Metallic Gold Arrow Accent Wall Tutorial

A small plain wall is a great spot for adding some pattern and detail to a room. This small wall in the apartment nursery nook was just begging for a little attention. Here’s what we did to give it some pizzazz:

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Arrow Accent Wall Tutorial

Materials:

What worked for me:

I started with creating triangle (arrowhead) vinyl stickers in my Silhouette Design Studio software. (Since I had some extra space, I created a few vinyl decals including the letter A and a deer head as well…they aren’t a part of this project.)

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I hit the “cut” button and adjusted the settings on my blade for vinyl. 

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Load the vinyl into my Silhouette Cameo color side facing up. 

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Hit “cut” and remove from machine. 

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Weed away the excess vinyl (the vinyl that’s not a part of the design). Vinyl stickers. That fast!

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On the wall using a level and Sharpie, I drew vertical lines evenly spaced part. 

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We then decided on placement of the arrow heads, alternating the direction every other line. 

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I cut a “chevron” pattern from cardboard and used it to create arrow tails, again, evenly spaced and alternating the direction every other line. 

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Ali used a piece of damp magic eraser to erase the Sharpie line between arrows (note for potential future reference: magic eraser works on removing permanent marker from walls). 

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That’s it. I was hoping for a more staggered look, but even with drawing it out on paper, the final design had an alternating horizontal pattern too. Cool! 

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What do you think? Cute. Simple. Right? 

See the entire nursery nook reveal coming soon! 

See my guest room/nursery space for more nursery ideas:

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Casual Winter Fashion

What’s on your holiday wish list this year? 

Just because I mainly blog about do-it-yourself home improvement/decorating and my ‘work’ uniform mostly consists of yoga pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, paint clothes doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy ‘cleaning up’ too. Most days:

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I’m definitely a girl-y girl with a love of clothes, fashion, make up, jewelry and shoes. Some days:

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In fact, since my purchases throughout the year mostly consist of home decor, home improvement projects materials, craft supplies and of course my essential oils and gifts for others, holidays are reserved for adding a few pretty non DIY related gifts to my wish list.

And since I no longer have the need for a business or business casual wardrobe, my style has evolved into something more casual and fun. Instead of heels with a business suit, now I’m loving my heels with jeans (distressed are my favorite) and a warm sweater, fun jewelry and pretty accessories. THOSE are my winter must haves. 

So when Macy’s sent over this Casual Winter Outfit inspiration and I could totally see me wearing this, I knew I’d love to share it and to be able to pin it to my wish list Pinterest board. This year when I opened my closet to dig around for cold weather appropriate attire (brrrr…it’s snowing, you guys!), I felt as if my summer clothes outnumbered the cooler weather ensembles. Shuffling seasonal wardrobes around is definitely on the to-do list. 

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Inspired by Macy’s winter fashion guide

  1. Fringed Cardigan
  2. Green Necklace
  3. Floppy Hat
  4. Dior Lip Glow
  5. Distressed Jeans
  6. Clinique Mascara
  7. Suede Booties

LOVE the look! What about you? Gathering ideas for your holiday wish list? Thinking you need a few more cooler weather options in your wardrobe? I’d love to hear what’s on your wish list. 

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Macy’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

5 Tree Decorating Tips

If you celebrate Christmas, more than likely you decorate an evergreen tree (real or artificial) with ornaments and lights. It’s a Christmas tradition in our home. 

When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year.  

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As a member of the Michaels’ Makers blog team, I recently had an awesome opportunity to participate in a dream tree challenge. Bri and I spent quite a bit of time browsing the aisles at Michaels to come up with creative ideas for the challenge. Finally, a glittery shimmery succulent wreath is what inspired the succulents & spruce theme. We both really love the natural/botanical vibe that succulents and plants add to just about any style of decorating. 

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Today I wanted to share a few tips for setting up and decorating an artificial tree, some that help make it look more ‘real’ and full.

Tip #1 Set the Mood

This is completely optional but nothing sets a Christmas tree decorating mood like cranking up the Christmas tunes. Pair that with a cup of hot cocoa and you’re all set! I like to set my boxes of ornaments and decorations in the same room to have everything within easy reach. 

