D.I.Y. Autumn Scarecrow Craft

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I am in love with this super adorable scarecrow craft that I made!  You may remember back earlier in October, I made a few pumpkin crafts to create a pumpkin patch.  Well, I really liked having it on display, so even though it’s now past Halloween, I decided I’m going to leave it out for Autumn decorations (not just Halloween decorations).  I also decided to take it a step further and create this little guy to watch over the pumpkin patch!

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I got the idea from Hobby Lobby project ideas.  There was a picture of a lil’ guy that looked like this, and I just took it from there, figuring out how to make him!  I’m so glad I did, because…well, look!  Now, the original craft idea was to be made from Terra Cotta pots, but I didn’t have a bunch of different size pots to make the craft, and to buy all those different sizes would have been kind of expensive, so I found some substitutes, which there are links to in the directions section under materials below!  I used paper machete pots, and I found the cutest little miniature pots made out of wood for the hands and feet.  All in all, this craft cost me less than $15.  Of course, I had the burlap, craft glue, paint, and twine on hand.  Still, it’s pretty cheap to make…especially if you actually have some terra cotta pots on hand!

The process is really quite easy, and as you can see, the result is ridiculously cute!  Makes for the perfect Autumn decoration!  Let’s get to those directions.

D.I.Y. AUTUMN SCARECROW CRAFT

Materials

  • Paper Machete Flower Pots (two sizes – 1 slightly smaller than the other)
  • Wood Miniature Flower Pots (1 package comes with 4 pots)
  • Natural Jute Twine
  • Paint mixed to be the color of Terra Cotta Pots (I mixed Orange, Red, and light brown)
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Burlap Material
  • Craft Glue (you can use any kind, but this links to my favorite, Crafter’s Pick.  It’s perfect, because it works, and it dries clear.
  • Natural Raffia
  • Permanent marker
  • Black, Orange, and White Paint for the face

Directions

1.) First things first, use your knife to cut two holes in the bottoms of both of the paper machete flower pots.

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2.) Next, you will want to paint your paper machete pots and your wooden pots a terra cotta color.  Just mix red, orange, and light brown paint together until you get the desired shade, and then paint your pots.  Let them dry completely.

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3.) Once the paint has dried, cut your burlap material in a strip that will wrap around the pot you are using as the head.  Wrap the strip snugly around the pot and use your craft glue to glue in place.

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4.) Now, you will want to cut two long pieces of twine and string them through each of the holes on the bottom of the pot that will be the body.  These will serve as the arms and legs of the scarecrow.  Once you’ve done this, you will want to string one more piece of twine through the both of the holes, with the ends of the twine coming out on the outside of the pot.  In a minute, you will use this twine to connect the head and the body.

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5.) Take a bunch of the Raffia, and use your craft glue to glue it to the body pot as shown.  Now, take the twine you strung through the holes of the body pot, and string them through the holes of the head pot.  Now, tie a knot on the inside of the head pot, in such a way that you have the head and body fitting snugly together.  Spread the raffia out, and trim appropriately.

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6.) Next, we will take care of the hands and feet.  For each hand and foot, string the end of the twine through the hole in the bottom of the pot.  Tie a knot so that the hand or foot sits where you want, and the pot won’t pull off as shown.  Use your scissors to cut off any extra twine.

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7.) Squirt a gob of craft glue in each of the hands and feet, then place a wad of raffia in each hand and foot.  Trim appropriately, and allow the craft glue to dry.

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8.) Cut two squares of burlap material and glue onto the body of the scarecrow appropriately.  Don’t worry if you see the glue through the burlap, it dries clear!

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9.) You’re almost done!  All you have left to do is paint on the face.  I did this by first drawing the face on using a permanent marker, and then I filled it in by painting using toothpicks.  Using a toothpick allows for better accuracy and less smudging.  I did the eyes using black and white paint, the nose using orange, black, and white paint, and the mouth using black paint as shown.

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10.)  All you have to do now is allow your guy to dry completely!

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Oh my gosh, so cute!!!  I kinda wanna smush him because he is so adorable! I can’t even.

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This may be one of my favorite crafts I ever made!  Enjoy! 🙂

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! 🙂

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN BOOK CRAFT – SO CUTE AND EASY!

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A year and a half or so ago, we were getting ready to move again, which means it was time for me to get rid of as much stuff as possible.  I had tons of old books that I wasn’t sure what to do with – I didn’t like the idea of just throwing them away, so I made a visit to Pinterest to see what I could find craft wise.  I found this pin:

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How cute are those paper book vases?  On the website for these, I also found one of these paper crafts shaped as  pear, which gave me the idea of making a pumpkin out of some old books that I had this halloween.  It turned out to be surprisingly easy and extremely cheap!

