You might remember my Halloween tutorial from last year, painted pumpkins and gourds
. I turned those fellas into ornaments for my Halloween tree. This year I decided I wanted to make more, and turn them into a wreath for the front door.
I used a 16 inch doubles wire wreath that I found at Hobby Lobby, but I’ve seen similar ones at Michaels. They are wire, but have funny little sprigs of greenery (in this case the little pine parts were black, spooky good for Halloween) I painted a bunch of faux gourds and pumpkins, then twisted some wire and shoved it into the back of each (most of them it went in really easy, but a few I had to poke a small hole with a pencil to help the wire break through the “skin”) Then I put a little hot glue over the hole/around the wire to help keep it glued in place.
I started with my biggest pumpkins and wired and then glued them around my wreath, then I just went in and kept wiring/gluing until the whole thing was covered. Once I got a bunch in I even started gluing the gourds and pumpkins together where they touched. Since everything is wired in place, it helped it feel extra sturdy. If you are going to hang outside in an area that will see rain I would spray each pumpkin before making the wreath with a clear top coat.
Just a head’s up that I shared a tutorial for sewing up vintage treat bags over on the Spoonflower blog
. I know it’s only September, but to me that means it is just in time to get all those Halloween crafts going :)
Summer vacation started early here in Pennsylvania, or earlier then it has most years. School ended on the 27th of May, and I knew before too long I would be hearing “I’m bored!” so I decided to create a Summer bucket list of things I could teach my 13 year old to do. At 13 he’s pretty good at entertaining himself, but boredom does still strike.
I felt that creating a list of activities would be fun for both of us, and I’d get to try some things I have never done either. We started off making paper, which is something I used to do a lot of about 15 years ago. I used to have a book back then (I tried to remember the title and search for it, but no luck) it was all about making paper from items like corn husks & banana peels. I did come across this book
which shows you how to use garden plants & common weeds to create paper, which sounds amazing.
We used scrap paper and an old blender, and made our deckle box out of some $1 wooden frames from Michaels craft store. You can find instructions on paper making below in our Summer list. Paper making is super simple, and you can get such fun results with inexpensive tools. You can find blenders at thrift shops, and make your deckle box out of inexpensive items.
We have also dyed yarn with acid dyes, and then went over our yarn again when we got some new dye colors. Cleaned & washed the wool from the Maryland Sheep & Wool fest and then dyed it. Took a pottery class at the local college, and planted cat nip and cat grass. You can see our list below with links. I’m sure I’ll be adding to our list all Summer long.
Summer Bucket List
–Dye yarn & wool with acid dyes
-take a ceramics class
-plant and grow catnip
–harvest and dry catnip
–make cat toys with dried catnip
–clean raw wool
–make homemade marshmallows
–make homemade bath bombs
–make strawberry jam
–draw and have custom rubber stamps made
–make nail polish marbled beads
–make cold process soap
–make books from our handmade paper
–make salsa from garden tomatoes