MASON JAR BIRDFEEDER

I love Mason jars old and new.  And therefore I’m always looking for new everyday uses for them. And by looking on Pinterest I ran across this idea. A chick feeder, old jar and lid as a bird feeder!

For this easy bird feeder craft, all you need is:

-chick feeder base, approximately $3 at feed or animal stores
-A mason jar, new or old
-a metal or enamel lid
-E-6000 glue

Super simple. Just steady your lid upside down ((I sat mine in the feeder)) and squirt e-6000 glue on the bottom of you Mason jar.

Then sit the mason jar bottom onto the upside down lid to dry.

Drying takes about 24 hours to cure completely as this is strong glue.

Then after completely dry just flip it over and screw the jar into the chick feed base.

Now you can start to see that when we unscrew the base , we flip the jar and lid  top upside down to fill with birdseed.

The lid acts as a topper to keep the exposed birdseed dry and the handle on the lids makes for an easy way to hang.

Here it is hanging out on a shepherds hook.

And here it is over beside my little chicken coop. The bits and pieces of corn and seed that falls are soon found. (Look in the bottom right of the corner of next pic down.)

When I take it down to refill it, I have plenty of help from the Gerty, Myrtle and the girls.

My little chickens are so curious about anything I am doing.

I loved how simple and beautiful this craft turned out to be that I am also going to go ahead and use a chick feed waterer base to make a hummingbird feeder this same way.  Remember, in case you don’t know, you can’t use a chicken feeder base like this to hold hummingbird liquid. I tried! It all runs out! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by ya’ll! See ya’ next time.
~Lisa at http://www.booth555.com
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BURLAP Easter Wreath DIY

 Here is a cute Easter wreath that you can do with  just about $6 or $7.
All supplies came from the Dollar Mart except for the $5.00 roll of burlap that I found at the 
Dollar General Store.
 The Easter egg shaped cardboard cutout was a $1.00 at the Dollar Mart.
I bought spoons there too, but I didn’t use them for this craft.
 Just cut you a piece of burlap big enough to cover up the entire egg frame.
I removed the center Easter design picture and I will attach it back later.
It just had a string tie on the top that poked through to the back.
 I hot glued it all in place.
 This was the string, pop through, tie on.
It is very easy to stick back on.
 This was the back after I popped the string back in.
————-HINT————
This is the point where I now wish I had stopped.
Now looking back, this is where I wish I had stopped and just fixed a hanger for it.
I just love the plain ole’, burlap look in pastel colors.
 But too late now, cause I just kept on going. Seemed like it just wasn’t long enough a craft!
ha.
But I kept going determined to use the pretty burlap ribbon I had found for a $1.00!
 I just hot glued it all on, including the hand tied bow.
 And for the top, I just crinkled the ribbon up a bit.  Tacking it as I went with more hot glue.

And check out the Easter egg design. I cut out bits of the blue on the ribbon and hot glued them in.
Just to tie in the colors a bit more.
Photo below is of the grapevine twig that I cut from on a primitive tree I had.  I just had to have some, so I cut some off the bottom!
 I used the bits of twig garland to make a little nest to hold my hand painted egg.

 Here it is up close in the nest. I took sticks from the yard and spray painted them white and glued them in to. Just to give a little more spriggy detail.
And the little bits of white pip berry sticking out is just pieces I snipped off a string of garland I had hanging in the kitchen.
 And not really knowing how I was going to make a hanger, I just cut this out.
 Then I made sure it was big enough to slip a wreath hanger hook into.
Then just took hot glue and glued all the edges to make sure they wouldn’t peel out or stray.
And here’s the back again
 And here it is all done again:
And hanging on my front door.
I’m going to send this up to Miss Emma, age 11, in the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to brighten up her room while she is fighting Hodgkins Lymphoma.
 Fight Like a girl Emma!
And I hope ya’ll give this a try. I think my most favorite part looking back though, was when it was just finshed in burlap and no ribbons. 
So keep that in mind when you make yours!
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

EASTER MASON JARS

Here is a pretty cute project that I got the idea for off of Pinterest.
A painted, two toned Mason jar in pastel colors for Easter.
The above is a robins egg blueish color and here is a different pic of it and another one up close:
I mixed up a sage green color on the other to match my bathroom.
 
