25 Days of Christmas Crafting

You know I’m crazy about Christmas, and if you didn’t, now you do. First thing I did after getting off my 14 hour flight was go buy a tree, so there you go. I’m taking on the challenge of 25 days of Christmas Crafting, a decision I’m sure I’ll later regret. You can expect easy-peasy crafts, because let’s face it, this is the busiest (and best) time of the year and who has time for crazy crafts that take weeks to complete. Some may be food related, maybe decor related, I’m really not sure how this is gonna go, but let’s see! Happy Weekend!

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Halloween Tabletop

Halloween Decorations Tabletop Pumpkins

Only one more day until one of my favorite holidays! I’m the type of person that has way too many holiday decorations for someone who has no kids (I have problems!), but I didn’t buy a single new Halloween item this year, probably a result of watching a Hoarders marathon. Instead of going out and buying stuff I truly don’t need (I’m getting better), I decided to set my Halloween table with items I already had, plus a few fresh pumpkins that I jazzed up. Now it’s time for some Halloween baking!

Crafty: Pumpkins and Trimmings

There is a modern day pumpkin that exists and it’s not your parent’s traditional jack o’lantern. People really get into their pumpkin carving and painting these days. I chose to paint mine in solid colors and trim with ribbon…yep, that’s a greek key on a pumpkin. Who woulda thought?!

Materials:

-Pumpkin

-Glue

-Paint

-Foam brush

-Trimmings of your choice

Let’s do this:

Step 1

Clean your pumpkin with a damp cloth then dry to create a nice surface to paint. I found it best to do long even strokes down the sides of each pumpkin. Let dry and paint on a second coat.

Step 2

Apply glue evenly along your trimming and decorate your pumpkins!

Pumpkin Decorating

Easy Pumpkin Craft DIY Halloween Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

I can hardly believe it’s already October 2! It’s officially my favorite time of year…Halloween, Thanksgiving, CHRISTMAS!!! So much to look forward to, including a trip abroad next month. Throw in some wedding planning and I’ve got a few hectic months ahead of me, but I have open arms for it all. Think I’ll start by stealing this precious idea to fill some pumpkins with colorful flowers!

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Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

If you’ve been looking for the best adult summer camp ever, you need look no more because¬†Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is it! ¬†Haystack is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine which offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Students live, eat, and work at the school, and studios remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Learning a new craft with Maine as the most beautiful backdrop…pretty much my dream come true.

Crafty: Washi Tape Clothespins

This is a craft for the “modern crafter”, someone with a busy schedule that still loves making things (but in a snap!). Washi tape has been all the rage for a while and this is actually my first time using it, except I got mine at Target. I use clothespins for everything, be it chip clips or holding together paperwork, so it’s nice to jazz them up a bit.

Materials:

-Cutting mat

-Clothespins

-Washi tape

-X-acto knife

Let’s do this:

Step 1

Roll out tape and place clothespin on sticky side. Make sure the excess tape is on the bottom side of clothespin without the metal spring part (will make removing the excess tape easier). X-acto the tape at the end of the clothespin

Step 2

Remove the excess tape on both sides of clothespin

That’s it! I packaged mine up to make little gifts.

Crafty: Button Magnets

Here’s another short-on-time-craft…fabric covered button magnets! I always have fabric remnants around the house and this is the perfect way to use those up. These take almost no time at all and add that extra dose of cuteness to display special cards you receive (like this awesome handmade card of my pup Chloe) or important notes. They would also make a great gift, especially if packaged up nicely!

Materials:

-Fabric remnants

-Small adhesive magnets

-Fabric cover button kit

-Scissors

Let’s do this:

Step 1

Using the template from the button kit, cut out circles from your fabric

Step 2

Follow directions from the button kit and secure magnet on backside of completed button

C’mon…does it get any cuter and easier?!?

Crafty: Spruced Up Cards

Making cards might be one of my all time favorite crafts. They’re pretty simple, something to do while watching the boob tube and they pretty much always guarantee a smile from the recipient. Although I love making cards, I’m sometimes not the best at getting them out in a timely manner, but better late than never, right?! Now, I usually make EVERYTHING but the actual paper I’m using. That includes envelopes, liners, actual cards, any decorative elements, but when I’m in a bit of a time crunch, I like to spruce up store bought cards.

Materials:

-Store bought stationary/card

-Scrap card stock in a variety of colors

-Scrapbook glue or glue stick

-Double-sided foam adhesive squares

-Scissors

Let’s do this:

Step 1

-Cut out a bunch of circles in a variety of sizes and colors

*You can do this with scissors and a good ol’ circle template or use this handy dandy tool

Step 2

-Start glueing down each circle and go wild with overlapping and layering. I used the foam adhesive raisers on a few circles pointed out in the lower left photo

*It’s hard to see the dimensionality of the raised circles, but it really makes a difference!

Super simple, right?!

Crafty: Guest Tray

I like to make my house guests feel at home when they are staying with me and it’s little touches like this easy DIY tray that will make you the hostess with the mostest.

Materials:

-Wood tray

-Letter stencils

-Foam brush

-Dauber

-Acrylic paint

Let’s do this:

Step 1

-Paint your wood tray and let dry

Step 2

-Apply first row of letter stencils (you can get creative here and lay out however you like)

Step 3

-Use dauber to pounce on paint over stencils

Step 4

-Carefully remove stencils from first row while paint is still wet. Apply second row of stencils

Step 5

-Continue with stencils and pouncing until your wording is complete

I think your guests will really appreciate this extra welcome!

Crafty: Mod Podge Pots

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (11)

Materials:

-Mod Podge

-Terra cotta pot (I like these skinnier and taller ones)

-Foam brush

-Scissors

-Fabric (cut to appropriate size of your pot, making sure it wraps around the entire pot with excess fabric on top and bottom)

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (1)

Let’s do this:

Step 1

-Coat the outside of your terra cotta pot with Mod Podge

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (2)

Step 2

-Lay out your fabric and place the pot on a diagonal

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (3)

Step 3

-Begin to wrap your fabric around the pot while smoothing out any bubbles along the way

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (4)

Step 4

-Cut excess fabric at the bottom of pot, leaving about 1-2″ of fabric

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (5)

Step 5

-Cut 1″slits along fabric at bottom of pot

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (6)

Step 6

-Mod Podge bottom of pot and fold down slits to cover the bottom

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (7)

Step 7

-Repeat steps 4-6 for fabric at top of pot

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (8)

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (9)

Step 8

-Once all the fabric is wrapped around the pot, coat the entire pot/fabric with Mod Podge

Easy Garden Terra Cotta Pot Craft (10)

I’m using my Mod Podge pots to hold my makeup brushes and pencils, but these would make a great gift if you filled them with a packet of seeds and gardening gloves.