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DIY Gold Letter Pumpkin Placecards

Gold Letter Pumpkin Placecards DIY Gold Letter Pumpkin Placecards
The big fall dinners are fast approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about how you want your table to look for the event. Why not tie in the favorite vegetable of the season in your table decor with these fun placecards! The gold letters add a touch of whimsy and glamor and guide people to their seat but you could also paint the letters to match a different color scheme.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 10 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Miniature pumpkins
Narrow yellow ribbon
Wood letters – pick out the first letter of each guests name
Gold Spray Paint
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. In a well ventilated work are, lay your wooden letters out on a covered surface and spray with gold paint. You’ll want to paint two coats, allowing each to dry before adding the second.
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2. Once the letters are dry, flip them over so the unpainted side is up.
3. Plug in your hot glue gun and cut a 10 inch piece of ribbon for each letter.
4. Fold a piece of ribbon in half and, using a dollop of glue, attach it to the upper corner of the letter on the back side.
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5. Once the glue has dried, gently lift the stem away from a pumpkin. Tie the ribbon around the pin that holds the stem in and tie into a knot. Push the stem back in.
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6. Tie the tails into a bow and trim the ends. Repeat with remaining pumpkins.
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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.

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 Pumpkin Placecards

DIY Pumpkin Placecards DIY Pumpkin Placecards
Sometimes the simplest things are truly the best things. These pumpkin placecards certainly fit into this category. Elegant in their simplicity, these lovelies are perfect for your fall dinners, both casual or fancy, and can be whipped up in a flash! What could be better?

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Miniature pumpkins and gourds
Cardstock tags
Narrow yellow ribbon
Pen
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Write the names of your guests onto the tags.
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2. Cut a 8 inch piece of ribbon for each tag and thread one piece through each hole by doubling the ribbon and pulling the tails through the loop.
3. Tie the ribbon to the stem of the pumpkin and finish with a bow. Trim the ends to be even at an angle to prevent fraying.
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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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DIY Thanksgiving Pilgrim Boat Placecards

Pilgrim Boat Placecards DIY Thanksgiving Pilgrim Boat Placecards
It’s Thanksgiving time friends! Time to set the table, cook the turkey and, of course, make some cute Turkey Day placecards! These little pilgrim boats are so much fun for the kids to make and a great way to keep them busy while you are busy stuffing the bird! Make sure you use low temp glue to protect little fingers and put an older, responsible child or a spare adult in charge of the glue gun.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes per boat

Things you’ll need:
Dark brown craft foam
Light brown or white craft foam
Marker
Template
Scissors
Dowel rods
Glue

Things to do:
1. Using the template, cut out the boat base from the dark brown foam. One for each place card.
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2. Fold the boat piece in half and glue along the side edges, pressing the edges together to form a three-dimensional boat.
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3. Cut out one square per boat to make sails. Write the name of each guest on a sail.
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4. Run the skewer through the sail at top and bottom.
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5. Squirt a pool of glue into the bottom of the boat and stick the end of the skewer into it, set it somewhere to dry so that the sail is upright while the glue dries.
6. Once the glue is dry, trim the skewer near the top of the sail.

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