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DIY Velvet Accessories
DIY Velvet Accessories
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Fashion
Seasonal Event:
Fall

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MATERIALS:

For the Wide Velvet Ribbon Dangle Earring:

  • At least 1” wide velvet ribbon, double-sided preferably
  • Existing dangle earring
  • Fabric scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fray check

For the Velvet Slip Knot Earring:

  • Velvet ribbon, double-sided preferably
  • Existing hoop earring or jump ring, earring hooks and pliers
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fray check

For the Velvet Bracelet:

  • Velvet ribbon, double-sided preferably
  • Existing bracelet, preferably chain or something with an area to weave the velvet through
  • Fabric scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:

To Create the Wide Velvet Ribbon Dangle Earring:

  1. Start by cutting a 3-4” piece of velvet ribbon.
  2. Next, fold the corners in on the top so it creates a point. Secure the corners in place with hot glue.
  3. Take your dangling earring and pierce it through the top of the ribbon in the center of the pointed end.
  4. Finish off the bottom edge. Either use fray check on the raw edge or fold the bottom edge up onto the backside to create a hem and hot glue to secure.
  5. Allow glue to dry and enjoy!

To Create the Velvet Slip Knot Earring:

  1. Begin with a hoop earring or make an earring with a jump ring and earring hook using pliers.
  2. Cut a double long length of ribbon and fold it in half. Create a lark’s head knot around the hoop or ring and tighten by slipping the knot upward until taut. Add glue for extra security if desired, but this should be pretty strong on its own.
  3. You can keep this simple or add a chain to it! There are two options for adding it, use a little hot glue under the knot after tying and add the chain so it looks like it’s coming from underneath or you can also lay the chain on top of the ribbon before creating the knot and tie it in.
  4. Seal ends with fray check allow to dry and enjoy!

To Create the Velvet Bracelet:

  1. Take your velvet and loop it through the chain or around the bracelet.
  2. To finish it off just tie a bow or create a seam with hot glue depending on what style you want.
  3. Wear and enjoy!

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DIY Acorns
DIY Acorns
Level:
Intermediate
How-To:
Decor
Seasonal Event:
Fall

MATERIALS:

  • Plastic easter eggs
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Jute rope or thick twine or Yarn
  • Twig or pinecone piece

TO CREATE THE PAINTED ACORN

  • Spray paint in desired color

TO CREATE THE GLITTER ACORN:

  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush

TO CREATE THE PLAID ACORN:

  • Plaid fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush

OPTIONAL:

  • Rubber band or other object to hold fabric in place while drying

INSTRUCTIONS:

To create the painted acorn:

  1. First paint the halves of your eggs the desired color with spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Allow to dry.
  2. Next, secure both halves of the easter eggs together using hot glue.
  3. To create the acorn top, wrap the top with twine or yarn and secure with low temperature hot glue as you wrap. Make sure to leave a small space in the center of the top.
  4. Next, create the stem. Glue a tiny twig or pinecone piece in the center of the top. Repeat to make as many acorns as desired.

To create the glitter acorn:

  1. Paint the egg if desired, allow to dry if so, then glue the egg halves together.
  2. Apply one coat of mod podge first, then add glitter and seal with another coat of mod podge on top. PRO TIP: The mod podge will keep the glitter secure, so it won’t get all over the place!
  3. Glue the yarn or twine and stem on the top portion to complete. Repeat with as many acorns as desired.

To create the plaid acorn:

  1. Glue the egg halves together.
  2. Take some plaid fabric and cut it into a small circle, about double the size of your egg. Check sizing before you glue by wrapping the acorn in the fabric with your hand, cut down if necessary.
  3. Next add mod podge directly to the inside of the fabric, place the egg point side down in the center and wrap the egg in it. Hold until it sticks or place rubber bands around until the glue sets.
  4. Glue twine or yarn and stem on the top, allow the glue to dry and repeat with as many acorns as desired.

Decorate your home with acorns as desired and enjoy!

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Lawrence Zarian Shows How-to Love Our Leggings

As we spend more time at home, fashion may have taken a back seat to comfort. Lawrence Zarian shows how-to combine comfort and fashion with leggings. You do not have to sacrifice style for comfort as leggings are on trend and come in various sizes and colors.

LOOK 1: ROSE

  • Hippie Rose Black Tie Dye Slouchy Legging with Side Pockets.
  • Crave Fame Mustard Combo Burnt Out Top.
  • Freshman Caviar Duster Vest.
  • DKNY Black Slip-On Platform Sneakers.

Look available at Macy’s.

LOOK 2: LYNDA

  • Guess Python Print Iridescent Legging.
  • Anne Klein Peach Rib Knit Sleeveless Shell.
  • Levi’s Cocoa Brown Pleather Moto Jacket with Silver Detail.
  • Michael Kors Acorn Peep Toe Bootie.

Look available at Macy’s.

LOOK 3: KRISTIN

  • Spanx Multi Color Camo Leggings.
  • Alfani Satin Trim Matte Jersey Black High-Low T-Shirt.
  • International Concepts Cascade Front Black Cardigan.
  • Madden Girl Vintage Inspired Lace Up Block Heel Bootie.

Look available at Macy’s.

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DIY Leaf Trinket Tray
DIY Leaf Trinket Tray
Level:
Beginner
How-To:
Storage
Seasonal Event:
Fall

MATERIALS:

  • Airdry clay
  • Wire clay cutter
  • Clay rolling pin
  • Clay sculpting tools, one with a narrow point and one hooked “v” shape
  • X-Acto knife
  • Artist paintbrushes
  • Jar with water
  • Print out of fall leaf shape cut to size
  • Silicone craft mat or wax paper
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • Color shift spray paint
  • Black spray primer x paint 2 in one
  • Styrofoam half spheres or small bowls in desired size of dish shape
  • Dust mask

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Use the wire cutter to cut a slab off of the clay.
  2. Roll the clay out to about ¼” thick on the silicone or wax paper.
  3. Place the leaf cut out on the slab and trace with the narrow point end of the clay sculpting tool. If you are comfortable with an X-Acto you can skip this step and just cut out directly around the leaf.
  4. Use an X-Acto knife to cut out the leaf shape, smooth the edges after with a wet paintbrush if necessary. PRO TIP: this clay softens with water so you can use a wet paintbrush to smooth the edges of cuts and a mixture of clay and water to fill cracks.
  5. Next, carve the veins of the leaf into the clay. Peel off the leaf or leaf print and lightly draw the veins of the leaf starting with the vertical ones to each point of the leaf then the small branching veins. Widen the veins with a hooked, “v” shaped clay sculpting tool. Again, if you are comfortable just going for it, skip the narrow point and go straight to carving with the hooked sculpting tool. PRO TIP: Add more pressure for a deeper and wider carve, lighten the presser as you come to the end of each stroke for depth effect.
  6. Smooth the veins or any other undesirable areas with a wet thin paintbrush if necessary.
  7. Let the clay dry for 24 hours, place the piece face down to dry if using a Styrofoam half sphere, face-up if placing in bowl to dry.
  8. Once dry, sand any rough spots or undesired spots with a piece of sandpaper. If the dish doesn’t sit well, flatten the bottom slightly by taping a piece of sandpaper to the table and rubbing it back and forth until the dish sits flat. PRO TIP: Wear a mask when sanding, clay particles are dangerous to inhale. Wet the sandpaper to reduce particle spread.
  9. Spray paint with a base coat of black. Allow to dry.
  10. Spray paint with color shift. Allow to dry in between coats according to instructions.
  11. Allow to cure according to directions on paint, place and enjoy!

