15 Halloween Ideas

Where are my Halloween lovin’ friends? Time for some Halloween fun! 

I’ve rounded up some DIYShowOff Halloween ideas from over the years for inspiration for your upcoming weekend projects. 

15 DIYShowOff Halloween Ideas

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Skeleton Fairy Couture – perfect for adding Halloween touches to your decor. Attach to a wreath, pin onto your jacket, position in a plant, unlimited ideas and so much fun – a little reminiscent of playing with paper dolls only more creative and 3D. 

DIY Halloween Fairy Fashion Show - Skeleton Couture @diyshowoff

Halloween (witch) dreamcatcher // tea party – this whimsical witch-catcher is just too cute! 

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

The Raven inspired Halloween party ideas – throwing a monster bash? A black and white Poe theme is perfectly POEtic! 

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels

Halloween {essential oil infused} Marshmallow Treats – easy to make party favors! 

So cute! Halloween (essential oil infused optional) marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #makeitwithmichaels

witch hat tutorial for a Halloween centerpiece, candy dish, vignette or planter ‘witch’ purpose works best for you? A construction cone + plant dish = so many options!

Halloween DIY @diyshowoff #lowescreator

monster repellent Halloween party favor recipe – you just might want to use this all year long! Still holding out on trying essential oils? Learn more here —> essential oils 101 class

Halloween essential oils Make & Take ideas, graphics and printables @diyshowoff

Halloween wooden BOO blocks and super easy wall art tutorial – isn’t that laser cut wall art amazing? It’s like the easiest craft project ever! 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff  

DIY chicken wire/cheesecloth spooky skeleton ghost – this guy hangs out in our (storage) barn all year long until it’s time to come out of hiding! A scary sight when you walk in to rummage through the treasures. And a fun addition to the grape arbor/gazebo with the curtains blowing around. Spooky! 

DIY Halloween Ghost

DIY ‘Nevermore’ tree Halloween decor – grab some branches from the yard and ravens from the Dollar Store and your glue gun! Easy fun craft time!

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

The Raven inspired Halloween mantel

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

personalized trick or treat tote bags

DIY trick or treat tote bags  

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular  

DIY pumpkin/jack-o-lantern diorama

pumpkin diorama @diyshowoff

candy skull owl

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial  

wooden candy corn decorations

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

I love this old Halloween display from quite a few years ago…

halloween decorating @diyshowoff

Share YOUR Halloween in this week’s That DIY Party. 

Decorating for Spring

Hello March! Welcome! I’m so ready for Spring decorating!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring! Finally! I’m so in love with the longer days, the sunshine and warmer temps. It’s motivation for Spring cleaning and decluttering, refreshing and creativity! Isn’t it? Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some past DIYShowOff Spring decorating projects: 

Spring floral centerpiece – I love fresh flowers but a new silk/faux arrangement lasts longer! Bonus: Zero maintenance.

spring floral centerpiece inspiration

Spring succulents arrangement – succulents in robins’ eggs…what cuties! 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Decorate your Rain Boots  – personalize with vinyl! 

DIY rainboots vinyl decal design tutorial at diyshowoff.com

Spring entertaining – it’s almost time for outdoor gatherings! My dog is already asking for me to move her cushion to the sunlight streaming through the French doors. lol! I can’t wait to be out on the patio.

spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Spring mantel – this past mantelscape had so much charm, didn’t it? It’s been a while since I’ve decorated my mantel for Spring but I’m working on one for this year. Check back with me next week. I have an extra mantel to play around! So fun! 

spring mantel @DIYShowOff

Spring bloom pillow cover – freshen up the guest room with some spring accents!

spring pillow cover diyshowoff.com

Create a pretty Spring floral arrangement, add some French accents for a SpringTime in Paris vignette. I’ve never been. This is as close as I’m getting for a while. 

SpringTime in Paris  

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

Spring branch centerpiece – this is about the EASIEST DIY ever! Grab a twig or branch from the yard and give it a coat of spray paint. Add a mini-nest and some eggs. Cheap! Cheap!

spring twig centerpiece tutorial @diyshowoff

Spring centerpiece – add a twist. I love this artichoke nestled in there. 

spring floral arrangement @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

How are you freshening up your home for Spring?

