Halloween Decor Idea: Pumpkin Succulent and Cacti Planter

If you’re a plant lover, here’s a quick and easy way to incorporate succulents and cacti into your fall decor. Use a (faux is best) pumpkin as a planter! I used a cinderella pumpkin because I love the shapes and colors of them, and they’re usually wide enough to make a great shallow planter. 

Update: I got a real one for really cheap at Trader Joe’s so I originally used that, but quickly transitioned to a faux pumpkin once the inevitable mush set in after about a week. Bummer. 
 Just cut off the top (and hallow it out if you want to try a real one) like you would when making a jack-o-lantern. Poke some small holes in the bottom for drainage. Then fill it with a variety of succulents and some extra soil or sand. 

I layered cacti and different types of succulents in mine. Since the fuzzy cacti looks like a spider nest I added some plastic Halloween spiders. I can easily remove those to transition it into November. If the little guys lasts that long. Fingers crossed. 

Use a pumpkin as a planter for succulents and cacti.jpgI love it as our dining table centerpiece.

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So easy and cute! I hope it lasts at least another month. Pumpkin used as succulent planter for centerpiece

Treetopia Ice Cream Social – National Ice Cream Month Themed Holiday Trees

I know, I know…a Christmas tree in July?!

In case you didn’t already know, July is National Ice Cream Month! To celebrate I’ve teamed up with Treetopia (who believe their trees don’t have to be limited to one holiday!) and five other bloggers to bring you sugary sweet ice cream themed holiday tree ideas.

What’s even sweeter? Treetopia is giving you the chance to win special treats through their social media giveaway, and brand ambassador, Jen Perkins’ Facebook live contest!

Ready for my ice cream themed creation?

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Tada!

 

I started with a pink lighted tree from Treetopia, of course, and decorated it with DIY ice cream ornaments and ice cream string lights.Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree 3.jpg

I used tissue paper to create pastel scoops and placed them in real sugar cones and cute ice cream cups.

Tissue Paper Ice Cream Ornaments.jpgThen I used colorful mini marshmallows and candies to decorate them!Tissue Paper Ice Cream Christmas Tree Ornaments.jpgFor snow cones I used tissue paper and party hats!

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For extra sweetness I used twine and taffy to make little filler ornaments. Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree 2

By the way, the pastel pink tree gets even pinker once you turn on the pink lights!

Pink Ice Cream Themed Christmas TreeCan’t forget the sprinkles! I filled Treetopia’s iridescent ornaments with rainbow sprinkles! DIY Sprinkle Ornaments.jpgTo top it all off I used the rest of my tissue paper and a party hat to make a giant ice cream cone. Ice Cream Themed Christmas Tree Topper.jpg

Make sure you check out the rest of the blogs to see more sweet inspiration:

 

Jennifer Perkins

All Things With Purpose

The Latina Next Door

Smart Fun DIY

Celebrate and Decorate

 

And don’t forget to check out Treetopia’s Facebook page for details on how to win some special treats!

 

 

DIY Dyed Corn Husk Wreath

I’m totally one of those people who likes to hang a wreath to celebrate every season. For Thanksgiving this year I wanted a to bring in some natural elements while keeping a pop of color. Since it happens to be the time of year when I buy corn husks for tamales, I figured I would try to use some of the corn husks to make an autumn wreath! I wasn’t sure if it would work out the way I envisioned but it totally did! 

This wreath is extremely cheap and easy to make. Here’s what you’ll need:

Foam or Straw Wreath Form
Corn Husks (I used an 8oz pacakge)
Colored Dye (I used Rit. Food coloring and easter egg dye also works.)
Hot Glue Gun

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First you’re going to mix up the dye color of your choice and then soak the corn husks until the level of color you desire is achieved. I chose to only dye the tips of my husks for an ombre effect.

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Let the husks dry completely before assembling your wreath.

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Next, using a hot glue gun, start gluing the husks to the wreath form in one direction, layering the husks all the way around until the wreath form is covered. Split up the husks into thinner pieces for more depth and keep adding in more husks until you reach your desired volume.

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And that’s it! Easy peasy.

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I love the way it looks like feathers! I’m in love with the way it turned out and will probably keep it up throughout winter too.

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DIY Plastic Halloween Flamingo Skeleton

I’m finally getting into the Halloween spirit and wanted to share a quick DIY project with you guys. You probably already know that I love the retro kitschy vibe of plastic lawn flamingos, so I figured why not turn them into skeletons for Halloween?  Cute idea right? Well, I have to admit that this is one of those times where I thought I was being really original and creative, and then saw that you can actually buy them like this. Well, a scarier demon version anyway. Fail. I already had the materials laying around so I did it anyway! Here’s how I did it in case you want to make some yourself.