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DIY Mauve Lip Shimmer
DIY Mauve Lip Shimmer
Level:
Advanced
How-To:
Health & Beauty
Seasonal Event:
Fall

MATERIALS:

  • 2 teaspoons candelilla wax
  • 2 tablespoons murumuru butter
  • 3 teaspoons apricot oil
  • 3 teaspoons MCT oil
  • ¼ teaspoon rose or mauve mica
  • ¼ teaspoon lavender or light purple mica
  • 20-30 drops of rose essential oil
  • Lip balm tubes
  • Disposable pipette
  • Glass bowl and pot to create double broiler
  • Whisk

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Bring water to a boil in the pot with the glass bowl resting on top to create your double broiler.
  2. Add the candelilla wax and murumuru butter. Stir until completely melted.
  3. Add apricot and MCT oil, stir in thoroughly.
  4. Add mica powders and stir well until colors are blended and the mixture is free of lumps, completely smooth.
  5. Add the rose oil. Stir in.
  6. Allow the mixture to cool for about 30 seconds, stir once more and use the pipette to fill the tubes with the balm.
  7. Allow to cool, cap and enjoy!

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Lawrence Zarian’s Fall Fashion How-to Tips for Wearing Rust Colors

Lawrence Zarian shares how to wear rust. Rust is a color palette that includes shades of brick, bronze, and amber. Lawrence lists how to easily add this neutral Autumn tone to your closet with staples like a wrap dress.

LOOK 1: ROSE

  • Universal thread copper utility jacket
  • Universal thread brown plaid puff sleeve button front blouse
  • Vintage thread high-rise wide leg cream denim jean
  • Universal thread cognac suede platform shoe.
  • Rust/copper utility jacket.

Look available at Target.

LOOK 2: KRISTIN

  • Anne Klein linen cinnamon sash midi dress.
  • Freshman moss green duster.
  • Michael Kors two-tone wedge sandal.
  • Multi-print scarf.

Look available at Macy’s.

LOOK 3: LINDA

  • Who what wear fire brick rust pleather pleated pants.
  • A new day camel dolman sleeve sweater.
  • Sam Edelman suede strappy sandal.
  • A new day oversized frames.
  • Universal thread multi-stone necklace.

Look available at Target.

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DIY Aromatherapy Sprays

MATERIALS:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Brown glass bottles, either 4oz or 8oz
  • Funnel that fits bottle
  • Measuring utensils

SPRAY BASE:

  • 4oz spring or distilled water
  • 2oz of witch hazel

AUTUMN AMBIENCE SPRAY:

  • 10 drops of sweet orange oil
  • 5 drops of ginger oil
  • 5 drops of cardamom oil
  • 5 drops of patchouli oil
  • 5 drops of clove bud oil

EFFORTLESS INHALE SPRAY:

  • 10 drops of sweet peppermint oil
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops of oregano oil
  • 5 drops of tea tree oil

SOOTHING SHOWER SPRAY:

  • 10 drops of vetiver oil
  • 10 drops of neroli
  • 5 drops of frankincense
  • 5 drops of red thyme oil

WATERPROOF LABEL:

  • Clear matte contact paper
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • Printed label
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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix the witch hazel and water in a bowl, whisk until blended.
  2. Add the oils from desired recipe to mixture.
  3. Mix the oils together thoroughly with a whisk.
  4. Transfer the spray to the bottle, place the funnel in the opening of the bottle and pour the spray in. Close the bottle up and clean any overpour with an alcohol wipe or soap and water.
  5. To create a waterproof label, print out desired label, cut to size, place face down on adhesive side of contact paper. When you do this don’t peel the backing all the way off, you will need to smooth it back on to trim the contact paper to about ½” around the edge or your label.
  6. Lastly, adhere the label to the spray bottle and enjoy!

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S'mores Entertaining Station

Materials

  • Wooden pallet
  • 1” x 4” wooden plank
  • Wooden craft baskets
  • Wood screws
  • Chain
  • Washers
  • Hex-nuts and bolts
  • Wall hooks
  • Power drill
  • Saw
  • Drill bits for pilot holes
  • Paint for palette
  • Accent paint
  • Bolt cutters
  • Sandpaper
  • Marker or pencil
  • Optional:
  • Mugs
  • Buckets
  • Blankets
  • S’more supplies

Instructions:

1. Sand any rough spots on your pallet.

2. Use a marker or pencil to mark where you want to place your mugs, baskets and blankets.
*Keep in mind that you will cut out a few slats below where you hang your blankets.*

3. Use your saw to cut out a couple slats just below the slat you’ve chosen to hang your blankets off of and sand any rough edges.

4. To create the legs for your stand, measure ⅔ the height of your pallet and cut your 1” x 4” to that measurement, cutting one end of each leg at a 45-degree angle.
*Your legs shouldn’t go past the bottom of your pallet for easy storage and movement.*


5. Paint the pallet and legs the same color and paint the wooden craft baskets your accent paint color.

6. Place the leg in position next to your pallet and drill a hole big enough for your bolt through the leg and side of the pallet.
*The end with the 45-degree angle should be at the bottom of your pallet.*


7. Place a washer on your bolt and feed it through the hole, place a washer on the opposite end of the bolt and twist your hex-nut until secure.

8. Use a smaller drill bit to create a pilot hole (for wood screws) about 5” above the bottom of your pallet through the leg and into the pallet.

9. Put a wood screw into the hole on your pallet, this will act as a hook for your stabilizing chain.

10. Next, take your bolt cutters and cut your chain to a length that allows the legs to swing back far enough that your stand will be stable.

11. Sandwich the end of chain between two washers and slide them onto a wood screw. Screw into the outside face of the leg.
*Putting this on the outside allows the chain to move freely and not get caught when collapsing.*


12. Repeat steps 6-11 on the opposite side of your pallet.


13. Place your baskets in position and drill a pilot hole through both your basket and pallet slat.

14. Take your drill and screw your woodscrews through your pilot hole, securing them in place.

15. Attach the hooks for your mugs.

16. Then add lettering desired, we painted ours on.

17. Place all your outdoor entertaining supplies and enjoy!

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DIY Woven Side Table

Materials

  • Roll of open weave cane webbing
  • Side table with removable glass top
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Something to weight down your tabletop while drying

STEPS:

1. On a self-healing cutting mat with your rotary cutter, cut a piece of your cane webbing slightly larger than your glass top.


2. Place your glass on top of the webbing and run the rotary cutter firmly along the edges of the glass to cut it down to the perfect size.


3. Remove the glass top and run a thin line of fabri-tac along the edges of the cane webbing.
*It’s better for the line to be very thin, therefore less visible. If not totally adhered, go back in to touch up. *


4. Place your glass top back on, weight if necessary and allow to dry for 24 hours. *If gluing to a mirror repeat steps 1-2, then place the weaving on TOP of your mirror and weight with large flat item to press for 24 hours.

5. Place your glass top back on table and enjoy!

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DIY Fall Door Decor

Materials

  • Canvas drop cloth
  • Aluminum flat bar (2)
  • 3” heavy-duty elastic
  • Faux fall leaves
  • Wooden craft letters
  • Faux pumpkins (various sizes and shapes)
  • Orange spray paint
  • 3M 90 spray adhesive
  • Disposable gloves
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Box cutter or X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Optional:
  • Needle and thread
  • Paint pen

Instructions:

1. Cut your canvas to the width of your door, leaving a 1/2” seam allowance and hem the edges with some glue.
*The height of your canvas should account for wrapping around to the back of your door with a 3” overhang at the top and bottom. *

2. Glue one aluminum bar to the top of your canvas and the other to the bottom. Roll each one over to cover in fabric and secure with hot glue.
*The size of your aluminum flat bar will be determined by the width of your door. *

3. Using your scissors, cut a 3” slit starting 3 inches inset from each edge of your canvas just above the aluminum bar. Do this on both the top and bottom. *Secure the edges of your slits with glue to prevent fraying. *

4. Slide a piece of elastic through the slit on the bottom of your door. Loop it over onto itself and secure with glue, if desired reinforce with a few hand stitches.

5. With a separate piece of elastic repeat step 4 with the other slit at the bottom of your door cover.

6. Hang your canvas over your door at the right height, close it so it hangs well and use your scissors to cut an “X” where the bulge of your knobs and locks are.

