Mason Jar Gift: Scented Holiday Light

I love this project! It's super simple and it lasts from Fall all the way through the Holiday season, easily customizable for each occasion. Plus, it smells heavenly and that's a total bonus in my book!

1 Mason Jar
1 box of mini-christmas lights (I used white lights but any color would work)
Assorted ribbon (for each Holiday)
Scented potpourri (I used "Pumpkin Spice" and "Cinnamon Apple")

Choose a mason jar you love.
Take your mini-christmas lights out of the box and test to make sure they work.
Open up whichever scented potpourri you want to use (for Halloween and Thanksgiving I used the "Pumpkin Spice", for the Christmas jar I will switch it out to "Cinnamon Apple") and place a small amount into the mason jar. Begin adding your mini-christmas lights into the mason jar.
I used a layer method - a little potpourri, a couple lights, more potpourri, etc.
Once all the lights are inside the jar (along with plenty of potpourri) you'll have just a bit of the cord running out the back.

Choose a ribbon you want to embellish the jar with and tie it on - viola - instant mason jar holiday light! 
And once it has been plugged in for awhile the lights heat up the potpourri filling the room with the wonderful scent (don't worry, they aren't hot enough to cause a fire!).
I love the idea of giving this craft away as a gift as your recipient would get to use it whenever they want, just swapping out the ribbon (and possibly the potpourri) to customize for any Holiday.


Candy Corn Inspired Fall Flower Display

I've been slowly working on putting together a Fall front porch display that is finally coming together. I knew I wanted to display many plants with a limited amount of space, so I decided to utilize a step-ladder. However, the step-ladder was not pretty, it was just your standard metal ladder everyone has in the garage, so it needed a quick make-over. I had some black chalkboard spray paint in the garage and since I wanted the ladder to have a matte appearance, I decided to use it. Two quick coats and done, let it dry and move on the the fun part - painting flower pots!
I had a dozen ceramic flower pots from Oriental Trading I'd been wanting to use, so this was the perfect opportunity. Since I'm going for a Fall theme and don't want to be tied to Halloween (want to extend the display until after Thanksgiving) I decided to go with "candy corn inspired" colors (yellow, orange and white). 
After each one was painted and dried, I applied a layer of Outdoor Mod Podge formula since they might be exposed to the elements even if they are covered on the porch. 
Once the Mod Podge was dried, I added in some different colored mums. Now, let it be known that these are totally fake mums, we live in Orlando and I've tried to have real mums before. They last a few weeks in this heat and then they shrivel up and die, so this time I went the artificial route. 
Again, because they were going to be outside, I wanted to protect them from the elements. So I sprayed some aerosol sealer over them (clear coat). I did the same with the Fall foliage vine I wrapped around the newly painted step-ladder. 
Last step was to take the ladder outside and arrange the candy corn inspired flower pots. I added in some existing painted ceramic pumpkins for added Fall flare. I'll add some real carved pumpkins as we get closer to Halloween (they don't last long before molding/dying here in Florida either). 

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Quick & Easy Halloween Door Decoration

Haven't decorated for Halloween yet?! Don't stress! I hadn't either, but I knew I wanted to, I just needed something quick, easy and cheap!! Enter, this easy wooden letter project!

I just picked up some wooden letters to spell "Boo" from the local craft store which was under $5 for all 3 of them. I already had black paint and orange scrapbook paper at home, and some coordinating ribbon, so all I needed were the letters. 
I painted each letter with 2 coats of black acrylic paint. 
While the letters dried, I cut out some "dots" using a paper punch I already had. I selected 4 different orange patterns and went to town. Then I artfully arranged them on the letters before gluing them down to make sure I had enough. 
Once I was certain I had enough "dots" I started gluing them down using my favorite Mod Podge (matte) medium. 
I let the Mod Podge dry overnight. The next morning, I used my orange ribbon to tie the 3 letters together. I actually used a hot glue gun to make sure the ribbon stayed in place. 
And that's it! Next, I went outside and hung it on the door. 
I moved my Fall popcorn wreath over to make room for the "Boo" door decoration (placed it above my candy-corn inspired fall plant display - using an updated step-ladder). 
After Halloween, the "Boo" will come down and I'll put the Fall popcorn wreath back up until after Thanksgiving. Here's to making decorations that last MONTHS!!! 

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IKEA Lamp Hack Tutorial

Awhile ago I purchased this lamp from IKEA for a corner in our family room that needed something. Once I got it home however, I was underwhelmed. In particular, I was definitely not a fan of how the cord just hung right in the middle of the lamp, making the entire thing look sloppy. I didn't know what to do with it. 
Then, I came up with the idea of covering the structure of the lamp with jute or nautical rope. It seemed like that would be an easy enough fix. Ha! I tried a few different types of nautical rope (which is the original look I was really going for, so I hung on to this idea for WAY too long before caving to defeat) but none of the ropes would adhere with hot glue OR they simply didn't bend in the manner in which I needed them to bend. Until I finally came across this 1 inch thick jute rope.
So, using my hot glue gun, I applied the jute rope around the lamp. Gluing each layer on top of the next all the way up.
I didn't realize that this would take awhile. Like days. Lol. I just kept doing it in stages when I had time and never seemed to get very far...
Finally, it was fully wrapped. I added a lampshade (also IKEA) and the lamp was done!

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