Seasonal Crafts

After last week’s snowman decor, I couldn’t help but continue on that trend this week. I’ve always had a love of snowmen. I think I got that from my Mom Mom, who always has plenty of snowmen decorations in her house at Christmastime. But snowmen are such a wonderful piece of winter decor even outside of setting them out at Christmas.
I never thought I’d be this into making wreaths, but after last week’s success, I knew exactly which product I wanted to tackle next: the snowman wreath. I admit, I was afraid of tackling this craft. All the other snowmen wreaths that I saw had turned out so professionally that I wondered if I could make a wreath of that quality (I’m pretty new to making wreaths, so yeah, I was intimidated). At the end of the day though, I can’t believe how easy it was! I got so excited that I made two snowman wreaths using grapevine wreaths–one painted white and one natural.

I cannot believe that we’re at the end of 2019. Every since 2015, I’ve been using that 2020 joke. You know, the one that says “Don’t ask me what I’m doing in 5 years, ’cause I don’t have 2020 vision.” But now it’s here, and honestly, I still don’t have 2020 vision. What will this year hold? Who am I going to be? There are things I want the year to hold and things I want to be, but often times that’s easier dreamed than done.

I’d like to blame thank Chip and Joanna Gaines for bringing farmhouse style into the main culture, but I don’t think it’s entirely their fault. To me, farmhouse style represents simpler times. In today’s very complicated, messy world, simplicity is a welcome presence in our homes. Of course, there are many popular trends to go with that farmhouse style (like the farmhouse sign I posted a tutorial for here) but a big one at Christmas time is the red truck and tree…
I did my SECOND craft show just a few days ago, and at this one, I unveiled a new ornament that I was hoping would draw customers over to my table. I can sum up my results in two words: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! These easy to make, adorable snowman ornaments were the highlight of my table and were the first item to sell...

I just did my first craft fair EVER this past Saturday! Let me tell you: it was so much fun. It was so awesome to go to a place and see all these people who are equally passionate about making something with their hands and wanting to share it with the people around them. Aside from the monetary gain, it was truly a learning experience for me. One thing I learned was how quickly certain products sell. There was an item that I made that was a last minute addition to my craft table, but it was the first one to sell out. I’m talking about the JOY wood letter decorations...

I keep asking myself if it’s too early to post Christmas crafts. I’ve waited and waited until it’s more socially acceptable, but I’ve also accepted that I’m one of those crazy people who likes getting into the Christmas spirit before Thanksgiving. I mean, come on, there are so many craft possibilities! Today’s craft is one I’m particularly proud of. You see, I can’t draw. At all. I have no artistic talent for drawing and so I thought that crafts like this would be off limits for me. But I discovered a trick, and now it doesn’t matter that…

Despite thinking my last post would be the last one fall themed for this year, it turns out autumn inspiration just keeps striking! Today, it struck in the form of scrap wood crafts. After all, my stockpile in the garage is overflowing, and I’ve been wanting to try a few wood projects anyway, so I figured I’d make another list post with scrap wood diys that are easy to imitate and cheap to make…
I had so much fun writing up tutorials this fall. It wasn’t until a few weeks in that I realized an ongoing trend: all of them centered around pumpkins! I’m not complaining, of course. Pumpkins are always a big deal in October and November, and based on what’s been popping up in my Pinterest feed in the past few weeks, I think this year is no exception to that trend.
You know what else is trendy? Lists and convenience…
Like I said in my last post, Dollar Tree is awesome (and dangerous for me). Their stock of carvable pumpkins may not match up to rustic ones from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, but at least they have potential. If you’re reading this, that probably means you see the potential too, but you’re not quite sure how to elevate that pumpkin to nice rustic decor. Hopefully today’s post will give you some ideas. Here’s the Dollar Tree Pumpkin Decor DIY Tutorial…

Dollar Tree is simultaneously my best friend and my worst enemy. Walking through their crafts aisles–no, walking through any of their aisles– is an invitation for creative re-purposing. Today’s re-purpose, I have to admit, isn’t an original idea. It’s been floating around Pinterest this year and as soon as I saw it, I knew I’d have to give it a whirl. And once I’m done with the instructions, hopefully you’ll be compelled to do the same! Here’s how to do the Dollar Tree Pumpkin decoration…

Fall is officially here, which means its time to break out ALL the pumpkin crafts. And, of course, I’m continuing my trend of working with mason jars–one of my all-time favorites. This craft as a whole will probably be one of my favorites, because it’s SO EASY and the results are stunning…

Making a pumpkin out of mason jar lids is apparently a big craft this year; everywhere I look, I’m seeing them pop up! Now normally I do tutorials using items that are commonly around the house, but it occurs to me as I type this one up that not everyone may have 15+ mason jar lids lying around the house. Still, if you tend to collect thrift stores’ mason jars the way that I do, you may be surprised to realize you bought some jars with lids already on them…
I think I’ve spotted another trend for this year: wood slice ornaments. On Pinterest and in magazines, I’ve seen people selling Christmas ornaments made out of tree slices. And while I’m totally on board for that (and I’ll give a tutorial for that next month), I thought to myself: why stop there? There are other ways to use tree slices in decorating!
Cue the pumpkins…