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Tip #2 Pine Scent

Making the tree not only visually “Christmas” but smelling like pine contributes to the magical feel of the holiday season. In the past I’ve lit pine scented candles. Michaels also sells pine or cinnamon scented ornaments. This year, we’re really loving our essential oils. So we’re diffusing essential oil blends like Christmas Spirit, cinnamon and/or pine, creating a seasonal scent without the harmful chemicals.  

Tip #3 Ideas for Under the Tree

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Get creative with the area under the tree. For my dream tree challenge, I simply added a burlap table runner for a ‘skirt’ and displayed potted succulents. here are some past ideas we’ve done too:

Tip #4 Lights 

Tip #4: Pre-lit is the way to go but in the past I’ve also used a 9 outlet Christmas tree extension cord for adding strings of light. I like that the outlets are spaced along the extension cord. One plug into the wall outlet and an off/on switch for the Christmas lights, the outlets up along the back of the tree for adding strings of lights.

Christmas tree extension cord

I was surprised that not many Facebook fans knew this tip, so I’ll share here too: I add my lights to the tree vertically {up and down} rather than around. I can’t tell the difference and when the tree is in a corner, it’s a lot easier than trying to get around it’s width. Not a fan of pulling it out from the corner, moving a ladder all around while trying to “lasso” the tree with strings of lights and pushing it back into place. 

 Tip #5 Filling in the tree & decorating

If your artificial tree isn’t as full as you’d like it to be, add faux pine garland or silk flower bunches to fill in the gaps {large faux poinsettias help to fill in space and look pretty too}. Even dollar store green garland pushed near the center of the tree will help hide seeing the “pole” through sparse branches. Try larger ornaments and use wide ribbon or tulle as a garland to help fill the empty spaces.

We chose items that had more of a natural theme rather than specifically traditional. By adding in mixed metallics with a bit of glitter along with natural elements, we were able to create an enchanted evergreen vibe. 

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Bonus tip: Cat Proofing the Tree. I recommend an artificial tree if you have a cat to prevent possible poisoning from ingesting pine needles or tree water (things to consider with a real tree). You may want to set up the tree but hold off on decorating until cat is a little less curious. Choose a safe location in the event that the tree is knocked over. Use a citrus spray, Bitter Apple spray to help discourage cats or spritz pinecones with citrus/citronella and display near the base. Make sure the tree has a wide/secure/heavy anchor. Tape down electrical wires or wrap exposed wires in foil. Artificial trees also eliminate the temptation to sharpen claws where as your cat may find a real tree trunk irresistible. Thankfully our cat doesn’t climb the tree but I’ve heard that tin foil around the trunk may help to prevent it. Ours will bat at lower ornaments though. Be sure to bend the ornament hanger securely around a branch or display unbreakable ornaments lower on the tree. 

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I really don’t feel there is a wrong or right way to decorate a tree. Decorating in layers is what works best for me. Materials I used: (Find materials and decor that you feel fit a succulent & spruce/enchanted evergreen theme at Michaels) .

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  • 7 1/2 foot pre-lit Willow Pine Christmas tree
  • succulent garlands
  • packs of matte orange Christmas bulb ornaments
  • grapevine orbs 
  • mini mossy fairy/gnome houses
  • lighted grapevine star tree topper
  • assorted pheasant feathers
  • large pinecones
  • glittery floral pics in copper
  • assorted floral pics: one with mini pinecones on branches, one with gold berries, gold/green ferns, gold glittery spiral branches, etc. 
  • clip on burlap poinsettias 
  • assorted potted succulents – for the ones hanging on the tree, be sure to use hot glue to ensure succulents are extra secure in foam base/pot as well as to adhere an ornament hanger to the pot so that rather than set on it’s base, it hangs like an ornament. 
  • burlap table runner for use as a tree skirt
  • birch wood slices for displaying succulents under the tree

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Before blogging, I decorated our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. During blogging, the season starts a bit earlier. My tree was up and decorated by Halloween. I’ve been asked if I take it down or leave it up for two months. I definitely keep it on display the entire month of November and December and a little into January too. How about you? 

