My Grateful Table Blog Hop

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

November is here and it’s my favorite season as it calls us to reflect on all that we are grateful for. I’m taking this time to share my Thanksgiving table from last year. I shared pictures on Instagram, but never did a blog post so when I was asked to join in on the My Grateful Table Blog Hop, I thought this was a perfect chance to not only share my pictures, but also provide the FREE download for the Thankful Banner printable. So win, win!

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

I created this table both at my house and then at my cousin’s (pictured above) for her Friendsgiving, so you’ll see pictures of both. It turned out, the theme worked perfectly with her yellow and white plates.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

I used a lot of past DIY projects, like the DIY Metallic Mason Jar Wraps. The vase is actually a mason jar that I created a cover for with metallic fabric. You can get the full instructions here. The flowers are cabbage (yes, cabbage), a red fuzzy flower I don’t know the name of (yes I should try googling it, but I’m lazy today) and greenery from my yard. I then created the Thankful banner that actually coordinated with the graphics I did for the kids table. You can download the FREE Thankful Banner Printable here. I love adding printables to my centerpieces, it’s kind of my signature look. I just think it adds an extra, personalized touch and really helps create the theme of your table.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

I used a patterned Kraft paper runner and then kept to using a variety of metallic candles, including a lot of mercury glass. The polka-dot candles were another past DIY project: DIY Tissue Paper Candles. I also used a lot of white, like the white pumpkins and white cabbage. The only pops of color come with the yellow plates, the red flowers and the teal thankful banner.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

Some of the flower arrangements were embellished with paper drinking straws that I added gold flags to using gold washi tape. Super simple, but adds a little flair.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

When setting a table, don’t be afraid to also add your own personal touches. For example, I love the framed bible verse I added because even though it didn’t go perfectly with our color scheme, it went perfectly with the day.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

Thanksgiving Tablescape with FREE Thankful Printable

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And let’s not forget about the kid table. Although the table was very different (a lot more fun), everything coordinated perfectly with the adult table. I used the same paper runner on both tables. Also, the Thankful Banner on the adult table used the same teal pattern as the ship and turkey feathers. I also used a lot of white on the kid table like the white pumpkins and feathers.

FREE Thankful Turkey Printable - Thanksgiving Kids Craft

The kids table was made complete with this Thankful Turkey craft. Get the free download and see more pictures and tips on the original post here.

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And as stated earlier, this post is part of a blog hop. Be sure to check out all the wonderful blogs below for even more Thankgiving inspiration. And follow us on Instagram with the hashtag #mygratefultable.

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FREE Halloween Photo Backdrop Download

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Eek, I’m so excited about this free download! Plus, these three munchkins make sharing my latest creation even more fun! Frankly, they steal the show, but that was pretty much the point. I wanted a way to capture really fun pictures come Halloween night. I figured if celebrities qualify for step-and-repeat photo ops, shouldn’t kids in costumes get the same royal treatment? And so, I created a Halloween pattern for just that. It’s of course a great addition to your decor if you’re hosting a costume party, but I think it could be really fun for trick-or-treat night. I picture this hanging on a garage door or fence in the front yard so that random trick-or-treaters can have their “celebrity” photo op moment as they come to knock on your door for candy. Wouldn’t that be so fun?

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Meet Hulk Smash! It was really hard to hold in my laughter when this little guy stepped in front of the backdrop and started performing for the camera. And I must admit I was a little shocked because he usually doesn’t want to have his picture taken. However, as Hulk Smash he clearly gets into character. And yes, it’s Hulk Smash and not just Hulk. He was very adamant about his full name.

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He was so happy to show off his costume and I loved that instead of having random distractions in the background (toys, furniture, other people) we had a professional looking backdrop. And the backdrop is just bond paper that I had printed at FedEx Office on their oversized printer that’s usually intended for large blueprints. It could not be easier.

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Our little Hulk Smash wasn’t quite as happy when his brothers joined in on the fun, but I wanted the backdrop to work for groups.

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The older kids got into their poses too! And they really liked the idea of using the backdrop for Halloween night so that they could get pictures with all their friends. I loved that they got the purpose of why I created the backdrop without me even telling them.

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Here’s the full view. I could have gotten more elaborate and added balloons, streamers, garland, etc.; however, I really wanted this to be doable for people. Let’s just be honest, not everyone has the time or skills to make things so “Pinterest perfect.” For this, you just need the time to download the file and print it at a printer like FedEx Office or Staples. Then come Halloween night, tape it up. Even if you’ve never gone to print something at FedEx or Staples, I promise this is extremely easy and affordable too. You can do this for under $20.

