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
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DIY Light Box for Photos

I saw a great post over at Pretty Handy Girl that made me want to make one of these handmade light boxes. Even if you already have one of those $60 pop up light boxes, like me, you will want to give this one a try. Why? This light box isn’t so super hard to handle.  It comes down in 5 seconds for flat storage. The pop up light box takes 30 minutes to figure out how to fold and twist it back up!  And I love how the light comes through these sides way better than the fabric on the pop up kind.
Here is what I used:
-4 Foam boards (3 for sides and top & I used one for a white bottom)
Mine were 20″ by 16″, just what I had on hand.
-Roll of parchment paper 
-Packaging tape
-Xacto knife
-Lamp that bends & bulbs (PrettyHandyGirl recommends 2 lamps and 1 CFL bulb and 1 Incandescent bulb for best lighting)
How To:
First off, I cut out the inside of 3 of the foam boards just a tad skinnier than a sheet of parchment paper is wide.
And then use packaging tape to cover the cutout with the parchment paper.
And this is what it will look like from the front:
And here’s two of them done:

And here is when I started setting it up and arranging them.
I wanted to put a wooden pop crate in the background to give my photos a rustic look.
And I also used a piece of the cut out parts, covered the front of it with a sheet of parchment paper also. 
I made it for just a pop in background for when I need a solid white background instead like this:

And unlike the one from Pretty Handy Girl, I didn’t tape mine together. I just stood them up and they are pretty sturdy with just a mason jar on each side as a support.  So for me, this will be a super easy assembly and dis-assembly process.
I still have to get the bulbs that she recommends though because my upclose photos are okay, but not awesome. Here is one of when I only had one 75 watt regular light bulb.
I can’t wait to see it when I get the other CFL bulb she recommends so that I can put it on the other side!
But overall, it was a very easy light box to make.  
I think it took me a total of about maybe 20 minutes or so. A definite thing to make if you need a place for pics of items for Etsy or eBay like I do.
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

MASON JAR LID WREATH DIY Craft Tutorial

MASON JAR LID WREATH
Want a cute way to use up all of those extra Mason Jar lid rings you got laying around? I recently saw a  few posts on Pinterest about these and I couldn’t wait to give it a try.
I have quite a few…
  And this is how I did it.

Super easy.  Seriously.  Just take some sort of heavy wire,  or in my case, I used a wire clothes hanger.  I used wire cutters and clipped one end open so I can string the rings on them.

 
Then I just bent it to the shape I needed and started sliding them on.
 

 
The number of lids basically depend on how big you want your wreath to be.  Oh, and these ones I was using are Regular mouth, standard lids. So just play with it.  But I’d recommend at least having 30 to 50 rings on hand. More for a larger one or so on. 
 
You could also experiment with “fillers” in between each ring to save on using so many. But for my first one here, I’m just gonna keep it as simple as I can.

And seriously, that is it.  After you have strung enough, just twist up your wire together and if you can, leave the hook for easy hanging. Otherwise you can tie on some sort of fabric hanger if you have to.

You probably will have to go back, once it is hanging and straighten out the rings. They tend to move and shift while working with the wire a lot.
See how they shift. But it’s easy to straighten them up. And after it’s done, they stay even with the door opening and closing.
Super easy and cheap craft that definitely screams country any where you place it.

I’m already thinking of making another one.
But for it, I am thinking of experimenting with those foam floater sticks for swimming. I bet they would hold good, as long as they will fit inside the rings. And I bet with those, I’ll definitely have to use some sort of filler to hide the foam rings. 
See ya’ll next time,
~Lisa

DIY LIGHT UP TWIG TREE from Branches

After buying one of these LED trees for $14.99 at Burkes Outlet, 

I thought I could probably make some similar for a lot less.
And here’s how it turned out:
 
I just wanted something for a dark corner 
and I thought a lighted twig tree would do the trick!
Here’s how I made it.
All you need is some 
-twig branches
-white spray paint
-$1.00 strand of lights
-container or vase to hold them
I went out and looked around the edges of our property for some ole’ limbs and branches.

