Inspiration: Pumpkins!

It’s not Halloween without pumpkins. While carving them up is the classic route, I found tons of creative ways to dress up these seasonal favorites without getting out the carving set. Don’t forget, if you use real pumpkins you can throw in the silica gel from shoeboxes to keep them from molding. They’re all saved to my Ghosts and Ghouls Board.

Glowing Polka-Dot Pumpkins, courtesy of strawberry-chic.blogspot.com/

Mouse Motel Pumpkin, courtesy of marthastewart.com

Crayon Drip Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com

Pumpkin Twig Tree, courtesy of aprimitiveplace.blogspot.com/

Monogrammed Pumpkin, courtesy of sisusa.blogspot.com/

Glitter Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

Spray Paint and Stencils, courtesy of allyou.com

Color-Blocked Pumpkins, courtesy of chatelaine.com

Striped Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Gilded Pumpkins, courtesy of allyou.com

Glitter Chevron Pumpkin, courtesy of kappaprep.com

Glue & Epsom Salts for a Sparkle Pumpkin, courtesy of davisdaybyday.blogspot.com/

Instagram Photo Pumpkin, courtesy of swelldesigner.blogspot.com/

Easy Polka-Dot Pumpkin, courtesy of homestoriesatoz.com

Lentil-studded Pumpkins, courtesy of hgtv.com

More gilded pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com

Lacy Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Cookie-Cutter Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Glam Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Button Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Monogram Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Painted Pumpkins, courtesy of lacquerandlinen.com

Rhinestone Pumpkin, courtesy of flickr.com/photos/frykitty/6191774556/

Candy Corn Pumpkins…great for a weirdly shaped pumpkin! Courtesy of BHG.com

Pastel Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Spraypainted Doily Pumpkins, courtesy of BHG.com

Dressed Up Pumpkin, courtesy of centsationalgirl.com

Pearl Studded Pumpkins, courtesy of fabulouskblog.com

Message on a Pumpkin, courtesy of BHG.com

Washi Tape Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Chalkboard Pumpkins, courtesy of realsimple.com, Photographs by Don Penny; Styling by Vanessa Boer

Silhouette Pumpkin, courtesy of HGTV.com

Intricately Patterned Pumpkins, courtesy of alisaburke.blogspot.com/

Vinyl State Decal Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Burcu Avsar

Decoupaged Pumpkins, courtesy of countryliving.com, photo by Miki Duisterhof

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a classic. Courtesy of freshhomeideas.com

Whew.

Cheers,

Caroline

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Pin of the Day: Monogrammed Keychain

In the mood to spend between $35-50 on a keychain? Me neither. However, if you ARE, I would recommend these without hesitation:

These cuties are from Invite Cottage and for $34.95 +$9.00 shipping, they could be yours. If you want to punch it up a bit, they will craft you one from a Lilly Pulitzer fabric too!

It’s a prep explosion.

These are heading to my Gifted Giving Board. I think this could be a fantastic wedding shower gift with the bride’s new initials!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Crayon Art

June is here! This month is bringing a lot of excitement for me: a trip to Boston to start it out and then a trip to New Orleans at the end, plus I am starting the HUGE summer program at the Science Center on Monday! I feel sure there will not be a single dull moment this month.

June is going to be a great month for The Rainy Day Box, too. First of all, it’s raining! Not some wimpy shower, either – I heard the rain before I saw it which makes me feel very cozy and crafty. Naturally I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. This cheerful DIY art looks like a lot of fun to make and I do believe it will be the perfect thing to add some color to my office!

I found a wonderful tutorial here. Her pictures are spectacular and so happy! Basically you get some crayons (personalize it, people!), hot glue them to a blank canvas, then use a hair dryer on high to melt the wax to your satisfaction. Voila! I am pinning it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board and it’s so do-able I think I might just do it today!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Monogrammed Doormat

Another sweet DIY post…that I have not actually done myself. Ah. Once the summer program at the museum is in full swing maybe I will have a semblance of a normal schedule back. Until then, I’ll be posting all the projects I dream of completing…like this one!

If you’re like me, you still have your Easter doormat outside. I love the idea of always having “seasonally appropriate” decor outside but I fail with the execution of this idea. Repeatedly. I want to make this mat so this year, even when I don’t ever get around to finding the perfect 4th of July mat, I can have something cute and welcoming that is “Rainy Day Box – Approved”: simple, easy to personalize, and you probably have the supplies at your house!

Like many wonderful ideas, this comes from the folks over at Better Homes and Gardens. This would also make a wonderful gift! I’m adding it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board. Here are the (so easy) instructions from their site:

“Print a letter onto cardstock and cut it out. Pin the cardstock stencil on the mat and cover the letter with spray paint. To add dots, repeat the process, masking off the letter before painting the dots.”

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Gift Card Holders

Gift cards are a quick and easy present, but often the presentation is a bit boring. These nifty gift card holders from lemon jitters are just the thing to dress up and personalize those little cards!

Download this template (also from lemon jitters) and print it onto your paper of choice (she recommends cardstock). Cut it out, fold the flaps in and then fold in half and glue it all together!

How adorable! I’m pinning it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board for future reference!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Tile Coasters

Today’s post is a definite rainy day project! Simple, beautiful, easily personalized- and you may already have most supplies at your house. These adorable tile coasters from The Cottage Home would be a great gift for just about anyone, or a quick way to spruce up your home or office. They would also be a fun take home for a party like a baby shower! You could also put picture hangers on the back of them and use them as wall art. The possibilities are endless!