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We are currently in the process of making Drew’s costume, but he still was game to take pictures. Okay, maybe I had to bribe him with Yogurtland, but I say that’s still a win.

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Instructions

  1. Download the FREE Halloween Backdrop PDF here. The file is a two-page, 8″ x 11″ PDF file. You can either print just one page or both. It’s up to you on how big you want your backdrop. I printed both pages and then pieced them together when I hung them up. Making my backdrop 72″ x 48″.
  2. Take your file to a printer like FedEx Office or  Staples and tell them that you want to print the file at 36″ x 48″ in black and white. Black and white is a lot cheaper than color. One 36″ x 48″ black-and-white print costs $9 at FedEx Office (where I happened to go to print this). I got extremely lucky as they accidentally printed mine in full color so the quality is extra great (a deep black with no printer lines), but some printer lines can happen when doing a true black-and-white print. However, color at this same size is about 10 times the cost—they told me around $90. Not worth it to me.
  3. If printing both pages, be sure to use the slide cutter at FedEx Office to trim the excess white on the right-hand margin of page 1 of the PDF. This will allow you to tape your pieces flush in the middle.
  4. Hang your backdrop with tape. If hanging both pieces, be sure to match the center seem like you would a wallpaper pattern.
  5. Enjoy taking some really fun and festive pictures!

Please note: I’m sharing this file in good faith that you won’t steal my original artwork and pose as if it’s your own. This is for personal use only and should not be shared on any other platforms or sold. If sharing pictures where you used this download, all credit should be given to Tonality Designs and lead back to my blog. All downloads for the artwork should only happen on my blog. The artwork should also stay in tact and no parts should be extracted for other uses. Please contact me if you have any questions. I’m happy to collaborate and create custom artwork for people.

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I just have to share a few more of Hulk Smash. He’s just too cute. And I think they show you how much fun you can have with this backdrop. I can only imagine what a princess would do when given center stage.

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Yep, even with his tongue out he steals my heart!

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That face!

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Oh, where did you come from Luke? Ha, ha. He really did have fun!

I really look forward to taking lots of pictures come Halloween night! I’m sure I’ll have to update this post with all the fun we capture. And I hope you have fun with this too! As always, I would love to see what you create with this. Please share on Instagram and tag me (@tonalitydesigns). I love to share pictures of what my followers are creating.

Halloween Bagel Creatures

Halloween Bagel Creatures - Cream Cheese Mummies and Nutella Spiders

Breakfast is served! I don’t know why, but there is something so magical about surprising kids with a fun holiday breakfast. And these Halloween Bagel Creatures make the task super easy! I thought about doing it on cinnamon rolls, but then thought perhaps bagels would be a little less of a sugar rush for this candy-filled holiday. But I think doing cinnamon rolls might still need to happen! Literally this concept could be used for decorating cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc. Just pick whatever frosting works for what you are serving and decorate away.

Cream Cheese Mummy Bagel

Halloween Bagel Creatures - Cream Cheese Mummies and Nutella Spiders

Ingredients/Materials

  • Bagels (your favorite flavor)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (use a lot less if you are only making one, this will probably yield a few bagel halves)
  • 1-3 tablespoons milk or almond milk (I only had almond milk and you couldn’t tell)
  • Candy eyes
  • Wilton decorating tip #150 (long thin and flat shape) and decorating couplers (used for frosting and available at Michaels and other craft stores)
  • Ziplock bag
  • Mixer

Instructions

  1. Using your mixer, blend your cream cheese and milk. Add the milk a little at a time until your cream cheese is smooth enough to run through your decorating tip.
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  2. Cut a small hole at the corner of your ziplock bag. Add your decorating coupler and tip per instructions on the coupler package.
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  3. Add your cream cheese mixture to your ziplock bag.
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  4. On a bagel half, pipe on cream cheese in criss-crossing lines. Just lightly squeeze it out, I had no prior frosting experience and this was so easy. Go as light or heavy as you want. (And of course you could toast your bagel before decorating,  I just didn’t because I know kids get crazy about anything being too brown – what’s up with that? Plus, un-toasted meant I was less tempted to eat my creations.)
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  5. Add your candy eyes. I also piped a line of cream cheese slightly over the eyes so they looked like they were peaking out.
  6. Repeat for as many bagel halves as you need.

