Scrap Wood Pumpkins with The Contractor Chronicles

Hello Little Tipsy Readers!! It is good to be here again sharing a fun little project while Michelle is out with her sweet new baby! I know Michelle in real life so I am so excited for her and cannot wait to hold her little one! For those that don’t know me, I am Amanda and I blog alongside my husband over at The Contractor Chronicles. We love to share our knowledge of tools, our fun projects and our house remodels with our readers! Since we are going into cooler fall weather, I wanted to share a fun and simple Fall project that anyone can make with wood from your scrap pile, scrap wood pumpkins!

Scrapwood Pumpkins (12) copy

All you need for this project is a couple pieces of 2×4 wood and 2×6 wood! I found both in my scrap pile – but feel free to swing by Home Depot and grab a one of each a make a few of these for your home! Cut your pieces down – I cut two 2×4’s at 6 inches and two 2×6’s at 7.5 inches. I just did what I thought looked best – but make some bigger and smaller if you want too!

Scrapwood Pumpkins (16) copy

I used Rustoleum Cinnamon and sprayed the wood down.

Scrapwood Pumpkins (1) copy

When they were dry, I used my cornercat and sanded the edges a bit.

Scrapwood Pumpkins (3) copy

Lastly – and the thing that makes the pumpkin – I tied the whole thing up with green ric rac! I love it! It makes it look wavy – sort of like a real pumpkin!

Scrapwood Pumpkins (5) copy

I tied the top in a bow to look like “leaves.”

Scrapwood Pumpkins (8) copy

And you’re done! So simple but super cute!!

Scrapwood Pumpkins (14) copy

Thanks so much for having me today and please stop by and say hello and see what other projects we have been working on!

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Candy Birthday Wreath with Crazy Little Projects

Hi friends! I am happy to be visiting while Michelle snuggles her new little baby! (Though I would rather be snuggling a new little baby like her!) I am Amber from Crazy Little Projects where I show off all of the craziness that keeps me busy-sewing, baking, crafting and having fun!

Now, Fall is coming and here at A Little Tipsy Michelle is featuring Fall projects. When I think of Fall I often think of wreaths. But-I confess I am not that big of a wreath fan. (That almost seems to be blasphemy in the blogging world!) I AM a fan of candy though. And birthdays. So I decided to take the classic wreath and add a twist…of candy! Here’s a Candy Birthday Wreath:

Candy Birthday Wreath

I did a candy birthday cake a few months back and it was such a big hit and I have had so much fun giving candy birthday cakes to friends and family that I thought it would be fun to try this wreath.

Let’s make one!

Candy Birthday Wreath:

Supplies Needed:

  • Wreath Form
  • Large bow
  • Hot glue
  • Candy-get a variety
  • Small piece of ribbon


I started by gluing the big bow to the top of the wreath:


Then, simply begin gluing candy to the wreath all the way around overlapping as needed.

If you are using chocolate just be careful that the glue isn’t so hot that is is melting the chocolate.

One the back add a small loop of ribbon to hang the wreath. You can pin or hot glue it in place:

And then hang it somewhere for the birthday kid to see!


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4th of July Shirts: Pledge of Allegiance Flag

July 4th is right around the corner! Every clothing store around is selling flag shirts for a little USA spirit, but why not make some of your own? I love to put my boys in customized shirts and figured this would be the perfect opportunity for a little patriotic display of The Pledge of Allegiance. We kept the flag in there too for good measure.

4th of July Pledge of Allegiance Flag Shirt

You may recognize the design from a flag canvas I made for my house last year. I loved it so much I figured why not spread the joy to shirts?!


  • Cricut Design Space Software
  • Cricut Explore
  • White Heat Transfer
  • Red Heat Transfer
  • Navy Shirts
  • Weeding Tool
  • Clean Cloth
  • Iron

I took this image from last years post and uploaded it in to Cricut Design Space. Cleaned it up, made a copy of the image and hid the contour to separate the white and red areas alternately on the two images. I was planning to share the design and save you a lot of work, but the software will not let you share designs of things you upload.

It will be easiest to just choose a font you like and copy my layout by typing in text boxes. Trust me. Then group the text boxes so you can move them as two images the white letters and the red letters.

Size the flags according to the size of shirt. Now you are ready to cut. Be sure your shirts are pre-washed to remove any shrinkage.

Be sure to flip the letters horizontally before cutting so they won’t be backwards! Cricut Design software has a check box to remind you of this on the cut screen. Select the iron-on setting (I use a Cricut Explore so mine is on a dial on the machine) and you are good to go. Load the heat transfer vinyl shiny side down and cut. You will load the mat twice, once with the white and once with the red.

Weed your vinyl removing all excess from between the designs. Be sure all the i’s have their dots.

Preheat the iron on it’s hottest setting with the steam turned off. Place the groups of white letter and red letters on the shirt to make sure you get them in the right place.

Iron on Heat Transfer 4th of July Shirts

Then remove the red letters and apply the white ones first. Place a clean cloth over it (I use a tea towel) and press firmly for 30 -40 seconds. Let it cool a bit and check for adherance. If it lifts up try 20 more seconds. If it is stuck remove the clear sheet and place the red letters in place to iron. Cover with cloth and iron as before.

For my boys shirts (size 4 and 6) the letters ended up tiny!! This was proof how accurately the Cricut Explore can cut. Look at them next to a quarter. Crazy!

Cut details with Cricut

I love how our 4th of July shirts turned out and can’t wait for them to sport them next week!

4th of July Shirt Pledge of Allegiance Flag

4th of July Pledge of Allegiance Flag Shirts

Buzzing Bee Balloons

Today we’re sharing a quick and easy activity to keep the kids busy this summer using things you probably already have around the house. We learned this clever idea during a trip to the Thanksgiving Point Children’s Garden and thought it would be great to share. We’re making buzzing bee balloons. Buzzing? Yes! Give them a spin and they make a sound. You’ll see.

buzzing bee balloons kids activity

The supplies are simple. All you need is a hex nut, a yellow balloon and a black permanant marker to create this cute little guy!

Place the hex nut inside the balloon,  blow it up, and tie it closed. Don’t blow the balloon up too big or it will pop easily. Use the marker to draw wings, stripes, and a friendly face. Older kids can easily draw the face and personalize themselves, but littler kids will need some help.

How do you make it buzz? We’ll let my little guy show you how simple it is. Just shake the balloon so the hex nut rotates inside.

Even my toddler can make it buzz on his own with a little shakety shake. They had tons of fun buzzing around and flying them in the yard!