Get more Christmas tree tips from the entire Michaels’ Makers team:

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·        If you haven’t seen all of the Dream Trees yet, stop by The Glue String to see all 30 – be prepared to be inspired! See the full Succulents & Spruce Christmas tree reveal here

·         You can help spread some holiday cheer by sharing a photo of my dream tree or any trees that inspire you this year on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag your friend, use the hashtag #TagATree and encourage them to do the same! Thank you!!! xo

·         Looking for some creative holiday ideas? Michaels has a variety of Make it Merry projects for you and your family to work on this season!

·         All Michaels stores are hosting a Holiday Pinterest Party tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 15 from 1-4pm – come in and create a fun holiday project with the help of a Michaels associate!

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DIY Essential Oils Sugar Scrub

DIY Essential Oils Sugar Scrub Recipe

I recently held an essential oils holiday open house for my Young Living essential oils team and first time guests. One of the activities involved creating some DIY gifts. I’ll be sharing the recipes here and there in the next coming weeks for holiday gift ideas as well as tips for hosting such a party. 

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

Ingredients:

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons carrier oil (such as grape seed oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc.)
  • approx. 8 drops of essential oil of your choice (recommendations below)
  • 4 oz. container, label, gift tag, ribbon, etc. 

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

Directions: Add drops of essential oil to sugar in a small bowl. Mix well until combined. Add carrier oil to melted coconut oil (I use a double boiler.). Slowly add the oil mixture to the sugar mixture while stirring constantly. Carefully transfer to a small gift container like a glass jelly jar. (Mixture will harden a little as it sits, melt easily when exposed to warm hands and heat.) Decorate and embellish container. Get creative! I used a round chalkboard label on the canning jar lid and added a small spoon tied with a ribbon. 

Makes 1 gift sized amount. Increase ingredients to make a bulk sized batch. 

DIY essential oils sugar scrub recipe @diyshowoff

Essential oil recommendations:

  • Something fruity always smells refreshing and has amazing benefits: lemon, orange, a mixture of both. Grapefruit is my favorite.
  • Peppermint for an invigorating scrub.
  • Fruit + mint (believe it or not, orange peppermint smells divine!)
  • Lavender for a soothing effect.
  • Rosemary + lime.
  • Mix up your own blend using your favorite essential oils for specific needs (check the Essential Oils Quick Reference Guide for recommendations & suggestions…free with the purchase of a Premium Starter Kit using member #1836762).

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*I only recommend Young Living brand essential oils. More on why, how to join me & my team and to get your own here.

Vinyl Decal Tutorial for Stainless Steel Tumbler {for essential oils}

Once I started experiencing the benefits of using Young Living essential oils, I’ve been adding grapefruit, tangerine and sometimes lemon essential oils to my water. Love it! It’s definitely increased my daily water intake! However, because Young Living citrus essential oils are so potent, using a glass or stainless steel drinking vessel is recommended. 

I found this awesome stainless steel tumbler (including lid and straw) on Amazon. 

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It works beautifully – keeps drinks SUPER cold with a double insulated wall. Design wise, it’s a little boring and plain so of course I couldn’t help but create some vinyl decals to dress it up a bit. 

Materials:

What I did:

I added my designs (shapes I already had on hand) to the Silhouette Designer Software template, making sure they were at a size that would fit my tumbler. Designs are previous purchases from the online Silhouette store accessible through the software. 

I sent the design to cut. 

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I adjusted setting as needed for cutting vinyl (you may want to do a test cut). 

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I loaded my adhesive vinyl glossy color side up into the machine. 

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I clicked “cut” and removed vinyl from machine when cutting was complete.

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Then, I peeled (weeded away) the vinyl that surrounded the design. 

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Next I added a piece of transfer paper to the decals and rubbed with a credit card to ‘transfer’ the design. 

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I peeled away the transfer paper, separating it from the wax papered backing (vinyl decal should now be on the sticky side of the transfer paper). 

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I placed the decal sticky side down onto the tumbler’s surface then rubbed a credit card. 

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When I peeled away the transfer paper, the decal transferred to the stainless steel surface. All done!

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*Now stainless steel tumbler must be hand washed (do not run vinyl through dishwasher).   Young Living essential oils - stainless steel tumbler for citrus oil @diyshowoff

Much cuter! And since my mom, my daughter and I all use these tumblers, now I know which one is mine! It makes a great holiday gift idea for your essential oils team or oily friends and family.

