DIY Wood Snowman and Scarecrow Reversible Holiday Decor

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Some people go all out decorating for the holidays, and it always looks amazing. But I always wonder where the heck the store their decorations in the off season? I have an apartment, so storing decorations is not a viable option.

However, this type of decoration is more my style because it’s a two in one kind of deal… snowman on one side and scarecrow on the other. That means I can use it for more than a month at a time. Score!

My mom requested this one though, so she is the lucky winner of this reversible decor piece. It’s better that way. I get to make fun things and she gets to display find storage for it. Everyone is happy. Thanks Mom!

This was a fun project but I had some small hiccups along the way. I’ll walk you through the fixes, just in case you run into the same problems.

Also, be aware that this craft project takes a good bit of time to complete due to drying time for the paint.

Grab the supplies below and follow the tutorial to make your own.

reversible scarecrow snowman supplies

Reversible holiday decor supplies

  • newspaper
  • wood glue
  • cup of water
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • 5 pieces of wood
  • sealant (optional)
  • black Sharpie (highly recommended)
  • lots of paper towels (highly recommended)

Paint colors: brown, dark brown, black, white, orange. Pink if you want rosey cheeks.

 

Glue wood together

Step 1: glue 3 pieces of wood together

Lay down some newspaper and glue together 3 of the 5 pieces of wood.

Let it dry.

Tip: the glue can get messy, but if you get Elmer’s wood glue, it’s water-based, so you can use a damp paper towel or rag to wipe it off the top and the bottom after it dries.

Depending on your surface area, you might want to put some heavy objects on top of the wood to help keep the pieces even while they dry.

 

painted wood pieces

Step 2: paint the loose wood pieces

Grab the two wood pieces you put off to the side. Paint one dark brown and one black.

Let it dry.

 

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Step 3: paint the snowman

Now that the wood is adhered together and the glue is cleaned up, paint the bottom 2/3 white and the top 1/3 black. You will probably need a few coats of each.

Don’t worry about getting those lines totally even. It will be covered up soon.

Let it dry.

 

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Step 4: finish the snowman’s hat

Glue the black piece of wood across the black and white paint line. Tilt the wood to give it some character. This will be the snowman’s hat.

Let it dry.

 

scarecrow painted on wood

Step 5: make the scarecrow

Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side using the brown and dark brown.

Then glue the brown wood piece across the front.

Let it dry.

 

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Step 6: give the snowman and scarecrow faces

If you’re brave, paint on the faces. My first attempt was with paint. It kind of worked, but I ended up using a Sharpie to clean up the edges. You could also use Sharpie for the whole thing, excluding the nose. Either way works.

Let it dry.

When the faces and finished and dry, spray a coat or two of sealant over each side to ensure longevity.

 

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Set your new reversible holiday decor out and enjoy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave your feedback in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their November projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Holly Napkin Rings (Made with Nail Polish)
Heather from ShiftMama: Coming soon!
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Coming soon!
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Nature-Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

DIY Kindness Rocks

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Have you heard of the Kindness Rock Project? It’s based off of the idea that the right message at the right time can change a person’s life.

I first learned about this, without actually knowing what it was, a few months ago. I was running on a trail that I run on all the time and this brightly colored rock caught my eye. It was bright blue and said “you matter”. I smiled and kept going. What a cute idea. A mile down the trail I saw another one that said “Smile. It looks good on you.” Again, another smile.

I didn’t think anything of it until a month or so later I was in a different city and saw more of them. That’s not a coincidence. After some digging, I learned about the Kindness Rock Project. Create kindness rocks to inspire someone and take a rock that inspires you and pass it on. What a great idea!

So, here I am, joining the movement. Why? Because everyone needs some kindness. You never know what another person is going through, so give them some motivation to get through their day. Make Kindness Rocks.

 

joy rocks supplies

Kindness Rock Supplies

  • flat rocks
  • paint brushes
  • oil-based markers
  • outdoor paint (acrylic)
  • water dish filled with water

 

painted rocks

Step 1: paint the rock with a solid color

Pick a few bright colors that will catch attention and paint it onto the rock. You might have to paint a second layer, depending on the color.

Let it dry.

 

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Step 2: write your inspiration

Choose your inspirational saying or visual and write it on the rock with your marker.

Let it dry.

 

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Step 3: add some fun elements to the rock

I chose polka dots, because who doesn’t smile at polka dots? They’re up-lifting. You can add whatever decorative elements you’d like though.

Let it dry.

 

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Make a few more and you’re done. Go and share them with the world!

For some kindness rock inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are a ton of examples and ideas for you to try.

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I want to try so many more variations. In the upcoming months, you will see more of these from me. Join the movement and make someone’s day better.

Happy crafting!

DIY Sweet Orange Fall Candle

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There’s a chill in the air and everyone is talking about fall. That means autumn smells are permeating craft stores and Thanksgiving DIY projects are in season.

Every year around this time, I like to make candles. Something about the cold weather makes me enjoy them so much more. This week, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Sweet orange sounded like a good scent since I’m not quite into the cinnamon spice deal just yet.

The candles are really easy to make and won’t take up much of your time. They make great gifts too, so keep that in mind. Instead of making one or two, you could make them in bulk and give them away for the holidays, or use them for parties.

 

sweet orange candle supplies

Candle making supplies

  • jar
  • coloring
  • soy wax
  • pouring pot
  • candle wick
  • festive ribbon (optional)
  • sweet orange essential oil

 

soy wax chips

Step 1: melt the wax

The amount of soy wax you use will depend on the size of your jar. A good rule of thumb is 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.

But you know I don’t measure if I don’t have to. I have a 12oz jar and melted about 4 cups of wax for it with a little bit left over.

Once melted, remove from heat and let it sit for about 3 minutes to cool.

 

 

 

candle wick

Step 2: adhere the wick

While your wax is melting, stick the metal part of the wick into the melting wax (just the bottom) and quickly press it against the bottom of the jar. Hold it in place for a few seconds until the wax dries.

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Step 3: add color and/or fragrance

Add about 30 drops of essential oil (more if you want a more prominent scent).

Add color. Keep adding drops until you’re satisfied. Remember that the color will be lighter when the wax dries.

 

secure candle wick

Step 4: pour the wax into the jar

When your wax has had time to cool off, pour it into the jar slowly and secure the wick with two knives. They don’t always stand straight up on their own.

Let it cool.

 

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Tie a cute, festive ribbon around the top and enjoy your candle. Or you can give it to someone else to enjoy. Whatever makes you happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting!