DIY: How to Make Fabric Pumpkins

It’s officially fall! Although, for me it was a little anti-climatic, since I started decorating for fall the first week of September. But now, we autumn-aficionados can revel in our favorite season and post too many photos of pumpkin spice lattes while wearing cozy sweaters and boots.

I shared in my Friday Finds post these adorable velvet pumpkins from Target (for $1!) but bemoaned that they only had one color left. After I brought them home, I remembered that I have yards of bright blue velvet in my fabric stash, thanks to the Ikea curtains we bought for our master bedroom that needed about a foot cut off of the bottom to fit our windows. I didn’t have any real pumpkin stems, so I DIYed a cute way of getting around that, so don’t despair if you don’t have any pumpkin stems either. I like the contrast of the hemp twine and velvet anyway; it’s very farmhouse chic.

Let’s get started!

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Create: How to Make A Cloud Mobile (That lights up!)

For the longest time, I couldn’t decide what to do for a mobile for the baby’s room. My dream was, of course, this handmade felted one from Etsy
But as amazing as it is, $115 was a little outside of my budget … just a little. And it’s now sold out. 
There were lots of other mobiles on Etsy, Target had one that fit the sea theme, and I almost bought a shell mobile while we were in California at one of the shops. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to make something. And when I found this idea on Pinterest, I knew it was just the right level of easy and awesome. 

You will need:

  • Three paper lanterns. I bought this pack of three on Amazon for $9.99. I like that they’re lacy, which allows the light to shine through even better.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Glue sticks that fit your glue gun (anyone want a big package of already opened glue sticks that didn’t fit my glue gun? Lesson learned).
  • Pillow batting. I bought a small bag of batting at JoAnns, and still have plenty left to make some pillows.
  • LED Hanging lights. You’ll need LED lights, because they don’t get hot, so there’s no fire hazard. I bought this three pack on Amazon for $20, mainly because I wanted the convenience of the remote control to turn them off and on. This one also allows you to adjust the brightness, and can flash slowly or quickly. I highly recommend it! 
  • String for hanging. Do not use thread – once you add the lights, these lanterns aren’t super light. Whether you’re using fishing line or string, make sure it’s strong enough to hold them up.
  • Ceiling hook for hanging. We bought a package of two at Home Depot for around $2.

Step one: Fluff and glue. Once your glue gun is hot, squiggle some glue on the lantern. Grab a tuft of batting, and press it onto the lantern before the glue hardens. Work in small areas, fluffing and shaping as you go. 
You don’t want to make the batting too thick, or the light won’t shine through as well, but don’t be stingy either if you want nice fluffy summertime clouds. Make sure you get the surface well covered, and add extra thickness where you want it.
It helps to hang them up temporarily so you can see them from all angles. 

Step two: lights, action. The lights I bought came with a lot of elastic string for hanging. I kept it mostly wound up, and left just a loop for hanging from the lantern. 
Oh, and make sure you put batteries in the lights before you hang them up, and test the remote.
Step four: up, up and away. Install the hook in your ceiling – Brian did this for me, so I’m not sure of the exact steps, but it didn’t take very long, and there will probably be instructions on the package.
Using the strong string or fishing line mentioned above, tie the lanterns to each other at about equal distances, and then to the hook in the ceiling. 
Step five: glow time! Turn off all the lights and watch them glow.
Then try the different flashing speeds on the remote to create a little thunderstorm. 

There’s lots of ways to adapt this – a bunch of these hung at different heights makes a great wedding photo backdrop, you can hang multiple hooks in your ceiling to adjust the cloud layout and add a rainbow for a child’s bedroom, they would look great hanging over tables at a “twinkle-twinkle little star” themed baby shower, you can add battery string lights for light up rain  – so many ideas! 
Where would you use these? Comment below with your ideas, and let me know if you try this at home!

CREATE: 10 Back to School Crafts

Classes resume this week at Arizona State University, and even though I’m graduated and done, I’m feeling very back-to-school sentimental. So, for those of you who are actually going back to school, here’s ten great DIYs for decorating your dorm room, organizing your space, and adding some fun to your clothes. For those of us who aren’t going back to school, we can vicariously live through you by making these too!

1. Gilded Seashells

Create an elegant display of your summer vacation souvenirs following AttaGirl’s tutorial on Seven-thirty-three blog.

2. Whimsical Elbow Patches.

Cutsey-up your back-to-school wardrobe with racoon elbow patches from Imagine Gnats, or keep it simple with these heart elbow patches from A Beautiful Mess.

3. Book Page Headboard

Book page crafts put me in the back-to-school spirit. This would make a great backdrop for a dorm room wall, plus it’s a good use of an old textbook. Here’s how I made it.

4. Book Clutch

A cheaper alternative to the Kate Spade version, carrying this clutch makes you look studious everywhere you go.

