How to Make Pretty Wooden Pumpkins

Want to see a great little easy project that uses up pieces of scrap wood? I hope so! I want to show you how easy it is to make pretty wooden pumpkins.
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When I found out a few weeks ago that the project being made at the Do-It-Herself workshop  at Home Depot were wooden pumpkins, I was excited to see them.
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I called my local Home Depot, but unfortunately they were not hosting that workshop. So I snooped around some of my favorite blogs to see what the pumpkins were all about.
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It turns out that they’re made pretty much like a lot of the wooden pumpkins found all over the web. So I had to make two and put my own spin on them.
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These pumpkins didn’t cost me a dime to make since I used scrap wood and paint that I already had. (This post contains affiliate links)

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For one of my pumpkins, I simply cut 5 boards 9 (mine are 1 x 3’s) to the same length with my miter saw and joined them together with wood glue and a piece of a 1 x 2 nailed on to the back.
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The other pumpkin was made with three leftover tongue and groove panels. I glued and nailed them together the same way.
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My artistic drawing skills are nil, but I managed to draw a pumpkin shape on each assembled board and used my RYOBI jig saw to cut. Easy peasy.
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For the stem, I used my RYOBI Airstrike brad nailer to attach a scrap piece of a 1 x 3 at the top.

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I attached a box to the front of one of the pumpkins like the Home Depot pumpkin. It’s a great place to stow the trick or treat candy!

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To make the tendrils, I used 22 gauge cloth stem wire and wrapped it around a pencil to curl it.

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Then I just hot glued the tendrils at the base of the “stem”.

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The best part of making these pumpkins is painting them. Get creative and paint them any color you want!

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Once mine were dry, I used my orbital sander to smooth them out and distress the paint.

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They are so fun and easy to make.

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Bathroom Vanity Organization Tips

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There are one or two chores around the house that I avoid. Like the bathroom vanity. I don’t know why I avoid decluttering and cleaning the bathroom vanity. Well, I guess that’s not exactly true. If I think about it, I know why. It’s because it’s never been properly organized from the start.

We moved in this house during one of the busiest times at my former job and and so we haphazardly threw things wherever. Unfortunately the bathroom vanity pretty much stayed that way for the next few years. Except for the outside of it. I did update that ; ) The vanity and adjoining cupboard were the standard builder-grade oak until I got a couple of coats of espresso colored paint on it!


It looks pretty good, right?


Until you open the left door and see the old, pink basket overflowing.


Or the right door and see this disaster! I can’t believe I’m showing you all this mess. How embarrassing!

bathroom vanity organization tips

Until now! I spent only about an hour this morning clearing out and cleaning out that vanity and I used the following tips to get it done quickly and easily.

  1. Toss expired and unused items as well as bulky packaging.
  2. Use clear containers to hold items and supplies for easier visibility.
  3. Only use drawers to store daily use items.
  4. Make use of vertical space when needed. Think: hooks on the inside of the doors for hanging.


After pulling EVERYTHING out of the vanity, I quickly tossed (see tip #1)


I “shopped” my house and found a few clear containers that could hold band-aids, ace bandages, nail polish, extra toothpaste, etc.


You could also find clear, plastic storage bins at stores like Walmart, which is where I stocked up on Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Bath Tissue.


Once everything was cleaned out and organized, there was plenty of room left for the Quilted Northern Ultra Soft & Strong® Bath Tissue. And I won’t be embarrassed if my guests have to look under the vanity for more tissue! Have you heard that the best bathroom experiences are the ones you don’t remember? Haha! I don’t want my guests remembering the sight of my cluttered bathroom vanity while looking for the tissue! And Quilted Northern® is also designed so you can forget your bathroom experience.


Ahh, what a difference. It should stay this uncluttered as long as everyone puts the items back where they belong!

Deco Art Easy Etch

Deco Art just sent me a sample of their new product, Easy Etch to try and the timing couldn’t have been better because I had just gotten an email that same day from a local glass manufacturer.

halloween glassware Look what they were selling! I thought these were so cute and knew I could make something similar. I think they would be perfect for a Halloween Party!

Since I already had plain glasses like theirs, and I had the Easy Etch from Deco Art, all I needed was a stencil.

deco-art-easy-etch Helloooo Silhouette. Oh how I love you ; )

I quickly designed a shape in Silhouette Studio. and if you stick around to the bottom of this post, I’ll be happy to share my Silhouette cutting file with you ; ) If you want to make it yourself, I used the font: Wizards Magic. The flying witch was just a trace from an image I found on Google.