7. Cut away any excess material, remove the canvas from the door, and seal the edges of your cuts with glue.

8. Spray paint your canvas orange to camouflage it.

9. Use your box cutter to cut the pumpkins in half.

10. If desired, accent the edges of your letters with the paint pen.

11. Place your letters and pumpkins then trace their placement onto the canvas once you’re happy with it.

12. Hot glue everything in place.

13. Put on your gloves and apply spray adhesive to your canvas in sections. Begin adhering leaves, to the canvas until you can’t see any more fabric!

14. Trim away any leaves covering your letters for a crisp, clean look.

15. Once you have all your décor secured, slide the loose ends of the elastic to the corresponding slit at the top. *DO NOT SECURE THIS YET. *

16. Slide the door cover onto the door, making sure everything is place and your door handle and locks are through the appropriate holes.

17. Pull the elastic taut to support the weight of your decorations.

18. Glue in the elastic at the top in place on each side and secure with a few hand stitches if desired.

19. Enjoy!

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DIY Macrame Feather Accessories

Materials

  • Cotton single twist yarn
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper and pencil
  • Animal grooming brush or fine comb
  • Jump ring
  • Optional:
  • Rotary cutter
  • Hair spray or stiffening spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut one strand of yarn that is 2x the size of desired feather length, this will act as the “spine” for your feather
  2. Cut about 20 smaller strands of yarn (these should all be the same length)
  3. Fold the long piece of yarn in half so it’s doubled over, leaving a loop at the top (you can tie a knot around the loop to create a defined loop)
  4. Fold all of the short strands in half
  5. Pin the “spine” at the top of the loop to secure it
  6. Place two folded short strands beside the “spine” where you would like your top loop to end (or just below the knot you tied to define the loop) with the looped ends facing the spine
  7. Pull one loop over the spine, looping it under the end tails of the opposing strand, then weave the loose tails of that strand under the opposing loop
  8. Pull the tails away from the spine, tightening the knots around the spine to about 80%, leave some wiggle room for over-all tightening at the end
  9. Repeat this process, while periodically (about every 5 knots) pushing the knots toward the top for fullness until you reach the bottom of the “spine”
  10. Slide all of the knots toward the top to create a compact formation
  11. Pull on the edges of the feather for final tightening
  12. Brush the yarn with fine brush until the strands are completely unraveled
  13. Trace a feather pattern on a piece of paper and cut out
  14. Lay pattern on top of feather and trim excess to give it shape (Use rotary cutter to trim for cleanest result)

For Stiff Feathers:

  1. Spray with hairspray or stiffener and place in book for a few hours
  2. Attach jump ring and attach to desired item
  3. Enjoy!

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DIY Color Floor Pillows

Materials:

  • Fabric in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Cotton stuffing or Poly-fil
  • Quilting Square
  • Paper for Pattern
  • Chalk
  • Clothes pins
  • Fabric Scissors

1. Take your quilting square draw a horizontal line to your desired side length (our sides are 24”) on pattern paper.
2. Draw a line perpendicular to the center of your horizontal line.
3. Next, measure your side length from the edge of your horizontal line to your perpendicular line with your quilting square and mark to create a second side of equal length. Repeat this on the other side.
4.Once you’ve drafted an equilateral triangle, cut your pattern out.
5. With your fabric doubled, trace your pattern on, and cut out.
6. Cut a 4”x7” rectangular piece of fabric from each color, this will become your handle.
7. Run a line of Fabri-Tac along the long edges of the rectangle and fold over, run a line of glue down those edges and fold again so the hemmed edges meet in the middle.
8. Use clothes pins to clamp for at least 10 minutes.
9. Unclamp the handle, fold in half and apply Fabri-Tac between the ends. Clamp with clothespin for a few minutes.
10. Sandwich the end of your handle between the fabric of one angle of your triangle with your loop inside. Clamp with clothespins.
11. Run a thick line of Fabri-Tac, with ¼” seam allowance, along the edge of your fabric. Leave a 6” opening across from the corner with your handle.
12. Once the glue is dry, reach into the opening and pull the handle through along with the rest of the fabric. Make sure to push out your corners.
13. Stuff your pillow, avoid overstuffing to maintain the angular shape.
14. Fold in the edges of the opening ½”, apply glue on the inside and pinch closed. Clamp with clothespins.
15. Once the glue is dry, unclamp the clothespins and enjoy!
*Repeat steps 5-15 for each color. *

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DIY Door Organizer

Materials:

  • Solid core door
  • 1" x 12" x 8 wooden plank
  • 2" x 2" x 4" wooden plank
  • Wood lath
  • Coat hooks
  • Two shelf brackets
  • Two 14 " table legs
  • Nail gun and brad nails
  • Table leg attachment plates
  • Paint

Optional:

  • Wood Glue
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Instructions:

1. Cut the 1”x 12”x 8’ in half so that they are the same width as the door.

2. Attach plates and legs to one of those pieces, what will become the front of your bench.


3. Set bench at bottom of door and mark the height of the bench with a pencil from underneath.


4. Cut 2x2 to width of door.


5. Attach 2x2 to door at pencil line using wood screws.


6. Screw bench into the top of the 2x2, making sure to avoid your other screws, to attach bench to door.


7. Attach brackets to top of door at desired height using wood screws from behind.


8. Place shelf (other half of 1”x12”x8’) on top and screw in from the top.


9. Cut your lath to fit the front and sides of your bench.


10. Use your nail gun to attach the lath around the edge of your bench.


11. Paint.

12. Attach hooks as desired and organize!

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DIY Beaded Fabric Necklace

Materials

  • Stretch fabric
  • Wool felt ball
  • Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Safety pin

Instructions:

1. With your fabric folded over, set your felt ball inside the fold, snip about ½” from your felt ball to account for your seam allowance.

2. Cut a long rectangle at this width. *The length can be whatever you desire. *

3. Sew together to create a long fabric tube.

4. Turn the fabric tube right side out.

5. Leaving a generous tail, tie a knot close to one end of your tube.
*The tails will act as the closure for your necklace so leave what will be comfortable for you to tie at least. *

6. Drop your first felt ball in, pushing through to the knot with your fingers.

7. Tie a knot.

8. Repeat steps 6-7 until you’ve added the number of beads you desire.
*Twist your knots to the same angle because they will eventually start to curve and create a “front” to your necklace. *


9. Tie your necklace on around your neck and enjoy!

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Guide to Growing Tickle Me Plants

1. Boil your seeds for 24 - 48 hours
2. Your seeds will start to sprout
3. Put your pellets into a planting cup & then pour some warm water over it.
4. Using a fork kind of smash it up a bit & now it looks like soil.
5. Then, you finally add your seeds (about 2-3 seeds) on top & then just cover with a little bit of soil.
6. You should start to see it grow in about 2 weeks
7. After 1 year you’ll see flowering

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DIY Flannel Coffee Cup Cozies & Coasters

MATERIALS:

  • Long-sleeve flannel shirts
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fray check
  • Elastic hair ties
  • Square cork coasters
  • Fabri-Tac
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INSTRUCTIONS TO CREATE THE COFFEE CUP COZIES:

1. Cut the cuff of the sleeve off of your shirt just above the seams.

2. Trim away any excess fabric from the seam.

3. Seal the cut edge with Fray Check. Allow the glue to dry.

4. If the cozy is too small for your cup, feed a hair tie through the buttonhole, then feed one loop of itself into the other. Pull taut to create a lark’s head knot. *The elastic hairband allows any size cuff to fit any size cup due to the flexibility. *

5. Secure the cozy onto your cup using the button and enjoy!

INSTRUCTIONS TO CREATE THE FLANNEL COASTERS:

1. Lay your square coaster onto extra flannel fabric from your shirt. Cut the flannel with about a 1” seam allowance around the coaster.

2. Fold the fabric onto the back of the coaster.

3. Secure with Fabri-Tac.

4. Cut a piece of felt slightly smaller than your coaster and glue to the bottom for a sturdy base.

5. Allow the glue to cure and enjoy!

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Super Scrubs

Materials

  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. Salt
  • ½ cup Olive Oil or Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp Nutmeg
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Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix.

2. Gently massage into body and face, keeping away from eyes.

3. Store in airtight jar in fridge.


Tip: If using coconut oil, you can press scrub mix into an ice cube tray and freeze. This will make them individual sizes and you can use one scrub cube each time you use it!

