Craft Projects, Dollar Store Crafts

Fabric-Covered Pumpkins

It is the first day of fall. Hooray!

Did you see the adorable pumpkin I transformed yesterday from a sweet Dollar Store find? If not, check it out here.

I had two pumpkins left over to complete my fall decor trio, so I decided to cover both of them with fabric. I had a gold tablecloth I’ve been wanting to use for a project, as well as some burlap remnant I picked up from JoAnn’s. I also picked up silver tacks at the dollar store, so I chose to use them as little studs in my fabric-covered pumpkins.

I started with the gold fabric, cutting theĀ fabric into scrap strips. I started pinning them to the pumpkin using the silver tacks.

Once the pumpkin was covered in studs, I painted the stem of the pumpkins gray to match the Mod Podged pumpkin. Love it.

I did the same thing to the third pumpkin with the burlap strips.

The only thing securing the fabric to the pumpkin are the tacks, but I used about 150 per pumpkin (wowzer), so I don’t think that fabric is falling off any time soon. Having said that, I found it important to overlap the strips of fabric since there is no glue underneath the fabric. With the overlap, there is a nice texture of rough edge on smooth fabric, and there is total coverage of the bright orange pumpkin underneath.

The tacks run down the valleys of the pumpkin — it is OK to adjust your tacks as you go. If your lines aren’t exactly how you want them, fix them!

I painted this stem gray, too.

It was time to put my trio together, and boy do they look perfect together. I placed them on my copper tray in our bay window.

What a perfect fall decoration!

Happy fall — enjoy the amazing weather!

Craft Projects, Garden, Quick and Easy Crafts

Flamingo Garden Markers

I shared yesterday that I love flamingos, and earlier in the month that I am in need of some garden markers for the herbs I planted. Well, on Thursday I was perusing the aisles of a dollar store trying to find fun craft things and I stumbled upon these adorable drink stirrers.

I scooped these up quickly with the idea that if I could have lawn flamingos (which I do…), then I could have garden flamingos!

I also grabbed a pack of clothespins from the dollar store, then headed home to create my simple yet fun garden markers.

All you need for this project is a fin drink stirrer, a clothespin and a permanent marker. The dollar store had flamingo stirrers and palm tree stirrers, but I’m sure party stores have larger selections to choose from.

Write your herb name onto your clothespin and clip it to the stirrer.

My flamingo marker is ready for the chives.

For $2, my entire herb garden will have markers!

Once I put these in all my herbs (only the chives have sprouted), I’ll have my own mini flock!

Oh, and if you are wondering why I might have the lawn flamingos I mentioned earlier… after we got back from our wedding the hubby and discovered that we’d been flocked! Our family members had bought 26 or so flamingos and scattered them throughout our back yard. It was hilarious.

Most of those flamingos have made it to other places now, but I kept three for our patio for the fun memories.

These three flamingos watch out over my yard. Bahaha. Too tacky!

Enjoy your weekend!