This pumpkin craft was so easy to make! There are so many colors of T-shirts for you to choose from, you could custom make your own pumpkins. You could even use multi colors on the same pumpkin, I bet that would be very cute too. You could buy new T-shirts at the Dollar Tree to use, like I did, or you could use old T-shirts from your T-shirt drawer and upcycle them into a cute pumpkin! If you use an old T-shirt, that would basically make this craft cost ONE dollar (minus the jute twine and hot glue). One dollar for a cute T-shirt pumpkin? YES, please! Let’s get started on the craft:
The pumpkin that I used is the carvable one that is available at the Dollar Tree. Using a pumpkin that can be carved makes this project super easy! This would be a great kid craft! The grown-up carves the pumpkin, and cuts the fabric into strips, a the child could do the rest, it is that easy!
That’s it! It was so easy! Below is my how to video. Please feel free to Comment, Like, Follow, and Share. Also, I would appreciate if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thanks for joining me today, and I’ll see you next time!
Create a metallic, rustic looking Jack O’Lantern using some items from the Dollar Tree!
I have been wanting a vintage gas can Jack O’Lantern for quite some time now. I was at an antique store the other day and there was a red vintage gas can. I asked what the price was and it was $40, which I could not afford. So, I decided I would try to replicate a miniature version of one. Plus, my mini version will not smell like gasoline, LOL!
I went hunting around the Dollar Tree to see what I could use for my own “gas can” Jack O’Lantern. I found a pet treat jar and a pack of 3 plastic funnels and I was ready to craft!
I knew I wanted a metal look, so I first started to hand paint the pet treat jar. Then I decided spray paint would be so much easier! I used Rustoleum’s Universal Forged Hammered Antique Pewter spray paint to paint the pet treat jar, lid, and funnel. I love this paint, it’s amazing!
Next, I antiqued all three pieces using Folk Art Home Decor Wax in brown. I brushed the wax on, and then I used a damp paper towel to dab some of the wax off. Does this remind you of a karate kid reference? Wax on! Wax off! Daniel son! Ha ha, I digress. 😂
Then, I decided to add some texture to the funnel so it would appear to be real metal. I took my Elmers glue and I added Elmers glue stripes up and down the funnel. Then I let it dry. Once it was dry, I spray painted it again. If you were going to make this project, I suggest you just add the Elmers glue to the plastic funnel from the get go. I did not do this because I didn’t think of it when I originally started. 😂😂😂 Then, just spray paint the funnel once the Elmer’s Glue is dry. Once my spray paint was dry, I antiqued the funnel again using the Folk Art Home Decor Wax. Then, I set them out to dry.
While my jack-o’-lantern pieces were drying, I designed my jack-o’-lantern face in Cricut design space. I cut the face out using matte black Cricut vinyl. I then transferred it to my transfer paper.
Once all of the jack-o’-lantern pieces were dry, I transferred my vinyl jack-o’-lantern face to the jack-o’-lantern. I did not glue the funnel to the top of mine, but you can if you choose to. I think it turned out really cute. And I do like the fact that it is small and easier to display rather than a super huge gas can.
I hope you enjoyed this project, I certainly did. It was pretty easy to make, and I love the results! It would be a really cute addition to anyone’s home decor. If you are going to be displaying outside, I would spray it with a clear sealant. Please let me know in the comments what color you would make your jack-o’-lantern. I think a burnt orange would be cool as well, perhaps with a metal base and you lightly dry brush on some burnt orange paint.
A fun and easy Halloween haunted house craft using a wood house purchased at The Dollar Tree.
Every time I would shop at the Dollar Tree, I would see shaped wood cut outs and wonder how crafters would use them. One day I saw the haunted house one and knew my kids would love a festive haunted house. All 3 of my kids are really into Halloween right now and spooky things (spooky, but not too spooky, LOL!). So I brought the haunted house cut out home in the hopes to paint it fun and spooky.
I started by painting it with Apple Barrel black paint.
Then I added a pumpkin for each member of my family using orange acrylic paint.
Then I added some ghosts coming out of the windows using Waverly white chalk paint.
Next, I added some gray scallops to the roof to make them look like roof shingles.
Then, I used a chalk marker to add some spiderwebs.
Are used a black paint marker to paint faces on the ghosts.
Next, I used the same black paint marker to add grooves to the pumpkins.
Then, I added some skulls to the bottom of the Haunted House, using my white chalk paint marker.
Next, I glued down the haunted house using Elmers glue. I glued it to a piece of black construction paper.