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DIY Magazine Rack

Materials:

  • Macramé hoops, 19” diameter, 4mm rod (2)
  • Stiff leather or heavy-duty fabric
  • Leather cording
  • Leather punch
  • Hot glue and glue sticks
  • Heavy-duty scissors or rotary cutter
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Instructions:

1. Line your two macramé hoops up and pull one through the other until the bottom of your two hoops are far enough apart to hold magazines. *This should look like an “X” with long legs from the side.*

2. Glue the hoops in place at the intersections.

3. Use leather cording to wrap the intersections. Use hot glue to secure.

4. Next, cut a piece of material wide enough for magazines and long enough to fit magazines and fold over the ring of both your hoops.

5. Measure out the spacing for the holes along the edge of your material, about 2” apart is good. Repeat this on the opposite edge.

6. Take your leather punch and punch all of the marked holes.

7. Fold the leather around the bottom of the hoop, pull the edge about 1” over the hoop making sure it’s lined up properly.

8. Punch through the existing holes so that you can weave cording through both layers.

9. String the cording through the holes to secure it around the macramé hoop. Secure each end with a knot.

10. Repeat steps 7-9 on the opposite side.

11.Place and enjoy!

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DIY Wheat Decor

Materials:

  • Dried wheat
  • Embroidery floss in various fall colors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Cloches
  • Vase
  • Scissors

Instructions:

Wrapped Wheat Bouquet:

1. Dab some hot glue just below the kernels of your wheat and place the end of the embroidery floss in it to secure.

2. Wind the embroidery floss around the wheat tightly until the desired amount is covered.

3. Cut the embroidery floss, add a dab of hot glue and place the end of the floss into the glue to secure.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have a bouquet.

5. Drop bouquet of wrapped wheat into desired vase.

Wheat Cloches:

1. Bundle some wheat together and wrap the embroidery floss around the center until it’s thick. Tie it off.

2. Splay the wheat out so that it spreads from the center.

3. Cut down the wheat to the proper height for your cloche.

4. Hot glue the bottoms of your wheat to the base of the cloche.

5. Set the cloche on and enjoy!

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DIY Corn Vases

Materials:

  • Dried Flint corn
  • Straight vases of varying sizes
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Florals for arrangements
  • Scissors
  • Satin ribbon
  • Optional: Pruning Sheers

Instructions:

1. If needed, clean and dry your corn cobs. Sometimes they arrive with the husks still attached and strings around the corn, so they need tidying up.
*If your corn cob does have husks attached, remove them but save them for later in the DIY.

2. Arrange your corn cobs by size. Group them together by similar sizes.

3. Dry fit your corn cobs to make sure they all fit around the vase.

4. This corn is very tough and not easy to break, so use it at the size it already is.

*If you need to cut off the top that perhaps has lost some of its kernels, take pruning shears to cut it down. *

5. Take your hot glue gun and start gluing the corn around the vase. You can have all the corn facing one direction or alternate directions up and down.

6. Once you have glued corn all the way around the vase, use the husks to cover any spots that you can see through.

7. Add a silk or satin ribbon around the corn for decoration. Hot glue in place so that it doesn’t slide along the corn cob.

8. Fill the vases with florals, put them around your house and enjoy!

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DIY Beanie Bottle Toppers

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Paper rolls (from toilet paper or paper towels)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Poly-fil

Instructions:

1. Cut your paper roll into 1” pieces. This will serve as the fold and structural base of your beanie.

2. Cut a bunch of strips of yarn to the same length.
a. *Feel free to get creative with color combinations of yarn! *

3. Fold the pieces of yarn in half.

4. String a folded piece of yarn through the center of the roll and feed the tails through the arch of the fold and pull taut around the edge of the roll. This is a lark’s head knot.

5. Continue adding yarn using the lark’s head knot around the circumference of the cut roll until you have no more room.

6. Gather all the yarn and push it through the hole.

7. All of the knots should now be at the bottom of the fold of your beanie.

8. Cut a piece of yarn and tie it around the yarn to create a tassel at the top. Trim the tails. Now you have your beanie!

9. Stuff the inside with poly-fil.

10. Place on a bottle and enjoy!

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DIY Fall Marquee Pumpkins

Materials

  • Pumpkins
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Lights
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Scissors
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Instructions:

1. Choose one uniform color/style for your pumpkins. NOTE: If using real pumpkins, It requires more work as you’ll have to hollow at your pumpkins.

2. Pick a font for your letters. Print out your letters, each one on an 8 ½ by 11in.

3. Using your letter printouts, trace your letters onto each pumpkin.

4. Now that you have traced your letters that will essentially serve as a guide for you, pick a color and paint away! Make sure you pick colors that compliment the original color of your pumpkin.

5. Pick your spots for the lights. Then you drill a pilot hole - which is just the first hole that serves as a guide. Use a small bit, we are using 1/4 inch.

Once you put your lights inside the hole, drill a larger hole, just be careful that it doesn’t catch and create too large a hole, as you want your lights to fit snug. Then, attach the bulb from the front of the pumpkin, and put your wires inside the pumpkin.

6. Turn on the lights and enjoy!

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DIY Horseshoe Coat Rack

Materials

  • 5 Horseshoes
  • 2x12 Wood Board cut to 3ft
  • A Vise
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Hot Glue & Glue Sticks
  • 10 Nails
  • Hammer
  • Rope/Twine
  • Pencil
  • French Cleat
  • Paint & Paint Brush (optional)
  • Paint board (optional)
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Instructions:

1. Place the horseshoe in the vice and crank it tight until the horseshoe doesn’t budge. Then, take your pipe wrench and attach it to one side of the horseshoe and bend it towards you. Repeat on the other side.

2. Space horseshoes across board, equal distance apart. Attach horseshoe to board using hot glue. Then, nail it in place in one of the premade holes on each side of horseshoe.

3. To create the welcome message, first draw a line across the board where you want your letters to rest. Then write out your message in pencil as a guide for where to place your rope. Along your drawn out letters, place rope on top and hot glue into place. This works best when you work little by little, allowing you to get more precise lettering.

4. Hang on wall using a French cleat.

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DIY Fall Leaf Pumpkin

Materials

  • Faux pumpkins
  • White paint
  • Brush
  • Mod podge
  • Fall foliage/botanicals
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Instructions:

1. Paint pumpkins with white paint.

2. Let dry.

3. Press botanicals between two pieces of paper weighed down with books.
a. (Let press for approx. 1 week) OR use an iron and flatten the leaves. Be sure to clean the iron before and after usage.


4. Brush mod podge on pumpkin.

5. Place leaves/foliage in desired location.

6. Brush mod podge over the leaves.

7. Let dry.

8. Seal with clear polyurethane.

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DIY Autumn Terrariums

Materials

  • Glass Display dome and base
  • Hot glue and glue sticks
  • Miniature figurines
  • Fall decor and embellishments
  • Scissors
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Directions

1. Arrange desired fall decor on display base

2. Secure with hot glue (or double stick tape)

3. Place glass display dome on top

4. Enjoy!

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DIY Pumpkin Pillows

Materials

  • Fabric
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Yarn
  • Needle (optional)
  • Fabric glue (optional)
  • Stuffing
  • Chalk
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Directions

1. Draw your pattern onto butcher paper or craft paper.
2. Cut out 2 pieces of your fabric & place them on top of each other. Make sure that the finished side of the fabric (or the side of the fabric you’d like to be seen) is inward to each other.
3. Using chalk draw your pattern on, then cut it out.
4. Sew your pattern together face to face, leaving the bottom open.
5. Once you’re done sewing stick your hand inside & turn it inside out so the pretty side of the fabric is outward.
6. Stuff your pillow & then hand sew the bottom closed.
7. Now it’s time to create your ribs in the pumpkin.
8. Using needle & yarn thread in and out of your pumpkin from the top divot to the bottom divot. Do this for the left side & the right side. If you prefer to use no needle & thread another option is to take a piece of yarn & wrap it around the pillow tightly to create a rib. Then tie a bow on the back. Do that on the left side & the right side.
9. To create the stem you will take about 40 pieces of yarn. Take one piece of yarn & tape it to the table so you have something holding it while you work on it. Fold it over & then separate the yarn into 3 sections then braid them together.
10. Once braided take your jewelry wire & maneuver the wire through the stem to make it stand up. (make sure youre wire is long enough stil stick down half way through the pillow.
11. Lastly just poke your wire into the pillow at the top & you’re done!

