DIY Tin Can Bird Feeder #2

To celebrate the last week of National Bird Feeding Month, L and I made these adorable TIN CAN BIRD FEEDERS! They are really easy to make, look beautiful and cost nothing…just go digging through your recyclables! Not only will the birds love this winter treat, this bird feeder would make a fantastic gift for your children to make for a friend, parent or grandparent!




Materials needed:

  • tin can w/ lid
  • wooden paint stirrer
  • pliers
  • acrylic paints
  • hot glue gun
  • string
  • glossy sealant (optional)
  • church key can and bottle opener (optional)
  • bird seed




First, make sure your can is clean and remove the label.



Using your hands, carefully bend the lid of the can in half. Using pliers, squeeze it flat.



Using the hot glue gun, glue the paint stirrer inside the can. You can break the stirrer if it’s too long. This will be the birds’ perch.



Next, glue the bent lid back into the can as pictured. Try not to make a huge mess with the hot glue gun, but if the glue shows it is no big deal…you will paint over it next.



Paint the can any way you like.






After the paint dries, you can use the can opener to make holes in the can from where you’ll hang it on a string. On one of our cans I placed two holes on the top…this bird feeder will hang from an old clothes line end.



On our second can I made holes in the back of the bird feeder…this one we will tie onto a fence. I was careful to put the holes in the can after we painted it, because I wanted to avoid any sharp edges while L was handling the bird feeder.



If you’d like your bird feeder to have a shiny, glossy finish, spray the can with a glossy sealant. It only takes 15-30 min to dry and will help protect the paint as well!



Thread string through the holes of the bird feeder and fill with bird seed!





Now, find the perfect spot to hang your TIN CAN BIRD FEEDER! We placed one of ours right outside our kitchen window…the girls will love watching their little wildlife friends snack throughout the day! Enjoy!








In case you missed it, here’s the first DIY TIN CAN BIRD FEEDER we made! Another fun nature craft!


DIY Toy Vacuum (that Really Cleans!!!)

I love showing my kids that with a little creativity and a basketful of recycling materials you can make just about anything! One morning L woke up asking me to make her a vacuum…strange request, but I accepted the challenge. My thoughts immediately went to that toy vacuum from yesteryear with the popping balls inside. Kids love those things because of the noise they make, so I knew ours had to be similar. The only thing to improve upon that vacuum would be to make one that cleans as well! So here you have it — a toy vacuum that essentially costs you nothing (assuming you have all the materials) and it actually cleans the floors while your kid plays!

Materials needeed:

  • Swiffer sweeper w/ dry swiffer pad
  • empty milk carton
  • plastic container (like one berries come in)
  • plastic beads
  • duct tape
  • paper towel tube (optional)
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

First, using scissors or a knife, cut a little window on the front of the milk carton. Cut a piece of clear plastic off of the plastic container to cover the window.

Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue the clear plastic in place over the “window.”

Cover the entire milk carton in duct tape. Make sure you cover up the glued edges of the plastic window as well…this should eliminate any sharp or pointy edges.

Next, have your little one help you drop beads into the carton. A few handfuls will do. Screw the lid back on the carton.

If your Swiffer sweeper’s handle has removable links (which I think they all do), remove the two middle ones to make it a more suitable height for your child.

Now the next step you can do in two ways: you can tape the milk carton directly onto the Swiffer sweeper…it may be more secure, but it may also leave some duct tape residue on the Swiffer. (That would be the more permanent option.) Or, you can glue and tape a paper towel tube onto the back of the milk carton and slide it onto the Swiffer’s handle. We went with the later…I thought it may jiggle more and make a louder, bead-popping sound too!

Now to clean floors…just replace the Swiffer pad as you would normally do and let your child go to work! (I mean play!) I really thought ours would last a couple weeks, but we’re going on 4 months now and every week L asks if she can help “vacuum” the floors. Enjoy!!!


Snow Candles

Ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to try making candles in the snow and today was the day!!! Such a cool experiment! I just love how they turned out! The sides of the SNOW CANDLES have this beautiful texture created by the crystals of snow. Just like snowflakes, each snow candle is unique!





This is definitely a craft that should be done with adult supervision, though it is a fun one for kids of all ages.

Materials needed:

  • snow
  • paraffin wax
  • crayons
  • candle wicks
  • med/large pot for water
  • tin can or candle pouring pot
  • stick


First, decide what color you want your candles to be. Pick out 5 or 6 crayons all similar in color. L chose purples for our candles. Using a knife, cut a slit down the side of the crayon papers and peel the paper off.


