Special touches make the monster

Colorful One Eyed Monsters

Have you ever made something over and over again? I have a few plush creations that I like to make in lots of different colors. I like to see them all together, the same but different. I’ve been making my One Eyed Monsters in their various colors for awhile now. Recently, I had a couple of friends who I wanted to make something special for. I decided to to make them each a One Eyed Monster of their very own. Instead of using bright rainbow colors I used Black. Because these monsters were for very special people, and were given to show love and support, I needed to make them extra special. I did this by giving them new details.

Soft and pretty wings

I used the same pattern I always do for the body. To mix things up and make them extra special, I decided to add wings to the monsters. This detail can be executed in many ways. Just choosing the style of wings can create whole new monsters. There are fairy wings, butterfly wings, bat wings, dragon wings, and so many other options. For my friends, I made Angel Wings. I recently finished watching an excellent show on BBC called ‘The Fades‘. In the show, one of the characters has an amazing pair of wings. Mine were inspired by those wings in terms of shape and color. I wanted the wings to be a different material from the black fleece body of the monster. Looking for something with silvery gray color like my inspiration wings, I chose a fake fur. The fabric is Minky fur in a Paisley print. I like the incredibly soft texture of this fabric as well as the color accented with a beautiful design in contrasting black. I used a little bit of batting to make the wings thicker without giving them a stuffed look.

A glittering eye and felt heart

The other special touch that I gave these monsters were red hearts. I cut the hearts out of red felt and hand stitched them to the front of the monsters. I also wanted the eye to be a little different, I chose a silver glitter to match the silver color in the wings. I really like how these monsters gained new personalities with a couple little changes in appearance. Using new and different special touches, I was able to personalize these creations for my friends.

Monster friends

Next time I’m feeling stuck on something, or bored with a design, I’m going to mix things up! Getting a new look from an old favorite is as easy as adding a new felt accent, or changing something simple like the eye color. You can add wings, or try out a tail, the options really are endless.

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Felt Hearts Flower Pot

This craft is another creation put together with stuff I had in my supply stash. I had purchased some small paper mache boxes shaped like cupcakes. I decorated them last year but wasn’t too happy with them, the lids didn’t fit very well. I decided to toss the lids and just use the bottom like a flower pot. The base was already painted pink and I had added red flocking powder to the trim. I gave it one more coat of the flocking powder, using Elmer’s glue as an adhesive. With that finished I pulled out the other things I would need to finish this idea, wire for stems, styrofoam to fill the flower pot, sticky backed felt hearts, and some glitter.

Supplies

The flowers are super easy to make, use already cut felt hearts with sticky backs. I cut long lengths of the silver wire, you’ll trim them down when you assemble the finished piece. Simply place the wire between two matching hearts and press together, done! Once I had all of the flowers together I used hot glue to attach the styrofoam chunk inside the flower pot. I cut a pink paper circle to cover the top. Using Elmer’s glue, coat the paper circle in a layer of glue and sprinkle with glitter. I used a pink and white glitter mix. Once that dries you can hot glue it onto the styrofoam to cover your flower pot top, make sure to glue down all around the edge.

Flower Pot base

I decided I wanted a little decoration to tuck in with the flowers, kind of like the card you get when you order real flowers. I used a cream colored paper and some rubber stamps to make this one. I stamped the border in red ink and a cute little bee in black ink. I colored the bee with marker and stamped the words, “BEE MINE” in red ink on a separate piece of paper. I cut out the words and inked the edges black, then glued them onto the background. I punched out a small circle of the same cream colored paper and sandwiched a wire between it and the little bee tag.

“Bee Mine”

Now it’s time to assemble your flower pot. I used a little metal piercing tool I have to poke holes into the glittered base, this make the wire insert smoothly. I continued to punch holes and insert and trim my wires to different lengths until all were in place. I punched one last hole for the little tag and left it a bit longer than the tallest flower. I put a small dot of ¬†Elmer’s glue on top of each hole so that it would sink down and dry to hold the wires in place. That’s it! A very easy craft to make, no special skills needed. You can even mix things up and use paper flowers or other shapes besides hearts. I thought this made an adorable Valentine decoration!

