DIY: The Glitter Egg Tree!

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Hello!

If you remember the previous DIY post about the plastic egg wreath we made, a couple of weekends later my Aunt Laurie came down with more plastic eggs and fake grass to do another project I found on Pinterest (that I can no longer find) around the same time I found the first one. My nana wanted to do the wreath, whereas I wanted to do the egg tree craft! I need something bright and a little bit obnoxious in my room so I thought this would be perfect!

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What you will need for this:

  • 4′ Cone
  • 7’x7′ Square Platform
  • 2 Bags of Plastic Eggs
  • 1 Bag of Fake Grass
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush (optional)

The first thing will need to do is build your platform for your tree to stand on, at first we weren’t going to do this, but my nana started to think about how the eggs were supposed to stay up on the cone, so she cut out a small square from part of our smaller form boards that we don’t use as much anymore. My nana calculated that it is seven inches on both sides. Since our luck with tracing comes in handy, I had her hold the cone in the middle of the square and I traced around it so that we had a better idea of where to place the glue and eventually put the cone on top.

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After that, we left it to dry.

Next we decided put the fake grass along the bottom of the cone. I chose purple grass (of course!) and we used what we had with the wreath; I put a couple of teaspoons of Elmer’s glue into a small cup and painted each corner at first with a bit of the glue, we then dropped a couple of balls of the grass and if I didn’t want to put my toes into the glue I borrowed a colored pencil and helped get them in place!

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The next visit we attempted the egg part, which proved to be a disaster for us!

In the original directions it tells you to use regular glue, like Elmer’s and with every layer you flip the egg on its other side. So like we started placed them on the actual platform and grass, this wasn’t so bad for the first four eggs. By the time we got finished, several were coming loose and the ones that wanted to stay in their place, couldn’t I guess, I tried to place them together but a couple were a little too close to the point with any motion, they started falling down off the entire thing. It was very frustrating for us! We finally got everybody to agree after my nana kept gluing them back on.

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Some were place inward in the beginning like the pictures on the original, but then we just started laying them in front of the cone hoping that would be better, but it wasn’t. And then we moved onto the second level and it was the worst thing ever! Everything we did, the eggs would just fall. We put them in right, where the tips would be in the center of the bottom row. It was just the glue that wasn’t letting us move on to the next one.

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Unfortunately, my nana and I were not the ones who finished it. When my nana was in the hospital, she had Aunt Laurie and Uncle Mike finish both the tree and a wreath that she had done (the eggs were falling off on that as well!) so I don’t know much of what they did, but it kind of looks like everything is in the same sequence. I was told that they had used the hot glue gun to finish both projects so hopefully now we won’t have any little strays anymore!

The only thing we might have to is put the grass in the blank spots and then it will officially be done. I still don’t know where I would put it, but I’ll find a place for it somewhere in my room!

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Have you been doing any new crafts lately? 

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Still Coloring Easter Eggs!

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Hello!

When I wrote this post, for some odd reason I got confused and thought Easter was this coming Sunday. Thankfully, I caught my mistake early enough that I could change it beforehand!

Easter is no longer like a celebrated holiday in my household, mostly because my sister and I are grown up, she lives in her own apartment with her own fur babies and yeah, I’m just here. However, I do love being surprised with different candies, or like that one year, my mom just went and bought me a whole Easter basket that the three of us devoured in like a week and a half later! So the moral of the story is, we don’t usually do the normal things you do for the actual day like some families.

Every once in a while though, my mom and I get a hankering for hard boiled eggs (only a week after I publish my “veganism” post I write about this – sorry!) Easter is the one day of the year that having two cartons of fairly large decorated eggs is essential. She asked me two Sunday’s ago if nana and I would be interested in painting some eggs and since we’ve both had other projects going on, I just had her ask nana if she wanted to do it too. She agreed to do them as long as mom bought us some new dyes and hard boiled the eggs for us because she can’t, of course!

This isn’t going to be my regular DIY post either considering we didn’t make our own dyes!

I believe we had fun though! It was definitely easier putting them into each bowl of colors – which were pink, blue, yellow, orange and green. Towards the end though, my nana wanted to experiment and poured about half of the blue and yellow into an extra bowl we had in a drawer and so we had another darker shade of green to use, unfortunately at the time we had created this color we were running out of eggs! So we only got to decorate one egg in that color. It was a pretty though! My mom also forgot to only use water in the pink dye as that’s what the directions she had read only five seconds before pouring the vinegar into the bowl. The hue was a nice light color though, almost looks like maid-of-honor dress!

