Why is it important to maintain painted aluminum security doors – πορτες ασφαλειας – and what does the cleaning frequency depend on?
Proper maintenance plays a crucial role in maintaining the aesthetics and durability of the paint. Over time with exposure to the weather, the paint may show signs of deterioration, such as loss of gloss, chalking and discoloration.
The intensity and time of occurrence of these phenomena vary depending on the climatic conditions. Therefore, their maintenance varies from place to place. In Mediterranean countries such as Greece, where the sunlight is intense and there are many coastal areas, special care is needed. Thus, at the level of prevention, we can avoid or minimize premature fading and loss of gloss by choosing and using Ultra-resistant powder paints.
1. Carefully remove dirt with a damp soft sponge or cloth. Remove resins from trees, insect impurities as soon as possible, because over time, sunlight and heat harden and are more difficult to remove.
Cleaning should be done at temperatures below 30°C and not at a time when the sunlight is high and direct.
2. Use a soft brush, soft sponge or cloth and a mild household or car cleaner to remove any residue. Under no circumstances use metal brushes, wire, hard sponges, sandpaper, liquid abrasive cleaners or powder detergents, as they will permanently scratch the surface of the paint.
Please keep in mind that the use of cleaners that require the use of gloves is not recommended and should be avoided because such a label is an indication that the cleaner is too strong and therefore unsuitable for cleaning the powder painted aluminum door surface.
3. After cleaning, rinse the painted surface carefully with clean water and wipe dry. The use of water from drilling is not recommended, as its content of minerals and salts can stain and cause problems with the paint in the long run.
4. Do not use hard solvents based on hard solvents. If it is necessary to remove materials from the surface, such as paint or glue, and the use of a solvent is necessary, then as mild a solvent as possible should be used, such as white spirit, turpentine, isopropanol or alcohol.
Try for the minimum contact time and at the end rinse with clean water. We, Alfino Doors always recommend a test on a small, not very visible surface, to make sure that no damage or discoloration will occur.
5. Carefully remove dirt with a damp soft sponge or cloth. Remove resins from trees, insect impurities as soon as possible, because over time, sunlight and heat harden and are more difficult to remove.
Cleaning should be done at temperatures below 30 ° C and not at a time when the sunlight is high and direct.
6. If lubricant is used on the mechanisms during maintenance, immediately clean the lubricant from the painted security door surface with a damp cloth. Otherwise, there is a risk of discoloration if the surface painted with the lubricant is exposed to the sun.
7. One of the advantages of super durable powder paints with a sandblasted texture is easy cleaning, due to the specially designed surface. The use of abrasives, mild or hard is not recommended. Clean the door surface according to the instructions above.
Want to start growing your own cranberries? You just have to follow some simple tips.
Growing cranberries can be a lot of fun in your garden. Although these fruits are normally grown in bogs, there are many modern cultivars that make it possible for any gardener to try his hand.
The fresh fruit can last a long time and will taste amazing when they are stored properly. Many beginners worry that growing cranberries will be too difficult for them and take too much time, but with a bit of hard work and knowing which tips to follow, you can easily grow as many cranberries as you would like in your own garden.
While you’re thinking about fruit to grow for your own enjoyment then why not have a look through these 30 low-maintenance fruits and veggies?
Some of the best tips to follow to start growing cranberries yourself are as follows.
There are actually a few different varieties of cranberries that you can plant from home. The variety that you choose can often depend on what you specifically want to use the cranberries for when they are done. Some options to consider include:
Cranberries like to be grown in some cooler climates so take a look at the plant hardiness zone map available from the USDA. Cranberries need to be grown somewhere between the second and fifth zone to get the most out of the harvest. There are a few different times when the gardener should grow their cranberries and these include:
The seedlings and cuttings can be planted through the whole autumn, usually sometime between October to early November. If you miss the fall, you can also plant them from April to the end of May. The three year old rooted plants that still grow actively, can sometimes be planted during the summer. You need to have these purchased in pots though to make it work.
I recommend checking out, The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruit and Berries, book as a nice tutorial on timing and locations that are best for different varieties of fruits and berries.
Now we need to focus a little bit more on the soil and how to get that ready. Cranberry plants will have some unique requirements to work with. They must have a soil with a lower pH level and a higher level of organic matter compared to other plants. You may need to alter the current soil in the garden to get them to make it work.
The average plot size for your cranberries will be about four feet by eight feet. If you only want to do one plant though, two foot by two foot will be plenty.
You can prepare the soil by digging out the existing soil in the necessary area to a depth of six inches to eight inches. Add some peat moss to the plot along with half a pound of bone meal and one pound of blood meal.
If you would like, adding a cup of Epsom salt and a pound of rock phosphate may work well for this. Before you plant the cranberries though, you need to make sure the soil is thoroughly wet. Mist the plot with your garden hose to get this done.
Most cranberry plants are not going to be grown straight from the seed. Rather, they are cut from either a cutting or a seedling that is several years old. Most cranberry plants will not start to give any fruit until their third or fourth year. Do not be surprised if you do a cutting and it takes a few years before you see fruit.
