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DIY Halloween Felt Cute Candy Corn Plushie

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One of my absolute favorite things to make are plush toys! They are so fun and rewarding! They make great gifts for kids and funky adults like me and my sister! Every Halloween I have to make some kind of plushie. This year I decided to make a little cartoon candy corn for Hannah. Here’s the how-to…..

What You Need:

*Pattern(see below)

*1 sheet each of white, yellow, and orange felt

*Marking Pen or Pencil

*Black and Orange Embroidery Floss and Embroidery Needle

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating thread

*Scissors

*Stuffing

Here’s The Pattern:

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Instructions:

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First, cut out your felt pieces. Draw in your face with a marking pen or pencil.

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Stitch on the face with your black embroidery floss. I used all six strands and used a simple back stitch embroidery stitch.

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Once your face is stitched you are ready to stitch your pieces. line up the top of the bottom piece with the bottom of the middle piece, right sides together. Stitch together with a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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Open up the seams and lightly press open with your fingers a few times or a cool iron.

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Stitch the top to the middle with right sides facing. Do the same thing with the other pieces. You should end up with two candy corns. Lay the front and back together with right sides facing each other. Pin all the way around, matching the seams at the sides.

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Stitch all the way around your candy corn leaving a small opening in the bottom for turning and stuffing.

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Turn the candy corn right side out through the hole in the bottom.

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Stuff your candy corn with fiber fill or other stuffing of your choice.

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Whip stitch the opening in the bottom closed with some orange thread. To finish off, tie some ribbon around the neck in a bow.

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03 DSC 0114 3 DIY Halloween Felt Cute Candy Corn PlushieIsn’t he adorable! I named him Carl. My sister loved him and he is now residing in her room! I would have made one for myself, but Beau would have destroyed it, since anything with stuffing automatically becomes his. I hope you stitchers out there enjoy this little pattern! I can’t wait to see your cute little candy corns! I’ll be back tomorrow with a no sew trick or treat bag! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Protea Wine’s Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

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5 DSC 0168 Protea Wines Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird FeederHey guys! I recently was very honored to be asked to participate in Protea Wine’s Art Blossoms Campaign. This fantastic wine company send me two of their beautiful wine bottles to upcycle into something fun. The campaign asked six bloggers and pinners to create something special with their wine bottles. Then six lucky Protea Wine Pinterest followers will be chosen to receive one of these special gifts. It’s a fabulous way to spread art and beauty around the country and hopefully inspire others. I was super excited to be involved in this campaign not only because I love the idea behind it, or because I do love to upcycle, but also because their bottles are so fantastic! Years ago I made hummingbird feeders from wine and liquor bottles for our moms for Mother’s Day. It is a super easy DIY and makes a wonderful gift. The trick comes in finding the most beautiful bottles. So, I knew that the Protea bottle would be perfect!

Here’s a little video about the campaign:

Protea Art Blossoms from Alex Onion on Vimeo.

And now the how to:
Here’s What You Need:

*Wine Bottle

*Copper Wire 4ft (I bought mine at Home Depot, it is #4 or 5)

*Water Spicket Knob

*Button or Cabochon

*Hummingbird Feeder Tip for a glass bottle (I found mine at my local bird supply store)

*E6000

*Heavy Duty Pliers

*Workbench Clamp or Vise

*An extra set of hands comes in handy too

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is wash your bottle thoroughly and remove the paper label. If you still have gummy stuff on your bottle a little acetone will get it off. Once your bottle is nice and clean you are ready to wrap it. You need to make a loop to start. Straignten out your wire, then take the end of the wire and bend it back a little at around 2″ down, then bring the tip around and squeeze the sides together till the loop closes.

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05 IMG 7874 Protea Wines Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird FeederNow, bend your lop at a right angle. Sit it on top of the bottle and center the loop in the middle of the bottle. Make a mark on the wire where it meets the edge of the bottle. Bend the wire at a right angle where you marked.

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Next, put the loop of your wire into your vise. Now, this is where it is handy to have a helper hold the bottle for you. Hold the bottle on top of the wire loop centered, then pull and wrap the wire around the bottle. Wrap it a few times around the large part of the bottle, then tightly wrap it a few times around the neck.

