Easy Winter Forest in Apothecary Jars

by Dinah Wulf

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Sometimes the simplest things make the prettiest decorations. I found these cute little sparkly green trees the other day and decided to make this easy winter forest in apothecary jars for my fireplace mantel.

Apothecary jars are such a great investment for someone like me who loves to decorate and throw parties. I wait until they go on sale, or I have a coupon and buy them.  I have them in many different shapes and sizes.  I use them every day, but change the contents depending on the holiday or season. If you don’t have apothecary jars, glass vases work well too.

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For this project, I filled them with some cotton snow.  I bought a bag for about $3.00 and used barely any of it!

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I found these adorable sparkly green trees at Walmart near the Christmas section where they sell the miniature villages.  The large one was $2.00, the medium ones were $1.50 each, and the small ones were only $.75 apiece.  This was a steal because as I shopped around at other places the large trees were around $7.00.  I found small ones at a craft store for missions, but they weren’t as cute as these. BUT if you want them, you have to hurry because I bought the last two small ones at my Walmart!

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Here are a few photos.  It’s so simple, very festive. I’d show you more of my mantel but it’s still a work in progress!  So, stay tuned!

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Stenciled Monogrammed Placemats Tutorial

by Dinah Wulf

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I love my Thanksgiving placemats.  They are simple, black and white, with a script style.  It has words like, “gratitude”, “share”, “Blessings”, and “thanks”… perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner party.  BUT you know me, and I had to spruce them up a little.  I thought a little shimmer of gold would be a nice touch.  I did a similar post in the past on burlap placemats I made.  It’s quite the popular post! With that said, here is my stenciled monogrammed placemats tutorial.

Materials:           

  • Fabric placemats
  • Stencil of choice
  • Spouncer stencil brush
  • Small paper plate
  • Craft paint good for fabric
  • Two clean towels

Here are my lovely placemats. Pretty but needed a little oomph.

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I chose a “W” for our last name, Wulf.  I love collecting “W’s” and they are all over my house.

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First, place a small amount of paint onto your paper plate.  Dip the spouncer brush in the paint and allow the paint to saturate the end of the brush.  Stamp the excess paint onto the plate BEFORE you apply it to the placemat.  Once your brush is saturated (without any clumps of paint), apply the paint in an up and down stamping motion.  This will avoid bleeding.

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You can immediately remove the stencil.  I rinsed the stencil from paint in between each placemat and dried it with two dish towels.  I had quite the system going on! I was actually able to finish this project very quickly (about a half hour).

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Allow your placemats to dry completely.

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That’s it!  These would make great personalized gifts.  I was thinking of making sets of 4 for my friends.  You can also stencil on cloth napkins and give them as a set. Make a set of two for your favorite couple and give it as a hostess gift as well!

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Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments

by Dinah Wulf

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One of my most favorite things about helping with the decorations a Vintage Inspired Baby Shower was going antique shopping with my Mother-In-Law and collecting vintage handkerchiefs.  I bought so many of them because I kept finding so many beautiful colors and patterns and even shapes. Now that the baby shower is over, I have all these beautiful handkerchiefs with nothing to do with them. After some thought, I decided to make some Vintage Handkerchief Ornaments.  Now I would be able to preserve and display them in a unique way.

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Aren’t they pretty? This post isn’t really a tutorial per se, because it’s obvious how to make them, HOWEVER I did run across some helpful tips when putting them together in these glass ornaments I got at the craft store.

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Being the Geek that I am, I was trying to figure out how to fold each handkerchief so that they would fit through a small hole, and look pretty while inside. After several trials and errors, I came upon Tip #1.

Tip #1: Don’t fold the handkerchief, it looks best when you start with a corner and stuff it in there haphazardly!

Because I tried several times at folding and stuffing I noticed that several (almost all) of these glass bulbs had sharp edges around the opening.

Tip #2: To prevent from cutting your fingers AND ripping the handkerchiefs, use a pen or chopstick to stuff the handkerchief inside the bulb.  You can also use the stick to maneuver and shape the handkerchief as you like.

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There were several times when I had to take the handkerchief out and start over.

Tip #3: Use a pair of tweezers to pull your handkerchief out if needed.  Be careful not to rip the handkerchief on those nasty sharp edges!

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After I stuffed all my bulbs, I used the ribbon from these baby shower decorations I made to re-use as a hanger for each ornament.  I used different colors, thicknesses, and materials.

