I’ve been so busy this Christmas season! I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get a Christmas post up. (I’m such a sham!) But I’m so excited to share with you my first holiday DIY! I combined this year’s trend of colorful faux fur with Christmas trees!
Note in the supplies list, the last bullet item says “optional.” If you want to make a guide for the faux fur to wrap around the cones just perfectly, here’s how. Using tissue paper and some tape, wrap the tissue paper all the way around cone, until it’s covered. Cut off any excess tissue paper.
Remove the guide so you can trace it onto the back of the faux fur. To do this, use the Xacto knife to make a simple, vertical cut from the top of the cone to the bottom.
Do the same to any other cones you plan on covering with the faux fur.
Using a Sharpie, trace the guide onto the back of the fur. Cut it out.
Wrap the faux fur around the cone, and use dabs of hot glue to stick it on. Cut off any excess faux fur.
Eight sleeps! Only 8 sleeps until Thanksgiving Day!
But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have time to make this beautiful centerpiece! (And you know what? I feel like ACORNS are totally underrated! They’re super cute, I mean right?! They need more time in the limelight, give those gourds and pumpkins a break.)
Assorted sizes of artificial acorns (AND/OR you can include real ones!)
Assorted colors of spray paint
Head outside or somewhere well-ventilated. Spray paint several, various-sized acorns. Let them dry, then rotate the acorns to spray paint the other sides. Let them dry before you add any more coats.
Repeat step 1 with the other colors of spray paints.
Assemble the acorns in the center of your Thanksgiving table, and let your guests admire them all Thanksgiving-dinner long!
Yay! I’m excited to reveal the second Lizzie Darden-inspired DIY Halloween costume in this year’s Halloween costume series! (In case you’re not sure what this series is, I’m collaborating with Lizzie to make some awesome, punny costumes based on her designs. Missed the last one? Catch it here!) I’m gonna assume you’ve heard of her, but just in case, here’s her awesome Instagram that you simply have to check out…like, now! I got inspiration from her puns and turned them into Halloween costumes — and I think this one is my FAVORITE! It turned out so good!
Tape 2 foam poster boards together using duck tape. Tape both sides. Do the same to the other two poster boards.
Trace the hula hoop onto the poster boards. (If you don’t have a hula hoop and you don’t want to buy one just to trace, use this method to make a perfect circle.)
Cut out your circle using the Xacto knife.
Cut out a piece of golden brown fabric large enough to wrap around the circle.
Using duck tape, wrap the fabric around the edges of the foam circle. Leave an opening large enough to fit your arm in — this is where you’ll be stuffing the stuffing.
Stuff small bits of stuffing into the pocket, trying to keep it even and flat. Once you’re done stuffing, close up the opening with a piece or two of duck tape.
Repeat steps 4-6 with the other foam circle.
With the light tan acrylic paint, paint criss-cross lines on the surface of the waffle. Let the paint dry.
Repeat this step with the other waffle.
Draw first then cut out or free-hand cut out a shape that looks like poured syrup and a slice of butter out of the brown and yellow felts respectively.
Hot glue them to one waffle. Let the glue dry.
Optional: Head outside or somewhere well ventilated, and spray paint your prize ribbons and trophy. Let them dry completely.
Arrange the ribbons onto the waffle (the same one with the syrup and butter) and hot glue them on. Let the glue dry.
To create straps for the costume, first cut a long, thin piece of the same golden brown fabric. Fold it (the hot dog way, hahah!) into thirds, and hot glue the folded pieces down. Let the glue dry.
Now fold the long strap in half (hamburger way), and cut it in half. You will now have two straps of the same length.
Flip over a waffle. At the top, hot glue one end of a strap. Hot glue one end of the other strap to the top, about 10 inches away from the first strap.
Repeat step 14 with the loose ends of the straps. Glue them to the top of the other waffle.
When you’re ready to be the breakfast of champions, slip the waffle costume over your head, and hold your trophy in your hand!
I have a really funny story that goes along with this DIY (well it might actually not be super funny, it’s more interesting than funny)! I made this DIY 2(!!) Halloween’s ago, and I made them for a DIY magazine (I forget the name of it now) who wanted me to make an exclusive Halloween-themed DIY. I did the DIY and the how-to, and I emailed it to them like we agreed. But weeks went by before I heard back from them. I followed up with my contact, and again, she never replied. Halloween was quickly approaching, so I emailed them again! And no answer! They like, dropped off the face of the earth!! (And I couldn’t ever find this DIY magazine and check to see if they published my DIy, because it was kinda unheard of and finding it would be really difficult. PLUS I didn’t want to pay ~$30 for a subscription to the magazine.)
So who knows if my work was ever published! I have STILL never heard back from them! But I LOVE this idea so much, so I just had to share it! I couldn’t just let this craft sit on my computer and never share it with the world! So without further adieu, may I introduce you to…
Put a small dab of hot glue on the nail bed of the practice finger, and apply the false nail. Let the glue dry.
Repeat this step for how many other fingers you plan on using.
Paint the practice finger green, and the fingernail any color you like (like purple, red, white, orange, etc.)! Let the paint dry.
NOTE: You can even turn these fingers into zombie fingers…if that’s your aesthetic.
Paint the wooden plaque black (or whatever color you want).
OPTIONAL: Apply a thin layer of glue and sprinkle glitter on top of the plaque.
Hot glue the base of the practice finger to the plaque. Let the glue dry.
When you’re ready to hang the hooks on the wall, apply the 3M hook sticker on the back, and press the plaque/hook directly onto a wall.
I’m soooooooo excited to finally reveal my Halloween costume series in collaboration with Lizzie Darden!!!! Whether you’ve heard of her or not, check out her Insta — this is where I got inspiration from her brilliant puns-turned-reality work, and then I turned them into Halloween costumes!
And today’s punny Halloween costume is “a manicured lawn!” (See Lizzie’s interpretation of it here!)
DIY Manicured Lawn Halloween Costume
2 foam poster boards
Artificial grass carpet
Hot glue + hot glue gun
False nails OR a manicure
Measure out a square of 18 inches by 18 inches on both foam poster boards.
Use the Xacto knife to cut out both squares.
Using a Sharpie, trace the foam poster squares onto the back of the artificial grass carpet.
Cut out the traced squares on the artificial grass carpet using the Xacto knife.
Apply hot glue to the back of the artificial grass and press it firmly onto the foam poster square. Repeat for the other foam poster square.
Cut off the flowers from their artificial stems, and glue the blooms onto the “lawns.”
Measure out a length of ribbon, then cut it in half — these are the straps.
Flip over a foam poster square. At the top, hot glue one end of a piece of ribbon. Hot glue one end of the other ribbon to the top, about 10 inches away from the first strap.
Repeat step 8 with the loose ends of the ribbons. Glue them to the other piece of foam poster square.
Cut off the flowers from their artificial stems, and glue them to the front of the baseball cap.
Apply fake fingernails to your nails, OR treat yourself to a manicure!
When you’re ready to be “a manicured lawn,” put the lawn costume over your head, pop on the baseball cap, and flaunt your mani!