Thursday, October 15, 2015

REAL MILWAUKEE Craft Tutorials.....Fall/Halloween/Harvest/Thanksgiving

I can't explain how excited I have been to work on these crafts for my upcoming Pinterest Segment.  Channeling my inner crafter is simply so much fun for me!  Now I know I have been blessed with craft juices running through my blood and get all excited for a new craft challenge....but I know that is maybe not the case for all of you.  When the producer from Real Milwaukee (Fox 6) contacted me about doing a Pinterest segment in October for Fall/Halloween crafts I knew right away that I wanted to create things that anyone can do....yes, even you!  So create (and copy) I did!  This is how my brain works...I can pretty much copy anything I see on Pinterest....I will basically copy the idea but modify it to fit what works for me and my budget and my style.  I have 6 crafts I am going to share with you today...yes 6!!!!  I will include a list of materials and give instructions.  You can do it, I know you can!  Here we go....

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 #1... Candy Pumpkin.

Supplies Needed:

  1. Carvable Pumpkin (Large one)-I purchased mine from Michael's when they were 50% off and with an additional 25% off coupon.  
  2. Small knife or carving tool
  3. Paint Brush (large and small)
  4. Black craft paint
  5. White craft paint
  6. Optional: candy & hang tag.

 First you start with a helper (if you have one at home).  I used a pencil to draw a basic outline on my pumpkin.  I drew a huge mouth, two triangle eyes and a circle nose.  I messed up, erased, and redrew my lines many times.  Next you realize your "helper" needs a haircut desperately.
 After I had my face drawn on the pumpkin, I took a small knife and started cutting out the shapes.  Slow and steady.  It's just like carving a regular pumpkin but without the messy inside.
 After the face was all cut out I painted the inside black with craft paint.  (I bought mine from Walmart for .50.  I still wasn't happy with it so I took some white paint and outlined the eyes, mouth and nose.  I added some special treats inside the mouth for little fingers to grab easily.  Finally I added a chalkboard arrow (purchased from Target in the dollar section for 4 of them).  
Finally, you take your "helper" to get a haircut.  This craft was on the easy side.  You could even do this with children.  Let them go crazy.  I wanted to paint my pumpkin fun colors...I still may do that !
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Craft #2...Glitter Pumpkin

Supplies Needed:

  1. Any Pumpkin ~ Real or Fake one
  2. Thumb Tacks
  3. Glue
  4. Glitter
  5. Template

If you know me at all, you know I LOVE glitter and sparkles.  I will put glitter on anything I can.  I especially love when it gets all over me and I have sparkles on me!  Personally, I believe there is no better way to decorate a pumpkin than with sparkles.  So sparkle I did!  First, I used my cricut to cut out a letter "W" for me to use as my template.  Now don't panic if you don't have a cricut.  (Remember I said anyone can do this!)  You can choose to free hand a letter and cut it out as your template (use a pencil so you can erase and redraw if you need to) OR you can use your software (microsoft word or pages or whatever you have) on your computer to make a jumbo letter and then print it out .  Cut out the letter you printed and use that as your template.  
 I positioned my "W" on my pumpkin where I wanted it and then used thumb tacks to hold it in place.  Next, trace around your template with a pencil and remove the template.
Next, fill in the pencil marks with glue.  I used regular elmer's school glue.  I perhaps used a little too much.  You don't have to put it on as thick as I did.  It took mine 2 days to dry completely!  Whoops.  After you have all the glue on, go outside and sprinkle your glitter all over the glue.  Try not to do it when it is super windy out or you may end up with glitter grass like me!  Make sure you cover all the glue.  If you missed spots with glue, add some more glue and glitter.  
 I laid my pumpkin on it's back to dry so the glue wouldn't drip down...because I used too much glue. When the glue is all dry you can tap off the extra glitter or wipe it away with a towel.  The glitter will only stick to where you put the glue!


It really is that easy.  My "W" isn't perfect.  Keep that in mind.  You are using a round bumpy object...it's not going to be perfect!  I say it gives it character!  You could use any color glitter and make a few in different colors.  I love the simplicity of it.  


