Tag: fall

Hello, there! It’s Ginger from GingerSnapCrafts.com. I’m back to share another cute & easy project with you! Today I am excited to share how you can get that nice, soft weathered wood look with just a few simple steps & supplies. I used it to make this cute fall sign for our home. So let’s get started. ūüôā

Weathered Wood Sign GingerSnapCrafts.com

Just check out this before & after.

weathered wood tutorial

To make a sign like mine, you’ll need a few supplies:

  • wood board (I cut a 1×8 down to size.)
  • chalk paint
  • paint brush
  • wood finishing cloths in natural oak
  • rubber gloves
  • sandpaper
  • old rag
  • vinyl lettering (I used this design from Silhouette.)


First, I painted my board with two coats of chalk paint. Letting it dry between coats.

fall sign with chalk paint

After the paint had dried completely I sanded the edges with sandpaper.

distressing a board

Next I got out these amazing wood finishing cloths. These guys are awesome!

staining a board

While wearing protective gloves I rubbed the stain over the board.

how to weather a board

Wipe off the excess with an old rag. Let dry. Sand again slightly.


To finish this fall sign I just applied the vinyl lettering.

vinyl lettering

fall sign

I can’t wait to try this distressing technique on some more projects!

Crafting Chicks Fall Sign

Do you love the distressed look?
What do you love about fall?
I’d love to hear! ūüôā

Weathered Wood Sign GingerSnapCrafts.com

Hi! Its Ali from Dream Crafter!

Whenever I think about Thanksgiving crafts, the first thing that comes to mind is a beautiful table setting. I’m a real sucker for a pretty place setting with all the little details that make the meal special. My husband of course, could not care less as long as the food is good. But I guess thats why we make such a good team. ūüôā So today I wanted to show you an easy way to dress up your place settings for Thanksgiving in one day! (My favorite kind of craft.) I present to you the DIY Clay Pumpkin Napkin Rings!

DIY Clay Pumpkin Napkin Ring Here is what you’ll need:

-A clay you can bake in the oven like “Sculpey” or you can make a homemade version like¬†a salt dough.

-Sculpting tools (like a fancy butter knife from your kitchen)

-Spray paint.

Ok, I have to admit something here. This is a total no no for crafters but I’m going to be honest. I was walking through the D.I. the other day and I found a bag of these gorgeous handmade clay pumpkin rings that someone had already taken the time to make. Boom. I didn’t even have to sculpt my own. Which is good because I would probably butcher them and they would end up looking like blobs instead of pumpkins. But if you have ANY skill with play dough, you should be ok. Just make them like these with straight edges and with a center large enough for the napkin to go through and you are all set.

This is what they looked like when I found them at the thrift store: (Sorry for the terrible pic. I took it with my iPhone.)

DSCN4465 Then bake your clay so it sets up hard. Then I would wait a few days for the to REALLY dry out. Then I just spray painted mine gold (because I love gold) and let them dry!

pile of pumpkin rings I love the look of the gold with the natural textures for a Thanksgiving place setting. It adds a little modern to traditional and makes a nice touch.

DSCN4544 A big thanks to the crafting chicks for having me back again! Have a good Thanksgiving!


This post was sponsored by Michaels and may contain affiliate links but all opinions are my own.
I LOVE the fall.  Love the soup, love the smells, and love the beautiful colors of the season.  I have always wanted to decorate my porch for fall, but felt limited because my porch is on the small side.
I decided that I needed something so I went to Michaels and shopped away and I’m in love with how everything turned out.
The first thing I looked for was a new fall wreath.  They are on sale right now and there are TONS to choose from.  I loved this one with the fall colors, leaves, acorns and pinecones.
I was excited to use my teal post. I love how it works with the orange of the pumpkins and the colors in the wreath.  This is on my porch year-round but I love the way it looks all dressed up for Autumn.  I just added some fake pumpkins and a strand of fall leaves to finish this area off.
Just behind my teal post, I added this wooden crate which I stained.  I loved the idea of adding in a lantern.  This was the perfect fit for this area.  And of course, add a pumpkin and some fall leaves!  The new fall welcome mat was perfect too!
On the other side of my door I added another crate tipped on the side with more pumpkins and leaves.
I got a small bail of hay and threw on another fun pumpkin and matching lantern with more leaves and a pumpkin in front.   I love the mixture of textures, colors and height with this one.  Then my barn wood sign sitting next to it is perfection in my opinion.

