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24 Nov

9 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Make your home warm and welcoming this Thanksgiving with these super simple last minute DIY decorations.

3D Pumpkin Place Card via Martha Stewart

Thankful Tree via midwestliving

Falling Leaves Chandelier via designntrend

DIY Vegetables As Decor via remodelista

Sunny Foraged Leaves in a Vase via designskool

Acorn Decorated Soap Dispenser via pgeveryday

Seasonal Fruit and Air Plants in a Bowl Centerpiece via thekitchn

Artichokes on a Cake Stand via Smitten

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

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18 Nov

How to Tuesday: Leaf Covered Candle Holders

I love candles. And mason jars. And holiday-themed decorations.  So these leaf covered candle holders are pretty much perfection to me. While mine will be part of my Thanksgiving table centerpiece next week, these cute holders can be displayed around my apartment all fall long. You can use fake or real leaves for this project.  Or you can use the same steps but with doilies or other semi-sheer materials to fit whichever holiday or activity (I’m looking at you…rustic chic weddings) that comes to mind. Even better, this is a great craft for kids as all it requires is some glue (if using a hot glue gun, please supervise).

Materials (*All found at Michaels)

  • Mason jars Glue – Mod Podge or hot glue gun
  • Leaves or material of your choice
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1. Gather your leaves.  If using real leaves, go outside and grab a handful of the prettiest ones you can find. If using fake leaves, first clip them so that each leaf is separated. If you’re like me, sort those leaves into corresponding color, size,  and texture piles. Craft 2

2. Start gluing your leaves to the mason jar. I like having a bit of texture to the outside of the jar, so I didn’t glue each leaf completely flat. Continue to add leaves around the jar until you have the desired effect. Depending on the weight of your leaves,  you may need to use hot glue to secure them to the mason jar. Craft 3

3. Once you have all of your leaves attached, let the jar dry overnight. Craft 4

 

 

 

 

 

4. Once completely dry, pop a votive candle inside the mason jar, dim the lights, and enjoy the ambiance. Craft 5

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17 Nov

Burlap Wreath by Heather Moscola

Today’s SMP Craft piece is written by Heather Moscola, executive assistant at Macmillan by day, closeted DIY-extraordinaire by night. She’s been married for five years with a partner she describes as “the most patient, loving, décor oblivious (thank gosh!!) man ever, Joe.” HeatherMoscolaThey share their home with two furry friends–Maxwell, a feisty little Maltese Chihuahua mix, and Milo, a curious Border Collie with a hint of Corgi.

PoochiesI’ve always loved the smell of burlap. Let’s blame it on a burlap Christmas sack as I had a child that was always full of little gifts from Santa on Christmas morning. Anyways, when burlap wreaths started to become a thing, I knew I had to have one. (We won’t discuss the fact that I still had a grapevine wreath sporting silk tulips in bright pinks and lush purples on the front door; or the fact that it had hung there for the last … 5 months). And so began my Etsy.com search.

burlapwreatheWell, let me tell you, there are some GORGEOUS wreaths out there. But, unfortunately, the majority of them have some not so stellar prices. So I sat back for a minute and said, “What if I just make my own?” I could completely customize it and maybe even switch it up for each season. So I looked up a few tutorials, headed to the craft store for some supplies and then got down to work.

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You will need a wire wreath form, burlap ribbon or a sheet of burlap cut into 4” strips, floral wire, wire cutters, and whatever seasonal decorations you love. I made my wreath for fall, so I grabbed a bunch of burgundy, orange and yellow silk flowers. Start by attaching the burlap to the innermost ring of the wreath with the wire. Next, push loops of burlap through each of the wire rings from behind.

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Then twist the burlap and scrunch it together to make it look ruffle-y and full. Repeat these steps all the way around until the wire form is full. Use the floral wire again to attach the end of the burlap to the form.

Now comes the real fun part – decorating it. Since I bought flowers, they all had long stems which I was able to just poke through the burlap and weave around the wire form in the back. If you’re using something smaller, i.e., Christmas balls or pinecones, use the floral wire to attach them to the wire form.

To hang the wreath, you can use a ribbon, or just place the wire form on a hook. Don’t forget, if you grow tired of the decorations, or just want to swap them out for the change of season, it’s easy to remove them and replace with something new.

ArrangingFor more Heather Moscola crafts, DIY tips and decorating mishaps, check out her blog SunsetHillCottage.

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17 Dec

How to Make Your Own Tree Ornaments

I love collecting ornaments and giving them as gifts. But let’s face it—those things can be expensive! Hand painted, bejeweled, lined with the excavated clothing of an ancient civilization—there’s no end to the whimsical things we’ll trim our trees with. And don’t even get me started on this crazy contraption.

Luckily I’ve discovered about a million ways to take the most humble of holiday ornaments and turn it into a DIY work of art!

The best part about those classic clear ball-shaped ornaments is that you can pop off the top and fill them with pretty much anything your heart desires. (I say “pretty much” because my heart often desires a penthouse apartment and a lightning-speed metabolism—but hey, we’re talking ornaments here, not magic lamps!)

One of the best (and simplest) ideas I’ve seen is filling up a clear ornament with paper cutouts—just trim some pieces of sheet music  or a couple of lines from your favorite book, and voilà! Instant festive homage to your passion or hobby. You could even distress the paper or use jagged-edge scissors for a vintage look. From Better Homes and Gardens

If you’re feeling a little flashier, coat the inside with varnish, let dry for about 15 minutes, and then pour in multicolored sprinkles for some decadent décor. (Just make sure to keep them out of the kids’ reach!) From Little Gray Fox

For the truly ambitious, here’s an idea for decorating an ornament that has the added benefit of repurposing all those old boy-band CDs you have lying around (you know you do!). You’ll need scissors and a glue gun—and a hefty dose of nostalgia. From Creme de la Craft

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Too many crafts, too little time? Pick up a one-of-a-kind hand-painted ornament designed by SMP’s creative director Michael Storrings! And while you’re at it, get your hands on his beautiful book of unique watercolor paintings celebrating Christmas in New York.

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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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