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 

How to Make a Dreamcatcher

I have always loved dreamcatchers and the story behind them ever since I was a little girl. I grew up in a town that had Native American influence and it fueled my imagination.   I am loving the wall hanging trend in the DIY world right now and wanted to try to add a little play on the tradition by combining two hoops.  I choose colors that matched our new rug I bought to decorate our new house we are moving into in a couple of weeks!  ( More on this later.) Check out the steps below to make your own our join us for a craft class in Chicago at One Strange Bird. 

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Materials Needed: Embroidery Hoop or Macram√© Hoop, different colored yarn, scissors 

Step One: Tie your first color on the hoop and wrap it around until you have covered the hoop. (Optional:  feathers and beads) 

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DIY Dreamcatcher

Step Two: Using a contrasting color of yarn, create the dreamcatcher weaving. Take the yarn from behind the hoop over the edge to the front.  Secure it by weaving it through the middle of the loop from the back.  Continue around the edge of hoop by repeating the steps. until you have 6-7 "stitches".  Create the woven pattern by looping your yarn around the middle of each outer "stitch" and pulling it tight. Keep going until the stitches get smaller and tighter in the middle.  Secure and "close" the web by double knotting the yarn in the middle.  Add a bead for a little pop. 

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Step Three: Option: I added an optional outer loop by tying a larger loop onto the smaller inner loop.  I made a decorate pattern with yarn by looping it around both loops  

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Step Four: To add the flourish to the bottom of your dreamcatcher, use a variety of different colors, textures, and lengths of yarn.  I pre-cut my yarn in a variety of lengths.  Attach by creating a loop in the middle of your yarn and then pull the tail of your yarn through the loop. Hang and enjoy!! 

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