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I thought they turned out quite nice and I can’t wait to put them on my tree!

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Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece #turkeytablescapes

by Dinah Wulf

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This Fall Pumpkin Centerpiece tutorial is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores.  All opinions are 100% my own.

I’m pretty much a regular at Jo-Ann’s…at several locations!  This year for fall, they had a great line of Autumn Inspirations that really sparked some ideas.  In particular, I love the hints of dark navy blue.  Blue isn’t a color that I would normally associate with Thanksgiving time; however I just realized how beautiful it looks with other fall colors.

I decided to make a fall pumpkin centerpiece for my #TurkeyTableScape this year!  You can get all of the supplies at Jo-Ann’s. 

Here is shopping list of what you’ll need:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Floral foam block
  • Burlap scraps
  • Assortment of Autumn Inspirations decorative picks

I started off with this craft pumpkin.  I wanted a small one for my table this year because my husband and I are having a small intimate Thanksgiving for four this year.  Our families are both out of state so it’ll just be us!

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First, I cut off the top.  This particular pumpkin is all Styrofoam.  If you buy a regular craft pumpkin, they are typically hollow. 

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If your pumpkin is hollow, you can use a floral foam block to place inside the pumpkin after you cut it.

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Next, I simply arranged my assortment of decorative picks inside the pumpkin.  I love the mix of blue feathers.  These particular decorative picks are great, because they look very realistic.

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Lastly, for a more finished look, I added some burlap around the bottom of the arrangement.  I always check the remnants section at Jo-Ann’s for fabric like this.

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Here are a few AFTER photos! Notice the burlap  feather napkin rings I made too!

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Be sure to check out Jo-Ann’s craft catalog for more DIY inspiration.  

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Halloween 2013 Round Up

by Dinah Wulf

BOO hoo! I can’t believe it’s Halloween already! The good news is that it’s time to decorate for Thanksgiving and start crafts for Christmas (that is, if you haven’t already started)!  I just wanted to say farewell to one of my favorite holidays and do a round-up of crafts I did this year that, well, I guess you can bookmark for next year!  Here is my Halloween 2013 Round Up!

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How to Make a Glittered Candy Corn Mason Jar Vase- a fun craft using glitter, glue, and a Mason jar for the perfect gift or hostess gift.

How to Decoupage a Fabric Pumpkin – upcycle a pumpkin with your favorite material to match anyone’s style.

Spooky Halloween Apothecary Display- A creepy display using Martha Stewart’s Halloween crafts.

How to Make a Metallic Spider Pumpkin- Upcycle a pumpkin with silver paint and spider tansfers.

How to Make an Eerie Halloween Wreath- A spooky wreath glammed up with feathers and rhinestones.

Glam Up Halloween Skulls with Glitter and Rhinestones- Turn ordinary Halloween decorations into one of a kind sparkling pieces.

Easy 15 Minute “BOO” Halloween Pumpkin Craft- A Halloween decoration you can make in 15 minutes or less.

How to Make Spider Lace Doilies- How to make paper doilies using a spider circle edge punch.

How to Make Fairy Wands for Any Type of Fairy Costume- A fun activity you can do with your kids with items found around the house or your craft room.

Phew!  Looking back, did I over-do it?? I must say that I am really happy with how the Halloween decorations inside my house turned out. My favorite tutorial I think I would have to say is the Eerie Halloween Wreath.

In case you missed last years, here is my Halloween 2012 Round Up as well!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE! BE SAFE TONIGHT!

Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings

by Dinah Wulf

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Since I got a little taste of my glittery and “bling-ed” out Halloween, I thought I’d definitely want to bring a little glitz and glam to my dinner table this year for Thanksgiving.  I guess you could call it rustic chic!  Plus, I love burlap crafts. I found some sparkly earrings in my closet and thought I would make Repurposed Earring Burlap and Feather Napkin Rings.

You only need 3 things:

  • Earrings of choice, one per napkin ring
  • Burlap strips
  • Scissors

Here are the earrings I found. I think it’s been close to a decade since I’ve worn them… yikes! Dangly rhinestone earrings MUST have been in!

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I went to Joann Fabrics and Crafts and found these fun blue feathers in the floral section.

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I gave them a little bend and they were the perfect size for napkin rings.

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First I folded my cloth napkins and wrapped a strip of burlap around it.  I didn’t secure it in any way.

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The feather wraps nicely around the burlap and keeps it in place.  This will also make it easy for your guests to take off when they are ready to use them. Next, I simply pierced the earring through the burlap and out the backing on the earring to keep it on.  This way, you won’t ruin your earrings and you can still wear them…that s if they are still in style!

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I thought they turned out cute!  They are definitely the inspiration for my whole Thanksgiving table scape… now for the centerpieces!

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More Burlap Craft Ideas:

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5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

by Dinah Wulf

With the holidays just right around the corner, I thought I’d put together 5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes.  These are all original recipes written and concocted by David Edessa.  For all of David’s fun cocktail party recipes check out his Cocktail Corner!

5 Tasty Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Apple Cranberry Cider

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts (8 cups) Apple juice
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • ½ cup Pure Maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

Pour juice into a tall pot with a lid and turn on heat to high. Prepare spices and add to pot. When pot reaches a boil, turn to the lowest setting. Let simmer about 15 minutes. Strain the cider through a fine sieve onto a second pot. Return cider to heat source or pour into a crock pot to keep warm. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.

Coquito (Puerto Rico’s Christmas spiked eggnog)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Coconut Cream
  • 1 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Dark Rhum
  • 1 cup Spiced Rhum
  • 1 cup of Water
  • 4 Egg Yolks, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions:

Boil the water and the cinnamon sticks, then allow to cool to room temperature (don’t forget to remove cinnamon sticks). In a blender or food processor combine the coconut cream, evaporated & condensed milk, salt, egg yolks and vanilla, and blend at high speed for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth. Add the dark rhum, spiced rhum, orange liqueur, and cinnamon water; blend for a few seconds longer until ingredients have blended completely. You need to add the water because it will get thicker later in the refrigerator. This is also the best time to taste and add more rhum (rum) if you wish to have a stronger batch. Pour the coqui into a glass container, preferable bottles (easier to pour into glasses at time of service). Refrigerate the coqui for 4-6 hours, or until it is thoroughly chilled. Remove from refrigerator about 15-20 minutes (if too thick) before serving, then shake bottle well. To serve, pour the Coquito into a chilled parfait or punch glasses and sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg. A pinch martini or short juice glasses will do.

Pumpkin Maple Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Crown Royal Maple Finish Whiskey
  • ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ tsp. Organic Honey
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Butter (recipe below)
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 strip Lemon Peel
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • Hot Water

Instructions:

Pour the honey, boiling water, and whiskey into a mug. Put in a slice of lemon peel. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes so the flavors can mingle. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

White Pumpkin Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1¼ oz. Vanilla Rhum
  • ¾ oz. White Crème de Cacao liqueur
  • 1½ oz. Pumpkin Butter
  • ½ oz. 2% Whole Organic Milk

Instructions:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine rhum, pumpkin butter, liqueur and milk. Shake well and pour all contents including the ice in a tall mug.

Salted Butter Pecan Martini

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vanilla Vodka ( your favorite brand will due in a Vanilla Vodka)
  • ¾ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
  • ¾ oz. Frangelico Liqueur
  • ½ oz. Baileys Caramel
  • 1 oz. Heavy Cream
  • Torani Salted Caramel syrup

Glass Prep Instructions:

Place martini glass in freezer for 15 minutes to half an hour. Pour the caramel syrup into a shallow plate and in another plate crushed candied pecans. Then, dip the rim of a chilled martini glass into the plate with the caramel syrup and then dip the chilled glass into the plate with the crushed candied pecans. When done place prepped glass on parchment paper for easy release and place in freezer until ready to use.

DIY Inspired Halloween Decorations

by Dinah Wulf

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It’s two weeks until Halloween and it’s DEFINITELY Halloween over at our house already! Even the fireplace has some glittered skulls and bones hanging out in there.  I wanted to share a round-up of the new projects I have done this year and share a couple extra photos of the decorations up in my house. Hope you enjoy these DIY Inspired Halloween decorations!

The first thing I did was break out some bones I had in the Halloween tub in the garage (a HUGE tub, that is).  I put a few in some glass vases and apothecary jars layered on top of some moss.  I even added a little rhinestone ring “bling” on the creepy hand. I also glittered some skulls and glammed up a few with some hot glue and rhinestones.

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I love how my mantel turned out.  It ended up reminding me of a little spooky curiosities and apothecary shop. I used my mercury glass candle holders to add some depth and height.

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I placed my metallic spider pumpkin on top of some antique books.

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I made some creepy labels to place on recycled jars.

