How to Make Your Own Spring Tulip Wreath

Make Your Own Spring Tulip Wreath

How to Make Your Own Spring Tulip Wreath

Spring is on its way (I hope, I hope, I hope) and what better way to get in the mood than by making your very own Spring Tulip Wreath?

I posted this tutorial last year right after I make this quick and easy wreath for my Mom, but the post seems to have been lost when switching blog hosts. ¬†Just in case it looks familiar too anyone ūüėČ

Tutorial for Spring Tulip Wreath

Making decorative items for spring is one of my favorite things to do.  There are just so many options and color combinations and ideas.   I have a soft spot for wreaths, so when my Mom asked me to put together a wreath for her similar to one she has spotted at Pier One, I was happy to accept the challenge.

Materials needed to make your own Tulip Wreath – a wreath base (grapevine in this case) and a while stack of silk flowers.

Want to know my favorite place to buy afforadable silk flowers? ¬†The dollar store. ¬†You can’t guarantee the selection, but often I get lucky and find some great options.

Spring Tulipe Wreath altered dollar store silk flowers

In this case, I picked up the flowers shortly after Valentines Day so they still had a selection of roses as well as other spring flowers.  I noticed that a lot of the roses were kind of tulip-looking and when I was only able to find a few bunches of tulips I decided to improvise.

It is a pretty simple to turn a silk rose into a pretty good imitation of a tulip.  I just remove a few of the petals, dicard the leaves, and cut the plastic around the base of the flower into a more compact rounded shape.

Tutorial How to Make a Spring Tulip Wreath like Pier One for Under $20

Once I had a nice stack of flowers with their stems trimmed to only a few inches long, out came the trusty glue gun.  I started glueing the flowers onto the grapevine wreath base, all facing the same direction and alternating colors and styles of flowers as I went.  I also added a few sprigs of silk grass here and there to give the wreath a little more texture.

How to Make your Own Spring Tulip Wreath AlaynasCreations

In under an hour and with less than $20 invested in materials…

Making your own Spring Tulip Wreath is easy and inexpensive using this tutorial

Ta-Da!

I’ve said it before (and will probably say it a hundred times again): ¬†making something pretty does not have to be hard or expensive. ¬†A little time, a little creativity, and a few tips along the way and you can make something beautiful.

I would love to hear about your favorite wreaths or other ideas for spring decorations.  Please feel free to share!

Or maybe you would like to check out some of my other DIY home decor projects like my 5 Minute Floral Arrangements, or Window Box Wall Decor.

 

Let’s go create something great, shall we?

 

*Posts may contain affiliate links.

 

Linking to:  Creativity Unleashed Party, Home Matters Party, Pretty Pintastic Party, BFF Open House, Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party, Homemade and Handcrafted Party, Saturday Sharefest, Merry Monday, Made By You Monday,

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.

 

 

Linking to:  Pretty Pintastic Party, Home Matters Party, Snickerdoodle Sunday,

Easy Christmas Gifts for Teachers and Classmates – AND a Giveaway!

Easy Christmas Gifts for Teachers and Classmates with a little help from my Silhouette

15 days ’til Christmas! And yes the title DID say GIVEAWAY! Keep reading ’til the end to not only see what my Silhouette Challenge buddies and I have been up to, but to get a chance to win some Silhouette goodies of your own! (Giveaway is now closed)

I have spent a lot of my free time the last week or so writing lists, double checking lists, running errands and shopping, and rewriting lists…that’s how the holiday season goes, right? ¬†When December hit I was feeling pretty behind on things but the more I cross off the list the better I feel and the more excited I get for Christmas.
This year my son’s classroom is doing the 12 Days of Christmas, so each of the children are assigned a specific day to bring in their classroom gifts and my son was assigned one of the first of the twelve days. ¬†It just happened to be the day before his birthday and I was neck deep in party prep, so I knew that I needed something that didn’t require a lot of time or effort to put together. ¬†But fankly, it’s me and we all know that even when I want things simple and inexpensive I also strive for a bit of creativity and cuteness.

