A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: January 2016

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31 January 2016

Clover Planter with Gold Leaf Plaid

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I am skipping over Valentine's for a moment because this little planting project needs some time and you will want it to be ready by St. Patrick's Day! Join me as I make a gilded, walnut planter chock full of REAL LIFE clover!  Let's start with the planter, shall we?  Here are the supplies you will need:

How to Use Gold Leaf to Decorate a St. Patrick's Day Planter

Supplies:

Instructions:

Start with your gold leafing.  Apply a thin layer of decoupage medium to the planter and place the gold leaf sheets (THIS TUTORIAL of mine gives more detail on gold leafing).  Oncve they have completely dried, it is time to make your gold tape "plaid".  Duct tape goes on after the gold leafing and washi tape finishes off the plaid.

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Applying Tapes - Copy

A little duct tape on the top needs to be snipped so that it can fold neatly over the edge of the planter.

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Sniping Duct Tape - Copy

Once the gold leaf is dry, before OR after you add the other tapes, you can begin the staining process.  I used a deep walnut stain to complement the shining, St. Patty's day GOLD!  For a fun look, you can leave a little bit of decoupage glue on the foam brush, dip into the walnut stain and apply.  See the difference below:

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Walnut Finish

Now that we are finished with the fun decorating, it is time to get serious.  We will be planting actual plants in this planter, so we need to seal it just a bit.  My tool of choice is just a little plastic wrap in the bottom/sides of the planter, but you could also use a plastic planter insert.  It basically just stops the wooden planter from rotting from the damp soil.  If you are going to use your planter outdoors, you could certainly drill a couple drainage holes in the bottom, forgo the plastic and use the planter for a single season.

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Time for clover!  The clover roots are weird looking wormy things :)  When purchasing, you want to look for "oxalis" and I would caution beginner gardeners to grow these from roots, NOT seed as they can be a difficult plant to grow from seed.  Many of the online sales of "REAL Irish clover seeds" are scams.

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Soak the roots until slightly plump then plant them under a light layer of potting soil.

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Soaking Clover

Now we wait...

Clover Walnut Planter with Gold Leaf for Crafts Unleashed by Amy_Renea Sun


 If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!


08 January 2016

Valentine Heart Lollipops

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These homemade lollipop heart valentine treats are easy enough for a beginner and turn out beautifully. 
 They're perfect for classroom parties or a fun little surprise for teachers, friends, the postman - anyone!
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*I previously published this post on and for Consumer Crafts at the Crafts Unleashed blog.

Supplies:

Start by melting half a package of "melts" in a fondue pot.  A fondue pot is a better idea than a pan because the temperature stays consistent and low.  You could melt the wafers in a glass bowl in the microwave or on the stove in a pan, but be very careful not to burn or explode the candy!!

Chocolate Valentine Heart Lollipops by Amy Renea

Once melted into a stir-able liquid, gently pour the chocolate into a mold.  I used the heart mold for Valentine's day, 
but ConsumerCrafts has plenty of other choices here.  These molds with these candy wafers DO NOT need greasing.  They will pop right out easily!

Heart Shaped Chocolate Mold for Valentine Lollipops by Amy Renea

The chocolate will make a small mound in the center of the heart.  Give it a tiny, gentle shake and the chocolate will even out.  It is better to have too little chocolate in the mold and add more than to have too much and it spill out onto the flat part of the mold.  Ask me how I know that.  Place a lollipop stick (or cookie sticks used here which are larger) into the mold and twist in the chocolate to make a good seal.

Heart Shaped Chocolate Mold for Valentine Lollipops by Amy Renea

Allow the chocolate to fully harden, then gently pull up on the stick near the chocolate to unmold the candy.  
Use a little melted chocolate to secure eyes if you wish!  Aren't those eyes just adorable?

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To package your valentine treats, consider these cellophane bags with baker's twine or colorful twist ties!

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01 January 2016

Happy New Year!

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As 2015 comes to an end, it is time to reflect back on the
most read and pinned project ideas, craft tutorials and DIY gardening posts here at the Nest!

Click any photo to visit the full post or tutorial!


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