DIY Chalkboard Ornaments

I got into the holiday spirit a little earlier than usual this year. I had my tree up before thanksgiving, some of my holiday shopping had already been completed (this is very unusual) and I can’t stop listening to the holiday radio stations. Buddy The Elf, move over.. Emily’s in town.

I like my tree to have a very simple, classic look. These ornaments totally fit that description. They’re simple and you can put whatever you want on them.

Tom and I were super excited to make ornaments. He made two and I made two. We want to make it a tradition to make some each year. It’s a perfect thing to do with a significant other, siblings or any other friends and family as a personal touch to each tree.

Grab a mug of hot cocoa and get to work!

*I must admit, I got a little bit caught up in the moment of decorating them so my pictures aren’t as “step by step” as I would have liked.. but I will try to do my best to explain. These are VERY easy*

 

What You’ll Need:

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  • Plain Wooden Ornament (got mine at Michael’s for $2 each)
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • White Chalkboard Marker
  • Silver Chalkboard Marker (or whatever colors you like)
  • Small Paint Brush (I got a cheap foam one)
  • Little Cup For Paint

(The Star ornament was an added thing. I didn’t include it in this DIY cause it turned out kinda ugly)

How To:

  1. Gather your supplies and prepare the work space by putting down newspaper or an old sheet.
  2. Paint your wooden ornaments with the chalkboard paint. Make a decently big circle, but leave a small border of the wood all the way around the edge. They need to sit for 30 min – 1 hour before adding anything onto them. They’ll look something like this:IMG_2949
  3. After they dry, think of a lovely holiday design to put on them. I decided to put a snowflake on one and a tree on the other. Tom got fancy and did a “countdown to christmas” and a cute couple ornament with our names on it. (Maybe he should be the blogger in the relationship). Use the colored chalkboard markers to complete your design.
  4. That is really all there is to it. Allow them to dry overnight before hanging them on the tree. Here’s how ours turned out:

 

As always, thank you so much for reading.

I will be back with more holiday stuff soon!

-Emily

 

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DIY Painted Polka Dot Pumpkin

A few days ago, Tom and I decided to go to a local pumpkin patch to grab a few of our own from the fields. It was a wonderful thing to do together and really brought us into the fall spirit. We picked about 6 total pumpkins and some mini pumpkins all for the low price of $15. When the friendly farmer lady told us the price we almost laughed cause we thought she was joking. Even Home Depot charges about $10 for an awful pumpkin.

My advice: always choose the pumpkin patch over large retailers.

The price made us super happy about the pumpkin adventure and we went back to my house to carve them up. We didn’t make any real design plans.. instead we grabbed some knives and cut into them hoping for the best. To the tune of Monster Mash on repeat, Tom chose a simple design: a very simple design. He went with your typical small-faced jack-o-lantern, but it was still adorable because everything he does is adorable to me. I went with a slightly more complex idea.. JACK SKELLINGTON (from Nightmare Before Christmas). I think both of ours turned out perfectly and they now sit proudly outside of my house. They might be rotted out by the time Halloween actually comes, but that’s okay.

It’s really the simple things that bring me so much joy.

Yesterday, I wanted to get a bit crafty with one of my leftover pumpkins. I had heard of “painting pumpkins” and thought it would be an awesome thing to try. I came up with a simple idea: gold paint with black dots. It is so adorable and perfect to add a little bit of flair to your average pumpkin display.

Just in time for pumpkin carving, follow my DIY below if you want to try something new and make your very own PAINTED pumpkin:


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What You’ll Need:

  • Pumpkin of your choice (any size will work)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Acrylic Paint Brush
  • Cup of Water
  • Paper Plate
  • Old T-Shirt or Newspapers to work on top of

Directions:

  1. First, make sure your pumpkin is rinsed or wiped clean of any dirt (you will run into more if you actually pick it from the field). Working with a clean surface is very important or you will run into problems with the paint sticking. If your pumpkin has a super long stem, cut it shorter before you start. Here’s mine all cleaned up and stem trimmed:

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2. Pick the first color you want to be your “base coat”. I used metallic gold acrylic paint that I found at Michael’s. Squeeze some paint onto your paper plate and begin to paint a thin layer onto the surface of the pumpkin. After it’s evenly coated (it will look very transparent) let it dry for about 20-30 minutes. Here it is with one coat:

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3. If your pumpkin is dry to the touch, you’re ready to apply a second coat. This will probably be ALL YOU NEED. Repeat step 2 by applying an even layer all over the pumpkin. It should look opaque enough, but if it doesn’t you may need to wait another 20 minutes and apply one more coat. Here is how mine looked after the 2nd and final layer:

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4. After waiting 30 minutes for the color to dry.. it’s time to add the polka dots! I used metallic black for my dots, but any color would do the trick. This step takes a little bit of patience and artistic ability since it is KINDA difficult to freehand circles. I drew two different sized dots. Some about the size of a quarter and the others about the size of a nickel. I tried to do an even mix of both for a cool effect. If you use a dark color like black.. you will only need one coat of paint for the dots. Here it is in the beginning after just a few:

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Then I added even more:

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5. Wait for it to fully dry. Clean up all your paint and make sure you rinse the brush for future projects! Use to decorate an indoor area or put it outdoors to add to the jack-o-lanters! It adds a unique, handmade flair to your front step.

Here it is next to my carved pumpkin:

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Thanks for reading and I hope you all try this before the big day which is coming up very soon!

-Emily

DIY Fall Floral Wreath

Since it’s FINALLY getting chilly here and starting to feel like fall, I decided to do a little DIY to welcome it properly.. right at the front door. I made a super easy wreath that features all fall colors. This is fun to make your own and use whatever flowers you like. Michael’s craft store had 50% off all their fall florals, so if you have one of those near you check it out. This really helped me get even more into the autumn spirit. OCTOBER IS TOMORROW!

What You’ll Need (I got all of this at Michael’s):

  • Bouquets of Fake Fall Florals
  • Wreath Form
  • Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue
  • Scissors
  • Wreath Door Hanger

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Steps:

  1. Cut off ‘stems’ of flowers from the floral bouquet. This takes a little bit of see-sawing the scissors on the wire for a little while. I won’t say it’s the easiest thing, but don’t worry it will happen. Before attaching them permanently, arrange them on your form (the stems bend making this easy) to see how it WILL look. While doing this, make sure your hot glue gun is getting heated up.

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2. This is the fun part. Time to attach all the stems! Curve all the stems to easily attach to the circle form. Apply hot glue onto form and put the stem on it and hold for a solid minute. Continue all the way around the wreath. If you run into issues with the hot glue and it’s not holding, get some floral wire that matches your wreath to wrap around the stems. I used the gold dangles on the bottom row to support mine.

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3. For the top row of my form, I decided to do an almost ‘flower crown’ to create an interesting look. To do this, I ditched the hot glue. I simply wrapped the stems all the way around the form (since it’s just wire) to secure the flowers. It worked like a charm. It does take a little bit of finger power, but it’s worth it.

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4. If everything is how you want it, then it’s time to hang it. Put your beautiful work on display! I lucked out with our red door which perfectly accented the colors in my wreath.

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It adds so much charm and it’s not very time consuming or difficult to do!

Thanks for reading! I hope you try this out yourself.

-Emily