Archives for October 2013

Balloon + Fabric Leaves = Fabulous Fall DIY Bowl

Hello Everyone!

I love to decorate for fall. The colorful and easy to find supplies in craft and dollar stores can take you all the way through to Thanksgiving.

I found the idea for the leaf bowl in a magazine. But I found the instructions to be terrible and totally off!

So here is the simple version… if there is one.

Terri O's Super Simple  leaf bowlLEAF BOWL

Fabric leaves
Paint brush
Tin pot or container

–Blow up the balloon to desired size. Attach a few clothespins to the bottom to hold it down and place it in the container.
–Paint glue onto balloon and lay leaves on top. Paint glue over each leaf. Continue building on top to create the shape of the bowl layering leaves on top of each other.
–Let dry completely. Pop the balloon and you are left with a very pretty but not so stable bowl.

You can put pretties in it and use it as home decor.

How to Make Your Jack O’ Lantern Last Longer

Terri O - How to Preserve Your Pumpkin

Tip from Terri O: The pumpkin on the left was preserved with hairspray. After 6 days: it was getting soft spots and mold. The pumpkin in the center was preserved with a combo of bleach, lemon juice and vinegar. Nope. That did not work. But the pumpkin on the right was preserved with 2/3 cup bleach per gallon of water. After 6 days, it looks fabulous!

Carve your pumpkin.

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water and add 2/3 cup of bleach. If that is not enough water to cover your pumpkin double the recipe.

Let soak for 24 hours.

Remove pumpkin and place upside down so it will drain well.

Super. Simple.

Enjoy for as long as you can!! Mine lasted at least a week as of this posting!

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Shiny pumpkin tip: Rub on little bit of oil with a tissue or cloth.


Monster Mums! So Cute to Craft!

monster mums Terri O

Give a flower some eyes and a pretty pot and you have a terrific not terrifying Halloween decoration. The perfect hostess gift. You don;t even have to feed it!

Craft Supplies and Tools:

Two 3″ styrofoam balls for each Mumster
For the base: a Halloween gift box or decorated terracotta pot with another styrofoam ball
Large silk purple mums
Colored animal eyes
12″ x 3/8″ wooden dowel
Marble or stone vase filler
Straight pins
Chenille stems and bead garland
Black paint
Low-temp glue gun

Project Instructions:Terri O Monsterm Mums Halloween

Monster MumsGlue one of the 3″ balls inside the box or pot. Fill the remainder of space inside the box with stone vase filler for added support.
Paint the dowel black and let dry.
Cut a small hole in the top of the box to stick the dowel into the ball. Use glue on the end of the dowel.
Pull the mum blossoms from the stems. Insert into the other 3″ ball. Use low temp glue to secure.
Glue eyeballs to the center of each mum blossom. Glue the mum covered ball to the top of the dowel.
Embellish the dowel with bead garland and add chenille stem antennas to the top of the topiary.

Special thank you to Flora Craft for project idea.

Wanna see me make them? Click here. 

4 Unique Jack o’ Lanterns – Choose your style or make ’em all!

Get crafty with these four crazy pumpkins for Halloween.

Funky Medina Pumpkin
Level: Intermediate
Designed by: Terri O
Inspired by:

It was a combination of others that inspired me to create this cutie. I kind of put the two of them together along with some supplies I already had to make her. Yes, it is a her!

Medium size faux pumpkin
Lime green spray paint
STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls in 8”, 4”, 3”, or 2”
Design It:® Foam Cutter or Serrated Knife
Dimensional Fabric Paints; red, bright purple, orange, bright green and black
Crystal Clear Plastic Wrap
Heat Gun or Hair Dryer with Hot Setting
Low-temp Glue Gun
Feather boa
Red felt

