Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors, is sponsored by Jo-Ann’s. All opinions are 100% my own.

If you haven’t noticed I LOVE Halloween! Ha! I love all the scary stuff, BUT I don’t necessarily think it’s pretty… and I HAVE to have pretty things displayed, no matter what holiday. I recently shared my Glam-O-Ween decorations for this year which mixes scary and pretty. Today, I want to do the same.  I’m taking these wooden coffins from shriek to chic by transforming them into glittered coffin Halloween party favors, perfect for your Halloween party this year.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Wooden Coffins from Jo-Ann’s
  • Craft Paint
  • Glitter Paint
  • Foam Paint Brushes
  • Sparkly Spider Embellishments
  • Mod Podge

Here are the coffins I found.  I bought them at Jo-Ann’s on sale for 50% off! Score!

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I painted the boxes alternating colors for the lid and base.  I used Martha Stewart’s Satin Granny Smith and Pacific Iris. I found it best to use a foam brush to get straight lines.

Glittered Coffin Halloween Party Favors

Next, I used glitter paint, to paint over the tops of the lids to make them shimmer a little bit. I used Martha Stewart’s Glitter Paint in Charoite and Limeade.

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Lastly, I found glittered spider embellishments.  They are stickers, however to make them stay on the wood, I used a coat of Mod Podge to keep them in place. 

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Once they are dry, fill them with candies, or small toys to give away as party favors or game prizes.  They would also make great gifts if you get “boo-d” by your neighbor! Here are a couple after photos!

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Explore the latest Halloween projects and ideas on Jo-Ann’s special Halloween hub to help you throw the perfect Halloween party. If you are on Instagram, use the hashtag #DIY4Halloween! Tag me too (@diyinspired) while you’re at it because I would love to see your creations!

Thank you to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this post!

Check out some of my other favorite DIY Halloween Projects:

My MyFixItUpLife Interview: Design for Poop?

by Dinah Wulf

MyFixItUpLife

Who knew I could talk about poop for 20 minutes? Yes. Poop. I had the honor of being interviewed by Mark from MyFixItUpLife.  I was so nervous about this at first, but after we started I felt so comfortable and it came pretty easy to me…thanks goodness!

The hosts, Mark and his wife, Theresa have a weekly radio talk show and a daily YouTube show. They are licensed contractors; contribute to DIY Network, Food Network, This Old House, Men’s Health, Old House Journal, Extreme How-To, and more.

Joining me on the panel was Jeanine Hays from AphroChic. She and her husband, Bryan are experts at design that embraces culture and the unique admixture of the traditional and the contemporary that helps to define us all. Jeanine and Bryan have been featured on Good Morning America, and in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Post, Elle Decor, EBONY and more.

Also on the panel, is HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder!!! I LOVE her! I recall recording every single episode of Dear Genevieve a few years ago. Genevieve designs for her new series Genevieve’s Renovation. You can also catch her on Dear Genevieve, HGTV Star, A Hero’s Welcome Home, and hosting HGTV’s White House Christmas Specials.

In this interview, we’re tackling the much under-talked about design dilemma: How do you design for litter boxes and diaper pails? We’re asking the question: When it comes to litter boxes and diaper pails, where do you put the poop without compromising design?

So, without further ado…let’s talk poop…

You can also catch this interview on Google+ and BlogTalk Radio.

Check out MyFixItUpLife on YouTube and the MyFixItUpLife blog for more ideas and inspiration. Thank you to Mark and Theresa for having me and thank YOU for watching!

Skull Wine Charms DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Skull Wine Charms (1)

I saw a bag of mini skulls and I HAD to buy them. Wow…I never thought I’d say that! Ha! I do love decorating for Halloween. In fact, I can’t wait to show you my decorations this year later this week. Skulls happen to be one of the main decorating elements.  I think they look cool and look even better when they are glittered or even jeweled. For these mini skulls, my inspiration was one of my old friends that LOVES all things skulls AND all things wine, so why not make a Skull Wine Charms DIY?

Materials:

Aren’t these little Halloween skulls cute? I also used them as part of a mini graveyard scene inside small apothecary jars for my Halloween decorations this year.

Skull Wine Charms How To

I used a hot glue gun for this, but regular glue works well. To add a little color and interest, I added colorful plastic beads in the eye sockets. If you have difficulty picking them up, tweezers work well.

