DIY Glow In Dark Dollar Tree Halloween Decorations


I’m obsessed with anything skulls. Always have and always will! So when I saw some skull stakes at Dollar Tree, I had to purchase them! The packaging stated that they were glow in the dark, but when we tried them out later that night, we didn’t see much glow at all. And this was even after we put them in direct light.

Instead of having a dull glow, I thought we could brighten these up ourselves! Opened up the paint cabinet to find some primer and glow in the dark spray paint that I had leftover from another project. & began the impromptu DIY project.

First step is to prime the skull stakes with one to two coats. I sprayed two coats of this Krylon Primer found here. Be sure to let dry completely in-between coats. Next, I sprayed two coats of the Rustoleum Glow in the dark spray paint found here and let dry completely.

Charge in direct sunlight for maximum exposure and decorate! I love how these add a neat effect to our Halloween decorations — I almost want to keep them up all year long! LOL

Have you done any glow in the dark projects? If so, please share below!

DIY Halloween Bat Decorations

Halloween is at a tie with Christmas when it comes to my favorite holidays for decorating. I like to get creative and crafty when it comes to decorating on a budget and this year I wanted to do something a little different…

I came across these bats on Amazon and thought it was such a neat idea and just what I needed for an extra wow factor on our Halloween decor! I used this as my inspiration as I looked around the house for supplies needed to do this myself and luckily, I had everything needed — (what a surprise!)

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • Glue Dots (found here)
  • Black Cardstock
  • Scissors or cutting machine
  • SVG file of bats (found here)
  • Printer

WHAT TO DO:

Download the free file from above and print on to your black card stock. Once printed, place card stock in your cutting machine (or you can use scissors) and cut all bat images. Place one glue dot in the middle of the bat and press onto wall. Lightly lift sides of bat to give it the 3D look.

Drop a comment below and tell me your thoughts on these DIY bats! Are you going to put them in your home?

DIY Ceiling Witch Hat


We couldn’t wait until October to decorate our first house for Halloween! We both were/are excited and spent the weekend shopping for indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations. One of the items we purchased were these witch hats that we found at the Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree Witch Hat.

I saw some ideas on Pinterest of people hanging them from the ceiling and I thought it was such a neat idea and had to try it out! & It looked extremely easy to do.

Items needed for project.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

First, you’ll want to take your thread and measure how low you want the hats hanging from the ceiling. Next, you’ll apply the thread to the witch hats either using Glue Dots, Super Glue or Command Strips. I used glue dots and attached them to the string and them secured to the witch hat. Once all were completed, I applied them to the ceiling again using glue dots.

Hanging witch hats.

Depending on your ceilings (paint, dust, etc.), you may want to use a command strip and place the thread in between the two to hold. Most of our hats are holding up well, except one — it keeps falling, but I think it’s due to where it’s located and being pushed down by the air vent.

I wanted to place some in our living room, but we use the fan too much and they would fall.

What do you think?! Have you done something similar? Please share below!

DIY Pallet Wood Frames.


We have a ton of pallets in our garage that Jake broke down that are laying around. We want to reuse them in several ways, such as: dog house, walkway to our fire pit and a wooden dog bed, but we aren’t quite ready to tackle those bigger projects just yet. (We have about 7 half way done projects right now that we need to finish.) So, we decided to create some wood frames out of the pallets. Read below to learn how Jake built the frame and how I decorated it!

We first measured the pallet piece and cut it in half.

Once the pallet piece was cut in half, Jake then measured and labeled where to cut. I don’t recall the measurements we used on this exact frame, but if you can create any size frame you’d like.

After each piece was cut, Jake then sanded all sides of all pieces.

After all pieces were sanded, we glued each piece together using Gorilla Wood Glue. This stuff is seriously strong and we use it for almost every project!

Jake then used these clamps to secure the pieces in place until completely dry.

And here is the finished product! 🙂 This project did not take long at all and I love that we were able to re-purpose something free and turn it into something for decoration.

We will be creating signs and selling them on our Etsy shop soon!

I turned to my Cricut to create something festive and quick for Halloween. Stay tuned for my finished product and to see the other frames we created!

What are some projects you’ve created using pallets? Please share them below!

Grow your own Pineapples!


Ever wonder how to grow your own pineapple at home? It’s super easy! Next time you go to the grocery store, be sure to pick up a pineapple and grow one at home for yourself!

How to grow pineapples at home

STEP ONE: Cut off the top of the pineapple.

STEP TWO: Place pineapple top in a cup of water, ensuring that roots are covered. Remember to change out the water every couple of days.

STEP THREE: Once the roots start to show, you’ll want to plant in soil. We chose to plant ours in a pot since winter will be here in a few months and we weren’t sure how cold it was going to get here in Savannah, GA.

We chose this self watering planter to help us with watering. If you want one similar, check out these: CLICK HERE.

Jake poured soil into the planter.
Dug a little hole for the pineapple to go in and covered around with soil.
Once the pineapple was in, we added extra soil on top.

After a few months, a hard stalk will appear in the center and you’ll want to keep this moist so the pineapple can develop properly. Once the pineapple is fully ripe, you may then pick it. Some plants vary and can sprout within a year, while others typically take two years.

