The Craft Challenge theme for September is Halloween so I decided to go with pinecones and pumpkins. You know those spiced scented pinecones you smell when you walk into Michael’s? I can’t stay away from the things! They smell amazing. I had to get them into my craft this week. And I haven’t decorated pumpkins yet this year, so it just seemed fitting.
This craft is really easy, smells wonderful and will give your table or windowsill a nice pop for fall. Keep reading if you’re interested in making your own!
Materials needed for fall pumpkin decor
pumpkin carving kit
Step 1: cut a big hole in your craft pumpkin
You can buy pumpkins with the hole already cut. Get that one if you can. If not, use a pumpkin carving kit to cut your own.
Step 2: add decorative fall elements
Put your flameless candle in the middle and surround it with scented pinecones.
You’re done! You can tie some ribbon or maybe some burlap around the stem at the top if you want to spice it up a little more. I wanted to keep this one a bit more simple.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.
In the past few years, I’ve accumulated numerous cords and chargers, as I’m sure many of you have. I used to store them in a basket, but that got messy quickly. Every time I wanted one I’d have to untangle several. That’s obviously not an effective storage solution.
I decided to upcycle a cardboard box and some toilet paper rolls to design a better option. So far, it seems to be working pretty well. I haven’t had to untangle anything, which is just wonderful.
Want to try it? You only need a few supplies to get started. If you do any amount of crafting you probably have most of them already.
Materials needed for your upcycled cord storage box
toilet paper rolls
Duct Tape or scrapbook paper
**Add glue to that list if you’ve chose to work with scrapbook paper instead of decorative tape.
Step 1: cover your box with Duct Tape
Cover your cardboard box in Duct Tape or scrapbook paper, whichever you prefer.
Step 2: cover the toilet paper rolls with Duct Tape
Repeat the process with your TP rolls.
Fill your rolls with chargers and cords, set the rolls upright in the box and you’re done! Storage made easy. Now you don’t have to untangle anything! Very exciting.
If you’re more interested in organizing the cords that are always plugged in, check out the tutorial for my Device Charging Station instead:
I read a lot. Most of the time, I’m reading 2-3 books at once because I like to soak up a lot of information. Topics change a lot too. Sometimes I want to educate myself but other times I’m in the mood for some mindless fiction. It depends on the day.
Regardless, books in-progress need bookmarks. I love the elaborate fun markers, but I can never justify paying for something like that. So, I make my own. And I can make them as exciting as I want them to be.
This week, I’m working on some bookmarks for the corners of the pages. It works really well. They just slide on one of the corners and it’s easy to find your place whenever you’re ready to start reading again.
If you’re interested in making your own, keep reading and I’ll show you how I made mine. Oh, I also have some bonus templates for you to download to make the process easier.
Materials needed for paper bookmarks
My downloadable template (below)
Step 1: download the bookmark template
Right click the image above and click “Open image in new tab”.
Then, print the image. (file > Print.)
Step 2: cut out the template
Cut the template out. You can do this by printing the template I provided and then tracing it onto your scrapbook paper.
Or you can print it directly onto your scrapbook paper.
Step 3: fold the paper
Place the scrapbook paper face down so that the pattern you want displayed on your bookmark is against the surface you’re working on. I want the green flower design, so that is against the table.
Fold one of the legs inward so that it follows the contour of the diamond shape.
Repeat that on the other side. Glue the second leg on top of the other one.
You should have something that looks like this.
I used double-sided scrapbook paper, so I hope the image isn’t confusing. I apologize if it is. Please leave a comment if you need further instruction.
Repeat that as many times as your would like. I made an extra one, just in case I find another book I want to read in the next day or two.
Now you can slide your new bookmark onto the page you want to come back to. It’s so cute and minimal. I love it. It doesn’t stick out from the pages, so the book fits in my bag without any worry of bending or destroying my bookmark.
I have another goodie for you!
If you like to color, download my coloring-page bookmark templates below.
Follow the same steps I provided above and then color til your heart’s content.
For example, I used the pattern in the first template design in a drawing recently. It turned out like this:
I’d love to know what you think and I’d love to see what you make. Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments.
If you’re interested in some other DIY bookmarks, check these out:
If these didn’t stick out from the edges of the pages, they would be my favorite bookmarks ever. I made these years ago and still use them for books that sit on my nightstand. Not so much for the ones I carry with me.
These were very enjoyable to make. They’re similar to the doodle bookmarks above, except with these you would use thick paper and watercolor paints. Oh, and a marker. You can write or draw whatever you want on them.
I’m so late at posting my Make Something Mondays craft today! It’s been a very busy weekend; so busy that it reminds me how important organization is in my life. I thought the perfect craft to reflect that would be a whiteboard calendar.
I hate buying calendars, because I’m just going to throw them away at the end of the year. I haven’t found a great way to reuse them, so if I don’t have to buy them, I’m going to avoid it. This was a great alternative.
The supplies are easy and cheap. If the Dollar Store sold scrapbook paper, I’d call it a Dollar Store Craft because it’s very affordable. Way more affordable if you’re remembering that you can use this year around.
Want to make one? Follow the tutorial below.
Whiteboard Calendar Materials
Color square scrapbook paper
Exacto knife & cutting board OR scissors
This is the scrapbook paper pad I used for the color squares. I bought it at Michael’s for a few bucks.
Step 1: cut up the color squares
The size of your squares will depend on the size of your frame. Remember that the frame is going to overlap the squares a bit, so leave extra space around the edges.
You can cut them all into little pieces if you want. I prefer to leave mine in a vertical slice so that I can better maintain the space between each section.
Step 2: glue the colored pieces into place
I highly recommend lining up your sections on the paper before gluing anything so that you get an idea of what it will look like first. When you’re happy with the layout, glue the pieces into place.
Step 3: frame it
When the glue is dry, frame them.
Write in your dates and you have your very own whiteboard calendar!
You can make your calendar bigger or smaller if the space within the squares doesn’t seem adequate with the 12×12″ frame.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!