I picked out a pretty straight one and just broke it off with my hand.
I wanted one that had the “growing tree” look to it.
And then I used a dollar can of white spray paint and sprayed down the front.
It was pretty dried out I did two coats.
Then just flip it over and paint the other side.
Once it was white, you can really start to see all the little twigs and such. 
And while it was drying, I went in to get a little strand of lights ready.
I got this little flower design strand from the Dollar Tree for only $1.00.
They run off of two double AA batteries.
I didn’t want the little flowers to stay on, so I just pulled them right off.
It was easy.
And then I brought the white tree limb in and stuck it in an old brown glass bleach bottle.
It’s pretty old and I’ve had it sitting around forever wandering what to do with it. 
To attach the lights to the limbs I just used some clear tape.
Here’s a pic of the old bleach bottle. Isn’t that cool?
I love the deep brown color. I have another size larger also that I’m going to make a matching tree like this to go in for the other side of the bed too.
And here it is with the lights off.
It’s nothing super fancy but I really do like it. 
And I really like the fact that it all costed me about $1.00 to make. All I really had to buy was the little strand of lights.
For the larger one I’m making next, I’m going to add two strands of the lights.
PS.
I’ve been making kinda the same things for Halloween to put on both sides of our front door. 
But I use the tall, dried flowers of a big ole’ needle and thread bush. If you’ve ever seen those, you know the stick like things I’m talking about.
If you need something for a drap corner, I  hope you give this cheap craft a try!
Until next time,
Ya’ll have a good’n!
~Lisa

Tobacco Stick Bench & Fence

Tobacco Stick Bench & Fence

Tobacco Stick Bench
Thought I’d show you another use for those old tobacco sticks you may have laying around.

Here is some of mine. I keep theme upright in an old trashcan, out of the rain:

I made the tobacco stick bench for a country, rustic themed wedding.
It was to be one of a few, sitting by a tobacco stick table (photos coming soon) to work as the gift giving center.
It is just a basic bench design, very simple. Notice the red lines. It’s a basic bench design:
I used the tobacco sticks at full size, other than a few that were cut as the braces.
See the shorter pieces as side braces
 And the bottoms of the legs.  They had to be cut to get the point off, so that they would sit flat on the floor.
I used a nail gun to shoot the nails in since the tobacco sticks are a very hard wood.
Ignore the egg and beater below, and you can see the nails sink in pretty far and aren’t noticeable at all.
 On the back of them though, you have to take wire cutters and cut off the rest of the nail that shot through. Unless you have shorter nails to use. I didn’t.
As you can see, after the basic frame, I just went back in and spaced the “seat & back” area by just eyeing it to what looked good to me.
The front bottom rail on this one has to be replaced. Because as soon as I finished it, my nephew ran up and of course, put his foot on it to start to climb.
Tobacco Stick Fence:
While I had the tobacco sticks out, I made a make do yard fence also. I love these for decorating around the holidays. And they are so easy to just take and stick anywhere.
Very simple. In this photo I just laid the last row on the top of the frame. But when nailing it, I kept all three runs on the same side.
And since the legs are already pointy, they are easy to stick in the ground where you want to decorate!
Hope ya’ll liked this.
And if you like tobacco stick crafts I have a few more here in this blog:
 
~*~
Since many people ask me what tobacco sticks are, I thought I’d add this.

Sorry, I grew up in KY and just thought everyone knew of them.

These old tobacco sticks were used in the fields when growing tobacco, and were speared through the tops of the stalks of the tobacco. 

They were essential for “hanging” the tobacco in the barns to cure. 

A lot of stalks of tobacco could be slid onto one tobacco stick. And then they were then hung up on the rafters in the barn to cure on the railings.
Here is a bunch of tobacco:
 
Let me leave you now as I sit down to a waiting bowl of my good ole’
Fried Cabbage!
YUM!
Happy Crafting Ya’ll!
-Lisa

DIY Greenhouse: UGLY but it Works

DIY Greenhouse from Scraps : It’s Ugly but it Works

It’s chilly here today, so I’m not doing much crafting.
The wind is kicking in too and with the 50* temps, I’m just not feeling it.
But I’d like to show you some pics of my “make do” greenhouse outback. It is sort of a larger craft~
It’s ugly but it works!

Seriously, try not to laugh. I was going for a hoop house design, lol.
But ended up just happy that it was standing!

I mean, it’s growed the goodies already and it cost me nothing, zip, zero to build!
I used the crap laying around from our remodeling days.

The best kind ever right?
Oh yea, I had to buy a few rolls of duck tape.

Here’s how it’s basically made.
2×4’s and Black Water Line

Basic little squarish bottom from old lumber pieces of 2×4’s.

You see that black, flexible piping? That is the black waterline that connects our homes to the city water source.
When we moved here, (way back in the country,) we had to buy and run our own at our expense. So we had to buy the large rolls like the city buys. So we had lots left over.
It’s strong and flexible and cuts easy. It’s also easy to drive a nail through!

See how it twists and bends so easy. But oddly, when connected together it forms a strong hold.

 1×3’s and DUCK TAPE:
Next we laid a few 1×3’s along the top and sides to brace it. I just used duck tape to secure the black piping to the boards.

Oh here a pic, ignore the star.

Here’s a link to making these Tobacco Stick Stars!

and a bit closer:

The 1×3’s come in a bundle at Lowes pretty cheap, like around $10 a bundle. I had some left over from making a flower trellis.

