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!

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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!


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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!

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!


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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How to Monogram Hand Towels

When Wayfair asked me to participate in the Great Craft Swap, I had to choose one of four  different items to craft/makeover into a special gift for someone. I chose a set of bar towels. The other choices were: a tablecloth, a wooden picture frame, and a set of three wooden cutting boards.


We all know that “monogrammed anything” is such a popular trend these days, I wanted to try my hand at creating monogrammed towels and since these towels are the “waffled” fabric versus the terry kind, I thought it just might work!

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Here’s how I made them:


  • bar towel set
  • Silhouette® Cameo or Portrait
  • glitter vinyl
  • iron or heat press


STEP ONE – Create Design in Silhouette Studio:


The towels came already folded in thirds. I measured the width of the folded towel and used that measurement to make my design in Silhouette Studio.

  1. draw rectangle to contain the design
  2. Use a pretty font for monogram and type into rectangle
  3. draw a circle around initial monogram
  4. open Rhinestone window tool and change circle to rhinestone and then adjust rhinestone size and spacing (see image below)

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  • flip your design horizontially


  • insert glitter vinyl (SPARKLE SIDE DOWN) into Silhouette® and cut!


STEP TWO – Apply glitter vinyl design to towels

  • I’m lucky – I own a heat press so adhering the glitter vinyl design to the towels was a breeze! If you don’t have a heat press, an iron could be used but make sure to press down on a hard surface for at least a minute to ensure a good stick. Be sure to press on the reverse side also. (See here for more a more in-depth heat press tutorial)


As you can see in the close-up above, the heat press did a wonderful job of “sticking” the glitter vinyl to the towel.


I was also pleased to see that the heat press did not flatten the “waffled” design of the towel.


I chose red, green, and gold glitter vinyl so that Nicole (my swap partner) could use these towels throughout the Holidays.


I sure hope she likes them!

Here’s peak of what Nicole sent to me:


Nicole from Simply Nicole chose to make over the wooden frame. I love it! I’ll have the perfect picture for this frame after October 16! Why then??? Because that’s the date that Dan and I are getting married on the beach!

DIY Kitchen Step Stool

There’s something new in my kitchen.


No, not the painted mason jar – that’s from last year.


It’s the cute, little step stool!

Since I’m only five feet tall, I wish I had a step ladder in every room in the house. It never fails. Every time I find myself in need of the step ladder when I’m in the kitchen, I realize it’s either down in the basement or up in the bedroom.


Now I’m happy to say that I can reach the top shelf in every single kitchen cabinet!

The best part of the step stool is that is took almost no time at all to make and since I used scrap pieces of wood, it didn’t cost a dime to make it!


Here’s how I made it in case you want to make one, too.

  • First I cut two lengths of leftover tongue and groove boards to 16″ long for the top or “step” of the step stool.
  • Then I cut two lengths of a leftover 1″ x 8″ to 8″ long for the legs, but I beveled cut the ends at eight degrees on my Ryobi Compound Sliding Miter Saw. (By the way, I’m giving one of these miter saws away here!)
  • Using my Kreg Jig, I drilled four pocket holes in each leg, then attached the legs to the top using four pocket screws.
  • Next, I cut down a leftover length of a 1″ x 2″ into 3 graduating lengths and again bevel cut the edges at eight degrees. I used these pieces as braces between the legs to give the step stool extra strength. I attached these using my Ryobi Brad Nailer.


All that was left to do was give it a quick coat of paint.


I think I am the messiest painter ever!


Remember the farmhouse bench that I made early this summer? I wanted it to have a worn, loved look. Well it got more “love” added it to this morning when I painted the stool on it ; )



It is so nice to be able to reach things on those top shelves without running throughout the house looking for the step ladder.


Fabric Covered Nightstand

Have you heard of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ contest? Every month a group of bloggers submit a furniture makeover project.


There is a different sponsor and theme every month and this month’s sponsor is D Lawless Hardware. The theme is Icing on the Cake. I decided to enter my fabric covered nightstand that I just finished.

