Make a Wire, Paper, and Glitter Butterfly

Terri O butterflyHi there, Terri’s assistant Carol here.  At night, to justify my TV watching, I am trying to keep my hands busy making something.

wire-butterflytraceI had the remainder of a spool of green wire that was pliable enough to wrap with my fingers so I wrapped up a butterfly. (I have seen wire critters in craft and $ stores).

Then I decided it needed paper and glitter. This glitter from Crafty Chica is mostly silver but it also has some different colored flecks. The paper is double sided, so my butterfly will look pretty on the flip side.

Thank goodness for non-stick craft mats.


Buttons became the body.

I do not think I will use it as a Christmas Tree ornament, but maybe a package topper.


nonstickAs I pulled an increasing amount of stuff from my craft room/office to the living room table I put it all on a tray that can go back and forth for easy clean-up.

Do you craft in front of the TV?


Simple Ways to Get Rid of Product Build-up and Give your Hair a Healthy Shine at Home

home remedy for product buildup on hair terri oThe environment can be brutal on your hair. So I have 3 super simple recipes you can make yourself. Chances are you already have the ingredients in your kitchen.

Here is how to get rid of product build up-

Mix ½ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup lemon juice. Put in a spray bottle and spritz on your hair. Rinse immediately. IF YOU HAVE COLOR TREATED HAIR BE SURE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR COLORIST FIRST.

super simple Terri O home hair treatments

Now that you have removed the gunk let’s add some shine! After shampooing your hair, rinse with cooled tea.

Hair is made of protein and giving it a healthy dose of nutrients every couple of weeks is a good idea. It helps strengthen your hair and add tons of moisture. Here are two recipes to choose from:

  1. Smash a ripe avocado and add a tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Work into wet hair and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes. Be sure to mash it up really well otherwise the chunks will just fall on the ground and cause a mess.
  2. Or you can whip up an egg and apply it to your hair leaving on for 10 to 20 minutes. This one is a little messy but effective.

Really Simple Ornaments Little Kids Can Make (with a little supervision)

Love ‘Em Ornaments

I bet you have a box of duplicate photos in your craft area, and if not, I bet you have a printer.

terrio-simple-photo-ornamenYou can help your children decorate a Christmas tree with photos of family rolled and placed in clear plastic ornaments.

Trust me, this is much easier than building a ship in a bottle and is a simple project for little hands.

  1. I cut this wedding photo into a heart shape.
  2. It didn’t quite unroll like I wanted so I simply used the eraser end of a pencil to uncurl it and viola!
  3. Instant ornament.

This would be a fun project to make as a theme:

VINTAGE—print  the photos in a sepia tone and tie the ornament at the top with ribbon

FAR AWAY—use photos of all those friends and family you are missing

Easy embellishments:

  • lace
  • ribbon
  • paste on jewels

lace-and-flowers-terri-oFestive Lace and Flowers

  1. Water down a small amount of white craft glue—about 2/3rds glue to 1/3rd water
  2. Pour into clear plastic ornament and swil around until insides are coated.
  3. Pour in glitter and swirl around. Let dry.
  4. Use a tacky craft glue to adhere a stip of ribbon and a few small flowers to the outside of the ornament and let dry. (My assistant scored a bag of lace scaps recently at a moving sale.)

terri-o-simple-ornamentGlitter on the Outside Ornament

  1. Draw glue lines on the outside of an ornament—I used a clear plastic one.
  2. Turn it in one hand as you sprinkle glitter with the other—do this over a sheet of paper and you can put any excess glitter back into its jar.
  3. Let dry.



Redneck Candle Holder for Christmas

How did crafts made with Mason Jars come to be “redneck”? When I go the the Farmer’s Market and buy apple sauce or jam or pickles and they are in a canning jar, I just think of how tasty the contents will be.

This candle holder builds on the redneck wine glass idea. You can make it pretty simply by yourself, but I admit there was a point where I could have used an extra finger as I knotted the lace and ribbon.