If you choose to plant one of the cranberry cuttings, which are often a year old, make sure to plant them directly into the prepared wet soil. If there is more than one plant in the plot, make sure that there is about a foot of space between each one so they do not overcrowd. The root ball of these plants needs to also get buried around two inches below the surface of the soil.
However, if you want to plant three-year-old seedlings, then you must make sure there are three feet of space between the plants.
Another option that some people may prefer is to grow their cranberries in a container. Keep in mind that the cranberries will often do the best in a garden plot so they have lots of extra room to spread out the runners.
However, if you have a large enough pot, you may be able to add a cranberry plant inside. A good rule of thumb is to go with a pot that is no less than twice the size of the root ball of the plant.
When trying this method, you can fill the pot with some peat moss and then add the three-year-old seedling inside. Allow the plant to develop some runners inside the pot so it can grow, but you should trim off any that tend to go beyond that point. Fertilize the soil so the plant does better with a low-nitrogen fertilizer. This will keep the plant strong but limits how many runners are allowed to grow.
If you like growing in containers, then make sure you check out this huge list of vegetables that thrive in containers for your garden!
Now that the plants are all in the soil and ready to go, it is time to take care of those cranberry plants. Cranberry plants do need a little bit of extra love and care compared to some of the other plants available. But when the care is done well, you will get some tasty plants you are sure to enjoy.
Cranberry plants are not going to do well when there are a ton of weeds all around them. The weeds will often win that race so it is best if you are able to get rid of the weeds as often as possible. This is even more important during that first year. The peat moss that we discussed earlier will help inhibit the growth of most garden weeds. But check in on this often to ensure the cranberry bushes are not overwhelmed.
Here are some tips from experts on how to have a weed-free garden – and you don’t want to miss this list of weeds you can actually eat!
During the first year, your new plants are going to need a lot of water to make sure the soil is kept moist. If the roots get dry at all, the plant will die out. It is a myth that the cranberry plant has to be submerged in water or saturated during growing.
You do want the soil around it to be at least damp all the time, it doesn’t need to be soaking in water to be healthy. Just like with any other type of plant, too much water can really make the root growth slow down and may make it impossible for the roots to get to the right depth that they need.
Here are some great ideas for creating a self-watering garden that may apply to growing berries!
It will not take long before this plant is able to put out some runners, which are able to grow along the ground. The runners will grow until they will fill and cover the bed. If this does not happen, then it is a good idea to bring in a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.
Only try this if you notice that the runners are struggling to grow. If you do this too much or too early, then there may be too much growth in the garden.
During the first year, you should fertilize the soil three times. Do this at the beginning of the growth, once you see flowers, and once the berries form.
To control where the runners go, consider adding a little edging around the garden.
After the first year, you will need to cut the nitrogen away from the runners. This will stop the spreading so that they start to take run and form uprights instead. You can then rely on a non-nitrogen fertilizer for that second year.
Here is a great post on how to make bone meal fertilizer. Plus, you might want to check out this list of great organic fertilizer options that might work in your berry garden.
No matter what type of plant you are working with, there will be some issues with diseases and pests. Cranberry plants are going to be the same as all the others. There are a few steps that you can take to keep these under control and to ensure the plants will not get eaten up before you can enjoy them.
Cranberry fruit-worm is a fairly common problem with your cranberries. This is where grey moths will try to lay their eggs inside the berries and let them grow. If you start to see some grey moths near the plants, it is time to use an insecticide to kill the moths and their eggs off.
If you do not find these fruit worms in time, the eggs can potentially hatch and they will start to eat through the cranberries, when this happens, the berries will start to turn red before they ripen. Simply pick off those berries and any of the nearby fruit and then throw them out.
Some other diseases that are common with cranberries include red spot, which is when bright right spots start to show up on the leaves of the plant, and berry fruit rot. The treatment for this is to spray the plant with an organic, copper-based fungicide between June and August.
Here are some insecticides for keeping your garden bug-free that are easy to make on your own at home!
The final thing that you should consider doing when growing your cranberry plants is to prune the runners from the third year of growth. You should repeat this every year that you plan to have the cranberries. This is going to make sure that you can control the runners while also encouraging more of the uprights to happen.
This is a simple process to do. You can start by combing the cranberry plot using a landscape rake if you have it. The goal is to get all of the runners to go in the same direction. This can make it easier to find the runners that are the longest so you can cut them back a bit. You should not try to prune the uprights that are already in place or it can ruin the plant.
As time goes on, the plants may try to go beyond the bounds that you set up for the original plot. If this is something that happens and you want to keep them in the plot, you just need to prune each of the plants back a bit in the spring so there are only about two inches of the growth above the soil line.
The plant will not produce any fruit during that year if you do that, but the production will come back in the following year and you can regain some control over the area.
Many beginner gardeners assume that it is too hard to grow the cranberry plants and they walk away before even giving it a try. While these plants do take a few years before you get any kind of berry to enjoy, they do not require a ton of extra work compared to some of the other plants that you may favor.
If you want to start growing cranberries in your backyard, just take a look at the simple steps above and you are set to go! follow some of the 10 tips for growing cranberries above. You’ll have a sauce-worthy harvest in no time! And you can find out how to store your produce with our tips here.
