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DIY Pumpkin Tiered Tray

Hey friends! Today, I am sharing my DIY pumpkin tiered tray.

 

Do you struggle finding a unique fall centerpiece each season? I do. I am always on the look out for a simple and functional way to decorate.
So incredibly clever! This tiered tray created with half pumpkins from Michael's and a vintage spool. Tutorial via dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #pumpkin
While out running errands, I found these foam half pumpkins at the craft store.  They seemed pretty cool. So, I grab a few different sizes.

These pumpkins were placed inside each other in the bag at the checkout. This got me thinking.

Have you seen those tiered trays for countertop storage?

I have really loved these farmhouse style tiered trays. I haven’t pulled the plug on purchasing one yet.

So, they were my inspiration for this pumpkin tiered tray.

DIY Pumpkin Tiered Tray

Supplies needed to create this pumpkin tiered tray:

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DIY pumpkin tiered tray

Instructions for pumpkin tiered tray:

  • Drill holes into your half pumpkin pieces as well as the wooden board base. This will vary based on the size of threaded rod used as well as the size of your wooden spool. For this project, we used 1/2″ drill bit and a 1″ drill bit.
  • Stain your wooden board base. I used Minwax Golden Oak* to match the wooden spool patina.
  • Push threaded rod through your wooden spool

tiered pumpkin tray diy

  • Place the larger half pumpkin under the wooden spool
  • Then place the wooden base under the half pumpkin

Farmhouse style DIY pumpkin tiered tray by dandelionpatina.com

  • Tighten a nut on the underside of the wooden base making sure that the nut is flush with the bottom so that the tray sits flat.

DIY pumpkin tiered tray by dandelionpatina.com

  • Add smaller half pumpkin piece to the top of wooden spool

farmhouse style DIY pumpkin tiered tray by dandelion patina

  • Attach your lock washer first and then the nut to the top
  • Mark where the rod should be cut off with a marker
  • Cut the excess threaded rod off with a hack saw

farmhouse style pumpkin tiered tray DIY by dandelionpatina.com

I love how this pumpkin tiered tray turned out.

It works well for a table centerpiece holding some of the most beautiful baby boo pumpkins and squash.

farmhouse style pumpkin tiered tray DIY by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #pumpkin

 

It is perfect for holding s’mores supplies at our backyard rustic s’mores station. Be sure to check this out!

farmhouse style pumpkin tiered tray for s'mores station

What do you think of this DIY?

Ready to get your hands on a few half pumpkins and make your own pumpkin tiered tray?

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So creative! DIY half pumpkins used to create this pumpkin tiered tray. Perfect for your farmhouse style fall decorating by dandelionpatina.com #farmhousestyle #pumpkins

Ready to make some s’mores?

Have a great day,

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BOTM: Little Glass Jar

Dandelion Patina readers, I have a treat for you today! I am sharing our blog of the month feature for October! If you are new to DP, this is a new feature on the blog. I am selecting a favorite blogger each month and asking them to join us for a little Q & A. You can check out A Burst of Beautiful BOTM feature for September as well.

So, without further ado I introduce you to Ashley over at Little Glass Jar! Ashley participated in our fun Pumpkin Palooza blog hop event with Country Living Magazine and created these amazingly adorable pumpkin plate chargers, and this DIY got her a feature on Instagram as well as the Country Living Magazine website! You can also find her contributing to the blog, Live Laugh Rowe monthly. Oh and she just recently started co-hosting the Brag-worthy Thursday link party with some amazing blogging friends! Whew…she is one busy gal isn’t she?

Ashley, blogger at Little Glass Jar

Isn’t she just so stinkin’ cute?

 

What an average day is like at The Little Glass Jar blog homestead:

An average day at the Little Glass Jar homestead varies day to day! During the week I work a full time corporate job that takes up most of my day, so anything you see on the blog is done around that schedule. On a typical weekday I get home from work in the late afternoon, cook dinner, do any cleaning/laundry and errand running, then I will sit down with my laptop either in my office or snuggled up in my favorite chair to get some blog work done. During the week I mostly work on sending/answering emails, website maintenance (well, trying to figure it out at least!), editing pictures, and writing posts. The weekends are usually reserved for getting my projects built, cooking recipes, taking pictures (weather permitted!) and all the hands on work. Sundays are my most productive days, especially since I have my husband around to help out with a lot of my DIY ideas, he’s a pretty crucial part of Little Glass Jar!