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DIY Firewood Cradle

Materials for Cradle

  • 4 – 2"x4” boards
  • 2 – ½" galvanized metal flanges
  • 1 – 18” x ½"galvanized metal pipe
  • Screws
  • Rotary saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood glue
  • Chisel
  • Sandpaper

Materials for Sling

  • Leather: 16 ½" x 46”
  • 12 - rivets
  • Rivet press or a rivet setter with hammer
  • Hole punch
  • 2 - 1” wood dowels (we used oak)
  • Scissors
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Directions for Cradle

1. Cut 4, “2 x 4” boards to desired length,
(with 37 degree angles at top and bottom of boards).
2. Saw equal notches into center part of 2 boards by running rotary saw back and forth along area to be notched. Chisel out the cut pieces, sand if necessary.
3. Cross 1 notched board over other notched board
(anchoring together at center point) and glue.
4. Screw round metal flange onto inside center part of crossed legs.
5. Repeat on opposite set.
6. Screw galvanized metal pipe into both flanges to attach legs.

Directions for Sling

1. Cut leather to desired size (ours was 46” x 16 ½")
(Allow extra length for heavy contents to dip).
2. Cut rectangle in center part of either end.
3. Lay wooden dowel across end and wrap leather over pipe.
4. Mark where holes for rivets will go.
5. Punch holes.
6. Secure with rivets.

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DIY Fall Wreaths

Materials for Scarecrow Wreath

  • Straw hat
  • Permanent markers in black and red
  • Decorations for your scarecrow (I got Fall leaves, sunflowers, Fall ribbon and raffia.)
  • Pencil
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Large safety pin
  • OPTIONAL: Tissue paper

Materials for Crow Wreath

  • Wall frame
  • Orange Spray Paint
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Branch
  • Fake Crow
  • Glue Gun

Ingredients and Materials for Edible Cookie Wreath

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Food coloring; orange, red, yellow and brown
  • Royal icing
  • Wax paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Flour
  • Baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • Sanding sugar; optional
  • Piping bag or plastic ziplock bag
  • Wreath round
  • Ribbon
  • Leaf Cookie cutters
  • Leaf Cookie plungers
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Directions for Scarecrow Wreath

1. Lay out your straw hat on a flat surface.
2. If you have anything written on it like I do, use that part to fold over onto the face. We will use leaves and décor to cover it up.
3. Use a large safety pin to pin the flap over.
4. Take your raffia and lay it over the top to make “hair” for your scarecrow. Secure with hot glue.
5. Take your fall leaves, sunflowers and décor and start decorating, securing with hot glue.
6. Take your Fall ribbon and create a bow-tie or fancy ribbon beneath the face of the scarecrow. You can use a sunflower in the middle to jazz it up!
7. Keep going until your wreath is full.
8. Take your permanent markers and draw a face on your scarecrow in the middle of the hat. You can draw a nose, or even use craft paper and glue to create a nose.
9. Hang it on the front door and enjoy!

Tips:
1. Place tissue paper inside the “hat” part to make sure you have a sturdy base for your scarecrow’s face.
2. If there is any writing on the hat, cover it up with décor. No one will know!

Directions for Crow Wreath

1. Spray paint frame orange
2. Place branch on frame in desired position
3. Use twine to wrap frame and branch together at the base of branch.
Tip: Use glue for additional attachment points if necessary
4. Attach crow to branch
5. Hang with ribbon

Directions for Edible Cookie Wreath

1. Color the sugar cookie dough so that you have four separate colors.
2. Break the pieces up and spread them around a surface covered with wax paper sprinkled with flour; spread the pieces of the dough around so that they are evenly distributed.
3. Use your hands to bring the dough together slightly.
4. Sprinkle with a little bit of flour.
5. Cover with wax paper.
6. Use a rolling pin over the wax paper to roll the dough out into a flat disk; if you would like the colors to be more swirled, remove wax paper and fold the dough a bit and then re-roll.
7. Roll to about ¼ inch thick.
8. Place in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.
9. Remove from fridge and use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.
10. Place on parchment paper.
11. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
12. Bake according to recipe instructions.
13. Allow to cool completely.
14. Cut two holes into the wreath round and string ribbon through; wire or string work as well; this will be how the wreath will hang.
15. Glue the cookies into the wreath using the royal icing; start with large leaves first and then the smaller leaves to fill the spaces.
16. It helps to color the royal icing red, orange, or yellow color so that it doesn’t stand out.
17. Allow to try 8-12 hours or even overnight before hanging.
18. Add any other detailing you like, such as a bow, etc.

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DIY Fall Games for Kids

Materials for DIY Pumpkin Golf

  • Fake carve-able pumpkins
  • X-acto knife
  • Gourds
  • Putting mat
  • PVC pipe
  • Putters

Materials for Butternut Squash Bowling

  • About 10 Butternut squash
  • Red masking tape or red gaff tape
  • Mini pumpkin (for bowling ball)
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Directions for Pumpkin Golf

1. Lay down your putting mat.
2. Create your pumpkin obstacles with your carve-able pumpkins. Using your x-acto knife cut out the bottom of your pumpkin. Then cut whatever design you prefer for the ball to go through.
3. Place your pumpkin obstacles on top of putting mat.
4. Then finish off with gourds any additional obstacles you prefer to set on the putting mat.

Directions for Butternut Squash Bowling

1. Take your red tape & wrap around the top of the butternut squash & another piece slightly below to get the bowling pin look.
2. Set them up in the shape of a triangle.
3. Take your mini pumpkin & shave the stem off to use as a bowling ball.
4. Bowl away!

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DIY Harvest Olive Bucket

Materials

  • Olive bucket
  • Pumpkin
  • Rope
  • Scissors
  • Grapevine wreath
  • Fall foliage

Directions

1. Measure and cut rope, allow for extra to spill over on the sides (approx. 10 inches total).
2. Tie one end of the rope and then stretch the rest across the bucket.
3. Secure with a knot.
4. Begin to unravel the ends of the rope creating a frayed tassel.
5. Rest grapevine wreath on top of rope.
6. Add fall foliage.
7. Place pumpkin in the center of the wreath.
8. Enjoy!

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DIY Butternut Squash Candle Centerpiece

Materials for Butternut Squash Vases

  • Butternut Squash
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Scoop or spoon
  • Flowers, fresh or faux
  • Gold Foil Kit (Includes gold foil, adhesive and sealer)
  • Paint Brush
  • Plastic wrap (optional)

Materials for Fall Squash Candles

  • Acorn squash or any other gourds or squash
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Scoop or spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Soy wax (specifically for candle making)
  • Something to melt wax (Depending on what type of wax you get. Follow instructions on wax)
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Candle Wick
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Directions for Vases

1. Make sure the butternut squash stands flat. If not, slightly cut the bottom. If you do cut the bottom, place on a small plate.
2. Cut top at desired length. Hollow out with spoon or scoop.
3. After scooping, clean and dry outside of butternut squash.
4. Apply adhesive to where you want to apply the gold foil kit. Let dry until tacky. Tip: Make sure to use clean and dry hands to apply foil.
5. Place gold foil onto adhesive. Tip: Make sure to use clean and dry hands to apply foil.
6. Use a soft brush to remove any excess foil.
7. Use paint brush to apply sealer over gold foil.
8. Allow to dry completely.
9. Fill with water and add flowers.
10. If needed, line butternut Squash Vase with plastic wrap.

Directions for Candles

1. Make sure the squash stands flat. If not, slightly cut the bottom. If you do cut the bottom, place on a small plate.
2. Cut top at desired length. Hollow out with spoon or scoop.
3. Use paper towel to dry inside.
4. Melt wax according to directions on bag.
5. Place wix into squash. Secure it into place using popsicle sticks and rubber band (so it won’t rise to the top).
6. Pour wax into squash.
7. Let dry.

