Water Bottle Pumpkins

It’s so much fun for the kids to make their own easy recycled “pumpkins” from old water bottles!

Look through your recycled bin, for plastic bottles with tops, small water bottles, 2 liter soda bottles, etc. You’ll probably want to plastic if small children will be making and play with them;  you can use glass bottles, just use caution and best judgment with children.

 

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle with top
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Black felt (easier for children if you can find the sticky back felt)
  • Green ribbon
  • Tape or glue, hot glue
  • Double sided tape  (if using black without sticky back)

 

Lets get started, finding the bottle with top might be the hardest part.  🙂 If you have the smaller round water bottles, those would be the perfect pumpkins (I didn’t, but I still think it turned out cute)!

Clean your bottle, inside and out.  Remember Goo Gone will make getting the sticky part of the label off so easy. Also, you definitely want to make sure your bottle is dry inside.

Pour about 3 to 4 tablespoons of orange paint into a 8 ounce water bottle (you do not have to measure, just pour, you can add more if needed). Screw top on and let the children roll, shake, or turn it upside down and watch the paint cover the inside of the bottle orange.  If you are happy with the paint coverage, tape or glue the bottled closed.

Now for the pumpkin face.  Cut face shapes from the black felt, use small pieces of double stick tape on each felt piece.  If you are using the sticky back felt, just cut your face shapes and peel off back.  Have fun making fun and silly pumpkin faces on your bottle pumpkin.  Tie and green ribbon around the top.

How much fun to use 2 liter bottles, make fun pumpkin faces on 7 or more and make them into bowling pins! Who can make the first pumpkin strike?

Halloween Ribbon Wreath

This is the fastest wreath you will ever put together!  This ribbon wrapped wreath can be make for any holiday or special event – I love this because the possibilities are endless. It looks great hanging on the door, also hanging in a window, or the back of the hostess chair, and even as a centerpiece with a glass hurricane and candle in the center of it.

The hardest part of this whole project is picking out which ribbons to use!

Materials:

  • Foam wreath
  • straight pins (I use .75″ sequin pins, you get 300 for $1)
  • Ribbon (a fun mixture of  patterns and solids and in varying widths)

 

Gather up your ribbon and let’s get started! Cut your ribbons into 6 1/2″ pieces (that is the size of my wreath when ribbon is wrapped around, check your size before cutting).  You will need about 40 pieces of ribbon (save some for a bow).  Start wrapping, using pins to hold in place.  I overlapped some and even added ribbon pieces on top of others.

Be creative and have fun.  If you want to add a bow, use the pins to hold it in place.  By adding a ribbon piece to the back again use the to hold you can make a hanger.

Now this is what I love – when you are finished displaying the wreath,  pull the pins out and save, put ribbon pieces (and bow) in bag with label and save for next year.  Your wreath is ready for the next holiday….or birthday….baby shower….like I said, endless possibilities.

 

 

 

Halloween “BOO” Banner – Free Printables

Looking for a great way to decorate for Halloween that takes no time at all? Here’s a free printable Halloween banner that will have your home in the spooky spirit of the season!

DOWNLOAD BANNER HERE

As always, the free printables are for personal, non-commercial use only.

 

 

Candy Corn Jars

Recycle old jars to make the cutest Halloween treat – these would be great to give to friends or teachers around Halloween!

Materials:

  • Acrylic paint made for glass (Enamels by Folk Art), yellow, orange, white
  • Glitter I used Twinkles Crystal by DecoArt…it’s not as messy as glitter!
  • Gloss Interior Varnish (sealer)
  • Ruler and tape
  • Candy treats

 Directions:

With tape, tape off the center of the jar.  I divided the jar in thirds.  I found by putting a ruler in the jar, it’s easier to keep the tape line straight.

You are ready to paint, paint the bottom yellow and top white.  You will need two coats.  Remove tape and paint center orange (2 coats). Read the directions on the glass paint, you can bake it or air dry (I baked mine).  Next step is to glitter.  I like to use  Twinkles Crystal, which is paint with glitter in it (it’s not as messy as glitter) but you could use white, yellow and orange glitter.  Let dry, then brush a coat of your sealer,  and let dry again. Then just get your treats ready –  I filled clear bags with candy and closed the bag with a ribbon.

