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5 Minute Floral Arrangements

DIY 5 Minute Floral Arrangement

5 Minute Floral Arrangements

Add a little life to your home decor quickly, easily, and inexpensively by making your own 5 minute floral arrangements.

Quick and Easy Floral Arrangements

When we can’t find any signs of spring outside yet, it’s ok to fake it right?

Besides, I’m not the best at keeping house plants alive. (Tell me I’m not the only one!) I can force a bulb or two (check out my current amaryllis “race” on Instagram) but if someone gives me a ficus, that poor thing is bound to die of neglect a few months down the road.  In fact, I’ve been known to purposely kill a plant or two when I got sick of watering them.  Give me automatic sprinklers any day.

When I want to add a little color or greenery to my home decor, I almost always go for the stuff I can buy at the craft store.

Containers for 5 Minute Floral Arrangements

Aren’t those containers cute?

It’s my turn to host to host Bunco in March and my mom has been itching to have some girl time out shopping together so last weekend we headed out to find some Bunco prizes at a couple of my favorite places for home decor inspiration.  Not only did we come home with a few things for the Bunco ladies, I couldn’t help but get inspired to make some quick floral arrangements for myself.

Tiny Teacup

I particularly fell in love with this tiny teacup with the ruffled saucer.

Add succulents to your home

And these succulents.  Super realistic looking right?

Succulents in home decor are everywhere the last couple of years and I have yet to hop on the band wagon.  Figured this was as good a chance as any.

5 Minute DIY Tiny Teacup Succulent Planter

Tiny teacup + succulent = perfection.

And so simple too!

Just 4 steps to Make Your Own 5 Minute Floral Arrangements

Need a tutorial?  Naw, probably not, but I was in the mood to put together a quick infographic for you anyway.  😉

Make your own 5 Minute Floral Arrangement in Just 4 Steps

  1.  find a container
  2. add floral foam (I like to use the kind you can add water to, not the styrofoam blocks).  If you cut it to fit snugly in the container there is no need to glue it in.  I love that.  In case I’m ever in the mood to change out the arrangement or use the container without the arrangement, I can just slide the foam out again.Make Your Own Tiny Teacup Planter
  3. cover foam with moss.  I do use the hot glue gun on this step to attach the moss to the foam.  Cuts down on mess later and keeps it in place so you never see the foam.DIY Tiny Teacup Planter
  4. add your floral stems

Succulent in a Tiny Teacup

See?  Cute and easy (my Big Two when it comes to crafting!)  In less than 5 mintues I had this adorable floral arrangement.

 

Teacup Succulent

I had plenty of the succulent left to work with, so I used it again in a second container.  Same process as the teacup.

5 Minute Floral Arrangement Container

Container.

Moss is a great way to hide the mechanics of a floral arrangement

Foam and moss.

5 Minute Floral Arrangement with Succulents

Succulent floral stem.

Make Your Own Succulent Planter

Less than 5 minutes people – have I mentioned that?!?

And to change it up.  I added flowers to the little blue flower pot.

Easy and Inexpensive Floral Home Decor

In under half an hour I had almost half a dozen floral arrangements (that’s right – I haven’t shown a couple of them to you yet.  Stay tuned!).  It seriously took me longer to photograph everything than to put together the 5 minute floral arrangements.  Probably spent less than $20 on all of them too.

White Spring Flowers in Small Turquoise Pot

Do I have you convinced?  You totally need to make one too, right?!

Well, go do that and report back.  I’d love to see your takes on this simple and inexpensive project.

 

Let’s go create something great.

 

Looking for more DIY inspiration for you Home Decor?  Why not try your hand at this Farmhouse Barnwood Sign for the kitchen, update your Master Bedroom or Laundry Room, or get really ambitious and Reupholster a Chair.

 

 

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My Top Tips to Reupholster a Chair

 Top Tips to Reupholster a Chair

My Top Tips to Reupholster a Chair

As promised (on my Master Bedroom Redo) here’s a look at my first ever attempt to reupholster a chair.  It was a lot of work, but I think in the end it was worth it.  And much less expensive than buying something brand new.  That’s what DIY is all about, right?
Thrifted Chair for Reuphostery Project

I picked up this lovely chair on a shopping trip with a friend at a Habitat for Humanity Resale Store.  We completely filled the back of the SUV on that trip – hehe!
This chair in particular cost a whopping $5.  Yup.  FIVE DOLLARS!  I figured at that price even if I messed it up I wouldn’t feel too bad.  And it obviously needed a little TLC.