Instructions for eyes courtesy
1.    To create the double eyes use the Foam Cutter or serrated knife to cut the eggs in half lengthwise. Lay them on the table side by side with cut sides down. Glue them together in unique ways to create fun looks with low-temp glue. Tilt the narrow ends of the eggs in and the wide ends apart to create “worried” eyes or cut the narrow end of the eggs off to create eyes peeking over something. Tip: Use the Foam Cutter to make a small flat spot where the two sides meet; this creates a larger surface for gluing the two pieces together, making a stronger bond. Toothpicks can also be inserted in between the pieces for added support.
2.    Insert a toothpick into each ball of STYROFOAM* to use as a handle as you paint. Paint circles for the colored iris on each of the balls or eggs as large or as small as you desire. Let dry. Paint black circles in the center of the iris for pupils. Use black fabric paint to outline the pupils and the irises. Use red fabric paint to draw the red blood vessels. Let dry.
3.    Cut squares of plastic wrap big enough to cover the eyeballs and a little extra to overlap slightly. Wrap each eyeball pulling it snug as you go to smooth creases. When wrapping the egg-shaped eyes, wrap each half egg separately. Use the heat gun or hair dryer (on hottest setting) to “shrink” the plastic wrap to the eyeballs giving them a glossy look.
1.    Paint pumpkin green.
2.    Adorn the top with a boa.
3.    Attach eyes.
4.    Roll felt into two long rows. Shape like lips as you glue to pumpkin.

lucky lady pumpkin Terri OMetal Head Pumpkin
Level: Super Easy
Designed by: Terri O

This is so easy to make and your kids will think you are a rockin’ cool mom!

Black or metallic faux pumpkin or paint one black or metallic
Peel and stick studs and embellishments
Beads in a bottle by

1.    Clean the surface of your pumpkin.
2.    Attach the peel and stick studs and /or use the silver beads in a bottle. Let dry.
spike the pumpkin Terri O“Spike” the Pumpkin Head
Level: Advanced
Designed by: Terri O

Spike was a vision of mine for a long time. I just hated doing all the work on Spike knowing that it would only last a day or two. But with the invention of fake pumpkins, Spike became a reality.

Faux pumpkin
Dremel tool
Finish nails size #6 & #8

1.    Find a pattern for a pumpkin face you like. I found one on the internet for free.
2.    Trace or draw your pattern on the pumpkin
3.    Using a dremel tool with a 1/8th drill bit carve out your pattern. Be careful to not go thru the pumpkin.
4.    Some fake pumpkins have holes already cut out at the bottom. If yours doesn’t, cut a hole big enough for your hand to fit thru.
5.    Push the nails thru the top of the pumpkin to represent hair.
6.    Use a flashlight inside the pumpkin to show off your design.
7.    ***CAUTION*** These pumpkins are NOT designed to use a real candle or flame!!!!

pink pumpkin Terri OClaudia’s Think Pink Pumpkin
Level: Easy
Designed by: Terri O

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month I decided to dedicate a pumpkin to the cause. I lost someone very near and dear to me several years ago to the disease. Her name was Claudia Ouellette and she was my best friend and biggest fan. I miss her and when I see this pumpkin it makes me smile and think of her.

Medium faux pumpkin (I used the Funkin brand)
Pink spray paint
Black Feather wreath
1 4pc Black Damask Vinyl Wall Accents (made by DCWV-Home sku #GC-515-00064)
Blue Moon heart shaped metal connectors (sku #10212935 5 pc string)
Blue Moon Gloss Seed Bead strands I black (sku #66425 25111, 8 strands)
Blue Moon gloss black 40” metal chain (sku#66435 19338)
Glue gun or glue dots

1.    Paint your pumpkin pink and let dry.
2.    Place all 4 vinyl accents around pumpkin. If you are using a larger pumpkin you will need to packs.
3.    Attach heart chain vertically between each accent.
4.    Drape the chain from the top to each heart.
5.    Lay the glass beads on the top. I did not attach mine because I can use them again for something else.
6.    Set pumpkin inside the feather wreath.

See how to make these unique Jack O’ Lanterns!

Pretty Pumpkin Topiary to decorate your doorway

Fall craft Terri O

This is a lovely fall decor project you can make in October and leave up for a couple of months.

Craft Supplies:

Urn or pot to put your pumpkins in/on
3 pumpkins for each urn, large, medium and small
Fall foliage
Faux moss or grass or filler of your choice
Glue gun
Large stick or dowel
Something heavy to place in the bottom of your container ie; rocks, sand
Heavy duty craft knife
Thick foam
Grape vine wreath large & small
Foam core

Project Instructions:

Cut holes in the bottom and top of the large and medium pumpkin.
Cut a hole in the bottom of the small pumpkin.
Anchor foam at the bottom of pot.
Anchor foam at the top of the pot.
Cut a piece of foam core to fit over top of urn. Cut a hole in the center.
Insert dowel and place in the foam at bottom of urn, place another piece of foam at the top of the urn but inside.
Glue a ring of moss to the outside of the foam core.
Place the foam core on top of urn with dowel sticking out.
Glue large pumpkin to foam core.
Adorn large and small wreath with foliage. Glue if you need to.
Place large wreath on top of large pumpkin. I put mine at a slight angle.
Glue medium pumpkin to large pumpkin. Place small wreath on top. Again I put mine at a slight angle.
Glue small pumpkin to medium pumpkin.


