DIY Pumpkin Planter

The only thing cuter than fall pumpkins are fall flowers. Well here is a craft that combines the two perfectly, and in such an elegant way! The DIY Pumpkin Planter!

All you need is a medium or large sized pumpkin, a knife, some potting soil, and your favorite fall flower or plant.

Cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides.

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Before filling your pumpkin with soil to plant your flowers, find a bucket large enough to fit your pumpkin. Pour in 1/2 cup vinegar, put in pumpkin then add water until pumpkin is mostly covered, soak for an hour, remove, and dry off outside of pumpkin, then it’s ready to add your soil! Soaking the pumpkin in the vinegar solution will keep it looking nice for several weeks.

Fill the inside of the pumpkin with potting soil then plant your fall colored flowers just as you would inside any other standard planter.

Be sure to remember to water your plants regularly, and on cold nights you might want to bring them inside, but that can easily be done pumpkin and all!

-Miranda Wood

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DIY Painted Pumpkins

DIY Painted Pumpkins? Ever hear of them before? Neither had I until I started looking for some fun ideas last fall!

Fall is my most favorite time of the year! I love thanksgiving and pumpkins, family, baking, and decorations!

I love to see all of the cute ideas people have for decorating their homes or porches with beautiful pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

Here is a white pumpkin that my brother in law, Elisha painted to welcome guests as they visit the Wood family home. I painted the one on the bottom with a monogram “W.”

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Isn’t this so cute! The possibilities of notes or messages you could leave for visitors or neighbors are endless.

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They don’t have to be perfect! Just fun! Go make some memories! Don’t forget to remember all you have to be thankful for.

Supplies you will need: 

Pumpkin of your choice- we picked a white pumpkin

Acrylic paint and paint brushes

Stencils if you like

All the creativity you can muster!

-Miranda Wood (Photography by Bethany Stelzer)

Pumpkin Stack Craft

This Fall Pumpkin Decor is so simple! You can display it in your home, on your porch, in your backyard, you could even use it for a family photo shoot! All you need for this pumpkin stack craft are 3 to 5 pretty pumpkins, varying in size, type and appearance to make it look more fun!

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For mine a used three different colors. The hardest part is finding pumpkins that are flat enough on the bottom to stack. I’ve seen some people actually use a wooden or metal down or stick to pound all the way through them to keep them stuck together that way, but I just wanted to neatly stack mine, I thought it looked more natural. After you have found the perfect pumpkins for the project, all you need to do is break or cut off the stems of the bottom two pumpkins to help them balance. Then place the smallest one on top, and there you have it! This activity is so simple, your kids will love helping with it. It will look great on your porch too! Hope you enjoy this and make your porch pretty and inviting this fall!

-Miranda Wood

Shooting Star Origami

Last Saturday I shared on our Facebook page how to make origami stars.

The Wood family members, both young and old took some time to enjoy this simple creative craft.. And of course expand on it! Rarely are we ever satisfied with following the directions, we always have at least one family member who wants to make it “better”.

I asked my son, Elisha, to help us. Yes! Elisha is the creative DNA of the family. Unless you and your family have that creative gene running through your veins, I would suggest this craft as one for older children. I would guess ages 9-12 could do this independently where younger children would need some individual instruction, at least to begin. Give it a try and tell me what you think. I believe it’s helpful for our readers to hear real live feedback on the crafts so they can make better decisions on what craft might be best for them.

Here are the steps to create your Shooting Star Origami craft!

Take 1 cm strips of colored construction paper

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

Step one: fold, the paper strip over to make a bow

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

Step two: make a knot (here are the photos of that three step process)

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Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

Step three: When you’re done with the knot you’ll notice that you have a bit of construction paper at the end, tuck that in like this:

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

Step four: Now, you’ll take the long strip and wrap it around the knot you made making sure you alternate corners as you wrap.

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

 

Step five: When you have about 1/2 of your paper “tail” left tuck it into the last loop you made just like this:

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

 

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

Step Six: Then make then cuts so that it looks like your shooting star as a true tail of it. Then pinch the corners of your star to give it a 3D effect. (if you don’t pinch the corners your origamis will be flat  and not look very “star” like).

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

And when you’re done, it should look like this!

Shooting Star Origami ~ A craft our entire family enjoyed though it's geared towards older children. Here are the step by step directions for you.

 

A super fun, quiet day, family craft!!!

Enjoy!

~Mrs. Joseph Wood

Chalk Wall Picture Frame Craft

Chalk Wall Picture Frame Craft www.amomentwithmom.com Encouraging and Equipping moms in their ministry in their homes.

As the school year comes to an end the spring and summertime activities ramp up sometimes to a feverish pace. Keeping track of events, who is where and when, not to mention notes that need to be passed to family members can get hectic. This simple, quick, and super cute craft will not only spruce up your home but it can serve as a command central note taking area.

What you will need:

1 can of chalk paint
1 old frame
Spray paint of any color
Crackle spray paint
1 sanding block (to buff the edges)

What you will do:

Paint wall with chalk paint. While you’re waiting for that to dry get your old frame and spray the base color and let dry. Once the base color is dry spray the crackle paint on top. Make sure you apply a good amount on. The more paint you apply the more crackle you will have. After the crackle has dried and cracked sand any edges you would like to see the base color stand out. And you’re done!

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