Paper Pumpkin Place Cards

These simple little pumpkins are so quick and easy and add that extra charm to your festive table!  They can be place cards with a name or display words of things to be thankful for.  Maybe even let the children cut & decorate the paper with paint or markers and let them finish the pumpkins with each guest’s name or what they are thankful for.

 

Materials

  • Place card Pumpkin template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • Card stock paper (I used orange)
  • Card stock paper for name tags (I used green)
  • Small hole puncher
  • Twine or ribbon
  • scissors
  • optional: 2″ round circle punch (for name tags)

 

Directions

Start by downloading the pattern.  Trace on cardstock paper. If you only have white card stock, why not let the kids paint the paper orange then trace the pattern?

 

Cut your pumpkin shape and cut or punch what you will use as the name card. I used a 2″ punch.

 

Fold up the pumpkin sides, match to stem and a good fold on bottom, both sides.  Holding the two sides together, punch a hole where you want your tag to hang.

Have your tags ready with guest and family names, your favorite thankful thought or write something simple like “Give Thanks”.  Punch a hole in the tag, run twine or ribbon through both sides of pumpkin and tag, and tie a bow or knot.

Done! Now how simple and festive are these place cards?!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Candle Holder from Recycled Jars

These quick, easy, and charming recycled jars are a snap to create and make great centerpieces or hostess gifts.  Gather up some scrape burlap, ribbon, felt, twine, and fabric, and you’re almost done!

The hardest part is deciding on which jar to use! Look for different shapes and sizes,  make sure a candle fits in side.  First cut burlap that fits your jar.  I did use a little double stick tape to hold in place.  Then add ribbon, twine, felt leaves, or a fabric flower.  If you do not have fall ribbon, just cut a strip of fabric.  Put your favorite candles in (maybe pumpkin scented) and enjoy!

“Give Thanks” Recycled Painted Jars

If you have some extra glass jars that were headed for the recycling bin, don’t toss them just yet! Use them to create this adorable decoration that can be adapted for any season or occasion! Look for jars of different sizes and shapes  If you have the lids, great! If not, you can still made it work.  🙂

I’m using fall colors to go with my saying “Give Thanks”, but the possibles are endless – Welcome, Happy Birthday or maybe even Happy Holidays! You could use the same jars and just switch the sayings for each season!

Materials:

  • Jars with lids (can be done without a lid) I used 7
  • Acrylic paint (I’m using 7 different colors)
  • Twine
  • Sticker letters to spell out Give Thanks
  • Cardstock paper and/or Kraft paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Double stick tape
  • Optional: Ink pad (brown), 3-D adhesive square or dots, berry pick, wire and pinecone

 

Directions:

Select the jars you like, make sure they are clean inside and out.  (Goo Gone is great for getting off the sticky labels!)  Get out the acrylic paints and find your colors.  Line your jars up in the order you want to display them , and match your paint to the jar. I like to put my paint in front of the jars in order to get a look at how the colors and jar shapes flow.  Now that  you know which color is going into each jar, the fun part begins…here we go!

Pour some paint into the jar – about 3 tablespoons (you can always add more). Put the lid on and roll jar around, letting the paint coat the inside.  If the kids are old enough (we are using glass!) get them to help. After you see the paint has covered the inside, with lid still on, turn jar upside down for just a few minutes, letting the extra paint run into lid.  Take the lid off, throw it away and let the painted jar dry upright.  Repeat for each jar. FYI:  it might take an afternoon for the paint to dry.

While the paint is drying let’s work on the saying, “Give Thanks”.  I’m using stickers (from the scrap booking section of the craft store) – one style  for “give” (which I’m putting all together on one jar),  and different styles of stickers for each letter of “thanks” (which I am going to use a different jar for each letter).

First cut Kraft card stock paper or colored card stock to a size that fits your jars.  The paper that I will stick  “give” on to  is a different size than the others. I cut the papers for “thanks” all the same size  (mine are 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″) and  I inked around the sides.

Cut another piece of card stock, smaller than the first .  I inked around the sides with brown, and add a letter.  Do this for each letter until you have t-h-a-n-k, and a larger one for “give”.

With a punch, make a hole for the twine or ribbon.  I made only one hole for the twine to go through for each letter of “thanks” since the paper is skinner. Since my “give” is larger and different type of sticker, I wanted it tie on a little different.  So I punch 2 holes, bring the twine through one hole and around to the other.  Making a small knot on each end.

I used twine to tie the letters on, but ribbon would work also.  Pull both ends of twine through punched hole, looping around jar.  You can pull it tight or loose to let the letter hang down.  Make a knot to hold in place.

Get creative with recycled jars and paint!

I will be changing my jars to say “welcome” after the Thanksgiving season is over. Half the work will already be done, I can use the jars and just change the letters and the order of the jars for a new look!  So easy and fun! 🙂

Just a reminder, acrylic paint is water based, which means if you were to fill a paint coated jar with water (if you wanted to put fresh flowers in jar) the paint will start to dissolve.

Easy Spider Halloween Decorations

It’s so easy to be invaded by spiders!  Making these little critters is a quick and easy project, perfect to do with the kids!

Materials:

  • Smooth styrofoam balls (any size)
  • Black paint and paint brush
  • Black pipe cleaners –  8 for each spider
  • 2 “googly” eyes for each spider
  • fishing line or strong thread and large long needle
  • hot glue

Paint the balls black (get some help from the kids for this fun step) and let dry.  If you want your spiders to hang from a web, thread the large needle with fishing line or strong thread.  Pull needle through the center of the ball (pliers might help to pull needle through) and tie off end.

That was the hard part.

For the legs I find it easier to make a hole for each pipe cleaner leg with the large needle or a tooth pick.  Hot glue each piper cleaner leg in, and glue two eyes. Bend and shape the legs, and your spider is done!

Hang them from webbed branches,  to make a fun center piece , hang them in the windows or the door ways, add them to a wreath or just have them “walking” on the table.

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.

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!