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The Cork L

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I have seen such cute things on Pinterest and in stores to do with wine corks. I have not attempted to make any of these or to buy any of these cork holders because I don’t drink enough wine to ever be able to accumulate the amount needed.

I went to visit a new consignment shop in my town the other day and found several containers filled with wine corks for sale. I immediately grabbed a few of them and was ready to make a project, I just needed to decide which project.

I went to Pinterest to see what others had done. I decided that I wanted to make the monogram letter. I went to Hobby Lobby to see what my letter template options were. I intended to buy a chipboard letter but none of them were the size I wanted, so I found a wooden letter. I also found some really cute burlap ribbon that I wanted to add to it.

I came home and started testing out some patterns with the corks, then began gluing them down. I really love how it turned out. I added a burlap ribbon bow to the top corner and then glued some to the back so that I could hang it on my back door.

I even went back a few days later to the consignment shop thinking I would need more corks, but after finishing the monogram I have plenty of corks left to make at least one more project.

wine cork monogram letter

My new addiction…mesh wreaths

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While I was busy making a feather wreath and a garland wreath, my mother-in-law was making her first mesh wreaths. Neither knew the other was working on wreaths, so when they say that a man marries a woman just like his mother, this shows just how much alike my mother-in-law (MIL) and I are!

When my MIL and I were talking on the phone one day, she mentioned that she was working on mesh wreaths. I wasn’t sure what she was referring to when she said mesh wreaths so I went down to show off my wreaths and to see what she was making. The instant I saw them I remembered a wreath I had seen at a craft show the previous year that I fell in love with only to see that the price was $125. I actually almost thought about buying it, that is how much I liked it.

I knew instantly that I was going to become addicted to these wreaths. After buying some supplies, watching a few You Tube videos, and getting some tips from my MIL, I began my first one. They are much easier that I thought they would be. The hardest part is figuring out just what you want on it and what colors of mesh to use.

I spent less than less than $25 on each of these wreaths and was very happy with how they turned out. I am looking forward to making some Christmas ones next.

Wreath one:

Wreath two:

Halloween Garland Wreath

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I found this really cute Halloween wreath at a store but they were asking $20 for it. I was feeling exceptionally frugal that day so I decided I didn’t need it and could make one for myself. So, I set out to find the products I needed to make one. Who would have thought it would be so hard to find black garland around Halloween.

After looking all over for the black garland, with no luck, I stumbled upon some black and purple garland with ghosts on it at the Dollar Tree. I bought all they had to make sure I would have enough. I then purchased some small orange and black ornaments, some purple balls and some orange trim. The black and white ribbon came from my stock.

Before wrapping the garland around the foam wreath form I had to cut what felt like hundreds of ghosts off the garland.

I am a true believer in the power of three, almost everything I do has a triangle element to the decorations. Nothing feels complete if I don’t have three in this pattern.

I finished the wreath, but it felt like something was missing. On a recent trip to Gordman’s I found a glittery spider web with a glittery spider on it for $2.95. That ended up being the missing piece. I hot glued it to the back and I think it makes it complete.

Here it is. The entire project cost around $14.

Halloween Planters

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I don’t typically decorate the outside of my house much, except at Christmas time. This year I decided I would spook it out a little bit and add some Halloween decorations. I was inspired for this project from Pinterest. The Pinterest version was a Christmas one, but I couldn’t wait until Christmas, I needed to do one now!

I started with some inexpensive foam planters that my mother-in-law was going to throw away. They look like barrel planters, but I painted them black. I added some Halloween ribbon from the Dollar Tree and made some small bows for the front. And yes, I did tie my own bows! That is a popular question when people see these.

I purchased four foam pumpkins, four spiders (same type used on the Witches Hat project) and some colorful, whispy branches and bamboo in fall colors. All of these items came from the Dollar Tree.

I then spray painted all the pumpkins black and came up with different ways to decorate them. On one you will see a “L” that was designed from rhinestones that I pinned on straight pins. You might be asking why I did this instead of gluing the rhinestones to the pumpkin. This is because I am indecisive and wanted to be able to move the pins around in case I didn’t like it in the end. Here is my monogrammed pumpkin.