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Vary carefully squeeze the end of the wire down onto the neck of the bottle.

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Now you are ready to add your “flower.” Place a generous amount of E6000 onto the back of your spicket knob. Glue down to the front of your bottle just above the lip. You may want to put something under each side to keep it from shifting until the glue dries. Glue the button or cabachon to the center of the knob.

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Now insert your feeder tip into your bottle and you are ready to fill and hang.

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6 DSC 0166 Protea Wines Art Blossoms & DIY Wine Bottle Hummingbird FeederI love how this feeder turned out! The bottle is just beautiful and it is going to look fabulous hanging in someone’s yard! You can enter to win one of these fabulous projects by following Protea Wines on Pinterest Here. You can also see what other fabulous projects are being done by other bloggers in the campaign by checking out the Protea Wines Art Blossoms Board Here. Lots of really cool stuff! I hope you all have enjoyed my little tutorial! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Upcycled Pet Bed from a Side Table for the 2014 DogFenceDiy.com DIY Hackathon

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Hey everybody! Today I have something very special to share with you!  I am participating in the 2014 Dog Fence DIY Hackaton from DogFenceDIY.com. My mom has had this old side table that we have been wanting to turn into a dog bed for Sadie for over a year now, so I thought this would be a perfect project! It is so easy to find side tables at the thrift store for cheap, and you can make a bed out of as plain or fancy as you like. This project is really fun and easy! It is a great weekend project!

This bed was so simple to make. The first thing you need to do is paint your side table. Prime it first, then paint it how you like it. While your table is drying paint your wooden finials. Once the paint is nice and dry, apply a sealer if you like.

Now you are ready to add the finials. Turn your table upside down. Mark the center of the bottom of each foot. Measure your screws on your finials and find a drill bit a hair smaller. Drill a hole into each table leg where marked at the bottom. Screw your finials into the hole in the bottom of each leg.

*If your finials do not have screws, then you could glue them onto the bottom of your legs with some wood glue or construction adhesive

To make the banner, take your pre-made chalkboard pennants and string them onto your ribbon. I added two rub on transfers to each side of my banner. Then write the name of your pet in chalk. Now tie on your banner onto your table legs at the top just below the finials.

I used a pillow with a vintage pillowcase for the bedding in the table bed. You could always make a custom pillow to fit . I prefer to use regular bed pillows in my pet beds. They are cheap to replace and you can easily was the pillowcases when they get dirty. Smoosh your pillow into the bottom of the table and you are done.

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8 DSC 0076 DIY Upcycled Pet Bed from a Side Table for the 2014 DogFenceDiy.com DIY HackathonDon’t you just love it! Sadie is liking it already! The thing that I love the most about it is that it looks like a really expensive custom pet bed, but the whole thing cost less than thirty dollars. It looks fantastic in my mom’s sunroom, and I know it is going to be a favorite snuggle spot for all the dogs! So, next time you see that shabby side table at your local thrift, snag it and upcycle it into something spectacular for your favorite pooch or kitty! I’ll be back soon with another lovely project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower Lampshade

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2 DSC 0096 4 Easy DIY Shabby Chiffon Flower LampshadeHey guys! Earlier this week I posted a DIY for an upcycled lamp made from a vintage cookie tin. Today I wanted to share the how to for the lampshade that I made for it. This lampshade was super easy and fun. It took less than twenty minutes to whip up too!

Here’s What You Need:

*Small Lampshade

*3-4 Yards of Large Chiffon Flower Trim (I bought mine Here)

*Scissors

*Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue

Instructions:

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This really couldn’t get much easier. First, gather your supplies. Grab your trim. Cut your flower trim apart, so you end up with tons of single chiffon flowers. Now you are ready to glue. Apply a nice amount of hot glue to the wrong side of your chiffon flower. Then glue the flower down to the lampshade. I started at the top and worked my way down. Glue each flower next to the previous and continue around your lampshade in rings until you reach the bottom. Fill in any thin areas with a flower. Once your lampshade is filled with flowers you are ready to add it to your lamp and enjoy!