Thrifted Chair to Reupholster

Then I started pricing upholstery fabric – yikes!  I mean, the cost wasn’t exactly a surprise because back when I was doing  interior design it wasn’t unusual to order $125/yard fabrics for custom chairs.  But that doesn’t work for my budget.  I eventually found a small discount fabric place not far from my home, but after a couple trips I still hadn’t found anything I loved and most were still upwards of $12/yd.  Luckily I stumbled onto a link to fabrics.com and found some great deals.

Eventually the fabric arrived and it was finally time to tackle the chair.  I did a quick review of a blog tutorial for reupholstering a chair, then grabbed the pliers and dove in.

Step one:  Remove the fabric and trim

Reupholstering a chair step one

My trusty sidekick helpfully had her nose in on the fun most of the time.

Do you know how many thousands of staples they put in one chair?  Me either but it’s a LOT.  I gave my hand a break every hour or so of work in the hope that I wouldn’t get blisters (I didn’t!).  And eventually I had it all torn apart.
Chair Reupholster one the fabric is removed
At that point I happily took a trip to the craft store to get more batting, upholstery tacks, and cording to sew the piping.
It wasn’t that long (parts of two days’ work) before I had it all finished!  The husband was actually pretty impressed.  He didn’t think I would finish the project, let alone end up with a decent-looking chair.  After all these years the husband should know better than to doubt me, right? 😉
(He didn’t admit any of this until after the chair was all put together and he had sufficiently praised my efforts  – so I forgave him.)
DIY Reupholster a Wing Back Chair

Look!  It even looks good close up! And yes, I painted the base black before attaching the fabric.  I almost forgot to do that part LOL.

Black and White Wing Chair Detail

Some of my other tips?

-Take lots and lots of photos as you pull the old fabric off.  It really helps to be able to go back and see the process in reverse, or look at a few details on how to attach the tricky pieces.

-Carefully label (number it when removed, where it went, and which side is the top!) and set aside each piece of old fabric as you remove it.  Not only will you be able to use them as patterns to cut out the new fabric, but you can also refer back to them when you are assembling the chair.

CIY Chair Reupholster
-Take your time!   This is a labor-intensive process and it takes its toll on your hands and your patience.  When my hands were cramping up or I found myself annoyed or ready to rush through a step I would stop for a few hours or the rest of the day.  The last thing I wanted was to “mess it up” and then have to see my blunder every time I looked at the chair.  So take your time and do it right (or fix it right then) as you go.

-Best paint for quick and easy refinishing?  Buy something with primer in the paint and a semi-gloss or gloss finish.

Black and White Chair Redo

The chair happily took up residence in our master bedroom.  Looks pretty good there doesn’t it?

 

If bigger DIY projects aren’t quite your style check out some of my other tutorials for Home Decor like the Farmhouse Barnwood Sign, Quote Display Board, or Swimming Subway Art.

 

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Master Bedroom Update on a Budget

 

Update the Master Bedroom on a Budget

Master Bedroom Update On a Budget

Raise of hands – how many of us have been putting off that master bedroom update?

Maybe it’s because we don’t have the time.  Or the money.  Or the motivation.  (Valentine’s Day is coming up – that might be motivation enough, eh?)

I too am needing a little reminder that projects don’t need to feel intimidating or expensive so I thought I would revisit update on my master bedroom in our NC house.  (Won’t stop missing that house until I get a new on built. *sigh*)

Master Bedroom Update in Blue, White, and Black

Paint is the most effective and budget-friendly way to perk up a room.

The experts say so, the novices say so, and I say so.  A gallon of paint and a roller go a long way.

This blue took us a couple of tries to hit on a shade that was relaxing and not too bright.  That’s what paint testers are for, right?

Master Bedroom Farmhouse Decor

Wall Decor

Even before we all fell in love with Fixer Upper I was a fan of personalizing spaces with lettering.  So when I ran across these giant wooden letters at a craft store for 50% off I grabbed them.

I love that they are already embellished and the colors went great with the room.

Wooden Scrool Frame Wall Decor

Those unfinished (and super cheap!) scrolled wooden frames always catch my eye at the craft store and I finally figured out what to do with one of them!  The wooden “&” came unfinished from the craft store as well.

It felt like the perfect way to tie the monogram letters together.

Master Bedroom Decorating with monograms

The bedding – all made by yours truly.  I rarely sew but sometimes I get a vision stuck in my head.  When that happens I know it’s useless to try to find a match in stores (hours and hours of searching, people.  Exhausting.) and out comes the sewing machine.

