Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

These Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons really couldn’t be simpler to make, but every time I look at them they make me smile.  They’re very easy to make, and definitely worth the little effort.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

I asked my husband for some new wooden spoons for Christmas, and then said I’d really like some of those paint dipped ones, but don’t buy expensive ones…could you just make some for me?  And then we both laughed out loud.  He’s not really the diy-er in the family.  So I tucked this project away in my mind, and today I had time to make them.  (He did get me some really beautiful, chunky wooden spoons for Christmas though.)

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

They’re really easy to make, here’s how you do it.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

Materials:

  • wooden spoons
  • painter’s tape
  • craft paint
  • sealer
Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

Instructions:

1.  Begin by taping off your wooden spoon handles where you’d like the paint to stop.  I used painter’s tape.

2.  Give your spoon handles two coats of paint.  I love the white, but any colour would be great.  You could even add stripes of different colours if you’re really adventurous.

3.  After the paint’s all dry, give your handles a coat of sealer or varathane so the craft paint won’t come off when you wash them.  Once it’s dry, remove the painter’s tape and you’re all set.  Remember to hand wash.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

These new little spoons make me want to bake something yummy.

Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons: Easy DIY to take dollar store wooden spoons from boring to beautiful.

With new Paint Dipped Wooden Spoons, life really is a party!

Mini Hearts in a Bottle

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little mini hearts in a bottle are so sweet, and really easy to make for someone special this Valentine’s Day.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I was inspired by the mini glass bottles with the sweet little cork tops.  I thought it would be cute to make a miniature heart flower that was like it was growing inside.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

These little bottle gardens remind me of teeny, tiny terrariums.  You can get a sense of the scale and how small they really are by the thimble.  The thimble was too big to fit inside the glass bottles, so I made a cute little stand alone one with the thimble as a tiny flower pot.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Here’s how to make your own:

Materials:

  • mini glass bottles
  • moss
  • air dry clay
  • white glue
  • felt
  • stuffing
  • thread
  • glue
  • wire
  • green embroidery thread

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Instructions:

1.  To make the heart flower, start by cutting out two matching hearts (a front and a back) , small enough to fit through the mouth of the glass bottle.  Sew them together with coordinating thread, using a blanket stitch.  Before sewing all the way around the heart, add in a little stuffing.  Finishing sewing it all the way around.

2.  To make the stem, cut a small piece of wire.  Using green felt, cut out a very tiny leaf or two, with a narrow stem piece.  Tie on some green embroidery thread to the top of the wire, and wrap it around the wire tightly.   Part way down, wrap in the stem of the felt leaf.  At the end of the stem, finish by tying the thread off, and using a little white glue to secure it.

3.  To assemble the heart flower, use a tiny piece of air dry clay as a base, and insert the stem into it, so it’s able to stand up on its own.  Glue the heart onto the top of the stem to create the flower, pushing the wire up into the felt heart.  Allow the clay and glue to dry.

4.  To assemble the jar, put a tiny amount of glue in the bottom of the jar with a toothpick.  Glue the flower in place in the jar, using tweezers to position it.  Cut the moss into tiny little pieces and add to the bottle.  Use a toothpick and tweezers to push it down and compact it at the bottle of the flower.  Optional:  Add a little handmade tag that says “love grows here”.

5.  To create the thimble flower, make the flower in the same way, with the clay pushed into the thimble and topped with moss.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

Make a few for a pretty little grouping, with different shades of pink felt hearts.  Use little birch tree rounds to create different heights in your display, and different sized bottles.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

I love how these turned out and they were really simple to put together.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

They remind of fairies.  Any little fairy fans on your Valentine’s Day list?  These would be perfect.  I know my little girls love them.

Mini Hearts in a Bottle:  Tiny felt heart flowers inside a glass jar create a magical terrarium garden.

With Mini Hearts in a  Bottle, life really is a party!

Birch Bark and Gold Leaf Hearts

Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.

This year for Valentine’s Day, I wanted to add a few Rustic Scandinavian touches around the house, and made these simple and beautiful Birch Bark and Gold Leaf Hearts for a little Valentine’s Day Tree.

Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me collecting birch bark.  I had some, and found some from a dead tree in the forest.  If you’re not lucky enough to have a forest near by, you can order some on-line.  Here’s how I made them.

Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.

Birch Bark and Gold Leaf Hearts

Materials:

Instructions:

1. Start by cutting out some small hearts from your birch bark.  You can make a pattern and draw it onto your birch bark, or free hand it.  Birch bark is easy to cut, but also quite fragile, and easy to rip, so take some care with this step.

Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.
2.  Next, use a small paint brush to apply the gold leaf adhesive to the edges of the birch bark hearts.  I liked the look of doing the edges of both sides, so they could be reversible.
Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.
3.  Following the manufactures directions with your adhesive, and wait until the glue is slightly set before applying the gold leaf.  Wrap small pieces around the edge, and rub off the excess with your fingers, or use the left over gold scraps and rub the edges into it.
Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.

4. Lastly, cut a small piece of twine to hang your heart.  Mine was three-ply and too thick for the delicate hearts, so I unraveled it into three strands, and used one for each heart.  Thread a darning needle with the twine and carefully poke a hole through the heart.  Take care to not make the hole too close to the edge, since the bark rips easily.

Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.

I hung my finished Birch Bark and Gold Leaf Hearts on to some branches to make a Valentine’s Day Tree.  It’s so beautiful with the light hits the gold, and adds a little sparkle.

Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.

This pretty little tree is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but would also be really pretty for someone doing a nature inspired wedding.  It would also be beautiful as a garland.  There are lot’s of possibilities, I’m loving mine on the entrance way console table.

Birch Bark Gold Leaf Hearts: Easy diy from birch bark and gold leaf, perfect as neutral Valentine's Day decor, or a nature inspired wedding.

With Birch Bark and Gold Leaf Hearts, life really is a party!

Top 10 of 2016

It’s always fun on the verge of a new year to look back at the most popular posts of the year.  It’s fun to remember all the fun projects from the year, and see what readers loved the most.  We did lots of fun projects, diys, recipes and parties this year.  There were also some home tours that were among the top ten, but since they’re so seasonal I didn’t include them in the this list.  You might notice too that there are top posts featured on my side bar, and that they’re different from those listed here.  Those are the most popular posts from Life is a Party over the last week, taken from every post ever published here.  This top ten is just posts published in 2016.

 

Number 10 -Pasta Bar

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This was a for my daughter’s birthday party, and so much fun.  It was a huge hit with the guests, and pretty easy to put together.  I highly recommend this idea for a party.

 

Number 9 -Life Hacks

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This little post is full of helpful little life hacks to make things a little easier.  Perfect for a little organizing.

 

Number 8 -Paint Dipped Brass Candlesticks

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I love this little diy project.  I used old thrifted brass candlesticks and gave them a modern makeover.  I have used these in lots of different vignettes and tablescapes over the year and I’m really glad I made them.

 

Number 7 -Twig Houses

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I love these sweet little houses.  They’re simple to make and super cute.

 

Number 6 -Montreal Steak Seasoning

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I’ve noticed that a couple of my top ten’s are recipes for things we’d normally buy but homemade is always better.  This is a simple recipe and perfect for gift giving.

 

Number 5 -How To Make Giant Paper Flowers

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These pretty flowers are a way to make a big impact for a party, with a pretty low cost.  They take awhile to make, but they’re so pretty they’re worth it.

 

Number 4 -Mason Jar Oil Lamps

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I’m not surprised that these little mason jar oil lamps were popular, because I love them too.  They’re simple to make and so pretty, especially at night.

 

Number 3 -Honey Cruller Donuts

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These donuts were delicious.  Just like the Montreal Steak Spice, another food item we usually buy, but the home made version is even better.

 

Number 2 -Backyard Fiesta

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I loved this pretty party.  It’s so bright and cheerful and was so much fun!

 

Number 1 -Origami Hearts

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These pretty hearts are number one -and this is a video post!  In fact three of my top ten posts included a youtube video.  Lots of bloggers have been talking about how popular video is and how fast it’s growing.  I gave it a try this year, and this best of post is certainly evidence to me that you guys liked it.  I guess my 2017 plan should include more videos -I’ll let my crew (my 9 and 12 year old little girls) know. 😉

My takeaways from seeing which posts of the year were the most popular are, I should include more videos, everyone loves a home made version of a typically store bought food, my readers love seeing fun party ideas, and cute diy projects are always a hit.  Since two home tours were actually among the top ten, and the dining room makeover was number 14, I think the decision to include more home decor posts in 2016 was a good one too, and I will continue to do more of it in 2017.

Thanks so much to my amazing readers.  I had more feedback than ever before this year about projects and recipes you tried.  I LOVE hearing about how Life is a Party has inspired you.  My very favourite comments are when you tell me you’ve given something a try yourself and loved it -so thanks so much for the lovely feedback.

Life is a Party had it’s best year yet, with more collaborations, sponsored post opportunities, and growth than ever.  We wrote 106 new blog posts this year -that’s a lot of blogging!  And, so much fun.  I truly can’t thank you enough for following along on our adventures!

With readers like you, life really is a party!

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