Pine Cone Ornaments

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Today is the first of twelve, cute, low-cost, and green Christmas crafts I’m sharing with you this season. Follow my blog to have future posts delivered directly to your email.

We put up three Christmas Trees (plus my kids put one in their rooms). The tree (and ornaments) in the dining room were my mother-in-laws, my girls put up a tree in the kitchen that they decorate, and my big tree (that I decorate) goes in the living room. It’s been gold the last few years – this year it’s more rustic. I’m reusing a few of my gold ornaments, but I’ve made (or revamped) the majority.

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I’m SO excited about these pine cone ornaments!! They didn’t cost me a dime (I had everything on hand) and I’m really into the natural theme this year.

We got the pine cones at a house not far from home. One day as the girls and I were driving, we noticed pine cones on the ground in a yard. We stopped and asked the homeowner if we could pick some up – he said “anytime” – saves him the trouble (so we cleaned the yard). We got a very large bag that day. Woo Hoo!!

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Here’s how to make them…

Materials:

Pine cones
Nail clippers (if you have prickley pine cones)
Natural jute (or other yarn or string)
Material (to make rosettes)
Glue gun & glue
Glitter glue

Instructions:

If your pine cones are pokey (like mine), remove the thorns with a pair of nail clippers.

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Cut about 10 inches of natural jute, fold in half and tie the ends together in a knot. Use a dab of hot glue to glue the knot to the top of the pine cone.

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I had a roll of natural jute on hand, but as you can see, with a 40% Hobby Lobby coupon it only costs a couple of dollars and it goes a VERY long way.

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Embellish however you like… I made rosettes using fabric that I had on hand (the cranberry color rosette was formerly a shirt & the canvas color was from another project – I purchase canvas at Harbor Freight – $7.49 for 4′ x 12′). For a few, I added some greenery (cut from some garland from years past).

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To add some sparkle, spread glitter glue on the ornament I find this method to be more efficient (and less messy) than the glue and glitter method.

Let it dry, hang on your tree, and stand back and admire.

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Hope you enjoy making your own…

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Holiday Hostess Gifts – Wine Glass Charms

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These cute little wine glass charms are a super way to distinguish which glass is yours. I’m notorious for picking up the nearest glass and claiming it as my own. Problem solved!! And…a set of these make the perfect hostess gift.

Instructions:

Use memory wire – the small loops, and cut them to the desired size with wire cutters (I used a loop and a half).

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With needle nose pliers, make a loop at one end.

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String beads in the desired color/patter; my kids picked out team colors.

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Finish with a loop at the other end. Ta da – a cute & stylish way to personalize wine glasses. No more losing track of your drink.

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Thanks for visiting. If you like my wine glass charms, please share (I love being Pinned).

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Scrappy Sail Boat Art

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Aren’t these SOOO cute? One of my favorite projects. These scrappy little sail boats were meant to be…I found the wood in the boat shape on the floor in the workshop after cutting boards for other projects. Of course I couldn’t make one lonely boat so I dug through my scraps to find other similar shapes.

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I painted each piece separately with acrylic paint. Once dry, I sanded to distress, glued the boat pieces on, then sealed. I attached a self-leveling hanger.

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Voila…the cutest little sail boats ever.

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I recently found a fabulous blog – Beyond the Picket Fence (check it out) – I’m inspired by her scrappy projects.

If you like my scrappy sail boats, I’d be honored if you pinned them!

Thanks for looking!
Tammy

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Wood Tote

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I’m participating as a vendor in a local fundraiser/shopping event called unWINEd (how fun is that?) presented by the Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville. It’s coming up in a big hurry so I’ve been creating like mad to prepare.

Many years ago, I saw a wooden tool box at an antique store and filed it in the back of my mind with all the other ‘to make someday’ projects. Now I’ve made one WOO HOO!!

I was inspired by this post at Beyond the Picket Fence (excellent blog – check it out), and because my youngest daughter’s class was asked to donate an item to a ‘tailgating’ themed gift basket to raffle. I thought this would be a fun way to hold all the condiments for a tailgate party (ketchup, mustard, mayo, BBQ, etc); I even added a bottle opener (just in case).

Here’s some pictures of the process. I used salvaged fence pickets, cheap acrylic paint and two coats of clear coat.

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Thank you for stopping by.

I’ve really neglected my blog. Between school and extracurricular activities, my girls keep me on the go. I still find time to create, I just never get pictures. I’ve made so much lately, I’m working on taking pics and writing posts stay tuned for more…

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Toy To Tray

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Check out this classy tray. This is probably one of my favorite transformations ever! In her former life, she was a baby doll changing table:

Former Life:

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New life:

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Can you believe it?

My girls had the whole set for their dolls, the changing table, crib and high chair. They were well used toys and favorites for many years. The changing table broke some time back, and since I like to keep junk useful stuff around until inspirations strikes, it’s been tucked away in a corner.

Here’s some of the pieces…

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I didn’t get many pictures of the process, but I’ll do my best to tell you how I did it:

1. The legs broke off from the top of the changing table, leaving holes where it had been screwed in. I used drywall joint compound to fill the holes, then sanded both sides smooth.

2. I wanted to have a chip paint finish, so I painted some of the edges with black acrylic paint, then spread Vaseline in some places. Check out this post for more information about creating a chip paint look with Vaseline.

3. I sprayed several coats of Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x in Heirloom White Satin finish.

4. Once I was satisfied with the finish, I used sandpaper to remove the paint to create a distressed look. The paint comes right off where Vaseline was spread.