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Guest Room + Nursery Makeover Reveal

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You guys! There is a new little grand child arriving in just a couple of weeks! #EXCITING! So of course, this first time grandma needs to convert the guest room to allow space for baby sleep overs. The before is pretty enough…

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It needed a good freshening up. And I’m sure that I’ll still be playing ‘doll house’ in this room, moving things around, adding a little something here and there but for now…it’s guest AND baby ready! 

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I started with a mood/design board to get a feel of how things would look, things I liked and things I already currently had on hand.

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And here it is…

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There’s still a bit of a to-do list:

  1. A new (used) dresser…of course I plan on giving it a DIY makeover (just have to find one first).
  2. Light fixture: I’d love to swap the existing for something gold.
  3. DIY wall art for above the headboard.
  4. Replacement casters for the portable crib.
  5. I’m thinking that the weathered green oar would be adorable mounted horizontally with some coat hooks.
  6. Of course you know me, there will probably be TONS of baby related DIY coming in the future too. 

There are fairy lights strung between the curtains above the crib. The arrow near the rocker has a battery operated lights and a switch. There are fairy lights hanging around the top of the bed frame. So plenty of soft “night light” after sunset. 

Do you spy the Young Living Aria Ultrasonic diffuser? Definitely a splurge but oh my goodness…this diffuser combines the latest in ultrasonic technology with a variety of useful features. The included remote lets you choose from a selection of soothing, built-in sounds or enjoy the multicolored LED lights. With the built-in speakers, you can plug in your own personal music player and enjoy the music of your choice. Diffuse some peace-inducing calming essential oils and it’s like a spa. I’m moving into the guest room! 

Sources:

  • Wallpaint color: Blue is a mix of paints (sorry), “white” is actually Valspar Sandstone Gray. Tutorial coming soon!
  • We already owned the bed.
  • Light fixture…installed 7 years or so ago so I don’t remember where we got it. It was originally black but I used some Rub-n-Buff to give it a patina’d look.
  • DIY A to Z book ends
  • Painted storage box
  • Framed felted deer head wall art tutorial
  • sheer curtains
  • DIY banner
  • Molded plastic Eames-inspired rocker
  • Vintage photographic print canvas set of 9
  • Safavieh Carla Rug (Joss & Main but sold out. I do have to say that the rug shown did not arrive in good/brand new condition however Joss & Main/Wayfair customer service was excellent. I paid for a beautiful rug (this was not a review/free item) and so a few days later, a new replacement rug arrived. I haven’t had the chance to empty the room, roll the original back up and unroll/install or see the condition of the replacement but fingers crossed that it’s “new and stain-free”~ I’m optimistic and pleased with the service I received despite my original disappointment.
  • Carousel Designs mini crib sheets (birch forest, grey raindrops, patchwork plaid). Birch forest shown.
  • Pinch pleated comforter from Target in gray
  • Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art

So what do you think? Quite a mismatched collection of styles, right? You know I love “eclectic” best. Now all we need is the baby. ;) 

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

DIY Nursery Wall Decor

I’ve been giving our guest room a bit of a makeover to include a little nursery space for my very first grand child who is scheduled to arrive next month. I can’t wait! You guys, a sweet baby boy will be here soon! I’m so excited, I can’t stand it! 

Materials: I found this old oval wall art at the thrift store for 3.99.

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I had the wrapping paper and felted deer head (used in our stairwell/landing makeover originally. I looked and it’s no longer for sale…sorry but I did see awesome paper mache deer heads at Michaels that would work well too…plus you can paint/decoupage to coordinate with your room.). So this is a thrifty treasure for me…just $3.99 for the dusty framed print + shopping the house since I had the spray paint on hand already too. 

What I did: Gave everything a good cleaning and removed the backing from the frame (set aside). 

I spray painted the frame gold and let it dry. 

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I traced the oval backing onto chevron wrapping paper. I did glue the wrapping paper over the print on the front. However, it’s not required if you’d like to preserve the print.   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial   DIY nursery wall art  tutorial DIY nursery wall art  tutorial

Then just reattached the backing to the frame. 

