Dazzled Up Sparkling Tree with Pearls

I love how this sparkled up tree turned out. For this winter wonderland look, I used the paper mache tree forms from Hobby Lobby. I bought the tree forms before Christmas when everything was fifty percent off.

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Here is my dazzle tree mixed in with my feather boa trees.

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My first step was to paint it all white. It did take two coats. Then I DIAMOND DUSTED it on all sides. I use Mod Podge to adhere the dust. Click Here for my affiliate link to DIAMOND DUST.

You can watch my Facebook LIVE video by clicking here where I partially make this tree. But here is a few screenshots of the process.

Here is a photo of the paper mache tree BEFORE.
This is the large tree all painted white with two coats. I just used Valspar House Paint in the sample can from Lowes.

To DIAMOND DUST, just paint on Mod Podge in small-medium sections so that it stays wet and then sprinkle on the Diamond Dust. It is very forgiving and if you miss a place, just go back and add more Mod Podge and add more dust.

Here is a photo after DIAMOND DUSTING.

I added TOTALLY DAZZLED bling in random places all over the tree. I was going to add the bling all over the tree, but decided I liked the random look especially when I added the pearls.

Here is a photo with about three large TOTALLY DAZZLED brooches on it.

It is hard to get the brooches to adhere because the surface is curved. I recommend using E6000 for a more permanent fixture. Use hot glue at the top and E6000 at the bottom.

You may purchase TOTALLY DAZZLED from my affiliate link by clicking here. This is really the most cost effective way to buy bling. Before I found this company I would purchase buttons and jewelry and vintage jewelry here and there but it got very expensive and hard to find.

I bought the pearls from the wedding section in Hobby Lobby. I like these because they do not have holes in them. They are not beads so you do not have to line them up so the holes don’t show.

The base comes pre-made with the tree so I put TOTALLY DAZZLED Bling Wrap on the bottom.

I plan to make two more trees when I get more TOTALLY DAZZLED in. Or I may wait until Christmas in July. I have the paper mache tree forms ready to go.

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Woodsy Owl on a Repurposed Frame with Faith Ornament

Use a FRAME as the main attraction for several small but coordinating Christmas ornaments. I chose woodsy colors but you could also use traditional colors such as red, green, silver, etc.

I began with a frame my Mom had purchased from Walmart months ago. It was already brown, so I just added antique gold RUB N BUFF to bring out all the ornate details. I had already picked out all my embellishments. I knew for sure that I wanted the owl, picks and beige flower.

What I had to decide on next was what to put inside and on top of the glass. I had several scrapbook papers that worked but I also wanted to add one more dimension. The gold FAITH ornament fit the frame perfectly.

I chose a textured/wrinkled scrapbook page in a bronze color. Then the gold of the FAITH ornament stood out against the bronze and looked great with the owl too.

I really love this winning combination. If I don’t sell it at our craft booth…that’s okay because it matches perfectly with my home decor.

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Back to Back We Faced Each Other

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Two elves and a silver dip platter….how do these fit together? I bought these two little elves to go onto a pumpkin. But after doing several pumpkins I needed to do something else. They are knee hugger elves, but I thought I would use them in a different way. I had this silver platter with a dip bowl in the middle. The tray was badly tarnished so I was keeping it for a special project. I thought if the elves could be sitting inside that dip bowl, it would be so perfect and cute.

Please watch my FACEBOOK LIVE video HERE if you want to catch the full tutorial.

I painted the silver dip platter with white spray paint. I used Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer. I let that cure for 24 hours. I then antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. This brings out all the details on the tray. I do not paint the bottom side of the tray in case someone wants to see the sticker or engraving markings on the silver. Plus I think the silver on the bottom is very pretty, even when tarnished.

I put a puff in the bowl portion of the tray for the elves to sit on. I hot glued everything. Then I sat the elves back to back for a 3 dimensional look. In case this sets on your table or island and people can look from all directions and see an elf. I also glued the elves together and then glued them to the puff. I bought the elves at Walmart and the puff at Hobby Lobby, all in the Christmas sections.

I used some poinsettias to put around the elves on the platter. Two on each side. Then I added the little gingerbread men standing up in between each elf.

Deciding to put RUB N BUFF around the edges.

I used antique gold RUB N BUFF around the edge to highlight all the design on the tray. The gold picks up the gold bells on the elves hat and the gold on the poinsettias.

After the video was over, I glued the gingerbread men down along with the old fashioned ribbon candy and peppermint candy.

This was a simple craft but very festive looking.

I think it turned out really cute. Something different. Think outside the box and make something with SILVER and ELVES!

