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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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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Turn Easter Decor into Spring Decor

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I am here to give you inspiration, ideas, and little tricks or hacks. This was a very cute Easter Vintage Truck which was purchased at one of the dollar stores. It carried Easter Eggs in the back bed. It was so cute, that I wanted to keep it out for another month or so or even longer. My Mom made some felt flowers to put in the back and voila, it is now SPRING DECOR. The flowers cover up the Easter Eggs perfectly. They are not even glued in.

Easter Vintage Truck changed to Spring Vintage Truck using Felt Flowers.

Felt flowers are VERY easy to make. They are nice to make when it is raining outside. We chose colors that complimented the existing colors of the truck. My Mom used buttons for the centers of the flowers.

Easter Vintage Truck changed to Spring Vintage Truck using Felt Flowers.
The flowers are not glued in. They are removable.

I hope this post helps someone get the idea to change out their Easter Decorations before putting them up for the year.

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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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Captivating Garden Fairy, “Happiness” by Thoreau

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I am trying to stay warm in these winter blasts we are having. They are reaching all the way down here to South Louisiana. I made a mixed media project that was inspired by Artist, Amanda Hilburn. I purchased a tutorial from her website. Please go and visit her site and her Facebook Page. You will learn a lot! Her Facebook Page is “The Little Bluebird Gallery”.

My fairy does not look like hers. I love hers! But I learned a lot. Everyone’s mixed media looks different because we all have different supplies and ephemera. The first thing I did was find some butterfly wings. I loved this pair because of all the pastel spring time colors.

I bought these three dimensional flowers at Michael’s. I had to use them on this project because they looked so good with the butterfly wings. This picture was before I outlined everything with my graphite pencil.

I knew I wanted a quote of some kind on my project. This one seems to fit perfectly.

Please don’t make projects and put them in a closet. Display them throughout your home! Change them out with the seasons.
She looks good on my springtime fireplace mantel.
I used several mixed media techniques.
I painted the body of the fairy and some of the flowers and greenery.
I love using scrapbook paper on my mixed media projects!!
When my garage thaws out, I will be adding some glitter or twinkle paint.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Garden Fairy. I hope I have inspired you to start collecting scrapbook paper, 3-d flowers, butterfly wings and inspirational quotes. You can make so many different mixed media projects. Make your own gift cards, gift bags and yes…..home decor.

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Follow the Bunny, He Has Chocolate Porch Leaner

Every Bunny Welcome!

It may be a little early to be doing Easter Bunnies, but why not? Mom wanted to make a bunny porch leaner out of one of the many, many wood pieces we have salvaged from our old wood horse fence.

Keep scrolling to see the whole bunny.

Mom had a pattern in her head. Her main objective was to cut out some ears for it. I think it really turned out cute. I painted a face on it. I have trouble with faces. They are not as easy as they look. Not for me anyway. Either the eyes look too beady or the nose and mouth are crooked. But I finally made him look cute. Whiskers and all.

Here he is with just his face put on. Bow, sign and flowers yet to come.

At this time, I knew I wanted to put a bow around his neck and some flowers at the bottom, and a sign in the middle. I bought the flowers from Dollar Tree and I had the lace burlap was leftover from another project.

I was going to just make a pocket for him to hold his flowers. But when I rolled this laced burlap around, I liked it better this way.
I asked my Facebook Page, which sign they would choose and they chose the —FOLLOW THE BUNNY HE HAS CHOCOLATE.

The screen prints are from Chalk Couture. I am an independent designer with them. These two screen prints come from the transfer called Vintage Truck, Spring Add on.

I painted a sign I bought from Walmart. Actually it was white when I bought it so I waxed it with some brown wax. That helps the chalk transfer not stick as much and helps the chalk to not settle and bleed into the wood’s grooves.

The sign really turned out sharp.
Here were the ribbons I was choosing from. I LOVE spring colors.

I constructed the bunny on a Facebook Live, but I redid my bow afterwards to include tails. There was too much blank space between the bow and the sign. I also used a polka dot ribbon to tie the middle of the bow with. It added just the right touch.

He got a new bow after my Facebook Live.
Here he is in his full glory. Sorry the weather has been so unpleasant for pictures. Everything is so wet and nasty.

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Nature Inspired Spring Wreath, Home Decor

I needed a spring wreath to put on my fireplace mantel. I needed it to replace my berry wreath that I converted from Christmas to Valentine’s. I saw a wreath with a bird’s nest and thought I really liked that idea since I love nature.

I had a green wreath, but the bird’s nest didn’t look good on that wreath. So when I went to Walmart for the paint for my Antique Fireplace Surround I bought a grapevine wreath and a few small flowers. I didn’t want large flowers to overpower the bird’s nest. Here’s what it looks like.

I think it turned out perfect! It was just what I was wanting to transition into Spring. Yay for Spring. Come on Spring!

Here are some more pictures of during and after with explanations of how I made it. I also have a show and tell video on my Facebook Page.

I didn’t want the wreath to be a permanent fixture on my tray. (remember my tray that I painted last month?) So I used a burlap type ribbon to hang the wreath from and hot glued it to the back of my tray. I can change out with the seasons or use my tray for what it was meant to be used for. Options….options….

See below for a picture of it on the fireplace mantel. This fireplace of course is not real but it adds a homey touch to the garage as I sit out there and paint and craft. I love it out there with my candles on and listening to music as I create. The mantel and the shelves around it hold all the arts and crafts my Mom and I create.

Here’s a picture of the whole fireplace revamped for Spring. I will add more flowers as spring actually gets here. We just repainted this fireplace surround. I posted about that day before yesterday.

I decorated my fireplace with pieces of decor we used to stage homes with. My husband and I flipped houses once upon a time before the oil and gas industry collapse hurt our market here in South Louisiana. We still have rent houses but we don’t really stage those like we did when we flipped. So all these decor items came in handy when I took down Valentine’s to paint the fireplace. I really didn’t think we would finish the fireplace surround so quickly. But I am glad it is ready for Spring.

I bought the birds nest from Hobby Lobby and the purple sage or heather from Walmart. My wood tray isn’t purple but it seems to pick up the purple hue from the flowers. It looks nice.

Below is the link to the Facebook Live I did showing and telling how I made it.

Thank you all so much for reading about my Spring Wreath. I really appreciate it! Go be creative and make one for yourself. It was easy peasy.

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