron-on rhinestone ribbon in my stash that looked better and sparkled more. These embellishments were bought at Hobby Lobby.

Below is a picture of the rice paper I decided to use to cover the candle. It is called NEUTRAL Harlequin. I ordered this from Etsy from Decoupage Queen. Her Etsy store is called THDecorAtl.

Rice paper is pretty easy to decoupage onto a candle. I used Mod Podge and just wrapped it around. Wrinkles really were not a problem.

Even though it is gold in color, it looks great on my bronze table with matching bronze lamps. You can see in the pictures below how the bling ribbon at the bottom is very sparkly. It really matches the gold in the frame of our family picture too.

I made the cross into a push pin because this candle was covered in wax even though it is a battery operated candle. I used hot glue and E6000 to attach a flat head tack to the back of the cross. I used hot glue to attach the ribbon at the bottom.

I added bling to my treasure chest and orb too. I wanted more sparkle on this table. I plan to add just a touch to the frame of our family portrait too. But the pièce de ré·sis·tance is the candle.

Below are some pictures before I decided where to put it in my home. This is my favorite project so far this summer.

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Flourish Finials Redone with Antiquing Wax and Bling

Hi Everyone! Come join me as I transform these Flourish Finials into decor for my buffet.

These Finials started out in life as a strange shade of white with a tinge of salmon color. Pictures really didn’t show anything but white but with the naked eye you could see how they really didn’t match anything white, ivory or cream. See picture below.

Here they are in their original white color.

My goal was to have them set on each side of my ivory antiqued Key Sign. So I spray painted them with Rustoleum 2X Paint and Primer in Heirloom White.

Rustoleum 2X Paint and Primer

Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer in Heirloom White

Then I rubbed antiquing wax on them front and back. Rubbing so that the dark stayed in the recesses. I used Valspar Antiquing Wax in Dark Satin Acrylic # 87003. (Picture below) I like this brand because it is water based and does not smell. But I do recommend wearing gloves so that it does not stain your manicure.

Here they are all finished in their home next to my Love Key Sign.

This brooch came from Totally Dazzled. I love their bling. They have a lot to choose from. I glued with both E6000 glue and hot glue.

This bling is a button from Walmart. Just snip off the brooch and/or button backings with plier cutters.

I added cream felt to the bottom to prevent scratches on my buffet.

Thank you for reading about how I transformed these finials that I had in storage to actually be used in my home. They were in storage from when I was a Realtor and staged homes.

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Turquoise and Brown Wooden Cross with Jeweled Pendant

Hi Everyone! We are here to inspire you to be creative. Having a hobby can help you with grief and depression. Here is another craft idea if you are interested.

Turquoise is a very special color to me. It is my birthstone. So this is a very special cross. It has three layers of wooden crosses plus a turquoise and brown (tiger’s eye) stone embellished cross. The stones are faux but they are beautiful!! I will be keeping this cross. It is just beautiful and I don’t think the pictures do it justice.

Mom began with the bottom layer which has a very nice shape to it. But when she put the second layer it really began to look like a work of art. The third cross was added on top because the jeweled pendant didn’t show up against the brown background. It along with the jewel was the pièce de ré·sis·tance.

Here it is sitting on my buffet. It matches my buffet and painting perfectly.
Mom bought this pendant at Joann’s Fabric store. Luckily they were half off when we went. This was the PERFECT cross to put this jeweled cross on!!
Here it is at another angle on my Farmhouse buffet.

I hope we have inspired you to go out and be creative. Even if you don’t have wood to work with you can recycle and repurpose items you do have. Think outside the box and create mixed media which is a combination of painting, collage, decoupage, ink stamping, etc. The possibilities are endless! Just have fun!

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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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Endearing Pair of Bunnies, Repurposed Home Decor

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This cute pair of bunnies started their life as wooden rustic photo holders. Mom repurposed these to be bunnies after she repainted them gray. Keep reading for more info.

Wooden 2x6's with Burlap on top. They have ears made from thin wood.  Eyes are upholstery tacks and whiskers are made from curled wire.  The nose is a heart shaped piece of wood.
Started out as Photo Blocks

Mom put burlap on the front sides. She made ears out of thin wood and put burlap on them too. She painted the inside of the ears pink.

She made heart shaped button noses and wire whiskers. She made eyes out of brass tacks. She put a bow on top and Voila’. Done.

When you get tired of home decor change it up. Repurpose it. Refresh it into a different season.

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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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Reversible Thanksgiving to Christmas

We wanted to create a shelf sitter that did double duty. We saw several similar on Pinterest. Here is our version.

We used scrapbook paper and decoupaged all the 2×4’s. The sides were painted black. The bottom 2×4 was painted black except the sides that have Thanksgiving and Christmas on them.

Here are some pictures I took during the process. We had to decide which scrapbook papers to use that would look good up against each other. We staggered the heights to add interest and make it look “HAPPY” and “MERRY”.

Planning it out.

I printed the HAPPY and MERRY font off PicMonkey and Mom traced them onto wood and then cut them out. We had to buy letters that would fit sideways for the THANKSGIVING and CHRISTMAS too. We found these at Hobby Lobby.

Ignore how stained my garage floor is……lol…

I had to add “snow” all around the red letters to make them stand out on the word “Merry”.

It did take awhile to work on this project. But when you think that it does double duty, it was worth it.

Thanksgiving SPECIFIC decorations often get overlooked because we buy overall FALL decor or go straight into Halloween and then straight into Christmas. I am glad this shelf sitter gives Thanksgiving a spotlight.

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