DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

I love everything Fall.  It is for sure my favourite season.  I love being able to decorate my house for Fall.  It’s sad that it’s the end of summer and means -40 degree weather is on it’s way, but it’s like nature’s consolation before Winter.

My daughter was asking for glitter crafts, and I am happy to oblige!!  I wanted a new centerpiece to display Fall items like pine cones, acorns, etc.  Maybe later on a candle holder for on the table during a holiday meal.  I hit up Dollarama and found a beautiful plain glass jar, some plastic leaves, glitter, and mod podge.  I even found the decorations for the inside.  I love making crafts, but I prefer to do it on a budget so I can make more crafts for less.

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.




Materials Needed:

  • Plain glass jar
  • Plastic leaves
  • Glitter
  • Mod podge
  • Glue gun
  • Optional: Decorations for the inside

How to Assemble:

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

  • Heat your glue gun and assemble your materials.
  • I wanted to keep the leaves at the base of the vase.  I used the glue gun to glue the leaves as a border around the bottom of the vase.  But it’s your craft so if you want it at the top, middle, or even all over it’s totally up to you.
  • After you have attached all the leaves you can use the mod podge to glue it down against the vase and add glitter on top.
  • That’s it!  You are done.  You can choose to fill it with Fall items, or put a candle in.  Totally up to you!

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

Where do you put your decorative vases?  Fireplace mantle?  Kitchen table?  Coffee table?  And do you prefer to fill with candy?  Fall items? Candles? Sand?  What is your favourite filler?

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

 

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DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

Coloured Wax Pumpkin

This is a really fun craft I am using to represent the four elements on my altar.

Coloured Wax Pumpkin - This is super easy and great for teaching kids the quarters and colours. A perfect addition to your Samhain altar.

Grab a pumpkin and four crayons to represent each quarter (blue, yellow, red, and green) and glue them around the pumpkin in the corresponding compass directions (North green, east yellow, south red, west blue) with a glue gun.  Take a blow dryer and melt the crayons.  It’s messy, hot, and splatters, so keep that in mind when choosing your location.

Keep heating the wax until it looks the way you want it.

I also did it with smaller pumpkins making a rainbow out of them.

Coloured Wax Pumpkin - This is super easy and great for teaching kids the quarters and colours. A perfect addition to your Samhain altar.

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Samhain

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHalloween is a modern day holiday with it’s roots in Paganism.  It is actually the third harvest holiday and the Pagan New Year.   In old pagan traditions it was believed that Samhain was when the veil between the worlds of living and dead was thinnest.  Meaning we could communicate with our loved ones who had passed before us and perhaps be visited by them to receive help and advice.  Food was given as an offering and lights were set in hollowed-out turnips and gourds to guide the spirit of the dead home to them.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  In modern day society kids dress up in costumes and go door-to-door collecting sweets and treats from neighbouring houses. This is a take on old pagan traditions.  Children dress up as ghosts and scary monsters representative of the spirits coming back to visit us and neighbours.  They are given treats  as an offering with jack’o’lanterns lighting the way for them.

No this does not mean that by participating in Halloween you are teaching your children about paganism and participating in a pagan tradition.  Although, it depends on how intense your religious views are.  This is just a fun lesson on where Halloween came from and what exactly Samhain is.

In paganism we believe in the triple goddess, which is three versions of the goddess: maiden, mother, and crone, all representing the stages of a female’s life cycle.  The maiden is young, carefree and in the early stages of life.  The mother is the nurturer, whether bearing children or not, and the crone is a woman who was gone through menopause, had all her children move out of the house, and/or reached the age of 50.  Viewed as an old woman, a respected elder, a wise woman.

The crone is where we get our modern-day stereotypical witch, the old hag, covered in warts, sometimes green, she was modelled after the crone.  I hate this view!  Your mother is a crone!  Your grandmother is a crone, you may be a crone!  I am a witch, and I am not green, covered in warts or anything like that.  I love the pictures of witches with their black hats, stripped socks or leggings, and cauldron.  Side note:  I would REALLY like a cauldron.

There you have the origins of Halloween and how similar they are to paganism.  Were you aware of all the correlations?  What do you think of the new Halloween in comparison to it’s traditional Pagan roots?