Fill your pot with water about an inch high. Next place your pouring pot or tin can in the water creating a double boiler. (If using a tin can, make sure it is clean and the paper has been removed.) Place 3 blocks of paraffin wax and your crayons into the pouring pot or can. Bring the water to a boil, then turn the heat down to med-low so it’s at a simmer. ***Never melt wax directly on the stove top without the double boiler! The high heat may cause a fire!***



Watch as the crayons and wax melt completely. Turn the stovetop off as you go outside to prepare your candle molds.

Outside you’ll need about a foot of snow. If the snow isn’t deep enough, you can use your hands to pile it up and lightly pack it down. Using a stick or a spoon handle, dig a little hole in the snow. We made ours about 4 inches deep and 1 to 2 inches wide.


Back inside, turn the stove back on for a couple minutes to heat up the wax again. Gather your candle wicks. When you’re ready, carefully remove the pouring pot or tin can (using an oven mitt) and quickly go outside to pour the wax into your molds. After a couple minutes, insert the wicks into your candles and hold in place until the wax hardens a bit…about 4-5 minutes.



Leave your candles in the snow for an hour to harden completely. As the wax hardens, the candles take on their funky shape and texture. So cool!


Once they have hardened, carefully dig the candles out of the snow with your hands. Inside, use a knife to shave off some of the bottom of the candles if needed, so they will sit flat. Using scissors, trim the wicks to 1/2 inch high.



Arrange on a dish or in a large bowl, add some decorative “fairy stones” if you like and enjoy!!! Beautiful!!!



DIY Chocolate Orange Sugar Scrub

As we move towards Spring, I keep thinking of citrus, lemon-blueberry muffins, lemonade and sunshine! Unfortunately though, we’re not quite there yet…wind chills today in the negative digits! I think it was 4 degrees out when we woke up this morning! Brrr… And let me tell you, this cold weather is not helping the chocolate addiction I acquired over the holidays. So with all that stirring around inside of me, I dreamed up this CHOCOLATE ORANGE SUGAR SCRUB and it is divine!!! Just what I needed today! This would be great to use in the bath or shower!




  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil (almond oil or coconut oil)
  • ~15 drops (1/2 tsp) Sweet Orange oil
  • 1-2 tsp orange zest (optional)



First, mix together the sugars with a fork. If your brown sugar is clumpy, try to mix until most of the clumps are gone.



Mix in the 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder.



Next, stir in the olive oil one Tbsp at a time. Some olive oils are pretty potent…if you have almond or coconut oil on hand you can certainly substitute that for the olive oil. I’m all about using what I already have though…and it turned out great!



Once the olive oil is added, stir in some Sweet Orange Oil. (I found mine in the organics section of our grocery store.) To really bring the aroma up a notch, add about 2 tsp of orange zest to the scrub! Now it is certainly good enough to eat, but even better to exfoliate your skin with in the bathtub! The sugars will scrub away any dry, dead skin and the oil will leave you with just the right amount of moisture.




Spoon your concoction into 2 jars…one for you and one for a friend! Enjoy!!!



Bird Feeder Garland and Bird Feeder Ornaments

The BIRD FEEDER GARLAND is one of my favorite Winter crafts. It’s fun to make and even more fun to watch the wildlife activity that arises in our backyard after we hang it up! This week we’ve watched birds nibbling, followed by squirrels chasing the birds, then snacking themselves, and lastly, we observed four neighborhood cats stalk the squirrels for two days straight. Easy Winter entertainment…the girls and I have been glued to our kitchen window! The BIRD FEEDER GARLAND itself looks beautiful hanging in a tree, around a bush, or along a fence!


Materials needed:

  • dental floss
  • unsalted peanuts in their shells
  • old apples, oranges, cranberries and/or raisins
  • embroidery needle
  • cardboard



Thread the dental floss into the needle. I use dental floss for lots of projects, because it’s always on hand and is super-sturdy! Using the needle, string the peanuts onto the dental floss. Having cardboard under the peanuts, makes it easier to push the needle through. Tie a knot after you string the first peanut to hold the rest on!






You can cut an apple into small pieces to string as well. If you have dried fruit, you can string that along with the peanuts too.




My helper squirreling away some apple bits…



Once the peanuts are all strung, find the perfect place to hang your BIRD FEEDER GARLAND!





The BIRD FEEDER GARLAND looks great on it’s own, but to really give the birds a treat, add some BIRD FEEDER ORNAMENTS as well! Kids love helping with this part!



Materials needed:

  • dental floss
  • pinecones
  • peanut butter
  • bird seed
  • butter knife
  • 2 plates



First, tie the dental floss in a knot or two around the top of the pinecone.



Using a butter knife, slather on some peanut butter.





Pour some bird seed out on a plate and let your little one roll the peanut butter-covered pinecone through the bird seed.