 

Fun Valentine DIY Ideas

Looking for a fun DIY Valentine inspired creative project?  Something made with love by your own two hands? I’m ready to get crafty and I’ll be watching the links at That DIY Party for Valenine inspiration but in the meantime, check out a few of these Valentine ideas from DIYShowOff past: 

Fun Valentine DIY Ideas

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DIY felted soap tutorial

DIY felted soap tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers How to Make Felted Soap @diyshowoff.com #michaelsmakers

DIY essential oil lotion hearts

DIY essential oil lotion bars recipe @diyshowoff

LOVE wall art canvases

cute chippy rustic DIY LOVE letter wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

You Warm My Heart Teacher/Hostess Gift Idea (chocolate peppermint awesome-sauce)

CUTE! Chocolate Peppermint Awesome Sauce - "You Melt My Heart" Valentine gift idea using Young Living Peppermint Vitality essential oil @diyshowoff

free you melt my heart printable gift tags

Free Valentine Printables

owl you need is love and chocolate

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Valentine mason jars

Valentine mason jars @diyshowoff

DIY vinyl decal table runner for glass top table

Valentine dining room decor Valentine table decor

homemade hug essential roll on blend

Need a hug? Make it essential oil-infused with this DIY homemade hug roll on recipe @diyshowoff. #feelbetter

heart ribbon wreath

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keepsake handprint gift

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

DIY striped love you more sign

striped Valentine LOVE sign @diyshowoff.com

and some more Valentine decorating …

Valentine kitchen Valentine decorating DIYShowOff Valentine Mantel Valentine wreath Valentine Mantel

Do you decorate for Valentine’s day? 

Do you send out love notes or small gifts?

Celebrate all things love and glitter and Valentine’s day crafty?

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Beautiful Reindeer Decor

Do you love handmade gifts as much as I do? You’re going to want to grab these supplies and whip up this beautiful reindeer decor. It’s the perfect hostess gift, teacher gift or personalize it for secret Santa gift exchange.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Personalized Reindeer Decor

All supplies are available at Michaels! I received a gift card for this project’s supplies. 

Materials I gathered up:

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

  • distressed reindeer plaque
  • holiday florals – check out the aisle filled with festive picks with pinecones, birds, glittery accents, etc.!
  • MORE embellishments – I used a laser cut wooden “Believe” and a painted metal monogram ornament. I didn’t end up using the shatterproof ornaments shown.
  • hot glue/gun 

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Easy peasy tutorial:

Create a flower crown for your reindeer using the holiday florals. Snip with wire cutters as needed. DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Carefully secure florals with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Personalize with custom colors, embellishments, a letter – get creative, make it pretty and festive! Attach with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

The finished product:

There you go! A beautiful semi-handmade decorative accent! This is going to be one of those quick crafty projects where you’ll want one for a friend then one for yourself! Or better yet, a better gift is getting together with friends and making one together! 

DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Michaels is your one stop gift shop this holiday season! From DIY gift ideas to our favorite kids gifts, they have everything you need to MAKE the season merry!

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DIYShowOff Halloween DIY Ideas

Looking for some Halloween DIY ideas?

Here’s a round up of DIYShowOff Halloween projects for creepy and fun inspiration: 

halloween DIY ideas @diyshowoff

Halloween (witch) dreamcatcher // tea party

Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels Halloween witch dreamcatcher tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

The Raven inspired Halloween party ideas

The Raven Nevermore Halloween Party Ideas @diyshowoff #MakeItWithMichaels

Halloween {essential oil infused} Marshmallow Treats

So cute! Halloween (essential oil infused optional) marshmallow treats @diyshowoff #makeitwithmichaels

witch hat tutorial for a Halloween centerpiece, candy dish, vignette or planter

Halloween DIY @diyshowoff #lowescreator

monster repellent Halloween party favor recipe

Halloween essential oils Make & Take ideas, graphics and printables @diyshowoff

Halloween wooden BOO blocks and super easy wall art tutorial 

DIY Halloween decor @diyshowoff  

DIY chicken wire/cheesecloth spooky skeleton ghost

DIY Halloween Ghost

DIY ‘Nevermore’ tree Halloween decor

DIY Halloween Nevermore Tree

The Raven inspired Halloween mantel

Nevermore Halloween Mantel

personalized trick or treat tote bags

DIY trick or treat tote bags  

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular  

DIY pumpkin/jack-o-lantern diorama

pumpkin diorama @diyshowoff

candy skull owl

DIY Neon Sharpie Candy Skull Owl Tutorial  

wooden candy corn decorations

DIY Halloween/Fall craft: decorative wooden candy corn pieces  

I love this old Halloween display from quite a few years ago…

halloween decorating @diyshowoff

Share YOUR Halloween in this week’s That DIY Party. 

