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DIY Pumpkin Diorama for Halloween

DIY Pumpkin Diorama

This month has been so busy and I don’t feel like like I really had time to properly decorate the outside of our house for Halloween as much as I would have liked. We do have a skeleton out in the yard and our spooky halloween wreath hanging on the door but thats about as far as I was able to get. 

I saw a finished halloween diorama last year and knew that I wanted to make one for our front living room. I picked up a pumpkin and a few figurines during last years Halloween clearance sale and packed them away to be assembled this year. This DIY Pumpkin Diorama is easy to make and can be personalized to fit your decor or personality. 

DIY Pumpkin Diorama

DIY Pumpkin Diorama Supplies

  • Plastic Pumpkin Shell 
  • Foam Base
  • Hot Glue & Hot Glue Gun 
  • Spanish Moss 
  • Toothpicks
  • Halloween Figurines 

I used a half ball floral base for the bottom of my diorama. It fit nicely into the pumpkin shell I has selected and would be easy to affix the moss onto. 

DIY Pumpkin Diorama

DIY Pumpkin Diorama

I like that this base has a bit of dimension, allowing me to put my figurines on different levels inside the scene. 

Did you know that Spanish moss comes in a whole variety of colors? I love this purple shade against the white pumpkin background. If you are using a different colored pumpkin, you might want to try hunter green, orange or even black moss as your base. 

Glue the moss onto the base in portions, starting at one side and progressing until no foam shows beneath. Be careful not to burn a whole into the foam with your gun as your glue and keep your fingers on the very edge of the moss to prevent burns. 

Using hot glue, I attached toothpicks to help the figurines stand up properly inside the diorama. You may need to break the wood so that the picks arent longer than the base you plan to affix to. 

Push the Halloween figurines into the foam base and arrange however you’d like. I used a coffin, a couple of trick or treaters and a giant spider to round out my scene. 

DIY Pumpkin Diorama

Looking for more easy Halloween Projects? Check out my $3 Tissue Paper Wreath Tutorial! 

Arts & Crafts/ Holidays

You’ve Been Boozed Popcorn Box

Halloween is my favorite holiday and there’s nothing more fun than spreading some spooky Halloween joy to all of my neighbors. Although the day of treats is a few weeks away, there’s no reason to limit the goodies just to the kids. Booz’ing your neighbors is a fun tradition you can start up this year that everyone will enjoy. 

I’ve joined up with a 50 other crafty bloggers to share how much fun you can have with a popcorn box from World Market, Felt from Kunin Group, Googly Eyes from Oriental Trading and a bit of imagination.  I’ve put together a Boozy gift box that I’ll be leaving on my neighbors doorstep later this evening!  Continue Reading…

Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Easy DIY Display Box

Can you believe it’s almost the end of April??? We’re getting down to the last of our spring inspiration and I am so excited to have Natalie from Fern & Maple joining us today to show us a super cute way to display some of the small items you may find around your home. See the full project and don’t forget to enter to win one of the three prizes from our party sponsors! 

Hi Rocky Mountain Bliss Readers! I’m Natalie, I blog over at Fern & Maple, where I share all things party-related as well as DIY projects and seasonal crafts.

I’m so excited to be participating in this Spring Craft Blog Party! Today I’m showing you how I made this super cute, super easy, DIY toy figurine display using an ADORNit shadow box kit.

Around this time of year I start spring cleaning my children’s rooms. Stepping on their toys reaches critical mass post winter hibernation and I like to sort and organize.

Both children have started collecting mini figurines and my daughter has just got into Pokemon, and particularly Pikachu.  As a child I looooooved collecting things so I’m thrilled she does too, but not when her collection is all over her floor, lol!
If you have children who love collecting too, then this DIY display box project is just right for you! Continue Reading…

Arts & Crafts/ Home Decor & Projects

Spring Flower Box Tutorial

I love projects that use up scraps and this spring flower box from Sheri at Hazel + Gold Designs is perfect for using up some of the wood scraps you have left over! This is a super easy woodworking project and if you don’t have access to a saw you could even ask the folks at the hardware store to do your cuts for you. Read the full post below and don’t forget to enter our blog party contest for the chance to win a prize from one of our amazing sponsors!

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be a part of this Spring Blog Party! My name is Sheri and I own Hazel + Gold Designs. I’m a maker and DIY-er and love to share my ideas and hopefully help others to realize they can do anything they put their mind to. I’m happy to team up with other bloggers for this fun Spring Craft Blog Party and share some great craft ideas with you!

