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Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Yarn Jack ‘o Lantern Face

Written on October 3, 2013 at 5:32 am , by

Trend: the no-carve pumpkin. Skip the mess and make a Yarn Jack o’ Lantern Face! I found this idea in the Better Homes and Gardens archives and I needed to give it a try and show all of you how to make this for yourself (little Jack ‘o Lantern face templates included).

Supplies:

- 1 pumpkin (real or foam, your choice)

- pack of 100 gold pin heads

- black acrylic yarn

- painter’s tape

- Jack ‘o Lantern Face Templates (One, Two, Three, Four)

Directions:

- Print out your Jack ‘o Lantern Face Templates.  Pick out the face size you’d like and cut it out.

- Use little folded painter’s tape squares to arrange and set up the mouth, nose, and eyes.

- Grab your pins and push them into the pumpkin near all the points + corners of the Jack ‘o Lantern face. Don’t push them ALL the way down to the pumpkin skin, keep the pin heads up about 1/4 inch. Next, place pins along some of the main “pumpkin lines” to create the stripey portion of this pumpkin.

- Pick a pin to start with, and tie a double knot onto it. Push the pin all the way into the pumpkin to secure the yarn. Follow the shape of the face, eyes, and mouth and add the stripey lines (wrapping the yarn twice around each pin as you go, then pushing them into the pumpkin to secure). Tie knots along other pins if you need to stop the yarn and start on a new point.

You’re done! Since yarn doesn’t do too well outside, I recommend keeping this Jack ‘o Lantern out of the rain. I used a real pumpkin, but if you use a foam pumpkin you will have this guy to decorate your home next year!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Welcome pumpkin

Written on October 18, 2012 at 3:00 am , by

I absolutely loved this “Welcome” pumpkin I found on the BHG site. I know that painting anything freehand on pumpkins (especially words) can be pretty darn difficult. That’s why I’ve drawn and created a little printable for all of you to enjoy and use on your own pumpkins! See? I love how it turned out.

It’s easy-ish (the hard part is cutting it out). How-to:

- Print and cut out the “welcome” free printable.

- You can now choose if you’d like to use part of your cutout as a stencil, OR you can use the actual “Welcome” word and Mod Podge it on to your pumpkin. I went the Mod Podge route (followed by a quick sealant spray to keep it from coming off in the rain).

- If you’re painting on the “Welcome”: using some black (or whatever color you’d like) acrylic paint to stencil on the word.

- If you’re using Mod Podge: Follow the bottle’s instructions to adhere the word onto the pumpkin. Optional: spray on a sealant to keep the word waterproof. I used sealant, since our pumpkin will be getting a little wet. Side note: depending on the type of printer you have, mod podge could smear the ink. You can use a little water and a q-tip to remove this (nail polish remover will also work for big ink stains). If the “Welcome” word fades from the Mod Podge, go over the word with a sharpie or black paint pen.

- Optional: hollow out the pumpkin and place a jar IN the pumpkin to make a pumpkin vase. Add water and flowers = cute fall floral arrangement.

That’s it! You are done. Enjoy!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama


BHG Guest Blogger

Fall Garden Party

Written on September 29, 2012 at 8:30 am , by

Hi all,  Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the deep, rich, saturated colors, the hearty and flavorful foods, and the pleasantly reassuring smells of leaves, pumpkin, and spices. As the warm temperatures of summer fade and the frost covers the landscape, people quickly move inside.

(1) Glass Globe String Lights; (2) Gold Flatware; (3) Global Medallion Dinnerware; (4) Mercury Glass Candlesticks; (5) Shadow Plaid Throw; (6) Triangle Lattice Throw; (7) Oar Server; (8) Gather Tote; (9) Yard Dice; (10) Fresh Pumpkin Crate; (11) Sumner Dining Table; (12) Who’s Wine Glasses 

 

This year, instead of escaping from the outdoors, I’m encouraging you to embrace it! Grab some pumpkins, your dining room table, and a couple throws. Then call your friends and invite them over for a Fall Garden Party. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite fall-inspired table elements to make your dinner magical and unforgettable! Where are the chairs you might ask? Grab a few bales of straw, cover them with a blanket or rug, and you’ll have all the seating you need. Plus, after the party, you can use them to decorate your house for the season. I even dug through the BHG recipe archives to plan a delicious, simple, and hardy menu your guests will love. With the planning finished, it’s time to party!

 

(1) Peppered Herb Cheese Ball; (2) Mini Party Quiches; (3) Chicken and White Bean Stew; (4) Garden Salad with Balsamic Dressing and Herb Feta; (5) Maple Pumpkin Creme Brûlée; (6) Crumb-Topped Apple Slab Pie

 

Happy Fall, Y’all! I’ll be patiently waiting for my invitation to your Fall Garden Party.

Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm

 



BHG Guest Blogger

Trick or Treat: Two Fall Inspired Entryways

Written on September 25, 2012 at 8:30 am , by

 

Hi all,  Michael Wurm, Jr. of Inspired by Charm here! In a little over a month, ghosts, goblins, and ghouls will come knocking and asking for goodies. These two fall-inspired front entryway looks will have your home all decked out for the holiday. Decorating staples such as a chandelier and a console table are perfect for any season. Decorative accessories, including a bowl for candy, can be easily swapped out seasonally or dressed up to fit the occasion. Whether it be for a trick or a treat, you can bet all the neighbors will be trying to sneak a peek at your fabulous decor while the children fill their bags with candy. Let’s decorate!

(1) Glass Vase 15″- Purple; (2) Glass Vase 13″ – Purple; (3) Parsons Mirrored Chandelier; (4) Spider Witch Hat; (5) Domed Mirror; (6) Source Console; (7) Witch’s Broom; (8) Senegalese Storage Basket; (9) Spider Web Placemat; (10) Mercury Glass Decorative Bowl

 

(1) Ceramic Owl; (2) Copenhagen Chandelier; (3) Amana Brass Candleholders; (4) Bungalow Mirror; (5) Leo Foyer Table; (6) Rope Bin Collection – Orange; (7) La Belle Gold Table Vase; (8) Harvest Pumpkin Serving Bowl; (9) Sun Bleached Cardoon Wreath (10) Antique Grape Lug

 

Which fall-inspired look do you like best?

 

Happy Fall, Michael Wurm, Jr. Inspired by Charm