DIY Personalized Pool Party Gift Tote

Cannonbaaaaallllllll!!!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Summer pool parties are so much fun, aren’t they? Woo hooooo! Summer in my family is filled with days at my mom’s pool, watching my nieces and nephew giggle and splash around. I love that they’ve learned to swim so well and enjoy watching them overcome their fear of water over the years.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

“Pool-rific” is the Michaels’ June Challenge. Perfect timing! 

pool party challenge

Kicking off pool party season this past holiday weekend, I gifted each of them with a cute personalized beach bag filled with fun outdoor goodies, swim accessories and beach towels.  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Supplies I used are all available at Michaels with the exception of the beach towels.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

  • beach totes
  • Sharpie markers
  • letter stencil
  • plastic container
  • fill ‘er up: sunglasses, bubbles, plastic water bottles with carabiner, assorted dive toys
  • beach towel
  • optional: toss in some sunblock and flip-flops! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Whether you’re looking for fun décor, activities for your kids or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun!

What I did:

Using a pencil and a yardstick, I drew a faint line onto the upper part of the tote bag so that my personalization would be level. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then I used a pencil to stencil the letters. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

I filled in the letters with Sharpie markers. There was a little bleeding (due to the tote bag material) but I actually like that affect, don’t you? It adds to the design! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

The plastic bucket/container fits perfectly inside and helps the tote back hold an open shape. Perfect for toting home a wet bathing suit too!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Toss in fun accessories.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

So cute for a summer time birthday gift or pool party hostess gift! 

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Pin for future reference for summer birthday party or pool party hostess gift!  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more pool-rific ideas? Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Fall Decor

The Michaels’ Makers August challenge is all things Fall decor. Why yes, it IS a bit early but  it’s also a great time to collect inspiration for decorating your home for fall in another month or so. It’s going to be here before we know it. Time flies!

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What’s your favorite color palette for Fall? Warm Fall colors – oranges, reds, golds are so pretty, aren’t they? I also love an autumn color scheme consisting of plum, dusty rose, burgundy and dark turquoise. ALL THE FALL THINGS available at Michaels!  I’ve done some of both in the past but this year, I’m embracing warms whites (creams) and metallics, specifically gold with an easy monogram pumpkin silhouette and coordinating decorative accents.

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How to make a decorative fall lighted craft pumpkin monogram silhouette lamp…
Materials I used:

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  • cream craft pumpkin with cutout front (Remember my diorama pumpkin where I cut out my own? This year, Michaels’ saves you that step!)  pumpkin diorama @diyshowoff
  • BoHo Modern (round/chicken wire) hanging memo/photo display
  • letter “B” (gold)
  • mason jar
  • LED fairy lights 

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What I did: create a beautiful light up display in minutes!

  1. Add batteries to lights then place battery pack inside craft pumpkin, fill mason jar with lights. Turn lights on. 
  2. Hang round BoHo Modern chicken wire photo display from craft pumpkin stem.
  3. Attach monogram letter using photo display clips. 
  4. Display with coordinating Fall decor from Michaels! 

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A ready-made bouquet, gold basket and cute owl floral pick add texture to my Fall vignette. Are you ready? Where do you start? What’s your favorite part of the Fall season?

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Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers fall decor ideas on the Michaels blog.

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From fall wreaths and porch décor to seasonal tablescapes and pumpkins, Michaels has everything you need for the latest Fall Décor trends

 

DIY Floral Arranging

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge: Attend a class at Michaels craft store. Take a little time to indulge yourself with some “you” time, learn new skills, get some tips, spoil yourself with something handmade with love or whip up a handmade gift. Gather your friends and make it a girls’ night out.

