With it still being warm outside, it doesn’t seem like Halloween is just a little over a month away. But it is and let me tell you,I feel like this year has just flown by! Are you getting your Halloween stuff out yet? If you’re looking for inspiration, you are going to love these ideas! (Links and sources below the pictures)
Whether you’re looking to add some sparkle to a Halloween centerpiece or you want to do a fun fall craft with your kids, Glitter Candy Corn is perfect (and really, really easy.) My 7 year-old helped me make these and she loved every second of it. I’m not a huge fan of glitter, but we had a lot of fun. Here’s what you need:
3 styrofoam cones, various heights
Large containers of orange, yellow and white glitter (I used extra fine)
Elmer’s School Glue or Mod Podge
Disposable Roaster Pans
Remember the DIY crayons I made for Valentine’s Day? My daughter loved them so much that we made them for fall too! DIY pumpkin crayons are so easy to make AND they put all those broken crayon pieces to good use. The best part–making them is SUPER easy. Here’s what you need:
Silicone pumpkin-shaped candy trays (Michaels)
Broken crayons in fall colors
Peel the wrappers from the broken crayons. If the crayons are full size or in big chunks, break them or cut them into smaller pieces.
Place crayon pieces in the silicone candy tray. You can make any color combo you like!
Happy Monday everyone! After a week of gorgeous, cool weather, it got a little toasty over the weekend. Oh well. Tomorrow is September (yay!) so I can deal with a little bit more of summer. Are you looking to add a touch of fall to your home? Then you are going to love these 10 fall craft ideas! (Links and sources below the pictures).
This project was featured in House Beautiful!
Fall is so close!!! It’s already getting darker and cooler in the mornings here…I can’t wait. I love it…the colors, the smells, pumpkin spice lattes, football, you name it. It’s my favorite season. So of course, you know I had to go ahead and put my fall wreath up.
I went with a cute chevron fabric in fall colors that I found at Hobby Lobby. Then I found some really cute burlap flowers there too and they just fit perfectly. With all of the pretty colors in this wreath, I’m going to have no trouble at all decorating the rest of my porch. Can’t wait to get it all finished!
I remember seeing posts about Haven Conference when I first started and thinking ‘what the heck is that?’ and then thinking ‘why does anyone care about what you learned at some blog conference?’ I didn’t get it then. But now having been, I get it. For real. Haven was awesome. And if you’re a design/home decor/DIY blogger or thinking about becoming one, you need to go. I learned so much, made some great friends, connected with some awesome companies and had the best time.
I can’t tell you how nice it was to be surrounded by people who get me. Who are in or who were in the same boat I am in and know the demands, the joys, and everything in between about being a blogger. Being around so many creative people was energizing and I came home with a renewed sense of who I am as a blogger and where I want to go.
I wish I could fill you in on everything but it would take a week. So here are some highlights of my 3 favorite sessions:
Creating a Meaningful and Stylish Home
Bre and Jen are so talented, it’s almost unnatural. But whatever, I love them. Anyway, they shared with us how their styles have evolved and how to embrace your own unique style and make it work in your home.
1. Don’t worry if you don’t fit into one style. Most people are a combination of 2 or more styles. How do you know what your style is? When you sit in it , you feel peaceful and comfortable.
2. It’s ok to change your mind and try new things. Like Jen said, “It’s just paint.” Go for it!
3. You can completely change the look of a space by changing out artwork, pillow covers and accessories.
Turning Your Blog Into a Brand
Talk about helpful. These 3 ladies are all very different but all 3 of them had fantastic insight about crafting your blog into a brand.
1. Know who you ARE NOT as well as who you are. Once you know who you are, create a style that conveys your brand clearly.
2. Your brand is how people will come to recognize you so don’t deviate, even on something as simple as color scheme. Be consistent across the board.
3. There’s not one way to skin a cat. Every blogger makes money differently but pretty much all of them do multiple things, i.e. ad revenue, affiliates, e-books and traditional books, sponsored posts, sidebar advertising, speaking, contributing to other blogs, etc…
Instagram Tips and Tricks
Liz Marie Galvan, Liz Marie Blog and Jennifer Robison, Stylehouse Interiors
Liz Marie is adorable. She’s also insanely creative and smart. So is Jennifer and both of them had great tips about building your Instagram following.
1. Be consistent with your pictures and filters.
2. Let your blog Instagram be for your blog. Pics that aren’t relevant (including the millions of pics we have of our kids) belong on our personal Instagram profile.
3. Use hashtags and be sure to comment on other people’s pics. That’s how you get to know them and they get to know you.
In a nutshell–Haven was awesome. I’ll definitely be going again next year!
There are so many talented crafters and DIYers out there who are dying to share their creations but have no place to do it. Maybe you, your friend, sibling, spouse or parent has a world-famous recipe that is a hit at every holiday–you know other people would love it but you aren’t quite sure how to get it out to the world.
Introducing–the Fun Home Things Community! I want to see what YOU have been up to. I want to feature YOUR favorite recipes. I want you to be able to showcase YOUR holiday craft or DIY project to the rest of the community. No blog necessary. No photographer-quality pictures needed. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following:
Your name (That’s right! You get the credit.)
City or Town, State or Province, Country
At least one picture of your creation
The recipe or the description of your project (like what supplies you used, etc…)
If your creation is chosen, it will be featured here on the blog, on the Fun Home Things facebook pages and on the Fun Home Things Community Pinterest board!
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Summer is in full swing and if you’re looking for some fun patriotic crafts to do with your kids (or just on your own!) you’re going to love what these bloggers have come up with! (Links and credit below the pictures).
Scrap fabric garland is such a simple craft but a great way to add some dimension and color to your decorations. I wanted the garland for the ladder on my patriotic front porch. Using some different fabric, it would also be a cute addition to Christmas or birthday decorations. And it is SO EASY. Here’s what you need:
2 or 3 coordinating patterned fabrics (I would get about 1/2 yard each)
Cut several strips out of your fabric, making each strip about 1 in wide and 3 inches long.
It’s hard to see them, but in the red metal basket on my porch are three burlap and twine Mason jar vases. They are so easy to make and add the perfect rustic touch to a porch, wedding decorations, a summer party, or even for just around the house. If you know how to use glue and can tie a bow, you can make these! Here’s what you need: