DIY Vintage inspired mushroom ornaments

Today I wanted to share a little DIY for a vintage inspired ornament. Not only do these make cute ornaments, but they are great tied to the top of gifts too. I actually have a folder on my computer for vintage Christmas ornaments I want to try and recreate, so I am happy to get one done in plenty of time for Christmas!

These guys are really customizable, so wether you want to paint on eyes, eyebrows, and a smile, use wiggly glue on eyes or cut shapes out of felt-anything goes! Here are your basic supplies:
-Styrofoam balls: I opted for the firm balls that have a smooth surface
-Paper Mache balls: These were slightly tricky because they had a rubbery like ball hidden inside under the paper mache, just look for balls made of cardboard exclusively to make cutting easiest. These sorts of balls still work of course, they just take a little more care to cut.
-Glue: You’ll need thick tacky glue and a hot glue gun
-Berry Stems- these are for the noses, but you could always skip noses, cut them from felt, or paint one on instead.
-Pom-poms: these act as a buffer between the mushroom cap and body. If you glue the cap directly onto the body it ends up covering part of the face and didn’t quite match the look of the vintage ornaments.
-Paint-You’ll need red, optional colors are black and white (for face painting)
-Wire- This is to create a hanger on top, but you can also glue a plastic hanger in place like I did on a couple of the ornaments instead.
-Red Glitter
-White Flocking Powder
1. Use scissors to cut your ball in half. Then trim it until its a bit smaller and looks good with your body styrofoam ball.
2. Paint one side of the mushroom top red and immediately sprinkle with red glitter, allow to dry and then do the same to the other side. Make sure the very edge is covered as well. Set aside to dry.
3.. Next your are gonna coat the styrofoam ball with the thick tacky glue. I like the poke a wooden craft stick into the end of the ball to make it easier to hold. Then sprinkle the whole thing with white flocking powder (follow instructions for powder about well ventilated area) Let this dry completely.
4. Use hot glue to attach pom pom to top of body. Twist wire into a little hook and insert end through top of mushroom, I use a little hot glue to secure the end in place. Then glue mushroom cap onto the pom pom.
5. To add flocked dots, apply little dots of tacky glue to the top and sprinkle on the flocking powder. Then you just blow away what doesn’t stick and you’ll be amazed at how nice and clean your flocked dots are. Or you can cut some from felt and glue them on.
6. Lastly once it’s all dry you can add your face. Cut the nose stem short and push it into the ball. Paint on eyes, glue on wiggly eyes etc. and voila!
I’d love to see them if you make any!

Jo-Ann “Celebrate the Season” Turkey Napkin Basket DIY

turkey napkin basket DIY
The folks at Jo-ann asked me to create a DIY project for the Thanksgiving holiday, and sent me a Jo-Ann gift card to buy supplies. This time the theme was “turkey tablescapes”. I decided early on that I wanted to come up with something that was both decorative & functional. Our table is somewhat narrow and when we have large meals for holidays some times it’s not easy to fit all the foods on the table, so we will set up a buffet table for all the food, and then we can sit comfortably at the table and eat without feeling surrounded by plates on all sides. With that in mind I created this turkey napkin basket, where the tail feathers are actually napkins for your guests to grab as they are loading up their plates. You could even take it a step further and wrap up silverware in the napkins. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own..
basket-I found my basket at Jo-ann for under $5, I went with a darker color to emulate the dark brown turkey body
orange felt– you only need a very small piece for the turkey beak
red felt– this is for the turkey head & waddle
wiggly eyes-there are so many eyes to choose from, you can really give your turkey a fun personality depending on the eyes you pick.
extra wide double bias tape-this is used as trim around the turkey feather napkins so I went with fall colors.
broadcloth-this is what you’ll use to make your napkins. I had my fall colors cut into 3/8ths of a yard. Then at home I was able to cut this down to create 2 square napkins from each color, with some leftover. I cut my napkins to 13×13 inches but you can make them as large or small as you’d like.
hot glue gun
sewing machine
coordinating threads
scrap cardboard this could be from a cereal box etc.
turkey pattern
1. Print out pattern, pin to felt and cut out pieces. 2 of red felt for turkey head & waddle, and 2 or orange for the beak. Next line up the beak on each side of the head and stitch in place.
2. Now line up your beaks and sew around the outside of your head. Leave the bottom of the neck open.
3. Take an extra piece of felt and sew it along the bottom end of neck, trim any excess. Turn waddle right side out, and tuck the raw ends inward to hide them.
4. Cut a small x shaped hole into the center of the end neck piece and turn your head right side out. Stuff with polyfil.
5. Use glue gun to attach eyes and waddle. Then glue head to one end of the basket.
6. Once the head is glued in place you will notice it will make the basket heavy and it will want to tip to that side. Now once the napkins are inside that won’t happen, but as your guests take napkins your turkey will start to top again. You can weight the bottom of your basket by gluing a few pennies in the bottom, but I just used hot glue, and then covered the glue with a circle of cardboard cut from a cereal box. The cardboard circle could also be used to hide any pennies.
7. Now it’s time to sew the napkins using 13×13 inch squares of broadcloth, and the double fold bias tape. Take one square and pick a different color of bias tape.
8. You’ll notice the bias tape opens up like a folder, so you can easily pin it in place around the edge of your napkin. When you get to the corners refer to the drawing above. Pin your binding until you get close to the corner, then fold binding downwards to form the corner.
9. Then fold binding around the corner and pin into place. Continue the entire way around your napkin, when you get to the end cut the seam binding so it overlaps the beginning of your seam binding.
10. Use sewing machine and matching thread to sew in place around the entire edge of binding. Repeat for each napkin.
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Paper Pumpkin DIY

Today I wanted to share a DIY with you that was inspired by a vintage die cut cardboard jack o’ lantern from 1940, that I loved, but it sold for $67. So I decided to sit down and try and recreate my own. As you can see my jacks are two different colors. I had the files printed two different days at Staples, with over a month of time in between, so it’s kind of funny how different the oranges are.
Please feel free to make a pumpkin or two for your holiday decorating. Just please remember this DIY is for your own personal use and may not be sold, or changed in any way.
1. First print out the jack o’ lantern there will be two pages.
2. I used my Xyron XM1255 to create a permanent adhesive on the backs, you can also use spray glue. Then attach your pumpkin sheets to card stock.
3. Use an x-acto knife to cut your pumpkin out. For the side pieces leave them as long as possible for now, it makes it easier to assemble.

4. Next attach the face pieces behind, my favorite kind of glue to use on paper projects is 3m Scotch Quick-dry Tacky Adhesive it really dries quick but gives you a lot more hold then something like a glue stick.

5. Once dry you are going to feed your side pieces through. The longest part sits against the bottom, and then you just carefully pull each long strip through the cut holes.
6. Next one by one you will trim the strip and glue it down to the pumpkin. Hold each strip end down until it dries (it will be quick with the scotch glue)

You can punch little holes near the top and add a string or wire handle, fill it with some tricks & treats and you are good to go! If you make one, please post a link-I’d love to see!