10/14 DIY / Seasonal/Holiday

DIY Gold Dipped Pumpkin Vase

Gold Dipped Pumpkin Vase

I’m back with the gold, y’all.

I’ve been loving all the pumpkin vases on Pinterest and wanted to try my hand at it with my gold flair.  I set out to look for a naturally white pumpkin, but after a week of searching I couldn’t find any other than the mini-sized ones.  So what do we do in these situations?  Yup, we DIY.

Pie Pumpkin

This is a pie pumpkin.  I learned that it’s meant more for eating (pumpkin pie!) than for decorative purposes.  For my purposes, it is the perfect and most manageable size for this vase project.

First, cut out the top like you would for a jack-o-lantern and remove the pumpkin seeds and stringy insides.  I used a metal spoon to scrap everything out and it worked just fine.

Now if you want the top part of your pumpkin to remain orange, then you can skip the step I took to spray paint the majority of the top portion white.  If you’re lucky enough to find a white pumpkin, that would be best if you want your pumpkin to be white and gold like mine.  I learned the sad way that painters tape will strip the white paint off of the pumpkin :(  This called for improvisation.

Aluminum Foil Pumpkin

After the white spray paint dried, I wrapped aluminum foil around the top 2/3 of the pumpkin and stuffed the excess in the opening at the top, using the straight edge of the foil to delineate at the bottom where I wanted the gold paint to start.  Since there’s no adhesion between the foil and the pumpkin, it is super important to make sure your spray paint strokes go from the foil towards the bottom of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Painting Direction

This actually worked really well!  I was surprised.  Again, the key is to spray from left to right as shown in the photo above.  If you go in any other direction, you are more likely to get the gold paint underneath the foil and won’t achieve a clean line.  I held the pumpkin just like I did in the photo and rotated it like a rotisserie chicken, spraying left to right in light coats.  Review some spray painting basics here if you’d like.  The spray paint I used is my most favorite spray paint ever: Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint in Gold.

That’s it for the crafting part.  The next part is optional, but I highly recommend it.

Aluminum Can Pumpkin

I picked up this tip from Pinterest (Are you following me yet?  I’d love to have you!) to place an aluminum can inside the pumpkin for your flowers to sit in.  GENIUS.  Not only will you not have to fill up the entire pumpkin with water, but the can helps keep the flowers arranged and contained better.

Pour water and arrange flowers into the can and that’s it!

Gold Dipped Pumpkins Centerpiece

I love fall decorating with hydrangeas.  They are so elegant and happen to fit nicely with my new pumpkin vase :)  I got a couple of those mini white pumpkins I mentioned earlier and painted them in the same way, except I used painters tape instead of aluminum foil.  They’re all sitting on my dining table and are a nice variation to my fall centerpiece.

My boyfriend mentioned to me probably about 26 times that this pumpkin vase is going to “die soon.”  While it is always sad to think that my work will be going in the trash, a large part of me is relieved by that in this kind of situation.  Apartment living usually doesn’t afford much storage, and I just don’t have the space to store a lot of seasonal decor.  Plus, decorating should never be permanent, right?  It’s the process that really makes it special and gets you into the spirit of the season.

Take for instance these pumpkins my friends and I carved back in 2010.

Carved Pumpkins

Pretty sweet, right?  Can you guess which one was mine?  Hint: it’s missing a tooth.  It just isn’t Fall or Halloween without pumpkins, whether you carve them, don’t carve them, or turn them into vases.  Pumpkins aren’t forever, but the memories of them are.  :) Cheesy overload.

Happy pumpkin decorating!

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10/10 DIY

DIY No Sew Table Runner

DIY No Sew Table Runner

You don’t have a sewing machine and/or do not know how to use one and/or do not have the patience to sew?  Let’s be friends. :)

Learning to sew has been on my to-do list ever since I quickly forgot how to use a sewing machine after learning in my 8th grade Home Ec. class.  I envy those who can whip out tote bags, scarves, and other sewing creations with seemingly endless ease and grace.  I’d love to say that I’m that girl, but I’m not, and luckily for those of you like me, there are ways to work around this.

Let me introduce the star of the show.

