Halloween Wine Bottle Vase Craft

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Yay!!!  Halloween season is here!  I love this time of year – the weather is getting chillier, the air is getting crisp, and everything is just getting cozier!  Plus, um, halloween = candy, so there’s that. 🙂

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Another reason why I love Halloween season is because Halloween crafts are so much fun!  I came up with the spooky wine bottle vase craft (yeah, I said spooky…MU-AH-HA-HA-HA) after enjoying a bottle of wine with hubby and then going through my craft supplies to see what I could do with the empty bottle.  In other words, this is really easy to make and if you have a craft box, you may already have all the supplies you need to make it.  Extra bonus?  If you don’t have an empty wine bottle, you get to make one – wink! 😉

At any rate, the result is really pretty neat and fun, and it makes for some perfect halloween decor if you are having a get together or to put outside on halloween for trick or treaters to admire.  Let’s see how to do this!

HALLOWEEN WINE BOTTLE VASE CRAFT

Supplies

  • Empty Wine Bottle
  • black sharpie marker
  • Glue gun
  • Black, gray, and white acrylic paint
  • paint sponge applicator and paint brush
  • Fake spiders
  • Fake flowers
  • Plastic eyeballs

Directions

1.) The first thing you want to do is remove any labels off the wine bottle and rub the bottle down with rubbing alcohol.  Let dry, then use your marker to draw a spider web on the bottle.  After drawing the spider web, trace over it with the glue gun to create a textured spider web on the glass.  Let the glue dry completely.

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2.) Now you want to use your paint sponge applicator with black and gray paint to paint the entire bottle giving it a chalkboard like texture look.  Let the paint dry, then use a paintbrush to trace over the textured spider web with white and grey paint mixed.

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3.) Now you want to use your glue gun to glue the fake spiders on the web.

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4.) Now comes the flowers.  Use your glue gun to glue the plastic eyeballs into the center of the flowers, then place the flowers in wine glass and arrange them as you would like.

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That’s it!  You’re all done!  You will love how this turns out – it’s super cute, easy to make and makes for a perfect party decoration!

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Enjoy and Happy Halloween! 🙂

Pumpkin Patch Craft

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Alright, I went a bit crazy with pumpkin crafts this year, but I’m glad I did, because I ended up with a nice little pumpkin patch, and it makes for the cutest Autumn decor!  You could also put these outside as halloween decorations too!  However you decide to display them, they are a lot of fun to make and turn out awesome!  I did three different posts on how to create each of the pumpkins shown in the image.  All of them are really quite easy to make, but result in a really nice looking craft!

Each of the following images links to the post on how to make that particular pumpkin.  They stand alone really nicely as well, but I love my little pumpkin patch that resulted from me being a bit overzealous with the pumpkin crafts this year!

STRINGED BEADS PUMPKIN CRAFT

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BURLAP PUMPKIN CRAFT

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BEADED PUMPKIN CRAFT

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So cute, right!  Let me know how it goes if you try any of them, and feel free to share any of your own pumpkin crafts in the comments below!

 

Burlap Pumpkin Craft

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So, here is an really easy pumpkin craft that turns out super cute.  This is another part of my “Pumpkin Patch”!  As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I went a little crazy with the pumpkins when it comes to crafts this year, so I ended up with my very own pumpkin patch!

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I have directions for each and every one of these lil pumpkins on here!  If you have the time, I suggest making them all – they make for amazing fall decor, and you can even put them out on your porch for Halloween for some “fancy” halloween decorations!  Of course, they each stand alone really well, in terms of decor, as well!

That being said, let’s talk about this burlap pumpkin!  This one is really easy to make, and thank goodness for Crafter’s Pick glue drying clear, because this takes a lot of glue, and I’m not the neatest gluer!  Ya know, though, other than the messy gluing, this craft is a lot of fun to make and is really quite easy!

BURLAP PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam ball (I used an 8 inch styrofoam ball)
  • Knife
  • Craft glue (I use Crafter’s Pick – it sticks great, dries clear, and is non-toxic)
  • Burlap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Paint sponge to apply the paint
  • Empty brown egg carton
  • Burlap string
  • Embellishments (I used some leaves and stems from some plastic flowers)

Directions

1.) The first step is to “carve” your pumpkin!  Use the knife to cut the top and bottom of the styrofoam ball, then create evenly spaced indented lines, so that your ball now looks more like a pumpkin.

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2.) Now comes the gluing!  Cut your burlap fabric into strips that will cover each section of the pumpkin and over lap into the indented lines.  Glue the burlap strips onto the pumpkin one strip at a time.

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3.) Once the glue has dried, cut out one of the tall egg dividers in the egg carton to create a stem.  Glue the stem onto the top of the burlap covered pumpkin.

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4.) Once the glue has dried, you want to paint your burlap.  To do this, use a sponge brush, and dab the paint on little by little.

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5.) After the paint has dried, put some glue on the stem and wrap the burlap string around the stem from the bottom to the top, covering it completely.  Tuck the ends in.