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Isn’t it so darned cute! I LOVE it! I really can’t believe how easy it was too. I want to make a bunch more now! This little flower lampshade is a great way to update your favorite lamp. I hope some of you guys will give this one a try, you’ll love it! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 22nd

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! It was beautiful here, so we took the dogs out to the flea market and the dog park. They had a fantastic weekend! Daryl and I had a sushi date too. All around it was a fabulous weekend! I saw a fantastic tin cake carrier at the flea market that reminded me of just how much I love vintage tin items! So, this week I thought I’d share a little collection of vintage tins and tin toys. There are so many fantastic tins in Etsy’s many lovely vintage shops! Here are just a few of my favorites this week:

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Vintage 1940s 1950s Metal Tin Litho Paint Box With Adorable Children’s Graphics – Finest Water Colours Made In England from Vintage Critter

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50s Tin litho Toy Tea cups, Maids & leaves in pink green white on 5 metal from Olde Tyme Notions

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Tin Toy Phone, Metal Toy Phone, 1950s, Gong Bell MFG CO, Phone, Blue, Childs Telephone, Vintage Phone, Vintage Toys, USA, Rotary Phone, toy from Molly Finds

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Floral Recipe Box, Vintage 1960s Brightly Colored Folk Art Tin Storage from Bliss and Vinegar

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1950s Marx Tin House Vintage Tin Litho Colonial Dollhouse Doll House from Callooh Callay

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Vintage Oxo Cube Tin, Tin Box, Decorative Tin, Vintage Tin, Storage Tin, Retro Tin, Red Tin, Advertising Tin, English Tin, 1950s Tin from Two Time Vintage

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1940′s Vintage Tin Picnic or Storage Basket, Box w Wood Handles, Flowers and Plaid in Red, Cream, Green from Kelley Street Vintage

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Vintage 1960s Metal Tin Canister / Round Kitchen, Craft, or Toy Storage Container / Mid Century Farm Scene, Red Barn, Wagon, Weathervane from Midwest Artifact

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Fanny Farmer Four Seasons Candy Tin 1950s from Izzie Bea Boutique

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1950′s Ming Cha Epi Curio Tea Tin – Vintage Stephen Leeman Products Container – Chinese Donkey from The Odd Old Tried N’ True

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1950′s Very Noisy Ohio Art Tin “MINI MOW” from Fifi’s Finds

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Vintage Cake Carrier Covered Tin Storage Container from Silver Lining Home

Aren’t they all amazing! I am head over heels for the picnic tin and the watercolors! Do you have a favorite this week? I hope you all enjoy browsing through these wonderful Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more vintage goodies. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key Chain

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06 DSC 0071 2 Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key ChainI have been seeing leather tassel key chains and bag charms all over the place around here lately. We have quite a few birthdays coming up around here, and key chains are a great simple gift. So, I thought I’d make a few tassel key chains using my huge supply of vintage fabric scraps. As it turns out, this little tassel key chain was easy and fun to make! All you need are fabric scraps and a few jewelry supplies to make your own!

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Fabric Scraps

*Scissors

*String or Embroidery Floss

*Large Leather Jewelry End Cap

*E6000

*Key Chain Hardware

*Charms (optional) and jump rings

*Jewelry Pliers

Instructions:

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First, you need to cut your scraps into strips. Cut each strip to be roughly under a quarter-inch wide. Cut a bunch of strips.

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Gather them up and tie them in the middle lengthwise with your string. Fold the strips in half so the tied area is at the top.

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Test fit the strips into the end cap before you glue it to make sure you don’t need to add or remove any fabric strips. If you do need to add some just tie them on to the area you ties before. Place a bit of e6000 in the end cap. Twist the tied end of the strips into the end cap.

Once your glue is dry, add the key chain hardware with your jewelry pliers and add any charms if you like. Once it is decorated, you are ready to add your keys and go.

