Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tea Pot Bird House

Signs of Spring are starting to show, I can see the buds growing on the trees. Yay, I am so over winter.

With that said, I decided to make a bird house and hang it on our funky apple/crab apple tree that grew together and now make up one tree. With a funky tree, you need a funky bird house...

Here are the supplies you will need:
 Wood (any type, any size you would like)
 Paint (I got mine at Home Depot in the reduced section. 7.5 oz for 50 cents....SCORE!) I picked up         two colors.
 Varnish (I used a spray on varnish and sprayed outside)
 Picture Hangers or whatever you would like to use to hang your bird house, I am mounting mine to         the tree.
 Glue that will withstand being outside in the elements. Tip: Hot glue gun will NOT work. I used                Clear Premium Silicone Glue made by GE. It is waterproof, sun proof and freeze proof.
 Tea Kettle - I picked mine up at the thrift store for $3.00
 Paint brushes
 And anything you would like to add to the wood to decorate it. Or you could just leave it plain.

I had plywood cut to 12" x 12" at Home Depot. Here is the unpainted piece.
Here it is painted.
Next I added the hardware onto the back side. You want to do this before you mount your teapot.

This is the tea pot I picked up at the thrift store.
Here I made a stencil that says Family. I don't have one.....may have to remedy that. I used the other color of paint that I purchased for $50 cents :)

Then I added the tea pot and glued it down then added a couple bird houses and butterflies from a stencil I have.

And here is the finished product. Hope you like it. It is super easy to make and I can't wait for a couple to move in and start raising their family.

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dominoe Key Chains

Hello again, today I want to show you what I have been up to lately. I have been making domino key chains with bead dangles. Below are the steps I took to complete them.

You will need dominoes (of course), Small Screw eyes, I found that the 5/8 " worked better than the 13/16". I had a few of the 13/16" ones break off on me. You will need to drill holes at the top and the bottom of the domino, be careful when using hand tools. Then any art you would like to use on your domino, it could be images from catalogs, designer paper cut up, anything you would like. I purchased my images from Lisa's Altered Art. You can get some great one from her site www.LisasAlteredArt.com. I purchased the two sided ones. Meaning, one side said one thing and the other said another. (example below) you will also need jump rings, chain, and key chain ring. Decorate them anyway you would like, use your imagination and just go wild.

Above are a few images of them, just the one side. You can use beads, charms or even buttons if you would like for the dangles.

Here is a close up of a back and front. This one I am keeping for myself :). I put purple beads on mine.....because I can, LOL. If you have any questions, please let me know and I would be happy to help you out.