Easy Classmate Gift idea that even the kids can do themselves
It took a bit of thought, but I finally settled on snack-size bags of microwave popcorn.  My kids are HUGE popcorn fans (and kept trying to steal the bags while we were assembling the gifts!) and I figure the popcorn is a nice change from the typical candy canes and Christmas pencils my kids usually bring home.  And dressing them up was a snap Рwith a little help from my Silhouette (die cutting) machine and my kiddos.
Quick and Easy Christmas Gift for Classmates using microwave popcorn and construction paper
So there is a look at the supplies I used for decorating the popcorn bags.  We dressed half the bags up as reindeer and half as Santa.  This is the point to which I prepped the supplies before enlisting the help of the munchkins.
snack-size microwave popcorn
preprinted adhesive labels: ¬†Mine say “Here’s to a Merry Christmas and a Poppin’ New Year, Love, Tyler” and are printed onto a sheet of Avery address labels. ¬†You could substitute any kind of tag you want to use.
googly eyes
construction paper:
-brown for the reindeer and red for Santa, cut into strips (construction paper is 9″ x 12″ and I found that cutting it into three 4″ wide strips was a perfect fit)
-also a piece of black paper cut into 1/2″ wide strips (by 9″ long)
Santa belts made out of construction paper using the silhouette machine
-white paper cut into squares (1″ x 1″) with two cut lines in the center for Santa’s belt. ¬†I used the Silhouette to do this and it saved a lot of quality time spent with an Xacto knife, but that’s certainly an option. ¬†I was planning to have the kids thread them onto the black “belts” but quickly found that I had cut them to fit pretty tightly and my 8 year old was likely to tear half of them trying to put them on so I did it myself. ¬†So when cutting yours out you may want the cuts to be a full 5/8″ to allow the 1/2″ black pieces to slide through more easily.
Reindeer Antlers for Christmas projects cut with the Silhouette Machine
-dark brown paper (I used cardstock as I’ve found the thicker texture cuts better for projects like this) cut into cute little reindeer antlers. ¬†These are approx 2 1/2″ high. ¬†I’m sure you can find a cut file somewhere but I decided to create my own using some antler clip art (just google it) and the trace feature in the Silhouette studio. ¬†You could also just hand-cut them, though I was happy to not have to do that particular step.
-oh! ¬†And don’t forget some red circles for the reindeer noses!
Cute and Easy Classmate Christmas Gifts the kids can assemble themselves
Assembly went pretty quickly and the kids were easily able to do it all themselves. ¬†They just wrapped the larger strips of paper around the popcorn bags and secured it on the back with tape (I had them tape one side directly to the bags so they wouldn’t slide out of the wrappers), then added the embellishments and stuck the address label “tags” on the back.
Assembling these cute classmate Christmas gifts is so easy even the kids can do it
We made sure to attach the antlers to the back of the brown strips before wrapping them around the popcorn bags for the reindeer, but other than that the assembly is much the same. ¬†Add the google eyes (we used glue dots for that), the noses, and the sticky “tag” on back and you’re done!
Santa and Reindeer Decorated Popcorn Bags make a great Christmas gift for classmates or neighbors
Mini bags of microwave popcorn dressed up like Sant and Reindeer make great Christmas gifts

While I was at it, I put together the gifts for the kids’ teachers as well. ¬†I found these adorable mason jar shaped drinking cups on clearance at the craft store after Thanksgiving and knew I just had to do something with them for Christmas.
Mason Jar cups filled with school supplies and hot chocolate mix make a great Christmas gift for teachers

I rounded up some red and green colored Sharpies, green post-its and some great hot chocolate mix (looking at the photo I’m wondering why oh why I didn’t get a few extra so I could try out the toasted marshmallow flavor?!) to put inside the cup. ¬†¬†And I wanted a bit of customization (when in doubt – customize, right?!) so I fired up the Silhouette machine again and did some cute labels using the teacher’s names.
Decorative Teacher Name Labels cut with my Silhouette machine to dress up Christmas Gift

Embellished mason jar mug for teacher Christmas gift using vinyol and Silhouette machine

Mason Jar Gift for Teachers Christmas or Teacher Appreciation Gift in a Cup

Done deal!  The kids are now all set for Christmas festivities at school, which is great since we are down to only ONE more week before Christmas vacation!  (oh boy!)

