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Pumpkin Wood Sign with Messy Bow

How absolutely adorable did this turn out!?!  I had an idea in my mind how I wanted it to look, but I didn’t know it would be THIS so darn cute!!

First I gathered my supplies and covered my lap desk with brown postage paper. I used a wooden pumpkin that I got at Dollar Tree, paper that I purchased at Hobby Lobby, orange paint Mod Podge, a sanding block, twine and ribbon that I already had on hand from random various places.  The first step was to take the panels off by using my heat gun to heat up the glue underneath and then pry them off.  Then I painted the pumpkin underneath orange.  I diluted the orange paint with some water.  I didn’t want it to be a really harsh orange color, then I wiped off the excess paint.  I really like the color that it created.  For the panels, I traced them on the back of my pumpkin paper and then cut them out.  Then I used Mod Podge to attach them to the front of my panels and then used a sanding block to make the sides even.  Then I put the panels back on with hot glue and took twine around the stem and kept it on with hot glue as well.  I made my “messy bow” with just some various ribbon and pearl strands I had laying around.  I really didn’t buy anything for this project.  It turned out just adorbs in my opinion!

 

 

Updated Chunky Yarn Pumpkins!!

Googly Eyed Black Pumpkin

This adorable Halloween themed pumpkin is extremely easy to make.   Any kiddos can do it with parents help, pretty much! Just gather up the supplies and have some fun!

First gather your supplies, and cover your lap area! The supplies are just the pumpkin, black chalk paint, different sized googly eyes and E6000 and a paint brush. First step was to paint the whole pumpkin with CHALK paint.  It’s important that you use chalk paint, so it doesn’t peel off.  After the paint dries, take E6000 and apply googly eyes randomly all over the pumpkin!  That’s it!  You just let that dry, and you have an adorable pumpkin.  You can add a bow at the top if you’d like as well.  This craft really isn’t too messy, and it’s SUPER simple to do with kiddos!

 

Pumpkin: Hobby Lobby – $4.20 https://www.hobbylobby.com/Fall-Thanksgiving/Decorations/Pumpkins/White-Pumpkin/p/80986642
Googly Eyes – Walmart – $5.51 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Paste-On-Standard-Oval-Googly-Eyes-80pk-Black-10-19mm/35669739
Black Chalk Paint – Hobby Lobby – $1.99 https://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=chalk+paint&quickview=80751097
E6000 – Walmart – $3.97 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Eclectic-E6000-Industrial-Adhesive-3-fl-oz-Clear-or-Transparent/44148643

Button Acorn

Okay, so I’m going to be completely transparent here.  I don’t know if I like this one.  It’s kind of growing on me. When I finished it I literally thought “Well, they can’t all be winners”. But I’m posting it anyway!  I hope you are all staying safe, Healthy and HAPPY!!

First I started by gathering my supplies, as I always do and starting with a clean work space.  I used a piece of paper from Hobby Lobby that looked like real leaves.  I got a little decoration from Dollar General that looked like a little acorn, and I gathered a bunch of buttons and my E6000 and some raffia.  First I took the top of the acorn off and I put a piece of paper that was close to the size of the bottom of the acorn on there and I took a sanding block, and just took off the excess paper around the edges.  It came off really easy.  Then I just glued the paper down.  I then put the top of the acorn back on and just started covering it with buttons!  Then I made a little bow with raffia after I was done with the buttons and used hot glue to keep that on there.  It really was a super simple craft!

 

 

Heart Button Sign

My daughter and I made two of these signs in February. My mom loved it, so I had to make her one too. I didn’t do step by step instructions back then, so I did them now. I hope you all like this! Stay safe, Healthy and HAPPY!!!

First I covered my lap table with postage paper. Then I gathered all the supplies. I used an 8×10 picture frame that I bought at Dollar Tree for $1.00.  I also used E6000, a heart cut out that I printed out online. (I will put a pdf of what I used below) I used a ton of various red buttons, red chalk paint and an 8×10 THIN canvas that I bought at Dollar Tree for $1.00 for a pack of 3.  I printed out my heart and cut it out.  Then I traced it on my canvas making sure I left room on the edges to where when I put the canvas back in the frame, the buttons wouldn’t be covered by the frame.  Then I started putting the buttons on the canvas where the heart goes.  The cheap buttons should go on the bottom.  They are the ones that won’t be seen.  You will need all sizes of buttons, and you will want all different kinds and shapes.  After I finished the bottom, I covered the top of the heart with the prettier buttons to make it look nice.  I painted the frame with chalk paint, so the paint wouldn’t peel off.  I took a sanding block and distressed the frame to make it look a little more farm house style.  Then I put the canvas into the frame after the paint dried, and it’s all finished!

