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DIY Mini Confetti Pumpkins

Cozied up with a hot cup of cider and an oversized hoodie, the smell of a bonfire outside, and pumpkins galore.  Fall is my favorite season hands down.  It seems to last about 1/2 as long as winter, fall, and spring but I’ll take what I can get!

Last weekend I took Jack out to Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch for our first orchard/pumpkin experience of fall.  I’m not sure which of us was more excited and I hope it always stays that way.  I say first experience knowing that we will make a trip to Negangard Pumpkin Patch for our actual pumpkins -BEST PRICES around!  Added bonus -family is good people.  Stops at The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur and Rader Family Farms in Normal could be on the list too.  Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana is another place I’d like to add to our list, but not sure if our busy month of October will allow for that one or not.  Each place has a reason for standing out from the crowd.

In my opinion the cider and the doughnuts are what make Curtis Orchard stand out, I’ve been a loyal customer of these items for as long as I can remember.  We added a few mini, white pumpkins to our list last weekend too or as Jack would say “punkins” :-).  Pumpkin carving, painting, decorating, whatever you may choose to do can get messy, and even messier when you have little kiddos wanting to help (as they should).  I like to try different things so I went on a small little hunt for something easy to do with kids and alas I came across Kelly’s Confetti Pumpkins on Cloudy Day Gray and fell in love.  They are so colorful!  Not your typical fall colors but sometimes ya gotta venture out more.

DIY Confetti Mini Pumpkins
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You can buy pre-made confetti like this…or this…or this.  Type something related to “confetti” in the search bar below and you’ll get tons of options to choose from.
While pre-made confetti would have been much more convenient we wanted to do the pumpkins day of -so, we made the confetti ourselves.  I grabbed some tissue paper from the Dollar Tree, similar to this.  You are also going to need some Mod Podge, which the Dollar Tree might actually have mini containers of if you make a stop there.  I had intended to use a circle punch to cut the tissue paper into little circles but turns out I forgot I threw it away a few months ago.  Maybe it worked out for the best, I’m not sure if tissue paper would be too thin to cut clean or not?!  Nothing a regular scissors can’t do though -you’ll note from the photo below that I did not go about this in any neat manner.  I just randomly folded the tissue paper and cut circles into it.  Don’t worry if your circles aren’t a perfect circle.  Mine were far from it, but you can’t really tell in the final product.

DIY Confetti Mini Pumpkins

To get the tissue paper confetti to stick to the pumpkin, you’ll need to paint a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the pumpkin.  I did this part and then the boys stuck the confetti onto the pumpkin.  While working on his pumpkin, Chase said “mommy, this project of yours was sure a good idea” -so there you have it, kid approved!

DIY Confetti Mini Pumpkins

Once all of the confetti is placed onto the pumpkin, let them dry.  Once dried you are gonna paint one more coat of the Mod Podge over the top -this flattens the confetti out and seals it.  Don’t worry if it looks like you have painted a coat of white paint over the top, it should dry clear.  Just make sure to even the coat out as smooth as possible.

DIY Confetti Mini Pumpkins

Once the second layer of Mod Podge is dried you’ve got some cheerful pumpkins to display :-). There are endless options for how you could design these whether that be mixing up your color choices or using a different shape from a circle.  I’d love to see what you come up with if you give this a shot!

DIY Confetti Mini Pumpkins

Aren’t they just so playful?!  Go on now and try them out, it’ll brighten your day :-).

 

Glitter Easter Eggs

Mornin’ ya’ll <3

With Easter just around the corner I bring to you a fun, girly way to decorate your Easter Eggs -and it is so quick! Decorating these beauties literally took me 5-10 minutes.  We also got one of the standard decorating kits from the store for the boys to do, they chose Mickey of course…that process took a bit longer and won’t be documented here :-).

Glitter Easter Eggs

You’ll need:

(The affiliate links above are to the products I used, but you could substitute another brand of glitter if you wanted, I used the Advantus gold and pink colors.  I’m not sure what you would use in place of the Mod Podge…Mod Podge is kind of like magic.  As these are affiliate links just a quick note that I could get a few cents for any clicks on any of the links in this post.)

