Give Thanks DIY Project

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WHAT YOU NEED:

1 long wooden plank

white paint

orange paint

brown paint

large sentinel letters

medium sentinel letters

sand paper

round paint brushes

medium paint brush- I used this one

thin paint brush


This project is really easy and turns out super cute! I got this piece of wood in the ‘sale’ section next to the wood cutter at Lowe’s. At the time I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but it was so cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. Thanksgiving has always been on of my favorite holidays, so when I realized I didn’t have a decoration for the front porch, I decided to make something. For me personally, I love arts and crafts and making things on my own versus buying something at the store. For this project, I got to spend some time with my pups on the porch on a perfect fall day; for me the definition of perfection! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


STEP 1: Sand down wooden plank

STEP 2: Paint board white with medium brush – 2 light layers to get the distressed look

STEP 3: Use medium stencils to spell out the word “GIVE” and paint with round brush (dabbing gets the job done the cleanest when using stencils)

STEP 4: Use large stencils to spell out word “THANKS” again using round brush

STEP 5: Once completely dry, use small brush to touch up any areas

STEP 6: Sand edges of the board to complete the distressed look


Pumpkin Crafting

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WHAT YOU NEED:

Medium pumpkin

Small pumpkin

White paint

Gold paint

Pink paint

Yellow paint

Orange paint

Purple paint

small paint brush

medium paint brush


This is my first year painting a pumpkin instead of carving one! Definitely a little weird, though still just as fun. Tyler carved one so we still got to bake the yummy seeds. I decided to do a Sugar Skull, because I’m obsessed with them, and Dia de los Muertos is right around the corner, I thought why not! It ended up being easy, and turned out really cute. First, I painted the entire pumpkin white and did 3 coats to get it the way I liked it. Make sure you let it dry completely between each coat! Once the pumpkin dried, I painted two black circles for the eyes and did two coats for those. As that was drying, I painted a black heart upside down for the nose and a flower above the eyes, I did two coats for those as well. Then, I drew a line across the bottom for the mouth and did little humps for the teeth. Once I was done with that, I painted pink flowers inside the black circles and painted purple humps around the outside. Next, I drew swirls over the eyes with yellow paint and a heart between the eyes with 3 dots ascending in size. After that, I outline the mouth with orange paint and added some dots to the swirls and filled the hearts and dots. Finally I painted a black dot in the middle of each flower!

I was still feeling a little crafty, so I decided to paint the small pumpkin I got as well. For that one I painted two white coats of paint (make sure it drys completely between each coat). I then painted the stem gold, and did two coats for that as well. Finally I free handed our apartment number with the same gold paint, and did three coats for that. Super easy and adds a little sparkle to your front porch! Happy Halloween 🙂


Witch Hat Cookies

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WHAT YOU NEED:

Fudge Stripes Cookies

Hershey’s Kisses

Orange icing


These cookies literally take 3 simple steps to make, and are seriously delicious!

Step 1: Put a quarter size dab of orange icing on middle of upside down cookie

Step 2: Place a Hershey’s kiss in the middle of the icing

Step 3: Press down on Hershey’s kiss

You can serve immediately or place in fridge!

ENJOY 🙂

Stacked “BOO” Pumpkins

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WHAT YOU NEED: 

1 small pumpkin

1 medium pumpkin

1 large pumpkin

3 wooden letters that spell out “BOO”

black and orange spray paint

sliver glitter spray

hot glue gun

Hot glue gun: Walmart

All other supplies: Hobby Lobyy


This pumpkin craft is really easy and turns out super cute. First, I spray painted the small and large sized pumpkins black and the medium sized pumpkin orange. You don’t have to spray paint the medium pumpkin orange, but mine was a little marked up and dirty and the paint covers that right up. The black pumpkins were spray painted with 2 layers. While I let the pumpkins dry I painted each letter for the ‘BOO’ and did two layers on those as well. Once the pumpkins were dry, I sprayed all three with silver glitter. After all the letters and pumpkins were dry, I hot glued the letters to the pumpkins and then glued the pumpkins on top of each other. The hot glue gun I use is high temperature and works really well. It is less than $7 at Walmart. It doesn’t come with the glue sticks, so make sure you get those and that they are the right size for the gun.  Lastly, I painted the stem of the pumpkin on top gold for a little extra touch. Happy Halloween! 🙂