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Getting the eggs out of the bowls that my mom filled up basically to the top was difficult. I was the one putting them in until we realized that my feet were turning blue and green very quickly! So I gave the reins to nana, who could use both of her hands to lift them out safely! We were putting them into a small pan with a paper towel on top so they would be dry before laying them back into the cartons, but towards the end I just didn’t care that my toes were changing colors, despite having a shower the night before, I just started pulling them out and back into the carton.

I don’t think there is a real age where you should stop coloring Easter eggs! I find it cute when nursing homes have their residents do it. They could relive their memories of doing it with their families too! I think my nana got a real thrill for it even though we were both hoping (and praying) to God that nobody fell on the floor and cracked! Speaking about the two of us and the eggs!

Do you still color Easter eggs? Why or why don’t you?

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DIY: Paper Hollies!

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Hello!

This is a DIY project that I can publish before Christmas because this, as far as I know, isn’t apart of our big project my nana and I make every year! That post is going up next Monday!

As I said back in November for when my nana came up with the Turkey project, she has really surprised me with the amount of ideas for us to do! This came from a video clip that appeared on Facebook a few weeks ago! It was how to make toilet paper hollies! By the time I had seen the actual video, my nana had made quite a few of them already! When I went over the next day, she had like four of them made to show me and left one so she could show me how you all can make one for you or your families and friends!

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What you will need for this:

  • Ruler
  • Toilet Paper rolls
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Paper Plate
  • Paintbrush

Okay, so we start with a regular toilet paper roll and you basically push it together slightly so you can still keep the circular shape but so that it’ll be skinny enough for the scissors to cut through. After you get it sort of flat, you will need a ruler to help you get the perfect amount of stripes, so follow an inch on a ruler and make a mark on your roll to know where you should start cutting!

Unfortunately, I’m still not comfortable with dealing with scissors so my nana had to do these steps!

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Afterwards, you end up with ten little half moons and what you do here is you use a hot glue gun to stick each side to each other. Every corner gets a dap of glue at the top and you just press them together to create a holly! You will only use about six of the ten moons you got out of just a single toilet paper roll.

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When it is finished drying, you can move on to decorating it!

This is where you will need a paintbrush and a bottle of regular glue like Elmer’s. You can use something like Modge Podge if you want something a little stronger and thicker! I tried to remember as much of the video as I could and I only painted the front edges of the holly and at first, I was only doing two at a time because I didn’t know if I would be able to pick it up while all parts were covered in glue with my toes!

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You definitely don’t want the glue to dry completely, so you have to work fast when you start painting the glue around. Once you think you got enough glue on it, you flip it over (with all your might) and inside a paper plate you pour some glitter and place it in the middle and slightly move it side-to-side to get the glitter to stick onto the glue. You might have to press sections down slightly so all parts get some glitter, if you’re not satisfied with the amount of glitter on your holly, do what we did and go back over each leaf and paint more glue onto it and retry it again.

The last step is cut a string, whether it is standard yarn or metallic string like we had, you cut a bit and pull a strand around the loop at the top and make a knot or bow so it’s secure and place it anywhere you feel like, after Christmas is over with I’m going to place mine on the door knob, even though I think somebody’s going to cut it because my nana tends to make her knots very tight to the point there’s no guarntee you’ll get it loose!

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I hope you liked this post! 🙂

What kind of Christmas crafts have you done this year? 

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DIY: Little Turkeys!

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Hi 🙂

I think I should come out and say my nana has really surprised me on the fact that she’s been so creative throughout this season! After introducing her to all of the popsicle crafts on Pinterest, she’s really put in the effort in creating new things! I actually figured we’d stop for a month and wait until the last week of November to start on our Christmas crafts because you know those are coming soon!

So when she sent me a batch of different crafts for Thanksgiving, (a variation of turkeys popped into my inbox on Facebook one day! It was scary!) but I didn’t make fun because I was a bit worried on what we were going to do in the three to five hours I tend to stay with her on a weekly basis! She took care of that, but that does mean we are quickly running out of our brand new paints and bottles of glitter!

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What you will need for this:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Construction paper or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Duct Tape (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)

My nana has these old coasters as we’re calling them, they are circular and have two different sides: one is shiny where the other has a grainy texture to it. The last time I tried painting on them, I used the shiny side and it took it forever to dry probably because of how many coats of paint I had to put on it, the one downfall of that side is that shiny texture makes the surface almost slippery, the paint didn’t want to stay where I had put it originally, so it was a pain in the butt! So when we were doing these, I decided to try out the other side and despite the fact I had to put two coats of brown on it, it actually worked a lot better for me!