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I hung it on the wall and hammered a nail in the center to hang the felted deer head and added a DIY banner…just card stock, Project Life cards (scrapbook section at Michaels) and twine. I added a string of mini LED fairy lights too. 

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See my guest room nursery space for more nursery ideas:

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

And yes…it’s crazy here. From Halloween to baby shower to some Christmas decorating, a guest room/nursery makeover, an entire home before/after in progress (family members), always Young Living recipes, events and sharing my story, and another small apartment nursery nook. There’s a LOT going on and DIYShowOff is ALL over the place! You may want to subscribe to get reminders to check back often! ;) 

Have a great week!

DIY Halloween Projects

Boo! It’s nearing the end of October and I wanted to share of some of the past DIYShowOff Halloween projects for some inspiration. 

Halloween DIY projects @diyshowoff

Trick or Treat Bags

DIY personalized trick or treat bags

The Raven Halloween Mantel

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

Nevermore Tree Tutorial

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

 Halloween Vignette

Halloween vignette

 

Spooky DIY Ghost Display

spooky ghost tutorial DIY cheesecloth chicken wire ghost DIY ghost tutorial

Candy Skull Owl

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial

Scenic Jackolantern

full moon scenic jackolantern at diyshowoff

Firefly Dog Costume

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Witch Hat Candy Dish/Decor

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Candy Corn Decor

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces

Silhouette Pumpkins

DIY vinyl pumpkin decals

Do you have some Halloween DIY to share? Link it up to this week’s That DIY Party!

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DIY Lightning Bug Dog Costume

DIY Halloween Costume Challenge #michaelsmakers

The Michaels’ Makers October challenge is ‘Halloween costume’. How fun! I received a gift card to create a cute lightning bug costume for my love bug, Rosie, our Italian greyhound.

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This will only fit small super skinny dogs. Rosie weighs in at 10 lbs. Alter the design to fit your dog’s size – sleeves of an old black t-shirt? Or sewing two stretchy/knit bands that fit your dog snug but comfortably. 

Materials I used:

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What I did:

Cut the ends off of each sock. 

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Fold adhesive felt in half and cut out a set of wings. (I drew out a few shapes to practice/choose a shape that I liked best). Remove backing, place onto black felt and cut around the ‘wings’. This gives the wings a little more sturdiness. 

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Cover light with black tape. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

One of the socks will go around the neck. Poke the end of a pipe cleaner into the sock, fold pipe cleaner in half. Twist the base and curl the ends. 

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Towards the other end of the length of the sock, cut a small hole using a pair of scissors. That hole will allow a felt patch with velcro to show through for securing the wings. 

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Attach a piece of velcro to the under side of the wings.

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I added a piece of velcro to the back of the light and cut a small hole in one end of the second sock. 

lightning bug halloween dog costume tutorial at diyshowoff

Cut rectangles from remaining felt. Attach a 3″ strip of velcro to each square of felt (velcro opposite of that used on the wings and light). 

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Dress the dog! One sock around her neck (this fits my dog comfortably). The other sock fits around her waist area, below her rib cage. 

Once the socks were on my dog, I tucked the felt square into each sock with the velcro side facing the small holes. Attach wings and light, velcro side down to velcro showing through the small hole.

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She’s more interested in being a cuddle bug than being a lightning bug Halloween costume model. 

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Isn’t she the cutest lightning bug ever? 

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Do you dress your pets for Halloween? Do they tolerate it? Act a bit embarrassed (like Rosie)? Roll around or proudly show off? 

*Note: Please take your own dog’s temperament, personality into consideration and make your pet’s safety your priority.  

More Halloween costume inspiration: 

  • Costume ideas from the Michaels’ Makers team (full linky at 10 a.m. CST): 


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  • Check out Michaels’ Halloween Market lookbook or Halloween Pinterest board for some project favorites, including costumes, personalized pumpkins, porch décor and more.
  • Haven’t decided what you want to be yet? Take a look at some of Michaels DIY Halloween costume projects on Michaels.com for inspiration.

