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DIY Personalized Tassel Keychain

This DIY personalized tassel keychain is a great gift idea! You may love it so much that you will want to make one for your keys, too! #ad

Today is our last Father’s Day tutorial for the summer. This last tutorial is less of a kids crafts but it does create a sweet keepsake that is thoughtful and practical. In all honesty, I’m a little sad to be done with all of the Father’s Day fun. Lucky you because you get to keep it going a little longer with this DIY personalized tassel keychain. You can get all of the items that you need for an epic Father’s Day with Dad at Oriental Trading. They have you covered from craft supplies to gift wrap, including the supplies for this tutorial.

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Materials

 

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Step 1

First, pick a colorful post-it note. You want one that will be pretty as a keychain and that goes well with your teal cording.

Step 2

Next, press your child’s thumb onto the ink pad.

 

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Step 3

Press the inked thumb onto the non-sticky part of your post-it.

 

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Step 4

Now place your charm face-down over the thumbprint. Trace around the charm with your pen.

 

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Step 5

Next, cut out the traced rectangle.

Tips:

  • Cut on the inside of the traced lines.
  • The first cut-out will be too big for the inside of your charm. Continue trimming small amounts off until it fits.

 

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Step 6

After your cut-out fits inside the charm, label it with your child’s initial.

 

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Step 7

Next, put a small amount of glue inside the charm and spread it around.

 

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Step 8

Immediately press the cut-out firmly down inside your charm on top of the glue.

 

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Step 9

Then add another small amount of glue and firmly press your acrylic cover on top.

 

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Step 10

Add one of your smaller key rings to the charm and set it aside.

 

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Step 11

Now wrap your teal cording around the 6 inch length of your cardboard piece 3 times. Cut the end where the cord is attached to the spool.

 

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Step 12

Next, cut the ends of your wrapped cording and align the ends together.

Step 13

Put the ends through the key ring and fold the lengths in half over it.

 

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Step 14

Cut another small piece of cording and tie it around the folded strands.

 

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Step 15

Next, trim the loose ends from your knot.

 

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Step 16

Lastly, add one of your stronger key rings to the small one.

 

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There you have it. This DIY personalized tassel keychain is a great gift idea but you might want to make one for your keys, too! The bonus is that kids absolutely love stamping their thumbprints… possibly a little too much. I may or may not have caught them with my ink pad putting their thumbprints on everything! Even with that unfortunate little sidebar, these were a blast to make! If you want to incorporate all of your kids on one keychain you can change things up by adding a small photo of them in place of the thumbprints. Don’t forget to check out some of our other DIY Father’s Day gifts like these awesome kids artwork coasters and fun can koozies!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This year, try something different from your usual fall outings. Give zombie ziplining a try. Don’t worry, this can totally be a family-friendly outing.

Zombie Ziplining: The Ultimate Fall Experience

Spooky attractions are a blast and seem to be everywhere during the month of October. You have your pick of styles and activities from regular haunted houses to scary weekends at theme parks. This year, try something different from your usual haunts (heehee, see what I did there?). Give zombie ziplining a try. This is the ultimate fall experience complete with heart-pumping ziplines, healthy exercise, and spooky scares! Don’t let the zombie part fool you because this can totally be a family-friendly outing as well.

This year, try something different from your usual fall outings. Give zombie ziplining a try. Don’t worry, this can totally be a family-friendly outing.

 

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Ziplining

Ziplining is a blast! In case you’ve never done it before here is a little bit about what to expect. Each zipline is a separate station. You will walk to the first station with your group after getting all of your gear on. The attendant will hook you up to the line and when you are clear to go you jump off. Remember to place your hands as instructed on the way down. At the bottom there will be attendants to help you get to the end of the line and get unhooked. Then you walk to the next station which is typically nearby. That is all there is to it.

 

Zombies

This is where it gets really fun. How do you take a night of ziplining and make it better? Turn it into a haunted attraction of course! Throughout the area there will be people are volunteers who have invented their own spooky scenarios.

This year, try something different from your usual fall outings. Give zombie ziplining a try. Don’t worry, this can totally be a family-friendly outing.