Before I started painting though, I decided to make my job a lot easier and draw out a half an oval on the bottom of the circle going horizontal for the face of the turkey. After that, I painted big circles for the eyes with white in the upper part of the plain space and once that dried, I painted the surrounding around the eyes and in between with a lighter orange, as it mimicked the flap around its beak. I left that to dry for a bit before I took out the brown again and painted the rest of the area I had made for its face as I didn’t need it anymore. In case you don’t have a brush with tiny bristles, you can use a black Sharpie for the eyes! That’s what we had to use for them!

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As far as the back-end of the turkey, where its feathers are located at, we used our popsicle sticks and I tried to remember what a traditional turkey’s feathers would look like, so I chose both gray and orange, but again to make things easier on me, copying what I did with its body, I drew lines in different sections of the sticks of where to stop painting! This helped a lot for the gray! I added another coat of orange just before we glued them onto the turkey itself because I didn’t think the color went down enough, and I’m glad I did that because two didn’t have enough!

Anyways, after they were done drying completely, my nana took out her hot glue gun and put quite a bit of glue on the tops of the sticks and laid the body of the turkey on top of it. We had to weight it down with something heavu so they would all stick, but it looked really cute in the end!

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My nana actually didn’t use the coasters for hers, she cut up small circles of left over cardboard and used that as the body for the turkeys instead! Our methods were the basically the same past this point. We both started using popsicle sticks and the first one she created as painted in different colors that matched (or slightly) the glitter that we had left… Afterwards, she cut up a spoon-like shaped face for it with construction paper and used tiny parts of the paper for the mouth, she used white paint and the Sharpie for the eyes! She originally wanted the rest of the body to be covered in glitter, but when went cleaning in her office again, we found bend-y paper shavings and she glued those on it instead!

Her second turkey is mostly the same method as the other one, but the only difference was the body and “feathers” are covered in duct tape! And with using the duct tape too, she only had room for four sticks as to the original six we used for the other two! She had rainbow tape left over and used it instead of painting the areas. She did have to cut out another spoon shape for its face again, and everything about that is the same as the one above!

So what do you think? Would you want to re-create your own turkeys for Thanksgiving or fall in general? 

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DIY: The “Boo!” Sign

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Howdy!

Well now we’re getting down to the wire of getting Halloween decorations out for the house, fun costumes for the whole family to wear and candy for the trick-or-treaters, At the end of this week it’ll be Halloween like legit and I’ll probably be tucked up into my room watching Halloweentown eating candy we don’t give away to our neighbor kids.

I haven’t done a DIY post in so long that I thought it wouldn’t happen again until Christmas. This season has been a little different for everybody I think. From late September to the beginning of November, my nana and I usually decorate pumpkins. I’ve been looking forward to glittering up a pumpkin for a while! I’ve explained in my other posts that my mom has bought a couple of pumpkins to use as decorations for our front porch. Now we have six of them and I’m not allowed to glitter them! So I’ve had to find something else to DIY for Halloween! At the beginning of October, I was involved in a blogger chat hosted by Jenn and the theme was Halloween/autumn DIYs and after that chat was over I went on Pinterest and I found so many crafts I wanted to do that I was a bit overwhelmed! After looking through for inspiration the next day I went to Wal-Mart with my folks and I purchased three wooden letters: B-O-O.

Since my Aunt Laurie and Uncle Mike came down the other weekend, my nana and I thought maybe we could get them to agree to do some pumpkins with us or help us with the letters instead. We didn’t get any pumpkins but we did have some fun doing the sign though!

If you want to do what we did, here is what you will need:

  • Newspapers
  • Paper plates
  • Wooden letters
  • Glue
  • Spongy brushes
  • Glitter (black and orange)
  • Foam Board (optional)

Now I have to say there were a couple of things different from how my nana and I usually do our DIY projects while we’re both in our wheelchairs. Well, the day we did this she was trying to learn how to work her new laptop, so I got to be on the floor for the first time doing a craft and I felt so comfortable! It’s hard work to support not only upper half of my body in the push wheelchair, but my neck as well! I didn’t have much pain this time around because I didn’t have to worry about the seat moving on me everytime I moved my legs. It’s hard being disabled and using your lower limbs as hands and keeping your posture at the same time. I made it though!

