Posts Tagged ‘craft’
October 30, 2013 by Jenn
Halloween is tomorrow and I just can’t wait. Emily and I are doing Guns N Roses. She is Axl and I’m Slash… photos to follow. Anyhow, I enjoy a good spooky front yard. However, we don’t have a front yard. Living in Baltimore city, we basically have a flower bed. So I worked with what I had and came up with a spooky fence and sign for our front “yard”. Here’s how to make it!
You will need:
- gray spray paint
- thin wire
- wood (I found these cool small stakes from my local hardware store for 50 cents a piece)
- white paint
First I took all of my wood pieces and spray painted them gray.
I sanded the wood a bit with the sandpaper to make them a little rough. Next you’ll want to white wash the wood to make it appear older. White wash in stores can be expensive and it’s much easier to make your own. Just mix water with your white paint until it has the consistency of glue. Paint the gray wood with the white wash mix until it looks spooky. I then nailed the wood into the front flower bed. Once all my pieces were in order, I wrapped the metal wire around them. Super simple and easy.
To make my beware sign, I took a wood piece from my boyfriend’s stock and spray painted some of the edges red and used black acrylic paint to write beware. Again, so easy.
We spray painted a few old boxes gray and organized our pumpkins on them. Voila. Spooky front yard display.
I used yellow and orange lights all around the perimeter of the flower bed to make it look spookier at night.
Yay! Halloween party is ready for tomorrow night. What’s your favorite way to decorate?
September 9, 2013 by Jenn
My favorite time is upon us!!!! It’s starting to be nice and cool (almost downright chilly) when I leave the house in the early morning and I can just feel that sweater weather is not far behind. Like any other crazy person, September 1st I went to the mart across the street from my house and started checking everyday for Martha Stewart’s Halloween guide (which they didn’t actually put out until the 5th). Once I had it in my possession I drank my pumpkin iced coffee on my front porch and started planning. It is true that Halloween is my favorite holiday but even if you aren’t big into the spooky scary, you can still prepare for fall and have a lot of fun. Here are 13 (spooooky, right?) ideas to get you in the fall spirit!
Fall would not be complete without pumpkin treats! These vegan cupcakes are delicious.
Dye your own yarn for all your fall projects!
Cool weather calls for warm meals! Try out our vegan corn and cheddar chowder, you won’t be sorry!
Start your DIY gift list early and make some sweater buds.
Treat yourself with vegan peanut butter cups.
Make a Halloween door wreath for under 15 bucks!
Our Bourbon Ginger Swizzle will warm you right up!
Holiday party season is on it’s way, spice up your ensemble with your own DIY accessories.
Cozy up with your favorite spooky movie and chow down on our popcorn recipe!
Start screen printing a tote or a few tea towels to get a head start on Christmas gifts!
Enjoy a late night snack or maybe just have a S’mores cupcake for lunch?
Apple pie liqueur? Yes, please!
Warm up your breakfast with these Marmalade Rolls!
What are your favorite things to get ready for fall?
February 25, 2013 by Jenn
Today we have something special for those kiddos in your life. This is a fun project to do with your kids or just to make as a gift for a special tiny human in your life. It’ll also fit into your budget since it’s made from recycling things you probably already have. (I told you I’m a recycle monster.) What’s one thing every girl has lying around? Shoeboxes. You could even use a shipping box from that thing you just ordered online for an even larger project. Today I’m going to show you how I turned a plain shoebox into a tiny puppet theater, complete with puppets made from old mittens. So really it’s like 2 DIY’s in one. What a deal!
You will need:
- Fabric scraps
Not pictured: Pinking shears, exact-o knife (both optional), yarn.
1. Remove the lid and any other weird parts from the box.
2. Cut a rectangular hole in one of the sides of the box. This will be where you put your hands through.
3. Paint a scene as your back drop in the back of the box. You could make several on different pieces of paper so you have options.
4. Take 2 scraps of fabric and make side curtains. Staple them to the sides of the box.
5. Take a long piece of fabric and make this the top curtain. I glued it to the sides of the box, this will hide the staples from the side curtains. I cut mine with pinking shears.
6. Cut a hole in the side of the box and run yarn through it. These will be your curtain ties.
7. Tie in a bow and secure the curtains.
Your theater is finished, now let’s get ready for the puppets!
- A pair of old mittens
- Needle and thread
- Marker or embroidery thread
1. To make the hair for the puppets, wrap the yarn around your fingers.
2. Use a second piece of yarn to tie in the middle, this will give you a bow shape.
3. Put a thimble on your finger, then put the glove on over it. Sew the yarn to the mitten. The second piece of yarn that you tied will act as the hairs “part” so put that in the middle.
4. Now you have little wigs!
5. For their costumes, the options are endless. I cut small pieces of fabric and secured them with a stitch in the back.
6. I used a marker to draw on my puppet’s faces, you could also sew on some faces with embroidery thread.
Don’t have the time for puppet people? That’s okay. You can also use scrapbook stock. I took a few and taped them to popsicle sticks. Boom. Instant puppets.
I hope you have as much fun with this project as I did. Now, get those kiddos crafting!
February 20, 2013 by Jenn
In keeping up with my 52 challenges, I chose this week’s challenge to make someone else’s DIY. There are so many fun things out there for me to choose from. There are so many bloggers that have come up with really awesome DIYs. Since I’m trying to revamp my place with some new art, I chose to take on a DIY from the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess. They created a really cool DIY to make song lyric wall art. I used a magazine photo that I loved as my background and instead of using song lyrics, I wrote something that I just need to remember all the time, to get stuff done!! You can learn how to make this DIY here. I think it’s so cute and it made a lovely addition to my living room!