Little Glass Jar dining room

 

Your favorite space in your home and why?

For a while my favorite space in our home was our dining room, but recently I have been loving our office! It is full of my favorite flea market finds and the whole makeover is coming together so nicely! I’ve used really dark blue-ish grays mixed with pops of white and different textures like galvanized metals and natural wood. I’ve wanted to make it a space that I love to work in, and I’ve already found myself spending some late nights in there just enjoying the room while I blog.

Little Glass Jar office area

 

Favorite DIY project and why?

My favorite DIY project by far has been my office desk makeover. I took a very modern, simple desk from Target, painted it white and added wood planks to the top for a very farmhouse table look. We even added a little crystal knob to the drawer for more character. I love recycling old furniture into something new.  I also try to reuse before I throw out a piece because I am so picky about what I buy, why not customize it exactly how I want it myself!

 

 

What goals do you have for your home in terms of decorating, projects, etc?

Right now I am trying to tackle one room at a time. However, I have complete ADD when it comes to decorating! I will start one room, then jump around to a few others before completing the original room I was focused on. I have yet to call any room “done,” but are they ever really done?! So right now my goal is to show completed (for now) room reveals for our office and our guest room. Then I hope to start on a few bigger projects like our living room. I have so so many ideas for each room, but it’s such a process for me! I know exactly what I want, and sometimes it takes a while to find the right pieces to fit my vision.

 

What is your decorating style?

I would describe my decorating style as modern farmhouse with a mixture of vintage flea market finds. I love the clean farmhouse look with a lot of white ironstone, wood texture, neutral/natural colors, but then I love old, worn, rusted and busted antiques I find at our local flea market. So not too primitive, but also not too funky vintage, if that makes sense!

four drawer side table from Little Glass Jar

 

 

If you could meet one blogger, who would that be and what would you say to her/him?

Oh my, I have a list of bloggers I would love to meet! I think there is so much talent out there in this blogging community, and some of these ladies have been such an inspiration to me way before I even started my little blog! If I had to choose just one, it would probably have to be Jenna from Jenna Sue Design. Even though she is taking a break right now from the décor aspect of blogging, I always refer back to her site for ideas. Her style is spot on, and she is the queen of DIY. She is just so good at what she does.

 

Tell us how you started blogging, what you love about it, what is challenging for you.

I have been following home décor blogs for many years, and just started Little Glass Jar a little over a year ago. I have always had a passion for decorating/DIY and finally decided I needed a place to put it all! I didn’t expect anyone other than my parents and a few friends would follow it, so to gradually watch more and more people visit each month is mind-blowing. I love every aspect of blogging! I love that I have a creative outlet to go to outside of  my corporate job, and I love that people actually follow along! The balance of running the blog is challenging with work and everyday life, but maybe one day I will figure it out, or maybe not! It’s a huge learning experience, lots of trial and error, but totally worth it!

Little Glass Jar behind-the-scenes for blog of the month via dandelionpatina.com

 

Little Glass Jar blog of the month via dandelionpatina.com

 

One detail/characteristic that makes you unique (it can be anything).

I am overly picky when it comes to decorating. Picky in the sense that when I have an idea in my head for a space, I don’t settle for anything other than what I think will work. If I envision an eight pane window painted black on a particular wall in my living room, I will not hang anything on that wall until I find that exact eight pane window. Now you see why it takes me so long to finish a room!?

 

What is on your bucket list?

I would love to travel more. I really enjoy extended weekends with my husband, exploring a new city neither one of use has been to. My city bucket list right now is Boston (in the fall of course), Charleston, and Seattle. And then there is Europe, that is huge on the bucket list!

 

What is your personal motto?

It may be cliché, but I have always, always been a firm believer that “everything happens for a reason.” I have lived by that motto my whole life. There are always things, events, aspects of life that we have no control over, but what is meant to happen will happen.

 

I’ll do anything to avoid…..

….taking my car to get the oil changed. I absolutely hate it! I don’t even know why, it just annoys me so much!

 

Favorite junk food…..

Cookies are my absolute downfall. Freshly baked…get out of here. I can’t say no.

 

I have a style crush on….

Jennifer Aniston.

 

I never leave the house without…

My keys, purse, cell…and my Taylor Swift cd.

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Now, wasn’t that little Q & A fun? We all got to know Ashley just a little bit more and I love her style!