Hot Glue Gun



Canning Jar (Dollar Store)

Glass Candle Stand (Dollar Store)

Pearls ( upcycled jewelry)


Prima Flowers

White Mesh Lace

Red Satin Ribbon

Seagreen Organza Ribbon



  1. Tie mesh lace around jar.
  2. Tuck red and seagreen ribbon under mesh lace knot.
  3. Tie Prima Flowers with ribbon.
  4. Use hot glue gun to affix pearls and red beads to jar amidst flowers, and pearls to base of candle holder.
  5. Place a few beads into candle holder base.
  6. Trace glue around top edge of candle base and place decorated jar on top. Let dry.
  7. Add tealight.

Balloon + Fabric Leaves = Fabulous Fall DIY Bowl

Hello Everyone!

I love to decorate for fall. The colorful and easy to find supplies in craft and dollar stores can take you all the way through to Thanksgiving.

I found the idea for the leaf bowl in a magazine. But I found the instructions to be terrible and totally off!

So here is the simple version… if there is one.

Terri O's Super Simple  leaf bowlLEAF BOWL

Fabric leaves
Paint brush
Tin pot or container

–Blow up the balloon to desired size. Attach a few clothespins to the bottom to hold it down and place it in the container.
–Paint glue onto balloon and lay leaves on top. Paint glue over each leaf. Continue building on top to create the shape of the bowl layering leaves on top of each other.
–Let dry completely. Pop the balloon and you are left with a very pretty but not so stable bowl.

You can put pretties in it and use it as home decor.

Water Garden in a Whiskey or Wine Barrel

Parrot Feather

Parrot Feather Plant


Terri O craft projectAfter you have gathered your supplies, and soaked your barrel overnight, creating this backyard garden showpiece should only take you about an hour.



  • Whiskey or wine barrel (You must soak barrel overnight so wooden slats swell properly before planting garden.)
  • Plastic tub liner (sits inside barrel)
  • Water pump (size: 80 to 120 gallons/hour. We used Pondworks Pump.)
  • 3/8-inch tubing
  • Dechlorinator (neutralizes chemicals in water)
  • Plants used: Water lily, Anacharis, Parrot’s Feather, Spiderwort
  • Easy access to hose






  1. Soak barrel overnight so slats swell and seal appropriately. Once dry, place plastic tub liner inside (It should fit snuggly).
  2. Fill up liner with water up to desired level.
  3. Set up water pump, according to package instructions. Remember, you want a device that pumps 80 to 120 gallons of water an hour. Once it’s installed you can adjust the flow, particularly if you’re using a decorative garden aerator, such as a frog.
  4. SAFETY TIP: Double-check outlet before you plug in. Make sure you use one that’s equipped with a GFI (ground fault interrupter) safety fuse.
  5. Now you’re ready to place plants in your water garden, starting with the most delicate, such as Anacharis. Plants that don’t need to be submersed should be elevated out of the water. We used upside down plastic plant containers.
  6. Maintain your water garden by pruning and feeding your plants, and always check your water level.

Can’t get enough gardening? Check out THIS VIDEO.

Table Top Water Fountain

I find the sound of a bubbling brook soothing. This DIY craft brings the sound of nature indoors for about $65-80 A fountain purchased at retaill would cost you at least twice this amount and you would not be able to say proudly, “I made it myself.”

Craft Materials Needed:Table Top Water Fountain

·    1 20-inch saucer for your base

·    Terra cotta pots and saucers of various sizes

·    Fountain pump, available at most craft stores or garden shops

·    Glass marbles or stones

·    Large file

·    Patio Paint

Project Instructions:

  1. Terra cotta is very porous so seal the pots with Patio Paint before you start.
  2. Using a file, make V notches in saucers (except the 20-inch base) where you want the water to cascade down.
  3. Turn terra cotta pots upside down to create the waterfall bases and place in 20-inch saucer. Place the fountain pump under the tallest terra cotta pot, with the pump’s tube going up through the pot’s drainage hole.
  4. Put a hole large enough for the water pump tube in the center of saucer. Place on top of the tallest pot to create the top of your waterfall, making sure pump’s tube goes through hole (you can cut the tube to desired length).
  5. Place glass marbles or stones in the pots. You can get creative and put in real flowers or small figurines.