First I started with a plastic pink flamingo.

DIY Plastic Flamingo Skeleton

Then I sprayed it with satin black spray paint. Which looked pretty cool on its own, but I went with the skeleton idea anyway.

DIY Plastic Halloween Flamingo Skeletons

Then I used a white Sharpie paint marker to make the skeleton.DIY Plastic Halloween Flamingo Skeleton I’m not an expert on bird anatomy so you’ll have to forgive my crude interpretation of a flamingo skeleton. Listen, I did my best!

DIY Plastic Halloween Flamingo Skeleton

 

DIY White and Gold Light-Up Halloween Pumpkin Makeover

Autumn is just around the corner and it’s time to start decorating! First up, Halloween! I absolutely love Halloween, but it’s not really my personal style to do a lot of gore or tons of orange and black in my home. One of the things I like to do with my Halloween decor is try to make it fit in with my home’s existing style. Here’s a really quick and easy way I updated a pre-lit, cheapy plastic pumpkin that I found for for $6. Isn’t he cute?

DIY Gold and White Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin (4).jpgSpray paint. That’s all you need. I went with gold and white of course.

DIY Gold and White Halloween Light-Up Pumpkin (3).jpgI painted the entire pumpkin with white satin paint (satin or gloss work best) and then sprayed the stem gold. I didn’t use tape or anything around the stem because I like the way the gold over-spray looks on the top of the pumpkin.

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Cute, right?! I think I’m going to have to pick up a few more pumpkins and try different colors.

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Anyway, easy peasy! Super cute and fits in perfectly with the rest of my decor.

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DIY 4th of July Sparkler Cupcake Toppers

I love the 4th of July. It’s probably my third favorite holiday, and definitely my favorite summer holiday. I love everything about it.I can’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer night than eating hamburgers and blowing things up in the street. It’s just so…American.

The main requirement of Independence Day is that you use as much red, white, and blue themed things as possible. Even foods must be adorned with American flags or patriotic flair or you are doing it wrong. Here’s a fun, easy, and inexpensive little embellishment for your food flair needs.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake ToppersAll you need are a few dollar store items:

White, white, or blue tinsel garland
Double stick tape
Skewers or toothpicks

All you have to do is cut a piece of tape and wrap it around one end of your skewer or toothpick. Then cut 2 inch piece of garland and wrap it around the taped end. July 4th Cupcake Toppers DIYFluff it up so it looks like a firework or a sparkler! (Except this one doesn’t result in 2nd degree burns.)

DIY July 4th Cupcake ToppersStick it on a cupcake or something equally as delicious for ultra Americana cuteness.

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

Happy 4th of July!

DIY 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

 

 

IZZE® Friendsday Night Party and Cocktail Ideas

One of my favorite things to do when I haven’t seen my friends in a while is host a friend’s night with good drinks, yummy snacks, and hilariously inappropriate games. I pride myself in being the hostess with the mostest (alcohol) so I always have to be equipped with quick and easy ideas that I can whip up at a moment’s notice. I teamed up with my friends at IZZE® to share a few ideas for your next #FriendsdayNight.

 

Making a tassel garland with leftover colorful tissue paper is easy and super cute. All you have to do is cut long strips of paper, bunch them together, fold the bunch in half around a piece of string, and twist. Easy peasy!IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

 

Snacks are easy too. Cut up some fresh fruit and mix up a bunch of fresh guacamole with chips. My favorite guac recipe is sooo easy. 4 medium haas avocados, half of a red onion (chopped), a handful of cilantro (roughly chopped), juice from half of a lime, and salt to taste.

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas Don’t forget the drinks! This is my favorite part.

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

I like to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. The flavored sparkling beverages from IZZE® are perfect for cocktail mixing or drinking plain. My personal favorite is IZZE® Sparkling Grapefruit juice mixed with a shot of white tequila and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and lots of ice!

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas Enjoy your next Friendsday Night!

IZZE® Friendsday Night Part and Cocktail Ideas

 

This post was sponsored by IZZE® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about IZZE®, all opinions are my own.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player \\#fearnomess

Oh man, I’m so excited to show you guys this project! I have to admit that I’ve had this idea for awhile but was hesitant to go through with it. Decoupage can get messy and sometimes I’m just not in the mood for the daunting task of cleaning up. But thanks to method’s #fearnomess campaign I was inspired to get down and dirty and tackle this decor project that I’ve been putting off for months! I can honestly say I love method and have been using their products for years to help me with prep and clean-up for even my messiest projects, so I jumped at the opportunity to team up with them to inspire you to do the same. Plus the fact that the products are safe, biodegradable, AND smell fantastic can make us feel even better about cleaning up. Did I mention they’re super cute and colorful too?