I’ll update this post as our pineapple grows, so be sure to keep checking back! 🙂

Our helpers were nearby, as always.

What are some of the foods you have grown from leftover scraps? Please share below!

DIY Fabric Box on a budget.


I had some extra scraps from a chair I recovered that I really liked and wanted to reuse again, but wasn’t sure exactly what to do with it. I took a walk around the house to see if anything would come to mind when a light bulb came on in the garage. I saw some cardboard boxes waiting to be recycled and knew that I could easily cover them and use them for storage in our bedroom.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Fabric
  • Measuring tape or ruler

WHAT TO DO

Lay fabric on flat surface with cardboard box on top.

Lay out a large piece of fabric on a flat surface and place the cardboard box on top. Next, measure and mark 1 inches on all sides of the box. Start cutting the fabric along the one inch mark towards the box. You will repeat this step 8 times.

Cut all four corners.

The remaining fabric will resemble a cross. Starting with one end of the box and fabric, apply hot glue and fold over until secured in place. Hold for a few seconds until the glue is dry. Repeat this step for all corners.

Fold the sides in to create a clean seam.

Once all 4 sides are complete, you’ll have a fabric covered box ready for use! I ended up putting a fake plant in ours to give our bedroom corner some color. What do you think?!

Have you done a project similar to mine? Please comment and share below!

Why Freebie Friday?


Why do I like to give away stuff on my Instagram each week?! Because, WHY NOT?! I love to see people happy and smiling! 🙂

As the weeks go on, I’ll start giving away items that Jake and I create by ourselves. Prizes will vary but they will all be things we love and hope you will love too! Stay tuned for some neat prizes coming up! We hope you will love them as much as we loved making them!

Paint over everything.


Painting brings me such peace. I could paint all day, almost every day… as long as my arms aren’t hurting! LOL I love that such a small change can make such a huge impact when it comes to paint.

We recently had a leak in our attic due to the AC unit, but we noticed it immediately and contacted Byrd’s Heating and Air. They were quick to come out, extremely polite (loved that he put on shoe covers as he entered our home) and they are reasonably priced! Can’t beat that. Byrd’s was able to quickly fix our leak and provide some helpful and useful tips for the future to ensure we don’t come across this same problem again!

So, now that the problem is fixed, we must fix the damage (ourselves)! The leak came through a little into our loft ceiling, so of course we had to cover it up. What we thought would be a simple trip down to the garage to pick up the ceiling paint turned into two trips to Lowe’s. As always. LOL

We were kind of excited to find out that the ceiling paint did not match. Ours was white and the old ceiling color was this light yellow — we had never noticed a difference until now. We kept staring at the two colors thinking “Ew, how did we not notice this ugly ceiling before?! and “what would the house look like with all white ceilings?!” So, we both looked at each other and started smiling and then laughing.. we knew that we just added MUCH more work to our plate than anticipated, but it’s so worth it.

So, I started working on the trim while Jake rolled away.

Can you notice a difference from my office ceiling (closest) compared to the loft ceiling? It looks SO much brighter in the loft now with the white ceilings. We LOVE it! We decided that we are going to do one room at a time, starting with the smallest. LOL. Can’t wait to show you updates as we paint along.

Another paint project we tackled was our downstairs living room accent wall. It was SO dark and made the room feel small. I did not like it at all since we don’t that much light downstairs. So, of course I went to our paint pile to see if we had any left over paint from the previous owners and luckily, we did!

I painted the accent wall the same color as the other wall and it brightened up the space SO much — can you believe it?! Not only does the space looked bigger, but it also feels bigger.

Eventually, we plan to make one of those walls an accent wall, but we haven’t decided what kind of materials we want to use: paint, ship lap or wallpaper. What do you think we should do?!

Leave a comment below.

Honey, I love you to the moon and back.


Jake and I were extremely grateful to have the opportunity to stay at our uncle Art & Mindy’s home (while they were on vacation) in the British Virgin Islands for our honeymoon. Read below to learn more about our trip and view some of the pictures we took. We can’t wait to go back!!

Continue reading “Honey, I love you to the moon and back.”

DIY Rope Handles.


I was at Hobby Lobby the other day when I came across the handles/pulls/knobs aisle. I was looking for some ideas on how to update our living room entertainment center for fairly cheap and fell in love with these.

They weren’t on sale this week either.

I started to pick up four of them when I thought to myself “I can make these at home.” I knew I had the rope and glue gun at home, so I returned the pulls and then headed to the next aisle, duh.

Supplies needed for this project: glue gun, screwdriver and rope.
Our entertainment stand before the update.

When I found the time later that day, I grabbed my glue gun and my ball of rope and started on “project pull.”

Close up. Plain and boring (and dirty).

I unscrewed the pulls and cleaned them off while the glue gun was warming up. Once everything was dry, I applied glue to the pull and pressed the rope down to hold it in place.

Once the glue was dry, I wrapped the rope around the pull ensuring that it’s tight, not loose.

Make sure it’s snug like the first two, not the third.
Before and after.

I repeated the steps for all four pulls before screwing back into the entertainment stand.

Next project will be to frost these windows with some sort of design to hide the clutter.

I feel like it really ties everything together and brightens up the space!

Have you done any quick, easy projects around your home using the supplies you already have? If so, what are they?! Comment them below!