Dio de la Muertos Shadowbox

Good morning! We finally had a cool off!! The smoke is disappearing, there is a small breeze and the weather is beautiful! I’m not sure how long it will last, but I will enjoy it while I can!

Have you started thinking about fall yet? I added some neutral decor, so not too fallish yet, but I couldn’t wait to make something to add to my CoCo and Dio de la Muertos Ofrenda table.

I found this small shadowbox at a local thrift store. I originally bought it for something else, but the pieces I was going to add to it were too big. So after wandering through the 99 Cent Store, I was inspired by all the Day of the Dead decor. The first step was to paint the shadowbox black. Of course, I used spray paint. 🙂

It was difficult to find items small enough to fit into the spaces, but I was able to find a couple of skeletons, cat salt and pepper shakers, and brightly colored flowers. Then I went through my scrapbooking paper to find paper for the backgrounds.

I cut out a piece of heavy weight paper to cover the heart at the top of the house. Then I covered that paper with floral and polka-dot paper.

The skeletons were actually the little solar things you put in your window and they dance, but I cut off the bottom part and then hot glued the skeletons into the top section of the house. I also added some turquoise rhinestones.

I cut the flowers off the stems and then glued them around the top edge of the house. You can see the rest of the paper that I chose for each square too. The black and white toile paper reminds me of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.

I had to add a dog to the box and because he was a little bit bigger he got the middle spot. I also gave him a black velvet bow.

One of the black cats was added to a spot with a pretty pink flower on its collar.

I had this paper stamped with the lock already in my stash and then added the key and the rhinestones.

I couldn’t find another small item, so I made this little sombrero out of felt, ribbon and trim.

I found the little dollhouse chair at the Dollar Store, spray-painted it black and glued the skeleton onto the seat.

I added it to the other items I already had on my entryway table. I will be sharing the the Dio de la Muertos hanging next week.

I hope I can find more shadowboxes and create different ones for holidays and seasons. I think one with pumpkins and little trucks would be so cute!

Thank you for stopping by today! Hope you have a great week!

Happy Labor Day plus a Fall Roundup

Happy Labor Day to all those in the U.S.! I hope you aren’t having to labor too hard! This is the unofficial start to fall for most of us, so I thought I would share some of my past posts with you. Hopefully you will find some inspiration! Just click on the picture to be taken to the original post.

Pumpkins and Peacock Feathers Tablescape

I loved this one! The colors are so pretty for fall!

Dollar Tree Fall Rake Makeover

This is a great way to recycle an old garden tool and make it something pretty for you porch or patio.

Living Room Fall Tour

This was my very first fall tour! It’s funny how many of these decor items I still use! You don’t have to buy all new items for the season. You can re-use what you have, just in different ways.

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I had forgotten about this tablescape! I love how this turned out! I have these same plates on my table today!

Bringing Fall to the Back Porch

I really enjoyed decorating the back porch. It was such a pleasure to look out the back door and seeing the pumpkins and flowers.

Thrift Store Pumpkin Makeover

I always find ‘treasures’ at the thrift store, but they don’t always look quite the way I would like. I gave this one a little makeover!

Neutral Decor Book Page Mobile

This is a cute and simple project and you could use so many different items to make the leaves. I used book pages, but you could use paper or silk leaves like I did below, or even magazine pages.

Falling Leaves Door Hanging

I had all the items I needed for this project, but you can find similar items in your yard and the Dollar Tree.

Decoupage Pumpkin with Maps

This is another quick and easy project to do this fall. Again, you can use any type of paper to cover you pumpkin and personalize it to what you like!

I hope you enjoyed this round up! Happy fall!

How To Make Your Own Dried Flower Mickey and Minnie

Good morning! I hope everyone is safe today. I am in California with all the wildfires, but we are safe where we are. There is just a lot of smoke everywhere plus the heat. I know most bloggers are already putting out there fall decor, but it’s hard to think about when it is still so hot! I will probably wait for fall until September.

Today I am going to show you how I dried flowers and formed them into Mickey and Minnie! You know how I feel about Disney! I had never dried flowers before, and it is so easy!

I went into my yard and cut a few different types of leaves and flowers from various plants. I cut some ferns, leaves, feverfew, blue potato vine, and some white petals of a flower I don’t know. 🙂

I laid out the leaves and flowers on some pieces of wax paper and covered them with another piece.

I carefully laid them in a large heavy book, between the pages. I also stacked a few more books on top just in case.

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I left the flowers and leaves for a couple of weeks and then finally opened up the book and took out the pieces. I don’t think you really have to wait that long, but I got busy with other things and didn’t get back to them right away. I was so happy with the way the flowers and leaves dried!

