Monthly Archives December 2015

Making a Pinecone Feeder

Categories: Birds, Garden Projects, and Nature Crafts.

Here is a quick and easy bird feeder for the kids and grandkids to make. You need a pinecone, string, lard, peanut butter, and some bird seed.  The bigger the pinecone the better as you will be able to get more food all over it. This is a good way to use up those not so perfect pinecones you collected.  Tie the string, I use butcher cord, around each pinecone and knot tightly.  Be sure to use a longer piece of string so that it can be joined at the end to form a loop to hang over the tree
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Festive Tea Bags

Categories: Christmas and Craf-tea.

~ Cookie cutters aren’t just for making cookies.  I used them as a template to make festive tea bags.  These little gifts can be tucked inside a greeting card to send a cup of cheer to the recipient. You need the flat coffee filters that can be bought at dollar stores, some of your favourite loose tea, cookie cutters for templates and your sewing machine.  Be sure the cookie cutters are medium sized ones.  If they are too small, as the tree one in the picture was, it makes it difficult to get the tea inside.  I ended up folding the filter and
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Little Bird Feeder Ornaments

Categories: Christmas and Plastic Canvas.

Nature related ornaments are lovely to hang on the tree.  Several years ago when I was in a plastic canvas crafting mode I made some little bird feeder ornaments. I got them out a few days ago to hang on the tree and thought I would post a little tutorial how to make them.  I’m not sure how many people still stitch on plastic canvas.  It certainly isn’t as popular a stitching craft as crochet, knitting, and cross stitch. You start with 7 count plastic canvas which can be bought at crafts stores such as Michaels and even at dollar
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Everything is ‘Tree’mendous

Categories: Christmas.

It’s that time of year when the house is looking ‘tree’mendous. I love trees, lots of them, perhaps because it gives the illusion of outside throughout the house. It’s time for Five on Friday and I’m sharing 5 different trees that I have for decorating inside and outside the house. Enjoying the pleasures that the backyard birds bring to our days, I created my own inside bird tree last year and have the tree up again this year.  We don’t have a huge entry hall, in fact it feels so much smaller when more than 2 people arrive at the
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For the Bird Lover

Categories: Birds and Christmas.

Here is a quick and easy gift to make for the bird watcher that you know. It doesn’t matter if the person is an experienced birder or a brand new one, this gift will bring hours of enjoyment. You need a mason jar, bird seed, paper or material, raffia or ribbon, a suet feeder and a block of homemade all season suet. Into the mason jar layer different types of bird food … sunflower seeds, safflower, peanuts in the shell, hulled peanuts, and premium bird seed.  Add a paper or material cover over the jar lid and tie with raffia or
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A Candle Centerpiece

Categories: Christmas and Garden Projects.

While searching through the craft closet for something I came across some wicker plate holders.  This reminded me of a craft I had made with the girls when they were young. The wicker plates were used as the base of a candle centerpiece using pinecones, greenery and a candle.  These make nice hostess gifts, teacher gifts, or last minute gifts for someone you may have left off your list.  This isn’t an expensive craft, just the cost of the candle (around a $1 from those wonderful dollar stores) and the cost of the wicker plates. The wicker plates were bought
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The Snowman Hat

Categories: Christmas.

Find out how to make a cute snowman hat centrepiece for a table or display this year. You just need a few simple things and it won’t take very long. I used an empty Ovaltine tin, but you can use any size tin that you have.  You can even use a circular box that I’ve seen in the dollar stores.  You also need a piece of firm cardboard, some ribbon, some holly and berries, spray paint, fasteners and glue. The first thing is to measure the circumference of your tin or circular box add a couple of inches for the
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A Visit to Dollarville

Categories: Christmas.

The Christmas village has been set up for another year. I’m calling it Dollarville this year, I’m sure you can figure out why, and it has a new location. I’ve always used an old wooden ladder for display outside and have thought of bringing it inside for those plants that come inside over the winter.  But I decided to use it to display Dollarville on this year. There are about 50 little houses, which all came from the dollar stores over the years, and they fill 5 display shelves on the ladder.  I used lace doilies and a small cloth
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