If you’ve caught the fruit-growing bug, why not think about what other jams and jellies you can make from your own home-grown fruit?
It’s that time of year when pinecones are everywhere around Michigan. That means that they come into the craft closet as the perfect fun craft. This little rustic pinecone bear is an ideal nature craft for kids. Help them gather supplies and create their own little bear characters for pretend play and fun outdoors at the same time!
Gather up the pinecones that have fallen in your backyard and have fun making them a fun new craft! These little pinecone bears are just precious. Not only are they easy to make, but they are practically free. You just need a few items you already have on hand in your craft kit.
In the past, I have used pinecones for a number of projects. Recently these little pinecone hedgehogs were a hit with the kids. Last year, I used them on a plastic bottle to make a different little hedgehog decoration. Of course, they have also been known to be perfect for Christmas with some great pinecone crafts and even pinecone ornaments on my crafts list over the last few years.
If you are gathering pinecones from the outdoors, it is a good decision to clean them before using them. It’s not about sanitation as it is about making sure there is no excess dirt or even little creatures or insects on the pinecones.
If you are buying pinecones at a craft store, there is no need to clean them as they have been processed through a facility that takes care of them for you. When buying from other people on sites like Etsy or eBay, you will want to clean them, just in case for safety.
For this version, I used acorn caps. They are always on the ground around our house and yet another free and easy-to-find craft supply. Since I wanted this to stand up and be sturdy, it has a base from a bottle cap so it can stand without falling over.
The arms on the sides are made from a split almond or pecan shell. You can use any long and flat surface nut shell for this if you prefer. Of course, it doesn’t have to be that. You can also use any of the items listed below if you prefer something not a natural item for the feet or arms on your bear.
If you are a teacher or happen to homeschool your children, then this is an ideal option for a fun kids classroom activity. Not only does it include things like nature walks where you can have kids look for specific items on the ground, but it is great for their motor skills.
This can also be used alongside books as a unit study, or even just for pretend play with your own kids while you read something like the classic, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, book. It could even be part of a lesson about bears and the different types and their regular homes or way of life.
Of course, it can also just be fun to sit on a shelf or include it alongside some decor in a kid’s room! There are so many possibilities with this cute little pinecone bear idea!
If this project is for making alongside the kids, you’ll want to be safe. That means you won’t be using hot glue guns for this unless working with teens and adults. So, you need a good glue that will stick to the pinecone but be safe if little ones get it on their hands.
I prefer Aleene’s Tacky Glue for projects like this. It’s affordable and easy to find, as well as being non-toxic. While you could use a basic Elmer’s school glue or similar, you will find that the pieces are more likely to fall off easily as it won’t be as good a hold.
Cut an 8″x3″ strip of tissue paper and crumble it into a ball.
Glue the tissue paper inside a medium bottle cap.
Glue the flat end of the pinecone on top of the tissue paper.
Attach two acorn caps to the bottom front of the pinecone with glue.
Also, add two acorn caps on the very top of the pinecone sides, to look like ears.
Glue a single acorn cap about 1″ down from the top.
Add googly eyes just above and on either side of the acorn cap on the pine cone.
Glue a black bead to the front of the acorn cap to create a nose.
Cut an acorn in half, discard the nut.
Using just the shell, attach with glue on either side of the bear, halfway down the body as arms.
Now you have a cute little bear made of natural elements!
If you are looking for more ideas to keep the kids busy and happy creating, don’t worry – we have plenty! Along with some of the other pinecone crafts we listed above, I have tons of fun ideas to share that are perfect for making with your kids. Below are a few of my favorites for you to pin, print, or bookmark to make soon!
Can replace googly eyes with beads or buttons for a more unique look.
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Use these in kids’ dioramas to learn about bears and other woodland creatures.
Add a scarf or hat to make them look even cuter.
A pink bow on top or a blue bow tie can be used if you want!
Summer gets all the attention, doesn’t it?
From the fun of a 4th of July barbeque to the glory of a sunny summer’s day, there’s very little that gets missed when it comes to the beauty and bounty of summer.
However, summer shouldn’t have all the fun – especially when it comes to your vegetable garden. Believe it or not, there are plenty of plants and vegetables you can plant in the late fall for a winter or spring harvest the following year.
Surprisingly, many winter vegetables are completely cold-hardy and will do well with winter weather. Although these plants may not be options in all growing zones (some crops are susceptible to a hard frost), many are good choices as long as you throw some covers over them to protect them from frost (you might want to check out our ideas for garden cloches to help).
Don’t believe us? Keep reading to learn more about some of the best options.
Timing a fall planting can be tricky, as you’ll want to consider the weather and climate patterns in your individual growing zone. For many people, the challenge in growing crops over the winter months isn’t necessarily the cold – it’s the lack of light.
Deciding when to plant will depend on your weather as well as what crops you are growing. If you’re hoping for a spring harvest, you’ll need a relatively mild winter for most vegetables (although some, like garlic, are hardy even in the coldest growing zones). Generally, you can plant a fall garden as late as November for a spring harvest.
While most winter crops can be planted directly in the ground and will withstand winter weather, it’s important to have a few resources on hand. For example, you may want to mulch around the roots of plants to prevent them from freezing hard. This can also help with moisture retention. You can find our one-stop guide to mulching here.