One thing I noticed from the comments on the tutorial is quite a few people made them and noticed they were not heat-resistant right away. Once they are dry they should be ok for cold drinks, but wait about a month for them to cure before putting a hot mug on them. This does not worry me as I only have a huge glass of iced tea with me at all times. I can’t WAIT to make some of my own!

thecottagehome.blogspot.com

(Tutorial courtesy of The Cottage Home)

Supplies:
4 square tiles from your local hardware store (4.25″ x 4.25″)
4 pieces of scrapbook paper (or fabric) (3.75″ x 3.75″)
4 pieces of felt (or cork) (3.75″ x 3.75″)
Mod Podge
Sponge brush
Glue (i.e. Fabri-tac or other strong adhesive)
Clear acrylic sealer

1.  Brush one coat of Mod Podge onto tile.

2. Place one piece of paper on center of tile.  Allow to dry.

3. Brush on another coat of mod podge on top of paper.  Allow to dry 15 minutes and repeat 2-3 more times.

4.  After mod podge is dry, take tiles outside and spray with clear acrylic sealer.  Follow manufacturers instructions.  The sealer makes these tile coasters water-resistant.

5.  Allow coasters to dry completely.  Once dry, glue felt squares (or cork) to the bottom center of the tile.

What a wonderful idea! I’m adding it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Rifle Paper Company

This is really sort of a hybrid post – it’s my Pin of the Day and also a Website to Watch…in that I want you to check out this amazing paper company’s website! If you are lucky enough to live in Central Florida like me, you can go to their ADORABLE shop in Winter Park, or one of the many amazing stores they are in across the country! Here are a few of my favorite designs:

Whoa. I just blacked out for a second. So, this is an “image heavy” post. I mean, how wonderful is their stuff? I love stationery and really all things paper so their designs are extra thrilling for me but there’s no denying they’re all beautiful. These designs (and many more to come) can be found on my Paper Portfolio Board.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: Wine Cork Wine Charms!

Due to the overwhelming response to yesterday’s pin of the day, I decided to post another wine cork craft. I see you guys really like wine. So here’s another rainy day idea for all those extra wine corks: wine charms!

What a crafty idea from My Chic Life! Here’s my abbreviated how-to; click the link for My Chic Life’s detailed instructions (and pictures!) This was an easy addition to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board!

Supplies: 

wine corks
bread knife you don’t care about or small saw (like a coping saw)
wire hoops or long eye pins (both found in the jewelry-making section of any craft store)
sharpie
small letter stencils
a nail
hammer

How-To:

1. Choose your corks and then find a good cutting surface.  If you’d like the charms to be exactly even in size, you can mark the cork with a pen.

2. Start slicing – I cut mine about a quarter inch thick.  Be careful!  I found that some corks cut a bit easier than others.  And don’t be a hero—if the remaining cork is getting too small to hang onto, drop it and start using another.

3. Once you’ve got all your slices made, take them to a surface you can hammer on.  A phone book will do in a pinch!  You can use any size nail that you have on hand, and hammer it through the cork towards the top of one side.

4. Push the nail all the way through and wiggle it around a bit—cork has a way of self-healing, and you want to make sure you can find the hole later, so it helps to widen it as much as you can with the nail.
5. After you’ve put holes in all the rounds, you can customize them. Use a stencil,  freehand letters or numbers, or even use tiny stamps if you have them.
6. Thread your wire or hoop through and you’re done!
Pinterest strikes again!
Cheers,
Caroline

Pin of the Day: Family Pillow

Etsy gets me every time! How beautiful is this personalized family tree pillow?

You can pick up one of your own from Blue Leaf Boutique for $48. Mother’s Day is coming up…

I pinned this to my Gifted Giving Board for future giving!

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

Pin of the Day: DIY Botanical Prints

It’s hard to find artwork for my home that truly fits my style and my decor. I don’t feel very confident about my art creation skills either. This idea from Family Circle seems simple, easy to do, and you just might have the components in your home already (all Rainy Day Box criteria for a great project). I’m pinning it to my Handmade Hodgepodge Board for a rainy day!

Here are the instructions, courtesy of Family Circle:

Materials:

Picture frame with glass in desired size

Printout of botanical, resized if necessary. (Print as a mirror image because the glass with finished botanical will be flipped over when hung). Try vintageprintable.com.

Sharpie oil-based paint pen in white (fine tip for outlines, extra fine for details)

Paper or fabric backing for frame in color of choice

Directions

1. Place glass from frame over botanical print on a hard, flat surface.

2. Trace the outline of a botanical onto the glass with a fine-tip Sharpie, omitting anything that you don’t want included in your finished version—like seed pods or extra leaves.

3. Let paint dry for about 15 minutes. Then, using an extra-fine-tip pen, fill in details—veins on leaves, individual petals, etc.

Tip: Precision tracing isn’t necessary. It’s more important to capture the spirit of the image. For example, if the botanical has dots or cross-hatching in an area, use that same technique but don’t worry about matching it exactly.

4. Let paint dry completely, usually less than 30 minutes. With frame face down on a flat surface, place glass into the frame with painted side up. Put the colored fabric or paper on top of painted surface. Replace the frame’s original backing and secure.

Pinterest strikes again!

Cheers,

Caroline

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