For more great Fall ideas check out:
13 Fun and Frightful Halloween Porches

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OK FRIENDS, are you ready for this?!

This is one of my favorite posts of the month as we come together with 11 other blogs to present printables for the season!  I LOVE seeing what everyone else comes up with and we all love sharing them with YOU, our readers!  These are nothing short of clever and awesome! ENJOY!!!  Which one is your favorite??

Thanksgiving Grid

As a quick recap, here are some of our past themes: 12 Back to School Printables,  12 FREE Spring Themed Printables, 12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables, 12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables.

This time, mine was the THANKSGIVING DAY PLANNING SHEETS!!! Ok folks, this is the first time I have hosted Thanksgiving at my house, YIKES, where do I start?  To get my thoughts organized, I created these two planning sheets:


The first one is all about the food and activities because you’ve gotta have those, we all know that!


The second one is all about the meaning behind it all. ¬†What DO I want my kids to learn? HOW am I going to make it memorable? ¬†HOW will be think of the less fortunate? ¬†I don’t know about you, but I am a planner when it comes to the meaning behind things. ¬†For me, unless I spell it out, it probably won’t happen. ¬†All these things are important to me and I can’t wait to try them out this Thanksgiving!!


To download these printables, click on the download button below. The file includes 1 8.5″x11″ jpeg image in each download. ¬†You‚Äôll need to unzip the files to be able to print them out.

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Thanksgiving Banner

#1)¬†{The Dating Divas} –¬†Give your hubby this cute, personalized candy bar wrapper to show your gratitude for him!

#2)¬†{Somewhat Simple} –¬†Count Your Blessings Tree | Includes everything you need to create a beautiful display of all the things you’re grateful for.

#3)¬†{Whipperberry} –¬†Printable bread wrapper to show your friends and family how grateful you are for them.

#4)¬†{Crafting Chicks} –¬†Thanksgiving planning pages to create the best, most organized and most purposeful Thanksgiving yet!

#5)¬†{Tatertots & Jello} –¬†Thanksgiving centerpiece idea and activity.
#6)¬†{L’il Luna} – Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages perfect for the kids while the adults are busy cooking!
#7)¬†{My Sister’s Suitcase} –¬†Keep the kids busy coloring this Printable Thanksgiving Placemat – full of games, jokes, and puzzles!

#8)¬†{I Heart Nap Time} –¬†Give Thanksgiving leftovers the respect they deserve with these easy to use ‘leftovers’ printables!

#9)¬†{The 36th Avenue} –¬†Timeless “Bee” Thankful Printable and Thankful Tags. Available in two colors.

#10)¬†{Paging Supermom} – “Thankful for Everything” chocolate wrapper coordinates with a collection of FREE Thanksgiving dinner decor!

#11)¬†{The TomKat Studio} –¬†Give thanks with these stylish notecards and gift tags!

#12)¬†{The Idea Room} –¬†Printable Happy Thanksgiving Gift Tags for Thanksgiving or Hostess Gifts.

CHECK OUT THESE FUN IDEAS FROM AROUND BLOGLAND…we have done the legwork, just print out and enjoy!

ENJOY and let me know ANY of your Thanksgiving ideas….HELP ME NOW!!! ¬†I hope I survive :)!

Want to know a little secret?

Not every house has a beautiful mantle decorated for Christmas. sshhhh….I know right? They seem to be everywhere and everyone seems to have one, but our house is very lacking in the mantle department. I almost convinced the husband to help me build a faux fireplace just so I could have the mantle. But luckily for him, I came to my senses when I realized we don’t have a spot one would work in and took to decorating our stair area instead.

I love what Home Depot’s Director of Trends and Design, Sarah Fishburne says, “Find the designer within and deck more than just the halls. Start with the front door and go from room to room, adding a wreath here and some garland there.” And that’s exactly what I did! Home Depot’s Style Guide is full of great advice and ideas for decorating your home. Download the latest Style Guide to enter your best Holiday D√©cor for the chance to win $1,000 GC to The Home Depot.

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