I printed out a Mickey head shape just to help me figure out the shape and size. I knew my paper would be a 5 x 7 so my printout was small enough to fit on the paper.

I started with the outline of the Mickey. I laid out the pieces into the general shape. I didn’t glue yet, I wanted to make sure it was formed right first. Once I had the outline, I started filling it in with other bits and pieces.

I cut the fern into small pieces and also took some of the petals off the flowers to fill it in. Once I was happy with how it looked, I started gluing the leaves and flowers onto the paper. I glued on the base pieces and then added a few more on top to feel it in. I also added a couple of large flowers for a bow for Minnie.

I bought a couple of 5 x 7 black frames from the Dollar Tree to hang the pictures in.

I hung them in the guest room, aka Haley’s room, aka the Disney room.

I’m not sure why I thought this would be so complicated, but it was pretty easy! I can think of so many other shapes to use this technique on.

Here is my other Disney wall in the room. I have been collecting ears each time we visit Disneyland and hang them in a black frame. I love this gallery wall!

Thank you so much for coming by today! I hope you have a great week-end!

Here are some other Disney posts you might enjoy!

Old Cigar Box to Earring Storage

Good morning! I hope you are all doing well. It is 100+ and hot here right now! Woowee! August tends to  be the hottest time of year and this year did not disappoint! I haven’t been able to get much done outside, but I have done a few inside projects.

I have to tell you, this is not one of my favorite projects. I mean it looks okay, and I took pictures of cutting and gluing the paper, but now I can’t find them. Bum,bum,bum.  The box was an old cardboard cigar box I have had for years, and I finally decided to do something with it. I went through my scrapbook paper and found some pieces that went together. I cut pieces that fit each side and glued them on. It’s pretty easy and I’m sure most of you have done something like this before. The biggest problem, came with using the ribbon as a hinge. Actually with the Gorilla Glue.

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The glue totally leaked through!! That might be okay on the inside of the box, but not on the outside. I ended up having to peel off the ribbon on the outside and and finding paper to use instead.

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What a mess…

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This whole project started because I needed some kind of storage for my hoop earrings. I have been buying more hoops lately, but didn’t have a good place to keep them where they would be separated and easy to find.

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I found these little craft storage boxes at the Dollar Tree. They fit in the box, plus they were low enough that I could stack them on top of each other. I removed the lid and cut out a couple of the walls for the bigger earrings.

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Here is a picture of the paper I used instead of the ribbon.

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And the finished project!

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So much better! I have a couple of really large hoops, so I can place those in the little side area next to the organizers.

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Yay! Now my dresser looks so much better! Plus I can find the hoops I am looking for and they won’t be all tangled up with the others.

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Well, I’m not sure I should say I hope you enjoyed this, :), but I’m glad you stopped by!

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Here are a few other posts you may like!

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What I Have Been Up To-Recycled Box to Planter

Good morning! I can hardly believe summer is coming to an end, on the calendar anyways! We will be very hot for awhile yet. But that’s ok by me!

Here is one project I was able to complete this summer. My husband brought this big box home from work. It took me a bit to figure out how to recycle it into something useful, but I finally did. I knew it would be a great planter for the back yard.

The first thing I did was to remove any nails and stickers. I then patched the holes where the nails had been.

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I painted all the edges of the box, the ends, and the top of the inside with white paint. I knew I was going to cover up the middle sections on the sides with wood, so I didn’t worry about the middle.

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Once the paint was dry, I drilled two holes in both ends of the box.

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I ran rope through the holes and tied knots on the inside.

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I found a bunch of pieces of scrap wood and cut them all the same length. I painted them with all the different colors I already had in my garage. 🙂 Then I sanded them a bit to give them a worn look.

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I laid the pieces out to make sure they would be randomly placed and then nailed them on both sides of the box.

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I didn’t want all the dirt and water to rot the wood, so I cut a piece of plastic to line the box with. It took two of us, but we stapled the plastic to the inside of the box. I don’t have a picture, but I filled the bottom of the box with plastic bottles and then filled the rest with potting soil.

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Next I filled it with some plants and a few other decorations.

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Pieces of driftwood, seashells and rocks fill in some of the empty spaces until the plants start to grow.

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I found this Mickey and other pieces at Dollar General and knew he would be perfect here!

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I added a few fairy lights too which look so pretty in the evening.

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I like adding a few special touches to my patio and enjoy spending time out here! Have you made anything for your patio or porch this summer? I would love to hear about it!

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