If you want to make yourself some fun glasses like these, here’s what you will need:


Clean your glass with rubbing alcohol. Cut our your stencil.


Attach the stencil to the glass. Be sure to cover all up anywhere the glass is peeking through that you don’t want etched.


Please read the directions on the bottle of Easy Etch. Apply a layer of the etching cream over top of the stencil with the plastic knife. Be sure to wear plastic gloves. Allow the Easy Etch to remain on the glass for 15 minutes.


As per the directions, you can scrape off the excess cream and put it back in the bottle for reuse! Then carefully rinse off the glass under running water.


Now remove the stencil and rinse again.

Sorry for the lousy photo of my finished glass – but you get the idea!


deco art glass etch

Easy Etch permanently etches glass, mirror, and glazed surfaces in just 15 minutes. Easy Etch safely delivers a frosted, white, matte finish that will not fade, chip, or discolor. Unlike other brands, excess cream can be scraped back into the container and reused. Yes . . REUSED! This significantly reduces of the amount of waste and saves money!

Find out more about Deco Art Easy Etch here.

As promised, here is the free Silhouette cutting file for your personal use.

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DIY Oil Change

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Please use standard safety procedures when changing your oil. You should always refer to your own car’s manual before changing your oil.”

When #2 son decided he wanted to become an auto mechanic it was no surprise. Ever since he was little, he has been obsessed with anything with an engine and wheels. It is his passion. How I feel about DIY and crafting is how he feels about working on cars! So of course one of my thoughts was: THIS IS GREAT!!! NO MORE CAR REPAIR BILLS! A LIFETIME OF FREE CAR MAINTENANCE – WOO HOO!!!!!

Except it really doesn’t really work that way. Womp womp : (

Because his job is an hour away and he works 12 and sometimes 14 hour days, he doesn’t have much free time to work on mom’s car. So when the oil change indicator light came on recently letting me know that an oil change was due, he suggested that since I’m a DIYer anyway that I should learn how to change my own oil.


I don’t know anything about changing oil!

Well I do now! I know, right??? And I was surprised at how easy it was. Let me show you what I did:

First things first: I needed the oil. My son advised me that Walmart has very good prices on motor oil.


I referred to my owner’s manual to find out the recommended weight and grade oil that I needed.  I chose Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil because it’s a high-quality oil that has been specially designed to give engines complete protection. I also understand that Pennzoil offers excellent performance in extreme temperatures. Now I’m not in Alaska, but we do experience pretty extreme temperatures here in the Northeast!


While I was at Walmart, I couldn’t help but look around and checked out the oil-changing gadgets, but my son assured me that he had everything I needed to change my oil and all I needed to get was the oil and an oil filter.


There are books hanging right there in the aisle with the oil filters. I just had to look up my car’s year and model and it told me which oil filter I needed to buy.


So that’s what an oil filter looks like. (Not what I had pictured at all ; )

Next up: go home and change the oil.

But not so fast. I had to let the engine cool down so I waited an hour and then #1 son and I got to work!


(Yes, #1 son was my advisor and helper for my first oil change!)

Okay, so the engine is cool and it’s time to raise the car so I can crawl underneath. we used #2 son’s jack to lift my car behind the right, front wheel . . .


. . .  and placed “chucks” behind the other three wheels for safety.

Next, it was time to get under the car. This was the part I was most uneasy about.


But first I had a “light bulb” moment. I grabbed a large piece of cardboard from the basement. It’s a lot easier to slide yourself on cardboard than it is on pavement or cement! So there I am, underneath my car looking for the oil plug to remove it.


We had the oil pan positioned under the old oil filter and plug, ready to catch the old, dirty oil.


And there it goes! Look at the black, dirty oil. (and it turns out the cardboard was good to catch any stray oil drips, too!)


Then it was time to put in the new oil filter. But first son #1 told me to “prime” it with oil. That meant I needed to dip my finger in the new oil and rub that finger around the edge of the new oil filter as shown above. Easy enough! Then back under the car to install the new oil filter.


Then it was time to add the oil. Look at that nice, clean oil! My car holds 4-1/2 quarts of oil, so in they went. No problem!

Easy Fall Wreath

This time of year is always a struggle for me. I am a true fair weather fan and I’m always so sad to see summer end.

Everyone is talking about how nice it is to have Fall arrive and I’m over here pouting and hanging on to this incredibly nice weather that we’ve been experiencing with all my might.