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Gold Sequin Covered Pumpkin with Owl

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Here’s another paper mache pumpkin I made but instead of painting it, I covered it with fabric. I chose a gold sequin fabric to match all the gold embellishments. Everything was purchased at Hobby Lobby. I did a FACEBOOK LIVE while I made this pumpkin that you can watch here: Sequin Fabric Pumpkin Video

This is another idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy from Royale Funky Junque on Facebook. Please go follow her page. For this pumpkin, you do not paint it or anything. You do have to cut a hole in the top and remove the stem. Make it big enough where you can put the excess fabric inside. I used a yard of fabric cut in half along the folded edge from the bolt. Buy fabric everything at Hobby Lobby when they run their sales.

Pull the fabric as tight as you can and hot glue it to the pumpkin. Put all the excess fabric inside the pumpkin. Voila, you are ready to embellish. MUCH FASTER than painting.

Embellish it to your heart’s content. I chose the same ivory flowers I had been using bought in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. I also used all the same picks. The only difference with this pumpkin I found a sparkling owl to put on top. It is the cutest owl with the cutest eyes!

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Leopard Decoupaged Pumpkin

Do you love LEOPARD PRINT? Here is a pumpkin for you!

These were made with the paper mache pumpkins purchased at Hobby Lobby. I made two Decoupaged Leopard Print Pumpkins using tissue paper also from Hobby Lobby. One went into our booth in Crowley, La and the other one went to our shelf space in Broussard, La. I got this idea from my Hero/Shero, Kathy at Royal Funky Junque. Please go follow her Facebook, YouTube, and website for GREAT ideas!

You can watch my FACEBOOK LIVE Tutorial by clicking HERE.

Below are some pictures of the finished pumpkins and there are some pictures interspersed with the written instructions.

I tore strips of the tissue paper to be about 2 inch by 2 inch sections. I don’t like to cut the paper. I always tear for a more organic look. As you can see this print lends itself to collage very well. You cannot even really see where one paper ends and another begins. It looks very natural.

After I got the whole pumpkin covered, I sealed it with another coat of Mod Podge. Then I antique waxed it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. Just a light coat to make it look more vintage.

After it dries, then the REAL FUN begins with all the embellishments. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas section and it was forty percent off.

Here’s a close up of the tinsel and the gold sparkling rose.

I used gold tinsel to line all the grooves. Hot glue works the best since it is a curved surface. The tinsel really sheds so put down paper to catch all the little edges. I still had to vacuum, lol.

Here in this photo you can see how I lined up the glitter picks to be linear.
Here is a close up of the little glitter bird. They have several to choose from.

Next, I used two of the ivory flowers on each side and then one bird and one rose for the other sides. I also put two gold glitter picks coming out the sides for a linear design. You could put these all the way around if you wish for a more circular design. I hot glued all these on and it worked perfectly.

I love these ivory flowers because they match all kinds of paints and fabrics. They look both FALl AND CHRISTMAS!
Another close up of the rose.

I always like to place my pumpkins on a stand or pedestal of some kind. For the first one I made, I had a mythical creature metal stand. I painted it white, antiqued it and added antique gold RUB N BUFF on the highlights. The pumpkin fit perfectly.

This is the shorter mythical metal stand.

For the second one, I used a metal stand I purchased at Goodwill. It did not have a top or it was made for an orb of some kind. But my pumpkin did not sit and fit into it properly. So I painted a silver tray to match. I used my Hero’s paint technique of mixing regular black acrylic paint with copper metallic paint to get an oil-rubbed bronze color. Then when it dries, I add antique gold RUB N BUFF. I think this one is my favorite.

Here you can see the gold RUB N BUFF I put along the highlight edges.

The pedestals make the sets too heavy to ship. But if you did want to purchase the pumpkins they are for sale by themselves and you could go thrifting to find a pedestal to refresh. It’s fun to go on a search like that.

Thanks so much for reading my blogs about my pumpkins. I have made so many this year. They are addicting. So many paint choices to chose from. I also wrapped one with gold sequin fabric. So there are also so many fabrics to chose from.

Here is the taller metal pedestal.

If you try decoupaging a pumpkin, please leave a comment below and let me know what kind of paper and design you used. I love hearing from you!

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Pink Decor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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My Mom and I wanted to make some crafts and home decor to help highlight the awareness of Breast Cancer Month. I also saw so much pink Christmas decor items that I fell in love and wanted to work with PINK. So here are a few projects we made to tip our hats off to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Mom and I wanted to do a little display at our flea market booth as an “ODE” to Breast Cancer Awareness. We had to have more than one item, so we made several for both spaces we have in Crowley and Broussard.

