Easy Mini Winter Scene in a Cloche

by Dinah Wulf

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I think I have an obsession with all things mini and pretty things inside glass cloches. For example, I recently made these DIY Snow Globe Ornaments and these Mini Winter Forest in Vintage Tea Cups. I also made a few centerpieces like my Easy Gold, Black, and White Pumpkins DIY and for a bridal shower I made these Mad Hatter Tea Party Centerpieces & Ideas. Today for Craft Lightening, I wanted to share a simple fifteen minute Easy Mini Winter Scene in a Cloche for your Christmas decorations.

Here’s what I used:

  • Mini Trees
  • Mini Clock
  • Unfinished Wooden Bench
  • Paint Brush
  • Black Craft Paint
  • Printed Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Fake snow

First I painted the little bench. I used what I had and painted it black. You can also stain it a darker wood tone as well (I had some stain but it dried out! Whoops!).

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I found some scrapbook paper that I had that looked like newspaper. I cut out a small rectangle and then folded and rolled it to look like a mini newspaper to lay on top of the park bench.

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Desn’t it look cute? I thought it was a nice extra touch.

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I put some fake snow on the base of my stand and made the little arrangements with three sparkling green mono trees I got last year to use for my winter forest display.

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Here it is! Super easy and took minutes. I realized the clock isn’t to the exact scale, but I thought it still looked cute. It was on sale anyway!

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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 Christmas ideas!

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

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My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

This article, My Craft Room: Inspiration, Creativity, & Tradition, is sponsored by IKEA. All opinions are 100% my own.


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My craft room is more than just a craft room. It’s a place of inspiration, a place of creativity, and a place of tradition. My daughter and I spend a lot of time in there. I keep it as well organized and neat as possible, and everything has its place. Over the past few years, I have shared my craft room sanctuary on my blog and social media and I have received several emails and messages with questions. So, I thought I’d share it all with you today.

A Place of Inspiration

When we first moved into this home and I found out I had an entire room devoted to crafting, I knew where I wanted to go to buy the furniture.  In fact, the furniture for this room was my Christmas present one year. Since I keep an IKEA catalog handy at all times, I knew what pieces I wanted to buy right away.

This is the view from the door. The table and shelving unit are from IKEA. I knew that if I had both beautiful and functional furniture, I would have no problems getting inspired.

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This is the view from the other side of the room.

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The table top is the perfect size for not only the room, but to spread out all my materials to do my projects.

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A Place of Creativity

For me to have creative mojo, my supplies have to be in order and organized. Every pen, paint brush, and glue stick, has a special spot. I raided IKEA for different sized storage boxes to keep all my supplies in.

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I also added magnets to small containers for smaller notions that I hang on this magnetic board attached to the side of the shelving unit.

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I opted to add the drawers and doors to the shelving unit as well. I changed the knobs and decoupaged the front of the drawers with recycled maps.

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For my sewing machine and sewing supplies, I bought a rolling kitchen cart that fits everything beautifully.

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Here is the list of items in my craft room you can purchase at IKEA:

Furniture

Storage

A Place of Tradition

I think the best part of this room is that I get to share it with my daughter. Since we have lived here, we have created some new traditions sparked by our creativity. During the holidays, we make handmade Christmas decorations and ornaments every year together.

The last time I was at IKEA I found this fabulous white felt wreath. They have so many great holiday decorations this season.

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I made some felt poinsettia’s to embellish it. To make the flowers, cut ten small petals for each flower. Glue them together in groups of five to form a flower. Glue two groups together. Lastly, glue or sew on small beads or pearls for the center of the flower.

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I pinned three of them onto the wreath.

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Here is the result. Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a beautiful addition to our Christmas decorations this year. I’m even thinking of making more to give as gifts.

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It’s amazing to me that one room could inspire so much. I look forward to many more early mornings and late nights in there creating new projects and traditions with my daughter.

Special thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post.

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Last year was the first year to participate in this fun family Christmas tradition.  If you missed any of my other easy Elf on the Shelf ideas posts, here they are:

This time, I wanted to share some ideas that I actually did for my daughter last year, but didn’t get a chance to post (partly because I didn’t want to irritate you with a FOURTH Elf on the Shelf post last year). Here is the post of the others I actually did last year as well. All ten of these ideas take little to no effort except for one (No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt) which I have a tutorial you can check out.

