Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

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Flannel & Pine Cone Garland 

Most of the supplies needed for this Flannel & Pinecone Garland can be found right at your fingertips! We went to the local park to gather all the pinecones along with a few other supplies for another craft. Since my husband didn’t have any old flannels that I liked I headed to the Goodwill and picked some up. I bought the sunflowers at the dollar tree and while I was there I found that they also sell raffia and twine. I would use the raffia, but I would advise against the twine, as I don’t think it will be long enough or strong enough. You can head to your local Walmart to pick up a nice strong twine. I believe mine said 2 ply on the pack.

Flannel & Pine Cone Garland

 Materials needed:

  • Twine
  • old flannel shirts ( If you don’t have any, check a local thrift store!)
  • Pine Cones
  • 2 cheap bundles of sunflowers ( I bought mine at the Dollar Tree)
  • wire cutters
  • Brown Textured Spray Paint
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • scissors

How to:

Step 1: The first thing you want to do, which I did not photograph, is to bake the bugs out of the pine cones. Put the pine cones on an old cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet lined with foil. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and bake pine cones for 20 minutes. You will LOVE the way they make the house smell… like fall!

Step 2: Cut the flannel shirts into strips. The quickest way to do this is to make a small cut at the bottom then use your hands to tear the cut all the way to the top of the shirt. Keep doing this till you have a nice stack of flannel strips.

 

 

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Step 3: To begin making the garland wrap twine around the pine cone a few times and secure with a knot and some hot glue. Next, begin adding flannel strips and wrapping pine cones. I like to do 4 flannels, rotating colors, and then a pine cone. Secure pine cones with glue, this will keep them from unraveling and falling on the ground when you hang it.

*I’m not really sure where my head was when I was photographing this post… it seems I’ve missed capturing some of the most important steps! If you are having trouble understanding these steps please refer to my youtube channel for a full video of this DIY. flanel pine cone garland 4

Step 4: Once your garland reaches the desired length, cut the twine and secure with another knot and more glue. I then spray painted the dollar tree sunflowers with a light layer of multi-color texture spray I purchased at Walmart. You want to use a dark brown multi color to achieve a more rustic/primitive look. A good friend taught me how to do this and I have been using this technique ever since!

*I later added some raffia to this garland. You can make this with or without the raffia, it’s really up to you!

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Pumpkin Cake

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If you have been following me for a while, you may already know that of my love for all things fall! I literally love EVERYTHING about this season! Comfy sweatshirts, beautifully arranged mums sitting on porches, and especially pumpkin! Every year I get excited for the announcement that Dunkin Donuts is finally serving their pumpkin flavored coffees! Just give me this pumpkin cake and some Dunkin Donuts pumpkin flavored coffee and I’ll be a happy camper! A few weeks ago I was hungry for pumpkin cake and decided to turn one of my favorite recipes, White Mountain Cake, into a pumpkin cake recipe! The recipe for White Mountain Cake came from an old family friend who went home to be with Jesus years ago. It seemed fitting to turn this cake with great memories attached to it into a cake for my one of my favorite seasons… though I love Christmas, too!

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With the texture of a pumpkin roll, and spiced just right, this cake screams fall! This cake is very moist. When mixing the cake, be sure to not over mix, or it will end up a little on the sticky side. I loved making this cake because it does not require any icing. Tons of whipped cream is all it needs… and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon! Now, if you wanted to make some icing for it, I’m sure you can find something delicious on the internet. I think a cream cheese icing would pair nicely with this cake.
I definitely plan on spending my weekend chowing down on this yummy cake with a nice, hot cup of coffee!


Wooden Pumpkins





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Wooden Pumpkins 

These wooden pumpkins are a cute way to dress up your home for fall at a fairly low cost. I am going to give measurements for these but feel free to make them whatever size you’d like! This is a perfect craft to use up those old scraps of wood laying around in the garage!

Materials List:

  • 1x6x6 Board
  • 1 shim ( for the stem)
  • chop saw ( If you do not have one of these your local home improvement stores may cut the wood for you)
  • Sander & Sandpaper
  • Spray paint ( Orange, green, & black)
  • stain – Here’s what I like to use:

  • Old rags
  • gloves
  • Small nails
  • 2 2-inch screws
  • 1 3-inch screw
  • Hammer
  • Raffia ( You can find this at the Dollar Tree!)

