DIY Pumpkin Candles

diy pumpkin candle

Pumpkin candles are the easiest, cutest fall crafts! All you really need is a mini pumpkin, a knife, candle wax, and a wick.

Their small size makes them a nice addition to a mantel, table centerpiece, or a windowsill.

Oh, and there’s another perk to making these… the pumpkin seeds! You can roast them and eat them later and they’re just wonderful. I’ll be sharing a how-to on that topic later.

Okay, let’s get started!

Pumpkin Candle supplies

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Note: Pay close attention to the softness of the pumpkins when you’re choosing which ones to bring home. Some of these mini ones can be extremely hard. Try to find some softer ones for this project.

Step 1: melt the soy wax

If you have a melting pot, you’ll want to do this on the stove. If you’re using a glass measuring cup, melt the wax in the microwave.

Follow the instructions on your wax flakes for the proper amount.

While that melts, you can work on the next step.

Step 2: clean out your pumpkin

Cut the top off of your pumpkin and spoon out the contents.

Save your pumpkin seeds! So yummy!

Step 3: add the candle wick

The easiest way to add the wick is to dip it in the melted wax and press it firmly against the bottom of the pumpkin.

You could also use a hot glue gun for this.

Step 4: pour in the wax and let it set

Let the wax cool for a minute or so before you pour it into the pumpkin. That wax gets really hot, really fast, so be careful with this step.

Let the wax cool and harden completely.

diy pumpkin candle

Now, light your pumpkin candles and enjoy!

What do you think of this one? Leave your feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting!

DIY Pumpkin Vase Fall Decor

diy pumpkin vase home decor

I know it’s getting a bit late in the year for this, but I’ve wanted to make a pumpkin vase for a while now, so here we are.

Most of my decor crafts are versatile and multifunctional for several holidays because I don’t like to store much. I doubt I can have my pumpkin vase sitting on my table in July without any questioning me. Then again, what do I care?

This is my exception to the holiday no decorating rule because it’s so adorable. I love the color of the flowers and the contrast against the white pumpkin. I might just keep it out all year round.

It’s an extremely easy craft to make so if you’d like to give it a shot, grab the supplies and follow the steps below!

pumpkin vase supplies

Pumpkin vase supplies

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By the way, I bought my craft pumpkin right at the end of the Halloween season at Michael’s so if you’re looking for one after the holiday, you might have a hard time finding it. I looked for good alternatives on Amazon and Michael’s but didn’t find any that I would buy, so I didn’t want to share them.

Other options:

I also used seasonal fake flowers from Michael’s but couldn’t find the same ones on the website, so I added a link for some fall mums that would look great in your pumpkin.

pumpkin craft ideas

Step 1: cut the stem off of the pumpkin

Using your knife, remove the stem from the pumpkin, but make sure you cut a hole large enough to fit your can inside.

craft pumpkin fall decor ideas

Step 2: glue your tin can into the pumpkin

Using the hot glue, adhere your can to the middle of the pumpkin’s base. It won’t take long to dry.

flower vase homemade

Step 3: arrange your flowers inside the tin can

Arrange your flowers so that they vary (orange, red, leaves, etc.) to display variety in your vase. You don’t want all of the orange flowers together and likewise with the others.

Fake flowers make arranging them much easier. You can twist and bend the flower stems to get the perfect position.

Obviously, cut and trim the stems if necessary to get different heights.

diy pumpkin vase home decor

That’s it! You’ve got yourself a pumpkin vase. This one is perfect for fall decor or even a Thanksgiving centerpiece for your table. Especially if the table is small and you don’t have room for something elaborate.

I’d love to get your feedback so leave it in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

DIY Fall Table Centerpiece with Flowers

diy fall floral centerpiece

Fall is here and it’s beautiful. Well, I guess it’s beautiful if you live in Western PA and get to live in the changing leaves as I do. It gets me in the mood to craft things like centerpieces or wreaths.

