Can you believe we’re half way done with this season?! Â I still can’t get over the talent of these ladies. Â And this week is no exception. Â The theme is “Natural” Â and I told them to take it in whatever direction they wanted to. Â I’m blown away with what they came up with.
But before we get to that we need to recap last week. Â It was a tight race for the first few spots, but Mandy at Sugar Bee Craft Edition came out on top with these fantastic Dr. Seuss Activity Blocks.
Don’t they look so fun? Â And they are easy to make and inexpensive too!
We had to let go of Kailyn @ Kailyn’s Bit of Sunshine this week.
I think herÂ WhimsicalÂ Canvases would be so great in a play room, don’t you? Â Be sure to keep checking out the other fun stuff she’s up to on her blog, Kailyn’s Bit of Sunshine (she just had an event in Dallas painting a bunch of TOMS…how fun!).
Now, without further ado, Natural Week!
#1 – Natural Cupcake Stand – KoJo Designs
The chill in the air that accompanies the beginning of November is perfect for snuggling under a cozy blanket, making the season’s first fire in the fireplace, pulling sweaters out of the bottom drawer and BAKING! Nothing says fall like a the smell (and warmth) of pumpkin cupcakes- yum! The only bummer about spending more time inside is that my heart starts to miss the great outdoors…
Enter this wooden cupcake stand- the perfect way to simultaneously bring a little taste of nature inside for winter and showcase a batch of scrumptious baked goods!
100% pine materials, some food safe wood finish, and a jumble of dried sticks woven into a nest are the ‘bones’ of this cupcake stand. Top with a chirpy red bird and a mini chalkboard to lend some natural goodness to all your fall tablescapes.
#2 – Leaf Rosette Wreath – Mandy
There is nothing more “natural” in the fall those those gorgeous leaves.Â I LOVE the bright red ones especially, so I used them to make a wreath.Â Â That’s right, the rosettes in the wreath are made from folded and wrapped leaves!!
Here’s an upclose view of the leaves turned into rosettes – WOW, right?!
I tied the wreath around a frame I already had and set it on my piano with some more leaves and pine cones.
This whole Leaf Rosette Wreath project cost me nothing – love that!Â I also love that it is RED, so I think this can transition easy into holiday decor.
#3 – Nature Walk Trees – Nikki
What comes to mind when I think of “natural” materials is any material that I find out in nature.Â I opened my front door and proceeded to go on a nature walk.Â I picked up branches, pine cones, pine needles, acorns and anything else I thought I could use for my project.Â I made use of my branches by making a twig tree.
I felt like this twig tree needed a couple companions so I created one out of pine cones and the other out of pine needles. Fun, right?Â A very simple project that requires very little money to complete.Â It also makes use of the materials that are literally falling out of the sky.Â They are perfect pieces to display at this time of year with Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching.
#4 – Leaf Center Piece – Heidi
My favorite thing about fall is the fantastic leaves! I love walking outside and seeing the ground covered in these beauties. I would love a big pile on them right on my living room floor! so instead of alienating myself from all people who wouldn’t have a huge leaf pile in their home, I decided to make something functional 😉
That’s where this centerpiece comes into play… it is made entirely of leaves and Mod Podge! That’s it! This was a super easy project that’s an absolute must-have for all your fall parties. You can dress up any table with this little number. Imagine how fabulous it would be with some awesome candles resting on top!
The mod podge makes this center piece sooo durable. You can roll it, place objects on it, etc., without bending/breaking the leaves. This is the perfect way to preserve the colors of fall!
#5 – Winter Mantle – Chica & Jo
For this week’s project, we wanted to use as much natural material as possible and our goal was to create a nature scene that we could bring indoors to enjoy.Â Our winter wonderland forest with glistening white birch trees is brought to life by a few bright red cardinals.Â We absolutely love how this looks on the mantle, and it would look equally great as a centerpiece on a dinner table!Â If we win, we’ll tell you what natural material we used to create that life-like snow!