Crafting Fun

I love to craft, sew, use power tools and so much more.... Usually if I see or think of something interesting I want done I can find a way to do it.  Follow along as I share some of my great projects here.


Puffy Paint Friendship Bracelets

Easy, Peasy and Fun friendship bracelets for the kids to enjoy over the summer.

Musical Garden Set

Made a Muical themed set for the Oldest Daughter to use in one of her fariy gardens she sells.  It was not the easiest but it sure turned out nice.

Hummingbird Feeder

Team Clover 4-H has spent the last year learning lots of ways to care for wild birds and now that summer is here we have taken on the challenge of caring for summer feathered friends.  We made bird baths, bird house and at our last meeting we made Hummingbird feeders.


Bird Baths

Learning about Wild Birds had led us with lots of fun projects this year.  Now that the weather is warmer we moved on to what we could do to help attract birds in the summer.  One sure way is to have a bird bath.  Follow the link to find out how ours turned out so great.

Mini Garden DIY's

My kids wanted to make Fariy/Gnome Gardens for our 4-H club so to save the club a bunch of money we set out to make as many things as possible.  We made everything from wishing wells to tire swings and moer....See some of our DIY's here.



Bird House Gourd


This year I made my first ever bird house from a gourd.  Really wish I had tried it years ago as it was very easy.....But it takes patients, which for me was probably the hardest part, waiting all winter into spring to finish a project that started with a $2.00 purchase back in October.  Find out if its something you have the patients for and see how I did it here.


Earth Day Gifts


Everyone likes gifts even the Earth.  The kids decided they wanted to do a little gifting for Earth Day this year so they made each 4-H member a mini green house made from recycled items and organic seeds.  We're raising them right and its showing!  Find out what we did for Earth Day here.


My first attempt at soap making


The first though of making soap for me is LYE!!!! EEK!!!   Don't like the though of working with LYE, don't worry you can make soap easy, peasy  Just follow the link to my step by step directions and make some of you own amazing, good for the body soap too:  http://thebullspenblog.blogspot.com/2016/01/milk-and-honey-soap.html 
If you were wondering the answer is no I did not come up with this all on my own, I did plenty of searching online and even talked to a local soap maker before finally settled with a recipe from 
happinessishomemade.net  Now keep in mind I "tweaked" the recipe a bit for my own preferences but I like how it turned out and cant wait to finally start using it.





 Leaves that last


These are two of my favorite fall crafts so far this year.  The first (fall tree) was actually something I came up with last year.  I took a small tree cut it down and glued pretty colored fake leaves to it.  I liked it but the tree last year was so big with branches in all the wrong places it just never really looked right.  This year I was quite picky when it came to tree selection and it make a big difference in the finished product of the tree.  We will use the tree through out the fall, first decorating it with Halloween and then we will put Thanksgiving decorations on it.  My kids love making little decorations for the tree so it is fun for them too.
The bouquet of leaves (second picture) was made because I was looking for something to decorate my sitting porch with.  I used the same basics of gluing leaves on branches only on in a much smaller scale.  I put florist foam in the planter and covered it with hay.  I added some tops from the corn stalks we grew then finished it off with a small scarecrow.  It was actually quite easy but one of my favorite decorations so far.


MAKING 4th OF JULY DECORATIONS.

Every year at my sisters there is a huge celebration for the 4th of July with food, carnival games, horseshoe tournament and even fireworks.  It is a great time and I usually help her with what I can to get everything ready for the party.  I know from previous years the decorations are starting to dwindle or get shabby looking.  She called me one day and asked where I found all my DIY projects so she could try to make some new decorations with out it costing a fortune.  Myself I just search the Internet till I find what I'm looking for and then try to recreate it with what I have.  But I did tell her to check out Pintrest.  She did and found a few that she liked so I decided to save her a few dollars and make the decorations myself as a birthday present to her since her birthday is the day before her party.  Lets hope she likes them.

Fire crackers!!  Made from scrap wood.

7 firecrackers made from scrap wood, piece of old clothesline, and scrap wood

The scrap lumber was cut into random lengths and painted with Red and Blue paint that I already had from other projects

I arranged them in to different patterns and painted words on them
To add the wick to the top I drilled a hole and hot glued the clothesline in the hole
1 of the 7 different fire crackers I made for almost nothing.


My Pennant Garland.  

It was really simple and took less them a half hour.
Here is a small section of the finished garland.

I started with 5 red white and blue colors and cut them into triangles.  The size of the triangle is determined by how big a pennant you want.  Mine were only 6inch.
I took some blue material and cut it into strips about 2inches wide to use as the string.
I folded the string and sewed it.  I also sewed the triangles on at the same time.
The end result is over 100 feet of pennant garland.  You could also sew the triangles next to each other but I chose to separate them so I would end up with a longer garland.

                                                                         

MAKING POOL BUOY GARLAND


I was trying to come up with a neat idea to decorate out by my mailbox since our house isn't viewable from the road.  We have a fence we threw up quick to use as a decoration at Christmas time and I wanted to do a summer theme on it.  I settled on a pool/beach theme for summer and needed something to use as garland on the fence.  I wanted a pool buoys and didn't have one so I decided to make one from used water bottles.
Here is how I did it:
I used the smaller water bottles but I'm sure it would work with the standard water bottles too.
I left them whole kept the cap for painting ( with the cap they are less collapsable).  The cap also makes it easier to put the whole in the bottom for the rope to go through.
There was no perfection in cutting off the top.  After I cut them off I cleaned up the edges on the bottle so they weren't so jagged.  To keep the rounded look I cut the bottle towards the top where it rounded.
After threading the rope through the bottom of the bottle I tied the cut off top inside the bottle so it would hold its place on the rope.
The finished garland.  Can't wait to put it on the fence with the other fun stuff I have planned for decorating out there.
                                                                              

CLOTHESPIN HOLDERS


For the last 3 years I have used an old Easter pail for my clothespin holder...The weather finally took its toll on it and this spring it broke.  Needing a new one quickly I took some of the dresses my daughters have outgrown and bibs from my son to make one.  Actually I made 3 it was quick and easy and FREE!!!


Dress was pretty simple to make as I just made the neck opening bigger, sewed the bottom shut and added the hanger.  The bibs were basically the same as I sewed the hanger in and sewed the legs shut.  I left the side buttons open as it was easier to get the clothespins in and out.

My 1st ever homemade clothespin holder.  I simply sewed the bottom, the arms and part of the front shut.  Then sewed in the hanger.  I was sure it would be harder to do but it was actually that simple.

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