Posts Category “Create

It’s kind of sad to admit this — I got all excited to get out my Fall decor but when I actually pulled out all of my things, I realized I had like 2 or 3 items. What?? How does that happen? Fall is my favorite season so you’d think I’d be going all crazy in the decor department. So I decided I’d throw some pieces together this year so that when next year rolls around I won’t be as shocked.

First on the list, was creating a banner for my mantle. The great thing about banners is they can really be hung anywhere. You don’t have to have a mantle to decorate with them. And this banner was actually pretty simple to make.

Supplies
Felt
Fabric glitter
String
Glitter balls (optional)
Leaf pattern
Banner template
Letters (printed & cut out)
Scissors
Glue gun
X-acto knife

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I picked up my felt sheets at Hobby Lobby. I bought more than I needed but I didn’t want to run back to the store. I used3 felt sheets of orange (for the banner and leaves), one seafoam, one brown, one champagne and 2 sheets of the gold glitter fabric (for the letters and the leaves).

To start, I printed out a leaf pattern, cut it out, pinned it to the felt and cut the leaves out — 4 leaves of each color.

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Next, I printed out this banner template. It seemed bigger than I wanted my banner to be so I actually scaled it down to 75% and then printed it out. I had to play with it a little bit to get the size I wanted. I cut out 6 pieces for the word ‘Autumn.’

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Leaves are falling all around,
On the rooftops, on the ground.
Leaves are falling on my toes, on my head and on my nose!

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Photo credit: John Blacker

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again we LOVE Fall!! There’s just something about the season that makes us happy! My personal favorite is watching the leaves change. It’s so magical and colorful and bright! So I set out to find some crafts using leaves or that have a leaf theme so that I could bring a little bit of the outdoors inside.

Here is my “Fantastically Fall” decor list:

The Easiest, Cheapest, Quickest Fall Table Runner – via Dreams & Midnight Jabber

Misty made this last year and it seriously is so cute! I wanted to make one after she shared her post but I ran out of time and so this year, it’s on my to-do list. 🙂

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Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder – via Spark & Chemistry

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Leaf Printed Linens – via Funtober

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Clay Leaf Bowls – via Urban Comfort

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If you are looking for something to do this weekend, have about two hours to spare and feel like putting your woodworking skills to good use this is the project for you!

I’ve been wanting to put a shelf in my laundry room for awhile now but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on buying one and I couldn’t find one that would work for the space. Soooo…I decided I’d put one together that WOULD work. I’m pretty happy with this little shelf not only because it turned out pretty similar to what I had in my head (that never happens) but I did it ALL. BY. MYSELF. No lie! All the cutting, nail gunning and painting was done by me. Oh yeah!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

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1 of each – Pine Board (1/4 x 1/2 x 2, 1/4 x 1/2 x 4, 1/2 x 8 x 4)
3 – 7″ x 7″ Wooden Shelf Brackets
Sander/Sandpaper
Miter Saw
Nail Gun
Wood Glue
Clamps
Paint
Paint brush
Caulk
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If you’ve never heard of PicMonkey I might just ask you if you’ve been living in a hole?! …Just kidding, I won’t. In fact, if you haven’t heard about it I’m actually SUPER excited to introduce it to you. It’s AMAZING!!!!!!! It’s basically online Photoshop, quick and easy photo editing that’s fast and simple to do. I have Photoshop and I simply don’t get it so I’ve been using PicMonkey for a few years now and I absolutely LOVE it! 

PicMonkey Home Page
Besides offering photo editing, the website also offers a variety of features including collages and Facebook cover designing. I’m just going to focus on my favorites of photo editing.

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Summer is officially in full swing and we are LOVING it! We finally have some nice weather. We can swim and enjoy the outdoors. This week I have a quick and easy project that literally took me less than 30 minutes. I love when you can take an existing decoration and repurpose it! And that’s exactly what today’s project is! Don’t stress though, if you don’t have all the supplies starting from scratch will still be super easy! Here’s what you’ll need!

Supplies
6 wood blocks (mine are 2″x 3″x 6″)
Vinyl lettering
Hello sign

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This is one of those projects I’ve been wanting to make for months and I’m thrilled that I finally got around to it. And even more excited that it turned out cuter than I’d pictured it in my head! Depending on what supplies you already have on hand this could be a very cheap project. Let’s get started!

Paint Stir Stick Basket Supplies

Supplies
13 paint stir sticks
1/4″ wooden dowel
3 sheets of 12″x12″ scrapbook paper
Stain or paint (optional)
Mod podge
Staple gun and 3/8″ staples
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St. Patrick’s Day is just days away and now that I have a 5-year-old every holiday is a big deal around here. I’m pretty sure we’ve never done anything super exciting around St. Patty’s day but I have a feeling this year is about to change. With not a ton of ideas to go off of I decided I’d better do a little research to come up with some ideas to celebrate. However, I decided to go old school and not go straight to Pinterest. I wanted to see what the trusty old Google machine would come up with. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. There’s some good stuff out there.

So if you’ve been in the same boat as me and have no clue what to do on such a holiday, I’m here to help with a few websites you can visit to get some St. Patty’s day inspiration.

Disney Family
Have you heard of Disney Family? If you haven’t then now’s the time to check it out. This website is awesome and jam-packed with a ton of fun ideas. From crafts, to recipes to printables this is the website to go to if you have a Disney fan in your house. I tend to visit this website for their coloring pages but I love that they have various holiday ideas as well. Here’s a few ideas of what you can find on their St. Patrick’s Day page.

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So I always have the best of intentions getting ahead of things when it comes to holidays. Some, of course, aren’t as big of a deal as others but I still like to have things around the house for the kiddos.

Easter is one of the holidays where I like the reason for the season more than the commercial aspect of it. Which in turn, means I don’t have a ton of decorating items around my house when Easter does come. Ironically, Marie mentioned a few weeks ago that she’d like me to do a couple of Easter printables, I thought, “Well, now is a good time as any.” And ahead of schedule? Wow, this never happens.

So thanks to Marie, she inspired me and I set out to put a couple of pieces together. I think they turned out pretty cute. I thought, if you’re anything like me, it would be nice to have it before the holiday rather than after when it’s on sale. Ha! Continue reading

For years my mom has LOVED Jack Skellington. I mean who can resist his cute, mean face?! Last year, Marie and I got together and made these adorable candy “dish” pumpkins from those carvable pumpkins you find all over in the craft stores. Since we’re out trick-or-treating with our kids on Halloween we fill these pumpkins with candy and leave them on our steps for kids to help themselves! Best way to hand out candy while you’re not home! Once my mom saw ours she fell in love. Marie and I thought “why not make her a Jack Skellington one?!” Since we had already done this before we tag teamed to get it done, it actually went really quick. Here’s what you need to make your own.

Supplies
Carvable craft pumpkin
Wood burning tool (mine is just like this one)
Craft paint and paintbrushes
Pencil

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