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DIY Welcome Fall Mats

Materials for Checkered Mat

  • Craftsmart Outdoor Acrylic Paint in Black, White and Gray
  • Acrylic or hard bristle Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Coir Mat
  • Vinyl Stencil paper
  • X-acto Knife

Materials for Herringbone Mat

  • Door Mat
  • Painters tape
  • Spray Paint or outdoor acrylic paint
  • Vinyl stencil paper
  • X-acto knife

Directions for Checkered Mats

1. Tape off Border that is 3 inches from the edge of the Coir mat
2. Print out Desired Font and Motto
3. Adhere it to the Vinyl Stencil Paper and Trace it
4. Cut it out
5. Attach it sticky side down to the Coir Mat as desired (we are centering it)
6. Use black paint to fill it in.
7. While waiting for it to dry begin painting the buffalo check border
8. Start with white all over the border
9. Then tape off 3 inch squares
10. Start with white as your base color
11. Wait to dry
12. Then paint gray squares
13. Wait to dry
14. Add in Black squares

Directions for Herringbone Mat

1. Set your “Happy Fall Ya’ll” stencil centered in the mat or whatever motto you prefer
2. Color in with black paint
3. Then time for your herringbone border
4. Lay down a painter’s tape line down the middle & then spaced out from the sides you will create angled down lines from the middle line
5. Go in a spray paint between the lines. However, if you are doing this indoor use acrylic paint.

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DIY Fall Mason Jars

Materials

  • Mason Jars
  • Acrylic paint in Fall colors of your choosing
  • Paint brushes
  • White spray paint
  • Large based candlesticks
  • OPTIONAL: Décor items such as ribbon, twine, vinyl letters, paint pens, etc.

Directions:

1. Take your white spray paint and paint all mason jars with white as a background. Set aside to dry.

2. To make the plaid pattern, take your grey paint and paint vertical lines every few inches. The thickness of the strip will determine the style of your plaid. Set aside to dry.

3. Paint horizontal strips around the mason jar about the same width apart as your vertical lines. Set aside to dry.

4. You will have a crisscross pattern with grey. Where the lines converge, take your black acrylic paint and paint in the squares. Set aside to dry.

5. Take the black paint and paint the rim/edge of the mason jar. Set aside to dry.

6. For other patterns and colors, let your imagination fly! You can use orange and gold acrylic paint to create polka-dots, ribbon and craft paper to make one design, and added twine to the top of some decor.

7. Set mason jars on your candlesticks, fill with treats, and enjoy!

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Elegant Halloween Mantle

Materials for Mantle

  • Wooden candlesticks
  • Styrofoam skulls
  • Hot glue
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Silver spray paint
  • Power drill
  • Craft store crows
  • Window pane
  • Window pane
  • Bargain store Halloween sign
  • Silver spray paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Glitter

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Directions for Skull Candlestick

1. Saw bottom off of candlesticks

2. Glue candlesticks together to make tall pole

3. Drill holes through skulls

4. Put hot glue on the candlestick

5. Place skulls on candlestick, totem pole-style

6. Paint with chalkboard paint, let dry

7. Spray paint silver

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Protecting Your Garden with Fallen Leaves

Materials

  • Tomato cage (Metal fencing or poles depending on size of plant)
  • Insulation material (or burlap)
  • Leaves
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Directions

1) Trim plant and cover with tomato cage or fencing

2) Wrap cage with insulating material from garden center (or you can use burlap

3) Fill with dried , chipped leaves all the way to the top and close the material

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DIY Candy Corn Soap

Materials

  • Silicone Loaf Mold
  • Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base
  • White Melt & Pour Soap Base
  • Perfect Orange Color Block
  • Fizzy Lemonade Color Block
  • Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil
  • Vanilla Color Stabilizer
  • Isopropyl Alcohol 
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Directions

1) Chop 32 ounces of Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base into small uniform pieces. Then, chop 16 ounces of White Melt & Pour Soap Base into small uniform pieces. Place the following amounts of soap into three heat-safe containers.

  • Container A: 16 ounces Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base + 0.5 ounces White Melt & Pour Soap Base
  • Container B: 16 ounces Clear Melt & Pour Soap Base + 0.5 ounces White Melt & Pour Soap Base
  • Container C: 15 ounces White Melt & Pour Soap Base

2) Add a small chunk of Fizzy Lemonade Color Block to container A and melt in the microwave using 30 second bursts. Between each burst, stir the soap to help it melt evenly. If you want the color darker, you can add more of the color block and stir to fully incorporate. Once melted, add 0.2 ounces of Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil and 0.2 ounces of Vanilla Color Stabilizer. Stir in completely and pour into the mold. Spritz with alcohol to get rid of bubbles. Allow to fully cool and harden for about 15-20 minutes.

3) Once the yellow layer has hardened and can support a layer on top, add a chunk of Perfect Orange Color Block to container B. Melt the soap in the microwave using 30 second bursts. Between each burst, stir the soap to help it melt evenly.

4) Once melted, add 0.2 ounces of Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil and 0.2 ounces of Vanilla Color Stabilizer to the orange soap. Stir in completely. Check the temperature of the orange soap. If it’s hotter than 130 degrees F, allow it to cool slightly to prevent melting the layer below. Once it’s the correct temperature, spritz the layer below with alcohol to help the layers stick and pour into the mold. Spritz with alcohol to get rid of bubbles. Allow to fully cool and harden for about 15-20 minutes.

5) Melt the soap in container C using 30 second bursts. Once melted, add 0.2 ounces of Pumpkin Spice Fragrance Oil and 0.2 ounces of Vanilla Color Stabilizer and stir in completely. Check the temperature of the white soap. If it’s over 130 degrees F, allow it to cool slightly to prevent melting the layer below. Once it’s the correct temperature, spritz the layer below with alcohol to help the layers stick and pour the soap into the mold. Spritz with alcohol to get rid of bubbles.

6) Allow the soap to fully cool and harden for at least 3 hours or up to overnight. Remove from the mold and cut into bars about 1″ thick. Then cut the bars into a triangle shapes with the white layer at the top. Repeat this process for the entire loaf.

7) Use the Clean Up Tool to round out the edges of each bar until you’re happy with the look. Enjoy! Wrap them in plastic wrap to avoid glycerin dew.

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DIY Flower Pot Costume

Materials

  • plastic planter pot
  • artificial flowers
  • moss/greenery
  • utility knife
  • wire cutters
  • duct tape
  • ribbon
  • fabric scissors
  • glue gun and glue
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Directions

1. Flip the planter upside down and remove the bottom basin.

2. Cut out base with utility knife and set aside

3. Glue flowers to planter and secure with duct tape. TIP: Use wired artificial flowers which
bend as needed and won’t obstruct your view.

4. Attach a wide colorful ribbon with the same glue and then tape method. You could pre-
measure what length you’d like the straps to be, or tie a knot at the shoulder to make it
adjustable.

5. Add moss or other greenery as desired.

6. Step in and have fun!

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DIY Bat Swarm

Materials

  • Foam Core
  • Faux Fur
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Red Beads
  • Fish Wire
  • Dashes/Gel Adhesive

Directions

1. Cut out bat from foam core (template available as a guide)

2. Cut faux fur to fit the middle of the bat

3. Glue faux fur on the front and back of the bat

4. Glue red eyes/buttons to the front of the bat

5. Hang your fish wire by tying the two ends to a pole or tree

Attach bats to wire after it is hung using gel adhesive

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DIY Owl & Cat

Materials

  • Foam Core
  • Black Faux Fur or Feathers
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Spray Glue
  • Yellow Felt

Directions

1. Cut out cat or owl from foam core (templates available as a guide)

2. Use spray glue to attach faux fur (cat) or feathers (owl) to the body

3. Trim the fur to fit the outline of the cat or owl (cut out the fur where the opening to the eyes are)

4. For the eyes, hot glue yellow felt on the back side of the foam core where the opening for the eyes are

5. To hang you can use bailing wire or tape (depending on where it is being hung)

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Prepping Your Legs for Tights Season

Materials for DIY Maple Brown Sugar Scrub Cubes

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
  • Ice cube trays
  • 1/2 cup of unscented soap

Materials for DIY Hydrating Cinnamon Spice Body Oil

  • 1/2 c. sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 c. Jojoba oil
  • -1/4 c. Grapeseed Oil
  • 15 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 20 drops vanilla essential oil
  • 5 drops clove essential oil

Directions for Cubes

1) Melt soap and coconut oil in microwave. First, microwave for 30 seconds, take out and stir. Continue to the above step in 10 second intervals until everything is melted

2) Add in Maple Syrup and brown sugar. Stir until everything is combined.

