Monday, September 25, 2017

Felt Halloween Advent Calendar

October is already a week away which mean Halloween is just over a month away. That seems so crazy to me! I'm ready for October because it is my birthday month but not sure I am ready for all the halloween chaos to start as well. 
As I've stated before, I am not much of a Halloween person but I still want to make it fun for the girls so I decided to make a Halloween advent calendar this year for a little fun and so the girls now just how much longer it is until they can get all dressed up for trick or treating. 

This is a fairly simple project but it does take time to create all the accessories to decorate the pumpkin. 

Here is how I made it.

-Large felt pieces in orange and color of your choosing for background. I used a dark gray for the background.
-Small Felt pieces
-Fabric Glue
-Fabric Markers
-Glitter glue/stickles (optional)

Trim the background felt to the size you would like. I bought a yard of felt and then just placed it on the wall to gauge out large I wanted it and trimmed it to size. 

 Cut a pumpkin out of the large piece of orange felt then glue to background felt. 
I decided to do a tall skinny pumpkin so I could add pockets for the days on both sides of the pumpkins but you could do a shorter, wide pumpkin as well. Do what you like.
I then added some grass with green felt and a brown stem. And I used fabric markers to add a little bit of detail to the pumpkin.

Using leftover background felt, cut out squares for the pockets. I then wrote numbers on the pockets with a fabric marker and then went over the numbers with gold glitter stickles.

Once the glitter was dry, I glued the pockets onto the background felt.

And that is it for the main body of the calendar. 
Time for all the fun things! 

I recruited Travis into helping me make different faces and accessories for the pumpkin. As you can see, he had a little fun with it. 
We made a few different sets of eyes, noses, mouths, hats, beards and mustaches, and other accessories.

Roll up the accessories and place them in each of the pockets so that each day they get to pull our a new item in which to decorate the pumpkin with. 

I started the calendar with a basic jack-o-lantern face and as the month goes on, the more fun stuff comes out. 

They can make some pretty crazy faces and I think they'll love it! 

And since felt likes to stick to felt, they can play and change up the face all month long! 

I think they are going to love it! 

I will state I wish I made the pockets a little bigger or slightly different since the items we made were on the bigger side so I had to really fold and shove them into the pockets but they work and that's all that matters. 

They can't wait to start the countdown! 

I also have a Felt Turkey Advent Calendar to countdown until Thanksgiving! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

MHCT&M: Decorating Your Fall Porch with Containers

Happy Friday! I hope your week was fabulous! 
Time for another Must Have Tip post to round out our fall posts for this month.

We are going to bring in your weekend with some great ideas on ways to decorate for fall using different types of containers in your porch decor. 

 There are so many options you could use as containers, baskets, crates, wagons, urns, pumpkins, and of course pots, just to name a few, along with adding in flowers, pumpkins, leaves, and other fall items that the possibilities on creating a beautiful fall porch.

 I love the mix of baskets and urns that Karianne from Thistlewood Farms used on her porch. Plus, I love the dried hydrangea blooms and the use of the wood pumpkins instead of real ones to add texture. 

 Use a large urn to place leaves and stacked pumpkins in like Rachel from Shades of Blue Interiors did on her porch. Love the small basket with flowers and bowl with apples on the chair as well. Be sure to check her post out. Her entire porch is full of great containers filled with different unique items.

 Do you have a little red wagon that your kids don't use much anymore? Fill it up with pumpkins, gourds and flowers like Tammy from Rock River Stitches and you have a simple beautiful display.

 Here's another fun take on the little red wagon from Newly Woodwards in which she placed different items into the wagon for a beautiful vignette. 

 Fill glass lanterns with pumpkins and foliage and even an old bag like Craftberry Bush to add a little farmhouse appeal to your porch. Love the neutral color palette as well.

 Instead of using a wagon, how about using a wheelbarrow? I LOVE this vintage wood one that Better Homes and Gardens shared but if you don't have one of these like me, though I may be on the hunt for one now ;), a regular wheelbarrow will do the job just as well. Fill with pumpkins, flowers, foliage, berries and you are good to go! 

 Keep things symmetrical with matching urns and pots on your porch flanking your door like Worthing Court. Love the contrast of the gray concrete pots with bright yellow flowers against the black and orange urns. Add the cage on top with candles and you have a beautiful yet simple porch. 

 Create a statement piece by placing an urn on a pedestal and creating a gorgeous floral arrangement like Serendipity Refined
If you wanted to keep it a little more simple, place mums in old apple baskets with pumpkins and it would still be just as beautiful! 

 If you have a few benches or places to sit on your porch like Ella Claire does, why not fill a basket or two up with some cozy blankets and pillows to enjoy on a chilly night outside. You can even use the blankets to layer under some pumpkins or foliage for added texture and pattern.

And if you don't have or can't find exactly what you want container wise, why not make your own using crates?! Courtney and Brent from Gray House Studio took new crates and stained them to create this little vignette for their porch.

I love this look from Mustard Seed Interiors! Chicken coop boxes stacked on a large potting bench with pots, watering cans, pumpkins, and I would definitely add some flowers, makes the decorating possibilities of this endless! Perfect farmhouse look if that is what you love! 

There you have it! 
Which container if your favorite? Do you use any containers in your fall porch decor?

Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic! 

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #172

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