How To Make A Pussy Willow Spring Wreath

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

A few weeks ago I made this pretty spring wreath out of some pussy willows I found growing near my house, and I wanted to share with you how easy it is to make.  Depending on where you live the pussy willows may still be out, or you can purchase them for this project.  It does take quite a few to make it, but it’s really easy to put together, and looks so amazing.  It’s the perfect spring wreath for your door.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Materials:

To make this DIY Pussy Willow Wreath you’ll need,

  • pussy willows -I cut a whole garbage full of branches
  • garden clippers
  • wire
  • wire cutters
  • a grapevine wreath to use as a base

How To Make a Pussy Willow Wreath:

1.  To make this wreath, you begin by cutting your pussy willows into short lengths, about a foot or less in length.  You want them all to be around the same size.

2.  Once you have them all cut down, divide your pile of pussy willow pieces into four groups, this will help you divide them evenly around the wreath, and not run out or have a lopsided wreath.  Each pile should be enough to do a quarter section of your wreath.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

3.  To begin added the pussy willows to the base grapevine wreath, gather a small pile of pussy willows and lay them on your wreath, and wrap wire around them to secure them to the wreath (it’s best to use a dark wire for this project like black, brown, or green so it blends into the background).  Then, apply another small pile overlapping the first pile and continue to wrap with the wire.  Work your way all the way around the grapevine wreath base.  On the final few piles, make sure to tuck them under the branches of the first ones you added.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

7.  If you like, you can embellish the finished wreath with a small nest, mini eggs, and some moss.  It’s a lovely spring detail.  I used wire to attach mine, hot glue would also work well.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Also, be sure to create a little hanging hoop with the wire at the back of your wreath before you tie it off.

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This wreath was really easy make, and turned out even nicer than I thought it would -love it when that happens.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

I hung mine on my front door and added a few other fun details.

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I planted my urn with some spring bulbs and pansies, and used more pussy willows in the middle.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

At the side I switched out the faux snow in the lanterns for some more spring like moss and pinecones.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

And I added more pretty pansies.  The bunny is the perfect spring accessory.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

Along with my birdie that is.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that a morning dove built a nest so quickly in my grapevine one afternoon that I didn’t have the heart to try to remove it once she started sitting on it.  I think there must be some eggs in there since she sits there most of the day and night.

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

I’ve named her Gertrude, Gertie for short.  She’s very quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t make a mess.  All good qualities in a new neighbour.

Her nest is directly above the front door, but at least it goes with the spring decor!

How To Make a Pussy Willow Spring Wreath:  easy tutorial on how to use a grapevine wreath base and create a beautiful pussy willow wreath for spring.

With a pretty new Spring Pussy Willow Wreath, life really is a party!

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

If you know me you know I’ve become slightly obsessed with the whole Fairy Garden trend.  But it’s still too cold here for gardening.  I decided to create some little miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas.  I think miniature doll houses are on the rise, and have to admit I’m kind of into it.  Maybe it’s fulfilling childhood fantasies, or maybe it’s just that anything tiny is just so very, very cute.  I love these little dioramas because they make me think of little fairies getting ready for spring, but they’re not too precious since they’re made of old tins.  And you know, fairies really are master up-cyclers, 😉

So here is how I made them, they’re pretty simple to put together, just a bit of gathering up supplies…which was pretty fun in itself.

The gardening diorama is made out of an Altoids tin -which I found at Shoppers Drug Mart if you’re Canadian and wondering where to get one.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

I found the little garden tools at Michaels, and they inspired the gardening theme of this first little diorama.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

The background for this one is a free printable of an antique seed package…I chose carrots because of Easter.  You can play with sizing on your printer…I think I printed this one at 60% for the perfect fit.

I’m loving moss right now, so spring-y and perfect here behind the little hand tools.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

On the other side, I printed out a Bible page for the background.  Spring makes me think about seasons, and “a time to plant…”  Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 is where it’s found, I resized it, printed it, and then antiqued it with just a little brown paint rubbed in.