You might also want to have some floating row covers or greenhouse plastic on hand. This will keep your plants warm and protect them from both drying winds and extreme temperatures.
No winter garden is complete without kale. Plant a few varieties, and you’ll find that, as the temperature drops, the flavor of your kale actually improves. You can grow it as a baby green for winter salads or allow it to mature for a heartier harvest in the spring.
Plant a few onion sets in the fall, and you won’t have to do much to care for them all winter. Generally, most varieties of onions have a longer time to harvest, so you won’t be able to pull them until July or August as it is (but if you want, you can harvest them earlier in the spring as shallots, perfect for stews and salads).
Just plan ahead, as your onions will take up space in your garden that you may have planned on using for spring plantings. Some good options for fall planting include ‘Electric,’ ‘Echalote Grise,’ and ‘First Early.’
Leeks are also quite cold-hardy and can be planted in the fall for a spring crop. You may find that they do best with a bit of protection on the coldest days of winter (a row cover will work wonders). Otherwise, your leeks will be ready to go once the weather warms.
Spring onions – as long as you choose winter-hardy varieties – are perfect for winter salads. Not only do they grow quickly, but planting these vegetables in the fall will yield onions that are ready for harvest in the spring. One good winter hardy cultivar to consider is ‘White Lisbon.
Sow broad beans in the fall, rel=”nofollow” and you’ll be able to harvest beans a month earlier in the spring than you would if you had waited until spring to sow. One good option to plant is ‘Aquadulce Claudia,’ which establishes quickly and grows even more rapidly.
Garlic not only can be planted in the late fall – but it should be planted in the late fall. This crop is meant to be grown over the winter months for a late summer harvest. There are several varieties you can choose from, including both hardneck and softneck cultivars. Some good options include ‘Chesnok Red’ and ‘Wight Cristo.’
If you want bountiful leafy greens even during the coldest months of the year, you may want to grow some perpetual spinach. It’s a great crop that can be cut multiple times to give you huge yields.
Sow in the fall, and you’ll be supplied with greens all winter long. It can produce a crop long into the winter months, in fact, in some places. Just make sure you clip the flowers to prevent it from going to seed.
Even peas can be planted in the fall. You’ll want to choose rounded varieties like ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ and ‘Meteor,’ which are known for being hardier varieties. You’ll be the first one to harvest peas in this spring, as fall-planted peas are ready for harvest about three to four weeks before those planted in the late winter or early spring months.
You can even grow salad greens during the winter – although it’s important to note that, for best results, you’ll want to grow in a greenhouse. Some good options include mustard greens, lamb’s lettuce, and land cress. You’ll be able to cut and come again all winter long – and even long into next summer before your spring-planted greens are ready to go.
If you haven’t planted lettuce before, you can check out this post all about making a lettuce globe as a great starting point!
Asparagus is a classic perennial vegetable that will provide you with a crop for decades after its original planting. Asparagus crowns can be planted either in the spring or fall, but if you plant in the fall, it will give you a jumpstart on the growing season next year.
An asparagus bed will most likely need to be permanent, but you’ll get up to 25 spears per year for 25 years of harvest. It takes two years to produce a crop, but tender asparagus is worth the wait. Some good options include ‘Mondeo’ and ‘Pacific Purple.’
As long as you can grow them in a cold frame, carrots can easily be planted in the fall for a spring or summer harvest. Plant carrot seeds in November and you’ll be able to harvest them in July. Just make sure the ground doesn’t freeze around the tubers.
Both Pak Choi and Bok Choy can be grown over the winter. You can harvest tender leafy greens throughout the winter to be used in salads, or you can allow the heads to mature and harvest the stems for stir-fries. Pak Choi, in particular, matures quickly and will be ready to go first thing the following summer.
Planting a garden in the late fall will not only allow you to extend your workable time in the garden but there are quite a few vegetables that can thrive all winter long. That way, you’ll have an earlier crop than if you planted in the spring.
You’ll need to be organized and get your beds ready in order to get a fall garden in the round on time. However, if you start planning now, you should be able to grow enough crops for a bountiful harvest – even after winter has settled in for good. We’ve even got a guide to help you get the rest of your garden ready for winter.
Consider planting these twelve plants and vegetables this fall – you won’t regret it.
You may have noticed that I am loving these natural elements this year with crafting. This cute little pinecone and pecan mouse is a perfect idea for kids to make and really could be entirely free to make if you use items you already have on hand. This makes a great little addition to a fall diorama, or can just be fun for kids to play with alongside action figures!
Grabbing a few pinecones from outside can become not just a fun way to keep kids busy on a nature walk, but also the base of some amazing crafts. This little pinecone and pecan mouse is one of my favorite creations so far. I can imagine using this while teaching kids about rodents, or as a fun prop while reading a book like Stuart Little.
If you like the natural element crafts, then make sure you check out these fun little pinecone hedgehogs. You might also like this adorable little walnut mouse or even something from this huge list of pinecone crafts ideas.
