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Glittered Leaves Door Hanger

I found this glittery idea in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. It involved two of my favorite things: leaves and glitter. I know a lot of you out there hate glitter. It is messy and takes forever to clean up, but it’s the holidays, and what is a holiday without sparkly glitter?

This project is very easy to complete. I finished it in a couple of hours. The longest thing you will have to do is wait for the glitter and glue to dry.

Supplies used:

  • Artificial leaves
  • Mod Podge (matte)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Glitter (multiple colors)
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Jute Rope
  • Burlap Ribbon (optional)

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Begin by applying a layer of Mod Podge on each leaf with a foam brush. Then, sprinkle glitter on the leaves until they are completely covered.

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Let the leaves dry for a couple of hours, then seal them with another layer of Mod Podge.

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Cut wire-edge ribbon of your choice into various lengths, and glue the leaves to the end of each cut piece. (I used jute rope instead of wire ribbon.)

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Gather the ribbon ends, tie them into a knot at the top, and trim the ends.

Here is the finished hanger:

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I love seeing all the beautiful colors together. I added a burlap bow to the top of the hanger to finish the look. I can’t wait to use this hanger for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

 

 

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DIY Halloween Mat

I love doing Halloween crafts, so I bought this $1 mat to decorate for my front door. This project is inexpensive and very easy to complete.

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I painted the mat using sponge brushes, acrylic paint, and stencils.

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After I was done painting the letters and shapes, I let the mat sit overnight to make sure the paint was completely dry.

 

Here is the finished product:

 

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Coffee Stained and Wood Burned Tray

I love doing seasonal craft projects, and this particular idea came to me because I wanted to add some Fall decorations to my living room. I had this wooden tray for a few months, and I wanted to do something unique with it:

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I saw several ideas on Pinterest on how to stain wood using coffee grounds and vinegar. All I did was combine 1 tbsp of coffee grounds, 2 cups of white vinegar, and steel wool into a jar and let it sit for about 24 hours. This is a very safe and natural way to add color to wood.

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I applied the mixture to the wooden tray using the steel wool.

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(This is one coat. Apply extra coats if you want a darker color.)

I let it dry for several hours, then I dusted off the coffee residue. Next, I drew designs on the tray and traced over the designs using a wood burning tool. I also painted and added some wooden knobs onto the bottom of the tray to give it some height.

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Here is the finished tray:

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