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DIY Owl Wreath

What we’re making…

This week at Alicia In A Small Town marks a very special occasion. This is our very first DIY Saturday. I decided since it was so special that we had to make it extra special… That is why we are doing a DIY Owl Wreath? Why the DIY Owl Wreath? Well, because everyone around here always loves the wreathes that I make, and I love owls, so I decided to combine the two and share it with you!

DIY Owl Wreath

What we need…

Below is a list of everything that you will need for your DIY Owl Wreath:

  • A wreath form. It can be a twig wreath or a Styrofoam or wire wreath form. I like the wire ones, but that’s because I tend to break my wreathes down and reuse the form, so it holds up better.
  • Brown feather boas. 2 of them. You can use bright colors if you prefer to have a bright colored owl, but I am going to stick with brown.
  • Colored felt for eyes, beak, and talons (white, black, and a yellow-orange)
  • Raffia for Eyebrows
  • “Whoooo’s there?” Sign. This can be any piece of wood that you can find at your local craft store. I prefer to get a round on that I can attach to the back of my wreath form, but it is completely up to you and your taste.
  • A hot glue gun, or fabric glue

How to make it…

To make your DIY Owl Wreath, you’ll want to start by wrapping your feather boa around the wreath form. I bought two boas just to be on the safe side (I didn’t want my owl to have any bald spots after all. 😉

After you have done that, you’ll want to cut your felt into the needed shapes. I cut my white felt into two five inch circles, and made the pupils out of two 2.5″ circles in black felt. Next, I cut a triangle for my beak, and two feet (or talons). Make sure to glue (or stitch if you’re an overachiever…) the pupils onto your owl’s eyeballs very good… We wouldn’t want him to lose a pupil after all. 🙂

Now, you can try to use the hot glue gun to attach your eyes and beak to the feathers if you’d like, but what I decided to do was hot glue pipe cleaners to the back and then twist the pipe cleaners around my wreath form so that I could be sure that they’d stay attached. I did the same with my talons…

Now, let’s make our “Whooooo’s there?” sign. Remember, I said I like a round sign that will fit behind my wreath form. My sign is a 10″ circle, about 1/4″ thick. I painted it tan, and used brown lettering. I chose to seal the sign because I REALLY like my wreath and would like to continue using it when I don’t have my regular seasonal wreathes up. After I sealed it, I drilled four small holes in it, close to the edge, where they wouldn’t be seen. I ran paracord through these holes and tied the sign to the backside of my wreath form.

How do you like the DIY Owl Wreath?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s tutorial, and that you make your own DIY Owl Wreath. Please make sure to send me a picture to aliciainasmalltown@gmail.com if you do!

Leave a comment below and let me know what kind of DIY tutorials you would like to see next!

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Printing Photos From Social Media

With the holidays upon us, I am working super hard to get all of my gifts ready so that I’m not scrambling at the last minute. A lot of the gifts I am using involve photos. I have been very lucky, since most of my photos are on my phone, or Facebook or Instagram, to find an app that makes printing photos from social media easy. It prints from your phone to the one hour photo at Walgreens (or if you’re lazy like me, you can have them mailed to your home!).

The absolute BEST thing is that you can print 4″x4″ prints from Instagram for only .39 each!!!

Now, I’m going to tell you HOW to do this yourself!

Printing Photos From Social Media

Step 1: Download the app (it’s available through the App Store for iPhone, or the Google Play store for Android, but I’ve made it easy for you by posting the links to them here…).
Print your phone's photos from your iPhone.
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DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial

On Monday, for our last day before summer is officially over for us (Yay, school is officially back in!) we spent a day outside playing in the sun. Rather, the boys and their friend from up the road spent the day playing. I spent that time missing the trips to the lake and Savannah that I got to take this summer and preparing for future trips by making myself a new beach bag, and decided to create this DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial for you.

DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial

DIY No-sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial 2

 

My husband and I have a surplus of old t-shirts that we will never wear again… Some because they’re worn out, some because they’re too small, and some because while we think they’re cool, with our professions, they may be frowned upon. It really seems like a shame to throw them away, and some of them are so great that we can’t seem to bring ourselves to give away, so I decided to repurpose them. I originally thought to make pillows out of some (a great idea in theory, but not so great in reality considering we have a million pillows, and I can’t sew for the life of me). I REALLY love bags though (Just ask my hubby, he gets frustrated every time he has to try to find something in my closet…) so I decided to start making bags out of some of my favorite shirts that we will most likely never wear again. Without further ado, I present you with the DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial.

 

DIY No-sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial

 

The t-shirt that I started with is a 2XL that the hubby will never wear again. I don’t drink Corona, but I love the shirt and think it’s hilarious (plus I bought him this Corona beach towel this summer, so it only makes sense to turn this shirt into his matching beach bag) so I chose to turn this shirt into a really awesome bag.

Once you’ve selected your shirt, you’ll start by cutting the sleeves off. You could go ahead and cut the neck ring out now if you’d like, but I generally wait until later.

After cutting the sleeves off, you’ll want to cut the bottom of the shirt in four inch strips, about 3/4 to 1″ wide. How many strips you’ll have will vary depending on the size of your shirt.

You’ll now want to make sure that your t-shirt is turned inside out (unless you want fringe hanging from the bottom of your t-shirt bag) and start tying your strips together, to create a seam at the bottom of your bag.

Now, turn your bag right side out again. This is when I cut the neck out, and leave about 3 inches on each side to use as my straps.

This is a very simple bag, and can be dressed up with bows to make it more girly… Since this bag is primarily for my husband’s use though, we will go without bows. 😉

DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial Step-By-Step

 

I hope you have enjoyed this DIY No-Sew T-shirt Bag Tutorial… Stay tuned for more fun things in the future!

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Craft Organization

Your challenge this week is craft organization, including both of all your supplies and equipment and the room or area where you do your crafting.

craft organization

Doing crafts or any other hobby is one of the pleasures in life, and I think an organized home should make room for such joys. I don’t know about you, but making something with my hands and letting my creative juices flow brings me fulfillment, at least most of the time. The only time it doesn’t bring me happiness and contentment is when I get frustrated because I can’t find what I need to complete my project, or everything is such a mess I don’t have a space to work on it properly.

Are you new here? The Craft Organization Challenge is part of the 52 Week Home Organization Challenge. (Click the link to learn how to join us for free for future and past challenges if you aren’t already a regular reader).

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Spooning Since Frame DIY Tutorial

spooning since frame diy tutorial cute anniversary wedding craft for couplesMost of you know that I love a good craft… And what’s better than an awesome piece of home decor? I’ve been hunting for something perfect to decorate my home and celebrate mine and Steven’s relationship. That’s why I think this “Spooning Since” wall hanging would be perfect!

When I first happened across this picture, I searched and searched for the how-to on it, but the original was deleted… So I  decided that I am going to attempt to make it myself, and give you the spooning since frame diy tutorial. Continue reading Spooning Since Frame DIY Tutorial

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