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

Were you aware that Michaels offers craft-themed classes?! There are so many to choose from – from painting to knitting or crocheting to paper crafting to jewelry making, kids’ crafts, floral arranging and more. I found most classes were free, only the cost of supplies. A great way to try a new skill or craft, a fun way to set aside time for yourself or to get together with friends. Productive too – you walk home with something you create! 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

I simply enrolled online (I chose the project DIY floral arranging) then showed up at the scheduled date and time with my friend, Dana. 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

We started with shopping to purchase the materials needed for DIY floral arranging from a printable supply list. The twist: choosing flowers and a container with our own preferences for a custom DIY floral arrangement. Our instructor, Brittney, was close by to answer questions and make suggestions. 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

The printable class description and supply list when I signed up online for the class provided me with a coupon too – 10% off our entire purchase. Score!

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging) How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging)

Our class size was 6! So fun and what a joy to see the creations! Because of the shopping, we sort of worked in two groups of three, our group getting an early start so I did miss out on seeing the other groups’ finished projects but from what I could tell, they choose some pretty unique supplies too (a tall glass cylinder with burlap and neutrals, a birdcage with ivy and a glass lantern with sea shells)…so fun that you have the option to choose what appeals to you personally. I was there at 6 p.m. and home by 8 p.m., a small time frame and a little indulgence…me time!

When I’ve done floral arrangements in the past, my techniques have varied: 1) buy a pretty bundle of silk florals/bouquet, place it in a vase and call it a day to 2) snip the stems with wire cutters and haphazardly, errr..’artfully’ arrange them in a container. The “handpicked bouquet” technique (haha), kind of like this one last spring:

decoupage vase @diyshowoff #SpringTimeinParis #michaelsmakers

So, getting some ‘professional’ tips was a welcome help!

DIY floral arranging tips I picked up at the class:

  • Secure floral foam to the bottom of a vase/basket/container using hot glue/glue gun to keep the arrangement secure.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Separate stems using wire cutters to desired height. 
  • Michaels’ has a “pick machine” which gives floppy wireless stems a pointy edge to place in foam. So cool!  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Starting with the center, poke a stem into the floral foam then work in “triangle” placements (threes) around each stem.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Slightly bend wire stems to give flowers a more life-like look. Real blooms are heavy and droop, faux florals have strong wire stems. Give it some “life” by ‘curving’ the wire stem.
  • Camouflage foam with moss or stones. Use picks to secure moss.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, making acquaintances with new people too. And I now I’m excited to display a pretty centerpiece perfect for spring. 

Have you attended a local class at Michaels? Did you even know about them? What would interest you most? I plan on attending more for sure, opening a whole new world for making local friends who share my passion for DIY and taking a couple of hours on occasion to improve my crafting skills or trying something new. 

Here are a few floral arrangements from class. Pretty, right? 

Our inspiration from Michaels: 

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers

Dana’s: I love the copper accent with turquoise, purple and green!  

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A pretty spring collection from Maggie…

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Mine: I’m in love! I’m inspired to add a few more spring buds.

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And that artichoke! ::swoon::

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

Michaels offers free classes in their stores! You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies. Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.

How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

See more Michaels’ class experiences from these blog friends:

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DIY Keepsake Mother’s Day Gift

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge is all about Mother’s Day and this project will be for celebrating my daughter who’s now a mom too (Ali, don’t look! lol). I couldn’t resist scooping up this opportunity to get creative and practice a little DIY influence on the littlest one in our family by making up a DIY keepsake Mother’s Day gift.

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Materials we used:

  • MAKE Market LED wood plaque kit – LOVE (Alphabet Soup Collection) available at Michaels’ Craft Store
  • 2 colors of paint and 2 foam brushes (or sponges)
  • painter’s tape

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What we spent: Under $15

Time we invested: Less than an hour (+ paint drying time)

What we did:

1. We protected our work surface and applied a thin coat of paint to his little hand then carefully pressed it to the wood plaque. We washed his hands immediately and let painted handprinted plaque dry. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Using painter’s tape, we secured the stencil to the plank sign, lining up the word “love” so we could see the drilled holes in the empty stencil space. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Next, with a foam brush we applied paint to the stencil (using a sponge technique using a little paint…don’t glop it on or it will seep under the stencil) to paint on the word “love”. We removed the stencil, filled in any spaces and let the paint dry. 