Nutella Spider Bagel

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Ingredients

Halloween Bagel Creatures - Nutella Spiders

  • Bagels (any flavor)
  • Nutella
  • Pretzel rods (8 per bagel half)
  • Candy eyes

Instructions

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  1. Spread Nutella over bagel half. NOTE: the middle ended up caving in, but I kind of liked that it looked like a mouth. However, if that bugs you, just rip a small piece of another bagel and plug the hole before you frost. 
  2. Dip the end of each pretzel rod in Nutella and add to your bagel – four on each side for your legs.
  3. Add eyes. Easy peasy!

Halloween Pattern via Tonality Designs

As for the “tablecloth” – it’s a halloween pattern I designed and then had blown up to 36 x 48 at FedEx Office on their black and white plotter (for only $9). And I’m offering it as a free PDF for you guys tomorrow, so be sure to check back in. I’m using it for something super cute and can’t wait for you guys to see!

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More of a donut person? Check out our fangtastic donuts we made last year!

DIY Quilted Wine Bag

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So, I actually made these bags last year because my parents gave me the adorable witch’s shoes bottle stopper and I wanted a way to showcase it. I always meant to write a tutorial for the how-to, but life often gets away from me. But now, I found the time to write a quick tutorial and I hope you’ll find it useful.

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With the witch’s shoes as my inspiration, I wanted to create a wine bag to resemble what a witch could wear and I thought of dark tattered clothing. With that, I thought why couldn’t I create my own fabric in a sense by ripping other fabrics and quilting them into a cool pattern. I love the results and actually think it would work even without the “witch’s shoes” in mind. For example, you could use any leftover quilting fabrics you have and create a matching wine bag. How cute would that be?!

Then, once I got creating, I of course kept going. At a party you often offer both red and white wine so I thought having a bag for each would be fun and so the white “mummy” bag version was created. This bag was slightly different as I used mainly white strips and didn’t quilt them on. They are attached only by the seems of the bag and it really created another cool affect.

Lastly, be sure to check out my posts from last year for the FREE “Pick Your Poison” Bar Sign with matching “Blood Red” and “Wicked White” wine tags as well as the tutorial for the fun Skull Drink Garnishes.

Materials

  • Main cotton fabric – two pieces, size 6.5″ x 16.25″; I used black for both the black bag and white bag but you can use any color that goes with your fabrics. (You can make four bags out of a 1/2 yard of fabric)
  • Coordinating cotton fabrics for the quilting pattern, you’ll need about 28-30 strips that are 1″ x 7-8″ (For the black “witch” bag I used three black/gray patterned fabrics; for the white “mummy” bag I used mostly white cotton strips with one black and white polka-dot fabric mixed in)
  • 18″ piece of yarn or ribbon
  • Coordinating thread

Instructions

Cut your main fabric. Cut out your main (black) cotton fabric pieces. This will be your base for your quilting pattern.

Rip your quilting strips. Rip 1″ strips of your coordinating fabrics that will make up your quilting pattern. Your stops will be longer than needed, but you can trim once you start layering. Never ripped fabric before? You are in for a treat. It’s so fun! It’s seriously one of my favorite things. Just cut a small slit in your fabric and then rip with a downward motion on one side of your slit mark. Your first rip will probably not be perfectly straight because our fabric is rarely cut perfectly; however, your following pieces should be perfect.

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Layout your quilting strips. Here’s where your creativity comes into play. Using one of your black cotton pieces as a base, layer your ripped strips into a pattern that you like and pin into place. Your pieces can hang off the edge of your base piece. Repeat on your second black fabric piece.

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Trim your excess fabric. Turn your pinned piece over so you see the wrong side. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, trim off the excess fabric that hangs over the edge of your pieces.

Optional: Quilt your pinned pieces. For the black “witch” bag, I wanted it to be a quilted look so I sewed each strip on with a 1/8″ seem allowance on both sides of each strip. TIP: don’t stop sewing between strips, just do it as one continuous sewing line by going along the edge of your bag to the next strip. For the white “mummy” bag, I wanted it to be more “mummy” like with looser pieces so I skipped the quilting step.