3) Place mixture in ice cube trays and let harden for 1 hour.

Directions for Body Oil

Combine ingredients together and place in container. You can even add a cinnamon stick to make it look more festive!

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Reversible Scarecrow-Snowman Sign

Materials

  • 2 Craft palette boards 24” x 36”
  • 2 Craft boards 4” x 24”
  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colors (or paint pens)
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue and glue sticks
  • Piano hinge 18”
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • OPTIONAL: Wood stain

Directions

  1. Measure where you would like the brim of the hat to go. I am measuring 10” down at the top of the angle and 12” at the bottom of the angle.
  2. Place the smaller craft board on the palette board at an angle.
  3. You can attach with glue or screws. If you are using paint, apply the paint before attaching to the palette board.
  4. On one side of the board, paint or stain the bottom a light brown color for the scarecrow’s face.
  5. Paint the hat brim and the board above the brim a darker color of brown to serve as the scarecrow’s hat.
  6. Set aside to dry.
  7. While that board is drying, paint the second board white below the brim and black on the brim and on the palette board above the brim. Set aside to dry.
  8. Now you are ready for decorating! Create the scarecrow’s face by using acrylic paints or paint pens
  9. For the snowman, using acrylic paints or paint pens.
  10. Once both palette boards are dry, attach them together at the top with the piano hinge, following the directions from the manufacturer
  11. OPTIONAL: Add a little dry brush on the black top and brim of the hat of the snowman to make it look like a little snow has fallen.
  12. OPTIONAL: You can use the brim to write something like “Happy Fall” and “Let it Snow”. I prefer to keep mine as a hat.

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DIY Melted Wax Pumpkins

Materials

  • Pumpkin
  • Pack of crayons in desired colors
  • Tacky Glue
  • Hair Dryer
  • Optional - Glitter, Googly Eyes, Plastic Spiders
  • Optional - Lighter

Directions

1) Start with a plain or spray painted pumpkin

2) Tacky glue across the top of the pumpkin and place crayons (*Make sure they are completely unwrapped from papers)

3) Use a hair dryer on high heat to melt crayons

4) While wax begins to melt, sprinkle glitter or fake spiders on top

Optional - When completely dry, turn pumpkin over and repeat all steps to give even wax coverage

(Optional Technique) Use a lighter to melt crayon and press to pumpkin

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DIY Broomstick Decor

Materials

  • Tree branch
  • Sticks
  • Twine
  • Rope

Directions

1. Sand down and lacquer tree branch

2. Attach sticks to branch using twine

3. Cover twine with rope

4. OPTIONAL: Drill a hole at the top of the broom and to add a leather strap for extra detail

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DIY Monster Hand Candy Stand

Materials

  • Box
  • ¾ in plywood
  • plywood round
  • bowl
  • wood glue
  • L-brackets
  • screws
  • jigsaw
  • paint
  • faux fur
  • candy

Directions

1. Measure the opening of the box and have your plywood "base" cut to the exact dimensions

2. On remaining plywood, trace the monster claw first in pencil then with black sharpie

3. Clamp down wood to secure, then using jigsaw, cut out design

4. Secure claw to base with L-Brackets

5. Paint the nails of the claw, paint the plywood round (paint prior to adding to the tips of the
fingers)

6. Add faux fur

7. Place bowl of candy on top and enjoy!

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Dip Dyed Baby PJs

Materials

  • Fabric dye
  • Water
  • Onesie
  • Cup
  • Paint Brush
  • Stencil

Directions

1. Pour dye into cup & add water

2. Mix well

3. Using your paint brush, paint the fabric with the desired colors (you can also pour it on
strait from the cup)

4. Let Dry

5. Wash & Set Color

6. Use stencils to paint leaves

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DIY Spooky Halloween Tree

Materials for Tree

  • PVC Pipe in various sizes (2”, 1 ½”, 1”)
  • Flexible PVC Pipe
  • Plywood for Base
  • Brackets
  • 45 degree connectors
  • 90 degree connectors
  • ¾” plywood square (about 3’ x 3’)

Materials for Create the Bark

  • Water
  • Mod Podge
  • Black Paint
  • Brown Paper (available at any hardware or paint store)

Instructions for the Tree

1) Attach a 3 foot length of 2” Pipe to plywood base with 3 shelf brackets

2) Slide a 4-5’ section of 1 ½ “ Pipe into the 2” pipe (by sliding the pipe down in the bigger pipe. You do not need to secure it any more than this.)

3) Attach a 4-way connector to top of 1 ½” pipe.

4) From there you can add various lengths of 1 ½” PVC adding connectors as you go to create the tree shape you desire.

5) Build branches from 1 ½ “ to 1” (you want the branches to thin out). Off of the 1 ½” pipes add 1” 3 way connectors and attach thinner 1’ pipes.

6) Create spooky curved final branches with flexible PVC pipe and slip into the ends of 1” pipe. (To make extra curly, roll pipe into tight curl and zip tie together letting sit for a few hours to hold shape.)

TIP: Use PVC glue and screws to reinforce the joints if wanted

TIP: If you create longer branches, reinforce them also with glue and screws

Instructions for Tree Bark

1) Use 1 part water, 1 part Modge Podge and 1 part black paint

2) Stir together in a bucket

3) Take a portion of the brown paper (about 3 feet long) and rip it off the roll

4) Dip brown paper into the solution

5) Wring out the paper by squeezing it above the bucket

6) Wrap paper tightly around the pipe (to avoid it from slipping)

7) Let wet paper drip dry before adding additional paper (to create more texture)

8) Wrap in sections; go all the way to the main base, then stop so you can disassemble the tree if necessary.

TIP: *Anywhere you see a joint, careful not to cover it in “bark” so you can disassemble the tree for easy storage.

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DIY Pumpkin Beauty

Ingredients for Pumpkin Hair Mask

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1/4 yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Ingredients for Pumpkin Bath Bombs (Makes 2)

    Directions for Hair Mask

    1) Mix contents together in bowl

    2) Put throughout hair

    3) Let sit for 20-30 mins

    4) Wash out

    Ingredients for Pumpkin Bombs

    1) Put dry ingredients in bowl and mix

    2) Add canola oil, pumpkin oil and pumpkin pie spice

    3) Add a dash of mica powder (OPTIONAL)

    4) Whisk together

    5) Use hands to make sure mixture holds (recommended to use gloves)

    6) Put in bath bomb molds

    7) Let sit for 24 hours

    8) Add mica powder to rubbing alcohol and drizzle on bath bombs for color (OPTIONAL)

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    DIY Festive Pumpkin Vases

    Materials

    • Pumpkins
    • Flowers
    • Foam
    • Scissors
    • Knife
    • Scooper
    • Grapefruit seed extract.