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My kitchen table top has my decoupage fabric pumpkin and some more fun bones and skulls.

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My dining room table has the 15 minute craft pumpkins I made that I placed on my spider laced doilies.  I also placed a creepy skull statue inside a cage with some moss.

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Oh! And of course, I can’t forget about my eerie Halloween wreath.  It’s hanging on the coat closet in my family room.

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Glittered Candy Corn Mason Jar

by Dinah Wulf

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The candy corn was my inspiration for this project.  Even though I don’t care to eat them, I always thought that there was something whimsical about the colors.  It reminds me of Halloween, but it’s not scary or frightening.  So, I decided to make a glittered candy corn Mason jar.

Materials:

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Instructions:

I started with the center orange stripe on purpose to save time.  I knew once that the orange was dry; I would be able to apply both the gold and white without waiting for one to dry.  Using painter’s tape, I taped of my center stripe and then covered the entire center with glue using the paint brush. I sprinkled the glitter all the way around the jar.  Tap off the excess glitter and put it back in your container.

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While the glue was still wet, I pulled off the painter’s tape. I allowed it to dry completely.

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Next, I taped off the lower half of the orange stripe to begin glittering the gold stripe using the same technique above.

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Remove the tape while it is still wet.

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Repeat the process for the final white stripe.

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Once the glue was dry, I gave the vase a light tap over the garbage can to remove any excess glitter. Then, I added water and fresh flowers!

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I loved how it turned out.  I think these would make a great homemade hostess gift during all those parties over the holidays!

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Decoupage Fabric Pumpkin How To

by Dinah Wulf

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Decoupage Fabric Pumpkin How To is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® for the Creativity Made Simple Campaign.

Decorating for Halloween this year has been a blast!  I have made so many fun Halloween decorations already and it’s only the first week of October!  Today I wanted to share one of my favorites so far for one of my spooky spaces in the house, a decoupage fabric pumpkin tutorial.  All of the supplies for this project can be purchased at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores®.

Materials:

  • Craft pumpkin
  • Fabric remnants
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Mod Podge
  • Two paint brushes
  • Black acrylic craft paint

Instructions:

First, prepare your materials. I measured the distance from the top and bottom core of the pumpkin and cut approximately 1-2 inch thick strips.  For this pumpkin, my strips were 9” long.

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Next, I found it easiest to cut both ends as shown.

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Generously apply Mod Podge directly onto the pumpkin, lay down your strip, and then generously apply a top layer of Mod Podge.  Using your paint brush, smooth out your fabric against the pumpkin.  Apply more Mod Podge as needed.

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Continue adding each strip until your pumpkin is covered.  Allow the pumpkin to dry completely.

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Once the pumpkin is dry, paint the stem in the desired color to match your fabric.

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Here are a couple after photos. I added some bones, antique books, and rhinestone skulls to help spook up my space.

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Spooky Halloween Apothecary Display

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m on a roll with my Halloween decorations this year.  I’ve already made my 15 minute Boo Pumpkins, my glam skulls, and my eerie Halloween wreath.  Today, I want to share my spooky Halloween apothecary display.  I made a lot of it with some cool Martha Stewart Halloween craft supplies. I will show you how I made this metallic spider pumpkin and used Martha Stewart Halloween beverage labels on recycled jars for some frightful looking props.

Materials:

  • Craft Pumpkin
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ™ Metallic Craft Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Martha Stewart Crafts ™ Spider Pumpkin Transfers
  • Wet Paper Towel
  • Old jars, all sizes
  • Black card stock
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Double-sided tape
  • Martha Stewart Crafts™ Gothic Manor Beverage Labels

Metallic Spider Pumpkin

First I used Martha Stewart Crafts ™ Metallic Craft Paint and a craft pumpkin I found at the Goodwill for 99 cents!

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I ended up painting two coats, plus one touch up.  Here is the first coat.  Make sure the paint dries completely in between coats.

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Next, I followed the instructions for the spider pumpkin transfers.  Cut out the desired transfer.

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Remove the transparent covering and place it on the pumpkin.  Dampen the transfer with a wet paper towel.

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Remove the white paper.  I found that you can use the wet paper towel to gently smooth out the spider.

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Repeat this process until you have all your spiders in place.

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Spooky Apothecary Bottles

I have been saving these bottles for a while because I like the shape.

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The labels were impossible to remove, so I covered them with black cardstock.

