Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pinterest Challenge # 5


I have so many exciting projects on my pinboards that I should probably be working on right now. But with being 38 weeks pregnant I decided to tackle a nice and simple (and very sweet) project that I've wanted to do for just about ever.

A pretty little birdie jar.



I originally made it as a gift for Georgia's first birthday, but it accidentally got broken. Re-making it gave me the perfect opportunity to also use it as my pinterest challenge project :).

The inspiration came from this gorgeous Aussie blog and as you can see I really didn't vary mine much from the original at all. The main thing I did differently was use red and pink so that it would look good in Georgia's very gorgeous red and pink nursery.


Supplies:
  •  mason jar (I used a large moccona coffee jar)
  • fake moss 
  • stick / branch
  • fabric scraps
  • needle and thread
  • ribbon
  • birdies (I found mine at spotlight)
  • hot glue
  • tacky glue (optional)
  • iron on interfacing
  • small plate or circle (for tracing)
  • scissors
  • rubber band

I started out by brushing a layer of tacky glue into the bottom of my jar, I then poured in a heap of the moss and pressed it down into the glue. I wasn't completely happy with the coverage though so I ended up pouring in a heap more moss and just leaving it loose in the bottom of the jar. In hindsight you could probably leave out the glue at the start and just go ahead and leave all of the moss loose in the bottom of the jar...




For my branch I used this fake Christmas branch that I got on sale at spotlight. I just chopped off the bit that I needed. It had wire through the centre of it which made it really hard to cut, so I pulled the wire out with pliers and then had another go at chopping it. Much easier without the wire!





Next up I used the interfacing to fuse my fabric scraps back to back, then cut out some teeny little triangles. I hand stitched them into a little bunting garland and then tied it onto the branch.



Using hot glue I stuck the branch into the inside of the jar. It took me a fair few goes to get it right. After each failed attempt I would scrape the dried hot glue off the inside of the glass before giving it another go. I got there eventually!



To get the birds perched nicely on the branch I just squeezed some hot glue onto the bottom of each and placed them onto the branch.



To finish the jar off I traced a circle onto the red fabric, cut it out and then secured it to the lid of the jar with a rubber band. I tied a pretty ribbon around the lid to hide the rubber band and voila - all done!



I'm seriously in love with this little jar. If I had little girls of my own I would definitely be making more of these for their rooms. They're perfectly equal parts pretty, girly and whimsical :)




I've linked this up with Katie, Sherry, Sarah and Carmel for the Fall Pinterest Challenge. Make sure you go and check out what these very talented girls have made for the challenge. There are already hundreds of projects linked up... so much pinspiration!!

If you'd like to see any of the projects I've made for previous pinterest challenge projects you can see them here:


TeePee - Height Chart Ruler - Laundry Gallery - Star Mobile

 

42 comments

  1. Oh Tamsyn! It's super cute as always! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Amber, I so wish I had a little girl to decorate for :)

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  2. Tamsyn, your little jars are so adorable!

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    1. Thanks so much Brandi. I am so in love with the project you did for the challenge, it looks fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Kylie! I just saw that you've posted about the retreat, I'll have a good read of it this afternoon xx

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  4. Oh my goodness they are the cutest freaking things I have ever seen! I have to make myself one, and my besties for Christmas they will love it! Itty bitty bunting so adorable :)

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  5. This is just the cutest, most darling thing!! Love everything about it!!

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  6. That is adorable, Tamsyn! You definitely nailed that project :) I saw it before on Pinterest too, and have been keeping my eye out for some little birds {my daughter has a bird themed room} but haven't found any yet :( But now I'm determined because that is just too sweet. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful project and inspiring me yet again! Pinning for sure!

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    1. Thanks Britni, I'm glad that you love it! I'll link it up to throwback Thursday at some point in the future :). If you can't find the little birds anywhere just let me know, I can always pop some into the post for you. xx

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  7. Very cute project...those little birds look very happy in there!

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  8. I always love your Pinterest projects and this is no exception! So cute!

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  9. What a lovely project!! I'd never seen this on pinterest but it's just so charming, and you did a FANTASTIC job! Can't wait to peruse your blog more tomorrow. :)

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    1. Thank you! I spotted it on there almost a year ago and have been meaning to make it ever since :)

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  10. so cute!! And congrats on your upcoming arrival!!!

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    1. Thank you, hopefully I don't have too much longer to go!

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  11. Such a cute project!!! I love it. Congrats on the November baby- you'll probably beat our own November baby by about a week, but who knows right? :)

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    1. Not knowing when these babies will come is best and worst part isn't it!? Good luck with yours too :)

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  12. What a cute little project. After you stopped by my blog (thanks for that, by the way!) I came over to check you out and I'm loving all of your DIYs. In fact, it led me to start following your "Must DIY This" board on Pinterest. I'm feeling an urge to try out EVERY pin you have on there.

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    1. Thank you!! I know what you mean, so many pins, so little time :)

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  13. This is SO sweet! I love it! It would make such a pretty baby shower table centerpiece too!

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    1. It would! That is such a great idea :)

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  14. This is so adorable and creative!! Good luck on the end of your pregnancy!

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  15. What a cute and oh-so-simple idea (well, you made it look that way anyway!). I'm sure she'll love it. x

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    1. It was nice and simple, thanks Anna. I was surprised about how easily it came together :)

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  16. Adorable, this is such a sweet project!

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  17. Cute project! I love the mini garland especially - very sweet touch! Thanks for stopping by my blog - I thought I'd stop by and see yours as well. I've subscribed by email so I can see what else you've got planned :) Best wishes for an easy delivery when the time comes!

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    1. Thanks so much Michelle, I hope I have a nice easy delivery too :)

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  18. So freaking cute!!!! (and just so you know, I came to your blog because you commented on all the other blogs I was visiting from YHL's Pinterest Project - I haven't even seen your projected linked up yet! :). My daughter's 3rd birthday is coming up (she's not far from your Max - she was born on Dec 12, 2009) and I was thinking of doing a caterpillar/butterfly theme and it would look adorable in a jar like this! But I still love the birds so much!

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    1. Great idea Crystal, it would look so adorable with a hungry little caterpillar crawling along the branch!! I'll keep an eye on your blog for photos from the party :)

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  19. Love this little jar! I would get you to make one for the girls if I didn't think it would be smashed by a certain toddler...

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    1. Lol, poor Ava misses out again thanks to a certain distructo-child ;)

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