Probably the easiest DIY ever with pretty results!

1. Collect.

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    Choose pinecones with minimal damage! My mother-in-law and I collected these from around North Lake Tahoe but I'm sure you can find some in your own back yard or local park! What I wish I had done: I wanted all of the huge, full-bodied pinecones - now I wish I had chosen some more variety in shapes, sizes, and height!

2. Spray.

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    I used the same gold metallic spray I used in my last DIY - I also used white for "snow"! I wanted the pinecones to look like snow-covered trees so I sprayed primarily from the top with a few spritzes down diagonally, making sure that the top was the heaviest.
    I created 3 different colors: white, gold, and a mixture! For the mixture I started with white, then sprayed gold, then dusted white on top again. Really happy with how they turned out!:
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3. Decorate.

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    I used mine to complete my Winter Wonderland Forest scene [as seen in my previous Winter Decor post]. Now I just need a few LED tea lights to intermix and light it up a bit more! The extras found a spot by the snowman my mom got me last year for Christmas:
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    Another fun idea would be to add glitter to them - but I'm pretty sure my husband has banned glitter from our house! Happy DIY-ing!
 
 
     Have you ever gone into a store, seen something overpriced, and thought to yourself, "I could make that!"? While things didn't turn out well for me trying to re-create the Mercury Glass Pottery Barn Pumpkins, these Mini Gold Corns are a different story!

Inspiration:

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Mini Gold Corn, Pottery Barn Fall 2013
$19.95ish for a pack of 6

Step 1:

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    Purchase mini corn from the local grocery store - At my grocery store it was $1.89 for a pack of 3. I purchased several sets of 3 and separated them by color. Some of them had such beautiful color as-is and I couldn't bear to paint them! I used the dull ones for this project, and the rest went into my hurricane vases in the dining room as seen below and in my previous post: "A Festive Feast"
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Step 2:

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    Spray! I chose the Metallic gold spray paint by Krylon [$7 - but it will last for more than just this project!]. I've always had good luck with the Krylon spray paints. In store I was debating between three different gold spray paints mostly because I was hesitant to choose this one [the lid is SO bright!]. The sales lady informed me that if the item you're painting is porous, it will dull the shine a bit [i.e. you should not expect this to shine if you are painting wood!].
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    I used an old shipping box to spray the corn, placing the husks under one of the flaps at the bottom and spraying from behind that flap in one direction to try to keep paint off of the husks. If you've seen the PB ones, they appear dipped and there is some paint on the husks - so while I was trying to be careful, it didn't have to be perfect!
    Using the box also helps to keep paint off of other surfaces and after I would finish each coat, I would close the top flaps to prevent leaves from falling on the fresh paint! [The leaves in the picture are from leaving the box out overnight!]
    I flipped the corn about 3x to ensure full coverage, then checked each one for spots that didn't get sprayed. If I noticed a small spot, I just held the corn by the husk and did a quick touch-up spray.

Step 3:

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Decorate! I simply chose to stagger mine against a pumpkin, on a platter in the center of my table.
    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Pottery Barn. I am also a firm believer in, "you get what you pay for," so there are some things at Pottery Barn that I am perfectly willing to pay full price for.. but a $20 set of six Gold Mini Corns are not one of those things! For just under $20, I was able to buy the materials to make 9 of my own mini gold corns for my Thanksgiving centerpiece, I had enough corn leftover for my two hurricane vases, and I still have half a bottle of spray paint. Win!
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    Hopefully everyone had a Happy Halloween! And for all of the Ohioans - have fun passing out candy and Trick-or-Treating with your babies tonight! In the "spirit" of Halloween, I'm sharing my very scary Pinterest fail from last Halloween and how I fixed it this year!

The Original Inspiration:
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Gorgeous mercury glass pumpkins from Pottery Barn. I couldn't find the exact ones on the website any more because they've switched to Christmas.. but I believe the smallest one was at least $35.
Steps to recreating a budget-friendly version of these beautiful pumpkins according to Pinterest. 1. Buy dollar store pumpkins. 2. Buy Krylon "Looking Glass" Spray Paint. 3. Spray the pumpkins. 4. Enjoy. All in all, the project was under $15. Not bad considering the price of the Pottery Barn pumpkins.

Here's what I got:
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I believe the saying is, "Nailed It." And that's actually a "decent" photo of them. My husband laughed and I told him I was going to fix them, to which he "replied" by placing them in the fireplace. I salvaged the poor pumpkins and stored them for this year, waiting for inspiration to hit, and it did.

Inspiration Part II:
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As I was looking through fall decor, I came across this spider pumpkin and instantly knew what I wanted to do with my Pinterest failures from last year. I already had white spray paint, so I sprayed the silver away and waited for them to dry. Using a Sharpie, I traced down the lines of the pumpkin then drew the crossing lines as the "webbing." I also used the Sharpie for the spiders. The last step was to use black paint I already had to paint the stem.

TADA!:
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So. My spiders aren't perfect, but I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. Major plus: my husband said they were cool - without being asked! Now I'm ready for next Halloween!

Yes, I realize spider pumpkins are nothing like glamorous mercury glass pumpkins.. but I needed actual "Halloween" decor anyway!

If you're feeling really talented, here's another pumpkin DIY that can easily be done following the same steps!:
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