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Next, I simply placed my Gothic Manor Beverage Label on top. I made some other labels for the smaller jars.  I added a skull with a rhinestone on one of them and typed “Cerebrospinal Fluid of Unwelcome Intruders” on an old lotion bottle.

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There you have it! With the help of some old books, a metal cabinet, and the spider lace doily I made, these fun crafts make a perfect frightening Halloween apothecary display!

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What are you crafting up for Halloween this year???

Eerie DIY Halloween Wreath

by Dinah Wulf

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I loved making this wreath! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I used to plan my costume months in advance.  Now that I have a daughter, we take her trick-or-treating every year so I rarely dress up.  In lieu of my obsession for Halloween costumes, I now put my creativity into the decorations! Here is how I made my eerie DIY Halloween wreath.

Materials:

  • Grape Vine Wreath
  • Gauze
  • Craft Letters (ours spell “eek”)
  • Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Rhinestones and Rhinestone Stickers
  • Small Plastic Halloween Skull
  • Feathers
  • Hot Glue and Glue Sticks

Instructions:

First I covered my grape vine wreath with the gauze I had.  I purchased the gauze in the Halloween section of the dollar store.

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I found these feather bunches on sale at Jo-Ann’s for less than $2.00 a piece in the floral department… score!

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I added them to the bottom right of the wreath.

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Meanwhile, my daughter Mia painted the EEK letters black on both sides.

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Once they were dry, I added pre-made rhinestone cluster stickers to each letter to go with my glam theme this year (check out my glam skulls!).

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Next, I thought this little guy needed some bling too…

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So I added a couple rhinestones in his eyes and on his forehead.  Much better!

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I glued the skull in the center of the feathers…

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…and glues the EEK letters on the top right.

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Tah dah!  There you have it…my eerie DIY Halloween wreath. Mia is a little scared to walk by it!

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Halloween Glam Skulls

by Dinah Wulf

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I FINALLY started decorating for Halloween! I know I have a whole month but I feel so far behind… I know I know… I broke out my bin of fake skulls and bones from the garage. Yes, I have a GIANT bin filled to the rim of fake Halloween bones and skulls…it’s a sickness. I brought a few to the craft room and decided that this year, I wanted to glam them up a bit.  Who says I can’t have scary AND pretty skulls? So, I went to work and made these Halloween Glam Skulls.

Here is what I used:

  • Foam and plastic Halloween bones and skulls
  • Rhinestones
  • Rhinestone and pearl stickers
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush

For my first set, I used a small plastic skull and a foam skeleton hand.  Here they are before.

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In seconds I glammed them up with rhinestones!  I even added a diamond ring to the skeleton hand (this was actually a rhinestone button I had.

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For this next skull I got a little more adventurous.

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I used a combination of stickers and rhinestones.  I just added as I went, with no plan in mind.  Be forewarned… once you add hot glue to a foam skull, the rhinestone is pretty much permanent (don’t ask me how I know that… ha!).  So, if you add it and don’t like it, too bad!  Here’s how it turned out.

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Finally, like the skulls I made last year, I added glitter with a paint brush and white glue to just the front of this skull.  I like the mix of the glitter and grossness!

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Now…where to put them????

P.S. Check out the rhinestone skull I made last year… love this one!

Easy Pumpkin Halloween Decoration

by Dinah Wulf

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I am so thrilled to participate in yet another Craft Lightening hosted by Angie from Country Chic Cottage and Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts. This is my third one and I’m particularly excited because it’s the Super Spooky Edition! The last two times I participated I made craft storage jars and a DIY rope vase.  This time, I am sharing a fun and easy 15 minute Pumpkin Halloween Decoration my daughter and I made.

Here is what you need:

  • Three craft pumpkins
  • Pre-made MDF or wooden letters that spell “Boo”
  • Black craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Rhinestones

I found these craft pumpkins for a steal at Goodwill for .99 each! Most craft pumpkins are around $5-$10 each. AND they already came in a funky green metallic color so we didn’t have to paint them.

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I also bought these pre-made letters from Hobby Lobby for .99 each.

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My daughter and I painted them black.  I love that she’s old enough now to do things like this with me.  Although she’s only three, I love sharing in the creativity. It’s a great age!

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Once they were dry, I hot glued them onto the pumpkins.

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Finally I added rhinestones to give it a little Halloween sparkle.

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Here they are posing on the spider doilies I made! I think I might display them at my front door.

