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DIY Rustic Wood Slice Wreath

December 1, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

DIY Rustic Wood Slice Wreath DIY Rustic Wood Slice Wreath
This wreath is the perfect way to display the simply beauty of wood, ideal for every season and a charming addition to your front door decor. You’ll need a range of sizes of slices so that you can fill the gaps if your wreath and you’ll want to use high temp hot glue to attach the wood slices to the wreath form securely.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Wood slices
Wreath form
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Glue wood slices in a criss-cross pattern around the wreath.
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2. Once the whole wreath has it’s first layer, add another layers of wood slices, covering the spaces where the wreath shows through.
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3. Cut a length of ribbon to create a bow and glue onto the wreath so that the tails will hang down to finish.
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DIY Fall Pumpkin Potpourri

November 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

DIY Fall Pumpkin Potpourri DIY Fall Pumpkin Potpourri
‘Tis the season for warm, yummy smells and cozy indoors! And what better way to make your indoors smell delicious than with a beautiful and aromatic potpourri? This mix is a combination of scented and non-scented items for a charming fall look. You can customize your scent further by adding scented candles or aromatic oils to the mix.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: Less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Putka pods
Cinnamon sticks
Wooden apples
Pinecones
Small faux gourds
Whole Cloves
Bowl

Things to do:
1. Pour your ingredients into the bowl, adding a higher percentage of putka pods than the other items. These will act as a filler to help keep the scent from being overpowering while adding to the charm!
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2. Mix up the potpourri and adjust, adding more or less scented items to increase or decrease the scent.

Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp

Turn Any Bottle into a Lamp Upcycle: Turn Any Bottle Into A Lamp
This rustic piece of home decor adds a vintage touch to your home. The bottle lamp kit makes it easy to create a one of a kind lamp for your family room. Find a bottle you love and have fun creating something beautiful!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 25 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Bottle lamp kit
Glass bottle
Lamp shade
Lampshade adapter - optional
Lamp finial - optional

Things to do:
1. Determine which cork fits in your glass bottle.
2. Screw the long screw into the base of the light bulb socket. Turn the screw until it is attached tightly.
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3. Slide the plate and a nut onto the long screw attach to the socket.
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4. Slide the cork onto the long screw. Twist it clockwise, until it meets the washer.
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5. Twist a nut onto the bottom of the screw to secure the pieces in place.
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6. Insert the cork into the bottle.
7. Pop the metal piece onto the light bulb and screw it into place on the lamp.
8. Place the lampshade on top and secure it with the finial.

DIY Gold Dipped Pumpkin Placecards

Gold Dipped Pumpkin Placecards DIY Gold Dipped Pumpkin Placecards
These beautiful, color dipped pumpkin place cards add that touch of golden elegance to your fall place settings and harmonize with the colors of the season. Perfect for fall dinners both causal and elegant, these placecards can be used year after year, making them an excellent investment in your decorating arsenal.

Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time
Difficulty level: Moderate

Things you’ll need:
Miniature gourds
Masking tape
Gold spray paint
Craft knife
Cardstock tags
Pen

Things to do:
1. Using your masking tape, mask off either the top of bottom half of each gourd, making sure you smooth them down well in the crevices and that you maintain a straight line all the way around.
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2. Mask off the rest of the gourd on the side you don’t want painted.
3. In a well-ventilated work area and on a covered surface. Lightly spray the exposed areas of the gourds with two coats of paint, allowing each to dry before adding the next.
4. Peel off the tape.
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5. Using your craft knife cut a slit for the tag, either in the body of the gourd or by splitting the stem in half.
6. Write your names on the cards and insert into the slit.
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DIY Wood Burned Address Plaque

November 10, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home, General Crafts

Wood Burned Address Plaque DIY Wood Burned Address Plaque
This wood slice address piece is perfect for your winter porch display. Adorn it with some lovely tree patterns, pinecone images or even just some pretty swirls. You’ll want to sand your wood slice fairly smoothly before you begin the burning process and, if you plan on exposing it to the elements, sealing with polyurethane will keep it looking fresh longer.

Difficultly level: Difficult
Time required: 1 hour

Things you’ll need:
Large wood slice
Sand paper
Wood burning tool and tips
Pencil
Ruler

Things to do:
1. Sand the face of the wood slice you want to use down so that it’s nice and smooth and then tap it firmly on a hard surface to remove all sawdust.
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2. Plug in your wood burning tool with the chisel tip attached.
3. Using your ruler, mark off the top and bottom line where your numbers will be and sketch out your house number between them, centering them on the wood slice.
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4. Draw in the outline of any embellishments you want to add.
5. With the chisel tip, outline your numbers and embellishments.
6. Replace the chisel tip with the filler tip and fill in the numbers.
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7. Finish off embellishments as needed with the appropriate tip, here we’ve used the pointed tip to add dots to the embellishments.