Heart PDF

Hanging Candle Wreath

I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out.  It looks so pretty hanging outside in the evening.  It hangs on any hook.  The decoration can be changed for any season, so in the winter, I can put greenery, and I can decorate for Valentines Day and Easter etc.  It’s absolutely perfect because when the batteries go out, I just change them!  Perfection!  This craft is absolutely SUPER simple.

First I started by taking the grapevine wreath, and then tying the ribbon that I cut in 3 pieces (equally) around the center of the wreath.  Then I took the wreath together at the top and I secured it together.  You should probably use a large safety pin and then secure it with hot glue.  Then you just put the bottom of a flower pot that fits perfectly in the bottom of it at the bottom and put your candles on top and decorate around with whatever you want for the season.  I used leaves for fall.

 

Pallet Pumpkins with Wooden Trucks

These adorable pallets started out as just tiny wood pallets (I forgot to take initial pictures of them, I’m sorry) and turned out to be perfect little pumpkins.  I used little squares of wood for the stems, and green floral wire for the leaves on the sides.  Then the wooden leaves on top I painted metallic red!  The wooden trucks with the pumpkins were the finishing touch. I hope you’re staying safe, Healthy and HAPPY!

First I started with a clean desk in my bed.  Then I gathered all of my supplies.  I used 3 mini pallets from Dollar Tree, orange paint, red metallic paint, wooden leaves, wooden trucks, wood squares from Dollar Tree, green floral wire, wood stain, paint brushes, and glue gun.  The first step I did was paint the pallets orange all over.  Then I stained three wooden blocks with wood stain.  I didn’t stain them darkly, though.  I painted the stain on, then wiped it off.  Then after the paint was dry, I attached the wooden blocks to the pallets with hot glue.  I then wound up the floral wire around a paint brush to curl it, and then cut it off and attached it to the top of the pumpkin with hot glue.  I then painted the 9 wooden leaves metallic red and let it dry.  I attached those to the tops of the pumpkins with hot glue after they were dry.  Then I added the little wooden trucks to the bottom with hot glue.  I purchased the wooden leaves and wooden trucks at Hobby Lobby.  I will attach links to everything I can find at the bottom as always. I also used raffia at the end and just tied it in the middle and attached with hot glue it and cut it on each side.

 

Mini Sucker Bouquet

This is just so perfect for a teacher! I am planning on giving this one to one of Ella’s teacher’s.  It took a LOT more suckers than I thought it would (probably 500 – or 4 bags or so), but it is just flippin’ adorable!  I am making it where she can turn it into a game if she chooses to, by coloring the end of each sucker a color. (I just chose purple, pink and one gold)  Most of mine are purple, a few are pink and if one student picks the golden sucker they will get the golden prize!  I don’t know if our sweet teacher will choose to participate in this game or not, but it seemed like something really fun!!! I also am making the jar pretty, so the teacher doesn’t mind displaying it in her classroom.  This was a labor of love, it took me probably 4 hours to make this due to marking the bottom of the suckers and then sticking them all in place.  As I always say though, when I craft, I do it for my fun.  This is my joy.  It really was so amazing to see how pretty it turned out in the end!  As always, I hope you all stay safe, Healthy and HAPPY!!

First I gathered my supplies!  I covered my lap desk with brown postage paper and set it up on my bed and tried to make sure everything I needed was within reach.  I got my ball jar, my styrofoam ball, my bags of suckers, sharpie markers, blue waverly chalk paint, metallic blue paint, DecoArt Metallic Lustre, pearl ribbon, sanding block, hot glue gun, E6000, and various other supplies such as paint brushes and scissors.