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11 DSC 0082 Easy Vintage Fabric Tassel Key ChainThis key chain is easy to make and fun! I enjoyed making the one for my mom so much I made another tassel to add to my purse. I used vintage fabric scraps from bed sheets for the pastel one, and a mix of vintage and new fabrics for the brighter one. You can use any type of fabric you like. Experiment with colors and patterns. Have fun with it! They make great handmade gifts! I’ll be back next week with more DIY fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Fall Style Inspired by Julep Nail Polish

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Today was the first little taste of fall weather around here. And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am very much looking forward to cooler weather and snuggling up with lovely sweaters! Today I am teaming up with Julep Nail Polish to give you some style ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors. I am not usually a fan of autumn’s earthy tones, but the softer colors still speak to me. I chose to create a look inspired by Julep’s beautiful polish color, Clara. This is such a luscious shade of pink. It has a little peachy undertone, and is soft, feminine, and modern! I love this shade of pink for fall as it tones down the brights of summer but still gives you a hint of color with your fall neutrals. My style tends to be pretty casual. I also have a serious obsession with sweaters in the fall! So, this ensemble is definitely on my fall wish list! I like pieces that are a little fun and quirky as well, and it’s no surprise the adorable deer sweater and amazing rose sneakers are right up my alley! Love love love them! I think that Julep’s Clara pink polish would be the perfect accompaniment to this fall outfit, don’t you! To see more amazing colors for your perfect fall manicure, check out the fabulous line of Julep Nail Polish. And here is a break down of my style inspiration and where to buy everything pictured in this post:

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Deer, Far, Wherever You Are Sweater at Modcloth

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BROKEN-IN BOYFRIEND JEAN IN HARBOR WASH at J. Crew

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The Cambridge Satchel Company Leather 13″ Top Handle Satchel Bag, Cream at John Lewis

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Superga ’Rose’ Sneaker at Nordstrom

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Hand knitted eternity scarf-pastel rose by Sarigg at Etsy

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PEARL, CHAIN & ROSETTE CHARM BRACELET at Charlotte Russe

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I Am Happy Ring at The Iconic

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kate spade new york faux pearl flower stud earrings at Cusp

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And of Course Julep’s Clara Nail Polish at Julep

I also created a little look for the perfect evening out inspired by Clara as well. The dress from Anthropologie pairs beautifully with the Kate Spade jewelry! I am a total sucker for anything Kate!

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And here is a little chart from Julep to give you some color ideas for transitioning from summer to fall colors:

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I hope you all have enjoyed my little style posts today! I always have so much fun putting outfits together!  Do you have a favorite color for fall this year? I am loving the softer tones! Hope you all are enjoying the Fall transition and the beautiful weather!

Happy Fall!

 

Favorite Vintage Finds of the Week- September 15th

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Daryl and I made tamales and it was so much fun! We also had some nice cool weather yesterday. I think fall is definitely starting to show here in NC. I am looking forward to the cooler temperatures and layering up! One of the things I think of when I think of fall is the woods and woodland animals and birds. So, this week I thought I’d share some of my favorite vintage owl finds with you all inspired by one of my most favorite woodland animals. Retro owls are so much fun! Here are some of my favorites this week:

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Vintage Lofisa Large Art Pottery Owl Vase – Mid Century from House of Seance

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Cute owl wooden salt and pepper shakers, cruet, serving condiment bird 1950s 50s pots from Trudy’s Store Vintage

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Enid Collins Style OWL Purse Mid Century Modern Mad Men Era Ladies Mod 1950s-60s Wood Box Purse / Handbag Handpainted with Owl from Jack Jett Vintage

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Vintage owl salt and pepper shakers ceramic, black red brown from Lititz Carriage House

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Vintage Owl Light Table Lamp from High Point Farm 2010

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Vintage Owl Perfume Sachet Locket Pin Brooch by Avon, Original Box from Love Lockets

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Vintage Owl Bud Vase Kitsch Cute from Rebecca Hearts Vintage

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1950s Vintage Owl Planter made by Norcrest in Japan Mother with Babies – Ceramic – Japan – Animal Bird Planter from Covenants

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Vintage Owl Playing Cards , Collage Pack , Scrapbooking from 2 Vintage Gypsies

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Vintage OWL Screw Back Earrings from Lavender Owl Vintage

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Vintage 1950s porcelain owl teapot kitsch 50s from The Lucky Fox

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VERY RARE Vintage Retro 1950′s Cartoon Owls Salt and Pepper Shakers Antique Collectibles or Cake Toppers from Moon Faces

Aren’t they all fantastic! I love vintage owl items! Of course I love them all! They are all so cute! I especially love the little purse, and shakers! I hope you all enjoy browsing through these fabulous Etsy vintage shops as much as I did! I’ll be back next week with more fun vintage finds. Until then…

Happy Shopping!

