Archives for Crafty’s Projects

The Nature Tree

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

~ I love trees of all sorts and decided to create a Nature tree in the corner of the dining room last year.  I have previously made one in the entrance hall using parts of an old Christmas tree, but it was a little crowded when more than one person came at a time, especially when winter coats, boots, and packages were involved. I cut some branches from the garden and formed them into an inside tree instead of using parts of the old Christmas tree.  I gathered up all the little felt birds that I made a few years
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Wooden Snowflakes

Categories: Christmas and Crafty's Projects.

You can easily make yourself some wood disc snowflakes. You need: some branches, about 7 cm or 3 inches wide, a wood burning tool, a saw to cut them a drill to add the holes your imagination for the images Before it got too cold and snowy I went to the back of the garden where we keep lots of brush and sorted out some branches and bought them inside to be sure they were dry before cutting. The first job after drying was to cut the wooden discs, about 2 cm or half inch thick. It was a challenge
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Rock Stacking

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Out and About.

I love the challenge of stacking rocks to see how high they get before toppling over. I also love to photograph rock stacks on our travels. The above and below images were taken on a trip to Presqu’ile Provincial Park. Wicklow Beach is a favourite place to walk, enjoy the water, and collect rocks to paint and stack. These small rocks were glued together and are used in the garden with some of my other rock projects. This rock stacking project led me to create some painted stacked rocks and will be left at various places where we go rock
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Snowmen Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects.

Here’s how to paint some cute snowman/lady rocks. Or to be politically correct should they be snow people or snowfolk rocks? Directions with each photo. Sometimes I use a black permanent marker to add features like eyebrows. I find marker will sometimes bleed if you directly apply a fixative. I always add a Mod Podge layer first, let dry and then add the fixative. I used paint to add the pompom and then had the idea of using actual pompoms. I used E6000 glue to fasten them on after the final coat of Mod Podge and fixative spray. Both sides
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Reading Rocks!

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

Reading really does rock! I love reading, actual books over online readers, and created a few reading rocks to leave in some of the little free libraries we’ve seen on our travels. This rock was painted green on both sides. Remember that each side must be totally dry before turning it over. I had a little sketch to follow (upper right corner). The trick to paining rocks is patience … be sure to wait for each section to dry before moving on to the next phase. First white lines were painted on to represent the shelves. Then different coloured rectangles
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Pebble Art Daisy

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

This is a cute and very simple little pebble art daisy that I quickly put together with rocks collected from Wicklow Beach. I enjoyed making it and there are more pebble art rocks in the making. You need a round rock, 1 small rock, and 7 smaller rocks. I painted both sides of the round rock black. Be sure to let each side dry before turning over. The small rock was painted yellow on both side, and the smaller rocks were painted white on both side. If needed add a second coat. The smaller rocks were placed to form a
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Painting Birch Trees on Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Out and About.

My adventures in rock painting led me to painting birch trees on larger rocks. Birch trees are always something I have wanted to paint and I’ve read lots of info on creating them on canvas but just never got around to it. The rock was about 15 cm (6 inches) high and came from my favourite place to collect rocks at Wicklow Beach. On a lovely September day we went to the beach, which was only occupied by a large groups of gulls. First was to make sure the rock was clean and then give it a base coat front
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Butterfly Rocks

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Whimsy.

It is the time of year when the butterflies are beginning their long migration south. We recently visited the Cobourg Ecology Garden, (Coboug Ontario) and I decided to make a few decoupaged butterfly rocks to leave in their rock garden. If you notice, one rock doesn’t fit the theme. It is a painted bird rock that I decided to take to the gardens too. I added some positive messages to my rocks this time … spread your wings, fly free, smile, family and a heart. There is one garden dedicated to rocks, and the sign says it all. I left
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Bleached Pinecones & Fall Wreaths

Categories: Crafty's Projects and Nature Crafts.

~ How do you change the colour of pinecones?  Soak them in a bleach solution of course! The Fall decorations have been slowly coming out now it is September and the weather is changing. I found this older post on bleaching pinecones and updated it to my new WordPress format, updated some photos and links to other posts. 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
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A Flower Frog

Categories: Crafty's Projects.

Do you use a flower frog? Or are you saying what on earth is a flower frog? Flower frogs are usually glass, ceramic or metal items to add to the top of a vase or jug to help arrange your flowers. They had holes in them that you put the flower stems in and they keep the blooms separated, standing straight and the arrangement looks fuller. I was inspired to try making my own flower frogs from some that I saw at a craft show. I used the odds and ends of polymer clay that I had. This is what
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