Fun fall crafts: make a toilet plunger tree

Recently, we went to see my aunt and my grandmother. Both are extremely talented crafters. My aunt made this adorable little fall tree from dollar store goodies.

My aunt’s little fall tree

Hers turned out so cute, I had to ask how she made it. They are fairly simple to make and easily made from what you see in the picture.

Toilet plunger, old bucket or basket, floral foam, fall florals, jute twine and Spanish moss

Apparently I buy waaaaay too much crafting stuff, because I already had all of this on hand. Except the plunger. My aunt did gift me the plunger.

First, add your plunger to your bucket or basket. Seriously. Just set it in there.
Cut your floral foam carefully and add it to the bucket until the plunger is steady.
Begin attaching your foliage to the top of the plunger. Keep adding foliage until you get the look you’re after.
Lastly, wrap your plunger or “tree trunk” with the twine. I hot -glued mine. Then, hide the floral foam with some Spanish moss.

And voila! Enjoy your cute little tree! I may add lights to mine.

This was easy and fun to make!

5 Spring Wreaths You Can Make Yourself

I love having a pretty wreath on my door. Sometimes I buy wreaths from a friend at church who makes beautiful wreaths, but sometimes when I have a little more time, I make simple wreaths myself. I am going to share a few of my own creations but also a few from around the Internet. Enjoy!!

1. Simple hydrangea wreath

I made this one a few years ago from an oval wreath and some very realistic hydrangeas.

View the directions here

2. Painted letter wreath

You know how much I love monograms!! I made this one entirely from materials I had on hand.

View the directions here

3. Simple tulip wreath from Chatfield Court

This cute little wreath would look great on your front door! You could make it fairly cheaply as well.

Source: Chatfield Court

4. DIY Eucalyptus Wreath from Bitterroot DIY

This wreath is simple and beautiful! I love it and I love the colors.

Source: Bitterroot DIY

5. Hula hoop wreath by Living Letter Home

I’ve never made a giant wreath before, much less one from a hula hoop. But this blog post makes me want to try.

Source: Living Letter Home

What beautiful spring wreath have you made recently?

Favorite Spring Crafts: DIY Faux Birds’ Nests

Spring is fast approaching and each day, our trees bloom a little more. I’m also noticing our birds becoming more active. I love watching the birds each spring, and I even love incorporating birds into my decor.

As much as we love our little fine feathered friends, decorating with a real bird’s nest would be a bad-and unsanitary- idea. You can DIY a super cute faux birds nest that looks like the real deal.

First, get some grapevine twig moss or dried Spanish moss.

Then, take some aluminum foil and shape it into a little bowl. Now, make a little Spanish moss bowl and glue it to the aluminum foil bowl. I use hot glue but craft glue will work too.

Then, pop some faux eggs into your cute little nest. I found these at Walmart.

And best of all? These things cost less than $5 to make. What cute spring craft have you made recently?

Fall home tour 2019

Fall home tour 2019

Our favorite season is upon us here at Lumber in my Minivan! I can’t tell you how much I love fall in the south- the temperatures cool off, the leaves change and everybody heads outside.

My house seems to be in its finest glory when the fall decor comes out. I tried to change it up a little this year and I’m loving the results.

When you come in the front door, you’re greeted by sunflowers and the soft glow of candles in this vignette, which can be found on our sofa table.

Our living room is full of pumpkins, sunflowers, bittersweet and candles. I especially love these sweet fall pillows I ordered online last year.

One of my favorite things about our living room decor is this beautiful wreath Michael’s family sent us when my dad died.

This sweet vignette is on our coffee table.

We also have a similar vignette in our office/ family room.

If you’re curious, that tree field guide belonged to my dad.

I am loving our fall table runner and the fall potpourri I put in our bread bowl. It smells so good!

The window in our dining room got a little fall goodness too in the form of milkglass, a lantern and some fall florals.

Even our kitchen is sporting a little fall goodness.

The shelves in our master bath look so cute with the sunflowers and pine cones.

I decided our hall bath needed some sunflowers as well 😃

Throughout our fall house tour, you’ve likely seen these elements repeated: milk glass, pine cones, bittersweet, copper pumpkins and sunflowers.

Tune in next week for some pictures of our outdoor fall decor.

Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

Make it Monday: an easy summer wreath

I found these beautiful hydrangea blooms at Hobby Lobby. I wasn’t going to buy them, but they were so pretty I had to have them.

Hobby Lobby

I knew I needed a new wreath for my back door, so I decided to buy an oval grapevine wreath.

I also grabbed some ribbon from my craft cabinet and got to work. I simply cut the stems from the flowers, put the flowers into the wreath and arranged them as I liked. I then added a little hot glue to the backs of the blooms and tied a bow from my ribbon. I attached this to the top.

I was satisfied with the wreath when I finished it. And if you’re wondering how realistic the flowers are?

This sweet butterfly was surprised, too!

This wreath was easy and fun to make. Have you made any wreaths lately?