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A big THANK YOU to Angie and Carolina for allowing me to participate in the Halloween edition of 15 minute craft lightening. It was a blast as always!  Make sure you visit their blogs to see what the other participants have in store.

 

More DIY Pumpkin Projects:

Halloween Spider Lace Doilies

by Dinah Wulf

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I was so excited when I received this circle edge punch and spider punch in the mail. I took the package out immediately to test it all out.  I made the first spider doily and was obsessed.  There were a couple tricks I learned so I thought it’d be a good idea to do a quick photo tutorial to show you how to use Martha Stewarts Circle Edge Punch to make Halloween spider lace doilies.

Materials:

  • Paper Cutter (or scissors and a straight edge)
  • Martha Stewart’s Circle Edge Punch
  • Spider Lace Circle Edge Punch
  • Black scrapbook paper
  • Pencil
  • Straight edge

Step One:

Cut your square into the desired size. I recommend making your paper slightly larger.  In this example I used an 8.5”X 8.5” square to make an 8” spider lace doily. You can choose up to size 12.

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Step Two:

Find the center of your square and mark an “X” with a pencil as shown.

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Step Three:

Disassemble your circle edge punch and insert the bottom metal plate for the spider punch into the base.

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Step Four:

Select the desired size on both sides of the circle edge punch using the measurement switches.  I chose 8” for this tutorial.

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Step Five:

Line up your “X” under the rotating knob from the base.  This is probably the hardest part! The magnet will click it in place. I always test a turn of the knob here to make sure the paper is secure.

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Step Six:

Place the punch cartridge on top of the metal plate.  You will feel and hear the magnets click together.

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Step Seven:

Using both of the palms of your hands, press down firmly on the punch.  Rotate the knob and repeat until you complete your spider doily.

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Remove the doily and rotating knob and clean and empty the base.

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There you have it! Warning! Once you make one, you won’t be able to stop!

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DIY Magical Fairy Wands with Pottery Barn Kids

by Dinah Wulf

A big THANK YOU to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring today’s post, DIY Magical Fairy Wands with Pottery Barn Kids!

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<GASP!> was the first thing I heard when my computer screen opened up the Pottery Barn Kids Halloween Costumes page.  My daughter was so excited trying to pick her favorite one.  Naturally, being the girly girl that she is, she wanted EVERY fairy costume that she saw.  I told her that if she picked a favorite, we could make a magic wand together to go with a costume. When I asked her which one she liked best she said, “The Mermaid one! No! The butterfly fairy! No wait! THAT one!” She couldn’t decide.

Since my daughter couldn’t decide on a favorite, we marched upstairs to the craft room and raided the storage bins to get inspired to make our own DIY Halloween costume accessories. We decided on making not one, but four wands!

Here are the materials we used:

  • Materials
    • Felt
    • Ribbon (in different colors and textures)
    • Wooden Dowels
    • Embellishments: Craft flowers, butterflies, shells
    • Craft paint
  • Tools
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Needle and thread
    • Foam paint brushes

For all four wands that we made, we used these wooden dowels that I had left over.  They are sturdier than BBQ skewers. Another option is to raid your kitchen drawers and use wooden chopsticks from those nights of Chinese takeout!

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First, we picked paint colors to match a few of the fairy costumes and painted the dowels with a foam paint brush.  Acrylic craft paint works well, because it dries in seconds.

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Mia wanted to make a mermaid wand first. Here is the Pottery Barn kids Halloween costume that inspired us.

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I made a felt flower by cutting out petal shapes and sewing them together with a needle and thread.

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We picked out some ribbon in varying textures and thicknesses.  For all four wands, I cut out felt circles to glue to the back of each wand to hide the dowel and the ribbon.

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We glued it all together with hot glue and embellished the front with a shell (I stole this one from some vase filler in my bathroom!).

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Next we made a pink heart wand inspired by this pink unicorn costume.

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We cut out two felt hearts and added iridescent curling ribbon and pearl ribbon.

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We were on a roll and having so much fun we decided to make this white wand with a craft flower to go with the Swan Fairy Costume.

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And finally we made this butterfly wand to go with the Butterfly Fairy costume.

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Making these DIY Magical Fairy Wands was such a fun activity to do with Mia. Be sure to check out the rest of Pottery Barn Kids beautifully crafted costumes! Right now, you can also get 20% off plus free shipping on Pottery Barn Kids treat bags online.

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Thanks again to Pottery Barn Kids for sponsoring this post! It was such a great opportunity to share my love of crafting with my daughter!