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DIY Halloween Ghost Garland

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Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something fun to do with the kids, this easy DIY ghost garland is a perfect activity to get everyone in the spooky spirit. It’s simple to make and you just need a few materials that you probably already have. It’s perfect for little helpers who are getting excited for Halloween and it’s a fun way to kick off decorating for October 31. All you need is some tissue paper, glue, and twine and a little bit of glitter if you like a bit of sparkle.

Materials

  • white tissue paper
  • styrofoam balls (I used 1 1/2″ ones)
  • permanent marker
  • twine
  • glitter
  • tape

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY supplies

Directions

1. Place 2- 3 sheets of tissue on top of each other. With about 8″ on all sides, put a dab of glue between the sheets of tissue paper (since Ari helped we just used a glue stick but a glue gun would work as well), plus one on the top sheet for the styrofoam ball.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

2. Place the styrofoam ball on the glue and wrap the tissue paper over it.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

3. Cut or tear the tissue paper about 6- 8″ around the ball. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it just adds to the look of the ghost.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions 

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

4. Use a permanent marker to give the ghost a face.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions  

5. If you want a bit of sparkle, dab some glue on the ghost’s face and sprinkle with glitter. Tap to remove excess.

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

6. Repeat to create as many ghosts as you want and tape some twine or string to the backs of the ghost’s heads. Hang & enjoy!

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY instructions

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY  

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

Halloween kid's craft ghost garland DIY

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October 5, 2017
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Simple Fall Decor Ideas {+ Free Printable}

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall is officially here. It’s that time of year in between Summer and all things Halloween… and then Christmas. And before we get out the bats, witches, and jack- o- lanterns, it’s the perfect time to put out some pretty Fall greens and pumpkins. And gourds (can’t forget about those!) ;). 

For about $30 we picked up some pumpkins, gourds, and plants for our front porch and added some throughout the house to bring a little bit of Fall indoors. I also clipped some fresh greens from the garden for some pops of colour and arranged everything into little groups using colour and texture to create interest (I went with mostly white with pops of orange and green). Decorating for the seasons doesn’t have to burn a hole in your credit card to look good- especially when you can add a cute free printable into the mix!- and you might already have more than you need, you just have to get a little creative. One of the things I’ve been wanting is a sign that can be used year- round as I switch things up for Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. I didn’t want to spend a lot on it since I like to change things up throughout the year, so I decided to make one. All you have to do is print and pop it into a frame (I used one from good ol’ IKEA), and decorate to your heart’s content. 

You can find the click + print link for this ‘Welcome Home’ sign at the end of the post, plus check out these tips for easy home decor (even though this post is about decorating for Fall, they are good year- round):

  • use colour and texture for visual interest (these mini pumpkins and gourds cost around $15 for all of them)
  • pick a colour scheme and carry it through- it can be lots of colour or just one or two, but keeping the colours consistent will make a big impact (like I said, I went with white, orange, and green before the black and orange of Halloween come along)
  • layer items/ prop up against each other to add depth/ height
  • get creative- use items you already have and set a budget for items you want to buy; if you’re really lucky you might a few things that will work year- round so you only have to add a few seasonal accents
  • when all else fails, make it yourself (like a sign you can print right at home πŸ˜‰ )

Fall decor and welcome home free printable Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

 Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Print your own ‘Welcome Home’ sign

Download the free Welcome Home printable below!

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

Click + print: Welcome Home Printable

Fall decor and welcome home free printable

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September 28, 2017
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Dried Orange Scent Sachet

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Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

It’s beginning to feel like Fall… And in less than two weeks the season will officially be here. Bring on all the cozy: the sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, hot apple cider (call me old fashioned but I like it better than PSLs), Fall decor, candles, baking……. all of it. I’ve started adding some Fall touches around the house and as much as I love LOVE candles, I wanted a flameless option to add a seasonal scent to the house.

This little DIY was inspired by none other than the food dehydrator that has been a staple in my kitchen for the past few weeks as we pick fresh herbs from the garden to dry (we have a round one like this one and love it). I’ve seen lots of cute ideas with dehydrated oranges (warning: this may not be the last one you see here πŸ˜‰ ), and this DIY is a great way to add to the coziness of your home for the Fall by making it smell amazing. You can choose any scent combinations you like, but I really like the smell of coffee and added citrus essential oil to help keep the house smelling fresh. I opted to make a sachet that I can tuck out of reach from the kids, but pouring everything into a jar or vase would also make for a pretty home made potpourri to display (those dried oranges just make everything look pretty). This is also a great option if you’re trying to avoid artificial air fresheners- simply switch up the scents for the season to keep your home smelling fresh.