Our elf had a couple run-ins with some reindeer that were chasing her.  The first she climbed up some books and onto some red ribbon and the second they chased her up a mini holiday tree.

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With a little bit of tape, you can have your elf, hang onto a stair rail or peep over a mirror.

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If you have already received some Christmas cards from friends and family, you can create a little tent for your Elf.  When my daughter found this one she said she needed a blanket and pillow… details details! I wonder where she gets it?

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This was one of my favorites. Our Elf crafted up a little skirt using some felt she found in my craft room {tutorial}.

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Here are four for those nights I was in a hurry or almost forgot!

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More Elf on the Shelf:

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

Easy Christmas DIY Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

Easy Christmas DIY Ideas

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s a time that I cherish tradition and time with family and friends. It’s a time of inspiration and creativity for me. I enjoy coming up with creative ideas for holiday décor, Christmas ornaments, and handmade gifts. Just last year I introduced the Elf on the Shelf tradition to my daughter when she turned 3 years old so now that is a whole new obsession as well! I thought I’d put together a round-up of easy Christmas DIY ideas of things I’ve done in the past. I hope you find some inspiration among these posts and tutorials.

Here you will find ornaments made from recycled items around the house, holiday party ideas, simple home décor ideas, and a couple easy DIY gift ideas… oh… and that dreaded and beloved Elf! Enjoy!

Tote-ally Awesome Tote Bag

by Dinah Wulf

Tote-tally Awesome Tote Bag

Today I just wanted to share a great deal going on at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores right now! These Tote-ally awesome tote bags are available at Jo-Ann for $9.99 with a minimum $30 in-store purchase! I have to say, they are the perfect size for so many things this holiday season.

I have several out-of-town family members staying with us this year; my mother and father in law, my brother and sister-in-law, and their three kids. I am SO excited about it. This is also the time that Mia’s cousins have visited us at our house ever and their first time in sunny California! Needless to say, we have a lot of things planned. This tote bag will definitely come in handy.

It’s the perfect size to…

  • Use as an overnight bag on short excursions.
  • Use as a beach or picnic bag (the weather is still amazing here in CA).
  • Carry gifts and toys to our friend’s holiday party.
  • Use as a carry-on for the plane on their way home to Wisconsin.

So don’t forget to stop by Jo-Ann’s to get your holiday decorations and crafting supplies and pick up a tote or two. They come in a few colors to choose from as well!

Oh! And don’t forget to down load your Jo-Ann’s app on your smart phone so you can use the coupons when you check out… I’d be lost without mine…

Thank you to Jo-Ann’s for sponsoring this post and sending me my very own tote-ally awesome tote bag!

Need some Christmas projects to inspire you?

Mini Winter Forest in Vintage Tea Cups

by Dinah Wulf

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It’s the little things like this that make me happy… a good deal, an old treasure, a stranger’s artwork. I found these two little vintage tea cups at a thrift store. They stood out like sore thumbs in a sea of saucers, other tea cups, and coffee mugs. I picked them up without a thought and put them in my cart.

Here they are… so pretty and dainty.

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I looked closely and saw they were hand painted by someone named G Harris. It made me smile. I’m not sure if they are worth more (or less), but the $2.99 price tags made me happy. I couldn’t find anything online. I purchased them, excited to bring them home.

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I had some fake snowflakes and craft trees left over from the DIY Snow Globe Ornaments I made. I decided that they would look cute in these tea cups… why not? With Christmas right around the corner, I thought it be a very cute addition to my holiday décor.

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Here are a few other photos.

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It’s a simple and unique décor idea for the holidays. Hopefully somewhere out there G Harris will be happy knowing their tea cups made it to a good home!

Need some more Christmas projects to inspire you?

DIY Snow Globe Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

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I have always wanted to try to make these, ever since I made my winter forest in my apothecary jars last year. I’m sure there are several ways to make them. The way I tried it, worked pretty well, and I did this project is just a few minutes. Here is how I made my DIY snow globe ornaments.

Materials:

  • Large plastic ornament balls
  • Small craft trees
  • Chopsticks
  • Glue stick and glue gun
  • Artificial snowflakes
  • Funnel
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Scissors

I found these little trees in green and white.  There are so many different kinds. Just make sure they will fit through the ornament ball opening.