I will start with the Metallic Pink Pumpkin made from the Hobby Lobby paper mache pumpkin. This was the second one I made since I sold the first one. I used all the same techniques and paints I used for the first one. Click Here to see more on that one. I did use a bird with long tail feathers on this one and a snowflake tree topper. All bought at Hobby Lobby. See more pictures below.

Snowflake tree topper
The bird is so pretty in person. Photos do not do the sparkle justice.

Another pumpkin project I made was using a Dollar Store chip board pumpkin. I painted it all white on both sides and decoupaged a napkin on both sides. I knew I wanted this to be on an easel so that is why I did both sides. On the front side I added a stamp TOGETHER IN PINK and some coordinating paper flowers. The napkins were Paris themed bought from Amazon and the paper flowers are from the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby.

All the next projects are Angels or Angel Wings my Mom made from different shapes of wood. Wood is her JAM.

The first one I will talk about are the Angel Wings. We made one with a round rose gold ornament and the other with a rose gold wing ornament. The rose gold wing ornament has already sold. I just added the Diamond Dust to them at the end.

The next two angels were made from Antique Wooden Spindles. We put a ribbon on one and a feather boa on the other one. Mom added wooden wings to the spindles that she had crackle painted in keeping with the antique chippy feel of the whole project.

The next two angels were painted in rose gold. They are table legs you can buy at Home Depot. She adds a round wooden ball for the angel head and then adds wings. Both of these were butterflies you can buy in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. One angel we added lace around her neck and the other we added a feather boa. We put gold crowns on them that I purchased from Amazon. They are napkin rings.

Mom also made a rag doll angel from a small spindle/table leg and she put wooden angel wings on it and I Diamond Dusted them. Mom put ribbon around her neck and a halo made from crystal beads. The Rag Ribbon was made from bandanas bought at Walmart. She cut it into strips with pinking shears.

I made a little sign to put out to explain what our display was all about. I Diamond Dusted it after I used scrapbook techniques to make it look shabby chic,

I hope you enjoyed reading about our acknowledgment of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Mom is a survivor of throat cancer. We do not take CANCER lightly. God Bless all the survivors and fighters!

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Metallic Teal Pumpkin

I decided to make a pumpkin to fit into my own home decor. I bought this teal paint at the same time I bought the metallic pink paint. I knew I wanted feathers to be one of the decor features of this pumpkin so I was lucky enough to find two feathers at Hobby Lobby. Their feather section was VERY low at the time of this purchase.

What I didn’t know was what I was going to put down the grooves of the pumpkin. I really wanted a silver sparkly ribbon but I couldn’t find any at the time of purchase. So I decided to go with pearls and I REALLY LIKE it better. I also added pearl picks bought from the Christmas section at Hobby Lobby.

I used pearls from a ribbon roll. I am not sure where I purchased these from. I have small pearls too but these larger ones looked perfect.
Here is a picture without its pedestal. I think I like it better WITH.

I bought white daisies in the wedding section of Hobby Lobby and those were my accent pieces for the top. They were part of a brides bouquet and already had bling for their centers. I waited to buy it when the HIS/HER brand was 50% off. (This pumpkin didn’t come together all in one day)

I also bought one large blue hydrangea for the middle from Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t believe how it matched so perfectly with the paint…as if I painted the flower with the same paint. It was $9.99 but I bought it when florals were 50% off.

I bought the side feathers from Hobby Lobby. I went back a few weeks later and bought some feathers from Michaels. I added one of those to the top. I thought it needed height. And with the top feather it also needed the pedestal. I had taken the pedestal away so it could be seen better on my buffet. Below is a picture BEFORE the top feather so you can see the difference.

Here is a picture without its pedestal.

I made the pedestal from a Dollar General candlestick. It was black and then I painted it the same color. I then white washed it with watered down white acrylic paint. And then I antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. I did not want the pedestal to be the star of the show. I wanted it to fade into the background more and the pumpkin to stand out more.

Perfectly Grand!

I adore this pumpkin now with it’s top feather and pedestal. It will sit on my buffet until after Thanksgiving. LOVE IT!

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Metallic Pink Pumpkin and Birthday

Hi My Blog Reader Friends! Today is the one year birthday of my BLOG. I want to thank all of you for reading, looking at my photos, liking, commenting and subscribing! Every view counts! It brings joy to my heart to know there are people who like what I post. This post is about an unconventional color for a pumpkin. It turns out very elegant and upscale.