The idea for this is to use all-natural elements. So, a pecan is ideal for the face as it is nice and rounded, and flat on the outside. It sticks to the pinecone easily and is all you need for a cute little creature. But, if you don’t have pecans lying around or don’t want to buy any, there are other ideas below that can easily work to create your little mouse face on this rustic craft.
Yes. It is really smart to take the time to clean your pinecones before using them in your crafting projects. While you can buy them online on Amazon or Etsy, and sometimes inside your local craft store, if you gather them yourself they may bring bugs inside with them. I think it’s a smart decision to clean them well before you begin using them. Below is one great and safe method to clean them that kids can help you with.
Of course, you can paint them if you want. I like the raw rustic look of just the pinecone and nuts, but you can definitely get creative and paint them. You could paint them any color you want, or even just add a bit of glitter spray to make them sparkle!
If you choose to paint your mouse, I would recommend doing so before you start decorating. Just spray paint them outside and set them aside to dry for 15 to 30 minutes before you finish adding the face and tail.
You can paint with a brush and acrylic paints, but the individual seeds and all of the nooks and crannies of the pinecone could make that time-consuming and difficult. So, I really recommend just using spray paint for the best and fastest option. Just make sure to do so in a ventilated area and away from children or animals.
Remove a few pieces of the top of the pine cone to create a hollowed space.
Glue the pecan into the hollowed space.
Using two of the “petals” of the pinecone, glue them to the top back of the pecan to create ears.
Glue a black bead onto the end of the pecan.
Use a black marker to draw dots for eyes above the nose and before the ears.
Use a pen to twist the wire or pipe cleaner into a spring shape and glue it onto the back of the pinecone for the tail.
Draw four tiny feet shapes onto the foam paper and cut them out.
Glue these to the bottom of the pinecone, two per side in the front and back.
Now you have a rustic mouse!
If you are looking for a few more fun ideas for the kids to make, we have you covered. There are tons of fun projects that kids can help you create for fall, winter, or any time of year. Below are some of my favorites that include natural elements and that can be used as fun decor or just for them to sit on a shelf and be proud of making. Make sure you bookmark, pin, or print the tutorials to make them soon!
Decorate your fall mantle with these pinecone and pecan mice and fall leaves for a natural look!
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Pair this with one of our other pinecone animals to share on your fall mantle.
Add a pink nose for a more realistic look.
Paint the pinecone gray or light brown to look more like a real mouse.
Monsters are everywhere around Halloween but they don’t need to be scary. Make your monsters not just cute but fun! This easy upcycled bottle craft makes the most adorable little monster pencil holders for kids’ desks. There is just something fun about having something on their desk for the Halloween season, and this is both cute and functional. Make your own in a variety of styles and use it for all kinds of things around the house!
I hate throwing anything away that could potentially be used for something new. My family used to call me a hoarder until they realized how handy my little projects could be for everyone. This idea was inspired by seeing an empty shampoo bottle on a counter and trying to figure out how to make it used for something new and fun. A pencil holder that looks like a monster sounded great. Kids would love it, and it would be a fun way to put that bottle to use.
I’ve made an effort to turn monsters into fun instead of scary things lately. From the funny upcycled old book monster to the cute little pom pom monsters, I knew I could add some cute things to my decorations around Halloween that wouldn’t be so scary. Clothespin monsters are another fun idea that the kids enjoyed, and of course, I loved adding little egg carton monster treat boxes to my kid’s goody bags. So many great ideas to add to your Halloween!
Frankly, nothing works better than a shampoo bottle. The flat bottom and rounded bottle make it ideal for holding pencils or pens. Plus, the plastic is thin enough to easily cut but also not so sharp around the edges that you worry about it cutting you. Lotion bottles, conditioner bottles, and body wash bottles are also great for this project. I just stay away from any of the super hard plastic since it can be really brittle and harder to cut.
When working with kids, it is probably best for you to cut these yourself and let the kids do all of the decorating. Some bottles will cut with kids scissors, but usually you will find the need for a craft knife for the initial cuts on the plastic. Most scissors won’t work well for that but you can usually get away with a craft knife or a kitchen knife doing it for you.
Instead of having the kids cut the bottles, have them prepared ahead of time and just let the kids do the decorating with tape, paper, and other additions. Lay them out on a table with the bottles ready at each place setting and stacks of supplies in the center of the table. This makes it super easy for the kids to reach and grab what they want while keeping things mostly organized.
I created a pretty simple monster for this example, but you can add so many amazing additions to your monster! These little pencil holders are great for tons of different uses, so customize each one to make it look even more unique and fun. Below are some of my favorite ideas for making your monster look even cooler!
I initially made these just for holding pencils on the kids desks. That doesn’t mean they can’t be used for tons of other cool ideas around the house. Add them to your dining table to hold rolled napkins or utensils for a Halloween party. Perhaps, you might put them on your bathroom counter to hold things like makeup brushes or even your toothbrush and toothpaste. They are super cute and also handy. You don’t have to hesitate at all to make dozens and tuck them around your house to hold things or even just as part of your Halloween decor.
Clean an empty lotion or shampoo bottle and remove the label from the outside.
Draw a jagged line around the bottle, about 3/4 of the way up the bottle.
Use a craft knife or scissors to cut the top off and discard it.