Decorated Bar Stool

One of the nice things about adding your choice of paint, fabric and trim to an unfinished bar stool is that what you create will perfectly match your decor.

You will use a paring knife on a potato to create the stamp that you will use on the fabric. In fact, vegetables make great stamps–maybe you want to take a look at this craft video.

Craft Supplies:DIY upholstered bar stool Terri O

  • Unfinished bar stool (Ours was 30 inches high.)
  • Spray paint, gold
  • Acrylic paint, cranberry
  • Spray sealer, satin polyurethane
  • 2-inch dense foam (enough to cover seat)
  • Trim
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Potato
  • Paring knife
  • Palette (for paint)

Project Instructions:

  1. Coat bar stool with spray paint, following directions on can. Let dry.
  2. Using the paring knife, carefully cut a design out of the potato. It’s easier if you cut the potato in half first, then carve out your shape. I carved out a star.
  3. Dip your star stamp in the acrylic paint and start stamping your stool. This dries fairly quickly.
  4. Once dry, spray stool with sealer. Follow directions on can.
  5. Now you’re ready to cover your seat with the dense foam. Cut to fit seat and glue down. This helps it from slipping off the stool.
  6. Cut out enough fabric to cover foam seat, leaving a little extra to tuck and staple underneath. It’s easier to do this if you turn the stool upside down on the fabric and center it up. I just “eyeballed” the tucking and stapling stage, but measure it out if that makes you feel more comfortable. Simply tuck and staple the fabric around the seat until fully secured. Trim off excess fabric.
  7. Using the glue gun, secure trim around the edge of the seat, working in small sections because glue dries quickly!

Completion Time: A couple of hours

You can also use a potato to craft a necklace. HERE is the link. Prefer your taters cooked and ready to eat? Make a breakfast burrito the Super Simple way!

Cracklin’ End Table

This is a super simple project for a table that is sturdy yet needs some TLC.

Craft Supplies:tc_crackletable

  • Wood end table
  • Sandpaper
  • Base coat (I used gold.)
  • Crackle medium (Hlide glue or weathered crackle glaze — I used black.)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Polyurethane

Project Instructions:

  1. Prep the table by sanding down the wood. Apply gold base coat (This is what shines through.) Allow to dry 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Once base coat is dry, apply top coat of crackle (Follow directions on label for mixing instructions, if necessary). Paintbrush strokes should be in the same direction. Slowly, the crackle will begin to show through.
  3. Coat with polyurethane.

Completion Time: 1 hour + drying time

Helpful Hints: 
Always apply paint in the same direction. If you don’t, the crackle will look like a mess. The thicker the paint, the larger the crackles.

Love faux finishes? Want to paint them onto your walls? Here they are in linen wood, brushed metal and Tuscan.

Funky and Fun Lamp – a Room Decor Craft

super simple craftI have crafted lampshades as funky, elegant, fun, and elsewhere on the fabric remnant spectrum — including old blue jeans. Here’s the blue jean DIY video.

Materials and Tools:tc_lamp


Paper to make a pattern on fabric



Adhesive (E6000, Aileen’s or hot glue with a glue gun)

Trim of choice

Lampshade Instructions:

  1. To cover a lampshade you need to make a pattern. Tape about 4 pieces of paper together in a semi-circle. Lay your shade on its side with the top facing you. Start where the seam is and slowly roll your shade while drawing a line with a pencil. Roll it all the way around until you reach the seam again. Do it a second time in the same spot so you can trace the bottom. Cut out your pattern and use it to cut your fabric. Your fabric should fit just perfect!
  2. Tack the fabric to the shade with adhesive. Use sparingly. If the fabric is thin the glue may show thru when you turn the light on. Try to stick to the edges. Add your trim and you are done.