As a member of the Michaels’ Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

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Scenic Pumpkin Jack-o-lantern

Inspired by a picture of a pumpkin diorama from Country Living that I stumbled across on the Michaels’ Halloween Pinterest Board, I couldn’t resist making up a scenic jack-o-lantern of my own. *This post contains affiliate links. 

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Materials I used (all purchased at Michaels Craft Stores with the exception of stick trees and rocks): 

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  • faux pumpkin
  • carving tools
  • black acrylic craft paint
  • sky blue glitter craft paint
  • 4 small foam paint brushes
  • plastic toy wolf
  • moss
  • styrofoam disk
  • hot glue/gun
  • fall garland
  • tree-like sticks from the yard
  • small rock
  • small wood disk (for full moon)
  • white acrylic craft paint
  • glow in the dark paint
  • tiny faux pumpkin
  • small battery operated light
  • 3M adhesive velcro

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What I did:

Using chalk, I drew a circular shape onto the front of my faux pumpkin, then cut out the shape using small carving tools. Then I cleaned the dust and pieces out of the pumpkin.

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Using a foam paint brush, I painted the inside of my pumpkin black. I brushed on the dark glitter coat over top and let paint dry. 

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While the paint was drying inside, I attached a decorative fall garland with mini leaves and acorns to the outside using hot glue. 

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I painted the wooden disk white, followed by a coat of glow in the dark with a few ‘pounces’ of the dark glitter paint using my foam paint brush (not shown). Let dry. 

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I inserted the styrofoam disk into the bottom of the pumpkin. I left the plastic wrap on the styrofoam disk. Optional: I used some mini-pinecones to fill in the gaps along the sides.

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Then I topped it off with moss.  

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I carefully poked sticks (I found some in the yard that had sort of a ‘tree’ look) through the moss/styrofoam to create “trees”. 

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I then secured full moon to the back using hot glue. You could do this before adding the trees. I waited so I could decide the placement behind the trees.

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I added a piece of adhesive velcro to the back of the small battery operated light (don’t cover the on/off switch). It’s adhered to the “roof” of the pumpkin. The velcro attachment allows me to remove the light to turn if off and on. 

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I finished it off by adding rocks and a wolf. 

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Display! Isn’t it fun? I’m going to raffle this one off at a local event but may just have to make one for myself too…maybe with a different scene: mini hale bales and a scarecrow or a ‘nevermore’ theme with ravens or a graveyard scene with tombstones. What about you? 

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#TrickYourPumpkin Sweepstakes

The Michaels social team is working on a #TrickYourPumpkin sweepstakes. Crafters just submit their pumpkin creations via Instagram any time between Oct. 4th through 31th, 2014 for a chance to win a $250 Michaels gift card and Plaid products each Friday throughout the month of October! What would you do with a $250 Michaels’ shopping spree?

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Michaels would love to see your pumpkin creation! Post your pumpkin project on Instagram (using #TrickYourPumpkin #sweepstakes and tagging @MichaelsStores). Simple! Good luck! 

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*I received a Michael’s gift card to complete this project. 

DIY Pumpkin Stencils

DIY Pumpkin Stencil Tutorial 

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Materials:

  • Pumpkins
  • FrogTape® Multi-Surface
  • Wax paper
  • Spray Paint

DIY pumpkin stencils materials

1. Adhere pieces of FrogTape to wax paper.

2. Using a pattern (I made mine from a piece of paper), freehand or by tracing shapes; create stickers. 

3. Cut out stencils. I folded a few of mine to create more.

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4. Remove wax paper backing and apply your DIY FrogTape stencils to the clean, dry surface of a pumpkin.

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5. Use your thumbnail to burnish the edges of the tape and to smooth out creases.

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6. Tape off stem if desired. Spray paint pumpkin.

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7. Paint dried really fast for me since I just did a light coat with some of the pumpkin showing through in most places. After just a few minutes, remove stickers/stencils. 

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Display!

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Halloween Witch Hat Candy Dish Decor

This easy DIY Halloween project for the Lowe’s Creative Ideas October challenge has a few uses so I wasn’t sure what to call it. It’s … versatile. 

Witch Hat Halloween Candy Dish

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or add chips/pretzels to use as a Halloween serving tray.

or add festive cupcakes for Halloween party display.

or add succulents, small fall flowers/plants to create a Halloween planter.

or a floral arrangement (just pop on a fall wreath) for Halloween decor.