4. Last, we pushed the string of LED lights through the drilled holes from the back side and added 2 AA batteries. 

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5. The kit comes with hanging hardware and foam/felt for protecting the wall. Attach according to packaged instructions. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Very simple. Very cute. And a special keepsake from baby to mom. Display on a shelf or add to a gallery wall. So sweet! 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Those little LED lights provide a powerful glow in the dark! Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

mothers day challenge #michaelsmakers Michaels has everything you need to craft the perfect handmade gift that will make Mom’s day! Grab your coupon, shop and get creative. Handmade gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day!

If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts starting at 10 a.m. EST April 1, 2016:  

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Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Spring Succulents Arrangement

Spring is right around the corner (so they say) and I couldn’t be cheering any louder! BRING IT ON! …with a spring succulents arrangement!

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Michaels’ Makers’ March Challenge is all about spring floral and decor and you know Michaels’ has everything you need to fill your home touches of succulent spring decor! I wanted to pack up the entire spring floral department to create a flower market. Prettiest peonies that I cannot kill. For.real. And a new line of fab boho decor to boot! Go! Arm yourself with coupons!

This trip I simply settled for succulents and a few spring accents but I see another shopping trip in my near future. After the gloom of winter, I’m ready for happy spring buds and bouquets and freshening up each room with some happiness and color. How about you?

Okay, on to the spring succulents arrangement tutorial and pretty decorative accents, eh?

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

spring succulents arrangement

(or succulent robin’s eggs and no, that’s not a recipe for breakfast)

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

What I used:

  • paper mache´eggs
  • acrylic craft paint (robin’s egg blue and something dark like espresso brown)
  • paint brushes (one with short bristles)
  • X-acto knife/utility knife
  • faux mini-succulents
  • optional: hot glue
  • decorative accessories: ceramic egg crate, pitcher/vase, your choice of gorgeous blooms from the floral dept.

What I did:

I ‘cracked’ my paper mache´ eggs using an X-acto knife, cutting them in half with a zigzag pattern. 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

I pulled them apart. If the paper pulls away, great! If it stays attached, great! Go with the flow. Mine pulled off. I used the plastic layer instead.

Color the outside of the eggshells with paint and let dry. 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

This next step is messy. Apply dark paint to a short bristled paint brush. Using your finger to fan the bristles, splatter dark paint onto the outside of the eggshells. My brush had longer bristles, so I got more of a 1980’s splattered paint look but it’s okay! And again, you’ll make a mess. Brown paint isn’t pretty under your fingernails either. But it does wash off. Let paint speckles/splatters dry.

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Then fill eggshells with succulents. Hot glue if desired. Place into the pretty ceramic egg crate or a nest. Tuck them in floral arrangements. Decorate for spring! So cute! 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Awe, look…newly hatched spring succulents! So proud!

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Are you ready for spring? Time to freshen up your decor with spring florals and some new decorative accents! 

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Looking for more inspiration? Visit Michaels’ new Floral Market! It has over 500 new blooms (FIVE HUNDRED!) and freshly picked projects make this the prettiest spring ever! Swap out a few decor pieces, add a lovely floral arrangement. Completely transform your home for the fresh, new season.

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Win a Trip to the Makers Summit Contest! I would love, love, LOVE for a DIYShowOff reader to win and join us at this fun event!!! Simply upload a photo of YOUR personalized project! Details at Michaels.com/madewithmichaels. See the highlights from last year here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBl7FidG6q4

Freshen up your home with spring decor! DIY tutorial for spring succulents arrangement! #michaelsmaker

Not sure where to begin? Take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts by visiting the talented bloggers below:

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Personalized Magnetic Artwork Display

 

The Michaels’ Makers’ February challenge has an “express yourself” theme with a campaign called Made by Me, A to Z and it’s all about personalization, showcasing projects that take raw materials and transform them into something that’s completely personalized. The new Make Market line includes materials  from galvanized metal to distressed wood, acrylic, fabric and chalkboard! Something for everyone … or even everything for someone. There’s so crafting goodness to choose from, it’s hard to decide!

personalization challenge #michaelsmakers  

 

I treasure little one’s creations, artwork and photos so I decided to personalize a space in the nursery for displaying his art work and photos. 

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

Here’s what I snagged from the Alphabet Soup collection in the Make Market aisle at Michaels:

I personalized a galvanized magnetic memo board with vibrant paint colors to match the nursery decor…

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

the magnets are so cute!

