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Entries in DIY (33)

Thursday
Oct242013

Anthropologie-Inspired Painted Candle Holders DIY

A few years ago, I found these beautiful glasses on Anthropologie.com (which are sadly no longer available) and I loved the idea of hand-painting glasses. When I found these 69cent glass candle holders at the thrift store, I knew I could turn them into a perfect additions to my tiny fall decorations.  

For this little project, you'll need different colors of craft paint (I used orange, light yellow, and black), your glass candle holders, and a paint brush.

Start by applying the one color of paint in different-sized small dots around the glass candle holders. You'll want to apply them closer together around the bottom of the glass, and more scattered around the top. The overall goal is an ombre effect, but it takes a little bit to really start to see what the end result will look like. Don't give up!

Begin applying the other colors, following the same strategy as before. You want to focus on filling in the open spaces along the bottom of the glass, and be sporatic about it. It doesn't matter if some of them overlap and try to get different sizes, and going different directions.

If you notice the colors blending too much, let dry for a few minutes between colors.

I went around the glass twice with each color, alternating between paint colors. And that's it! Insert a votive or tealight candle and light.

In love. Perfect easy fall decorations are my favorite.

Friday
Oct112013

Candy Corn Paper Cupcake Topper DIY

These Candy Corn Cupcake Toppers are great for your Halloween parties, or maybe just to want to make someone feel extra special when you give them a plate full of Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Whenever you chose to do with these toppers, they add a cute little something-something to embrace the fall spirit.

For these toppers, you'll need toothpicks; orange, yellow, and white printed scrapbooking or cardstock; plain cardstock; scissors; and glue dots or glue stick.

Cut out a candy corn shape out of the plain cardstock. Mine was about 1 1/2 inches tall. I cut one out, and then used that as a stencil to make a half dozen more that were the same size.

Start with your white patterned paper and cover the top third in the paper. I applied my glue dot to the plain paper, and then stuck it to the sheet of patterned paper and cut the shape out that way. This provides a straight edge and less cutting than cutting out a small section, then gluing, then cutting again.

For the center orange section, cut out a strip that's as tall as a third of your candy corn shape, glue, and trim to the right size.

For the yellow section, line up your yellow paper and glue the entire paper down. Trim to size, similar to adding the white section.

Ta-da! Quirky patterned candy corn shape! How cute is that? Mixing patterns is part of the fun.

Apply some glue to the toothpick and glue to the back of the candy corn. If you are using an actual normal-sized toothpick, use some kind of liquid glue (tacky glue or Mod Podge) to glue toothpick to the back of the candy corn. Cut a small strip of paper and apply over the toothpick, creating a foundation for the toothpick to stick to. I hope that makes sense...

Stick those babies where they belong... I just love the mix of patterns!

This is a great project to use up some scrapbooking paper scraps or even extra fabric that's been sitting around your craft cabinet. Or at least, that's where I found my paper. And those toothpicks can be found next to the regular toothpicks in the supermarket. Since I have an entire container of them now, I'm sure more cupcake toppers are in the near future. They're just so cute and fun!

Disclaimer: I don't even like candy corn, but this is my second candy corn craft. It's such a festive color combo.

Friday
Oct042013

Glitter Pumpkin DIY

If you've been on my blog before, you know that I love a simple DIY and these glitter-painted pumpkins are just that. These probably don't even warrant a tutorial, but they are a great way to spice up your growing pumpkin collection (you don't have a growing pumpkin collection? That's just me? Bummer...) or use for a table or mantle centerpiece. Here's what you'll need...

Pumpkins, Glitter Paint, and a Paint brush. See told you this was simple.

Use the paint brush to paint a thin coat of glitter paint over half of your pumpkin. Sit the pumpkin on the non-painted side and lean it on its steam until dry. You'll need 3-4 coats of paint, depending on how much bling you want your pumpkin to have.

Once you've let your last coat fully dry, repeat the painting with the other side of the pumpkin to get full glitter coverage. Let dry and that's it. Bam, glitter pumpkin.

As I said, I currently have a collection of pumpkins on our bookcase because I love all the different size, shapes, and colors that you can get pumpkins and gords in. Each year, I tend to buy a bunch of different ones to group places around our apartment and these gold glitter ones are perfect to mix and match with. 

Painting pumpkins might be an addiction that I just uncanned...I'm thinking chalkboard paint next. (!!!!!)

Monday
Sep302013

A Fun Fall Round-Up

Now that my scarves and boots are out from their boxes, I'm ready to fully embrace fall in all it's jean-jacket, pumpkin-spice, sock-wearing goodness. I wanted to throw together a little round-up of a bunch of recipes that are perfect for chilly fall nights and DIYs that are great for getting into that fall spirit! 

I feel like I need to add a disclaimer that some of these posts include photos that are just awful. Happily, my photography has gotten much better since I started this blog and that is very apparent when you look back at some past posts. 

Creamy Pumpkin Pie! What else do you need. You can just stop reading here.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. These are perfect coupled with a cup of tea and some great TV.

These Chalkboard Speech Bubble Mugs make all hot beverages better. Truth.

Apple Cranberry Pie is a great dessert to take for Thanksgiving or any other family/friend dinner-gathering. A great twist on a traditional apple pie.

These Tile Coasters are so simple to make, you can make a set for every time of year! Black and orange stripes/chevron for Halloween?!

Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of my go-to warm drinks while it starts getting chilly out.

Applesauce Cupcakes are my serious addiction. I can't even make them anymore because I'll eat the whole batch. Bake at your own risk.

Make your own Heart Teabags (or any shaped teabags) with some loose tea and coffee filters. Perfect for the fall weather or for a fun hostess gift!

Candy Corn Felt Garland is super easy and really cute. 

Happy Fall!

Friday
Sep132013

Cupcake Wrapper Paper Flower DIY

I have a hard time keeping real flowers around our apartment (one of the bad parts of having these cuties) so I am always looking for ways to make paper flowers. These flowers are made from cupcake liners, which I always have around the kitchen. Here's how to make the cupcake liner flowers...

For this project, you'll need Mod Podge, cupcake liners (5 per flower), floral wire, and floral tape. The supermarket sells inexpensive packs of pastel cupcake liners that would be great for this project!

This tutorial is similar to these coffee filter flowers, which has more detailed photos.

Take a piece of floral wire and fold the end into a loop. Fold each cupcake liner into fourths.

Cut the wide end of the liner into a backwards 3, turning the folded liner into the shape of a heart.

Dip the end of the floral wire loop into Mod Podge and shake off any extra. Poke the center of a liner through the floral wire and slide up towards the loop. Twist the liner around the loop and paint a small amount of Mod Podge on the twisted section.

Add another liner and repeat with all 5 liners.

Ta-da! This where things start to take practice...

Holding the flower in your hand, begin wrapping the twisted section of the flower with floral tape. The trick with floral tape is to overlap it often, since it sticks to itself. Continue down the wire until you reach your desired stem length. Cut the wire stem to length.

Place in a small vase or fun decorative jar. These are perfect for spaces that might not have any windows, like my downstairs bathroom, or to add the effect of fresh flowers without dealing with changing the water or having your pets try to eat them. You could even dye them!

Happy DIY weekend!