Fall · Holidays · Seasons · Thanksgiving

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Thanksgiving is only 3 days away. Add a touch of fall to your Thanksgiving table with elegant yet easy-to-make Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas. Including natural elements, candle displays, and more, these centerpieces will be a highlight on your holiday table.

Remember that spray paint I love so much from Rustoleum…Metallic Gold. I used it on the ‘Framed Pumpkin’. How beautiful does this look…3 faux pumpkins and a can of spray paint…is all you need…you can also spray some of your pine cones gold also! Stunning!

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I love this next one…All you need is a branch from outside, a vase, colored paper, and some string. Cut out shapes of leaves. If you have a faux one, use that to trace. Punch a hole at top of leaf, put the string through, and there you go.Each person at the table has a marker and a leaf ready to hang. Each person writes what they are thankful for on the leaf. Then you hang on the branch! Be sure to put nuts in the vase as a filler and to hold the branch still.centerpiesces-fall

This next one is easy also. All you need is some spray paint or chalk paint and some flowers and a candle. The pumpkins can be purchased at the dollar store. Cut off the tops with a knife…be careful..Then paint. Add something like small pebbles inside on the bottom to give weight to the pumpkin, so when you add candle…it stays put! Add some little flowers…there you go!!!

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This next one is such a awesome idea. Do you like succulents? Well how about taking a large gourd, cutting it in half length wise, then placing succulents in it…So beautiful and natural!

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This next one, you glue popcorn kernels and a different variety of  beans to different size pumpkins!

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These pretty little posts I made here…https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/10/30/fall-flowerpot/

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Here is another idea where I used the Metallic Gold spray paint: https://kelleysdiy.com/2016/09/30/golden-pumpkins/

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I hope you decide to do one of these tablescapes…they are not only pretty…but easy. We all could use easy and stress free ideas!

 

 

 

 

Fall · Seasons

Broken Rake

A friend, who knows me a bit too much, came over yesterday to see how the progress was going in the kitchen. She brought me a gift….a rake. No ordinary rake! This ones handle was broken, the metal rusted, and bent up. Now to know Carol, is to know she  likes to bring me a challenge! So I took that old rake….and just a few minutes later turned it into this:

 

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After her initial…loving it….She asked politely if I would remove the sunflower…

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There is a lesson to learn from this….well perhaps more than one. The lesson I would love for you to take from this is: DON’T DISCARD BEFORE YOU THINK OUT OF THE BOX. I’m not recommending you to start hoarding things…but…try to look at it in a different way. Not as a piece of trash, but as a treasure you can up cycle or re purpose!

You may not know this but I started this blog when I won first place in a Trash to Treasure Challenge. It was my first challenge, and being among other crafters. It was truly exciting to win. But what was even more of a compliment was when I was asked by another blogger if I had any other projects completed. When I sent her some pics of them…she asked why I don’t have my own website…so that is how it all started!

Did I get off track? Carol took home her Re purposed rake with a smile 😉

 

Fall · Seasons

Fall Table Decorations

I found these cute little terra cotta flowerpots at the dollar store…3 for a dollar…wow! I just knew I had to grab some up. You just never know when stuff will come in handy.

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Using the same Metallic Gold spray paint as I used in the Pumpkin Frame

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I painted the flower pots inside and out. These aren’t going to be used outside. So I didn’t soak them in water, etc.

I then started pouncing orange polka dots on the pot:

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So fun and easy. I let the paint dry. I then added some filler….a small pumpkin…and there you go! This is so cute on your tablescape for the fall holidays!

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I was thinking….wouldn’t this look cute with a name tag hanging from it? Or you can take a toothpick and foam paper and make name tags.

So what do you think of this little pot?

 

Fall · Seasons

Framed Pumpkin

If you have been to a dollar store lately, you will find pumpkins by the dozens! Well,I just had to pick up some and see what I could make with them.

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I took a box cutter, but almost anything will work. It’s made of really thin Styrofoam, and thankfully, it doesn’t make a big mess when you cut in half. I then took one of the pieces I cut and painted with a off white spray paint.

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Remember that tip I told you a while back? If you want your final color to pop…spray item white first. When it was dry….

I sprayed it with Rustoleum Metallic Gold…

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I just love this spray paint!! I have used this in many projects. As the pumpkin was drying, I took a frame and it’s cardboard, and painted them both with black spray paint.

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I took a piece of black material and cut it big enough to cover the cardboard and left a little on all 4 sides to fold behind. I then hot glued the sides to the back. I as thinking while I was making this….It would look really pretty with black tulle covering the material.When it was all dry…I glued the pumpkin inside the frame…I added some acorns..(I halved them also) and a pretty leaf. This is what the final project looks like….

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This is so pretty on the mantel, or hanging on the wall.Don’t you just love the shine of the gold metallic!!!

Fall · Seasons

More No Carve Pumpkins

Yesterday I posted some pictures of pumpkins that you decorate really pretty without having to carve them out. Can you imagine your collection after a few years!

This is a wonderful way to chill your wine at a party!!!

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You start with a fake pumpkin. Cut off the top. Paint the whole pumpkin in a burgundy color. Use a gold metallic paint to paint the stem and write ‘drink’.

Here’s another painted fake pumpkin….with thumbtacks spelling out ‘Fall’

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How cute are these dollar store small pumpkins painted, and adding a glitter leaf.

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How did this pic of Diesel get in here?

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Now to change the mood….

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Mod Podge, newspaper, thumbtacks, moss, skull and pumpkin are all you need to make this one. Most of the supplies are available at the dollar store.

How about this one made of cement…

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this next one is just creepy…..

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Pumpkin, pot, skewers, crow….again most of this stuff you can find at a dollar store.

These next ones are painted so pretty!

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Well that’s it for now…hope I inspired you to create one of these yourself…I know you can do it…what is that saying…where there’s a will there’s a way…

Bye for now…enjoy

 

 

Fall · Halloween · Holidays · Seasons

Fall Burlap Runner

Fall is here….love the fall! Living in the desert, us desert rats are ready for Fall. I just had to share with you today this beautiful table runner made from burlap…

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This isn’t a easy 1, 2 ,3 put together craft….but it is soooo worth it!!!
I tend to lean on the side of contemporary–rather than country–in most of my decor, except when I am decorating for fall. Then, I pull out the burlap, the wood, the leaves, and the twine.  I love the cool air and earthy smells of fall. I LOVE the warm colors. And I LOVE this table runner.
It is fun and easy (though not quick–I’m not gonna lie).  I had it in my mind as a concept, so I wasn’t entirely sure how it would work. It will be considerably faster for someone following my tutorial, than it was for me figuring it out as I went!
This is a highly customize-able craft. Once you see how it is done, you can create your own design and make it fit your aesthetic desires.
You will need:

 

  • 1 plain burlap table runner. I made mine by hemming the sides of a strip of burlap to fit my table. 
  • 1/4 -1/2 yard of burlap in 2-3 complimentary tones (one can match runner)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Jute Twine
  • 1/2-1 yard Heat-n-Bond iron-on adhesive or similar product

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I stuck with earthen tones for my burlap. I tried Elmer’s Glue-All also, but I don’t recommend it. It was too runny for the purpose. Tacky Glue is just that–tacky.
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This worked well enough, but I wouldn’t hesitate to by the not “lite” version since this is burlap. Any bonding that was less-than-secure after ironing this on was taken care of by the gluing step.
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1. Find or create some pumpkin and leaf stencils/patterns out of paper. I traced some leaf decorations I already had and free-handed the pumpkins. Many templates are available online.
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2. Pin your leaf and pumpkin patterns to some of the coordinating burlap and cut them out. I didn’t end up liking the way the maple leaf design looked on my runner, but I plan to use it on a pillow!
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3. To make the coordinating parts on the pumpkin: Cut a pumpkin shape out of two different colors of burlap. Here the white burlap is on the bottom, the brown on top. Trace lines as shown to divide the pumpkin into 7 curved strips. Cut the strips out. Repeat this for each pumpkin you are making.
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4. Lay out your design. I played around with mine a lot. I originally planned to do this “applique” over the entire runner, but because I have a fairly large center piece I use in the fall, I decided to just put it on each end.
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5. Read the directions on the Heat-n-Bond. I will walk you through it as well, but reading it will help. Beginning with the top layer of the applique (here, the pumpkin strips) bond the Heat-n-Bond to the back (paper will still be attached).
**Place a piece of disposable fabric or paper over your ironing board when you are working with the iron-on adhesive. The glue will get on everything below when you turn it over to iron. (I should have shown this so you weren’t looking at my old, stained ironing board cover!)

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6. Cut out the pieces with the paper backing still on.
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7. Remove the paper, leaving the clear bonded film on each piece.
8. Attach the pieces to the pumpkins by ironing in place per the Heat-n-Bond directions.
9.  Repeat the process for the leaves and the pumpkins–so each piece is cut out with the film exposed. 10. Place each piece where you want it on the table runner and iron in place.
11. Using the Tacky Glue, attach the jute twine along all the seams of the applique. I added a line of twine up the middle of the leaves to add some dimension.I also made a few curly-cue vines with the twine at the top of the pumpkins.
This glue will take about 6-8 hours to dry clear. I pressed down the twine and re-positioned it a few times as it was drying.
 This looks so awesome! Looks better than store bought!!

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36 comments:

  1. Good Morning Kelly, I am popping over to visit you from Say G’Day as I was interested to see how you made your burlap runner…. and I have to tell you it is fabulous. It is so unusual…. I have never seen a runner like it…. but I think once bloggers take a peek at how you have made yours, this runner will become very, very popular.
    Best Wishes to you.
    Daphne

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  2. Thank you, Daphne. Your comment is so kind. I hope it does become popular. 🙂

     

  3. Thanks, Grethel! I hope you do!

     

  4. You could easily sell these table runners. I love it. I have a farm table and it would look great on it.

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Diane Roark

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  5. Thanks, Diane. I’ll have to consider that! I appreciate your kind words.

     

  6. What an adorable table runner. So creative. And thanks for the DIY. It is actually Fabulous and perfect for the Fabulous Fall linky party. Come and check it out and link up!

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  7. Thanks so much! I will link up next Tuesday for sure! I regret missing the party this week!

     

  8. You put a lot of work into your runner and it turned out great. Hope you can come and link up on Sunday to the Merry Monday Link Party.

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  9. Thanks, Erlene! I really appreciate it.

     

  10. Super cute and creative. How did you ever come up with this? It almost looks like crewel (sp?) work — embroidery.

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  11. Thank you Patti! I enjoy embroidery, but I don’t think I’d have the patience for a job like this. 🙂 I truly appreciate your kind words.

     

  12. I love this, and your tutorial was fantastic! Thanks for sharing your pretty table runner at Snickerdoodle! 🙂

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  13. Thank you, Dee. It was a great link up! I will look forward to more in the future!

     

  14. Great tute, lovely fall table runner! I need one of these for myself 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

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  15. Thank you so much!

     

  16. Congrats 🙂 Your Fall Table Runner is the most viewed link for Snickerdoodle #47!! Your runner will be highlighted at our next party!!

     

  17. Cute! I love this! Great job! =)

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  18. Thanks, Angie! I appreciate it.

     

  19. Thanks for sharing your post at the Say G’Day Saturday Linky Party. I’ve just tweeted about it and will be featuring you at my Friday Favorites post!

    Best wishes and hope to see you again this weekend.
    Natasha in Oz

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  20. Wow, thank you! I will share your post all around!

     

  21. So cute! Thanks for posting at Share it Sunday- we plan to feature your post in the next SIS party that goes live Sat. night!

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  22. Thank you so much! I will share the party all around. Looking forward to it!

     

  23. this is so cute!! I love the twine outlining the design!! Thanks for sharing at the Create Link Inspire party. You are being featured at Nap-Time Creations this weekend and I’ve spread your project around my social media… Hop on over and check it out. Happy Weekend! Emily

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  24. Huge thanks, Emily. I am thrilled to be featured at Nap-Time Creations! I will share your post all around as well.

     

  25. WOW this is really clever! I would never think of using the two tones of burlap AND the twine! LOL – gorgeous! I’ll try this – I have a plain burlap runner that needs a little TLC (mostly because it’s stained ~ shhh) 🙂 Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday Link Party! Julia

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  26. Thank you, Julia! Good luck! It wasn’t the fastest project, but I was very pleased with the results!

     

  27. You did a great job on this 😉

    Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8PM CST.

    Have a great week!!

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  28. Thanks, Bobbi! Thanks for hosting a great link-up each week!

     

  29. Love your burlap table runner, Kelly! I’m planning to feature it as one of my Bright Ideas at this week’s Think and Make Thursday party – so glad you shared it! Please join us again at 6 AM ET on Thursday!

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  30. Thank you, Carrie. I am thrilled to be featured as a Bright Idea! I will look forward to the party on Thursday!

     

  31. This is a cute DIY!! I always wanted to make something like this! Thanks for linking up to my DIY Crush Craft Party!

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  32. Love this idea. I am going to do one with nautical patterns as we are a beach side home. Nice for our summer table. Can you please tell me what the ‘So much to make’ font is. Love too.

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  33. This is a very creative and unique idea! Turned out quite lovely! I love using Fabri-Tac fabric glue for projects like this. It’s a quick grab and dries in minutes.

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  34. Thanks for the tip! I will have to try that!

     

  35. Wow! THAT is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colours you chose and love your technique! So many project, so little time, but ohhh, I’d love to try this!! Thank you!

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Fall · Halloween · Holidays · Seasons

Candy Corn Crafts

I was fooling around with candy corn pieces…I loved these as a kid…yum! Anyway, I came up with a cute little ‘porqupine’  like ball that you can place on top of most anything. I put mine on a small terra cotta pot.

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Doesn’t it look cute! All you need is a Styrofoam ball, orange paint, and candy corn. I started by painting the ball orange…toilet paper rolls come in soo handy!

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While it was drying I took some pussy willow branches and started removing the furry little catkins…

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When you remove them all, this is what they look like

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Where they were…those notches as you see above…that is where you hot glue your candy corn onto.

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You glue on the bottoms of the candy corn onto the ball….so easy! Look at all that candy corn…I’m being good, not eating any.

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The smaller candle holder on the right is holding one of those led tealight candles..You can put the ball of candy corn on top of  it for another look. I was putting it on top of my mercury candle holders and it looked stunning….have fun with it!

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So many things you can do with candy corn….if you can keep from eating them all!!!