POSTS WITH TAG: holiday decorating

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    One of the best fall family activities is, by far, picking out the ultimate big, beautiful, orange pumpkin to either display as is or to carve into a Jack O'Lantern. But no matter what you're planning on doing with it, chances are you want your pretty pumpkin to at least make its way through Halloween ... and maybe even beyond!

    Preventing your pumpkin from rotting can be a bit of a challenge, but you can set yourself up for success by choosing a pumpkin fit to carve. "The best pumpkin for carving would be a really nice, strong, sturdy one that has zero defects," explains gardening expert Shirley Bovshow of Eden Makers and star of Hallmark Channel's Home & Family. "If you find a pumpkin that looks really nice, but has soft spots or bruises here or there, that pumpkin is already degrading, and it goes downhill really fast!"

    Once you've found the perfect pumpkin, there are many DIY preservation tricks you can try to protect your festive seasonal decor from decay.

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    Who doesn't love decorating their home for fall? Picking out pumpkins: super fun! Carving them: not so much.

    Let's face it, excited kids and sharp knives don't mix. Plus, ugh, the mess that comes with gutting a jack-o-lantern is something I could definitely skip. Every year I tell myself I'll toast those pumpkin seeds and turn those mushy, gushy insides into a delicious homemade pie. But guess what? By the time I'm done carving, I'm ready to chuck everything!

    This season, why not consider going the no-carve route? You'll still end up with a spectacular creation but bypass the mess (and danger) carving can include!

    Also, if you pick up a fake pumpkin, you can save the finished product for years to come!

    We asked some super-crafty mom bloggers out there what their favorite no-carve, kid-friendly pumpkin project was and here's what they said!

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    Can you smell the pumpkin spice in the air? I can! And I'm already seeing a plethora of really fun, fall-inspired crafts to try on Pinterest.

    One pin that seems to make the rounds every year is flower pots made using pumpkins. Typically I repin them but figure they're probably too time-intensive to try on my own.

    This year is different, though! I decided to give the pumpkin flower pots a try and make one using a real pumpkin and the other using a carvable craft pumpkin.

    I gathered my pumpkins, carving knife, a scooper, and a flower arrangement and got to work! I'll be honest, it really didn't take much time at all once I had my materials in place.

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    Pinterest provides a ton of creative ideas to dye Easter eggs as an alternative to the traditional dye kit we can find in stores. When I saw the option to dye Easter eggs with shaving cream pop up again and again, I decided to give it a try! 

    I loved this idea because all you need to complete the craft is shaving cream, eggs, and food coloring -- things I already had on hand. After spraying shaving cream into a shallow glass dish, we added drops of food coloring, swirled it around and rolled our eggs through.

    After letting the eggs dry a bit with the colorful shaving cream in place, we wiped them off and were eager to discover whether or not the color actually stuck!

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    Whatever Easter may mean to you personally, I think we can agree that it's one of those photogenic holidays of the year. Consider the many pleasant themes: the glorious renewal of spring, family feasts, adorable animals, colorful eggs, delighted children, cherished spiritual traditions. Why, with all these Pinterest-worthy possibilities, Easter almost seems like the sort of holiday that's impossible to mess up.

    Notice I said almostHere's how to make Easter deeply uncomfortable for everyone in just 8 easy steps.

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    It's almost Easter! The family will be expecting at least two things. The first? A visit from the Easter bunny bearing all manner of tasty treats in baskets full of fake green grass. The second? That at least one afternoon will be spent doing this, the most hallowed of all Easter decorating projects: Dyeing Easter eggs

    Sure, you can always buy one of the decorating kits from your local grocery or drug store. Those will come out just fine. But if you want to spice up your routine and do something new with the kids, you've come to the right place. 

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    I love the delicate look of the string Easter Eggs crafts I've been seeing on Pinterest and thought this week would be the perfect time to test them out! Whether you want to string together a garland for beautiful Easter decor or pop these string eggs in a bowl as a Springtime centerpiece, it could be the perfect touch in your home!

    I created a stiffener by mixing 3 tablespoons of corn starch, 1 1/2 cups of boiled water, and 1 tablespoon of flour.

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    The Duchess of Cambridge may have her hands full with being a royal mum, public appearances, her charities, and preparing for the big royal tour Down Under next month, but that hasn't stopped her from pursuing a project that seems to be increasingly close to her heart: Interior design, of course! Specifically, the design -- and renovation! -- of the royal couple's 10-bedroom country home, Anmer Hall, which sits on the Norfolk property of the Queen's 20,000-acre country estate Sandringham.

    We tend to think royalty can just hire people to handle all the details of an undertaking like this for them, but Kate, whose eye for design was honed during her years studying art history, is a different story. She is reportedly now sourcing all the interior details herself -- and loving every second of it!

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    Every spring I look forward to seeing an abundance of Peeps marshmallow treats popping up in our grocery store. All this time I thought they were only good for snacking on. Little did I know the idea of using the Easter treats as spring home decor has been spreading across Pinterest like wildfire!

    After viewing a plethora of different Peeps topiary centerpieces, I decided I needed to get in on that Easter craft action too!

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    I wish leprechaun trap ideas on Pinterest had been available five years ago when my daughter came home from preschool with a homework assignment to create one for St. Patrick's Day. Leprechaun trap? I had no idea there was an actual leprechaun creating havoc in the world or that it needed to be captured.

    We did our best to put something together that could lure a leprechaun in, but it definitely wasn't super creative. I was happy to test the three most popular leprechaun trap ideas I've seen on Pinterest recently and my son was thrilled to play along!

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