Thursday, 8 December 2011

holiday how - to #4 owlies grotto

Firstly, do not adjust your monitor or run off to specsavers for an eyetest.......these photos are blurred!! my only excuses are.... the light was very bad and my camera couldn't cope and that I was so giddy making this that I couldn't wait to get on with it and rushed the pics.....

to make a little christmas grotto you will need
* small cereal boxes
*papers,sticky back plastic,tinsel,old christmas cards,fabric scraps,trims

-First you will need to follow the instructions on how to make a bird house tutorial -  here..

- instead of cutting a little round hole, make a bigger door shaped hole at the front

- take your papers and sticky back plastic and start sticking :) do not worry about being all neat and tidy, the wonkyness adds to its charm

-glue fabrics to the inside

-stick on the tinsel, christmassy pictures...anything you can find..the more the merrier :)

 - pop your little owlie in her new home....
......note this grotto is not exclusive to little owls......small deer, birds or gnomes might like it too...

- you can make this bigger by using full sized cereal boxes or tiny by using matchboxes... a little question before I go...what would you do?

......the other week when searching for fabrics to make more messenger bags I came across these lovely curtains..... vintage Sanderson with Laura Ashley linings

they are really beautiful and in lovely condition, they even came in their own maartje style suitcase

my question is ...would it be really terrible to chop these up to make bags and cushions or should I keep them and find a window to hang them in???

happy... (grey and rainy)  thursday 
x x x x x x x 


  1. do you have a window to suit them ?.....if not chop & make something else just as lovely, give them a new life & make someone happy.

  2. :-0


    I would love to have a bag or pillowcover of this fabric!...i would chop them...
    That suitcase is great!!

    xx and a big hug.

  3. Well I would keep them for when you find a window to fit, but I'm someone with about half a dozen pair of curtains in the loft all waiting for a window to fit!
    Lovely owlie house, guess who put some little cereal boxes in the recycling yesterday?
    Carol xx

  4. Chop them!! Do it! Clever lady, you could make something amazing!! xoxoxo

  5. Love your owl and its home :) so cute. I would chop up as you never really do find a window so you can enjoy the fabrics sooner :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  6. Love your creation..just adorable.

    Do you have a window to put them in? Hang for a while...chop later!
    Hope all is well and your pre Christmas time is amazingly fun. xoxoxo

  7. I did not think there was a way to top that owl last week and here you did it with the owl's stink'n cute!!!
    you are tops in this world!

  8. It's so cute. I must get round to making one. I think I would hang them or otherwise make a duvet cover or bed sheet type thing. Liz:)

  9. I would hang the curtains up! You will find other pretty fabric more readily than you will whole actual curtains and pretty and lovely ones at that. Perhaps like others have said, chopping could be an option for later. If you don't have a window suitable then I think I would pass them on. With some things it doesn't seem right to cut them.

  10. Hey Jane, that little bird house is sooooo sweet I love it...........

    The curtains and the suitcase what a fab find. If you don't have a suitable window to hang them in, I would just leave them for a bit, love and adore their gorgeousness. Then when I felt ready out would come the scissors and snipping would begin.

    I'm having a little owlie giveaway over on my blog if you'd like to pop over and take a peek.

    Claire :}

  11. Cut the fabric, Re-use, Re-purpose, I think it would make beautiful bags and cushions. I just checked a book out of the library called eco-craft about that subject.


  12. What a cute little house!

    By all means use the curtains as intended, but there's only so many windows in your house, so if you can't immediately think of one they would be suitable for, I'm guessing it doesn't exist. In which case feel free to cut them up and make into something else, after all they were only lengths of fabric before they became curtains.

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