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UpCycled CD Spinners

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Use up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any gardenI’ve been a pretty dark place recently. Dealing with post-partum depression/anxiety and the end of my marriage has left me drained and with a creative block. I was cleaning out my over stuffed craft room when my three year old found a bag of beads I had stored away for ‘someday’. She loves making things and aside from painting & ‘key-dough’ we haven’t done much recently. I’ve called them CD spinners because they’re made of CDs and they spin but Mary likes to call them ‘tree jewelry’. Whatever you call them, it’s a quick from project to do with the kids. They won’t even notice they’re working on their fine motor skills!

Tree Spinner Supplies:Use up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any garden

  • 2 CDs – I felt bad about using brand new blank CDs but I don’t even own a computer with a disk drive anymore so they were just gathering dust
  • Fishing Line – I used left overs from my Spooky Halloween Ghosts so it was pretty thick and sturdy
  • Beads – I think these were a necklace or two at one point. I’ve had them for years, even before I bought the house
  • Scissors
  • Optional – Tape – If you’re doing this with kids do yourself a favor and find some tape!

Instructions:

  1. Cut a long piece of fishing line
  2. Hold two CDs together with the shiny side outUse up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any garden
  3. Stick the fishing line through the hole and bring the ends together, tape them if neededUse up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any garden
  4. String on beads until you run out, your helpers take off to pet a duck or you get within 5 inches of the endUse up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any garden
  5. Separate the two strings and run one through a final bead. Put the other string through the opposite wayUse up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any garden
  6. Tie lots of knots
  7. Hang them up where the wind can catch them

I used large S hooks that I bought to hang bird feeders (that were almost immediately destroyed by  the wind) to hang them in the tree outside the girls window. Mary likes to point out her tree jewelry when we’re reading in her bed. They spin in the breeze and I’m sure the neighbors are confused. I probably confuse them a lot but they’re very nice and don’t ask a lot of questions. I think I might take ours down and doodle some designs on the CDs to make them a little more interesting but that’s going to have to wait for the garden to give me a break. We’ve had so much rain and heat that the weeds are going crazy! I’m, as always, way behind but things are moving in the right direction.Use up old CDs with this fun rainy day craft project. Easy enough for a three year old and pretty enough to decorate any garden

If you make your own CD tree spinners I’d love to see pictures! I occasionally get messages from people (usually making my ladybug vs bumble bee tic-tac-toe game) and it always makes my week. You can find me on facebook or tag me on instagram with the hashtag #chickenscratchny

 

DIY Spring Farm Wreath

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A lot has been going on in my life lately and I’ve been completely absent from this little corner of the internet I’ve created. In late January my grandfather died. He was sick and in the end it was what he wanted but it was still hard even though it wasn’t unexpected. He, his wife and his sister (my great aunt who is still kicking and will be forever) were the ones that taught me how to grow things and how to raise chickens. I don’t know if I’ll really come to terms with the loss until spring planting. I always have delayed grief like that.

Add some rural charm to your front door with a DIY Spring Farm Wreath featuring a straw wreath, bailing twine and cows with this quick & easy tutorial [Read more…]

Halloween Pinata & DIY Treat Bag Craft

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Bring some fun to the party with a fun DIY Treat Bag craft to hold your Halloween Pinata goodies! Bonus ideas for candy-free pinata fillers

It’s not a party without a pinata! For Mary’s Halloween birthday party we took it to another level by filling it with a few surprises and getting the kids in on some pre-pinata crafts.

Bring some fun to the party with a fun DIY Treat Bag craft to hold your Halloween Pinata goodies! Bonus ideas for candy-free pinata fillers

I was lucky enough to partner with Oriental Trading Company for this party, they sent me a few goodies to help us celebrate. Just like with all my sponsored posts all the ideas and ideas and opinions are my own. On the off chance that you aren’t familiar with OTC they have a HUGE catalog of just about anything you can think of. They are the perfect source for party planning and holiday shenanigans. I spent a few hours going through their Halloween pages picking out stuff for the party. If you’re still in the market for Halloween Costumes they have lots of fun options too. [Read more…]

Tin Can Jack-O-Lantern Planters with DecoArt

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Whip up a set of Jack-O-Lantern Planters from tin cans this fall. Fill them with seasonal flowers for a fun pop of color on your front porchI love Halloween, mums and vintage stuff. I put them all together with this project to make a trio of Jack-O-Lantern Planters with vintage inspired pumpkin faces. I received the paint for free as part of the DecoArt Blogger Outreach Program. If you follow me on Instagram this is the paint Mary dumped on the floor while I was canning tomatoes. [Read more…]

DIY Tin Can Ghost Windsock

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We’ve reached the point where I’m turning kitchen recyclables into Halloween stuff (this isn’t even the only project I’ve got this year using tin cans). My husband is just happy I’m not buying anything. This project is in the kid-friendly Halloween category. There is a bit of a wait with all the paint drying but you can put this together in an afternoon.

Get ready for Halloween with this DIY tutorial for a ghost windsock with ribbon and paint for a spooky friend straight from the recycle bin [Read more…]