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As we walked around the lake at the park, soaking in the summer day my hands quickly became overflowed with picked up drift wood sticks. I asked the girls what they had planned to do with these sticks. Of course neither of them had an answer.

My fist thought was to paint them. I have seen so many great DIY for painted sticks on pinterest. But then I thought, what would the girls do with these sticks once we had painted them, beside create a extra pile in their room.

The sticks came home with us. After lunch we packed up supplies and headed to the studio for a fun crafty afternoon to make bird ladder feeders.

bird1To start, I had the girls section off their sticks with tape. There was no specific pattern except one side of the stick needed to be left unpainted. I also explained to them that wherever there was tape, the wood would stay raw.


After the paint had dried, we wrapped small sections with yarn, creating a texture to the sticks. To keep the yarn sticking and holding tight to the wood, we used a small amount of hot glue.


bird6After we finished wrapping with yarn we began tying them together like a ladder with twine. This part of the project will require adult help, if you are making this with younger kids. The tricky part is getting all the sticks level.

Now that the sticks are strung together , cover the end of the sticks with a thin coat of peanut butter. Once the PB is spread evenly cover with bird seed.


To finish, create a twine loop for the top stick. This will be used to hang from the tree!! Super fun and easy.

Once we got home we hung the feeder to the tree and patiently waited for the birds. I love creating projects that are both fun and educational with kids. I think there will be a lot of bird watching this summer.

  • June 13, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Lisa P - oh, I LOVE this idea! I have a craft camp for girls at my home in the summer and this is just perfect! Nice modern twist on pinecone bird feeder. Thank you. :)ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Marie - These are just awesome! I can’t wait to make them with my grandchildren!!ReplyCancel

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  • June 13, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Friday Favorites | - […] SO IN LOVE with this DIY birdfeeder. […]ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2014 - 12:05 am

    Taci - Inabsolutely love it .
    Will for sure Make some this Summer for out yard.
    Great idea.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2014 - 4:43 pm

    Denise Leavens - You clever, clever girl!ReplyCancel

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    Summer Bucket List - […] Make a Birdfeeder […]ReplyCancel


The window’s are wide open, the fresh smell of lilacs are filling the house with the smell of summer. I have been trying really hard to make a point to step away from the “to-do” list and get outside and enjoy the warm summer sun each day.  Our backyard is full of blooming flowers, a surprise each time I walk back there.  Mostly we have peony’s and the prettiest coral poppies. They don’t last long, but while they are here they are enjoyed.

With all the flower picking, I decided to re-open my etsy shop for the summer. It has been awhile since I have made felt flower headbands, and I forgot how much I enjoyed making them.

What are your favorite summer flowers??


laundrysoapI can still remember the day clearly . Graduated  from High School, fearless and wanting to get out into the big world on my own. Then reality hits and I realized the big load of  laundry  sitting in the basket won’t get clean on it’s own.

This past weekend I had a few High School graduation parties to addend. I waited of course to the last minute to figure out a gift.  I wanted to do something meaningful and useful and handmade. As I sat on the couch trying to think I happened to look over and see a jar of laundry soap sitting on the table that I had just made for a sample for one of our upcoming workshops.

It was the perfect graduation gift. EVERY college student needs laundry soap.


I wanted to decorate the jar to make it more gift like, rather then just a jar of laundry soap. After painting the top with annies chalk paint, I sanded down part of the sides to give it a rustic look. I added a few ribbons and dug through my pretty paper and found these  jars from dear lizzy .


And with my handy NEW( old) typewriter I added directions +  cute little sayings onto the paper  jars. I am completely obsessed with my vintage typewriter . I think every project will need to have a little typing involved.

  • June 11, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    ~amy~ - ahhhhh…I love your new typewriter…I’ve been on the look out for one!

    Love the idea of the homemade laundry soap, I should make some up for my girl. She just moved into an apt with 2 of her friends.ReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    Jenn - what recipe did you useReplyCancel

  • June 12, 2014 - 7:37 pm

    Tiff - Wait-you seriously only need a teaspoon per load?! Where did you find this recipe?

    Love the jars!ReplyCancel

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  • December 3, 2014 - 11:45 pm

    Izzy - Can you share the recipe for the laundry detergent? I couldnt find it on your website.ReplyCancel

  • January 31, 2015 - 11:05 pm

    Elizabeth Rhodes - What is the recipe for the laundry soap?ReplyCancel


Chicago, are you ready??? Be Crafty is heading your way and registration opens today!!!

I am so excited to be partnering with the fabulous Sweet Lulu of Shop Sweet Lulu for a fun evening of crafting and #partylikealulu!!!  If you have ever visited the sweet lulu’s shop, you know this is going to be one fun party!!  Join us Friday August, 1st starting at 6:30pm at Lillstreet Art Center .


   Together we will create 3 projects.


1. Create a crepe paper pom flower bouquet and take home in a blue mason jar.


2. Create 3 colorful bracelets using a variety of  glass beads, and take home in a decorated drawstring cloth bag.

3. Using perler beads, create a unique coaster perfect for your summer drinks!!


Grab a friend and register today. Seats and cupcakes are limited.