Category: Seasonal Crafts

DIY Pumpkin Mason Jar

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Fall is here and we’re celebrating the season with this festive DIY! In a few simple steps, you can upcycle a mason jar into seasonal candy storage or a fun piece of decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Mason jar
Orange paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial leaves
Wooden knobs
Rusty wire
Wire cutters

Things to do:
1. First, paint your mason jar orange. If you’re using acrylic paint instead of glass paint, apply a thick coat. If you try to add a second layer, the paint will peel up.
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2. Use hot glue to attach an artificial leaf to the center of your mason jar lid.
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3. Use hot glue to attach your wooden knob to the lid. Place it directly in the center, so it covers the seam where your leaf is glued to the lid.
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4. Cut a 10-inch piece of wire and wrap it around your wooden knob. Wrap the tails of wire around a pair of pliers to curl them.
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Wood Slice Pumpkin Clip Tutorial

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Create a rustic, fall perfect wood slice pumpkin clip, great for desks, decor and even use as a refrigerator magnet.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Wood slice
Paint/Paintbrush
Clothespin
Jute twine
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Craft glue
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Use pumpkin colored paints to paint the front side of your wood slice. We used a vibrant orange, with a bit of yellow to give definition.
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2. Wrap the top half of your clothespin with jute twine and glue it in to place.
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3. Using hot glue, glue your clothespin to the back of your wood slice, leaving the area with the jute twine exposed.
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4. Using your craft glue, saturate jute twine. The length will be dependent on how much of a curl stem you would like.
5. Wrap your saturated twine around a pencil, and allow to dry.
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6. Once dried, glue your twine to your pumpkin using hot glue.
Optional: You can add a magnet to the back to create a magnetic clip. This will need to be a magnet with enough strength to hold the weight of the wood slice. You may also add faux leaves or greenery to your pumpkin to give it some additional snazz.
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Creepy Chic Bug Plaques Tutorial

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Add a bit of creepy chic to your Halloween decor, with these creepy crawly bug plaques. These oddly stylish plaques can look awesome in year round decor as well, if you happen to like bugs!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 10 minutes
Age range: 12+

Things you’ll need:
Wood plaques
Gold spray paint
Plastic bugs
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Choose bugs to fit your plaques and determine where they look best.
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2. Hot glue your bug to your plaque.
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3. Spray paint your plaque.
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4. Allow to dry and display!
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DIY Autumn Marigold Wreath

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Adorn your door with a beautiful autumn boutique! This floral wreath adds festive fall colors to your home and will last all season long.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Styrofoam wreath form
Artificial marigolds
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks

Things to do:
1. Remove the blooms from your fall bouquet by pulling on the stem.
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2. Arrange your flowers on the Styrofoam wreath, being careful to vary the colors and sizes of the blooms.
3. When you’ve found an arrangement you like, apply a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the flowers and press them firmly into the Styrofoam.
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4. Display your wreath and enjoy!
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DIY Fall Wedding Pumpkin Card Holder Tutorial

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Create a beautifully chic and unique, fall themed card holder for all of your fall wedding festivities!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Large paper mache pumpkin
Paint
Paintbrush
Craft knife
Jute twine
Craft glue
Ruler
Pencil

Things to do:
1. Paint your pumpkin. We used an ivory shade of white.
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2. Using a ruler, draw out a line for your card slot. (The typical greeting card sizes are as follows: 5×7 {A7 envelope}, 4 1/2 x 6 1/8 {A6 envelope}, and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 {A2 envelope}).
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3. Use your craft knife to carefully cut out your card slot.
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4. Measure out the amount of jute twine you will need to trim your slot.
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5. Saturate your jute twine in craft glue, and trim out your slot with this twine.
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6. Create an idea of the amount of twine you will need for spelling out “Cards” this can be done by writing it down on a paper, printing it out, or even lighting writing it on your pumpkin as a guide, and shaping your twine along the letters.
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7. Once you have your cute twine amount cut out, saturate it in craft glue.
8. Lastly shape your word out on to your pumpkin and press down. Periodically press down on your twine to assure that it sticks, as your twine is drying.
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How to Make a Cork Pumpkin