Okay, let’s get done to business! My Aunt Laurie laid out the newspapers out on the floor and helped me with the glue, unfortunately I couldn’t squeeze the container and put it on the sponge brush. I’m pretty sure I would have fallen over if I had done that! I don’t remember whose idea it was to get these sponges but they were a genius! The handle was perfect for me to grip and I used it like a normal paint brush and brushed glue across each letter. Once I got a section covered I put the brush off to the side and Laurie or Mike would give me the bottle of glitter. We had the mini bottles of glitter that came in different colors and at first I left the lid on it but I was having some trouble with covering the area with glue on it before it dried up. Each letter was placed on a paper plate that way if any excess glitter came out we could (try) put it back into the container. After we were finished covering the whole letter we tipped it on its side and let the excess run off. Laurie tried to recover most of the areas that were now naked. After each letter was done we put them on the side of the newspaper to dry.

We couldn’t find any wood boards so Mike purchased a fairly large foam board. I was told that he was going to use a section of it to create a stand for it. At first we didn’t know if it was going to work because the “O’s” didn’t want to stay in their spots especially the first “O” it kept wanting to slide off. Poor Mike had to put his finger on it for almost half an hour. I’m not sure what kind of glue he used because I don’t think it was the same we used with the glitter. The other two letters weren’t too bad so that was good! However, when we put all three on the stand we thought it needed something. I forgot to get an exclamation point, but honestly I don’t remember seeing one with the others! At first we were going to take a small area of the foam board and use a pin to connect it together and glue it into the stand itself, but Mike made a whole exclamation point to glue onto the board . So I glittered it orange to keep up with the Halloween theme! After I finished throwing the glitter on it, I decided that I wanted to try to put the glitter back into the container. I fold the sides to make sure the excess glitter went in the middle of the plate and hoped for the best. Majority of it did make it inside the bottle the rest went out to the sides. I even put the lid back on and locked it.

Not bad for my first try I must say! This was so much fun to do, I think my aunt and uncle enjoyed it too. At least I hope they did! So this is what we did.

What have you created for autumn or Halloween?

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DIY: Crowns and Mice Pumpkins

No, I’m not talking about anything Cinderella….

After visiting with my nana and papaw at their house on Wednesday on mom’s day off from work, we established that we’d do at least one of our big pumpkins over the weekend. So this weekendy, my poor mom had to wake me up bright and early Saturday morning because I hardly got any sleep last night. I was surprised she even got up before noon because of how she was up that night. We two extra baby pumpkins that we’ve decided to separate and do them at each other’s houses. She wants to make hers a fancy pumpkin and decorate it with different things. If she does it the way I think she will, I won’t do a blog post about it but I will share pictures of it though! I also came up with the idea of having the both of us each have one small and large pumpkin in the opposite designs. So like we’ll have two different sizes of the same pumpkin design: melted crayons and glittered pumpkins.

On Saturday, we did a melted crayon pumpkin. The last one of the season unless nana changes her mind and wants to use the extra crayons we didn’t use on the big one on her baby pumpkin. The only different thing we did on this pumpkin was raise the crayons higher on the pumpkin so that area by the stem won’t be so naked. I also thought the crayons weren’t going to be able to cover it with it being so large in size, plus the fact it’s kind of deformed. One side is completely normal but of course the “back” area has a hump. So it has Scoliosis, who knew! This pumpkin will be at my nana’s house. The next one will be a glittered pumpkin and I’ll be finding a way to bring that one home.One day while I was at my nana’s, we had been talking a lot that day and I was trying to talk about the crayons and my nana stopped me mid-sentence and asked me what I was saying, to repeat the word. So I said it again, crayons. Well, apparently I’ve been saying it wrong. I was in speech for years while in school, I am now just remembering what I had trouble pronnoucing back then, my “R’s” because there are a LOT names and things that I can’t say out loud without it sounding weird in some way. I can’t say the name “Jeremy” without it sounding like “Germ-y” my mom called me out on that one. According to my nana, I’ve been saying the word, “crowns” instead of “crayons” so lately I’ve been trying to clean it up, but it hasn’t worked out well for me.