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6.) Place some more glue (I know!  More glue!!!) on the base of the stem and add on your embellishments.  Allow the glue to dry.

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Ta-da!  Don’t worry, once the glue dries, it will be clear (as long as you are using Crafter’s Pick), so you won’t see big globs of glue on the craft!  You’re all done!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Beaded Pumpkin Craft

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This adorable pumpkin that I made is a perfect autumn craft!  It’s really quite simple to put together, but the end result looks fantastic!  I think I can file this under “easy crafts that look hard”.  Another plus?  There’s not a ton of materials involved, so it’s pretty cheap to put together as well!

After putting this together, I added it to my “Pumpkin Patch”.  I went a little bezerk with pumpkins this year, but I’m glad I did, because once they were all done, and I put them all together, they looked fantastic together!

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So cute, right?  Don’t worry, I have a post for each of these beauties on here with instructions on how to make them!  BUT, let’s get back to this particular pumpkin!  This beaded pumpkin was really fun to make, and gluing each bead on where I want it is actually kind of therapeutic (though I think all crafts are fantastic for mental clarity!).

Okay, let’s get to the instructions!!!

BEADED PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam Ball (I used a 4 inch styrofoam ball for this craft)
  • Knife
  • Craft glue (My favorite is Crafter’s Pick, because it sticks perfectly, is non-toxic, and dries clear – which is great for a messy gluer like myself!
  • Mixed beads (I used “In Bloom” acrylic bead mix that I got at Hobby Lobby)
  • Empty brown egg carton
  • Burlap string
  • Embellishments for the stem (I used a leaf from some old plastic flowers and a bow)

Directions

1.) First, you want to cut the top and bottom of your styrofoam ball to make it more in the shape of a pumpkin.

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2.) Cut one of the tall egg dividers from your egg carton.  This will serve as your pumpkin stem.  Glue the divider onto the styrofoam ball.

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3.) Now comes the fun part!  Glue the beads onto the styrofoam ball one by one.  You may have to do this in batches and let them dry in between each batch depending on how quickly your glue dries.

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4.) Once the beads are all glued on, and the glue has dried, put some glue on the stem, and then wrap your burlap string around the stem from bottom to top covering it completely.  Tuck the ends of the string in.

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5.) Place some glue at the base of the stem and add your embellishments.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

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All done!  Told ya it was easy!  But wow!!!  Look how cute!

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Enjoy! 🙂

Stringed Beads Pumpkin Craft

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Finally!  A use for all those Mardi Gras beads that I’ve collected through the years!  TOTALLY KIDDING!!!  I was out craft shopping, and saw a big bag of orange mardi gras beads on sale, so I instantly thought of my “pumpkin patch” that was developing from all the pumpkin crafts that I’ve done this year!

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I decided to make one more pumpkin craft with these beads, because the idea was just too clear in my head to let it go (plus, it was a sale – duh!)

I’m really glad I did, because this craft turns out so cute!  It looks great by itself, or with other pumpkin crafts!  Plus, it’s really easy to make!

STRINGED BEAD PUMPKIN CRAFT

Materials

  • Styrofoam ball ( I used a 6 inch styrofoam ball for this craft)
  • Knife
  • Orange mardi gras beads
  • Green Mardi gras beads
  • empty brown egg carton
  • Craft glue (I used Crafter’s Pick – it sticks great, dries clear, and is non-toxic)
  • Embellishments (I used some leaves and stems from some plastic flowers)

Directions

1.) The first step is to use a knife to cut the top and bottom of the styrofoam ball to make it more of a pumpkin shape.

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2.) The next step is to cut out one of the tall egg dividers from the carton to use as a stem.  Glue the stem on the top of the styrofoam ball, place some glue on the stem and wrap it with the green beads.  You will need to cut the bead necklace to that it is just a string of beads, not a necklace.

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3.) Let the glue dry completely.  Now you will want to cut the orange necklaces to be strings as well.  Glue the strings of beads on one at at time to cover the whole styrofoam ball.

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4.) Let the glue dry completely.  Place some glue at the base of the stem and add your embellishments.  Let the glue dry completely.

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That’s it!  Easy peasy, right?

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Enjoy! 🙂

Homemade Non-Toxic Bug Spray

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Summer is in full swing, and that means that bugs are biting!!!  There’s only so much we can do to prevent bug bites – wear long sleeves and pants, bug spray, etc.  However, one problem with many bug sprays out there is the ingredients!  The worst of the offenders is DEET.  This ingredients is known as a skin, lung, and eye irritant, and on top of that, when used often, it can cause neurological damage, and in very rare cases, even death!  Yikes!  So, personally, I want to stay away from that ingredient.

A couple of other ingredients that the CDC say are the most effective in repelling bugs are Picaridin and IR3535.  The IR3535 can be irritating to the skin, eyes, and respiratory system, but other than that, it is reported as safe.  Well, I think I would prefer an alternative, because I like to enjoy my time outside, not to spend it dealing with irritations!  Isn’t that what the bugs are?