The adorable fairy sized seed packages were found at a miniature store, and are really cute.  When I came home from that little shopping trip I realized I could have probably used a free printable like this one, so  here’s the link for you.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

I added in a little toy bunny, and his tiny carrot.  I think the fairies would approve.

The little nest diorama was inspired by some tiny Easter nests at the dollar store.  The nests had little yellow Easter chicks in them, I removed them and added some foam eggs I had, and a feather.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

The nest is resting in a tuna tin.  Not a regular size one, a mini one.  I used mod podge to make a background of torn old book pages.  The spring banner is made with rubber stamps.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

 

I found the perfect twig to hold my little nest.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

Lastly, and probably my favourite is the little Easter egg dying scene diorama.  I was inspired by something similar I spied at the miniature store.  I decided I could make my own version.

I picked up the tiny cups, one plate, and the sweet little basket there.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

The eggs are made out of polymer clay.  I used white for all of the them.  The dyed ones have been painted.  I also added some paint to the cups for the dye.  I added a little mod podge to the paint in the cups to make it a little more shiny.  The penny will give you an idea of the scale.  The Easter grass is regular Easter grass that I just cut to a smaller width and length.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

The newspapers are a free printable from here.  I added just a dab of the paint so it would look more real.

This little scene all takes place in an old sardine tin.  I have to confess I threw out the sardines, I just wanted the cute little tin, be sure to leave the lid attached for a cute effect.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

These are definitely my favourite little project of late.  I love how tiny they are, how sweet, how detailed, and how spring like!

These are so little they need to be placed somewhere where they’ll catch your eye.  I thought they looked great as a little grouping on the wall, or perhaps placed on a little shelf together, or even on the mantel.

Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas: Easy to make Dioramas in a tuna tin, Altoids tin, and sardine tin, with free miniature printables.

With Miniature Fairy Garden Spring Dioramas, life really is a party!

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs:  See how to use plastic Easter eggs as moulds to make your own cement eggs.

So lately I’ve been loving cement, and I love it mixed with some vintage pieces for that rustic feel, that helps keep things a little edgy and not too sweet.  I thought it would be fun to make some Cement Easter Eggs to add into my spring decor.  I love how they turned out, and they’re pretty easy to make too.

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs:  See how to use plastic Easter eggs as moulds to make your own cement eggs.

To make Cement Easter Eggs you’ll need:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Cement Mix
  • Drill
  • Baking Spray

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs:  See how to use plastic Easter eggs as moulds to make your own cement eggs.

The first thing to do is to prepare your moulds.  We used standard plastic Easter eggs.  We began by drilling a large-ish hole in the top of each one.

I used an old egg carton to hold my moulds while we worked.  Once the hole is drilled, spray both sides of the inside of the egg mould with baking spray, this will make it easier to get your egg out later.

Next mix up your cement, making sure to stir it well so it’s fully combined.  You want a not too dry, not too wet consistency.  Now fill each side of the mould, and then try to snap it together.  Working with the side with the hole as the top, gently tap your full egg to try and get any air bubbles out of the cement mix.  Now if there’s any room at the top, carefully push a little more cement through the hole.  I used a lollipop stick to push some more in, and tried and tap it down.

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs:  See how to use plastic Easter eggs as moulds to make your own cement eggs.

Now leave your full egg mould to set over night.  Once your cement is set it’s time to take them out of the moulds.  This was the hardest part of the job.  A few came out easily, others were a little more tricky.  Usually when you’re opening these eggs, you squeeze it a little to pop it open, but when it’s full of dry cement you can’t squeeze it.  I used a knife in the crack and pried them open.  Two of the plastic eggs broke as I was removing them.  I did get all six of mine out, and they all turned out great, it just took a little elbow grease for some. 😉

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs:  See how to use plastic Easter eggs as moulds to make your own cement eggs.

Once they’re out, you might want to use a little sand paper or the edge of a knife to smooth out the area where the egg shape clicked together.  After a day of setting in the moulds the cement will still be soft enough when you take them out to scrap it smooth quite easily.