This is really an easy project, so let’s get started.
I started out with these plain, wide mouth Mason jars.
You will need:
-Mason Jar of any size you want
-Alcohol (to clean the outside of jar)
-Sponge brush
-2 paint colors for each jar (inside and out)
-Decorations of your choice for jar 
-Light grit sand paper
Okay, so first off we need to clean the outside of the jar with a bit of alcohol.  This removes all dust, lint and crap so it will have a good finish.
I just wiped it down with a paper towel and a dash of alcohol.
Okay, next you need to pick a color you want for the inside.
Remember to pick a color that will contrast with your outside color.
This allows the color to pop through once you sand off a bit of the top colors.
I choose an off white, antique color.
Go ahead and paint the inside.  It doesn’t have to be great, just good enough to get a coat on.
Here it is with just the inside painted off white. I really like this how it is. So later on, I may make some and leave them like this.
Then we are on to the outside already.
Just paint on, in long strokes, a pretty good layer of paint.
This is coat #1.
We need to do another coat right after this dries.
Here’s the blue first coat:
and here’s the sage green first coat:
Okay, now here they are after the second coat was applied and dried.

We are ready to sand!
Grab your lightweight sandpaper and start off easy.  
I like to start with the lettering.
I love to see them stand out.
And then to the edges to make it look like it has some wear on it.
Above is the blueish one.
And here is my sage green one:
I about rubbed it a bit too much. So go easy on it, you can always take off more but it’d be hard to fill it back in at this point.
Here they are again after some sanding:
I love the blueish one so much better than the green.
Okay, now, if you think there will be a chance of scratches and such, now you can apply a
flat/matte finish coat. One coat is enough.
Be sure to get the matte finish though, because you don’t want them to turn out shiny.
With this project, I think the flat colored pastels make this a plus!
Now time to start decorating.
No need to run out and buy something I may use (unless you really love it!) Remember to always look around your home for things first.  I love to re-purpose about anything!
 
And first and foremost, I got out my plain, plastic spoons. Yes, these are plastic. I have tons of wooden ones, but to give away or sell, I prefer to use plastic.  And of course, to keep the wooden ones!
I just painted these plastic spoons with one one coat of blue, left over from the jar.  And then streaked on a touch of the offwhite that I used in the inside.
 Above, I used some cut pieces of grapevine garland that I had strung on my primitive tree.
I just cut it, and scrunched it in a circle and tacked it in place with hot glue, high temp.
And next, I added a plastic egg that I also painted in almost the same color. I just flicked on a few splashes of white and darker blue to make it look like a bird egg kinda.
And if you look close in the styrofoam plate, I have some cut off pieces of pip berry. I had cut these from one of those long strands you always see in the primitive stores. I have those all around the house in my cabinets.  I am using the white for the blue jar and yellow for the green jar.
 And I also tied a bit of bakers twine around the top to attach a gift tag with.
Okay, now lets take a look at some of the green one. I don’t want to leave it out just because I don’t like it as much.
 Again, I painted the plastic spoons with the same green and then streaked on some off white.
 Added a plastic egg I painted and speckled, some grapevine garland for a nest and some cut pieces of pip berry.
Tack them all with hot glue!
 And for this one as a tag, I found a cute fake seed pack sign.  It was one out of a pack of note pads I had from the Dollar Mart.
This one says, “Bloom where you are planted.”  I love it.
 I tied it on with some yellow and white bakers twine.
Here they are side by side.
BLUE vs. GREEN
Which color do you like best?
I hope ya’ll give this Mason jar craft a try.  It was really easy and will make a cute Easter or spring gift!
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

DIY BROWN SUGAR KEEPER

MAKE YOUR OWN
BROWN SUGAR KEEPERS

I love these cute little simple crafts like this.  I first saw these items in the country store called THE MASON JAR in West Virginia last year.  Every since then I’ve been dying to give them a try on my own.

