Ninja Turtle Pumpkin

After pulling out all my fall decorations, I realized I had a chalkboard pumpkin but couldn’t think of what to write on it. Since I have it beside a chalkboard sign, I didn’t really want another saying on it so I asked Cory to draw the standard jack o’lantern face on the pumpkin.

Wrong.

Cory had other ideas and this is what I got…

Ninja Turtle Jack o'lantern

A ninja turtle pumpkin. Bless his child-like heart.

Ninja Turtle Pumpkin

He was so proud of his artwork, there’s no way I could erase it. And I do have about 99.9% control of the decorations in the house so .01% for him is the least I can do, right?

Ninja Turtle Chalkboard Pumpkin

Plus, I don’t really decorate for Halloween other than a wreath on my door and “trick or treat” sign you see so I thought it would be fun to leave up ‘ole Donatello at least through Halloween.

Donatello Jack o'lantern

Since it is sitting in the window between our kitchen and living room, I did have him draw the jack o’lantern face that I originally asked for on the other side so the kitchen would have a little Halloween decor too.

Donatello Pumpkin

Do y’all have husbands like mine? I can’t be the only one married to a 12 year old at heart, can I?

By the way, I love that 12 year old heart with everything I am and I wouldn’t expect anything less than Donatello’s face instead of a jack o’lantern :)

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Not So Happy Halloween

Not so happy Halloween from Hampton Batman. 

Dog Costume Batman

We don’t make a big deal out of Halloween around house since we don’t have kids and normally aren’t at home for Trick or Treaters but I do like to dress the dogs up. This picture is actually from 2011 but one of my favorites of Hampton. I often wish our dogs could talk just so I could know what they are thinking. The pissed off look on his face says “Get this stupid costume off me. Now.” 

Dog Costume Superman

Dog Costume Batman

The dogs really aren’t fond of wearing any kind of clothing but that doesn’t stop me from buying them things like this…
Dog Halloween

And they hate every second of wearing them, which I expected but darn, are they cute!

Dog Halloween Shirt

Dog Halloween Shirt

So, moral of the story is my dogs hate Halloween and hate me for making them wear these god awful too cute to pass up costumes.  


Happy Halloween and may your day be filled with more treats than tricks. 

Halloween Front Porch

I realize I don’t actually have a front porch {I wish I did} so this is more like my Halloween front steps. Porch or steps, I love the way it turned out for the second year in a row.

Halloween Front PorchBy the way, do you recycle your decorations? Some people like to get all new stuff every year but not I. When I find something I like, I add to it, not replace it.

I call this my first successful deco mesh wreath and you can read all about it here.

Halloween Deco Mesh WreathHalloween Front PorchHalloween Pumpkin TopiaryIdea from “A Diamond in the Stuff”

I made this topiary last year after seeing the idea on Pinterest. Of course. The original had “Boo” but we needed something with our house number on it and I already had the wooden numbers laying around. I had to take it apart and touch it up this season and I also replaced the bows. I’m loving the stripes on the ribbon!

Halloween Pumpkin TopiaryHalloween Front StepsHalloween Deco Mesh WreathHalloween Front DoorHalloween Front PorchHope y’all enjoyed my Halloween front porch and have a happy Friday!

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DIY Witch Wreath


A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a picture of a wreath and asked if I could make it. The Burlap Witch Wreath looked fairly simple and let me tell you…

DIY Burlap Witch Wreath

IT WAS!

The hardest part about this DIY Witch Wreath was finding the supplies which wasn’t very difficult since I order all my wreath supplies online.  There are two websites that I order from, Trendy Tree and Mardi Gras Outlet, they are both great websites and ship very quickly. Between the two sites, they had everything I needed.

Supplies needed to make your Burlap Witch Wreath:

  • 1 Roll of Poly Burlap Mesh (21″ x 10 yards)
  • 24″ Work Wreath in Burlap Color
  • Witch Hat
  • Witch Legs
  • Broom Stick
  • Ribbon (for the bow)
  • Floral Wire
  • Pro Bow- The Hand Bowmaker (optional)

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How to make the base of the Burlap Witch Wreath

Begin by opening up the tinsel ties and making sure they are all standing up straight. Unwrap the mesh roll and pull about 6 inches of mesh off the roll and gather. Starting on the inner ring, place the gathered mesh in the center of a tie and secure it tightly. You can tuck the extra under the wreath frame.

I like to pull about 12-13 inches between each tie and I use a ruler to make sure the puffs are close to the same size. You can do smaller puffs if you don’t want your wreath as fluffy.

Bunch and fluff your puff before securing it to the next tie. After a few puffs, this is what it will look like.
DIY Burlap Witch WreathContinue this all the way around the inner ring. When the inner ring is complete, you will move to the outer ring.

To move to the outer ring, pull the mesh tight and secure it to the closest tie on the outer ring. Once on the outer ring, you can continue to measure, gather, bunch, fluff and secure.

After the outer ring is complete, your wreath should look something like this, leaving about a six inch tail. {Minus the fuzzy in the bottom left!}

DIY Burlap Witch WreathFlip the wreath over and secure the tail to the metal ring with a zip tie. Once the zip tie is securing the tail, the base of the wreath is finished.

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Finishing your Burlap Witch Wreath

This is the first witch wreath I’ve done so I don’t have any pictures of attaching the hat. I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it and was just trying a few different ways. I was home by myself and didn’t have enough hands to attach the hat and take pictures.

My bad.

The witches hat was a very thin nylon so I was able to poke floral wire through it. I started on the bottom of the hat, poked the wire through and than poked it back down from the top of the hat. Since the wire was green, I took a little black craft paint and covered the part you could see on top.

DIY Burlap Witch WreathI did this on the left and right side of the hat and attached the other end of the floral wire to the wreath frame.

The witch legs had little metal hooks on them and I was able to hang them to the bottom ring of my wreath. If you don’t want them to slide around, you can use zip ties to secure them.
DIY Burlap Witch Wreath
You can see that the hat appears to be sitting right on top but it’s secured to the frame. I also took the mesh puffs around the top and shoved them up inside of the hat to get it stand up straight.

Can I be honest for a second? I’m not very good at making bows and most of the time I end up frustrated and saying some not so nice words at who ever is in the room Cory. I bought the Pro-Bow The Hand (bowmaker) thinking it would transform my bow making abilities and I would be able to make all kinds of bows for Christmas last year. Ha!

I tried once, got so mad at it that I gave up and put it back in the box and haven’t touched it until this past week. The Hand does make it much easier but my brain and hands just can’t seem to get it right. Hence why none of my wreaths have bows.

I was dreading the bow on this wreath and after a few failed attempts, some tears, ugly words and mexican for dinner, I got it somewhat right. Heck, it was good enough for me.

No bow is worth the complete meltdown I had.

Ahem.

I digress. Back to the tutorial…

I used a 2.5 inch wired ribbon and my bowmaker to make the bow. Here is the tutorial video for the bow I made. Once I got the bow made, I hot glued it to the front of the witches hat. Make sure not to burn your fingers when pressing the bow onto the hat. The hat was so thin, I used a pot holder to keep my fingers protected.

The broom stick was a little long so I trimmed it down {regular scissors cut it just fine} and located where I wanted the end of it to stick out at. I had to hold the mesh out of the way to allow the broom stick to slide in between the wreath frame and the mesh. Once you have it where you want it, secure it to the frame with zip ties.

And viola! You have a Burlap Witch Wreath.

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Hope you enjoyed by Burlap Witch Wreath tutorial. It was super easy to make and I loved how cute it turned out! If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up! Have a good day, y’all!

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