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If you are pagan, or pagan-friendly (meaning not-pagan yourself but still enjoy being around pagans and sometimes celebrating with them) here are some fun ways to celebrate Samhain.

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  • Go pumpkin picking.
  • Go trick or treating.
  • Light a candle to remember and honour each loved one who has gone before you.
  • Bake sugar skull cookies to commemorate the ancestors and Day of the Dead.
  • Leave out an offering of food to your ancestors.
  • Carve a pumpkin and set a light in it to help your ancestors find you.
  • Celebrate the harvest by partaking in some pumpkin  related activity.  (Check out some links below for more ideas).
  • Dress in black to represent the dead and orange to represent the pumpkins lighting the way for them.
  • Visit your grandparents!  Or other seniors in the area, this is the time of the crone after all, don’t forget the wise-women in your family.
  • Make popcorn to celebrate the harvest, also a great way to celebrate since it is Popcorn month too.
  • Make crafts related to Samhain’s corresponding animals, bats, owls, and black cats.
  • Decorate your altar or mantle for Samhain using leaves, nuts, pumpkins, pictures of ancestors and any of your crafts you made.
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Samhain altar craft

Here is a really cute craft for your altar that is a nod to the quarters.  With two little grasping hands it can be hard to maintain a safe altar as they get into everything, this is a safe way to represent all the quarters without using candles and the items themselves (incense, water, earth, flame)

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What are your favourite ways to celebrate Samhain?  Please consider sharing this post and commenting below.

Thanks and have a happy Samhain and Halloween!

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Pumpkin Felt Board

After the success of the Autumn Tree felt board I decided to attempt making a pumpkin one for Bee to play with.

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Pumpkin Felt Board - This is the perfect pumpkin themed activity to keep your toddler occupied. This Pumpkin Felt Board also helps your creative toddler practice emotions.

Materials Needed:

  • Cookie sheet (I got mine at dollarama)
  • Base felt (I chose grey)
  • Orange and black felt

Method:

  • Glue the base felt onto the cookie sheet (unless you already have a felt board to use).
  • Cut out the orange in the shape of a pumpkin.
  • Cut the black felt into various shapes to represent eyes, mouth and nose.  Be creative in your shapes!

Now let them at it!  I found it really entertaining how she found even more creative ways to use the pieces.  The used a second pair of eyes to make eyebrows!

Pumpkin Felt Board

Have you tried making any felt  boards yet?  Any fun themes to recommend?

Pumpkin Felt Board - This is the perfect pumpkin themed activity to keep your toddler occupied. This Pumpkin Felt Board also helps your creative toddler practice emotions.

If you like felt boards try this one too.

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Witches Feet Flower Pot Craft Decoration

I love witches!  Everything witch-related especially crafts are things I like to do.  I thought of these cute little things to make while trying to come up with some crafts to make for a popsicle craft challenge.

Witches Feet Decorations - This Witches Feet Flower Pot Craft Decoration is super easy to make and really cute. A great way to decorate your flower pot or garden.

Supplies Needed:

  1. Fun foam in black
  2. Popsicle sticks
  3. Markers in various colours
  4. Glue gun.

Method:

  1. If you do not have black fun foam you can make it.  Take your fun foam and cut it out into the shape of witches shoes then paint it black.
  2. Grab your markers and popsicle sticks and use the markers to make coloured lines in your desired pattern up and down the sticks.  Try to make the marks identical on each stick as they are supposed to match since they are socks.
  3. Glue the fun foam on the bottom of the sticks.

Witches feet

Voila!  A cute little craft, easy to make, and would look great in your garden or flower pot.

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Please comment below on your favourite way to decorate your flower pots or garden.

Witches Feet Decorations - This Witches Feet Flower Pot Craft Decoration is super easy to make and really cute. A great way to decorate your flower pot or garden.

 

Flying Witch Handprint

Flying Witch Handprint - Halloween is the time of witches and dark nights. Try out this Flying Witch Handprint craft with your little to get in the Halloween spirit.

