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.

 

snowman painted on wood

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 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.

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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.

 

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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 Leaf Pendant

DIY leaf pendant for necklaces and bracelets

Fall is one of my favorite seasons because the leaves change. Every year around this time I get really excited to see it. But every year it passes and all I have is pictures.

This year, I found a way to preserve the part I love so much. I’ve made a pendant to capture the color change.

Will the leaf remain this color, you ask? I think so, because the leaf bookmark I made a few years ago is still vibrant.

Want to make your own charm? Follow the tutorial below.

 

materials needed to make a leaf pendant

Materials needed for a DIY leaf pendant

 

glass orb

Step 1: choose the leaf and portion

Place the glass orb over top of the leaves you’re considering.

When you’ve chosen the placement, cut or rip around the orb so that your leaf shape is round.

 

diamond glaze for leaf gluing

Step 2: glue the leaf to the glass

Add a drop of glue to the glass orb and press your leaf down firmly.

 

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Step 3: glue the orb to the pendant tray

Glue the orb to the tray and press it down firmly.

Let it dry.

 

DIY leaf pendant for necklaces and bracelets

Look how cute that is! Oh, and that texture looks amazing. Now you can have the changing seasons forever. You can put it on a necklace, bracelet or hang it from your Christmas tree. What a fun way to remember autumn.

I’d love to know what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting!

DIY Fall-Inspired Wreath

DIY Fall-Inspired Wreath

I felt festive today, so I made a fall-inspired wreath. It doesn’t take long to make (maybe half an hour) and it is nice home decor. The pinecones are cinnamon scented too, so it makes my house smell amazing 🙂 I don’t know how much the average seasonal wreath would typically cost, but I made this one with under $20. Probably about $16 all together.

DIY Fall-Inspired WreathThings You Will Need:
Wreath*
Scissors
Ribbon
Hot-melt glue
Fall floral plant
Felt (optional)
Cinnamon-scented pinecones

*I’ve seen people use a pool noodle in place of the styrofoam circle. You can give that a shot. I’ve never tried it though, so I’m not going to tell you it will work. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

You can find the scented pinecones and floral plant at your local craft store. Around this time of year they should be stocked up. You will smell them as soon as you walk in the door.

DIY Fall-Inspired WreathStep 1:
Fold the edge of the ribbon over and glue it to the styrofoam wreath.

DIY Fall-Inspired WreathStep 2:
Begin to wrap the ribbon around the form. I bought 10 ft. (3 m.) worth of ribbon and just barely had enough. Make sure you are wrapping the ribbon directly over top of where the last piece of ribbon ended.

DIY Fall-Inspired WreathStep 3:
If you choose to use felt, here is where you want to wrap a small piece of it around your wreath. Make sure the beginning and the end of the felt are meeting at the back of the wreath. You don’t want people to see that part.

hot-melt fall pinecones to wreathStep 4:
Here’s the fun part. Begin to glue your fall-scented pinecones to the wreath. Find a good layout and get to work 🙂

decorative fall wreathThis is the layout I used for the decoration. It works, but it a bit heavy. I may have gone overboard…

DIY Fall-Inspired Wreath

This wreath actually turned out better than I thought it would. So, I’m not complaining.

I hope you like it! Happy crafting!

DIY Cinnamon Candle Decor

DIY Cinnamon Candle Fall Decor

 

Fall is here! Kind of. Either way, I am in the mood for chai tea, pumpkin pie, and apple cinnamon candles. If you know me, you know that I typically have at least one candle burning. So, I thought I would combine my love of candles and the urge to dive head first into fall and create some DIY cinnamon candle decor. Supposedly, when the candle glass around the candle heats up, the smell of cinnamon permeates the room. I’ve seen this done before, and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time. Today seemed like a good day 🙂 I’ve seen this done before, and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time.

 

DIY Cinnamon Candle Fall DecorThings You Will Need:
Vanilla-scented candle
Hot-melt glue
Cinnamon
String

 

DIY Cinnamon Candle Fall DecorStep 1:
Run a line of hot-melt glue to your cinnamon stick.

 

DIY Cinnamon Candle Fall DecorStep 2:
Glue the cinnamon to the candle. I left the label exposed so that people can see which candle I used.

 

DIY Cinnamon Candle Fall DecorStep 3:
You would think that this step is optional, but when you burn the candle, it will heat up the glue on the cinnamon sticks and they will fall off. So, get some string and tie it around the candle.

 

DIY Cinnamon Candle Fall Decor

 

There you have it, a vanilla cinnamon candle to spice up your fall decor! Lovely!