Category: Crafting

Making Wreaths for the Holidays

I’ve always found wreaths to be a beautiful and welcoming touch when decorating my house for the season, and building a stunning wreath is easy! (No, really…it is.) My favorite type of wreath form to use is the large grapevine wreath (the ones that look like they’re woven from sticks). Depending on how rustic or lush you want your wreath to be, you can leave some of the form exposed if you like. For my autumn harvest wreath, I left a bit of the grapevine exposed to get more of that fall feel. Start

by weaving in your main elements, in this case, I used some mini pumpkins attached to a bit of wire. Keep going until they’re pretty

evenly distributed and the wreath is pretty full. No one likes a sparse wreath! Continue by weaving in some natural elements that

will age well. For my wreath, I used marigolds because they’re in season, as well as some dried leaves and waxy leaves for accents. Keep adding accents until the wreath looks full and lush, then trim away any excess twigs. And that’s it—easy!

Ombre Glitter Champagne Bottle

I knew that I wanted to make something to add to the hand-painted champagne flutes that I made for Chris for Valentines Day. I have seen glittered champagne bottles before in stores and thought that I would try to make one. I bought a bottle of our favorite champagne and pulled out the glitter (I chose Silver and teal to match the painted flutes). Here is how I did it. 1 champagne bottle 2 different colored glitter ½ cup mod podge 1 sponge brush Acrylic sealing spray Begin by removing the labels off the champagne bottle. I ran it under water and used a scraper to remove all the gum and paper. Dry the bottle and place over a paper bag or foil to protect your tabletop or work space.

Starting at the neck of the bottle and working down, apply your mod podge. I did these in sections so the mod podge didn’t start drying. Once you apply the mod podge begin glittering the lighter of the two colors to the top of the bottle. Make sure you only glitter the top 1/3 of the bottle.

Next, combine the two glitters into a small bowl do achieve an ombre appearance. This will be the glitter for the middle section of the bottle.  Apply the mod podge to the middle of the bottle and sprinkle the combined glitter to this section. Complete the bottle with the lower layer. Apply the mod podge and coat it with the darker glitter color. Once it is dry, take the bottle outside and spray the sealing spray to the bottle to seal the glitter to the bottle. Allow it to dry for at least 5 hours.

Pair the bottle with the hand-painted flutes and surprise your loved one with a gorgeous handmade gift! Happy Valentines Day! Photos: Monica Potter Home

Flip Flop Wreath

You know how much I love making wreaths. I was trying to think of some ideas for a new summer wreath and came up with this one when I was shopping with Molly. We saw a bunch of flip flops and I thought it would be fun to make a wreath out of all them.   I am so happy with how it turned out and it took about 30 minutes to make. I love when I can make a wreath for under $15.00! Hope you give this one a try!


MATERIALS

  • 1 pool noodle or craft ring
  • flip flops (number depends on how bug your ring is)
  • clear packing tape
  • ribbon
  • pins
  • cute sign to attach to the middle

Start by forming a circle out of the pool noodle and securing it with clear packing tape.

Next start attaching the flip flops to the pool noodle with the clear tape. Keep repeating this process until the entire wreath is covered.

Line the inside of the wreath with a ribbon of your choice- I chose burlap and secured them with push pins.

Last add a festive sign to the wreath and hang. I had this welcome flip flop sign from last year that I repurposed.

Happy wreath making!

Patriotic Wreath

Many of you know that 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. Growing up my dad made it into a huge celebration for the entire block, so I really look forward to it every year. I wanted to make a festive wreath for the holiday and thought to try a bandana wreath. I’m so happy with how it came out and can actually use this for Memorial and Veterans day as well! Here’s how I did it:


MATERIALS

  • 1 small foam craft ring
  • 20-24 bandanas- depends on how large your craft ring is
  • Zip ties
  • Cute decorative sign to hang in the middle- you can get at any store

Start by cutting the bandanas in half.

With one half, fold the two sides in making one clean strip.

Wrap the strip around the bandana and fasten tightly with a zip tie.

Continue doing this until the entire foam is covered. Trim the zip ties so you don’t have excess showing.

Next mix about a cup of mod podge with a little water and paint it onto the ends of the bandanas. This will help keep the bandanas straight when you hang the wreath.

Mod podge dry.

Once dry you can add stars to the wreath or a cute decorative sign to the middle like I did.

Hang and enjoy!

Festive Pumpkin Vases

With Halloween right around the corner, our house has been filled with all kinds of pumpkins lately. If you like making pumpkin pie from scratch, this project is great if you have an extra sugar pumpkin or two. These Festive Pumpkin Vases are the perfect accent for your fall decor—just place them right next to your collection of jack o’lanterns!


MATERIALS

  • Sugar pumpkin
  • Paring knife
  • Spoon
  • Flowers
  • Oasis (Floral Foam)

Start by cutting the top off of your sugar pumpkin with a paring knife (as you can see, I tried to do a star pattern, but messed up the end a bit!), then scrape out all of the seeds from the inside of the pumpkin with a spoon. You can rinse and store these seeds later for roasting. Cut the Oasis down to size if necessary to fit inside the pumpkin (making sure you soak it in water before putting it in the pumpkin). Once the Oasis is inside the pumpkin, arrange your flowers and enjoy your new festive pumpkin vase!