So first things first, you’ll want to hard boil your eggs.  I am NOT going to give directions on how to do that in this post.  Why?  Because quite frankly, I’m the worst at it.  Someone please tell me what works best for them as it is hit or miss for me every dang time.  We found out these weren’t done to perfection pretty quickly when one of the boys dropped one on the floor and pure liquid came out -big fail!  So, needless to say we won’t be eating these eggs and will only have them on display until they go bad.

Brown & White Eggs

Once you’ve got your eggs ready (boiled or not), you are ready to decorate.  The only downside about these is the glitter can be kind of messy.  As long as you have newspaper down or something similar you’ll be fine.  Wherever you want glitter to be, glide on some Mod Podge with your paint brush.  I just did halves of the egg and lines because I was in a hurry, but you could easily do the whole egg too. I also kind of like the look of just a brown egg, it’s whatever your want!  Then you just roll the egg in glitter or sprinkle it on.  Mine didn’t look that great at first as you can see below….

Decorating eggs with glitter

I let them dry over night and then just wiped the excess glitter off with a paper towel… waaalaaaa – they look pretty!  Get the look below by throwing in a cute bowl and hand towel. I think these would look really pretty with a light blue too.  Check out Girl Inspired for these glitter eggs at an expertise level, I love her polka dots!

Glitter Easter Eggs That’s it folks, hope everyone has a Hoppy Easter :-).

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O Easter Tree

For those of you that love decorating your Christmas Tree during December or November (maybe October?) this post is for you.  You’ve probably seen some version of these already whether that be online or in a random store – Easter Trees.  Similar to Christmas Trees, but Easter themed. I’ve heard of people who keep some sort of tree or plant up year round, swapping out the decorations depending on the season.  We aren’t those people…yet.

In the past we’ve never really decorated for Easter, but when I saw one of these in the store that reminded me of Candyland I thought why not make one of our own?  I knew I’d be able to assemble something to blend better with what we have going on already, rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.  So, we looked for a few things that we liked…and argued over who got to sit where in the cart.

Originally I had it in my head that we would buy plain eggs and paint them in a nude metallic color, but I was in town with these yahoos for 4 hours and my energy slowly decreased as the day went on.  SO, I settled for some pre-colored eggs that weren’t my first choice in color BUT they came with ribbon ready to hang so it all balanced out.  We got these at Hobby Lobby, 40% off, but we were at Michael’s before and they had some I liked better, also on sale….no way I was dragging the boys back there a 2nd time. They like to sporadicaly put their hands outside of the cart when we roll by anything that is breakable, then I almost have a heart attack, over and over.  I let out a little chuckle when I saw a fellow mom, also with 2 boys, that looked to be going through the same struggle.  We’ve all been there.  One time Chase shattered a candle in Bath & Body Works and another little boy and his mom came up to us -the little boy simply said “it’s okay, I have broken things too” -how sweet was that?

Anyhow, eggs from Hobby Lobby as well as the floral stems, also on sale.  We already had the pitcher from last July, but Michael’s has something similar right now.  The nice thing about this is you can really make it your own, however you want to.  Instead of a pitcher you could use a flower pot or large vase and your options for florals are endless.

Spring Decor Craft Supplies

Also, depending how short your container is and how long your florals are, you will probably need a wire cutter or pliers of some type….ehhh, is that what they are called?  I’m not really sure, I just know that I use them every time I get something like this so they aren’t standing a foot above the container.  PS – I also thought these were bunny ears when I took this pic, oops?

Spring Floral Decor

So then you just style and arrange however your little heart desires. If you have little helpers, maybe you rearrange a few times…or maybe you don’t.


I had planned on using this for our kitchen table centerpiece, but we are in the middle of making a new table, fingers crossed it turns out!  When Easter passes, you can just take the eggs off and use for spring decor.  I say this as I look out the window and there are GIANT snowflakes coming down, only in Illinois.

Easter Tree

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