Are you looking for something fun and easy to make this weekend? Whether you’re making memories with the kids or uncorking a bottle of rosé with the girls, here are 3 DIY projects you can finish in an afternoon.
With just a little bit of glue, cotton yarn, and patience, you can create amazing, Pinterest-worthy works of art! Just be warned: this project is messy. But the results are so worth it. Blow up a balloon to the size you want your globe to be, then wipe petroleum jelly over the surface to stop the yarn from sticking.
At this point, we recommend hanging the balloons upside down from a rod or branch outdoors. Mix up ½ cup of white glue, ½ cup of corn starch, and ¼ cup of water. Dump that gloop in a shallow dish, then feed your yarn through it. Wrap the yarn in a crisscross pattern all around the balloon.
Then just let it dry for 24 hours and pop the balloons. Hang these from trees, pile them in a bowl, or even use them as lanterns.
Sometimes you see a craft that’s so simple and gorgeous that you can’t understand why you never thought of it before. That’s how we feel about river rock coasters. Grab a bag or two of polished pebbles from the craft store, some pre-cut cork coasters, and a big bottle of clear gel glue.
Plan out your coasters before gluing them so that the pebbles are all even and look nice. Then it’s just a matter of gluing each rock to the cork. This will take some patience, but it’s a great little project to do while you chat with friends or watch TV.
If there’s one thing songbirds love, it’s a special suet treat. You can make your own adorable bird feeders in your kitchen. These make especially nice holiday gifts and outdoor winter décor. You’ll need to get about a pound of vegetable suet—you can order this online—as well as a bag of birdseed. You can add unsalted peanuts to the mix, and a few cranberries for color.
Grab a Bundt cake pan and you’re ready to get started! Melt the suet in a saucepan and mix in several cups of birdseed along with a few handfuls of peanuts and cranberries. You want the mixture to be just wet enough that it sticks together. Press it into your Bundt pan and pop the whole thing in the fridge overnight.
Pop it out of the pan and marvel at the seed cake you made! You can use a wide ribbon to hang it outside. Then just wait for the birds to come to visit!