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We also like to help you prepare unique decoration for special events such as birthday, Halloween, wedding or other family celebrations. Anything made of fabric, wood, plastic, glass, metal can be turned into something amazing.

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We are looking forward to your suggestions, comments and new craft ideas!

How to make cupcake cones

 

“Pink cupcake ice cream cones”| by timlewisnm (http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4077/4745403936_27145f3503.jpg) via Creative Commons

If you’re planning to make cupcakes for a party but want to make something more creative and interesting, making cupcake cones can be your answer! You can use store bought ingredients and have fun decorating them as you wish. Here’s how.

Supplies needed

Directions

  1. Set up your ice cream cones in a cupcake pan, as in the picture above.
  2. In a bowl, beat together your wet ingredients and set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients into your spout mixing bowl, which will make for easy pouring later. You can use a fork to sift through the flour to make sure there are no clumps.
  4. Slowly add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients in small batches, using your electric hand mixer to mix them together on low speed after each pour. Mixing in intervals will make sure there are less clumps and air bubbles in your mix.
  5. Once your mix is complete, begin pouring it into the ice cream cones only filling it up to the top of the stem. Do not pour above it into the cup of the cone, as it could overflow when baking.
  6. Place cupcake cones into the oven, and follow the baking directions on your cupcake mix package. To make sure cupcake cones are cooked through, you can use a fork or toothpick to poke them. If batter sticks to the fork or toothpick, it needs a few more minutes in the oven.

While regular cupcakes can be packed in plastic cupcake containers for transport, leaving your cupcake cones upside down (before decorating) in your cupcake pan and covered with foil will work and you can decorate them quickly on site. These are great because they fit any occasion and are fun for kids and children at heart!

How to decorate gourds for a Thanksgiving centerpiece

 

 

Creative Commons | Alby Hedrick | http://www.flickr.com/photos/southernpixel/265912201/

The perfect festive Thanksgiving art project is making a Thanksgiving centerpiece gourd. In case you didn’t know, a gourd is the hollowed out and dried skin of fruit. This gourd can be used to make a beautiful and fun centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast. There are many options of what you can make. You can make a turkey, a Thanksgiving scene or even pilgrims. Today I’m going to describe how you can create a Thanksgiving pilgrim gourd.

Here’s what you need:

– Paint brush

Krylon paint colors

– Brown yarn

– Scissors

– Small paper cup

Butcher paper

– Craft glue

Here’s what you do:

  1. Use a gourd that you’ve prepared that has two round parts to it, so that one end could be the body and one end could be the head.
  2. Lay out a sheet of butcher paper on your work space for easy clean up and practice painting.
  3. Use you Krylon paint colors to paint the top or smaller round part of your gourd a neutral skin color. Paint the bottom half gray or a shade of brown.  Use the same color you used on the face to paint hands near the center of the body section.
  4. Paint on the details with black and white to make the eyes, nose, mouth, buttons, coat and collar.
  5. Cut up little pieces brown yarn and then use craft glue to place the pieces of yarn on top on the gourds head turning him into a pilgrim!
  6. Then make then hat by painting a small paper cup black with your black Krylon paint color. Then on your butcher paper trace very closely the wider end of the cup. Then make a larger circle around that circle, about 2-3 inches apart. This will depend on how big you want to make the hat.
  7. Cut out the larger circle and then the hole in the middle. Think of a donut here. Then paint the paper black and set it and the cup aside to dry.
  8. Once dry, slip the donut paper you made over the black bottom of the black cup. You’ve made a hat. Now you can glue the hat to the top of your gourd.
  9. You can make a whole scene with pilgrim gourds if you’re feeling extra ambitious or just one for your table centerpiece. Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Ideas for Your Garden to Try Out This Autumn

Author: Olivia Gillmore

garden fall

Image source: Pexels

Just because the growing season has passed and the weather is less than inviting, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun and work on your garden. Apart from Halloween, people don’t really pay too much attention to their garden during autumn. If you still long to make the most out of the gorgeous autumn sunshine, here are a few DIY ideas that can help.

Use Colored Beads to Capture the Last Rays of Summer

The first days of autumn can bring with some dazzling colors. Make the most of these colors by creating colorful DIY decorations using just colored translucent beads. And they’re so simple to make you can easily include them in your list of fun DIY crafts for kids if you want to bring the whole family together. You can make more elaborate decorations, or just hang strands of beads near a window, or as a windchime.

You can use leftover beads to add a touch of magic to an otherwise dull wooden fence. Drill holes in the fence, then plug them with beads. It works best if it’s is facing a well-lit direction. The sun rays passing through the beads will shine dazzling colors all throughout your autumn garden.