Materials

1 large navel orange

Citrus essential oil

Piece of paper towel or tissue paper

1- 2 cups coffee beans

Paper bag

Lightweight fabric bag (or use a piece of fabric tied at the top)

Directions

  1. Begin by cutting the orange into slices not quite 1/4″ thick

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges 

2. Place slices into a food dehydrator (or you can preheat your oven to 250 degrees and dry the slices for 2- 3 hours)

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

3. When the orange slices have dried, allow to cool. Add a few drops to a piece of paper towel or tissue paper.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

4. Pop all of the items into the paper bag- the dried orange slices, coffee beans, and paper towel/ tissue paper- and wrap it up so nothing can fall out. To be extra secure tape the seams so no coffee beans fall out.

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

5. Pop everything into the fabric bag and tie at the top. Pick where you want to have the scent in your home and place the sachet. You can tuck into a closet or add it to a Fall display/ vignette. 

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges  

Fall scent sachet DIY with dried oranges

As I mentioned, you can also dry the orange slices in the oven at a low temp for a few hours, but I love the option of a dehydrator and the round one we have gets a lot of use. If you’re thinking of buying one, this one is similar to the one we have and works great.

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September 14, 2017
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Fun & Bright No Sew Cushion Covers

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DIY no sew cushion covers

I love a good DIY, especially if it’s something I can whip up in just a few minutes. These cushion covers I made for the La- Z Boy Lifestyle Meets Comfort blog are perfect to add a pop of colour inside and out. Toss them on your patio furniture or on your couch, they’re an easy project and if your kids are older they can help. If you’ve got a few cushions that need a little love, freshening them with new covers is an easy way to update them and only costs a few dollars.

All you need are a few materials and to pick a design you like! Find the how- to over on the La- Z Boy blog here.

DIY no sew cushion covers

 DIY no sew cushion covers   DIY no sew cushion covers 

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July 26, 2017
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Fun in the Sun: 14 Ideas Inspired by Summer

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S U M M E R. There are so many great things about this season and I wanted to do a round- up that includes a little bit of everything from some other bloggers and a few of my favourites featured here on OHP. There are some recipes, DIYs/ printables, local activities, fashion tips, and a few other goodies in the mix. Scroll down and check out some fun ideas for these warm and sunny days!

Hand Lettered Summer Bucketlist Printable- Lemon Thistle

How to Make the Best Sangria Slushie- Adventurous Mama

Beach Please Summer Hat DIY- OHP

A Preteen Boy’s Overnight Summer Camp Packing Checklist | Printable- Raising Jay and Abel

Westcoast Yogurt Parfait- Ava to Zoe

Brew North Strong Craft Beer Festival

How to Wear White Pants This Summer- North Shore Mama

Tropical Summer Party- Creative Wife & Joyful Worker

Watermelon Smoothie- The Write Balance

   

How We Camp With Kids- Feather + Fern

Beach Ready From Head to Tote- Stumbling Grace

Berry Picking In Metro Vancouver- Healthy Family Expo Blog

Grilled Summer Cakes Salad- Mama in the City

Hello Summer Printables- OHP

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July 20, 2017
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Small Space Gardening: Coffee Can Vertical Garden DIY

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DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

Who else has been soaking up the sun every chance they get? This time of year means extra time spent outside and for us that includes nurturing our backyard edible garden. When I started planning gardening ideas for the blog this Summer there was a lot of interest in small space ideas from readers. I had some coffee cans we had been saving for I- don’t- know- what and when I started looking up small space gardening ideas to include in this Gardening Planner and I knew they would be perfect for a small- space garden project. Whether you have a small yard, a patio/ deck, or even just a few planters, you don’t need a lot of space to indulge your green thumb.

For a small garden space, square- foot gardening is a great way to maximize space and crop yield (we love our Seeding Square for this), but what if you’ve got little/ no room for planters or more vertical space than horizontal? No problem. Constructing a vertical garden is a great option to make the most of wall space, railings, and fences and there are a variety of plants that grow well in small containers. This is great for a herb garden, but you don’t have to restrict yourself- limited garden space is just an excuse to get a little creative and this DIY is easily adaptable for the space and materials you have on hand. Tip: to make the most of the space you have, plant some peas or beans in a planter at the base of the frame, hang some tomatoes or potatoes upside down from the top, and reserve the space in the middle for plants like salad greens, lettuce, and other similar edibles.

Materials

– wooden frame (hello thrift store!)