BUT if you’ve followed my blog, you know that I’m not crazy about festive decor because you can only use it for a short time. This fall craft project is perfect because I can swap out the fall flowers and the ribbon for any season and it’s still “festive”. That’s my kind of crafting.

This table centerpiece was particularly easy to make. Everything I bought was from The Dollar Store, so it didn’t cost much. However, seasonal decor goes fast there, so if you can’t find what you need at your local store, I have some links below so you can still make your own.

fall centerpiece supplies

Fall centerpiece supplies

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goo gone label remover

Step 1: remove the label from the milk pail

The easiest way to remove labels from from metal is Goo Gone. Spray it on, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrape to remove it. Easy peasy.

artificial flowers centerpiece

Step 2: fluff your flowers

Remember, these flowers have probably been stored in a box for a while, so you’ll want to give them some life. Stretch out the petals and bend the stem wires to look more lively.

fall flowers

Step 3: layer in the flowers

I used a combo of flowers and leaves. I layered flowers, then leaves, then flowers, while trying to alternate them to look more natural.

fall bows

Step 4: tie the fall bow and jute

Layer the jute on top of the bow and tie them together in the front of the pail. I like to then swirl the excess jute back around the neck of the can. Leave the ribbon hanging instead of tieing in a bow.

floral autum centerpiece

How cute is that? Now You can swap the ribbon and flowers out for winter colors in a few months, spring colors after that, and so on. It’s a great way to keep your decor relevant throughout the seasons.

I’d love to get your feedback. Please leave it in the comments!

Happy crafting. 🙂

5 Easy Fall Craft Projects for Adults

The air is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to fall. Since it’s colder, I’m more likely to stay inside and make fun craft projects. I’ve listed a few of my favorites for you below. Each project has a supply list and step-by-step instructions to follow.

Come back soon for more fun fall craft ideas. I’ll be posting new ones through September and October.

Wooden Farmhouse Home Sign

home sign craft project

Spice up your fall season with some farmhouse decor. Grab a wood sign and the home piece from Michael’s and decorate with a bow. Easy peasy!

This craft project is especially nice because you can swap out the bow for every season so you don’t ever have to store the sign away for spring or winter.

Wood Snowman and Scarecrow Reversible Holiday Decor

scarecrow and snowman reversible holiday decor

This is another multi-season craft that will be sure to make everyone smile. A few thick boards, paint, and sealer goes a long way! Paint a scarecrow on one side and a snowman on the other and use it from fall through winter!

Fall Candle Holders from Recycled Jars

DIY Fall Candle Holders from Recycled Jars

Don’t you just love when you can make something new from something old? Upcycled crafts are the best! To make these lovely candle holders, you’ll need used jars (think pasta jars or jelly jars), burlap ribbon, and some twine embellishments.

DIY Leaf Relief Painting

DIY leaf relief painting

You had to do relief paintings in elementary school, right? This is like a souped-up versioned of that. You collect leaves that have fallen to the ground (get the crunchy ones), glue them to cardstock, cover with foil, and paint. When you rub away the paint, the foil stands out creating this beautiful color and texture combination.

Fall-Inspired Wreath

DIY Fall-Inspired Wreath

A little bit of ribbon and some pinecones go a long way when it comes to wreaths. Find some festive fall designs and a pop of color to make yours stand out! I love how the colors work together in this one.

Want more fall crafts?

Sometimes a handful of ideas just isn’t enough. Here are a few more places to find fun evening or weekend projects:

I’d love to get your thoughts! What are your favorite fall projects? Leave them in the comments!

Goodwill Lantern Upcycle

Goodwill lantern upcycle

I love Goodwill. It’s like a goldmine with all its discarded goodies. Among these goods was this roughed up lantern. Look at the chipped paint and ugly flowers. Ugh. That has to go.