Head over to her blog to find out more:

Little Glass Jar blog of the month

 

If you are a blogger and are interested in being the next blog of the month, shoot me an email, michelle@dandelionpatina.com

Take care,

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How to make rustic style arrow art

I am a huge fan of rustic style. Well, not so much log cabin type rustic, but I love me some great wood pieces to compliment my home decor. Sometimes you just can’t find what you are looking for in the store..or you do find it, but it is way out of the budget. So, then it is time to just make it yourself. And this is a project you can do yourself and have the same great results. If you are stopping by from the follow your arrow post…glad you found me for this project!

 

Let’s learn how to make rustic style arrow art!
DIY rustic arrow wall art with homestead house milk paint

Can anyone say parallelogram? It is quite the mouth full huh? My 9 year old just completed a geometry unit this past spring and we studied parallelograms at home. So, I thought it would be fun to create a decorative memory of her accomplishment.

DIY rustic arrow wall art using Homestead House Milk Paint as a stain. It is super easy and I love how you can control the depth of the color. Just mix with water!

Materials:

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Tools:

homestead house milk paint in sherwood brown as a stain for DIY rustic arrow wall art

Instructions:

Part 1.

  • Cut out all your parallelograms. This is done by cutting the 1×4 at 45 degree angles every 3″.
  • Measure and cut your furring strips for the sides/outer frame.
  • Stain all your pieces with milk paint. I used brown, but you could also use other milk paint colors. (Miss Mustard Seed milk paint is the same as Homestead House)

DIY rustic arrow wall art

Part 2.

  • Layout your arrows on the 3/4″ plywood piece (2′ x 4′)
  • Measure out the outer edge so that there is an equal amount of space between the arrows and the frame. We used the frame pieces as a guide.

DIY rustic arrow wall art assembly

  • Nail the corner arrows in place.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

  • Once the 4 corner arrows were in place, we moved on to measuring the middle arrows. We wanted equal space between each and every arrow.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

  • We then worked our way to the outer frame pieces; nailing them in place one at a time.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

  • We did not miter the corners for a more rustic look.

DIY rustic arrow wall art

 

DIY rustic arrow wall art using Homestead House milk paint as a stain

 

DIY rustic arrow wall art

 

Rustic arrow wall art using homestead house milk paint

Source Guide:  (Because I know you love those trays, right?)

DIY rustic arrow wall art with homestead house milk paint

So, what do you think of the rustic arrow wall art?  Are you ready to tackle your own geometric wood project?

It was certainly fun to do, especially when I can stain in the house without any odors! I love that!

Here is a picture to pin to your favorite Pinterest board for staining tips & tricks.

Homestead House Milk Paint used as an odor free stain on new wood projects. This is Sherwood Brown.

 

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DIY rustic arrow wall art using Homestead House Milk Paint as a stain. It is super easy and I love how you can control the depth of the color. Just mix with water!

If you are looking for a few other fun projects to try, take a peek at this transformed card catalog and a childhood step stool.

Until next time,

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Rustic Smores Station

Today I am sharing my rustic smores station. Our family loves making smores during the cooler autumn months. I hope you will be inspired by our rustic smores station.Rustic Smores Station dandelionpatina.com

 

I have been sharing a few ways to decorate inside the home with my neutral fall mantel and my fall home tour these past few weeks.

Now, I would like to share a fun way to bring fall decorating to your backyard patio area with some pumpkins and a really cool DIY  pumpkin tray.
backyard smores station

My kiddos love spending time sitting by the campfire and so do I! We roast the traditional hot dogs and smores. But, our patio table was always cluttered with the bags of marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers,etc. It was driving this momma crazy!

The answer, we needed a smores station to house all the ingredients and snacks. Then, we could enjoy sitting at our patio table comfortably. A few years back my husband built this wood station, which was formerly used for gardening. But, since my gardening time is now very limited, I thought I could repurpose the piece. It is very versatile with wheels to be moved around the yard as needed.

backyard smores and treat station

The tiered pumpkin tray that I mentioned above holds a good amount of marshmallows and graham crackers.  I love that it doesn’t take up a ton of room.

rustic smores station

I went with a neutral color palette for decorating in the house, so bringing a few traditional pumpkins outdoors was just the pop of color I was looking for on the patio.

rustic backyard smores station

The two large orange pumpkins were damaged in a hail storm, but they healed nicely and now they show unique character. My oldest daughter picked them out at the pumpkin patch; how could I say no?

