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 Scarecrow


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I didn’t have a second post for this week until I went to my moms house and caught her making this! Thanks to my mom I am going to show you step by step how she made this adorable scarecrow using a bale of hay and some of my dads old clothing. =)

* My mom said the hay made her very itchy, so I recommend wearing pants, long sleeves, and gloves to make these.

What you will need:

 

  • 1 bale of hay (every time I try to say hay bale it always comes out hale Bay… just in case you were wondering 😉 )
  •  1 pair of old jeans
  • 1 old button up flannel
  • twine
  • scissors
  • a stick or small board to support the scarecrow head
  • hammer & nails
  • Permanent markers
  • straw hat
  • bandanna or a men’s  handkerchief
  • someone to help ya ( It takes 2 people to put him together easily)
  • piece of burlap for the head ( we didn’t measure.. it just needs to be big enough to wrap around the ball and tuck into the shirt. Burlap is very cheap to buy… I think it’s only around $2.50 a yard.)
  • something round to use as the head.. we used one of my sons old bounce balls

How to:

1.) First, unbutton the flannel and start stuffing it with hay ( sorry, no photo.. this is where I caught her making it and ran for my camera! ha ) Once the shirt is all stuffed with hay tie some twine around the wrists but let a little hay stick out ( photo below).

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2.) Once the flannel shirt has been stuffed, it’s time to start working on the head. For the head, my mom used an old bouncie ball of my sons. She wrapped it in hay to make it a little fuller and so the head would not look so round. Once she got the head the size she wanted she wrapped a piece of burlap around it. Then tied a knot at the bottom with a piece of twine.

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3.) Take a scrap piece of board and stuff it down the back of the flannel, then attach the head by stuffing the board up threw the back of the head. We didn’t measure the board just eye balled it =P Here are some photo’s to show you what I mean:

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… use your hands to try to shape the head some; tie a handkerchief around the neck

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You will have something that looks like this..

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4. Stuff the pants up to the knees with hay.

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5.) This next part you are going to need some help with. Have one person hold the top of the pants while the other person lifts the body of the scarecrow on top the pants. Tuck the shirt into the pants.

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6.) Finish stuffing the legs and tie some twine around them letting some of the hay stick out. ( You could also use the rope that us used to hold the hay bale together.)

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7.) Take small bunches of hay and tie them together… this will be the scarecrows hair. Attach the hair by nailing it to the top of the board that is under the burlap.

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8.) Nail on the straw hat…

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9.) And the last thing left to do is to draw the face. Using permanent markers, she drew the mouth and eyes in black and the nose in red.

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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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Apple Squares

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  Ingredients:

foil

9 Apple slices (core apple and slice thinly on mandolin)

1 sheet of Puff pastry  ( thawed)

1 Tbsp. Butter

4 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

** Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.  Unroll puff pastry and butter like you would a slice of bread ( about 1 Tbsp.). Set aside. In a small bowl mix 4 Tbsp. Brown sugar and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon. Spread onto buttered puff pastry. Lay apple slices on top ( I do three rows of three). Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.  When apples square come out of the oven allow them to cool for about 5-10 minutes and using a spatula take apple squares off of cookie sheet and on to a cooling rack, if you do not do this they will stick to the foil. Let cool completely cut into squares and drizzle with glaze ( optional).

Glaze- I really do not have a recipe for the glaze, I am just going to explain how I make it. I usually start with 1 cup of powdered sugar then I pour milk in till it thins, I also add cinnamon and 1/2 a tsp of vanilla and whisk everything together. If it looks too thick add some more milk, if it looks too thin add some more powdered sugar.

** This makes 9 squares. Since puff pastry normally comes in a pack of two it will be easy to double this recipe. 🙂

 

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