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13 Halloween Must Makes...Having Some DIY Fun! by Joanne Palmisano

Seriously...who doesn't love Halloween?!?  It seems like it gets early and early that people start to see products for it. But me...I'm still a last minute seat-of-my pants gal. So, if you are like me, you are just scrambling to get your stuff out. So here are some fun, easy DIY's that I've made for myself and many I made for DIY NETWORK (link through for the Step by Steps). Pumpkin Topiaries, Creepy Signs for Your Walkway, Lanterns to Light it Up, Wreaths, Dream catcher, a fun party bar, and much more! Have a spooky and fun Halloween. Stay in Touch!  (See my social media links)  XOXO Joanne    

This easy Halloween Entrance Post is made from a vintage railing and some craft pieces. See it here on DIY NETWORK. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-haunted-hotel-sign-for-halloween

This easy Halloween Entrance Post is made from a vintage railing and some craft pieces. See it here on DIY NETWORK. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-haunted-hotel-sign-for-halloween

Seriously creepy spider topiary -- so fun to make! See all the topiaries I made for DIY NEWORK here. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/halloween-pumpkin-topiary-with-spiders

Seriously creepy spider topiary -- so fun to make! See all the topiaries I made for DIY NEWORK here. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/halloween-pumpkin-topiary-with-spiders

This Halloween Walkway Lantern is one of my very favorite I've done for DIY NETWORK. This was so easy -- some recycled picture frames, printed vintage bats, skulls and more, and some duck tape...you got it...duck tape.  See it here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-lanterns

This Halloween Walkway Lantern is one of my very favorite I've done for DIY NETWORK. This was so easy -- some recycled picture frames, printed vintage bats, skulls and more, and some duck tape...you got it...duck tape.  See it here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-lanterns

A friend and I went out into the woods and got some vines, cut them down and wrapped them around a wooden floral form with wire. Then I sprayed it all black and hung some plastic spiders off of it...Seriously simple! Halloween wreaths...gotta love it!

A friend and I went out into the woods and got some vines, cut them down and wrapped them around a wooden floral form with wire. Then I sprayed it all black and hung some plastic spiders off of it...Seriously simple! Halloween wreaths...gotta love it!

This is truly an ancestor of mine. Not sure who it is...my Mom would know...Anyway...all I did was print it out with a vintage look (just changed the saturation of the color) and then squeezed in some moss and a spider than slide it all back together. This is at the entrance way so when the neighbors come by, they grab a cookie and a look at my genetic history!! :)

This is truly an ancestor of mine. Not sure who it is...my Mom would know...Anyway...all I did was print it out with a vintage look (just changed the saturation of the color) and then squeezed in some moss and a spider than slide it all back together. This is at the entrance way so when the neighbors come by, they grab a cookie and a look at my genetic history!! :)

I call this my nightmare catcher. You can make them from an old bicycle tire rim, a vintage dollie painted black, some yarn and scraps of fabric. Hang them in the trees around the house, great for a Halloween party.

I call this my nightmare catcher. You can make them from an old bicycle tire rim, a vintage dollie painted black, some yarn and scraps of fabric. Hang them in the trees around the house, great for a Halloween party.

This Halloween Skull wall hanging took me less than 2 hours. I used a scrap of plywood we had lying around-- painted it black and then outlined a skull head in chalk, then using my drill, screwed in screws (only 1/2 way) and then wrapped the screws in orange yarn! Is there glow-in-the-dark yarn? Hmmmm...that would be cool too! 

This Halloween Skull wall hanging took me less than 2 hours. I used a scrap of plywood we had lying around-- painted it black and then outlined a skull head in chalk, then using my drill, screwed in screws (only 1/2 way) and then wrapped the screws in orange yarn! Is there glow-in-the-dark yarn? Hmmmm...that would be cool too! 

