Easy DIY Pumpkin Succulent Planter Centerpieces

We’re all in the middle of Pumpkin Season, and I’m loving it! If you have started stockpiling pumpkins or saving it for a fun project, here’s one that you can do with your friends or family, and you don’t need any previous skills or a green thumb to walk away with a beautiful Pumpkin Succulent Planter! ARMSTRONG GARDEN CENTERS teaches this make-and-take class once a year, and it includes all the materials. All you need to do is pre-register and then show up. You’re going to walk away with a one-of-a-kind centerpiece to adorn any front door or porch. I have been waiting for this class to come around again, and I have been hoping to do it with friends. (Save the Date! The next one is Saturday, October 21st at 9am.)

Easy Despicable Me 3 Minion Cardboard Craft


To celebrate Despicable Me 3 now in theaters, the children and I made Minions out of cardboard tubes this weekend. It is really simple to do with just a few materials, and you can go crazy and make a village full of Minions. Start saving the cardboard tubes for this easy craft!


Materials needed:

  • Six (6) Cardboard Tubes (4 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ diam)
  • Construction Paper in Yellow (2 sheets), Blue (1 sheet), and Black (1 sheet).
  • Glue – You can use spray craft glue, rubber cement, glue sticks or even tape. Need fast drying goopy glue.
  • Large Googly Eyes
  • Black Marker
  • Pack of Bounty with Despicable Me 3 prints paper towels or napkins for easy clean up.

How to Paint a FROZEN Pumpkin Tutorial

I tried painting pumpkins this year and loved it so much. I don’t think I will ever go back to just carving. Bolthouse Farms sent us a generous starter kit this Halloween, and asked us to give it a go. I gathered up some friends with their kids and had a paint party. It was so fun! If you want to throw your own party, here are some of my tips Plus Ilearned how to paint a FROZEN pumpkin. Get the details below! I was really happy how it turned out. Everyone had a great time and the pumpkins dried in no time. Have a cardboard box ready to transport … READ MORE >>

Make-and-Take Santa Barbara Wreath Class @ArmstrongGarden #ArmstrongGarden

Do you love how festive a Holiday Wreath is but not sure how to make one? If you’re looking for something fun to do with friends or by yourself, look into making a Christmas Wreath. Lately, Armstrong Garden have been sending me newsletters to try one of their classes and write about my experience so I registered for their Santa Barbara Wreath Make-and-Take Class, and now want to do it every year. They provided all the materials, and I took home my very own custom-made Holiday Wreath! Succulent Pumpkin class in October and loved it. A table was set up to seat six. It was designed to be socially interactive, … READ MORE >>

Back-to-School:Make Old Things New Again with Scotch Duct Tape | @ScotchDuctTape #BTS #TapeOn

We received samples of this product. It’s already Back-To-School for most of us, and we’re all stressing out about school supplies. Have you thought about recycling last year’s stuff? Scotch Duct Tape comes in many patterns and colors, and they sent me some samples to play with. I love that you can re-purpose and make old things new again by creatively applying tape. DIY Book Cover with Violet Purple and Pattern Crazy Duct Tape. Photos by Scotch Duct Tape. You can pretty much use it on everything and anything you can think of. Scotch Duct Tape comes in many different colors and patterns to fit every unique style or personality. … READ MORE >>