As you can see we pointed the tips (or at least tried to!) to the very top and got it as close to the stem as we could,
As you can see we pointed the tips (or at least tried to!) to the very top and got it as close to the stem as we could,
I told my nana he looks like he has some awesome hair!
I told my nana he looks like he has some awesome hair!
My papaw sat out in the kitchen just before we were to start the "melting" process. He got to see me struggle putting on my newspaper apron on my lap. That was just a disaster!
My papaw sat out in the kitchen just before we were to start the “melting” process. He got to see me struggle putting on my newspaper apron on my lap. That was just a disaster!
The finished project, meet Linus!
The finished project, meet Linus!

That night after I got home from my nana’s, I brought one of our baby pumpkins back home with me. I was supposed to work on the other day, but totally forgot about it, must’ve been a big blogging day for me or something! Well, around 6pm my mom came in to grab the laundry in my basket, and she asked what I wanted to do with the stuff on my table in the plastic bag. So she set up everything on my bed. The bad thing was that I was in the middle of editing pictures and then Midget and Bear-Bear made their ways into my room too, so I was extra distracted. Midget literally laid out right in the middle of me and where my mom sat everything up on my bed. Bear-Bear kept trying to attack me and the Sharpies I had in my foot. I’m still surprised I didn’t get anything on him or myself! When I did start on the design of the pumpkin. I decided that I should doodle it in my notebook first, to get an idea on everything was supposed to go. After I did that, I attempted to work on the pumpkin, but I had to stop because of a slight problem.

When I was in school, my art teacher didn’t quite understand why I couldn’t use an eseal, even though I was fully capable of working in the corner with hardly any light. So one day he decided to figure out how to make one for me. I knew how it was going to go. I just knew it. He had high hopes for it, but I knew it wouldn’t work. So he got everything set up on my already small desk, and told me to try it out, make something. I couldn’t even make a circle. Here is the reason why it didn’t work. My feet are not like others, both of my feet are completely different! I can’t raise my feet up in the air and hold them there for a long periods of time without it shaking violently, trust me I’ve tried this a bunch of times before. So he took everything apart and I began to go back to normal artwork on a flat surface. I’ve never complained about it. It’s the only I can work and that’s fine by me! So when I was working on this pumpkin, I titled on it’s side and tried to right on it. I couldn’t. I did the actual design part, but writing on it was a disaster! So I moved it down to the floor and since I can write while sitting on my bed, I thought this could work too. It was a success!

Last year, if you remember I made a glitter pumpkin that said “5FDP” on the side of it in gold glitter. Well, I kept thinking about doing another one like it, but a different band. So I chose the band Of Mice & Men. I wrote out a part of the song of “Bones Exposed” and surprising it looks very cool! Hardly any writing mistakes, my mom never made a comment of a word being misspelled so we’re good there too! Here is what my second pumpkin looks like!

The lyrics side

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A New DIY Project | Part 1

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My nana is obsessed with the beach. Pretty much anything that has to deal with sand, palm trees, and seashells. She’ll love you til kingdom come if you are even a little addicted to it too. Growing up, she had all of these little lighthouse knick knacks around the house. She’s always had some sort of beach like, sunny atmosphere in that house. Over the years I think the love of the warm weather and beautiful scenery kind of grew even bigger than it originally was, I mean the midwest doesn’t have the (usually) hot summers of 100 degrees or so and all we have are cornfields and normal oak trees growing everywhere. Nothing really unusually here and I think she has always brought her memories into everything she does. If you were to go into the bathroom you’d seriously think you were at a hotel on the West Coast because it is literally covered with palm trees and seashells. Now she’s got this little project that we worked on yesterday. I’m still a little confused on where it’ll be placed but it seems to fit in the theme perfectly and it also lets me bring out my creative/artistic side to the project as well.

Yesterday we did this thing of getting different sizes and shapes of seashells she’s had for years at a time. We’re gluing them onto this plastic board or whatever. It’s definitely plastic and thank god because of all that happened between the both of our wheelchairs, boxes, and my papaw getting up and down from his chair about five times we were surprised nothing broke on it. I started with the three big shells you see on the picture above, I thought it was best to get an idea of how everything would look like before we even glued anything on. The three big ones there were already glued to their place but those smaller ones were never glued on in that same place. I even had to move the board forward so you could actually see the seashells instead of the boxes we places underneath so it wouldn’t be that difficult for me to place them on the board. I’m glad to say we only dropped one on the floor and nana burned only burned her fingers twice. Two factors that can be pretty tricky when you do big projects like these are nothing is made for ones who have troubles with their fingers and use their toes to hold on to something. We found a though and I think how they look now is pretty cool! The next I go over there we’re going to be adding flowers and some old sand too. So stay tuned for the second installment of this post!