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Thursday’s Theme: Harvest DIY Projects From Pinterest

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

The title says it all – we’ve compiled a few charming harvest DIY projects from creators all over Pinterest, ranging in skill level and material needs. Tell us about the DIY projects you’ve taken on this fall, and be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more ideas throughout the holiday season.

Harvest Napkin Rings

All this DIY takes is some faux berries, leaves, greenery or all of the above. If you have never added napkin rings to your table, you may be surprised how elegant they make each place setting.

Pumpkin Leaves Printables

These little tags are perfect for marking each place at the table, or spicing up your seasonal displays.

Pumpkin Leaves Free Printable | Ella Claire Blog | DIY

Apple and Pumpkin Candle Holders

A charming idea for turning ordinary tealights into beautiful seasonal mood lights.

Burlap Wreath

This is a great tutorial for a simple burlap wreath that isn’t strictly fall specific, so you could use it all year round.

Pumpkin Terracotta Pots

This is a “We wish we had thought of this!” DIY, and it’s perfect for housing small treats this time of year.

Autumn Serving Tray

Collect some leaves from your own yard for this DIY, and have a charming tray from which to serve your guests this season.

Harvest Yard Signs

This is a more material-intensive DIY, but the result is certainly worth it.

DIY Harvest Yard Sign | Homemade by Carmona Blog | DIY

Fall Harvest Crochet Coaster Set

For those of you who love getting crafty with crochet, this vibrant pattern is free and comes with great instructions.

Free Crochet Pattern – Fall Harvest Coaster Set | A Crocheted Simplicity Blog

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The Real Simple Way to Dye Easter Eggs

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Dyeing Easter eggs is a great activity for adults and kids alike. Have an Easter egg dyeing party beforehand and incorporate the eggs into your spring decor, or offer it as an activity during Easter weekend as your family and friends gather around.

Easter Egg Race SculptureThere are a variety of Easter egg dye kits available, as well as fun food coloring options, but you can also use natural ingredients to make your own dyes. We like Real Simple’s ingredient list and related video, which offers instructions for making a handful of fun colors to decorate your eggs with.

For blue, you guessed it, blueberries come into play. Turmeric makes yellow, and a paprika mixture gives eggs an orange hue. Raspberries are perfect for pink, and coffee grounds can give a white egg a traditional brown exterior. Find the complete ingredient lists HERE, and let us know if you try any of them out this year!

Real Simple All Natural Easter Egg Dye

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DIY Flower Arrangements – Part III

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Welcome to the third installment of our DIY Flower Arrangements series. This week, it’s all about web exclusive flowers that you may have seen propped in the catalog but are only sold online – the Peony Bouquet and Ranunculus Stems. Learn how we arranged them below, and get caught up on Part I here and Part II here.

Peony Bouquets

Peony Bouquets in Wire Scroll & Glass VasePeony Bouquet

This pale pink floral bunch can be found on pages 26 and 68 of our Spring 2017 catalog. As you can see, its simple stem supports large blossoms that add a full look to any display, whether you use multiple in a large vase on a table, or in a small Iron & Glass Vase as a centerpiece or in a smaller space.

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Ranunculus Stem

Flip to page 71 of our Spring 2017 catalog, and you will see a flower arrangement of white Cherry Blossoms and Ranunculus. The fresh look of this arrangement is perfect for a bedroom or a welcoming entry. Also available in pink, the web exclusive Ranunculus also make beautiful additions to a bouquet of Calla Lilies. The combination of whimsical shapes (including the shape of the vase) enhances the flair and style of these blooms. For an even more lush look in both quantity and color, multiple Cherry Blossoms and Ranunculus do the trick.

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Calla Lililes and Ranunculus

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