Trees for decorating your front entry

The three birches complete with decorative LED-lights

How much wood would a woodpecker peck if a woodpecker would peck wood…

Our front entrance used to be very plain (read: minimalistic). Over the past few years the Scandinavian style, with different types of wood being a focal point, has been growing on me. No more crackled patina paint jobs ala shabby chick for me! Soooooo, weย decided to bring some of the Norwegian forest to our front door.

Measure the height of of the area where the trees are to be put. In our case it was 2,4 meters from ground to ceiling.

Get a saw or call your local lumberjack. Remember to check with your local landowner before you start chopping down the wood and brining it home! We went for birch-trees, as these are plentiful and the bark is beautiful. The trees we selected had a circumference of 20-26 centimeters

After collecting the trees, place an impregnated board of wood on the ground. (We did not need to fasten this to the ground.) Measure the height from the board to the ceiling. Fasten the bottom of the trunks to the board with stainless screws and the top to the ceiling.ย If you don’t have a ceiling, you will probably have to fasten the top of the trees to the wall with a spacer of some sort.

The trees with some more details

We put some pine branches around the base of the trees for decoration, this is easy to alter according to time of year or occasion. We hung up a battery-powered LED string light for an extra cozy feeling. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can also save some branches (or put in your own pegs by drilling holes and securing with glue) for hanging up the kids’ rain clothes when you don’t want them inside. Just a practical tip! ๐Ÿ˜€

Nano went all in on this project, she’s pooped…

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Fox paper craft

The wonderful things you can find on the Internet! I am found of paper craft and found this really cool shop assembli.nlย online. They have lots of different origami-type paper sculptures that you can fold and glue together. I decided to try it out and ordered The Fox!

The sculpture came really nicely packaged in a sturdy cardboard box. Inside were three large rolled up sheets of thick paper, a wooden ruler for making nice, sharp edges and a tube with a generous amount of glue.

It took about five hours to put it together, a couple of evenings of entertainment in other words. ๐Ÿ™‚

The finished fox finally on the wall! It looks a bit like a 3D-modell from a computer game. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The finished modell is 48x26x38 cm. In other words, large enough to be used instead of the creepy, old fox-trophy that you inherieted from your uncle Bucknuckle!

We hung the trophy here in the teenagers room. Nano seems a bit skeptical about the whole trophy-thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But she can relax, we’re going for the bear next time, over the coach in the living-room.

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Winter Ice Candles

We decided to do an ice candle project before having visitors the other day! Makes for a magical atmosphere around the entrance, and feels welcoming for those dropping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

We have made ice candles in buckets earlier, but for that you need the outdoors to be chilly enough to freeze that amount of water. Lately we have had very mild weather, so we had to turn to our freezer for help. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Fill balloons with water, tie a knot to close them and put them in the freezer.
  • Check them every now and then, you don’t want the water to freeze all the way through!! The balloon should feel hard, with sturdy ice, but shake it to check that there is still water in the middle. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Open the balloon (cut it with a sharp knife over the sink) and pop the icy ball out.
  • Find the thinnest ย point and let the water out. ย Make the hole large enough for a tea light. Usually the flat part at the bottom will be rather thick, and the opposite side thinner.
  • If you like, you can smooth out the opening at the top by letting warm water run in the sink. ย Carefully rub the top of your ice light against the bottom of the warm sink until it’s melted to a nice shape. ๐Ÿ™‚
Three magical ice lights!

 

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Add some colour to your walls!ย 

Moving in to a new house means a lot of empty walls.. Our old pictures just don’t do the trick here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I saw a painting on one of our trips to Poland, and decided to try to make my own (as we are on a bit of a budget). A cheap canvas from Panduro, a variety of acrylic colours (Pebeo Acryllic Medium & Panduro Acryllics Matt), and paintbrushes (mostly from IKEA) do the job well enough!

After many hours of work, the completed picture lights up the wall:

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Ice-Paint-Salt โค๏ธ

Blocks of ice are always fun, especially for the kids!ย ๐Ÿ˜‰ Add some paint and salt and watch it melt into fun shapes.

Mix your paint with a good dollop of salt, and paint it on. Add more salt if it’s taking too long! While you are painting, you might hear the crackling sound of the melting ice – it’s a nice effect and the kids really liked that part! Having fun while learning a thing or two.ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

The finished blocks make cool props for pictures too!ย ๐Ÿ˜€

Kinda cool with all the nooks and crannies, hey? ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Here we put them out at Boes utsikt at Hisรธy in Arendal, Norway ๐Ÿ™‚
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Ice apples to add colour outdoors

A few years back, I noticed our neighbor still had apples on his tree.. This was in Febuary. There was snow on the ground, and not a single leaf on the branches. It was really cool! There where no apples in my yard, so I had to make my own ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Balloons, string and plastic clamps – all from the kitchen drawer ๐Ÿ˜‰
A tiny bit of food colouring into the balloon, add the string with a hoop out the top
Fill the balloons with water and use the clamps to close them before popping them in the freezer over night.
Hang them up in your yard (preferebly at winter time). We went out to the closest beach, and put them out for all to see ๐Ÿ™‚
The finished tree!
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