I have a fun project for you that I think many of you DIY-ers/crafters could build, even if you haven’t done a lot of woodworking. I tried to keep it fairly basic and yet still pretty and functional!

What I love most about spring are all the flowers and the new growth of everything around me. I wanted to bring that feeling into my dining room, so I chose to build a centerpiece holder that I could add some jars and flowers to and that would look cute and rustic. I wanted to do it differently than any others I’ve seen, so I had to walk away from the computer and all the ideas there and just do it my way. Anyway, all the details below; hope you love it!

Supplies:

  • Wood boards – here is what I used: Scrap 2×4 for the bottom at 12” length. Two 1×6” boards at 12” length for sides. Two 1.6” at about 4.5” (cut to fit) length
  • Vinyl cutter and vinyl OR purchased vinyl stencils
  • White paint
  • Gold paint
  • Wood stain
  • Orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Nail gun
  • Jars – sizes that fit inside box
  • Flowers, real or faux

Prepping the wood:

To start out I cut down my boards. For this project I used a lot of scrap wood that I already had in my wood shop. If you’re not a woodworker, it’s possible to get the store to cut your boards to size, or ask a friend who has a saw. I used white wood on this as it is inexpensive and doesn’t need to be fancy wood unless you want it to be. It’ll still look great. I didn’t sand at this point because I will do that later. If your wood is really rough, you may want to do so where you will be painting the design.

Cutting stencils:

I used my Cricut Explore Air™ 2 machine to cut my vinyl stencils. They actually had a great design in their shape library, so I just used that and cut out enough to do the whole project. Again I just used scrap vinyl I had in my supplies.

Painting Design:

After the stencils were all cut out, I applied them to the wood. A few tricks here: I didn’t want to waste my transfer paper, so I just used some masking tape. It’s a bit sticker than transfer tape, so it can be difficult, but it worked okay for me. It keeps the vinyl where it needs to be, I just had to be more careful when removing so that it wouldn’t pull the vinyl up with it. Once the vinyl is on, always go over it with a scraper and some point to push it down and help it adhere fully to the wood. When painting the first layer be sure to use a stippling technique, not wiping the paint on, so that it reduces the chance of seeping under the vinyl. Finally, I chose to do the white under the gold. Gold can be somewhat transparent and this helped it to stick out from the wood much better than without the white and having the gold soak into the wood.

Removing stencil:

Once the paint has dried, go ahead and remove the stencil, peeling it up carefully. Be sure that it is not pulling up the paint. I had no problems with this at all, but it depends on what type of paint you use.

Staining:

Next, I stained the wood. I always use a rag for this application, because I can soak one side of the rag with stain and wipe it on, then use the cleaner side of the rag to wipe off the excess stain. Be sure to wipe it completely off the painted area so that the gold still shines through. Stain all the boards completely. Let dry overnight if possible. At least 8 hours.

Distressing:

To distress the edges I just used my orbital sander. It has a speed setting, so I always lower that in order to control more easily how much it sands off at once. I go around all the edges and corners, then quickly and very lightly sand over the entire face of the wood. I’m not sure what expert distressers do, but this works fine for me.

Glue and Nail:

Now it’s time to put the box together. I always use wood glue and finish nails for these types of things. There isn’t ever going to be a lot of pressure on the box or weight, so glue and nails (finish or brad) will hold it together just fine. If you’re a woodworker you can use any type of joinery, but again, I was trying to keep this basic for the rest of us. Anyway, I glue and clamp them, then add a couple nails to help hold it together. I usually let it dry awhile then remove the clamps and nail more if needed.

Finish:

I actually didn’t do a shiny finish on this box, though you could. I want it to get more naturally distressed whether by use or by exposure (sits in sunny room, may put it outside) so I didn’t add a poly. If you want to, my favorite is polycrylic. It is water-based and comes in different sheens and I just love how easy it is to use and how well it works.

Add décor:

Alright, the box is finished! Finally, add your jars and flowers or whatever else you are putting inside your box and ENJOY! I just love mine.

Hope you like this project! Please share photos if you make one of your own! Have a happy springtime and remember to enjoy the flowers and sunshine amidst the rain.

Thanks friends!

You can find more of my projects on my blog at Hazel+Gold Designs! (For example tutorials on the art piece and serving tray seen against the wall in the finish photos, and even that gray console table!)

Find me on social media too, I’d love to interact with you there!

Thanks again for reading! Have a happy spring!

–Sheri

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