I used an old restaurant cart for this project. A perfect bar cart for a Halloween party! See instructions here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-create-a-spooky-halloween-bar-pictures

I used an old restaurant cart for this project. A perfect bar cart for a Halloween party! See instructions here...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-create-a-spooky-halloween-bar-pictures

This pumpkin topiary I made for DIY NETWORK does double duty-- great for the fall, Thanksgiving and Halloween. So pretty. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/6-ways-to-make-a-pumpkin-topiary-pictures

This pumpkin topiary I made for DIY NETWORK does double duty-- great for the fall, Thanksgiving and Halloween. So pretty. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/6-ways-to-make-a-pumpkin-topiary-pictures

Let's get this party started...with a faux pumpkin bonfire! This way you can bring it out year after year! http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-halloween-pumpkin-faux-bonfire

Let's get this party started...with a faux pumpkin bonfire! This way you can bring it out year after year! http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-a-halloween-pumpkin-faux-bonfire

Craft time with the kids! This Halloween craft is so easy. Love making these! Recycled jars, paint the caps black. Spooky Terrariums!! Glue the stuff to the caps and inside the jar! See it on DIY NETWORK...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-terrariums

Craft time with the kids! This Halloween craft is so easy. Love making these! Recycled jars, paint the caps black. Spooky Terrariums!! Glue the stuff to the caps and inside the jar! See it on DIY NETWORK...http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-halloween-terrariums

Don't forget the flowers! These Halloween craft recycled bottles and jars are so fun to make. I just used yarns and a hot glue gun. If you are going to a party -- it makes a great gift and some awesome decorations.

Don't forget the flowers! These Halloween craft recycled bottles and jars are so fun to make. I just used yarns and a hot glue gun. If you are going to a party -- it makes a great gift and some awesome decorations.

Birds of a feather...stick together! Hope you enjoyed the blog post. This wreath is just one of dozens I've made for DIY NETWORK. This is an easy fall wreath. Recycled chicken wire, feathers and some faux birds! Want to make it creepier? Add some fake crows instead. Have fun and stay in touch! Joanne    http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-wreath-from-chicken-wire-and-feathers

Birds of a feather...stick together! Hope you enjoyed the blog post. This wreath is just one of dozens I've made for DIY NETWORK. This is an easy fall wreath. Recycled chicken wire, feathers and some faux birds! Want to make it creepier? Add some fake crows instead. Have fun and stay in touch! Joanne    http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/decorating/how-to-make-a-wreath-from-chicken-wire-and-feathers

I'd be pleased and honored if you wanted to PIN, FACEBOOK SHARE or LINK to this site for this post. Feel free to use this picture :)  Thanks! Joanne

I'd be pleased and honored if you wanted to PIN, FACEBOOK SHARE or LINK to this site for this post. Feel free to use this picture :)  Thanks! Joanne

DIY Coloring Book Style Easter Egg Basket by Joanne Palmisano

DIY Coloring Book Style-- Metal Easter Egg Hunting Basket by Joanne Palmisano

DIY Coloring Book Style-- Metal Easter Egg Hunting Basket by Joanne Palmisano

Coloring books are so popular now. I love them -- they're so relaxing -- and you're never too old to color!  Last year, I drew on some metal buckets for the kids to color before they headed out for the Easter Egg hunt. (Kids...as in my teenage daughter and husband.) Seriously -- who doesn't love an Easter Egg hunt! (Of course, I'm not sure the math research quiz scavenger hunt I had go along with it was as big of a hit--oh well...)

So here is how to CREATE an easy COLORING PAGES STYLE BUCKET!

I had a metal bucket that I picked up at the rebuild center (you can get a metal bucket in the paint section of your hardware store as well). I used white primer spray paint to give it that rough mat look--any white paint will do. Then I used a Sharpie to start creating patterns -- I just winged it (story of my life). 

I colored in some of the areas with the black Sharpie -- but you can leave them all open to be colored.

As you can see by the time I got to the bottom of the bucket, I needed a cup of coffee. It's not hard...just time consuming. 

Next time, I'll get pictures of them coloring them. But here is the end result! Fun...right!  Hope you make some of these for your Easter gathering this year.  You can skip the Math Quiz Scavenger Hunt if you want...

My best, Jo

 

 

 

 

52 REASONS I LOVE YOU LIKE CRAZY... by Joanne Palmisano

As a designer, I spend a lot of time thinking about layouts, fabrics, furniture, salvaged and recycled materials and how to make spaces happy and comfortable. But when I think about what I would grab if my home was on fire, besides my family of course, it would be one thing--a deck of cards. 

Last year, my daughter, Gabrielle, made me a DIY gift that she created using a deck of playing cards--52 reasons I love you like crazy.

The joy this homemade gift brings me everyday is immeasurable. It's more precious to me than anything else I own. The care and feeling that went into these 52 deeply personal and insightful reasons still astounds me. 

And although, it's nice to  have a home that is beautiful, warm and welcoming, this deck of cards proves to me that it is way more important on how we treat ourselves and others, that we give and receive love unconditionally, and that we know we can make a difference. Thank you Gabrielle for this amazing gift you have given me. 

