Wired About Cactus

9.9.17 


Current obsession: Anything cactus related.

I know I’m not alone in saying there are few things cuter than a cactus.

It seems as if everywhere I turn there is a porcelain cactus,

a printed pajama set, a gold paperweight, or an oversized faux cactus, …

but I’m not complaining.

Follow along for a fun way to make your own cactus décor.

All of the supplies can be found at your local Michael’s®

Finished

Materials

Materials:

– Small bowl

Wire

– Dry Foam (Styrofoam®)

Small Rocks

Ribbon

 

Steps:

– Depending on the desired finished size of the cactus, cut a long piece of wire.

– Mold the wire into desired shape. Don’t go for perfection. The bends in the wire from reshaping will give it a more natural feel.

– TIP: Draw the outline of a cactus on a piece of paper and use as a template to form the wire around.

– Add some flourishes to the cactus.

– I made a small flower bud out of sheer ribbon and attached it with thin wire.

– Wrap short pieces of wire all around the base for the needles.

– Put a piece of dry foam in the bowl. These small cylindrical pieces were perfect.

– Using a knife, cut the foam about a half an inch below the rim of the bowl.

– Stick your wire cactus into the center of the foam.

– Fill the bowl with stones.

Lifesize

DIY Bottle Opener Board

8.23.17 


bottleopener

I sure was seeing double when I spotted this crazy-eyed antique bottle opener.

I found this guy at the Brimfield Flea and Antique Show in Brimfield, MA back in July.

As soon as I saw this piece, I knew exactly what I was going to make with it!

Grab an ice cold beer or a refreshing bottle of soda for this DIY! 

Materials

Materials:

Bottle Opener (I found this vintage bottle opener at the Brimfield Flea and Antique Show in July)

E6000® Glue

Wood Plaque (Great options can be found at Michael’s®. I went to a reclaimed wood shop to find this old pine piece of barn board, which measures about 8” x 20”)

Tin (recycle an old tomato soup can or find this galvanized planter I used at Michael’s®)

Magnets

– Drill/screws or hammer/nails

– Pencil and ruler

Steps:

– Plan where the bottle opener and tin (to catch the bottle caps) will go. I spaced the two about 8” apart. Mark areas with pencil.

– Secure the bottle opener with desired method – screws and a drill or nails and a hammer.

– Glue magnets onto the wood board where the tin is to be positioned. Let glue cure. Place tin on magnets once glue is dry.

Scrappy Shade

8.15.17 


Lamp

If you’re anything like me, you save almost every scrap.

I have bins and bins of fabric, ribbons, and trims

I don’t think I could possibly use in one lifetime.

It’s projects like these that I make me happy to be a fabric hoarder 😉

Total cost for this lamp: $ 0

It’s made with supplies that I almost threw away!

Materials:

– Old, Broken, or Inexpensive Lampshade

– Scraps of ribbon

Steps:

– Take the lampshade down to the wire frame.

– Look for interesting lampshades and wire frames at antique shops. Find inexpensive shades at discount or thrift stores. Don’t throw away that broken or dented shade.

– Take scraps of ribbon and tie and knot at the top of the frame. Pull it tight and tie a knot at the other end. Continue around the entire shade. Leave space in between the ribbon like I did or add more to completely fill the shade,

– Add a dab of glue to the knot if necessary.

– I tried to evenly disperse the different colors without making it look too striped.

–  You can also use thin scraps of fabric as well as ribbon.

– I put the finished shade on a clear lucite lamp base so the shade really POPPED!

– I bought the base awhile back only to use the funky shade that came with it. I had no idea what I was going to do with the left over base but boy, am I glad I kept it. I was able to get two projects out of one inexpensive lamp purchase.

– Since I left a little space between each ribbon, I didn’t want the light to be too bright. I am using a 15 watt bulb.

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