If you have been searching for a gourd-free way to give your porch a festive punch, Bullfrogs & Bulldogs has your ticket!

 

The DIY Jack O’ Lantern Planter looks like just the way to get your Fall flowers into a holiday frock!

 

We couldn’t wait to give this surprisingly simple project a try!

 

Please click here to visit Bullfrogs & Bulldogs and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create a Halloween themed flower pot is right up my alley.

 

Details:

I used the same items that were used over at Bullfrogs & Bulldogs, except for the orange or rust-colored spray paint.  I skipped that step.

  • I had Terra Cotta Pots in my garage – although you could use a plastic pot
  • I picked out some Mums to plant in my pot.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I free-handed a pumpkin image and then drew this on my pot in pencil.

Next, I painted right over the image with the black paint.  It dried very quickly and I felt that 1 coat of paint was perfect. You could certainly download an image from the web or I have also found stickers at Michael’s or Joann that could be applied directly to the pot in place of paint.

 

Pros:

This was so easy and cheap. I had most of the items on hand and clay pots coming out of my ears

Cons:

None!

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! I just love it. Pumpkins, spiders, bats, witches – you name it, I am in heaven.  The more rustic decorations are what I gravitate towards and this project had that rustic feel. I think it turned out great. My painting skills are not the best but it totally adds to the charm.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Add some festive charm to my front stoop that won’t be begging to get tossed in the street!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It might work better to use a non-gloss finish.  I noticed that the glossy paint got a funky texture on the pots that didn’t entirely resolve after drying completely.  Next time, I would either go for a less vibrant color that could just be dusted on, or use a paint that could be brushed on and then sealed (also with a brush). Patience really is a virtue.  My pots have a few fingerprints on them because I just couldn’t wait to touch them.  This seems to be a recurring trend for me.

I was a little worried that the fresh paint might transfer from the bottoms of the pots to my steps, so I put a cork trivet from IKEA under each one.  Problem solved!

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Pros:

I love them!

I like the way that they brighten up our front steps while being perfectly suited for a family sans kiddos.

Cons:

It took a lot of paint to cover those pots!  I went through one whole can on two pots and two dishes.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

I really like these little pots even more than I thought I would!  They look so cute on our steps.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission:  When I first saw this pin I thought it was a really cute way to spook up the front porch. I was hoping I could get out of carving a pumpkin this year.

 

Details:

Although I found this to be a really cute idea, I didn’t think the instructions were very well laid out. Just paint it?

First I wanted to know what kind of paint. My kids have painted terracotta pots before and when left outside they didn’t last. For a person that is not the craftiest, you need to do some research and find the right products. I went forth and found my own instructions, which of course I’ll share with you.

  • The first thing I did was sand the pot down a little bit. Scuff it up. I then wiped it down with a damp rag and let it dry.
  • Next, for those of you who plan on planting something in the pot, I applied a clear coat of spray paint. This will help prevent the pot from absorbing moisture from the soil.
  • Then the fun part, paint as you see fit. I used an Americana Gloss Enamel Paint in Black which is good on ceramics. A Valspar or Rustoleum spray paint will also work. I thought of painting the pot green and making a Frankenstein but I stuck with the traditional Jack-o-lantern.
  • Lastly, a clear coat. I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat. After drying, I added a nice fall mum.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Sand and clear coat your pot.

Use a paint that adheres well to ceramics.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Pros:

This is super cute and I’m hoping is lasts for next fall season as well.

Cons:

No instructions.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

Overall I really love how this project turned out. It really added a little more character to the front porch. We’re ready for some trick or treating!

 

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

 

The darling Jack O’ Lantern Planter and photo by Bullfrogs & Bulldogs


read more

Ever wish your pretty little pumpkin wouldn’t end up as squirrel food?  Crafts by Amanda has shown us a fun new way to create a Halloween masterpiece with her Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries!

A cute project that is said to be a hit with the kiddos?  We’re in!

