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Easter decor decoupage tutorial, DIY Easter wreath


I love upcycling and turning trash into treasure. Today I visited my good old friend and found a piece of old wood, some ledge and an old ceramic tile in his backyard. Here is what you can do out of these things. It’s my Easter door decor or wreath for this year and here is the tutorial or how you make it.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

This is what I made in 1 hour. It’s  a little bird house our made out of the old piece of wood. I’ll hang it on my door instead of the Easter wreath. This house has a little nest with felted eggs in it. Below the house there is an old tile all decoupaged and I’ll write Easter on it later on.

Here is what I had to start with.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

For my Easter decor DIY project I used a pretty small and almost square piece of wood, one old tile, some ledge, rope and a piece of tree bark.

The materials and tools needed for this easy DIY Easter decoupage project:

– white paint

– brown paint

– hot glue gun

– acrylic transparent polish

– a soft brush for decoupage

– napkins

Here the Easter door decor tutorial:

First paint both the tile and the wood (clean them well first) with the white paint and let them dry or dry them using a hairdryer. I glued together two pieces of ledge to form the roof and painted it brown.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

Step 2 – Decopuage the tile and the piece of wood. I used two different kinds of napkins. You may find my decoupage how to here.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

Step 3 – make a nest. I made it out of rope by coiling and gluing it together for this Easter wreath. I have also felted 3 small eggs out of wool and used green wool inside the nest to imitate the grass.

Step 4 is to cover the decoupage with polish, get it dry and glue the roof onto the bird house.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

Step 5 – I glued some rope around the tile to make a frame for it and left the loose ends to fasten it to the bird house. I glued the bark in the bottom part of my Easter decor item and glued the nest onto the bark. I have also used this rope to make a look to hang the Easter door decor. You may find some of my crafting ideas on Pinterest. I have few cool boards there, such as upcycling or decoupage tutorials. You may also find some of the other of my Easter projects on this blog.

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Valentine day creative candle idea (mason jar project)


I just love making various decorative candles and candles sticks. Recently I have share a DIY project for the Valentine day – orange shell candles. Here is another easy and fun project for you.

mason jar candle DIY

mason jar candle DIY

This is another cute way of decorating a mason jar. This time I used polymer clay and decoupage. I have turned a jar into a little cute house with door and windows.

mason jar candle DIY

mason jar candle DIY

Using this technique you can decorate a mason jar in any style, including a romantic one suited for Valentine day.

mason jar candle DIY

mason jar candle DIY

Here is a quick DIY on this mason jar candle:

First I painted the jar with white paint, only I left some blank spaces for the door and windows. Then I decoupaged all the painted surface. Next, I moded polymer clay details and just pressed them against the jar. Finally, I have boiled the jar in a pot for 10 min in order to get my clay firm. You may use a different type of clay that does not require any boiling. Here you go. Pin away and follow me on Pinterest. I have tons of fun projects pinned there.

Easy Valentine day upcycling project: romantic candles out of orange skins


What to make something swell and romantic quick? This is just the thing! These candles look great, smell great and cost you just pennies.

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

What you need for this Valentine day project:
Few oranges (desirably with thick skins)
Vegetable oil (any kind)
Any natural fabric (you may use an old shirt or gauze)
Little coil of nicely bending thin wire
Spices

Making candles out of orange skins – Valentine day craft
Cut the oranges in half and use a spoon to remove all the insides. All you need is just two halves of the orange skins. You may eat the oranges. Now cut a piece of wire inch long. Make a little loop on one end and stick the other end into the orange skin. Make sure not to pierce it right through, otherwise your candles will leak.

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

This candle does not look nice on my pic, I did not manage to make a nicer photo, but they surely look when burning.
Cut your fabric into inch long and ¼ inch wide strips. Pour some vegetable oil into the orange skin candles, dip the fabric strips (your wicks) into this oil and adjust them on the wire loops inside the candles. Now you may use some spices, such as cloves, anise tree seeds or cinnamon to decorate your candles and add them aroma.

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

I have also use few drops of orange aroma oil in my candles. You ready to fire up. These candles are easy to make, but they look fantastic on your Valentine day romantic table or in the bathroom. Feel free to like and share this project on Social media and join me on Pinterest for more craft ideas.

DIY flower headband for kids with felted fabric flowers


I love making headbands. This one is made in ethnic style or Ukraine style with red poppy flowers.

DIY headband

ethinic trim headband

This headband is made out of Ukraine ethnic trim you can get in my Etsy store. The base for it is made after recycled crafts, cause I used a piece of plastic bottle as a foundation for the headband.

Here is how the headband is made. Step by step DIY

I cut out a piece of plastic and used hot glue gun to attach trim to it. First I applied wider piece of the trim and them added a narrower one on the top from the front side.

Next, I placed to wooden bids on 2 pieces of ribbon and tied knots on one end of the ribbon. The other end was attached to the headband using glue gun. These are the headband strips used to hold in on one’s head.

I have used a piece of felt to cover up the other side of the headband and hide the plastic. I glued it there with the hot glue gun. Finally, I have made a small red poppy flower bouquet out of felt. Each flower consists out of 4 heart shape petals glued together. I attached them to the headband with the glue. You can find more photos of this DIY here. You can follow my fabric flower Pinterest board to get more inspiration.

