Now that September is ending, I will actually acknowledge that the scariest of holidays is on it’s way. Halloween is so much fun for the kids and I. We love to dress up in fun (not scary) costumes, carve some jack-o-lanterns, and go get some candy. Sometimes, though, it feels like the old staid and true traditions become the old staid and stale. This year I have decided to change it up a little. I went searching for some new ideas and found this one from one of my favorite magazines, Sunset.
This cat-o-lantern is a great idea for a little twist on the traditional jack-o-lantern, It takes a lot less gutting and carving, meaning it is safer and cleaner to make. It does take some selective oddball pumpkin and gourd choices, paint and skewers. But, with a little creativity and time these cats can slide together for a unique look on your porch this October 31st. Happy Halloween! Here are some other fun black cat related Halloween crafts. Love ‘em.
Do you have a glue gun? Most likely. Most of us do. And crayons? Yes, anyone with children has those and many people without have them too. I have boxes and boxes! This craft, featured at Little Things, uses those two things and a blank canvas to make something pretty nifty.
This is an easy DIY. Grab your favorite crayon color and insert it into the glue gun. Make drops all over the canvas and there you have it. Gorgeous art. A little modern but nice. (p.s. You’re going to need a new glue gun after this. Good thing they are affordable.) Hands On As We Grow has a list of 35 crafts you can do with crayons. Hooray! I like the picture frame! Adorable. I also like the stained glass leaves. Beautiful and I’m sure the kids will love it.
Repurpose, repurpose, repurpose. That’s all you hear about these days. There are so many fun projects that you can make out of other things. It’s great to give things a new and second chance at life. What’s your favorite thing to make (re-make)? Birdbaths, chandeliers, bookshelves, ottomans, headboards, jewelry? Today it’s jewelry! This video from Innova Crafts shows how to make bracelets out of recycled bottles. Amazing! And so easy.
You need a plastic bottle, tape, scissors, iron, and nail polish or acrylic paint. Watch the video to learn how to make your own! The finished product doesn’t look anything like a plastic bottle. I love it when that happens. I would want to use paint and not polish to decorate my bangles. I would hate to waste it! Honestly WTF has a bunch of other fun DIY bracelet tutorials. There is the fishtail loom, braided cuff, rhinestone sliding knot, and 5 other pages worth of amazing wrist jewelry that you MUST try.
Do you eat canned chicken or tuna? Well today’s your lucky day! Here is a fun craft repurposing those tins. You can make cute little tin votives out of them. This is very simple but looks incredibly awesome. It would be the perfect mood lighting; I’m thinking holiday.
Gather together tin cans, patterned paper, scissors, clothespins, glue, hanger, string, and candles. I have all of those supplies already and I bet you do as well. Crafting win! Battery LED tea lights would be a good idea too. No fire risk either but more expensive to buy in the long run.
Did you know that many firehouses have those battery operated candles available for rent? That’s probably how your cousin had 5,000 at her wedding. (Lucky lady!) Buying that many would have cost as much as the plane tickets to Fiji alone. Here is one such program. I bet there are lots of them.
She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten. That’s why this DIY glitter bowl from Jumble Joy is just awesome. It easy and so festive. You will need 2 cups of glitter, 1 cup of mod podge, a balloon, a bowl, a paintbrush, a stir stick of some kind, and something to set your blown up balloon on.
Thickly brush on the glitter over the bottom half of the inflated balloon (that will end up being your ‘bowl’). Let it sit and dry for 24 hours and then pop the balloon and carefully peel it out. That’s it. You now have a bowl made completely out of glitter. Personally, I’d cut the sides down to make it symmetrical. Just in case you weren’t sure, it’s only decorative. No cereal! I’m thinking it would be the perfect place to display Christmas candy. Don’t be afraid to sparkle a little brighter my DIYers! When in doubt just add glitter.
There are so many bowls and crafts that can be made using balloons and the process for each is very similar. You can make chocolate bowls, button bowls, yarn bowls/balls, and more. Check out this sparkly roundup from Buzzfeed while you’re at it. It has 43 sparkly DIYs that will make your day. Have fun.