Buy a pretty urn or pot
Don’t skimp on foliage
Buy good pumpkins
Be sure to get the matted moss and not cut moss
If you want it to last forever use e-6000 glue, if not a glue gun will work but won’t last
You can get creative add ribbon or embellish with Halloween or Fall bling

If you would like to see how super simple it is to make, click here.

Bling Your Jeans with a Little Crafty Investment

pre-bling jeansWho doesn’t love a little bling to your jeans? But sometimes the added jewels can cost a pretty penny.

Here’s a way to add your own to your favorite pair.

Hot Fix heating tool
Hot Fix studs or stones
Iron-On bling that comes in pre-designed in packages
Lace with bling
Coffee if you want to dye it
Fabric glue

There are several ways to bling your jeans. One way that requires little investment is to glue lace to your jeans. You can buy it in many colors.

I actually used the embellishments that they use for wedding dresses. They already have bling. What I personally did not like was how white they are. So I coffee stained mine to give them more of a vintage look.

Just soak them in dark coffee for a couple of hours. Let them dry and iron them flat. Then just glue them to your favorite jeans with fabric glue.

Iron-on bling is also very easy. All you need is an iron and follow manufactures instructions. One tip, prewash your garment without using fabric softener. Once you add your bling if possible iron the back side where the bling is to make sure they are secure.

Terri O bling jeansHot fix is the most expensive way to bling. You have to have the tool along with the rhinestones and studs. The better bling can be pricey but they are very pretty.

Also the tool itself takes a little practice but once you get the hang of it you will love the results.

Wash your garment inside out and do not put in the dryer. The heat from the dryer may dislodge the bling.

You can do it! See How!

EEK! It’s A Spider – Wreath!

Halloween wreath Terri OMy spooky wreath was inspired by designer Dondi Richardson.

I used her basic design to create my own unique look.

Extruded Wreath 16”
Balls (1) 3” and (2) 2”
Other Materials:
Yarn: Dark Grey and Purple
Acrylic Paint: Black
Chenille Stems: Black and Purple
Glitter: Purple
Wood Letters: EEK!
Green Animal Eyes: 12mm and 9mm
Spider Webbing
Floral Pins

FloraCraft Foam Tools
Low-Temp Glue Gun
Wire Cutters
Flat Paint Brush

1. For the large spider: Use the knife tool to cut off not quite half of the 3” ball. The larger portion of the ball is the body, cut side down. Use the knife tool to cut small flat sections off the ball on opposite sides; this gives the body a more oval shape. Use the rasp tool to sand and shape the body into a rounded oval. Shape the smaller portion of the remainder of the ball into an oval for the head, cut side down. The smaller spiders are made repeating the steps for the large spider but using a 2” ball. Attach the heads to the bodies. Glue toothpicks between the head and bodies for a more secure hold. Paint the spiders black and set aside to dry.

2. Attach the spiders’ legs. Use eight stems for the large spider. Twist them together in twos so that you have four double stems twisted together. Bend each double stem in half. Now you have four pairs of legs. Glue the legs into the body; two pairs on each side. The small spider’s legs are made using 2 stems cut in half. Bend each half in half so that you have four pairs of legs. Glue the legs into the body then glue the eyes in place on the spiders.

3. Paint the letters purple and while the paint is still wet sprinkle with purple glitter. Set aside to dry.

4. Wrap the wreath completely with the dark grey yarn by gluing one end of the yarn to the back of the wreath and wrapping loosely for an even look. Now glue the end of the purple yarn to the back of the wreath. Wrap loosely, crisscrossing and overlapping in all directions around the wreath. Wrap a few strands of yarn across the middle of the wreath in a few directions to look like webbing.

5. Pull apart the spider web and pin it across the front of the wreath. Pin a thick bunch of web to the bottom of the wreath as shown. Glue the letters in place.

6. Glue the spiders in place on the wreath as shown. Pin a piece of grey or purple yarn at the bottom of the wreath and to the bottom of a small spider and let it hang from the wreath.

Watch how super simple it is to make!