    Steps

    1. Scoop out the guts out of pumpkin

    2. Cut off the top of pumpkin.

    3. Put grape seed oil at bottom of pumpkin.

    4. Use oasis block for flowers.

    5. Stick flowers in foam to desired heights.

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    DIY Pumpkin Topiary

    Materials

    • Paper mache pumpkins (small, medium and large)
    • Decorate flute shaped topiary base
    • 2 Garlands of Fall leaves
    • Glue gun
    • Glue sticks
    • Any paints, embellishments
    • Blue painter’s tape

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    Steps

    1. Antique the base with paint, wise excess off with a cloth.

    2. Take the base and add your fall leaf garland around the edge, securing it with hot glue

    3. Take all three pumpkins and paint them and add any decorations you would like to use

    4.Set the pumpkins aside and let all three dry

    5. Using the hot glue gun, secure the bottom pumpkin to the topiary base

    6. On top of the first pumpkin, add your second fall leaf garland, securing it with hot glue. If the stem of the pumpkin sticks up to high, you can cut it off using a garden clipper

    7. Using hot glue, secure the bottom of the second pumpkin to the first pumpkin over the leaves

    8. Using hot glue, add additional fall leaf garland to the top of the 2nd pumpkin

    9. Using hot glue, secure the bottom of the third pumpkin to the second pumpkin over the leaves

    10. Add any additional embellishments that you would like to your topiary

    11. Set on your front door and voila! You have achieved a fall look that is one of a kind

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    DIY Mini Pumpkin Table Decor

    Supplies

    • 2 – 3 Toilet paper rolls or one paper towel roll
    • Decorative paper
    • Mod Podge
    • Twine
    • Burlap Fabric
    • Cinnamon Sticks
    • Scissors
    • Brushes

    Directions

    1. Measure and cut paper to fit roll

    2. Coat Rolls in Mod Podge glue

    3. Wrap paper around roll smoothing as you go. Let dry for a few minutes.

    4. Slightly flatten roll

    5. Cut strips about ½ inch apart (You need at least of 16 rings)

    6. Open rings up to form circle again. Let dry .

    7. Cut twine about 8” long and thread thru center of rings. Pull and tie tight. Trim ends.

    8. Glue 3 cinnamon sticks together ( you may want to tie together with twine at bottom to secure. Coat the bottom of sticks with glue and insert in center of pumkin.

    9. Cut small leaves out of colored burlap. Dip ends in glue and insert around sticks.

    NOTE: This can also be made with glitter. However, you will need to cut the rings first before you add glue. Use very fine glitter for best results. Add coat of glue over glitter to prevent glitter from flaking.

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    Pumpkin Massage Oil Candle
    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    • 120 grams of Soy Wax 415
    • 108 grams of Cocoa Butter Deodorized
    • 116 grams of Coconut Oi-76
    • 112 grams of Shea Butter
    • 56 grams of Mango Butter
    • 26 grams of NG Cashmere & Silk Type Fragrance Oil (Pumpkin)
    • 23 grams of Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil
    • Wooden Candle Wicks- Medium

    Directions

    Step 1:  Using the double boiler method, weigh out and melt the following ingredients:  Soy Wax, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil 76, Shea Butter, Mango Butter and Pumpkin Seed Oil.  Place this on a low heat setting and stir occasionally.  

    Step 2:  Once all of the ingredients have melted on your stovetop, remove from heat and gently stir.  Be careful not to overheat them.  You do not want to breakdown the natural butters.

    Step 3:  Next, pour the Pumpkin Apple Butter Fragrance Oil into the pouring pot.  Once again, give a gentle stir to incorporate the fragrance oil throughout the ingredients.   

    Step 4:  Lay all 4 of your tin cans on a flat surface where they will not be in the way.  Once the mixture is poured into these tins, they cannot be moved until they are set up.  Please Note:  It does take some time for this recipe to set up, so please place them somewhere they can set up undisturbed.

    Step 7:  Pour the mixture into your tins.  

    Step 8:  Now, place the tabs on the wooden wicks and gently place one into the center of each tin.   

    Step 9:  Allow the candles to completely set up.  Then, trim your wicks to about 1/8 inch and lid the tins.

    Step 10:  Once your candles are completely set up, they are now ready to burn and use. To use massage candle: Light the candle.  Keep wooden wicks trimmed at around 1/8”, and avoid drafts so that flame stays lit.  Allow the candle to create a nice melt pool.  Extinguish the flame, and allow the candle to cool slightly before applying to the skin.  Warning:  Hot wax can burn skin.  If selling this product, be sure to place warning label & product ingredients in descending order on the candle label.  Note:  You can use traditional wicks for these candles if you prefer
    (CD-10 would be our wick of choice for this recipe/container).

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    DIY Halloween Cemetery Fence with Paige Hemmis

    Materials needed:

    • (3) 48" lengths ½" PVC pipes
    • (2) 42" lengths ½" PVC pipes
    • (2) 6' 1x2 plywood planks
    • (2) 5' lengths 2" PVC pipes
    • (8) Flatbar "L" brackets
    • (3) Garden Stakes
    • Halloween Decorations
    • Drywall Screws/drill
    • Gorilla Glue
    • Black Spray Paint Formulated for Plastic
    • Brown & Orange Exterior Latex Paint
    • Paintbrush or Spongebrush

    Instructions:

    1. To Start: You can choose to paint the individual pieces before you assemble the fence or you can put the fence together and then paint it. It may be easier to paint the individual pieces together. To create the "rusted" look of an old fence, you will start with a base coat of black spray paint. Use a special paint that is formulated for plastic. This will act as a primer base for the other paint colors and weatherproof your fence. Once that dries completely, take brown and orange exterior latex paint and with a brush alternate between colors, dabbling a little bit of each color in random patterns to create a modeled effect.
    2. To assemble the fence, you will start with your Main Support Posts. You need a 2" PVC pipe 5 feet in length and a 3-foot long lawn stake. Attach 2 sets of flat "L" brackets to the 2" PVC pipe on either side of the PVC pipe; 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom, equal distant from each end.
    3. Drive your stake into the ground with a mallet and place the PVC pipe over it. Repeat this the length of your yard, spacing the posts every 6 feet.
    4. You'll need two 1x2's to create Horizontal Support Beams. With a drill and a ⅞th" bit, create holes spaced about a foot apart. This is where you'll put our smaller fence posts. Secure each 1x2 from the top to the "L" brackets on the Main Support Posts.
    5. Remember the holes we drilled in the Horizontal Support Beams? We're just going to thread our Interstitial Posts through those holes. You can choose different lengths to give the fence more of a spooky character. I have two 42" ½" PVC pipes, and three 48" ½" PVC pipes.
    6. We used plastic skulls from a party supply store. You can do pumpkins or spiders if you wish; we chose skulls.
    7. For the archway posts, we took the same principles as our 5' Main Support Posts. We just used 8' posts instead to create the higher archway. Again, you can modify our measurements to meet your particular yard and desired look.
    8. For the Fence Sign, use 2" Extruded Polystyrene, or Foam Insulation Board, to create the archway sign and a jigsaw. You can find this at any hardware store.
    9. Trace whatever lettering on the Foam Insulation Board with a pencil. You can use any kind of stencil that you like. "Home & Family" has a free downloadable PDF available on our Pinterest page that says "Happy Halloween." Print it out and use it at a stencil on your Foam Insulation Board!
    10. Following the pencil marks, cut out the negative space around the lettering with a jigsaw. If you are not comfortable using a jigsaw, then you can use any kind of cerated knife; it'll just take a little longer to complete.
    11. Cut two 1x2's to extend beyond the height of the sign by 1½ to 2 inches on either end. Attach two 1x2's to the sign by running a bead of Gorilla Glue along the vertical sides of the sign and center on the 1x2's, essentially creating bookends to the sign. Secure the sign to the 1x2's with drywall screws and drill. Using wood screws and a drill, secure the 1x2's to the top of the 7' PVC pipe Supporting Posts.

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    Man-Eating Monster Plant for Halloween

    Materials needed:

    • Tree branch
    • Flower pot
    • Spray foam insulation
    • Artificial pumpkin
    • Spray or brush-on paint
    • Flower leaves
    • Hot glue
    • Pumpkin carver

    Instructions:

    1. Find a tree branch from your yard.
    2. Get an old flower pot.
    3. Fill the flower pot with spray foam insulation and add your branch.
    4. Then, take your artificial pumpkin and, holding it long ways, cut it open.
    5. Create an open mouth (remember to hold the pumpkin long ways, so the stem is in the back).
    6. Attach the pumpkin head to the top of the tree branch with hot glue.
    7. Paint & add embellishments.


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