PLASTIC SHEETING:
After a few in place it was getting pretty sound.
Then just take a big ole roll of plastic, found at Lowes, Walmart or sometimes Biglots (ours came from Biglots right before winter,) and start wrapping the frame.
I went from side to side. Like from the left front side, over the top, to the right front side.
Repeat!
I used lots of clear packaging tape and the duck tape to stick it here and there when needed inside.
Tape the crap out of it. No one will ever see it……
Well, that’s what I thought and now here I am sharing it to the world. lol

ZIP TIES:
Another thing I did was poke tiny holes here and there and stick in zip ties to help hold the plastic to the black piping:

Zip Ties and in the way back left, you can see a green bungee cord. I’m hoping if the wind kicks up, these bungee cords will help hold this big old air bubble in place.

Oh, do you see that cute Tobacco Stick Chair?
Here’s how I made that!

*One thing I forgot to mention is to not attach the sides of the plastic at the bottom.*
You will need to raise these pieces up to let the greenhouse vent when it is super hot!
So just leave the strands hanging down and lay a brick or something on it when you need to keep them down.

Now, I am thinking of making a make do screen door for the front. That may just help it out a bit!
But for now I’m happy.

PS. I am building a second one!!! Stay tuned!

Let’s take a look inside:

I try to use the cheapest things I can when planting seeds. And these little styrofoam cups are cheap. I just stick holes in them to let the water drain. And I tear of the top ridges. I just don’t like them on for some reason. lol

I also save those carboard type eggshell trays. But they are a bit tricky when wet to handle. And you can’t leave the seeds in very long after they sprout because they don’t hold much dirt.

This is trays (OLD GLASS WINDOW) on the ground inside. I laid a bottom layer of plastic on the ground too.

And here is a shout out to my hubby. I don’t know why he puts up with me wanting to build all this crap, but I’m sure glad he does. Especially after his long 13 hour work days.

Me and my Hubby with a hammer!
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Now, for my Thursday Link Up, if you’ve made it down this far:

Here is a cute old wooden fence outside of my uncle’s home last summer:

I am joining in on the Good Fences Link Up below:

DIY Primitive Sidechair

Do you have an odd chair sitting around?
Need to fix up an entry spot?
This will do, and it’s easy to!
A Simple DIY Primitive Sidechair
Here is a single, scuffed up $2.00 chair that I won at the local auction house:
BEFORE
I liked how it already had the popular black and wood colors. A must with primitive decorating.
And I thought I could do just a little bit to it to make it a wantable chair.
So I got out my stencils and paint.  
I used oil based stencil paint, btw. After it dries it is very durable.
But those stars above weren’t large enough so I had to find another.
I use these a lot!
 
After I stenciled this “OLDE CROW PRIMTIVES” and Star on, I let it sit and cure (dry) for 24 hours.
Then I applied an all purpose paint sealer, found in the craft section at Walmart.
It will help seal it all in a bit.
 I also took some medium grade sandpaper and scuffed up the legs a bit more.
And that was all to it.
Nothing special, but it is a little bit better than just one plain odd chair.
This primitive side chair is for sell in my Peddlers Mall 
Booth#555
$14.99
SOLD 
Thank you

DIY UK WILDCATS CORNHOLE BOARDS

 UK Wildcats Cornhole Game Boards
Cornhole is a fun outdoors, summer family game that we enjoy at cookouts. You may also know it by the name “bean bag toss.”
It’s a simple concept game. You simply throw bean bags towards a board and try to sink it in the hole for 3 points or at least land it on the board for 1 point. The team that reaches the score of 21 first wins.
Official rules of cornhole found at ACA
We play every year at most every summer cookout.
And we always played with these plain cornhole boards that my husband made:
Notice our plain boards? Still fun but not fun to look at!
Well, being as most of my family is into sports and they all love UK Wildcats, I thought I’d make a set up in the UK theme. So I got started.
First, I painted them a gloss white with outdoor paint:
Then I used some masking tape to make the large triangle that will point towards the hole.
Remember when sticking it that you will be painting on the inside of the lines.
And then I took some blue outdoor paint, from Walmart in semi gloss and painted the traingle. Remove the tape and let it all dry.
Next, I needed to add a UK logo. So I printed out one online to lookout as a template.
This was the hardest part for me.
I freehanded the UK symbol the best I could in pencil. Double lines, kind of outline it.
I had to keep a UK picture close to keep looking back and forth.
Then I took a small paintbrush, well a makeup brush really, and filled in the pencil lines:
It’s a little crooked if you look close, but good enough for me!
And now on to the easy part.
My brother in law had bought some UK logo, clear cling decals for me to try to use.
I took some E-6000 craft glue from Walmart and rubbed some of it on the backs. To make sure they hold good. And that glue does hold strong.
 Sad thing is that you can see the clear lining of the decal. I now wish I would have cut it out with scissors before I glued them!
Do you see the large wildcat on the front ends?
I didn’t have anything to go there so I printed out a wildcat on plain computer paper. I cut it out very closely and applied it with the E-600 glue also. Use as little as possible or it will start to distort the paper.
Once dried, I sealed it with a craft paint sealer.
And I also went over the entire board with a can of clear coat sealer found at Walmart.
When not in use be sure to store these indoors so that the logos don’t ruin.
The paint will be fine, it’s just the logos that I worry about as it is the first time I’ve ever used them like this.
I’m not very good at cornhole, but with the right partner, we have won every game each year, so far for the last 5 years! lol.
I hope I didn’t jinx the next game!!! lol

