Salt Dough Easter Ornaments

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Beth

We love to celebrate Easter in lots of different ways, and we try to fit in a number of activities for the kids. These Salt Dough Easter Ornaments are an easy way for the kids to have fun celebrating the season. 

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments at The Happy Housewife

We used this salt dough ornament recipe. It’s easy to create with only flour, salt, and water.

Instead of painting and gluing the ornaments, we decorated with some other food items we had in the pantry. 

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments at The Happy Housewife

Here’s a list of items we used to decorate the Easter ornaments.

  • Adzuki Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Chia Seeds
  • Green Lentils
  • Green Split Peas
  • Millet
  • Pinto Beans
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Red Lentils
  • Red Quinoa
  • Wild Rice
  • Yellow Popcorn
  • Yellow Split Peas

This is just a short list of items that we had. Get creative and see what your kids find to use!

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments at The Happy Housewife

Salt Dough Tips

  • Make sure to use lots of flour when you roll out the dough. We floured the counter, the dough, and the rolling pin so it didn’t stick.
  • Sometimes all that flour can make the dough too dry. This could lead to cracking. When the dough gets too dry, wet your hands and then handle the dough gently until it regains its elasticity.
  • Don’t roll it out too thin. ¼ inch is the perfect thickness.

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments at The Happy Housewife

Decorating Tips

  • Cutout the hole first so the design you choose works around it. I used a straw to poke the hole in each ornament.
  • Be sure to dry the ornaments on a very low heat in the oven so the popcorn doesn’t pop and the dough doesn’t turn brown. I baked mine at 200 degrees for 4 hours.
  • Mix colors and sizes to make the ornaments interesting.
  • Symmetrical cookie cutter shapes work well with symmetrical decorations, but if the shape of the ornament isn’t symmetrical, it could work really well with an out-of-the-box design.
  • Use toothpicks to move small pieces around. The rice and millet were so tiny I also used tweezers sometimes to place them just where I wanted them.
  • Arrange the decorations on the dough and then pressed them into the dough before baking. This helps most of them stay in place.
  • If any of the decorations fall off when the dough is dry, use glue to reattach them.
  • You can paint the ornaments with tempera paint to add extra accents after baking.

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments at The Happy Housewife

You could use these ornaments to hang on a front door wreath or just let the kids decorate all the dresser pulls and cupboard handles with these sweet (and sometimes silly) celebrations of the season.

Salt Dough Easter Ornaments at The Happy Housewife

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Natural Grass Home Decor

Natural Grass Home Decor at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Jordon

I love the beauty of nature! The colors, the textures, the shapes…I could go on and on. Being out in nature is a great way to relax your mind and soul. There is something so special about it. That is why I like to bring it into my home, especially the rustic side. If you think about it, nature can give you some creative inspiration when it comes to decorating.

Picking wildflowers and letting them dry to be used in my decor is one of my favorite things. And another one of my favorite things is using natural grasses. They are so beautiful and can add so much to your home. I am going to show you just how simple it is to bring them inside and enjoy them.

Collecting Natural Grass

Find It: Find some grasses (not on private land) that are nice and tall. You can pick some with seeds on the end or find some without. Road ditches can be a great place to find natural grasses. The fall and winter can be a great time to cut the grasses because they are already dry.

Cut It: After you find the grass you want, make sure you cut it. Do not pull it out, otherwise you will hurt the plant regrowth. I like to bring nature into my home, but it is important to still respect it. We want those grasses to keep growing! :)

Clean It: After you get your grass home, give it a little clean up, as in picking out other plants that may have gotten into your bundle or pieces that do not seem to fit.

Preserve It: After it is cleaned, you want to make sure the grass has some durability and prevent pieces from falling off. I just give mine a good spray with hair spray, but you can also buy preserving spray at a home/craft store. If you are cutting fresh grass, it will dry out and change color. So you may want to dry it out first to see how it turns out.

Now it is time to put your craft together!

Supplies Needed

Natural Grass Home Decor at The Happy Housewife

  • Dried grasses (I am using a native grass called Indian Grass)
  • Mason jar (I used a 9 inch blue one with a 2 1/2 inch diameter mouth)
  • 4 gauge braided copper wire (16 inches)
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Hair spray

Instructions

1. Wrap the twine around the mason jar about an inch and a half thick. Tie a knot in the back and try to hide it.

Natural Grass Home Decor at The Happy Housewife

2. Cut about a 16 inch piece of the braided copper wire (be prepared to use some muscle to cut it). Wrap it around the mouth of the mason jar twice. If you have excess wire, cut it off, but make sure to leave a little for tightening your wire. Use your needle nose pliers to tighten the end by grabbing the ends and twisting them inward

Natural Grass Home Decor at The Happy Housewife

3. Place the grass in the jar. Fluff it to your liking. If you want to pull the grass together a little more, you can take some of your twine and tie it around the grass to hold it together.

4. Spray it with hair spray one more time, just for extra security.

And that is it!

I love this craft for its simplicity and what it adds to my home! It can also make a great center piece!

Natural Grass Home Decor at The Happy Housewife

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Have fun making your own! :)

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Dresser to Wine Rack DIY

You are not even going to believe this amazing dresser to wine rack DIY project from reader Brandi!

Chalk paint dresser DIY

She took an old dresser and turned it into a wine rack.

She used Annie Sloan chalk paint on the base and re-stained the top to a darker color.

turn dresser into a wine rack

The bottom two drawers were removed and rests for the wine were created. You can make these yourself with a router, or take apart an old wine rack.

wine rack dresser

Brandi even reused the handles in the project (which is a savings- hardware is expensive!). Hardware can be easily spray painted any color so think about reusing your hardware instead of buying new.

dresser to wine rack diy 1

For more dresser to wine bar inspiration and tutorials check out these posts below.