When my friends and I did it, we went with a camper attack. We pitched a tent and hung some old clothes stuffed with newspaper half out of the door. In the stomach we placed a bowl full of pasta and pretended to eat entrails when zipliners came down the line. Another fun touch was our “brains patch” where we laid out heads of cauliflower dripping with red food coloring in the style of a pumpkin patch.

This year, try something different from your usual fall outings. Give zombie ziplining a try. Don’t worry, this can totally be a family-friendly outing.

To help you out, here are a few tips for you if you decide to volunteer to be a zombie:

  • Dress WarmIt gets cold fast when the sun sets. That goes double when you are repeatedly shoving your hands in cooked pasta.
  • Bring SnacksYou will be at your station the whole night so make sure you pack drinks and snacks.
  • Wear Old ClothesMake sure you wear clothes that you don’t mind getting ruined. Not only will there be zombie make-up on you there will be a myriad of other things like grass and mud that can ruin clothes.

 

This year, try something different from your usual fall outings. Give zombie ziplining a try. Don’t worry, this can totally be a family-friendly outing.

Family

Don’t miss out on the experience because you have kids. These places are set up to be very adaptable to families. Each station attendant has a radio and can contact the attendant at the bottom of the line or at the next station to let them know that kids are in the group. The attendant will then pass this information on to the zombies so that they don’t scare your kiddos.

Kids can also go down the lines tandem with a parent, depending on their size. This is perfect for kids that are afraid to go alone. It is also great for parents that aren’t quite comfortable with their kids going alone yet. The workers want you to have fun and are willing to help in any way that they can.

Ziplining Tips and Tricks

  • Wear pants that are snug to your waist or be sure to wear a belt. The gear will pull on them as you zipline and worrying about your underpants showing kind of takes the fun out of it. Take it from someone with personal experience.
  • Also wear comfortable shoes. There is a decent amount of walking involved including steps up to the platforms. You also want to be able to run a little at the ends of the lines to get to the unhooking point.
  • It’s okay if you don’t quite make it. Sometimes you don’t weigh enough or you slide back at the end. They have tools to get you to the bottom so don’t panic.

Whew! Now you have all the knowledge you need to rock your first ziplining experience. This is perfect for your fall bucket list or simply as a unique girls’ night out. If you go with the latter, please dress for comfort. I cannot stress enough that this is not the venue to “dress to impress”. Your Channel pirate boots may look gorgeous but you won’t feel beautiful when the heel gets caught at the end of the zipline and you ungracefully flail on the line. I also totally recommend trying out being a zombie at some point. It is the perfect way to get the whole experience and enjoy some Halloween fun!

If you want to know where we went you can find The Big Zipper:

YouTube        /        (606) 564-8283      /      8094 Taylor Mill Rd, Maysville, KY 41056      

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

DIY Golden Twig Crown

Floral crowns are gorgeous! They are such an easy and fun way to dress up any hairstyle. That makes them absolutely perfect for busy moms. Unfortunately, finding the perfect flowers to match your fall outfits can be difficult. The bulky flowers can also be too much for your autumn layers and boots. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a season of top knots and yoga pants (not that that is always a bad thing). Instead, take your fall hair from blah to wow with this easy DIY golden twig crown.

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Materials

  • Plastic Headband (I recommend one with teeth because of how it is worn.)
  • Floral Wire
  • Small Twigs (Literally collected these with my kids from the backyard.)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Gold Spray Paint

 

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Step 1

Thicker twigs that are not pliable need to be curved to make them form to the headband without breaking. Luckily, you can do this in 3 easy steps.

  1. Place your twigs in a container and cover with water. Weigh the twigs down with something if necessary.
  2. Soak the twigs for 12 to 24 hours.
  3. Carefully add the twigs to a round container one at a time. Allow them to dry completely.

 

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Step 2

Choose one of your longer twigs to add to the headband. Begin attaching it with your floral wire.

Tips:

  • I don’t recommend swapping out the floral wire for anything else that you simply have on hand. I started this project using Soft Illusion Cord to attach the twigs. It was too difficult to tighten and secure while also holding the twig in place.
  • Don’t worry if your twig doesn’t completely cover your headband. You can add a second one to cover the rest. That’s what I had to do and it still turned out awesome.
  • Also, leave an inch or so on either end of the headband. This lets it slip more easily into your hair.

