15 DIY Pumpkin Crafts That Don’t Involve Carving

Fall means having all kinds of fun using pumpkins! I love finding unique ways to decorate with pumpkins each season. Although they are a gorgeous natural decoration on their own, it’s fun to add some excitement to the mix! Here are some great pumpkin crafts that don’t involve carving. Some of these pumpkins are real, some are artificial, and some aren’t even pumpkins at all! You are sure to find a craft below that will fit your fall decor theme perfectly.  DIY Painted Buffalo Check Pumpkin | The Red Painted Cottage DIY Chinoiserie Pumpkins | 2 Bees in a Pod Nail Head Pumpkins | Designers Sweet Spot Colorful Confetti Pumpkins | Mod Podge Rocks Dollar Store Buffalo Check Pumpkin | Our Crafty Mom Decoupage Paper Mache Pumpkin | Duct Tape and Denim Easy Rustic Pumpkins | Houseful of Handmade Pumpkin Log Slices | The Country Chic Cottage Tattoo Paper Pumpkins | The Heathered Nest DIY Paper Book Pumpkins | Mountain Modern Life Mini Turkey Pumpkins | The Crazy Craft Lady White & Gold Decoupage Pumpkins | At The Picket Fence DIY Velvet Pumpkins | Lehman Lane Mini Pumpkin Floral Vase | Sustain My Craft Habit Colorful Mummy Pumpkins | Dream a Little Bigger   Most pumpkin patches begin opening this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m already planning out my fall crafting to fit as many pumpkin crafts as possible into the next few months!   More Inspiration Still looking for more fall time fun?  Be sure to check out these other posts you will love! The Best…
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8 Great Cricut Projects for Summer

Summertime always seems to bring out my creativity. It must be the warm weather and longer days. I’ve been creating so many fun projects with my Cricut machine lately and each time I fall more in love. Here are a few of the great summer Cricut projects I’ve seen on various blogs lately. This ball cap that Refresh Restyle made is the perfect accessory for an afternoon by the water! Functional style accessories are always a win in my book. I’ve been having so much fun making shirts with the Cricut the past few weeks. I wanted something cute to wear on our upcoming vacation and this tank top did the trick! Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for all the details. This darling cooler is the perfect addition to any summer party! Shrimp Salad Circus shares so many great details on how to create this fun project with ease. Every household in America has at least a few pairs of inexpensive foam flip-flops. Create and Babble added some excitement to these otherwise ordinary sandals with a fun summer design! The longer days of summer also mean less sleep. A Worthey Read  made this fun  coffee mug that is fitting for any time of the year but especially after those late summer nights. If you have a pool party coming up, you need to check out these perfect party cups by Boxwood Avenue. For some reason, tasty drinks are even tastier when they are in cute cups like these. There is one summer accessory that is absolutely necessary to have on hand at all times: a large tote…
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Handmade Butterfly T-shirt Project

Handmade t-shirts are a great project to keep the kids busy during summer break. Here’s how to make this cool butterfly t-shirt with Heat Transfer Vinyl.     I have been making t-shirts like crazy over here. So many shirts, so little time! Recently I spotted this aqua tank on clearance at Walmart for $5.00. I’ve been putting things together for our vacation, and it’s time to make something special for me to wear! This Art Nouveau style butterfly graphic is available on the Cricut website, free with standard access membership. To make the shirt, the design has been enlarged, simplified and recolored. Here’s what to do: Supplies Needed (affiliate links have been included for your convenience): Aqua t-shirt or tank top Heat transfer vinyl in black, light pink (variegated), teal, and aqua (with aqua pattern) Heat press or iron Cricut Ironing pad or ironing board Silicone mat (keeps the warm vinyl from sticking to the iron) Cricut Maker or other Cricut machine Standard grip cutting mat Weeding tool Scissors Directions: Download the free design from my file here: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/99788949 Cut all vinyl according to Cricut directions, placing shiny side of the HTV DOWN on the sticky mat. Weed out the design of each color vinyl before assembling. Trim away excess plastic as you work. Beginning with the variegated pink vinyl butterfly, use the heat press to iron the vinyl on the t-shirt. Place the center of the shirt on the Cricut heat mat. Center the design so it’s about 2″ up from the underarm seam of the top. (I…
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Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 Minutes

