Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cabin fever crafting

While volunteering in the church nursery, I had the opportunity to peruse a craft book that was calling my name from the bookshelf--A Year of Crafts for Kids *ahem* (or Kids at Heart [my subtitle] ). Since I no longer have small children at home, I offer this as a public service to those who do (are you buying that?)

Anyhoo, you will need aluminum pie tins; the heart-shaped tin turned out to be too flimsy and was later abandonned--stick to the pie plate type.

I decided to use flowers I had dried from the summer before. The craft book suggested pine cones and other naturey bits. Whatever you don't mind returning to the great outdoors once the ice melts is a candidate.

Lay your items out in the pans

You'll need to place something in the pans to use for hanging. I started out using cord, but changed my mind and decided to go with pretty ribbon instead. Fill the pans with water and let them freeze overnight.

Cheryl @ Time to Craft, this picture is dedicated to you because you mentioned wellies in your comment on my "practical boots" hunt post, reminding me that I actually own a pair that were hidden in the garage. Boot dilemma solved.

happiness, and more successful than last year's cabin fever experiment


While photographing these, I noticed a neighbor staring out the window at me and shaking his head. Why, I wonder? The artistic-bent is so misunderstood.

16 comments:

Chelsey said...

I LOVE these! Kids or no kids -- these are great! Thanks for sharing...

PS: I think you should do this every year!

Cheryl said...

I love that book. So packed full of ideas. I will be giving this one a go. Might even let the children join in.

I wonder what your neighbour thought you were doing. Strange washing hung up, unusual bird feeder or was it more a comment on your artistic endeavour. An art critic next door! Maybe you will inspire them to make one. Yours are so pretty.

I'm so glad you sorted out your snow boots problem. I have a feeling that snow and your pretty boots would not make a good mix. Yeah for welly boots!

Nancy said...

I really like that you make pretty things, but I especially like that you make your neighbors scratch their heads and wonder. Keep up the good work! Gonna forward this to my friend Ethel. It's got her name written all over it.

Anonymous said...

and Ethel can't wait to do this with her after school group! yahoo and thank you!

Kat said...

I love this idea!

Vicki Munn said...

awesomeness!

Val said...

"There is nowt so strange as folk"
I think they look lovely :o)

Jodi said...

Thanks, everybody! Hope you all give it a try. We had a big ice storm here along with a power-out, so my youngest and I are currently taking refuge in the local library.

Ostriches Look Funny said...

wonderful!!! I love them soooooooooo mucho!

Beth Stone said...

This is a pretty and clever idea - thanks for sharing! If I can round up some dried flowers, I may have to try this.... I love the bit about your neighbor too. :o)

Thanks for your comment on my blog earlier - I'm glad you enjoyed the needle felting tutorial! Hope it was helpful to you...

God bless...

Leslie said...

HA! These are beautiful, but unfortunately if I tried this here in Florida they would end up like Frosty the Snowman. Just drips.

Jody said...

Thank you for posting this...as I type, mine is in the freezer...I can't keep from going to look at it to see if it might be ready ... nope still not....the old saying "a watched pot never boils" also goes for a pie pan, "a watched pie pan never freezes!"

deb colarossi said...

I miss crafting days as well.
I babysat other children as well, so it was a daily given.

I think I might just try these with my youngest .

emily wierenga said...

oh wow! these are gorgeous!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

So beautiful. I think my grandson would enjoy this!

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

They are beautiful!!! I am shaking my head, too...in wonder! [that comment about your neighbor cracked me up]

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