If you’re anything like me, you could spend all day browsing on Pinterest, finding hundreds of ideas for imaginative crafts, decor, recipes and more (I know you know what I’m talking about!). There are so many inventive ideas out there in cyberspace, it’s impossible to ever be short on creative inspiration. So this week, I can’t help but share with you three fun fall projects that are inspiring me right now:
No-Carve, Painted Pumpkins:
I’m not a very good pumpkin carver, so when I saw this idea for no-carve pumpkins from A Beautiful Mess, I couldn’t resist getting into the Halloween spirit and trying it out. Jeremy and I had fun with our acrylic paints (and a few glittery stickers) while attempting to make our own versions of these fancy pumpkins. What do you think? (He’s much more artistic than I am, but I did my best.) For an even more ridiculously cute array of no-carve decorated pumpkins, check out the original ideas at A Beautiful Mess.
Aren’t these handmade fabric flowers adorable? My friend Jenn created them as an adornment for our friend Nicole’s bridal shoes (for her October wedding). I love the golden hue with a hint of orange…what a perfect splash of color for a fall wedding! Jenn was quite resourceful when adding the finishing touches, using stunning rhinestone buttons and taking pieces from hair barrettes to embellish the center of each flower and add a little bling-bling. To craft pretty fabric flowers just like this, check out this tutorial from See Cate Create.
Paleo Pumpkin Bars:
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Does baking count as a project? Well, it does in my book! I made these grain-free, dairy-free pumpkin bars from Elana’s Pantry last Thanksgiving and couldn’t resist trying them again this fall season (which may have been a partial mistake — I ate far too many of them once they cooled from the oven…they are that good). Although Elana calls for fresh pumpkin, I use canned pureed pumpkin (this version is organic and BPA-free), and the bars have turned out great each time. As for the chocolate, I highly recommend using these chocolate chips which are organic, fair-trade, dairy and soy free and sweetened with organic raw cane sugar. (I find both the pureed pumpkin and chocolate chips at my local Whole Foods.)