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Easy Glitter Snowflake Ornament Ornament Surprise Box Merry & Bright Christmas Stocking Gift Card Holder Holiday Projects with Heat Transfer Vinyl Christmas Tree Card Display Easy DIY Hello Kitty Ornaments Fa la la Christmas Shirt Make Printed Holiday Tea Towels Christmas Tree Countdown: December Silhouette Challenge Modern Advent Calendar 'All is Calm, All is Bright' Canvas Sign Tutorial DIY Faux Aged Copper Snowflake Ornaments from a Cereal Box! Sew Easy Pillow Covers Easy Gold Striped Monogram Ornament Monthly Dry Erase Planner Handmade Christmas Tags Cactus Gift + Printable Buffalo Plaid Gift Tags Coffee Mug Gift for the Star Wars Geek Hot Chocolate Stirring Spoons & Gift Tags Cut File Merry and Bright Christmas Pillow Damask Reindeer Print Ikea Star Ornament DIY Etched Nativity Ornament Fa La La La Pillow {Tutorial} DIY Split Monogram Pillow Fun Holiday Gift Tags - Free Print and Cut Etched in Glass DIY Easy Red and White Christmas Pillows 3 Easy Ways to Create Christmas Baby Onesies with HTV Easy Christmas Gifts for Teachers and Classmates

1. Beauty in the Mess // 2. JustTyra // 3. Dream a Little Bigger // 4. Simply Kelly Designs // 5. The Stamp Doc // 6. From Wine to Whine // 7. TheKimSixFix // 8. unOriginal Mom // 9. HaberdasheryFun // 10. Tastefully Frugal // 11. Sisters, What! // 12. Small Stuff Counts // 13. Where The Smiles Have Been // 14. Whatcha Workin’ On? // 15. Designed Decor // 16. Architecture of a Mom // 17. Decor Adventures // 18. Create & Babble // 19. Tori Grant Designs // 20. Tried & True // 21. The Thinking Closet // 22. Creative Ramblings // 23. Get Silvered // 24. McCall Manor // 25. Cutesy Crafts // 26. Ginger Snap Crafts // 27. My Favorite Finds // 28. Cupcakes&Crowbars // 29. Pineapples & Pinecones // 30. The Crafting Nook // 31. It Happens in a Blink // 32. Alayna’s Creations

Silhouette Giveaway

December2015GiveawayGraphic-1114pixels

And I‚Äôve saved the best for last. ¬†My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I in partnership with Silhouette America are hosting a mega-huge giveaway …. Giveaway is now CLOSED.

Cupcake Ruffled Apron – Easy Sewing Tutorial

Ruffled Cupcake Apron for Cupcake Wars Birthday Party Easy sewing tutorial

Phew! ¬†Birthday month is over and what a busy, fun October is was! ¬†But before I put it completely behind me and dive headfirst into all things Christmas I wanted to share a little bit more about how we made these adorable Cupcake Ruffled Aprons for Kaitlyn’s Cupcake Wars Birthday Party (which was a total blast! ¬†You can check out the rest of the party details HERE).

Easy sewing tutorial for ruffled cupcake aprons All you need is an inexpensive apron from the craft store and some fabric for embellishment

We started off with an inexpensive white apron from the craft store.  This not only made the whole sewing process easier and faster, but with a 40% off coupon on a pack of three it was probably less expensive than buying the fabric and sewing it ourselves.  Then I took my time wandering around the fabric section and selected some fabric that went with our party theme and colors.  I ended up with a yard of the striped fabric and 1/2 yard of the other four fabrics.  This was more than enough fabric for all four aprons.  If you are only sewing one apron you would need 1/4 to 1/3 yard in each of three different fabrics.

Sewing Tutorial for semi homemade ruffled apron for Cupcake Wars Birthday Party ruffle detail

Isn’t the glitter in the fabric pretty? ¬†I thought it was perfect for preteen girly girls.

