Friday, December 24, 2010

Project# 3 Holiday birdhouse ornament Cost: .50

Today's project is brought to you by Michael's. Back in November I was digging through the Summer clearance bin and found a couple of these wooden birdhouses for .50! I couldn't resist buying three of them and saving them for the Christmas season.

Materials you will need for this project: Mini wooden birdhouse, silver paint, Ten Second Studio Pearl metal, tacky tape, Cuttlebug “snow flake” embossing folder, two different holiday papers, silver glitter, glossy accent, ribbon, and a sanding block.

2. I started by painting the eaves, bird opening, and perch of the birdhouse silver. This was done so any area missed by the glitter would blend in and not stand out. Next I glued one of my pattern papers on the left and right side of the birdhouse using glossy accents. You will notice I wrapped the paper around the corners to make sure if the front or back patterned paper is cut too short they will still disappear into the patterned paper. I get so frustrated when I cut a pattern too short and waste paper!

3. Then using my birdhouse roof as a pattern I cut my pearl metal to size. Placing both metal pieces into my Cuttlebug “snow flake” embossing folder I ran it through the Cuttlebug. After removing the embossed metal I sanded it and used a paper towel to remove the dust before placing tacky tape to the back. Remove your tape film and press metal to the left and right side of the birdhouse roof.

4. Now for the fun part! Using my glossy accents I lined the eaves, bird hole, peach, and base. Sprinkle all glued areas with the silver glitter making sure your areas are filled in nicely.

After letting it dry for a couple of hours I finished it off with a festive red bow. Now I have a beautiful ornament for my neighbor and it only cost me .50 and less than an hour of time.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday washer pendant

Project #2 Washer pendant

3/8” washer 2 @ .23

1/4” washer 3@ .18 total cost: .97

Home Depot is the place to be.
High livin' is the life for me.
Tools spread out so far and wide.
Keep Wally World, just give me that Home Depot smile.

You guest it ladies, today project was bought at Home Depot! We are going to make 5 gorgeous pendants out of washers and you won't believe how easy and budget friendly they are to make.

Materials needed: 5 washers, various scrap paper, left over miniature letters, bling, ribbon, glossy accents, and some bails.

  1. Using glossy accent I adhered the paper to the washers. Set a side and let them dry for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then using your x-acto knife cut the centers out of the washers.

Now we are ready to embellish each one with left over stickers, bling, pearls, and anything else you have lying around. After you're done embellishing to your heart's desire coat the whole washer with a thick coat of glossy accents.

At this point I set mine aside to dry over night

The next day I added ribbon and chains turning ordinary hardware from Home Depot into fun holiday jewelry for five friends for 97 cents.