I added spooky eyes in the windows, and a ghost as well.
Then I added a small piece of yellow construction paper to the top window of the haunted house.
To display the haunted house, I used a frame that had a cream colored fabric inside it. I then got a piece of scrapbook card stock in orange buffalo check. I used masking tape to adhere it to the cream colored fabric. Then, I used masking tape again to adhere the haunted house to the card stock. For a finishing touch, I used the black creepy cloth that I purchased at the dollar tree and draped it across the top of the frame. I plan on creating a creepy corner in my home for Halloween, and I think this will make a perfect addition to that little creepy corner.
Soft chocolate cookies with a sweet, deliciously creamy peanut butter filling in a couple of easy steps!
My family had vacation plans to go to North Carolina for a week, but the plans were delayed due to a hurricane. With a day delay, I decided to make some treats to take with us while on vacation.
First I made a batch of my Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies, but my family ate a lot of them, LOL! So I decided to make some Whoopie pies to take with us. But then after I baked the cookies, I realized they are more like sandwich cookies, not Whoopie pies. I live close to Lancaster County, where they are famous for Whoopie pies, so I could not call these Whoopie pies since they were more cookie like instead of cake like. The chocolate cookies turned out soft and delicious. I made homemade peanut butter icing to put in between the sandwich cookies. The cookies were definitely so “monster sized” that they were large enough to share! Next time I will make them smaller for us to enjoy, but for a bake sale, the huge, monster sized sandwich cookies would look very substantial on a bake sale table!
Here’s how I made them:
1 box of Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Cake and Cupcake Mix
1/2 cup melted butter
Mix together the above wet ingredients on medium speed.
For monster sized cookies, use a large cookie scoop, or ice cream scoop. Spray your cookie scoop and scoop out onto parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool. While they are cooling, make your filling:
Peanut butter icing:
One stick of softened butter
One cup of smooth peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon of salt
A splash of pure vanilla extract
3 cups of powdered sugar
Whipping cream, or heavy cream, add a teaspoon in at a time until you have A thick, fluffy icing
Mix butter, peanut butter, salt, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar with your hand mixer. Next, add in the whipping cream 1 teaspoon at a time until you have a nice, thick, fluffy, peanut butter icing.
Use your cookie scoop or ice cream scoop teaspoon the icing onto each chocolate cookie. Next, Press another cookie on top of the icing to make your sandwich cookie. Enjoy!
I hope you give these sandwich cookies a try! There are so many different flavors you could make! Chocolate, vanilla, pumpkin, carrot cake, lemon, strawberry, cookies, then you could do tons of different filling flavors, like lemon, strawberry, butter pecan, honey, peanut butter, toffee flavored, chocolate chip, Italian creme cake filling, cannoli filling, basically, the sandwich cookie flavor combinations are endless! Please check out my detailed how-to video. Please also Comment, Like, Share, and Follow. I would love for you to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel as well!
I saw some posts on Pinterest that inspired me to make a fall bucket list of my very own. Fall is my FAVORITE season and by the end of fall I have a pumpkin collection and somehow keep bringing more home, ha ha. Last year I carved 5 jack o’lanterns, one for each member of my family, but I can’t help it, it’s my favorite time of year!
The only thing throwing a wrench in the works this year is the weather. Today the weather was in the 90’s here in Pennsylvania, so we really haven’t experienced our traditional fall weather yet. I need cool crisp air to get into the fall mood. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate later this week. Now… onto my fall bucket list.
Go pumpkin and apple picking
Bake pumpkin muffins
Decorate for fall & for Halloween
Make pumpkin cake
Go on a hayride
Drink apple cider and a pumpkin latte
Decorate Halloween cupcakes
Carve jack o’lanterns
Scary movie night & cozy movie night
Watch Hocus Pocus for the first time
Go on nature walk
Play in the leaves
Collect acorns and pinecones
Make soups and chili
Make Halloween cut out cookies
Go trick or treating
Make caramel popcorn
Make apple sauce
What are some of your favorite fall things to do? Is there anything I am missing on my list? I hope you have a wonderful fall season! I hope you do some fun fall things with the ones that you love.
Create a beautiful heirloom pumpkin arrangement using items from the Dollar Tree!
I purchased this pumpkin sign from The Dollar Tree with plans to transform it into something different. I wanted it to work with some of my heirloom pumpkin and farmhouse style decor. So I sought out to recreate it using some pretty colored paints, small pumpkins, a white plastic wrapped wire basket, and some faux greenery. Most of the items were purchased at The Dollar Tree.