 

Please click here to visit Crafts by Amanda and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Okay, let’s just get it all out on the table.  I have a major love/hate relationship with Holidays.  The love part… decorating!  I get so excited about making my home feel festive and cute!  I also love the warm glow of a glass votive or luminaire, so I was really excited to try these little lanterns out.

Details:

After my first attempt at this project, I had to start over.  I then used the following products:

To finish my festive little darlings, I dropped in a few LED Flameless Tea Light Candles and screwed the lids back on!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you are anal retentive, just admit it (I hear that’s the first step) and use spray paint.  I did really love this look in the end, but if you are doing this project with kids, that would sort of take the fun out of it for them.

Be careful with your jar before spraying with the clear gloss, as the paint can easily scratch off.

Pros:

Fricking love these things.  They are so cute!

A super plus – acrylic paint washes easily off of glass, so if you screw up you can just wash it off and start over.

Cons:

None, unless you think you have the ability to paint without brushstrokes.

Conclusion:

Despite my initial frustration with the brush stroke situation, I really liked this project!  I am already excited to put these out next Fall at our new house.  I also really like that you can put an LED Tea Light inside and forget about them!

My mind is already thinking of other cute jars to paint such as snowmen for Winter (would be super fun for kids on a too-cold day) or even American Flags for the 4th!

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Make a great Halloween craft with my kiddos.

 

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t fret! The paint really does look best when it is sort of rugged and imperfect. My kids did a great job at achieving this. Only one coat was needed.

Also, I didn’t have them do the faces (the Type-A in me couldn’t let the entire project go) so I waited a solid day before painting on the faces. I didn’t draw the outline first though. Just threw caution to the wind and freehanded it.

Pros:

Simple. Truly easy to create and a really fun project to do with kids.

Cons:

Don’t expect perfection when working with kids and remember these are glass. VERY breakable.

Conclusion:

I plan to make some myself that are a little more detailed! This could be a great project for every season and with a flameless candle in them they are ideal for use around kids or pets.

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission: A fun Halloween project to enjoy with the kids. Enjoy being the key word. Some are just easier to do together than others. It is also a great opportunity to use up some of the mason jars that we discovered in our basement when we moved in.

 

Details:

  • A simple project really. We painted the exterior of the jars with acrylic paint, and they dried surprisingly quickly. Maybe not quick enough for a five year old, but not to the point where I was completely annoyed.
  • We then drew faces on the luminaries with a Sharpie.
  • A quick spray of Krylon Clear Spray and they were done. Time to wait till dark to light them!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

A little tip…use a sponge brush. Works so much better than a regular paint brush. I got a bag full of them for only $1.50. I just tossed them after the project.

Pros:

Super easy and the kids can each do their own. No arguing!

Cons:

None!

Conclusion:

The whole family enjoyed doing this project together. We planned it all out together. We wanted a pumpkin, a ghost, a witch, and a bat. We truly had a ton of fun.  There was no arguing about who’s cracking the eggs, or who gets to lick the last bit of batter. We each had our own jar and did our own thing. It was super easy and our neighbors love them! The kids were thrilled! Another great thing, we can pack them away and use them again next year. We also talked about making reindeer and snowmen in winter.

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission:  To deface my beloved Mason jars…in a fun way of course!

 

Details:

  • A few of us Crafty Collaborative ladies did this craft together as well – it’s always more fun in groups!
  • I have a TON of Mason jars in my house – I always keep them around, they are great drinking glasses. Did I mention that I love whiskey and it goes great in Mason jars?!?!?Anyway, the jars I have on hand are pretty standard Mason jars with lots of ornate design on them. Since we were to be painting these, mine weren’t really of use as there was not a flat surface on any of them. All we needed were some “clean” Mason jars, and luckily Kristy was on her way over so she quick grabbed those up for us!
  • I used the Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic All-In-One Paint for this project, as well as my handy dandy Martha Stewart Paint Brushes. I am a sucker for great packaging…it will get me to buy a product over another any day.
  • Because I always like to put a spin on things, I opted to do my jars as more of a fall feel vs. the jack-o-lanterns. I painted my jars in a reddish-orange tone and a yellow and then painted them with freehand leaf patterns. This is NOT my best quality…freehand painting that is. My leaves look like crap, but it was all in good fun.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you desire a very clean paint job, you may want to try cleaning the Mason jars before you start painting them. I opted for the more “rustic” look so did one coat of paint on each of my jars and honestly didn’t even think about cleaning them prior.