I knew I wanted a mostly white bed with accents of black and a tiny bit of blue to pull in the blue from the walls so I just grabbed a few fabrics that worked with that idea and ran with it.  The duvet cover is actually made from flat sheets that I cut into strips, gathered half of them, then sewed them back together.

Master Bedroom Redo

And finishing it off

On the other side of the room is a console table the husband built and a chair I reupholstered.  A $4 chair from Goodwill, 7 yards of fabric, a little paint and a million staples – that one is worth its own blog post.  I’ll try to write about that soon.

Now, I know not everyone is a fan of having a TV in the bedroom.  I, however, am a horrible sleeper and have found it’s better to just let the TV get my brain to turn off instead of spending hours laying there with thoughts swirling in my head.  So the TV stays.

I don’t like a lot of “visual clutter” so I keep the accessories down to just a few photos, lamps, and that silver vase (that I’m pretty sure we bought with a gift card from our wedding).  Simple.  Zen?

The shelves on the console need a couple more knick knacks but I still haven’t run across any that feel right.

Updating the Master Bedroom

That’s pretty much it.  Simple, inexpensive, but effective – don’t you think?

Master Bedroom Before and After

Can’t leave you without a Before and After.

Feel free to laugh at the Before.  That photo was taken the weekend we moved into the house.  Our closing was delayed a day, which meant the furniture delivery was delayed about a week so we were basically camping out in the house.  Air mattress for the husband and I, blankets on the floor for the kids.  They elected to sleep in the big storage closet in the playroom, so I’m sure it felt like an adventure to them.  As for the grown ups – we were very happy when the furniture arrived.

 

As always, feel free to share your thoughts or your own projects that may have been inspired by this (or any other) post.  Or check out my Laundry Room/Mud Room, or Farmhouse Barnwood Sign for more design ideas.

 

 

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DIY Farmhouse Barnwood Sign

DIY Farmhouse Barnwood Sign TutorialDIY Farmhouse Barnwood Sign Tutorial

A farmhouse style sign is easy and inexpensive to DIY with this quick tutorial.

Welcome to 2017!  Feels like I’m a bit late in saying that but better late than never, right?

Staying true to the spirit of the new year, I took a look at the things I wanted to accomplish this year.  Near the top of the list was the goal to polish up the blog a bit.  (What? You thought I was going to say “get in shape?”  Yep that’s on the list too!) I spent the last couple of weeks switching website hosts, reading up on SEO and optimizing images, redesigning the look of the blog, etc., etc.  It’s still a work in progress, but not a bad start, right?  I’m sure you will notice changes here and there for the next few weeks.  (Comments or suggestions, please share!)

Now that everything is up and running (and only a few of my Pinterest links to older posts are showing errors!  I think that was the hardest part – but we can’t have Pins not leading to the right places now can we?!) I can get back to posting on a regular basis.  Three cheers for that!

Now on to the show and tell!

One of my biggest projects last year was a complete remodel of my parent’s kitchen.  Huge project, lots of work, and fodder for many blog posts.  Today I’m excited to show off one of the final touches on the kitchen – the  farmhouse style barnwood sign I made for the wall above the sink.

Reclaimed Wood Sign DIY Wall Decor

The inspiration for this sign struck when my mom and I were shopping for countertops.  We had a few minutes before our next appointment with a granite showroom so we popped into a restaurant supply store where a reclaimed wood sign caught our eye.  We fell in love with the unique shape and currugated metal letters and knew right then we wanted to incorporate that idea into the kitchen somehow.

As the remodel continued, we found a quote that my mom really liked for the room.  I purchased some currugated metal letters from Hobby Lobby (love that place!).  However, it wasn’t until the big projects were complete that I was able to take the time to create the barnwood sign.

How to create your own Farmhouse Barnwood Sign – Step by Step

DIY Farmhouse Sign Tutorial Template

1 – Make a Template

The first thing I did was make a template out of newspaper.  This was my first attempt with this unique shape so I took a little extra time to get it right.  I even taped the newspaper template to the wall above the sink and left it there for a day to make sure I was happy with the size and the shape.

2 – Cut barnwood and assemble

Living on a farm, we have old wood laying around so it was an easy matter to just grab a few pieces.  You could also use pallet wood or any other type of reclaimed wood for this project.  Or buy new wood and distress it.

Lay the pieces side by side and place the template over them.  Trace template onto wood and cut.

Lay wood pieces upside down in desired shape and attach to each other using a couple of smaller pieces of wood.

How to make your own barnwood sign

3 – Stain wood (if desired)

I love the richer look adding stain gives to the old wood.  If you want to leave it unstained and go with the grey and weathered look, that’s great too.

DIY Farmhouse Barnood Sign DIY Tutorial

4 – Create stencil for lettering and paint quote.

 

I used my Silhouette machine to create a stencil out of vinyl.  You could also use letter stencils from the craft store or simply free-hand your painted design.

Because I was using the “white space” of the vinyl as the stencil I was able to use the vinyl letters themselves on the template to get a better idea of how I wanted to lay out the quote.   I’m kind of an “eye it and run with it” person when it comes to this kind of thing but since the template was there I did that extra step.  The most important thing is to make sure that your lettering is centered and straight.

DIY painted Barnwood Sign How To

Paint inside stencil, remembering to dab or “stipple” with your brush.  A foam brush and acrylic craft paint work great.

Currugated Metal letters on Farmhouse Sign

5 – Attach currogated metal letters.

 

The currugated letters already had hooks on the back.  I just added screws directly into the wood and hung the letters from the screws.

Reclaimed Wood Sign

6 – Ta da!  All you need to do now is to attach some hooks to back and hang ‘er up!

Reclaimed Wood Sign Tutorial

 

As always, I would love to know if you make your own sign.  Now go.  Create something.

 

 

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Fairy Merry Christmas – Add a Little Magic To Your Tree

Fairy Merry Christmas add a little magic to your christmas tree

Here we go!
In one short week we will all be sitting around the table with friends and family stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie.  Then watch out – it’s full on Christmas Mode from there on out!  Traditionally, I like to use the day after Thanksgiving to set up my Christmas tree.  It’s hard to keep all the decorations in their boxes until then, but I think every holiday should be given its due – and frankly this year I’m not quite ready to let go of Fall and move into Winter yet.  Not that I get a lot of say in the matter.

Fairy Merry Christmas 2015

To kick things off for this holiday season I have joined in with a group of lovely bloggers for a Fairy Merry Christmas Blog Hop where everyone chose to post about something related to Fairies for the season (you can find more details about the Hop here).  I love to add a little whimsey and magic to my decorating, particularly at Christmas, and to me nothing is more magical than the twinkling lights on the tree.  So I thought I would share our Christmas tree decorations – actually it’s my Mom’s tree which she always puts up in the family room and since that is in “our” part of the house until our house is built (no matter how little progress we feel like we are making at this point!) we got to enjoy this tree last year and will do so again this year.

Decorating the Christmas tree tradition All decked out for Christmas.jpg

As I mentioned, our tradition is to put the tree up as soon as we can after Thanksgiving and we always try to involve the family as much as we can.  I’m a bit particular about how the lights are put on the tree (we’re still old fashioned and have not splurged for a pre-lit tree tough I assume eventually we will at some point), so I usually handle that part by myself.  It’s fairly tedious.  Then once the tree is up and the lights are on the kids are happy to help string the garland and put on all the oraments.

Fairy Merry Christmas decorating the tree with the kids

It’s always so much fun to open up the boxes and see the ornament collection in all its glory.  There are always a few that we have forgotten about and are happy to rediscover.

Christmas Tree Decorations in Teal and gold using a lot of silk flowers and glitzy ornaments

Teal copper gold and bronze Christmas Tree Decorations

My Mom’s favorite color is teal and on her tree she has combined it with golds and browns/bronze with a lot of sparkly and glitz thrown in.  And it totally works – her tree is gorgeous.

Fairy Merry Christmas beautiful christmas tree decorations in teal gold and brown

Did you spot the fairy/elf?  He’s up near the tree topper, taking in the sights.

Fairy Merry Christmas Decorating the Christmas Tree with a touch of fairy elf magic

Fairy Merry Christmas Decorating the Tree

Ahhh, so pretty.  Maybe I am kinda ready for fall to be over so I can get the tree up again and start enjoying the magic of the season…

Decorating the Christmas tree tradition All decked out for Christmas

Please be sure to visit some of the other wonderful contributers to the Fairy Merry Christmas Blog Hop.  Yesterday we were treated to a fun crochet pattern for a fairy princess doll  at Creative Crochet Workshop (cute gift idea!) and I can’t wait to see what’s in store tomorrow at My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies.
All links for the Fairy Merry Christmas blog hop are being linked up as they are posted so be sure to click on the button below to view them all!

