Spider Mobile

So I know I’ve been pretty m.i.a. for a while.  The truth is that I just didn’t feel like blogging really.  I’ve been focusing on my art and other things for the past year. (Oh yeah I got married this summer! More on that later.)  I just didn’t want my blog to become a chore that I dreaded, so if I didn’t have anything to blog about I didn’t.  I’m ready to post more here and there and I actually do have some stuff to share.  So, in honor or my favorite holiday Halloween I present to you:

Duh duh duh! A spider Mobile.  I actually made this last year after Halloween.  I bought the spiders and mobile for way cheap the day after Halloween and made it.  So this year is the first Halloween I’ve put it up.  I got the idea from Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s Halloween Tricks and Treats magazine 2015. I had wanted to make it back in 2015 but it took me forever to find some plastic spiders that weren’t attached to rings.  Last year I finally did so here you have it.

You’ll need:

  • 200 or more plastic spiders
  • a wire rimmed spider web
  • fishing line
  • a needle or something sharp to pierce spider butts
  • optional- I tied little seed beads to the end of my strings for a little weight so they hang straight

Its pretty easy just pierce a whole in the abdomens of all the spiders and make different length strings with them spacing them about 5-6″ apart and tying a knot in the fishing line under each spider.  I finished each string with a clear seed bead under the last spider for a little weight.

After you have your strings tie them all on the spider web strands.  You might want to do this as you finish the strings to so they are out of the way and don’t get tangles up.

The last step is to tie string onto four sides of the web so that it hangs horizontally from the ceiling.  (most are made to hang vertically)

And there you have it!  Perfect for a Halloween party or I guess all year round if you really like spiders, I don’t judge!

On a side note, when storing this I put each string of spiders in it’s own individual baggie so the strings don’t get tangled beyond saving.  Next year you will really appreciate it.

Enjoy!

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Christmas DIY Roundup

Hey all, remember me? Ah I just realized I haven’t posted since October!  The reason being grad school is keeping me super busy.  But even though I have been working on my art more than crafts I still want to spread some holiday cheer so I found a couple of my favorite diy’s I posted last Christmas time for a little refresher.

First there are these super fun and easy to make Snow Globes

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Next the ever amazing Dyed Bottle Brush Trees and Wreath

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And last but not least…Clay Paw Print Ornaments

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I hope these give you some inspiration and fun and I’d love to see what other Christmas diy’s you come up with so show me on Instagram with #peppermintsandhoneybees.  Also I have an exciting announcement to make soon so stay tuned!!!

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Concrete Pumpkin

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Happy Halloween!  Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have one more pumpkin diy to share. I wanted to make this last Halloween but just ran out of time so it was definitely on my list this year.  The Concrete Easter Eggs were my first experience with concrete and it was pretty easy so I was pretty excited.  Also I did some research and I guess cement and concrete are not the same.  Cement is  an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is a mixture of aggregates and paste. So Concrete is stronger and will last much longer.  The original idea is on the blog Fox Hollow Cottage.

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First cut a hole and and design you want on the pumpkin with a knife. This one was a light I got at Goodwill so it already had a face and a hole in the bottom.

Next put plastic wrap tightly around the face so the concrete won’t leak out. Turn in upside down and spray the inside with cooking spray. I forgot this stepsons mines isn’t stick too bad but I would recommend using spray. I put my pumpkin I. A bucket to get it to stay upside down while I poured the concrete in. The concrete I used was Quikrete from Home Depot.  

  If you’ve never mixed concrete it’s pretty easy. Some people add the powder to the water, I like to add water gradually to the powder while I stir. Only add a little water at a time until you get an even and thick but pourable consistency.

Let the pumpkin sit for at least 24 hours after you pour the concrete.

When you cut the foam pumpkin off use a knife, scissors, and a screw driver came in handy for prying pieces off.

When I took my pumpkin off the eyes and eyes didn’t fill in all the way so I mixed some more concrete up in a cup and speckle some on to make them bigger and more triangular. It doesn’t have to be perfect though. The cracks and rough spots are what makes the concrete pumpkin interesting!

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Show me your costumes in Instagram by using #peppermintsandhoneybees. Now go get your spook on!

Terrarium Lamp

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I’ve been eyeing this old lamp at a local used furniture store for over a year now, and after it was still there the last visit I decided to make what I had planned for it. Also I got it for $1 and full of rocks!!! I already had the moss and driftwood. I bought fake succulents from Hobby Lobby; 1 because how would I water them and 2  even if I could um…I don’t want to electrocute myself. I spray painted a couple brass parts that had lost their shine with Rust-o-leum Metallic in gold.

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It was a little difficult to fill because it opens from the bottom and the bottom doesn’t detach completely since it’s attached to the wiring.  I had to fill and kind of shake and roll it around to get things where I wanted but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  The lamp shade is from Target.  Show me what all you have made terrariums out of!

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Lace T-shirt Redo

Hello all I hope your are enjoying the beginnings of fall!  Sorry for the long absence.  As you may or may not know, I started grad school At Columbia College in Chicago and to say that it is taking up most of my time would be an understatement!  So…if my posts are far and few between lately you will know why.  No fear though, I’m still here and still blogging, I just don’t have as much free time to diy.  Any ways I have this t-shirt DIY that I actually made quite a while ago and just never got around to posting.  It’s quite simple if you have a sewing machine and a shirt you don’t mind ripping apart.  I got the idea from this awesome diy blog Trash to Couture.

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All you need is:

  • a t-shirt
  • seam ripper
  • sewing machine plus pins, scissors etc.
  • lace or crocheted trim.  (Mine is from Joanne’s Fabric)

First cut the very edge off of the sides of the shirt including the sleeves.  Don’t cut too deep, you want your shirt to still cover you.  measure out how much trim you will need before you but it.  Mine took about 3′ for both sides.  you want to lay the open shirt out and measure from the bottom of the front to the bottom of the back.  after you buy your trim pin in onto the shirt edge and sew it in place.

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Next you want to sew the front and back together again but remember to leave a whole for your arm.  I would leave a good sized hole so the shirt flows. And there you go!DSC_0022

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Painted Shirt 

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I used my Portland vacation for my photos. 😉 I’ll post the rest next.

I had an idea for a graphic shirt without screen printing. (although I’ve been wanting to try screen printing)  I used a white tank top and used a plastic bag over cardboard to paint on.  I used watered down craft paint, but only water it down slightly because it will run.  This is also why you should keep your imagery simple.  I love the way it turned out and what says Summer better than watermelon!

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I should mention that I didn’t actually paint on the carpet, and I wouldn’t recommend it!

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Bird Feeder Save 

Last Fall I may have gotten into a minor turf war with one of the squirrels that was stealing bird food. They were good all summer and only ate what the birds dropped but then they got greedy ad found out they could crawl up the brick wall to get to the feeder. After I slapped one on the tail when he didn’t leave I came home the next day to this. 

 Yup, that’s all from one day. This was personal! 

Anyway I really didn’t want o have to throw out the feeder and tried to still use it but the bird seed would spill out when the birds sat on it. I got the idea to glue a plate into the bottom to catch what was spilling out and then the birds could also have a place to perch again. 

   
 So far this seems to be working and no squirrels have gotten in yet this year. I’ll probably get a new feeder eventually, I just like to reuse if I can and I was afraid they would just ruin a new feeder too.  Bird feeders aren’t exactly cheap! Hopefully everyone can coexist peacefully this year. 😉 

P.S. We’re in Portland, OR right now on vacation for my birthday today so I’ll probably be posting pictures next time!