 

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Step 3

Continue attaching your twig with the wire. You do not need to cover the entire twig. Using the wire every couple of inches will suffice.

 

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Step 4

If your first twig does not cover your headband, add a second one now.

 

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Step 5

Once your base twig or twigs are attached start adding additional twigs. These ones can be attached with hot glue.

Tip:

  • You will want to break these twigs into smaller pieces. This is what keeps them from coming off when you stretch the headband to place it on your head.

 

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Step 6

Continue adding twigs to your headband until you achieve your desired look.

Step 7

Allow all of the hot glue to dry completely. This shouldn’t take too long.

Step 8

Cover your entire crown with gold spray paint.

Tips:

  • You will need to do this one side at a time unless you have a way to suspend the headband while painting.
  • If you choose not to prime the crown as I did, you will need to do 2 coats of paint for the best color result.

 

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Step 9

Let your paint dry completely before wearing your new golden twig crown.

 

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

Take your hair from blah to wow easily with this DIY golden twig crown. Use it to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do.

This crown is so versatile that you can throw it in your hair to instantly upgrade your day outfit or weave it with a glam holiday up-do. It’s also so easy to make that you can easily and inexpensively make a second one in silver. With two in your arsenal you can match any outfit that the weather throws your way. Don’t’ forget to complete your entire autumn look with this Pretty Spooky Jack-o-Lantern Bracelet. It’s the perfect accessory to rock on your PSL holding hand!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Find out why I’m taking the plunge and making a fall bucket list this year. Then, fill in your own fall bucket list with help from the 50 ideas listed!

50 Fall Bucket List Ideas + Tips for Success

Do you love creating bucket lists? With so many ideas out there is can be overwhelming. Confession time: I have never made a bucket list of any kind. This year I’m changing that! Why? Every year there are things I want to experience with my family in a given season. Before I realize it, the season is gone and we’ve only done 1 or 2 of those things. Sound familiar? Find out why I’m taking the plunge and making a fall bucket list this year. Then, fill in your own fall bucket list with help from the 50 ideas listed below!

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Why a Bucket List

Bucket lists are portrayed as these fun little exercises to do things you like. They are, but they are also so much more. When you make a bucket list you are setting goals. These are goals for experiences you want to share with your kids. These are goals to help push you outside of your comfort zone and grow as a person.

I love goal setting and when you look at it that way you see the point. The best part about a bucket list is that you can make any kind you want. Make an individual one, a list for couples, or a list for your family. You can also make it as finite or expansive as you like. Create a seasonal one, like the fall bucket list, or a life-long bucket list.

 

Find out why I’m taking the plunge and making a fall bucket list this year. Then, fill in your own fall bucket list with help from the 50 ideas listed!

Tips for Your Bucket List

There are a few tips to make a successful bucket list that you will actually complete. They are:

Determine WhoWho is your bucket list for? Are you setting an individual one for yourself or making one for the whole family to complete together? The “who” will define the activities and goals you put on your list.

Create a ThemeIs it a list of places you want to visit? Are you making a seasonal list? Do you want to try new things? Decide this before creating your bucket list.

Set a Time-frame – A fall bucket list is easy because it has a specific season set to complete it. Other bucket lists are not as straight forward. If creating a travel bucket list, you will need to define a time-frame, such as 5 years. This helps keep you accountable for completing it instead of continually putting it off.

Pick a NumberDon’t overload your list with more tasks/goals than you can reasonably complete in the chosen time-frame. For example, don’t make a list of 20 destinations you want to visit in 5 years if you can only realistically manage 1 trip a year.

 

Find out why I’m taking the plunge and making a fall bucket list this year. Then, fill in your own fall bucket list with help from the 50 ideas listed!

Find out why I’m taking the plunge and making a fall bucket list this year. Then, fill in your own fall bucket list with help from the 50 ideas listed!

