Friday, September 19, 2008

The Family Frame and Bird's Nest



I have been asked by many people to give a little tutorial of how I made the wall hanging. First I used my photoshop program to layer my words. I typed FAMILY in one text box and made it a large font and then I decreased the saturation of it so it blended more into the background.

Then I opened a new text box and typed: a journey to forever [I made this font smaller and a different color.] I positioned this over the word FAMILY.

Next, I added a few swirls for decoration in another text box and when I was happy with how everything looked, I printed it out.

After I printed it out, I tore the paper around the edge, leaving more space at the bottom than the top, so I can stretch my ribbon across it, under the words, and I inked and sewed around the edges. I backed it with some patterned paper, or you could just use regular cardstock, which is what I did in the next picture. Then I got some coordinating ribbon and some flowers and some brads for the center of the flowers and finished it off. I already had the red frame, which goes nice with my house colors, so that's why I used the red. I have another one that I used a white frame for and I used brown colors to make everything neutral.





Bird's Nest


As for the bird's nest, that is super easy and cheap. Just go to your local craft store and buy some Spanish moss and some little bird's eggs. They are together in the same aisle. Take a large handful of the Spanish moss and break it away from the rest. Shape that amount into a bird's nest with your hands, tucking in any loose pieces, and making an indentation in the center with your thumbs so that it looks like a nest.

Next, use your hot glue gun to glue three little eggs in the nest. Print out this saying on your computer and tear around the edges to make it look old. Ink the edges, or burn the edges with fire.


An Old Christmas Legend


Long ago, great happiness and good fortune came to those
who chose a Christmas tree with a bird's nest in it's branches.
Here is a little nest for your Christmas tree. May the legend come true for you.


Tuck your paper in the bird's nest and voila! You've got a cute little ornament to place in the crook of your Christmas tree. I give these out as gifts, and to present that, I place the bird's nest in a clear gift bag (also found at the craft store in the bag and tissue paper section) and tie it with a ribbon.
Thanks for your interest. Hope this helps you. These really do make great Christmas gifts.

29 comments:

Jen Sue Wild said...

You are so sweet to share.. Can I have them in both colors? Do you want me to email you?
I forgot to say Please and Tank you.

I also love it when you share little Shaina stories they always make me wish I new you then. LOL

KJ-Starre said...

Thanks for the detailed instructions! You should ask everyone who uses them to mail you a pic of their projects, so you can post them :o)

Clever thing!

kdaygirl said...

u didnt say where the idea for the birds nest came from.... I always liked when dad put it in the tree and we have carried that tradition as well where Jason puts it in our tree. Its the last ornament to go up...

Ande said...

Can you send me a copy? I think that would be perfect for my sister in law for christmas. The second one looks like it would go with her house. Thanks!!! You have such cute ideas.

Cathy said...

You are a gem!! Thank you so much! I'm emailing you...

Carolann said...

Oh my! That jacketless hood story was so sad to read. I really felt your pain while reading it. What a good writer you are!

I have finished Breaking Dawn. Call me!

Oh, and can you email me a copy of both colors of that family thing? Once again, I can't make up my mind!

annaka_allen said...

You are so stinkin' talented! Thanks for sharing!

Jeff and Bethany said...

I stumbled across your blog and I'm so glad I did!

These are so clever and so darling! I have no artistic ability whatsoever so I love getting ideas from people!

Could I possibly get a copy of both colors? That would be fabulous, thank you so much!

bethanymadsen@gmail.com

Queen of Chaos said...

Thanks for sharing the 'How To'.

I really like the family framed art you gave us for Christmas!

And we love the birds nest Mom and Dad made us..but I had little ones ruin it last year. GRRRRR
I need to make another one.

Erica said...

I have been researching ideas for Super Saturday and also to increase my crafty abilities and I would love to get the .jpeg of the family saying in the red and the brown if possible. Thanks, I love your blog! erica.reese@gmail.com

Valerie said...

oOOOhhhh I love it! Both of them. Now I just need to find Spanish moss in Germany! I might have to order it online.

You really are very sweet for sharing. Can you send it to me in both colors? Thanks! Love you.

P.S. Call me so I can send your chocolate to you. It will make good eats while you drive across the country AGAIN!!!

April said...

I love your blog and ideas. I would love it if you could email me the Family thing. If possible could you do red and brown? Thanks so much. april Let me know if you need anything else.
tamaw@msn.com

Rayna said...

I'm just getting around to checking emails. Can you send me both family pics. Thanks and thanks for your email (if I didn't already say thanks).

Jackie said...

Really love the family saying and would appreciate it so much if you e-mailed with both of the color copies. Thank you so much!

shaina said...

Jackie, I need your email address!

Laura said...

I just stumbled across your blog and would love it in both colors if you don't mind?

shaina said...

I'd love to email out the picture to anyone, just be sure to leave your email address!

Laura said...

Sorry, lauragterrell@gmail.com

Alyson said...

I would have to have a copy as well! My address is alysonlynne@hotmail.com. Thanks so much. Do you happen to have a faded turquoise or grey color for the family? Just curious. If not, the brown works great.

Paula said...

Would love to have a copy in both colors if possible. Thank you so much for sharing!
Paula
paulacallan@yahoo.com or
squala@charter.net

marcalicious said...

I would love to receive a copy of your file you creatively created! I just was lurking (via Megan Calaway -- she gave a shout out to you!). My e address is: marcisabin@hotmail.com

And good luck w/ moving...

torie said...

This is such a cute idea and a perfect Christmas gift for my SIL that has everything! Could you please send me a copy in both colors. Thanks so much and I love your blog. toriechipman@yahoo.com

Renee said...

You are so crafty! Thanks for sharing your talents. I would love to have this in both colors if it is not a problem.

My name is Cheryl said...

Hello!
I came to your blog today via sewmamasew. I love your framed wording idea. How clever and what a neat gift that would make. I would like a copy of both jpgs if it is not too much trouble. Thank you for taking the time to write up the how to. I tried to do on my own, but didn't have the swirl capabilty. How did you do that?

Heather & Nathan said...

I love your blog! May I please have a copy of the family jpg? hstacy02@yahoo.com Amazing!

SoLovelyCreations said...

i love this idea! very cute! :)

Natalie said...

This is freakin adorable! I know it was posted last year, but I would love for you to send me both the red and brown images. I will send you an email. Thanks so much!

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Sian & Mark said...

So I just found your blog and I love it!! Would you mind sending me the family sign in both colors? My email is siandavidson@live.com
Thanks