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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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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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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DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree




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DIY Tomato Stake Fall Tree

I have been seeing these around everywhere lately and decided to try making one of my own. They are really easy to make and look so stinking cute! I wish I would have made one last year! I want to mention that in the photo above I made a mistake, I should have wrapped the lights on and THEN the Burlap ribbon. You can see how it looks a little funny with the lights going around the burlap.. Oops! Also, it will probably look a lot cuter once those mums beside it bloom 😉

What you will need: 

The how to: 

Step One– First you will need a tomato stake. This is an old one I got from my pap.

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Step Two – Tie a knot around the base of the tomato stake with one end of the leaf garland.

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Step Three – Twist the leaf garland around the tomato stake tying new ones as needed, I used 8. You can use as many or as little as you like, I like a lot of leaves on mine.

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Step Four – Start at the base of the tomato stake and wrap the lights around the tree. Make sure to start with the end that plugs into the wall.

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Step Five – Next, Starting at the base of the tomato stake wrap the burlap ribbon around it. The ribbon I bought had wire in it and was easy to bend around the base to stay in place. If you don’t have ribbon with wire in it then I suggest using some wire or twine to secure the ribbon.

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Step Six: Next, tie a bow and use a piece of twine or wire to secure it to the top. I do not know how to make these bows so I had my mom make one for me. This is actually her tree, I made mine a few days ago.

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DIY Burlap Napkin rings




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DIY Burlap Napkin Rings

The other day I was pondering about all the strange things I know being a DIY/food blogger and one of those strange things is the fact that I know a toilet paper roll is 4 inches long. I mean that’s not normal, is it?  I’ve been kind of obsessed with empty toilet paper rolls lately. There’s so many cool DIY projects you can do with them as you will be seeing over the next couple months (that was your warning). But I am in love with these burlap napkin rings that I made. These are very inexpensive to make and fairly easy! I think they would be gorgeous for a wedding, and they cost next to nothing to make!

What you will Need: 

I also found these super cool finger caps on amazon! I am always burning my fingers when doing projects like this so I will have to invest in a pack of these myself!  Click Here to see FINGER CAPS 

The How To: 

Step 1: First take your scissors and cut the toilet paper roll in half.

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Step 2: Next cut little pieces of burlap to go around the toilet paper rolls. The best way to do this is to lay the toilet paper roll on the burlap and eye ball it. Once you cut your first square out you can use it as a pattern for the rest of them.

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Step 3: Take your glue gun and run a strip of glue in a zig zag motion up the roll. Place the end of your burlap square on the glue and hold till dry. Roll the toilet paper roll till you reach the other end of the burlap, glue it using the same technique you used with the other end.

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Step 4: Run glue along the inside of the toilet paper roll and gently tuck the burlap down carefully pressing so it sticks. Do the same to the other end.

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Step 5: Get a few pieces of raffia and tie a double knot around the center of the roll. Make sure your bow is on the opposite end of the seam. Trim raffia to desired length.

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Step 6: Glue buttons on the middle of the knot.

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Step 7: Fold silverware in napkins and put burlap ring around the napkin.

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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

Candy Corn Magnets

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What you need:

  • cupcake papers ( 1 cupcake paper makes 1 candy corn magnet)
  • Button magnets (found in the craft department at Walmart)
  • 3 paint brushes (one for each color of paint)
  • Orange, Yellow, & White paint ( I used the acrylic, plaid brand, paint at Walmart. It’s about $1 a bottle)
  • Glitter ( I used white)
  • Glue ( I used a hot glue gun because it dries fast, but school glue would work fine, too)

How to make them:

1.) First you need to fold your cupcake papers in half, then in half again, then again. With each fold place a small dab of glue to keep them from opening. Like this:

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2.) Paint your papers to look like a candy corn.

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3.) Apply glitter while paint is still wet.

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4.)  Let candy corns dry, then glue the magnet to the back. They make different kinds of magnets, I like the button ones because they seem to be much stronger than the others.

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