Have long matches (the kind you use to light fires in your fireplace) on hand to light your tea light candles once your jars are dried and ready to adorn your home. I tried using regular matches first and almost burnt my hand!

Pros:

Cheap, easy and could be a great kid project – though I opted to do these on my own.

Cons:

If you like perfection in your projects, this project just might drive you crazy!!

Conclusion:

Cute way to add some décor – but I don’t foresee myself doing this one again. It was easy and fun, but not my favorite end result.

 

Reviewer #5 – Kristy

Mission: I couldn’t pass up more décor for Halloween! Loved the ghost and pumpkin ones!

 

Details:

Fun group project!  I love it that I live close to a couple of the Crafty gals so we can have a girl’s night with booze and crafts…perfect combo!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I recommend only one coat of paint to have a more translucent jar for the light to shine.  If you decide to do two coats…let dry overnight before adding the second coat of paint.

I used a sponge brush for one jar and then I used Maren’s awesome paint brushes which I think turned out the best!  The brush gave the jar a more even application of paint! Loved those brushes!!

Don’t travel with them before spraying with gloss or glaze as these scratch too easy. They need that protective coat!

Pros:

Easy and there so many ways to change up this project with various pumpkin or ghost expressions! Just be creative!

Cons:

Scratch easily before the clear coating so be careful!  Also very streaky and I want it to look perfect!

Conclusion:

Perfect way to dress up your house for the holiday!  Line the pathway to your front door to light the way for your little trick-or-treaters!

Happy Halloween!

 

The darling Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries and their photo by Crafts by Amanda


read more

A Glimpse Inside has shown us a way to take our fall decor to a whole new level with her great tutorial for Glitter Pumpkins!

Being the favorite season of nearly every Crafty Collaborative gal, we were excited to add some sparkle to the typical gourd family ensemble.

 

Please click here to visit A Glimpse Inside and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Kristy

Mission: I love fall and decorating with pumpkins, witches, etc!  It is such a festive time of year so I knew these pumpkins would be a mess worth taking on! I got my girlfriend, Heather, on board and we tackled this project together!

Details:

I found two plastic pumpkins from Joann’s that were half price… so sweet!  I was in Target a few days later and found mini plastic pumpkins that would have been a perfect addition at $1 a piece but I was all glittered out at the time.

The original blog post had recommended glitter glue but we changed things up a bit.  Heather planned to tackle hers with spray glue and I used a Foam Brush with the leftover Mod Podge from the tray I madeMod Podge is awesome… multiple uses such as water base sealer, glue and finish.

I also purchased two 2 ounce containers of extra fine glitter, one in Topaz (pumpkin orange) and Chocolate Diamond (brown for the stem).  I loved the look of the extra fine glitter!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If doing this indoors, line your table with a garbage bag then lay newspaper on top for easy clean up.  After sprinkling, funnel glitter with the newspaper in a cup and reuse until you finish the entire pumpkin. Glitter the stem last, maybe even the next day!

Be careful with the Mod Podge, if you are focusing on one side and lean the wet side against the table you will create a streak in your glitter… not the look I was going for.  Also don’t touch the glue brush to the previously glittered portion as it will remove the glitter.

Pros:

Very easy, but takes a bit of patience so you don’t make a glitter mess.

Be creative! You can add glitter on more than just pumpkins and in a variety of colors.

Cons:

Even after my pumpkins were dry, I have a fear of removing the glitter.

