DIY Wooden Holiday Signs

I just can’t seem to stop decorating for fall. I had my piano all set up and decorated which is usually enough but then I had to move into my family room and set up a little decorating there too. Call me fall-obsessed! I found some really pretty fall flowers at the Dollar Tree, you’d be surprised at their floral section if you haven’t checked it out already! And they inspired me to create a second vignette.

DIY Wooden Holiday SignsI love how it turned out! My favorite part is the Pumpkin Patch sign, which was so easy to make! I offer this print in my Etsy Shop in both a digital instant download and a printed and shipped physical item. The print is available in three different sizes: 8×10, 11×14, and 16×20. (I used the 11×14 size for my project) All you need to create your own board is the print, some paint, mod podge, and a board cut to size.




I decided to make several wooden signs at once since they are so quick and easy. Boards cut to size (did you know that Home Depot will cut boards for you if you don’t have a saw!?) and then I painted the edges. No need to paint the whole board, all you need to do is cover the edge of the wood!

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I used the same technique from my DIY Wall Art from Gift Bags and used Mod Podge with a rolling pin to glue the prints onto the board. The print goes right to the edge perfectly.
DIY Wooden Holiday Signs*Tip* If you would like to make multiple signs, you can put one print on the front of the board and one print on the back. With a fall print on front and a Christmas print on the back you only have to think about storing one board and when the seasons change just turn the board around!

DIY Wooden Holiday SignsI made four different signs (well, only two since they are on the front and back) and I am really happy with the finished product. I am going to enjoy using them in all my holiday decor!

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You can find any of these prints here:

Autumn Acres Pumpkin Patch: Instant Download or Physical Print

Poison Apple Apothecary: Instant Download or Physical Print

Kringle Farms Christmas Trees: Instant Download or Physical Print

Gingerbread Bakery: Instant Download or Physical Print

These are just some of the many Home Decor Prints I have in my store and I’m offering a special coupon code too! Buy any 3 Home Decor Prints and receive 20% off with the coupon code 3DECORPRINTS. And when you decorate with your prints don’t forget to tag me on social media! I’d love to see your creations!

DIY Wooden Holiday Signs



Printable Harry Potter Potion Labels

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… I’m a big time Harry Potter nerd.  My love for Harry Potter is right up there with my love of all things Jane Austen and Disney.  So when I decorate for Halloween I can’t help but sneak a little bit of ol’ HP in there.

When I found some cute little bottles at Michaels I knew they would be perfect for some mini potion bottles.  I gathered my supplies and got my crafting on.

Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsI used Mod Podge on the back of the labels to wrap them around and glue them to the bottle.

Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsI was worried that the Mod Podge would make the ink smear on the front so I opted to use a spray on lacquer for a top coat.  And if after spraying the lacquer on some person had accidentally left the bottles on a table to dry in the backyard while the sprinklers came on, then that person could attest to the fact that the lacquer works well and protects the paper from water.  If that had happened.  I’m not saying it did, but…it might have.

Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsAnd there you have it!  Mini potion bottles perfect for the Harry Potter fan, or just anyone looking to add a little something extra to their Halloween decor.

Printable Harry Potter Potion Labels Printable Harry Potter Potion Labels Printable Harry Potter Potion LabelsI created the labels in black and white and a sepia tone so you can have your choice!

Download the PDF- Black and White

Download the PDF- Sepia

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A Treat For Me = A Treat For You

I recently had a dream where I was hiding in our greenhouse (we don’t actually have one) and I was desperately trying to protect a box of chocolates and a plate of donuts from the terrorists outside.  There I was crouching behind a potted palm, grasping a box of chocolates and donuts, and planning my escape route to get past the terrorists just waiting to take my delicious treats away.  Serious stuff.  When I awoke two things were immediately clear.  One: I probably need someone to evaluate me and tell me what is wrong in my head, and two: I love chocolate.  I actually didn’t need a dream to tell me the second part.  Whether I am awake or asleep I will never say no to chocolate.  If you like chocolate as much as me, then read on.  You’ll have a chance to enter a giveaway to win some free chocolate of your very own!

You can imagine my joy when I recently had the chance to try a product from Chocolate.org.  Do you need to hear anything other than that name right there?  Chocolate.org.  Sign me up!  I was just a little excited when my package arrived in the mail containing Devilishly Delicious Chocolate Covered Cookies from Givens and Company.  The cookies arrived in a beautiful tin with a pretty little bow on top.  This would be so nice to send to someone as a present.  Who wouldn’t love getting such a pretty gift?

Chocolate Giveaway and Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

When I opened up the tin the cookies were a bit melted but that is only because I live on the surface of the sun, aka Phoenix.  Can’t really complain about melted chocolate when it is approximately 1,284 degrees outside.  I placed the tin in the fridge for awhile to let the chocolate harden and let me tell you, the melting did not affect the taste at all.  They were so yummy!  I had a hard time saving enough to take pictures between myself, my husband, and our daughter.  We couldn’t stop at just one.  I especially love white chocolate and these spoke to my very soul.

Delicous Chocolate Covered Cookies from Chocolate.org and Givens and CompanyI was worried that we would sit and eat them all in one go, because they were honestly that good, so I decided to put together a couple of little treat bags and take them to some friends.  I really appreciated that each cookie came individually wrapped which made it really easy to share them with friends.