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Craft #3... Candy Corn Inspired Vases

Supplies Needed:

  1. Emptied Wine Bottles (if you don't drink wine, ask your friends...that is what I did!)
  2. Spray Paint. (yellow, brown, orange, and white)
  3. Accessories of your choice.


This craft looks so amazing when it's done and it really doesn't require a lot of time or effort at all!  

First , you want to make sure your wine bottles are empty and dry on the outside.  I took mine outside and sprayed a coat of white over the entire bottle.  Make sure not to go too thick...the paint will drip if you spray too much.  Slow and steady for spray painting.  Add more if you need it.  I only did one good solid coat.  When the white was dry I sprayed the orange.  Don't go all the way to the top, leaving white to show at the top for the candy corn look.  Again, I did one solid good coat.  

 I usually use Rust-o-leum spray paint.  I find it the cheapest at Walmart.  It's the most expensive at your local hardware stores...keep that in mind!
 Finally, when the orange was dry I added yellow to two bottles and brown to one.  On one of the bottles I went back over the white and created the drippy look...I just oversprayed so the paint would drip down.  That, my friends, was it.  I didn't want perfect lines and I didn't care if some of the paint speckled on to the other colors.
 I added some candy corn on top of a charger that I had in my cabinet.  (If you want to put your bottles as a centerpiece like I did you can find a charger (the white plate I have the bottles sitting on) at your local craft store for $1 when they are on sale!

 I would have loved to add real flowers and actually that was my original plan.  Then I found glitter sunflowers...you had me at glitter.  I once again got them 50% off at Michael's with an additional 25% off coupon.  (I paid about $2.25) per flower.  I had also found these chalkboard tags in the dollar section of target (6 for $1) and added them as well.  To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to like these....but now that they are sitting on my table I am in love with this centerpiece!

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Craft #4...Fall Wreath  (this one is kinda tricky!)

Supplies Needed:


  1. Twig Wreath (I found mine at Walmart for $3.97) 
  2. Fabric 
  3. Felt
  4. Hot Glue
  5. Twine
  6. Mini clothespins
Don't let this awesome wreath scare you away!  You can do it!  Yes, you can!  

What you want to do is start by ripping your fabric.  Yes, ripping it.  I cut a small slit in the fabric and then rip the rest.  Just rip from top to bottom.  It will rip smoothly and easily.  Trust me.  
 My strips were about 18 inches long.  They actually were all different lengths.  I didn't measure or anything.  I only used 8 flowers for my wreath so clearly I enjoyed the ripping of the fabric too much!
 The flowers are the tricky part.  First, you will start with a knot at the end of your strip of fabric.
 Then you will start wrapping and twisting the fabric around the knot.  This took me a few tries to conquer.  Basically you are just wrapping the fabric around the knot by twisting the strip of fabric.  These flowers are not meant to be perfect.  They are meant to be messy and frayed.  As soon as I finished a flower I hot glued it on my wreath.
 I tried to arrange the fabric colors so they would be colorful and not two colors next to each other.
 I only used 8 flowers, but you can add as many or as few as you want.  That is all up to personal preference!
 For the word "FALL" I went super easy.  I took 4 different colors of felt and used my pencil to create the letter on the felt.  Again, I wasn't looking for it to be perfect.  I freehanded the letters and then cut them out.  If you wanted, you could create a template on you word document and print it out, trace and then cut.  I found some random twine -rope (which I purchased at Michael's at one time) and some small clothes pins.  I hot glued the twine-rope to the back of the wreath and then clothes -pinned my letter on.  I used an extra strap of fabric that I had ripped and didn't use as the wreath hanger.  I just looped it around the wreath and tied a knot at the top.  I hung it on my wreath hanger on our front door.  ( I picked that up for $1 at the dollar store last year around this time!)



 Like I said, this wreath is a little more detailed and tricky.  I am going to see if I can make a video of myself making the flowers if you are dying to make this!  You could also use any word to complete your wreath.  i.e.  Thanks, BOO, Love, Happy.