5. The finish wasn’t quite what I envisioned so I decided to experiment. I had some Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut Wood Stain in my cabinet, so I brushed on and wiped off until I had a look that I liked. That was still tacky the next day (we were having some muggy/humid weather), so I moved on to another project and let that sit for several days.

6. To create the patch-work effect on the tray, I cut several different pieces of scrapbook paper in various sizes and moved them around until I liked the look. Using Mod Podge, I decoupaged the paper to the tray. I left them on the tray in my pattern (so I wouldn’t forget how I wanted them), and just moved them aside to spread Mod-Podge.

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I think the best way to avoid air bubbles is to Mod Podge the paper to the surface first, flattening with something like a credit card as you go – you will still see air bubbles, but they should go away as it dries. Once you’ve given that a little time to dry, sparingly brush Mod Podge over the top of the scrapbook paper (again, it might appear to bubble, but should go away as it dries). If you end up with a bubbles after it dries, you can usually stick those down by carefully scraping (with a fingernail or a credit card) again.

7. I wanted to seal the top but didn’t want a shiny surface, so I sprayed many layers of Minwax Polycrylic in satin finish (I probably sprayed 10 layers over several days).

8. Every tray needs handles, so I picked out some that I thought complimented the finish and attached.

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At this point, I still wouldn’t want to let anything wet sit on it, but it would make a fabulous coffee table tray.

What kind of sealer do you use over decoupaged items? I use the spray (because I’m lazy like that). Does the kind you brush on work better?

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Win A Magnetic Board

Win one of these magnetic boards!

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Yesterday I went live with my Facebook Page for Southern Flair Crafts. Please help me spread the word. ‘Like’ my Facebook page (on my sidebar to the right) and share with friends. When I reach my first 200 likes, I’ll give away one of these magnetic boards to one lucky follower.

Thanks!!

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Drab to Fab Kitchen Canister Makeover

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Remember these ugly kitchen canisters? My husband thought I was crazy for spending any money on something so hideous, but I saw some potential. Here’s the transformation; not too shabby…or maybe a little shabby chic.

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It’s been a couple of years since I participated in a craft fair (kids getting older means less free time), but this last weekend I participated as a vendor at the Louisiana Cajun Food Fest in Kaplan, LA. I didn’t do too well – made a few sales, but I met some great people and had a lot of fun. I’d never participated at a festival, I definitely do better at craft fairs where people are coming specifically to shop!!

Anywhoooo, since I knew the festival was coming up, I’ve been busy making things and refurbishing for the past several weeks. These once ugly canisters finally got their makeover.

The first thing I did on all of the canisters was pop the hideous acrylic oval off the front, and remove the knob from the lid…that was an immediate improvement. Then I got busy transforming.

Makeover #1 – Homemade chalk paint

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The first time I tried homemade chalk paint, it turned out perfect and I LOVED it (I’ll post that project later), this time, however, it didn’t turn out as well. I used acrylic paint, plaster of paris and a little water (I don’t follow a recipe but mix until I like the consistency); the actual recipe I found called for 1 T plaster of paris mixed with several drops of water, and 1/2 cup of paint (of your choice). The paint I used for this project was a thinner consistency, so I added more and more plaster of paris. My paint was harder to spread, and was a little lumpy. After drying overnight, there were a few little cracks, however, a light sanding smoothed those out.

I wanted to glaze my little box, and of course, wanted to make something myself… I stopped at Hobby Lobby for some Delta Creative Faux Finish Glaze Base ($2.47 for a 2oz bottle), it says that it will transform any acrylic paint color into an instant faux finish glaze. It didn’t work too well for me… I mixed the glaze with some brown acrylic paint, but the consistency was weird – a little too thick. It might work better on a different kind of base, my homemade chalk paint may have been too porous, but I used the glaze anyway. I brushed on sparingly and wiped most of it back off.

I like the way the finished box turned out. I got the knob at Hobby Lobby (they are always 50% off). The decorative piece on the front actually came with the knob, I thought it looked better on the front of the canister.

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Makeover #2 & 3 – Spray paint and decoupage

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I love spray paint. I think I’m just a little lazy, but on something like this that only required a light sanding, spray paint rocks! I’ve tried several kinds, but my favorite is Rust-Oleum Painters Touch Ultra Cover 2x in a satin finish, I used that on both of these. I sprayed two coats of paint, let it dry thoroughly, then sanded the edges to distress.

I pulled the ugly acrylic ovals out of the garbage (hate to trash something when it can be reused), sprayed some Goo-Gone to get all the years of yuck off, then used Mod-Podge and tissue paper to decoupage them. Once the Mod-Podge was dry, I painted two coats of Delta Creative Gloss Exterior/Interior Varnish (drying between each coat. I also found the varnish at Hobby Lobby $10.33 for 8oz (use your coupon for this), but it goes a LONG way. I glued my newly transformed ovals on their respective boxes using E-6000.

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Makeover #4 – Spray paint

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This one is my favorite (I’m loving turquoise right now). Again, I used spray paint, but this time I used Valspar (my second favorite). I sprayed two coats, let it dry, then sanded; I love the contrast of the brown and turquoise on this one!

This knob also came from Hobby Lobby, and the piece I used on the front came with the knob.

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NOTE: before adding hardware to the boxes, I sprayed each with several coats of Minwax Polycrylic to protect the finish.  

I love the way these turned out!  Some paint, distressing, a few coats of Minwax Polycrylic, and new hardware transformed these outdated and drab kitchen canisters, to interesting and fab storage boxes.  

Have you ever tried homemade chalk paint?  Please share your recipe and any tips and tricks.  What about Glaze?  Have you tried Delta Creative Faux Finish Clear?  What tips do you have for glazing?

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