 

 

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Fall Window Box Wall Decor

Interior Window Box Fall Halloween or Thanksgiving Decorating Idea

I’m not ready to let go of fall yet – tell me I’m not the only one!?  Earlier this week we saw our first real snowstorm of the year.  The flakes started lazily falling as the sun set and the next morning we woke up to find everything coated in white.  The snow continued to fall slowly all that day (which had me both admiring the beauty and annoyed that I was painting laundry drying racks instead of sipping hot chocolate) and the kids were so so so excited to play in it.  But I’m really just not ready – and I don’t just mean because we were left scrambling to find appropriate outdoor clothing and wondering where we stored the sleds.  I’m not ready for the Christmas tunes or the snow boots or the mornings spent trying to clear off and warm up the car.  Thanksgiving needs some attention too, doesn’t it?  Plus, I still have projects that need to be done that would be better off not complicated by freezing temperatures and tramping through slush on the ground.  So in a last ditch effort not to let go of the colorful leaves and the pumpkin flavored desserts I want to share one more fall decorating project – my wall-mounted Window Box.

Interior Window Box Wall Decor DIY Project

The window box was an idea a friend and I put together years ago and I have really enjoyed having it around.  The base is simply a piece of framed bead board with a box made of 1/4″ material (probably MDF but I forget what we used specifically – anything would work) mounted to the bead board.

Window Box Wall Hanging Detail Photo Alaynas Creations

I think my friend put some grasses in her window box and keeps it like that year-round but I like to change up my window box for the seasons.  I’m pretty sure by now you all know how much I like versatility in my craft projects, right?  (like my double-sided fall decorations HERE and HERE)

I just place a block of floral foam in the bottom of the box then add in whatever suits the season.  For fall I found some great red, orange, yellow and brown flowers, leaves, and berries, added in a few gourds, and filled it out with a few sprigs of silk grass.  Total cost for the project was probably under $20.  When December hits I can simply pull out the floral arrangement all in one piece (foam and all), put it in a tote to store for next year, then plunk in some greenery and red berries for Christmas.

Fall leaves and flowers window box floral arrangement

I think I’ve had this window box for over 10 years now and it’s still one of my favorite craft projects.  Do you have any favorite craft projects/decorations you would like to share?  I’m always looking for new ideas!

Fall Window Box Interior Wall Decorations DIY Project

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How to Take Your Fall Front Porch from Halloween to Thanksgiving

Pallet Pumpkins A tutorial for making your own set of these fun easy and inexpensive pumpkins for your front porch fall decoration

We’re on the final countdown to Halloween!  T-minus four days and counting – give or take.  Halloween costumes are ready, pumpkins are purchased and ready to carve, and we are narrowing down our options for Halloween activities (Pumpkin Plunge at the pool anyone?).  I’m kind of glad that Halloween falls on a Saturday this year – and that the forecast does not include rain!
I know that when Monday comes along I will be over Halloween and I will be more than ready to pack away the decorations and move along to the next holiday so I try to keep this in mind when I do my crafting and decorating to make the switch as easy and painless as possible.  I have a couple of not-so-secret ways to do this – want to hear them?

Halloween Witch Front Porch Decorations includes deco mesh wreath and swag pallet pumpkins wooden sign and witch broom

That was my Halloween front porch last year (or more likely the year before).  You’ve seen the Witch Wreath and Boo Swags (here) and the Wooden Home of the Wicked Witch sign (here) before.  My best and easiest trick is mounting one of those 3M Command Hooks on the door.  They are supposed to be removable without damaging anything (and they are) but that hook just lives on the door so I can easily switch out the wreath.

Fall front porch decor make the switch from Halloween to Thanksgiving

I made the fall wreath a couple of years ago during one of my neighborhood craft days.  It was my first attempt at the “curly” version of the deco mesh wreaths and I had a lot of fun putting it together.  I love the shiny gold and bronze mesh.  The only drawback was that it turned out HUGE.  It stands away from the door at least a foot and would reach out and grab your clothing or hair if you brushed up close to it.  But I think the size works really well for the scale of the front door and the house.

Happy Fall Y all Curly Deco Mesh Wreath in glitter Gold brown and bronze

Thankful Wooden Sign Rustic and easy to assemble sign for Thanksgiving and Halloween

If you’ve been reading my blog the last few weeks I’m sure you’ve clued into my second trick – double-sided crafts!  When I designed that wooden witch sign on the front porch I knew that I wanted to put a Thanksgiving quote on the back.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  1 – because holiday decorations can be big and bulky and take up a lot of storage space when not in use.  2 – because I liked the look of the wooden pieces on the back of the sign and wanted to highlight them.  And 3 – because it makes switching the decorations as easy as turning it from front to back (duh!).  Two seconds – instant transformation.
(I have the full tutorial for the double-sided wooden sign in an earlier post HERE if you want more details)

Double Sided Wooden Fall Sign for Halloween and Thanksgiving DIY Tutorial

Thankful Grateful Blessed Wooden Front Porch Sign for Thanksgiving Decorations

I don’t know if you noticed, but I also turned the pumpkins around so that the carved part was facing the wall.  We typically carve our pumpkins only a day or two before Halloween so as long as the teenagers in the neighborhood don’t go out pumpkin smashing, the pumpkins will stay looking decent for a couple of weeks.  Depends on the weather of course.