On to the sewing process! ¬†We decided that 4″ was a good length for the ruffles so I cut the fabric into strips 4 1/2″ wide, three strips per apron (one of each color). ¬†One strip turned out to be the perfect length to go across the apron when ruffled so no piecing was needed for that. ¬†I simply ironed the bottom of each strip 1/4″ for the hem, turned it another 1/4″ and ironed it again, then gave it to Kaitlyn who sewed the hems herself. ¬†(Did I mention she is 12? ¬†She loves this crafting stuff) ¬†We did the same method for hemming the edges of each strip and since the top of each ruffle wasn’t going to be seen we simply zig zagged along the top edge of each fabric strip. ¬†Once all the edges were taking care of, we sewed on a couple of gathering threads along the top of each strip (about 1/2″ down from the top) and gathered the fabric.
In order to sew the ruffles on straight, I drew a line with a pencil 3 1/2″ from the bottom of the apron, a second line 3 1/2″ above the first, and the third line 3 1/2″ above the second line. ¬†This allows the ruffles to overlap each other. ¬†Experiment a little bit with yours to make sure that the spacing allows enough overlap so that your upper edge with the gathering threads is fully covered.
The guide lines need to be drawn on both the front and the back of the apron.  You use the lines on the front of the apron when you are pinning the ruffles on to keep it straight.  We found that it was easier to sew the ruffles on with the BACK of the apron on top as it goes through the machine, which is why you need to draw a second set of lines on the back of the apron.
Start with the bottom ruffle and pin it on the apron (keeping the pins pretty close together so the ruffles won’t move) then sew it on. ¬†Repeat with the second and third ruffles.

Embellished apron for Cupcake Wars Birthday Party sewing tutorial waistband detail

In order to cover up the top of the final ruffle, we decided to add another strip of fabric as a sort of belt or waistline. ¬†So, cut a strip out of one of your fabrics – 2″ high, by the width of your apron (plus 1/2″ for hem allowances). ¬†I folded over the sides 1/4″ (this gives you a nice clean edge on both sides without hemming) and ironed it down. ¬†I also ironed a 1/4″ hem along one side of the fabric strip (let’s call it the top). ¬†Using the second (unironed) side of the fabric strip, we sewed it up-side down on top of the top ruffle. ¬†This allowed us to then fold it over, right-side-up, along the seam and iron it flat. ¬†It is then a simple matter to top-stich along all four sides of the fabric strip to form your belt.

Ruffled Cupcake Apron detail photo of ruffles added to inexpensive craft store apron easy DIY sewing tutorial

The final touch was the cupcake applique. ¬†Kaitlyn did the entire applique herself, so trust me it’s easy (as long as you get the fusing on the correct BACK side of the fabric). ¬†We just printed off some cupcake clip art to use as a pattern and traced the outline of it onto the backing of the Iron-On Adhesive (we used an adhesive product similar to THIS). ¬†If you are unfamiliar with the use of iron-on adhesives, they are pretty easy to use. ¬†You just iron the adhesive onto the back of your fabric (holding the iron on for the number of seconds specified in the directions), peel off the backing paper, then iron your applique directly onto your project. ¬†The key to this process is that after you trace your stencil onto the backing paper, roughly cut around it leaving just a little space outside the lines of your stencil. ¬†Once you iron the adhesive to your applique fabric, cut along the lines of the stencil before removing the backing paper. ¬†This gives you a cleaner line along the edges of the stencil than trying to cut the fabric to match the shape of your adhesive. ¬†As you can see, we cut two different pieces for the applique using one fabric for the top of the cupcake and another fabric for the bottom. ¬†Then just placed them on the apron and ironed both pieces on at once.
Finish it all off by top-stitching around the edges of the applique.

Cupcake Applique for ruffled apron Party favor for Cupcake Wars Birthday Party

Then have your adorable, newly-minted 12 year old proudly model her creation! ūüėČ

Cupcake Ruffled Apron party favor for Cupcake Wars Birthday Party easy sewing tutorial

Cupcake Wars Birthday Party Aprons were made specially for the party with ruffles in colors and patterns that coordinated with the party theme The birthday girl helped do a lot of the sewing herself

And there are the happy bakers at Kaitlyn’s Cupcake Wars Birthday Party.