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

And added magnets to the back of F-U-N chalkboard letters for displaying on galvanized chargers/plates. These will work for magnetic play time in the future too. 

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

Cute, colorful, personal and custom to our nursery (future playroom)…

magnetic art display #michaelsmakers @diyshowoff

  • My favorite part about crafting is putting a personalized spin on a project. Whether it’s decorating with marquee lights or crafting an initial that represents your family name, Michaels has made it easy with their new Alphabet Soup by Make Market™ line of products. SO MANY DIFFERENT LETTERS! 
  • This collection of surfaces, letters, frames and more come in modern, eclectic or rustic styles. From natural and finished woods, to a variety of metals, resin and patterned styles, the possibilities are endless.
  • If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts! Visit these fun projects for more inspiration (starting today at 11 a.m. EST): 
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DIY Duck Tape Trick or Treat bag tutorial and SpookDuckular Sweepstakes

DIY Duck Tape Halloween Trick or Treat Bucket tutorial

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

Supplies I used: 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

  • poster board or light weight card board
  • duct tape – fun check out the Halloween patterns
  • OR…I realized after the fact that the shape resembles a coffee can or paint can (and would provide more durability). This is a fun craft idea but GO grab some fun patterned DuckTape from Michaels and a clean empty paint can from the hardware store! 

Tools/extras: cutting matt, Xacto knife/box cutter, scissors, plate 

What I did: (this is what I did, but see note & recommendation under “supplies” above!)

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

1. Decide depth/height of bucket and cut a strip the length of poster board.  

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

2. Place and overlap strips of duct tape to cover each side of the poster board. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

3. I folded over a ‘border’ at the top and bottom.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

 

4. Trim short sides. Set aside.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

5. I used a salad plate for the size of my bucket. Cut a square of poster board just large enough for tracing the plate. Place and overlap strips of duct tape to each side. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

6. Trace plate and cut out circle. This is the bottom of the bucket. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

7. Using small pieces of duct tape, attach sides to the bottom.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

8. Use a strip of duct tape to ‘close’ the open side of the bucket. Cover with coordinating duct tape to camouflage seam if you wish. 

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

9. Reinforce bottom with more strips of duct tape.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

10. Create an embellishment/sticker by overlapping duct tape, placing directly onto cutting matt. Cut out shape, etc. using an Xacto knife. Transfer to front of the bucket.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

11. Handle is a strip of duct tape folded into thirds and secured with…more duct tape.

DuckTape Trick or Treat bucket tutorial @diyshowoff  #halloween

Ta-da! That was fun! 

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

Get creative! Make more than one! My second one is a cute bat with googly eyes and wings. I love the interior Duck Tape design too. Next up on my DIY list is a monster design. So fun! 

DIY Duck Tape Trick or Treat bag tutorial and SpookDuckular Sweepstakes

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Enter the SpookDuckular Sweepstakes! 

Decorate your trick-or-treat bag using duct tape, and then add an image of your creation to Pinterest. Submit your pin at SpookDuckular.com for a chance to win! Easy! 

Oh My Gosh! The Prizes: $100 Michaels gift card each week in October, with a Grand Prize drawing happening the last week for one $500 Michaels gift card! Woo hoo! 

 

Remaining Entry Periods:

  • Week 2: 10/05/15 – 10/11/15
  • Week 3: 10/12/15 – 10/18/15
  • Week 4: 10/19/15 – 10/25/15
  • Grand Prize: 09/28/15 – 10/31/15

Sweepstakes ends Oct, 31 2015. Good luck!!!

spookduckular sweepstakes

*I received compensation to share about this awesome SpookDuckular sweepstakes. Tutorial was optional. All thoughts, project tutorial and images are my own. 

DuckTape trick or treat bucket tutorial #halloween @diyshowoff #spookduckular

DIY Essential Oil Infused Fall Room Spray

Last week I hosted a fun fall celebration for family and friends in my home and wanted to share a few ideas and recipes (great ideas for a fall essential oils 101 Make & take class). I used one of my own fall decor images to create an invitation for make up a Facebook invitation/event.

fall make & take @diyshowoff

Make & Take: a Make & Take is a term used for hosting an essential oils class where guests have the opportunity to make up an essential oil infused gift to take home with them, to sample the benefits of essential oils. My guests made up a fall room spray. 