Make Windchimes to Lighten the Mood

The cool autumn wind can be sound a bit dreary but if you throw in DIY wind chime in the mix, all of a sudden your garden is going to take on a new life. And, what’s more, you can make out of the things that are already at hand. Dried chestnuts, hollow sticks, all of the plant material that makes a sound, and you would otherwise throw away can be used to add flavor to tone of your windchime.

Plus, it can make a really neat Halloween decoration, if you add a few more exotic ingredients, like feathers. And they work great with pumpkin decorations.

Grow a Vibrant Everlasting Garden

garden fall

Image source: Flickr

What many don’t know is that the autumn season can be the perfect time to plant your garden. Shrubs and trees, in particular, thrive in the cool autumn air and the warm soil. And even though it might not seem like it, winter snow actually provides good insulation. Plus, vendors usually sell them a lot cheaper, since not many people are clamoring to buy once summer is gone.

Immortelles are also a good way to make your garden burst with color even during the drab autumn days. They are everlasting flowers that thrive in harsh conditions and look gorgeous no matter what the weather is like.

Spruce Up Your Outdoor Flower Pots

Outdoor flower pots get damaged over time, no matter how sturdy they are. The sun, wind, and rain can leave stains and cracks. And if you have more delicate plants you might want to move on the veranda, or even inside, those pots can be a real eyesore. Luckily you can make them look good as new, or maybe even better with just a few simple materials.

All you need is some sturdy rope, strong glue, and some acrylic colors. Wrap the rope around the pots to give an entirely new look. You can leave it in its natural color or change it with acrylic paints. Acrylic paints are best suited for the outdoors, since they don’t cover up the texture of the rope, but they can withstand low temperatures and water.

Keep Your Herbs at Hand with a Pocket Rack

Everyone loves having fresh herbs and spices. However, these plants are usually not very sturdy, so moving them indoors can be a good idea. You can use a canvas pocket rack to keep all of your delicious herbs at hand, in the kitchen. It looks absolutely charming and its practical as well. You should use pocket racks that have a plastic lining on the inside of the pockets to avoid letting moisture dripping through the canvas. If you can’t find a rack with plastic lining, you can use saran wrap to line the pockets yourself.

The fall season can be a time of great joy, and with these DIY crafts for your garden, you can make the most out of those gorgeous autumn days.

Turn a baby changing table into a DIY bookcase

 

 

baby changing table via Amazon.com

Watching your little one grow up is a blissful experience – and (let’s be real) an expensive one. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing pieces of furniture that are essential when your child is a baby, only to have them end up in storage once he outgrows these items. Luckily, an easy way to breathe new life into seemingly useless pieces of furniture is to repurpose them. If you have a leftover changing table lying around, we’ll help you repurpose it by turning it into a bookcase!

What you’ll need:

What to do:

  1. You’ll want to work with a clean surface, so if your changing table has collected any dust or dirt from disuse, wipe it down with a damp cloth. Use the disinfecting wipes to sterilize the changing table, concentrating especially on the top tier.
  2. Once the changing table is dry, use the measuring tape to determine the dimensions of the shelves. Cut three sheets of decorative contact paper with the same length and width.
  3. Apply the sheets of contact paper to the surface of the shelves, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go.
  4. Your bookcase is now ready for use! For added convenience, try using a wire paper rack to keep your magazines within easy reach on the top shelf.

DIY wooden frame

diy wood frame Double sized frame 5 by yamunah2002 http://www.flickr.com/photos/32644858@N07/6092399658/ via creative commons

Nothing helps improve the appearance of a photograph, drawing, print or other artwork than a good ole picture frame. I don’t know if it’s just me, but every time I venture out to craft stores looking for the perfect frame, I feel as though my creative options are stifled by either the size or design of the frame. I typically go for a wood design, but they too are a bit on the pricey side. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a mock wooden frame! Avoid the high prices of buying custom frames by making your own distressed wood photo frames. It’s easier than you think!

What you need:

What you’ll do:

  1. Using your paper cutter, cut your own mat board and plexiglass to your desired frame size. Carl paper cutters are equipped with a slanted edge which’ll make your cuts more precise and easy to use.
  2. If you’re using plexiglass, remove the film and stack the plexiglass, mat and photograph collage, and cardboard on the back.
  3. Use a sponge to wet your paper tape. Transfer the tape before it begins to dry and place it gently starting in the middle and working toward the edges.
  4. Next you’ll want to pull the tape tightly over the edge and around the back smoothing out the surface area nicely. Repeat this step with the opposite edge and then finish with the last two edges. You can usually eyeball the thickness of tape and then try to match the last three sides to the first.
  5. Allow this to dry for at least an hour or so before hanging. If you’d like to showcase your wonderful design, you can mount an extra piece of tape onto your frame for support.