Mesh Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths are beautiful for any holiday, season, or event. Deco mesh is an ideal medium that comes in an array of colors, patterns, metallic and sparkly. With a little imagination along with decorations it’s possible to produce a work of art.   

Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Basic wreath
  • Decorations
  • Ribbons
  • 2 rolls of poly mesh (desired color)

 Add mesh all around the wreath wrapping the greenery around it about every 6 to 7 inches, and fluff.

  1. Add the second mesh the same way all around the wreath wrapping the greenery around it. Try to make it as even as possible.
  2. Cut your choice of ribbons into 14 to 16 inch strips, cut the edges at an angle.  Add the ribbons around the wreath (between breaks of mesh), wrapping the greenery around them.
  3. Hot glue decorations, or ornaments strategically between the ribbons. Add as many, or as little decorations making your creation unique, and one of a kind.

Happy Crafting!

DIY Halloween Pumpkins

The month of October brings with it the tradition of carving pumpkins into of jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. The tradition of jack-lanterns was started in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes were used. Irish immigrants brought with them the tradition, carving pumpkins instead where it has become a mainstay for Halloween.

Instead of carving a pumpkin this year, take a walk on the wild side. Put the knife away and get creative with decorating you pumpkin.

Glitter Pumpkins

  • Materials needed:
  • Pumpkin
  • Mod podge or glue
  • Glitter or powder glitter
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint

 Paint pumpkin with a layer of glue or modge podge.

  1. Sprinkle glitter over pumpkin. Get really creative and use more than one color.
  2. After drying for an hour shake off excess glitter.
  3. Paint stem with acrylic paint.

Painted Pumpkins

Materials needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Spray paint or acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint brush (if using acrylic paint)

 Before getting started make sure to clean and dry pumpkin. With the painters tape make a design on the pumpkin. Go crazy and be creative with your design. After placing the tape, smooth all the edges.

  1. Paint your pumpkin. Two coats may be necessary to insure complete coverage.
  2. After pumpkin has completely dried remove tape.

 To have a two toned pumpkin other than orange, paint pumpkin with another color, let dry and start with step one. Also try free hand painting goofy faces. The possibilities are endless!

Painted pumpkins are not just for Halloween, but make excellent fall or harvest decorations. Enjoy your creations for months longer than carved pumpkins.

Junk Drawer Crafts

If polled, most households would have a junk drawer, or two in one room or another.

Junk drawers are the catch all for small things that no longer have an appropriate place, such as keys, nuts, bolts, screws, crayons and much more.  The key to cleaning this stash is not to throw things away, but find another purpose for the forgotten items.

Following are two crafts to that make use of the abyss that is the junk drawer.

Junk Drawer Wind Chimes

Materials needed: jewelry wire, wire cutters, metal lid for balance, drill

Find items in your drawer that will clink and clang together without breaking. Add ornamental or decorative pieces, such as mixed matched earrings or broken jewelry for flare, and whimsy.

  1. Drill holes around the outer edges of the metal lid.
  2. Feed jewelry wire through holes, hanging decorative items, and junk drawer findings at different lengths.
  3. Find a spot for maximum wind exposure, and enjoy.

Picture Frame

Purchase a brand new picture frame, or repurpose and give life to a new one.

Materials needed: Picture frame, craft glue, acrylic paint, and junk drawer items

  1. Paint the frame with one to two coats, and let dry. Remove the glass before getting started.
  2. With craft glue, add junk drawer findings, along with additional craft embellishments.
  3. Add the perfect picture.

Celebrating May Day

The first day of May, is observed as May Day, celebrating the beginning of Spring. A traditional way of celebrating the day is hanging small baskets of flowers, or gifts on neighbor’s door knobs. The trick is to not get caught. If caught, you get a kiss.

Try making and leaving one of the following to share with your neighbors on May 1st.

Although May Day is the May 1, Spring is worth celebrating all month!

National Children’s Craft Day

March 14, is National Children’s Craft Day. Use today to create a craft with a child, or teach a child a new craft.

Homemade Finger Paint, and Kool-Aid Playdough are crafts children of any age will love. Enjoy!

Recipe for Homemade Finger Paint:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • food coloring

Mix the flour and salt, then  add the cold water. Stir until smooth. Add this mixture gradually to the boiling water. Boil until the mixture becomes smooth and thick.  Add the food coloring until you get the desired color.

Recipe for Kool-Aid Playdough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Mix together dry ingredients, then add oil. Pour in boiling water. Mix, well. Mix and knead with my hands. When mixture is cool enough, children can knead an begin playing immediately. Store in a plastic container with a lid, or ziplock bag. 

How will you celebrate National Children’s Craft Day?