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Essential Oil Infused Room Spray

You’ll need:

  • 2 oz. spray bottles (I love THESE (affiliate link) – glass, fine mist and a lock, great price too)
  • Essential Oils (choose oils like Light the Fire essential oil or mix and match essential oils like cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg)
  • epsom salt (helps keep the blend of oil and water mixed)
  • distilled water
  • labels/stickers/ribbon 

Directions:

Fill spray bottle with distilled water (fill to about 1/2 to 1 inch below the top). Add 5-7 drops of essential oil and a pinch of epsom salt. Embellish spray bottle with a label, fall sticker and ribbon, if desired. Easy!  

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

a DIY essential oil infused fall room spray recipe that's chemical free and smells amazing! @diyshowoff

Light the Fire essential oil

As an extra little something/thank you gift/party favor…we made up these cute easy DIY monogrammed mini pumpkins.

Monogrammed Mini Pumpkins tutorial @diyshowoff

I created a ‘pumpkin patch’ for guests to pick a pumpkin to monogram with metallic stickers. 

monogrammed mini pumpkins favors DIY @diyshowoff

Pin for future reference: 

Fall Essential Oils Make & Take Ideas Part 1 @diyshowoff

Get some delicious ideas for easy refreshments here:  essential oil infused recipes perfect for celebrating fall! Part 2:

fall recipes - essential oil infused make & take class ideas Part 2 @diyshowoff

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Framed 3 Dimensional DIY Pumpkin Wall Art

Helloooo, DIY lovers! I’m still hanging on to summer but there’s no mistaking that fall is in the air! My first official challenge for Michaels’ Makers is a DIY Pumpkin Challenge. Fun!

DIY craft pumpkin challenge @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

It’s nearly that time of year! Shorter days, chilly evenings. I love faux pumpkins or ‘funkins’ for fall DIY crafts and decor! This year Michaels has “half craft pumpkins”! The tutorial tag I saw in the store showed 3 vertically on ribbon with the letters “B – O – O”. How cute is that? But I decided some framed 3D wall art was in order! I always think floral arrangements in pumpkins are so pretty…works of art. So why not add a frame and make it 3D wall art?

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Materials I used: (some affiliate links included)

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Tools: wire cutters, hot glue gun, knife or box cutter

Project Time: Less than 1 hour. 

What I did:

1. With the box cutter, I cut the top off of my half craft pumpkin similar to the way I would cut the top of a whole pumpkin. 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

2. Cut down the foam brick to fit inside of the craft pumpkin and secure with hot glue . This step may not be necessary but I think it makes the flower arranging easier and keeps the arrangement in place. Flowers can be swapped out for a different look.

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Secure the half craft pumpkin to the the message board, centered inside of the frame with hot glue. I really think it’d work to attach it to a picture frame with backing (with glass or without) using hot glue too! If you give that option a try, let me know. I’d love to see it! Well, if you try this project at all, do share your creativity! I want to see! 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

4. Using wire cutters, remove stems from floral bunches and arrange flowers inside of the half craft pumpkin, poking stems into the foam brick to secure. 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

5. Embellish pumpkin if you wish. I just added the push pins that came with my message board. Stuff in some Spanish moss, if you’re inclined to do so. It adds some texture.

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

6. Hang to display! 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

Isn’t it pretty?

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

The other accessories are from Michaels too! I really love the combination of blues, plums, creams and green for a fresh fall vignette but I think traditional colors with touches of metallic gold would be gorgeous too! 

3D framed DIY pumpkin wall art tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

See more Michaels Makers DIY Pumpkin Crafts from these talented blog friends (starting today at 10 a.m. CST):

DIY craft pumpkin challenge @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

·         To kick off fall in your own home, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – there is every color, shape and size you could ever want!

·         There are tons of ways to DIY your own craft pumpkin for your home, a party or even as a gift.

·         If you’re looking for something a little bit different, Michaels recently started selling these fun half pumpkins, perfect for fall décor wall mounts and fun signs.  

·         If you’re in need of more fall décor inspiration be sure to look at the 49 other DIY pumpkin projects from the rest of the Michaels Makers – they are fabulous!

*I received a Michaels’ gift card to complete this challenge. All opinions are my own.