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Spruce up your shelves for fall with these adorable cork pumpkins. Make several and paint them in different shades of orange for a dynamic autumn display.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 minutes
Age range: 12 and up

Things you’ll need:
Corks
Orange paint
Foam brush
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Artificial leaves

Things to do:
1. First, arrange your corks in a pumpkin shape. Make sure they’re all facing in the same direction, large side out.
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2. When you’re happy with your shape, use hot glue to attach the corks.
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3. Use a foam brush to paint the front of your corks orange.
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4. Use hot glue to attach a single cork to the top of your pumpkin. This will be your stem.
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5. Add an artificial leaf to the top.
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6. Display your cork pumpkin proudly!
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Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece Arrangement Tutorial

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Creating a large, beautiful centerpiece arrangement in a paper mache pumpkin, is a lasting way to decorate for the upcoming fall season, that will last for years to come!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 15 mins+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Large sized paper mache pumpkin
Faux fall flowers
Floral foam
Scissors or wire cutters

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
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2. Attach your floral foam to the inside bottom of your pumpkin. If your foam does not come with an adhesive strip, simply hot glue the foam to the bottom of the pumpkin.
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3. Cut your flower stems to the appropriate length, and fill your pumpkin with beautiful fall flowers and sprays. Arrange to cover the empty spaces, and create balance with your flowers, so that one side doesn’t feel heavier than the other.
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DIY Vintage Inspired Jack-o-Lantern Candy Dish

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Save yourself a trip to the antique store, by creating your own paper mache vintage inspired jack-o-lantern treat bowl. This simple craft will give your Halloween decor a vintage flair without breaking the bank!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 30 minutes+
Age range: 10+

Things you’ll need:
Paper mache pumpkin
Paint (orange, black, white)
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. If using the decoupage pumpkin found here, simply turn your pumpkin upside down, so that it is in the shape of a bowl. Then remove the “stem” by pulling it through the hole.
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2. Paint your pumpkin. Pumpkins come in a variety of colors, but we went with a burnt orange color to create a more vintage feel.
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3. Paint your face. Vintage paper mache typically had large open mouths with big, spaced out teeth, as well as thin, long triangle shaped noses and dramatic eyebrows. These pumpkins were also hand painted and far from perfect, meaning don’t worry if your pumpkin isn’t perfect! Using a slightly darker shade of orange to create smile lines, and shadow give the pumpkin a more realistic look.
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4. This step is optional, but we brushed a VERY light amount of watered down ivory colored paint over the surface of the pumpkin, then used a paper towel to blot the top, to give the appearance of age.
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Embroidery Hoop Holiday Wreath Tutorial

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This embroidery hoop holiday wreath is a festive alternative to the traditional fir wreath. Make several with different miniatures to create a village and display them as a gallery wall.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wooden embroidery hoops (small and large)
Artificial greenery
Burlap ribbon
Miniature holiday houses
Hot glue gun
Hot glue sticks
Wire
Wire cutters
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Use wire to secure your small and large embroidery hoops together. Wrap the wire tightly, so they stay in place.
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2. Cut a few pieces of greenery off of your sprig and use wire to attach them to your embroidery hoop.
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3. Use hot glue to add your miniature holiday houses to the large embroidery hoop.
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4. Cut a 24-inch piece of ribbon and slide it through the center of your hoop. Secure the ends with hot glue to create a hanger for your wreath.
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DIY Patriotic Candle Holder

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These mason jar candle holders make the perfect, easy, DIY centerpieces for any summer get together!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour
Age range: 8+

Things you’ll need:
Mason jars
Flameless tea lights
Glass gems
Small American flags

Things to do:
1. Remove the mason jar lid.
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2. Remove the stick and the binding from the flag.
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3. Place the flag inside the mason jar so it rests against the “back” of the jar.
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4. Fill the jar about a third of the way with clear and white gems.
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5. Place the flameless tea light on top of the gems.
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