No, please Summer, don’t go! I don’t like Fall. 

That’s not really true. I like it okay. It just doesn’t last very long. The next thing you know, we’re shoveling that dreaded white stuff {shudder}.

In order to make the arrival of Fall a little more bearable (at least for me), I found that decorating for the season helps the transition. It just feels good to be surrounded by pretty things ; ) Like this easy to make Fall wreath.


I see this wreath when I walk in the front door and it’s a pretty reminder. A pretty reminder of not just that Fall is upon us. But also because I added the “E”.

You see, I’m about to get married!


Yep. Married! And my last name will change. So “E” will be my new last initial.

I’ve seen wreaths on Pinterest with initials on them and always wanted to make one and this was my chance.


Another great things about this wreath is that it only cost $5 to make. That’s right. Five bucks! I got everything except for the initial at the Dollar Tree. Seriously. The Dollar Tree.


I don’t know if it’s just me or what, but do you think that the quality of the flowers at Dollar Tree has improved? I think so!


Here’s my little tip for working with these flowers: spread the stems apart and push the leaves up on each stem so it’s closer to the flower.


Four of the flowers had clips on the back. They came 2 to a package for $1!


The clip on the back make it really easy to attach them to the burlap-wrapped wreath form.


I painted the “E” with leftover paint from my chest of drawers makeover. I love that paint!


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DIY Harvest Signs using PVPP Method

Have you heard of the PVPP method of creating handmade signs? Apparently I’ve been doing this long before I knew there was an acronym for it!


The “Harvest” signs that I made for the local craft show were made using the “PVPP Method”

What does “PVPP” stand for you ask? (I had to ask too ; )

  • PEEL


Here’s how the PVPP method works:

First you paint the board (or canvas or whatever surface you’re working with) the color that you want your letters to be on your finished sign.


For the image above, the top sign was first painted brown, the lower sign was left bare. So that’s the first “P” in PVPP: P for PAINT

“V” is next and that’s for VINYL. Apply your vinyl design over the painted wood (or bare wood in some cases)


The next “P” is for paint. For the top sign, I painted an orange paint over the vinyled sign.


The last “P” is for PEEL. Pell off the vinyl letters.


You know, we could call it the PVPPD method,


and the “D” could be for DISTRESS. I sanded all of my signs to get the distressed look.

Here’s the free “harvest” file for your personal use only. Enjoy Harvest Season!


Painted Chest of Drawers

Now I know that there are a lot of folks out there that believe that an old piece of furniture should never, ever be painted. That painting wood furniture “ruins” it. Take a good look at the “before” photo of the chest of drawers that I recently painted.


I think you might agree that this piece would be the exception to the “no paint” rule!

This beat-up, old chest was given to me by my daughter. A former roommate had left it in her house. When I first got it, there were nails pounded into it! The finish was very rough and included several water rings on the top. I think someone at some time had tried (unsuccessfully) to refinish it because there were some dried drips of stain on some of the drawer fronts. What a mess!

chest of drawers rescue

When I found out that General Finishes was sponsoring this month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, I was thrilled. I’ve heard great things about their products but have never tried them before. Here was my chance! I chose a quart of their milk paint in Antique White.


Just look at that color! I made the right choice!

I’m getting ahead of myself here.


The first thing I did was haul that old chest out front and wipe it down. The second thing I did was remove the hardware and the flower decal from the top drawer. That was easy: a few taps on the handle of the putty knife wedged underneath of it and the decal came right off.


However, after one coat of the milk paint, it was clear to see that I didn’t sand ALL of the glue off the drawer front.


No problem! Now you can’t even tell it was there. I chose to leave the hardware as is.


I didn’t paint the top of the chest. I like the look of a stained top with a painted base. I gave the top a good sanding and then used a dark walnut stain.


As for the drawers, I only painted the drawer fronts. I had different plans for the insides ; )

Since this month’s theme for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest is “geometric”, I chose to use the geometric part on the inside of the drawers.


And okay, I’ll be the first to admit that “stripes” just may be stretching the “geometric” just a bit! But I really like this paper!


and really, aren’t stripes actually just a bunch of rectangles? and aren’t rectangles geometric shapes???


And don’t those “geometric” stripes look pretty awesome in my fab, flipped chest of drawers!?!

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Outdoor Fall Decor

We have been having the most amazing weather around here. You too? I’ve been going for bike rides, working on projects outside, and decorating the front yard for fall. Any reason to just to be outside!


