DIY Craft Pumpkins


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,


top diy blogs to follow

It's no surprise we love crafting at One Strange Bird. We wanted to put together a list of our favorite DIY bloggers. We love their style, sense of color, and fresh ideas! Read below to learn about our craft blog crushes. 

Nicole + Amanda 


A Beautiful Mess

My first blog crush ever and the craft blog pioneer, a Beautiful Mess,  serves up bright and cheerful DIY posts daily.  The sister team shares fashion tips, business ideas, and super creative DIY projects for the home and more!  Follow along for inspiration for your home and wardrobe.  Try out their tasty recipes to woo your friends at your next house party.  Follow their Insta @abeatifulmess to stay updated on their latest posts and see their carefully curated photographs found under their super popular hashtags like: #abmcrafty #abmlifeiscolorful #abmlifeissweet 


Oh Joy!  

I found Oh Joy on Instagram when I was pregnant and immediately fell in love with her fun mix of color and keen sense of design pouring from this mama of two's feed. Her blog is chock full of gorgeously styled tablescapes, tasty recipes displayed on her designed plates, and of course adorable photographs of her sweet family.  Check her Insta to find out when she releases highly coveted lines of homewares or kids products at Target! 



Jenni Radosevich started I Spy DIY as a creative outlet, and it has turned into her full-time gig. Growing up crafting all kind of accessories and outfits, she continues to inspire DIY style with her book, I Spy DIY Style, and online shop. Her instagram has no shortage of cute and colorful projects. Tag your DIY projects with #ispymydiy for a chance to be featured. 


Sugar and Cloth

If you're a regular on Instagram, you've probably seen shots with Sugar and Cloth's color wall in Houston, TX. True to their name, they specialize in all candy-coated, sugar-filled sweet DIYs from recipes to entertaining. Try out a recipe for your next event!


Studio DIY

"Make life a party" is what they preach over at Studio DIY. No strangers to rainbow-colored things, they definitely bring out the little kid in you with tutorials on fried egg emoji balloons, donut nail decals, taco pinatas, and more! I mean, have you even seen the Lisa Frank rainbow cake?!?