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DIY: Elegant Craft Stick Trees. Obsessively Crafting: Halloween Door Hanger. ***UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2012 I've received so many views and comments about this craft.

Obsessively Crafting: Halloween Door Hanger

Thank you for stopping by. If any of you make this or something similar, please send me a picture. I'll post all the pictures around Halloween for everyone to see. Let's share the creativity! Send your pictures to Leilani3259@msn.com. This craft was inspired by a Christmas craft we're making in my ward in a few weeks. I got these cork coasters for $1at D.I. Traced and cut. Glued on the green then added some black vinyl for hair. Added the whites of the eyes. Added the black. Cute little eyebrows. I took a pencil and lightly drew a mouth and stitches. Then I went over it with a pen. The rest are similar. The spiders legs are hot glued to the back. I added hot glue to the ribbon and pressed the coasters down one at a time making sure they were center.

Japanese Packaging Templates - Best Used With Card Stock or Color Paper. I’m not sure how I discovered this awesome collection of packaging templates but I’m glad I did!

Japanese Packaging Templates - Best Used With Card Stock or Color Paper

Some professor or student at a japanese univeresity was nice enough to share all their packaging templates with the world! They should be slapped!: A Halloween Treat: 20 Really Creative (Homemade) Halloween Costumes. It's Halloween - the time of year for having fun dressing up and eating way too much candy.

they should be slapped!: A Halloween Treat: 20 Really Creative (Homemade) Halloween Costumes

But one of the problems I see every year with Halloween is that everyone wears the same costume. So, I decided to have a little fun today and show off a bunch of really unique costumes - that people made themselves! No storebought naughty nurses here... just a whole bunch of costumes that made me smile. Special thanks to Elad from Coolest-Homemade-Costumes.com for letting me use all those photos! Tutorial: fabric ornament. Autumn leaf bouquet. I don’t know what it’s like in your neighborhood, but when I step outside here in Oakland, I sense it right away: Fall is in the air!

autumn leaf bouquet

I’m lucky enough to have a few turning trees on my street, so I don’t miss out entirely on the brilliant autumn colors I remember from growing up in NH. Speaking of brilliant autumn colors, I’m thrilled to share this stunning maple leaf rose bouquet DIY from a fellow Kate — clay, fiber and paper artist Kate Hust. Kate first learned how to make these a few years ago from a retired art teacher in her community, and now they’ve become an annual tradition when fall rolls around. Her instructor taught her to wrap the leaves really tight, so they looked like rose buds, but Kate has modified the technique a bit to suit her own tastes: She likes to find the really big leaves and make them with large open “petals.” She’s clearly perfected the craft, and I’m so happy that she’s decided to pass the tradition on to us. Read the full how-to after the jump! Materials. How To: Make a Homemade Snow Globe.

As Kate so delicately alluded to earlier this week, I am somewhat of a holiday junkie.

How To: Make a Homemade Snow Globe

And Christmas is the holiday of all holidays for me. I decorated a week before Thanksgiving; yep, I’m one of those people. One of my most favorite holiday traditions as a child was our little family advent calendar and now that my kids are old enough to enjoy some fun and creative activities, I’ve filled up our little numbered stockings with slips of paper instead of candy. Well, slips of paper intermingled with candy. It’s December; we have to have candy. (There have been lots of questions about my advent calendar, and what I put into it. Snow globes are magical, whimsical, and fun. The first thing you need are jars, with nice snug lids. You can be creative with the items that go inside your snow globe, it’s just important that they are made of materials that won’t break down in water. Another really fun thing is to make your own little figurines with Sculpey Clay. Seriously- Best.

Ombre wreaths. Wow.

ombre wreaths

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on my French Chair Makeover. You guys really are the best part of this blog, and I’m grateful for you all. Now, onto today’s regularly scheduled post… I came up with the idea for these felt ombre wreaths by combining my love of felt wreaths (see here, and here) with one of my favorite new trends…ombre! To create these felt ombre wreaths, I used wool felt purchased from Etsy, as well as two straw wreaths (12″ and 8″).

Questions? Advent Calendar Round Up. Weekend DIY: Make Your Christmas Tree. I love the smell of pine on Christmas but ah well, cutting the trees down to have them inside isn't the best we can do for the forest, is it! Unless you use a live Christmas tree, which you can later plant in your garden, or you gather fallen or broken branches thus helping clean the forest, you will not be extremely green. But you can always use your imagination and create unusual, unexpected and over-exciting Christmas tree out of almost anything! You will need some wooden rails and hot glue for this one. Click here to get to the easy tutorial. A quick and fun project. DIY Christmas Decoration Tutorials. Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably know that Jordan has gone home to Virginia for the rest of the week (sadface).

DIY Christmas Decoration Tutorials