no-carve pumpkins: fun faces, typography & stripes

Who loves decorating pumpkins?! If you raised your hand, my next question is, do you love carving them? Pulling out all the goop?! Well, I love decorating pumpkins, but I’m more of a no-carve pumpkin kinda girl. {grin} Don’t get me wrong, we carve pumpkins with my boys every year. As a matter of fact, we’re carving 10lb pumpkins tonight, but it makes me sad when they get all icky and collapse so I have to make a few pretty pumpkins that I can keep year to year too!

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This year I wanted black and white pumpkins and black and orange striped pumpkins for my front porch area to go with my Countdown to Halloween pallet. Let’s start with the striped pumpkins. Whatcha think?

Painting No Carve Pumpkins | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Scotch Blue Painters Tape is the best for making all kinds of designs. I hear there is even “shape tape” now!

Painting No-Carve Pumpkins | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Once taped off, just hang them from a branch and paint. I recommend three light coats to keep down any dripping. And to hang, I used garden tape (you could also use ribbon) and a short nail. Just tie the tape to the nail, insert the nail in the underside of the pumpkin opening and tie to a tree.

Allow to dry, peel off tape and you’re done!

Black and White No Carve Pumpkins with TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now, for the fun face and typography no-carve pumpkins, hop over to my most recent post with Parade Magazine. I share the full tutorial. It’s super easy and your kiddos can help!

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countdown to Halloween pallet sign {it’s all about the candy}

Halloween is coming and my kiddos are counting down the days with this easy Halloween pallet art.

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I saw an idea from Laura at the Corner House on I Heart Naptime last year and I swore I’d make a version for my kiddos. And this year it happened, except I decided to go economical and use a free pallet from my husband’s office. {grin}

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 To make your own Halloween countdown pallet you’ll need:

  • Pallet
  • Orange and white craft paint
  • Flat black spray paint
  • Block number and letter stencils
  • Nails (hangers for letters)
  • Planks (cut into squares and drilled in the same spot for the nail)
  • Candy Corn template

Countdown to Halloween Candy Corn template | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now for the easy do it yourself steps:

Space plan – I suggest you “layout” the design before you use a drop of paint. I used strips of paper and a Sharpie.

Measure – Determine the size of your number (date) blocks. Mine were 3×3 inches, but it will vary with the size of the pallet.

Cut - You’ll need 14 blocks (0-3 for the left and 0-9 for the right)

Spray paint – Paint the number blocks with two coats of flat black paint

Stencil – Measure the center point for each word and start stenciling

Halloween Countdown Pallet Sign | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My boys love changing the numbers each day and I love to see the excitement on their faces as we get closer to all that candy! I may or may not pick out all my favorites while they’re sleeping… {wink}

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And you see these cute pumpkins?! I’ll be posting about these and a few more pumpkin ideas in my next post. Stay tuned!

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rustic winter wonderland Christmas mantel {HGTV’s Holiday House blogger challenge}

Rustic Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel for HGTV Holiday Home | Created by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

I’m so thrilled to finally share that I was blessed with the opportunity to design a Christmas mantel for this year’s HGTV Holiday HouseI have to tell you, when I got the news, I was like a little kid. I mean HGTV. Yay! But then the Holiday House. Oh my! My knees went wiggly. {grin}

 

This was a blogger challenge sponsored by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (you may remember, I was JoAnn’s craft influencer earlier this year and made a few Creativity Made Simple videos with them) and HGTV. They asked myself and four other amazing bloggers to get crafty and create a Christmas mantel for a rustic home. We could do anything we wanted!

 

I had a million ideas, but the real challenge was that this was all in July. Yep. I took down my patriotic decorations for the weekend and recreated my idea of a winter wonderland in our living room. My kiddos were running around me in swimsuits and eating popsicles and I was listening to Christmas music. What?! No judging. I had to get in the spirit! {wink}

 

I created six easy DIY ideas for my mantel:
  1. JOY letters wrapped in icicle white wool,
  2. To The World ball, to complete the statement,
  3. kraft Christmas gift boxes embellished with pinecones and wool,
  4. burlap ruffle ribbon garland,
  5. cabin snow globe, and
  6. spoon trees. (Yes! You read that right.)

You can find all the easy how to steps on HGTV’s Made + Remade and you can shop all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

And if you’re not crafting Christmas right now, I’d love for you to hop over anyway. You can view all five designs and vote for your favorite between now and October 14. And if you feel like leaving a little comment love over there, I’d really appreciate that too! {Love you guys! You all are what keep me going each day!}

VIEW ALL FIVE AND VOTE HERE!

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easy spider cello bags + FREE Halloween favor tags

Spider Cello Favor Bags & FREE Halloween Favor Tags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Halloween favors don’t have to be expensive, but they can be fun! Here’s how you make a super simple spider cello favor bag for your spooky bash! {say that three times fast!}

Plus, embellish it with my FREE orange and black spider Halloween favor tags! Guests will be giddy when you thank them for “dropping by!”

For this easy Halloween craft you’ll need:

  • Pretzel size cello bags
  • Black craft paint (mine was Martha Stewart brand)
  • Silver Sharpie
  • Marshmallows (or other goodie)
  • Orange ribbon
  • The Celebration Shoppe’s FREE printable Halloween favor tags (Note: The fonts might look odd on the scribd.com preview, but they’ll be perfect once you download!)