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Craft #5... Wine Cork Pumpkin

Supplies Needed:

  1. 30 wine corks (A friend gave me a huge box of them.  You can purchase them as well from a craft store, save them from wine you drink, or check with local grocery stores that recycle them...they give them to people too!) 
  2. Fake leaves (I purchased a long strand of them from the dollar store)
  3. Spanish Moss
  4. Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks.
  5. Orange Craft paint (at least 3 colors) 


These wine cork pumpkins are really adorable AND really easy to make.  My kids have helped me make them before.  
First you want to paint the fatter side of all but 1 of the wine corks.  I would paint 10 one color orange, 10 another shade of orange and then last 9 a different shade of orange.  Having 3 shades will give the pumpkin a rustic look.  The last cork you will leave plain as that will act as the stem.  As soon as the paint dries you can start hot gluing the corks together.  Start at the bottom row and work your way up.  
5 on the bottom
6 on the next row
7 on the middle row
6 on the next row
5 on the top

Try and place the corks in the groves of the corks below it so they sit well.  Finally, to finish it off, I hot glued two leaves, some Spanish Moss and the final wine cork to the top.  Yes, it really is that easy!   If you are doing this with kids, please help them with the hot glue!  It is really hot! 

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Craft #6..... Leaf Mason Jars

Supplies Needed:

  1. Mason Jars or Glass Jars of any size (I purchased mine at goodwill and then also used a pickle jar)
  2. Spray Paint (any color you want to paint your jars...I used yellow, orange, white and brown~from the wine bottle craft)
  3. Leaf Template.... You can download a template HERE if you would like!
  4. Sticker paper or sticker vinyl( or double sided tape or removable spray adhesive with paper)
  5. Twine and/or Raffia and/or bakers twine
  6. Battery operated tea lights  (I found a two pack of the battery operated ones are the dollar store and also glitter ones in the dollar section at Target) 
  7. Candy or seeds to put in jars

Ok, so this craft is another one that surprised me.  I love love love the way these turned out.  They look a lot harder to make than they really are!  Here we go..
 I used my cricut to cut out two leaf shapes on my sticker back vinyl.  Now, again, I realize you all don't have access to that so it IS possible to do this without that!  My friend (who happens to be an amazing graphic designer) has created a leaf template for you to use.  You can find a FREE downloadable leaf template HERE.  Print those leaves out and then cut them out.  The easiest thing to do would be to trace them on a sticker paper.  You can find that at your local craft store.  You can even use the sticker vinyl I use.  It is about $1.99 for a 12 by 24 inch piece....you could get a lot of leaves out of that!  It is located by the scrapbooking paper at Joanns.  If you don't have access to either of those...you could use paper with double sided tape on the back or removable adhesive spray.  Basically, what you want to do is get your leaf cut out to stick to the jar but then be able to remove it after the paint dries.  After you get your leaf adhered to the jar, you can spray paint your jar/s.  Spray paint right over the leaf.  Again, make sure to not spray so thick that the paint drips.  Slow and steady and even.  


When  the paint dries you will peel off the sticker leaf off of each jar.  That will leave you with a glorious leaf shape!


 You are going to need to fill the bottom of the jars with some fun fall colored items to set your candle on.  I used things I had around the house.  Popcorn kernels, candy corn, mini chocolate chips, leaf sprinkles that I had an abundance of for some reason and fall colored M&Ms.  I added those items just covering the stem part of the leaf.  You want people to be able to see them!
 Then I added the battery operated tea lights to each jar.
 Finally, I added some twine and raffia around the tops of the jars to make them look complete!  If you want to add the "give thanks" tag to your jars like I did on the white one...you can download that for FREE as well!  Click HERE to print your own tag!



 You could use these as centerpieces for your table for Thanksgiving or set them outside for Trick or Treat.  The possibilities with these are endless!


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And there you have it!  

6 crafts that you CAN do!
Make one or make them all like I did!  

I will be demoing a couple of these on Real Milwaukee on Thursday, October 15th at 9:40!  Watch for me there!

If you have any questions, leave me a comment!  

Happy Fall decorating!  

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