Ruffled Cupcake Apron for Cupcake Wars Birthday Party Easy sewing tutorial DIY

As always, if you are inspired by this project and use it to create something of your own I would LOVE to hear about it!  (and see photos!)

Linking to:  Tip Me Tuesday, Learning From Each Other, Made By You Monday, Merry Monday, Snickerdoodle Sunday,

Decorating with Witch Hats

IMG_5229A

It’s almost that time! ¬†Are we ready for Halloween?!
Not quite? ¬†Oh good – I’m not either ūüėČ ¬†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

Linking to:  Pretty Pintastic Party, Learning from Each Other, BFF Open House, Inspire Me Monday, Made By You Monday, Lou Lou Girls, Tip Me Tuesday,

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 ūüėČ ¬†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? ūüėČ

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!)

Linking to:  R&R Wednesdays, Inspire Me Monday, Merry Monday Halloween Features, Made By You Monday,

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 Рor 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!

Linking to:  R&R Wednesdays, Inspire Me Monday, Merry Monday Halloween Features, Made By You Monday,

Double Sided Fall Decorations For Halloween and Thanksgiving

If it weren’t for other people, I don’t know if I’d manage to work in time for “fun” crafting very often – especially right now when I seem to spend most of my days in the garage working on laundry drying racks or running kids to swim team practice or karate. ¬†However, I get pretty cranky when all I do is “work” so when I was asked to put together a craft for the women’s group at a local church (last year) I was pretty quick to agree. ¬†I love introducing people to one of my favorite hobbies!
Double Sided Wood 2x4 Craft for Halloween and Thanksgiving Beware of LIttle Monsters Thanks for little blessings
It didn’t take us long to decide on an easy (and hopefully quick!) 2×4 craft for Halloween and Thanksgiving – yes, it’s double-sided! ¬† ¬†The easier it is to change out holiday decor and the less space it takes up in storage, the better, right? ¬†The front side reads “BEWARE of little Monsters” and the back side says “THANKS for little Blessings.”
We ended up with almost 30 people signed up for the craft – Yay! ¬†I was told most of them have never done anything crafty so I¬†thought¬†extra hard about how to have it all go as smoothly and easily as possible. ¬†I ended up pulling together a kit for everyone and while I was at it I figured, hey, why not pull together a quick How To for the blog. ¬†I haven’t done one of those in a while.
Halloween Thanksgiving Double Sided Blocks Kit
In the kit they found the wooden blocks, vinyl lettering, patterned paper cut to size, a couple of pieces of ribbon (which I forgot to put in the photo!) and even a nice little reference sheet with step-by-step instructions. ¬†I took the extra time to type up the reference sheet because 1) a few of the people wouldn’t be able to make it to the craft session but still wanted to make the craft on their own and 2) with that many people they may not be able to have the example blocks right in front of them and I wanted them to at least have photos for reference and 3) some people learn better/retain things better if they can read it instead of just listening to a quick explanation.

*For those of you that are going to ask (and I know someone is going to ask!) here is a quick run through of the sizes for the wood pieces. ¬†You can use a 2×4 for all pieces (I got 2-3 sets out of one 2×4). ¬†Cut out two pieces 7 1/4″ high, two pieces 4 1/8″ high, and two pieces 3 1/2″ high. ¬†For the base block I cut it 14″ long then ran it through the table saw (or rather, my awesome husband did) so that it was 2″ high.

The rest of the process is pretty easy:
-paint all sides of all wooden pieces.  (Actually I would have preferred to stain them, but the stain has to dry overnight and it really messy so I figured paint was a much better option for craft day)  It will probably take two coats.
-cut your patterned paper slightly smaller than the size of the blocks.  Adhere patterned paper with Modge Podge or similar adhesive
-apply vinyl lettering
-apply another coat of Modge Podge over the top of everything, including the sides that are only painted (this keeps the finish consistantly glossy on all sides).  When I craft at home I also add a coat of poly which really helps protect everything, but as it takes longer to dry I skipped that part and was sure to tell them they could do that on their own later if they wanted to.
-when dry, attach ribbon embellishments using wood glue or a hot glue gun.

Told you it was easy! ūüėČ ¬†Now for the beauty shots.