I found a new-to-me Amish farm not far from where I live that sells pumpkins, gourds, and mums at very reasonable prices.


The only problem is remembering where the turn off is to get to it! I kept repeating to myself, red barn, red barn – so I wouldn’t miss the turn!


And in typical Lancaster County style – this is the checkout/cash register! (No debit cards accepted here ; )


I wasted no time getting the pumpkins for my “stack”. It was easy this year – they had several stacks made – I just bought one of theirs. Gotta love a no brainer!


I got some gourds and mums, too. What is up with my hydrangeas???


They’ve been growing all summer long and are NOW just starting to bloom. It’s fall, right? Is this unusual or par for the course for hydrangeas?


Either way, I’m just happy to see them blooming! Come back on Saturday – I’ll be showing how I made the harvest sign pictured above.

Craft Show Lessons Learned

My name is Jeanie and I’m a craft show failure. And I’m here to tell you about the lessons I learned regarding craft shows.
craft-show If you’ve been wanting to sell your crafts at a show, and have wondered what it’s like, read on:

This is not a craft show advice post. There’s plenty of that out there.

I’m just sharing my experience of being a craft show failure ; )

Maybe people just don’t like my stuff? Or maybe I’m asking too much? Or maybe everyone read my tutorials and have made their own!


I mean, who doesn’t want their kid or grandkid to have their own personalized Santa sack????

To be fair, the “shows” I participated in weren’t really “craft” shows.

Well, the first one was. Or should have been. There just weren’t any customers/shoppers!

And what’s up with the home party/show vendors? I thought craft shows were for crafters! Not tupperware, 31 bags, Scentsy stuff, Pampered Chef, etc.???? What is that? Is that the norm? Can you tell it’s been a while since I’ve been to a craft show????

Lesson #1: is it REALLY a craft show? or is it a VENDOR/CRAFT show? There’s a difference.

If the shoppers are there to buy handmade crafts, you’ll probably sell more!

And this show wasn’t even advertised!

Lesson #2: make sure event is advertised!

(I DID sell a Santa sack – to another stand holder – she was the only customer I had all day!) I ended up leaving early – what a waste of my day!


I’m just not sure I’m cut out for this craft show business.

But I had to give it a go! I have received tons of email requests over the years asking if I sold the projects that I’ve shown on the blog. I always had to respond “no”. But now that I’m “retired” and a full-time blogger, I thought, “hey, let’s try this selling thing”.  Where are those people now??? ; )

So, not one to give up after one attempt – I tried it again. This time it was a “country fair”.


Very well advertised. Lots of people. However.

These people were NOT there to buy handmade gifts. They were there to look at the classic and antique cars, the square dancing demos, and the AKC events.

Lesson #3: only participate in “craft only” shows. Not multi-purpose shows.

So now the question is: will I try to sell at a “real” craft show. The answer is short: ETSY

How about you? I would love to hear about your experience and/or advice regarding selling at craft shows.

How to Make a Rustic Wooden Tray

Welcome to another edition of The Power Tool Challenge! Every month, a group of us power-tool loving bloggers get together and post a project based on the month’s theme. This month the theme is “Fall”. I chose to make a pretty, rustic wood tray.
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What does this tray have to do with Fall, you say? Weeel, I could have stenciled a Fall item, say a pumpkin or the word “Harvest” on it.


And that was the plan. But you know how plans go! After I dry-brushed on the white paint, I kind of liked it just how it was ; )


And so I think that if you place fall-related items on such a tray, it becomes a Fall tray ; )


The 1″ x 3″ boards for my Fall tray started life as slats for an old Ikea bed. My son got a bigger bed and rescued those slats for me.

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I simply cut four equal lengths of the 1 x 3’s to around 20 inches. I used my RYOBI 12″ Compound Sliding Miter Saw to cut the wood. (By the way, I have one of these miter saws to give away – enter here!)


Next, I marked and cut two pieces to match the width of the four 1 x 3’s . . .


. . .  and attached them to the back of the 1 x 3’s with wood glue and 1″ crown staples with my RYOBI Narrow Crown Stapler.


After waiting for the glue to dry . . .


. . .  I flipped the tray over and found the handles that I had bought for my granddaughter’s armoire but didn’t use.


I love how they look as handles on this tray. Perfect!


I hope you liked my rustic “Fall” tray! Now head over to see what my friends have made for Fall!


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