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

or simply flip the bottom to use as a Halloween Centerpiece

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Materials:

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EASY tutorial:

1. Using a kitchen knife, we cut out a hole using the inner circle shown on the bottom of the large plastic plant saucer as guide.

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2. Spray paint cone and saucer black. I did two coats on the cone, one coat on the already black plant saucer. Let dry.

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That’s it! 

Carefully slide onto the cone. Right side up creates a ‘dish’. 

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Upside down creates a ‘ledge’. Add an old belt for a decorative touch.

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More ideas: attach faux fall flowers, leaves, spiders, etc. to create a Halloween centerpiece. Hide a vase filled with water under the cone and fill with tall flowers. Add succulents and display outside. Get creative!

DIY witch hat Halloween centerpiece tutorial

Fall LCI

I received a Lowe’s gift card to put towards this challenge. Opinion and above idea is 100% my own. More DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas or follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app.

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Thrifty Bathroom Counter Organizer

 

Thrifty bathroom counter organizer (this would be cute on a desktop in my home office too)… bathroom organizer at diyshowoff.com  

Materials:

  • Thrift store scores: mismatched vase, ceramic jar with lid, tiny dish and tile trivet
  • RustOleum FlexiDip (removable rubber coating in gray) or spray paint

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How to: Clean and dry ceramic pieces. Apply 4-6 light even coats allowing 5 minutes dry time between each coat. Let dry overnight. Optional: Glue pieces together with an epoxy glue. Rubber coating is removable (within three months) when adhered to plastic, metal and glass…pretty cool! 

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That’s it. I love the matte color, texture, that if I had used something ‘precious’, I’d be able to peel away the rubbing coating, and that it’s waterproof too. 

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See the bathroom reveal here

Mailbox DIY Vinyl Decals

This poor mailbox had seen better days…don’t you think? 

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Time for a new one…

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

One of the perks of owning a vinyl cutter (I have a Silhouette Cameo) is the convenience of making my own vinyl labels/stickers/decals. 

Mailbox Upgrade

Open up the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software. Click the text button on the left, choose font and type house numbers and a monogram design. Size to fit flat mailbox surface.

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Click the “cut” button on the navigation bar. Choose “vinyl” and adjust blade settings. Insert vinyl color side up into the machine and click “cut”. 

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Remove vinyl from machine and weed away excess vinyl. 

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Apply a piece of transfer paper and cut apart individual designs. I have three. Numbers for the front of the mailbox, a monogram design and numbers for the side. 

Rub with a credit/gift card to ‘transfer’ the vinyl decals from wax paper to transfer paper. 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Peel away transfer paper (vinyl decals should be stuck to tacky transfer paper). 

DIY mailbox vinyl decals tutorial at diyshowoff

Place onto clean, dry, flat surface of mailbox. 

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Rub with credit/gift card to transfer design. 

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Peel away transfer paper. 

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Ta-da! Pretty new address decals for the new mailbox.

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*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own.  Check out all the supplies at Happy Crafters for inspiration for your next project. 

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Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins

Monogrammed mini pumpkins

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Materials:

  • faux mini pumpkins
  • acrylic craft paint
  • glittery alphabet stickers
  • mini paper doilies

Tutorial:

Paint mini faux pumpkins and let dry.

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Add a glittery monogram.

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Display on mini-doilies. 

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All set for a beautiful fall themed dinner party. 

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See my fall centerpiece for creating an entire autumn themed tablescape. 

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Decorative Fall Centerpiece

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The season is changing. Cooler mornings, shorter days and soon pretty leaves. As a part of the Michaels Makers’ team challenge, I’m decorating the dining room table for fall entertaining. 

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Fall Centerpiece

Materials: 

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{all materials purchased from Michaels}

  • birdcage
  • fall floral and wheat picks
  • feathers
  • styrofoam disk
  • small plastic pumpkin
  • ceramic owl
  • pinecones
  • burlap ribbon
  • decorative fall ribbon
  • hot glue

What I did: 

Simply place the styrofoam disk into the bottom of the bird cage.

