Birch Tree Risers and Logs

We’ve been making birch tree risers. Leonard Butts, Robin Holmes Butts, and Kathy Strothcamp thanks for the contribution from your fallen trees and limbs. Leonard, your big branch we saved from your tree became the risers, and Kathy, your branches and Leonard and Robin’s smaller branches became the birch log bundle.

Danny cut them into the sizes I wanted and made me hold the saw down while he got the right measurements. Personally, I think he could have done that himself, but the couple that works together, stays together, right? 😂 Plus, I could make sure he was doing it correctly if I helped. 🤪

The resulting projects are all natural and beautiful just as they are. Some have peeling bark, some have bark that peeled off. Some bark may still peel, but that’s what birch trees do.

We made several sets of (1/2”, 1” and 1 1/2”) risers and several sets of (1”, 1/2”, and 2”) risers.

We also made a bundle of 10 birch logs. They fit perfectly on the MCM magazine rack we turned into a log holder.

I researched how bundles of logs are tied for carrying so gave Danny that task after I told him how they did it.

The look on Danny’s face in the first pic says, “Hurry up and take the picture, Pierre. These are freaking heavy.” 😂😂 The second one was a little better after I let him rest his arm. 🤪

The name Pierre is brought up every time there is a photo being taken around here. Ed Pierre was our local photographer for many, many years. He was meticulous with his photography and posing positions and it took forever it seemed until he was satisfied it was the perfect shot. And they always were.

Storing Faux Flowers – Problem Solved! A baby gate!

Do you struggle with faux flower storage in your craft area? I do!

I’ve tried several things, but nothing was working well. I’ve searched Hoogke and Pinterest. I’ve watched organizational videos and even tried some of them, but nothing worked for me.

Until today. As we were decluttering the basement we came across several baby gates. Since the grands are no longer babies, Danny wanted to know if I wanted to sell them. I’ve really had the flower problem on my mind and all of a sudden, I saw not a baby gate, but a rack with holes that could hang on a wall or door and I could stuff stems through the holes!

We had an over the door hanging rack. I had to leave then so Danny tried it out and it works perfectly with room to spare for more. I can see at a glance what I have (I may reorganize by color 🤪) and it is space saving, too! I even have room for more on this one, plus I have two more gates if I need more room. 🤪

And it looks pretty, too!

An Ear of Harvest Corn Made With Wooden Beads

Today’s early morning project: I created an “Ear of Harvest Corn with Wooden Beads”

I only had enough beads for one ear. I had wire here, but if I do any more I would get copper jewelry wire. I believe the beads came from Dollar General and the raffia is from the hula skirt from Dollar Tree.

This was a fun and quick project and would look great mixed in with your other fall decor. I love the Fall natural look.

There was no need for me to make a tutorial on this, because the tutorial I used from Hammons Nest was excellent and easy to follow.

If you’d like to try this, here’s the Hammons Nest tutorial: https://fb.watch/8thInCI9jQ/

Thanksgiving Card Stock Napkin Rings

Today’s early morning project: More napkin rings, this time with white napkins. These are available and I do have more napkins.

I had fun making napkin rings for some green napkins, so when I saw this Pinterest idea for some made with card stock and ribbon, https://www.onsuttonplace.com/thanksgiving-napkin-rings-free-printable/I knew I had to make these. Yes, I had everything I needed in my “extensive private craft supply collection.”

Slip the napkin in and slip it out. You can save these to use again next year.

Harry Potter-Style Potion Bottles

For some reason I’m on a roll with crafting….oh wait…. I know why. I should be cleaning.

It’s my neighbor’s fault. They are moving and not wanting to take some things with them, so they have been gifting and selling things to us. My hallway is full of their treasures.

Today, I am clearing a small amount out by making these cool potion bottles. Believe me I have probably another dozen bottle. I was inspired by some I saw on Pinterest. They even had printable labels to download. I saved that post and pretty much followed the tutorial there. https://overthebigmoon.com/halloween-decor-harry-potter-potion-bottles-free-printable/

And then….my neighbors came bearing a gift of about a dozen or so hot sauce bottles they saved. They really like this hot sauce. I knew right away those would make awesome potion bottles. So, of course, I had to make one. Just one…to see how it would look.

I loved how it turned out so much, I knew I had to make a few more. So, I did. I also used one of the other bottles they had given me. I think it might have been an olive Oil jar.

Here’s my first set of Harry Potter-Style Potions. I used various colors of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint to get the look of dirty glass. I filled them with colored water, weak tea, Cream of Wheat, and Baking Soda. 🙂 One stopper was already green. The others I stained darker.

This set is available for porch pickup now or will be in one of my booths closer to Halloween.

Fall/Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

Today’s project: 4 napkin rings and napkins.

*wired jute for rings – Dollar Tree
*jenga blocks paint stained with holes drilled – Dollar Tree
*beads cut off and saved from a beaded basketball net – thrifting 🤷🏼‍♀️ 🙂
*raffia – Dollar Tree
*vinyl words cut on Silhouette.
*small clusters of berries – Dollar Tree
*folded napkins – searched google for a tutorial on folding napkins a like a leaf

http://www.origamitree.com/2016/12/napkin-folding-leaf-tutorial/

I threaded twelve beads onto a length of wired jute and left enough on the ends to tie a knot and have about 3 inches left over. Then I stripped the jute off one end of the wire and threaded it through the jenga block and twisted both ends tightly to hold it in place.

I cut the thankful words on my Silhouette and added to the jenga blocks.