Skull Wine Charms

Anytime my daughter has a play necklace that breaks, I salvage all the beads and keep them in a jar.  I just happen to have matching beads for these wine charms.  I strung the beads (one on each side) and the skulls on a hoop earring notion, to use as the wine charm.

Skull Wine Charms DIY

That’s it! It took no time and these little cuties are ready for a Halloween party, or to gift them as a gift to a skull-lover friend like mine!!

Our Staircase Makeover Before and After

by Dinah Wulf

Our Black Staircase Makeover (3)

We have made some great progress on some updates to our home. Today, I wanted to share some before and after photos of our staircase makeover. Before I begin, here are a few other things we have done to upgrade our house so far.

OK that was a longer list than I anticipated! Geesh! Anyway, we wanted to get rid of the carpet on the stairs and all of the upstairs. We decided on replacing it with hardwood. Here are the stairs before.  They were brown and white.  Nice, but I feel is a little outdated, especially with our cement floors.

Our Staircase Makeover Before Pictures (3)

Our Staircase Makeover Before Pictures (1)

Our Staircase Makeover Before Pictures (2)

To save some money, we kept the existing handrails and just painted them black. You can see some of the progress photos of this staircase here. This is the first floor. We chose a pewter ash color.

Our Staircase Makeover (2)

Our Staircase Makeover (1)

We decided on 6” molding on the landing to match the rest of the molding downstairs.

Our Hardwood Staircase Makeover (1)

This is the view from the second floor.

Our Hardwood Staircase Makeover (2)

Our Black Staircase Makeover (1)

This is the hallway upstairs.

Our Hardwood Staircase Makeover (3)

I loved how it turned out. We chose a hardwood with a 30 year warranty as well. I also noticed that I keep it much cleaner than I did when it was carpet because you can see the dog hair and dust. BUT that is fine by me… better actually.

Our Black Staircase Makeover (2)

Glam-O-Ween Halloween Décor

by Dinah Wulf

Halloween Centerpiece (3)

Glamorous plus Halloween equals Glam-O-Ween!! I do love the traditional spooky Halloween décor, but I am a sucker for mixing the spooky with glitter, jewels, and glass jars. You’ll also see that my taste is eclectic. I like to display old collections I thrifted or old family heirlooms mixed into what I like to call my industrial chic décor.

First let’s start by walking into my front door.  Hanging there is the eerie Halloween wreath I made with (once again) a scary skull with jewels and feathers.

DIY Inspired Halloween Decor

When you walk in, straight ahead you’ll see my black bar I use for entertaining.

Halloween Decor Bar Top (2)

On top of my bar I put some half-glittered skulls on antique books and inside an apothecary jar. I also have the black, gold, and white pumpkins I made next to a sparkly jeweled mask.

Halloween Decor Bar Top

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To the right is my dining room table, well, actually it is an old metal work bench on wheels with glass on top.  I have a large mirror that serves as a tray.

Halloween Centerpiece (3)

On top, I made little mini graveyard scenes inside my glass jars.

Halloween Centerpiece

Halloween Centerpiece (2)

Halloween Centerpiece (1)

Near the dining room are some shelves that I put small touches on including some bones, skulls, and my metal pumpkin I made recently.

Halloween Decor (2)

Halloween Decor (3)

I put a skull on an old ice pick that used to be my husband’s grandmothers.

Halloween Decor

And of course, more bones in a jar.

Halloween Decor (1)

In the living room, I have some sparkly green skulls on top of some large mercury glass candlesticks.

Glittered Halloween Skull Decoration

In my family room on top of my fireplace mantel I have a cage filled with a black glittered skull and antique books, as well as some jeweled skulls.

Halloween Mantel

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Here is another skull, probably my favorite, this one fit perfectly in a cheese platter with a dome!

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Lastly, I have my mini mad scientist display with some old bottles I turned into poisonous potions.

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Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge

by Dinah Wulf

Milk Glass Crafts

A few of my friends and I got together to do a Dollar Bin Challenge. This is where we choose the same dollar bin object and each upcycle it and put our own creative spin on it.  None of us know what the others are doing until the night before our posts are published. For this challenge, we chose milk bottles. These were found in the dollar bin section at Target, two for $3.00. My upcycled milk bottles turned into fall turkeys!

