Tuesday, September 2, 2014

30 Minutes or Less DIY Pumpkin

5 Steps to a Thrifty Burlap Pumpkin (in 30 minutes or less!)

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 A trip to the pumpkin patch has been a family tradition ever since our kids were tiny. 

My boys would always pick out the biggest pumpkin they could find...my daughter would choose the tiniest, cutest little one! 

We still look forward to home roasted pumpkin seeds, an evening spent as a family carving our pumpkins and...and putting our 'Jack O-Lanterns' outside to spookily light the way on Oct.31.

Our carved pumpkins are amazing...the kids love them...but they don't last.

Every year we have to toss them out.

I love pumpkins and have created several DIY varieties that don't turn gnarly and gross. They can be brought out each fall and enjoyed...and then carefully packed away at the end of the season. 

What makes this pumpkin extra special is that it is super thrifty! It is created from a cube of green florists foam that I bought at the Dollar store, and wrapped with burlap.

Want to make your own?? Here's how...

Supplies Needed:
- a cube of florist foam
- a 20-inch square of burlap
- a 20-inch square of drop cloth (or any other light-colored fabric)
- rubber band
- jute
- a large button and pin with a large head
- scraps of burlap

Step 1: Leave your foam in the plastic wrapping and lay it in the center of your fabric (the reason I'm lining my burlap is because burlap has holes...and the foam is green... I don't want it to show through. The drop cloth provides the lining, and well as extra padding). You can use anything for the lining (an old sheet or pillowcase torn, or other scrap fabric)

Step 2: Pull up the fabric at the corners of the foam and pin in place

It should look like this:

Step 3: Gather your corners of fabric and tie securely with a rubber band  (this will become our stem).

 Step 4: Spread the 'stem' apart to reveal the inner drop cloth and trim those pieces off...this reduces the thickness of it.

Step 5: Take some jute and tie it around the rubber band. Then tightly wrap the jute up and around the fabric, overlapping where necessary so the burlap is covered. Pull tight! Trim off any excess and either hot glue the end of the jute to the stem or tuck it under one of the coils.

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That's it! 5 Steps to an adorable DIY pumpkin.

Wanna take it further and add some embellishments??

Use a narrow strip of burlap and tie it around the base of the stem. Use another strip of burlap (roughly 12" long and 2-3" wide) to create a burlap flower. You can follow these instructions to create an easy gathered burlap flower.

Layer the flower with the button in the center and attach to the base of the stem using pins, poking them through the button holes and into the pumpkin to secure. If you don't have decorative pins or pins with large heads, you could easily glue the flower and button in place. 

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That's it! You've just created a thrifty, unique pumpkin for your fall decor!

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Enjoy your handiwork...and with all the money you saved...you deserve to celebrate with a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, lol!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Personalize a Dollar Store Shopping Bag

How to Customize a Dollar Store Bag

Remember going to summer camp and your mom had to put your name or your initials on all your stuff....even your underwear?!

Kinda weird, but it insured no one else was walking around with your underwear on!!

Monograms say, 'this is mine, it belongs to me!'

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When I found this adorable polka dot shopping bag at the Dollar Store...I  decided to personalize it with my Cricut diecut machine and some pretty vinyl.

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Easy peasy...

And with my Monogram on it, no one else better touch!!

What is the best thing you've ever monogrammed?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Outdated Hutch to Coffee Bar

How to Transform an Old Hutch into a Coffee Bar

I scored another buffet/hutch combo on Craigslist for only $40!! It's a little smaller than the other hutches I've transformed, but I knew it would make the perfect Coffee Bar!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Winner Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered my 1-year Blogiversary giveaway...

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Congratulations to the winner of the handmade Knot Balls by High Plains Knot Work...

Dori Gray!

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Repurpose a Thrift Store Frame

  How to Use an Empty Frame

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Happy Friday friends! I hope you've had a great week.

I found this great looking frame at the thrift store recently. It was marked down to $1.99, probably because there was no glass, picture or backing. Just an empty frame.

I love finding frames like this, especially if the frame has a lot of texture like this one does.

But what do you do with empty frames? Here's what it looked like before I upcycled it..

Thursday, August 21, 2014

College Bound...he's ready, but am I?

Today is the day!

The day I've been dreading has arrived. Today, I will help my son move into his dorm room and then leave him there.....waaaaa! I'm really not sure I'm ready for this, but HE IS, so I've gotta suck it up.

I'm so proud of this young man that we've raised.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Paper Crafting and Vintage Memories

Preserving the Past - Paper Crafting


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Do you remember when Polaroid cameras were all the rage? I remember my dad taking pictures and the picture popping out of the camera a few seconds later! He would wave it around a little so it could dry before he would let us touch it. We were always so excited to see the instant image that was captured.

As neat as Polaroids were, the prints they produced were small. One size only. 

I inherited a lot of pictures when my parents passed away. I wanted a way to preserve them and make them look as special as the memories feel..and to preserve them all together in a vintage album.