And here’s how mine turned out.

I started off by ordering me a pound of natural air drying red clay on ebay.  I got the Activia brand, in a one pound package for around $10.00.

This type is self hardening so there’s no need to fire or bake them, super strength and has a low shrinkage rate. So I figured this was all good.
I’m sure this one pound package will make a lot of brown sugar keepers, just no idea how many yet.

The first thing I did was to lay out some wax paper on my counter and get out the rolling pin and some of my stamps. These are regular stamps you use in crafts for ink and paper. They work great here.

I’m not sure why I did not roll it out on the wax paper, DUH, but i did lay them on it to dry!

 I stamped them, then I cut them out with the makeshift tea bag strainer for a cutter.

 Just peel away the rest and reuse it again.

 Take a spatula, scoop up the keepers easily and

 lay them out on  a sheet of wax paper to air dry.

Here they are up close. They measure approximately 2 inches.

I used stamps to decorate them, although this is not necessary, I thought it added a cute touch.  I looked and looked for my mason jar cookie cutter, but sadly I can’t find it. I think that would’ve been super cute!
 (Note, the thicker your keeper, the longer it will retain moisture!) But I’m going with about a half inch thick to start off with and see how it goes.
AND THEN:
After letting them set and air dry for what seemed like eternity, almost two days really, I was ready to package them up.
(That is a good sign though, air drying for so long, I know now that in an air tight container, these will hold moisture good!)

I used AVERY label maker to make some bag toppers and inserts for instructions with those cute graphics you see.

And for a baggie to put them in, I used the large bakery cookie treat bags found in the bakery section at Walmart.

And now they are ready to go.  I think these will be a great grab and go cheap craft for anyone to get or give as a gift. I am going to price them at $2.49 each.

I so cannot wait to find my Mason jar cookie cutter and make them in that shape. I’m sure they will fly off the shelf!

Happy Crafting ya’ll,
see ya next time.
~Lisa
http://www.booth555.com

CUTE MASON JAR MINI PLANTERS

Super simple idea here ya’ll. If you like little mason jars as much as I do, you may like this.
I started off with these clear, plain and simple little cute Mason Jars.
I just took some little new growths of  “Hen & Chicks,” (I think, no idea really about names, but someone told me they were) separated them,
 added some more good ground dirt to the jar 
 and stuck them in their very own mason jar.
That was pretty much all there was to it.
Now I know this doesn’t give the little plantings much room, but I don’t mind transplanting them on down the road into something larger.  
But as for now, I am loving having the little brown, grubby jar sitting on my desk.

I even stuck one in this cute little dish I found at a flea market.
I love it!
Happy Crafting Ya’ll,
~Lisa
 If you want to see I tinted the clear mason jars blue and various other colors, click here.
 Or how I made the jars n’ things grubby, click here, for the previous post.

DIY Salt Dough Cornbread Sticks

I love working with salt dough.
It’s such an easy mixture and there are tons of things you can make with it.
(Click here for my salt dough recipe)
Here is my most recent salt dough creation:

SALT DOUGH CORNBREAD STICKS
 

  • Just mix up some salt dough in a bowl
  • (CLICK HERE to view my SALT DOUGH RECIPE)
  • (I added some black craft paint to these sticks AFTER they were made) 
  • lightly spray a cast iron cornbread stick pan with Pam
  • press the salt dough into the cornbread pan
  • bake at 300* for approximately 45 minutes
That’s it!
Let them cool and flip it over and pop them out.
Here’s how they came out:

 The bottoms are smooth because I had pressed them in.

Most of mine came out easy. But there were one or two that I had to help along.

Overall, I love how they came out:

Just a neat idea to make if you like having some fake food sitting around
in those cute dishes you’ve collected.
And the primitive themed homes really look awesome with these cute, little simple touches!

Hope ya’ll liked this idea and happy crafting until next time ya’ll,
~Lisa

DIY Stamped Gift Tags

I have been on a kick recently about making stamped gift tags.  
I have all sorts of stamps I have collected over the years and they are now being put to use. 
And if you don’t have the right stamp for the right occasion, 
they are super easy and cheap over on ebay.