Pumpkin Bird Feeder

If you carve enough jack o’lanterns for Halloween, you’re bound to mess one up like I did. I originally wanted this gorgeous pumpkin to be a Cinderella carriage jack o’lantern, but I got a little overzealous while I was carving the door and ended up carving off the whole carriage door. Instead of throwing it out, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to turn this jack o’lantern into a Pumpkin Bird Feeder! This was so easy to make and totally salvaged my sad carving job. If you have any less-than-perfect jack o’lanterns, you should definitely try this out!


MATERIALS

  • Pumpkin
  • Carving tools
  • Birdseed (I used unsalted sunflower seeds and peanuts because we already had that in the house)
  • Rope/twine (optional for hanging)

Cut off the top of the pumpkin as you would a regular jack o’lantern and scoop out all the seeds. You can carve in any additional designs you like or just leave the top off the pumpkin for the birds to access the birdseed. I ended up just carving a little cave where the carriage door used to be on my jack o’lantern because I’m not planning to hang up the bird feeder. If you choose to hang the pumpkin bird feeder, just leave the top off the pumpkin, pour the birdseed inside and tie the twine or rope around the pumpkin (so it makes an “X” on the bottom of the pumpkin).

Leave out for the next couple of weeks and discard once your pumpkin starts to deteriorate. Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin Votives

I wanted to make little pumpkin votives this weekend to light the path up to our house for trick-or-treaters on Halloween, but I didn’t want to carve all those pumpkins, so I thought—why don’t I just make some pumpkin votives with a drill? This project was so easy and took just an afternoon to make a bunch of pumpkin votives. Try it out with your older kids and light up your Halloween night!


MATERIALS

  • Small pumpkins
  • Hand drill
  • Drill bits of varying sizes
  • Permanent marker
  • Tealight candles
  • Paring knife
  • Spoon

First, remove the top of your pumpkin in a star-shaped pattern using your paring knife. Make sure the hole is big enough to fit your tealight candle! I made the mistake of cutting my first one too small and had to make it bigger. Scoop out the insides of the pumpkin and save the seeds for roasting later.

After your pumpkin has been thoroughly scooped out and rinsed, mark the design you’d like to drill with your permanent marker first (e.g., you could write out “Happy Halloween” in dots). Once you’ve marked out your pattern, carefully drill where there are permanent marker dots on your pumpkin. Use drill bits of varying sizes to make your patterns more interesting! After drilling, wipe off your pumpkin, insert the tealight candle and light! You’ve got yourself a beautiful pumpkin votive!

Fall Harvest Squash Vases

I picked up the most beautiful squashes this weekend from the farmers market and decided I wanted to make some vases out of them. I love making vases out of fruits like apples and squashes because the softness of the inside acts as a kind of florist foam, moisture and all! Try this out—it’s super easy and will add a wonderful seasonal touch to your fall home decor.


MATERIALS

  • Squashes of your choice
  • Flowers
  • Water
  • Fork (if your squashes are especially hard on the inside)
  • Knife

Cut off the top of of your squash (just the very top bit) and cut a hole in the center if needed. Scoop out the seeds and insides of the squash (you can save these for roasted squash seeds later) until the inside is nice and clean. You can start sticking in the flowers once you’ve clipped them to the correct length, and if you find the fruit is giving you some resistance, use your fork to poke a bunch of holes on the inside of the squash first.

Arrange your flowers inside the squash, add a little water, and you’ve got yourself some beautiful harvest bouquets! Enjoy!

Orange Candles

Molly and I love making Orange Candles! We’re not always 100% successful at it (see video for proof), but we always have fun. And hey, sometimes it actually works! Enjoy.


HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Oranges (of course)
  • Knife (a butter knife for kids)
  • Olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • Lighter

Step 1

Cut the orange in half horizontally.

Step 2

Use your knife to dig out the edible part of the orange, leaving just the rind with the stem in the middle.

Step 3

Eat the orange because it’s amazing and let the rind dry.

Step 4

Pour olive oil or coconut oil into the rind and let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour.

Step 5

Light the stem like a wick with your lighter.

Step 6

Invite me over for an orange candlelight dinner. Or if it’s a fail, we can just eat oranges.

Shamrock Coasters

I recently went to a craft show with a friend of mine and got this idea from one of the booths at the show. It’s an expensive craft to make and I love how you can customize the coasters for any reason, season or event. I decided to make shamrock coasters for St. Patrick’s Day.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Coaster base (I purchased wood squares at my local craft store)
  • Decorative paper (you could also use photos or stickers or whatever you can think up)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush

Lay the coaster base on the backside of the paper and trace out the coaster. Cut the paper to fit perfectly on the coaster base. Spread a thin even layer of mod podge to the coaster.

Carefully place the paper over the coaster and allow it to dry. Once the paper is set, apply another even thin coat on top of the paper to seal the paper.

Once dry, your coasters are ready to use.