Now I’m wondering, what other type of candy can I paint on a jar??   🙂

Halloween Ghost Jars

Save your old jars and give them new life as adorably spooky Halloween decorations! This project is super simple, tons of fun, and they are so customizable – the faces can be made to match your Halloween decor (and the kids might enjoy designing some, too!).

These ghost jars look great as decorations during daytime and even better lit up at night!

Materials:

  • Jars any size, shape (remove labels and clean)
  • Black felt (one 9″ by 12″ felt square was plenty for 8 ghosts)
  • Double stick tape (clear)
  • Cheese cloth  (1 1/2 yards will 5 to 6 ghosts)
  • Scissors
  • Battery-powered tea lights (with these there’s no worries about fire)

Make sure your jars are clean and all the labels are removed. If you are having trouble removing the sticky part of the label, try Goo Gone.

Since I’m using the battery tea lights instead of regular candles, the big guy is actually a plastic apple juice container!  I cut the top off with my kitchen scissors (of course, you would not want to use plastic containers if you were using candles with an actual flame – big time fire hazard!!).

Some of the other jars are from pasta sauce, olives, and jelly… any jars will work!

You can find cheese cloth fabric at Jo Ann Fabric, for about $3.00 per yard.  Cut the gauge into strips, 1 1/2″ to 2″ (not to small or  the gauze will fall apart).  Start wrapping the jars, use the clear double stick tape to hold the gauze in place.  You will want some over lapping, I think they look best with about 2 to 3 single layers.  Play with it until you get the look you like, don’t forget the top area.

Now for the fun, out of black felt, cut out ghost faces. Depending on the age of your kids, they may enjoy drawing and cutting out some of the ghost faces (or maybe just drawing if they’re too young for scissors!).  A small piece of tape will hold them in place, and you’re done!

Turn on the battery tea lights and don’t get too scared! 🙂

Yes that is one of those cheap spider rings that I cut off the ring part of… he just looked like he needed a spider on him.  The tall skinny one, I glued two jars together, making a taller jar.

I love that these fun ghosts look great by themselves or with other decorations, during the day or lit up at night! They’re one of my favorite Halloween decorations! I think my favorite place to display them is on the windowsills of the front windows – they look so cool all lit up, and everyone that passes by can see them, too! 🙂

 

I’m sharing this with Tip Junkie & Happy Hour Projects.

Halloween Hair Accessories

So cute and easy to make,  these festive hair accessories can slide onto a headband, alligator clip, or any other type of hair clip – the perfect handmade accessory for little ones this Halloween!

Materials for Spider:

  • Halloween hair accessories template {DOWNLOAD PDF HERE}
  • Black Felt
  • Orange ribbon
  • 1/4″ Black grosgrain ribbon
  • 1/4″ wooden dowel
  • 2 small eyes
  • Black thread
  • 2 or more sturdy (not plastic) clips or clothes pins
  • hot glue

First we are going to curl the ribbon for the legs. You will need a wooden dowel, I’m using a 1/4″ dowel, the size of the dowel will be the size of your curl.  (You will need to cut your dowel to 12″, to 14″ long) Clip the ribbon to the dowel (any clip that will hold it and can go in oven, so no plastic), and start wrapping the ribbon tight around the dowel.

 

When you are at the end of the dowel or end of ribbon, hold tight in place with another clip.  Preheat oven to 250 and place ribbon wrapped dowels on cookie sheet.  Place in oven for 20 minutes.

After “baking”, let cool and unwrap.  How much fun is this?! Think of the fun you can have just curling ribbon –  next time try a different size ribbon and dowel.

 

Cut your spider pieces out of black felt.  You need 2 heads, 2 bodies, and 1 back.  Stitch the 2 head pieces together with black thread and glue 2 eyes.

Cut your curled ribbon in to 8 legs 1 1/2″ long or longer if you like.  Glue them to the inside of one of the body pieces ( I hot glued them).  Place the other body piece on top and stitch with black thread.

Glue the head to the body and add an orange bow for fun.

