Stencil Ideas – Befores and Afters

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Although the year got off to a slow creative start, Birdz of a Feather has upcycled some pretty unique pieces with stencil ideas this season. With just under a week to go until Christmas, we’d like to inspire you with 10 of our favourite stencilled upcycles by showing you the befores and afters. And then we’ll throw in a few stencilling tips along the way for good measure. After all, this is a DIY blog!  Continue reading

Gnome DIY – Light it Up For Christmas!

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Every time I see the Travelocity Gnome on the Amazing Race, I tell myself ‘I have to get around to making a gnome’! I had so much fun with this gnome DIY, I really don’t know what took me so long to make one! But I’m glad I did wait, because the gnome kit I received from Kim and Garrett Make It, combined with the Christmas Sweater stencil from Old Sign Stencils, is so worth the wait :). Kim and Garrett are having a Christmas craft giveaway, but you have to enter this weekend (see the link at the end of this post). Continue reading

Wooden Planter Box DIY – Tea Caddy Makeover

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I love unexpected garage sale finds like this tea caddy! Although it’s meant to be a tea bag holder, I saw the potential to upcycle it from a tea storage box into a planter for the holiday season. Our wooden planter box DIY is going to look stunning with the addition of poinsettias!

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Refinish a Coffee Table – Sewing Table Idea

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This is the second time in a month I get to refinish a coffee table! Years ago on a trip to the States, Hubs and I picked up a cute little coffee table that was originally a vintage sewing table. We’ve done several vintage sewing machine table makeovers now and they always get me thinking creatively. Surprisingly, we’ve never come across such a short base before! Continue reading

Wooden Shelf Display – Add Legs to a Floating Shelf!

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This wooden shelf display is a bit counterintuitive. Today I’m taking a floating wall shelf and repurposing it into a display platform base for our Hot Chocolate Station by adding legs. This is the second project in our 3 part series. I can’t wait for the final reveal!  Continue reading

Hot Chocolate Station – Hot Cocoa Tray

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We may have a small kitchen, but that doesn’t mean we can’t squeeze in a hot chocolate station! So we’re on a mission to make a scaled-down version of a hot chocolate station, complete with the hot cocoa tray we’re about to show you! There’s nothing more comforting than a hot cup of cocoa on a cold blustery day! Continue reading

Tiered Plant Stand DIY – with Christmas Poinsettias!

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I wanted poinsettias for Christmas, and boy did I get them with this tiered plant stand DIY! Stencilled in a really cool houndstooth pattern, our planter table makes a beautiful indoor plant stand for multiple plants! Continue reading

Christmas Sleigh Decor – Point Blanket Inspired!

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Some people dream of a white Christmas. That’s usually not a problem in Canada! However, I prefer a colourful one, Canadian style, with Christmas sleigh decor done up in Hudson’s Bay Point Blanket Stripes! Continue reading

Coffee Table Makeover – with Upcycled Flooring Top!

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Our coffee table makeover starts with a base we found on garbage day. Unfortunately it’s missing the top and Hubs and I didn’t see eye to eye on how we should upcycle it. So he’s going to indulge my idea now and since the weather is too cold to work outside, I’ll reciprocate in the Spring. Continue reading

Luxury Vinyl Flooring Innovation – True North LVMax

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Our luxury vinyl flooring install was a long time coming. You might even say long overdue. Our basement flooded and we lost our beautiful engineered hardwood floor. Collateral damage of course was my craft studio, Hubs’ man cave and our laundry room. Despite doing all the right things, and even recovering from a previous flood, we knew we were taking a risk by installing real wood. After the incident, our dimpled membrane did not save us a second time.

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Needle Felted Elf: A Coastal Christmas

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This needle felted elf will make a cute addition to your Christmas decor!

I recently took a course on needle felting; something I’ve alway wanted to learn! When I discovered that I could get wool roving online, I was excited to practice what I had learned and design my own project. Amazon has a great selection of colours of wool roving and tools by Clover. Continue reading

Christmas Card Holder Display

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Our Christmas card holder display is unique! It multi-tasks as a Christmas card holder a place card holder or a picture holder.  It makes a great Christmas gift! And unbelievably, it all starts with mini rolling pins* at from the dollar store! A quick call to the store and they were able to order us in an entire box of them! Continue reading

DIY Wine Bag – Wine Gift Bag

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A DIY wine bag is always a welcome gift at Christmas. We always seem to have more reusable shopping bags than we know what to do with. So today I’m showing you how to upcycle them into a wine gift bag. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s handy to have a wine tote to carry some spirits to get into the spirit. Of course, it goes without saying that it could also carry a non-alcoholic drink instead; don’t forget about those designated drivers!
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Blue Jean Planter – Upcycle Your Jeans!

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Our Blue Jean Planter was a conversation starter when it was first posted on Facebook. It all started with a pool noodle and ended with a video that went viral with over 11 million Facebook views! Most people had a chuckle, but a few were startled. Either way, we love that people have such strong opinions about it 😉. Continue reading