Fall! It is my favorite! The beautiful colors, yummy butternut squash, creamy pumpkin spice lattes (pumpkin everything really), sweet candy corn and caramel apples, cool crisp air, falling leaves, confusing corn mazes, and crackling fireplaces. Everything is magical. Even the decor. This roundup from Diply proves that! Get your house is shape with these 12 fall decorating ideas!
I’m so excited to have stumbled across these clever ideas. I actually did number 3 last year. Popcorn kernels in a votive with and candles looks so cute. The pumpkin flower pots are really cute (number 5)! I’ll have to buy some extra ones this year for that! Number 6 would have to be my favorite though! So adorable and it’s a great idea for every season!
Powered By Tofu has a list of 81 things to love about fall. You’re crazy if you don’t love the fabulous autumn season! It’s a lovely word and a lovely time of year. See them all here.
‘Novinophobia.’ The fear of running out of wine. Get it? No vino. Lol. I’m not sure if that is an official phobia but it is a funny one. It’s not a problem we suffer from our house. When we run out of wine, we simply repurpose the bottles and have fun with the corks until our next trip to the store. This video from Household Hacker has 8 amazing ways that corks can be put to good use that you are going to love!
I like the air plants idea. That would look so cool! Sad that my fridge is stainless steel and magnets aren’t an option for me! The candle is my favorite. These are all really fun ideas! Who knew wine could be so delicious and useful! Wonderful!
There are so many phobias out there. Like I said, I don’t know if novinophobia is an official one but there are other ones relating to vino. Oenophobia is the actual fear of wine. Check that out and all the others here.
This post is sponsored by the letters A B and C. (For all you Sesame Street fans. Hehehe.) A is for Awesome. B is for Brilliant. C is for Creative. That’s what this post is… awesome, brilliant, and creative. Check out these 37 wonderful DIYs on decorating with letters and words you make yourself. F is for fantastic!
I love the english language. Our home has quotes on the walls magnetic poetry on our refrigerator and we talk a lot. Language and communication is very important to all of us. Below you will find dozens of brilliant and creative ways to express yourself in your home.
I love the thumbtack and the crayon ideas most because I can do them. And I can do them without a scroll saw. The book page folding idea blows my mind! It looks amazing, but I can not wrap my head around how it is done. They do provide some patterns at the end of the article but I’m not sure it’s enough for my tiny brain. Someone please do this and show me how! Becoming Martha has another ‘word art’ roundup that is quite clever. Be sure and check it out here.
Check out this awesome glow in the dark star mobile from Robert Mahar. It is just precious! I know you’ll love it. Maybe I will put one in my next nursery? Lol. I love the way that it recharges every night and that the glow in the dark glue lasts longer than those pre-made glow in the dark stars.
This really is such a simple DIY but it looks so precious. You will need to gather quite a few tools and supplies, scissors, markers, glow in the dark glue, wire cutters, etc.. Luckily most of the needed materials are pretty common household materials. Common materials that will leave you with an uncommon mobile.
Did you love this star mobile? Yes? Then you will adore these 25 DIY mobile tutorials featured at babble. There is something to fit every nursery and every baby (or big kid). I love the hot air balloons. Find all the fun and free plans here…
I found this fabulous DIY over at Wimp and I’m so excited to feature it here today! Just be prepared…it will take you back to the days of scrunchies and glitter eye shadow. That’s right. We’re going back to the 90’s. We are making bangles today! (I know that they were popular in the 40’s too but I’m drawing from my personal experience.) I love this idea. It’s so much fun!
This is a really easy one for the kids! Popsicle sticks are a universal crafting material. They are even useful for education. We used them in my geometry class to design bridges. Now we are going to use them to make bracelets. For this DIY you need some popsicle sticks, some boiling water, a small cup for shaping, and decorating supplies. I think the sticks used in this tutorial are actually tongue depressors…but no matter. I can’t see them being any different that popsicle sticks, can you?
Another thing that makes great bangles? Toothbrushes! I used to do that all the time when I was little. I had an Elmo one that I wore everywhere. It is the simplest DIY ever and Instructables has the simplest tutorial ever. Find it here. Here is also a video tutorial too (for you visual learners).