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Homemade Pomander Air Freshener – DIY Project

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I’m always looking for natural ways to scent my home. I had automatic spraying air fresheners in every room of my home last year. At the time I didn’t realize how many bad chemicals are in them, I just loved my home smelling pretty and that was the easiest way to do it. But I was getting really bad headaches almost daily, and I didn’t know why. I was browsing some information online one day, and found that many people are intolerant to air fresheners. Headaches are not uncommon, which explained why I was getting them so frequently at home. Then I found that the chemicals in them are not good, and having mine spray all day long was definitely not a good idea. I removed them all and began researching homemade air fresheners and found a lot of good ideas!

When I first heard the word “pomander” I thought maybe it was a trouble fruit I hadn’t heard of. Turns out it’s a fun way to create a natural fragrance in your home. Pomanders are oranges with cloves pushed into their skin. That’s it! They create a nice spicy smell that is great for the fall and winter. You can put as many or as little cloves in your orange as you like. You can put them in a fun pattern or just randomly. You can hang them with ribbons for a fun decoration like in the picture below.

 

You’ll need oranges and/or lemons and whole cloves for this project, plus ribbon or any extra decorations you want for them. Make sure you get enough cloves for the design you want. And remember, the more cloves you add, the stronger the scent. This is something kids can make as well but they may not enjoy the smell. My daughter told me the cloves smelled too strong. Make sure that the scent is something you will all enjoy.

You can see how nice these can look in a bowl or hanging. Use your creativity to make these however you like! You can even experiment to see what different citrus fruits you enjoy the most. You can even add little bows and bells to make it festive for the winter holidays.

How do you enjoy giving your home a nice holiday scent naturally?

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Pumpkin Painting Fun – DIY Halloween Project

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Kids love to paint and make things. Kids love fun crafts. This works well for me because I love creating things too! I watch kids from home and one day of the week I have my daughter (7) and another older kiddo (9) who can handle messy projects without making a HUGE mess. We wanted something that would last longer than a carved pumpkin, plus it’s hard for young kids to carve them into something that resembles their original idea. Instead, we decided to paint ours pumpkins!

 

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First of all, you will need pumpkins to paint and paint in fun colors. Don’t forget paint brushes and a bowl of water to rinse them in. Make sure to lay down lots of newspaper or sale sheets to protect your floor. And keep a couple towels or rags handy to wipe brushes, paint on hands or clean up spills. My daughter loves to paint as a hobby so we have LOTS of acrylic paint on hand at all times. I pick up paint at Hobby Lobby with their 40% off coupon and sometimes they have clearance paint for $1 and change.

 

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These metallic paints are Kid Made Modern Shimmer Shine Paints from Target. They give a nice metallic color, though a few had to be mixed with solid colors to make them really show up on the orange pumpkins. This set of 8 paints was $8.99 + tax at Target. I loved the price and the quality! The kids enjoyed using them as well.

 

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I had a few left over plastic container lids that were just sitting on my shelf so we used them for our paints. It worked out really well because the raised edge kept paint from spilling or dripping off. I used a piece of cardboard from recycling because I am less likely to spill paint. 🙂 We used plastic bowls and cups with water in them to rinse our brushes. We keep a large set of brushes on hand as well for my little artist.

 

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We put down lots of sale sheets and even used an empty box to paint on. It was lots of messy fun! My daughter’s pumpkin is the top left, the other kiddo’s pumpkin is the top right, and mine is the bottom right. I loved seeing their creativity! They loved getting to paint, create their own unique pumpkin, and spend time together laughing and talking. It was a great way to bond with each other over something fun.

 

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These are our finished pumpkins! My daughter’s is on the left, mine is in the back middle and the other kiddo’s is on the right. 🙂 I love how they turned out! The acrylic leaves the paint looking shiny and wet even when it dries. The kids were thrilled with their pumpkins and were excited to display them. I enjoyed the project too, and my pumpkin came out exactly how I wanted.

How does your family enjoy decorating pumpkins?

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DIY Mummy Jar Lights – Halloween Craft

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I saw a picture of this fun Halloween project on Facebook and decided to try it out. To start out you’ll need:

– Empty glass jars without lids (If you plan to use them later save the lids in a drawer)
– Rolled gauze (We used 1 roll for 2 jars. Walmart sells this pack of 5 for $5.77 with tax.)
– Electric tea lights ($1 for a pack of 2 at Dollar Tree)
– Googly eyes (You can find these at almost any store with craft/art supplies)
– Glue to put the eyes on (We used tacky glue because Elmers glue would not keep them on.)
– Scissors to cut the gauze into strips and small clear tape to tape on pieces of gauze

 

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First I cut off long strips of gauze from a roll. Then I cut the strips in half length wise. This gave then a more tattered look and gave us thinner pieces to work with. We used 1 roll of gauze for 2 big jars so plan accordingly. You could probably get 4 smaller glass jars with just one roll. I picked up rolled gauze in a 5 pack at Walmart for $5.77 with tax. The nice thing about having extra is that we can either make more jars, or save it for something else in the future.

 

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This is what our jar looked like during the wrapping process. You want to get all the glass wrapped without covering it too thickly. If it’s too thick, the light won’t shine through as well. You also want it to look a little uneven like creepy mummy bandages.

 

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When you are done wrapping your jar you’ll want to add eyes. Googly eyes work well and give it a cute and spooky look. We tried using regular kids glue first but the eyes just fell off. I keep tacky glue on hand for many projects so we used that instead. After putting glue on the eyes, I pressed them down onto the gauze for 30 seconds. I wanted to make sure our eyes didn’t fall off. 🙂

 

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These are my two completed mummy jars. I chose the big googly eyes because I liked the way they looked. They were pretty quick for me to make and I enjoyed the process.

 

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My daughter did 2 of the jars as well so this project is definitely kid approved! She enjoyed wrapping her jars and only needed a little help with a few pieces. Any time we can do a project together is great because we love to create together and we love the quality time together.

 

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My daughter chose smaller eyes for her 2 jars. These are her finished jars, ready for lights. It took her a little bit longer to complete but it wasn’t ever too hard or too frustrating for her. She really had fun with it.

 

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Here is a our finished mummies with their lights inside! 🙂 I think they turned out great! We set them in the window but only turn the little lights on at night when they can really be seen. Our electric tea lights were in a 2 pack for $1 at Dollar Tree and they say they last 120 hours. You can use regular tea light candles but please only have an adult actually light them and keep them away from anything flammable. You’ll need a long lighter that can reach the candle in the bottom of the jar.

Once the season is over, we will take off the gauze and the jars will go back to being used to store stuff. For this reason I didn’t glue the gauze on to the jars. The gauze stayed on just fine without the glue. We used clear tape to hold down a couple pieces when we first starting wrapping the jar,  but they ended up covered in gauze so you couldn’t see them.

If you give this project a try I’d love to see your results!

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