50 Fall Bucket List Ideas

Note:

The first 12 of these ideas came from the new Create365 Seasonal Planner Stickers. They include beautiful bucket list stickers for every season. Use them to set little reminders in your planner of bucket list events!

  1. Go for a Hay Ride
  2. Visit a Pumpkin Patch
  3. Eat Pumpkin Pie
  4. Read a Book
  5. Roast S’mores
  6. Carve Pumpkins
  7. Go Apple Picking
  8. Enjoy a Comfort Food
  9. Visit a Haunted House
  10. Donate to a Family in Need
  11. Watch a Scary Movie
  12. Make a Fall Craft
  13. Make a Costume
  14. Decorate Your Porch
  15. Make a Scarecrow
  16. Make Pinecone Bird Feeders
  17. Take a Walk through Your Neighborhood
  18. Drink Apple Cider
  19. Tell Ghost Stories
  20. Have a Bonfire
  21. Make a Dried Fruit Garland
  22. “Boo” Your Neighbors
  23. Have a Campout
  24. Visit a Farmer’s Market
  25. Go to a Football Game
  26. Visit a Fair
  27. Go Trick-or-Treating
  28. Visit the Library
  29. Enjoy some Candy Corn
  30. Collect Acorns
  31. Throw a Halloween Party
  32. Make Your Own Applesauce
  33. Make and Send Halloween Cards
  34. Create Leaf Rubbings
  35. Jump in a Pile of Leave
  36. Make Halloween Masks
  37. Watch Hocus Pocus
  38. Go on a Scavenger Hunt
  39. Visit a Corn Maze
  40. Start a Family Gratitude Journal
  41. Look at the Current Constellations in the Sky
  42. Plant Some Bulbs
  43. Attend an Outdoor Concert
  44. Rake a Neighbor’s Yard
  45. Research Halloween History
  46. Make DIY Potpourri
  47. Go Ziplining
  48. Explore Fall Foliage
  49. Research Local Ghost Stories

When creating your fall bucket list, make sure you keep the tips above in mind. On the free printable you will find room for 15 items and that is the maximum I recommend. Our family is only choosing 10 because I know we cannot reasonably complete 15 along with obligations already on our family calendar. What are your favorite ideas from the list? Let me know!!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Create this plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art in time to hang for your festivities without taking away from meal prep!

Plaid Thanksgiving Pallet Wall Art

Fall is absolutely the best time of year.  There is football, multicolored leaves, pumpkin everything, boots, and plaid everywhere!  It is like my Heaven on Earth. Of course the creative juices start flowing like crazy this time of year and there are always at least 10 projects going on at a time in my office.  One of those projects was this awesome plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art.

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Materials

 

Create this plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art in time to hang for your festivities without taking away from meal prep!

Step 1

Take all packaging and tags off of your pallets.

Step 2

Put some paint into a container (or on a paint pallet) and add a small amount of water to it.  Mix well.

Tips:

  • It should be thinner but still retain a paint-like consistency.
  • It is best to add the water in small increments until you get the desired consistency.

 

Create this plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art in time to hang for your festivities without taking away from meal prep!

Step 3

Begin covering your wall hanging with paint and water mixture.  Once you have covered about half, take a dry paper towel and wipe it over the paint.  This will allow the wood grain to show through giving you the look of stained wood instead of painted wood.

 

Create this plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art in time to hang for your festivities without taking away from meal prep!

Step 4

Repeat step 3 until your entire pallet is “stained” and then allow it to dry completely.

Step 5

Once dry, cut a piece of plaid fabric to the size of the wall hanging and attach it to the back using hot glue.

Step 6

Lastly, attach a small picture hook to the back to hang.

Tip:

  • Because these are not very heavy, I opted to use hot glue to attach the hook.  If you are concerned about it holding, attach your hook using E6000 instead and allow to dry 24 hours before hanging.

 

Create this plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art in time to hang for your festivities without taking away from meal prep!

 

Create this plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art in time to hang for your festivities without taking away from meal prep!

 

Create this plaid Thanksgiving pallet wall art in time to hang for your festivities without taking away from meal prep!

