Double Trouble Part 1

Welcome to day 4 of the 5 days of Halloween! We are almost through the week. I know for us it has been a long one.

Lets look at how we can double our decor without doubling the amount of things we have to store. I am all about saving space and getting as much out of my decor as possible. One of the best ways to do that is by having your decor preform double duty. This means that one side of you decor is one holiday and the other side is another.

This is great for people who have very little storage space in their homes or just do not want to put a lot of money into holiday decorations.

Let’s Get Started!

Project #1

Supplies

For this first project you will need some table top pumpkins. I got mine at Target. You will also need some embellishments to put on your pumpkins. I found the wooden turkey and pumpkin a few years ago at Michael’s Craft Store. You could use stickers or printables to put on the project or any other embellishments you have on hand.

Some other Supplies I used were scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. It is the best for your money. The goal is to get different patterns of different holiday paper. I used the wood grain paper for one side of the pumpkin and then Halloween for the other side. I also used Mod Podge, a paint brush, hot glue gun, sand paper and twine.

The first thing I did was cut my scrapbook paper down to a more manageable size. You can trace the pumpkin onto the paper and cut it out before you glue it down but I prefer to leave the paper bigger and sand off the edges later. I put a thin layer of Mod Podge down on the pumpkin and placed the paper down on top of the pumpkin making sure to smooth out the bubbles.

Once that was dry, I took my sand paper and sanded in a downward motion around the edges of the pumpkin. This will tear off the paper from the edge and give a clean and finished look. Then I did the same steps to add the paper to the other side of the pumpkins.

After that I glued on the pumpkin on one side and turkey on the other side. As for the other pumpkin, I wanted words on it. So I used my Cricut and 651 vinyl to add the words. In place of this you can use stickers, or free printables and glue them on.

Once I had the words and wood pieces on, I thought the pumpkins needed something more. My brain could not think of anything fun and creative to be honest. I knew I had to put something on them that could be seen from both sides sense these pumpkins were pulling double duty. It seems twine is always the answer. I put some hot glue at the base of the stem of the pumpkin and started wrapping the twine around the stem of the pumpkin. I did this all the way up until the stem was covered. This is something that added some texture to the pumpkin and also would look great no matter what side of the pumpkin was visible.

Here is a look at how they turned out. One side is done up for Halloween and the other side is done up for Thanksgiving. You only have two pumpkins to store away after the holidays and they are pulling double duty while they are out!

Project #2

Supplies

It might look like there is a lot to this next project but really it is the same steps as the last one. I used wooden mason jars I had on hand from last year from Dollar Tree. This goes to show you that you can use any kind of wooden base that you want. From there you need embellishments if you want them. I also used some silver paint, hot glue, scrapbook paper for different holidays, flowers, sand paper, Mod Podge.

The first thing I did with these wooden mason jars is to gently pull off the twine from the top and sand off the glitter. Sometimes with Dollar Tree stuff you can peal the paper off of the product to get the glitter off , but most of the time it is not that easy. Another way to get the glitter off that I just learned about is to spray Goo Gone on it and let it sit for a minute or two and scrape it off with a scraper. Then wipe it down with a damp paper towel or baby wipe. It works well without of the sanding mess.

Next I cut the scrapbook paper down to size. Then I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge on the the mason jars and places the scrapbook paper down top making sure to smooth out the bubbles. I let it dry then sanded the edges in a downward motion to get the extra paper off.

At this point, I did not like the top of the mason jars. It was covered in the paper and did not look like a lid. So I took some metallic silver acrylic paint and did three coats of paint on the top part of the jar so it would look like a silver lid.

Now it’s time for embellishments. For the fall jars I used pumpkins and wooden wards from Target. If I did not like the color, I used what ever paints I had on hand to paint them. Paint pens work well for this. I did the same with the with the Christmas jar. Hobby Lobby had these cute Christmas wooded pieces. I colored the little Santa and then added some cardstock and Merry Christmas with my Cricut and vinyl. Glue things on as you see fit. For these projects you are only limited by your creativity.

I added the twine back to the top of the mason jars and put twine bows on top of the twine. The other embellishment I added was the tops of flowers that I got from Dollar Tree.

Here are the finished jars. Each side of these jars are for a different holiday. Like I said before these cut down on storage and gives lots of options for any holiday or season. The paper and embellishments for this are endless. This can even been done for everyday decor.

I do hope this finds you all in good health. Please stay safe.

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Have a wonderful Thursday!

Melissa McGuire

Supplies

Project #1

Wooden Pumpkins- Target

Scrapbook paper that are Different Patterns- Hobby Lobby

Mod Podge- Anywhere

Wooden Pieces- Michael’s Craft Store

Twine- Hobby Lobby

Cricut- Michael’s Craft Store

651 Vinyl- Michael’s Craft Store

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

Project #2

Mason Jars- Dollar Tree

Flowers- Dollar Tree

Wooden Pieces- Target

Silver Metallic Acrylic Paint- Walmart

Mod Podge- Anywhere

Scrapbook paper that are Different Patterns- Hobby Lobby

Twine- Hobby Lobby

Cricut- Michael’s Craft Store

651 Vinyl- Michael’s Craft Store

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks- Hobby Lobby

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