Homemade with Heart Blog Update

I would like to take this time to apologize to everyone for the lack of updates recently.  Due to personal matters including eye surgery it will probably be another two or three weeks before I will be posting another blog.  Susie and I appreciate your understanding during this time.

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Stovepipe Hat Snowman Ornament

Today I am going to take a break from our Trash to Treasure series and show you how Susie makes a Stovepipe Hat Snowman Ornament.  These ornaments are fairly easy and only require a little sewing and only scraps of material, felt and a few other items.

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Stovepipe Hat Snowman

Materials List

  • scraps of muslin, black felt, and homespun material
  • needle and thread (black and tan/cream)
  • paint:  black, orange, and white
  • stuffing
  • glue gun
  • scissors

Materials for Stovepipe Hat Snowman

Instructions for Handmade Christmas Ornament

Cut a 6 inch circle from muslin for head.  If you don’t have muslin some other good choices for material are flannel and old sheets.  Choose a color that is relative for you whether that is tan, cream, or white.

From black felt cut a 3 1/2 inch circle for the hat brim and a 3 inch by 5 inch rectangle for the stovepipe part of the hat.

Rip a small piece of homespun material or other type of material to match your Christmas ornaments and décor.

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Place a running stitch completely around muslin for head of handmade snowman ornament.

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Pull on running stitch to tighten thread and begin to make a form that begins to look like a bowl for the head of your stovepipe hat snowman.

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Fill bowl of head with stuffing.  Place enough stuffing to fill but don’t place to much in the bowl so that the head will be able to close properly for this handmade Christmas ornament.

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Pull on thread to close head.  Be careful to not pull to tight so that the thread doesn’t break.  If stuffing needs adjusted do it at this time.  After the tread is tied set aside to complete hat for Stovepipe Snowman Ornament.

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Take the felt rectangle and roll along the long side to make a roll.

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Place a line of glue along the end of the stovepipe snowman hat to close roll.

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Place hot glue on top of head of snowman ornament.

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Grab felt hat brim and place on top of head of handmade ornament.

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Press down lightly until hot glue sets.

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Add hot glue to end of felt roll and then place in center of brim and hold light while glue sets.

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Here is that your ornament should look like at this point.

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Now take your scrap of fabric and wrap around hat base and hot glue end of material.

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Choose best side of ornament to place the face on your primitive stovepipe snowman ornament.

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Face can be painted on this a paint brush.  Susie has just found it is easier to use squeeze bottles with fine metal tip.  Your local craft store should have these.

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Expect every primitive ornament to look slightly different.  Use your own creative on how you place eyes, mouth, and nose.

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If you are unsure about the nose practice first on paper before paint nose of snowman ornament.  And don’t forget to add some blush to the cheeks at the end if you wish.  Simply use the blush you have available in your bathroom with a q-tip.  After your ornament is complete don’t forget to add a hanger with black thread so that you can hand your ornament on your primitive Christmas tree.

Here is the completed stovepipe snowman ornament.  Remember to personalize your ornaments by choosing colors that match your décor of the décor of the person you will gift ornaments to.  This handmade ornament would be a great craft for kids with proper supervision.

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I hope you enjoyed learning how to this easy primitive stovepipe snowman ornament.


Next time on Homemade with Heart, I will get back to our Trash to Treasure series with Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles (part 3).

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Trash to Treasure: Glass Bottles (part 2 of 3)

Last time on our Trash to Treasure series Glass Bottles we looked at how to repurpose glass bottles to make vases, bird feeders, and lights.  Today we will look at different ways to upcycle glass bottles through mixed media and painting.  On the final part of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles we will look at using modge podge and other miscellaneous uses for glass bottle crafts.  In the 3rd and final part of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles I will also include different ways to cut glass bottles for some of the items shown in parts 1-3 of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles.

Mixed Media

Mixed media refers to using several different mediums to decorate an item, such as scrapbooking, painting, modge podge, lace, ribbon, and more.

