DIY Mini Pumpkin Painting

diy mini pumpkin painting

Tis the season for pumpkins, costumes, scary makeup and scarecrows. Pumpkins are my favorite part of that, so today, I chose to paint just that.

We painted a beach sunset a few months ago for summer. Well, because I wasn’t ready to let go of summer. I’m not  embracing the cold weather now, but I’m more open to the idea, ha.

So, grab your supplies and some friends and meet me at step 1 below!

 

mini painting supplies

Mini pumpkin painting supplies

  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • water cup
  • paper towels
  • mini canvas
  • acrylic paint
    • light green
    • dark gree
    • navy blue
    • medium blue
    • brown
    • orange

 

acrylic paint blobs

Step 1: paint set up

Drop a few blobs of paint on your palette.

 

paint outline of a pumpkin

Step 2: paint the base and pumpkin outline

I’m combining a few steps into one because it’s all prep.

2a: Paint the top 3/4s of the canvas navy blue. Mix in some medium blue here and there. Paint horizontally for the sky. Let it dry.

2b: Now we’ll paint the grass. Paint the bottom 1/4 of the canvas dark green. Mix in some light green. Let it dry.

2c: Now the fun part: the pumpkin. Paint an orange oval in the space slightly off center of the canvas. This is going to be the center of the pumpkin.

2d: Now paint half an oval on each side of the original oval.

2e: Repeat step 2d on each sides of the half circles you just painted. Let it dry.

 

how to paint a pumpkin

Step 3: paint the pumpkin

Fill in the lines you just painted with orange paint. Let it dry.

 

painting highlights & shadows

Step 4: paint the highlights

Before your paint dries, get a very small dab of white paint and paint over the orange. Don’t cover all of the orange though.

Think about where the light would hit the pumpkin and paint in those places. If you’re unsure, look at illustrations of pumpkins and pay attention to the lighting and shadows. I say illustrations, and not photos, because the lighting is more exaggerated. It’s easier to noticed the differences.

Let it dry.

 

pumpkin painting

Step 5: paint the shadows

Remember where the original outlines were? Use those lines as a guide and paint the top and bottom of them brown. Let it dry.

 

how to paint a pumpkin stem

Step 6: paint the stem

Paint a stem on your pumpkin.

Tip: stems are far more exciting when they twist to the side.

 

pumpkin painting in acrylic

Step 7: paint the stars

Get a small dab of white paint on your smallest brush and paint dots on top of the blue sky. Try to spread them out and vary the sizing.

 

diy mini pumpkin painting

Now you can put your pumpkin painting on a mini easel and display it until it snows, or year around. Whatever you like!

Hope you enjoyed this one! Let me know what you think and what you’d like to see painted. Is anyone interested in some video?

Happy crafting!

 

 

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DIY Bottle Cap Wreath

diy bottle cap wreath

As we sit here, me writing, you reading, I’m drinking beer. Most of the time, that beer comes in a bottle and I refuse to throw away those bottle caps. I figured I could use them for something. Lo and behold I found a purpose… I made a bottle cap wreath!

 

beer bottle caps

I have no idea how many it took to cover the form, but I do know it took about 1.75 pasta jars filled with caps. I counted the first row I glued on and there were 23. There are 5 rows, so I’ll guestimate around 115. However, I only covered the front half.

So, save your bottle caps and make something fun!

 

bottle cap wreath supplies

Bottle cap wreath supplies

  • paint brush
  • bottle caps
  • black paint
  • wreath form
  • black ribbon
  • hot glue and gun

 

wreath painted black

Step 1: paint the wreath

Use the black paint to cover the wreath, front and back.

Let it dry.

 

 

Step 2: Glue on the first bottle cap layer

For the first layer, cover the front of the wreath by gluing on the bottle caps side by side. Make sure each is touching the one beside it.

 

 

Step 3: Keep layering

Add a layer above and below your base row.

Then, add two more layers over top, covering up the space where you can see the black paint between each layer.

 

diy bottle cap wreath

Add a pretty bow and hang it up! You’re finished.

Grab a jar and upcycle those bottle caps so you can make fun craft projects like this one.

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

 

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 September craft projects.

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: Burlap Flower Decor
Heather from ShiftMama: Coming Soon!
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Coming Soon!
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Coming Soon!
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Coming Soon!

DIY Fall Inspired Gift Box

fall lace bow

Some wrapping paper is really cute, but most of it is boring and common. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up and make your own, so to speak.