UPDATE:
Some friends wanted me to also make Jack Daniels themed boards along with Bud Light themed boards.
I did and I will share them on my next post.
Have you ever played the game of cornhole bean bag toss?

DIY BLUE MASON JARS in AQUA and Various Colors

If you share the love old Mason jars with me, you will love this project.
Well, here is an easy way you can make your very own in any color from the plain ones.  And it will be dishwasher safe and so on because it is fired on the outside using your kitchen oven! 
You need to purchase a few basic supplies:
-Pebeo Vitrea 160 gel stain color in Turquoise
-Pebeo thinner
-a paintbrush (I use a fan brush)
-aluminum foil
-cookie sheet
-little bowl for mixing
-some clear jars unless you have some already
(I chose the squatty, widemouth jars that I found on eBay and now am 
selling some myself, on eBay, since I buy them by the tons.) 
They are just so cute!
Get ready for this shock. A package of 10 colors (45ml bottles) of this glass stain costs around $60.00 if you can find it online.  But if you want one color only they run about $15.00 each, including the thinner. Which you will need.
But don’t freak out! It takes so very little droplets of the stain that it will basically last you forever when you mix it with the thinner.  
Now on to making the beautiful, Aqua blue ones that are at the top of this page:
Hint: 
Do not shake the bottles. 
This will cause air bubbles and your paint gloss will be all bubbly on your jars!
The bottles say to stir well, so I just roll them around kinda easy to get it mixed up good.
  1. First, just dip then end of your brush handle into the stain and get about one droplet of the color out. Believe me, it don’t sound like much but it will go a long way.
  2.  Then just pour you out a little bit of the thinner.   
Below is the pic of all I needed to do two jars. 
Seriously, it is very runny. 
And don’t worry, you can always add more thinner to it if it’s not enough, or if the color is too dark.  I got the right shade of aqua after doing about 2 jars of failing because I thought I needed a lot of the gel color, which you do not.
4. Then just paint it on the jars. 
I do this by holding my hand inside it, and it’s upside-down. I started on the bottom and worked my paint down and over the sides and finished with the rims.
5. Sit it down on a cookie sheet, covered with aluminum foil to dry for 24 hours.
 You don’t want to have used so much color that it is puddling around the rims while it’s upside down to dry.
If so, it will harden and be hard to pull off. So try to work it with as little paint that you can to avoid this.
6.  After drying, place them in the oven, on the cookie sheets, and 
bake at 325* for only 40 minutes.
HINT:  
Place them in the oven when it’s cool and don’t take them out until it is cool again.  It’s suppose to help with the setting stage or something I read once.
7. And that is that! 
After they’ve completely dried they are ready to be used. And the paint bottles say after firing in the oven they are even dishwasher safe.
I am still just using mine as display jars though. I do not plan to put any food or such in them. Because I didn’t see anything written on the box about that.
Better safe than sorry, even if it is only applied to the outside.
I’ve also seen where people are using these at weddings to hold those floating candles!
BEAUTIFUL IDEA!
And ps. 
There will be a few runs and drips that show up, but after you do a few, you will kind of figure out how to keep these a minimum. 
But oh well, it adds character to these hand colored jars right?
More photos of some finished ones, if you’d like to see:
Notice how they have a slight variation of blue tint? In a few at the bottom, I used a touch more paint thinner on those.
I just love this Aqua blue color! And I got it from mixing the Thinner with the Turquoise gel stain.

And here is some various other colors I tried from 
the 10 color box of gel stain:

I ended up mass producing these because they turned out to be pretty awesome sellers in my Booth #555 and in my eBay shop. But oddly none have sold yet in my Etsy shop.  But oh well, it’s still pretty fun to keep trying new colors and such. 
And I do not mind keeping what doesn’t sell. lol.

in Red but kind of looks more Redish Pink in light
in Teal Blue
in Soft Pink
in Amber Yellow
in a Gloss Black
in my favorite, Aqua
I am soon going to order some widemouth, reproduction, zinc looking lids to add on to these also. 
Wouldn’t that a awesome?
Which color is your favorite?
Leave me a comment if you give these a try.
I’d love to see how yours turn out!

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