Goodwill lantern purchase

It’s definitely in rough shape but I knew I could save it, so i bough it… for $2.99! I immediately went to buy spray paint and headed home to beautify it.

lantern improvement supplies

Lantern improvement supplies

  • paper (optional)
  • pencil (optional)
  • scissors (optional)
  • razor blade (optional)
  • spray paint
  • old lantern

If you can remove the glass, the first four supplies aren’t necessary.

cover lantern glass with paper

Step 1: remove or cover the glass

If you’re lucky enough to find a lantern with removable glass, then celebrate and remove it because this project just became a lot easier. I spray painted the outside before I realized I could take the glass out. Duh!

If you can’t remove it, measure it, cut paper to that size and tape it on. You’ll have to repeat this on the inside as well.


spray paint the lantern

Step 2: spray paint the frame

Spray paint your lantern and let it dry.

Flip it and repeat until the whole lantern is covered.


Use a razor to clean lantern glass

Step 3: remove spray paint from glass

If you get spray paint on the glass, don’t worry! It comes off. Get yourself a razor blade, hold it at a 45 degree angle and, with light pressure, scrape away the paint. Be careful not to scratch it.

You might want to clean the glass before decorating it.

Goodwill lantern upcycle

Since it’s fall, I added some craft pinecones and turned on my flameless tea light. It’s beautiful!

lantern decor

Don’t pass up the “junk” in thrift stores. There’s a lot of value in the old and unfinished. Sometimes you have to rummage for them, but they’re there.

Happy crafting, and upcycling!

DIY Farmhouse Wood Sign

diy farmhouse home sign

As some of you might know, my husband and I are now homeowners, so I’ve been more compelled to decorate. There’s no one to tell me I can’t put holes in my walls or paint them fun colors. Why not, then?

One of my latest projects is this cute farmhouse style home sign. This is a multi-season one. Every spring, fall, winter and summer I can swap out the bow for a different one, making it just as festive as the previous season. I like those kinds of decorations because I don’t have to find storage space for them.

Want to make your own? Follow the tutorial below.


farmhouse home sign supplies

Farmhouse sign decor supplies

I also got the small home wood piece at Michael’s but couldn’t find the link for it. You can find it in the wood section.


home wood sign

Step 1: paint wooden home piece

Choose a multi-seasonal color, like yellow, and paint your wooden home piece.

Yellow is great because it works with spring, summer and fall. I might have to stretch it a bit for winter but I’m sure I can make it work.


home sweet home wood sign

Step 2: glue home onto your sign

Now, hot glue home onto the palette sign.


home sign craft project

Step 2: tie the bow

I tied four bows and glued them together to make the bow in the picture above. I also used two different colors of ribbon to spice it up a bit.

Choose a corner and hot glue your ribbon onto your sign.


diy farmhouse home sign

Hang it and you’re done! Home sweet home 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave them in the comments

Happy crafting!

DIY Wood Snowman and Scarecrow Reversible Holiday Decor


Some people go all out decorating for the holidays, and it always looks amazing. But I always wonder where the heck the store their decorations in the off season? I have an apartment, so storing decorations is not a viable option.

However, this type of decoration is more my style because it’s a two in one kind of deal… snowman on one side and scarecrow on the other. That means I can use it for more than a month at a time. Score!

My mom requested this one though, so she is the lucky winner of this reversible decor piece. It’s better that way. I get to make fun things and she gets to display find storage for it. Everyone is happy. Thanks Mom!

This was a fun project but I had some small hiccups along the way. I’ll walk you through the fixes, just in case you run into the same problems.

Also, be aware that this craft project takes a good bit of time to complete due to drying time for the paint.

Grab the supplies below and follow the tutorial to make your own.

reversible scarecrow snowman supplies

Reversible holiday decor supplies

  • newspaper
  • wood glue
  • cup of water
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • 5 pieces of wood
  • sealant (optional)
  • black Sharpie (highly recommended)
  • lots of paper towels (highly recommended)

Paint colors: brown, dark brown, black, white, orange. Pink if you want rosey cheeks.


Glue wood together

Step 1: glue 3 pieces of wood together

Lay down some newspaper and glue together 3 of the 5 pieces of wood.