5. Scarf Hanger

Even if you’re not dealing with limited dorm room closet space, you can make use of this easy DIY from Pinching Your Pennies to organize your scarf collection.

6. Foxy Throw Pillow

This felt fox pillow from Maureen Cracknell Handmade will brighten any room.

7. Feather Stamped Fabric

Use this technique to embellish pillows, clothes, and anything else you can think of.

8. Floating Bookshelf

These floating bookshelves were made with old bookends! From Upcycle Us.

9. Coffee Tea Lights

Keep yourself up for an all-nighter with these candles. The heat from the tea lights releases the scent of the coffee beans!

10. Hogwarts Sweater

Because you know you want one. Or if you don’t, you can make it for me! Here’s the tutorial.

If you’re looking for more dorm room ideas, check out these decorating and storage ideas, part 1 and part 2. 

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DIY Quick and Easy Curtains

Happy Monday friends! Last week I finally crossed of a DIY I’ve wanted to accomplish for a long time: living room curtains! 
I knew exactly what I wanted. Navy and white horizontal stripes. It can go modern or nautical, and it would tie together all the blue and white china, as well as the blue winged back chairs. The only problem was that I couldn’t find any such curtains. I looked everywhere for an affordable option. Then one day, as I was browsing the home section of Target, I saw it. 
A navy and white striped shower curtain! 

Here’s what you’ll need to turn a shower curtain into the curtains of your dreams: 
  • A shower curtain. Double check the measurements to make sure it will fit your window, but keep in mind, if you need to you could add extra fabric to make them longer. My curtain cost $15!
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing machine
First, lay the curtain on the floor, and with the measuring tape, find the middle. Use pins to mark the middle, and cut the curtain in half. 

Then, pin the edges you just cut to create a hem. 

Sew the hem.

Since it’s a shower curtain, it already has slots at the top for hanging. I had to cut the slots to make them a little bigger. Then, just thread the curtain onto your curtain rod, and you’re done!

It’s so easy, and yet it makes me so happy every time I look at them.

Not bad for $15! I think it’s a great improvement to the room. What do you think?

The moral of this story is that if you need a low cost option, don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

The DIY Dreamer

How to Make an Inexpensive Wedding Photo Booth

Photo booths provide reception entertainment for wedding guests, as well as a favor to take home. While many photo booth rental companies exist, brides can cut costs by creating their own, like this one made from plywood with vintage wallpaper, or a simple fabric backdrop, like this one. Here’s how the bride and I made an inexpensive photo booth last August.

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Tutorial: Button Daisy Headband

Because my BFF’s upcoming wedding flower is a daisy and the colors are yellow, black and white, I was inspired to make myself this button daisy headband. It might be too casual or the wedding, but it will be cute for the bachelorette party or rehearsal dinner! Here’s how you can easily make one for yourself:
1. Cut six pieces of ribbon, 2 inches long each. 
2. Fold each piece in half and sew the ends together to make a loop. Now you have six petals. 
3. Sew the petals together, starting with two or three, and adding each petal at an angle to great a flower shape.
4. Sew a yellow button in the center. 
5. Attach the flower to an elastic headband by sewing under the button, carrying the thread over the elastic, and going back up under the button. Secure with a knot. I don’t recommend trying to sew through the elastic, it’s really hard to get a needle through, and I think it ruins the elastic. Plus, this way you can snip the threads on the back if you ever want to replace the daisy with something else!
6. Voila!
All that remains is deciding how to wear it, normally, or hipster style:
Me looking normal, and my hipster face. Yeah, I’m cool like that.

This headband is super quick (less than an hour) and easy to make, so it’s a great project for someone just beginning to sew. I think it would also be really cute for a baby or little girl’s headband. Hm, maybe  for the flowergirls? I might run that past the bride. 

I’ve also been making ribbon flowers like this one: 
If the daisy is level super easy, this is level extremely difficult. But, for those of you adventurous stitchers, I’m working on a tutorial. 
In other news, TODAY I’m officially accepting blog sponsors! Yay!
Honestly, I’ve been wrestling with when to start offering sponsorship opportunities for some time, and here’s why. Scribbles is a relatively small blog in terms of followers, although I do get a lot of traffic. You could buy an ad on a bigger blog for the same price. I know that. 
BUT. I really, really, really want this blog to make a difference. There are many, many wonderful charities, organizations, and non-profits I so want to support financially, but it’s a sacrifice to support the ones Brian and I are already committed to (it’s totally worth it :)).
Plus, I want to use this blog to motivate others to make a difference. That’s why I’ve decided to seek blog sponsors; 20% of each ad bought will be donated to a wonderful cause, starting with Food For the Hungry. I’ve written about them before here. In the future, I’d like to support Compassion International, and Love 146
If you are interested in an ad for your blog, business, or non-profit, you’ll find out all you need to know on the shiny new Sponsor page, and if you have any questions, email me! (ejconley(at)hotmail(dot)com. 
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