Halloween Decor DIY – Paper Decorated Pumpkin

September 17th, 2013

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Katie made another cute halloween project for my blog. I provided her with the My Mind’s Eye Happy Haunting line, and she did all the magic to make this adorable pumpkin! The best part is that she started with this crazy green pumpkin that she bought on clearance last Halloween.

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I got the pumpkin from the 80% off sale at hobby lobby last year, spent $1.80 on it, knowing i wouldn’t keep it green. In preparation for decorating the pumpkin, I painted it black

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The stem wasn’t big enough to wrap ribbon around so I cut two holes to fish the ribbon through.

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Then I grabbed all the cute MME Happy Haunting papers & embellishments and played around with them a bit.

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I decided to keep it simple and cut strips of the striped paper and wrap them around the pumpkin.

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I used the enamel brads to stick the strips down with. and just fanned out the paper till i covered the whole pumpkin.

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I put some hot glue on the bottom of the pumpkin where the stripes fell so they would stay down in place.

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I wanted to decorate the top so I got some Basket Box and Bag shred from the Dollar store, and hot glued it to the top for some fun texture.

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For the tag i just found the skull base that i wanted and just started adding from there, all MME stuff from the Happy Haunting line.

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Then I assembled it all and tied the ribbons up top. A super simple project, but an beautiful halloween decoration.

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Thanks Katie!! I adore this pumpkin and just had to place it on my Halloween table:

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Here’s the rest of my table – This will probably be my only Halloween decorations this year due to our temporary housing situation. But next year I’m totally going all out!

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Halloween Decor DIY – Stenciled Tea Towel

September 14th, 2013

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Being in (very) temporary housing with almost everything we own in storage it’s kind of hard to get the motivation to create projects and decorate for holidays. However, I just can’t stand the thought of not decorating at all for Halloween, Fall & Christmas. And I definitely want to do some fun (and easy) bloggy projects for my readers as well. I’ve mentioned my crafty landlady Katie who previously created a father’s day silhouette project for me. She has been so kind as to help me create projects and she’s back again with an awesome Halloween DIY project. She made this amazingly cute spooky Tea Towel which I am considering just keeping because it’s pretty sweet. Here are the few quick steps:

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All you need is a Tea Towel – this one is from IKEA (awesome), a tree branch stencil (Hobby Lobby), black fabric paint and paint brushes.

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Using washi tape (or any removable tape) to position the stamp just right, I carefully painted in the stencil using a small detail brush.

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Once the stencil dried I peeled it off, and extended some of the beaches so they didn’t look like the stopped so suddenly.

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I just eye balled the trunk, and wanted more branches off to the side so i made sure the stencil was dry and placed it over my tree so i could make some more beaches coming off the trunk.

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Once it was all done I wondered about putting a saying on it like, Happy Haunting or spooky, but I loved how simple it was so i just added a small stamp from MME that said Happy Halloween!

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Such a cute way to bring halloween decor into your kitchen or table.

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Well I hope you enjoyed Katie’s project. She also created an adorable pumpkin, and I’ll feature that in a few days.

Here’s my last year’s Halloween Apothecary Mantel and my Decopage Pumpkins DIY if you’re looking for more Halloween inspiration.

Summer Fun Activity Board

May 28th, 2013

This weekend I attended a fun and totally girly weekend retreat. We wanted to do a fun craft to get our creative juices flowing, and had recently seen Kelly Brown show off her Summer Fun Trackers on Studio 5 including a pin board with goals for summer activities. We took her idea and ran with it  each creating our own board and customizing them with lots of fun embellishments.

This is us all crafting and having a good time getting our hands dirty:

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We used the new MME Rhonna Farrer line – Find your Wings & Fly - and everyone just died over how awesome the papers and especially embellishments were. Love this line – easy to use and so stunning!

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Our cork board was 16×20 and we covered it in fabric (stapling the back), and fit twelve 3.5″x5″ squares on the front. It fit perfectly into an empty 16×20 frame.

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I cut the “Summer Fun” out on my Silhouette Cameo  using their free studio software, and we used the xyron X to turn all the letters into stickers – it’s the best little tool ever!

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Then I totally made the project mine by using all the amazing embellishments – chipboard, brads, washi tape, alpha letters, layered stickers and a few enamel dots.

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Add a little twine, and some push pins and this project only took about an hour.

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Now all I need to do is actually schedule and accomplish all these fun summer goals AND take pictures to document everything.

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And once summer is over, I can pull off all the cards and turn the whole thing into a mini album.  I think it would also be great to tuck in a little journaling card on the back of each card so that every photo/activity has a story as well.

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Isn’t that an awesome way to get your summer activities planned and memories recorded? Plus is an adorable decoration in your house all summer long!

Thanks Kelly for the awesome idea!

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