DIY * Dollar Tree White Pumpkins

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What you will need:

  • Old T-shirt ( OR, I saw material at walmart that felt like T-shirt material and it was all ready a coffee dyed color… I think it was called cheese cloth?? If you use that, you will only need (I’m guessing) 1/2 a yard for 3-4  pumpkins. And you can skip the coffee dye step.)
  • cheap coffee for dying (dollar tree sales it!)
  • Dollar Tree bouquet of fall flowers ( you need 2 flowers per pumpkin)
  • Dollar Tree foam pumpkin ( as many as you want to make)
  • scissors
  • burlap ribbon ( I bought mine at walmart, but saw some at the dollar tree the next day =/ )
  • spray starch ( this is optional, it helps to keep the top part of the T-shirt looking the way you want, I’ll explain below)

The How To:

1.)  I just realized I forgot to take photo’s on how to cut the T-shirt and coffee dye it. I am going to do my best to explain: Lay the T-shirt down flat and cut up both sides, cut the sleeves off, and cut the thicker part of the T-shirt that goes around your neck off. When you are done cutting you should have 2 pieces of T-shirt with no sleeves and no neck- line. If you ever have trouble or don’t understand what I mean, please feel free to ask. =)

2.) Coffee dye the T-shirts with the same technique I used for my toilet paper roll snowmen. CLICK HERE. Allow to dry.

3.) First set the pumpkin in the middle of one of the coffee dyed T-shirt halves. Bring the corners of the material up to meet each other and hold tightly.pumpkin 2

4.) Wrap a piece of burlap at the base of where the material is gathered ( Look at photo) and tie a bow. You want to make sure that everything is nice and tight.pumpkin 4

5.) Fold the ends of the ribbon in half and make a slanted cut downward. ( you may want to practice this before you try it on your pumpkin) This just makes the ribbon ends look nice.

 

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6.) Cut 2 flowers off of the dollar tree bouquet (scissors work fine to do this. I just cut with an old pair of scissors then bend them back and forth till they snap off) Push the flowers through the t-shirt material and into the foam pumpkin directly under the middle of the bow (look at photo).

 

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7.) Cut the excess material off leaving about 1 inch of material or until you think it looks nice.

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8.)  Spray the excess material with some spray starch to make it stiff.  ( this is optional, but I think it looks better. The spray starch only cost about $3 )pumpkin 10

8 Craft Ideas for Jars

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1.) Burlap Kitchen (me 😉 )

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2.) Ann’s Entitled Life: 

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3.) Simplee Thrifty: 

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4.) Budget Girl:

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5.) Freebie Finding Mom:

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6.) Upstate Ramblings: 

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7.) Ashlee Marie: 

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8.) Thrifty Jinxy: 

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How to make Jar Lights

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Jar lights are easier to make than you may think. And, if you have the right tools on hand, they are fairly cheap to make. Jar lights make adorable gifts and can be filled with sand, seashells, rope, potpourri, etc…  Here is my step by step on making jar lights, hope you enjoy.

And please, if you ever have any questions, feel free to ask! =)

What you will need:

  • Jar
  • string of white lights or rice lights ( In this tutorial, I am using battery pack lights with a timer, but you could use the kind that plug in, also.)
  • piece of tape
  • black marker, or pen
  • gloves
  • safety goggles ( I used safety glasses, but safety goggles would be MUCH safer)
  • Heavy gloves
  • old sentinels or a throwaway tin cake pan works nicely.
  • Drill
  • Glass attachment for the drill, they cost around $10 but can be used more than once.  I left my bit at my mom’s house, so I forget the size, but they are easy to eyeball and guess the size. If you have to just take your white lights with you so you can see the size of the cord compared to the bit. I am sure someone in the hardware store would be more than happy to help. ( If you go to your local hardware store and tell them you need a bit that will drill through glass, I am sure they will show you what you need.)
  • water
  • potpourri or something to fill your jars with
  • glass cleaner

 

 

1.) The first step is to find a jar that you want to use and clean it. You could use anything from old wine bottles, canning jars, maybe even something like a spaghetti jar. For this tutorial, I am using an old mason jar.

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2.) Once the mason jar is clean, soak it in water for 10-15 minutes. In my opinion, jars that have been pre-soaked are much faster to drill through. Soaking the jars also seems to cut back on the glass particles that fly through the air.

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3.) Once the jar is done soaking, place a small piece of tape on the back where you want your cord to be. Use a black marker to put a dot on the tape, where you want your cord to come out and where you will drill.

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4.) Lay your jar on some old newspapers or in a throwaway tin cake pan. Put on your safety glasses and gloves, and begin to drill. You want to apply a small amount of pressure as you are drilling.  Remember, this is not a piece of wood you are drilling through, this is glass. When drilling it is important that no one is around you, unless they, too, have safety goggles on. Also, NEVER drill in the house, always drill outside.

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5.) Make sure your drill bit went the whole way through the glass. Put the drill in reverse and slowly pull it back out.

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6.) Once you have drilled your hole, keeping gloves and safety goggles on, discard the newspaper or cake tin you drilled on and take off the tape. Wipe the are with a damp paper towel, to pick up any excess glass particles. Fill the jar about half way with water and swish it around to get any glass particles out of the jar, dump the water somewhere safe ( I dump mine in the woods). Take some glass cleaner and paper towels and clean the jar well. ONLY after all the glass is cleaned up and your jar is clean should you take off safety goggles and gloves.

 

7.)  Once everything is cleaned up, it’s time for the fun part; decorating! Take your white lights and carefully feed them through the hole you just drilled in the back of your jar.

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8.) Next fill your jar, I used potpourri. I pulled the lights out the top of the jar and put a little potpourri in, then a few lights, and so on. You can also use a something like the handle of a wooden spoon to move them where you want them.

 

9.)  Put the lid on if you have one and put it somewhere pretty.

 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I look forward to hearing from you.  =)

Barn Board Photos

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The photo that shows 3 barns board photos is me and my family. The one that has all three of us in it and the one that has just my son are both tacky still, that’s why it looks white and you can see streaks. The other photo is my photographer & her husband, she is a good friend of my families and does all my photos for free so normally I like to give her something special weather it be crafts or in this case a barn board photo. 🙂

This September a friend and I went to Sunfest for the first time, we fell instantly in love with some photos we saw of the ocean. My friend looked at me and said “we can do this, with our own photos!” and that is exactly what we did. These barn board photos make beautiful gifts, you will want to make some for yourself as well. 🙂

what you will need:

* Mod Podge

* foam brush

*barn board cut to size of photos

*photos printed onto card stock (you can use regular printer paper but card stock works much better)

*liter

*scissors

*old towel

*credit card or something similar ( I use a discount one that the football team passes out every year)

What you will need

How we did it:

Firs print off the phot0(s) you want to use. Cut the photos down to size leaving a small rim just incase it burns in a little too far. Once you cut your photos, standing over a sink burn your edges ( I find this works best if you run your liter up and down the side till it just catches fire then I watch it burn in till it gets a hair past the rim, then I simply wet my finger and run it along the ashes to stop the burning process.). Next lay everything onto a towel and pour mod podge onto barn board, take your foam brush and evenly spread mod podge all over your barn board. Next take your photo center it onto the barn board and using your hand press it down. Pour some more mod podge right on top of your photo and again evenly spread it all over the photo and to the edges of the barn board. Now take your credit card and use it to run across the photo smoothing out any bubbles (this will also keep bubbles from forming as it dries.). And lastly I just use my foam brush and run it all over the barn board once again, and let it dry. Now you have a beautiful one of a kind photo(s). 🙂

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