While we usually associate Thanksgiving with the delicious food, don’t forget the fun that comes from creating home-made holiday decorations. These five simple DIY crafts will keep children engaged, delight your guest, and revitalize your home with minimal effort.
Are you looking to add whimsy and wild life to your yard? Try this simple DIY project from Beth of Home Stories A to Z.
Start out by collecting all your materials.
You will need:
• 1 8″ tall terracotta pot for the base
• 4 6″ tall pots
• 1 4″-5″ tall pot
• 62 inch piece of rebar
• Spray paint primer
• Spray paint in your color choice. (Pictured in Valspar’s Exotic Sea.)
• Discarded globe from light
• Little ceramic bird or other cute ceramic animal (optional).
• DAP Household/Aquatic Adhesive
NOTE: Measurements provided are just a guideline, for best results use your own measurements and judgment.
Step 1: Prime all of your pots and then spray paint them in the color you chose.
Step 2: Measure the height of all of your pots and then add 24 inches to that number to determine the length of your rebar. Cut your rebar to size using a hacksaw. Use a hammer to pound the rebar into the ground at least two feet down so that it will hold your heavy pots. Step 3: Put your pots onto the rebar and fill with soil. Tilt each pot from right to left, filling with soil as you go.
Step 4: Take the globe from a discarded light and place it onto the top of the rebar. The bowl will be resting on the top flower pot but the rebar should thread all the way up into the birdbath bowl. Use DAP household/aquatic adhesive to attach the bird and to seal around the gap between the bowl and rebar hole. The adhesive takes a day to cure, so don’t fill the bowl with water until it is dry.
Create a beautiful serving tray from an old frame.
What You’ll Need:
Satin Latex Paint
2 Drawer or door handles with screws
Remove the frame’s backing and any glass, which won’t be strong enough for the tray. You should have a 3/8-inch thick piece of glass cut to fit.
Paint the frame. After letting it dry, smooth out rough spots with a fine-grit sanding sponge.
Cut the cardboard and wrapping paper to the same size as the glass that was cut to fit in the frame.
Adhere the wrapping paper to the cardboard to avoid the wrapping paper shifting.
Place the glass in the frame, and then insert the cardboard-backed wrapping paper behind it. If your frame had a backing, put it back on. If not, create one by cutting a piece of matboard to the size of your frame. Adhere it to the back with hot glue and then let it dry.
Flip the frame right sided-up. Center the handles on the shorter sides of the frame. Screw into place, using a drill to make holes for the screw if necessary.
Decorate for Halloween with a perfectly carved pumpkin.
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Look for a pumpkin with solid, event colors. Try to avoid pumpkins with surface rot or soft spots.
Pumpkin Carving Tools You’ll Need:
Pumpkin carving is easier when you use the right tools.
Poker: Tape your printed pattern onto a pumpkin and create small dots along the outline the pattern using this small tool.
Raker: Remove skin and smooth pumpkin flesh with a raker tool. This tool is also great for cleaning up carving areas or etching designs into the pumpkin flesh.
Shape Punchers: Make the perfect round eyes or fun facial features with metal tubes. While an apple corer will make gorgeous circles, a pumpkin carving kit can provide additional shapes.
Saws: Head to the Halloween store for a few skinny, serrated pumpkin carving knives, which are perfect for tight designs. For adults, a small etching power tool will save time, energy, and stress for carving intricate designs.
Pumpkin Scooper: Many Halloween shops will have variations of the perfect pumpkin scoop tool, but this scoop uses serrated edges to scrap and clean pumpkins’ insides, while a pointed tip can flatten a spot for a candle.
Click here for beginner pumpkin-carving templates like the one below.
Below are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing:
This is an effective way to get a larger surface area, too, because you will end up with double the amount of corks.
Measure the dimensions of the backsplash area in your kitchen.
Slice the corks in half, lengthwise, with a utility knife. The flat side of the cork will be pressed up against the wall, while the rounded side will face out.
Glue the wine corks together by rows using the hot glue gun.
Glue the individual rows together by applying glue from the hot glue gun in between the rows. Attach the rows until you reach the desired width for your backsplash. Allow the backsplash to dry for at least 24 hours before mounting.
Mount the backsplash to the section in the kitchen where you wish to hang it, flat end against the wall. You can use the hot glue gun to mount it, since wine cork is lightweight, by applying the glue directly over the tile of the wall and pressing the backsplash into it. Hold the backsplash in place with your hands until it feels strong enough for you to let go.
Adding a Wine Cork Backsplash in your kitchen is an effective way to add texture to your space.