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Day 2 Not Just Crafts,

But Designs Series II


· French Country,Decorating,DIY,BOOK 3

Not Just Crafts But Designs

I wanted to make sure that I get all of my little projects here so that your able to enjoy making them well before spring arrives. Your going to be delighted in seeing each of these and maybe they'll inspired you to make more.

Spring flowers of all sorts are the happiest things you can see this time of year. Lavender, Peonies, Tulips, Lilacs, Roses, Forsythias, fresh Rosemary and simple grasses.

Did you know that all of the gorgeous containers you see with fresh flowers are made how we're going to be making them here. I say this because fresh flowers need water and if your not using a vase, you need to provide water to them somehow.

And because Easter is fast approaching, I thought that we would make an arrangement using a basket.

Any of these gorgeous baskets will work.

Making a Live Flower Basket

Step 1. Bring your foam over the the sink with your container or basket. Put the stop in the sink and fill it with room temperature water. Now submerge your foam. Once it becomes fully absorb with water, they'll sink.

Step 2. Now either place the full blocks into your container, or cut into pieces like shown below..

As you can see, it's very easy to cut.

Step 3. Here you'll see that the entire container is filled to the top, this is what you want.

Step 4. Seperate all of your flowers and cut the ends in a 90 degree angle. We've talked about floral arranging and I think this time of year, it should be kept natural - like how you would see them in nature.

Step 5. Simply begin sticking each flower into the your floral foam. Voila - you now have a gorgeous arrangement for your dining table.

Speaking of unexpected, a tool box would be absolutely beautiful on your dining table. So you don't have an antique one, buy a new one at your local craft store like Hobby Lobby - then paint it in a chippy finish (as seen in my Tutorials).

Nest Picture Frame

These are just too adorable and if we make the background neutral, you could leave them hanging all year round.

Most of the framed bird nests that I've seen are against sheet music for some reason. I like it, but what if we con't have sheet music. I suppose you could use a piece of sheet music scrapbook paper, or something else if you chose.


  • Frame
  • Sheet of Scrapbook Paper
  • Sheet of Cardstock
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Clear spray
  • Bag of Moss

Purchase a frame with the materials above.

If your going to hang your frames, then you should do this now by simply hot gluing on a piece of ribbon to the back top.

Step 1. Turn the frame over - lie on a table and remove the glass. Place your piece of scrapbook paper over the edges of the opening of the frame and either push down to score the shape, or draw the outline with a pencil.

Step 2. Cut this out.

Step 3. Rub glue over the back of this and place on top of your cardstock.

Step 4. Cut the cardstock out.

Step 5. Place the cardstock over the cardboard that came with the frame and reassemble.

Step 5. We learned how to make bird nests but if you forgot, here it is.

  • Take half the moss out of your bag.
  • Begin to shape it with your hands into a nest.
  • Spray it with a little bit of spray adhesive and continue working with the moss to form a beautiful nest.
  • Once your done, then spray it with your clean spray.

Step 6. Now with your darling nest in hand, figure out where you'd like to place it. We'll be making eggs next for you to add a few here. Once you know where you'd like your bird nest, simply hot glue it to the background and frame.

Speckled Robins Eggs

I'm so blessed when I find tutorials like this. Really simple with no fuss in between.


  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Robins Egg Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Dark Brown Acrylic Paint
  • Chip Brush

Your super smart so I'm sure you've already got this figured out, but just in case and I really need for you to make these to add to your nest.

Step 1. Start with painting all of your eggs in the Robin Blue. If you have an empty egg carton, using this will make your life a whole lot simpler in painting these. Paint one side, put in carton and let dry. Then paint the other side.

Because your painting over plastic, you may need 2 or 3 coats.

Step 2. In a bowl, mix a bit of your Dark Brown paint with some water - stirring really well.

Step 3. Wash your chip brush clean. Dip your brush into the Dark Brown paint and snap your wrist over the eggs. You want them to have somewhat of a splattered look. Allow these to dry. Then you can clear coat them.

Don't forget to add a few to your nests!

Burlap Artwork

Have you ever done this before? Stamping an image onto burlap? Well that's exactly what this is.


  • Frames
  • Burlap depending on how many frames you get
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Different Rubber Stamps with birds, chickadees, sheep, bunnies and whatever else you'd like
  • Wax Paper
  • Bowl
  • Chip Brush

Step 1. Lay your frame face down on a table and remove the glass.