 

For the back we are adding a piece of felt that will become the slide  holder for the clips or head band.  First make the 2 cuts (this allows the clip to slide through).  Run your glue (I used hot glue) around the edges, NOT in center.  Place on back of spider.   How about 3 or 4 spiders on one headband…cute!

 

Now, let’s make a pumpkin!

Materials for Pumpkin:

  • Halloween hair accessories template {DOWNLOAD PDF HERE}
  • Orange felt
  • Green ribbon for bow
  • Orange and yellow thread
  • Hot glue

Download and print out pumpkin pattern.  Cut 2 pumpkin shapes and 1 back to make the slide.

With yellow (or any color) stitch pumpkin lines on just one pumpkin shape.

Now place the other pumpkin shape on back and stitch both shapes together with orange thread.

Glue on a bow.  For the back slide, make 2 cuts (marked on pattern) this is where your clip or headband will slide through.  Run glue (I used hot glue) around the outer edge, NOT in center.  Place on the back of your pumpkin.  This would be easy and fun to make in different sizes for a headband.

The slide you made for the back, you can easily slide a headband, bobby pin, or clip.   Have fun with the pumpkins and spiders!

 

 I’m sharing this with Tip Junkie & Happy Hour Projects.

Fall Pillows

A super fast and easy way to change the look of your room from season to season is to create new slip covers for your accent pillows. The possibilities for pillow covers are truly are endless;  I am showing you just one way to make slip covers, but let your creative side out and have fun with this one!

First pick your fabric for the pillow, if you like (or need) to wash the covers often,  just  make sure the fabric you choose is durable and able to be washed often.  I used 2 yards of fabric for the 3 pillows.  I made my 18″, because that is the size pillow foams (the inside stuffing) that looks best in my room.  You might like a different size, in the stores (like Jo Ann) they will carry a range of sizes and shapes.

Start by cutting – since my pillow is going to be a finished 18″, I cut a 19″ square (times 3 for 3 pillows) and for the back cut 12″ by 19″ (times 3) and 10″ by 19″ (times 3).

When creating any design or embellishment details on a pillow, you want to do that before sewing the pillow together, so let’s start with the fun fall designs. I embellished these fall pillows with felt and DMC thread (cross stitching).

Begin by making your design.  I wanted a tree, and tree branch and a flower.  Since my design was going to be large, I used newspaper to draw out my shapes.

Lay out your cut out felt shapes on the top of your 19″ fabric square (top of pillow).  Pin pieces in place.

With matching thread I did a quick stitch around the branch.  Then add the leaves, stitching down the center of each leaf.

Now for the slip pillow with the flower (I always need a flower somewhere 🙂 ).

Cut a quick flower shape – about 3″. You will need 7 and a 2″ circle for the flower base.

Take each flower shape and fold in half and fold again, pin to hold.  Do this to all 7.

Keep the pin in and cut the tip off.  With needle and thread, stitch along bottom (where you just cut).

Place 4 of the flower petals on felt circle and sew (because I’m putting the flower on a pillow sewing on gluing is best).

Sew on the other 3 petals.  For the center, cut a piece about 1/2″ by 2 1/2″.  Roll long ways and stitch in center.

For the flower buds, I made 3 petals ( cutting the flower shape, folding and folding).  This time I did not cut bottom.  I used a half circle, and wrapped the base of flower and sewed in place.

For the smaller bud I used one petal.  Play around and find what you like.

Sew your flower and buds to the pillow top.  I finished by adding leaves and a stem.

To make the stems with a quick stitch, I used straight pin to mark out my stem shape.  Make it so much easier, just stitch along the pins.

 

Now, it’s time to make the slipcovers! Cut a strip (one for each pillow you’re making); I made mine 2″ and 6″.  Fold over the 2″ side and sew down the 6″ side.

Clip the fabric to make it easier for turning. Use a safety pen to pull through.  You have the loop for the back.

Sew  back piece 12″X 19″  down one side of the 19″ side.  You will fold over raw edge and sew and fold that over and sew again (on raw edge).

Take the 10″ by 19″ back piece and fold over raw edge 19″ side one time.  Fold in half, marking the center (the side that you just sewed). Place your loop on the center mark, turn and sew back edge that was just sewn.