Materials:

  • Milk Bottles
  • Scrap Paper in Fall Colors
  • Circle Craft Punch
  • Scissors
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • Tape (double-sided works best)

These are the milk bottles I used.

Upcycled Milk Bottle Dollar Bin Challenge

First, I dug into my paper scraps bin. Yes I have a paper scraps bin in my craft room.  It comes in handy for SO many projects, plus I don’t waste a lot of paper! I found these great colors.  I liked that some had patterns.

Fall Paper Crafts

I folded each piece of paper in half and made paper feathers. If you need tips on how to make paper feathers, I wrote a post on it!

Paper Feather Crafts

Aren’t they pretty? To save time, I cut two at a time and it worked beautifully.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey Feathers

Using a craft punch I cut out three circles per turkey. I also cut out yellow beaks and red turkey wattles.

Paper Turkey Craft

I spread out the feathers and taped them together with two circles (front and back).

Glass Milk Bottle Fall Craft

For the turkey’s face I attached the beak and wattle and also added two wiggly eyes.

Glass Milk Bottle Turkey

I taped it all together!

Glass Milk Bottle Crafts for Fall

For a brown turkey you can fill your bottle with chocolate milk! My daughter drank the milk and thought it was the coolest thing ever! These would be great for a fall party or for the kid’s table at Thanksgiving!

Upcycle Milk Bottle Turkey

Now let’s see what the other Bloggers came up with for our Upcycled Milk Bottles Dollar Bin Challenge! Be sure to check them all out!

Barbara from Chase the Star made this adorable milk bottle kids table centerpiece.

Kids Table Milk Bottles

 Make homemade Candy Corn Scrub from Loren at Pandora’s Craft Box!

Candy Corn Sugar Scrub

Fun and festive Halloween Milk Bottles by Jenny from Simply Creative Ways!

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Upcycled Metal Pumpkin Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

Repurposed Metal Ribbon Pumpkin

Once I saw this metal ribbon at Hobby Lobby, my first instinct was to post a photo on Instagram and Facebook. I didn’t hesitate to buy a roll and knew almost immediately that I was going to make an upcycled metal pumpkin. I already had the rest of the materials, and I was excited to get started.

Materials:

  • 9 Foot Roll of Metal Ribbon
  • Drawer Knob
  • Screw and Nut
  • Scissors
  • Green Burlap Ribbon
  • Twine

There were a few styles, but I chose this one because I wanted the screws to be easy to punch through. I wanted to make a decent sized pumpkin so I cut the ribbon in four two foot long pieces. The ribbon is easy to cut with sharp scissors.

Metal Ribbon for Crafts

I located the center of each piece and pierced the screw through the metal. I secured it with a nut.

Upcycled Metal Industrial Pumpkin

I did the same for the top, only with a drawer knob. The metal is easy to shape and maneuver so I bent the tops to shape the sphere I just made into a pumpkin.

Repurposed Knob Metal Ribbon Pumpkin

Lastly, I cut green burlap ribbon for leaves, and added twine to represent the vines of a pumpkin.

Upcycled Metal Ribbon Pumpkin How To

It turned out so cute and fits my industrial décor perfectly!

Upcycled Metal Ribbon Fall Pumpkin

Now, I want to go back and buy the different ribbon to make some more!

Upcycled Metal Pumpkin Tutorial

For more DIY Pumpkin ideas check out:

Rapunzel Birthday Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Rapunzel Monogram with Flowers

I have been a busy girl helping one of my best friends with her daughter’s 4th birthday party. I had the honor of attending the party last weekend and we had so much fun! I wanted to share some photos and put together an ultimate guide of Rapunzel birthday party ideas.

Invitations

Of course we have to start with the invitations!  I made these per the request of the birthday girl. Here is my step by step tutorial for handmade Rapunzel invitations along with helpful measurements.

Rapunzel Invitation DIY Handmade

Tangled Party Decorations

I made a “T” for Taylor or Tangled out of yarn to look like a Rapunzel Hair Monogram.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Braided Hair

My best friend, Jenny from Simply Creative Ways made this amazing repurposed Rapunzel Tower out of two bird houses and an orange juice container! Isn’t it beautiful???