Pallet Pumpkins are a great addition to any Fall Halloween or Thanksgiving front porch decoration

The piece of my Halloween decor that didn’t require any maneuvering at all were my Pallet Pumpkins – aren’t they great?  Nice and rustic – and cheap to create!  (You can find my tutorial for the pallet pumpkins HERE)  Those stay out on the porch from September through Thanksgiving.

And as a finishing touch, the mailbox got a little swag of its own with deco mesh and ribbon left over from the wreath.

Fall Mailbox Swag using curly deco mesh and glitter ribbon in gold green and bronze

Easy as that!  I think the whole Halloween to Thanksgiving transformation took less than 10 minutes, and that includes hunting up the Fall wreath and putting away the Halloween ones.

Fall and Thanksgiving Front Porch Decor includes wooden pallet pumpkins deco mesh wreath and double sided wooden sign for Halloween and Thanksgiving

Quick Review – the keys points to making the switch from Halloween to Thanksgiving decor easy and painless are:
1.  Keep Command Hooks on the front door for wreaths and anywhere else you normally want to hang decorations.
2.  Double-sided decorations make the transformation as easy as turning your decor from one side to the other.
3.  Use items that are multi-purpose and can be used for more than one holiday.  For fall I use pumpkins, but the same concept would work well with lanterns, vases or urns, baskets and crates.
4.  Instead of decorating every surface, pick a few key spaces and decorate those every holiday.  You could decorate your front door and mailbox outside and maybe your mantle, entry console, and dining table for the interior.

How about you?  Do you switch out your Halloween decorations for Thanksgiving?  Or do you just let the Halloween stuff stay out until you’re ready to put out the Christmas lights? 😉

You may want to check out some of my other fall decorating ideas!
Double Sided Wood 2x4 Craft for Halloween and Thanksgiving Beware of LIttle Monsters Thanks for little blessings  DIY 2x4 Pumpkins Make your own wooden pumkins with this easy tutorial  Witch Hat Centerpiece
Double-sided 2×4 Halloween/Thanksgiving Craft
2×4 Pumpkins
Decorating with Witch Hats

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Decorating with Witch Hats

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It’s almost that time!  Are we ready for Halloween?!
Not quite?  Oh good – I’m not either 😉  I do have the kids’ costumes all set (yay!) and we went to the corn maze with my husband’s sister over the weekend but there are still some Fall and Halloween activities I haven’t checked off the list.  Like buying pumpkins for carving.  Or eating half the Halloween candy before the trick-or-treaters arrive.  And the event I’m most looking forward to is going with a friend to see the Witches at Gardner Village next week.  That was something we used to do every year and I really missed it while we were living out of state.  I’m not a big on dressing up but it’s kind of the thing to go in costume or at least wear a witch hat so I’m still debating about digging out one of the glammed up witch hats from my stash.

While I’m debating that (or you know, procrastinating about heading down to the shop for a day of sanding laundry drying racks) why don’t I show you some of my fun Halloween decorations using ticked out witch’s hats?

Halloween decorating with Witch Hats

I have a whole collection of (mostly DIY) witch themed decorations now, but I think the one that got it all started was my witch hat centerpiece.  Inspired by one of my first trips to see the witches at Gardner Village and all of the amazing creations people were wearing on their heads, I decided that I wanted one too!  In my version I wanted to be able to look at it the whole month of Halloween, so instead of designing something for my head I put together something for the dining table.

A Glammed Up Witch Hat makes a great centerpiece for Halloween decorating or parties

I used an inexpensive costum hat as the base and filled it with floral foam.  Not only did this allow the hat to keep its shape while sitting on the table, but I was also able to attach the silk flowers and leaves and ribbon directly into the foam with floral pins and hot glue.  Easy as that!

Witch Hat Centerpiece dress up an inexpensive costume hat with some silk flowers leaves and ribbon to make your own lovely centerpiece for your Halloween table or party

Decorative Witch Hat DIY detail photo

I have used that centerpiece for a few years now and loved it so much that when I participated in a fall craft show I decided to whip up a few to sell.  I decided to do a slightly different technique on these, due to my love/hate relationship with hot glue.  I’ve found that hot glue just doesn’t last long when exposed to changes in temperature or if the item gets bumped very often so I used fishing line to sew the flowers, berries, leaves and ribbon onto the hat and only used the hot glue sparingly.

