Paper Jack o’ Lanterns.

I’m all about pumpkins galore for Halloween, but these paper jack o’ lanterns are a nice alternative and change of pace.

• Scissors or an exacto knife
• Orange card stock
• Wooden skewers
• Small votive holders
• Votives

Take your orange card stock and draw a Jack O’ Lantern face, a haunted house scene, a spider, or whatever you desire. Cut out your creation with either scissors or an exacto knife. Take your wooden skewer and thread it through the paper horizontally. Place your votive candle holder and candle behind the entire piece.

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Holley Portraits.

Check out the instructions for creating a Holley Portrait on Daniel Eatock’s site. I’m totally doing this…

Write a short text about yourself (300 words min / 500 words max) include interests, likes, dislikes, future plans etc. Using black ink make a careful print from your thumb. Enlarged your black and white thumb print to approximately the size of your face. Using a clean sheet of A3 paper, handwrite your text following the contour lines from your thumb print (you can use tracing paper, or thin copy paper) Final result: You should have a combination of your own words, in your handwriting, in the pattern of your finger print forming a personal self portrait.


Halloween Ribbon Wreath.

Love, love this idea for a Halloween ribbon wreath. So simple and stylish – especially if you’re not one to go all out for the 31st. I’d actually like to adapt this to other holidays as well!

12″ foam wreath form
24 yards 1 1/4″ black grosgrain ribbon (or less if using a wider ribbon)
Measuring tape

Cut 45-50 16″ pieces of ribbon. Tie one strand of ribbon in a knot around the wreath. I used a “messy knot” — right over left, then right over left again, pulling in the opposite direction. It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you are consistent all the way around. Repeat with the knots, pushing them close together, until you fill the wreath. Cut one long piece of ribbon (48″) and tie one end to form a knot. Leave a long loop for hanging and tie another knot onto the wreath. Trim any frayed or long ends.

:: via CasaSugar via the long thread


Ceiling Medallion Wall Art.

I adore this idea: ceiling medallions as wall art!

I’ve always appreciated the intricate detailing of most medallions, but thought them a bit stuffy for my own personal taste. This is a great way to use them outside of their intended purpose. The medallions pictures are of the lightweight urethane variety and painted in subtly varying shades of the same color. So, so pretty.

:: via CasaSugar


A Brand New Bag.

I saw these jazzed up tote bags a few years ago in an issue of Living and have had the project in the back of my head every since. One of my favorite things to do is take something I’ve had hanging around in the back of some closet and reinvent it to the point of being completely new to me. Tote bags are the ultimate carry-all and this project proves just how versatile they can be. I think they’d make fun gifts, too.



So I know terrariums are all the rage right now, but I have to be honest when I say I wasn’t really on the bandwagon. But as of about 9:00 this morning I’ve officially bought my one-way ticket to Terrariumville, thanks to M&Stetson’s DIY post.

I’m not sure what it was about this post that made me all of sudden love terrariums, but I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on some succulents and get to work! I’m picturing one smack dab in the middle of my dining table (which should be accompanied by the Nordmyra chairs according to most of you).

:: via Design*Sponge


Envelope Bookmarks.

I love this idea from d.Sharp Journal! Clip the bottom corners off of envelopes headed for the recycling bin (or trash if you’re that kind of person) and give them a second chance at life. Simply slip them over the corner of a page in a book, magazine, etc that you want to mark. Voila! Insta-bookmark.


DIY Oilcloth Placemats.

I haven’t gone on a picnic in years which is really sad. But I only like them when they’re well-planned and thought out and that takes, well, time. I’m thinking that these little DIY oilcloth placemats that hold both your silverware and napkin might give me the excuse I need to head out to the closest park and share some food with the ants! Check out the full tutorial to make a set of your own.

:: via CasaSugar via make:grow:gather