Painted Pumpkin Topiary

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

This Painted Pumpkin Topiary is a great kids' craft to brighten your doorway this Halloween

Welcome autumn with this cute pumpkin topiary.  It’s a great project to get the kids involved with, and can be made either in this simplified form, or gussied up by painting and embellishing with lots of details.  Either way, this cute decoration is a fun way to welcome fall!

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pumpkin topiary:

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Shape Learning Crafts

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

While I no longer have a toddler in my house, I vividly remember those days (actually, I miss them very much!) and I still collect things-to-do with toddlers and preschoolers out of habit. As a teacher, I tend to lean toward the educational and shapes are always a hot topic for fun and learning. These crafts are fun to make with and for the under five set who are learning or excited about all sorts of shapes!

Shape Activities for Preschoolers - Toddler Approved

Shape Activities for PreschoolersToddler Approved

Shape pictures! A classic! Nothing coudl be more simpler or more fun than providing all sorts of shapes cut from construction paper or craft foam for the kiddos to turn into rockets, houses, towns and animals! This one, I promise you, is always a hit!

Play Date Mosaic Art Project - Happy Hooligans for CBC

Styrofoam MosaicsHappy Hooligans for CBC

These mosaic tile shapes are made from painted foam meat trays! So much fun to use in all sorts of crafts, they are also a great chance for little ones to try out cutting squares, triangles and the like before gluing them into patterns and pictures! Very clever!

Building Shapes - A, Bee, C, Preschool

Building ShapesA, Bee, C, Preschool

This popscile stick project is fabulous for little kids as well as bigger ones, turning learning into a fun game! I love that each stick is numbered with how many sticks it will take to complete the shape in question! These could also be made into magnets for fridge play!

What shape learning crafts have you done with the kiddos? Send them out way! We’d love to add them to the list! And check out these and other Shape crafts on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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Happy Monday! Quite possibly the only good thing about Mondays is that we get to announce our Free Stuff Friday winner! Congratulations to… JuJu! You get to celebrate Halloween in style this year!

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This Halloween pack includes 2 packs of Martha Stewart treat bags, a pack of treat boxes, photo disguise decorations, bottle decorations, 4 Halloween garlands, and 3 Inkadinkaclings stamps with a mini acrylic block!

The winning answer to “What was your favorite Halloween costume?” is…

 “When our daughter was small, I made a Raggedy Ann costume for her, red string ‘hair’ wig and all! A friend saw the photo and said is that a real doll?!”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

DIY Pumpkin Decor

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Everyone loves heading to the pumpkin patch in the fall, but pumpkins don’t last forever! I’m one of those people who loves to take out holiday decorations well before it’s appropriate, and it can be really difficult to stop myself from heading to the pumpkin patch in mid September even though I know those cute pumpkins will be pretty gross by the time Halloween rolls around. Thanks to these fun pumpkin crafts, I can pull out some of my own cute pumpkins year after year.

Wine Bottle Jack-O-Lanterns - Instructables

Wine Bottle Jack-O-LanternsInstructables

Before you recycle those extra wine bottles, grab some spray paint and create a cute scene for a mantel or dining room. I love that these pumpkins aren’t your typical shape, so you can add some height to a Halloween scene.

Pumpkin Magnets - The Benson Street

Pumpkin MagnetsThe Benson Street

Bring some Halloween cheer to your kitchen too with these silly pumpkin magnets. You can make them as goofy or scary as you like!

No-Sew Shirt Pumpkins - Confessions of a Plate Addict

No-Sew Shirt PumpkinsConfessions of a Plate Addict

These pumpkins are too cute and made from recycled shirts! Raid your closet, or head to your nearest thrift store for some old shirts in great fall colors.

Wood Slice Pumpkins - A Night Owl Blog

Wood Slice PumpkinsA Night Owl

If you love a rustic look, add some of these wood slice pumpkins to your decor. You can even make them into cute fall chalkboards with some orange chalkboard paint and draw faces on them!

Yarn Pumpkin - Naturally Educational

Yarn PumpkinNaturally Educational

Everyone loves a good, messy craft. Not only will you have a fun pumpkin to display at the end, but you’ll have a lot of fun creating it in the process.

Adding any of these unique pumpkins to your fall decor will instantly create a unique vignette that you can use year after year.

T-Shirt Infinity Scarf

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Upcycle old t-shirts into a colorful infinity scarf

Do you have a few T-shirts that you want to keep but don’t wear anymore?  It’s a tricky when you have a few because it’s not enough to make a T-shirt quilt with, but it’s too many for a lot of small T-shirt projects.  Well, I have a solution for you.  Infinity scarves are great because you can wrap them around you, and they look great without a lot of effort.  By following this tutorial, you can make a great infinity scarf out of your favorite T-shirts.

Materials:

  • 5-7 T-shirts
  • 1 yard Jersey or Fleece
  • Thread
  • Pins

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Free Stuff Friday!!

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It’s Friday again, and another week closer to one of our favorite holidays, Halloween! To celebrate, we have a really fun Halloween prize pack to give away.

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This Halloween pack includes 2 packs of Martha Stewart treat bags, a pack of treat boxes, photo disguise decorations, bottle decorations, 4 Halloween garlands, and 3 Inkadinkaclings stamps with a mini acrylic block!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: What was your favorite Halloween costume?

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Harvest Vase

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Create a harvest vase to hold pretty fall flowers

I made this vase for a very special event. It looks beautiful and is perfect for late summer through the last of the harvest holidays. I wanted to keep the look simple country, but with different flowers in the arrangement the possibilities are endless for looks.

DIY Harvest Vase

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