As with the footprints, I am really into footprint and handprint art.  I LOVE anything witch related so I was really excited to try and come up with my own version of a Flying Witch Handprint.  If you are crafty I am sure you can do it way better than me, I have a lot of problems with faces.

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Time to Paint

I found everything I needed at the dollar store, paint, canvas, etc.

Using my new knowledge from Po’s painting class I decided to try for a darker blue night-time background.  I dropped a few drops of black and grey scattered over the canvas, then took a moistened sponge and dipped it in blue and lightly smoothed it along the canvas.   I let it dry a few minutes while I prepped for the hand print.

I choose yellow since it is the closest to skin colour and painted Bee’s hand.  Then carefully pressed it onto the canvas and let it dry.  While it was drying I cut some yellow fun foam to make the bottom of a broom and used a glue gun to glue it on a popsicle stick then glued the popsicle stick on the canvas, between two fingers to make it seem like they were legs and she was flying on a broom.

Flying Witch Handprint - Halloween is the time of witches and dark nights. Try out this Flying Witch Handprint craft with your little to get in the Halloween spirit.

I cut some fun foam into the shape of a hat, then made a separate oval for the brim of the witches hat to give it more depth.  I painted on a stripe and buckle to make it look more like a witches hat.  I added on some pointed witches shoes then attempted the face.  At first I tried with a sharpie to draw it on, but it looked awful.  So I painted yellow over it again and tried to keep it more basic with just a dot for the eye and a mouth, I also gave her some hair to make it seem more head-like.

Lastly I stippled on some white clouds to seem like the sky and I was done.

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Flying Witch Handprint - Halloween is the time of witches and dark nights. Try out this Flying Witch Handprint craft with your little to get in the Halloween spirit.

What are your favourite witch crafts?  What is your favourite part of Halloween?

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Witch Footprint

I have been recently taking a super cute painting class with Po where we make a different footprint painting on canvas each week to bring home.  I absolutely adore all these little baby feet crafts we make and I find them kind of addictive.  I wanted to try and come up with some related witch footprint crafts.  I am not the most crafty so fair warning they are not the prettiest out there but I tried to be creative!

What to do?

I found everything I needed at the dollar store, paint, canvas, etc.

Using my new-found expertise I decided to try for a darker blue night-time background.  I dropped a few drops of black and grey scattered over the canvas, then took a moistened sponge and dipped it in blue and lightly smoothed it along the canvas.   I let it dry a few minutes while I prepped for the foot print.

WARNING:  Toddlers always manage to cover everything in paint no matter how careful you are.

I took off her pants and had her sit on a chair, easy access to her foot and hopefully she can sit still long enough to do it!  I painted her foot green (she picked the colour).  She is super ticklish so she giggled and wiggled, getting paint all over both legs, feet, and me.  I stood her up and carefully pressed her foot down for the footprint.  Immediately washing her off, and still paint everywhere!  She had fun though.

I used some popsicle sticks to make a witches hat and then painted on some extra details, hat, buckles, dress, shoes, face, ground, fire, etc.  Be creative!  Embellish with what you like to see.

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What is your favourite footprint art?

 

Please comment below and also if you have any suggestions for ones I should try, or ways I can improve it let me know! Don’t forget to pin the craft on Pinterest so others can try it out too.

Witch Footprint - Halloween is the perfect time to make crafts with your littles & display their adorable little feet prints all over! Try out this Witch Footprint craft

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Pom Pom Pumpkin Craft

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My daughter is really into pumpkins right now.  We made a two-stage pumpkin paper plate craft to go with the pumpkin theme.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Plate
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • Green ribbon
  • Orange pom poms
  • Orange paint
  • Glue, paint brushes, and paint plate for paint

 

Pom Pom Pumpkin

How to Make It:

First we painted it orange then let it dry.  I let her do it her way so the plate looks just like a toddler painted it (aka tons of white spots), but she did it herself and that was more important to me.

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After letting it dry, we practiced more painting skills by painting glue on the plate, then sticking orange pom poms on it.  After she was tired of gluing, she picked a ribbon for the leaf and helped me twist a brown pipe cleaner to use as the stem.

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What are your favourite pom pom crafts?  Are you gearing up for pumpkin season too?

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