Friday, November 30, 2012

A LITTLE CHRISTMAS GARLAND PROJECT

OK, so how many of you have tons of old Christmas cards stashed in your back closet?

Here's a cute little project that is easy, fun and decorative for the holidays.

I took my old cards and cut them into circles and rectangles using cutters (found at your local craft store) to make these little lovelies.

Here's what you'll need:

-a stack of old Christmas cards
-a craft punch to the shape you like (I use circles and rectangles here)
-a tiny hole punch
-Elmers glue
-glitter (I like the non metallic ones that look like snow) 
-some colorful thick thread, or thin yarn



 Cut your cards to the shape that suits them, then use the small hole punch to add 2 holes at the top to string your thread/yarn through.



Then I take some glue and put it on a plate and run the edges of the cut cards through the glue, just giving it a bit of glue on all edges, and then run that through a plate of glitter and set out to dry. 



Let those dry, then take the thread/yarn and thread it from back to front adding all the cards, alternating from circles to rectangles, until you have the length you want.


You can then move them as you'd like and if you don't want them to move you can knot them in the back and they will stay put.






And there you have it, a sweet little garland that doesn't cost much, but brings back memories of all the cards you've received over the years. 

Enjoy- and happy holidays.


 

Monday, November 26, 2012

A BIRDIE FEAST

It is getting cold out there folks- and one of my first thoughts is to our little island birds and making sure they get their fill of food in preparation for the winter.

A while back my lovely daughter Aleah posted a blog about some cute little paper towel rolls we spread with peanut butter and bird seed, that we hung in the garden. We found that they were eaten down to nothing in no time.

Here's another spin on helping our little winged friends 'beef' up for the winter.

Here's what you need:

Oranges & Pine Cones
Twine
Peanut Butter
Bird seed
Board
Nails

Cut the orange in 1/2 and scoop out the fruit- no need to for it to be perfect- the birds will eat all but the rind.

Take the orange 1/2 and 'nail it' to a board- here I have used a shingle with a picture hanging nail.


Mix the PB with the bird seed and fill the orange 1/2's- it can be a bit messy, but orange and peanut butter are quite tasty- but I don't recommend the bird seed. Best to let your dog lick that off your fingers.


Then it is ready to nail to a tree or hang on a wall- here I used wire to hang it to an existing 'hook' on our pillar.

For the pinecones I spread them with PB first, then rolled them in bird seed, first wrapping the 'tree end' of them in twine.


Voila- the birdies will love it...your good deed for the day.