My best friend’s birthday was this past weekend and my dilemma was getting the gifts to fit in the baskets I had. (Based on this blog post, I obviously deviated for the basket idea.) Eventually I gave up and moved to a box. A box that fit my boots.

I wanted something fall-inspired but also girly, because Kelly is quite girly. I settled with brown paper, off-white lace and orange, brown and yellow plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box supplies

fall-inspired gift box supplies

  • box
  • lace ribbon
  • brown paper
  • plaid fall ribbon
  • hot melt glue and gun

You can get the brown paper at any craft store. You might be able to find it at Walmart or Target too. If not, there’s always the internet.

 

Step 1: Wrap the box lid

Start with the lid. Cut 4 slits on each corner of the box about the hight of the lid.

Fold those inward and glue them to the box.

Then fold the remaining brown paper flaps over the lid and glue them down.

 

Step 2: wrap the box bottom

Repeat step 1 for the bottom of the box.

 

bow tying

Step 3: wrap the ribbon around the gift box

Place the lace ribbon flat on the floor and place the box over top of it, face down.

Then twist the ribbons around each other and pull them in opposite directions so you form a cross on the back of the box.

Pull your loose ends around to the front and flip the box front side up.

Slide the ends under the strip of lace already crossing the front of the box.

Tie a knot over top of it.

Then, tie another knot around it with your plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box decoration

Step 4: tie the ribbons in a bow

You have two options, tie a single bow with both ribbons, or tie two bows separately.

I chose two bows:
Tie a bow with the lace ribbon.
Tie a bow with the plaid ribbon.

 

When you’re done, you gift box should like the images above. Brown paper, lace and plaid ribbon is quite fall-esque, I think. I love the way they look together. ❤

Quick, easy and unique.

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

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Gum Container Upcycle for Button Storage

As most of you know, I’m a big fan of upcycling. I’ve written many tutorials on how to recycle everything from 6 pack carriers and soda cans to mint tins. I try to reuse everything.

Today, I’m upcycling an old gum container. You know, the plastic ones that fit in the cup holder of your car? I have a few of them and I’ve found that they’re super useful for storing small things like buttons and bobby pins. They’re also really great for transporting snacks.

With that in mind, I’d encourage you to save all of your gum holders and use them for storage when you finish with them. This is just one of the many ways to reuse them.

 

Supplies needed to recycle old gum container

  • twine
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • gum container
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot melt glue and gun

 

gum holder upcycle project

Step 1: remove the labels from the gum container

Cut or peel off the labels.

Tip: if you have trouble getting the paper labels off, try using Goo Gone. The stuff is amazing.

 

Step 2: decorate the gum lid

Place a piece of scrapbook paper over the lid and press your finger around the embossed section to define the shape. Then flip the scrapbook paper over and cut it out. It’s usually easier to see the lines on the non-decorated side.

Glue the scrapbook circle to the lid.

 

twine wrapped gum holder

Step 3: wrap the gum container with twine

Start at the bottom and hot glue the end of your twine rope to the container. continue to wrap the twine and glue it every inch or so as you make your way up.

 

button storage gum container

That’s it! Now all you have to do is stuff it with buttons, or whatever small items you want to store.

How have you decorated your gum holders? Let me know in comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Fall Candle Holders from Recycled Jars

DIY candle holders from recycled jars

It’s starting to get cold here in PA, and when that happens I get out my candles. They keep my apartment a little bit warmer and make the atmosphere more relaxing. Every Fall I do a few candle tutorials and this is the first one of the season. I know we’re not quite into autumn yet, but its about 64 degrees here, so it’s close enough for me.

I always save my jars because they can be used for something, whether it be craft and food storage or, in this case, candle holders.

If you have the jars already, that’s great! You will just need to make a craft store run for the following items.

fall candle holder craft supplies

Candle holder craft supplies

  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • recycled jars
  • white ribbon
  • lace ribbon
  • burlap ribbon (wide)
  • rope and burlap flowers

 

burlap ribbon

Step 1: wrap the jar with burlap ribbon

The burlap ribbon will be the base for the decorative wrap. Use your glue gun to adhere the ribbon to the jar.

candle holder crafts

Step 2: wrap the jars with white and lace ribbon

Glue the white ribbon around the center of two of the jars, preferably the smaller two.

Glue the lace ribbon around the larger jar.

Make sure your ribbons meet in the back where the burlap ribbon was glued together.

 

upcycled jar crafts

Step 3: decorate your jars with fall flowers

Glue on the rope and burlap flowers for the final touch of the fall-inspired candle holders.

