Bedford Manor on a Budget: People Feeder

This cute and creative idea was inspired by a magazine ad I saw years ago. It’s my favorite homemade craft.

People Feeder

People Feeder

This versatile project can be themed around any holiday, or any decorating style.

You’ll need:

  • A wood birdhouse with plastic windows
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Decorative add-ons (optional)
  • Small candies
  • assorted paint brushes
  • cleaning rag
  • water in a small dish (for brush cleaning)
People Feeder Supplies

People Feeder Supplies

Acrylic paints dry quickly, which makes this an easy afternoon craft. Starting with the inside of the birdhouse, pour a small amount of paint on the wood then use a paintbrush to spread it around and get into the edges. If you want to add a little extra touch, sprinkle glitter over the paint while it’s still wet.

After you’ve painted the entire birdhouse inside and out, carefully lay on its side separating the base and the lid, and let it dry overnight.

Let it Dry

Let it Dry

Carefully scrape off any dried paint from the windows. For more creative detail, glue on painted decor or tiny tokens (miniature candy canes, ribbons, tiny packages, dollhouse ornaments).

Fill with your favorite small candies then step back and watch your people flock to this fun centerpiece.

This craft costs less than $10 for all supplies, and takes about an hour to complete.

Happy Holiday Decorating!

And Frankly, My Dear . . . that’s all she wrote!

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Bedford Manor on a Budget: Christmas Candies

Bedford Manor on a Budget: Christmas Candies

What would the holidays be without a little sugar and spice?

This wonderful craft/gift idea was given to me by a dear client.

Christmas Candies

Christmas Candies

You’ll need:

  • An airtight container
  • Candies, cookies, or other sweets
  • Packaging/tote bag

Although this gift may seem so simple to be personalized, the beauty is that it is extremely personal. Know a chocolate lover? Throw in some miniature candy bars. A big fan of mints? Wrapped or unwrapped, the airtight container will keep them fresh. You can package home-baked cookies, tea bags, or whatever special treats your loved ones like.

Wrap with a ribbon, and place inside a decorative tote and your gift is ready to give, even to yourself!

And Frankly, My Dear . . . that’s all she wrote!

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