The first thing I did was paint the jar with chalk paint.  I used Waverly in “Ocean”.  It only took one coat.  Then I used my heat gun on low setting to dry it.  I then completely covered it with metallic paint.  I used FolkArt in “Blue Sapphire” for this coat.  I used my heat gun on low again to dry this, then I lightly sanded the wording on the glass.  I then took my DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Champagne and lightly used my finger to highlight all the letters in gold.  It takes VERY little of the Lustre to go a long way!!  After that, I got out TONS of mini Tootsie Rolls, and started coloring the bottoms with my sharpie markers.  I made about 90% of them dark purple, and 10% of them pink.  I also colored just one of them gold.  This step is optional.  I only did this so my daughter’s teacher could play a game with her kids. If they drew a purple end sucker when they were being good, they just got the sucker.  If they drew a pink, they get some sort of extra small prize.  If they get the gold, they get something really cool.  This took a lot of time to do.  I know the kids are going to absolutely go bonkers over this, though so it was worth every minute!  Then I used E6000 and hot glue and glued down the styrofoam ball to the top.  I started at the very bottom, and went around in a circle sticking the suckers in as close to the jar as possible, and keeping the suckers as close to each other as I could, so that the white of the styrofoam didn’t show through.  I worked my way up and around, filling in any holes I found as I went.  After all the suckers were in, I just took my ribbon and put it around the back and to the front and secured it with E6000! It was actually a very simple, but time consuming project!

 

Supply List:

Ball Jar – Hobby Lobby (be sure to get it when it’s 50% off!) – $2.49 (full price) https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Glass-Crafting/Glass-Containers/Glass-Mason-Jar—16-Ounce/p/21737

Chalk Paint – Walmart – $1.67 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Waverly-Inspirations-60891E-Chalk-Paint-Ultra-Matte-Finish-Ocean-2-fl-oz/174633534?selected=true

Metallic Paint – Hobby Lobby (be sure to get on sale) – $1.99 https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Stencils-Craft-Paints/Acrylic-Craft-Paints/Blue-Sapphire-Metallic-Acrylic-Paint/p/201

Ribbon – Hobby Lobby (get on sale!) – $7.99 (I couldn’t find the exact one I used) https://www.hobbylobby.com/search/?text=pearl+ribbon&quickview=131988

Sanding Block – Amazon (I got mine at Dollar Tree for $1.00) $6.99 for four https://www.amazon.com/Superfine-Different-Specifications-Assortment-Reusable/dp/B0752VGHG6/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=sanding+block&qid=1598415012&sr=8-2

DecoArt Metallic Lustre (in Champagne Ice) – Hobby Lobby – $6.99 https://www.hobbylobby.com/Crafts-Hobbies/Stencils-Craft-Paints/Mediums-Finishes/Champagne-Ice-DecoArt-Metallic-Lustre/p/148020

Round Styrofoam Ball (4.7 inch) – Walmart – $3.47 https://www.walmart.com/ip/FloraCraft-Foam-Ball-4-7-inch-White/22055329

E6000 – Walmart – $3.97 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Eclectic-E6000-Industrial-Adhesive-3-fl-oz-Clear-or-Transparent/44148643

Tootsie Pops Mini’s (You can also use dum dum’s) – Walmart – (This bag is a lot bigger than the ones I was using!  You would only need 2, tops and still have plenty left over) $9.98 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Tootsie-Roll-Mini-Tootsie-Pops-54-Oz/411470333

Cat Paw Photo Sign by Ella

This sign goes with my 11 year old, Ella’s Daisy Photo Sign. She and I love how these are turning out. I want to get back to Dollar General ASAP to try to get about 3 more signs so hopefully she can make a little wall next to her bed with various ideas on them, with the same color theme. She is super excited about the idea. I hope everyone is safe, Healthy and HAPPY!! (By the way, we are planning on creating a page on my site for my Ella for kiddos to follow! It will be Ella’s Corner, and it will have all kid friendly crafts on it!)

First she covered her lap desk with paper towels to keep it safe from getting paint on it. Then she gathered all of her supplies. She used a sign with a little thing that came out of the top that we found at Dollar General. She also used various paints, Mod podge, a sanding block, a saw tooth hanger, and various other supplies like paint brushes, a heat gun (not necessary), and a hammer.

The first step was to paint the sign completely black. She painted it all over, on the back and all the sides. She used 2 coats, making sure to dry each coat between coats with the heat gun. Then she sanded it just a little bit to even out the black paint on it. Then she drew the paw print with a pencil. She painted that in with the white paint, and dried that with the heat gun. Then she used the pastel paints to fill in each paw pad. She made sure that was dry, then she painted the top with a thin layer of Mod podge to keep it all safe, and dried it again. She turned it around and nailed in the saw tooth hanger to be able to hang the sign on the wall. That was it! Super simple!!! ?? ?