 

DIY candle holders from recycled jars

Add the candles and you’re finished! Use them as a table centerpiece or set them on your windowsill.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

If you’re looking for more craft ideas, check these out:

DIY Autumn-Inspired Mason Jar Vase

This fall-inspired mason jar decor is perfect for upcycling old jars and getting into the autumn spirit! Grab some jars, acrylic paint, burlap, white ribbon and flowers to get started.

autumn-inspired mason jar vase

Autumn Craft: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

Not into the jar crafts? Try a relief painting with leaves! This is just a fun project. In fact, it’s one my favorite crafts on this blog. Follow the tutorial to make your own.

DIY leaf relief painting

DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

You can’t get into the fall months without seeing pumpkins. If you’re a fan, try this cute craft. All you’ll need is some scented pinecones, a craft pumpkin (or a real one, whichever you prefer), a candle and a carving knife.

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones

DIY Tea Holder from Scrapbook Paper

diy tea bag holder scrapbook paper craft

Tea is such a good gift. You can share it any time: when someone is sick, for special occasions, for fun… Whenever really. But it’s no fun to just give people a box of tea. It’s much more exciting to gift in unique packaging.

This tea bag holder is wonderful and makes gifting just a few teabags more personal.

You only need a few supplies and you might have them in your craft box already.

 

scrapbook tea -holder supplies

Paper tea bag holder supplies

  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper
  • ruler (optional)

 

scrapbook paper square

Step 1: cut a scrapbook paper square

Cut a square in your scrapbook paper.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: fold the points inward

Turn the paper so one of the points is facing upward.

Place the teabag at the top for measurement and fold the points on the right and left inward like in the image above.

 

tea bag gift bag

Step 3: fold the teabag holder to stand on its own

Create an A shape in the center of the paper. This will help the tea bag holder to stand on its own.

Start by folding the points at the top and bottom together so the inside of the holder is facing outward.

Then, fold them inward about an inch from the center folder on both sides to create the shape above.

 

scrapbook paper tea bag gift bag

Step 4: tie the teabag holder shut

Punch a hole in the top of the teabag holder, push a ribbon through and tie it closed.

 

diy paper tea holderscrapbook tea container

You’re ready to gift your tea! You’ll be able to fit a few teabags in the newly created holder. Perfect for a quick, thoughtful gift.

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 August craft projects.

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Cardboard Scarf Organizer
Heather from ShiftMama: Garden Solar Light Upgrade
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make an Eastern Inspired Card Trio
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Keychain Using Old Jewelry
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Crochet Hoop Wall Art

DIY Lemon Essential Oil Car Air Freshener

DIY lemon car air freshener

Over the last few years, I’ve made and tested a lot of air fresheners. Essential oil air fresheners are my favorite because I know I’m not breathing in crappy chemicals, they smell wonderful and the scent lingers for a long time. Today, I want to make an air freshener for my car.

To make one of your own, you’re going to need the following:

 

car air freshener supplies

Felt lemon air freshener supplies

  • felt
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • lemon oil
  • hot melt glue and gun (not pictured)
  • a lid with different sized top and opening*

*You don’t necessarily need a lid. You just need two circles that are different sizes, one a little smaller than the other.

The lid I chose had a smaller top than opening. It worked well for this project.

 

felt lemon supplies

Step 1: cut out the pieces for the lemon

Trace your circles on two different pieces of felt. One should be yellow and the other should be off white or a lighter yellow.

Cut them out.

 

felt lemon in-progress

Step 2: cut your lemon in half

Cut both circles in half and glue the lighter yellow felt on top of the yellow.

 

lemon air freshener

Step 3: add lemon triangles

This step is a little tricky and it comes in parts.

A. Trace and cut another circle in yellow felt. This cicle should be the size of your smaller circle. Then cut it in half. I cut mine down just a little bit smaller by eyeballing it. Feel free to use another small circle stencil if you need to.

B. Cut the half circle into 4 segments. These are going to be little yellow triangles you see in the image above.

C. Glue your triangles in place.

Don’t think about it too much, or you’ll overdo it.

 

DIY lemon car air freshener

Add many drops of lemon essential oil onto the little yellow triangles. (The lemon oil is tinted, so it will stain the white felt.) Maybe 10-20 depending on your scent preference.

You’re finished. Now you can place your air freshener anywhere in your car you’d like. You can even use a hole punch and tie a ribbon through it if you want to hang it over your mirror. I think I’m leaving mine in my center console.

Try to make air fresheners with other fruit shapes an colors too. Limes and grapefruits might be a good option!

Let me know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy crafting!!