How To: Grinch Door Hanger

Want something festive for your door this holiday season? Tired of wreaths? We've got the answer! Whether you've been to a paint party or you're flying solo, we've got all the tips you need for the perfect decoration! 

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Step One: Prime your football. (If you come to an OTC paint class, your item is already primed!) 

Step Two: Begin painting and let dry! We like to be as creative as possible here! 

Step Three: Paint your words and/or any extra embellishments on your Grinch and let dry. 

Step Four: Find the perfect ornament (hint, hint) we have a few and wrap your ornament in between the Grinch fingers. 

Step Five: Add ribbons if you'd like 

Step Six: Enjoy! Your door is sure to be the envy of all your neighbors.

** Need a few examples of inspiration? We've got you covered! ** 

How to: Transition from Fall/Christmas Decor

With Halloween behind us and Christmas ahead, it's time to change your decor! 

Lucky for you, we're here to help. 

One of the easiest ways to transition is to buy (or make) decor that can be changed out for different seasons. We use wooden treens and put different accents in it for each season. For fall we used fake leaves, orange accents, and little pumpkins and gourds. For winter we'll fill it with miniature ornaments, blue and white accents, and candles. 

Another easy way to transition from Fall to Winter is to swap out some of your porch decorations. A few weeks ago we switched out our pallet pumpkins for pallet snowmen and our witches hats for garland. These are all pretty cost efficient and easy to make for our DIY fans. 

One of the best ways to switch out decor is to find consignment pieces at your local consignment store (hint, hint). But seriously, we have some pretty cool pieces in the shop that work great as transitional decor. Come see us soon! 

How To: Make Wine Cork Pumpkins

One of our vendors has been busy combining two of our favorite things (wine and fall) to make some fabulous cork pumpkins. Today we'll walk you through the process of making them at home!

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Supplies:

  • wine corks
  • orange paint
  • scissors
  • hot glue

1. Start with your first layer of corks. For these, we used the pattern 4,5,6,5,4. This means that the bottom and top rows each have 4 corks, the 2nd and 4th row each have 5 corks, and the middle row has 6 corks.

2. After all of the corks are glued together, we painted front and back of the pumpkin orange.

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3. To make the stem, we cut a cork in half and glued it to the top row. After the cork is on top, use leaves, ribbons, twine, etc. to decorate. 

4. Sit back and enjoy! 

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How to: Make Pine Cones

We love the smell of pine cones in the fall! One of our vendors, Karen McElroy makes some fabulous smelling pine cones. We love the mix of cinnamon and nature in the store. Today we'll walk you through how to make them in your own home. 

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Supplies: 

  • pine cones 
  • oven 
  • cinnamon 
  • nutmeg 
  • water 
  • cinnamon oil 
  • Ziploc bag 

1. Start by baking the pine cones at 300. Once they open up (you'll be able to tell when they do), take them out and let them cool for a bit.

2.  While still on the pan, sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over them.

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3. Next, combine cinnamon oil with 1/8 cup of water in a spray bottle and spray the pinecones.  Make sure to only spray a bit so the pinecones aren't fully soaked.

4. Let the pine cones dry for a few minutes and put them in a bag together.

5. Wait approximately 4 weeks before opening the bag. This ensures that the pinecones soak up all of the smell so they smell longer. 

How To: Dryer Duct Pumpkins

Trying to decorate for fall on a budget? No worries. We'll walk you through making dryer duct pumpkins!  With a few supplies and even fewer steps, it's never been easier to decorate! 

Supplies: 

  • A new or used dryer duct 
  • Hot glue 
  • Paint 
  • Stick 
  • Raffia/Ribbon (optional) 

 

  1. Take one end of the dryer duct and connect it to the other end, making a complete circle. 
  2. Paint the dryer duct and let dry. 
  3. Place the stick inside of the hole in the middle of the circle and glue into place. 
  4. Add raffia and ribbon and enjoy! 

How to: Make 4x4 Pumpkins

We love these precious pumpkins, not to mention how easy they are to make. Want to make some for your home? We've got all the tips you need! Don't have time or patience? No biggie, we've got some in the store waiting for a new home! 

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Supplies: 

  • 4x4 post 
  • paddle bit 
  • sticks from outside 
  • orange paint 
  • sandpaper 
  • wood glue 
  • ribbon (optional) 
  • twine (optional) 

Steps:

1. Cut the 4x4 pieces in various lengths (we made 3) 

2. Using the paddle bit, drill a hole in the top of the 4x4 according to the size of the sticks you have. 

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3. Paint each “pumpkin” and let them dry 

4. Sand the “pumpkins” with fine grit sandpaper. 

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5. Cut sticks and glue them into the holes on each pumpkin to make the stems.

6. Optional: Tie the ribbons and twine around the stems 

7. Sit back and enjoy! 

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How To: Make the Perfect Fall Centerpiece

Here at OTC, we've been having Mums + Mimosas each Saturday in September. We got some mum's to put on the table as a cute decor piece and ended up falling in love! Now we've got them on our tables in the shop and at home. The best part about these? They're SUPER easy to make! 

Supplies: 

  • Mum plant 
  • Small basket 
  • Raffia 

Start by taking the mum plants and putting them in a precious basket. (pssst. We have plenty!) After, add raffia, ribbon, or even leaves to the basket and fluff it up a bit. Once you've done that simply place the pretty basket on your table and you've got a precious (and good smelling) center piece for the next few weeks. 

 

 

How To: Decorate for F A L L

Fall is here whether you like it or not (we sure do!) and it's time to decorate. Fall is full of pumpkins, witches hats, leaves, and red and orange colors. Have a budget? No biggie. We're here to help you decorate without spending your life's savings. 