Now let’s get to the project! I’ve had this white and gold portable record player for a couple of years and although it’s beautiful just as it is, I thought it needed a little makeover to stand out against my white walls. I love colorful patterns and thought this fabric would look amaaaaazing on it…

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess…and I was right!

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Here’s how I did it:

First I cleaned off any dust and grime with my method all-purpose cleaner.

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Next, took off any removable hardware and used a brush to apply a layer of fabric decoupage medium.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomessThen I applied a piece of fabric that was cut to size and laid it evenly on the decoupage medium. I smoothed out any wrinkles and bubbles, pulling the fabric tight around the edges. For the corners I basically used the “hospital corners” technique (like when you’re making a bed).

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The metal corner plates weren’t removable so I used an exact I knife to trim around the edges and tucked any excess fabric under the plate. This gave it a nice finish. Plus the decoupage deters any fraying of the fabric and leaves edges looking tidy. Don’t worry about getting the medium on those areas, they clean up well with a spritz of cleaner.

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After the lid was done, I repeated the same steps for the bottom (trimming around any other non-removable pieces).Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

I carefully removed the turntable platter base and tucked the fabric inside, then replaced the panel. Next I cut around the front speakers with an exacto knife and tucked the raw edge in around the speakers. These steps gave it a really clean, finished look.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

All that was left was to do was apply a piece of fabric to finish the underside of the lid and to replace any hardware that was removed.

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

I gave everything a quick wipe down with some cleaner and done!

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

Cute right??? I’m IN LOVE and so glad I decided to #fearnomess. Now it’s your turn! Fabric Decoupaged Portable Record Player #fearnomess

This post was sponsored by method products.

DIY Valentine Heart Pins

Ah, yes, Valentine’s Day. There are those who love it and those who despise it. I personally don’t feel strongly either way, but I think hearts are really cute and I like candy, so V-Day is ok with me. Whether you’re planning on being showered with gifts and candy by your love, or perhaps sitting at home feeling wretched about your love life with your Galentines, these DIY Valentine pins are for you. They’re the perfect way to express your feelings about love, and also make really cute personalized gifts! After all, you have to keep your #pingamestrong.DIY Valentine Pins

They’re super easy to make. Here’s how you do it.

You’ll need:

Oven-bake Clay (like Sculpy)
Heart Cookie Cutters (small, various sizes)
Embossing Letters (I used these)
Craft Paint and a fine brush
A gloss sealer like Mod-Podge
Heavy-duty craft/jewelry making adhesive
Pin Backs or Tie Tacks

First you’re going to roll out your clay to about 1/4 inch thick. Then use a small cookie cutter of your choice to cut out a heart shape.

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Then you’re going to press your messages into the clay using embossing letters. Bake the stamped shapes according to your clay’s directions.DIY Valentine Pins

After the clay is hardened and cooled, use craft paint and a fine brush to outline the letters. You can skip this step, but I like the way it makes the letters pop more and gives them more of a conversation heart look.DIY Valentine Pins

Now you’re going to use heavy-duty jewelry making glue to adhere a pin to the back of your heart. Let dry completely before handling.DIY Valentine Pins 4

Once everything is dry you can finish it off with a coat of glossy sealer. I used Mod Podge. It gives a nice finished look.DIY Valetine PinsThat’s it! Done.DIY Valentine Pins

Show me what messages you come up with by tagging @melodramablog on Instagram.

Mid-Century Modern Ginger Bread House Cookies

This holiday season I have learned an important lesson. I have learned and accepted that I am not very good at decorating cookies. I’m swell at baking them and they taste amazing, but when it comes to the fancy piping and frosting I am challenged.

Growing up in older neighborhoods of Southern California, especially the time capsule known as Palm Springs, I didn’t really get to see any houses that looked like traditional homes depicted in wintery Christmas scenes. This Christmas I wanted to create something that felt a little more familiar and “me”. MidCentury House Gingerbread Cookie TemplateThis was originally a concept I had for a gingerbread house but I thought they made perfectly fine gingerbread cookies and gave up on the other four walls. Can you blame me based on my questionable cookie decorating skills?

I still think the idea is cute and I bet you guys can do a really great job so here’s the template I used to create the cookies! Just use your favorite gingerbread and frosting recipes. Use a small knife to cut out the shapes and score the markings for the details. Throw some candies and sprinkes on if you want to get really fancy. Anyway, download templates here! Have fun and be sure to tag me on Instagram (@melodramablog) to show me what a great job you did.