Crafts + Decor

DIY: Sugar Skull Candy Bowl

 Make a bright and colorful sugar skull candy bowl to decorate your home for Halloween. Click to see the tutorial.

Yep, it's that time of year again!

I had so much fun making my Halloween apothecary last year that I've decided to get creative again this year.

Halloween is one of my favorite time of year to do crafts and decorate. There's just so much creative freedom. You can get as wild as you want and no one will blink twice.

I actually started this project last year but never got around to finishing it. You know how it goes right? You start a million projects on an inspiration wave, then you loose it and half of those projects get forgotten in a distant corner of the house for a few months...and sometimes more.

Does anyone else do that?

I've also been known to go into a craft store for a very specific thing and come back out 3 hours later with half the store in my bags. Oh, did I mention my very awesome and patient husband was waiting in the car the whole time?

Yea, he doesn't come anymore. 

Back to my project. So I saw this skull at the dollar store and I immediately thought it would be fun to turn it into a sugar skull to decorate my living room.

When I shared my idea with my husband, he mentioned it would be cool if it was a candy bowl. I swear, he's totally a creative inside. So off he went to drill. Awesome right?

So anyway, this super skull is chilling on my table right now, but I took out all of the candy because otherwise, my toddlers will at them all in a single sitting.

 

Have you created anything for Halloween? Are you making your own costume? What will you dress up as?

 

My boys and husband have asked to be the 3 musketeers so that's what my next project is going to be. If you're looking for me in the next 2 weeks, I'll either be raiding the dollar store or at my sewing machine.

See you all next week! :)

 The materials to make a Halloween sugar skull candy bowl; skull, paint, paint brushes, sparkles, flowers.

MATERIALS

Plastic skull
Acrylic paints
Paint brush
Palette
Artificial flowers
Glue gun
Candy (!!)

 Spray paint your skull white first.
 Cut a hole at the top of the skull and paint a face in black.
 Have fun, add shapes and color to your sugar skull candy.
 Glue some artificial flowers around the hole of the skull and fill it with candy!

STEPS

1. Paint the entire skull white. I used spray paint but you can just as easily use a paint brush and acrylics.

2. Cut a hole at the top to insert your candy. I asked my husband to do it with his hand drill, it took him about 2 minutes.

3. Paint the eye sockets, nose hole and teeth outline in black. You can use any color you want at this point, have fun and be creative!

4. Decorate with pretty patterns around the eyes, the forehead and chin. You can embellish with faux jewels or even glitter!

5. Cut some artificial flowers and hot glue them around the head to form a flower crown. I glued them around the hole.

6. Fill with candy and enjoy!

 The complete Halloween sugar skull candy bowl. A super fun craft for Halloween. Click through for tutorial.

DIY: Faux Starfish Garland

 Faux starfish garland.

Not so long ago, I shared how to make faux starfish. I originally made them to decorate my son's birthday party, little accents to put on the table and on the shelves, but I ended up liking them so much that I started making other things with them. Like this new faux starfish garland!

Last year, I decided to change my living decor with each season. I've been working on different color combos and experimenting in the past year, and it will definitely evolve over time (what doesn't right?) but for this summer, as you noticed from my brushstroke wall art, I decided to go with a beach/ocean theme with peach/orange and mint/green as my accent colors. 

 A super fun and cute garland using faux starfish to decorate your home. DIY using polymer clay, rope and tule.

I really enjoy decorating and creating new pieces for my home. The process is slow because of everything else I need to do in the little time I have, but every time I sit in my living room, ideas just keep coming.

What color combo have you chosen for your living room decor? Do you go for bright colors or more neutral ones? Do you like changing things up once in a while? 

 

Materials

Faux starfish
Rope
Tule ribbon
Thread

When you're making the starfish for this project, make sure that you poke a hole through one of the legs of the star so you can hang them. You can do this with a toothpick.

 

Steps

Put the rope and the tule side by side and attach the starfish (through the hole!) at set intervals. You can measure about where you'd like the stars to be using a ruler. Then you hang it! I have little nails on my fireplace where I usually hang our Christmas stockings so I use those to attach the garland at every star, if you don't have those, you can simple add little push pins that you can remove later, or just hang it from each end (it'll give a slightly different look, but still fun!).

 Materials to make a decorative faux starfish garland.
 (DIY) How to attach faux starfish to rope and tule to make a pretty garland.

There you have it. I seriously love the end result.

 DIY faux starfigh garland to decorate your fireplace.

DIY: Easy Brush Stroke Abstract Wall Art

 Green, orange and black brushstroke abstract wall art. More art.

Perfection. Is there even such a thing?

This weekend, I finally mustered up the courage to paint some abstract art for my living room decor. Courage you ask? Sounds silly doesn't it. The truth is, I often put projects aside because I worry it won't be "perfect" and I don't want to throw away my money making something I may not keep or love. Writing it down makes it seem pretty futile.

Ok, not wanting to waste money is pretty admirable in this day and age, but how can you learn anything, if you never try it? 

 Quick and easy DIY brush stroke abstract wall art.

Do you guys remember this wall art I made for my son's room? Oh, and this mobile? It's been a while since I tried making some fun art to decorate my home and I missed it. It's so much fun and so easy.

 

Materials

Acrylic paints (your choice of colors)
Brushes (different types)
Foam board
Empty palette

 

I chose to use a foam board because it's cheaper than buying a huge canvas. This one is 20x30 inches. Before I commit to something, I like to try it out first and this seemed like the perfect way. I got the acrylics at the dollar store a long time ago and craft wise, it was probably the best investment I made. Sure, they aren't the best, but all the projects I've made with them have lasted a long time and the colors have not faded. Plus, the sizes are relatively big, so I get to use them on a lot of projects.

 Materials for brushstroke abstract wall art.

Steps

1. Select your colors and brushes.
2. Starting with the biggest brush and your main color, paint simple strokes randomly.
3. Lighten your colors and add some more strokes with the same brush. Make sure you clean your brush between each color.
4.
Using a different brush, add a simple pattern in a neutral color (I chose black dots).

 First steps to brushstroke abstract wall art.

And voilà! Pretty easy and it took me a whole 10 minutes to make. Not bad right?

Personally, I like to contrast colors. Blue and yellow, orange and green... you get the idea. I find it adds a fun twist to any kind of art. I chose orange and turquoise for this piece because those are the accent colors I'm hoping to use for my summer decor. I'm a bit late starting I know, with all that's been happening around here I haven't exactly been inspired to do anything, but it's ok, because there's always next year.

I'm really excited to try decorating with different color palettes for each season. That way I don't have to commit to anything and we won't get tired of seeing any particular decor. I'm keeping all my main items neutral in color, white, black, dark brown and gold, so that it's easy to dress up.

Do you have any decor tips?

 

 Green, orange and black brushstroke abstract wall art.