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10/07 DIY

DIY Candle Holders

DIY Candle Holders

Fall decorating continues with these super easy DIY candle holders.  The inspiration came to me when I removed the rope bundled around the wheat grass I used for my fall centerpiece.  I wanted to re-purpose the rope somehow and thought an easy, beautiful way to use them would be to wrap them around candles.  All I needed next were some affordable candle holders, which warranted a trip to the dollar store.

DIY Candle Holders Materials

The votive and candlestick holders were all dollar store purchases, as well as the candles themselves.  The only other thing you need is a glue gun.

DIY Candle Holders glue gun

Apply the glue to the rim of the candlestick holder and place the votive candle holder on top.  Do this quickly (and carefully) since the glue sets very fast.  *Side note:  How sweet is my mini green glue gun?  Green is my favorite color.*

DIY Candle Holders glued

Bam.  That’s it!  Wasn’t that quick?  From this point on there’s a million things you can do with them.  I may paint them in the future actually, but for now I just put in white candles and wrapped the rope around each of them.

DIY Candle Holders Rope

The rope is actually made from the same stiff material as the wheat grass so it held its shape very well.  It may have been easier to use a synthetic fiber rope, but I just love the look of this wheat grass material.

DIY Candle Holders 2

Love how simple and easy these are.   I’m a lover of neutral colors and they can make fall decorating effortless and elegant.  It’s nice and refreshing sometimes to just keep things simple.

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10/03 Seasonal/Holiday

Fall Centerpiece

Fall Centerpiece

October is here already?!?!   It’s amazing how fast this year has gone by, which is what I say every year, and October marks the start to a whirlwind of holidays, spending more time with loved ones, and gaining weight!  I decided to welcome in this time of year with a fall centerpiece to bring in the warmth of the season’s festivities.

Starting with the flowers.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers always make me smile :)  They are the quintessential fall bloom and their golden, yellow color fits in with any fall decor.

Pitcher

I arranged them in this gorgeous white pitcher that I got on the cheap at Target.  I’m a fan of farmhouse style and I got this pitcher with that aesthetic in mind.

Wheat grass

I found the dried wheat grass at HomeGoods and they were originally just bundled together with a rope.  I cut them down to my desired length and put them in a gold, votive candle holder.  I felt like it was still missing something, so I wrapped around a brown ribbon and tied it into a bow.

Pumpkin Candle

Ah, on to my precious.  I couldn’t say no to this metallic pumpkin.  Is that a lid, you ask?  What’s inside?

Pumpkin candle open

It’s a pumpkin spice candle.  UGH, so cute.  Smells delicious too.

Wood

Finally, I corralled it all together with this piece of wood from Michaels.  I’ve seen this thing many, many times at Michaels, almost purposefully walking down that aisle just to look at it and come up with an excuse for why I needed it.  And then it hit me.  I’d use it to put other stuff on top of it.  Genius.

Fall Centerpiece 2

You guys.  I love fall.  It’s incredible how something seemingly small like a centerpiece can liven your spirits and get you excited about the days ahead of you.  My heart is filled with joy when I walk into my kitchen every morning and am greeted with this fall scenery.  It’s truly a powerful thing. ;)

I hope you’re all as excited about fall as I am, and most of all, I hope you’re inspired to get your hands on some fall decorating.

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09/30 DIY

DIY Painted Tray

It’s official.  I love paint.

Paint is the simplest way to dramatically change something, whether you’re upcycling disposable materials or revamping old items you no longer like the look of.

Take for instance my coffee table tray.

Gold Tray Before

While now, I would get any tray and just paint it the color I want, back then I just wanted to get whatever gold tray I could find that was affordable.  I didn’t dislike the shiny mosaic pattern on the tray, but I wasn’t fond of it either and still am not.  Luckily, the design is actually on a material that’s a lot like contact paper and I was able to strip it off.  After that, I was left with a clean slate that I could paint into what is now a tray that I am completely in love with.

Gold Tray After

The power of paint, y’all.  It’s real.

This project was made possible by the following materials:

Spray Paints

Painters tape, spray paint primer, black and white spray paint in semi-gloss finishes,  and clear acrylic spray coating.