This is such an easy and fun way to add a touch of plaid to your Thanksgiving décor without your home looking like it was attacked by the Brawny paper towel guy.  They come together so quickly that you can easily have them finished and hanging by your Thanksgiving meal without taking away from food prep time.  Don’t forget to check out all of our other Autumn projects before you go!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Remember gratitude during Thanksgiving with this free printable Give Thanks artwork, an easy and instant decor update.

Free Printable Give Thanks Artwork

Sometimes the stress of preparing for the large Thanksgiving feast makes us lose sight of the importance of the holiday.  In recent years I admit to having been reduced to tears over the stress of multiple meals in the same day, missing out on the people and events I love, and a myriad of other stressors that come with it.  Thankfully, through trial and error, we have a better plan for our Thanksgiving.

A big change that we made is to host our dinner on a weekend before or after Thanksgiving Day.  This has made a world of difference for my stress levels.  Unfortunately, that just isn’t an option for some people.  That’s why I wanted to create a festive and easy reminder for you to keep your holiday in perspective.  This free printable Give Thanks artwork can be put in any available frame you have (or pick up a cheap one at the dollar store) for an instant décor update.

 

Remember gratitude during Thanksgiving with this free printable Give Thanks artwork, an easy and instant decor update.

Click here to download.

 

Print your free printable now and remember that it’s okay to put less pressure on yourself this Thanksgiving.  Give thanks for all of the wonderful blessings in your life and go ahead and buy a store-bought pie for dessert.  Don’t forget to check out all of our other easy DIY Autumn projects.

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Autumn Scarecrow Note Holder

It is fun to dress up your home for autumn but that doesn’t mean dressing it up can’t also be functional.  You still have grocery lists, to-do lists, letters to mail… the list goes on and on.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a way to keep all of your notes and lists in one place that is actually festive and pretty to look at?  (If you said no, I’m worried about you, unless you haven’t had your coffee yet, in which case I understand completely.)  This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder does just that and you can make it in about 10 minutes!

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

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Materials

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 1

Place one craft stick on your work surface at an angle and then glue 6 craft sticks perpendicular to it. (See picture above.)

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 2

Glue some straw to another craft stick to create the “hair”.  The pieces on the outside edges should be longer and the pieces in the middle should be kept short. (Think fringy bangs.)  Once your straw is in place, glue craft sticks (straw side down) to your scarecrow parallel with the existing perpendicular stick.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 3

Glue down you 2 black buttons for eyes.  Next, glue your orange heart button upside down for the nose.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 4

Paint on the mouth as pictures using your black paint.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 5

Paint the top of your craft sticks green for the hat as pictured.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 6

Paint the perpendicular stick brown and allow paint to dry completely.

Tip:

  • If you do not have sealed craft sticks (mine were not) it may require a second coat of both green and brown paint.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 7

Flip your scarecrow over.  Break the last craft stick in half and glue it to the back as pictured.  This helps to stabilize your scarecrow.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 8

Glue on your clothespin being sure that it can be pressed open from the front of your scarecrow.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 9

Next, glue your embellishments to the lower right side of the brim.  I layered 2 leaves and a dimensional acorn, but you can do it in any variety you like.

 

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

Step 10

Glue on your length of burlap ribbon to hang it by and enjoy.

Note:

  • If you are concerned about the back of the scarecrow being “ugly” simply cut a piece of matching felt to size and glue it over top of the entire back.  Since it will be against the wall, I wasn’t concerned about it.

Decorating your house for fall doesn't mean you have to sacrifice function for festive. This adorable autumn scarecrow note holder has both!

This little guy is just too stinking cute!  You will love having him greet you on your wall every day.  Maybe he’ll even get you a little excited about your to-do list! (Or not, but either way you’ll have something adorable to look at.)

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You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

DIY Rustic Fall Door Wreath

Do you hate your front door?  I seriously hate ours because it’s just so, “blah.”  I want to paint it but it has been so humid out that I’m worried about the paint drying properly and frankly, don’t really want to have the front door off the hinges right now.  However, just because the weather won’t cooperate doesn’t mean I have to continue to have an unattractive door.  This rustic fall door wreath spruces it up without paint (although it is definitely still getting painted) and it can do the same for your front door.