-spray paint

-coffee cans, labels removed

-large S hooks

-hammer + large nail

-garden twine

-plants/ seeds of choice

-large pebbles

-organic potting soil

-chicken wire + staple gun (optional)

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden supplies

Directions

  1. Start by giving the frame(s) you’re going to use 2 coats of paint, allowing to dry between coats.
  2. Using a hammer and nail, puncture each of the coffee cans about 1″ from the top (or make the hole higher if using a small S hook. Hang the S hook through the hole or push some twine through for hanging.

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial  DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

Tip: If you prefer, you can simply hang the coffee cans right off of your deck railing or fence. 

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

3. Add some large pebbles/ river rock to the bottom of each can for drainage. Fill the cans with soil along with the plants/ seeds you want to grow until full.

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden tutorial

4. Optional step: staple chicken wire to the back of the frame if you want to have the option to hang containers over the whole surface area within the frame. 

5. Lean the frame against or attach it to your vertical space (wall, fence, railing, etc) and hang the coffee cans as desired. Water the plants as needed. 

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden
DIY upcycled coffee can vertical garden

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Looking for more gardening ideas? Check out the blog’s Patio + Garden page for a list of all the posts in this category.

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July 11, 2017
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Canada Day Bunting Printables

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Want to add some patriotic decor to that Canada Day BBQ or party you’re having this weekend? I’ve got you covered with these printables! Hang inside on a wall or outside above a patio to add that pop of red and white. Just print, cut, add some string, and hang! Oh Canada? Oh yes! πŸ˜‰

I’ve got a few options to choose from, so you can pick your favourite: red with white lettering, white with red lettering, a combo version, and a bunting template with stick- on letters (use the shape as a template to cut out your own bunting from paper and then glue on the letters or just print the letters and tape onto twine/ string for a smaller garland). There has definitely been a patriotic theme here around OHP this week and I couldn’t resist sharing something to help celebrate day- of! Big or small, I hope your Canada Day celebrations are full of fun! See below for instructions. T- minus 2 days until Canada Day!

Printing tip: make sure to select ‘fit to page’ to ensure the bunting templates print as they appear. You can also scale the size down if you’d prefer smaller bunting pieces (I scaled down to 35% for letter garland).

 

     

TRIANGLE ‘HAPPY CANADA DAY’ BUNTING

Here’s a sample of what the different styles look like:

 

  

Click on the option you’d like to print below:

Canada Day Bunting- Red with White Letters

Canada Bunting- Red & White

Canada Bunting- White with Red Letters

‘HAPPY CANADA DAY’ LETTERS + BUNTING TEMPLATE

Here’s a sample of what the letters look like:

Click below to print:

Canada Bunting- Round

 

  

Looking for more ideas to celebrate Canada? See the links below!

Canada Day Strawberry Chia Parfait

#RedandWhite Pop Up at The Local Space: Post a Photo to Win!

Oh Canada: 10 Ways to get Your ‘Eh’ On for Under $75

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June 29, 2017
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Hello SUMMER! {Free Printables}

hello Summer free printables

Let me be the first to say: HAPPY 1ST DAY OF SUMMER! Or as I like to call it, my favourite time of year. πŸ˜‰ Canada Day is right around the corner and there’s some fun stuff coming to OHP to help celebrate Canada 150, but before we get to that I couldn’t resist posting something to celebrate the switch from Spring to Summer. I’ve got 3 Summer- inspired printables for you to download and print at home to bring the season indoors. All you have to do is pop in a frame or use some washi tape to adhere to a space that needs some brightening up. Pick your favourite or go for all 3 for a cute group. Click the links below to download. WELCOME TO SUMMER! <3 

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

Click to download: Summer Vibes

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

Click to download: Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

Click to download: Beach Please

Tip: These prints should fit a standard piece of printer paper with a border around the design when printed. Scale up or down to size the image to fit the frame you want. 50% should be about right for a 4″ * 6″ frame; I went for 60% since I had a matte in the frame I was using.

hello Summer free printables

palm leaves hello Summer free printables

   palm leaves hello Summer free printables  

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June 20, 2017
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Beach Please {Summer Hat DIY}

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Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat

I never used to be a ‘hat person’. But now I can honestly say I have a little bit of an addiction. And all the cute Summer hats I keep seeing everywhere ain’t helping. I’ve seen a variety of different versions online of big hats with writing on them and kept thinking ‘I can make that’- so I did just that. Hats can get a bit pricey, but I’m happy to say this wide- brimmed cutie cost me less than $10 (the hat I used for this DIY was $5 at IKEA folks!) and is super easy to make. I also love the idea of making a mini version with a kids hat for some cute Summer twinning (if you find one let me know!). Just pick a favourite word or phrase, pick up some thread or twine and glue. It’s. That. Simple. Pair with your favourite swimsuit and sandals for a beachy #ootd! See below for the steps.

