Wren’s Eggs – Pinecone Bird Feeders

Make some quick and easy pinecone feeders - a great hands-on project! Welcome to Wren's Eggs, quick projects great for the whole family! Winter has arrived here in Northeast Ohio, and we like to make sure the wild birds have a little extra to eat when visiting our yard. From Cardinals to Chickadees, we always have such great visitors. A really easy way to feed our bird friends is to make a pinecone bird feeder! This project is a wonderful hands-on project for all ages. The supplies needed are very simple. All you need is some pinecones, a plastic spoon or knife, peanut butter (or another good fat for spreading), a small piece of yarn, and birdseed. It's really fun to head out ...

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Paw Print Ornaments

Create an Ornament to Celebrate Your Furry (or Feathered) Friends! Every year one of my favorite traditions is to make homemade ornaments. It is so fun to unwrap the memories year after year. One of my favorite methods of making homemade ornaments is to make salt dough ornaments. I'm sure at one point in time everyone has had experience with salt dough. Do I need to mention those handmade ornaments from kindergarten? Salt dough ornaments are so incredibly easy to make and can be made with items you probably already have around the house. The recipe is very simple and can easily be doubled if you need more salt dough. To make the salt dough you need salt, flour, and water, it's that ...

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Self Watering Wine Bottle Succulent Planter

Recycle wine bottles into a unique self watering planter! Before we get to crafting, I want to share a little background. I'm always on the search for a chance to be creative. Nothing is better than a late evening just creating. It really is the best stress relief. Seven years ago I discovered a "craft" that was a bit life-changing. By teaching myself how to cut wine bottles from a 1960s McCalls magazine, I was able to open a lot of doors and create some great memories. You may be thinking, it's just a craft, but some crafts really spark something in you, and you will never forget them! Creating the wine bottle planters led me to run a little business. I have learned so much by ...

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Mr. Mummy Dogs

With a few simple ingredients, you can have some mummy fun! Today we are continuing our Halloween recipe series making something very yummy - a yummy mummy to be exact! Making mummy dogs has been a recipe we make every year. This is a very fun and versatile recipe. Don't like hot dogs? You can substitute chicken sausages, or vegan hot dogs, whatever your family likes. You can get the whole family involved in making their own special mummy to enjoy. The ingredients you will need to make mummy dogs are a can of crescent roll dough (those pop open cans scare anyone else?), a package of your favorite hot dogs (or substitute), and thin slices of cheddar cheese (optional). We also used a ...

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Amazing Duck Gourd Feet!

Display Your Gourds in a Fun and Unique Way! I'm sure by now everyone has seen the Pinterest pin of the gourds with wire feet made to look like ducks! It is such a fun photo, and I have to admit I tried the wire method, and sadly my gourd ducks kept falling over. I had put the idea of a duck gourd aside, as a "Pinterest fail" in my book. Recently a good friend suggested, why don't you design and 3D print your duck gourd feet. Hmm...I thought I have the tools to do it, why not give it a try! Challenge accepted! Not to mention we have an amazing Duckie for inspiration! I went to designing some duck gourd feet in Tinkercad, which if you are new to 3D printing, is a great place to ...

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Creepy Cool Concrete Ghost

Create a unique ghost for your Halloween decor! After creating our Concrete Pumpkin Planter, we had some extra concrete left over. The flower beds were looking a little empty and needed a spooky touch. I decided to try the technique of making a concrete ghost! Like the Concrete Pumpkins, everyone has their favorite method of making these. This process I'm sharing, I found to be the easiest way to make a fun concrete ghost! To get started you will need to gather some supplies. You will need a 1 - 10 lb bag of quick-dry concrete, a container to mix your concrete in, some thick rubber gloves, an old towel, and some pieces to build your ghost armature from. We used some PVC pipe, and a ...

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Smoked Farm Fresh Eggs!

Take Your Farm Fresh Eggs to the Next Level! If you have raised chickens, you learn quickly the different ways to cook and preserve your eggs. There is nothing better than a simple scrambled farm fresh egg in the morning, but it's such a blessing when you have a fridge full of eggs from your own flock to try different recipes with! We have both duck and chicken eggs, so I spent a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen with the eggs. Recently we acquired a smoker for next to nothing, and are pretty excited with the new addition. Smoking is something we have been really wanting to try, so when the opportunity came up, we jumped on board. It's not a huge smoker, but it's perfect for ...

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DIY Photography Backdrops

Propel your picture taking ability to the next level with some simple to make photography backdrops! It’s no secret I love photography! Everyone who takes pictures whether you do it for fun or for profit has their favorite subjects. Personally, I have a few different “niches” I really enjoy, but one favorite is food photography. I found quickly that with food photography you need a great backdrop to really make your photos special. There are many different types of tabletop “backdrops” you can purchase out there but they can be a bit pricey. If you are like me though you want some different options for your photography without spending a ton of money. As the daughter of a floor ...

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Making Homemade Fudge With Mashed Potatoes!

With a few items from your pantry, you can have delicious fudge in no time! I have a serious obsession with vintage cookbooks! Every time we head out to our favorite antique store, I run to the book section. Though I love our modern conveniences we have today, it is so great to learn the "old ways". You really gain a better appreciation for certain recipes this way. Over my next few blogs, I thought it would be fun to try some of the recipes in my vintage cookbooks! The first recipe we are going to look at is Old-Fashioned Mashed Potato Fudge from the Wilton Complete Book of Candy. When I first saw this recipe I had to do a double-take. Fudge and mashed potatoes are not something I ...

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Skeleton Pocket Pies

Create some fun, and portable pocket pies! Continuing our Halloween recipe series, today we are sharing quick Skeleton Pocket Pies! I'm a huge fan of puff pastry. Puff pastry is probably one of my favorite things to bake with. Nothing compares to the fluffy texture, and it's so versatile. You can purchase puff pastry in your local grocer freezer section or you can get ambitious and make some of your own - which I highly recommend. To make Skeleton Pocket Pies you will need to gather a few ingredients and tools. To make the skeleton shape we used a larger shaped skeleton cookie cutter. If you don't have a skeleton cookie-cutter, feel free to try other shapes. You will also need a sheet ...

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