Baby boo white pumpkin on cupcake pedestal

I found these petite white cupcake pedestals the other day and thought they would work perfect for my baby boo pumpkins.

honeycrisp apples

I gotta tell ya too…honeycrisp apples…da best! There is not another apple I like better for eating fresh. They are delicious-crisp, tart, and sweet all at the same time.

outdoor adventure hunt

And time outdoors with the family would not be complete without some outdoor scavenger hunt activities. I printed these off from Clean & Scentsible. The kids were kept occupied until the fire was ready to go. They love treasure hunting!

campfire smores station

I really couldn’t believe that my basil plants were still hanging on after the cooler weather. A few cuttings from my plants and the perfect smelling table centerpiece is created in a snap!

rustic smores station from dandelionpatina.com

Once the fire was started, it was the perfect spot to try out a bit of knitting. Unfortunately, I think I need to attend a class. Do you knit? If ya do…I would like a pair of chunky mittens in the colors of yarn I have in the basket above, please.

backyard smores station

I hope you enjoyed my rustic smores station inspiration. I love how pumpkins can bring just the right touch of fall to your space whether it be indoors or out.

inside out smore with peanut butter cups

And to let you in on a little secret of ours…(ya know, from our family to yours)

These inside out smores are delicious.

Here’s how you do it:

Roast the giant size marshmallows until golden brown.

Remove the shell of the marshmallow.

Insert your piece of graham cracker and peanut butter cup.

Enjoy.

Repeat.

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You can hop over to see all the pumpkin projects from this week’s Pumpkin Palooza just under this graphic. I hope you will find a ton of ideas that inspire you!

Pumpkin Palooza 15 amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration

Happy Fall!

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Monday

Cherished Bliss | Live Laugh Rowe | Paint Me Pink

Tuesday

Blesser House | House By Hoff | Craftberry Bush

Wednesday

Setting For Four | Little Glass Jar | Anderson + Grant

Thursday

Meadow Lake Road| At The Picket Fence Thistlewood Farms

Friday

Tidbits | Dandelion Patina | Rustic and Woven

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Pumpkin Palooza Day 4

Happy Thursday! It is Day 4 of Pumpkin Palooza…how are ya doing? All pumpkin’d out yet? Well, we have 3 more bloggers sharing their inspiration and pumpkin ideas with you today! And, they are really cool, I gotta say!

Last night my family enjoyed an outing in the backyard. It was the perfect night for a campfire and some smores! The air was crisp, the neighborhood was quiet, and the kiddos didn’t have any homework. It was a great evening with the family!

If you are just joining us on this pumpkin palooza week long event here is where you can catch up:

First annual Pumpkin Palooza

Day 2 Pumpkin Palooza

Day 3 Pumpkin Palooza

 

Pumpkin Palooza 15 amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration

 

These DIY projects are pumpkintastic!

We even have a recipe as well! Can’t wait for you to try it out!

Meadow Lake Road

Pumpkin Palooza Meadow Lake Road

At The Picket Fence

Pumpkin Palooza At The Picket Fence

Thistlewood Farms

Pumpkin Palooza Thistlewood Farms

I am so pumped about tomorrow, I finally get to share my pumpkin palooza post with all of you! I can’t believe it is Friday already, where has the week gone?

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Pumpkin Palooza Event

Monday

Cherished Bliss | Live Laugh Rowe | Paint Me Pink

Tuesday

Blesser House | House By Hoff | Craftberry Bush

Wednesday

Setting For Four | Little Glass Jar Anderson + Grant

Thursday

Meadow Lake Road| At The Picket Fence | Thistlewood Farms

Friday

Tidbits | Dandelion Patina | Rustic and Woven

Pumpkin Palooza Day 3

Welcome! If you are just joining us for the first annual Pumpkin Palooza why not check out the kick off of Day 1 and also Day 2 to get yourself up to speed with the amazing talent of the 15 bloggers participating in the first annual Pumpkin Palooza event with Country Living Magazine.

I am just blown away by the pumpkin ideas and inspiration thus far and we have a few more days to go! Please stop over to each bloggers link to see the entire inspirational post, as below is just a snippet of the inspiration. I will be sharing my pumpkin idea and inspiration on Friday, so I have been busy preparing! Let’s just say I was able to get the whole family involved and they loved it! I can’t wait to share with you!

Pumpkin Palooza Event

Now for today’s pumpkin ideas and inspiration

Setting For Four

Pumpkin Palooza Setting For Four 15 bloggers share their pumpkin ideas and inspiration with Country Living Magazine

Little Glass Jar

Pumpkin Palooza Little Glass Jar

Anderson + Grant

Pumpkin Palooza Anderson + Grant

What did you think? Amazing right?

