Friday, September 24, 2010

Inspired feature

About a week ago, Heather from DSC asked me if I would like to do a feature.
Of course i said, OF COURSE!
and then i did what everyone else in this position would do...
I asked myself, "what am I going to do?"
It wasn't about coming up with a new projects,
 it was about picking which one of my planned projects was I going to do.

Well, I finished the project a while ago, and it took longer than intended.
Ive recently started a full time job after 3 years of being a stay at home mom.
I worked on this an hour a night for a few nights..
when i finally had the project done it was time to write the tutorial
 but I've been having problems writing it up.
I first tried writing it up on Word 2007, but it was just a trial, and
of course my trial expired.
so then i tried typing it up on notepad.
I had it all nicely typed up and after saving it i went to bed.
the next morning i went to open and send it to Heather, and
of course my computer cant open it.
It tells me the file is to large to open...UGH!!!!
So I'm hoping that maybe by posting the tutorial here, Heather can still use it...
(sadly, because of the unability to use word programs we were unable to use the feature...but thats ok!!)

Now to the Tutorial.....

Ive been seeing alot of Pottery Barn inspired projects lately.
I thought I would see what the big hype was about and I requested the catalogues.
I have to admit, they have some pretty cool items in there, but nothing in there is very cheap!
I liked the spinning shelf, and the bed/dresser combo, but i could never afford them.
I can see why so many people were making their own inspired projects.
The second I saw this, I knew what project I was going to do!!
a cool 'Flying' Crow Mobile!
It has a $39 price tag though!!
After seeing this I knew I wanted to  make my own 'Flying' crows!

The List of required Ingredients are:

5 crows-$5
                                  * located at Dollar tree
Feathers- $2.50
                               * Found at Walmart
3 cans Black Spray Paint- $3
                                  * 96 cents at Walmart
                                             ( 2 glossy, 1 matte)
Fishing Line
               * on hand
Picture Hanging Kit-$1
                                      * Located at Dollar Tree
Branches- Free!

To begin, you must first gather your supplies;
beginning with your branches.

Visit your local woods
I am actually lucky enough to have one basically in my back yard!
There are a large variety of trees to choose from
If you can find already 'dead' and bare branches,
that's even better.
But, be careful because they tend to be brittle and break easily.
for my largest branch, and I chose one that still had leaves on it and was a bit stronger.
all of the others were already 'dead'
remove all of the leaves, leaving as much of the twigs and branches as possible
Half of the leaves gone..
completely bare
Next step is to spray paint your branches
using the glossy spray paint
I added a touch of silver spray paint (on hand) as an accent..
after the branches dry, its time to hang them up.

tie a long strand of fishing line to eye hooks
screw the hooks into the ceiling..
I then propped the 'stem' of the branch in the corner
and tied the branch up with the fishing line

The next step was to work with the crows.
you can remove their legs by simply pulling them out.

one crow i place straight onto the branch
i placed a small stub of twig into one of its leg holes..

 next i strung up three of the crows that will be 'flying'
I did this by threading long pieces of fishing line onto a large yarn needle
and poking it through the middle of the crows
I then tied the end of the line to a sewing pin  and poked it into the crow
so the fishing line wouldn't pull through the Styrofoam of the crow
I then hung the crows from the branch at varying heights

after adding the second crow, i took a step back and reviewed my work.
I liked it but i seemed a bit..empty

so i added another branch below the main one.
i propped it up in the same way as the larger branch, using a keyring to keep them together
Using fishing line i tied it onto the larger branch. hanging just below it.
i used double sided sticky tabs to stick it against the wall
and I placed a Lil crow, cradled in its branches

here is what it looks like so far...

next  step is to add wings to your birds
using the feathers

start layering the feathers to create a wing shape
i hot glued them onto a piece of card stock for stability
trim down the card stock and
create enough wings fro all of your 'flying' birds

after you complete all of your wings, prepare an area to paint them
I started out using the glossy spray paint
it doesn't cover very well...
as you can see below
the matte spray paint does a much better coverage job
( sorry about the bad images)

Using hot glue I attached the wings onto the birds
attach them at different angles to give the perspective that their flying

and here is the final project...
looks amazing!!
And all for around $12!!

I also added a few branches in other corners of the room

the other two were hung by using picture hooks and key rings
i used spiderweb and a creepy spider to accessorize this branch,
which hangs over my daughters doorway

the one above my hallway is held up the same way
using picture hooks and key rings
 you can also add Spanish moss and alot of spider webbing to make the look alot creepier.

For other Halloween crafts,
check out my other posts, such as:

And Many More!!

There will be a tutorial on how to make a Mummy on the way!

also introducing..
The poison Apple!
available in red and green
these are up for commission if anyone is interested.
please leave
 a comment if you would like one of your own.

I am linking this to

I made Top ten in the 'My painted Halloween Challenge'

im also entering this into the


Anonymous said...

Dude, that is AWESOME. And yours actually looks much cooler and scarier than the Pottery Barn version. And for cheaper!

Cristie said...

Very cool! I love it.

Cristie said...

Very cool! I love it.

Peggy said...

very cool & a great tutorial!

Vallimasoos said...

Really love it!

Jen said...

this is about the coolest thing ever!! I'm featuring this on my blog today! Hope you don't mind!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

So cool! I bought 12 of those Dollar Tree crows myself - love them.

Submit them in my Handmade Halloween Contest - starts now!

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Kileen said...

Love it! Very cool and great tutorial!

Sawdust Girl said...

Very Cool!

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