Witch Hat Centerpiece

The added benefit of putting it together that way is that not only does the hat look great on a table (you can easily stuff it with newspaper or grocery bags if it needs help standing up), but will also work well hanging from a candlestick (as I did on my mantle), on the end of a broomstick, on the wall, or even as a wreath on the front door.  Plus, the when not in use the hat can fold up a little bit to take up less space when you store it for next year.

Halloween mantle with decorative witch hats and trick or treat pennant banner

Fall Halloween Mantle Decorations decorative ledge with witch hat witch broom footprint ghosts 2x4 halloween monsters and more

Decorate with Witch Hats for Halloween Fall mantle decorations

Halloween Front Porch Decor includes pallet pumpkins deco mesh wreaths and swags and wicked witch wooden sign with broomstick Make the switch to Thanksgiving easy with double sided sign

Want more Halloween decorating ideas?  Take a look at my front porch decorations, all of them crafty projects just waiting for you to create them like:
Witchy wreath and Boo swags
Home of the Wicked Witch wooden sign (bonus – it’s double-sided for Thanksgiving too!)
Wooden Pallet Pumpkins

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Halloween Monsters – A Quick and Easy DIY Project

Easy 2x4 Halloween Monsters Tutorial for DIY Wooden Halloween Craft featureing Frankenstein Witch Pumpkin and Mummy

Hello Monday!  Is everyone having a good day?  Usually Monday is a pretty good day for me, at least where motivation and productivity are concerned.  I think I get more done on Mondays than I do any other day of the week – and twice as much as I accomplish on Fridays 😉  But.  Today wasn’t one of those days.  In fact, I felt like I spent the entire day dealing with not-so-pleasant things and not much time at all on the glorius Monday To-Do List.  My little guy developed a fever yesterday and and I kept him home from school where he has been fighting the fever and watching Justice League cartoons.  The big truck that was scheduled to pick up the calves that my dad is selling this year moved up the timetable three hours and I was the only one home that could go out and help him round them up, and trust me – he wasn’t exactly in a good mood about it.  Plus other problems I really just don’t even want to think about right now.  So in an effort to raise my spirits a little before I meet a friend at the gym and work off some of my frustrations I decided to blog.  Aren’t you lucky? 😉

That leaves the question – what to blog about?  I’m in full-on birthday party prep mode over here, with my daughter’s fun Cupcake Wars party starting in T-minus two days and while I will have plenty to blog about the party on Thursday, none are ready to blog right now.  Pinterest and the blogosphere are still flooded with Halloween ideas and the post getting the most hits on my old blog this week, last week, and probably the week before is another of my Fall craft days…so I’d better share it here, right?!

Here we go – a simple tutorial for quick and easy Halloween Monsters.

Fall Craft Supplies for 2x4 Wooden Monsters DIY

I believe I’ve mentioned that I love to turn crafting into a social event.  In fact, it’s been a great excuse to get to know people better and I met some of my closest friends because one of them wanted to learn how to make a wreath.  However, wreaths can quickly become more expensive projects and the supplies add up pretty fast, so wooden crafts are usually my go-to when I want to pull something together inexpensively.  For this project all you need is a 2×4 and some craft paint and a couple of random things from around the house.

Supplies for Craft Day Halloween Decorations DIY Wooden Monsters and Witch

Like googly eyes and nuts and bolts

Vinyl Shapes for 2x4 Halloween Wood Craft

and a sheet of vinyl cut into to some geometric shapes.  I used my Silhouette machine but you could just as easily cut shapes with scissors or paint them on.

2x4 Wooden Crafts For Halloween Frankenstein and Mummy Easy DIY

For ‘ole Frank up there I painted the block green then added the hair and face with black paint.  Add on some googly eyes and a couple of bolts and he’s all set.
The mummy block was painted a coat of white first then I wrapped it with strips of scrap white fabric, glueing it down as I went.  If you tear the fabric strips instead of cutting them, it gives them a nice “aged” texture along the edge.

2x4 Wooden Crafts For Halloween Witch and Pumpkin Easy DIY

The witch hat is simply a piece of the 2×4 turned sideways, topped with another block of wood cut into a triangle.  I used raffia for the hair but you could easily use straw or yarn.  And Mr. Pumpkin over there is the easiest with a coat of orange paint, the vinyl shapes for the face, and a piece of green ribbon tied in a knot and glued on top for the stem/leaves.