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You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

 

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Materials

  • Square Basket
  • Spray Sealant
  • Acrylic Paint in Black, White, and Burnt Umber
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Length of Rope or Twine
  • Faux Leaves (I got a 50 pack of these super cute foiled/glittered ones at the dollar store)
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Mossy Shreds

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 1

Prime your basket with a coat of sealer.

 

Step 2

Paint the inside edges black as pictured above.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 3

While paint is drying, create the word “fall” by writing it on a piece of cardboard.

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Tips:

  • I just used the cardboard insert from a pack of scrapbook paper.
  • If you don’t like your handwriting, I’ve included a copy of my freehand for you to print out and trace.

Step 4

Cut around the letter being sure to leave extra space on either side if your lines.

Tip:

  • These Tim Holtz scissors are perfect for tasks like this because they can cut evenly in the small nooks and crannies.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 5

Generously coat the front of your word with the Mod Podge and then cover with mossy shreds.  Shake off the excess and return it to the container.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 6

While the Mod Podge is drying, paint the inside bottom and outside trim of your basket with the burnt umber paint.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 7

Once the first coat of Mod Podge has dried, apply a second generous coat over the moss and cover again as in step 5.  As before, shake off the excess and return to your container.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 8

While the second coat of Mod Podge and moss is drying, flip over your basket and paint the entire back (except trim) black.  Paint the trim burnt umber to match the front side.

Step 9

Allow everything to dry and then look for areas that need touch ups.  You will likely need to touch up both the basket and the moss.

 

Step 10

To help your letters pop, apply a thin white outline of acrylic paint to your word.  The easiest way to do this is to dip your brush in the white paint and then touch the long sides of the bristles to the outside edges.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 11

While the white paint is drying, attach your twine to the back of your basket by threading each end through the basket weave and knotting it.

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Tip:

  • To keep the edges of your rope from fraying and possibly coming loose in the future, add a dab of hot glue to the ends after you have knotted them.

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 12

Apply your leaves to the front outside of edge of your basket.  Arrange them however you wish and secure with hot glue.  (I did 3 leaves of various sizes on the bottom right and 2 leaves on the top left.)

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Step 13

Once the paint has dried on your mossy word, flip it over and apply hot glue to all of the exposed cardboard.  (Think of it like writing the word again with glue to get the right coverage.)

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Tip:

  • To achieve the raised effect allow the glue to cool just slightly before pressing to the inside of the basket.

Step 14 (Optional)

Help protect your “wreath” by spraying the entire thing with a final coat of your sealant.  Then hang and enjoy!

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

 

 

You won't believe how easy this DIY rustic fall wreath is to make! Check out the before and after!

Do you love how this turned out as much as me?!  Plus it was extremely easy to work with the mossy shreds and there is still a ton left!  There will definitely be more mossy tutorials coming your way in the future.  Sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss them!


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Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

DIY Jack-O-Lantern Treat Jar

I am crazy excited for fall.  I love the leaves and sweatshirts along with all of the special, seasonal treats!  One of my favorite fall treats are what we call happy pumpkins.  That’s not their real name, but they are those Little Debbie treats that look like cute little jack-o-lanterns and taste like an autumn party in your mouth. (No, this is not a sponsored post I just really LOVE happy pumpkins.)

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

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We just recently picked up our first box of the season and they needed an exciting container to be stored in.  What better way to store happy pumpkins than in a jack-o-lantern treat jar?

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Materials

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 1

Rip or cut scrapbook paper in half.  Then take one half and rip in half again.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 2

Remove lid from container and cover the can with Mod Podge.  Cover with pieces of scrapbook paper, alternating patterns.

Tip:

If the paper is a heavier weight and is not conforming to the container, use a paintbrush to wet it with water until it does.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 3

Cover entire container with second coat of Mod Podge.

Note: The container wasn’t coming out as orange as I wanted so I added a layer of tissue paper to help.  This will entirely depend on the scrapbook paper you use and the desired look you want to achieve.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 4

Add strips of black tissue paper to create the sections of the pumpkin.  Then add 2 eyes and a mouth.