Wrap colored washi tape around the top of one bottle.
On craft paper, draw hand and arm shapes, then cut those out.
Glue the arms on either side of the washi tape on the bottle.
Cut a small circle from the foam paper.
Stick the foam paper circle onto the center of the washi tape.
Cut out a small white circle and glue to the middle of the glitter foam circle.
Draw a mouth shape on the back of the red paper and cut it out.
Glue the mouth toward the bottom of the bottle, below the eye.
Cut out white triangles and attach them to the mouth as teeth.
Cut a smooth line across the top of a second bottle.
Use part of the discarded top of the bottle to cut out two arms.
Attach the arms to the sides of the bottle.
Use the bottle lid to trace two circles on foam or craft paper.
Cut out the eyes and then add two smaller circles to the center to create eyes.
Glue the eyes onto the top half of the bottle.
Cut out a black mouth shape and glue onto the bottle.
Fill with pens, pencils, or markers and add to desks or Halloween tables.
Halloween is one of my favorite things to decorate and create fun ideas for adding to my home. That means there are tons of great ideas here already for you to check out. I absolutely love upcycling and making things from scratch. The list below are just a few more of my favorite ideas that are sure to be great for adding to your Halloween collection.
I stock my craft closet with tons of supplies I pick up from Dollar Tree online. You can pick out great supplies and have them shipped directly to your door in bulk. This saves both time and money!
Use bottles of all sizes to create different sized containers for use around the home.
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Add glitter or sparkles to yours to make them look a bit different.
Tuck these into a basket with toys, treats, and markers for an extra special Halloween gift.
There are tons of different styles of monsters you can create with one eye, multiple eyes, or wild hair.
Add arms and legs or even hair to yours to create a unique look for your monster.
Sometimes, the simplest of items can be the most beautiful. This fun framed acorn cap squirrel creates a unique wall hanging that is cheap, fun to make, and kid-friendly. Since you only need a frame, paper, acorns, and glue to make this, you can do this with a large group of kids on a budget. That makes this a perfect kids’ school craft project!
My kids always loved nature walks and exploring when they were kids. Things like fallen leaves and acorn caps always ended up in their pockets or gathered to create a treasure with once we got home. Now, you can use those same fun little items they gathered and turn them into art! This 3D squirrel image can be left plain, customized with paints, or just a bit of glitter to create a fun rustic addition to your home decor.
We have used acorns before for these cute glitter acorns, but until this year, hadn’t really added them to crafting. I am discovering how much I love rustic items like this rustic fall wreath, so knew this had to be explored more with this project.
The best place is to just go outside and start gathering from your front or back yard. However, not all areas have oak trees. If you don’t have a way to grab some outside naturally, you can find acorns in craft stores, on Etsy, and on Amazon. I like the bulk bags from Amazon because I know they are clean and won’t include any bugs or hidden items like some you gather from outside can.
If you want to make yours a bit different and not so basic, there are some great ways to turn this project into a bigger craft. Whether you add just a little something extra, or you turn this into a larger special wall hanging, just have fun and remember there is nothing exact or perfect about this. It’s meant to be fun to make.
Absolutely! That would be an excellent choice for keeping this as a decor piece year after year. It would also allow you to place a few natural items like more acorns, nuts, twigs, or pinecones around the squirrel inside the shadowbox. This look would be great for sitting on the mantle around the fall and Thanksgiving seasons.
Yes, you could do this with different nuts. Just remember that acorn caps are great because they are a separate part of the nut that easily comes off and won’t crack or break easily when removed. To use the shells of pecan, walnut, or similar, you would find yourself with larger pieces and the need to remove the seed from inside. While it’s possible, acorns are just much easier to find and use for this particular project.
Print out the squirrel template and the measure against the back of your frame. Trim the edges to fit inside your frame.
Place the squirrel template into the frame, but do not attach or leave the glass on the frame. Discard it safely.
Glue acorn caps over the template, using various sizes to fill in gaps but leaving a bit of the black shape showing.
Just outline the squirrel shape and fill it in so it has a similar shape.
Trim off any of the longer stems from the acorns.
Carefully add small amounts of glue onto any of the black spaces shown, and between the acorns.
Working quickly, sprinkle glitter all over the picture and between the acorn so that it sticks to the glue.
Once all of the areas have glittered, tip the frame over and shake off any excess glitter onto a clean piece of paper. Use that paper as a funnel to put the excess glitter back into the jar to use later.
Let everything dry completely then hang it from the wall or display it on a shelf or mantle.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to craft. It means I can make everything with warm colors and of course, items that last for a few months instead of just as short a time. Below are some of my favorite fall craft ideas that can be used as decor or for just an added fun element around the house. Make sure that you pin, print, or bookmark these projects to make soon!
If making with children, use craft glue instead of hot glue for safety.
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This is a great project to make with younger kids because they will love going out to gather the acorns. Just use a non-toxic glue instead of hot glue for safety.
Hang this from August to December to fit right into the fall and winter season!
What an absolutely adorable idea! This rustic acorn frame book page leaf decoration is ideal for hanging during the fall season. A fun combination of upcycled items, natural elements, and a bit of ingenuity creates a gorgeous little framed picture. Get creative with yours and make it unique or follow this tutorial for a simple but beautiful addition to your home decor.
I love bringing natural elements indoors. This little framed leaf is unique and lovely. An elegant project to add to a mantle, as part of a centerpiece, or even just hung on the wall during the fall season, it is a great “dollar store craft” for those on a budget. It is easy to make this for just $1 out of pocket using items you have on hand. An old book, a leaf from outside, a few acorn caps, and glitter and glue you already had on hand are free. The $1 dollar store frame is all you need to finish this and make it a fun new addition to your autumn seasonal decor.
After you make this frame, if you have leftover acorns you can turn them into cute glitter acorns and put them on this lovely rustic fall wreath with fabric flowers. A fun way to use the same item in multiple decor projects!
For this frame, I used a leaf found outside and glued it onto an old book page. You could use any fall-themed item on the page, and even use a specific fall-themed book. Below are some ideas that would look great inside this frame.
When we use old books for crafts, we often get this question. First, we do not use books that are in good shape or have a purpose. Most of the time these are from books missing major portions, torn, water-stained, or similar.
If you do not want to use a genuine old book, you can print any letter, poem, saying, or even passage from a book onto a yellowed piece of paper. You can even print on white paper then brush with coffee or tea and let dry to create the yellowed look of an old piece of paper.
Another option is to use a piece of scrapbook paper, construction paper, or similar fall-themed colored papers if you want to create a different look. I would even use a piece of glittered foam paper.
You can use any frame but I prefer a wooden frame because it matches the rustic look of the acorn caps. If you prefer, you can use a metal, plastic, or even paper frame.
have even used pieces of crown molding or trim to make my own little frames by tacking them together with a little nail or some wood glue! You can cut them in equal sizes or do a traditional rectangle. Cut the ends at an angle so they fit together evenly, and you have a simple frame. Of course, if you want the kickstand on the back and a glass front, those can be added as well.
If you are gathering the acorns from your own yard, it is wise to soak them in a vinegar and water solution before you use them. I like to fill a bowl with a gallon of water and 1/4 cup vinegar and then soak the acorns or acorn caps for at least 10 minutes. This usually brings out any bugs and also helps get rid of dirt and grime. Then you just rinse them well and layout on a towel to dry before using them for your crafting projects.
Using craft glue or a hot glue gun, add a bit of glue around the bottom edge of the acorn cap. Place it onto the corner of the frame, and continue adding different sized acorns to cover all of the frame possible.
Use a variety of sizes filling in gaps with smaller ones and placing some at angles so they cover the edges. Once the entire frame is covered, you can add glitter, spray with glitter, spray paint different colors, or leave it as is. Additionally, you may trim off excess stems from the acorn caps if desired.
Place the leaf onto a piece of paper, then add a line of glue around the leaf, and sprinkle with glitter.
Tap off the excess and set the lid aside.
Once the glitter has dried in place, trim the book page to fit the frame using the back as a guide.
Place the glass piece back into the frame, then the leaf on top of it.
Place the book page over the leaf, then attach the back cardboard to the frame.
Turn back over and display!
I have always been a fan of the rustic look on home decor. If you like that style as much as I do, then you will adore some or all of the projects below. From simple upcycles to intricate folding of old book pages, these are fun projects to add to your home decor. Make sure that you print, pin, or bookmark these craft ideas to make soon!
Spray the acorns with glitter paint for a sparkling look to match the glitter on the leaf.
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Display this from August to December fitting with the fall and winter decor themes easily.
This can be used for any favorite photograph, quote images, or posters and not just to hold the old book page and leaf.
Spray the frame with glitter spray before placing the image inside to add sparkle for Christmas decor.
If you haven’t jumped onto the wood slice crafting train, now is the time. They are such a fun little rustic item to work with, and this hanging wood slice owl is a great example of inexpensive and beautiful decor. This is a wood-burning project, so is not intended for children to create, but is a great starter project if you are new to wood burning.
If you’ve been looking for a simple wood-burning project as a first option, this one is a great option. The design is simple and easy to follow. It shows detail but isn’t so intricate you can’t manage it if you are new to wood burning.
I’ve made these decorative owls from upcycled wood slices before, and they are adorable, but if you want something a bit fancier, then this wood-burning project is definitely a great one to start.
If you have kids who want to craft with you but you know this isn’t safe, you can set them up with this cute pine cone owl decor idea instead. It’s a lot easier to make and they can use basic craft glue or even school glue to add the wings and eyes to this project.
One of my favorite things about crafting is that I can use so many different objects to make faces on my animal crafts. This owl is no different, and in fact, is a great choice for using a variety of leftover items in your craft bin. Below are some fun ideas that would work great for this project to make eyes and/or a face from.
For the nose, you can use scrap fabric, felt, craft paper, foam paper, construction paper, or cardboard. Just cut into the classic triangle beak shape and glue just below or between the eyes.
Since this is a heavier item, the usual string or twine may not work well for hanging. You also have to consider how you would attach the hook or item for hanging. While it is a bit of an extra step, I find it is best to use a picture hanger and screw it into place on the back of the wood slice. This gives the most secure option.
