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6 Awesome Autumn Arts and Craft Ideas

As we all know, summer is coming to a close. What follows next for most places, is a couple months of autumn. This includes Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the ever-popular leaf changing. Living in Las Vegas, which only has 2 seasons: Holy-mother of god its hot (also called summer), and OMG its freezing what happened to our heat (also called winter). However, for those of you lucky enough to enjoy all 4, I have a few neat DIY (do-it-yourself) ideas that make fall the best season of all.

1. Create the Smell of Autumn in Your Home

One of the best tips I found several years ago is to take as small of a crock-pot as you can find, fill it with about half a cup of vanilla extract, half a cup of brown sugar, and 3-4 cups of water depending on the size you have. Throw in a couple whole cinnamon sticks and just keep it on low all day. You can even add orange peels, whole cloves, maybe some fresh ginger! The possibilities are endless, and such an easy set-and-forget way to make your house smell so delicious!

2. DIY Snow Globes

These are so fun and relatively easy, you can make several in an afternoon. Many people like to use mason jars for these and I think that’s awesome. However, I don’t like how it is in the shape of a jar, so I used an old light fixture that was in the shape of a glass ball. It gave the thing more of a legit snow globe feel. Whatever you decide to use, make sure you use distilled water, and add a few drops of glycerin into the water. That’s the secret to making your glitter float slowly down to the bottom. Super gluing some tree or plastic figurine into the inside of your lid works great so you can have something inside!

3. Kids Helping with Halloween Decorations

This one I found on pinterest, and it’s so cute just for its simplicity! You can take a regular paper place, paint the front orange or keep it white. Have your kids put some black paint over their palm and 4 fingers (leave the thumb paintless), and have them plant their hand right on the plate! They can then rotate the plate 90 degrees and do the same thing, with their palm going over the palm print from before. This will leave a ‘body’ with 8 ‘legs’ showing. Add some googley eyes or even paint something scary on it, and you have a spider! Tape some string or fake webbing around the edges of the plate and it looks like a little spider hiding in its web. Too cute!

4. Homemade Tasty Coffee Creamer

This recipe makes 6 cups of creamer, but you can alter it up or down however you like. Using 1 ½ cup brown sugar, 1 ½ cup water, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ tsp salt, 4 cups half-and-half, ½ tbsp cinnamon, I make enough for the whole season! Put the water and sugar in a pan over med-high heat. Keep stirring until the sugar is all dissolved. Remove from heat and it should have a syrup consistency. Whisk in the vanilla, salt, and cinnamon. Let it cool 5-10 mins and mix in the half-and-half. I like to put it into an old emptied out salt case with that little sliding metal lid. Works great for pouring!3

5. Make Your Own Sugar Scrub

This one I borrowed from a woman I know and trust me, it’s totally working for her! She takes 2-3 cups of white granulated sugar and adds coconut oil until it had a soft consistency but is not too oily, like beach sand( ½ cup or more oil). After it fits that sweet spot, she said to add in 1 tsp of your favorite essential oil and it will last for a month or more. She uses peppermint! No wonder she always smells like candy…

6. Mason Jar Candles

I have saved my favorite for last! This one I have been doing for years and they never disappoint. Depending on the cost of your chosen oil, these break down to cost roughly 1/5 of what a decent scented candle will and will burn for ten times as long! I start with a base of olive oil, but peanut oil, coconut oil, any type of oil that won’t have an unpleasant smell before or during burning (no kerosene). Just fill up your jar halfway or more with oil, and get yourself a wick. They make pure cotton lamp wicks, but I find that they burn unevenly. I like using some old scrap cloth I have left over from other crafts. As long as they are 100% cotton you will be fine. If you use a mason jar you will need to drill/punch a hole in the lid for the wick to stick through about ¾ inch out the top. Let the other end soak up the oil to absorb and wait at least 15 minutes to light it the first time. Otherwise the cotton will just burn up. Bonus, if you have apples/oranges or some nice smelling flowers/herbs you can always throw those into the jar too! The oil will seep through them all adding their smell to the candle as it burns!

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