There’s also one more item I need to give a shout-out to.

Goo Gone

Goo Gone has been a long time favorite of mine.  I probably saved hours (I’m serious) using this to help remove the gooey, gunky mess that was beneath the gold mosaic paper on my tray.  It’s so Goo Good.

So here’s the tray stripped of the paper and the sticky mess.

Tray Stripped

I wanted to keep the sides gold, so I taped them up with painters tape before spraying the tray with primer and then with the white spray paint.  If you are new to spray painting or just want to refresh some basics, go check out my post on spray painted wine bottles where I share some tips on how to get the best results possible.

Primed and White Tray

I let this dry overnight to make sure the paint was thoroughly dry before applying the tape in my desired design.

Taped Tray

Next, I spray painted the tray black and then removed all the tape.  Once it dried I sprayed it over with the clear acrylic coating.  This is for protecting the paint, which is important for heavy usage surfaces like this tray.  Let it dry for at least 24 hours before handling.

DIY Painted Tray 1

The big reveal!  By far the most exciting part.

DIY Painted Tray

Black, white, and gold, baby.  I adore this color combo for how it goes with everything and makes anything look chic.  It’s also very fall appropriate.  Oh hey, did you notice the cameo appearance by my lacquered box that I recently posted a tutorial on? :P

What do you think of my tray transformation?  Do you like my tray better before or after it was painted?  I’d love to know what you think.

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09/24 DIY

DIY Lacquered Box

The one decor item I’ve wanted for the longest time is a lacquered box.  They’re simple, chic, and useful for decorative storage.  So why haven’t I gotten one yet?  Simply because every lacquered box I’ve run into was priced in a manner I could not justify.  You have to bust out the big bucks for one of those babies.  This is one of the biggest motivating factors for my DIY’s, and this project is no exception.

DIY Lacquered Box Feature

Here’s what you’ll need.

DIY Lacquered Box Materials

Materials:

  • unfinished wood box (I got mine at Michael’s)
  • acrylic paint- I used Folk Art in Lipstick Red, Pure Black, and Calypso Sky
  • gesso primer
  • gloss varnish
  • painters tape

First, I removed the gold hardware and filled the screw holes with some Sculpey clay I had.  This is probably not the best material to use and you’re better off using a wood filler.  I didn’t have wood filler, so I did with what I had- Sculpey clay. The painting process is pretty much exactly the same as what I did for my DIY Succulent Box except that project didn’t use any painters tape.  Check that out after this if you’re on a box painting escapade :) Paint all surfaces with the gesso primer.  Once dry, paint the box in your desired colors.  The empowerment of DIY is making things exactly the way you want it to be, so do just that!  I’ve never seen a lacquered box painted a different color on the inside, so that’s what I did with mine.

Painted Box Open

After your paint is dry, apply the painters tape so only the borders that will be painted black are showing.  I made each border a half inch wide.  Even though in my photo I kept a rectangular area exposed on top, I knew not to paint there so didn’t think it necessary to cover it with tape.  You can do that though if it helps you.

Painted Box Taped

As always, with any painting projects using painters tape, be thorough about reinforcing the tape and making sure all edges are smooth and bubble-free.  The better the adhesion on the edges of the tape, the cleaner your lines will be.  Now you can paint the borders black.

Painted Box Trim Open

 I also painted the inner rim black .  It gives a nice, thin outline of the lid opening when the box is closed (if that didn’t make sense, hopefully the pictures will help).  Again, let the paint dry, then apply the gloss varnish on all painted surfaces.  Apply as many coats as you’d like. Since I didn’t want my box to be TOO shiny or look thickly painted, I only applied one layer.

DIY Lacquered Box 1

 The most time consuming part of this project is waiting for the paint to dry (it’s like watching paint dry- boring!) but the wait is absolutely worth it.

DIY Lacquered Box

DIY Lacquered Box Opened

I LOVE how red and aqua/sky blue look together.  They complement each other so well and I’m especially loving the blue color I chose.  It’s so fresh and bright!  It’s an unexpected surprise when you open the box.

What colors would you use for your lacquered box?  Leave a comment to let me know!

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