  1. Lynne Woolgar on Gauche Alchemy shows how to use hot glue, lace ribbon, gesso, Lindy’s spray, and Distress Ink to make a altered art glass bottle.
  2. Using frosted glass spray paint, beads, stickers, rhinestones and more you can make an altered art bottle as similar to what is seen on Artful Musings.
  3. Cloth Paper Scissors magazine showcased these cute snowmen made from vintage glass bottles in their November/December 2008 issue.
  4. Check out Shabby Cottage Studio for pictures of several different altered bottles.

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Painting glass bottles is another creative way to repurpose glass bottles.  These bottles shown below would make great home décor pieces or gifts.  I have found from personal experience the best way to apply the base coat of paint on altered glass bottles is to use spray paint.  A great way to hold the bottle while spraying is to use a dowel rod with a paper towel wrapped around it placed into the opening of the bottle.

  1. Found on Pinterest this altered art bottle using spray paint, jute, flowers, and cardboard or wood letters.
  2. Some tan paint sprayed on this glass bottle craft with some jute and other paint make this cute scarecrow.
  3. This cute altered bottle craft uses paint to give the bottle a stained glass look.
  4. Here is a snowman made from a wine bottle, felt, and other embellishments.
  5. This wine bottle craft required some painting skills but would great on a mantle or shelf.
  6. A gingerbread wine bottle craft that definitely requires some knowledge of painting.
  7. A great way to use black spray paint, textured spray paint, and cinnamon to make a primitive painted jug.

Disclaimer:  Always wear protective gear when working with glass to avoid injury.

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Next time I will be taking a break from our Trash to Treasure series and will be showing you how Susie makes one of her snowman ornaments.



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Trash to Treasures: Glass Bottles (part 1 of 3)

Upcycling Glass Bottles

Glass bottles are used to house a variety of food, drinks, medications, and beauty products.  It is common for people to come into contact with glass bottles daily.  Drink bottles include beer, liquor, soda, and coffee just to name a few.  Hot sauce, dressings, and oils are common food items that are stored in glass bottles.  Alcohols are commonly stored in glass bottles, this includes wine, beer, and liquor.  Perfumes and liquid medications are also commonly stored in glass bottles.

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According to Wikipedia, glass bottles have been traced as far back as 1500 BC and increased in popularity with the invention of glass blowing.  Glass bottles are 100% recyclable, but today instead of recycling we are going to look at upcycling bottles to make pretty decorations and functional items that can be kept or given as gifts for special occasions.

There are many different ways to alter and upcycle glass bottles; bottled can be used to create other functional household items such as vases, bird feeders, food/drink receptacles and lights.  Creating these items can be as simple as adding other hardware to bottles or cutting bottles.

Another way to upcycle glass bottles is by creating one of a kind home décor items; techniques used to upcycle glass bottles include mod podge, painting, and other mixed media techniques.

Let’s look at different ways to upcycle glass bottles to make altered glass projects.


Using glass bottles as vases is an easy way to upcycle glass bottles.  Vases do not have to be altered in any other way to be functional, just simply clean the glass bottle and remove the label.  Glass bottles can also be altered to give the vase a unique and custom look.  Here a list of different ways/ideas to use glass bottles as vases.

  1. Sand and Sisal uses Martha Stewart glass paint to make a glass bottle look like sea glass.
  2. Glass bottles can be placed in a wood box with a few springs of flowers in each bottle  As seen here.
  3. Here is another way to use a wood box to display glass bottles as vases.
  4. Spray paint creates gorgeous and inexpensive vases for table décor.  Wedding Chicks use gold spray paint to create elegant table vases for a wedding.
  5. Another way to easily change the look of glass bottle crafts is by pouring paint into the bottle and coating the inside as seen on theSITSgirls.
  6. Finally make a wire bracket for the glass bottle craft and hand then with flowers in them as seen here.

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Bird Feeders

Bird feeders are a great way to upcycle bottles and decorate gardens, trees, and porches.  Glass bottles can be used to make bird feeders that hold seed bird feed or as a hummingbird feeder.

