Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Ashley M. www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley M.

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! Even though I try to get my shopping done early, there always seems to be a need for last minute gift ideas. Running out to the store isn’t always an option, so here’s a couple gift ideas that I was able to make with things around the house.

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Monster Halloween Treats

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Lynell

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I look forward to it every year! This year I asked my friend, Sabrina her Granddaughter, Lilah and my Grandson, Payten to help make up some Monster Halloween Treats. Continue reading “Monster Halloween Treats”

DIY: Bee & Lady Bug Bird Feeder

DIY: Bee & Lady Bug Hanging Bird Feeder

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I have been a nature lover for as long as I can remember. Every morning while I enjoy my cup of tea I watch the birds from my window.Audoban Wild Bird Food Over the years it has become one of my favorite daily pastimes. In addition to appreciating nature, I also enjoy making new DIY crafts that I can share with my friends and family members. This past weekend I took advantage of the weather and made this great DIY Bird Feeder craft, and it has made my morning bird watching an even more enjoyable routine. My birds already love my yard because I use Audubon Wild Bird Food- I swear the birds love this feed the best, and this creative craft compliments Audubon’s 100% Natural Wild Bird Food perfectly.

The best part of this craft is that it is constructed using upcycled coffee cans. Re-purposing the coffee cans that would otherwise be thrown away is a great way to personalize my recycling routine and use my creative abilities!

Throughout the directions and materials list keep in mind what kind of insect you will be making. If you have an idea for a different bug or creature feel free to get creative, purchase different colors of spray paint, and construct that idea too! This craft is especially great for kids to craft with you because they will love to help you refill the feeders with bird seed and then watch the birds alongside you. Great bonding time with the kids or grandkids!

I hope you enjoy creating DIY craft as much as I have enjoyed writing about it. Now pick up your materials, some Audubon Wild Bird Food and have a happy time bird watching!

Tools

  •     ScissorsLady Bug Feeder
  •    Wire cutter
  •     Painter’s tape
  •     Drill
  •     Pliers
  •     Utility Knife

Materials:

  •     1 3/8” Oak Dowel
  •     1 Fiberglass Screen
  •     1 16-Gauge Soft Wire
  •      Old Wire
  •      2 Coffee Cans
  •     1 Black Spray Paint
  •     1 Yellow Spray Paint
  •     1 Red Spray Paint
  •     1 E6000 Glue
  •     Sandpaper

Instructions:

  1. Remove the lids from the coffee can containers and take the paper off the cans.
  2. Drill one small hole in the bottom of each can towards the edge of the rim. Eventually, you will insert the hanging wire needed to hang the feeders into these holes. Drill 2 holes in the side of each can for the wings.
  3. Spray-paint the coffee cans & dowel black. Then set aside to dry.
  4. Cut four pieces of wire and twist them to form circles — these will serve as the wings of your insect. Next, cut four pieces of screen to the same size as the wire circles. Run the wire thru the screen towards the edges similar to the picture, twist the wire end, leave a tail or portion of the wire at the end.
  5. For the bee can, apply painter’s tape where you would like to see black stripes. Likewise, apply circles of tape to the ladybug can where you would Bee Feederlike to place the black spots. Then, apply yellow spray paint to the bee can and red spray paint to the ladybug can. When the paint has dried, remove the painter’s tape. Use sandpaper to rough up the cans for the older/rustic look.
  6. Run old wire through the can and bottom hole you made earlier and back around, twist the wire. Then use this wire to hang up in tree. Next, put wings in holes & twist together. Add a small amount of glue on the outside by the holes to seal.
  7. Cut the plastic lids in half. Cut a small hole on bottom of lid to run the dowel through. Glue dowel in can then glue lid to can.
  8. Fill bee & ladybug full of Audborn wild bird seed and enjoy watching the birds eat!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Halloween Milk Jug Luminaries

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Lynell

Halloween – my favorite holiday! Of course, I had to come up with a fun idea for a family project. I recently started collecting gallon milk jugs and had all I needed in no time because our family loves milk. I used them for a great project that I created with my kids and grandkids. We made a scary outside Halloween decoration and the grandchildren loved it. Click Here to print the faces that we used on our Milk Jugs.

Halloween Milk Jug Luminaries
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Ingredients
  • Empty Clear Plastic Gallon Milk Jugs
  • GOO GONE
  • Black Vinyl or Black Permanent Marker
  • Orange or White Lights
  • Rocks
  • Knife
Instructions
  1. Collect as many 1-gallon milk jugs as you want.
  2. Wash jug, outside and in, with warm water and soap and remove any stickers.
  3. Let dry.
  4. Create a different face on each milk jug. You can use the templates supplied and trace them on the back of a piece of black vinyl or use templates to trace onto milk jug with a black permanent marker. (Sharpies work very well.)
  5. Put some rocks in the bottom of the jugs so that if you put them outside, the wind will not blow them away.
  6. Cut a 3-sided flap in the back of each jug using a serrated knife. (I made it face down in case rain got it wet. I also keep the lids on so rain could not get in.)
  7. Plug the lights into the nearest outlet (you might need an extension cord) and place 8-10 lights into the back of the first jug.
  8. Set the rest of the jugs near one another and then run the lights from jug to jug until you run out of milk jugs and lights.
Notes
To remove stickers, soak them in water and then scratch off the rest of sticker. If the stickers are stubborn, apply some GOO GONE, let it soak in a bit, then scratch that off.
Use white lights to make ghosts or orange lights to create pumpkins.

I hope you enjoy these fun luminaries this Halloween. Feel free to leave a comment to my blog, I would love to hear from you!
Happy Halloween
Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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