Upcycled Patriotic Windsock

Happy July!  This month I will be contributing two blog posts on Typically Simple
Today I’m excited to kick off the new month over on Typically Simple showcasing my festive outdoor décor.


Click here to learn how I created these Upcycled Patriotic Wind Socks to celebrate summer, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day.

And a big thank you to Kelly for publishing my July craft post on her website!
– T

Linked up:  Whimsy Wednesday   Works For Me Wednesday   Weekend Re-Treat


Pine Cone Easter Bunny

After the boys’ Papa & Grandma left this morning to continue on their road trip up to Washington State I decided it was time to do something about those pine cones we collected.  In the words of my tot… “we made bunnies!”

Blog Bunny (2)aWhat you will need:

– Pine Cone
– Mini Pom Pom (or cotton ball)
– Pipe Cleaner for Ears
– Ribbon (or Pipe Cleaner) for Bow Tie
– Wiggly Eyes
– Paint
– Paint Brush
– Glue

Painting a pine cone can be a bit challenging.  My teen didn’t have class this morning and so he joined in on the craft action.  He and I painted ours with more of a splotching technique and dabbed the paint on.  My little guy painted more of his construction paper that his pine cone was sitting on than the actual pine cone but was very proud of his bunny brush strokes & was having fun which is all that matters.

After your pine cone dries, attach your cotton tail and wiggly eyes with glue.  While the glue is setting cut a couple inches off the end of your pipe cleaner and use the larger piece to manipulate into two bunny ears.  The pipe cleaner will attach to the top of the pine cone with ease.  My oldest decided he’d use a pipe cleaner to create his bow tie too.  Rather smart move.  He was able to cut the pipe cleaner to the size he needed, shaped it into a bow and then left a “tail” on the end of the bow to push through the pine cone.  I chose to wrap ribbons around Momma & Daddy Bunny and then tied bows.

If you don’t have a pine cone you could always make a River Rock Bunny.  Get creative.  Add glitter.  Create a bunny hat out of construction paper or a carrot out of foam paper.  Most importantly, have fun and have a Happy Easter!
– T

Note:  Within a few minutes of posting this craft I heard from a friend in Louisiana; she didn’t have available Pine Cones but she did have Toilet Paper Rolls and so TP Bunnies it is for her and her little girl on this rainy Louisiana afternoon.  Creative.  Fun.  Enjoy.