Sew your bag. Pin the right sides of your two quilted (or non-quilted pieces that are still pinned) together. Sew a 1/4″ seem along both long sides and one short side. Turn inside out and your bag is done. NOTE: I did not line these bags, but you can easily do that. Just see the liner how-to on my other wine bag tutorials, like my DIY Valentine’s Wine Bag.

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Cheers! Add your bottle of wine and tie shut with your yarn or ribbon. And if you are doing these for Halloween, be sure to download the FREE Wine Tags. Enjoy!

Seasonal Character Door Hanger with Home Depot

DIY Seasonal Character Door Hanger #DIHWorkshop

Thanks to The Home Depot, I have my first Christmas project done and it feels so good to be ahead of the game! And what’s even better, you too could have this cute snowman. All you have to do is sign up for this week’s FREE Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshop at your local Home Depot. How cool is that? You can get all the details and register here.

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This week’s free DIH Workshop is this Seasonal Character Door Hanger. Learn more about Home Depot’s workshops at http://workshops.homedepot.com

Did you even know that Home Depot offers these free workshops? I didn’t until recently and they have me sold on how much you can learn. Not only do they create cute projects like this Seasonal Character Door Hanger, but you can also learn how to do different home repairs, use a variety of tools and even build larger home decor projects. They have three types of workshops to help do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. You can sign up for a Do-It-Yourself (DIY), Do-It-Herself (DIH) or even Kids workshops. And this week’s offering is a #DIHWorkshop, so ladies—text and call your friends and start planning a girl’s night!

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I highly recommend that you take the workshop, but I wanted to show you what you’ll be learning and provide some tips I thought of while I was creating my very own character. And I’m not the only blogger doing this. This is part of a Virtual Party of 25 bloggers, so you’ll have plenty of inspiration before attending your local workshop.

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There are so many ways to even do a snowman!

I decided to do a snowman, but I’ve seen this as a scarecrow, Frankenstein’s monster, Santa… Whatever holiday you are celebrating, you could create a character to match. And the design is perfect for making it double-sided, so you could have a scarecrow on one side and then do the snowman on the other. Pretty cool!

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Three of the big ways I customized my character: (1) I put the  brim on straight, (2) I filled in the screw holes with wood filler so you wouldn’t see them in the finished product and (3) I added a scarf!

Materials

  • 1 – 1″ x 6″ x 8′ Tongue and Groove Pattern Stock Board
  • 1 – 1″ x  4″ x 8′ Common or Pine Board
  • 1 – Box #8x 1 1/4″ Phillips Square Drive Flat-Head Full Thread Zinc Coated Multi-Material Screw
  • 1 – Pack #8 1 5/8″ Zinc-Plated Steel Eye Screw
  • 1 – 1/4″ x  50′ Manila Rope
  • 1 – 8 oz. Carpinter’s Wood Glue
  • 1 – Wood Filler (optional)
  • 1 – Sanding block (optional)
  • Decorative Paint (for the snowman, I used white, orange and  black chalkboard paint)
  • White Chalk (optional)
  • Scarf (optional)

Instructions

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Measure and cut your wood per the diagram. Once you cut, you’ll have (3) 32″ pieces, (2) 24″ pieces and (2) 4″ pieces (My small pieces were cut straight because I attached my brim on straight, however you’ll need angled pieces if you attach your brim at an angle.) Sand any rough edges with your sanding block. TIP: Did you know Home Depot will cut your wood? Even if you’re not at the workshop, you can have Home Depot cut the wood for you! The workers there are very helpful and will do any straight cuts. 

Assemble your base. Lay the three 32″ pieces vertically side by side and run a bead of wood glue in the grooves. Secure the boards making sure to keep them level at the top and bottom.

Attach the brim. You can put the brim on at an angle or straight. To make sure you have the 24″ board hanging equal distance on both sides, use your small 4″ pieces. Then attach one 24″ board using (6) 1 1/4 screws, two in each Tongue and Groove board. Then repeat on the other side. Be sure to sandwich your 4″ piece between the two 24″ pieces and attach with screws on both sides.

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This is before sanding. Once you sand you can’t tell you had screws!

OPTIONAL: Fill in screw holes with wood filler. In order to have a clean look without any screws showing, it’s easy to fill in your screw holes with wood filler. Just follow the instructions on the wood filler label, but you basically fill the holes, let it dry and then sand to make smooth. It doesn’t take long and it’s totally worth it in the end.