Door repurposing: hanging garden table out of old wooden door DIY


I really love this door repurposing project. I always dreamed to get a hanging table in my garden pavilion, finally I have one. Here it is:

wooden hanging table

door repurposing DIY

I love just the way it looks and feels, this repurposed door table is very usable. As you may see on this pic, it is coupled by a bench made out of an old door too. Here is a quick DIY course for it.

The table is fit into our summer pavilion, so we already had wooden planks to fasten it to. You may attach it to a strong tree outdoors.

What you need for this DIY door repurposing project:

1 old wooden door

Drill

Spade bit

Level

Strong rope or chain

Indeed, this is a very easy project, if you have the right equipment for it. The trick is to use a special kind of drill bit for making holes in the door. I am not sure how this tool is called in English, but I’ll provide you with its picture.

DIY door repurposing into a table

This is what it looks like. If you know its proper name, please add a comment to this post and I’ll add it in. – I have been able to find out what the proper name of the tool is. It is called spade wood bit. I asked a question on HOMETALK and got many great answers. You may join this great community and follow me there, too http://www.hometalk.com/busymomhelp.

You need to pick the tool of the right size to match your rope or chain diameter. We used organic rope for this project. It is strong enough and it looks so nice coupling the old door shabby chick surface.

Basically, my husband has drilled 4 holes in the 4 corners of the table, put in the rope and made large and strong knots on the rope from the bottom side to fasten it. Then he tied the rope to the pavilion roof.

old door repurposing

old door repurposing

This is what the surface of the old wooden door looks like. I still did not have time to sand it well and cover it with polish. But it wears nicely. My kids sometimes use the table as a swing and it holds perfectly. The tip is to use solid wood old door, so it can stand any type of weather outdoors.

This is an easy and quick repurposing project. I love hanging tables and it took just 2-3 hours for my husband to make it. You are welcome to pin or share this projects and check out on my other DIY or upcycling projects.

My new upcycling Easter egg project


Upcycling Easter egg

Upcycling Easter egg

This is a fun Easter egg with a stand. I have made the stand for the egg out of an old coffee can. So that is why it is an upcycling project. The can is made out of glass. So, first I pained it with waterbased white paint, let it dry and decoupaged it.

I used the wooden egg for this project. I painted it as well and made just a little decoupage in the middle of the Easter egg. The rest of the egg I deocrated with organic threads.

Upcycling Easter egg

Upcycling Easter egg

P1070039I glued the threads with the glue gun onto the decoupaged egg and used some Easter bread decorations to adorn the egg.

decoupage on Easter egg

decoupage on Easter egg

So, that’s my decoupage on Easter egg project for this year. It’s a pretty jolly egg, too.

DIY pin cushion out of coffee can


This is a very quick and easy DIY pin cushion project. It took me about 10 min to finish it.

pin cushion

This was a small tint coffee can with a plastic  lid. I have decoupaged it with recycled fabric. This fabric used to be a baby dress. I also sew a heart for the pins. I used dish sponge for the filling.

pin cushion2

I have used the scrapes of butterfly ribbon to decorate the can and I used the organic rope for the edges.

pin cushion3

You can see that the lid opens up and I store the threads or ribbons inside and the pins and needles on the top. It’s a cute DIY project you can make using hot glue gun and fabric scrapes. Check out my Pinterest boards for more inspiration.

Recycled crafts: planters ideas


If you like growing plants in your home or outdoors, you need lots of planters. The good thing is that you can easily upcycle, recycle or decorate many things to turn them into planters. Or you can get some cheap and ugly planters and decorate them. Here are few ideas on containers or planters I have decorated or made.

recycled planterq

recycled planter

This was a plastic paint can. Plus, it was cracked in the bottom. I have used a piece of vintage fabric from my grandma’s attic for decoration. I glued it onto the container using a hot glue gun. Then I made some rolled fabric flowers and used a ribbon for decoration. The cracked bottom is not a problem, if you keep the planter outdoors. This is a great way to remove excessive water from the recycled planter. It’s an easy way to go green.

fabric flowers

fabric flowers coiled rope planter

This is organic rope and I made a coiled rope basket out of it. Then I have cut the bottom part of a plastic bottle, decoupaged it and inserted it inside the basket. So, now it’s a planter.

cute flower pots

cute flower pots

THese are the old baby shoes I was sorry to throw away. So, again I used plastic bottles to turn them into planters.

recycled planters

recycled planters

This is a collection of the go green planters. The ones on the left are made out of milk packages. The ones in the middle are two cracked cups. The one on the right is a regular flower pot. I was ugly and brown. It’s a cheap planter. So, I decoupaged it and crocheted the edges over with some organic rope.

recycled planters

recycled planters

decoupaged flower pot

decoupaged flower pot

Here is another example of how you can transform a simple flower pot into a nice looking one using decoupage.

flower pot decoupage

As you may see, there are many things you can turn into planters. Check out my Pinerest Gardening board for more ideas.