October 2013 archive

String-Art Halloween Wreath

| Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Holidays, Parties

I have been known to love a wreath in my day, and more than ever, I feel that Halloween is a very wreath-worthy holiday. Now that my kids are of the Halloween-appreciation age, I’m so into making Halloween crafts (Full disclosure: I used to not be the biggest fan of crafting for this day!).

Like many other pinners on Pinterest, I am obsessed with string art! And I must say, it is so beyond fun to do. It looks hard and tedious but I swear to you it’s not! Scroll down to read how to make this wreath and the super cute and friendly pom-pom spider!

What you’ll need:

  • 14-inch round foam wreath
  • Spray paint
  • Small black nails
  • 3 colors of yarn (including black)
  • Scissors
  • 4 black pipe cleaners
  • 1/2-inch white pom-poms
  • Tiny black pom-poms
  • Tacky glue

Make it:

  1. Spray paint wreath and let it dry.
  2. Insert 31 nails, evenly spaced, around the circle about 1 every inch.
  3. Take the darkest yarn and tie it to nail number 1 (abitrarily chosen). Now loop the yarn around nail number 24 then to nail number 2 then to nail 25 until you have made it all the way around.
  4. Take your next color and tie it onto nail 1 and loop it around nail 25, then 2, then 26, then 3, again until you have made it all the way around.
  5. Tie your 3rd color to nail 1 and loop it around nail number 26, and so on. You notice that each level of yarn has created a narrower band around your wreath. Tie each yarn off on nail 1, knot, and trim.
  6. To make the spider, wrap thick black yarn around your hand about 50 times and cut it from the skein.
  7. Cut an 8-inch piece of yarn, slip the bundle off of your hand, and tie the yarn around the bundle securely.
  8. Take all four pipe cleaners and slip them under the center tie and pull until they are even on each side.
  9. Snip through all of the yarn loops, then trim the pom-pom until he is nice and round.
  10. Glue small black pom-poms to white ones, and glue them in place as eyes. Glue spider to the wreath to cover nail number 1 where you tied off your 3 yarns.


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5-Minute Pumpkin Crafts

| DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Holidays, Toys

5-minute-pumpkinsI know, I know…it’s been an eternity. I keep promising to blog regularly, but I keep getting distracted by other craft projects, magazine stories, and blogs! Speaking of blogs, I’ve started blogging on Parents.com at a blog called Everyday Fun. Check it out! It’s very, well, FUN!

Now, back to the good stuff…Halloween! I love pumpkins and I’ve done my fare share of complicated carvings and etchings. But with 2 toddlers and too much work, I have no time or patience for a big production. So here are 3 super-fun, 5-minute pumpkin decorating ideas!

1. I’m obsessed with these neon spikes that I found at M&J Trimming. Just glue them on with E6000 for a strong bond. Punk-kins? Yep, I think that’s their official name.

2. My son and I were at the farmer’s market last weekend and he picked out this pumpkin that he wanted to bring home. It sat naked on the kitchen table for a few days and I realized it needed some flair. So I looked around the room and spotted a Mr. Potato Head body part…there it is. Oliver and I picked out the features to make this guy! I thought it was a genius idea of mine until I discovered that the Mr. Potato Head people already thought of it. But for a quickie decorating job, just use what you have (and change his features daily)!

3. Spray paint a pumpkin and glue on some faux antlers! I bought these at Jamali Gardens, but I’m sure you can find them at your local Michaels.

Literally, none of these guys took more than 5 minutes (except the spray paint took about 20 to dry). And they all feel unique and playful!


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