Thursday, March 13, 2014

Handmade Easter Ornament #2

Welcome back!
I'd like to introduce you to Petunia.  She's a very special friend of Peter Cottontails.  
Would you love to have her in your home too?
If you said yes, then you're in luck.  Below is the step by step tutorial to making your very own for CHEAP!!  I'm sure all of you have the necessary supplies just sitting around your house.  
Let's get started... 
Do you use the sponge paint brushes sometimes?  If so, they fall apart. Don't throw them away.  Rip off the sponge and save the stick and plastic piece.  Here I've used the stick as the body of these bunnies. I'll find a good use for the plastic pieces another day.  Also, again, each of my handmade ornaments will be using these CHEAP (no pun intended) Dollar Store plastic eggs.
Attach them together with hot glue.
The toilet paper rolls are not part of the body. They work great for holding things while they dry.

Have old material scraps laying around your house? An old shirt you won't wear again? Cut out a square big enough to cover the egg and glue the ends around the stick. This is supposed to look country/vintage shabby chic, so imperfections are perfect.  It shouldn't look nice and neat (at least not for these.)   *NOTE* The second picture with the Q-tip is my way of  showing you where you want to draw the face.  Where the Q-tip is, is where you'll glue the whiskers (Snip some bristles off of a broom) (UNDER) a fold of material. That way the glue is hidden and looks like they are sticking right out of the face.
 SO..draw the face between two folds. :)
Time for the ears!
Picture on the left shows how I glued the ears to the head.  Picture on the right...all attached :)
The ball of twine is not the body I'm using.  I just had the sticks stuck in there to hold it upright to work on. However, after looking at...that would be a cute body. Maybe attach a little puff of cotton on the back for a tail?? Just a thought...

Now it's time to age the bunnies with Tea Dye Distress ink purchased at The Funkie Junkie Boutique and a spritz of water.
Time to draw Peter and Petunia's faces.
Did I come up with this all on my own? Heavens no!! I found the coolest link here (Guaranteed you'll LOVE this blog!) that gives a step by step tutorial. So, ALL face painting credit goes there!

Time to paint with Tim's Distress Inks, also purchased at The FJ Boutique.

Almost there...
Finished and ready for the tree!
I'll be sure to take pictures when they are all situated in their new home!
Thank you so much for stopping in and I hope today finds you happy and creative.
BIG hugs,
Lisa xx
P.s...For those of you who left me wonderful messages last time..I got fantastic sleep last night and I am feeling so much more human today...yeah!

Challenges Petunia and Peter would like to enter are:
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge #207 - Animals (ends 3/18)
Craft-Dee BowZ - Anything Goes with Homemade Bow (ends 3/31)
Eclectic Ellapu -  Vintage (ends 3/15)
The Corrosive Challenge Blog #194 - Animals (ends 3/15)


Dr Sonia S V said...

Awesome recycling Lisa and my your painting and drawing skills are amazing!!!

DesignerDiva said...

OMG! Is there no end to your talent Mrs!!! Lisa you really do knock your creativity out of the ball park. How on earth do you keep coming up with such fabulous and unique ideas?
Stunning and sooooooooooooooo well done!!
Hugs Laurie xx

Chrissy said...

Awww..I love your Bunnies Lisa..what a creative and clever project and love your face painting..they look sooo very cute.The bow and lace collar and the cute bow tie..gorgeous.


butterfly said...

Too, too cute!! The painted faces are just brilliant - so inventive, Lisa!
Alison xx

Marie-Louise said...

Gosh Lisa you never cease to amaze. These are incredible. You have great talent.

Pat K said...

Awesome Lisa. You are so creative. Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky. Pat K x

Mitralee said...

Pinned Pretty Petunia!

I have to pass this along to best neighbor Shirley. I am sure she has all the ingredients to make these! SUPER COOL GIRL! Thanks for the link!

Tracy said...

They're terrific! Your imagination really is astounding Twang. I'd be a bit afraid to tackle the faces. I'm no painter. Hope you get another good night of sleep. Hugs!

Meihsia Liu said...

Oh my goodness, Lisa, these two bunnies are too cute! You are so creative! :)

Barbara Bruder said...

holy Moly, these are darling. Great idea. Thanks for the tutorial. Thanks for joining us at the Craft-Dee BowZ challenge this month. Join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

Karon said...

And there she is, at it again - woman you never stop! These are absolutely super adorable!! TFS

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Girl, you are amazing! This is crafting at its finest! This little bunny head is FANTASTIC!!!! You amaze me! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Kelly said...

You are genius!
Hugs Kelly

Sandy said...

I don't even know what to say Lisa -- I do love Beatrix Potter and who doesn't love rabbits even though they are at the bottom of the food chain. These little faces are so delightful. Your rabbits are charming and you definitely have patience.
I have thought of a name for your book. 109 things you can make from empty toilet rolls. Or --- Plastic Eggs, They're Not Just For Breakfast Anymore!
Sending you my love kid!
sandy xx

Pia S said...

What an adorable pair, Lisa! Cute and such a well executed project!

Beccy said...

These are adorable -such a great idea - thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky

Beccy x

Mary J said...

OMG, another clever make, Lisa - so amazing!!!

Annie said...

Totally love these Bunny Rabbits are one very talented lady. TFS and best wishes

Have a great weekend

Annie x

Lori said...

Amazing! What a wonderful job on the faces. I'm always impressed with what you can do with a few simple items! Have a wonderful week...

Unknown said...

Well don't you you do! Love your rabbit. :) Hugs, L1

Dana Tatar said...

Wow! These little ornaments are super cute! If only I could draw and paint. Your tutorial is much appreciated! Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge! :)

Margaret said...

Umm...WOW!! They are fabulous and now I really want to go get some of those 'cheep' eggs out of the closet and start remaking them!!
Never thought to keep the handles from the old paint brushes either... I'm sure my DH will thank you for that tip! :)

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Your ability to upcycle just blows my little mind. Another wonderful creation for Easter! While it was a while ago, glad to see that you got a decent night sleep. I haven't slept properly in over 12 years and I know the toll it takes on a body and brain to go without restful sleep. Hopefully by now you are back on track and sleeping soundly.