Halloween Double Sided Craft Beware of Little Monsters with another saying on the back for Thanksgiving Made with wood 2x4 pieces and patterned scrapbook paper

 Halloween Wood 2x4 Craft Beware of Little Monsters Double Sided for Thanksgiving too
Beware Little Monsters Wood 2x4 Craft for Halloween Double Sided for Thanksgiving too
 Thanks for Blessings Wooden 2x4 Thanksgiving Craft
Thanksgiving Wood 2x4 Craft Thanks for Little Belssings Double Sided for Halloween too

Thanksgiving Craft Blocks Double Sided

The big craft day went great! ¬†Of course it took a little longer than the time we had planned, but everyone was enjoying it and that was fine. ¬†I spent my time wandering from table to table answering questions and getting to know everyone. ¬†Most of the women had been able to arrange child care but one baby was too little for that and I happily carried him around with me half the time so his Mom could have her hands free for crafting. I’m always happy to be the “extra hand” when I am crafting with friends that have little ones because I remember how hard that used to be when my kids were tiny. ¬†Now that my kids are older I know that if I don’t get my own craft finished before they get home it won’t be a big deal to finish it on my own – with or without their help! ūüėČ

Wow. ¬†I just realized how long it has been since I had a craft day with friends. ¬†Do you like to craft with friends? ¬†Has it been a while since you’ve done anything crafty? ¬†Maybe we should challenge ourselves¬†to make a couple of phone calls and get a craft day on our calendars!?!

Linking to:  Pretty Pintastic Party, Your Turn to Shine, A Little R&R Wednesday, Made By You Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Merry Monday, Sundays Down Under, Learning from each other link party, BFF Open House, Tip Me Tuesday,

DIY Wooden Sign for Fall – Double-sided for Halloween and Thanksgiving

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

Too soon for Halloween ideas?! ¬†Naw. ¬†Seems like half the posts I run across online right now is someone blogging about pumpkin and apple recipes or decorating their porch with fall leaves and gourds. ¬†I’m excited because I love fall and all the things that go along with it (especially the pumpkins!) but struggle with the part of me that doesn’t want to be premature and be sick of all the fun fall stuff before Thanksgiving arrives. ¬†But in the interest of making sure you all have plenty of time to grab some fall decorating inspiration from here or other blogs, it probably makes sense to put it out there early so you have plenty of time to create. ¬†Am I right?

I will be sharing a new fall idea or two every week until November – or until I run out of ideas, which-ever comes first! ¬†You’ve already seen my 2×4 Pumpkins and my Wooden Pallet Pumpkins (and if you haven’t I’d love for you to check them out) so this week I thought I would share my Double-Sided Wooden Sign for Fall. ¬†The front side has a fun saying¬†for Halloween and the back side is for Thanksgiving. ¬†I love the double-sided concept, especially when it comes to holiday decor because not only does it cut down on the amount of storage space I need for storing off-season holiday decorations but it also makes it super easy to change out the decorations from one holiday to another. ¬†This works especially well with the back to back holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. ¬†I can leave out the pumpkins and bright orange and red leaves from September through November and just switch out a few select pieces for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Double Sided Wooden Fall Sign for Halloween and Thanksgiving DIY Tutorial

It was pretty simple to put together. ¬†We just took 3 pieces of scrap wood (1×6 or 1×8 probably) and cut them all to the same length (maybe 15″ wide or so), then used smaller scraps (1×2) as braces along the back and put screws in them to hold it all together. ¬†Then stained it all mahogany.

Thankful Thanksgiving Front Porch Sign DIY Tututorial

Thankful Grateful Blessed Wooden Front Porch Sign for Thanksgiving Decorations
I like the effect the wood braces on the back give the sign Рmakes it more rustic and a bit vintage looking, I think.  I also used the same stain technique as I did on the Corn Hole boards (see tutorial HERE) on the Thankful side of the sign for the lettering.  I love the look.  The Halloween quote was done with white vinyl using my Silhouette machine.

Wooden Halloween Porch Sign Home of the Wicked Witch and all her Little Monsters Double Sided

I have kind of a obsession “thing” for witch themed decor for Halloween. ¬†There’s just something about the pointy hat and the witchy boots that makes me smile. ¬†And I prefer the more fun and whimsical look to the scary things and the gore that often goes along with Halloween.