Awesome DIY Projects for Fall

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Hey everyone! Can you believe it is already September! I swear this whole year is just flying by so fast! Fall is just around the corner.And although I am a little sad to see summer go, I am looking forward to sweater weather! So, since fall is fastly approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fall diy projects from around the web with you all. There are always so many beautiful projects on my crafty wish list from the many talented bloggers out there! Here are my top ten picks for fall:

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DIY Twig Push Pins from Design Sponge

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Fabric Pumpkins from Thompson Family Life 

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Paper Bag Fall Wreath from Pop Sugar

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DIY Falling Leaves Garland from 6th Street Design School

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DIY Canning Jar Ring Pumpkin from Yellow Bliss Road

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Scrap Buster Fall Pillow from Cluck Cluck Sew

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Fall Decor Ideas from Home and Garden Design Ideas

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DIY Book Page Pumpkin from Craftberry Bush

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DIY Fabric Acorns from Zemphira Scatter Art

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DIY Glittered Acorn Wreath from That’s My Letter

Aren’t they all so lovely! I love all the pumpkins! They all look like so much fun to make too! I hope you all have found a few to add to your fall crafting! Definitely be sure to check out these fabulous blogs they come from as well, you’ll love them! I’ll be back next month with some Halloween fun! Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kid’s Room

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06 DSC 0086 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomHey guys! Today I am going to share an easy decorating diy with you all. I have a serious love for vintage tin toys! I usually don’t indulge myself since I am drowning in all my other vintage collections. However, a while back I was getting some vintage minis from HeyYoyo.com, and saw these mini tin vintage cars from Japan. I couldn’t resist. They have since sat in my closet for months. A few weeks ago I picked up some shadowbox frames from the craft store on sale, and I thought my little cars would be so cute framed. 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage tin Cars or vintage toys (I bought mine Here and Here)

*Shadowbox frame

*Matteboard or Thick Acid Free Paper( I used watercolor paper since I like the texture)

*E6000

*Ruler

Instructions:

09 photo 1 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomThe first thing you need to do is cut your backing or paper to fit your frame. My frame was 8×8″ so I cut my paper to be 8×8. Lay out your cars to test fit. Once you have them like you like them, measure out to the side and the top. I decided they would fit best to be 2.25″ from the top and side.

10 photo 2 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomTake a scrap of paper and lay it to your top mark which in my case is 2.25″ from the top, then lay your ruler 2.25″ from the side to form a right angle in which to line up your first car. Place a generous amount of your E6000 on your first car then press it onto the paper lining it up with the ruler and paper to fit inside that corner you made.

11 photo 3 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomNow repeat with the other side of the paper forming the right corner, then glue the car down into that corner. Glue the middle car inside so that it lines up with the top guide and is centered in between the other two cars.

12 photo 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomRepeat the steps you did with the first row of cars to make the second. This time measuring and laying your ruler and paper as a guide 2.25″ up from the bottom and sides of the paper backing. Let your glue dry overnight, then insert your paper into your shadow box frame and close up the back.

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02 DSC 0096 4 Easy Framed Vintage Toys for a Kids RoomDon’t you just love it! This was so simple to put together and it took hardly any time at all. This is a really universal idea, and you could use the same idea to display other collections such as bottle caps, kewpie dolls, or cowboy badges. I think this would be fantastic in a kid’s room! I don’t have any little ones yet, so this one will be going in my hubby’s office. I hope you guys will give this easy diy a try with one of your favorite mini collections! I’ll be back next week with another fun craft! Until then…

Happy Crafting!