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In our house we love fall and we love coffee! Well…I have a new love for fall. Ever since we’ve lived in a climate that lends 85 degree weather to September and we have very hot long summer. So when fall weather rolls around, I’m actually ready for hot coffee, pine cone wreaths and pumpkin everything.
I decided to celebrate fall with a little crafty day with some of my favorite people! If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little obsessed with buffalo plaid right now , so of course, I had to do a little lumberjack theme for our pine cone wreath party and a fall party just wouldn’t be right without some great food and drinks!
We started off with a DIY Monogram Coffee Mug because of course we needed something special to drink our coffee in! This DIY project is so stinking cute, but it’s about as easy as Mug + Sticker + Sharpie = cute mug!
DIY Monogram Mug
The first step is grabbing some cute white mugs. I wanted something very streamlined because I wanted the letter to pop.
You will also need some vinyl stick on letters and the permanent marker of your choice! I used 3 colors on mine! Don’t be afraid to mix colors.
Choose your letter and center it on the side of the mug that will face out as you drink it!
Next, you are going to dot on and around your letter to create your design. You can do as many colors as you would like. The color you want to be the most prominent you will want to do last. I used metallic markers and I love the way they turned out. The colors are pretty opaque, so think of them in layers. The other tip is dot straight up and down, otherwise you might create some lines, instead of dots.
You will want to overlap some dots around the edge of your vinyl sticker so that you get a nice clean line around your letter. Your dots should be closer together around your letter and then more spread apart the farther they are from the letter. Kinda like a dot explosion!
Give your mug about 5 minute to dry before pulling off your sticker.
After your mug is finished, place it in a 350 degree oven for 1 hr, then turn off your oven and wait till mug is cool before removing. This will help bake in the maker and make it more permanent! I would also hand wash these cuties! 🙂
After we made our Monogrammed Mugs, it was time for yummy coffee break!
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We also had a little party popper to celebrate our crafting halftime!
After we had a little caffeine boost, we launched into our next DIY project… the Pine Cone Wreath! These are so cute! I love the way they all turned out! You could put these Pine Cone Wreaths on your front door, over your mantle or on a wall.
Pine Cone Wreath
What you need:
Wood Vine Wreath ( I got mine for $1!)
Hot glue gun & tons of hot glue
Pine cones – Both Large and Small Sizes ( I bought some and also gathered some from some local pine trees. We don’t have a lot of these in the Tri Cities, but I managed to find a few..and collected some from friends with pine trees)
What to do:
1. The first step is to find 5-8 larger pine cones and place them evenly around your wreath. You are going to end up gluing them down, but at this point you are just trying to get a plan together.
2. After making a plan for your pine cones, you are going to want to break off some of the cone pieces on the bottom, so there is a mostly flat surface to put the glue on….and it will take A LOT of glue! It’s cheap, so don’t scrimp on the hot glue, otherwise, your pretty pine cones might just fall right off!
3. Use a liberal amount of glue to secure your larger pine cones to the wreath. You will need to hold each pine cone as the hot glue cools. ***Be careful with hot glue!!! It is amazing…but also painful sometimes!***
4. Then you will start to fill in the areas in between with smaller pine cones, just eyeballing it as you go. Your goal is to end up with a mostly balanced wreath.
5. The next step is to make a bow of your choice! I made our bows with some burlap ribbon! Here is a great tutorial on making burlap bows!
6. Hot glue your bow on your wreath and add a loop of twine to the top for a hanger. ENJOY!!!
These projects are pretty for the crafty shy person or the passionate crafter! Now go have a crafting party of your own!
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