DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I was so excited to try my own version of this DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath.  I love Fall, it’s my favourite season, I cannot wait to decorate for the next season as soon as school starts. My daughter is a big glitter fan (what four-year-old is not right?!?!) so she is always looking for glitter crafts to do with me.  This was a great compromise!

I hit up the Dollarama for some supplies and then came home to craft it up!  I suggest you check out your local Dollarstore for your favourite Fall items.

 

Materials Needed:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • Dollar Store wreath- I found a wooden/wicker one
  • Leaves – real or fake from the Dollar Store
  • Red glitter (or yellow, orange, or brown, any leaf colour really)
  • Mod Podge & paint brush
  • Glue gun & stick

 

How to Assemble:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • I heated up the glue gun and my kids helped me pick leaves (I alternated colours).  They handed me each colour and I used the glue gun to stick it on, they helped press it down.
  • Working around the wreath I glued all the leaves on until it was completely covered.
  • Now for the fun part using Mod Podge (or even regular white glue) the kids painted it on the leaves then sprinkled it with red glitter. They loved this part!
  • You can thread a ribbon through the top to hang it.  Or lean it on your fireplace.

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I put it on my front walk leaning against a bale of hay for some pretty Fall decorations.  Just in time for the Autumn Equinox!!

 

 

What are your favourite Fall items to decorate your house with?

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

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Apple Matching

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This is a really cute, easy fun activity to make for your toddler.  It teaches them colour matching, fine motor skills, and independent play.

To make this activity I used:

  • Cookie Sheet from Dollarama
  • Red & Green pompoms
  • Brown and Green construction paper
  • Green and red silicone cups

How to do the activity:

I cut the brown construction paper into a tree trunk and the green into the main part of the tree.  I then taped it to the cookie sheet.  I scattered the pompoms on the tree to resemble apples and put out two silicone muffin wrappers so Bee could match the colour with the pompoms to sort them.

It worked really well.  Honestly I did not even know she was capable of doing something like this yet, I was pretty impressed she was able to sit still and match all the pompoms on her own.

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What kind of matching activities do you do with your toddler?




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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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Apple Paper Plate Craft

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My toddler is doing a lot of painting at Nursery School so to help her we are practicing by making painting crafts.  First up is painting an apple paper plate to go with our Apple theme lately.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper Plate
  • Red Paint
  • Paint brushes and bowls for paint
  • Twig and leaves
  • Tape

 

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Super simple to do. We painted a paper plate red, then went out to the backyard and got a twig and leaf to use as the stem and apple leaf to seem more rustic.

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It may seem easy, but with a toddler painting, trying to get them to cover a whole surface area can be challenging.  Not to mention taping on the decorations.  I was happy with the results though!

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What is your favourite fall paper plate craft?




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Leaf Handprint Tree

I love handprint crafts.  The reminder and view of my children’s adorable little hands just melts me.  I jump at all the ideas for handprint crafts, particularly seasonal.  I love using their hand prints for leaves and wanted to try making a wreath out of it using a paper plate.

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Materials needed:

  • Construction paper in multiple colours for leafs (I used red, green, yellow, and orange)
  • A paper plate
  • Glue (I used a glue gun)
  • Scissors and crayon
  • Brown paper or cardboard for the tree

How to do it:

I used the crayon to trace their hands (crayon doesn’t leave marks on them) then cut them out.

TIP: if you stack multiple papers (I used orange, red, and yellow) together when cutting you only have to cut once and it saves time.

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This was my first time doing Po’s handprint so I was ridiculously excited about it.  His little hands are so cute!

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After cutting out the hand leaves, I used a glue gun to glue it onto a paper plate, I used my toddlers hand prints with the bright colours around the outside and the small baby green ones in the centre, making it look more like a tree.

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Next I cut a small leaf out of the brown and a large trunk.  Glued it all together and I have a beautiful handprint tree!

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Mabon Matching Printable

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I love trying to think of creative ways to introduce my toddler to holidays and seasons.  I decided to make her a matching game with Fall/Mabon/Autumn Equinox items to match.  I found fall related items, apple, pumpkin, pine cone, leaf, and acorn and made a free printable for it.

Mabon Printable Matching Game

Next, I printed two copies out in colour ink.  Then I cut up the items into squares and glued them on construction paper to make it thicker.  Using Saran press and seal wrap I laid all the items on it (sticky side up so the card stuck), and pressed the wrap down. pressing out the bubbles.  I flipped the wrap over to do the other side, being careful it lined up.  Using scissors I cut it out, making sure not to cut too close to the paper so as not to break the plastic seal.

There you go your own super cheap laminated Mabon matching cards!  All you need is probably already in your house!

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Now get creative thinking of all the things your toddler can do with it.

