Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Upcycle a Soap Bottle Into An Owl

Have I got a fun project to share with you from a few years ago! Handcrafted owls continue to be very popular and I still love making them! I plan on making a few for Christmas and was revisiting some of the ones I made a number of years ago. For this owl, I was inspired from one I saw at World Market which is no longer available.  I love recycling bottles and  thought this would be a fun project to do featuring an owl made out of a recycled liquid soap bottle. 

To make, you will need:

  • Liquid soap bottle - empty and clean
  • Burlap
  • Aileen's Extra Tacky Glue
  • Cotton twine
  • Pinecone scales and twigs
  • Floral twine wrapped wire

1.  Using an empty liquid soap bottle (shaped somewhat like an owl), I removed the labels and cut off the screw top with a hot knife. I used the large refill size but the smaller size is the same shape.

2.  Glued burlap onto the bottle with Aileen's Extra Tacky Glue.

3.  For the eyes I used cotton twine from the dollar store and made them like I did here.

4.  To cover the hole in the top of the bottle I cut out a square piece of burlap and glued it on with the pointed edge between the eyes. Then glue twigs into the shape of a "v" between and above the eyes.

5.  Make sure the pointed edge of the burlap is centered before gluing on the back and  gently creased the two edges that are to the left and right of the owl's head.

6.  Use a glue gun to add pinecone scales to the sides of the owl.

7.   Overlap the pinecone scales from the bottom to the top sides. 

8.  Add twigs (for tail) to the back bottom of the owl.  I used more scales here to cover the top of the twigs. If you want, you can completely cover any remaining areas of the owl with twigs or with any natural fibersThe options are endless.

9.  Use three pieces of floral twine wrapped wire glued together to make each of the owl's feet.

 10.  Add a large pinecone scale between the lower portion of the eyes for the beak.


And it's done!  Quite simple and easy to make!  

Now, for my inspiration:

                                     Theirs                                                 Mine

An adorable owl perched on a leaf filled grapevine hung with jute twine! 

This precious owl vine swag can be hung on the wall or tied to a front door.  What a great fall accessory and a wonderful way to greet friends and family for the holidays.

Take a little time to enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Hello Fall Featured Posts

A big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us in celebrating the arrival of Fall! There were so many wonderful projects, ideas, creations and inspirations shared!

Today the co-hosts are featuring some of their favorite posts from the party! And we hope you'll visit each one to check out all of their features, too!

Succulents, both real and fake, are still quite trendy and popular in decor these days and Gayle @Miss Kopy Kat gives her take on how to change the color of faux succulents (which actually look real) for Fall in a stunning and artistic way!

And if you're really into Fall and love all its' fragrances, be sure to stop by Crafty Hope and check out Hope's whimsical tutorial on making pumpkin spice earrings - to have that wonderful "smell of Fall" all over you! 

Halloween Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Crafty Hope
Kelly @Simply Inspired Meals shares the perfect dessert for Halloween - chocolate covered strawberries(my favorite)! Kelly was inspired by Disneyland Hotel's Halloween themed tea party - "Trick or Tea" to make these adorable ghoulish treats!

Oogie Boogie Meringue
Crafty Hope
And I'm featuring Kelly once again because what goes better with strawberries than yummy meringue and this frightfully looking Oogie Boogie Meringue dessert inspired once again by Disney's Halloween celebration! 

Marie @DIY Adulation shares a fun and easy way to paint coasters to add a festive fall look to any Fall or Halloween table setting and she also includes a Halloween game idea, too!
Thanks again to everyone who joined us in our month long "Hello Fall Link Party!"  Be sure to join us on November 19th for our month long Happy Holidays Link Party! It's guaranteed to be inspiring!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Sweet Inspiration #129

Welcome to our Sweet Inspiration Link Party #129

It's Friday and you know what that means! Party time! Are you ready? Thank you so much for taking the time to be a part of this wonderful party and share your awesome projects, ideas and inspirations! 

The party starts on Fridays @7am EST or 11am GMT and runs through the following Tuesday. Plenty of time to link up your creative ideas! By joining us every week you will be able to grow your blog, meet new blogging friends and have your ideas and inspirations seen and shared by all of us who link up!

The hosts will be visiting everyone who join to share your inspirations, ideas and creativity! And of course enjoy the possibility of being featured by one of the party hosts! We truly appreciate and thank you dearly for joining us each week!