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Carefully pinch one tree from the top, until you feel you have a good grip on it. For me, it took a couple adjustments.

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Carefully add a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the tree. Quickly and carefully, place your tree inside the ornament. When working with plastic and hot glue, it attaches right away, so once the glue hits the plastic, there is only about 2 seconds (literally) to place and adjust.

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Repeat until you are satisfied with your mini forest.

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Using a funnel, fill your globe with artificial snowflakes.

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The chopsticks come in handy to help push the snowflakes into the ball. Gently shake the globe to get the flakes to spread out evenly.

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Tie ribbon and twine to your ornaments.  These would make great Christmas gifts or even a neighbor or teacher gift.

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Here are a couple after photos.

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Here are a few other DIY ornament ideas:

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt

by Dinah Wulf

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If you love the Elf on the Shelf tradition at Christmas time like I do, you know where I’m coming from on this post! Being the Crafty Mom I am, one night last year, had Josie our elf make her own no sew Elf on the Shelf skirt. I felt that Josie was a little naked with no clothes AND I wasn’t about to spend $10 on a pre-made skirt at the store.

She does look a little naked here doesn’t she? This was one of her antics last year:

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If you missed any of my other Elf on the Shelf idea posts, here they are:

To make the apron you only need three items:

  • Red and white felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun (OK four items…)

Instructions:

Cut out these three shapes out of the felt.  I literally “winged it” on this one as far as the pattern and size goes. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I actually used felt scraps. You don’t need much for that tiny Elf waist!

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I used a hot glue gun (because it’s quick and easy) and glued it together like this.

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I tied it around her waist as shown.

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It turned out great and the red and white felt match her perfectly.

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Here’s what I set out the night Josie made her own skirt for my daughter to find the next morning.

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More Elf on the Shelf:

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition – I wrote this after my daughter’s first year of Elf on the Shelf. This post includes a cute goodbye letter for the final night, including a special “baked” tray of mini gingerbread cookies.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea

by Dinah Wulf

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This post, The Ultimate Holiday Hostess Gift Idea, is sponsored by Rich Product’s Give Bakery Because. It’s Gifting Made Delicious. campaign. All opinions are 100% my own.

Each holiday season, we all spend a considerable amount of time going to holiday parties. But figuring out what to bring for the party hostess can be a daunting task that ultimately ends with the purchase of the traditional bottle of wine or box of chocolates. This year, be the hostess gift hero! Create a unique breakfast basket full of baked goods and other goodies that the hostess can enjoy the next morning. Better yet, visit the bakery department of your local grocery store to find a variety of treats that can be gifted. With simple creative packaging, a baked good can become a personalized (and delicious) gift that will make hostess’s day a little brighter. It’s simple, easy and affordable—no baking required!

I found these cookie jars at the thrift store for next to nothing. 

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After I washed and cleaned them, I decorated it with green burlap ribbon and red felt ribbon.  I made a tag that says “thank you for everything”, and tied it on along with a pretty glass Christmas ornament.

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Next, I went to the bakery of my local grocery store and bought some fresh baked goodies. I bought a variety of bagels, croissants, and rolls.

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I filled each cookie jars, which kept them fresh.

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Now for the ULTIMATE hostess gift…you can include your goody-filled cookie jar in a basket with champagne and orange juice for mimosas, and even some champagne glasses (plastic will do!).

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Now, after weeks of party planning, and a successful party night, your Host or Hostess can enjoy breakfast the next morning thanks to you!

Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

Thank you to Rich Product’s for sponsoring this post! Be sure to visit the Bakery Because Pinterest page for more inspiring ideas!

Last Minute DIY Adult Minion Costume

by Dinah Wulf

Last Minute DIY Adult Minion Costume

This is TRULY a last minute costume for my husband and I. We actually have a reason to dress up for Halloween this year because we are going to attend a 40th birthday party, however we kept changing our minds. Finally, now that Halloween is only a few days away, we have out costumes.  Here’s how to make a last minute DIY adult minion costume.

Costume:

  • Overalls
  • Yellow Shirt
  • Yellow Beanie
  • DIY Minion Goggles
  • DIY Minion Logo

DIY Minion Goggles:

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Originally I used part of these goggles for a steampunk look we were going to do this year, but changed our minds.  I only spent $3.00 to make these. For these goggles you only need a few things.

