Paper Garland Made Easy

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Now that it is officially post Thanksgiving my husband and I can stop feuding about whether or not to play Christmas Carols prior to Thanksgiving and let the playlist roll! One song that is always allowed because it may or may not be a Christmas song is ‘A Few Of My Favorite Things’. While I certainly don’t mind some whiskers on kittens Continue reading

Ping Pong Ball Holiday Lights

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I don’t know why but I am drawn to the look of ping pong balls….what is that all about? Maybe they bring back childhood memories when Mr. Moose Continue reading

Paintchip Place Setting

IMG_2515I was in the basement the other day and found some paint samples from when I was deciding what color to paint my little guys nursery, ah…3 years ago. Time to do something with these samples and with Thanksgiving about a month away Continue reading

Favorite Fall Decorating Ideas

Steve Almond said…

“Nothing on Earth so beautiful as the final haul on Halloween night.”

Well I beg to differ!

Favorite Fall Decorating Ideas

I think there are more gorgeous Fall craft ideas on pinterest these days than leaves falling from the trees! I could spend hours and hours looking at them….ok, I HAVE spent hours and hours looking at them and have compiled a group of 9 of my favorites. The reason I like these are because they are simple, easy to “color customize”, unique, and downright attractive! I have never been one to go for the bloody, scary, wicked decor that often shows up around Halloween (much to my stepson’s disappointment). If your looking for something for Fall that is easy and will make your home more lovely, Continue reading

Painting Pumpkins 3 ways (plus a cheat)

Pumpin Painting PinWaking up this morning and realizing it was October is bittersweet, mostly bitter. I tend to get through these transitions by throwing myself into the fun aspects of the season however carving pumpkins on October 1st can end up being a smelly mess by Halloween. That is no treat! I discovered pumpkin painting and want to share some ideas with you.

Pumpkin Dipping: The first tip is I don’t really dip them. I bought 3 white pumpkins and picked 3 acrylic paint colors. The key is to lay the paint on really thick…just gob it on like your peanut buttering toast. I was a little careful along the edge to try and make the line straight. Let dry overnight on a paper plate

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Polka Dot Pumpkin: I sprayed an orange pumpkin with white primer spray paint and then used a stencil brush to put on the dots. Pick any color you like, acrylic paints worked great.

Painting a polka dot pumpkin

Painting a polka dot pumpkin

 

Pantone Pumpkins: These were my favorite. I bought small ones and gave them a light spray with the white primer first, taping the stems with blue painters tape. Then I picked a paint that had a lot of pigment for the first one. For the second one I added some white to the paint. I added even more white for the third. For the fourth and fifth I just added some of the color from the previous pumpkin to a bunch of white. I found it tough to see much of a difference in color on the sixth pumpkin so I stopped.

 

Pantone Pumpkin Painting

Pantone Pumpkin Painting

pantone how to Owl and Deer Pumpkin: This one was the easiest of all! I painted a spaghetti squash with glossy white spray paint. I chose a spaghetti squash because it is smooth so stickers adhere better. I used my silhouette cameo to cut the owl and deer out of black adhesive vinyl however you could use any stickers that you like. I have seen some cool modge podge examples too that I would love to try.

Has anyone else painted their pumpkins? I would love to see them!

 

Happy Painting!

Heidi


 

DIY Holiday Mantel

Alright, this is about the cheapest, quickest, most easily customizable holiday mantle decoration ever!

Items Needed: Old Frame, Ribbon (about 4 yds), Items to hang, hot glue gun, plastic clamps (optional)

Start by heading to your local thrift store. Yes, I command you to go! You will need both hands so if you have to bring the kids get creative! I had my 7 year old stepson in tow and once he discovered the pink zingers in the vending machine it was game on! Head straight to the art section and while you sift through the framed artwork ignore the pictures of mauve flowers, kittens with baskets of yarn, and clowns giving unsettling smirks. Look at the frame that is surrounding these atrocities. This particular frame had a distressed look I loved but not with the boat poster inside. As your shopping keep an open mind, I expected to find one of those fancy gold numbers and was all ready with my white glossy paint before I found this rugged seven dollar bad boy.

If your like you me have yards of ribbon just waiting to be used but if not, you will need to make one more stop and pick some up. I love this part because buying ribbon is truly one of my greatest joys in life. I used almost 4 yards but how much you need will depend on your frame size.

Now you just need a few items to hang. I chose pinecones but you could also do ornaments, tiny espresso cups, candy canes…literally anything you have in the house or see while you are buying the pretty ribbon or the frame.

Last step, get your hot glue gun heated up and attach the ribbon to the items. Before I glue the top of the ribbon to the frame I used clamps to hold it in place and test it out on the mantle. This was helpful as I decided to go vertical rather than horizontal. Sometimes one way just looks a little better depending on the size of the frame, the mantle or the items. Who knows, but I think its worth spending the extra couple of minutes to make sure it looks perfect so when old Saint Nick squeezes his big butt through my fireplace he likes what he sees.

 

Party Favors That Are Great For All Ages

 

I made these party favors for my sons 1st birthday. They are perfect because everyone loves animal crackers no matter what their age! It is easy peasy too which made it a no brainer. Here is how to do it…

  1. Buy some clear plastic boxes, I used 3 inch cubes. You can get them online and at some craft stores that have a large variety of party favor items
  2. Buy some cute tags and a bunch of ribbon to match the theme of the party
  3. Fill the boxes with animal crackers, gummie bears or whatever snack goes with your party
  4. Tie the box with a ribbon and tag

Viola!! Instant adorable party favors!!

These ‘Thank Ewe’ tags were made by Georgina of GeorginaKay on Etsy.