I made small raffia bows and tied them on with some of the wire that was still left on from the jenga block.

Then I ran a piece of raffia through the block and around the bow to hide the wire. I added a little cluster of berries with hot glue.

You could use these through the fall season and through Thanksgiving.

DIY Acorn, Tassel Gnome, a Pumpkin, and Preserved Leaves in a Wooden Bowl

A little Fall inspiration today.

*Saw an idea this morning on YouTube from Liz Fenwick DIY https://youtube.com/channel/UCntvPlLI7oY_xap7_piH5UA for making an acorn. I used a wooden egg, drop cloth, and jute rope from DT. It worked perfectly.

*I just had to make a tassel gnome. I am loving making these. So much fun and each one has a personality. I believe his name might be Woodsy. Here’s the link to the tutorial I used: https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/

*Then I painted a little pumpkin so I would have an odd number of items in the bowl.

Loving the neutral look this year…..

My cousin loved the drop cloth acorn so much he had me make 36 for his Thanksgiving table! About halfway through, I painted one instead of wrapping it and he loved the painted ones, too. So, I made 18 drop cloth and painted and lawyered 18 in this beautiful fall colors! That was a lot of acorns!

Check out those risers! We cut them out of a birch tree branah from a fallen tree in their yard. We let it dry out, about 6 months, and cut it into 1”, 1 1/2” and 2” slices!

A Stenciled Wood Pumpkin Cut Out

Today’s early morning project: I upcycled a 12” wood cut out pumpkin (the one that is orange and says thankful and blessed). I scraped off the glitter and temoved all the embellishments and used the other side.

First I stained it and let it dry. Then I had a silicone sink mat from Dollar Tree and used it as a stencil and sprayed over it with white spray paint. I chose to spray lightly in some areas to give it a distressed look. Love how it turned out.

I made a little tag from some balsa wood and stained it. I saw an idea on a YouTube video to use a piece of burlap, fray the edges and create letters from raffia. That worked great! Then I glued the burlap to the tag. I used the same raffia to hang it from the stem, gluing the down to keep it place, then created a raffia bow.

The cut out already had holes for hanging, so I braided some jute twine, ran it through the holes and tied with knots in the back.

Another neutral hanging pumpkin completed.

This could easily be a door hanger. I am showing it just simply wired on and sitting in the middle of a 20” grapevine wreath. This would need to be on a covered porch, though, away from the elements.

Loving it on my orange wall in my hallway. I think I might have to keep this one. Lol

Paper Bag Pumpkin

Today, I decided to make a paper bag pumpkin and embellish it with a tassel gnome. Read on to see how I did it.

I used a Dollar Tree Orange pumpkin and cut a hole in the top and bottom. I also used approximately 8 paper bags from Dollar Tree. I quit counting and ended up using parts of the strips I made, but I’m sure it wasn’t over 8 bags.

I peeled the bottom of the bag away from the glue and opened the bag up completely. Sometimes it tore a little but that’s ok.

While the bag was open, I cut each bag into 6 strips. The edges I left together and the others I kept in groups of 2 so for each bag I had 12 strips to use.

I then put two strips together, crumpled them up, and then twisted them.

I was then ready to start gluing them to the pumpkin form. I started off by gluing a strip in one of the grooves and stuffing the ends into the holes and gluing them in. I did a few like that and then started filling in as needed.

I won’t lie. This is pretty time consuming, but hang in there. It is worth it in the end. There might be easier ways to do it, but this just worked well for me. I continued on until all the strips were glued on.

I then made a tassel gnome using Walmart cotton twine for the body and jute twine for the hat and a little wood bead for his nose. I used the tutorial below to make my gnome. I made him a little shorter than the tutorial by cutting off some of the strings on the bottom.

https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/

I used this gold decorator hook but it was a bit too shiny, so I painted it a light coat of brown and covered it with cinnamon. I let it dry then sealed it with Mod Podge satin spray sealer.

I added a screw to the hook, put some super glue around the screw and the edge of the hook bottom and pushed it into the pumpkin.

I tied some raffia together and tied my gnome to it, then with another piece of jute, tied all to the hook. I then added a couple of little wood leaves I already had.

I had a small parquet wooden bowl so I turned it upside to display my finished pumpkin. I did not attach the pumpkin to the bottom of the bowl. It can then be used for other things.

And…then….my paper bag pumpkin was complete!

Fall Garland for My Mantel

I’m working on putting my living room back together after a neighbor that’s moving gifted me with a lot of crafting supplies …. but first things first ….I needed a fall garland for my mantel. 🤪

I’ve added pics below of each step I did in making my fall garland.

The light green garland I bought at Hobby Lobby last year. I made off white pom poms and yarn hearts for it and it stays up all the time. Then I add to it each season.

Today I used a length of the thicker jute rope from Dollar Tree and made loops at each end to hang on the end hooks.

I made a tassel gnome (tutorial I used: https://justthatperfectpiece.com/easy-gnome-christmas-ornament-diy/ )and decorated his hat with paper covered wire from Amazon, curling the ends.

I added burlap leaves from Dollar Tree. They have a long wire on the back that loops over the rope. Just squeeze it to keep the leaf in place.

I wired little sprigs of greenery I had with the paper wire to the rope and curled the ends.

The little pumpkins were wired to the rope by wrapping the stem tightly. The little cream berries came in a package from Dollar Tree. I folded the wire on them over the rope like I did with the leaves.

I then hung my fall garland over the light green one. Love the neutral look this year.