Note:  I free-handed mine out of the black tissue paper.  If you need a template, a Google search will bring up tons you can use.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 5

While your jack-o-lantern is drying, cut your foam block in half.  Then carve one half to resemble a stem and seal with Mod Podge (this makes it easier to paint and keeps the foam from falling off).

Tip:

Don’t try to carve a perfect circle.  Stems are not even and will be more realistic if it is roughly carved.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 6

While stem is drying, paint the bottom of container black.  Once paint is dry, cover with a coat of Mod Podge to seal it.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 7

Paint a coat of dark brown on the entire stem.  Before it dries, add some detail to it with the white.

Tip:

If it dries too quickly and the white shows up too prominently, go over it again with the dark brown lightly.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 8

Remove 2 leaves from an old faux floral stem.  (The ones I used were one piece.)

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 9

Fold leaves as pictured and secure with a green brad.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Step 10

Attach leaves to the bottom of your stem with hot glue and then attach the entire piece (stem and leaves) to the lid of the coffee container.

 

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

Now all that’s left to do is fill your new Jack-O-Lantern Treat Jar with the delicious fall treat of your choice!  What will you fill yours with?

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Celebrate Autumn with this fun and functional DIY Jack-O-Lantern treat jar!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Learn from my mistakes and use these tips to be productive during football season, game nights especially.

How to be Productive during Football Season

It is that time of year again. That magical time that lets us know colder weather is around the corner and allows us to be best friends with total strangers, for a few hours at least. I am of course talking about that glorious season known as football season! (Insert Hank Williams, Jr. singing about being ready for some football here to help get you pumped up!)

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I will admit that on game days for my team, I can be kind of useless. I have been known to encourage cereal for dinner on game nights and once was relegated to writing a 10-page paper for a class in college during the Super Bowl half-time show (sorry, Teach). Luckily for you, you can learn from my mistakes and use these tips for how to be productive during football season and game nights especially.

Learn from my mistakes and use these tips to be productive during football season, game nights especially.

Make Commercials Work for You

Before the game starts, set a series of small goals and tasks to accomplish. During commercials, race against the clock to complete these tasks. Make sure your goals are super specific:

  • Put away 12 dishes.
  • Get trash out of can and set by the door.
  • Take trash to outdoor can.
  • Dust television and entertainment center.
  • Put new bag in trash can.
  • Vacuum rug in living room.

If you are watching the game somewhere other than home, you can still be productive. Pick tasks that you can do anywhere:

  • Make To-Do List for the following day.
  • Update or sync your calendars.
  • Add items to your budget for events you know are coming up such as:
  • Birthdays/Parties
  • Festivals
  • Book Fair at School
  • Halloween Parties/Costumes

**Tip: Don’t worry about working these into your budget yet. Just notate them on the months they are coming up. This gives you a jump start on your next budget session.

Learn from my mistakes and use these tips to be productive during football season, game nights especially.

Plan for Meals Early

If the game falls right around meal time, you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for it. Luckily there are so many options available, you don’t have to be.

  1. Set the crockpot. Crockpot meals make it super easy to have dinner ready with minimal prep and time.
  2. Have a living room picnic. Throw together something quick and easy, like these toasted ranch chicken sandwiches or these taco roll-ups. Then put a blanket down on the floor and eat with your family there. Kids will start to love football days if this becomes a tradition!
  3. Have meals earlier. If it’s a late game, plan to eat dinner at 5pm instead of 6:00 or 7:00. If your family starts getting hungry during the game, whip up some popcorn for them to snack on during half-time.

Learn from my mistakes and use these tips to be productive during football season, game nights especially.

Don’t Forget about Bedtime Routines

Again, if you are looking forward to a late game, don’t forget about your kids’ bedtime routines. Get baths done and jammers on before the game starts. This is also great opportunity to start some family traditions. Buy some special game night jammers for everyone in the family (or make your own). The best part about these is that each person can get them in the team they love!

Trust me, these tips will help make football season more enjoyable for everyone in your family. (Even those crazy pants who don’t “understand the draw of it”.)  Cheers to a productive season!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.