Fall Craft Ideas

It’s officially fall, and the temperature is finally below 90!  To celebrate, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall crafts that I’ve made over the years.  Click the name to link to that DIY project and make your own!

Cotton Boll Wreath

This cotton boll wreath is my favorite wreath I’ve ever made.  With a total cost of less than $35, it’s no wonder why it’s my most shared DIY project on Pinterest!

DIY cotton boll wreath

Wine Cork Pumpkin

With wine corks always laying around, it’s easy to put a wine cork pumpkin together and you can paint the pumpkin whatever color you want to match your decor!  The more natural look fits right in with our home decor.

DIY wine cork pumpkin

Candy Corn Mason Jars

The candy corn mason jars were one of the first projects I blogged about, and they still come out as decor.  I still think they look cute years later and they’re great kids Halloween decor.

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Color Block Pumpkins

The color block pumpkins were the first time I had played with craft pumpkins before, and I was really into making non orange & brown fall decorations.  Again, you can customize these how you want to match your home & decor!

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Mummy Mason Jars

These were a quick project from last year, and one that would be great to make with kids.  They only take a few minutes to make and look adorable during the day, or lit up with a tea light at night!

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Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

Last year I went through a big decoupage kick and wanted to put maps on everything.  The cutest map project was my pumpkin, that’s back out and on the mantle this year.

DIY decoupaged map pumpkin

What are your favorite crafts or decor that you’ve made for fall?

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4th of July DIY Inspiration

Hosting a party for the 4th of July (or Olympics Opening Ceremony) and looking for some easy ways to decorate with red, white, and blue?  I’ve got you covered.  Each project links back to a post with instructions on what to do 🙂

Starfish American Flag

If you live by the coast, this is the perfect project.  Grab a canvas, some paint, a starfish and you’ve got a beachy American flag to display!

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Ribbon & Throw Pillows

I love this idea from On Sutton Place — just put some white and green blooms out in natural jars, tie some red, white and blue ribbon around the top and your table will look effortlessly patriotic. Throw pillows are the easiest way to change the look of a space, so bring out some with fun, American colors and it’s an instant upgrade.

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American Flag Mason Jars

If you have mason jars, small American flags, crushed up shells or sand, and some tea lights around your house then you’re ready to throw this together for a simple centerpiece.

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Just like throw pillows instantly update seating, a wreath can update your front door!  This burlap wreath has a summery & coastal vibe without being too overwhelming.

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Painted Mason Jars

This might be my favorite mason jar paint job.  There’s something about mason jars that are so American and the way Maison De Pax just added a plate underneath and white flowers in the jars is literally simply perfect.

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If all else fails, just put out your American flag, crack open one of the new Bud / Bud light branded cans and raise one up for America’s birthday!

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Master Bath updates

One of the places we know we’re going to do a full renovation is our master bathroom.  Changing the flooring, shower, and vanity will make a huge difference, but won’t be done for at least a year.  Over the past year (really the last few months) we’ve done a few smaller things to make it more our style.

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We painted the bathroom before we even moved in, but since I just came across some pictures of what the house looked like when we bought it, I thought it was worth showing the difference.  Paint alone lightened up the bathroom a lot!

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Replacing Knobs

An easy and cheap way to change the look of a room is simply replacing the knobs on cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom.  We did that in both places.  The old knobs in the bathroom were boxy and black — not exactly in theme with our light sea foam green walls. I found some mercury glass-ish knobs at Hobby Lobby, and in 5 minutes the vanity was a little more bearable.

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I also got kinda sick of seeing our huge lotion and soap containers on the counter.  Plus the toothbrush holder got dirty, and my blue cup just didn’t belong… so another thing I did was de-clutter the bathroom counter (minus my jewelry holder).  I found apothecary jars at Hobby Lobby, and got mason jar dispensers on Amazon.  Minor change, but another noticeable difference.

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Replacing TP Holder

One of the weirdest things about our master bath is that the previous owners just spray painted some fixtures black, but the black paint was in a terrible state of chipping off.  One Saturday I finally had enough of the peeling paint, and decided to replace it once and for all!  After a quick trip to Lowe’s, the new toilet paper holder was in, and covering the previous one’s holes. (Another project completed while Hunter was out of town, ha)

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Floating Shelves

One of the terrible towel bars we had to get rid of was over the toilet.  I’m so happy we opted for 2 floating shelves instead of another towel bar, and love the natural element they bring to the bathroom!  Again, special thanks to Mark & Melissa for the shelves 🙂

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Shower Towel Rack

Replacing the last spray painted towel rack took longer than I anticipated.  We never hung the first version I made for a few reasons, but ended up hanging a second version that matched the floating shelves.  Finally the chipped fixtures were out, and new stuff was in.  Success.

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It took over a year to get here, but with these minor changes done, I can live with our bathroom until we gut it and get fancy.  Another room is done (for now)…

American Flag Mason Jars

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July!  If you are still on a USA high, and excited about the Women’s World Cup finals tonight like I am, here’s a quick craft to use those little American flags you wave in a different way!

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What you’ll need:

  • Mason jar
  • Small American flag
  • Sand
  • Candle

I’m not even sure this qualifies as a craft, since it’s really just assembling, but it’s festive, and I’m excited for the game tonight so I’m sharing it!  Okay, start by pulling the American flags off the pole they came on, and try not to tear the sides of the flag.

Fill your mason jars with a  little sand, place the American flag around the back inside the jar, and put your candle in the sand.  Voila — you’ve got some instant American sprit!IMG_5216

Just light the candles, and place on your bar and you’re ready to watch the game!

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I believe that we will win — Go team USA!!!

Pickled Jalapeños

I know I’ve mentioned that I work with some remarkably talented people before, and this is one of those cases.  Marianne is on another project at SPARC, but we’ve gotten to know each other more through our mutual interest in blogging.  Her blog, Basil and Bubbly, is a great Charleston food blog if you are looking for a new read!

Okay, so Marianne definitely has some awesome recipes (like a cupcake bouquet and homemade pasta), but her recent post about pickling caught my eye..  I’ve always wanted to pickle something, and the process seems pretty hard to mess up (sometimes I have little faith in my cooking skills).  So today I give you Marianne’s pickled jalapeños!

Pickled Jalapeños

Ingredients:pickledj

  • 2 cups of sliced, fresh jalapeño peppers ( approximately 6 – 8 large jalapeños )
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white (distilled) vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced (Optional)

Combine the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, oregano, and garlic in a medium to small pot, and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt.

Add the jalapeños and carrots ( if using ), stir to coat, and remove from heat.

To store, put the jalapeños and carrots in a clean, glass 16 ounce jar, and cover with the liquid remaining in the pan.

Edits: The sugar is what tames the heat in the jalapeños. The 1 tablespoon listed here should leave you with a fairly spicy batch. Feel free to increase the sugar in 1 tablespoon increments, up to as many as 4 tablespoons, if you’d like a milder pickled pepper.

Thanks, Marianne — Can’t wait to try this on some peppers and okra!