Make a twig heart in 2 minutes

Make a twig heartThis deco is perfect for every occasion! Beautiful for Easter, romantic for Valentine’s Day, lovely for Mother’s Day, for centerpieces at wedding parties… and I’ll show you how quickly they’re made.

That’s all you need:

  • forked, flexible twigs
  • a knife or sharp scissors

I made some hearts from willow twigs and from red osier. The red osier has a beautiful, vivid color which I prefer. The size of the heart depends on the size of the twig.
That’s how it works:

Herz aus Zweigen - Anleitung bei anke-art.deLook for some willow or red osier. Or any other plant with flexible, long twigs – sorry, my botanical knowledge isn’t good enough to give any advice 😉

Herz aus Zweigen - Anleitung bei anke-art.deYou need a long twig which is forked. Both ends should be of comparable diameter.

Herz aus Zweigen - Anleitung bei anke-art.deCut off this Y-shaped twig. Keep the stem long, you can shorten it later if needed.

Herz aus Zweigen - Anleitung bei anke-art.deNow you carefully bend both of the twig’s ends down towards the middle of the stem. Hold them together as shown in the pic.

Herz aus Zweigen - Anleitung bei anke-art.deNow bend the twig from the back around the opposite twig, weaving it from front to back across the stem. Ugh, that’s hard for me to describe in English – have a look at the pics 😉

Herz aus Zweigen - Anleitung bei anke-art.deNow you take the other twig and weave it across to the other side.

Herz aus Zweigen - Anleitung bei anke-art.deRepeat the weaving until you reach the end of the twigs. In my example, the twigs were rather short.
Cut off the ends.

Here you can see two more hearts, the left one is from osier, the right one is wicker:
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That’s it! The hearts look great in flower pots (do you have a word for those in English? We call it “Blumenstecker” in German):

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Have fun!

Selfmade Rainsticks – cheap, easy, great for kids!

The easiest way to make a Rain StickDo you need an easy, cheap craft idea for kids? When it’s nasty and rainy outside, I love to create these rainsticks. I tell the kids that we can make our own rain now, so the clouds might think: “Hey, it’s already raining down there, I guess we can stop” 🙂
But as you can see in the pics, it works in spring or summer, too – then you can say that nature needs a lot of rain to make the flowers grow.

This tutorial isn’t only easy, it’s very cheap even for large groups. Anything you need is available at your local hardware storeI love hardware stores! I can spend hours there, and I come up with great ideas how I can re-purpose things! These rainsticks, for example.. Here we go:

You need:

  • foam insulation tubes (approx. 2 inches in diameter)
  • cutter knife
  • a large pack of wire nails (ca. 1-1.5 inches long)
  • scissors
  • rice or gravel
  • plaster bandages (or large sheets of paper)
  • paint brushes (or felt tip pens)
  • acrylic paint

Prepare one rainstick so you can show it to the kids.

Of each tube, cut approx. 4 inches off. Cut the rest in half: you’ll get two rainsticks from one tube.

Now take the wire nails and stick them into the foam (if you like, you can draw a spiral around the tube and use it as a guide). Tell the children to leave at least a thumb-tip wide space between the nails.

With the cutter knife, cut round plugs from the foam. Their width should be as large as the tube’s diameter. Do this while the children are busy with the nails. Stick a plug into one end of the tube. Fixate it with 3-4 wire nails. Into the other side of the tube, pour half a cup of rice or gravel.

Close this side with another plug.

For young kids: Let them draw on large paper. This artwork can be wrapped around the tubes, simply attach it with a few more wire nails. Easy and mess-free 😀

For older kids: Cut the plaster bandages to the length of the tubes. Pull a bandage through a bowl with water and flatten the bandage on the tube. Repeat until the tube is covered with two layers of plaster. After the plaster has dried, paint the tubes with acrylic paint.
By the way, the rainsticks sound really great!

The plaster-and-paint version is not suitable for indoors – except if you’re into scrubbing tables and floors.. Here are some pics from a rainstick project in summer. Afterwards, some dads had fun with the garden hose.

This tutorial was first published in 2011, here’s a revised version.

Pinspiration No. 2

pinspirationchallengeMy second Pinspiration: beautifully romantic, vintage style earrings, based on this Pin. I couldn’t find exactly the same ‘ingredients’ – it would have been too expensive to order them from overseas – but I didn’t want to make a 1:1 copy anyway. Here you can see my two color combos:
"Pinspired" Earrings
Quite cute, don’t you think? I’m not sure whether to leave them like this or to turn them into pendants, though. Dangly earrings tend to irritate me sooner or later 😉

Do you want to join my challenge? Just add your link to my linky:

Paint Swatch Birthday Calendar

Birthday Calendar

Paint swatches are wonderful! You get them for free at the hardware store, and you can use them for craft projects, for example a colorful reminder of upcoming birthdays (click to enlarge):

It’s easy as pie: use some large stamps (I used “Simply Sweet” foam stamps by Doodlebug Design) and black ink (Staz-On) and stamp the first three letters of the month on a card (I chose colors which resembled the mood/temperature of the months).

Now attach a printed list of the days to the card. Use good glue, otherwise they might curl upwards after some months like mine did…
Anyway, if you’d like to make such a calendar, here’s a free Download as PDF:[trx_button type=”square” style=”global” size=”mini” fullsize=”no” icon=”icon-down-bold” color=”#6f0eb3″ link=”” popup=”no” top=”1″ bottom=”1″ left=”1″ right=”1″ id=”birthdaypdf”]Download PDF[/trx_button]


Print it (12 copies of page 1 or, to get the correct number of days per month, 7 copies of page one, 4 copies of page two, and 1 copy of page three) and cut it to the width of your paint swatches. Trim to get an equal height. Choose a nice place for your calendar and attach it to your wall or door.

I always mark the current date with a little arrow (“Book Dart”), so I can see upcoming birthdays at a glance.

By the way, the icing on the cake is the cat on top of my door. I cut it from vintage wallpaper scraps. And it covers a dent in the wall *g*.