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Autumn DIY Pumpkin Succulents

Pumpkin Succulents

It’s Autumn! As the days get shorter and the nights colder, making your home into a warm and welcoming space is essential. There is nothing better than coming home to a
cozy bedroom after a long day or getting compliments on your fall home decor when hosting friends over for dinner.

To help you transform your home into an autumn retreat, FTD
has a pumpkin succulent DIY for you to try. They walk you step by step through how to create this cute planter. The best part? It can last all fall and doesn’t need much care.

Once you understand the basics of creating this pumpkin succulent, you can get creative with design. Try out different patterns or alternate colored glitter to make a unique piece of decor for your home.

Let’s get started!

How to make a pumpkin succulent tutorial

 

Love this? Check out these Fall recipes perfect for a fun family weekend!

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

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Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

It’s Halloween weekend! Where did October go? One of our favorite family Halloween traditions is roasting pumpkin seeds. It’s the perfect treat after spending hours gutting, carving and crafting the perfect jack-o-lanter face.

Here is a quick recipe to roast the perfect pumpkin seeds. My family likes them plainly salted but the seasoning choices are endless! Enjoy and have a safe and spooky Halloween! 🎃👻👹

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Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Rinse pumpkin seeds off in a colander

It’s okay to leave some strings and pulp on the seeds (it adds flavor) clean off any chunks.
Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with the 2 Tbs of melted butter, vegetable oil or olive oil.

Pour and spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet.

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Sprinkle on the seasonings of your choice. Try: Salt, Garlic Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper (for a little heat), Cajun Seasoning, or Seasoning Salt. (We prefer regular salt and oilve oil)
Bake for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown.

Store leftover seeds in an air tight container.

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Recipe: Mulled Apple Cider

Making mulled apple cider is one of my favorite Fall traditions. A warm steaming cup of apple cider is always my companion while taking the kids out trick or treating on a chilly Wisconsin evening. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s oh so delicious. Here is the recipe. I hope you try it and enjoy!

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Mulled Apple Cider

2 quarts of apple cider

2 cinnamon sticks

2 whole cloves

2 whole all spice berries

1 orange thinly sliced

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer on a low to medium heat for 10 minutes. Divide the cider among 8 mugs. Garish with orange slices, apple slices and cinnamon sticks.

If you need a little more warmth, add rum. Mix 1 cup of dark rum into the pot will simmering.

Drink up and Enjoy!

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How to Style a Fireplace Mantel: Halloween Edition

The fireplace mantel – a focal centerpiece, a gathering spot and the heart of a home. If you are lucky enough to have one, they can be such a joy to have. It is one of my favorite spots in our house. It keeps me warm on cold chilly Wisconsin nights, it’s a place to gather with family and it’s extremely fun to decorate (especially for the holidays!). I’ve been slowly accumulating Halloween items in the anticipation of decking out my mantel for the spookiest night of the year and it’s finally ready! I originally wanted to share my frightening finds but thought it would also be nice to also explain some basic design principles to make sure your mantel is done up just right.

The Elements

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1. Repurposed Door

I like to save items I think could “live another life”. I hate clutter and I’m not a packrat but I also hate tossing items that can be repurposed. We moved last year and had to get rid of an old giant entertainment center (it was a beast!) Most of it was junk but I saved the doors. I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for a fireplace mantel. The height of the door was a great center structure to “build” my arrangement off of. I dismantled the door hardware and gave it a couple quick coats of black chalk paint. It was perfect!

Here is is the door before painting:

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2. Handcrafted Pumpkin

As an artist by trade, I have a real respect and love for handcrafted items. I love to support local artists whenever possible. My husband and I found a Wisconsin chainsaw artist that makes incredible wood cravings. We fell in love with a whimsical Jack-o-lantern 🎃 and had to bring him home with us. Aside the door frame, it would add just the right color and height to my grouping.

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3. Candles

Every haunted house needs some eerie candles, right? Candles and Halloween seem to be a natural fit. I found some mercury glass candle sticks on a clearance table at TJ Maxx for $5 a piece. Hope could I pass that up? I love the thrill of a good deal! I picked out 2 different candle stick heights to create visual interest.

The candles I picked up at World Market. I love the spooky skulls. They add a nice vintage feel. Again, I chose two different height candles to keep visual interest.

Note: When picking out items it’s important to think about size, item proportion and color. If everything is the same size, the same height, the same color, the same texture, it will dull your design and make your arrangement visually unappealing.

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4. Holiday Wreath

One word, Target! This jewel of a wreath was a steal for only $20. I really like the metallic balls and thought they would compliment the mercury glass candle sticks. The mixture of Halloween colors tie the whole arrangement together.

5. Mini Pumpkins

Little Jacks are my favorite! They are very versatile in Fall decorating and they last all the way through the Thanksgiving season. I bought a ton of little guys and alternated orange and white pumpkins on both ends of my mantle to create symmetry.

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6. Wooden Sign

A vintage-style October 31st sign made of wood and burlap was another great find. Can you believe it was only $3? Target’s dollar area. ( Yes, I know. I spend too much time at Target. 😆) I thought it was just the right size to layer in front of the door frame. Layering items instead of aligning items adds dimension and depth to a grouping.

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7. Flag Banner

I might sound like a broken record but – Target. This year they had an amazing selection of inexpensive Halloween decorations and I totally took advantage of it. I strung the flags across the mantle to breakup the hard horizontal line on the wood mantel. The shape the banner makes and frames the whole arrangement and helps move your eye from one side to the other. I love using banners. They are so easy to make and add a great look to a fireplace.

The Finished Product

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Here it is! The finished arrangement. I’m so excited my Halloween mantel turned out. It’s just what I pictured! I loved using a mixture of items — repurposed, handcrafted, new items and some fantastic steals. It’s all about make your space yours and ending up with something you love to look at. It’s all about making your space — uniquely yours!

Enjoy.

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#FridayFavorite: Spooky Skeleton

imageEvery Friday I will be featuring one of my favorite décor items. This week my #FridayFavorite is this Spooky Skeleton pillow from World Market. At $19.99, it’s  a great Halloween accent without breaking the bank. I’m a huge throw pillow fan, so it wasn’t a hard decision to add this spooky guy to my collection. World Market had a bunch of matching spooky décor ( I also picked up some matching candles), so you can go a little wild decking your house out in this spooky Halloween theme. Love it!