Let it dry.

Tip: the glue can get messy, but if you get Elmer’s wood glue, it’s water-based, so you can use a damp paper towel or rag to wipe it off the top and the bottom after it dries.

Depending on your surface area, you might want to put some heavy objects on top of the wood to help keep the pieces even while they dry.


painted wood pieces

Step 2: paint the loose wood pieces

Grab the two wood pieces you put off to the side. Paint one dark brown and one black.

Let it dry.


snowman crafts

Step 3: paint the snowman

Now that the wood is adhered together and the glue is cleaned up, paint the bottom 2/3 white and the top 1/3 black. You will probably need a few coats of each.

Don’t worry about getting those lines totally even. It will be covered up soon.

Let it dry.


snowman painted on wood

Step 4: finish the snowman’s hat

Glue the black piece of wood across the black and white paint line. Tilt the wood to give it some character. This will be the snowman’s hat.

Let it dry.


scarecrow painted on wood

Step 5: make the scarecrow

Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side using the brown and dark brown.

Then glue the brown wood piece across the front.

Let it dry.


scarecrow fall decor

Step 6: give the snowman and scarecrow faces

If you’re brave, paint on the faces. My first attempt was with paint. It kind of worked, but I ended up using a Sharpie to clean up the edges. You could also use Sharpie for the whole thing, excluding the nose. Either way works.

Let it dry.

When the faces and finished and dry, spray a coat or two of sealant over each side to ensure longevity.



Set your new reversible holiday decor out and enjoy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave your feedback in the comments below.

Happy crafting!


The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their November projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Holly Napkin Rings (Made with Nail Polish)
Heather from ShiftMama: Coming soon!
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Coming soon!
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Nature-Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

DIY Sweet Orange Fall Candle

diy sweet orange fall candle

There’s a chill in the air and everyone is talking about fall. That means autumn smells are permeating craft stores and Thanksgiving DIY projects are in season.

Every year around this time, I like to make candles. Something about the cold weather makes me enjoy them so much more. This week, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Sweet orange sounded like a good scent since I’m not quite into the cinnamon spice deal just yet.

The candles are really easy to make and won’t take up much of your time. They make great gifts too, so keep that in mind. Instead of making one or two, you could make them in bulk and give them away for the holidays, or use them for parties.


sweet orange candle supplies

Candle making supplies

  • jar
  • coloring
  • soy wax
  • pouring pot
  • candle wick
  • festive ribbon (optional)
  • sweet orange essential oil


soy wax chips

Step 1: melt the wax

The amount of soy wax you use will depend on the size of your jar. A good rule of thumb is 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.

But you know I don’t measure if I don’t have to. I have a 12oz jar and melted about 4 cups of wax for it with a little bit left over.

Once melted, remove from heat and let it sit for about 3 minutes to cool.




candle wick

Step 2: adhere the wick

While your wax is melting, stick the metal part of the wick into the melting wax (just the bottom) and quickly press it against the bottom of the jar. Hold it in place for a few seconds until the wax dries.

soy candle wax melted

Step 3: add color and/or fragrance

Add about 30 drops of essential oil (more if you want a more prominent scent).

Add color. Keep adding drops until you’re satisfied. Remember that the color will be lighter when the wax dries.


secure candle wick

Step 4: pour the wax into the jar

When your wax has had time to cool off, pour it into the jar slowly and secure the wick with two knives. They don’t always stand straight up on their own.

Let it cool.


diy sweet orange fall candle

Tie a cute, festive ribbon around the top and enjoy your candle. Or you can give it to someone else to enjoy. Whatever makes you happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting!


DIY Fall Inspired Gift Box

fall lace bow

Some wrapping paper is really cute, but most of it is boring and common. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up and make your own, so to speak.

My best friend’s birthday was this past weekend and my dilemma was getting the gifts to fit in the baskets I had. (Based on this blog post, I obviously deviated for the basket idea.) Eventually I gave up and moved to a box. A box that fit my boots.