Hang the pinecones from your BIRD FEEDER GARLAND!



You can also slice some apples and/or oranges to hang from the garland. And if you make these DIY Cereal Bird Feeders, you can add them as well! Enjoy!!!





10+ Silly Jokes for Kids!

The only thing better than a good knock-knock joke is watching your kids crack up at them! Give them something to smile about at breakfast with these 10+ SILLY JOKES FOR KIDS!




What does a cow wear?

Who’s there?
Olive who?
Olive you!

(L made this one up. She think’s it’s hysterical!)
Who’s there?
Shoes who?
Shoes don’t talk!

What do frogs order when they go to a restaurant?
French flies!

What does a nosy pepper do?
Get’s jalapeño business!

Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you glad I’m here?

Who’s there?
Lemme who?
Lemme kiss you!

Who’s there?
Ida who?
Ida want to!

What do you call a fly without wings?
A walk!

What did the dog say to the flea?
Stop bugging me!

Why do fish live in salt water?
Cause pepper makes them sneeze!

What did one volcano say to the other?
I lava you!




What’s your kid’s favorite joke??? Share in the comments section below!!! Happy laughing!!!

DIY Cereal Bird Feeder

Being that February is National Bird-Feeding Month, I thought we’d make and share a few homemade, bird feeders with you over the next few weeks! This DIY CEREAL BIRD FEEDER may be the quickest and easiest one to make! I remember making similar ones when I was in grade school. So cute!






Materials needed:

  • pipe cleaners (or other thin wire)
  • O-shaped cereal (non-sugary)
  • ribbon



First, bend the wire in half gently, making a V-shape.



Have your little ones string the cereal onto the wire, as you would with beads. Leave about 1/2 – 1 inch of the wire showing at the ends.





Twist the ends together and shape into a heart.





Tie some ribbon in the middle of your bird feeders and hang them outside for the birds!





Notice the hearts are rather light, so hang them up in a bush or against a tree trunk…someplace protected from the wind. Enjoy!



Check out our DIY TIN CAN BIRD FEEDER as well!

It’s Tea Time!!! Tea Party Ideas

Over at Our Beautifully Messy House, we love a good TEA PARTY! We have breakfast tea parties and mid-afternoon tea parties, tea parties in a teepee outside, and tea parties on the kitchen floor! We have tea parties with friends and tea parties with fairies! There is only one rule in our house when it comes to having a tea party: Everyone must wear a hat! It doesn’t matter if you are still wearing your pajamas, everybody starts the tea party with a hat!






If you’re planning ahead, you can make some “Floppy Newspaper Hats” for tea time! (DIY here.)



Tea Ideas

Obviously you can steep any flavor of tea, but with little kids you may want to get creative! Sometimes I pour L half a cup of Blueberry Wild Child Tea, fill the rest with milk and she drinks it out of her fancy tea cup with a straw. Anything goes! Kids can drink water, milk, juice mixed with water, or hot chocolate…if it’s in a tea cup, it’s tea!




Tea Cups

Tea cups don’t have to be fancy, but fancy is fun! The best place to find tea cups is at antique stores, yard sales and flea markets. Such places are filled with tea pots and cups and, at only a couple of dollars a piece, it’s no big deal if one breaks.



Tea Party Treats

For breakfast tea parties, we make PANCAKE SANDWICHES with cream cheese and strawberry jam layered in-between two pancakes. To make them extra fancy, cut the pancakes with a heart cookie cutter and let the red, strawberry jam shine through!



These Strawberry Jam Scones are perfect for tea time! Get the recipe here.



No-Bake Acorn Treats are fun and yummy for your tea party outdoors! Get the quick and easy how-to here.



If you’re just throwing together a tea party last minute, anything will do…a granola bar cut into bites, muffins, a bowl of popcorn. Your kids will love it!

A Tea Party for Fairies



If you don’t have fairies and fairy furniture, you can easily make some!


DIY Fairy Folk



DIY Fairy Furniture


Acorn Cap Treasures (aka Fairy Hats!)

Use cheerios to make FAIRY DONUTS. If you have a microwave, simply place one chocolate chip on top of a cheerio and zap it for a few seconds. Top with mini-sprinkles! We don’t have a microwave and melted the chocolate chips in a double-broiler on the stove-top and it worked just as well! For powdered fairy donuts, dip the cheerios in some maple syrup and then toss around in some powdered sugar. Silly, sweet, and so much fun!!!





If you don’t have a mini-tea set, you can use buttons for fairy plates and thimbles for the tea cups. Have the tea party on top of a box or a colorful pillow!




Please don’t think that if you have little boys that they can’t partake in your tea party fun! Everybody loves a party and if you must, call it a “picnic!” Enjoy!!!