Install eye hooks and rope. Using a 1/8″ drill bit, pre-drill two holes vertically in the top and center of the far left and right Tongue and Groove boards. Screw in two eye screws into each of the holes. Tie your rope to the eye screws. TIP: I actually left this for last (after I painted) to avoid getting paint on the hardware.  

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Paint your character! For my snowman, I wanted a rustic and slightly distressed look. To do this,  I white washed the face of the snowman using equal parts water and white paint. Use enough water so that your paint allows some of the wood grain to show. I then painted the face and distressed it by doing a light white wash over the whole face and rubbing out some with a wet rag to create the uneven, natural distressed look.

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For the hat, I painted it using black chalkboard paint. I then “distressed” the chalkboard paint by rubbing chalk all over. I then rubbed it off using both a dry and wet rag. You can also lightly sand edges to allow some of the wood to show through. Have fun with it.

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Add your flair. I decided to add a scarf to my snowman. Just pick any scarf you don’t mind not wearing for a little while and wrap it around the whole base and knot it in front.

Isn’t this such a cute way to greet guests? It makes such a large impact with just one project. And it has me wanting to crank up the Christmas tunes and cozy up next to a fire. Too soon? (Insert an Emoji winking face here!)

For even more ideas, be sure to check out our Virtual Party!

You’ll see 25 different Seasonal Character Door Hanger ideas! But first, I must give a special shout out to my support team of Sandra, Amy, Summer and Alicia. We worked with each other throughout this project and you guys are going to love what each of them came up with (hint: we were all feeling a bit frosty). Thank you ladies for making this project extra fun!

The Rustic Life | One Artsy Mama | She Leaves A Little Sparkle | Our Vintage Nest

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So are you ready to sign up? For those who attend the workshop, I’d love to hear about your experience and see what you create so be sure to post on Instagram and tag me – @tonalitydesigns! I’ve been known to share what my followers create on my feed!


I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this program. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All opinions above are my own and are based on my experience with their products and brand.  

The Home Depot’s Next Do-It-Herself Workshop

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with The Home Depot as well as a team of creative bloggers to help spread the word about their amazing Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshops.

Did you know that you can take FREE workshops at your local Home Depot? They actually offer workshops at all of their locations for do-it-yourselfers of all ages and experience levels. You can look into signing up for one of three types of workshops:

  • Do-It-Yourself (DIY)
  • Do-It-Herself (DIH)
  • and Kids!

You guys, I’m crafty, but I definitely need help when it comes to using tools. I usually call my dad or sister—the ultimate do-it-herselfer. But luckily, at these workshops we can learn how to build home decor projects, how to do home repairs and how to use tools through demonstrations and step-by-step instructions. And their upcoming #DIHWorkshop is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit!

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October’s DIH Workshop

At the next DIH Workshop on Thursday, October 20th, you’ll learn how to make a Seasonal Character Door Hanger that you can customize to be anything you want. The basic shape is perfect for making a scarecrow for fall or a snowman for winter. And of course Santa is always a hit with kids. To help give you some ideas of what your character could be, I’ll be sharing my door hanger with you as part of a virtual blog party next Monday. This way you’ll have plenty of ideas for when you go make your own on the 20th!

To learn more or to register at your local Home Depot,  be sure to visit http://workshops.homedepot.com

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Check back here on Monday, October 17th and you’ll see what character I picked for my door hanger as well as links to see what Sandra, Summer, Amy and Alicia made. Plus, I’ll have links to about 20 other blogs tasked with the same project. With all this inspiration, you are for sure going to want to get in on this design trend, so gather your girlfriends and be sure to register! It will be a fun and informative evening.

I acknowledge that The Home Depot is partnering with me to participate in this program. As a part of the program, I am receiving compensation in the form of products and services, for the purpose of promoting The Home Depot. All opinions above are my own and based on my experience with their products and brand.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

So even when I think I’m going for “spooky” it ends up more adorable than spooky so I’ve concluded a dark side is not something I can easily channel. If you saw my Ghostly Tablescape earlier this week, you’ll see these ghosts are kind of my thing this year. A lot of us have memories of making this classic Halloween craft as kids (or with our kids) and hopefully between this DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland as well as the Ghost Topiaries I featured on my tablescape, I’ve shown you a couple creative ways to use them in your modern decor. And they are super easy to make! Of course, you can find a simple tutorial for cheesecloth ghosts on Pinterest or Google, but below I’ve provided some tips and tricks that I found useful in making my ghosts, plus I outline exactly how to make the garland.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