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Here are some of my ideas:

  • Identify the objects.
  • Identify the colours.
  • Play memory with it.
  • Match the objects.
  • Match with like colours.

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What ways would you play with it?  What are your favourite fall items?




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Top 5 Fall Activities to do with a Baby & Toddler

I love Fall!  Here are my top five fall activities to do with a baby and toddler.  Even better, this is my first guest post!  Please check it out over at:

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Some great ideas on activities to do with babies and toddlers to incorporate them in your fall plans and start teaching them about the seasons.

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What are your favourite fall activities to do with your kids?

Mabon Wreath

Fall is amazing!  I am trying to become more creative so decided to attempt making my first wreath.

Mabon Wreath

I love the look of a seasonal wreath on your front door.  It is a great way to prepare for the next season!

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Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Red & orange paint
  • Ribbon for stems & to hang

What to do:

I cut circles out of a cardboard box with an x-acto knife, using cups as template and a large bowl for the wreath.   Then painted half red and the other half orange.

Then I took some puzzle pieces and painted them red and orange.  The first ones were already dry by the time I finished painting so I heated up the glue gun then started glueing puzzle pieces on.   How many pieces you will need is a personal decision, I started painting some red ones but they were too small and I hit up the dollar store again to get some bigger pieces.  I found 5-6 big pieces worked.  I tried glueing the small pieces I had done previously on to embellish, but found I preferred without so didn’t do it with the pumpkin ones.

I took a small puzzle piece and a brown marker and painted 6 stalks.  Then I cut up some ribbons and glued a stem and 1-2 ribbons on each pumpkin/apple.

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I glued them alternating on the wreath, then I glued some brown ribbon on the back to hang it.

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I was really happy with the results.  My first real attempt at something crafty/decorating related.

What do you guys think?  Do you prefer to just buy a pre-made wreath or make something more to your tastes




 

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Celebrating Mabon

 Celebrating Mabon - Fall is my favourite season. It is a great time of year, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the third harvest festival. Here are some fun ways to celebrate.

pumpkins-1513088-639x852Are you celebrating Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is one of my favourite pagan holidays.  I love Fall, it is my favourite season and this is one of my favourite times of year to celebrate.  Between the crisp autumn air, pumpkin everything, apple cider, all the amazing end of year crop harvest goods, my birthday, and the countdown to Christmas this season just always makes me so happy!

The sun is directly over the equator now and is starting it’s shift towards the southern hemisphere, making it fall in the northern hemisphere.  Our days are getting shorter, nights longer, and the weather is getting cooler.Exif JPEG

Mabon is the second of three harvest festivals.  Incorporating a lot of the harvest foods like corn, squash, zucchini, apples, pumpkins, etc. into your food and celebrations is an easy way to welcome fall.

Mabon is also Pagan thanksgiving!  This is the first year I decided to celebrate with extended family.  Everyone was invited over for a traditional vegetarian thanksgiving!  We had tofurkey, roasted potatoes and carrots, brussel sprouts, mushroom gravy, brussel sprouts, stuffing and corn.  My parents and sister came over to join us and celebrated Mabon together.  It was great!  We played outside, went for a walk, and ate lots of food!

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Mabon is also the fifth year anniversary of my wedding/handfasting to my husband.  I confuse my husband each year because we were married on Mabon, which that year was September 23, but Mabon is anywhere from September 20 to 23, it changes every year, and we celebrate it on Mabon not the 23rd.  Last year was the first since we were married four years ago that the two coincide.  Ladies, is it mean asking your husband to remember the holiday not date to celebrate or just plain cruel to make him remember so much?!?!  Guys, would you be able to remember or just get confused with the changing date every year?

Celebrating Mabon - Fall is my favourite season. It is a great time of year, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the third harvest festival. Here are some fun ways to celebrate.

Some things you can do to celebrate Mabon or just plain old Fall:

  • Have a thanksgiving or harvest meal with your friends and family.
  • falling-1564889-639x852Build a spiral out of leaves and teach your children to walk it, or walk it while they play in the yard to get a few minutes of peace and contemplation as you walk.  I love spirals!  They are a great meditative tool and look so cool.
  • Crafts related to corn and apples are also a practical way to teach your kids about harvest foods.  Below I have links to corn activities and crafts you can do with your baby and toddler, apple and pumpkin ones are coming, check back next month.
  • Go apple picking.
  • Go pumpkin picking.
  • Rake leaves.
  • Decorate your house for fall (mantelpiece, windows, door, etc.).
  •  If you have a family altar or a nature table try to incorporate some fall items in it, leaves, twigs, pine cones, squash, etc.
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What do you like to do to celebrate fall/Mabon?  What activities do you enjoy?

Celebrating Mabon - Fall is my favourite season. It is a great time of year, Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the third harvest festival. Here are some fun ways to celebrate.

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