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DIY Monday: Halloween Decorating Ideas

Reblogged from The Blue Bird Patch

 Make Your Home Stand Out From the Rest.
Halloween is finally around the corner. Nothing like a good set of pictures to help us gather ideas for our homes. Besides Thanksgiving, Halloween is and will always be one of my favorite holidays. I enjoy Halloween not because of the free candy you might get, but simply because is the only day of the year that makes me feel like a kid again.
If you ask me, what’s the first word that comes to my mind when I hear the word “Halloween” my answer will always be “laughter”. I don’t know about you, but Halloween just makes me giggle and laugh uncontrollably.
I love decorating my front door but by looking at the pictures this year I need to pump out the volume. I’m not exactly sure what I want to do, but hopefully it will be something SPOOKtacular!
Have Fun Decorating & Happy Halloween Ya’ll !!!
 
 
 
 
Have you already decorated your home?

DIY Monday: Scented Pine Cones

Since the weather is beginning to turn into fall (Well kind of for me ~ I do live in Florida – LOL), I have been itching to put some touches of fall around the house. I love the rugged look and smell of scented pine cones. Not to mention the fact that you can find them everywhere and for FREE! So this year I thought it would be fun to make my own scented pine cones and use them as fall decorations. It is quite easy to make and the kids can even join in on the fun. So let get Crafting!

Here’s What You Need:
Pine cones
Glue
Foam brush
Spices
Mixing bowls
Plastic bag
Spoon

Clean the Pine Cones – If you collected the pine cones yourself, you should clean them so you won’t have trouble with insects or sap. Wash them in the sink.

Clean the Pine Cones Pt. 2 – Place on a foil-covered cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour at 200F. Stay in the kitchen to watch for any smoke or fire, as there is a small chance due to the sap.

Prepare the Glue – Mix together equal parts of glue and water in a bowl.

Mix the Spices – Place your desired spices into a plastic bag and mix together. Some suggestions: Cinnamon, Allspice, Ground Cloves and/or Nutmeg.

Coat the Pine Cones With Glue – Dip a foam brush into the glue mixture and paint onto the pine cone.

Add the Spices – Place the glue-covered pine cone in the spice mixture bag, then shake.

Dry the Pine Cones – Allow the pine cones to dry in the bag at least overnight. Tap them when you take them out of the bag to remove any spices not sticking to the glue.

* Designer’s Tip – These pine cones can also be added to a fire to fill your home or campfire with a lovely aroma.

Source: About.Com