Materials for Cheesecloth Ghosts

  • Cheesecloth
  • Fabric stiffener (Fabric stiffener is available at Michaels and Joann Fabrics. You can also use liquid starch, but I had a hard time finding it not in an aerosol can.)
  • 2″ styrofoam ball
  • Wood skewer or lollipop sticks
  • Styrofoam/floral foam rectangle
  • Throwaway tray and spoon (or use items you have and just clean right away)
  • Size 5 embroidery thread, black

Additional Materials for Garland

My garland was a little over a yard long (36.25″ to be exact) and featured 3 ribbons/notions and 4 ghosts, but you can of course make your garland as long as needed.

  • Coordinating ribbons or other fabric notions (I used: white grosgrain, orange pom pons and orange gingham.) Be sure to have more than the final length of your garland because you loop two of the ribbons, plus I think it looks nice to have some ribbon hanging down on both ends – about 14″ on each side.
  • Glue dots or glue gun
  • Size 5 embroidery thread, white (optional, could also glue the ghosts on)

Instructions for Cheesecloth Ghosts

  1. Cover the area you are working on with newspaper, brown paper bags or any other material that you don’t mind getting ruined.
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  2. Cut 10 inch pieces of cheesecloth. Keep the cheesecloth folded up on the roll because having a few layers of the cheesecloth makes for a nicer look. (If making larger ghosts, just cut a couple squares of cheesecloth that are the same size and stack them before applying the fabric stiffener.) Repeat for the number of ghosts you are making.

    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

    Please ignore the pins, I’ve clearly used these floral foam rectangles for a lot of projects!

  3. Place skewer into a styrofoam ball and then into your “base” foam rectangle. Repeat for the number of ghosts you are making. Note: this is in place of using balloons because frankly I didn’t know if I had enough jars small enough to hold balloons and I thought the sticks would be really easy.
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  4. Pour a small amount of fabric stiffener into your throwaway tray. Mine was very thick so I poured a few tablespoons worth into the tray and then added a touch of water to it just so the consistency was easier to spread over the cheesecloth. I mixed only enough for one ghost at a time, but experiment with what works best for you.
  5. Lay your cheesecloth into the fabric stiffener and fully cover your cheesecloth. You don’t have to lay it straight, you can clump it together and really get the stiffener all over, then squeeze out the excess.
    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs
  6. Drape your wet cheesecloth onto your 2″ styrofoam ball on a stick. Shape your ghost by spreading and stretching the cheesecloth with your fingers. If too wet, you can always allow it to dry a little and just keep coming back and shaping to your hearts desire.
  7. Let dry. As mentioned before, as the ghost’s drying you can come back and make sure it’s forming the way you want. Also, the cheesecloth could stick and dry to the styrofoam ball, but I found that when it was halfway dry I could lightly pull the cheesecloth off and then lay it back down and it was all good. And even when I forgot to do that, if  I pulled hard enough they all ended up coming off (and I made like 10 ghosts).
    DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs
  8. Use size 5 embroidery thread and tie french knots for the eyes. If you don’t know how to tie a french knot, there are great tutorials on Pinterest, just click here.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

Instructions for Garland

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

  1. Cut Ribbon #1 (white ribbon in the example), this is the ribbon all the other ribbons will attach too. The length should equal the length you want your final garland to be plus 28″ to account for the 14″ of extra ribbon hanging on both sides. So 64.25″ for the example garland that reaches 36.25″.
  2. Measure 14″ on Ribbon #1 and mark it. Now, starting at the 14″ mark, mark your ribbon every 7.25″ until you have 14″ left. It will be 5 times if making your garland like the example. If making your garland longer, you’ll want to continue to mark your ribbon for each loop you want to create.
  3. Now for Ribbon #2 (orange pom pom fringe in the example): you can either measure it all up front or simply measure as you glue. It’s up to you. This time, starting at the 14″ mark you are going to mark your ribbon every 10″ for each loop you want to create (so 5 times if following the example). You’re then going to attach Ribbon #2 to Ribbon #1 by gluing each mark together. I used Glue Dots, but you can also use a hot-glue gun.
  4. Next up, Ribbon #3 (orange gingham in the example): This is similar to what you did for Ribbon #2, but measure every 14″ and then you’ll attach Ribbon #3 at the same point where the other ribbons are already attached.
  5. Now you’re ready to add your ghosts. Attach a ghost in-between each loop. Here I used embroidery thread to sew each ghost on, but you could easily use a hot-glue gun.
  6. Now it’s ready to hang!