How to Make a Putka Pod Display Jar

November 8, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Putka Pod Display Jar How to Make a Putka Pod Display Jar
Putka pods are, possibly, the coolest thing ever for fall. Looking just like tiny little pumpkins, they are perfect for all sorts of projects, like this beautiful mantlescape addition. Look for a really great jar here for your display and make sure it’s very clean so that those teeny little pumpkins are shown off to their best!

Time required: less than 5 minutes
Difficulty level: easy

Things you’ll need:
Putka pods
Organza ribbon
Scissors
Jar with lid

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry your jar thoroughly so that the glass is crystal clear.
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2. Fill the jar with putka pods almost to the top.
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3. Wrap the neck of the jar with ribbon and tie off into a draping bow. Trim the ends of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.
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How to Make a Putka Pod Wreath

November 7, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Putka Pod Wreath How to Make a Putka Pod Wreath
Putka Pods are just so dang adorable, aren’t they? Perfect for all sorts of fall decorations with their tiny pumpkin look and bright orange coloring! This simple little wreath utilizes the classic style of the willow wreath and the charm of these little darlings to make a sweet little wreath.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Grapevine wreath
Putka Pods
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Plug in your hot glue gun and insert glue sticks to preheat. A high temp glue gun will hold up longer than a low temp version.
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2. Dab a bead of glue on the non stem side of one of your putka pods and press onto the center of the wreath. Repeat the process, working around the wreath and keeping the pods stem up along the center of the wreath, until you’ve covered the surface of the wreath.
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DIY Gold Leaf Harvest Gourds

November 6, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Gold Leaf Gourds DIY Gold Leaf Harvest Gourds
Gourds are one of those symbols of fall that never fail to enchant. Charming and beautiful, they make amazing centerpieces, wreaths or displays around the house. Adding a little glint of gold to them takes their utter fall-ness up a notch and it couldn’t be easier!

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Faux gourds and pumpkins
Gold leaf spray paint
Cardboard box

Things to do:
1. Remove the stems from the gourds and set aside.
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2. Set the cardboard box in a well-ventilated area and spread the gourds around the bottom, placing them a few inches apart to allow for the best paint coverage.
3. Spray thin coats of paint onto the gourds, turning them as they dry enough to set them on the newly painted sides. Continue to turn and paint until you have two or three coats covering all sides. Allow the paint to harden overnight before replacing the stems.
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DIY Sugared Gourds

November 5, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

DIY Sugared Gourds DIY Sugared Gourds
I’m a little big of a gourd and pumpkin addict, I must admit. I love to have them all around the house this time of year in all forms and these glittered gourds are high on my list of musts. With the appearance of being sugared, these glittered gourds are the perfect addition to centerpieces, wreaths, and table decorations all through the fall.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time.

Things you’ll need:
Artificial gourds and pumpkins
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Fine white glitter

Things to do:
1. Remove the stems of each gourd and stem and set aside.
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2. Paint a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the gourd.
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3. Sprinkle glitter over the entire surface, shaking and tapping it to spread the glitter evenly around the surface of the gourd.
4. Pour a small pile of glitter onto your work surface and set the pumpkin on it to dry without the pumpkin sticking to the work surface.
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5. Once the glitter is dry, replace the stems.
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How to Make a Putka Covered Wreath

November 4, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Fall Crafts, For the Home

Putka Covered Wreath How to Make a Putka Covered Wreath
I can’t get enough of putka pods. These tiny little seed pods look just like miniature pumpkin making them perfect for fall decor and this little wreath is just about as cute as you can get. Hang in on a wall or a door or use it with out the bow as part of a centerpiece. Either way your guests will be enchanted by this tiny pumpkin covered wreath! A high temp glue gun will hold the putka pods to the wreath more securely than low temp.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 30 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Grapevine wreath
Putka pods
Hot glue gun and glue stick
Yellow organza ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Plug in your hot glue gun and trim off any sticking out ends on the wreath, these can get in the way of the pods lying flat against the wreath surface.
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2. Glue a few pods in a row down the center top of the wreath and then add more pods to each side, placing them snugly against the others.
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3. Continue to glue pods, first along the top and then down the sides, until you have covered the outer side of the wreath all the way around.
4. Cut a 24 inch piece of ribbon with angled ends.
5. Pinch the ribbon slightly at the center point and glue to the wreath. Once the glue dries, tie a knot and then tie the ribbon into a bow. Trim ends as needed.
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