I wanted something fall-inspired but also girly, because Kelly is quite girly. I settled with brown paper, off-white lace and orange, brown and yellow plaid ribbon.


fall gift box supplies

fall-inspired gift box supplies

  • box
  • lace ribbon
  • brown paper
  • plaid fall ribbon
  • hot melt glue and gun

You can get the brown paper at any craft store. You might be able to find it at Walmart or Target too. If not, there’s always the internet.


Step 1: Wrap the box lid

Start with the lid. Cut 4 slits on each corner of the box about the hight of the lid.

Fold those inward and glue them to the box.

Then fold the remaining brown paper flaps over the lid and glue them down.


Step 2: wrap the box bottom

Repeat step 1 for the bottom of the box.


bow tying

Step 3: wrap the ribbon around the gift box

Place the lace ribbon flat on the floor and place the box over top of it, face down.

Then twist the ribbons around each other and pull them in opposite directions so you form a cross on the back of the box.

Pull your loose ends around to the front and flip the box front side up.

Slide the ends under the strip of lace already crossing the front of the box.

Tie a knot over top of it.

Then, tie another knot around it with your plaid ribbon.


fall gift box decoration

Step 4: tie the ribbons in a bow

You have two options, tie a single bow with both ribbons, or tie two bows separately.

I chose two bows:
Tie a bow with the lace ribbon.
Tie a bow with the plaid ribbon.


When you’re done, you gift box should like the images above. Brown paper, lace and plaid ribbon is quite fall-esque, I think. I love the way they look together. <3

Quick, easy and unique.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave them in the comments!

Happy crafting!



DIY Fall Candle Holders from Recycled Jars

DIY candle holders from recycled jars

It’s starting to get cold here in PA, and when that happens I get out my candles. They keep my apartment a little bit warmer and make the atmosphere more relaxing. Every Fall I do a few candle tutorials and this is the first one of the season. I know we’re not quite into autumn yet, but its about 64 degrees here, so it’s close enough for me.

I always save my jars because they can be used for something, whether it be craft and food storage or, in this case, candle holders.

If you have the jars already, that’s great! You will just need to make a craft store run for the following items.

fall candle holder craft supplies

Candle holder craft supplies

  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • recycled jars
  • white ribbon
  • lace ribbon
  • burlap ribbon (wide)
  • rope and burlap flowers


burlap ribbon

Step 1: wrap the jar with burlap ribbon

The burlap ribbon will be the base for the decorative wrap. Use your glue gun to adhere the ribbon to the jar.

candle holder crafts

Step 2: wrap the jars with white and lace ribbon

Glue the white ribbon around the center of two of the jars, preferably the smaller two.

Glue the lace ribbon around the larger jar.

Make sure your ribbons meet in the back where the burlap ribbon was glued together.


upcycled jar crafts

Step 3: decorate your jars with fall flowers

Glue on the rope and burlap flowers for the final touch of the fall-inspired candle holders.


DIY candle holders from recycled jars

Add the candles and you’re finished! Use them as a table centerpiece or set them on your windowsill.

As always, I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!



If you’re looking for more craft ideas, check these out:

DIY Autumn-Inspired Mason Jar Vase

This fall-inspired mason jar decor is perfect for upcycling old jars and getting into the autumn spirit! Grab some jars, acrylic paint, burlap, white ribbon and flowers to get started.

autumn-inspired mason jar vase

Autumn Craft: DIY Leaf Relief Painting

Not into the jar crafts? Try a relief painting with leaves! This is just a fun project. In fact, it’s one my favorite crafts on this blog. Follow the tutorial to make your own.

DIY leaf relief painting

DIY Halloween Craft: Pumpkin Decor

You can’t get into the fall months without seeing pumpkins. If you’re a fan, try this cute craft. All you’ll need is some scented pinecones, a craft pumpkin (or a real one, whichever you prefer), a candle and a carving knife.

DIY fall pumkin decor with scented pinecones