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:
Sharp craft knife
Floral foam block
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!
First, I cut off the top. This particular pumpkin is all Styrofoam. If you buy a regular craft pumpkin, they are typically hollow.
If your pumpkin is hollow, you can use a floral foam block to place inside the pumpkin after you cut it.
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.
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.
How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint is sponsored by Elmer’s. All opinions are 100% my own.
I had the honor of testing out a fun craft product, Elmer’s Paint Markers. They are great because you can use them on wood, metal, glass, ceramic, and even fabric. When I received these markers I knew immediately what I wanted to try with some recent thrift store finds.
Here is a short four minute video tutorial I did on How to Upcycle a Vase with Paint.
I purchased these glass vases at a thrift store for $2-$3 a piece.
Once you remove your Elmer’s Paint Markers from the package, shake them well. Remove the cap and press the tip down onto a piece of scrap paper for approximately 60-90 seconds to allow the paint to bleed through.
Fill your glass with a generous amount of paint.
Move and shake the glass until the paint coats the entire inside of the glass. This takes time and patience! Allow the paint to dry overnight.
Apply an adhesive stencil to your vase. Feel free to free-hand your design instead of using a stencil.
Fill in the stencil with the desired Elmer’s paint Markers color.
Remove the stencil.
Here is another clear glass vase that I painted green and added polka dots with the metallic markers.
Here is another vase I found at a thrift store that was already green in color. I painted a flower trim with the markers.
There you have it! The possibilities are endless. Try these markers on canvas, metal, and wood too!
Thank you to Elmer’s for sponsoring this video and post!
Apothecary jars are so beautiful and can serve several display purposes. You can use them for candy, holiday decorations, or even display your collections. They look pretty on a mantel or kitchen island or even a bathroom filled with sponges or shells. I like to use them for candy on a candy bar dessert table for parties. Apothecary jars start at about twenty dollars apiece for the small ones, I decided to try a little do it yourself thrift store apothecary jars project.
I found a box of four glass canisters at a discount housewares store for twelve dollars.
On one of my recent thrift store ventures, I found some candle holders for $1.50 apiece.
Additional materials needed are:
Spray paint of your choice
A strong adhesive
In my case, I chose a metallic silver spray paint and Gorilla glue.
Before you start, make sure your jars candle holders are clean and free of wax especially if you purchased them at a thrift store. When you spray paint them, every little bump will show (I learned this the hard way).
Spray paint your candlesticks holding the can about 12 inches away in a well-ventilated area.
When the paint is completely dry, approximately two hours, glue the candlestick to the canister. I let the glue set overnight before picking it up, just to be safe.
Voila! Instant DIY apothecary jar! Fill it with whatever you like… pinecones, peppermint sticks, or ornaments for the holidays are perfect for this time of year.
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.
Newspaper or paper (to protect your surface and catch the glitter)
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.
While the glue was still wet, I pulled off the painter’s tape. I allowed it to dry completely.
Next, I taped off the lower half of the orange stripe to begin glittering the gold stripe using the same technique above.
Remove the tape while it is still wet.
Repeat the process for the final white stripe.
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!
I loved how it turned out. I think these would make a great homemade hostess gift during all those parties over the holidays!
FINALLY! I get to share the vintage themed baby shower that I have had the honor of working on for my best friend’s brother and sister-in-law. It was a beautiful day and my friend had the perfect back yard for it.
I had such a great time decorating for this party. I bought some flowers and arranged them all before I left. I loaded the car and brought all my decorations including the thrift store shelf I made over. I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to decorate because I had no idea how the venue would be set up. There were five tables, so I needed five centerpieces. I brought some toys, vintage books, small decorative suitcases, several handkerchiefs I bought while antique shopping, and of course the flowers.
I also had the food table to decorate. I layered the table with boxes to create some height. I also brought some cupcake stands I made. The table was quite the hodge-podge, but I think I made too many decorations!
I ended up using my thrift store shelf to place the favors on. I brought my DIY pedestal trays, some antique books, and more handkerchiefs. I c small flower boxes from the craft store and put chocolates inside.
I wish I took more pictures of the backyard in total but I forgot! There was too much going on and I was trying to enjoy myself. Oh well!
My baby cousin got married!!! Woo hoo! I’m so happy for them…they are seriously PERFECT for one another. With their permission, I just HAD to share some fun DIY wedding ideas for this very sweet, very whimsical navy and yellow wedding.
This was a very small and intimate wedding. It was the perfect size, if you ask me. There were about fifty or sixty guests. The center aisle was lined with lanterns adorned with painted wooden yellow hearts with a navy background. Simple white paper flower flowers graced the alter.
Covered in navy linens and yellow napkins, the table was beautifully done with wooden boxes. Each box had three bottles of yellow and white flower bouquets.
The bride and groom had special Mr. and Mrs. Wooden letters on their chairs.
There were also special bottles of wine gifted by the groom’s father. Each bottle had a personalized number of years labeled on it and a silver pen attached. Each guest wrote a special note on the bottle for the bride and groom to open on the corresponding year.
Lanterns and lights were strung across the entire dining and dance floor.
The bride crafted recycled bottles spray painted in a textured gray spray paint as pretty vases scattered on the food, gift, and favor tables.
The bride also upcycled a hutch she found for five dollars and used it to display cupcakes.
She also make DIY cupcake stands with candlesticks and plates.
There were several games for guests to play under a beautiful gazebo with cushioned seats.
Last but not least, there were personalized navy and yellow pinwheels for each guest to take home and place in their garden to remind them of this special day.
This was one of the best weddings I have attended… congrats again to Mr. and Mrs. Brian and Jenny Fusco! Love you guys!
I have been working on this vintage themed baby shower that I have coming up for a friend and I just wanted to share a couple of the decoration ideas I have already started. You know how I love upcycling so I started saving sauce and dressing jars to use as flower vases. I also had some fun vintage inspired baby fabric from my swag bag from the SoCal Social event I went to last year… I knew it would eventually come in handy!
Here are the materials I used:
Recycled Jars and Bottles
Paper Craft Flowers
Double sided tape
Here are a couple more pictures. I will use them for the flower arrangements for the shower.
I also used the scrap fabric to make a banner. My daughter, Mia helped with this one! I cut all the fabric I had into strips.
I also cut a few pieces of left over lace ribbon.
One by one I tied on each strip, alternating the colors and patterns to some rope that I had left over from some thrift store rope vases I made a long time ago.
It turned out so cute!
I can’t wait to show you the shower. It’s coming up soon! I’m never sure exactly how things will turn out until the day of the event but I know I am using some things I already have for decorations like vintage suitcases, antique books, vintage handkerchiefs and baby books I bought while antique shopping, and some other things! Until then!
OK, so now you know I like Patron…Silver, that is. It took a long time and a few parties and get-togethers to get through this bottle. Initially I didn’t intend on keeping it. After I finished it, however I couldn’t part ways because I love the shape, color, and durability of it. Instead of throwing it away, I made a recycled Patron bottle vase. The pictures speak for themselves; however I wanted to write out the tutorial. It’s a fun and SUPER easy project you can do in minutes with any type of bottle or vase. I did a guest post for Jill over at Popsicle Blog and she gave me some great materials to use.
Patron bottle or any bottle or vase
Coffee bean sack or burlap
Here is the Patron Bottle BEFORE. It’s the large size (I know, I know, I SWEAR my husband bought it!)
I used a thick lace ribbon first and wrapped it around, securing it with glue.
Next I found an old coffee bean sack that I used to make outdoor coffee sack pillows with a few months ago. I measured and cute accordingly.
I secured it over the lace ribbon with glue.
That’s it! Here is another AFTER photo.
The possibilities of decorating a bottle are limitless. You can use all different textured, patterned, and colored ribbon to match your home or party décor. This is an easy and inexpensive way to recycle bottles and use them for wedding or bridal shower centerpieces as well. Group or cluster a few together to make a whimsical tablescape.