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

It looks great on the front porch with everything else doesn’t it? ¬†And is often the case with most of the holiday decorations I make – it’s easy and inexpensive too!

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

Have you decorated your porch for fall yet? ¬†I’d love to hear some of your ideas!

Linking to:  Merry Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Celebrate it Sunday, Sundays Down Under, Made By You Monday, Your Turn to Shine, LouLou Girls, Idea Box, A LIttle R&R Wednesday, Pretty Pintastic Party, BFF Open House, Creative Exchange, Best DIY Projects and Recipes Party, Link Party Palooza, Saturday Sharefest, Tip Me Tuesday,

Wooden Pallet Pumpkins

Fall front porch decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving with pumpkins

It’s fall! ¬†At least here in Utah the last week or so it really feels like the weather has suddenly decided summer is over. ¬†There is that unique crispness in the air and the days just aren’t quite as warm as they were. ¬†The leaves are even changing colors up on the mountains. ¬†It happened suddenly, like someone flipped a switch. ¬†And what’s funny is that it coincided almost to the day with the day the kids started school just over a week ago.

I thought I would be sad to see summer go, and I am a bit, but I’m also excited for the change of seasons. ¬†I love fall and all that goes along with it – sweaters and jeans, brightly colored trees, apples and pumpkin flavored everything… ūüėČ ¬†I’ve been seeing fall decor and pumpkin recipes popping up online. ¬†And I have to admit I gave into the urge for pumpkin and made pumpkin muffins for the kids lunchboxes this week. ¬†So it’s no surprise that I have pumpkins on the brain and wanted to share the pallet pumpkins my husband and I made a couple of years ago. ¬†(I was going to say last fall, but dates on the photos say 2013. ¬†Wow time goes by so quickly doesn’t it?)
Oh and before I forget – more details on that great Thankful Grateful Blessed sign can be found HERE.

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

I thought about doing tutorial photos as I went but when it comes right down to it, the pallet pumpkins aren’t that hard to put together.¬† Acquire yourself a pallet and get the husband and his Sawsall to rip it apart.¬† Line all the boards up and sketch in a pumpkin shape.¬† Don’t worry about it being perfect – that’s not the point of a pallet project, right?
Cut everything out with a jigsaw.  Give the rough edges a quick sanding.  Then turn it upside-down and lay it all out so you can add a couple of strips of wood to the back and screw all the pieces to that.

Pallet Pumpkin detail of back and stand

Making it stand up was a bit of a dilemma as mine were pretty big and attaching them to a base didn’t seem like the right choice.¬† In the end, Sam just took a hinge and added another piece of wood¬†to the back like the stand on a picture frame.

Tutorial for Pallet Pumpkins detail photo of stand on back

The pumpkin looked good as it was, but I am a sucker for darker wood so I stained mine.  I knew the old dry wood would soak up a lot of stain, so I used a can that I had determined was too dark for my countdown blocks and did plan to use for any other projects.

Pallet Pumpkin Before dry brush technique

Turns out it was a bit too dark for the pumpkins too and a lot of the character of the wood got lost.  So I dry brushed on some streaks of orange paint and we were back in business.

Pallet Pumpkin detail photo Alaynas Creations

Much better.

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

And there you have it! A semi-quick, mostly free, and totally adorable addition to the front porch.  The best part is that when I switch out the Halloween décor, these babies will still look great for Thanksgiving.

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

As always Рif you use this tutorial or even are just inspired by it and come up with your own spin I would love to see it!  Please feel free to share comments and photos.

Happy September and Happy Fall!

Want more great fall decor ideas? ¬†Check out my easy and inexpensive wooden 2×4 Pumpkin Tutorial.

Featured on:  Merry Monday

Linking to:  Inspire Me Monday, Merry Monday, Made By You Monday, Sundays Down Under, Snickerdoodle Sunday, Tip Me Tuesday, Your Turn to Shine, Wow Me Wednesday, Idea Box, BFF Open House, Pretty Pintastic Party, Saturday Sharefest, Friday Finds, Creative Exchange,