Easy DIY: Pumpkin Home Decor

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Fall is the best, but you know what makes it even better? All the pumpkin home decor it brings with it (and the cooler temperatures!)

I find crafting inspiration everywhere, but the inspiration for this particular project came while I was trolling the dollar spot at Target!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies:


DIY Pumpkin Home Decor

This project is super easy! It took me less than an hour to complete and most of that was drying time. The actual steps probably took less than five minutes.

  1. Remove any ropes or strings
  2. Stain
  3. And Stain
  4. And Stain some more
  5. Apply polyurethane (if you want)
  6. Let everything dry completely
  7. Add embellishments
Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If your pumpkin comes with a string in it, then the first step is to remove the string. We don’t want to it to get in the way while we stain!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I’m super fancy, so I decided to use a Target bag to protect my table from any stain drips.

Next step? Start staining!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes
Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Apply your stain with a paper towel (or cloth) one layer at a time. I gave my stain 10-15 minutes between each coat and did a total of three coats. If you want a darker pumpkin, apply more coats!

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Don’t forget the edges!

I chose not to seal my pumpkin with polyurethane, because I didn’t want to add any additional shine to my pumpkin. If you do want to seal yours though, I would add that now – just follow the instructions on the can.

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once your stain and polyurethane are dry, it’s time to add some embellishments! I chose to keep things simple and just add a satin bow. A hand-lettered phrase or some felt flowers would look adorable too though!

Take a look at this IGTV video, which details all the steps of tying a bow. Because my pumpkin had a hole in its stem, I got a little creative with how I tied my bow.

Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once embellishments have been added, it’s time to display you new pumpkin home decor! I have mine propped up on some shelves in my living room and absolutely love the look!

I’m hoping to find a nice wooden Christmas tree or ornament to do a similar project with! We will see what the dollar spot holds over the next few weeks/months!


Are you interested in more easy DIYs? Check out this hand-lettered doormat!

Looking for something else? Take a look at all the DIYs my blog has to offer here.


Easy DIY Pumpkin Home Decor - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: Hand-Lettered Doormat

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

It’s been a long while since my last crafting tutorial, so I’m very pleased to be sharing this super easy (and I mean super easy) DIY hand-lettered doormat with y’all today!

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies

  • Plain Doormat (I got mine at Target, but you can also get them on Amazon)
  • Large Paint Brush
  • Outdoor Acrylic Paint
  • Paint palette (I went the paper plate route)
DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

DIY Hand-Lettered Doormat

I knew from the get-go that I wanted my doormat to say “hello” on it. Tons of other short words would be cute too like “hey” or “hi” or “love” or anything else really!

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

There are only a few steps to this project:

  1. Decide on your word
  2. Trace it out (if you’d like)
  3. Paint your word
  4. Go over your word with one more coat of paint
  5. Let dry
DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

After I decided on my word, I eyeballed my mat, and then started free-handing. Originally, I was going to trace out my word but then decided that it would be easier to just go for it.

If you would like to trace it out before you start, then I’d suggest using a Sharpie to do that. Write lightly and make sure that you cover your line completely with paint.

When painting your mat, keep in mind that your word doesn’t have to be made up of one fluid stroke. Mine is made up of hundreds (I don’t even think I’m exaggerating here) of tiny, short stokes back and forth.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Almost done!

After you’ve painted the basic lines and shape for your word, load your brush with paint, turn it sideways (like in the photo above) and continue to paint over your lines to darken them up a bit.

It’s much easier to create a dark line with your brush turned sideways. The doormat is very rough, so by loading your brush with paint and turning it sideways, you’re able to get lots of paint down in the cracks and crevices.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

After darkening each letter on my mat, I stood up on a chair to create some distance from my mat. I found it so much easier to gauge the color density from far away than to gauge it from up close.

DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once you’re happy with the look of your hand-lettered doormat, you’re all done! My paint recommended that you let it cure for 48-72 hours. To be safe (and because I’m a little lazy), I let mine dry for over a week. It would be pretty awful to put your doormat out early and then end up tracking wet paint through your house.

It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to drying times!


I hope y’all enjoyed this super easy hand-lettered doormat tutorial! You know how much I love crafting, so I hope to be back again soon with another fun project!

Are you interested in more hand lettering fun? Check out my Top 5 Favorite Lettering Supplies.


DIY Hand Lettered Doormat - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

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Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

I love giving gifts, but I’m not so great at giving cards with them. I’m more focused on the gift itself (gifts are my love language after all) than I am on the card, so if you do happen to get one from me, consider yourself lucky! All that is soon to change though with this super easy DIY washi tape birthday card. With a few supplies and a few minutes, you can make the cutest candle card to accompany any celebratory gift!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Supplies

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Washi Tape Birthday Card

Take one greeting card and set it down open side toward you.

Next, take one piece of washi and place it in the middle of your card about halfway up.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Once you have your tape where you want it, trim as close to the card as you can without cutting into the card. If you do accidentally cut into the card, that’s okay! I definitely did once or twice!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Continue placing and trimming tape until you reach the edge of the card.

I added my patterned tapes in random order, but you could do an alternating pattern or something like that if you’d like! That would be super cute!

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you reach the edge, you may notice that your last piece of tape extends beyond the side of the card.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

If that’s the case, trim the bottom as usual and also trim the tape on the side.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Now that you have one side done, start adding tape “candles” in the other direction. As you’re adding tape, make sure to vary the height of each strip.

There’s no rhyme or reason to how I varied my tape height. I just kept shifting up and down.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you get to the other edge, trim the excess tape off the bottom and the side just like before.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

When you’re all done adding tape, your card should look something like this.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Take the yellow marker and begin adding teardrops (flames) above each candle. Leave a little bit of space between the bottom of each teardrop and the top of each candle.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Your card should look something like this when you finish with the teardrops.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Begin adding wicks to connect each candle with its flame.

Start a little below the center of each teardrop and draw a straight line down to the top of each candle. Be careful not to touch your black pen to the washi tape.

Work your way across the card until each candle has a wick.

Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes

Ta-da! Look how cute your candles are!

Now, you’re all set to add a message to your washi tape birthday card and give it to a friend!


Easy DIY: Washi Tape Birthday Card - Pink Bows & Twinkle Toes


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