Are you with me so far?  We are almost there! Now, think backwards – lay your piece with the loop down first, then the other back piece (they will overlap).  You have a 19″ square and you want to pin all around your pillow to hold all pieces in place.  Start sewing your pillow together( I used a 5/8 seam).  You need to clip around all sides, and I like to cut off each corner (see pic).

You made a slip cover pillow.  Turn your pillow right side out.  Mark where your button goes ( this will hold the pillow together).  Sew your button on.  Done!  Much easier than a zipper (and the back even looks great too).

These simple designs are quick and easy, let your creative side out and have fun designing you own custom slip cover pillows!

 

I’m sharing this tutorial with Happy Hour, Patches of Pink, RoCa & Company, & Kissed by a Frog.

Rustic Stick Sunburst Wreath

This wreath is super easy, quick, and cheap! I first got inspired to make mine after seeing the idea on The Painted Hive, and I knew I wanted to try one.

Get the kids involved by getting them out to enjoy the cooler fall weather gathering up some sticks (lots and lots of sticks!).  Then, find a cardboard box to cut up and you are almost done…

MATERIALS:

  • hot glue
  • cardboard
  • burlap or ribbon
  • sticks (lots and lots of sticks!)

 

 DIRECTIONS:

Cut cardboard(I used an old box) into a 9″ circle  (I used the top to a cooking pot to trace the the circle).  Then cut a 3″ hole in center.

Cut burlap strips and wrap the strips around to cover your cardboard circle, gluing in place where needed.

*Tip:  The raw edge of burlap can be hard to work with.  Here is my tip on making burlap strips with less fraying.  It’s so easy, find your selvage edge, cut one string on both sides and pull it out (it might break, find it and keep pulling).  Now you have a perfect straight line to cut.  Keep going, you want to do this for both sides of the strip.  Your burlap is now so much easier to work this way.

Make sure your sticks are clean, with no extra dirt.  Hot glue the sticks, working your way around the circle.

When finished, wrap a long ribbon through the center and up and it’s ready to hang!

After I made this I thought about making this wreath with bamboo sticks or drift wood… or even spray painting the wreath, gloss black , white or red!  There are tons of variations that could make this wreath even more unique – have fun!

Fall Printables: It’s Fall Y’all!

Printables are my favorite quick & easy way to decorate for different seasons, so in honor of autumn, here’s a free printable!

You can download the printable in either orange or red (just click on the one you like below to download). For best results, print it on high quality card stock.

{download orange fall printable here}

 

{download orange fall printable here}

 

Enjoy!

(Printables are for personal, non-commercial use only. )

 

I’m sharing these with: Tip Junkie, Happy Hour & Patches of Pink.

Recycled Fall Wreath with Painted Paper Bag Leaves

This fun, kid-friendly project is a great way to re-use those old paper grocery bags and decorate for fall!

MATERIALS

Leaf template {DOWNLOAD LEAF TEMPLATE HERE}

Large paper bags

Paint (in fall colors – I used red, yellow, brown, and gold)

Hot glue and/or double stick tape

Wire (26 gauge)

Styrofoam wreath

Burlap or ribbon

DIRECTIONS

Download & print out leaf pattern. Wrap the wreath with burlap strips or ribbon, hot glue end to hold in place.

Here’s where the kids can get involved: it’s time to paint the paper bags. I cut the bag into sections, and painted each a different color (red, gold, yellow, brown).

After the paint is dry, cut two rectangular pieces large enough for the leaf.  Put one rectangle painted piece down (non painted side up) and glue (or use double sided tape) wire down the center. Then add more glue or tape and place the other rectangle on top (paint side up).  Lay your leaf pattern on top, then trace and cut out.

 

I made 35 leaves.

Push each leaf with wire into the wreath and continue until your wreath is covered in leaves.  The wire is flexible and allows you to bend and shape the leaves to give the wreath a little dimension.

Once the wreath is completed, you may want to attach ribbon or burlap strips so that you can hang it  – I just used small straight pins to pin my burlap strips to the back of the wreath.

 

Sharing this with Kissed by a Frog & Tip Junkie.

 

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