Rope Pumpkins

Don’t you love it when you find a craft that is super cute, easy to make, and light on the pocket book? Well friends, I have just that for you today.

I love the natural look of these pumpkins! They are made with sisal rope and are so easy to make. In fact, it’s kind of hard to stop at just one. You can even make two different sizes of pumpkins. I have the measurements for the large pumpkins and for the small pumpkins. Heck, you might as well make a couple of both!

To make the pumpkins, I  bought a 1/4 in. x 50 ft. roll of sisal rope at Home Depot for around $8.50. You can buy the natural or the light brown rope.  You will be able to make 4 to 5 pumpkins with this rope. I also bought the pvc pipe in a 3 ft. section for around $3.00 and cut it into a 2 inch sections with pvc pipe cutters.

So lets get crafting with these Super cute and very affordable Rope Pumpkins!

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Carrie

Rope Pumpkins

Supplies

2 inch pvc pipe

6 inches of burlap ribbon 

13 (11 inch) rope strands for large pumpkin or 13 (10 inch) rope strands for small pumpkin

5-6 (10 inch) rope strands for large pumpkin or 5-6 (9 inch) rope for small pumpkin

glue gun and glue sticks

Spanish moss

3 (7 inch) of twine

1  ft. of 1 inch lace

3 to 4 inch long tree branch

 

Instructions

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1. Wrap the burlap ribbon around the pvc pipe and glue in place.

2. Glue one of the 10 inch rope strands on the inside of the top of the pvc pipe.  Glue the other end of the rope on the bottom inside of the pipe. Continue gluing the strands all the way around the pvp pipe spacing them out accordingly.

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3. Glue the 3 to 4 inch stick on the top of the pumpkin. Glue the Spanish moss around the stick. Tie the twine and lace around the stick.

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Spell and Potion Books

Spell and Potion Books

Last year I saw these spell and potion books on Pinterest. I found the tutorial on betterafter.net. I was so excited to make them  that I invited my neighbors over to make some with me.

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Don’t let the look of books intimidate you. They are so easy make!

This year I had a craft class at my house and one of the projects that we made were these books. Below I have listed a few tricks that I have learned after making so many of these books.

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Carrie

Potions Book

Tricks and Tips

1. I use a wodded up paper towel to put under the cover of the spell books while it is drying. That way it doesn’t stick to the other pages.

2. I used a exacto knife to shave the sides of the pages. This gives it a old worn look.

3. I also like to dye the page ends (book closed) with brown paint to make them look old. I used 3 tbsp. of water and 1 tsp. of brown acrylic paint. I brushed it on with a sponge brush.

4. After I distressed the book with the metallic paint, I went back over the words and the skeleton/spider web again with the metallic paint to make it darker so that the details really pop.

You can find the tutorial for the spell books on betterafter.net.

Vintage Kitchen Utensils Sign

This sign took very little time to make and I think it was the touch that my kitchen needed. I got lucky and found the kitchen utensils at a local thrift store for seventy five cents each. I had been keeping my eye out for over sized utensils for a long time.  So I was so excited when I found these. I didn’t have to do a thing to them, they were already tarnished and old looking.

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I love it when the projects in my head turn out in real life. This sign required very little supplies and very little cash. I think the whole thing cost me five dollars, maybe less.

I had it sanded and painted within 30 minutes. I only painted two coats because I wanted the distressed look. The part that took the longest was hanging it up on the wall. That is only because I insisted that I could do it on my own with Command It Strips. My husband kept telling me it wasn’t going to hold since it was cedar wood and I should just let him do it the right way. Finally after is fell down for the third time, I realized that once again he was right.

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I did however use the Command It strips to attach the utensils to the sign. So far they have held up just fine, dispite what my husband says.

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Carrie

Vintage Kitchen Sign

Vintage Kitchen Utensils Sign

Supplies

Large vintage kitchen utensils

One  5 1/2″ x 6′ cedar fence slat (cut into 2 ft. sections)

white paint (I used regular acrylic paint)

Gold paint marker

staple gun with 5/16″ 8 mm staples

100 grit sandpaper

foam paint brush

2 Command It strip sets

hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

1. Sand the boards down so there are not any splinters. Line the boards up so that they are all even and staple them every 5 to 6 inches. You will need to staple both sides of the board.

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2. Paint the sign and allow to dry completely. Lightly sand the sign to distress. On the bottom board in the right hand corner, write the word Eat with a pencil.

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3. With the gold paint marker, trace the word Eat on the sign.  Cut the 2 Command It strips in half, place a dab of hot glue on the adhesive side of the strips. a put them on back of the utensils (it won’t hold as well with out the glue). Attach the utensils to the boards and pressing firmly to hold it in place.

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Now all you need to do is find the perfect place to display your Vintage Kitchen Sign in your home. My sign is hanging right above my pantry.

What I Love Wednesday

I love finding multiple uses for things. I love it when I can tweak my everyday decor and turn it into holiday decor.

