October 6, 2013

Halloween Bird Nest Candy Bowl!


I looove when companies like JoAnn Fabrics contact me to do projects with them. Especially holiday-themed ones. Especially holiday-themed ones where I have tons of freedom to do whatever I want. Freedom is my favorite. 

JoAnn's generously gave gift cards and the theme #SpookySpaces to lots of different bloggers and asked us to come up with a stand-out craft. I'm not really sure if mine stands out...? But I know that I liked the way it turned out! I was a little nervous about it because I'm not usually into the "spooky" things. I mean I walked into our local Halloween store the other day and almost literally RAN out because it was terrifying. (P.S. What happened to the sheet-ghosts and minnie mouse costumes that filled those stores when we were kids? Now it's like the set of a rated R movie! Dude! ...I digress.) 

I waited until we were on our way to JoAnn's (it's out of town for us) to decide what to make, because I live on the edge, and I came up with this little bird nest bowl! I wasn't sure if I would find everything I needed for it there, but I totally did which was awesome. They even had twigs that were already black. Sweet! Although you could totally spray paint your own.

Here's what I used for my bowl, minus the bird, who somehow didn't make it in the photo:
(All from JoAnn's except the bowl.)
  • To get started you'll need about half a yard of black fabric. I used velvet, but you could use satin, cotton, whatev. Hot glue the center of the fabric to the inside bottom of the bowl.

  • Fold the sides of fabric down over the outside of the bowl and glue on. You may want to trim your fabric up a little first.


  •  Trim off any excess fabric and cover with a circle of felt.


  •  Use hot glue to attach a layer of black feathers.


  •  Glue tulle on, covering most of the bowl. Bunch it up in random places here and there until it looks right to you.


  •  Then add a second layer of feathers. I used a different kind of feathers for the second layer to add a little dimension.


  •  Then break off small sections of twigs and hot glue all around the bowl. Finish off with black sequins (or even sparkly beads!)


  •  For the finishing touch, glue on a spooky black crow, à la Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. :O)


Use #spookyspaces to find the other awesome ideas bloggers have come up with. And for more Halloween ideas check out JoAnn's Creativity Made Simple page!

And enjoy a sweet 50% coupon to help you shop for any goodies you might need!

And to the sweethearts at JoAnn's: thanks. So much. This was seriously fun. :O)

Have fun with your spooky crafts, guys!! I'll be in touch soon with an update on how we're doing over here. Foster baby #2 that we had for three weeks is back with his regular foster mom now, so we're getting a little more sleep these days. (I didn't die!!)

Have a great start to your week! Yay, Mondays!!
Love you!
-Disney

P.S. Thanks so much to my dear friend Chris for letting my stage in her lovely home with glorious natural light! Life saver! :O)

14 comments:

  1. Wow. That's really crafty and the result is wonderful. Makes me want to get ready for Halloween, too. (Where is my hot glue gun?!?!?) ;-)

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  2. everytime I'd be afraid that he'd peck me :)

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  3. Very cool Halloween decoration, Disney. You did a great job.

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  4. Dear Disney,
    I just thought I would tell you that I was inspired by one of your tutorials for my god-daughters craft weekend. If you get a chance pop over to the blog and see what we made. Much love and blessings Emma x
    http://emmavarnam.co.uk

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  5. Hi Disney! Such a fun project! Just wondering…are you still going to do the Happy Mail giveaway? :)

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  6. SO cute, Disney! I love this. You are so creative. :)

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  7. super cute! glad you're getting a little sleep :)

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  8. Awesome decoration for Halloween!

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  9. I worry a bit because there has been no news from you for quite a long time, I hope everything is fine for you and your lovely family.
    Greetings from a faithful french reader (from France)
    Isabelle

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  10. I thought this is a Christian blog and I was inspired by your blog so many times.. I did not expect Halloween stuff here.. I don't think Christians have anything to do with Halloween....????

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    1. Haha well, I don't know if a blog can be a Christian, but I am one. ;o) jk A lot of Christians celebrate Halloween, in varying ways and degrees. Our family doesn't really, mostly because of how dark a lot of it is, but since there isn't anything about "Halloween" in the bible, it seems like it's up to each person/family's convictions. I sort of think of it as a "meat sacrificed to idols" type thing, like in Romans chapter 14.

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