Spring/Summer Reversible Patio Craft

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I had a bit of extra time on my hands while hubby was away for work (Army wife life!), so I decided to take the opportunity to make this adorable craft for our front patio. I am planning on making another one with Halloween or Autumn one side and Christmas or Winter on the other, so that we can have this cute decoration out there year round!

It’s really easy to make this craft, and if you are a crafter like me, than you probably already have all the materials you will need to do it, minus maybe the board…speaking of which, this craft is great if you have an old board that you aren’t sure what to do with. I love repurposing stuff, and this craft is a perfect way to do that with an old board that you have lying around!

Of course, you don’t have to use the spring/summer theme. Like I said, I am planning on making another one of these with either holidays or the other two seasons on it, but really you can do whatever you want on each side!

REVERSIBLE PATIO CRAFT

Materials:

  • A flat wooden board in the size you would like. Mine was about 3/4 inch thick, 4 feet long, and a little over a foot wide.
  • a pencil
  • craft paint for wood
  • paintbrushes
  • Stencils (optional) – I did mine freehand

Directions:

1.) Start with one side of the board, and use your pencil to sketch in your design using your stencils or freehand.

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2.) Now, use your paintbrushes and paints to paint in your sketched design using the colors you would like.

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3.) Allow the paint to dry overnight.

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4.) On the other side of the board, repeat steps 1 – 3 on the other side with a different design of your choosing. After it has dried, display it proudly on your patio or deck! ūüôā

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Told you it was simple, and isn’t it so cute? Enjoy! ūüôā

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! ūüôā