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.

Thank you for reading about our Sweet Bird Topiaries.

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Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny

Hi Everyone! Here is another decoupage project. Decoupaging is definitely a way to go to get a custom one-of-a-kind look. This may be our last bunny for the season. Easter is upon us.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

We decoupaged this bunny with fabric on both sides. The hardest part was choosing which two fabrics to use. Then choosing a paint color for the side edges.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

Mom cut the bunny out of some thick wood we had on hand. She also did the decoupaging. I then painted the sides and sanded it and put the bows on it. I think he turned out so cute! I had painted the sides white, then green…..then yellow won out.

Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
The top ribbon with the flowers on it is extraordinarily beautiful. It is sheer with flowers and on top and around the edges.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.
Here is the green side. It has a smaller ribbon.
Reversible Wooden Fabric Decoupaged Bunny. It has green circles on one side and pink, yellow, green, blue plaid on the other side. Both sides have matching bows.

This little bunny could be put on a kitchen island and seen from all sides. I love that it is reversible.

I hope this project has inspired you in some small way. That’s what this blog is all about. Sharing of ideas. It keeps Mom and I busy and filled with purpose. We don’t make a lot of money doing this but that is okay. It is just fun.

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Wooden Short Easter Bunny with Happy Painted Face

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For the spaces in your home where you don’t have room for a full size bunny, here is a short version. It is just a Bunny Bust. It is just the face and neck with a big bow tie. All bunnies were made with repurposed fence boards. This wood is thicker than privacy fence board however, not quite thick enough to stand alone.

Wooden-Short-Bunny with painted face and ears.  He has a bow and eggs that have a bunny and Happy Easter on them.

Mom made little wooden feet (paw) so that the bunny would stand alone. Mom does all the cutting of the wood. She made a pattern similar to the porch leaners we made.

Wooden Short Bunny.

Between his paws and his bow there was room to add some decorated eggs. I am an Independent Chalk Couture Designer so I used two Easter transfers to put the wording on with white chalk paste. I did paint these and then wax them so the transfers would not bleed.

Wooden short bunny

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Wooden Blue Cross with Cameo and Sheer Ribbon

Crosses are great for this season and any season. Mom has been working on several at the same time. Here is the first one she finished. It is made out of wood and she painted it light blue so the dark blue sheer organza ribbon would stand out against it.

Wooden Blue Cross with Cameo

She created a base for it so it would stand alone. Some of them she makes so that they hang up and some she makes so that the stand up.

The ribbon inspired her with this cross. It is a beautiful color of royal blue.

As you can see, it can be mixed in with your other Spring Decor.
The ribbon has an iridescence to it.

She had a blue cameo that matched perfectly that she decided to put in the middle. It is the perfect finishing touch.

The cameo is the highlight in the picture.
Here it is nestled between the pair of bunnies that have the same color ribbons.
Wooden Blue Cross Collage

Thank you so much for reading about my Mom’s Blue Cross. She has more coming….stay tuned.

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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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Jack Jump Over the Candlestick (Lights of Yesteryear)

What would Christmas be without Candles and Lights. It is hard to believe that before they made electric lights people used candles on their trees. Can you imagine the fire hazards? Maybe that is why they put their trees up on Christmas Eve and then took them down the day after Christmas. Keep reading about this cute little craft idea.

The following excerpt is from History.com https://www.history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas-trees The whole article is a very interesting read.

“It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.”

Mom made these candlesticks with cut cedar fence slats. The flame and the candle are made as one. Then she attached the base with a screw.

I wanted some candlesticks to go with rustic farmhouse decor. These are my tribute to farmhouse. I used black and white buffalo plaid ribbon at the bottom and raffia at the top.

I also made some with gray and white buffalo check. Many people have their walls painted some shade of gray nowadays. These would go with so many people’s decor. They could also be left out all year round if you wanted. Change the ribbon and voila you have a different season’s decor.

Let me know if you would like me to send you a pattern. But really it’s easy to make.

Thank you for reading my blog about CANDLES at Christmas. There is also a lot of mention of candles in the Bible. Very interesting.

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas. I know it’s early for Christmas greetings but the holiday season can be a very depressing time for some and it usually begins around Thanksgiving. This year has been extremely hard for A LOT of people. So everyone has my very best wishes!!

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