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Layer fall floral pieces (deconstruct using wire cutters if needed) and feathers. Secure with hot glue.

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Weave burlap ribbon between bird cage bars.

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Tuck in pieces of ribbon and pinecones. Secure with hot glue.

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Add ceramic owl and plastic pumpkin to the inside of the cage. 

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Add height by displaying on a cake plate and/or wood disks. 

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I layered a little bling (sparkly mesh runner) with a little rustic (burlap runner) down the center of my tablecloth. 

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Add wood disks, colorful fall leaves, candles. I topped a pair of gold candlesticks with faux pumpkins for balance and height. 

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Looking for more inspiration? Check out these crafty blog friends: 


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More Fall ideas from Michaels: 

  • Looking for autumn inspiration? Check out Michaels’ Fall Market lookbook.
  • If it’s not table décor that you’re looking for, Michaels has you covered from pumpkin decorating to wreath making, wall art and more. There are all sorts of easy fall and holiday themed projects for your whole house on Michaels’ Fall Project Page.
  • It’s time to start pinning for the fall! Browse Michaels’ Fall Ideas Pinterest board to get started.

As a member of the Michaels’ Makers team, I receive a gift card to complete and share fun craft challenges.

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Painted Storage Box Craft

Organizing the desk top / homework station for the back-to-school season? A small storage box keeps school and homework accessories within easy reach but not on display. 

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Materials:

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What to do:

Tape off a design using your FrogTape. Stripes, checkers, plaid, triangles. So many options!

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Using a credit card, gift card or just your own thumbnail, burnish the edges of the tape. Meaning: make sure the edges of FrogTape are good and stuck down with no gaps.

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Now the fun part: paint each section. YOU customize colors to coordinate with decor or season.

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While paint is still wet, carefully remove FrogTape. Then let the paint dry.

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Give it a quick light spray of lacquer and let dry.

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*Optional: embellish with washi-tape and decoupage, add a drawer knob, drawer pull or leather handle, adhere something from the junk drawer or little plastic animal using hot glue, add vinyl decals or stickers. Get creative!  painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com painted box craft idea at diyshowoff.com

Use as a pencil box, for keepsake treasures, to store note or recipe cards, for organizing an essential oils collection, to tuck on a bookcase filled with bookmakers and highlighters, to keep cords handy or for a unique way of wrapping gifts.

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It’s perfect for storing 70 15ml Young Living essential oils (more if you’re mixing in 5 ml sizes). Great idea for incentives, prizes or gifts – and YOU customize it to coordinate with your home. 

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Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

DIY Fall Door/Wall Decor Craft

Fall is in the air! The upcoming baby shower theme will be “woodland”. Perfect for the fall season, don’t you think? So I made up a few of these twig leaf door or wall decor crafts for prizes. And just in time to participate in the Autumn Abound Fall Blog Hop (more on that below)!

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Materials:

  • Twig/stick leaf form from the craft store (you could even make your own) or grapevine wreathes, etc. 
  • Fall floral pics including faux acorns, wheat, leaves, feathers 
  • Hot glue 
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Twine 
  • Twist tie or floral wire

Tools: wire cutters, scissors, hot glue gun

Time: approx. 10 minutes

What I did:

Simply assemble in layers and secure each embellishment with hot glue.  DIY Fall Decor Craft at diyshowoff.com

Cut a 36″ piece of burlap. Fold and snip the ends. Lay flat and overlap ends. Tie a knot/bow using twine to gather and finish the burlap bow. Secure to arrangement using hot glue. 

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Use a twist tie to assist with hanging. 

I think that was the easiest tutorial ever! If I can do it, so can you! 

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They’d look great used as a centerpiece too. Or hang the opposite direction…

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More on a woodland themed baby shower coming soon!

  Autumn Abounds

But today you’re going to want to follow the Autumn Abounds blog hop for more fall inspiration!

Domestically Speaking
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
At the Picket Fence
Setting for Four
Stone Gable
Cupcakes and Crinoline
Town and Country Living
Sand and Sisal
Yesterday on Tuesday
Clean and Scentsible
Debbie Doo’s
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French Country Cottage

Then stop back tomorrow to link up your own fall related blog posts and to enter to win an awesome cash prize!

Fall Linky Party