You could also paint these, or tape off a section and paint it, or apply a sealer to the cement for more of a wet look.  I kind of like these ones how they are.

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs:  See how to use plastic Easter eggs as moulds to make your own cement eggs.

I’m loving how the Cement Easter Eggs look mixed with a little moss or in this rustic vintage metal basket.

How To Make Cement Easter Eggs:  See how to use plastic Easter eggs as moulds to make your own cement eggs.

With Cement Easter Eggs, life really is a party!

Bunny Treat Bag

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

Easter is coming, and so for this month’s #12MonthsofDIY Fabric Challenge, I thought it might be nice to make something for spring.  These Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bags were quick to put together, and perfect for your Easter celebrations.  I made them out of some lovely linen fabric from On Line Fabric Store.  Before I started sewing with the linen, I washed it a couple of times in hot water with some white vinegar, and dried it in a hot dryer to soften it.  This method worked great, and made the fabric lovely and soft.  I love its rustic wrinkled look.  Here’s how I made the Bunny Treat Bags.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bags

Materials:

  • Linen Fabric
  • White Thread
  • Thin Ribbon
  • Black Embroidery Thread
  • Small Black Buttons

1.  Print the free pattern, and then cut it out.  Pin it to the fabric and cut out two pieces for the bag, and four pieces for the ears.

2.  Pin two of the ear pieces  together and sew with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving the bottom open, so you can turn them right-side-out.  Repeat with the other ear.  Then, use a pen or chopstick to help you turn the ears right-side-out.  (I used linen so there was no right-side or wrong-side of the fabric, if you use something else take care to sew the wrong sides together for the ears and the bag so that when you turn the seams to the inside of the pieces the good-side of the fabric is showing.)

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

3.  Pin the bag pieces together, and sew taking special care to not sew the top, as marked on the pattern -starting and stopping about an inch and a half from the top, on both sides.  This will be where we thread the draw string through the bag.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

4.  Next, use an iron to press the seam open at the top, and then stitch around it, on both sides of the bag.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.9

9.  Now fold down the top of the bag, to create the channel for the drawstring.  Pin in place.  Then on one side, pin in place the ears that have been turned right-side-out already.  Carefully sew around the top of the bag.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

10. Turn the bag right-side-out.  Now cut two pieces of ribbon or twine for the drawstring.  Thread one through each side, and tie in a knot, using a safety pin to help you thread it through the channel.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

11. Lastly, use the black embroidery thread to stitch an X for the mouth, and sew on the two black buttons for eyes.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

I liked the rustic, soft look of the un-ironed linen, but if you wanted a more crisp look you could iron the finished bag.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

I thought these would be really sweet for an Easter table.  What little girl or boy won’t want to find one of these waiting for them…or grown up for that matter.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

We filled ours with Easter treats.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

These would even be cute as a little purse for a little girl.

Linen Easter Bunny Drawstring Treat Bag: Quick to sew, includes a free pattern and tutorial on how to make it.

With a sweet little Linen Easter Bunny Treat Bag, life really is a party!

Now it’s time to see the rest of the DIY fabric project ideas from my Canadian blogging friends.

From the top left, they are:

Fabric Pillow from Bette Creek

Fabric Banner from Brooklyn Berry Designs

Reupholstered Bedroom Chair from Woman in Real Life

DIY Linen Napkins and Nautical Napkin Rings from Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Baby Bandana Bib from Mommyzoid

Bunny Treat Bag from Life Is A Party

Fabric Covered Bulletin Board from The DIY Mommy

DIY Chenille Blanket with Pom-Poms from Vin’yet Etc.

Alligator Vinyl Pouf from PMQ For Two

Upcycled Commode Chair from New House New Home

DIY Infinity Scarf from Fresh Crush

Coffee Table Runner Easy Sewing Tutorial from Time with Thea

12MonthsofDIY February Fabric DIY Craft Ideas

And don’t forget, you can play along too.  Show us your Fabric DIY project, head over to Instagram for all the details. #12MonthsofDIY #FebruaryFabric

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