Here’s what you need:
-Plain Manilla Tags or Make Your Own 
out of stock paper and a tag punch (which I do a lot!)
I got my punch on ebay.
-Stamp of choice
 
-String 
( I love bakers twine and it comes in all sorts of various colors)

Then simply just get to stamping up your favorite designs! 
String it and you are done!
So super easy and the designs are only limited to your imagination really!
Here’s some of my recent sets.  I tend to make them in sets of 25. 
That amount fits great in my little baggies.

Oh yea, some of them I like to “Grungy” up. 
I think it makes them a bit more primitive looking.
But you must do this before stamping, or so I’ve learned so that the stamped
design doesn’t run.
CLICK HERE FOR MY GRUNGY TAG RECIPE POST
To do so, I just mix a bit of brown craft paint into a small amount of water.
I then dip the tags down into the mix, 
lay them on a baking sheet and back for about 10 minutes in a 400* oven.
Take out, set aside and cool. And then I go back and brush on a bit of Vanilla Extract.
It takes a bit of time, but it is o’so worth it!
Here’s a close up of some of my “grungy” tags:

Whether you choose to make your tags grungy or not, I’m sure they will be super cute.
CLICK HERE FOR MY GRUNGY TAG RECIPE POST 
These are awesome to tie onto gifts or to just decorate your primitives with.
I also even just add them as a “Made by” tag for some of my handmade crafts now and then.
Till next time,
Happy Crafting Ya’ll,
~Lisa

PRIMITIVE Checkerboard COASTERS from Tile Squares

DIY Primitive Tile Coasters from leftover tiles
Sorry for the week of hiatus. I have been away on vacation in Tampa Bay.
 Thanks to all ya’ll who kept ordering from my ebay store, even though it was on vaca mode. I will be processing those right after this post. I really didn’t expect it to do good while I was gone. Thanks again! I appreciate every order!
Today, I want to share how I made some cute Primitive Checkerboard Coasters out of tile blocks like this.
Tiles BEFORE
If you don’t have this exact kind, I’m sure about any type of tile will work. These are just what I had on hand.
First off, you want to get a checkerboard stencil with small squares.  I had one that I bought from ebay years ago.  It does not have to be a tiny one, just as long as you can center some squares on this.  You don’t have to use all the checkerboard blocks.
And I choose a black color for the checkerboard. And I use a makeup sponge to dab it on.
And after you stencil on the main checkerboard pattern, it’s time to add a personalized touch.
I took out my lettering stencils and ink,
and stamped on my last name like this.
I love how these are going to be personalized and perfect to give as gifts in sets of four!
Then here is an optional step. I took the makeup sponge and dry sponged on some black to the edges. It kind of gives it a worn and older, prim look.  Not all people will like this, but I did it. 
I even added a dab of red on some, to the edges too, after the black dried.
And then it was sealing time. I used an indoor/outdoor varnish for sealing.
This pic was just when I was trying the sealer out on top of just the checkerboard pattern to test it for streaks. And it did good. It dried a satin look that wasn’t as shiny as the pic shows.
And I did two coats of the sealer.
Here is an assortment of names I’ve been doing for friends and family.
And here is one all dried. I even use the broken ones as you see. I like them too!

And I set one up by my entry, with my Halloween decorations. I really like these little, primitive, checkerboard coasters.  Even if you don’t use them to save your table tops, you can use them as cute little decorating props.
 

Hope ya’ll liked these Checkerboard Coasters from tiles. It was really easy and they are a great, personalized gift to give in sets of four!
If you like the burlap, pumpkin bags in the background, here’s a link to them and here’s the pumpkin spoons link.
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

PRIMITIVE KITCHEN SIGNS from Dollar Mart Stamps

Signs, signs and more signs!

That’s all I have really been doing these last few days.
Cute, primitive, kitchen themed signs really sell fast and so I have to keep them in stock.
And best of all the wording is made from the $1.00 foam stamps from the Dollar Mart.