Everyday we should express joy, gratitude, happiness and love to those in our lives, not just on Valentine's Day (even though that is a good time as well).

Happy February...

X0X0, Joanne


Old Sweater Turns into Botanical Love! Valentine's Day DIY by Joanne Palmisano

Nothing says I LOVE YOU...more than a succulent in a sweater...

Nothing says I LOVE YOU...more than a succulent in a sweater...

I know...there are road trips to discuss, places to shop, things I've seen...but I really wanted to show you this DIY first. Promise, next blog post will be about cool places to go! So who doesn't have a wool sweater that they accidental shrunk (no worries, Mom, you can still do my laundry when you come to visit). Or a sweater that the moths got to? Holes everywhere! Well, fear not...you can turn that old sweater into a botanical cozy container! Here is how I did it.

Holes and Shrunk! This sweater was ready for a repurpose!

Holes and Shrunk! This sweater was ready for a repurpose!

Or you can put it in the washing machine on hot, hot, hot. I kinda like to boil it on the stove till it felts. Then rinse in cold water if you don't want it to stretch out again. Each sweater is different, some will totally felt up and others will just shrink a little more...

Or you can put it in the washing machine on hot, hot, hot. I kinda like to boil it on the stove till it felts. Then rinse in cold water if you don't want it to stretch out again. Each sweater is different, some will totally felt up and others will just shrink a little more...

I started with a sleeve...

I started with a sleeve...

Then I just used some embroidery thread and hand stitched a piece for the bottom and a heart on the sleeve.  

Then I just used some embroidery thread and hand stitched a piece for the bottom and a heart on the sleeve.  

I wrapped the plant in wax paper and slide into the sleeve! 

I wrapped the plant in wax paper and slide into the sleeve! 

Check out what I did with the neck of the sweater...lots more to make...have fun!

Check out what I did with the neck of the sweater...lots more to make...have fun!

 

 

STARTING SMALL...DIY with OLD BASEBALLS by Joanne Palmisano

The beauty of repurposing the small things... This feathered baseball is not only easy, it's fun! 

The beauty of repurposing the small things... This feathered baseball is not only easy, it's fun! 

I know...there could be a thousand blog posts I could start my new JO BLOG with...my recent design work, fabulous places to shop, trips I've recently taken...but I realized that when working with vintage, salvaged, recycled and repurposed things...it's best to start small. Understanding that every little thing matters. Every decision we make has a ripple effect. I don't want this blog to be me just blasting from the mouth so I can get search engines to move me up in the ranks. That doesn't matter to me (I'm sure it should but it doesn't). What matters to me is that you're inspired! Have fun! And look at all things old, used and recycled differently! I'll start with baseballs and feathers... Jo

 Sometimes winter makes me want to be a DIY hermit. So I find things that are laying around the house and put them together. These old baseballs have been around for about 10 years--I picked them up at Goodwill and as you can see, the price tag still on them, they never got used. (Turns out Gabrielle loves basketball, volleyball and lacrosse.) The feathers, left-over denim from shortening my jeans and the rope of cotton, all in the basement and up for grabs.

 Sometimes winter makes me want to be a DIY hermit. So I find things that are laying around the house and put them together. These old baseballs have been around for about 10 years--I picked them up at Goodwill and as you can see, the price tag still on them, they never got used. (Turns out Gabrielle loves basketball, volleyball and lacrosse.) The feathers, left-over denim from shortening my jeans and the rope of cotton, all in the basement and up for grabs.

That's right...my handy-dandy hot glue gun. You can see that it is well used. I didn't even bother taking the Goodwill sticker off. Start with the larger feathers...

That's right...my handy-dandy hot glue gun. You can see that it is well used. I didn't even bother taking the Goodwill sticker off. Start with the larger feathers...

Then just layer them on top of each other, working slowly from one side of the baseball up. You may have to cut some of the feathers to give it a flat bottom. 

Then just layer them on top of each other, working slowly from one side of the baseball up. You may have to cut some of the feathers to give it a flat bottom. 

So here are my finished projects with the winter light shining in on them. What do you have at home that you could use to cover up old unused baseballs? Buttons, costume jewelry, Bohemian fabric? I wish I had more baseballs...I could do this all day!

So here are my finished projects with the winter light shining in on them. What do you have at home that you could use to cover up old unused baseballs? Buttons, costume jewelry, Bohemian fabric? I wish I had more baseballs...I could do this all day!