  1.  The Garden Roof Coop show how to use a glass bottle, copper wire, various embellishments and a hummingbird feeder tube to make a pretty upcycled glass bottle craft.
  2. On Better Homes and Gardens find instructions on how to use a glass bottle and a soda-bottle feeder attachment to make a glass bottle bird feeder that is then filled with bird seed.
  3. Kristen @ Down Home Inspiration shows how to make a bird feeder for wine bottles using furring strips and plywood for under $10.00.
  4. An example of making a whimsical birdfeeder using a wine bottle and martini glass can be found on Pinterest.
  5. ChickenStreet shows how to make a wood base for wine bottles to dispense bird seed.
  6. Drilling a hole into the side of a bottle and attaching a small plate to the bottom is another way to make a glass bottle bird feeder.  Instructions for this wine bottle craft is found here.
  7. Diana Wearing shows how to use old soda bottles and bedsprings to make a unique hummingbird feeder on hometalk.

Join us next time for part 2 of Trash to Treasure:  Glass Bottles; part 2 will focus on using glass bottles to make lights and lamps and how to used mixed media techniques to create one of a kind altered bottle art.

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Disclaimer:  Always wear protective gear when working with glass to avoid injury.

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Trash to Treasure: Tin Cans (part 2)

Trash to Treasure series:  Tin Cans (part 2)

Today we are continuing to look at how to transform tin cans from something that would be trash into a functional home décor item that would be good to keep or give as a gift. 

This post will focus on the animals and other figures that can be made from old tin cans.

One of the most obvious figures that can be made from recycled tin cans is a Tin Man.

Let us look at a few different options that are available for making a Tin Man to repurpose tin cans.

1.       Here is where you can find basic directions for how to assemble a tin can man.

2.       There are many different options for making a tin can man that resembles the tin man seen in the Wizard of Oz here are just two options available.  Option 1  can be found here.  Find option 2 here.

3.       While this is not made from recycled tin cans I would be remiss to not show this option of an adorable way to make a Tin Lady.  This cute lady can be found on Ann’s Garden Path blog, where you will also find a lot of other ways to decorate your garden using upcycling.

4.       Love the Wizard of Oz then you will fall in love with this set of Tin Men made to resemble the characters in the Wizard of Oz.  This item was available on eBay and is no longer available but could be used to inspire your own old tin can projects.

5.       And of course what list would be complete without including a tin can snowman.  While there is no information on this tin can crafts the picture can be found on Pinterest and used to inspire making your own snowman to repurpose your tin cans

Another way to use old tin cans is to transform them into animals that would look good hung from porches and trees and placed in flower gardens.

Animals are also another thing that can be made from old tin cans.  Let us now look at a few domestic and barn yard animals.

1.       A tin can dog is a great way to use old tin cans that are multiple sizes.  It would also be a great crafts to make with kids.  The easy directions for this animal can be found here.

2.       If you have a tin can dog it is only fair to have a cat as well.  Click here to get inspiration on making a tin can cat using a soup can and a tuna can.

3.       The tin can rooster would be a more advanced way to repurpose tin cans but would make a great garden decoration.

4.       Another cute idea to repurpose tin cans is to make a pig.  The pig shown is made with old tin cans and a metal bucket.  Another idea that would work instead of using a bucket would be to use those popcorn tins that people get at Christmas.  This handmade craft was featured on stayathomelife.

5.       Have empty pop cans lying around.  Here is another idea that would make a great and inexpensive craft to do with kids.  (No instructions)


All the options listed about are by no way a complete list options for what can be made from old tin cans.  Pinterest is a great way to find more ideas to inspire your own creative juices.  Search topics such as tin man out of cans, tin can crafts, and tin can animals are just a few ways to find inspiration.

All the items listed in this blog and our previous blog Trash to Treasure:  Tin Cans (part 1) can be found on our Pinterest board Trash to Treasure: Tin Cans.

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Up next in our Trash to Treasure series is a focus on what to do with glass jars and bottles.

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