This project is part of the Craft Lightening Series, easy to paint in a 15 minute flash!  Craft Lightening Blogger Challenge I am excited to team up with a very talented group of bloggers for this group of Craft Lightening projects! Each of these projects can be completed in just 15 minutes, great for those who love to craft but don’t have a ton of spare time. This month the theme is wooden crafts. All of the projects in the linkup will be using some sort of wood for the base. Here’s how you can Paint a Marbled Wooden Tray in Just 15 minutes! Supplies Needed (affiliate links are included below for your connivence. I will make a small commission from your purchase at no additional charge to you.): 11″ x 14″ Wooden sign ( purchase here) Deco Art Pouring Medium Deco Art Clear Pouring Top Coat Americana Decor Acrylic Craft Paints in Buttermilk Yellow, Warm White, Bluegrass Green, Bahama Blue Deco Art Metallic Craft Paint in Champaign Gold Painter’s tape (I used Frog Tape) Empty soup can or plastic cup for holding paint, plastic knife for stirring Directions:  Lay the sign on it’s back with a piece of plastic or newspaper under it to catch any drips from the paint. Line the edge of the tray with the Frog Tape to keep the paint from spilling on to the edge. Pour the paint can 1/4 of the way full with the Deco Art pouring medium. Add the different colors of Acrylic craft paint to the can, I used 2-3…
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8 Beautiful Cricut Projects Made with Wood

Cricut projects are taking over the DIY world! I’m a huge fan of the Cricut machine and the versatility it provides. I recently heard that the Cricut machine can be used to cut lightweight woods to create more dimension in your projects! I decided to take a look around and see what others have created using this method. In the process, I came across a few other beautiful projects that involve wood so I thought I would share. This beautiful sign is a perfect example of using wood with the Cricut machine to create a unique project. Love Create Celebrate shares an amazing tutorial on how to craft a beautiful sign of your own over on her blog. Newton Custom Interiors designed this fun piece using an existing wood sign she bought at a retailer. If you have a wood sign that you’re not loving, maybe you should check this project out and recycle it into a piece you’ll display with pride. If you’ve been on Pinterest in the past year, I guarantee you’ve seen a sign similar to this one. Christina’s Adventures made one for herself (along with a few other beautiful signs), if you’ve been wanting a farmhouse sign of your own this tutorial is for you. Although this project could be created using vinyl cutouts, My Sister’s Suitcase preferred the dimension that wood cutouts provide. She used multiple materials to create this sign and shares the pros and cons of them all. How beautiful is this sign made by Brooklyn Berry Designs?! She made this one for a wedding, but it would also make a…
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Patriotic Projects for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special day for many reasons. For many, it is the day that summer officially begins. Pools begin to open, it’s finally acceptable to wear white pants again, backyard cookouts are in full swing. But more importantly, it’s a day set aside to remember the service members who have sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom. To honor these brave men and women, we wear patriotic colors and wave our flag proudly. Here are a few patriotic projects that are perfect for your Memorial Day celebration.  If you’ve jumped on the Cricut train, this project is perfect for you! Kelly at Here Comes The Sun shares all her tips for creating this patriotic tee that will complete your Memorial Day outfit. D.D.’s Cottage and Design created this simple banner as a patriotic addition to her mantle. This patriotic wreath is the perfect way to dress up your front door for summertime. Kenarry shares an excellent tutorial on how to create this wreath. You could even trade out the sign on top with a phrase of your choosing! While this isn’t exactly a project, I couldn’t help but share. This creative balloon flag created by Ella Claire is such a fun way to decorate your backyard for a Memorial Day cookout! This is my favorite patriotic project. (I may be a bit biased.) I had so much fun creating this pillow last year, I’m so excited to display it again this year! Head over to Designers Sweet Spot for all the details! This inexpensive craft would be a wonderful patriotic centerpiece or decoration for your front porch…
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Spring Cricut Crafts You Can Create This Weekend