 

  • Come see us! (No seriously, we have some fabulous items that have been gently used items at great prices.)
  • Keep up with our blog. We're always posting our crafty projects and new ideas. When we find cool tips and tricks we like to share them with you. 
  • Check out last weeks blog to learn how to make fabric pumpkins! 
  • We're decorating with Mums at the store. We used 4 small mums in a basket to make a cute fall center piece. 

How To: Make Fabric Pumpkins

It's fall which means pumpkin everything. Here at OTC we love pumpkins and even more we love making them. Today we'll teach you how to make your own fabric pumpkin from scratch. 

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Supplies: 

  • fabric (approx. 1/2 yard per pumpkin)
  • sticks (one per pumpkin)
  • rubber bands (2 per pumpkin)
  • stuffing of some sort (we used poly fill)
  • ribbon 

 

Step One: Gather up the bottom of your fabric and secure it with a rubber band. 

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Step Two: Turn the fabric inside out so that the ends after the rubber band are on the inside of the pumpkin. 

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Step Three: While holding the top of the fabric, stuff the pumpkin. You can use a little stuffing if you want a small pumpkin or more if you'd like a larger one. Next, gather the available fabric together and secure it with a rubber band. 

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Step Five: Place your stick (we like the thicker ones) where your pumpkin is secured at the top. 

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Step Six: Add ribbons as preferred. 

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How To: Make a Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are becoming more and more popular every day. It seems like everyone is either making one, talking about making one, or has just made one. And to make matters worse, Pinterest makes it look so easy and effortless. We at OTC know it isn't as easy as slapping some random pictures on the wall. Lucky for you, it isn't too terribly hard either. Just because we love all of you lots, we want to make it easier for you. 

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First, you'll need to figure out where you want it to go and what theme you want it to be. Chances are you don't want to put a chicken theme in your bedroom or a princess theme in your living room. But hey, if you want too, more power to ya. Some of our current favorite themes are farmhouse, family, travel, and love. The example we’re going to be using is a family theme. 

After you choose your theme its best to find a staple piece, or a piece that you want your wall to revolve around. We wanted our sample wall to revolve around one of our favorite family signs. 

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Next, you should find signs that go with as well as signs that contrast your staple sign. Experimenting with different textures, sizes, and colors is always fun. We started by using a sign that went with our theme but not necessarily our color scheme. At first we were iffy about the wood with the black but we ended up really liking the contrast.

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After you find your pieces its really just trying out different pieces in various places. We like to add pieces, take them away, add other pieces, mix it all up, and replace pieces. Of course we have a pretty big selection to choose from in our sign category. We know you don't want to go out and buy 100 potential signs but you can still mix it up a bit with the signs you do have. 

When you're finally done deciding the arrangement of your signs its time to hang them! We recommend having a friend or helper. Hanging signs and making sure you like their positioning can become tedious after awhile. Once you've gotten your signs hung its time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. Stop by and we'll help you make your own gallery wall! We've helped some of our customers make their walls and we adore the outcome. Check them out for some additional inspiration. 

 

 

 

 

How To: Make a Football Door Hanger

Football season is approaching fast and whether you’ll be cheering on the Gamecocks, Tigers, or Panthers we’ve got you covered! 

We had a paint party last night and made some pretty great signs with some pretty awesome ladies. Didn't make it? No biggie we're having another football paint class in October. Stay tuned for details! Want some inspiration for a sign of your own? Look no further! 

Supplies: 

  • Football cutout sign 
  • Paint primer 
  • Paint (we used white, brown, garnet, and black) 
  • Paint pens (we used white and black) 
  • Paint brushes
  • Football line stencil 
  • Glitter (optional) 
  • Bows (optional)
  • Wire hanger (optional)

 

Step One: Prime your football. (If you come to an OTC paint class, your item is already primed!) 

Step Two: Use your stencil to mark off the football lines so you know where not to paint. 

Step Three: Paint your football (minus the part you stenciled out) and let dry. We chose brown but your football can be painted with your teams colors, too! 

Step Four: Draw or paint your stitching on the top of the football. You can either use paint pens or regular paint. 

Step Five Paint your words and/or any extra embellishments on your football and let dry. 

Step Six: Add any glitter, bows, wire hanger, etc. 

 

 

How To: Make Tire Seats

Summer came and went in a f l a s h. It seems like we put put away Christmas decor, blinked, and now it's time for fall. Luckily, we managed to squeeze some neat projects in this season. One of our favorite (and most popular) projects were our tire seats. 

The versatility of these seats are truly what make them so cool. Tire seats can be used for classrooms, dorm rooms, children bed rooms, living rooms, our for outdoor use. They can be stacked to keep space available or laid out for cool decor. Either way, these tire seats are sure to be a hit in your home. And as a plus, they are super easy to make. YAY! 

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Step One: Wash tires thoroughly and let dry overnight.

Step Two: Measure the opening in the tire and cut the plywood one inch larger than the opening. 

Step Three: Paint tires and let dry over night. We also used a primer to ensure a long life for the paint. 

Step Four: Cut the fiber fill/foam into a circle the size of the plywood. 

Step Five: Cut Fabric wide enough to go around the plywood and the some. 

Step Six: Put the fabric over to plywood and foam. Put remaining fabric on the underside of the seat and staple into place 

Step Seven: Screw the plywood seat onto the tire. 

Step Eight: ENJOY! 

 Supplies:

  •  Used Tires
  • Plywood
  • Fabric
  • Fiber fill/foam
  • Screws & Screw driver
  • Stapler/Staple Gun
  • Paint  
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