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.

I actually posted this last year, but unfortunately it was the only one of the twelve crafts that got posted – our family is BUSY and time gets away from me.  This year, I’m ahead of the game!

We love decorating for Christmas.  We put up a tree in the dining room, the living room & my girls each put a tree in their rooms.  My living room tree was loaded with gold ornaments for years – this year I’m going for a more rustic look. 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).

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 prickly pine cones)
Natural jute (or other yarn or string)
Material (to make rosettes)
Glue gun & glue
Glitter glue

Instructions:

If your pine cones are prickly (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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Thrift Store Finds

Last weekend, my good friend, Nicki wanted to go on a road trip to do some shopping for the new home & separate office/kitchen they are building. Not just any kind of shopping but antique/thrift store shopping YAY!! Um yes, I’m surely not missing out on that. We took our 10-year-old daughters and headed for a little town called Washington, Louisiana, specifically to visit The Old School House Antique Mall. If you’re from the area (or are ever in the area), this place is worth the visit! The building is COLD this time of year, so bundle up. The entire school is full of various antique and thrift store venders. That’s right THE ENTIRE SCHOOL, every nook and cranny, including classrooms, under the stairs, the gym, the stage, back stage, etc. There’s even a little café (that has delicious hot chocolate and brownies).
The Old Schoolhouse Antique Mall

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We spent several hours browsing. I don’t think our girls were expecting that kind of shopping but they enjoyed themselves too. My favorite part was seeing (and giggling about) the toys/dishes/furniture, etc. that Nicki & I remembered from our childhood. Hard to believe we’re looking at all that stuff in an antique mall – now our girls really think we’re old.

I’ve mentioned Nicki before; she’s my friend with the flair for decorating (and fashion); she’s our go-to girl for party decorations, paint colors, home décor, what to wear, etc. She’s decorating her office/outdoor kitchen in an old rustic look. She found a fantastic towel hook for the bathroom that’s made from antique facets welded onto a bar, and two perfectly distressed chairs (with missing seats). I get to help her put the seats on the chairs (YEAH). I’ll post the chair make-over, and pictures of her office/kitchen (and the towel hook) in the future, I’m sure it will be FABULOUS.

My finds weren’t as exciting. I was hoping to find something (anything) that I could transform – I did. Check these babies out! They are actually hideous (I apologize if you have some); I think I may have offended the shop owner when she was pointing out the “pretty dark wood and beautiful inlaid plaques” and I told her the plaques would be the first to go. I’ve thought of at least 10 different transformations. They will definitely NOT be a set of kitchen canisters, but some stylin’ boxes if I ever get around to transforming them when I’m through with them. I also found a new cabinet door that was missing a panel – lots of different ideas for that swimming in my mind too – I may build a cabinet for my craft room and keep the door in tact. Someday….. in the future…… I’ll post my transformations.

My super stylish (once upon a time) kitchen canisters

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My peek-a-boo cabinet door

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On the way back we stopped at a flea market outside Lafayette called Jockey Lot. That was more the girls’ style, their ‘fabulous finds’ included Duck Tape Wallets – to me that’s kind of like being issued a challenge; I had an “I’m going to make that” moment – so I did. I’d have posted my copy-cat wallets but I ran out of Duck Tape. LOL Stay tuned….

Here’s the wallet Pey bought. I didn’t get the name of the lady that made the wallets to give her credit, but the girls love them.

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Rustic Wood Boxes Made with Reclaimed Wood

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I absolutely love these wooden boxes. They are so versatile and they look great with any décor. My favorite part about them is that they are made with reclaimed fence pickets; they have that lovely weathered look – and I didn’t have to do anything special to achieve it.

I’ve made these before and didn’t keep any for myself. I’ve been waiting for the right moment (or spare time) to make more. I didn’t come up with spare time, but I’m working on Christmas presents, and I wanted some of these to use as gift baskets so I made the time. I even added a few to my Etsy store.

Here’s what they looked like before.

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I decided on a good length, measured, and used my miter saw to cut the pickets. I assembled by gluing the edges and using a finish nail gun to hold it all together; they are very sturdy. I usually do a drop test by accidentally knocking at least one of my items off my work surface onto the floor, my box held together just fine (but I wouldn’t recommend dropping them). That’s why I hardly ever just glue my projects.

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Look at my fancy nails LOL. I got them done for a weekend with my best girl friends in New Orleans, and liked having pretty hands so much, I just had them filled again. They are solar nails, and I have to rave about them because I’m HARD on my fingernails, and these have stood up to glue, spray paint, being sanded, cleaning products, being used as a scraper for dishes, etc. and still look pretty good.

Here’s the after picture. I have cabinet pulls to attach to the sides as handles, but didn’t have time for that part; I really like them just the way they are.

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Again, my favorite part of the project is repurposing!! Fence pickets are one of my favorites, gotta love the naturally weathered look. Check out the lemonade stand I made for my girls out of fence pickets. I have a lot of pickets left; please tell me about any other project ideas you have for pickets.

I scored a broken twin sleigh bed with trundle from my friend Dana. It has lots of great wood and my imagination is running wild…can’t wait to turn that bed into many other great things.

And, check this out. I picked a few of these wood shutters up from the side of the road (I only had room for 3; wish I could have fit them all). I’m working on repurposing one of these; STAY TUNED to see how it turns out…

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Clay Disk Candlesticks

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Aren’t these great? I love chunky candlesticks, especially the ones I make myself for CHEAP!!

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I found this idea on Pinterest (of course), and knew I’d make them someday.

‘Someday’ came sooner than I expected. My husband showed up with a case of these:

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Little did he know (although he should by now), that his clay disks for skeet shooting would be my latest craft frenzy. Oh the possibilities!!

This was pretty simple, so I didn’t do a full tutorial. Use E-6000 glue to glue the disks in any arrangement your heart desires. When the glue has dried, spray paint.



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Embellish any way you’d like (or not).

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My favorite part of this project is that the whole set of candlesticks cost less than $1. My husband paid about $7 (with tax) for a case of 90 clay disks.

I’d love to hear about any super thrifty craft ideas you have.

Happy crafting.
Tammy

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