A few months ago, I spotted a peg doll nativity set on Pinterest. Peg dolls are simple wooden dolls that can be painted or etched to create sets for children to play with, or simply to display. In recent years, they’ve become increasingly popular in Christian circles for Nativity or Easter sets. Once I saw the set online, I knew I simply had to make my own. It took me a few days and several bottles of inexpensive acrylic paint to do, but I am so, so happy with the results!
I’ve been making flower crowns since I was 16, and selling them on Etsy since I was 19. As hard as it is for me to believe, that’s seven years of doing my flower crown DIY thing! I’ve gone through phases where I wore a flower crown every day (yes, even to class), and phases where I didn’t pick one up for months. Now, after many years of wearing and selling flower crowns, and many, many hours of designing and creating them, I’m sharing my process, so that you too can make beautiful flower crowns yourself! Read on to learn how to make a flower crown DIY!
I spotted a pre-made wooden house at Michael’s Crafts the other day for $4.99. Against my better judgment, I picked it up with the intention of turning it into a fairy house/night light. The process ended up taking a lot longer, and being a lot more complicated, than I expected, but here it is:
And here’s how I did it:
- An inexpensive wooden birdhouse
- Acrylic paint (I used several bottles I had left over from previous projects: brown, green, tan, purple, blue, and a sheer sparkle coat)
- Painter’s tape
- Foam brushes
- Optional decorations: moss, miniature trees, miniature mushrooms
1. Put painter’s tape along the bottom of the house and paint the base.
2. After letting the base dry, begin using the tape to section off other parts of the house. I next painted the body of the house a tan color. After letting it dry, here I am getting ready to paint the roof a dark brown.
After letting the paint dry, I sectioned off the steps, windows, and doors to paint them in bright colors.
3. Next came the touch-ups. I suggest pressing the painter’s tape down pretty hard before painting to minimize the work in this step.
4. Next, I added a coat of glitter paint to make it a little more “magical.”
5. Time to add outside decor – I used a hot glue gun.
6. Now came the hardest step. I didn’t think ahead before I started painting, and I assumed I could saw or drill some sort of hole in the back of the house to slip in a set of string lights (clearly, I know little about saws or drills). After letting the to-be night light sit around the house for a week or so, I ended up sawing off the back half of the roof so you can slip in an electric candle. I then coated the inside of the house in Mod Podge and put in a piece of wax paper to cover the openings of the windows and doors. After putting in the electric candle, this gave the house a lovely, soft glow.
The final product!
I’ve been up to a whole bunch of crafts lately.
The first was this glitter makeup brush holder, which I love:
This was made using Mod Podge, fine glitter, and painter’s tape. The Mason jar was $2, and I purchased the ribbon on a roll for around $3.
If you’re interested in making the same thing, put on a thick coat of Mod Podge, pour the glitter over it, and add a thin layer of Mod Podge on top to let it settle. Don’t peel off the painter’s tape until the next day, when the Mod Podge has thouroughly dried, or the edge will become messy and inconsistent.
Next, I made this necklace out of a simple wood carving I found at Michael’s. They were selling several of these necklaces, unpainted, in bird, butterfly, and feather shapes, for $2 each. I bought four, and plan to give them away as gifts in my pay-it-forward challenge. All I had to do for this was paint it.
Last, I made these cute animal key chains using some small plastic North American animals, and a few screw hooks. Easy-peasy, and nice for attaching to loose guest keys, for example.
There you have it! A week in simple crafts.