DIY Butterfly Jar

Recently I have seen a lot of beautiful terrariums in the blogosphere and have wanted to make my own.  I don’t want to have to take care of additional plants so I decided to make a butterfly jar instead.  I can set this arrangement on a shelf and not have to worry about whether it is getting enough sunlight and water as it needs neither.

DIY Butterfly Jar

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Guest Post on A Glimpse Inside Blog: DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies

Today I am very excited to be guest blogging on A Glimpse Inside Blog while Allison is on blogging maternity leave.  Here is a preview of my guest post on DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies:

DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies

I encourage you to stop by Allison’s blog to see how I made these butterflies.  If you are interested in seeing how I made the flower, check out my post on DIY Paper Magnolias.

DIY Decoupage Collage Plate

Today I’ll show you how I transformed an inexpensive clear glass plate into a beautiful, unique piece of art using scraps of paper.

To make this decoupage collage plate, I raided our recycling bin and glued scraps of paper cut from old catalogs to a sheet of paper, which I then affixed to a glass plate using acrylic medium.  This plate is for decorative use only.  The plate is not washable as it is made with paper!

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Paper Magnolias

To say farewell to DC and to mark our move south, I decided to make a craft and a recipe with a southern theme.  Today I share the craft — paper magnolias — and Thursday I will share the recipe.  Any guesses as to what the recipe is? Check back on Thursday to find out.

No, we are not unpacked yet (I wish!).  We still have mountains of moving boxes.  I’d show you a picture, but I don’t want any evidence of our current mess.

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Coffee Filter Orchids

Earlier this week I blogged about my re-blooming orchids and my recent visit to the U.S. botanic garden.  That post, while about one of my favorite types of flowers, admittedly related to neither cooking nor crafts.  After writing that post I started thinking about whether there were any orchid related projects that I could do (after all this is a craft and cooking blog) and came up with these coffee filter orchids.

Here is a side by side comparison of one of my real orchids (L) and a coffee filter one (R):

I think that these orchids would be nice on a gift in place of a bow, or incorporated into a boutonniere or a bouquet of coffee filter roses.

Coffee Filter Roses and Orchids

One of my orchids (not shown in the earlier post) is dropping its flowers.  I wanted my coffee filter orchids to look as real as possible so I dissected one of these dropped flowers to make a template.

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