Pumpkin Topiary DIY

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All you need is three foam pumpkins per topiary- Small, medium,  and large. You will also need faux leaves, baskets, hot glue gun and fall garland of your choice.

First rip of the stems of you medium and large pumpkins. Don’t forget to leave the small pumpkins stem on for the topper.

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Start with your large pumpkin and glue leaves around where the stem was. (make sure they stick out far enough when you layer the pumpkins you will see them.)

Glue your medium pumpkin to your large one. Then repeat the leave topping onto the medium pumpkin.

Then your ready to add the small topper pumpkin.

When you have your topiary built place it inside your basket. I did not have to glue that down because it fit snug.

Last- add your garland to the base. I used garbage ties to hold them together.

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If your basket is not heavy you may want to add some sand to a ziplock back to hold it down.

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These are going to look real pretty on your porch! And when you tell people you made them they will be impressed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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White washing a wood serving tray

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I had a black tray in my “junk closet” that I just could not part with. You can pretty much call me a serving tray collector. I decided to make this tray white wash so it would match my home better.

 

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I  used Rustoleum flat white paint and I mixed it with water. When white washing your just mixing your paint with water to create the brush stroke look. I always start with maybe a half cup of water and if I do not get my desired look I add more water until it is the look I’m going for.

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The above photo was my first coat. I went with a total of two coats because I really liked what was happening here! This will dry rather quick because its not layered on thick like most paints. However, if your going to place items in your tray wait 24 hours for the paint to fully dry.

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What a great excuse to eat crumb cake for breakfast. I was simply “making sure the tray held up”…..

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharpie art on black and white pumpkins

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I really wanted to decorate with black and white pumpkins so I shopped around. It turns out the cost of ONE black and white pumpkin with Halloween art could run you about $35.00. You can imagine the cost of a porch full of these beauties. While shopping at Christmas tree shops I discovered these large pumpkins for $11.99 and the small monogrammed one for $5.99.

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Although there is nothing wrong with them, I just wanted them to come in white. I decided to pick up 3 of them and see what I could do. I spray painted them white first.

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I used two coats of spray paint. The picture above is from the first coat. After they dried I filled in where the letters were with a black sharpie. I was happy I did not have to use paint because  that can get tricky! I wish I could put these out already but unfortunately I must wait until October!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to turn an old wood sign into a Halloween decoration.

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Grab a piece of scrap wood or an old sign to use. I used a pottery barn refreshments sign I was no longer using.

Spray paint your sign with white paint. I only did one coat because I wanted the dark wood to show through.

After your sign dries use your stencil and marker to create the words of your choice

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After you remove the stencil fill in any places that need to be touched up.

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Thats all!! I can’t wait to put this sign outside with my black and white pumpkins I made. I will be posting that DIY Next. Stay Tuned!

Fall wreath under $4.00

 

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I love this simple wreath I made for $3.46. The way to make an inexpensive wreath is to shop your clearance or damaged section at your local Christmas Tree Shops or Hobby Lobby. Look for a wreath that can be fixed, or has potential. This wreath had missing sea shells that is why it was marked clearance. I knew I could rip off the two shells left and add whatever I wanted to later. After September, I have a great halloween idea for the wreath!

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I added a chalkboard sign that I already had. I like that you can change the saying to anything you want when you get bored or when the seasons change.

 

Burlap banner DIY

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I can’t believe we are already three days into September. It’s like just yesterday I was eating ice cream cones with sprinkles and now I’m all ” bring on the hot coco and apple cider “. I must admit I love the fall! I can hardly wait to pull out my boots and layer my clothes. Not to mention the green leaves changing to golden brown and the scent of logs burning into the night sky. Ahhhh I can feel it in my bones (even though it was 90 degrees yesterday.)

Now for the burlap decor…. Even that smells good!

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All you need is:

scissors

burlap

twine

black marker

stencil

This was pretty simple to do! I just cut out one triangle then traced the other ones to make sure they were all even.

After I cut out the shapes I traced my letters with black marker over the stencil.

Last I glued the tops of the burlap to the twine with a sticky glue. You can use a glue gun but I went with a rhinestone glue. It was less messy.

There are so many different variations you can do! Here is a list of word ideas for fall/halloween.

Boo

Spooky

Beware

Haunted

Autumn

Give Thanks

 

 

Zebra rug tutorial

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All you need is:

drop cloth

white paint

Metallic gold paint ( or color of your choice) I used an acrylic paint from Ac Moore.

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First I traced another rug I had to get the shape I wanted. I used a marker and traced the back of it. If you do not have another rug to trace that’s ok- just free hand one. It’s not to hard!

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Next cut out your shape and iron your cloth. This step is very important because once you paint it you can not iron it.

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Place your rug over a drop cloth and begin painting. I used a large paint brush and a white flat paint.  You will go through a lot of paint because the cloth absorbs it fast!

After that dries use a pencil to free hand your stripes. I pulled up some images on the Internet as a guide.

Paint your stripes the color of your choice and let it dry.

How to make a great conversation piece with old books

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All you need is antique books and twine.

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If you don’t have old books but want them to look aged I suggest you throw them in some dirt in your yard and maybe lightly wet a few pages for water marks.

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First rip off the hard cover around the book including the spine and back. Wrap your twine around the books twice and create a small bow. I wouldn’t recommend using any other string because the twine looks really pretty around the aged pages. You can also do this with sheets of music.

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I placed my books in a wood dough bowl on top of my dining room table. I just love the antique feel on the table top. This is by far my favorite DIY- it requires only TWO items and is very unique. A true conversation peice. Your guest will love them!

How to make a picture frame into a chalkboard

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When I found out you can use a regular picture frame and turn it into a chalkboard I new I had to give it a try.  I had some old frames that I was not using and I spray painted them white. Here is a quick tutorial on how to get this look.

You will need:

Chalkboard spray paint

Picture frame with glass

Chalk

Glass cleaner and paper towel

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First remove the glass from the frame and clean with glass cleaner to remove dust.

Next follow the instructions on spray paint (shake can for 1 minute and spray glass.)

Then wait about 20 minutes and spray second coat-wait another 20 minutes and apply the 3rd coat. Applying a third coat is probably the most important step because you want your chalk to be visible.

Let the paint dry 24 hours before using. When it is fully dry rub chalk on the entire surface and erase. (This step is so your chalk adheres to the board.)

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I made these frames so I can use them for Halloween. I know it is not for a few months but I’m always starting things early. How easy was this DIY? You should definitely give it a try!

 

How to create the perfect chalkboard letters

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It has been almost 1 year of my doodling chalkboards obsession. I’m always drooling over other people’s art wondering to myself ” what is wrong with me?”  That is until now! While at AC Moore I found stencils and thought hmmmm wonder if these would work on my chalkboard? I picked up a few letters and put my tracing skills to the test. ( Really the only skills required).

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I stenciled out a monogram using the letters C W M – it is always best to stencil your middle letter first so your words are even. I free handed my leaves which is as fancy as my art work gets.  Last I made a sign for my kitchen ….

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When you are done with your stenciling a quick tip is to wet a q- tip and go around the edges smoothing the letters out. These alphabet stencils truly make signs look clean and neat. Now I need to head back to the store and buy a variety.  Now you give it a try!