Tired of the same old Jack-o-latern that your carve up each year? We have rounded up some great alternatives to your traditional carved pumpkin. Beware – some of these styles are not for the newbie DIY-er.

Pumpkins With Scary Etchings (via Martha Stewart):

To render the glowing silhouettes, two techniques were used: The bright candelabrum and goblet are cut through the pumpkins’ walls, while the textured quill and skull are pared gently from the outer shells. Pumpkins of different hues, including white ‘Lumina,’ a green-gray ‘Jarrahdale,’ and burnt-orange cheese pumpkins, add tonal variety.

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Gold Thumbtack Covered Pumpkins (Via Madigan Made)

If you have some spare thumbtacks lying around and enjoy repetitive tasks then this pumpkin DIY is for you!

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Glittery Pumpkin (Via BHG):

Glam up a pumpkin with silver sequins, rhinestones, and a metallic silver spider.

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Halloween is quickly approaching – have you spookified your house yet? Here is a great DIY from Craftiness Is Not Optional that will look great as we roll through the fall season.

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Materials:

  • 2 sheets of matching scrapbook paper
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • paper cutter

Directions:

  • Cut 1″ strips of paper from your sheets. Cut them different lengths if you want different sizes. The white strips are 8″ long, the brown are 10″, and the orange is 12″.
  • Punch a hole in the ends of each strip.
  •  Tie a knot in one end of your ribbon (cut it about 10-12 inches, you’ll cut some off in the end though), and string it through all the holes on one end of your strips.
  •  Then, tie a knot. Then, fan out your little strips until they make a “pumpkin”, adjust your knot placement if needed, and tie on a ribbon bow/stem.

We have been seeing a lot of color block furniture lately and absolutely love this bright fun trend. With a few cans of paint and a trip to Ikea you can recreate this look in your home. You can stick with simple neutral tones or go crazy with pastels and brights!

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How to achieve this look? The Mandal dresser ($249) and its sleek modern design lends itself perfectly to a color block update. Here are a few color pallets to get you inspired from Mythic paints

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We all have things that we like to hide in the deep dark corners of our purses. However, on the days you are feeling a little more transparent a see through bag helps you keep it simple and sleek. We just absolutely loved this DIY from Love Aesthetics. For full instructions on how to make this great bag click here

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Welcome spring into your home with these simple DIY bird feeders. Attract a flock to your backyard and wake up to sounds of spring each morning. Tweet Tweet! Here are a couple options that range from easypeasy to skilled crafters only!

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Here are the supplies you will need:

  • long fabric scraps and lace; twig spheres (found at our local craft store) or pine cones (you know, Girl Scout style); peanut butter; birdseed; scissors
Step 1: String the fabric scraps and lace through the spheres (we used small scissors to help push the fabric through). Tie a knot at the end of each piece of fabric.
Step 2: Spread peanut butter all over the spheres, but try not to get it on the fabric.
Step 3: Roll the peanut butter in bird seed.
Step 4: Hang your feeder and enjoy your bird watching!

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

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  • Using your glass cutting drill bit cut two or three holes at the bottom of the bottle.
  • Then, find a saucer that is bigger than the bottle bottom and, using epoxy, adhere the bottle to the saucer.
  • Use baling wire, or any other easy to bend wire, wrap the top of the bottle with wire and create a hanger.
  • Fill with bird feed of choice. That’s all.
  • Hang in nearest tree and enjoy bird watching all summer long.