DIY Decor Ideas for Thanksgiving

diy thanksgiving decor

Thanksgiving is coming up really quickly. I, for one, am already drooling thinking about all the food I’m going to stuff my face with. But for those who have to host Thanksgiving celebrations, there’s a little more to do than just dream about turkey and potatoes all day. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year or just like to have some festive decorations around the house, here are a few DIY ideas you might consider.

Decorate Your Walls With Flower Crowns

floral wall art

I’ve been really into making flower crowns recently. I haven’t shared a tutorial here because you can find flower crown tutorials on just about every DIY/fashion/crafty/lifestyle blog out there. But I have been thinking about some creative ways to store/show off my creations. So here’s an idea that allows you to turn flower crowns into wall art, but still keep them accessible so you can wear them whenever you want.

handmade flower crowns

DIY Flower Crown Wall Art – what you need:

  • a bunch of flower crowns
  • wire
  • scissors
  • wall hooks

making flower crown wall art

flower crown display

This project is really, really simple. Take your flower crowns and arrange them so that they just slightly overlap and all of them connect in some way. Then cut your wire into small pieces – just a couple of inches or so, and wrap it around the crowns where they intersect. Do this until all of the crowns are connected. Then hang the group of them on the wall by securing at least two of the crowns to wall hooks.

That’s it! I’m not exactly sure if having an abundance of flower crowns lying around is a pervasive issue for people. But if it is, now you have a solution. And if you don’t have that particular problem, you can always make a bunch of them using the millions of tutorials out there.

flower crown wall

Make Placecard Holders Out of Gourds

gourd placecard holder

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so lots of people are in search of fun entertaining ideas. This is a really simple and festive project that I made with my mom a couple of years ago. So here you go – gourd placecards.

DIY Gourd Placecard Holders – what you need:

  • small pumpkins or gourds
  • large knife
  • laminating paper or clear packing tape
  • cardstock
  • gold paint pen

fall centerpiece

fall placecards

making placecard holders out of gourds

To start this project, you’ll need to pick out a couple of small gourds or pumpkins – one for every person at your table. Take a piece of cardstock in the color of your choice and cut it into small pieces that are almost as wide as each gourd. Then write each of your guests’ names on these pieces of paper with a gold paint pen. Laminate each piece of paper or even just cover both sides with some clear packing tape.

Then take a large knife and cut a small slit at the top of each gourd. The slit should be about the size of the pieces of paper. Insert each placecard into the gourds and then set them out at your Thanksgiving table. Voila!

gourd placecards

Fall Themed Cocktail Recipes

fall winter cocktails

I have great admiration for people who can create great cocktail recipes. I wish I could come up with really cool and tasty fall and winter flavored drinks. I don’t possess that talent just yet. But luckily, there are some great bloggers who have shared some of these recipes. So I don’t have to come up with my own. And neither do you!

Make an Easy Headboard With Canvas and Spray Paint

diy canvas painted headboard

I’ve been looking to make a headboard for my plain old bed frame for years. Literally years. I’ve done countless google searches for easy headboard ideas and pretty much all of them require some kind of tool or supply I don’t have and am not comfortable using. I can’t even use a hot glue gun without burning myself, so when I’m looking for an easy DIY project it needs to be like… really, really easy. That’s what this is. So if you, like me, want a really simple way to make your own headboard, here it is.

DIY Gold Ombre Canvas Headboard – what you need:

  • 5 tall canvas boards (the ones in this photo are about a foot wide and they fit to a queen bed – the height will depend on your personal preference)
  • hot glue (optional)
  • gold spray paint

canvas headboard

Basically, the idea behind this project is to stand up a few canvas boards next to each other behind your bed. You can honestly paint them (or not paint them) however you want. I chose to do a kind of gold ombre thing. All you have to do for this is spray each of the boards at the top and paint lighter coats on the way down the canvas. I also chose to paint a smaller amount on the middle canvas and more on each canvas moving toward the sides. Again, that’s totally optional but I’m happy with how they turned out.

spray painting canvas headboard

ombre painted headboard

Once the paint is dry on each canvas, you can simply stand them up next to one another behind your bed. That’s what I did as it’s clearly the easiest method. It’s been about a week now and they stay put really well. If you want to add some sturdiness, you can hot glue each of the canvases together at the sides (or nail them together, your choice)

So that’s it! The simplest headboard ever. Enjoy!

diy gold headboard

Finding Room Decor Inspiration

room collage

I think that decorating a home can be an incredibly creative activity. And I love the idea of designing a room around a piece of art. So when Invaluable approached me with the challenge of designing a room inspired by one of the paintings featured on their site, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. My ideas for a room inspired by the abstract painting I chose are pictured above. And details/links are included below. Side note: only after finishing this post did I realize that the colors in this room match the colors on this blog. I guess I have a pretty distinct design style. Oops.