Rapunzel Birthday Party Repurposed Tower

Rapunzel Birthday Party Tower Centerpiece

I also made some Flynn Rider Wanted Posters that you can download and print for free.  We hung them on several trees.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Wanted Poster

Rapunzel Birthday Party Poster

Flynn Rider Wanted Poster Printable

For the food table, I cut up a plastic table cloth from the 99 cent store in three pieces, and zigged-zagged it to look like Rapunzel’s hair.  I also put purple ribbon and flowers in it.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Hair Decoration

I made these purples felt sun banners as well. You can download a free sun printable as well.

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Rapunzel Flag Iron-On Sun Printable  (1)

Rapunzel Party Food

I made a little menu from the Snuggly Duckling Pub. On the menu we had:

  • Paint Pallet Pizza
  • Mother Gothel Guacamole
  • Tangled Tortilla Chips
  • Pascal Pretzels
  • Frying Pan Fruit

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Menu

We even put the Frying Pan Fruit in iron clad frying pans!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Frying Pan Food

This was the food table that was filled with goodies!

Rapunzel Birthday Party Food Table

Rapunzel Party Favors

I made each girl a Rapunzel Braid party favor.  They ended up putting them on right away and wearing them throughout the party, It was adorable. At the beginning of the party we used them as part of the decorations.

Rapunzel Birthday Party Favors

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decorating Ideas

Rapunzel Birthday Party Decor

What Tangled party would be complete without Rapunzel herself!! If I didn’t know any better I would have thought it was really her.  She was amazing and in character the entire time.  She played “Hide Pascal” with the girls, put makeup on all of them, opened presents with the birthday girl, and stayed to sing Happy Birthday.

Rapunzel Birthday Party

It was a fabulous party!

Spooky Stagecoach Pumpkin #TrickYourPumpkin

by Dinah Wulf

Spooky Stage Coach Pumpkin

I was so excited to be invited by Michaels to participate in the #TrickYourPumpkin contest this month. I’ll tell you all about it in a minute, but first, let me share how I made my Spooky Stagecoach Pumpkin to enter into the contest myself! There were a lot of parts to it, so I thought I’d break it down by part and products.  All the products I used can be purchased at Michaels.

This was the black craft pumpkin I purchased, my BEFORE photo, if you will.

Black Pumpkin

Let’s break this down!

Coachman’s Seat

 

Materials:

  • Wooden Treasure Box
  • Scrap Material
  • Polyester Fiber Fill
  • Metallic Paint
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Six Craft Sticks
  • Skeleton
  • Metal Embellishments
  • Carving Knife
  • Glue

I found this cute little wooden treasure chest for one dollar at Micheals.

DIY Coachman Upholstered Seat

I painted it metallic silver.

DIY Coachman Upholstered Seat (1)

I padded the seat with scrap fabric and a little polyester fiber fill and glued it into the chest to secure it.

DIY Coachman Upholstered Seat (2)

Doesn’t the skeleton look comfy? I found a skeleton garland for five dollars at Michaels and took it apart.

DIY Coachman Upholstered Seat (3)

I painted two craft sticks black and silver and glued them together as shown.

DIY Coachman Seat for Pumpkin

Using a craft knife, I poked four slit into the craft pumpkin as shown. The two in the center allows the treasure chest to stay up.

DIY Coachman Seat for Pumpkin (1)

DIY Coachman Seat for Pumpkin (2)

I glued the treasure chest onto the two center craft sticks. I also glued on metal embellishment gears and a small skeleton key.  I used an old necklace for the chain. To secure the chain onto the seat, I used two push pins.

Stagecoach Embellishments (1)

Stagecoach Wheels

Materials:

  • Four Cork Coasters
  • Four Halloween Doilies
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • White Paint
  • Four Craft Sticks
  • White Duct Tape

Four the four wheels I found a pack of four cork coasters at Michaels for less than three dollars.

Pumpkin Stagecoach Wheels Repurposed

I painted them white and mod podged Halloween doilies I also found.

Pumpkin Stagecoach Wheels Repurposed (1)

I inserted four craft sticks into the bottom of the pumpkin and shown for the wheels.

Pumpkin Stagecoach Wheels Repurposed (2)

I glued the wheels on each stick and reinforced it with white duct tape on the back.

Pumpkin Stagecoach Wheels Repurposed (3)

Stagecoach Window

 

Materials:

  • Small Wooden Frame Ornament
  • White Pant
  • Paint Brush
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Skeleton Arm
  • Glue

For the window I used a small wooden Christmas ornament frame I found for 99 cents.

