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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Tutorial ~ Keeping it Simple

The holiday season is fast approaching and beginning our preparations can leave us feeling excited and sometimes a little frustrated.  I like to use the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly) mentality to keep me in focus. Our guests want to come to celebrate and relax, so we should aim to create that sort of environment, right? Today, I want to show you this simple, yet elegant, Thanksgiving centerpiece tutorial that will delight your family and friends.

Simple and Elegant Pumpkin Centerpiece with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

*originally seen as written by me on Angie’s List

Using nature in our decor is a long-time staple when we celebrate harvest time at Thanksgiving. Your list of supplies will be fun to shop for because you can do a group treasure hunt Read more

DIY: Reclaimed Wood Fall Harvest Sign

Fall is just around the corner and it’s one of my favorite seasons. For me, living in farm country, it means harvest time! All the wonders of creation performing their grand finale and we get to reap the benefit of such splendor. There’s nothing like a cup of hot cider on a cool fall evening, a hearty pile of pumpkins, or a long hayride with our loved ones. That’s what I envisioned when deciding what to create for this month’s Power Tool Challenge. (there’s all sorts of DIY goodies for you at the bottom of this post!) Here is my treat to you, a fall harvest sign.

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For my project, I wanted a rustic harvest sign that would bring back memories and also create them too.

Want to create rustic decor for the fall season? You can create this DIY harvest sign with only one power tool and this tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Want to create one of your very own? I’ve got the DIY details for you! Just grab your jigsaw, some scrap or new lumber and let’s get to work. Read more

Repurposed Pumpkins – Gettin’ junky with it!

Can you believe it’s already September? wow. Where did summer go? I realize that some of you live for the fall season, and I have to admit, it’s always been one of my favorites. Who can deny the onset of crisp, cool evenings, harvest time, days getting shorter making for fun campfires that last long into the evening? Or how about apples that make cider, pumpkins into pies, and the endless tomato creations you can make? Okay, so I think I’m ready for the fall season, and to kick it off right, I’m getting junky with it. tee hee. I’m all about some repurposed pumpkins.

Red ticking, white canvas, barn wood scraps and railroad tie spikes…oh yeah!

Getting junky with it an kickin' off the fall season with some repurposed pumpkins. They'll make you ready to dig into your stash! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Or how about some remnant pieces of an antique rocking chair creation, and two chunks left over from our patio makeover (reveal coming soon – stay tuned!)

Getting junky with it an kickin' off the fall season with some repurposed pumpkins. They'll make you ready to dig into your stash! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Do I have you intrigued? I hope so, because it’s fun to create and think outside the pumpkin! Read more

DIY Bowling Ball Pumpkin

Ever have a perfectly useless bowling ball sitting around and have no idea what to do with it except to leave it for the garbage truck? They’re heavy and roll, so there isn’t a whole lot you can do with them, right?

Check out this fun project…a bowling ball pumpkin!

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comMy oldest son knows how much I love to treasure hunt during our city spring clean up each year, and instead of being able to go with him this year, I had to be in the NICU with our 6 week early baby.  So, he thought he’d give it a go on his own, and found a bowling ball.  He was so excited to send me a picture of it, but I have to admit I thought to myself, “What are we going to do with that?”.

I’d seen them be used for yard art, but it wasn’t until this fall rolled around that the idea struck me….a PUMPKIN!

Want to make one too?  Just grab a bowling ball, some paint, and let’s roll! (get it?  bowling ball…roll…ha!)

Starting off, we wanted the ball to stay put on any surface, so we took a 6.5″ x 6″ piece of old barn wood (any wood will do), and drilled a hole using a 2″ hole saw bit on our drill.  You don’t have to have wood, you could use a dish, candlestick, etc. to hold it in place – our ball even stayed when placed on the finger holes, but I wanted to be sure my little ones didn’t knock it over.

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.comNext, since you want the paint to stick to the slick surface of the ball, grab some sandpaper and rough up the surface a bit.

DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Fun part! We mixed up our own base coat of pumpkinish colored paint. To add dimension, my son figured out to drag the paintbrush in strokes going around the bsall from top to bottom to give the ball a ridged effect. That’s my boy!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Since the ball is so..well…round, we wanted to create even more dimension and used Martha Stewart’s textured finish to glop on some pumpkin-type bumps all over.  You could use a thick flour and water mixture, hot glue, whatever you’d like to get the same effect.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
After the texture is applied we did our last coat with Plaid Folk Art acrylic paint in the color pumpkin (or course!).
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
When you look at a pumpkin you don’t just see orange, but also some browns and greens, right? We dabbed on a bit of brown, darker green and highlighted with light green to get a homegrown look.
Using that same brown, my guy went around the ball drawing the striations (lines) down the pumpkin at about 3″ intervals starting from the center going to the opposing center. Then, on those striations, we glued on twine to take away from the perfect round shape.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
With a few scrap pieces of green and brown burlap, he cut 3 leaves (you can do as many as you like), then painted veins on them with that brown we used earlier.  You could also use crinkly brown packing paper, fabric, fake or real leaves, etc.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
We glued on a real dried up pumpkin stem (you could use a bent tree branch if you don’t have one) and added some curly twine as vines.
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
Cute factor:  We could have made up the bowling ball with a screaming ghostly face using the finger holes as eyes and mouth (see photo above), but since we don’t celebrate Halloween, we wanted to keep this project on the harvest side of the season and added a little friend.  Meet Felipe!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I used a tiny amount of Sculpey to create a mouse head that would peek out of his home at “143 Charger” – isn’t that stinkin’ cute?!
DIY Bowling Ball Repurposed into Pumpkin by Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
My son did a fantastic job, and I am happy we found a use for a pretty useless hunk of trash.  Win-win!
Now let’s party!
The Best of DIY Linky Party with 27 DIY Bloggers via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com
I am wonderfully blessed to be able to collaborate with this fabulous group of bloggers with a flair for DIY.  Meet the ladies:
The Best of DIY Linky Party with 27 DIY Bloggers via Prodigal Pieces http://www.prodigalpieces.com

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Be sure to stop by these blogs and check out all the goodies they have to offer. We’ve created a Pinterest board, The Best of DIY, with oodles of projects. AND if you want to find us on other social media like Facebook, Twitter, Goggle+, Hometalk or Instagram, just use the hashtag: #bestofDIY.  Easy peasy.

When you link up to this party you’re not only linking up here. Your project will also be linking up with the 26 other bloggers as well.  You can’t get more bang for your link.
 
Link up to 3 of your projects, just make sure they’re DIY in nature – you can include how you created decor by adding a special touch or a craft, furniture redo…you get the idea, right?

Now it’s time to show us your DIY stuff!

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