What do you think? How would you design a room around a work of art?

Creative Babes, Vol. 6: Tanie Laramie

tanie laramie

It’s time for another edition of Creative Babes. And this week we meet Tanie Laramie, the gal behind Unicorn Parade. Tanie is an etsy shop owner, blogger, photographer, and so much more. She makes these really cool custom banners with funny and interesting sayings on them, plus some plush decorations and other neat stuff. Read more about her in the interview below.

When and why did you first decide to open your shop?

I kind of opened the shop in degrees. I first started it in 2010, to sell prints of a picture my older daughter and I had drawn together (I put the money into her college fund). After the prints I sold paper pennant bunting, but it wasn’t until my friend Sarah suggested glittery banners spelling out words and messages that the shop really took off. For me it’s kind of an outlet & excuse for all my creative endeavours; the money I make selling things enables me to buy supplies to make more things, and also keeps my house from being totally overtaken by piles of craft projects.

How did you come up with the name Unicorn Parade?

Haha the truth is I don’t remember! Back when I was starting my blog I was struggling to come up with a name, and when I finally thought of something and went to register on I got an error message that there was already an account registered with my email address. This was Unicorn Parade; I’d registered it like six months earlier and never used it and forgotten about it. I figured WHAT THE HECK and went with it, and it became my shop name as well.

feminist killjoy banner

What is your favorite item to make for your shop?

I make a lot of the same banners over and over and it can get a little repetitive, so my favourite items to make are actually custom banners. I like to see what kind of weird jokes people want to hang up in their house and the different colour combinations the come up. I like when a banner has unique shapes that can be challenging to figure out the best way to make, and working with each customer to create something that makes them happy is immensely gratifying.

How do you come up with the inspiration for your products?

I’m inspired by music, books, and sometimes just colours; I’ll look at my stash of glitter and think about which ones would look good together. I’m also inspired by my mood. I came up with the “What Is The Point” banner, one of my best sellers, when I was in a terrible mood and was feeling creatively stifled, and I made it the multicoloured gradient because I thought the juxtaposition of the colourful glitter with the bleak message was funny (so funny that it actually cured by bad mood).

custom pet banner

Do you have any creative hobbies aside from running your shop?

So many! I consider my blog & the photography I do for it to be creative. I also paint and draw, sew, do embroidery, shoe- and costume-making, etc etc. Most of my creative hobbies end up in the shop though, and I recently launched a secondary line of hand sewn/embroidered leather, suede and felt goods  It’s called Little Mountain by Unicorn Parade and so far it includes little trees, clouds and mountains as well as little leather pouches and soon, baby shoes and boots.

the literal worst

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Goat cheese & spinach!


I’d like to thank Tanie for being part of this feature. For any other interested babes, you can email me at wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com to be in a future creative babes post. And be sure to visit Tanie’s blog, shop, and other links below!

shop // blog // twitter // instagram

Simple Jewelry DIY Roundup

easy diy jewelry

Jewelry is fun because it can make any outfit stand out – particularly during this time of year when all I find myself wearing is a uniform of sweaters and leggings. The other great thing about jewelry is that it can sometimes be really easy to make your own. I rounded up some recent jewelry tutorials that seem pretty easy. Enjoy!

DIY Idea: Emoji Pumpkins

emoji pumpkins

Happy almost-Halloween! One of my favorite parts of this season is carving pumpkins, but since I haven’t had a lot of spare time this year I decided to go the painting route instead. To keep it simple and also kind of (I think) fun, I decided to paint little emoji faces on my pumpkins!

painted emoji pumpkin

I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this idea. But I thought I’d show off what I came up with anyway. To make these, I just used regular acrylic paints. I used yellow to go over the entire pumpkin, then black and red (came out more pinkish) for the facial features. I just free-handed these, but if you have any stencils that could make it easier. Alternatively, you could consider using painter’s tape to create the outlines of each facial feature.

These were so simple and fun! I wish I had more time to make more of them, since there are so many great emojis to choose from. Which emoji would you like to make into a pumpkin?

diy emoji pumpkins

DIY Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

diy pumpkin ideas

Okay, I think this is going to be my final Halloween-themed roundup post. Then I’ll finally get around to posting some original DIY projects here again – promise. Anyway, here are some really great ideas for decorating pumpkins for Halloween!