Spring is a time for celebrations of all types. Mother’s Day, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, the list is endless. If you are like me, you enjoy creating unique gifts for the people you love. One of my favorite tools to use when creating these gifts is my Cricut machine. Here are a few spring Cricut crafts you can create this weekend to prepare for any celebration this season sends your way. Flowers are a beautiful gift but within only a few days, they are gone. These delicate paper flowers could be used to decorate for any event or as an easy addition to a spring wreath! Head over to Create and Babble for an excellent tutorial that will guarantee crafting success. This is one of many Cricut crafts I have created this spring. A custom t-shirt is a great gift for the grads in your life. I’ve shared all the details over on my blog, Designers Sweet Spot. Spring Break may be behind us, but summer is on its way! Refresh Restyle gives you all her tips on how to customize an overnight bag for trips to Grandmas or afternoons at the pool. Speaking of the pool, what better way to prepare for summer than customizing your own tumbler? A Little Craft in Your Day also shares how to get this cute graphic to make your crafting even more simple. Celebrations are usually synonymous with tasty treats! Get a head start on your party planning by creating these cupcake wrappers from Sugar Bee Crafts. If you’re stuck in a springtime decor rut, check out this beautiful spring…
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Congrats to the Graduate T-Shirt Craft

Graduations are coming up quick! Here’s a fun t-shirt you can make as a gift for your graduate!   Crafting a T-Shirt I recently started using a Cricut Maker for a few projects on my sewing blog. Now I have become seriously addicted to making things with the Cricut! This easy project has a bit of snarky humor in it. Our youngest son is graduating this year and we love to make grammar jokes at our house. It’s a nerdy homeschool thing that we do. Who knew grammar was so fun? Haha! For this project, I am partnering with a group of talented crafty bloggers to bring you all kinds of end of the school year crafts you can make with a Cricut machine. Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post to be inspired! Supplies Needed: A black t-shirt White Iron on Heat Transfer Vinyl or HTV as it’s called A Cricut Machine Standard 12′ x 12″ Cricut Green Cutting Matt Iron and Ironing Board Weeding Tools (for removing the vinyl you don’t use) Directions: Download this FREE file from my profile in Design Space.   Place the vinyl shiny side down on the cutting matt. Smooth out with a roller or press firmly to remove wrinkles and bubbles. Load the matt into the Cricut machine, press the cut button. Remove the matt after it’s finished cutting the words to be placed on the shirt. Remove the unnecessary vinyl with the weeding tool, pull it off gently from the matt side of the vinyl, leaving the words…
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Craft Room Organization Inspiration

Your craft room is a place for creativity, but just because it’s a creative space doesn’t mean it needs to be a disaster. We found quite a few handy tips on how to organize your crafting supplies, here are some of our favorites.  I have always appreciated a good pegboard. They’re such a flexible storage option since you can add or remove different aspects as your storage needs change. You won’t want to miss the transformation of this room on Just Call Me Homegirl. Polka Dot Poplars created this genius storage tower as a way to organize all the little things that seem to drop to the bottom of drawers. She made these fun colored jars just to match her room decor, the details are over on her blog. If you’re not a fan of the bare pegboard, check out this great alternative over on Southern Hospitality. She also shares a great organization tip for all that ribbon you have laying around. I wish I could tell you how hard it was to pick just one photo to share from In My Own Style. This is one of the most beautiful and organized craft rooms I’ve seen yet. I love the idea of this chest of drawers for organizing all those small pieces that don’t seem to have a home. Bonus: the labels on these drawers can easily be changed! You don’t want to miss this one! This is a fun way to display small bottles of paint. Today’s Creative Life used an everyday item from the home improvement store to create this cute (and functional)…
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How to Plan Your Creative Projects for the Entire Year

It’s time to plan out my creative projects for the next year. This time, I decided to share how I plan my projects for an entire year. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish with a bit of organization early in the year! Quilters Planner and Magazine Creativity Requires Planning Blogging as a creative person requires planning to accomplish projects. I tend to start things and not finish, buy too many supplies that I never use, or have a great idea that gets forgotten in the chaos. That’s how creativity works, we are not an organized lot. However, I have learned that if I spend a bit of time planning I can accomplish so much more! By using a special creative calendar everything comes together in one spot! After searching the internet extensively for a suitable planner, I came across the Quilter’s Planner. It has exactly what I was looking for: Inspirational photos and projects, areas for sketching, keeping swatches, spiral bound and compact in size. I am so excited to start using it! The pages of the planner are bound with a spiral binding. This makes it easy to flip to the current month. On each monthly tab is an inspirational quote and beautiful project. I spend a couple of hours reading through all the projects in the free magazine. Love them all! I chose a few from the magazine to put on my calendar to work on. Creative Project Resources Towards the back of the planner are the resource pages. There are spots for each project…
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