Michelle @ A Crafty Mix


And now for our features:

Victoria from Dazzled While Frazzled shared this really cool idea to use a piece of broken bannister to display some of her photos. I love it!!! It's so unique and different. https://www.dazzlewhilefrazzled.com/display-photos-farmhouse-gallery-wall/

This pumpkin cranberry bread from Thel's Kitchen looks so delicious. It's the perfect comfort food as the weather starts to cool, and I think even my picky toddler would be a huge fan. I can't wait to try out the recipe! https://thelmaday.blogspot.com/2018/10/pumpkin-cranberry-loaf.html

A common problem among the older set, as Daphne reveals to us is that we do not know how to text properly! Her nephew came to the rescue and explained all the rigmarole to her over at Ivy, Phyllis and Me. https://ivyphyllisandme.blogspot.com/2018/10/daphne-getting-up-to-date-with-texting.html

If you're looking for a fun Halloween costume and need a cute curly yarn wig, check out this detailed tutorial by Gayle @Miss Kopy Kat! The curls are set using the oven - for korker curls! Too cute!!! https://misskopykat.blogspot.com/2018/10/how-to-make-curly-yarn-wig.html

Our most popular post is from Lindsey @ Repurpose and Upcycle who shares her tutorial on DIY Rain Gutters that don't look like rain gutters! Stop by and check out Lindsey's twist on what makes these rain gutters so adorable and awesome! https://repurposeandupcycle.com/five-diy-rain-gutter-bookshelves-under-10/
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Let's Get this Party Started!
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  • It would be appreciated if you follow us on at least one social media.
  • You can link up to 3 posts, DIYs, Home Decor, Crafts, Recipes anything family     friendly goes!
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  • Please link up your own work, no ads. And please no link parties.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Hot Glue Candle Drip DIY for Halloween


Hey! It’s that time again for another Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop! And this time I get to feature a cool idea for Halloween decor! If you aren’t familiar with this challenge, it’s basically a group of bloggers that get together each month to try a pin we’ve pinned to our boards. It’s a way of motivating ourselves (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! You can see all of our pin projects at the bottom of this post, so check them out and see what inspires you!

To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ November Pinterest Challenge 

It's fun getting in the spirit of Halloween decorating without being too creepy or ghoulish! My project was originally inspired by a creation I saw on Pinterest here.  

The post is showing how to re-create the classic look of a wax dripped chiante wine bottle as a table decoration. Don't you just love the look of melted candles with the wax running down! Me too! I've used hot glue like this before for a wintry scene and I wanted to try my own version for Halloween!  

Materials Needed:
Wine Bottle
Multi-surface acrylic craft paint - flat black
Halloween napkin (Dollar Tree)
Mod Podge/brush
Hot glue gun/glue sticks
LED twist-on tapered candle (Dollar Tree)

Begin by painting a clean wine bottle, black.
Next, separate the print layer of napkin from the backing.
Measure the printed napkin for placement on bottle and tear off the unwanted portion.
Brush mod podge on the bottle in sections. and lay the napkin over the mod podge and smooth out while wrapping around bottle.
Continue adding mod podge to the bottle and wrapping napkin around until the bottle is covered.  The dollar store napkin colors bled from the mod podge so I didn't add any additional mod podge over the napkin. Usually you do to seal it all over. But I did brush on more mod podge to seal down the napkin at the top edges to the bottle. Then let dry.
Once the napkin and mod podge has dried, begin adding hot glue in vertical lines over the top portion of the napkin back to the top of the bottle opening, letting the hot glue drippings run down. Be sure to et the hot glue drips dry before filling in with more glue over and between the first row drips or else it will look like a blob. Be sure to stagger the lengths of the hot glue drips,too.

Paint the LED twist-on candle black and let dry.
Insert candle into bottle opening and  .  .  .
add hot glue drips over entire candle and let dry.

Twist candle to light .  .  .
for an awesome Halloween look!

Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Kristie – Teadoddles • Lynne – My Family ThymeJoanne – Our Unschooling Journey • Jenny – Cookies, Coffee and Crafts
Shirley – Intelligent Domestications • Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz
Beverly – Across The Boulevard
 • Julie – Sum of their Stories
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Marie – The Inspiration Vault
T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies • Alexandra – Eye Love Knots
  Emily – Domestic Deadline • Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After  Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Toni – Girl, Just DIY
Kelly – Simply Inspired Meals • Lauren – Mom Home Guide 

Debra – Shoppe No.5 
 Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen  Terri - Our Good Life
Susan – Suzer Space • Habiba – Craftify My Love