Finished Flower Pot

Valentine Bird Houses

On a recent trip to the fabric store I found myself wandering all of the aisles. It never matters that I have a small list and don’t really need anything else, I always have to look. I found these unfinished wood bird houses for $1 each. At that price I had to get a couple! I’ve seen them before, but not these particular ones. I really like the roof on the square one and the little heart shaped doorway on the traditional shaped birdhouse is too cute. I decided these would make a fun Valentine’s decoration.

unfinished birdhouses

Before the fun creative stuff, I used a little bit of sand paper to smooth the edges of these birdhouses. I didn’t bother making them perfect on all surfaces, just enough to avoid splinters. Once you get them sanded, wipe them down with a damp cloth to get rid of the wood dust. Now you can have fun with this project! I decided I wanted to paint these pink for the main background color. Unfortunately, I didn’t have pink paint on hand. I had to mix my own but I managed. I painted everything even though I knew I was covering some of the surfaces with paper and some with glitter. I always like to paint a surface to match the glitter I’m going to use, then you can’t see the little gaps as much.

painted birdhouses

The pink was a little darker than I wanted once it dried. I planned on glittering the heart one so that didn’t matter. The other one needed a little something. I have a giant bottle of gold sparkly craft paint, when you use just one coat it adds a nice transparent gold shine that helped to soften the pink. I painted parts of the square birdhouse with the gold.

applying glitter

I decided to glitter all four sides of the heart birdhouse. I found this glitter at the fabric store, it’s called ‘Bubblegum’. I put the birdhouse in my tray to catch the excess glitter. Using a paintbrush and regular Elmer’s white glue, I glittered one side at a time. I like to pour a lot of glitter then lightly tap it down with my finger. I let it dry a few minutes and then shake off the extra glitter. Pouring the glitter back in the bottle to use later is one of my favorite things, it always surprises me how little glitter it actually takes to cover a surface! There is no reason to throw out perfectly usable glitter.

velvet bottom

For the square birdhouse I decided to paper the four sides with this light brown paper. The pattern is lightly embossed with small silver hearts and circles with the heart cut out. I really like the soft shimmer that the silver paper and gold paint add to this. I cut all four side pieces to size, the front piece has the doorway and perch areas. I used a 1″ hole punch for the doorway and a 1/4″ hole punch for the perch, both were just the right size. I used Elmer’s glue and a paintbrush again to cover the back of each piece of paper and stuck them on. To finish the bottom of each birdhouse I cut squares of brown velvet paper to size. I also have this paper in black and use them to finish the bottom of decorative items, it adds a nice extra touch.

rubber stamped birds

I wanted to have a little bird for each house. I went through my rubber stamps and used to trial and error to find just the right birds. I also had to test out a few colors of ink and paper to get ones that I feel compliment the houses. In the end, I’m happy with the little bird in a nest tucked inside the doorway of the square house. The glittered house was a little tricky but I finally found the perfect bird to fly into this lovely house, I think the red ink really helps the bird stand out, that and I used a little foam tape to mount it. I added a bit of Elmer’s glue just to make sure it doesn’t actually fly away!

finished birdhouses

The finishing touches came next. I painted the roof trim and perch white on the glittered house. I then used a heart shaped punch to punch out hearts for the roof. I glued them down in a pattern on each side of the roof. I used about five coats of Mod Podge to seal them down. For the square house I added a white stripe to the roof, and painted the underside edge of the roof white and the top of the base white as well.

I am very pleased with how these two birdhouses turned out. For just $1 each, 99 cents for glitter, and stuff I had at home, I was able to make a couple of really cute decorations. This project can be as quick and easy or as time consuming as you want. Make something simple, make something intricate, it’s up to you!

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