Step 2. We'll start with cutting our burlap. Cut a piece the size of your frame, then lay over the edges of the opening of your frame and using a sharpie - draw the outline.

Step 3. Now trim your burlap.

Step 4. Pour a bit of white paint into a bowl. Paint the back of the stamp and blotch lightly onto a paper towel. If you used a lot of paint - this is only to remove large globs of the paint. You still want plenty to stamp onto your burlap.

Step 5. Lay your piece of burlap down over a piece of wax paper. Take your stamp and press it onto the burlap with a firm grip, then immediately remove.

If your not happy with how it came out, then try it again.

Step 6. When done, lay on top of the piece of cardboard that came with your frame and assemble.

Spring Pillow

Yes I know, we've talked about making pillows before - but I have a new NEW SEW method I want to share.

Step 1. Measure for your pillow cover. Pillow Length: Measure the pillow from top to bottom. Multiply that number x 2 and add 7 inches. Pillow Width: Measure the pillow width and add 1/2 inch.

Step 2. Cut out two pieces of fabric. The easiest way is to fold your fabric in half, make your measurements and cut. Use a straight edge to connect your lines if it's easier.

Step 3. Take each piece and put together with the good sides facing on another.

Step 4. Starting on one piece, measure from the edge of the fabric 1/2", then grab it with your fingers, then with your other hand pull the fabric on the opposite side of the fabric and gently pull - then go over the fold with one of your arms to make a slight mark (fold) in the fabric. Now you'll be able to iron it.

Step 5. Repeat this for the other three sides.

Step 6. Now that you have the seams done and ironed on one of your pieces, you'll do the same thing with the other piece.

Step 7. Now with both pieces having seams, we're ready to glue. Hot glue can start drying rather quickly - giving you very little time to work with it. So start with running a bead of hot glue half way down one side and then immediately placing your other piece over it, then smoothing really good with your fingers. If it's a little bumpy - don't worry - we'll take care of this in a bit.

Step 8. Starting where you were just working, apply another strip of hot glue working in small areas and doing the same

Step 9. Continue working like this till you get to the end, allowing 8" to get your pillow form in.

Step 10. Now take the pillow cover you just hot glued and iron over the seams with your iron on high. Very gently rub over the seams after ironing them to smooth out the glue.

Step 11. Place your pillow insert into the pillow cover. Run a bead of hot glue over the opened seam and close together.

Voila - you just made your first pillow using hot glue.

Jute Placemats

How adorable are these. I actually have some that I bought and I love them. They work really well if you have hot plates.

Step 1. All you need is a package of rope and a hot glue gun. Open your rope and get it started to work with. Take the end, place it on a table and begin winding around the center - placing a dab of glue. Continue wrapping the rope around like see in the above photo, placing dabs of glue as you go. When you get to the end, simply cut and glue.

Cement Bunnies

There's actually millions of tutorials on how to do what we'll be doing here, or similar to. However the easiest way of doing this I found is with Plaster of Paris which acts like cement.


  • Paper Mache Bunny or Rabbit
  • Plaster of Paris (premade in bucket)
  • White, Light and Dark Grey Acrylic Paint
  • Several Chip Brushes

Step 1. Apply one coast of Plaster of Paris to you bunny and allow to dry completely. Then flip it over and do the bottom.

Step 2. Once your first coat is dry, you can begin adding your second coat by dabbing Plaster of Paris onto your bunny. Continue doing this all over the top of it and allowing to dry. You want soft subtle imperfections - not peaks of plaster.

Step 3. Have a look. Do you want to add more plaster, or are you fine with how it looks. If you fine with it, let's begin to paint it.

Step 4. I like starting with my lightest color which is white. So we'll paint the entire bunny in white.

Step 5. Now taking a bit of your light grey, dip your brush in - then blotch on a paper towel and begin pouncing over your bunny. When done - pounce over it with a paper towel. Now do the same thing with your dark grey.

Step 6. Now that you have all of the grey painted on, go back to your white paint, dip your brush in, then pounce off and go over your entire bunny smoothing out the two colors of grey. At this point, you can take a paper towel and rub it over your bunny to smear the white paint.

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