Whew, I so hope that made sense. Even though this process is actually very simple, explaining it is a whole other thing.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Garland via Tonality Designs

I don’t know what I love more, the ghost garland or the blooming jack-o-lantern?

Blooming Jack-o-Lantern via Tonality Designs

The blooming jack-o-lantern was made by placing a vase inside of the pumpkin burlap gift back I found at HomeGoods last year. I then added 6 stems of white hydrangea and 4 stems of green hydrangea.

I hope you’ve been enjoying my Halloween creations this year. I’ve sure had fun creating them so far. I wonder what will be next.

DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter

Guys, I’ve been really into posting DIY tutorials via my Instagram Stories. The only bummer, they disappear after 24 hours. A lot of times, I plan on taking “better” pictures for my blog, but I thought it would be fun to post the pictures I took for my last Instagram Story just to give you a glimpse of some of the fun I have on Instagram. Plus I think they tell the how-to story pretty well.

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I was inspired by the Smith & Hawken Planter I found at Target. I loved the look and wanted to have more, but frankly didn’t want to pay $20 bucks a pop. I figured I could easily make it and, I must say, I’m pretty happy with the results. It only takes three steps and costs just a fraction of the price.

DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter

Materials

  • Black chalkboard paint or a “chalk” paint like Americana Decor Ultra-Matte Paint in Carbon (Chalky finish)
  • Terra cotta pot & saucer
  • Paint brush
  • White chalk
  • Paper towel

Instructions

DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter

  1. Paint your terra cotta pot. It may take two coats depending on your paint. Let dry.
    DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter
  2. You might like the look after you paint it, but I think there is something extra special if you distress it. And all you have to do is “chalk it up!” Just take your white chalk and rub it all over your pot.
    DIY Distressed Charcoal Planter
  3. Lastly, wipe off the chalk using your paper towel. You may want to make your towel slightly damp if you want to remove more of the chalk.

That’s it! I told you, just three steps and you have a designer pot.

DIY Halloween Topiary

My pot in use as a spooky take on my DIY Pumpkin Topiary.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Topiary Centerpiece

And I also feature them on my  Ghostly Fall Tablescape.

A Ghostly Fall Tablescape

Halloween Tablescape via Tonality Designs

Happy October! Autumn is truly here now and that means it’s holiday season! I love that for the next three months we have holidays that will shape our homes, our gatherings, our traditions, our meals and—most important—our memories. My mom has always been a huge fan of holiday decor, so it’s no surprise that I follow in her footsteps. It’s just one more way to embrace creating a welcoming and joyful home that inspires family and friends to come and stay awhile.

This post is actually part of a Fresh Fall Tablescapes Blog Hop. I’ve joined nine other talented bloggers to give you inspiration on how to decorate your tables for fall. When I was first asked to join the blog hop, I thought I would do a traditional fall table, but then I got the Halloween craft bug and my plans changed. The end result is what I like to think of as a Haunted Farmhouse table. It really has so many elements of a modern farmhouse table (hello beautiful distressed charcoal planters, bright green moss, mercury glass and rustic chairs), but with a ghostly twist (ghosts and spiders, need I say more). I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Topiary Centerpiece

My inspiration for my decor this year is a classic Halloween craft—the Cheesecloth Ghost. Do you remember making these as a kid? I do! And I thought, I bet I could elevate that into something modern and fab. So I got crafting and I’m loving the results. For this table I made DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Topiaries, but I didn’t stop there. I have a second application that I’ll share with you later this week. It’s equally as spooky cute.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

The other item I created, was a sinister, creepy-crawly take on my DIY Pumpkin Topiary (see the tutorial here). And lets not forget the use of my DIY Distressed Charcoal Planters. I was inspired by the Smith & Hawken planter I found at Target and knew I needed to create smaller ones to match. The result was a success, so be sure to see the tutorial here. They are perfect for Halloween, but they are equally perfect for anyone into rustic, industrial or farmhouse decor.

