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.

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?

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How to Make an Outdoor Mabon Altar

How to make an Outdoor Mabon Altar - Want a fun & easy way to include your kids in the craft?  Try these tips on how to make an outdoor Mabon altar, family-friendly and critter-friendly.

Mabon around the corner!  Fall is by far my favorite season, my favourite sabbat, Mabon is also in Fall.  If you are looking for tips on how to make an outdoor mabon altar to help bring your practice to your backyard then look no further!  I have a huge tree with tons of squirrels in my backyard, and two young kids, so everything has to be safe for fur and human baby alike, festive, and fun.  Here are some tips on how to make an outdoor altar, or just a fun place outside to celebrate the changing of the seasons and Fall.

Step 1

First you need to choose a location, not the busiest location, but not hidden in the back as you want a chance to enjoy it right?  Choose a place in sight, but not high traffic area.

Step 2

Decide on your materials.  Here are some fun things to incorporate into a Mabon Altar:

  • Apples
  • Pumpkins
  • Leaves
  • Twigs
  • Pine Cones
  • Acorns
  • Candles
  • Herbs
  • Statues
  • Fairies
  • Representatives for the elements: water, incense, candles, soil, etc.

Step 3

Plan your set up, are you placing it right on the ground?  On a stump, rock?  A little table?  Pick your location and start planning how you want to set it up.

Step 4

Enlist the help of your kids to help you set it up (don’t worry once they get bored you can always re-do it afterwards) getting them involved in your family Mabon Altar is half the fun!  Explain to them why you are making it, for us we are saying goodbye to summer and hello to Fall.  We are celebrating the second harvest festival and gearing up to Mabon.

Step 5

Leave an offering.  This is the fun part, get the kids to help choose.  It can be as simple as an apple, or as elaborate as getting them to help bake a baked good using some harvest foods.  For a delicious Pumpkin Muffin recipe the kids are sure to love click here.  I like to enclude a beverage too, apple cider is the best (non-alcoholic of course), or milk or water will work too.  We like to say a quick thanks to the God and Goddess for their ambundent harvest before leaving the offering on the altar.

Step 6

Come back and visit often.  Leave more offerings (food or items), tidy up, and refresh with some nice energy.  You can chant some fall chants.  We like Hoof and Horn (click here to see it) to raise up some energy or use your song as an offering.

My kids had a lot of fun making the altar.  I keep finding random objects on it, pictures, special (to them) stones, sticks, etc.  It’s a really fun way to get them involved.  My yard squirrels are loving the apples too!

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What do you like to include in your Mabon altar?

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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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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.

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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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