Pumpkin Stagecoach Window

I painted it white and added fabric scraps as curtains. I cut slits in the fabric and frayed each slit to give it an eerie effect. I glued it onto the pumpkin. I also cut off an arm of a skeleton from the garland I bought and glued it onto the window.

Pumpkin Stagecoach Window (1)

Pumpkin Stagecoach Window (2)

Once the stagecoach was all put together, I added a little greenery. I purchased one stem for $1.99 and cut it up.

Stagecoach Embellishments

Here it is!

Spooky Stage Coach Pumpkin #TrickYourPumpkin

Pumpkin Stagecoach Window #TrickYourPumpkin

DIY Coachman Seat for #TrickYourPumpkin

Now it’s time for YOU to Trick Your Pumpkin for a chance to win!

Michaels Sweepstakes

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The sweepstakes kicks off with the Great Pumpkin Event on October 4th at all Michaels locations and runs all the way through Halloween. They will choose a winner each Friday to receive a $250 Michaels gift card and Plaid products; entries are unlimited, so keep posting! Submissions must include #TrickYourPumpkin and #sweepstakes and can be submitted October 4th -October 31st via Instagram or at Michaels. They’ll highlight our fans’ submissions on our social channels and on Michaels.com/trickyourpumpkin so keep those great ideas coming!

If submitted via Instagram, you must grant Michaels permission to enter your photo into the sweepstakes. To do this, @MichaelsStores will comment on your photo, asking you to follow the link in Michaels’ Instagram profile to grant permission. Because of this process, if you have private Instagram profiles, you should submit via the website.

Good Luck!!!

Thank you to Michaels for sponsoring this post!

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Spooky Stagecoach

 

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Recycled Can and Mason Jar Vases

by Dinah Wulf

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I originally shared this idea on my friend’s blog, A Fabulous Fete, and thought I’d share it with you today! I don’t know about you but I am always saving spaghetti sauce jars. I’ll even take this a step further and admit to you that I buy spaghetti sauce based on the jar and not the actual spaghetti sauce… I know! I know! I have a SERIOUS problem! Anyway, I did a very simple upcycle that can be completed in minutes. Here is how to make recycled can and Mason jar vases.

Materials:

  • Cans and jars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper or old packing paper
  • Spray paint

You can use any type of can or jar. When I thought of this project I had a collection already.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece a

First, tape off the jars with Painter’s tape.  Be sure to smooth it on applying pressure with your fingers to remove any air bubbles. I like the look of glass and color, and tin and color, so I randomly taped off sections.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece b

After you tape them off, cover the area you do not want painted with newspaper. I used old packing paper that I had on hand.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece c

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece d

I chose Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze and Citrus Green.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece e

I sprayed on one coat outside in the back yard. One coat was perfect and only took fifteen minutes to dry. I removed the tape and the lines were perfect!

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece

I filled them with colorful inexpensive flowers I got from the grocery store.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece f

Here are a few more pictures.  I am LOVING these two colors together.

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece j

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece i

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece h

Recycled Can and Mason Jar Centerpiece g

This project is great because you can play around with the colors to fit any style, holiday, or special occasion.

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

by Dinah Wulf

30 Paper Flower Craft Tutorials

I have done a dozen or so paper flower tutorials since I started blogging. I noticed that there are so many talented Bloggers out there with some GORGEOUS paper flower tutorials as well. So, I wanted to put together a list of paper flower craft tutorials that are great for any season, holiday, or special occasion.  You can use these paper flowers for cards, centerpieces, embellishments, home décor, and so much more. Here we go!

Origami Poinsettia, Blossoms and Posies 

Tissue Paper Rose, Blossoms and Posies 

Kleenex Lilly, Blossoms and Posies 

Cupcake Paper Flower, Blossoms and Posies 

Blooming Map Wreath, Crafts N Coffee 

Persimmon Paper Roses, Simply Kelly Designs

Quilled Blooms Frame, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Butterfly with Flowers, Suzy’s Sitcom

Quilled Paper Flower Topiaries, Suzy’s Sitcom

Magazine Paper Flowers, Organized 31 

Crepe Paper Flowers, Ribbons and Glue 

Inkling Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

White Crepe Paper Flowers, Carolyn’s Homework

Paper Flower Tacks, Carolyn’s Homework

Book Page Paper Hydrangeas, Muslin and Merlot  

Kusudama Paper Flower, Muslin and Merlot

Paper Towel Tie Dyed Flowers, This Simple Home

White Pumpkin with Paper Flowers, Baby Loving Mama

Tissue Paper Flowers, Life With Lovebugs

Easy Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Water Colored Book Page Roses, DIY Inspired