*Quick tip:  you can use a number of adhesives like hot glue and craft glue but one of the best adhesives to use when trying to adhere anything to wood is wood glue.  It takes longer to dry, but holds really well.

DIY Wooden Halloween Decor Monsters using 2x4s includes tutorial

These guys liked to sit on my mantle or on the decorative ledge by my stairs and every time I passed them by I was reminded of the fun we all had the afternoon my friends and I got together to craft.  That’s the bonus with DIY projects – they all have a story, don’t they?

In the mood for a little more Fall/Halloween crafting?  Check out some of my other creations.

Halloween Front Porch Decor includes pallet pumpkins deco mesh wreaths and swags and wicked witch wooden sign with broomstick Make the switch to Thanksgiving easy with double sided sign

Front porch decor, including a witch wreath and Boo swags, wooden pallet pumpkins, and the double-sided Halloween/Thanksgiving sign.

Double Sided Wood 2x4 Craft for Halloween and Thanksgiving Beware of LIttle Monsters Thanks for little blessings

Double-sided Halloween/Thanksgiving blocks.  This one was another fun Craft Day project.

DIY 2x4 Pumpkins Make your own wooden pumkins with this easy tutorial

2×4 Pumpkins (see?  2x4s are one of my favorite craft supplies!)

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A Witchy Front Porch

It’s a soggy, foggy Sunday morning here.  The yellowing leaves and grasses, the bare branches of trees outlined against the fog that the sunrise is having a hard time penetrating while a couple of black birds streak through the sky on this chilly October morning…the atmosphere practically screams Halloween, doesn’t it?  It makes me want to curl up with a blanket and a nice mug of hot cocoa or (even better) blog about Halloween decorations!

Witch Wreath and Boo Swags Front door wreaths for Halloween with deco mesh witches boots and witches hats in glittery fun fall colors

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to Halloween I have developed a bit of an obsession with all things Witchy.  I don’t think I’ve met a single idea using a witch hat or boots that I didn’t like.  This is probably in part because I shy away from the scary/gory aspects of Halloween.   In life – and in my decorations – I lean toward things that are bright, whimsical, and fun and my front porch is no exception, especially this time of year.

Halloween Witch Front Porch Decorations includes deco mesh wreath and swag pallet pumpkins wooden sign and witch broom

The newest additions (and when I say new, I mean as of two years ago) were the great Boo swags for the sidelights on the front door.  I put these together during (yet another fun) craft day with friends – or at least started them and managed to finish them on my own later (yay!).  I actually used a wire hanger for the base of these, stretched it out vertically then covered it with deco mesh.

Halloween Swag for Front Door Boo with Witch feet

There’s just something about those pointed hats and funky black boots.  I was delighted to find the glittered-up witches hats and the sparkly ornaments and spiders in the fun bright purple, green, and orange.  Halloween is the perfect time to go a little over-the-top, right?

Boo Front Door Wreath Deco Mesh Swag

The witch wreath in the middle is something I made a few years back.  I got a lot of compliments on it and ended up making a slightly modified version for a few craft shows and the Etsy shop a couple of years back.

I had some fun with the vinyl lettering on the wooden sign.  It reads “Come in and Sit a Spell.”  And I am in love with all the great black and white patterns available lately, especially in contrast with a few bright, fun pops of color like purple, pink, and green.  Oh – and don’t forget the jaunty black feathers!

The skirt, stockings, and boots are entirely handmade.  I even drew up the boot pattern myself then used felt and batting to give the feet, legs and hat a 3-dimensional feel.

Halloween Mailbox Swag Witches Hat with glitter and deco mesh

Since I had some leftover deco mesh and a few other supplies I threw together a quick swag for the mailbox.  That’s one of my favorite tricks for holiday decorating – a swag for the mailbox.  It only takes about 5 minutes to throw together and costs absolutely nothing when I use supplies left over from making wreaths or other projects.
Halloween Front Porch Decor includes pallet pumpkins deco mesh wreaths and swags and wicked witch wooden sign with broomstick Make the switch to Thanksgiving easy with double sided sign

There’s one more look at the front porch.  You can find tutorials for the rustic Wood Pallet Pumpkins (HERE) and the “Home of the wicked witch” Wooden Sign, which is actually double-sided and can be used to Thanksgiving as well, (HERE) in previous posts.

There.  Now that I’ve done a little bit of show and tell I think it’s time to go hunt up some of that hot cocoa and a blanket, don’t you?  Happy October!

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