I couldn’t find much information on Picaridin.  For the most part, it sounds like this ingredient is your best bet if you are looking for a store bought bug spray that “seems” to be the safest regarding toxicity.  However, from what I’ve read, there haven’t been many studies to determine it’s safety or side effects as it’s a fairly new ingredient, and I’m always leery of new ingredients.

So, with these three ingredients reported to be the best, where does that leave us? As I said, I really am not fond of any of them.  Well, I’ve got good news – ESSENTIAL OILS!!!  There are tons of essential oils that are great for repelling bugs.

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This pin just names a few!  I looked into each of the oils to figure out which is the best of the best.  I landed on rose geranium, lavender, citronella, and white thyme.  The rose geranium is supposed to be the best repellent for ticks.  Lavender is supposed to be excellent for repelling mosquitos.  White thyme is great for repelling chiggers.  Lastly, citronella is great for repelling mosquitos, flies, chiggers, ticks, and other bugs!

I’ve also read that lemongrass is supposed to be excellent at repelling all types of insects, however, I also read that beekeepers use lemongrass oil to attract swarms of bees.  Though I’m sure that it’s used in a specific manner to do this, different than it would be used in this repellent, the thought of a big swarm of bees chasing me was enough for me to leave it out.  The nice thing is that you can always add it if you wanted to.  This recipe works great from my experience, but if you want to use different essential oils – feel free!

Another quick note – I used witch hazel and distilled water as a base.  The witch hazel allows the water and essential oils to mix together – without it, they won’t mix!  However, if you don’t have witch hazel, you could also use vodka.  In my opinion, the advantage to using witch hazel is that it’s great for the skin – a lot of people use it as a toner.  Vodka, on the other hand, isn’t exactly known for being beneficial to the skin.  However, if you don’t have witch hazel on hand and you do have vodka, it will work just as well!

Okay, now that we’ve gotten all of the notes out of the way, let’s get to the recipe!

HOMEMADE NON-TOXIC BUG SPRAY

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup distilled water
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 10 drops each of your chosen essential oils.  I used 10 drops of lavender, 10 drops of citronella, 15 drops of rose geranium, and 10 drops of white thyme

Directions

Place all of the ingredients into a spray bottle, and shake well to combine.  Label the bottle if desired.  Note: a dark bottle is best – I had this clear bottle on hand, so made it in this, but dark is better when dealing with essential oils.

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Now you can enjoy the outdoors, bug free, without having to worry about those iffy ingredients in store bought bug spray! Spray all over, avoiding the eye/face area.  Reapply as necessary (every hour or two) Enjoy! 🙂

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4th of July Firecracker Light Craft

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BOOM…CRACKLE…POP!!!  With the 4th of July fast approaching, I wanted to find a craft that I could make to celebrate the occasion!  I love these lil firecracker lights that I made for a Fourth of July decoration.  We have them out on our patio, and they are adorable!  I got the idea for these from the following pin.

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So cute, right?  I changed a few things.  For one, “Snap, Crackle, Pop” just reminded me too much of Rice Krispies cereal and not fireworks, so I changed it to “Boom, Crackle, Pop” – a small change.  I also made mine into lights using little LED lights that I found on Amazon.  I love it, because it creates an awesome ambience when the sun goes down.  I thought it would be tricky to do this, but it turns out that it was REALLY simple!

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So, let’s get to it!

4TH OF JULY FIRECRACKER LIGHT CRAFT

Materials

  • Three blocks of wood – I used ones I got on Amazon here, here, and here, but you can use any old blocks of wood.  Just make sure they are all of three different lengths.
  • Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • toothpicks
  • Pencil
  • Letter Stencils (this is optional – I did mine freehand, but you could also use a stencil)
  • LED wire lights (I got these on Amazon here)
  • Glue that can be used to glue the lights to the wood.  I just used Elmers craft glue, and it worked fine.
  • Three tall thumbtacks

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Directions

1.) Start by painting your blocks of wood.  You want to paint one red, one whit, and one blue.  Allow to dry.

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2.) Once the blocks of wood are dry, use a pencil to sketch your words on each block.  I also drew some stars.

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3.) Use your paintbrush to fill in the letters.  If you did stars, and you need to create some really fine detail, use a toothpick to paint these by dipping the toothpick in paint and slowly tracing over the design.  Allow to dry.

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4.) Apply some glue to the LED light battery pack, and attach it to the backside (the side opposite the one with writing on it) at the top of the block of wood.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

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5.) Push a thumbtack halfway down the center of the top of the block of wood.  Wrap your LED light around the bottom, and then shape the wire as shown using the thumbtack as a support to wrap the wire around.  Once you have your desired shape, push the thumbtack down a bit more (don’t squish the wires, but push it down enough so the wires are secure and won’t slip out).

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Once you’ve done this for all three blocks or wood, your good to go!  The lights have an on/off switch, so you don’t have to have them always lit (as a bonus, they look pretty neat not lit as well!) and the battery won’t run down super quick.

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Super cute!  Wishing you all a safe and happy fourth of July! Enjoy! 🙂