Posts by Crafty Gardener

A Pinecone Wreath

Categories: Christmas, Crafty's Projects, and Garden Projects.

~ I’m a  collector and can’t resist picking up pine cones in all shapes and sizes.  I love to use Nature’s treasure to create projects for inside and outside our home.  I have had a pinecone wreath for several years now and by adding little accents it changes for the seasons. This one starts with a wooden circle that my husband cut out for me out of light ply wood, about 30 cm. in diameter and 5 cm wide for glueing on to.  This photo shows the back of the wreath as I didn’t take photos when I made this
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Crafty Ornaments

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ Christmas crafting has begun.  I know it seems early but these ornaments didn’t really seem like Christmas crafting as they are yarn related. I made a couple of easy and quick crafty ornaments for knitting and crochet friends.  They look like just balls of yarn with a hook or needle poked through, but they aren’t. Supplies:  styrofoam ball, button, fishing line, small amount of yarn, crochet hook or knitting needles, label Styrofoam balls don’t usually have a way to hang them so I use a button and fishing line.  This method works for all sorts of things unless they are heavy.  Cut a piece
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A Mini Yarn Basket

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I’m trying to come up with ways of recycling these empty k cups instead of just recycling them.  The ones we buy are recyclable but many of them aren’t and these ideas will keep some of them from going to the landfill. I came up with a mini yarn basket – a great way to use those left over bits and pieces of yarn from other projects. Supplies: k cup, brown paint, twine, small bits of yarn, mini knitting accessories if you can find them, or use two long quilting pins for knitting needles, E6000 glue or similar The
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A Fall Center Piece

Categories: Crafty's Projects.

~ It’s Fall.  Cooler weather in our part of Ontario and it’s Thanksgiving this weekend. At the Creative Crafting group we created a Fall centre piece from an old plate, burlap, artificial leaves, pine cones, acorns and a gourd. The photo below show it all together at the craft session but I didn’t get it all glued as I wanted to use the stronger glue gun I had at home.   So I took a picture of it, dismantled it and took it home to work on.  At first it was on a wicker plate with no bow or ribbon.
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A Driftwood Keychime

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ I love making garden whimsy to display in various spots in the garden.  While recovering from my knee replacement surgery I had lots of time to think, create and craft. Using a piece of driftwood from Wicklow Beach, some colourful beads, some keys and fishing line I created a driftwood key chime.  The first task was to change the keys from plain to colourful with some acrylic paint. This took a couple of coats but the paint did stick finally.  I always paint on wax paper so the table surface doesn’t get messy and it is also easy to
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Braided Wire Coat Hangers

Categories: Coat Hanger Crafts and Crafty's Projects.

~ Old crafts are becoming popular again. Do you remember the old craft of braiding long strips to make a cover for a wire coat hanger?  The original material was Nylotex or Phentex, a stretchy, nylon material. I’m not available in stores, but it does turn up in thrift stores from time to time.  You could use long strips of material or even extra wide ribbon. This has proved to be one of the most popular posts on my site … an old craft that is becoming popular again.  I have a pattern available to print that is my version of
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Predict the Weather

Categories: Crafty's Projects, Garden Projects, and Whimsy.

~ Wouldn’t it be nice if we could predict the weather? You could customize it to fit your plans for the day.   Unfortunately we can’t and have to take the weather as it comes.  But I have a couple of fun ways that you can tell what the weather is like.   Make one of these simple crafts and hang it outside near a window.  Then just before you are ready to go out, have a peek and you will know what the weather is like.  I usually check The Weather Network for the current weather to get the
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Colour Changing Pinecones

Categories: Garden Projects and Nature Crafts.

~ How do you change the colour of pinecones?  Soak them in a bleach solution of course! This is a project that was on my to do list for awhile, however I just got around to doing it now that Fall is here. From the pinecone collection I chose a variety of sizes, and they went from this to this, in a few easy steps. I had seen the almost white pinecones in various stores and displays and did some research on how to do it myself.   I found it was an easy process with water, bleach and a
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How to Make a Rake Wreath

Categories: Garden Projects and Whimsy.

~ Goodbye summer, hello Autumn. Where does the time go?   Autumn is a wonderful season of colours, sights, smells and tastes.  I’m not really a big decorator for seasons but will be putting up a wreath or two.  It is time to get out the Autumn wreath made out of an old rake, some ribbon and some artificial coloured leaves. While cleaning out the garage one summer I discovered we had 3 rakes and as there are only 2 of us that can use 1 rake each at the same time I decided to create a rake wreath. There
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The Kestrel and His Prey

Categories: Birds.

~ The American Kestrel has been spotted a couple of times in and around the garden. Here it is just after it landing on top of the light pole.  We live in the country so don’t have the usual number of street lights that urban areas have.  In fact this is the only light on our part of the road just across from the house, which we pay for. The kestrel has obviously captured some prey and was sitting on the post enjoying a nibble.  I cringed a little when I realized he had captured something, thinking it might be
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