The Charming Farmer

dresser to wine bar tutorial

That’s So Creative

dresser to wine bar

Old dressers are available at yard sales and Craig’s List for less than $100 all the time!

Compare these DIY dressers to this $1000 Pottery Barn version.

Pottery barn buffet

Do you have an AMAZING DIY furniture project? I’d love to share it.

Every month we’re giving away a $50 Amazon gift card every month to one reader who submits their own DIY project. 

You can submit your project here! 

Get inspired! Check out all our furniture DIY posts here.  


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DIY Picture Decor

By contributing writer Jordon.

This is the month of love! But in my mind, every month should be the month of love. I mean, who doesn’t need a little more love everyday, right?! So for this post I want to share with you something I made for a very special person, whom I happen to love….my husband, Sam.

I have been wanting to update some of the pictures in our home, and I will tell you what, we had no problem finding fun pictures of our kids but never really realized how few we have of the two of us together. That is without our heads or arm cutoff in the pic from our mini photographers.

Never the less, I happened to come across a picture of us that was nice, and it also came with a wonderful memory of a fun date night together. I decided I wanted to do something special with it….but what??? Well, I gathered some things I had in my craft room and around the house and went to town on creating something special.

Here is what I came up with. I love how it turned out!

DIY Picture Decor at The Happy Housewife

Here’s how you can make this DIY picture decor.

Supplies Needed

All of the stuff I used I already had around from other crafts. Get creative and modify with what you have. If you do not have stuff like this lying around, then head on over to your nearest craft store to pick up the following (or order from Amazon), and spread a little love while you are there! ;)

DIY Picture Decor Supplies at The Happy Housewife

  • Your picture (5 x 7 inches)
  • A piece of wood 12 x 23 inches
  • A piece of barn wood 12 x 6 inches
  • Paint for base coat (white) and accent paint (metallic color called Dark Patina) – I love this color!
  • Paint brush
  • Stencils
  • Copper wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Burlap
  • Jute twine
  • Muslin fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun (don’t forget the glue)
  • Hammer
  • Gorilla Glue (that stuff is strong!)
  • Double sided tape (you can also use glue, but the tape makes for a smoother look)
  • Decorative buttons
  • Picture frame hanger hardware
  • A smile :)

Instructions

1. Paint the piece of wood with the white base coat paint.

2. Add your accent color. I added mine about 3 inches from the top and made my color a width of 7 inches (to border my 5 x 7 picture). It does not have to be a perfect line because your line will be covered.

DIY Picture Decor Step 2 at The Happy Housewife

3. Wrap the jute string around the width of the accent color, top and bottom. To start the wrap, tie a knot at the back of the board and then start wrapping, ending in the back to tie another knot. I made my string width about an inch and a half.

DIY Picture Decor Step 3 at The Happy Housewife

4. Place your picture in the center using the double sided adhesive tape.

5. Make your flower. The best way to cut petals is think about making a tear drop like cut. Just guide your scissors.

  • Bottom Petals - made out of muslin fabric. I made about an inch and a half cut for each petal and I cut 6 petals out.
  • Middle Petals – made out of burlap. I cut them about an inch long and cut out 5 of them.
  • Top Petals – made out of muslin fabric. For these you will cut them about a half inch long and only cut out 3.

Arrange your flower how you like it, fitting the petals together nicely (the base of them should overlap, making a nice shape). After you arrange them, start gluing them into place using the hot glue gun.

DIY Picture Decor Step 5 at The Happy Housewife

After you have glued your flower together, you can add your decorative button as the center of your flower. The center of a flower is called a pistol, just to give you a little botany lesson. I actually Googled that because I could not remember :)

Glue it into place on your board

DIY Picture Decor Step 5 at The Happy Housewife

6. Stencil your saying onto the barn wood.

The barn wood I used with the stenciled saying, I had bought from a craft show (Thank you S & K Creations!). I just loved it! The barn wood, the saying, the simplicity…all of it! But you can make your own.

7. Put some Gorilla Glue on the back of the bard wood and place it onto your picture board. I placed mine about 3 inches below the jute string.

8. Cut a 9 x 2 inch piece of muslin fabric and a tiny piece about a 3 inches long and a quarter inch wide. Lay them out on some paper (or whatever you want to paint on) and paint them with your accent color.

DIY Picture Decor Step 8 at The Happy Housewife

9. While your muslin fabric is drying, you can make your flower out of copper wire.

Form a flower petal with the end of your wire (about an inch and a half). Then twist it to the other side to make the other petal, and so on. I made 5 petals.

This can be a little tricky, but just keep working with it, bending your wire and straightening your petals.

DIY Picture Decor Step 9 at The Happy Housewife

After you have your flower formed, take the jute string and wrap it in and out until you create the center of the flower. Tie a knot on the back of the flower.

DIY Picture Decor Step 9 at The Happy Housewife

10. After your muslin fabric has dried, make two flowers. With each piece, twist one of the ends, making a center, and start twisting and wrapping the rest of the fabric around it, gluing the end so it does not unravel. I apologize, I did not get pictures of this.

Glue the little painted flower to the center of your jute string wrapped around your copper wire flower. Then add another decorative button to the center of that.

Take the two flowers (copper wire & larger muslin flower) and place them how you want on the bottom right corner of your board. Then glue them into place.

11. If you want to hang this up, attach the picture frame hanger hardware to the back.

And there you go!!! This is one of my favorite pieces I have made. I just love it!

DIY Picture Decor at The Happy Housewife

Have fun making your own, and remember to spread the LOVE!

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