I'm Annie. One part Martha Stewart and two parts Liz Lemon. I write, design, and make cute things. My head is full of ideas and weird jokes. Wattlebird is a blog where I share some of the things I make. Feel free to browse the categories below or search for something specific. Questions or concerns can be directed to wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com.
Okay, first and foremost, I’m really proud of the alliteration in this post title. Secondly, this project is super easy and fall-y. And while my pots didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned, I have some tips to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes. Let’s begin!
DIY Pumpkin Plant Pots – what you need:
plain terra cotta pots (preferrably plant-less to start, but that’s not an absolute requirement)
black acrylic paint
black fine-tip marker (optional)
Step 1: Tape the area to be painted
Start with clean, dry pots. And use small pieces of painter’s tape to outline two triangles for eyes, one for a nose, and then a mouth with a few teeth sticking out. I would recommend (though I didn’t do this) that you use a long strip of tape to outline the bottom of both eyes so that they’re even. The mouth is the trickiest part – you have to do some trial and error to get it how you want.
Step 2: Paint and let dry
Once all of the tape is in place, add a layer of black paint to the outlined areas with a paintbrush. Let it dry, and add another coat if necessary. Wait until the paint is fully dry to remove the tape. Then use a fine-tip marker to fix any blemishes or missed spots.
Step 3: Add some other embellishments
If you have another pot or two you want to decorate, you can try making it just a plain old pumpkin by drawing lines up and down like in the second pumpkin shown above. Mine didn’t turn out exactly like I was hoping, so I think adding just a bit of rounding to the lines might get the whole pumpkin thing across a bit better. But I think it still works.
Step 4: Display!
Then, if you haven’t already, add your soil and plants. Then just put your new festive planters out for all to see. They’re like jack-o-lanterns that won’t just rot on your porch! Hooray!
Ever wanted to sit and enjoy a cold Duff beer with Homer and the guys at Moe’s? Well, I can’t really help you there. But if you just want to make your regular beer look more like a Duff beer, you’re in luck.
DIY Duff Beer Cozy – what you need:
felt in various colors: red, white, tan
needle and thread
Step 1: Cut the felt pieces
For the main part of this cozy you’ll need a few pieces of felt – a white rectangle (long enough to go around a beer can or bottle), a smaller red rectangle, a long tan triangle, and then a very small white rectangle/almost-square. Use the photos above as a guide or even just google photos of Duff beer cans – there are lots of examples!
Step 2: Glue the main pieces together
Then you’ll need to arrange the pieces on top of one another. The white rectangle should go on the bottom, then the red, then the tan slightly overlapping the red, and finally the small white piece just under the point of the triangle. Again, use the photos as a guide. Use hot glue to secure them (or you can stitch them if you’re feeling really ambitious).
Step 3: Add the lettering
Use a black marker to add “Duff” to the small piece of white felt and “BEER” just below it. Now that I’ve completed this project I actually think it would look really cool to embroider the letters on. But this method is certainly much easier.
Step 4: Stitch it up
Then you’ll need to use a needle and piece of white thread to stitch the ends of the large white piece of felt together so that it will fit securely around a beer can or bottle. And add a little circle of white felt to the bottom as well.
That’s all there is to it! Now enjoy making every beer into a Duff beer. OR maybe use this as part of a Simpsons themed Halloween costume??
Fall is officially here and I’m definitely starting to get into the spirit. I’ve got fake cobwebs covering all of my bookshelves and lots of great DIY projects on the brain. It seems I’m not the only one either, since lots of my favorite bloggers have shared some really awesome fall DIY projects recently. Here are some of my favorites!
There’s no shortage of fun storage ideas out there. But no matter how many boxes/organizers/etc. I accumulate, it seems like I could always use more. My current problem is that I’m constantly finding loose change around my house, yet I can never seem to find coins when I actually need them. If you grew up with Super Mario games like me, then you can understand why I thought it would be cool to have one of those cool cube things that you can just jump up to and have it give you some coins (or maybe a little mushroom or star that helps you grow/makes you invincible… but I don’t think that’s possible in this world just yet). So I decided to make a little coin bank that looks like one. You can obviously use it for whatever you want, but I recommend keeping change in it and then making that cool little sound whenever you take out a quarter.