First, I removed the jute hanger, the metal leaf, and the raffia bow. Then, I lightly sanded the front of the pumpkin. Next, I began to paint the pumpkin. I mixed my own paint, using Apple barrel cobalt blue, two drops of Apple barrel yellow, and then I mixed in Waverley white chalk paint.
Next, I began to mimic the grooves a real pumpkin has by painting lines onto the pumpkin. I used a shade darker paint here, again using the same paint colors to mix it. Then, I spray painted both a metal leaf, and a white plastic coated wire basket (also purchased from The Dollar Tree) in antique pewter. See the can of spray paint in the image below.
Next, I am antiqued the pumpkin using Folk Art Home Decor Wax in brown. Then I wiped it off with a damp paper towel.
I also antiqued the painted wire basket (also bought at The Dollar Tree) with the Folk Art Home Decor Wax.
Next, I dry brushed the pumpkin with Waverly white chalk paint.
I also dry brushed some of the aqua “cement” colored paint on top of the Waverly white chalk paint, leaving some of the white still showing through.
Then, I outlined the pumpkin lines in a darker aqua “cement” colored paint.
I lightly painted some texture onto the stem of a pumpkin.
Next, I used a printable image from sincerelysarad.com. Thank you Sarah! I used some of the font from this printable to hand letter my pumpkin.
I attached the wire basket to the pumpkin by drilling two holes on either side of the basket. I used jute twine to tie the basket to the pumpkin.
I attached the metal leaf to the front of the wire basket using superglue.
On the back of the printable, I used my pencil to scribble on the font that I want to transfer to the pumpkin.
I used a mechanical pencil to trace over the lettering, which transfers the font to the pumpkin.
I then traced over the pencil lettering with an ultrafine black Sharpie marker.
I purchased these white mini clip pumpkins at The Dollar Tree to use inside the basket.
I used superglue to glue the metal leaf to the front of the wire metal basket.
Next, I arranged the greenery that I purchased at Joann and the mini pumpkins in the wire basket.
I’m so pleased with the final result! Please let me know in the comments if you decorate for fall, and if so, what color scheme you use! Please feel free to like, comment, and share! Please also follow my blog! And see my how-to video and also Subscribe to my YouTube Channel for some fun future projects and delicious recipes!
My family loves warm chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn’t? Yum! They are the ultimate in comforting desserts. Something about the perfect combination of butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, and chocolate makes them one of my favorites! And warm out of the oven can’t be beat. I like them soft and chewy.
These chocolate chip cookies are a doctored up version of the classic Nestle Toll House recipe. I like to add extra vanilla, extra chopped up semi-sweet chocolate, and I like to use cookie scoops and bake them on parchment paper.
First you cream the butter and add white sugar.
Next, add brown sugar.
Next, I add two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.
Next, add in two large eggs that are whisked.
Cream together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs until fluffy.
Measure out flour, baking soda, and salt. Combine in the same bowl.
Here’s the recipe:
Ooey Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature and whisked
3/4 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Ghirardelli semi-sweet baking bar, chopped into pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt, set aside. In another large bowl, cream together the softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Once creamed, slowly mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt mixture. Use a slow setting on your hand mixer. Do not over mix, it will result in a tough cookie. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips and chopped chocolate baking bar. Use a cookie scoop, large and small, depending upon what size cookie you would like. Scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 11 minutes until slightly brown on edges. Let cool slightly on baking sheets before removing. Enjoy!!!
I love the last bit of batter that has no chocolate chips. I bake that too and save that cookie for myself. I am wondering if I am the only one who loves the last cookie that has no chocolate chips? Please let me know in the comments!
I hope you make these cookies. I know my family loves them and yours will too!
Please let me know your favorite type of cookie in the comments, maybe I’ll work on that recipe next! Also, feel free to share a recipe with me, maybe I’ll feature YOUR favorite recipe on my next video!
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I purchased this wood pumpkin from The Dollar Tree and planned to redesign it once I got it home.
First, I removed the raffia bow and any dried hot glue around it. Then, I lightly sanded the front. Next, I painted two coats of Waverly White Chalk Paint.
I wanted an antique look, so I used brown Folk Art Wax to give the pumpkin an aged look.
I made a vinyl transfer that reads “Hello Pumpkin” on the Cricut. Once the pumpkin dried, I carefully transferred the vinyl to the pumpkin.
Next, I added black and white bakers twine that I also purchased at The Dollar Tree to the stem of the pumpkin and secured it with hot glue.