Free Printable Treat Bag Toppers, perfect for Halloween!

Free Printable Treat Bag Toppers, perfect for Halloween!

And of course you know I have to share the cute treat bag topper with you.  The topper will fit perfectly on a little baggie which you can fill with any candy or treat you’d like.  Fun for friends, trick or treaters, to tuck into your kid’s lunch box, or take to the ladies you visit teach.

Download the PDF- Eek, Shriek, & Be Scary Treat Bag Toppers

To stay in the loop in all things chocolate you can follow Chocolate.org on twitter @choctweets.

Now here is the fun part.  When I get a treat, so do you!

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$40 Chocolate.org Giveaway, ends Monday 10/12!

If you head over to Instagram I am giving away a $40 gift certificate to Chocolate.org.  All you have to do is follow me on Instagram @darlingdoodlesdesign and leave a comment on the post to enter!  And you could win $40 to spend on all the chocolate your heart desires.  Chocolate lovers, unite!  The giveaway will run through Monday at midnight and winner  announced on Tuesday.  Good luck!

A special thank you to Chocolate.org and Givens and Company for making this great giveaway possible!  And for bringing delicious chocolate to people everywhere!  The next time you are looking for a treat for yourself or someone else I would not hesitate to recommend Chocolate.org.  They were great to work with, the package arrived quickly, I was very pleased with the taste (YUM!) as well as the appearance, and had a great experience overall.

Halloween Decor & Easy Ribbon Banner

One thing I have really missed sharing the last few months is my different holiday displays.  In our old apartment I had a shelf in our living room that I changed out with each holiday and/or season.  It was the perfect set up, it hung right by the front door so everyone could see it and it added just enough holiday flare to the room without having to go overboard on the decorations every other month.

When we moved I finally had space in my home for one piece of furniture that I had been wanting forever… a piano!  My grandmother left me her piano but I have never had a place to put it before.  I am so happy to finally have it in my home and for the chance I get to sit and play every so often.  It has also provided the perfect new spot for my holiday set ups.  It is the first thing you see when you walk in our front door.

_DSC0754Things are looking spooky and SPARKLY around here.  Just because Halloween is all about scary ghosts and things like death doesn’t mean your decorations can’t be fabulous, right? Or would that be fa-boo-lous?  :) I tempered the bright orange, green, and purple by mixing in a lot of white pieces.  You might also notice the DIY Spooky Candles hiding in the back.

Spooky and Sparkly Halloween DecorationsSpooky and Sparkly Halloween DecorationsI created the ribbon banner hanging over my window frame and it was such an easy craft!  And totally changeable for any holiday or color scheme.  I started by gathering a bunch of fabric scraps, ribbons, and raiding the left over bins at the fabric store.

_DSC0069Using a fabric cutter I cut out strips 1 inch wide and 7 inches long.  This was probably the most tedious part because I cut out a lot of fabric strips.  And if you want a really long banner you’ll need A LOT of pieces.  You can also cut your pieces a little wider so they’ll take up more space along the banner.

_DSC0177Then the easy part, tying the pieces onto another ribbon or some twine.  I taped one end of a piece of twine onto my coffee table and then just randomly tied the strips along it.

_DSC0209And kept going until the banner was full with lots of colors.  If you have lots of fabric scraps this is an easy way to use them up!  I found the little web and spider at the Dollar Tree and hung it from the center of the banner.  Honestly, lots of the decor came from the Dollar Tree.  The purple flowers, the green sign, the glittery pumpkins, all $1!  Can’t beat it!

Easy Ribbon Banner TutorialEasy Ribbon Banner Tutorial and Halloween Decorations

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And now in totally unrelated news, I have FINALLY started an Instragram for Darling Doodles.  I’ve had a personal one for years but I’ve always kept it private.  So now I have a separate account set up to share behind the scenes, glimpses into my home and life, and there will probably a picture or two of some very cute kiddos.  I would love if you would hop on over and follow me @darlingdoodlesdesign.  Another reason you might want to follow?  Later this week I’ll be doing a giveaway on Instagram and let’s just say there is chocolate involved.  And it is good.

Happy Halloween!

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When witches go riding

and black cats are seen,

The moon laughs and whispers

tis’ near Halloween.

Happy HalloweenEnjoy your trick or treating day and spooky night!

Happy Halloween from Darling Doodles!

 

Free Printable Halloween Treat Bag Toppers

I know I keep saying this over and over but this is the best season!  And I’ll keep saying that until we get to Christmas.  :)  We are having so much fun enjoying everything fall and Halloween.   Looking at leaves, eating lots of yummy autumn foods, going on hayrides, and visiting pumpkin patches.

Enjoying Fall DaysI hope you are all enjoying this great time of year as well!  I also know that this is a crazy, busy time of year so I’ve made some treat bag toppers that will make it quick and easy to put together a little Halloween treat.  These will fit onto a regular sized sandwich or snack baggie and you can fill it with any sort of candy, toy, stickers, whatever you’d like!  Perfect to take to school, hand out to trick-or-treaters, primary children, etc.  Fun for everyone!

Fangtastic Treat Bag Toppers2

Download the PDF

Here’s another fun treat tag that I made last year and I thought I’d bring it back in case you missed it.  An oldie but goodie.

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Free Printable Boo Treat TagsHopefully these little tags will help you get in the Halloween spirit!

 

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