Then, you can attach to a wall with a hook, or loop heavier string, twine, rope, or ribbon around it to hang from a door or even the ceiling. Just make sure whatever you use for the actual hanging is strong enough to hold the weight of the owl.
If you are doing this on your own without children involved, then reach for the basic wood glue from the craft department. It works great and is designed just for this purpose. Other options include hot glue (as shown), E6000, craft glue, or various heavy-duty adhesives you find in hardware stores.
The main consideration with this particular project is getting the eyes and nose in place to stay secure. Hot glue works fine for this, but in time it may fall off as it doesn’t “grip” the wood like other glues might. For everyday decor, it works dandy and is a good option that is affordable.
The easiest and cheapest way to get these is to go outside and cut them yourself from your own trees. However, that isn’t ideal or easy for everyone, plus you may not want to deal with the potential of bugs or similar in the bark. So, buying packages of wood slices in your local craft store, on Etsy, or on Amazon are all good ideas.
Note: you do not need an expensive wood-burning kit for this project. This single Walnut Hollow woodburning kit has just what you need, the burner and tips. If you want to do more, you can invest in a 72 piece woodburning kit instead.
Cut a small triangle from the yellow foam paper.
Glue it in place about 1 1/2″ from the top of the wood slice.
Glue the larger buttons just above the peak.
Then glue the smaller buttons on top of the larger ones.
Using a pencil, sketch the wing shapes onto the wood slice. Start at the center of each eye, and curve downward and to the sides. Then sketch individual feather curves inside this field for the wing.
Using a wood-burning tool, carefully burn the wood, following the sketches you added to the wood slice.
Cut four, 2″ pieces of pipe cleaner. Wrap one around the bottom of another and curve to create feet.
Glue these onto the bottom back of the owl.
Once done, attach a length of twine or a hanger to the back of the wood slice for hanging.
If you do not have or are not comfortable with using a wood burner, that is okay. You can achieve a similar look simply by using a dark brown marker or paint and covering the sketched wing outline instead of burning the wood. Just start with the usual pencil sketch that can be erased easily to make it exact. Then, follow the pencil sketch with your paint, pen, marker, or wood burner.
Whether you want to decorate your home with a cute owl theme, need something to keep the kids busy crafting, or even need a baby shower gift, I have some great ideas below for you to consider. Owls are always adorable, and there are many ways you can make them come to life with crafting tools. Make sure you bookmark, pin, or print the projects below to create soon!
If you don’t want to use a wood-burning tool, a pen, marker, or paint can be used to make the owls feathers.
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These can be made with any size wood slice, but I love the idea of using a 2″ wood slice to turn these into holiday tree ornaments or gifts!
Have you ever seen cute little creatures made out of nuts and shells? This little walnut shell mouse is one of my favorite little projects to make. In literally just a few minutes you can have a fun little character made with natural elements and a bit of glue. While it is a kid-friendly craft, it’s ideal for anyone to make.
I have been experimenting with nuts for a while in crafting. My glitter acorns are a great fall craft and decor idea, but that’s not all. I’ve made a lot of cute items from pistachio shells, including this upcycled pistachio shell candle holder. You may usually just toss these into the garbage, but I have made a whole new life for them!
This little walnut shell mouse is a great addition to your fall decor, or for playtime right next to the cute pistachio shell hedgehog I made last year. These are just simple crafts that can be a part of a larger project or just a simple little mouse to tuck into the corner of a shelf for fun!
Yes. If you want to use something different you have on hand, go for it! Acorns, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, and more can be trimmed or cracked to use for a little mouse creature. You just need a flat bottom and rounded top to add with your other items to create the look of a mouse.
Looking at this, you may think there really isn’t much it can be used for, but you are wrong! It’s such a cool little small craft that can be incorporated into many things in your home. Below are some of my favorite ideas for this little mouse.
Does your child like to make things their own with unique looks and styles? If so, they may want to do something a bit different when making this little mouse. Below are some great ideas that add an extra look to the mouse for fun.
I typically use hot glue for projects because it is convenient, inexpensive, and I know it will stick for a long time. If you are making these with kids, you’ll want to reach for a quality non-toxic craft glue or school glue. These will work but may take longer to dry and are not as strong so you may find a mouse without an ear within a few weeks where hot glue would keep for years.
On a light-colored piece of felt, trace and cut out two small ovals (1/4″) to create ears for your mouse. Then cut a 4″ to 6″ length of pipe cleaner.
Glue the two ovals on the “front” of the walnut shell to create the ears.
Twist the pipe cleaner a little to give it a “wave” then glue it on the underside of the walnut shell opposite where you glued the ears.
Use a fine-tipped black marker (Sharpie), to color a dot on the very pointed end of the shell to create a nose.
Then, add two small dots just below the ears for the eyes.
Display or use alongside
I love crafting with the kids. It’s always so much fun to see what they create, and even to watch their pride when they make something beautiful. Below are some more fun ideas to make with kids of all ages. These are themed for the autumn season, but many could be made any time of the year. Bookmark, print, or pin these crafts to make soon!
This is a perfect idea to use with kids for learning about woodland creatures!
Add a bit of glitter to them to make them sparkle!