I have a confession. I have an aversion to using traditional colors when decorating for fall, but changing the color scheme each year can get pricey. So I include DIY projects that are quick using what I have on hand in my design plan. This month I’ll share 3 easy projects to infuse fall into your home for just a few dollars.
This year I chose a color palette of navy, pink, gray, ivory and hints of caramel. I dug out last years painted pumpkins I bought at the dollar store, picked up a $3.98 can of pink spray paint and transformed dozens of pumpkins to work into my plan.
I pulled the stems out before painting and when the pumpkins were dry I tucked a piece of jute underneath the stem and continued to hot glue it around the stem.
Styrofoam pumpkins Spray Paint
Jute & glue gun (optional)
NO SEW SWEATER PUMPKINS
These adorable pumpkins are in stores everywhere. After carefully inspecting them I decided it would be a fun challenge to create my own. This is a fast, easy project great for kids.
Cut off the sweater sleeves above the cuff and below the shoulder seam turn it inside out. Slide the strands of jute through the sleeve.
Gather the sleeve above the knotted end of the string and secure with a rubber band.
Flip the sleeve right side out and stuff with pollyfill.
Gather the open end and bring each of the 6 strings around the pumpkin to the top and secure with a rubber band.
Adjust the strings as desired and pull each tight.
Wrap and glue the remaining jute around the rubber band to form a stem.
Old sweaters or flannel shirts
6 pieces of Jute or yarn tied in a knot on one end Rubber bands
I seem to have an overabundance of books I’ll never read again so I put them to good use and I have to say this may be one of my favorite projects this fall.
alphabet stamps and stamp block
Black stamp pad
Jute and/or ribbon
Remove the cover from the books. I use 3-5 books.
Decide on the words you will use and place the letters on to the stamp block backwards. Ink your stamp.
Stamp the words on to the books.
Tie together with jute and ribbon
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As school gets back into full swing this month I find myself at least attempting to get my ducks in a row. I was perusing our Clean and Organize Pinterest board for inspiration and stumbled upon many tips we’ve tried and tested that I thought I’d share them with you. They work!
Let’s talk about WD-40. This stuff is like liquid gold and has hundreds of uses! Sure, it will fix that squeaky door hinge but did you know WD-40 is also a stain remover and a toilet bowl cleaner? It takes crayon off walls and removes gum...and yes even from your child’s hair (don’t ask me how I know).
I love pretty bottles like those that hold pimento spread or Frappuccino. I find multiple uses for them well after their contents are gone. To remove the labels a Magic Eraser is so much quicker than the old peanut butter trick. These nifty little cleaning machines also remove permanent marker, safe to use to clean your keyboard and the external shell of your laptop (not the screen) and to clean your iron.
Laundry is my least favorite chore. These hacks save my sanity. Write on your washer with a dry-erase marker as a reminder of what doesn’t go in the dryer. De-wrinkle clothes by throwing them in with a few ice cubes, the steam from the ice get the wrinkles out in minutes. Stack clean shirts in a pile, grab your hangers and fold each item down once the hanger is in place. Trust me this is a life-saver.
Invest in sealable plastic ware to store your pantry items. This saves precious space and time locating what you need. We use dry erase markers to label each container.
Tension rods are used in our home under the sink to hang bottles for daily clean-up. We use them in the garage, screwing two curtain rod brackets to the wall to store garbage bags and shop towels. Add S hooks and galvanized buckets with handles to store tools, or anything from kid's toys to craft supplies.
Your time is precious and your family important so go ahead, try a few of these time-savers every minute counts. As always we love to hear from you so if you have a cleaning or organizing tip or trick please share them with us.
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