Materials

Wide- brimmed hat (I bought mine at IKEA for $5- I also found a similar one on Amazon)

Black embroidery thread or twine (I doubled mine up and twisted it together so the design would show up clearly)

Fine- tipped marker

Hot glue gun

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat supplies

Directions

  1. Start by picking a phrase and writing the letters with the fine- tipped marker on the brim using dots or dashed lines

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

2. Using the glue gun, trace over the letters with hot glue, doing about 2- 3″ at a time so the glue doesn’t cool before you press the embroidery thread onto the design

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

3. Continue until your phrase is finished. For some letters like ‘a’, it might be easier to cut the thread and restart the letter rather than doubling over the thread you’ve already glued down

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

Summer DIY Beach Please wide brimmed hat tutorial

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June 13, 2017
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Easy DIY Tissue Paper Backdrop Under $20

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DIY tissue paper backdrop

If you saw the Cinco De Mayo party post that went up earlier this week then you probably noticed the backdrop that was behind the table. The idea was to create something that was reminiscent of a piΓ±ata, with layers of tissue paper to add a pop of colour. This backdrop is perfect for so many things and you can create one in any combination of colours/ patterns you like using just a few basic materials and a little bit of patience (and Netflix! πŸ˜‰ ). 

I love how the ombre version turned out, but how pretty would an all- white one be for a wedding? Or maybe a floor- to- ceiling ombre? Or stripes? Or…? Ok I’ll stop now… The options are endless, and about as easy to make as they come, you just need to give yourself plenty of time. The one I made was 7′ * 7′ and I made it over two nights with Netflix on in the background. It’s not hard to make, just very repetitive and if you can wrangle some help to make the process a little faster I’d definitely recommend it. If you want to add a wow factor behind a party or wedding table- or want a fun photo backdrop idea- but don’t have a big budget, this is the perfect project (this cost me less than$20 in materials!). See below for the instructions.

Materials

– tissue paper

(To help you estimate how many sheets you’ll need: 1 standard size piece of tissue paper will get you 4 strips approx 25″ * 4″ or 6 strips approx 25″ * 2″ if you prefer a smaller fringe)

– scissors

– tape- regular and clear packaging tape

-glue stick

-craft paper

Directions

DIY tissue paper backdrop supplies

Directions

  1. Decide on the size of backdrop you want to create. If you have a certain space in mind, measure how much area you want to cover and add half a foot on each side (for a total of one foot for extra coverage). 
  2. Roll out the craft paper and measure the length you need, again adding half a foot in length. Cut the pieces and tape together using the clear parcel tape.
  3. To add durability to hang the backdrop, add a layer of the clear parcel tape along the top of the craft paper so the it doesn’t tear under the weight while hanging.
  4. Fold your tissue in half lengthwise twice, so that the fringe strips will be approx 4- 5″ in height (if you’d prefer smaller, fold in half a third time so the strips will be approx 2- 3″ in height).

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

5. Cut along all of the folds to separate the tissue strips. 

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

6. To create the fringe, make cuts that are roughly 1/2″ wide, leaving about half an inch along the top. To make this go faster, fold the strip in half. Cut as much tissue as you think you’ll need in the colours you like, separating them once cut.

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

7. Starting at the bottom of the kraft paper, attach the fringe strips using a glue stick or regular tape (I used tape every 10- 12″ or so). Trim the fringe to length once you get to the opposite edge. Tip: try and keep the strips as straight as possible, but if they go a little wonky, it’s really hard to notice when the backdrop is finished. Add an extra strip to an area to even it out if necessary.

 DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial

8. Add the next layer of fringe approx 1- 2″ above the top of the strip below. Tip: for fuller coverage and better colour saturation only leave about 1″ space or less between layers (see what I mean in the photos above and below). Repeat (and repeat and repeat!) until you’ve covered the entire surface area of the craft paper. (This is the step you’ll probably want some company or Netflix on in the background). πŸ˜‰

 DIY tissue paper backdrop tutorial  

9. When it’s finished, use push pins or heavy- duty tape to attach to a wall. Just add some friends and a camera and enjoy!

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

DIY tissue paper party backdrop

See more photos from this Cinco De Mayo party here.

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April 27, 2017
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