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The Best Apps To Help You Make DIY Festive Decorations

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There’s no better way to start feeling festive than to decorate your home in beautiful colors, ornaments, and of course, your Christmas tree. Before you spend a lot of money on brand new decorations, why not consider getting a little crafty? To help you get inspired, you’ll want to take a look at these great DIY apps. With ideas like these, you’ll soon create some gorgeous crafts.

1 . DIY Christmas Decorations

With the DIY Christmas Decorations app, you’ll get your home looking holiday-ready in no time. The application has lots of different ideas, including detailed step-by-step guides. There are so many craft projects to choose from, whether you’re looking to make miniature Santas, ornamental trees, or festive candles. Crafts vary from easy to advanced, and there are plenty of kid-friendly options so that you can make things as a family. DIY festive decorations can make great holiday gifts, (plus they give you something fun and creative to do during the lockdown)!

2. Craftgawker

Craftgawker is a great app that provides plenty of craft project ideas. You’ll find ample creative guides, along with lots of eco-friendly ideas. Craftgawker offers projects for various levels. Whether you’re a novice or an advanced crafter, you’ll find something to suit your needs. There are 41,000+ DIY projects and creative concepts, including lots of festive-themed projects. Craftgawker offers carefully curated content, so you’ll find high-quality work from the world’s best craft bloggers. Seen a craft project you like the look of? All you have to do is tap the picture, and you’ll find a handy craft tutorial.

3. Pinterest

Everyone’s old favorite, Pinterest is absolutely bursting with creative inspiration, including plenty of Christmas craft projects. All you need to do is perform a quick search for ‘homemade festive decorations’ and you’ll find plenty to get you started. Once you’ve finished your projects, you can upload them and get feedback from the craft community. Don’t forget to take advantage of the ‘Creator Chat’ board, where you can ask all your questions about creative projects. Whether it’s the Best wood for carving or finding earth-friendly materials, don’t be afraid to ask the creators for a few tips!

 4. Crafts Ideas 

Crafts Ideas is a free application that offers an extensive collection of the best DIY and craft ideas. Discover and save all your favorite crafts ideas, learn plenty of new things, and save money on your decorations. Lots of the materials used include old things that you’d usually throw out or recycle, whether that’s old papers, bottles, cardboard, or clothing. Want to turn the items you have laying around into something beautiful and functional? Then Crafts Ideas is the app for you. All instructions are detailed, and there are plenty of ideas for the whole family. These art crafts ideas include plenty of different themes, whether gardening, food, fashion, or home decor.

Once you’ve got into the swing of making your own decorations, you’ll improve your skills, and be inspired to attempt more advanced projects.

Happy Crafting!

DIY: Autumnal Bunting

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been giddy with excitement about the new season. So I decided to lean in and put up FALL DECOR! I started poking around in some boxes and remembered that most of my seasonal decor was heavily downsized in the move. But…NEVER FEAR. Where there is a will to give your home an autumnal makeover there is a WAY to give your home an autumnal makeover, mk?

SO…this is your semi-regular reminder from me to you that if you are a hoarder of craft supplies (*ahem*), it’s always best to evaluate your stash before hittin’ the stores. 

A little fabric, a little glue gun action, and a little leftover rope…and wam-bam, thank you MA’AM! An autumnal bunting was mine in less than 20 minutes flat.

To recreate something similar, all you’ll need is:

  • fabric
  • felt leaves (which you can cut out yourself or get a pack at the Dollar Tree)
  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • rope, ribbon, or twine

To assemble, just:

  • cut your fabric into squares
  • fold the top of the fabric back and hot glue the edge down to create a little tube for your rope to string through
  • glue on the leaves
  • string the fabric squares along the rope
  • tie loops at the ends
  • and ENJOY…

Do you ever create seasonal decor with items you have on hand? How are YOU decorating for FALL? Thanks in advance for the inspiration! xoxo

P.S. Check out this post to learn how to make a ZERO COST, 30 SECOND fabric pumpkin! I’ll definitely be making a few of these, too!

Make a ZERO COST fabric pumpkin in minutes!

fabric pumpkin

Now that we live in Miami, seasons are sort of a thing of the past. When I peak out the window the October sunlight tricks me into thinking it’s gonna be downright balmy outside. No dice! Still in the upper 80’s and humid as heck. While this is certainly a plus for relaxing at the beach when everyone else in the country is bundled into three layers for tailgating, it can be a little difficult to get into the holiday spirit. With Halloween just around the corner, we wanted our apartment to feel appropriately autumnal. (And I really want Trick-or-Treaters to show up at the door!) One fun way of achieving this look ended up being too awesome NOT to share. Mainly because this particular decoration was made from items I had on hand AND took me less than 60 seconds to make. That beats purchasing some cheap, plastic knick-knack I’m gonna have to store OR WORSE…one that ends up in a landfill.

I’ll wager a guess that you have the necessary items to get started! Gather up whatever scarves, dish towels, or fabric you think would make a pretty pumpkin……

…..and a handy roll of good ol’ T.P.

Wrap a scarf or a piece of fabric around a roll of toilet paper to give it a bit more GIRTH.

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Wrap the desired exterior fabric around the roll vertically. If your fabric is quite thin you can thread it through the hole until you’re all the way around. Or, like I’ve done below, you can simply tuck the fabric in section by section on both sides.

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Once all the fabric is tucked and the whole thing is covered, just fluff and fiddle with the folds until you’ve reached your desired effect.

Admittedly, a cool looking stick from your yard would make the BEST stem for your pumpkin. (You could even paint it!) But those type of trees don’t really grow here so I took an alternative route — one that fully embraces my pumpkin’s past life.

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Yes, that’s right…more gifts from the T.P. gods. #TrashToTreasures

Now find a little home for your brand new pumpkin!

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Make one or a ton. Stack two rolls on top of each other to make a tall pumpkin or add more center fabric to make a fat one! The possibilities are endless!!! And the best part? Once the season is over, you can take your little creations apart, tucking the materials back in their proper place and putting them to new use. Pretty cool!

P.S. I’m also a fan of these foam decorations (packs away flat when stored off-season) and a well-placed window cling for some spookiness. I may have gone a little crazy with the pumpkins. Oh well! *shrugs* One girl’s freshmen year dorm door dec is another girl’s first attempt at a tropical autumn.

halloween decorations collage