The foam letters look like this:

And come in a large pack both upper and lower case

 

And here’s a close up from the side to see the foam and what you put the paint on:
I use craft paint called Apple Barrell or Folk Art found at Walmart.
I put the paint on the sponge letter with a makeup sponge. It’s just easier like that. 

And it lets you control the amount of paint you need. Which is very, very little! If you over do it, your letters will be very bubbly looking. 
Here are a few signs that I have finished below. 

They all started out as plain pine or spruce leftover pieces from a remodel job here.
But if you don’t have any pieces of leftover wood, you can purchase the plain pieces in a variety of sizes at Lowes.  And just play around with wordings that will fit on them.

CROCKS SIGN

I went back and added & Jugs and the date I got married to personalize this one!

 In the last step, I always tend to dry brush on some streaks. Just to give it a little extra.

      SPOONS SIGN
Spoons sign since I collect tons of wooden spoons

Easy, four step process to a spoon sign.

 PANTRY SIGN

Old rough PANTRY sign in black to match my old cast iron stove

 Very simple.

BUTTER SIGN

Buttery yellow sign made from a leftover 3inch piece of leftover trim

HANGERS FOR THE BACK

And I almost forgot to mention how I hang these up.
A pack of 6 cost $1.00 at the Dollar Tree. They are called Saw tooth hangers.
     
Hope ya’l liked these Primitive Kitchen Themed Signs made from using Dollar Mart Stamps!         See ya’ll next time, Lisa

DIY HOLIDAY SHOVEL DOOR GREETERS

These cute, wood and metal shovels are from originally from Tractor Supply and are only $5.99 each. But I won them at a wholesale auction for only $2.00 each!!!! I know right!!
I just had to grab a few since they are bright red and they just screamed Christmas to me.
The brown basket I had on hand because I buy boxes of them at auctions for a few bucks at a time.
When I got them home, here are a few ideas I tried out on them.  And I am going to use one as a door greater.  We call them that when we stand something up, or sit something out by the front door.  Just a pretty something that greets guests.
First I free handed the words “Let it snow,” 
and some easy snowflakes from lines and dots like this:
And then I thought about making the basket a holder underneath the shovel. So I too a pair of scissors and started a hole in the basket.  Once started, the shovel went right on through. 
And I secured it with hot glue at the base to keep it intact inside and out.
And then I had to start thinking of some holiday things I would place in the basket as decorations.  I just basically started going through my craft supplies and putting this and that in.  I did have about 10 of those green twigs or fillers as I call them, that look like pieces of Christmas tree limbs. 
They are great for things like this. And are $1.00 at the Dollar Tree or you could easily make your own from an old tree!
SHOVEL # 1 “LET IT SNOW”
The candy canes are easily made with homespun.

If you like them, 

I have a link here how to make them.
And at the bottom of the basket, I also tied a strip of homespun on to cover the hot glue strip.
And here is a second try at another shovel.
SHOVEL #2 JINGLE BELLS
I made this one much more simpler.  Just free handed on the words “Jingle Bells” and snowflakes. 
Glued on some red, metal jingle bells, a red ribbon and perched on a cute red bird in a nest. And stuck on a cinnamon stick as maybe the birdie carried it to work with, lol.
SHOVEL #3 SPARKLY SNOWMAN
I think I liked this one the most. I just love sparkly, shiny stuff at Christmas time, I guess.
As you can see, I kinda used found items, like the tulle, jingle bell snowflake ornament, a wooden snowman and a frosty twig. That was about it.
Oh yes, and the line of red, metal jingle bells down the wooden handle.
I am just going to be sitting one up beside my door, without any type of stand.  Because I don’t think one is necessary if you find a good leaning spot.
I priced these for $19.99 in my craft booth, since they are real metal and wooden shovels.  If they would have been plastic, I wouldn’t have priced them so high.  But they are really strong feeling.
I kinda felt bad, being as I only had $2.00 each in them, plus the making of them, but I do think they are worth the $19.99 this time.
I priced them for $19.99 each
ALL ARE SOLD
THANK YOU!
Happy crafting until next time ya’ll,
~Lisa

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