First, let me please introduce the two guests of honor, Jamie and Brooklyn!!! Jenny dressed them in yellow t-shirts, white suspenders, and red tutus representing Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. How adorable are they???
When you first enter the backyard area, Jenny hung a WONDERLAND banner she made from scrapbook paper.
Her table centerpieces were very whimsical and colorful, with a mix of flowers with googly eyes, teacups, little mad hatter hats, and lanterns.
The backyard was transformed completely with painted frames in the bushes, tissue and paper flowers with faces, and floating lanterns above.
Near the food area, she made an eat me sign, an oversized clock from the white rabbit, and a beautiful cake to match the theme.
She also had an area with A Royal Croquet Court that paid homage to the Queen of Hearts herself! She used the skirt I made for Halloween as a table skirt. She also painted large wooden playing card guards to watch over the game.
This was such a GORGEOUS party full of inspiration!
One of my thrifty obsessions is to walk through the local Goodwill shop on the weekends, particularly because of the half off sale. Throughout the day, they announce a color and the price tags labeled in that color are half off. It never fails, each time the make the announcement they assure you that you will find that color label in every department. Naturally, you will always find me by the home goods and furniture section. This trip I found a nice white ceramic beaded ramekin and a short pewter candlestick all for less than three dollars. I had to marry the two together and make a DIY Pedestal Bowl.
I’ve made something similar to this for my daughter’s birthday party last year. For her cupcake decorating station, I made party platters made out of plastic serving trays and candlesticks. I still have them today and have used them several times since then. This project is quite simple and doesn’t really need too much explanation, so here are just a few tips that may help you out.
Tip #1: When looking for candlesticks, look for the shape you want. You can always paint them.
Tip #2: The wider the candlestick the sturdier.
Tip #3: Consider wine glasses or champagne flutes instead of candlesticks.
Tip #4: Use a strong bonding agent like E6000 and let it dry for 24-48 hours.
Tip #5: Consider spray painting them to fit your theme or décor. Protect the surface with a doily or decorative paper if you are using it for food.
There are several uses for this easy project. Use them for displaying desserts or appetizers for parties and entertaining. Use a small pedestal bowl for jewelry or a larger one to hold toiletries in your bathroom. You can also use them to display flowers or favorite collections. Make several in different heights and group them together for a unique display.
My brother was on Facebook the other day and a friend of his posted a picture of how to make a candle from an orange. I thought that several of these citrus floating candles would be perfect for an evening summer party centerpiece. We were visiting our dad recently and decided to try it out in his kitchen. Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a citrus floating candle.
Bowl or vase
Step One: Cut an orange in half.
Step Two: Using a spoon, scoop out the orange leaving the center pith of the orange is intact. This will be used as the wick.
Step Three: Pour cooking oil into your orange. Any cooking oil like vegetable, canola, or olive oil will work.
Step Four: Carefully light your “wick”. It may take several seconds to light (longer than a regular wick). Note: We sliced the bottom of our orange so that it would not roll. Be careful not to pierce through the bottom. You do not have to do this if you are going to place it in water.
Step Five: Place your floating candle in the desired vessel with water.
Ta-dah! We used a medium sized orange. We were able to burn the candle for about three and a half to four hours. Be careful if you are doing this project with your kids!
I cannot tell a lie. Sometimes I purchase items because of the container it comes in. There. I said it. In particular, candles are a splurge for me because they are often “expensive”, so I have to wait until they go on sale. One thing I CAN count on is that I KNOW I will reuse the glass candle container for other things. I searched online for how to remove wax from glass and the one I liked the most was from Aunt Peaches. She had a fantastic tutorial (and funny too) and it worked great! Here is my version of how to remove candle wax from glass.
Here is what you’ll need:
Used glass candle containers
Warm soap and water
Here are the glass containers I started out with. Don’t worry about the label and soot, I’ll address that too.
First, boil water in a teapot and pour it into your container.
Next, wait. Wait until the remaining wax floats to the surface. And the water cools. I am approximating about 45 minutes. It will look something like this.
Next, take your plastic utensil and scrap off the wax and wick base onto a paper towel and discard. That’s it!! Easy!