Recycled Phone Book Origami Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Recycled Coin Wrapper Paper Flower, DIY Inspired

Book Page Paper Flower Magnet, DIY Inspired

Back to School Teacher Bouquet, DIY Inspired

Coffee Filter Flower Gift Wrapping, DIY Inspired

Toilet Paper Roll Flower Ornament, DIY Inspired

How to Dye Coffee Filter Flowers, DIY Inspired

Animal Print Accordion Flowers for a Tween Birthday, DIY Inspired

Paper Flowers Made from Napkins, DIY Inspired

Special thanks to all the Bloggers that allowed me to share their fabulous paper flower craft tutorials!

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Rapunzel Braid with Flowers

My best friend asked me to make Rapunzel braid party favors for her daughter’s birthday party.  I gladly accepted and was excited to get started. Here is how you make them.

Materials

  • Yellow Yarn
  • Craft Flowers
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Glue Gun
  • Hair Clips
  • Purple Ribbon
  • Scissors

I had to make 14 braids, and wasn’t sure how much yarn I needed.  I ended up using one and a half one pound yarn skeins. I started off by putting two dining room chairs together and began wrapping the yarn around.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors How To

Once I was happy with the thickness, I pulled off the yarn, cut the loops on one end, and tied the top with a rubber band.  We ended up using loom rubber bands which worked really well.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors Tutorial

I braided each one and then tied the ends with another small rubber band.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

Using a hot glue gun, I glued on the flowers, five on each braid. For the clip, I simply used metal ones and attached it to the yarn through the clip (no glue).  This worked well, putting them on and taking them off the girl’s hair.

DIY Rapunzel Braid Hair Clip

The braids were a hit t the party! We even used them as part of the decorations.

How to Make DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors

Easy DIY Rapunzel Braid

DIY Rapunzel Braid Party Favors and Decor

Easy DIY Yarn Rapunzel Braid

Need some more Disney Themed Ideas? Check out these posts!

DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles

by Dinah Wulf

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Upcycled

My husband and I keep changing our minds on what we were going to be on Halloween this year.  Since we are actually attending a costume party, my husband insisted we should dress as a couple. At first we were going to be Ken and Barbie in the cardboard box but thought it’d be too uncomfortable, then we were going to be Mr. and Mrs. Wulf dressed up in a suit and dress but with wolf heads on. Finally, we decided on dressing in the Steampunk era. We thought it’d be fun and more importantly comfortable. So, I made myself some accessories. Here is my DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles tutorial.

I made this with some repurposed items. Most I had around the house but I did buy a couple things. Here is what I ended up using, of course there are alternatives.

Materials:

This is a top hat I found at Walmart for $4.99. You can also make the top hat out of cardboard as well.

DIY Steampunk Top Hat

I wrapped the hat in lace for a feminine touch.

DIY Steampunk Hat with Lace

Next, I found an old belt in my closet and cut it up to make the straps of the goggles.  You can also look for fake leather pants or skirts at thrift stores to cut up as well. I hot glued it around the lace.

DIY Steampunk Goggles Repurposed Belt

Next, I colored the sides of the blind spot mirror and the baby jar lids with a gold sharpie.

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles

I glued them together with E6000 glue.

DIY Steampunk Repurposed Goggles

Lastly, I glued them onto the hat as well as added a couple steampunk inspired metal embellishments.

Steampunk Embellishments

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Halloween

Here are a couple after photos. This Steampunk Top hat and Goggles cost me less than $15.00!

DIY Steampunk Top Hat and Goggles Tutorial

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Upcycled

DIY Steampunk Hat and Goggles Costume

 

Oh! And my daughter just HAD to model my hat for you too!

Steampunk Model

Easy Gold, Black, and White Pumpkins DIY

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Gold, Black, and White Pumpkins DIY

I’m always for some quick and easy Halloween decorations. On my Facebook page not long ago I posted some gold, black, and white skulls I saw while I was out shopping one weekend. Those were the inspiration for doing this quick and SUPER easy gold, black, and white pumpkins DIY craft.

