DIY Craft Pumpkins

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Chalk Painted Pumpkins

If you know One Strange Bird, you know we LOVE fall around here.  I personally love the cooler weather and the shifting of the season.  As we wave goodbye to the fun energy of the summer, we turn slightly inward during the cooler months at the end of the year.  My family and I just recently moved into our first single family home in Chicago's Portage Park and I have just loved all the extra space to decorate.  We are on a tight budget with baby now, so I oftentimes try to think of budget friendly DIY projects.  My favorite place to hunt for ideas is the Dollar Tree and there are no shortage of Dollar Stores in our neighborhood!  

My little baby, Emerson and I found some fun foam pumpkins and gold thumbtacks and got this cute idea.  I just painted the foam pumpkins with two coats of chalk paint and let them dry overnight.  The next day, I pushed the little thumbtacks in a fun pattern.  It was super easy and only three dollars!  You can't beat that. 

Gold Foil Pumpkins

We can't get enough of the gold trend!  To make these complementary white and gold pumpkins, I used gold leaf paper and Mod Podge.  It is super easy!  Just brush on the Mod Podge and apply the gold leaf.  I like to break the gold leaf off so it has a more rustic ascetic.  I used real white mini pumpkins we picked up at the pumpkin farm during my birthday celebration! 

To finish out our display, I used some of my highly coveted mild glass collection as containers for the pumpkins. The contrasting colors and heights add a fun variety to the display. Stay tuned for more halloween DIY ideas!

Happy Crafting,

Nicole 

Memorial Day Confetti Serving Tray

Memorial Day DIY

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Looking for a cute DIY memorial day craft?  We love to party at One Strange Bird, so we wanted to try our hand at making some patriotic tableware.  We just used some very simple craft items from Michaels and Target, two of our favorite places to get crafty supplies. The project was inspired by a confetti punch we found at Michael's and HAD to have :)  

(Yummy Apple Pie from A Baker's Tale)

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Materials: tissue paper, glitter, confetti punch, Mod Podge, paintbrush, white paint, wooden craft serving tray

  Step One:  Paint the tray white with paint or gesso and allow to dry throughly.   Step Two:  Punch out confetti by feeding 3-4 layers of colored tissue paper into the punch and pressing firmly.

Step One: Paint the tray white with paint or gesso and allow to dry throughly.

Step Two: Punch out confetti by feeding 3-4 layers of colored tissue paper into the punch and pressing firmly.

  Step Three:  Add a liberal layer of Mod Podge to the tray. Drop your tissue paper confetti and glitter onto the tray.     Step Four:  Gently, add a layer of Mod Podge to the cover and seal the confetti.  Let dry overnight. 

Step Three: Add a liberal layer of Mod Podge to the tray. Drop your tissue paper confetti and glitter onto the tray.  

Step Four: Gently, add a layer of Mod Podge to the cover and seal the confetti.  Let dry overnight. 

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Use your tray to serve some All American Classics for Memorial Day or the 4th of July. Here, we styled with some yummy apply pie from our sweet neighbors A Baker's Tale!  

 

Happy crafting and partying,

Nicole