DIY Super Mario Coin Bank – what you need:
square cardboard box
paint in various colors (yellow, red, orange and black)
The video above shows you exactly how to make it. But basically you want to paint a base coat around your box, then use tape to outline the details and paint. Use a black marker for the finer points. Then just let it dry and enjoy!
As I get settled into my new home I’ve been making lists of all the DIY projects I plan on tackling. The one thing that’s probably come up more often than anything else is planters. I have so many different plants that are sitting in boring old containers and we just can’t have that. So I’ve been looking around for some cool ones to draw inspiration from. Here are some of my favorites (along with a few that I’ve made in the past).
Another day, another emoji project. In this one, I took some string lights with little paper lanterns around them and painted/drew emoji faces on them. It’s a pretty basic idea: just take paint them, draw faces, add extra features if necessary. As always, you can pick and choose your favorite emojis to include. And you could even do this project with larger paper lanterns if you prefer. Here’s a video in case you want a little more instruction.
Believe it or not, I still have a lot more emoji ideas up my sleeve. If you have any cool ideas for projects or videos, I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment or shoot me an email at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com.
I’ve finally gotten back into crafting after a lengthy (for me) hiatus. So I thought that my first post back should have something to do with tacos because… well because. This is a super easy project and you can actually use it for a lot of different things – a wallet, a clutch, whatever. But I think it has a lot of practical value as a coupon holder (and also I have some taco coupons so really it’s only fitting…).
DIY Taco Coupon Holder – what you need:
felt in various colors (tan, green, red, brown, more if you choose)
Step 1: Cut the felt
The basic idea is that you’ll need one oval piece of felt in each color you’ve selected. They can be any size you want, but the ones here are about the size of a standard piece of felt from the craft store, just cut into oval shapes. For some of them, I added irregular edges to better represent the taco fillings (like lettuce and tomatoes) but that all is up to you.
Step 2: Stitch the layers together
When you’ve got the basic shapes cut out, you need to layer them on top of each other (in any order, so long as the tan/taco shell colored one is on the bottom). Then fold them in half so that the shell is on the outside. Stitch them all together going along the middle/bottom of the taco, and then stitch up about an inch or so of each edge so that your coupons or whatever you decide to fill it with won’t fall out.
Seep 3: Add a button and fill
To close it, you’ll need to stitch a small button onto the top front, then add a little loop of thread onto the top of the other “shell” piece of felt. Add some coupons or whatever you decide and then enjoy carrying around your fun taco accessory!!
Hellooooooo! Long time no post. As I mentioned before, I’ve been moving to a new home. So all of my craft supplies, camera, etc. have been packed away (and I’ve had no time for anything to be completely honest). So that’s why I haven’t been around much. But I’m moved in now and kinda-sorta unpacked so I should be back to posting weird crafty stuff soon enough.
But for now I thought I’d share a few photos of my new place, just to ease back into this whole thing and to show you the space that I’m sure I’ll be filling with lots of DIY projects in the near future. These are just a few corners of the house, since I basically had to shove all of the boxes and junk over the the other sides of each room just to get a few pictures. But I hope you enjoy. And I can’t wait to start crafting for this new space!
Instagram has become one of the easiest ways for people to document and share photos from their everyday lives. But the problem, for me at least, is that I basically rely fully on Instagram and don’t ever print or display photos in my home much anymore. If you have this issue too, there are actually a lot of really cool DIY ways to bring your Instagram photos into your home decor. Here are a few of my favorites.
Okay, so here’s the deal. I’m in the process of moving so all of my craft supplies are being packed and everything is a mess. That means I don’t really have any DIY projects to share now or in the near future. I’ll still share some roundups and stuff but I probably won’t post quite as often as I usually do. Try not to shed too many tears.
Anyway, I was going through my old blog to see if there was any content I could repurpose over here in the meantime, and I came across soooo many of my old hats that I used to make. Aside from the semi-embarrassing pictures and less-than-stellar craftsmanship, I still think the ideas are pretty cool so I thought I’d share a few of them.
I still don’t know how to use knitting patterns or anything, but is anyone interested in seeing some projects like this here in the future? I used to make these all. the. time. and I really loved coming up with the concepts and then seeing how they turned out. Do you have a favorite of the ones shown or any suggestions for future ones??