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DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

dIY hot glue painted pumpkins

Are you ready for an easy fall DIY? Today I’m showing you how I upcycled these pumpkins using hot glue and paint to make a cozy fall tablescape. Scroll down to see how I made these DIY hot glue painted pumpkins. And for more pumpkin inspiration, check out my friend’s posts below because we’ve got a pumpkin roundup! The first leaf fell off the tree outside and Rick made fun of me because I started transforming our home into all things fall. This past weekend, I lit my fall candles, made a bundt cake and switched up our dining room decor for a fall tablescape. I found these faux pumpkins I had from last year. I wanted a little more of a muted neutral palette so decided to give them an upgrade with glue and paint. Here’s what I did.

DIY hot glue painted pumpkins

You will need:

  • faux pumpkins
  • hot glue
  • split wooden beads
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush

Using hot glue, I made a few little designs. I had some leftover split wooden beads from my DIY beaded wreath and added those as well. I let them dry completely before painting. DIY hot glue painted pumpkin DIY hot glue painted pumpkin Then I painted them using acrylic paint. I did a total of 3 coats, making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies and allowing them to fully dry between each coat.

Look what a little glue and paint can do!!!

DIY hot glue painted pumpkins

I put together this fall tablescape using some decor that I had laying around my house.

DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

You can shop some of my decor below

cake stand

candlesticks

amber vases

For more of my favorite fall ideas check out

Best of Fall DIYs, recipes and decor

best of fall diys, decor and recipes  

And for more pumpkin inspired projects, check out my friends posts below!

 

IkornCrafts - Hello Pumpkin Wreath

Anne at Ikorn Crafts is sharing her DIY for this fun mesh fall wreath.

 

Blue Sky at Home - fall-pumpkin-wreath

Carol from Blue Sky at Home is sharing her DIY for this festive pumpkin wreath

Shop at Blu dollar tree diy door decor

Sue from Shop at Blue is sharing a festive Dollar Store Pumpkin Wreath

Adorn the Table-DIY-Pumpkin-Place-Card-Holder

Nicole from Adorn the Table is sharing her adorable pumpkin place card holders

South House Design - Copper and Silver Mini Pumpkins

You’ll never guess how Diane from South House Designs made these metallic pumpkins

Stephanie from Gathered in the Kitchen is sharing the DIY for these adorable farmhouse fabric pumpkins

Fifth Sparrow No More Thanksgiving Centerpiece in a firkin

Kristin from Fifth Sparrow No More created this beautiful fall center piece in a FIRKIN (what’s a FIRKIN?)

Our Tiny Nest DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

Nicolle from Our Tiny Nest shows you how to make these cute pumpkins with a secret tip – click on the photo to find out how easy tip.

A Loverly Life - Decoupage Pumpkin

Juliet from A Loverly Life is sharing her Moondance inspired Decoupage Pumpkin.

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DIY hot glue painted pumpkins

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1 In decor/ DIY/ fall/ food

Best of fall recipes, DIYs and decor

Best of fall DIYs, decor and recipes

It’s September 1st so poof overnight – magically pumpkins everywhere! It’s no secret that fall is my favorite time of year. Over the years, I’ve shared some of my favorite fall recipes and decor. There’s more to come this season, but I thought I would do a little roundup. Follow me over on my instagram for more fall inspo

Below check out my Best of Fall Recipes, DIYs and Decor

DIY hot glue painted pumpkin

An easy way to give those Dollar Store pumpkins a glow up and showing you how to make a fall tablescape

DIY hot glue painted pumpkins

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

I made this simple garland with things that I found at the Dollar Store!

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

DIY sweater pumpkin

Get the look of cozy cableknit pumpkins using an old sweater

DIY sweater pumpkin

DIY Halloween Boo Buckets

A fun way to leave a surprise for your friends and neighbors.