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Quick steps:

  1. Pipe some black paint onto a flat surface.
  2. Press your thumb into the paint (this could be a lot of fun for your kiddos!) and press to the center of the cello. This will be your spider’s body.
  3. Allow the paint to dry for 5-7 minutes (dry to touch).
  4. Draw on your spider legs with a silver Sharpie. Spiders have eight legs and I chose to make them look segmented. A bit creepier that way. {grin}
  5. Fill with treats, tie with ribbon, adorn with my FREE Halloween favor tags and waalaa. Lovely and inexpensive Halloween party favor!

Halloween Favors with FREE Tags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

There’s more Halloween fun where this came from! Here are just a few things around my shoppe and blog:

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Trick or Treat Halloween Party Invitation. DIY Monster Pedestal Jars. Owl Candy Bar Wrappers from Candy Corn Halloween Party Collection. Halloween Placesetting with Trick or Treat Halloween Party Collection.

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you were “mint to be” my teacher gift

10 Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

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easy weathered wood photo backdrop

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I’ve been wanting some new weathered wood photo backdrops. And not just one color. No. That would be too easy to convince my hubby to help with. I want white, turquoise, antique (aka just old…) and maybe even orange!

The biggest hold up was honestly finding old barn wood or… yep… talking the hubby into helping me assemble new wood. There has just been too little time and too long of a list lately.

Until… I was at Home Depot a week or so ago (shopping for my pantry organization) and found “pre-made” 2×4′ boards (9 planks in this width). Perfect!

I wanted to be able to move mine around easily (it’s a bit heavy) so I cut them in half. Plus, this gives me not only a “bottom” but also a “back” if I’m shooting something tall.

To make your own “new” {grin} weathered wood photo backdrop, you’ll need:

  • Pre-made boards (again, I got 2×4′  boards at Home Depot, but there are other sizes)
  • Paint (any color you desire), I used a snow white acrylic paint because it was thin and I wanted to see all the grain
  • Paint brush
  • Cloth
  • Fine grain sandpaper

5 easy steps:

  1. Cut your pre-made boards to desired size if you want. I wanted squares, so I cut mine in half.
  2. Water down your paint. Mine was 2 part paint to 1 part water. That said, test it out on one edge first to make sure it’s the effect you’re looking for.
  3. Paint and wipe off excess (most of the paint) immediately.
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Using fine sandpaper, scuff up your boards as much or as little as you want.

And the best part, one board makes two backdrops! This one is white on one side, and will soon be turquoise on the other! {smile}

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diy chevron ruffle wreath

diy wreath

Chevron. Ruffles. No-sew… DIY wreaths don’t get much cuter or easier! {grin}

And a bit of exciting news. I’m now contributing to Parade magazine! Woo Hoo!

Hop over to my first post on Parade where you can find all the easy DIY for making this simple no-sew fabric punch wreath. See you there!

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how to make a rolling library

Trolley

This simple DIY book trolley is keeping us organized! If your family is anything like mine, we love our books and that means maxing out our library card most weeks. {grin} I made this rolling library cart for my boys’ room to help tame the stacks.

Hop over to my latest post for Gibbs Smith Books, Red Barn blog, for all the how to details and a pictorial (how to steps in pictures)!

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Oz The Great And Powerful {DIY bags}

Oz The Great And Powerful

We had the opportunity to preview the new Disney movie Oz The Great And Powerful that is coming out in a Blu-Ray Combo Pack next week, June 11.

For the big night I made these super easy printed popcorn bags to get the boys excited.

Here’s all you’ll need to make your own printed popcorn bags:

  • White lunch bags
  • Tape
  • Coloring page download (a centered design is best, this one is perfect with no resizing needed)

Oz The Great And Powerful

And these are the simple steps:

  1. Download a design to your computer.
  2. Open Word document (or Photoshop, whatever you prefer) and resize background document to the size of your bag, typically 4″x7″ (but measure!)
  3. Right click and copy design to new document. Make sure it’s centered.
  4. Tape bag bottom to the bag so that it doesn’t catch in your printer.
  5. Print!

Want to know more about Oz The Great And Powerful? You can follow Disney and this movie specifically on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

But I’m not done! I have another very fun food tutorial too, a candy version of Glinda The Good Witch’s wand

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banner ~ how to hang with no wall

How To Make A Banner Stand

So you know when you have a fun party planned, but there is no place to hang the banner… Oh yeah. With as many parties as I’ve hosted and styled I’ve been there a ton of times!

Sometimes there is no wall… or even a front of a table! {ugh}

So here’s what I suggest! Make a simple wooden stand to string your banner between.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a banner stand:

  • two small round wood bases,
  • pack of dowel rods,
  • white spray paint,
  • drill, and
  • wood glue

And here are the simple DIY steps:

  1. Drill a hole in the center of each base.
  2. Paint the two bases and two dowel rods.
  3. Place a bit of wood glue in the hole and insert the dowel rods. Let dry.

That’s it. Easy as one-two-three!

You can find the banner, beverage wrappers, napkin rings, dessert tags and more for my Pool Party Splash Bash in the shoppe. I’d love for you to stop in and browse!

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Seen here with Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe first.

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