I just wanted to say that there are times when you just want to give up on social media, blogging, etc. It is not easy. It is time consuming. You wonder if there is ANYONE out there enjoying what you post. But another blogger, who was also my business coach for awhile said, “The first year is the roughest. If you can get through that year and keep going you will see benefits.” I hope she is right.

I got the idea of a pink pumpkin from Kathy at her Facebook Page…..Royale Funky Junque. Go follow her she has terrific ideas.

I knew I wanted mine to be a metallic pink instead of a soft, pale pink. I found all the rose gold/pink embellishments at Hobby Lobby. I also bought the paper mache pumpkin from Hobby Lobby. Pictures of all the supplies will be at the very bottom.

The first thing I did was paint the brown pumpkin white. I thought the true color of the pink would come through much better if I primed it. I was right. Then I painted a good coat of the metallic pink paint. Deco Art Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz. I then had to paint a light second coat in some areas. I did not paint my stem because I knew it wouldn’t show. I used the stem to hold the pumpkin while I painted. I could have left it brown. But from now on, I think I will paint it the color of the pumpkin so it all blends.

After it was painted and very dry, I did a Facebook Live and put it all together. You can watch it here: Facebook Live Video

Here are some pictures I took before, during and after.

Here is the pumpkin BEFORE.

The paper mache pumpkin. If they no longer have these, you can use any pumpkin even if it has uneven grooves.

Here are some pictures DURING.

First I painted it white.
Then I painted it 2 coats of pink.
I had to paint the top and let dry and then paint the bottom.

Here are some pictures AFTER.

Here’s a close up of the little bird.
Here’s a close up of the ball.
Here’s a close up of the flower.

The candlestick is what will make this project unique—one-of-a-kind! I bought it at a thrift store and it was dark brown. I dry brushed it with the same metallic pink paint. It is beyond gorgeous. Pictures do not do it justice. I sold this pumpkin the day after my Facebook Video. It is on it’s way to it’s forever home.

The beautiful candlestick

Here are the supplies I used. I bought everything at Hobby Lobby. At the time of purchase all Fall and Christmas was 40% off.

Brown Paper Mache Pumpkin. Here’s the price for 2021. I got 40% off.
This paint is old and I do not know where I bought it from. Just use any white or ivory paint for the primer.
This paint is a beautiful color and has a great sheen to it. DecoArt Metallic Extreme Sheen in Rose Quartz.
You will find these items in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby. This is the tinsel I used for the grooves in the pumpkin.
Here are the flowers I used. I used only two, but my Hero/Shero used three or four I think.
The picks matched the pinkish rose gold of all the other embellishments and were found on the pick aisle.
These were the other embellishments I used. The balls were on a pick and came with three balls per pick. I only used one. The birds came in a package of four. I only used one.

I truly hope you try your hand at making this pumpkin or one like it in your favorite color. I plan on making a teal color pumpkin soon. I already have made an oil rubbed bronze color pumpkin with more traditional colors. Make these for YOUR store or craft show. Good Luck! Happy Fall!

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Hobby Lobby Frog, now Mackenzie-Childs Inspired

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I jazzed up this little frog that I bought at Hobby Lobby in the spring collection. I checked his chest and added a crown. Now he looks like a prince in waiting.

Please follow Kathy on her Facebook page called Royale Funky Junque. She painted one like this and gave me the idea. She has great ideas! She also teaches a class on her website on HOW TO CHECK.

This is how he looked to begin with. He is so cute! But….

I added adhesive gemstones bought at Dollar Tree that I painted with Liquid Gold Leaf. Even though they are sticky on the back, I added Tacky Glue to make sure they stayed in place. I also painted all the flowers with the same Liquid Gold Leaf.

I got the crown from off of Amazon and used E6000 to put it on his head. He is so stinking cute. I had a drawing for a gift away on my Facebook page. He now belongs to a loyal follower.

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Jazzed Up Black and White Harlequin Candle

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I just want to do a quick post today about making candle pins and adding bling to any candle you may already have in your home.

Harlequin print is my latest obsession. I found this last candle on my Hobby Lobby’s shelf an it was marked down to $3.24. I hope they will get more in and it hasn’t been discontinued. But if it has, have no fear, I will decoupage with rice paper.

Reduced price at Hobby Lobby.

I chose silver to embellish with and found a pin from my order from TOTALLY DAZZLED. I bought the flat head push pins on Amazon and glued one to the back of the pin. I also bought the rhinestone look ribbon at TOTALLY DAZZLED. It comes in a large and wide roll. I cut a section with 5 rows to fit the candle and glued to the bottom of this candle.

I glued the push pin tack onto the bling with E6000.
Wish you could see the sparkle in person.

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