Spring Flowers

Yay, it’s Handmade Monday again! I hope you will go visit the link, and see some of the other people who join in, there are some wonderful things being made! Most of them actually make things to sell, and they are quite impressive!

I have been really negligent. I missed last week entirely. It wasn’t that I wasn’t working on things, but the project I thought would be so cool just didn’t work out. I saw some awesome things made with plastic water bottles but either they are harder to make than they seem or I’m not as good at that as I need to be. Either way, it’s going to be awhile before those are blog worthy.

So, I made something else, and then, didn’t get it up in time for Handmade Monday last week, and somehow the week just slipped by day by day. Funny how that happens. So, I’m going to put this together early, because on Saturday I’m going to take photos for our Everglades Golden Retriever Rescue, and know that I will be busy for several days (ok, at least a week) working on photos, and want this done and out of the way, so I don’t miss getting it posted. The project is much easier than writing this blog entry has been!

Enough of making excuses and rattling on about things you’re not interested in. Let’s go to Make It and see how to make a Paper Mache Flower Pendant.


Here we are again, it’s Handmade Monday! I intended to put this project up over the weekend, as I had already finished it, but I admit I was glued to the television watching the horrible news out of Japan. And I just couldn’t get myself geared up to get this blog put together. And the news just kept getting worse. Before I go further, please say a prayer (or if you are opposed to that, at least send some good thoughts) for all of the people affected by such an enormous disaster. I can’t even wrap my mind around the size and scope.

So, I’m glad I made something cheerful. A little frame, made from recycled paper. This is part of the paper mache I made previously. Now, follow me over to Make It and let’s take a look at how to make a Pressed Flower Frame.

Paper Mache But Better

It’s Handmade Monday again!  I hope you go and check out everyone else’s stuff I always see such cool stuff!

I stumbled across an interesting recipe for paper mache awhile back and saved it for another time because it looked messy and I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to make with it. I still wasn’t sure what to make with it, but I decided to try it anyway. I like recycling paper, and have made home made paper for cards in the past, so this seemed like a good project for me to try.

It turned out to be pretty easy to make, requiring minimal ingredients and tools but it took some time since it requires “cooking”. This also means that if you want to do it with kids you would need to be right there with them, and I would recommend you do that part for them. But it does make a nice smooth paper mache, and I was impressed with the results, in the end.

So, lets head over to Make It and you can see how I made Crazy Little Paper Beads.