Since you already have the books, the only things you have to pay for is the ribbon, glue, and a small can of spray paint.  I already had my glue gun, glue sticks, the books, and the ribbon, so I only had to pay for a small can of spray paint to make these.  Originally, I wanted to use cinnamon sticks for the stems, but I figured why not save myself a few dollars and a trip to the store and just go outside and grab some sticks off the ground – they worked great!

Here’s the instructions for this cute halloween craft!

Materials:

  • an old book
  • pencil
  • scissors or an exacto knife
  • glue gun with plenty of glue sticks
  • small can of orange spray paint
  • green ribbon
  • a stick from outside for a stem

Instructions:

1.) Start by tracing out or drawing a pumpkin shape on a piece of paper, then cut out your shape.

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2.) Fold your pumpkin shape in half, and trace it out onto the first page of your book.  Use an exacto knife to cut through 5-10 pages at a time, or you can use scissors.  I started out using an exacto knife, but then ended up using scissors as I found it to be easier since my knife wasn’t very sharp (time for a new one).

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3.)  Continue doing this until all the pages are cut into half a pumpkin shape.  Cut off the ends of the book backing keeping the part that is part of the pumpkin intact.  Remove the cover and the back cover page.  You want to end up with what looks like a stack of pages in the shape of half a pumpkin.

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4.) Use your glue gun to glue the edges of the backing together spreading out the pages into the shape of a pumpkin.  Spread your pages out to your liking, and if you have any stubborn pages that don’t want to stay in place (I had a lot of them), use your glue gun to glue them to the next page fanning out the pages as much as possible.

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Now I must pause for cuteness!  Here is a picture of our cat Sophie being curious as to what was being created here.  Fitting as this is a halloween craft, and she is a black cat!

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Okay, getting back on track. 🙂

5.) Use your spray paint to LIGHTLY color the edges of the pages.  You don’t want to overdo this, you just want a really light and even dusting of color.

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6.) Once paint is completely dry, you now want to add your stems.  To do this, I just used A LOT of glue from the glue gun.  Since this glue dries fairly quickly, I was able to just hold the stem in place and gob glue around it, then wait till it dried enough to hold the stick in place on it’s own.

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7.) Really you can stop here if you would like, but I wanted to cover up the gob of glue that I created to put the stem in place, so I added a ribbon, and that did the trick while still looking really cute!  Just tie the ribbon around the base of the stem and arrange how you would like.

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You’re done!  Put them proudly on display for some really cute halloween decor!

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Aren’t they so cute?  Happy Halloween and enjoy! 🙂

EASY HALLOWEEN PILLOW CRAFT – NO SEWING!

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It must be close to halloween, because Hocus Pocus was on tonight!!!  That is my favorite halloween movie!  I decided to get into the halloween mood while watching it, and made my first halloween craft of the year.  I saw the following pin on Pinterest.

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I thought these pillows were so cute, but I don’t have a sewing machine, and quite frankly, I was feeling a bit lazy tonight.  I decided to come up with another way to make some halloween pillows.  The pillows I made don’t require any sewing, and you only need 3 things to make them.  It only took me about 15 minutes to make two of these pillows, and that included time to take pictures of each step!  Once you see how to make these, you will see that you can really make these with any holiday theme, or really any theme in general.  They would also make great gifts as well.  Perfect!

NO SEW HALLOWEEN PILLOWS

MATERIALS:

  • halloween themed dishtowels
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • batting (pillow stuffing) – you can get this at most craft stores, or you can get it on Amazon here.

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DIRECTIONS:

1.) Fold your dishtowels in half to create a crease in the middle so you know where to start with your glue gun.

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2.) Using your glue gun, run glue down the sides of the towel to glue the edges together.  Leave the bottom open so you can fill the pillow with batting.  Start at the crease and work your way down.  I did mine in 3 sections.  I ran glue from the crease to about 1/3 of the way to the end of the towel on both sides, then I folded the towel over and pressed the sides together allowing the glue to attach the sides together.  Then, I flipped the remaining top of the towel back up and glued another 1/3 of the way down on each side, flipped the towel back down and pressed the edges together.  I did this until the sides were completely glued together.

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Now the edges of your pillow are attached together, and you still have one opening to use to fill the pillow with batting.

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3.) Fill the pillow with batting.  It’s really up to you how full you want it to be.

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4.) When you have your pillowed filled as desired, use your glue gun to glue the bottom opening together the same way you did the edges.  I did a few inches at a time so I was able to tuck in any batting that needed tucking as I went.

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5.) The glue dries really quickly which is convenient.  Your now done with your pillows!  Put them on the sofa, on a chair, on a porch chair, anywhere you want to have a little halloween decor.

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There you  have it!  So easy that I feel like I got away with something!  Happy Halloween, and enjoy! 🙂