To remove the label and soot, I soaked the containers in warm soapy water and gently scrubbed until they were clean.
Here is what they look like after!
I’m using these particular vases for craft room storage, but consider using them for flowers in a centerpiece or holding make-up brushes or toothbrushes in your bathroom.
Make sure you check out Aunt Peaches original post on this because she has some other great tips and tricks!
Glass jars are one of my most favorite things to hoard. I mean repurpose. First, because they are free, and secondly, because they’re pretty! There is some sort of classic vintage aesthetic that comes with mason jars that I love. I have done quite a few Mason jar crafts in the last two years so I thought I’d put together a round-up of 10 Mason Jar Craft Ideas.
Ever since I purchase a reusable plastic coffee filter, I have had extra paper coffee filters in my cupboard. I took them out once before, and was inspired to make this coffee filter wreath that turned out quite nice. Since then I have search for recycled coffee filter ideas and have found quite a few. I particularly liked the coffee filter flowers so I decided to try my own version. Here is a SUPER easy coffee filter paper flowers how-to by yours truly.
Coffee filters (4 per flower)
Small rubber bands or small hair bands
Wooden skewer or dowel
Old book pages
Hot glue and hot glue gun
There are many tutorials on this but I found this to be the absolute easiest and quickest way to make them. I sat in my craft room for a few hours trying different ways! You can also dye them by dipping the filters in a little bit of food coloring and water and allowing them to dry on newspaper for about 30 minutes. I chose to keep mine white because I like the look of the starch white, old book pages, and green vase.
Pinch the center of one coffee filter and bunch upwards as shown above.
Set the first “bunch in the center of a second coffee filter and repeat the same bunching motion.
Repeat Step Two until you have four coffee filters. Using a small rubber band (I used a child sized hair band) and secure the top of the paper flower “stem”. It will look like this.
Cut out paper flower petals out of old book pages.
Add a skewer or wooden dowel as a stem and hot glue on the book page petals.
Here is a picture of a smaller flower. For this one I used four coffee filters, however I cut them about a half inch shorter.
I went thrift store shopping the other day in search of some new projects and came up empty handed. I even went to five different thrift stores. On my way home I pass Goodwill. Being the cheapskate I am I didn’t plan on stopping in because I think their prices are too high, but having an already unsuccessful trip, I turned in. As I walked through the doors I hear that there was a 50% off sale on green tagged items today over the intercom. Score! I ended up purchasing some glass vases. I decided that painted colored glass vases would be a nice touch as decorative accents in my kitchen.
Pictured below are the glasses I purchased. I got all five of them for $6.95! When looking for glasses to paint, pay attention to the shape and texture of the glass to achieve your desired look. Take the time to make your own arrangement on the store shelf to help you decide which ones to purchase.
Here is what you need:
Glass vases in varied sizes and shapes
Acrylic craft paint in the desired colors
Paint brush for each paint color
Damp paper towel
Step One: Once you have chosen your vases, clean them with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.
Step Two: Apply a generous amount of paint. I mixed my paint first because I could not find the exact color I wanted.
Step Three: Slowly tilt and turn the vase to cover the inside of the glass. When you reach the lip of the vase, use a paint brush to neatly apply the paint and cover the entire inside of the glass.
Step Four: Allow the paint to dry.
Here are some after photos:
Note: I use these vases for decorative purposes only. Do not fill with water or wash in the dishwasher.
I don’t know about you but I love decorating for Christmas. I even had two Christmas trees this year (side note: this year my daughter is two and she asked me if Santa was going to put presents under both trees…doh!). Anyway, after the New Year and I take down my decorations, I always feel like the house looks so bare. So, with this in mind, I thought I’d write a post about some ideas for decorating after the holidays.
Inexpensive Glass Fillers
As you can see by the photos in this post, I have apothecary jars all over the house. They are so convenient, and I have to say a great investment for your home décor. By simply changing the contents, you add instant style to your surroundings. Here is a photo of these jars during Christmas at my house.
