Spring in Small Places

We have had some warmer weather here the last week or so which has been a nice change from the ice and snow. The birds are slowly coming out and I have even had my windows open a few days. It has been amazing!! All that tells me we are headed toward SPRING!! While Fall is my favorite season, Spring brings its own kind of fun. Things are lighter and brighter and there is a feeling of new beginnings in the air.

The first craft I am going to start the Spring season off with are these sweet flower vases. These can be used from now all the way though summer. If you change out the bow and flowers, these can even take you into Fall. I love crafts that can last more than one holiday or season!

Lets Get Started

Supplies

I feel in love with these little bud vases from Target. They are short and small so they can be used in small spaces or even 3-tiered trays. The other items I used for the craft are some twine, ribbon, and flowers. I also used some paint from Target called New Penny.

The first thing I did was give these vases 2 coats of the New Penny paint from Target. This paint is amazing, at least the metallic colors are. It covers well and looks nice and shiny.

The next step is to pick what kind of ribbon or twine you want to tie around the neck of the vases. I picked this cute plaid ribbon from Michael’s Craft Supply for one of the vases and the other two I used twine from the Dollar Tree. For the ribbon, I tied it in a bow around the neck of the vase. Then I took the tails of the bow and placed them together, folded them in half long ways, and then starting from the bottom with my scissors pointing up toward the bow, and cut the tails down. Once they open up the have the V shape in them. Its my favorite way to cut them.

With the twine, I wanted a bigger bow. I started by cutting 2 longer pieces of twine. Those will be the tails of the bow. Then I took the twine and wrapped it around 3 of my fingers 4 times making loops and then cut the twine. After that I took another longer piece of twine and laid the loops I just made from around my fingers and the 2 pieces of twine I cut for the tails in the middle of it. Once all of that was gathered together, I tied the long piece of twine around the loops and tails. You can now see where the bow was formed. I tied the bow around the vases and cut the tails to the length I wanted.

The last thing I did was pick out some flowers. I tired a few different kinds and settled on the Hydrangeas. I cut the stems down to fit in the vases and I was done.

These are so sweet and tiny. They can be put anywhere and like I said before they can be used for a few holidays. Since I did not glue in the flowers in, they can be changed out for the seasons along with the bows. The penny color makes them great for St. Patrick’s Day too. Let me know what you think! What color would you paint these vases?

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2 Corinthians 5:17 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Set of 3 Vases- Target Bullseye Playground

New Penny Paint- Target

Twine- Dollar Tree

Plaid Easter Ribbon- Michael’s Craft Supply

Flowers- Michael’s Craft Supply

Card or Picture Holders

We have almost made to to March!!! There are a few holidays right around the corner. Most people do not decorate for St. Patrick’s Day but we do. March 17th is my husbands birthday so we decorate the house in green. When I decorate, I also put out a card holder of some sort. I did not have one for St. Patrick’s Day or for Easter so I decided to make some from the holders Dollar Tree sold for Valentine’s Day. Some might think it is odd to have a card holder as regular decor but in my kitchen it is a must. I have a friend of mine who sends me a hand made card every month and this is where I love to display it. She lives in Hawaii so seeing the card on my counter is a great way to think of her often!

Lets Get Started

Supplies

For this project I used these 2 card holders from Dollar Tree. One is a truck and one is a mason jar. They both need a face lift. I used chalk paint, acrylic paint, and Mod Podge along with several paint brushes. Towards the end of the project I used some strong scissors, fake gold coins, hot glue, and a window sticker.

To start off, I pulled the tops out of the holders. I had to twist them a bit but they finally came out. Then I popped the heart off the truck and the gem stone from the mason jar. That was rough. I stabbed myself with a knife in the process so please be careful. I did sand both pieces down a bit too because there was some glue still left on them from the embellishments.

Once your pieces are prepped I advise you prime them. For this I used Waverly White Chalk Paint. It took a good three coats of chalk paint to cover everything. Once everything is primed and dry, it is time to draw out the truck. I wanted to make sure the truck looked like a truck still once it was finished. I used a pencil to draw on the features like the bumpers, windows, tires, and running boards. If you are unsure of what an old truck looks like, just google wooden painted trucks. Several come up.

Now it is time to paint each piece. For the mason jar I used a Pool color so it would somewhat resemble glass. The truck I wanted to be green and used an acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby at first. The paint itself was terrible and would not cover at all. So I threw it into the trash and used the Arteza acrylic green paint to paint over it. The tires I painted with Ink Chalk Paint from Waverly. The penny color is a paint that was on clearance from Target. It is amazing and covers well. I was so surprised. It is a great color too.

After all of that was dry, I put two coats of Mod Podge on the mason jar. I used the glossy kind to make the it shine like a mason jar. The truck I did differently. I only put Mod Podge on the windows of the truck. That way they looked like glass.

It took me a while to figure out what to put on the mason jar. I thought about egg stickers or something like that. I looked at Walmart and Dollar Tree for some ideas but came up with nothing. So I shopped my stash and found this bunny that is a window sticker. I did add a bit of hot glue behind the ears to hold it in place. Then I put the card holder top back in it.

The bed of the truck had hearts on it from Valentine’s Day and I knew I wanted to cover them up. Gold coins were the perfect way to cover up the hearts. I cut one to make it look like it was down inside the bed of the truck. Use good strong scissors for this. I have scissors from Tim Holtz that are strong and can cut through almost anything. Then I hot glued 4 for coins around it. Finally I put the card holder back in.

Here are the finished projects. They are so cute and one of a kind. I love them. I can display cards in them proudly for the holidays. They will add to the decor in my kitchen for these two holidays where is it hard to find little things like card holders.

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John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Truck and Mason Jar Card Holder- Dollar Tree

Waverly Chalk Paint in White, Pool, and Ink- Walmart

Arteza Acrylic Paint- Amazon

Penny Acrylic Paint- Target

Tim Holtz Scissors- Hobby Lobby

Gold Coins- Walmart, Dollar Tree

Bunny Window Sticker- Dollar Tree

Mod Podge- Any Craft Store

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby