Last week’s Mason jar lid pumpkin was so cute that I was inspired to find even more fun pumpkin crafts for fall. Every year in October, my friends and I get together for a fall craft night. Everyone brings their own materials and ideas, and this year I am beyond prepared. In fact, I have so many craft ideas, I’ll probably need your help narrowing it down! So take a look over my selection, and let me know which pumpkin craft is your favorite pick.
It always hurts to destroy an old book, but if the end result will be as fantastic as this book page pumpkin, I think I might be able to do it…maybe. Head on over to Creations by Kara for her full tutorial.
Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a paper pumpkin idea that looks like a million bucks. I mean, seriously, how does she do it? I love the mix of green and orange, and a family of paper pumpkins would look downright adorable at the foot of my mantel.
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When I spotted this hilarious and totally adorable oompa loompa costume on Pinterest, I knew I had to share it. I love Halloween, and one of my favorite parts of the holiday is coming up with a creative costume. It’s all about thinking outside of the box and figuring out a fun look that no one else will have. I think that’s exactly what has happened here, and I applaud loft3 for making what may possibly be the costume to beat this Halloween. Head on over to loft3 photography to learn how to make this sweet outfit for your little munchkin.
We’ve covered Mason jars. Really. We’ve got chandeliers, vases, planters and more. What we have not covered is the covers themselves. These poor neglected Mason jar lids have a lot to give, too. I was blown away by the craft ideas people have come up with, so I picked my top five faves to share with you. Happy reading, MacGyvers!
Maybe it’s because I’m so excited that fall is finally here, but this Mason jar lid pumpkin is the most delightful craft I’ve seen in a while. Just look at that cute cinnamon stick stem! And Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road says it took less than two minutes to complete, so I envision covering the whole house with these cuties.
Though this sweet “Be Mine” Mason jar lid garland was created for Valentine’s Day, the look would be great year round. Maybe a “Trick or Treat” garland for Halloween? I think yes. Visit Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts for her simple instructions.
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What a great idea! Just glue real baby bottles on a small wooden platform. Next, spray paint them bronze, silver and gold, and there you have it: three adorable baby shower bottle trophies. This baby shower prize is so perfect that I’m surprised I’ve never seen it before. But you can be sure all my friends will be seeing it at the next baby shower I attend.
Last week everyone had cookies and apples on the brain. But this week, it seems people are ready to hop into fall by cooking with one of the season’s most popular fruits: pumpkins! According to Yahoo! web trend expert Carolyn Clark, the most popular recipes this week are pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Yum! What’s the first pumpkin-y recipe you’re going to make? Browse through these delicious picks and give one (or all!) a try this fall.
PUMPKIN SOUP WITH CHILI CRAN-APPLE RELISH
Get the recipe for pumpkin soup from FoodNetwork.com >>
PUMPKIN STREUSEL MUFFIN
Get our recipe for pumpkin streusel muffins >>
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Get the recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies at FoodNetwork.com >>
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Remember Briana’s whimsical empty frame ideas? Well, last month, my roommate brought home three pretty frames, and I was inspired to share a few new ways to update old frames. Now, the pictures in the frames I mentioned are not so pretty: three images of single roses, all with some sort of French-looking scribble around them. I couldn’t imagine they were to my roommate’s taste, but last night my fears were officially subsided. She mentioned she had no idea what to do with them and was thinking of giving them away. At those words, my inner MacGyver came out, and we came up with some pretty fun ideas. Thanks, roomie!
Got chicken wire? If not, it’s super easy to find and makes creating this adorable project a cinch. And if you liked Briana’s jewelry holder, you’ll love this colorful message board. Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer even made cute clothespins to match. Check out her blog for the full tutorial.
Chalkboard paint is still all the rage, but instead of just painting the glass and hanging your board on the wall, why not get a little more creative? Head on over to DIY network to see how you can make this handy serving tray.
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Remember that amazing slide-out kitchen pantry featured back in July? It might still be the best kitchen storage idea I’ve come across, but this super smart space-saving pantry runs a really close second. Just look at all that storage, and it barely takes up any space in the house. Wouldn’t it be cute painted in a fun pattern? And I would finally have the space to stock a well-supplied pantry!
I am a major clothes hoarder. When confronted about this illness, I tend to blame the fact that everything still fits. Plus, you never know what might come back in style. While both of these excuses may be true, neither covers the fact that some of my MANY pairs of jeans have irreparable damage. Deep down I know it doesn’t make sense to keep them, and I decided I would feel a lot better about permanently retiring them if I could make something crafty out of them. So, I found six projects that might just inspire me (and hopefully you, too!) to get those old jeans out of the closet and into the craft room.
Thanks to Designer MacGyver, I’ve found several cool homemade wreath options (remember the cute men’s tie wreath?), but I think this denim wreath may be my favorite. The end result looks a little intimidating, but the project instructions could not be easier.
According to Kara at Creations by Kara, this headband only costs $1 to make. Count me in! I just love the look, especially because it’s so customizable. Not a fan of the denim rosettes? Leave it plain or put your own funky spin on it. The options are endless. Even Blair Waldorf herself would be proud of this headband masterpiece!
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My dog Boone is a very playful guy. He loves chasing squirrels, jumping all over his humans and most of all, playing never-ending games of fetch. His medium of choice is a yellow Penn tennis ball. At any given time, after hearing the phrase, “Where’s your ball?” he will set off at a run until he pulls one of the many tennis balls lying around out of its mysterious hiding place (too often it can be found in my basket of once-clean laundry…thanks, Boone). But when the ball goes flat, it seems a waste to just throw it away. That’s when these tennis ball crafts (and a lot of soap and hot water) really come in handy.
These multipurpose wall helpers are so cute! They can hold anything from jackets to mail, and they are incredibly easy to make. Just cut a line across one half of the tennis ball. Next, add two thumb tacks for eyes. Now all you have to do is attach it to the wall. I told you it was easy!
My favorite of all the tennis ball ideas has to be this clever swing from Apartment Therapy. It’ll take about 50 balls to complete the look, so start collecting now – and maybe ask your tennis-playing friends to donate to the cause (just promise them a turn!).
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It may sound crazy to you that today is National Play Doh Day (yes, this is actually a thing), but I think it’s the perfect excuse to get your creative juices flowing, whether you’re an adult or kid. What is your favorite thing to sculpt with this molding compound? If you aren’t a fan of sculpting, you can still celebrate this unofficial holiday by making bird feeders using Play Doh lids.
Jill of Meet the Dubiens slathered peanut butter on the lids, pressed them into bird seed and tied a loop of yarn to each one to create unconventional hanging bird feeders. Try this project with your kids, and let us know how it turned out! Oh, and Happy National Play Doh Day!
Photo by Flickr user kirstenreese