Pumpkin Palooza 15 amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration

We have two more days filled with ideas, so be sure to check back tomorrow!

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Monday

Cherished Bliss | Live Laugh Rowe | Paint Me Pink

Tuesday

Blesser House | House By Hoff | Craftberry Bush

Wednesday

Setting For Four | Little Glass Jar Anderson + Grant

Thursday

Meadow Lake Road| At The Picket Fence | Thistlewood Farms

Friday

Tidbits | Dandelion Patina | Rustic and Woven

Pumpkin Palooza Day 2

Hi there friends! Today is Day 2 of the first annual pumpkin palooza event. In case you missed the kick off, check out the amazing pumpkin inspiration from Day 1. We had beautiful simple centerpiece from Cherished Bliss and stunning styling of a hutch with jack o lanterns from Paint Me Pink. Plus, the cutest pumpkin treat boxes from Live Laugh Rowe.

Pumpkin Palooza Event

 

As I mentioned on Day 1, myself and 14 blogging friends are sharing amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration. We are teaming up with Country Living Magazine by sharing our pumpkin ideas on Instagram. If you would like to follow along, just type in the hashtag #clpumpkinpalooza, this will bring up all of our inspiration in one grouping. And to top it off, we are also inviting you to share your pumpkin ideas with us using hashtag #octoberpumpkinpalooza. We then will select some of our favorites to feature on our own IG accounts! Yay! Join us, please!

 

Below are 3 fabulous bloggers who are sharing their pumpkin ideas and inspiration with us today, Day 2

Blesser House

Pumpkin Palooza Blesser House

House By Hoff

Pumpkin Palooza House by Hoff

Craftberry Bush

Pumpkin Palooza Craftberry Bush

Aren’t they amazing?! You have to click over to see their ideas. There is such talent in this group of ladies. I am so honored they are sharing their inspiration with you all!

Pumpkin Palooza 15 amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration

Keep visiting everyday this week for more pumpkin palooza fun!

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Monday

Cherished Bliss | Live Laugh Rowe | Paint Me Pink

Tuesday

Blesser House | House By Hoff | Craftberry Bush

Wednesday

Setting For Four | Little Glass Jar Anderson + Grant

Thursday

Meadow Lake Road| At The Picket Fence | Thistlewood Farms

Friday

Tidbits | Dandelion Patina | Rustic and Woven

First Annual Pumpkin Palooza

Hey there friends! I want to invite you to this awesome blog hop I am co-hosting with the lovely Ashley @ Cherished Bliss. It is a pumpkin palooza all week long! I have teamed up with 14 amazing bloggers to share some amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration. Each day this week I will be sharing a snippet from the bloggers pumpkin palooza projects along with links that you can click on to see the full blog post and let them know that you joined in on the party! Let’s get this party started….

 

Pumpkin Palooza 15 amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration

 

We are also teaming up with Country Living Magazine to share all of our pumpkin ideas and inspiration on Instagram! Feel free to hop over and follow the hashtag #CLPumpkinPalooza. And as a special treat, we want you to party with us! Yup…snap a picture of your favorite pumpkin idea whether it be a craft, home decor piece or recipe. Then hashtag the photo to #OctoberPumpkinPalooza. This is your chance to be featured by one or all of the 15 bloggers participating in this week’s pumpkin palooza event!

 

Now, to share the bloggers participating for today!

Cherished Bliss

Pumpkin Palooza Cherished Bliss

Live Laugh Rowe

Pumpkin Palooza 15 bloggers sharing amazing pumpkin ideas and inspiration

Paint Me Pink

Pumpkin Palooza Paint Me Pink pumpkin ideas and inspiration from 15 bloggers

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this event! These projects are so beautiful and will give you so much inspiration for your fall decorating and pumpkin season! This fall is all about pumpkins for me and I am loving what these bloggers have come up with so far!

Pumpkin Palooza Event

Be sure to check back each day to see more amazing pumpkin inspiration!

 

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Monday

Cherished Bliss | Live Laugh Rowe | Paint Me Pink

Tuesday

Blesser House | House By Hoff | Craftberry Bush

Wednesday

Setting For Four | Little Glass Jar | Anderson + Grant

Thursday

Meadow Lake Road| At The Picket Fence | Thistlewood Farms

Friday

Tidbits | Dandelion Patina | Rustic and Woven

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