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DIY Foraged Garland

Winter is quickly approaching but the upside is holidays spent round the fire are too and what better way to bring the outdoors in then with foraged evergreen decor to spruce things up? This month we're bringing you a rustic fireplace mantle display that is super easy to construct, requires minimal supplies, and can be done with just about any thing you can find in your backyard. Evergreens are an easy-to-find and hardy option for indoor floral arrangements and can last quite a while...

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Halloween Marshmallow Ghost Toppers

Tis the season for ghosts, goblins and everything else Halloween! And in this house, the kids want every last treat transformed into something spooky. We started with these chocolate cobwebs and next we tackled Marshmallow Ghosts. These are the easiest DIY project ever and can be used to top cupcakes, all white cakes (how cute would that be with 5-6 marshmallow ghosts), apple slices or...

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26 DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is JUST around the corner people so it's time to grab that glue gun and get to work! Although Handmade costumes may spook the pants off many of you, with a bit of guidance and a lot of imagination, these 26 little numbers beat the pants off the store bought versions. Plus, most are made with things you have around the house or those that can be found at your local craft store!

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DIY Hanging Pumpkin Planters

Can you believe it's already mid-October? As I have been getting our home ready for the upcoming holiday, I've been on the hunt for a fresh take on your typical Halloween decor. I wanted something a little less ghoulish and a bit prettier, so I decided to create these white DIY hanging pumpkin planters. No orange or black in sight. See the full project here. Xo...

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The Best Gift Wrapping Tool Ever

Hello lovelies, Maggie here from Eat Boutique. One of the very first food gifts that I remember making (and wrapping) myself was a jar of lemon marmalade. I was going through a citrus fruit phase, which has basically never ended, and I didn’t know much about preserving. I just boiled lemon slices, lemon juice and sugar until it tasted good to me, jarred it and slapped a piece of masking tape across the jar. I was hooked and as my...

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Decorating Cakes with Real Flowers

Seeing that crafting sugar flowers takes time and patience (read: which I don't have) - I am always one to place a few real flowers atop a cake. I usually just insert the stem into the cake but today Caprice Decor & Design is sharing the legit way to affix pretty flowers atop pretty cakes. With cakes by The Cocoa Cakery, planning by...

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DIY Halloween Costume: Cotton Candy

I lied. THIS is definitely my favorite Halloween costume. Ever. I actually challenge you to find one that is cuter because I'm 100% convinced that it doesn't exist. Even my now 5 month old, Thea Grace, thinks she looks pretty darn cute. Well, she did until she started eating the fabric batting and (bad) mom cracked up laughing instead of helping the poor girl.

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DIY Halloween Costume: Pinata

This might be my favorite halloween costume. Ever. Probably because my funny little guy thought the costume was completely hilarious and couldn't stop laughing. But mostly because he looks like a real freaking pinata!! I am obsessed. Plus the fringe is laid onto standard clothes so there is no itchiness or frustration at all. Thanks to Ruthie...

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DIY Halloween Costume: Jellyfish

Confession. I am one of those mothers who waits until the days before Halloween, then frantically flies around town trying to piece together whatever is left in my kids' sizes. Well, I should say I WAS that mother. Until we started crafting our own costumes a few years back and I realized that even the simplest ideas can be made entirely magical. Case in point? This year's jellyfish costume for my 6 year old.

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DIY Gold Pumpkin Place Cards

Whether you're hosting a spooky halloween soiree, a future Thanksgiving for the records, or an autumnal farm to table feast, there's one thing I know for certain: you need these gold pumpkin place cards. The best part? With a little guidance from Goldfinch Events & Design, they truly could not be easier. Mini pumpkins Gold spray paint...

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DIY Fall Flower Arrangement

There's evidence out there that states waking up next to fresh flowers on your bedside table is a way to improve your energy throughout an entire day. When I saw that, I knew we had to save September's foraged arrangement for my bedside table. September's flower harvest is by farm my favorite! It's full of all sorts of goodies (and we're breaking them down below!) XO The girls at...

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DIY Felted Ball Mobile

Most everyone here at SMP headquarters is either on mat leave, has just returned from said leave, or has recently announced that they're expecting. There are maybe two of us who joke that there's something in the SMP water, and we're crossing our fingers it's not contagious (hashtag NotReady). But then we create a DIY the likes of this one, and I start to second guess myself. Because, you guys? It's so cute!!

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DIY Balloon Arch

So this project almost killed me. Literally. We got the idea from The House that Lars Built's amazing balloon arch right here, but tweaked it a bit to tower over a table full of little kids for our State Fair Birthday Party. This project is not for the faint of heart but if you follow the well...

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DIY Marquee Light-Up Cake Topper

When I told Jess - our in house DIY guru - that I wanted a cake topper that lit up like a state fair marquee for Audrey's Birthday, I expected her to tell me that I was nuts. Because why would you want a cord coming off your cake? But then I sent her a link to the cordless, battery operated, miniature LED lights and boom. An idea was born.

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DIY Photo Booth Props

As a wedding and party blogger, I've seen my fair share of photo booths. But for some reason, when it's your own kid and your kids cute friends, the idea just feels right. But we wanted to update our State Fair Photo Booth with some serious SMP style. So Jess crafted these adorable (and free downloadable!) prop templates. It's photobooth chic times ten. 8.5”x11” white cardstock...

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DIY Goldfish Soap Favors

So now we're breaking down all of the DIYS for our State Fair Birthday party. I have to admit, we found this idea on Pinterest. Obviously. But really. There couldn't be a cuter, more appropriate favor. Tiny bags of goldfish surrounded by clear glycerin soap made to look exactly like the kind of prize you might win at a state fair.

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Hostess Gift Idea: A Jar of Cookies

I don’t know why I’m surprised to find myself smack in the middle of a new season, a new life, the moment September hits. Maybe it’s the nip in the air or the kiddie footsteps clamoring on and off the school bus. Perhaps it’s some sort of internal clock that’s conditioned me—or, really, all of us—to get back into the swing of things each autumn. Either way, I’m finally motivated to step away from the barbecue and get back into a warm kitchen. After preserving jam and jelly...

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DIY $10 Light Fixture

As an interior designer, I'm all about trying to come up with the best of the best for less. And had you told me that Heather Jorde created her dining room fixtures with golden plastic straws, I probably wouldn't believe it without seeing it for myself. And it's kind of amazing. In fact, she constantly gets compliments on the fixture - and chuckles to herself when she explains it's a...

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DIY Rope Bracelet

To say that I'm obsessed with this next DIY would be the understatement of the century. Who knew a little bit of rope and a handful of embroidery thread could be so stinkin' adorable? Plus, they're so easy you could whip one up for everyone you know. They make for an adorable (totally) inexpensive, gift and can be totally customized to suit color preferences. Like a friendship bracelet for adults! Cotton rope...

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DIY Pretty & Polished Thumb Tacks

The kids may be heading back to school, but that doesn't mean we can't get in on the organizational fun! I live for school supplies, organized work spaces, and tiny items that bring in pops of color. Hello, pretty & "polished" thumb tacks! These babies brighten up any inspiration board and take mere seconds to make! Xo ...

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