Winter Floral Arrangements
To be honest with you, I NEVER bought flowers until I moved into my house last February. Now, thank you to the past residents I have beautiful flowers to pick and prune to display in my home. Consider colorful winter flowers such as pansies or snap dragons. Put them in Recycled Mason Jars or tin cans for an inexpensive display.
Vintage and Flea Market Finds
I heart vintage flea markets! I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty great ones. Look for items such as old ice skates, wooden sleds, or galvanized tubs to add to your décor.
Incorporate Winter Colors
My favorite winter color (or lack of color!) schemes are an all neutral and white pallet, gray and white, or silver and white. There is a certain sophistication in those combinations that I love. Are those too stark for you? Think cozy, warm, deep colors like deep purple or red.
Use Natural Elements
Did you know that pinecones, branches, and acorns are free??? I steel them from my neighbors all the time! Display them in pretty bowls or glass vases and jars… easy and did I mention free???
Flowers have the unique ability to brighten a room and your mood, and the fragrances they exude can infuse your home with a freshness that no air freshener or scented candle can duplicate. But all good things come to an end, and flowers, once cut at the stem and placed in water, face a shortened lifespan no matter how well you take care of them.
But how long a bouquet can survive and thrive in a vase is greatly affected by the care it receives. While some flowers may start to wilt after only a couple days, others can last well over a week. There’s no secret involved — it’s all a matter of choosing the right flowers and taking a few simple steps to care for them.
Coordinate by season
Knowing which flowers to put out for the wedding can be dependent on a number of factors, including the season. You wouldn’t want to put sunflowers out in winter wedding or holly in a spring ceremony. As much as the colors need to coordinate, so do the flowers. Everyone considers roses at some point or another, but think about choosing amaryllis, a winter wedding flower that is also available in red and white colors. With a beautiful scent, this flower is sure to spread some cheer during your holiday wedding.
Purchase flowers straight from the farm
By the time you purchase already-cut flowers at a grocery store, they’ve already been bundled and packaged for at least a couple of days. That greatly cuts down the life expectancy — particularly when the attentive care the flowers receive in the meantime is often minimal. By purchasing flowers at a farm or farmer’s market, you often get your choice of flowers that were hand-cut that morning, which means you get to enjoy your arrangement for longer. And surprisingly, the flowers at a farmers market are less expensive than in a grocery or floral store.
Cut stems at an angle
Straight-cut stems limit the amount of water flowers can absorb, ultimately cutting down their lifespan. Cutting the stems at an angle increases the surface area of the exposed stem, making it easier for more water to be consumed. For best results, cut stems at a 45-degree angle before placing them in water.
Set flowers in a clean vase
When you’re reusing a vase, rinsing it out may not be enough. As flowers get older, certain bacteria can develop in the water and cut down on the life expectancy of the plants. If a vase is reused without cleaning it properly, the bacteria have a head start on your new bouquet and can cause them to deteriorate even faster. To eliminate all bacteria from a vase, create a mixture of 10 parts water and one part bleach, then scrub the interior of the vase with the mixture. Rinse it thoroughly to get rid of the bleach, then fill it with water and place your flowers inside.
Remove excess foliage
Pluck or trim off all leaves and other foliage that fall below the waterline in a vase. This extra foliage is the perfect place for bacteria to develop, and it can shorten the lifespan of your flowers.
Feed and water the bouquet
A little maintenance work after the flowers are set in water can go a long way. Every few days, you should swap out the old water for new. While doing that, go ahead and cut a little bit off the end of each stem to give the flowers a fresh surface for absorbing water. For best results, add a little but of flower food into the water to give the flowers some much-needed nutrients that will extend their lifespan.
The exact lifespan of your floral bouquets will depend on a combination of these and other factors. But it’s not unreasonable to think that just these simple steps alone can add several days of extra vibrancy and life to your flowers. That means more impressive displays and less money wasted on short-lived arrangements.
Authored By: Hortensia Martinez
Hortensia loves to decorate for the holidays and will make changes to her home to celebrate any holiday, even Labor Day. She loves sharing tips and hints on how people can spice up their holidays.