zombi plants & juicy eyeballs

zombi plants & juicy eyeballs
fun zombi art print by melanie dann

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Home is where the heart is....Beach house decoration & craft


 I was walking on the beach collecting all these wonderful washed up treasures, as the weeks past i had quite a collection just waiting to be turned into somthing interesting. This is one of my creations made from wire, drift wood, shells & lots of other interesting bits i had.
 This is a easy & very cheap project to do. You can get the kids involved too as they love to collect shells & you could even change the theame by changing the colour. For exsample you could add red berry's for christmas or go black for halloween.
 I made my beach reef by first laying out the drift wood into a circle shape then you can glue or nail the bits of wood together. This gives you a sterdy base to weave into. Then you can weave in rope, wire, material anything you see fit that has a rustic look to it. Don't worry about colours not matching because you can spray paint the whole lot to give it that white wash look. Then you can get really creative and add all those shells and trinkets you may have laying around the home. If your short of bits & bobs your local charity shop will be shore to have lots of goodies. I just used vintage buttons, broken jewellery and even old plastic bird cake decorations, go wild decorating it is the best bit.


You will need to wash shells and dry them before use. Try soaking them in vinegar or water with a drop of t-tree oil them get them in the sun for a quick dry.

This was another one i made. I added this star xmas decoration in the centre

These flowers were made from sheet metal, all you need is some metal cutting snips. Cut out petal shapes and join them together in the centre with a thread of wire and attach.

This was a dried up star fish i found, you can buy them to add.

Small Bird House Design.

Another small cost effective project i made was a small bird house. I came up with the idea because i had saved up loads of lollipop sticks and wanted to do something with them. 
I made the box construction in fist by making front, back, side top and base walls just by joining the lolli sticks with PVA glue and tissue paper. I cut a hole in the front panel before putting all the sides together (using the glue and paper) to make the box shape. 

I used a cut off section of a toilet roll for the round circle and covered the lot with different papers to give
it a more seamless finish.

And for the best part added decoration of a small bird and twigs i collected. You can glue them or attach with wire. Most
florists sell these small birds or some margin shops if your lucky. I also added a chain with a small picture hook to the top of the house so i could hang it.
If you do want to make one for outdoor use you could give it a coat of outdoor clear gloss which will make it a bit more weather proof. Happy making xx

Its all about birds

They are so in fashion at the minute and have been for a long time. You see them in most home ware stores printed on fabric, as pictures, pots and even pans. So here are some iv made the other day which will put a smile on your face.
Bird of the Manor 

Vintage Bird

Ballerina Bird

They are made from fabric and wire. I really enjoyed making these in particular adding the different charters to each bird. Watch this space as I'm sure i will be coming up with more of these little cuties. If you have any bird inspired art work feel free to post your ideas xx

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