So today, I wanted to share with you another use I found for the Chocolate Pots of Gold that I shared with you back in March.

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Instead of a pots of gold, for Halloween you can make witches cauldrons. I loaded my cauldron with a bunch of cute Halloween candy  that I bought at Winco. Winco had chocolate fingers, ears, toes, and eyeballs. I also bought some gummy worms, spiders, and of course candy corns.

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Once you make the cauldrons, all you have to do is fill them with your favorite Halloween candy. Then, a possibly would be to wrap it in cellophane and give it to your children’s teachers or a neighbor. They would also be super cute as a party favor.  For a Halloween Dinner Party  you could put each of your guest’s name on the cauldrons and place them at each persons place setting.

The possibilities for the cute little caldrons are endless. Just simply follow steps one through six  on the Chocolate Bowls instructions that you can find here.

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Carrie

Chocolate Witch Cauldron

 

What I Love Wednesday

Okay, you are probably getting sick of me talking about my kitchen table makeover, so I promise this is the last time I will bring it up. I just wanted to show you the benches my husband and I made.

My awesome little brother cut the wood out for me because we don’t have a miter saw. After doing this project, I am thinking that I need to get my own miter saw! My amazing husband put the benches together for me and I sanded and painted them.

Easy DIY Benches

I found the tutorial on Magenta and Lime. We followed her instructions except we made the benches a little smaller. Instead of a 48 inch bench, we made a 40 inch bench because it fits under our table better.

I also used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint to paint the benches so that they matched the two end chairs.

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The first bench took my husband about 1 hour to put it together, but once he got the swing of it the second bench only took 30 minutes. In fact they were so simple to put together, he made two more for my little sister’s kitchen table.

The tutorial says that the benches can be made for $15 each, but we ended up paying around $20 each. I love them and seriously $20 a bench is a steal!

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You can find the full tutorial on Magenta And Lime. If you are in the market for a bench, I seriously recommend you check this tutorial out.

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Carrie

 

Fall Corn Husk Wreath

I’m sure I have told you before that fall is my favorite season! It is so pretty when all the leaves change colors. The weather cools down a bit and everything just seems to slow down.

As I was getting out my fall décor, I realized that I was no longer in love with the fall wreath I used last year. I love having a new wreath for each season and I get sick of them pretty quick too. I guess that the benefit of making them is that they don’t cost a lot.  So I don’t feel as guilty when I am ready to swap the old wreath out with a new one.

I saw a tutorial on designimproved.com for this lovely corn husk wreath.  I felt like mine needed something else, so I added the floral. I love how it turned out!

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Carrie

Fall Corn Husk Wreath

Fall Corn Husk Wreath

 

supplies

1 (6 oz.) bag of corn husks (You can find them at the grocery store in the Latin aisle).

14 inch straw wreath

glue gun and glue stick

dish towel

floral picks of your choice

burlap ribbon

Instructions

1. Quickly dip the corn husks under water. Lay them out on the dish towel and pat them dry. Once the corn husks are dry enough and are pliable, start wrapping them around the straw wreath. Glue them in place with the glue gun. Wrap the corn husk all the way around the whole wreath.

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2. Starting at the tip of the corn husk, tear the larger husks in half. Tie a 1  1/2 yard strand of the burlap ribbon at the top of the wreath (this is what you will hang the wreath from). Glue a layer of husks toward the top of the wreath.

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3. Glue a second row of husks just under the first row. Make sure to overlap the first layer. Continue to layer the corn husks until it reaches the desired fullness. For the inner rows you will need to bend the husk a little at the bottom. Place a generous amount of hot glue and hold the corn husk in place for a minute.
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Fall Floral Picks

4.  Once your wreath has reached the desired fullness, arrange the floral picks and leaves around the wreath and hot glue them in place. I use thumb tacks to secure the ribbon that is holding the wreath to the top of the door.

 

 

Chalk Paint Chair Makeover

As you can see, my chairs were in desperate need of a makeover! I have had these chairs for a few years. I bought them off of KSL (a local classified ad) a few years ago for $5 a chair. That is right my friends, I paid $30 for the six chairs. I finally got around to refinishing them.

I promised you that I would show you the chairs when I finished them. They took a little longer to paint than my table because of all the details on the chairs.

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It was time well spent, I could not be happier with them! I have six of these chairs, but I only finished two of them. I am planning on making (with my husbands help of course) two benches to go on each side of the table. That way we can get everybody around the table.

Chair Makeover

Kitchen Chair Makeover

I know I have told you this already, but I seriously love Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! This paint makes is so much easier to paint furniture and it turns out amazing every time. At first I was kind of stressed about the brush stokes, but once you sand it, you can’t see them anymore.

On these chairs, I used the Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint. I painted two coats and the once the paint dried completely, I lightly sanded it. I let the paint cure for two days and then I waxed them with the clear wax.

I recovered the chairs with a upholstery fabric from Hobby Lobby. I can’t stop looking at them. I love them so much!

So tell me, what do you think?

With love from my kitchen to yours,

Carrie

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Chair