Take a look at the before photo of the nightstand that I bought at my neighborhood yard sale for $5. It needs a little love.


While I didn’t mind the chippy paint or even the paint color, I did have a problem with the water rings . . .


. . . and the drips of paint on the side. Not to mention the dirt and grime.

So of course I was going to clean it up and paint it. But then I had an idea. Why not decoupage it? At first I thought paper, but then I thought why not fabric? I could envision the type of fabric that I wanted. I wanted floral. And I also wanted it to be vintage-looking. I went to a thrift store in search of vintage sheets. No luck. But then I found the perfect fabric at JoAnn’s. And there was just enough left on the bolt for my project.


I made the patterns for the fabric by laying the night stand on brown craft paper, then tracing it.


Once all of my pattern pieces were cut out of the craft paper, I laid the pattern pieces on the fabric and cut.


I adhered the fabric using a spray upholstery adhesive that I found at JoAnn’s (but you could also use watered down white glue or Mod Podge).Once all of the fabric pieces were attached, I brushed on a fairly heavy coat of Mod Podge. Once it was completely dry, I trimmed off the any excess fabric to get a clean edge.


Now it’s time for the “icing on the cake”.


I hot-glued a pretty trim to the edges and added the pretty drawer pulls that I got from D Lawless Hardware. Aren’t they just perfect against that fabric! I love ’em!


I love how this night stand turned out with the vintage-looking floral fabric.


And the trim and drawer knobs were the perfect icing on the cake!

A huge thank you to D Lawless for the complimentary hardware!

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If you like this nightstand makeover, I’d love YOU if you would Pin it!  Thank you so much!

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DIY Farmhouse Bench

The wood scrap piles in the basement are getting a little out of hand so I want to make some quick, little DIY projects to use up some of that wood. The first thing I made was this DIY Farmhouse Bench. I’ve been wanting to make one and this was a good opportunity to challenge myself to use up some of that wood, but also to make a drawing in Sketchup so I could share the plans with you.


My plan is based on using 1 x 3’s, 1 x 4’s, and 1 x 12’s because those are the sizes of the wood scraps that I had. Feel free to alter the plans to make your bench. Also, the plans are for a bench that is 48″ long. Again, these plans can be altered to make a shorter bench, too. In fact, I’m going to be making a 2-1/2′ bench next. *NOTE: I did not enough length of the 1 x 12 and 1 x 4 so I cut down some 3/4″ plywood that I had left over from other projects for the legs and brace.

shopping-cut list for bench

If you don’t have any scrap wood, the image above has a shopping list for you.

 In addition to the wood, you will need:

  1. wood glue
  2. wood screws
  3. brad nails
  4. jig saw
  5. wood filler
  6. stain/paint or both

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frame for bench

STEP 1: Assemble the frame using the 1 x 3’s as shown above.


I put my frame together using wood glue and pocket holes with 1-1/2″ pocket screws.


STEP 2: Cut inverted “V” shapes out of the two pieces of 1 x 12’s using my Ryobi Jig Saw.


I definitely need to improve my jig saw cutting skills ; ) but after some sanding, it looks just fine.


Step 3: Attach the 1 x 6″ boards with glue and nails.


STEP 4: Make a angle cut at each end of the two 48″ 1 x 4’s. These will be the front and back “aprons” of the bench.


Step 5: Glue and nail the apron pieces to the front and back of the bench. I used my Ryobi Brad Nailer – what a time-saver! Also, glue and nail the brace in place as shown in the image above.


Step 6: Fill the nail holes, then stain or paint as desired.


I was going for an, old, been-hanging-out-in-a-barn-for-years-look.


I think I nailed it. I sanded, stained, and sanded. Then I painted, sanded, and stained. Then sanded some more – in that order – to get the old, worn look ; )

What do you think? Could you use a little farmhouse bench at your house? I didn’t actually know exactly where I would put mine, but I love it outside in the flower garden.

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