Step 1:  Cut the boards and Shim to the sizes below

Tall pumpkin –  17 inches

short pumpkin – 11 3/4 inches

Base – 8 inches

stems – 2 1/4 inch

 

You can use my measurements or you can just use your own.

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Step 2: Paint the boards the following colors & allow to dry:

Stems- Green

Pumpkins – Orange

Base – Black

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Step 3: Sand all the pieces of painted wood. I like to sand the corners extra good so it looks rustic once stained.

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Step 4: Apply the stain. I like to use 2 rags, one for applying the stain, and one to wipe it off. Make sure to wear gloves while doing this or your hands will be stained for a good week or so. Allow stain to dry.

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Step 5: Using a drill put 2 screws in the back of the larger pumpkin to hold the pumpkins together. When doing this I like to put one screw in and even things up before adding the second screw.

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Step 6: Predrill and use a larger screw to attach the base.

Here’s an easy way to do this: When attaching the base, I like to push my screw into the wood to mark where I need to predrill. I then take my drill and predrill through the base. Next, with the drill bit through the base, I attach it to the bottom of the pumpkin and continue pre-drilling. This helps to keep things lined up nice.

Step 7: Nail on stems & raffia bow. I like to pre-drill so the shim doesn’t split.

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Cream Cheese,Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread

 Bagel Spread




Cream Cheese, Garlic, & Veggie Bagel Spread 
My sister and I love going to Lewisburg, PA when we get the chance. Lewisburg is home to Bucknell University, so it’s a cute little college town! One of our favorite places to visit is a little bagel shop. This bagel shop makes the most amazing bagel spreads. They have everything from sweet Oreo cookie spread to a more savory vegetable spread. I recently tried the vegetable spread and fell in love! I knew I needed to recreate the recipe and that’s exactly what I did! In my opinion, it’s even better than the bagel shop. Not only is it delicious, but it has a super yummy superfood blend in it. That totally cancels out the fatty cream cheese and carb-filled bagels, right? So, not only does this taste good, but it’s sort of good for you due to the superfood blend.
This spread has become a staple in our home. My husband has been asking me to make it constantly. Thankfully, it’s super easy to make so I don’t mind. And, if I’m being honest, I’ve been craving it just as much as he has! Plus, I like that I can make a batch of it at the beginning of the week and have breakfast all week for everyone. At this point, we might have to buy some stock in a bagel company. It’s so good that we’ve been eating it for both breakfast and late night snacks! I will warn you though – this cream cheese will give you some wicked breath! You might need to brush your teeth directly afterward! The other downside to this recipe is that since it’s so amazing, my husband is constantly toasting bagels. That means that he’s also messing with the toaster dial! There are two things that are totally non-negotiable in a marriage – no touching the toaster dial, and no touching the thermostat! That may have even been in my wedding vows! Just kidding!
I hope that you enjoy this delicious blend of cream cheeses, superfood, and garlic!


Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments


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Cement Candy Corn Yard Ornaments 




These Cement candy corns are fun to make and will be a great addition to your fall decor. Because they are made out of cement they are durable enough to use both inside and outside. I have made 4 of these and plan on using mine randomly outside in amongst my flowers.

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Materials needed:

  • Cement ( I like to use a fast setting underlayment, It’s a little more expensive but I like that it sets within minutes of pouring.)
  • cheap plastic bowl
  • cheap wooden spoon
  • water
  • Traffic cones from the dollar tree
  • cooking spray
  • paper towel
  • sandpaper
  • paint ( white, orange, and yellow)
  • paint brush
  • tape
  • cup

How to:
Step 1: Add cement to a cheap plastic bowl. Then slowly add water and mix until the cement is a slushy-like consistency.

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Step 2: Flip traffic cone upside down into a cup to keep stable. Spray the inside of the traffic cone very well with cooking spray.

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Step 3: Pour cement into a traffic cone until even with the top. Using a paper towel dab off any excess cement. Allow drying overnight. As soon as you are finished pouring the cement, rinse bowl and spoon right away, unless you plan to throw them away. And whatever you do, DO NOT rinse in an indoor sink or down any drains. Rinse outside using a hose only… Unless you want a visit from the plumber.

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Step 4: When the traffic cone is dry push edges of the traffic cone down to help release cement from traffic cone. Flip upside down and give a few taps till the cement pops out. You will have something that looks like this:

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Step 5: Use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down any rough edges on the bottom of the traffic cone.

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Step 6: Tape top and bottom of the traffic cone and begin to paint. Once the paint is dry you are all finished.

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