My second and third pumpkins are the same. Spray painted black, then I added some really cute trim stickers that I found at Hobby Lobby. The stickers were 12″ each so I cut them in half to get enough to complete my pumpkin. Note: the stickers are a little short on the top and bottom if you do this, but you don’t see the bottom and I added a rhinestone to the top of each to give it a more finished look.

My last pumpkin was created from large orange sequins and straight pins. I just randomly placed the sequins around the pumpkin. Also, you will see I added a fun “stem” to the striped ones and this one. I took the end of a roll of green mesh then hid my glue with some small feathers.

I then filled the pots with some old potting soil, arranged the branches in the back, added some black cloth over the soil, then arranged my pumpkins and spiders. Here is my finished projects.

Total cost: Less than $20.

Howlstooth and Scaringbone

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When I saw the new Stampin’ Up Howlstooth & Scaringbone paper in the holiday mini catalog, I knew I had to have it.

I love most things houndstooth, and my friends think I am odd for knowing what it is called! It just has a classic look in my mind. This paper is one way I have never seen houndstooth displayed, and I absolutely love it. The paper set also has plaid, chevron stripes and polka dots in it.

I decided I needed a cute Halloween decoration on top of my curio cabinet so while looking through Pinterest one day, I saw some cute letters on boards and decided this would be perfect.

I first used my Cricut Design Studio software to decide the sizes and fonts of my letters, then decided what size I needed my boards to be. My wonderful husband cut and painted the boards for me. I cut the paper so that one-quarter of an inch of board is displayed all the way around. I cut my letters out of black vinyl using a variety of Cricut Cartridges, including Opposites Attract, Plantin SchoolBook, Tear Drop, Lyrical Letters, Wall Decor and More and Martha Stewart Birthday Cake.

After attaching the letters to the paper, I used spray adhesive to attach the paper to the boards. I added a cute flower as the dot for my “i”, and was finished!

I plan to add some garland or something else to help decorate the top of my curio cabinet, but here it is with just the letters. I was thrilled with the results!

Haunted House Fun

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I was returning from a trip to South Dakota, and as always, my son was expecting a surprise when I returned. I stopped by Michael’s on my way home and found this really cute haunted house made from foam. It was one of those build your own kits. I have never purchased one before and was not sure if it would stay assembled, but figured a little hot glue can fix anything. I purchased it and my son and I assembled it a week later. It turned out just as nice as the packaging showed, and my son loved helping punch out all the pieces and getting to add on the extras. It is so nice that my son enjoys crafting, and this was able to hold his attention for more than an hour (the time it took us to assemble it). It is holding together nicely and no hot glue was needed!

I have displayed it on my wine table with my potion bottles and some mesh-type material that I found at the Dollar Tree. In total, the entire display (minus the wine table) cost $18!

Witches Hat and Candelabras

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Going to the dollar store is sometimes like house hunting. You have to look at what it can be, not just what it is. On a recent trip to the Dollar Tree I had seen a witch hat and some cardboard candelabras. I looked them right over. A week later I went back and my mind must have been on a creative track because I immediately grabbed these items and saw what they could be, not just what they were hanging in the store.

Here is a before picture of the hat, this picture shows it stuffed with bags to make it stand up.

It took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted on this hat, but I finally settled on some ribbon, jewels, large sequins and a bow.

To help with the display on my end table, I added the candelabras. I don’t have a before picture, but they were just plain black with nothing on them when I bought them. To add some glitter and color to them, I used my Smooch and a similar product that I used by mixing Perfect Pearls with some water in a small spray bottle. Then, I took some of my jewels and added them to the flame and smaller ones around to add some personality to it. I am very happy with how they turned out. It transformed a very plain cardboard cutout into a fun decorative piece.

I also found these adorable little spiders at the Dollar Tree and purchased a few to add to some of my decorations. You will see one of these spiders by my hat. The spider legs are made from a pipe cleaner and I didn’t want the wire sticking out of the end to scratch my table so I put a little hot glue on the ends and let it dry to prevent the scratching.

On this entire project I spent $4, not including the jewels and spray I already had.

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