8 In DIY/ holidays

Easy DIY ghost lanterns

easy diy ghost lanterns

I am just not ready to let fall go yet, are you? So when my friend Kristy asked me if I wanted to join together for one last fall themed blog hop of course I said “yes!” For those of you who are coming over from Kristy’s blog, welcome! And I hope you decide to stick around for awhile and follow me over on the gram @ourtiny_nest!

Ok so today I’ve got an easy Halloween DIY. Seriously, super easy and if you’re looking for a last minute idea, this is it. I’m showing you how I made these easy DIY ghost lanterns. These are perfect for lining your stairs to add a little festive touch. I surprised the kids when they came home from hockey the other night and when they walked in they just loved it!  I got all of the things at my local Dollar store but you could get just about anywhere! Scroll down to see how to make these easy DIY ghost lanterns.

You will need:

  • white kraft paper bags
  • battery operate tea lights
  • black marker or crayon

Easy diy ghost lanterns

Start with your kraft paper bags. Mine had handles so I just cut the handles off using scissors. With a black marker or crayon, draw on each bag a pair of eyes and a nose.

easy DIY ghost lanterns

Next you will get the tea lights and put inside each bag.

Easy DIY ghost lanterns

Then just line your stairs or place them where ever you would like. These would also look good on a mantle!

Can you spot my little furry assistant?

easy diy ghost lanterns


If you’re looking for some Halloween or fall inspired recipes check out:

These leftover Halloween candy cookie bars

Crockpot Pumpkin spice hot chocolate – add some Rumchata or Fireball for the adults 🙂 

Pumpkin baked brie

This delicious fall sangria


Now head on over to Tracy’s Haven to see her fall recipe! It looks delicious!

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Wednesday Link Party #319

Weekly Link Party #319

Happy Hump Day! Welcome to this week’s Wednesday Link Party #319.

I have to say, social media is so wild! We are less than 1 week away from Halloween and yet if you’ve spent any time on social media this week, you’ve probably seen everyone is already shifting over to Christmas! How do we feel about that? In full disclosure, I probably will have my tree up the first week of November 🙂

This week’s features are kind of a modge podge. There are some ideas to get you inspired for Thanksgiving, outdoor fall decor, a homemade pumpkin puree recipe and a decadent dessert that caught my eye! Scroll on down to see them all and to the very bottom to link up before you go!

This week’s features:

These outdoor fall decorating ideas from Calypso In The Country

Check out these charming ideas for decorating the exterior of your home. I wish I had a ledge above my door to add some pumpkins.

white house with black shutters decorated for fall

Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree from The Copper Table

Tis the season for all the pumpkin recipes and most often they call for pumpkin puree. The Copper Table is showing you how to make your own using a pumpkin and advocado oil. Perfect way to use up those leftover pumpkins after Halloween too!

bowl of pumpkin puree

Planning Now For Your Thanksgiving Celebration from An Organized Season

If you are hosting Thanksgiving, check out this post now for free printables and lists to get yourself organized! This is such a great idea!

Plan an organized Thanksgiving with these printable pages.

17 DIYs for a Thanksgiving Centerpiece from Perfecting Places

Kim is showing you  some really pretty ideas here to decorate your table for Thanksgiving.

Basket of pumpkins on Kitchen table

Pretzel Brownie Bars from Ever After In The Woods

This is our Ever After in The Woods first time linking up with us and these brownies had me drooling! The perfect combo of sweet and salty!

Ultimate Pretzel Brownie Bars

Be sure to head over to Tarah’s page to see her picks!

Now on to this week’s party!


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21 In food/ Recipes

Pumpkin bread bowl

Pumpkin bread bowls

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I love soup season! Sometimes there’s nothing better than some homemade soup in a nice crusty bread bowl. So naturally in honor of fall and after seeing how much you loved the pumpkin baked brie, I had to make pumpkin shaped bread bowls.

Using a store bought dough makes it so easy! Literally thaw, shape and bake! This would also be a cute vessel for dips for Thanksgiving too! Scroll down to see how I made a pumpkin bread bowl.

How to make a Pumpkin Bread Bowl

You will need:

  • Frozen store bought dough
  • Egg
  • Twine

Start by thawing the dough. Take a large baking sheet, spray with cooking spray and place the loaves on the sheet. Next take a piece of parchment paper, spray with cooking spray, and place over the frozen dough, spray side down so that it doesn’t stick or make a mess.

Once the dough has thawed (about 2-3 hours), cut the loaves into halves and roll into a ball.

Now here is where you can learn from my mistakes-Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut 4 pieces of twine and lay out so that they look like spokes of a wheel. Place each ball of dough on top, and again cover with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray, spray side down.

Allow the dough to rise for a few hours. (Originally I had allowed the dough to rise first and then tried wrapping with twine and it got messy).

Pumpkin bread bowls

Once the dough has risen, you are ready to shape your pumpkin bowls.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring up the sides of the twine and tie in the center so that it makes the shape of a pumpkin and gives you seams. Trim any excess twine.

Pumpkin bread bowls

Prepare an egg wash by cracking an egg in a bowl, add a splash of water and whisk completely.

Using a pastry brush, brush the dough with the egg wash.

Bake the dough for about 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Pumpkin bread bowls

Allow your pumpkins to cool briefly and then cut and remove the twine.

Pumpkin bread bowls

Use a knife to cut the tops off and scoop out some bread from the sides to make a larger vessel to hold your soup or dips.

Fill and serve!

Pumpkin bread bowls

Pumpkin bread bowls

My homemade butternut squash soup is my absolute favorite to serve in these pumpkin bread bowls for the perfect fall dish! Click here for my recipe.

I love to see what you create! So if you make this, be sure to take a photo and share on Instagram, tagging me @ourtiny_nest!


Linking some kitchen items I used below:

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Nesting on this beautiful Saturday-

I’m coming to you today from the ice cold hockey rink. Both of our boys have officially started hockey for the season so that is where I will be on Saturday mornings now.

For the past 24 hours I’ve been dissecting Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights. Her way with words and storytelling is amazing. What’s your favorite track on the album?

Also newly released this week is a new book by Colleen Hoover, It Starts With Us.

It Starts wtih Us

I have so much to tell you since there was no Nesting last week. We celebrated my Dude Man’s 6th birthday. He had the best Par-Tee at the Bunker which is a virtual indoor golf. The kids had a blast and no one got hurt so that’s a win!

Here’s what you may have missed :

This sheet pan dinner tastes just like Thanksgiving and is a breeze to whip up. Click for the recipe.

Easy Fall Sheet Pan Dinner

I shared different types of resilient flooring and why it’s a great option for your home.

A new Weekly Wednesday Link Party with tons of Halloween treats, cocktails and decor ideas.

10 beautiful fall tablescape ideas from myself and my talented friends in the home decor world. Seriously, save this post for Thanksgiving because it has so many great ideas if you’re hosting!

A simple fall tablescape in autumnal and gold hues

This important reminder –

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Protect yourselves by doing those monthly self breast exams! I made a free printable last year that you can hang in your shower or in your bathroom as a little reminder! Click here to download the printable.

And now my favorite things that I saw this week on the web:

These Pumpkin Espresso Whoopie Pies – holy moly need one ASAP!

Kelly from the Tattered Pew made this adorable tassel ghost pillow!

Who loves mimosas? Check out these 2 ingredient apple cider mimosas from Jen at Midwest Life and Style.

This garden wreath from my friend Jen at Cottage on Bunker Hill. She used dried flowers from her own garden and it came out sooo pretty!


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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