  • Blind Spot Mirrors ($2 at Walmart)
  • Silver Sharpie
  • Two Baby Food Jar lids (or any lids)
  • Black Headband (check the dollar store)
  • Glue
  • Circle punches
  • Black and White Card Stock

Glue one blind spot mirror and one jar lid together. Repeat for the other side, or you can just do one.

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Color the edges with a silver Sharpie.

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Use a circle craft punch or trace round objects and cut them out to make the eyes.

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Glue them onto the goggles and onto the headband.  Make sure to glue in between the two goggles as well so that they stay together.

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DIY Minion Logo:

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For this, I used materials I already had, so I’m sure there are other options you can do. I used:

  • Logo from Google Images
  • Iron-On Transfer
  • Felt
  • Pin
  • Scissors

Simply print a mirror image of the Minion logo on iron-on transfer paper and iron it on to a piece of felt. Cut out the logo and add a pin to the back.  This way you can easily take it on and off the overalls… I mean…overalls ARE back in style now!

The best part of this costume is that it’s comfortable and warm! Here are some after photos!

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In case you missed them. Here are some other DIY Costumes I have done in the past:

Mason Jar Gift Idea with Printable

by Dinah Wulf

Mason Jar Gift Idea- You Blow My Mind

I wanted to make something that you could say “thank you” with or even just a simple, “I’m thinking about you gift”… something quick and easy for that anytime occasion. I thought of this mason jar gift idea with a free printable that says, “you blow my mind”. I love it when I hear my friend’s say “my mind is blown”… It’s funny to me for some reason! AND it stuck with me, so hence, this printable.

You only need a few things:

I made this printable in a few different colors. Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits your gift and special occasion. All I did was print it out and punched them out with a circle punch. I tied some tulle around the mason jar and then clipped the little tag onto the lid.

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Voila! Super easy peasy!

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You can use these for thank you gifts, hostess gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, game prizes, or even as part of a mother’s or father’s day gift.

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Looking for more homemade hostess gift ideas? Try these!

The Elf on the Shelf Tradition

by Dinah Wulf

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Last year was my first year doing the Elf on the shelf tradition with my daughter… and I LOVED it.  I think I went a little crazy! Ha! Some of you love it and some of you can’t stand it and I am proud to say I am a part of the former.  In fact I shared three posts on it last year and they were shared thousands of times in just a few days! I couldn’t believe it.

If you missed any of my other Elf on the Shelf idea posts, here they are:

I didn’t, however get to share my final night of our visit from our elf, Josie. I’ll share some others from last year soon as well. Josie left some cookies and Mia a little note that said:

Dear Mia,

Thank you for being a good girl this year. I hope your Christmas is full of cheer. I made you these cookies for you to enjoy. I’ll report back to Santa to bring you a toy! Merry Christmas!

Love, Josie

This is her when she found it that morning.

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To make the “cookies” all I did was wrapped a small piece of cardboard in foil to look like a cookie sheet.  Then I placed four gingerbread man cake embellishments I found at Walmart (they come in a package of 12).

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My daughter ate them that day. When we came back from the store later, Josie magically made another batch for her when we returned!

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More Elf on the Shelf:

Ten Easy Elf on the Shelf Ideas – From being chased by reindeer to building a fort with Christmas cards, these ten ideas are clever, but simple.

No Sew Elf on the Shelf Skirt – The Elf on the Shelf clothing you can buy at the store is so expensive. This is a quick and easy no sew tutorial for how to make an apron skirt for pennies.

Best Elf on the Shelf Ideas – This post shows the first night our elf showed up and nine other adorable ideas including a letter our elf wrote after a day of my daughter misbehaving.

Two Dozen Easy Elf on a Shelf Ideas – Two dozen ideas that are helpful, especially when you forget and need a quick move!

Elf on a Shelf Ideas – This is the first Elf on the Shelf post I ever wrote and includes 7 ideas incorporating my daughter’s toys and games.

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.

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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:

Skull Wine Charms DIY

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

Glam-O-Ween Halloween Décor

by Dinah Wulf

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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And of course, more bones in a jar.

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

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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.

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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

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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

Trick Your Pumpkin (648x650)

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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