Fall front porch decor

Last year’s porch was filled with muted pumpkins, cornstalks and my favorite faux mums! I’ve linked them all in the post so you can re-create the look.

fall front porch decor

 

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

This is the perfect sweet and salty snack with hints of pumpkin spice flavors!

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Crockpot butternut squash soup

My favorite fall soup and crockpot recipe. This is a great recipe too if you’re vegan, plant based, or trying to eat healthy.

Crockpot butternut squash soup

Healthy pumpkin spice latte

Now you can make your own pumpkin spice latte at home! This recipe is also great if you’re keto.

Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

Apple cinnamon french toast casserole

This is my favorite fall breakfast and it’s great for the holidays too!

apple cinnamon french toast casserole

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4 In back to school/ DIY/ kids

How to Make Back to School Basket

back to school basket
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Back to school season is upon us! There is just something about this time of year that I love. Between the weather getting cooler, back to school shopping and getting back into a routine.  The kids still had school throughout the summer but after Labor Day they head into their new classrooms for the year and with that comes the butterflies.

This year I decided that I wanted to put something together to give the kids the night before their first day to ease some of the nerves and make it fun. I got the idea to put together a Back to School Basket with some things to get them excited. Below I’m sharing some of the goodies in our Back to School Basket and how to put one together.

 

How to Make a Back to School Basket

Back to school basket

I collected  a bunch of little things throughout the summer that I thought the kids would enjoy.

Pajamas I found these at Old Navy for $10 each!!!!

old navy unisex pajamas

Books – Some of my favorites for the Back to School baskets are shown and linked below.

The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand

If you Take a Mouse to School

If you take a mouse to school back to school basket

Our Class is Family

Our class is family back to school basket

 

Water bottles – I like these personalized ones stainless steel ones.

kids personalized water bottle

 

 

Hand sanitizer

back to school basket

 

For more tips to make back to school a breeze check out

Boys Back to School Outfits

Back to school outfits boys

Girls Back To School Outfits

Back to school outfits girls

This easy weeknight meal idea

 

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2 In DIY/ kids

How to make a DIY Mud Kitchen

DIY mud kitchen

This mud kitchen has been in the making since the beginning of summer and I’m so excited it’s finally complete! When I think back on childhood, I have so many memories of making mudpies and little creations outside in the dirt. I wanted to create those same memories and experiences for the boys but keep the mess contained. A mud kitchen seemed like the perfect idea but rather than buy one (which costs easily over $100), decided we could make one of our own.

Using an old desk, some stuff we had around in the garage and a few details from the dollar store, I’m showing you how to make your own DIY mud kitchen.

DIY mud kitchen

You will need:

  • old desk
  • paint stripper
  • sandpaper 60grit/150grit/220grit
  • orbital sander
  • any exterior stain
  • tupperware containers (we got from the Dollar Store)
  • jig saw
  • 6 2x4s
  • S hooks

1.) The first thing we did was we picked up a used desk that someone was giving away on the side of the road.

DIY mud kitchen

2.) We brought it home, first removed the hardware and then applied paint stripper as I wanted to take the original black paint off.

3.) Once the paint stripper is completely dry, we sanded the piece using an orbital sander and 60 grit/150grit/220 grit paper.

4.) Using some extra 2×4’s we had laying around the garage Rick built a hanging rack for the back. We added some S hooks for the kids to hang their spoons, buckets and kitchen utensils.

5.) Next we stained using exterior stain.

6.) I got a few containers from the Dollar Store to act as like a sink and bowls. Trace the containers where you want them and then using a jig saw, cut out the spots for the containers.

DIY mud kitchen

Then you can add some fun details like measuring spoons, buckets, pails, etc. We put it back by their sandbox so it’s all in one spot.

DIY mud kitchen

It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job and the kids have fun! They like to pick various leaves and flowers and fill buckets of water to make “soup”.

 

DIY mud kitchen

diy mud kitchen

For more sensory play ideas check out my edible sensory dough!

I hope you found this post inspiring! Feel free to pin on Pinterest for later. Happy creating!

 

DIY Mud kitchen