DIY Pumpin Topiary via Tonality Designs

I used a combination of mini white and orange pumpkins as well as yellow acorn squash. If you are going to make a DIY Pumpkin Topiary, don’t forget you can even stack the pumpkins. All you have to do is place the first pumpkin stem down into the moss so you have the pumpkin’s flat bottom on top, then your next pumpkin can sit right on top.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Topiary Centerpiece

As for the ghosts, I made two sizes (one for the larger pots and one for the smaller pots). I’ll be sure to post the step-by-step tutorial, but in the meantime, I basically made a classic cheesecloth ghost using cheesecloth and fabric stiffener. Once dry, I used size 5 black embroidery thread and tied french knots for the eyes. Lastly, I stuck large white lollipop sticks into the pot for the ghost to then rest on. I love that it gives the appearance of the ghost floating. Spooky, right? Ha, ha! I have to laugh here as let’s face it, I love how cute it really is, rather than scary. I don’t really do scary (I close my eyes even in scary movie previews). Can we say scaredy-cat?

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Topiary Centerpiece

Halloween Tablescape

As for the table linens and plates: I bought 3 yards of black burlap for the tablecloth (it was $3.99/yard, but I got it 40% off at Joann’s so it was less than $7 total). Burlap is perfect because it’s no sew!  The table runner was from HomeGoods last year. They are a great source for seasonal decor. Lastly, the plates and napkins. I say there’s nothing wrong with using paper. Halloween is on Monday this year, so who wants to be doing dishes? Plus, if having a large group over, paper just makes everything easier. You can find really cute designs at Target and HomeGoods. A good tip is to stick to using bold graphic patterns like polka-dots and stripes in only a couple colors as often complex designs can take away from your overall look. Here I got really lucky with the bold black-and-white graphic napkin. It matched my runner perfectly.

DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Topiary Centerpiece

Halloween tables cape with DIY Cheesecloth Ghost Centerpiece

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How about cocktails to match your table? I created this FREE Pick Your Poison bar sign as well the Blood Red and Wicked White wine tags last year, so be sure to download the FREE printable (see original post here). Plus, I have the easy DIY for the Skull Drink Garnish as well.

And let’s not forget, this is part of a Fresh Fall Tablescapes Blog Hop. Please be sure to check out these amazing bloggers and their table inspiration. They’ve each posted ideas I want to adapt for my next table.

10 Fresh Fall Tablescapes

4.Tonality Designs (Me!)
Halloween Tablescape via Tonality Designs

DIY Pumpkin Topiary

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

White baby “boo” pumpkins (even their name is so cute) have become all the rage over the last few years. Especially since everyone has clued into the joy of decorating with neutrals plus they also go so well with the very popular farmhouse craze. I’ve been in love with them for years and as soon as they appear in stores, I buy up at least a dozen to spread around my apartment for fall. This year I had one sitting next to one of my terra cotta pots that had a dying plant in it (a green thumb I do not have) and I thought, that pumpkin would look cute sitting on that pot. And my little pumpkin topiaries were born. I at first called them “pumpkin moss pots” but then someone on Instagram saw my picture and called it a topiary and I was like—that is totally what it is.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

I love how rustic, yet modern these feel. I think it’s a combination of the aged terra cotta pot, the bright green moss and the stark white pumpkin. And they are as easy as 1, 2, 3 to make! In fact, I made my first Instagram Story videos documenting the process and it literally only took three 10-second videos to show the process.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

Materials

  • Terra Cotta Pot (I used a 5.5″ tall, 4.5″ diameter pot I aged from Michaels, find in store or online here)
  • Filler (I used plastic grocery bags, but you could use paper or dirt)
  • Moss (Available at most craft stores)
  • Baby Boo Pumpkin

Instructions

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

Step 1: Pick your pot and fill it with whatever filler you chose. Plastic grocery bags work great. Leave a little less than 1 inch on the top. As for your pot, if you want to get this same aged terra cotta pot, there is a process you can do using lime powder (here’s a great tutorial on Martha Stewart) OR I just discovered one using baking powder via The Curtis Casa. I’ve never tried that one, but the results look good on her blog. And everyone should have baking powder on hand!

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

Step 2: Add a layer of moss for your pumpkin to sit on. I used a bright green moss because I like the contrast that it creates, yet you could use whatever variety speaks to you.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

Step 3: Place your pumpkin on top. Could this be any easier? Or cuter? I think not, if I do say so myself.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

They look great alone or grouped together.

DIY Pumpkin Topiary via Tonality Designs

They look cute with a spooky twist too! Have fun with it!

I hope you’ve been inspired to try something new with your baby boos this year!