I may look for a clear coating to protect the finish.  Storing this for next season definitely worries me!  Any ideas? Please share if you do!

Conclusion:

I loved this project; it was fun to do with a gal pal. We both were for and against the glue!  She liked the ease of the spray glue and I liked the thickness of the Mod Podge which I feel allowed the glitter to stick better to the pumpkin.

I will definitely be out and about finding more fall décor to glitter after this project. BTW, the pumpkins fit perfectly on my new mod podge tray! Picture perfect!

Happy Fall Decorating!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Janet

Mission: First thoughts on the project: Super cute and simple idea, but I knew right away I didn’t want to make a set of pumpkins to decorate my apartment. I just don’t want a ton of decorations because I am tight on storage space at my current digs.

 

Details:

I made a stop at Joann’s and found that a lot of their fall stuff was on sale. I decided on a wreath and a few smaller pumpkin and acorn pieces. I also found feather picks that I thought added to my fall inspired wreath.

  • Wreath: $4.99
  • Assorted pieces: $4.95
  • Green Ribbon: $1.99
  • Glitter (4 color combo pack): $6.99
  • Glitter glue: $3.99
  • Pheasant feathers: free (from my bro-in-law)

Tips & Tricks Learned:

With the size of items I had that were to be glittered, I put the glue on all areas that I wanted glittered before glittering. Thats a lot of glitter in one sentence.

The specific glitter glue isn’t necessarily required, but the cap has a brush attached that made it oh-so-easy to use!

Prep your area beforehand…use wax paper to cover your area and a pan with raised edges is perfect for catching the excess glitter. Know that as you pour the glitter over the decor, there is going to be a lot of glitter that falls onto your work area. Just funnel your wax paper to pour the excess back into the container before each color change.

Pros:

Easy! Had fun arranging the pieces on to the wreath.

Cons:

Kind of messy, but nothing that a little vacuuming can’t fix.

Not sure how I’m going to store these without all of the glitter falling off.

Conclusion:

This wreath is Minnesotan-inspired thanks to the added pheasant feathers! The larger pumpkin versions would be super cute to decorate a fireplace or entryway.

This glitter process could easily be applied to any other holiday inspired decor or even picture frames. Thumbs up on this project!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission:  I absolutely love the fall and the fun décor that comes along with it – plus I love working with glitter. It takes me back to my childhood! This project looked like a lot of fun to do and a fun way to dress up my fall décor.

Details:

I first looked in my existing fall décor to find any plastic pumpkins I had on-hand. I unfortunately only found one, but it helped with the budget of this project. The other two I found at JoAnn Fabrics and they were 40% off, which always helps!

I picked up the glitter glue and glitter at JoAnn’s as well. I had a difficult time finding the Martha Stewart Glitter Glue and Fine Glitter that was recommended, but was happy to find an off-brand glitter glue. Though I do think this is probably an unnecessary spend, it sure did make this project less messy and a smidge easier for me.

I opted for gold, orange and black glitter for my pumpkins. Once finished, I do feel that the black glitter looks slightly navy in color, but I still love it. I also glittered up a small accent piece which had a gourd and a pumpkin on it to add to the fun.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The glitter glue was a saver for me – less mess and stress.

In addition, I used a cookie sheet as a workspace and though I was pretty much out of wax paper, I used what little I had left and then newspaper to save the glitter as I coated my pumpkins during the glitter stage.

 

Pros:

Adorable, adorable! I really like the sparkle and sheen these add to our fall décor.

Cons:

A bit more costly than I expected – I ended up spending around $30 in total for this project.

Conclusion:

Love the end result of these and adding some sparkle to our home.

I later decided to follow Janet’s lead, and add some sparkle to a tired wreath that we had in a box of decorations!  I am so happy that I did, now our front door shines with the season.



 

 

 

 

The lovely Glitter Pumpkin and it’s photo by A Glimpse Inside


read more


%d bloggers like this: