And of course I needed to add a 2nd tier to the fairy garden…
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Once you get started on creating this small world, it’s really hard to stop. Here you see the progression.
I’ve been wanting to build a fairy garden for some time. So with lots of time on my hands in quarantine I started the project. I looked to Pinterest for some inspiration and took it from there.
Lots more to create…more to come
Since my travel wings have been clipped, I’ve been getting back to my crafty roots. I was inspired by the many painted rock ideas I saw on Pinterest so I thought I would get back into it after letting my project sit for a year. My goal was to complete enough rocks to decorate my front garden. I’m a few rocks shy of completion but I placed them all outside to see how the finished products look. Overall I say not too shabby. I used paint pens for the art which allowed for better control. I finished up by spraying them with Modge Podge acrylic sealer so they will weather the elements. Hope you are inspired to try painting some yourself!
Next up: DIY Fairy Garden
The Christmas season always inspires me to dip into my craftiness arsenal in order to make gifts for family and friends. Pinterest is where I go first to look through my endless list of DIY ideas. I was particularly drawn to a link for mason jar terrariums. I decided to do my own take on the project and now have three nice gifts I can share with some friends.
List of items needed:
- Clear glass jars (size according to the plant you are putting inside)
- Decorative rocks or sand
- Long handled tongs
- Piece of paper or magazine page
I put some base rocks into the bottom of the jar. I kept the cactus in the plastic pot it came in to contain the dirt and help retain water. Using the long handled tongs, I positioned the plant in the center of the jar. Then I used the magazine page to create a tube around the plant. This prevents the rocks from piling onto the plant.
Then simply add the different rocks or sand as you desire to get a layered effect. When using smaller rocks or sand, you may get some pieces falling into the other layers, but overall I like the finished products. Happy crafting friends!
I finally got a chance to get back to some Pinterest-inspired projects. Today I decided to tackle making decorative paper flowers. The link on Pinterest made it look very simple. Items needed – magazine pages in various colors, shredding scissors, bamboo skewers, tape, floral tape. First challenge – no shredding scissors and couldn’t find them anywhere in Nuremberg (not exactly a crafty place I’ve learned). So I improvised and used a short pair of scissors and made the many cuts by hand. I also did not have bamboo skewers and could not find them in the market, so I used paper straws instead. The process of rolling the cut paper around the straws proved to be challenging. I had many failures and I’ve posted a few below. Once I finally got the hang of it, I think they turned out pretty nice. Now I have a decorative piece for the bedroom and one for the living area. These would make a lovely centerpiece for a bridal or baby shower – or simply a nice way to add a little color in your life!
Gathering the magazine pages
Folding and cutting the paper
Flowers for the bedroom
Flowers for the living area
I had a sample piece of wood laminate (from my last shopping trip to SCRAP) and it happened to fit perfectly into one of my unfinished frames. I was looking for a project for a while and stumbled upon this PIN on Pinterest showing a framed giraffe silhouette cut from decorative paper. It sparked many ideas and I began sketching them out. I happened to need a bit of wall art for my bathroom, so I landed on the idea of a sand dollar. Instead of using decorative paper, I decided to make the sand dollar out of felt with a bit of embroidery detailing. I painted the frame a nice aqua color and then glued the finished piece to the wood laminate backer. In very little time, I now have a nice piece of handmade art for my bathroom wall.
Original PIN inspiration
Painting the frame
Wood laminate piece inserted into frame
Starting to create the sand dollar in felt
I discovered several interesting Christmas Tree craft ideas on Pinterest. Two of my favorite ideas used yarn to decorate foam bases. Living in Germany, I have discovered a great lack of craft and hobby stores – most people order supplies online. So I had to be inventive since I had no foam core, plastic, or cardboard shaped trees to start with. I used cardstock to form the base for the trees. I imagine this project would have been a touch easier using something more solid as the base. Nevertheless, I powered through and ended up with 3 festive trees to add a touch of Christmas to my apartment.
Drawing, cutting, and making the cardstock bases
I added glue in small sections as I wrapped the yarn around the base
The spiral design left me with blank spaces, so I filled them in with pearls
I added a sparkly snowflake to the top of each as the final touch
The finished trio of trees
While on Pinterest a few weeks ago, I came across a pin that was really inspiring. The idea for a project has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while. Now that I am more settled into my apartment, I took some time to get creative once again. I have an alcove in my main hallway that was begging for some color in the form of art. I decided to try my hand at felt and embroidery to make some framed fiber art. I am very happy to see the finished project hanging in the hallway – added that bit of color that was missing.
The original inspiration pin
Sketching ideas for my approach
Gathering felt colors
Painting frames – base silver color covered by dark brown
Start of the gerber daisy
Start of the poppies
Start of the allium
The finished projects hanging in the alcove
Back in January, I attempted to follow a Pin I found on Pinterest. The Pin showed how to revitalize old tees by adding bleach graphics to them. The first attempt at three different t-shirts failed. I have since discovered that only the Clorox Bleach Pen for WHITES works. The other bleach pens are not strong enough to bleach colors. This time I only attempted one t-shirt to see if it would work. The bleached out color was a surprise, but it did work. Now I can use this technique on other things – old canvas bags, placemats, tablecloths, etc…
Original Pin inspiration
Clorox Bleach Pen for Whites
Prepping the tee using paper & wax paper underneath
Drawing the design
The bleach doing its work
Water bath to stop the bleach
Ready for the washing machine
out of the wash…