My daughter and I went grocery shopping the other day and saw these cute little white pumpkins for .99 apiece. Without a second thought, I grabbed three. On a side note, I always decorate in groups of three or in odd numbers… anyway, I knew exactly what I was going to do with them as soon as we got home.

Easy Spray Painted Pumpkins

I had some left over spray paint from past projects. I took some painter’s tape and taped off the stems.  I guess you could skip this part, but I do love the look of the natural stems on the gold and black pumpkins. I sprayed one coat on each pumpkin outside and let them dry.

Easy Spray Painted Pumpkins Decoration

Easy Spray Painted Pumpkins Gold and Black Halloween

I arranged them on my bar in the dining room/living room area a top of some gold candle holders to put inside my cloche. I grabbed a sparkly mask I had and threw it in there as well. I love the way it turned out.  In just 20 minutes including drying time, I had a really pretty $3.00 Halloween display!

Easy Spray Painted Pumpkins Display

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Updates to Our Home

by Dinah Wulf


Mia's Room After

For the past several weeks we have been making recent updates to our home. I recently shared my living room makeover, my dining room makeover, our black front door, and our cement floors. BUT, that’s all downstairs; today, I’m excited to share the progress we have made on the stairs and upstairs as well. If you have been following along on Instagram you’ve already seen some sneak peeks on! Get ready, it’s a bit messy, and it may be another week before I share the “finale”.

My daughter’s room was the first to be organized after the floors and moldings were done.  This is during the process.

Mia's Room Before

These were our stairs BEFORE. The carpet is super dirty, discolored, and worn. The railings were an outdated white and brown.

Stairs Before

We wanted to be financially responsible, so instead of tearing down and installing new railings, we kept our existing railings and painted them black.  They were primed first.

Stair-Remodel

Stair-Remodel Primer

We decided on black, to match our fireplace mantel in the family room.

Stair-Makeover

We chose hardwood flooring in pewter ash.  Here is a photo during the process.

Stair-Remodel wit Pewter Ash Hardwood

We are also in the process of painting all the doors and doing the hardwood and molding for the entire upstairs. This is our master bedroom.

Master Bedroom Closet Makeover

Master Bedroom Makeover

Master Bedroom Carpet Removal

About four weeks ago, my husband and I were visiting my parents and we sat down with their neighbors who have solar panels.  They were SO passionate about their decision to install. They told us it was a “no-brainer”. With all the upgrades we are doing now, solar panel installation was something else we were seriously considering because they would save us money and the planet since they are environmentally friendly. Since then, we have been emailing them back and forth about our questions, and then recently I have been doing my own research.

I found that Sungevity is a fantastic option for solar panels. I realized that the sleek, custom design of the Sungevity solar systems would fit well, especially with our recent upgrades and our recent exterior painting that we did. Also, with Sungevity, you can save money on your electricity bill and lower your dependence on scarce, expensive fossil fuels.

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So, naturally now that we are almost finished with the remodel (pictures coming soon!), installing solar panels will be our next step!

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Thank you to Sungevity for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to learn more about home solar!

 

More Updates to Our Home:

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

by Dinah Wulf

No Sew Felt Halloween Bags

After I made my no sew travel bags and my daughter’s Halloween headbands, I came up with this idea for a 15 minute craft in participation of the Halloween edition of Craft Lightening! You only need a few items to make these cute little no sew Halloween treat bags.

Materials:

The instructions are self-explanatory but you know me and my step by step photos!

I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat to cut one piece of felt into four 3” wide pieces.  One piece of felt will make four bags.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags

Simply fold your pieces in half and hot glue the sides together to form a little pocket.

No Sew Halloween Treat Favor Bags

I had some embellishments left over from other crafts, so I cut a few extra pieces of felt and glued a little Halloween embellishment on them.

No Sew Halloween Treat Bag Embellishments

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags with Felt

Then stuff them with little toys, candy, or other Halloween treats! I thought these would be cute to pass out at a classroom Halloween party or even as party favors at a Halloween party.

No Sew Felt Halloween Treat Bags

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags DIY

No Sew Halloween Treat Bags Tutorial

Be sure to visit the other blogs participating in Craft Lightening this week and head on over to our hosts, Country Chic Cottage and 30 Minute Crafts for more 15 minute Halloween ideas!

 If you want to see some of my other 15 minute Craft Lightening crafts you might like:

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