I added some burlap florals from the Dollar Tree next to the stem of the pumpkin. I secured them with hot glue to the back of the pumpkin by attaching a patch of burlap ribbon to keep the flowers in place.
The pumpkin turned out great! I like the combination of the fonts used, they are festive and easy to read.
Let me know in the comments what text you would put on your Pumpkin Redesign and what color you would use!
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First, I removed the sunflower and raffia bow from the front of the pumpkin.
Next, I sanded the front of the pumpkin using sand paper also bought at the Dollar Tree.
I then painted the front of the pumpkin with Waverly white chalk paint.
Once the paint dried, I drew faint pencil lines on the pumpkin to mimic the grooves of a pumpkin.
Then I painted the pencil lines in with brown Folk Art Wax.
Then, I antiqued the pumpkin by using a fairly dry brush with the wax on it and brushed it over the pumpkin. Then I quickly wiped it off with a damp paper towel.
I decided a lot of the grooves I had painted on the pumpkin got too faded when I antiqued it, so I quickly painted the lines again. Live and learn, LOL!
You could still see the Friends part that the previous pumpkin had, so I decided to use burlap ribbon that I purchased at The Dollar Tree to cover it.
I made a stencil on the Cricut that reads, “Hey there, Pumpkin”. I didn’t have stencil sheets, or card stock, so I used the back of one of my daughter’s old workbooks to create the stencil.
One key to stenciling is to try to keep the brush sort of dry with paint. I use a paper plate to dap the brush on before I paint the stencil. A round stencil brush helps too, which I don’t have, ha ha. I painted the burlap ribbon with Apple Barrel Black Paint.
Then I used a black sharpie to fill in any spots that didn’t have the writing. It helped to fill in any bald spots underneath the burlap.
Next, I wound some garden twine around the pumpkin stem, and secured it with some hot glue.
Then I added a piece of cotton stem, that I also purchased at The Dollar Tree, to the top of the pumpkin. I secured it using some hot glue.
And here is the finished pumpkin. I think it turned out awesome! The cost was about $3 to make, minus the cost of paint and garden twine. It has a nice, rustic farmhouse decor look. I hope you like it too! What do you think? Do you like the before or after better? Please let me know in the comments. Thanks for joining me! Please follow my blog, and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, DIY Happy Home, to see my upcoming future home projects.
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I have always liked sweater pumpkins when I have seen them at the store and wanted to try to make them for less money. I have never made them before, so I was unsure how they would turn out. Sweater pumpkins are the perfect mash up for when the seasons change, sweaters AND pumpkins! A sweater pumpkin is a perfect reminder of cool, crisp, fall days with some warm hot chocolate and a cozy sweater or knit blanket to bundle up in! Can you tell that I love fall?
To make the sweater pumpkins, I purchased three pumpkins at The Dollar Tree.
I decided the darker two pumpkins might show through the knit of the sweater. I decided to paint the pumpkins with Waverly white chalk paint. The Waverly white chalk paint dries pretty quickly and only one coat is necessary.
Once the pumpkins were dry, I made larger holes in the top and bottom of each styrofoam pumpkin. I happened to have the sleeve of a sweater left over from another craft project. You could get a sweater at the thrift store, use a stained sweater, or one you simply don’t like anymore. A stained sweater would be perfect for this project. So don’t throw out those old sweaters!
Carve the center of your styrofoam pumpkin out. It needs to be large enough to fold and tuck the fabric inside. You also need room to place a stem.
Place your pumpkin into the sleeve of the sweater and cut. Make sure you have enough fabric to cover the pumpkin.
Begin to fold and tuck the fabric into the top of the pumpkin, tucking it into the larger hole you’ve created. Keep folding and tucking until all of the fabric is tucked into the hole at the top of the pumpkin. Next, do the same to the bottom of the pumpkin. Create a larger hole, then fold and tuck in the fabric until all of the fabric is tucked into the bottom of the pumpkin.
Next, I used some branches to create stems.
I painted the stems with brown Folk Art Wax. Then, once the wax was dry, I dry brushed some Waverly white chalk paint gently on top of the wax.
Then I adorned the sweater pumpkins with garden twine. One pumpkin I wrapped the stem, another I tied a twine knot around the stem, and the third I wrapped and twisted around the pumpkin, to make it look like the grooves of a pumpkin.
I loved the way they turned out! They were one dollar each, and quick and easy to make! I think gray ones would be so cute! Please comment and let me know if you make the sweater pumpkins, and if so, what color would you make?
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