Easy DIY Gold Thanksgiving Mason Jar Craft

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Hey loves! Happy Halloween! Prepare I am preparing myself for the sugar high and following sugar coma – Amiright? Are you the type of parent to steal all your favorite candies from your child’s treat bag and stash them for yourself? I’m not alone here, am I? Please tell me I am not the only one … help me feel better about taking candy from my baby. I feel like today is the perfect time to share the first of my Thanksgiving Crafting.  This year is the first year we own a home and we are hosting Thanksgiving.  I am feeling real grown up about now. So in preparation for that honor I made this Easy DIY gold Thanksgiving Mason Jar craft.  I think I will have it on my entry console for when guest arrive.



1 Mason Jar
Tissue paper or tape
Silhouette Cutting Machine
Repositionable Vinyl
This “thanks and leaf” file for the Silhouette
Gold Spray Paint

Here’s how we do it:

Cover the lid of your mason jar with tissue paper or tape to protect the inside and lid of the jar from over spray &  place vinyl cut out onto jar

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Spray jar with gold spray paint

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Remove vinyl from jar and paper/tape from lid

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Add flowers (and maybe baby pumpkins for extra fall flair)

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This will serve as beautiful Thanksgiving decor, a hostess gift, or make a grouping of them for your Thanksgiving tablescape.  These are so simple to make you can easily to make you could have your Thanksgiving decor made in an hour. How simple is that?

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Easy DIY Blue Mason Jar Hostess Gift

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If you are looking for an easy DIY hostess gift for the holiday season then I have your answer.  This hostess gift is perfect: vintage blue mason jar that your hostess can reuse as a vase, cookie mix so that the she has something on hand for future visitors, and these adorable mason jar measuring spoons.  This is like a hostess dream gift… or maybe just my dream gift.  So let’s make this easy DIY blue mason jar hostess gift.


1 blue mason jar
1 set mason jar measuring spoons
Silhouette Cutting Machine
This Silhouette cut file
Repositional vinyl
Plastic Bag
White Spray Paint
Cookie Mix:
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar/coconut sugar
3/4 cup chocolate chips


1. Using your Silhouette Cutting Machine, use the cut file and cut the repositional vinyl

2. Place the vinyl cut out on the blue mason jar

3. Using tape and plastic bag, cover all parts of the mason jar left exposed

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4. Using white spray paint, coat the cut out

4. Using white spray paint, coat the cut out  5. Remove plastic, tape, and vinyl, leaving the desired image  6. Fill jar with Cookie Mix in order listed above  7. Place lid no jar and attach Mason Jar Measuring Spoons

5. Remove plastic, tape, and vinyl, leaving the desired image

6. Fill jar with Cookie Mix in order listed above

7. Place lid no jar and attach Mason Jar Measuring Spoons

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Include a card with this gift with the follwing backing instructions:

Chocolate Chip Cookies 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 2. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup of unsalted butter or margarine until light and fluffy. Beat in 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix in cookie mix. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough, spaced well apart, onto a greased cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

I literally love this gift.  I am thinking of keeping it for myself…. is that selfish? But it’s sooo cute! I love how quickly this gift comes together. I think it would be cool to make 3-4 of these and have them on hand for all the holiday parties you will invited to this season.  Your hostess will be so grateful. I know I would be!

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How to make mini pom poms

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If you guys have ever seen those cute little teeny tiny pom poms and thought, “How do I make those?”  I am here to tell you: “easily.”  Making mini pom poms is a breeze.  Here’s how to make mini pom poms:

You will need:

Yarn (any color you want)
Yarn Needle
A Fork

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Here’s how ya do it:

Place yarn through middle tongs of fork, with tail of yarn on the neck of the fork

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Wrap yarn around fork – I did this approximate 50 times. More wraps = thicker, fluffier pom pom

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Cut yarn and thread through yarn needle

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Push needle through middle of wrapped yarn

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Wrap yarn around outside of wrapped thread and tie needle end to starting end

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Slide bundle off fork

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Cut loops which were created by looping yarn around fork

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Trim any stray long pieces and trim to shape your pom pom uniformially

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Now you have a little pom pom ready to be strung for a mini pom pom banner

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These darling Mini Pom Poms are so easy to make and take almost no time at all.  Once you make a few you will be able to fly through them and make them in just a few minutes.  This is the kind of craft I like to do while watching TV with the hubby because my hands can work without having to think too hard about what I doing.

What’s your favorite mindless craft?

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20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial

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My family are all currently awaiting a new arrival to our already crowded bunch. My cousin (grandchild #7) is expecting his first baby with his girlfriend – a girl and we are all super thrilled about it. Now that little Ella is due to make her arrival any day now I thought I’d share a few projects we’ve been working on for her, starting with this super gorgeous little shirred dress I whipped up in literally 20 minutes the other day. I’m in love with the gorgeous black and white stripes and with the ribbon ties it makes it super easy to put on and take off if by any chance Miss Ella decides to use it as a vomit rag. I also added a super cute sequin letter ‘E’ to the front which I’ve got listed as a new item in my shop available for purchase! (I’ve also got an exclusive illistyle deal below!)

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For this cute little dress I used what I already had on hand and it took me literally 20 minutes to make and I’ve got plenty of material left for more as well as lots of un-shirred knit for other projects!! For this dress I used pre-shirred knit/jersey but you could easily purchase some elastic thread and shirr your own but I’ve never quite gotten the hang of shirring and I wanted a quick and easy sewing project. Along with the knit/jersey, you’ll need some ribbon or fabric scraps for ties, pins and a sewing machine! It’s that simple – so let’s make ourselves a dress with this 20 Minute Baby Dress Tutorial!

You’ll need:

· Knit or jersey fabric
· Elastic thread (if your fabric isn’t pre-shirred)
· Ribbon or scrap fabric
· Item of similar sized clothing (to get the right size)
· Pins
· Scissors
· Sewing machine
· 20 minutes!

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1. Start by laying your item of clothing down on your fabric. I used a little vest we picked up for Ella. Mark where the garment ends and fold it over so you have double thickness at the right size. Add 1 cm for seam allowance

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2. Measure how long you want the dress to be. I based mine on the theory that most babies are 19-22 inches long and made mine 14.5 inches + 0.5 inches for seam allowance. Mark your measurements with a fabric marker or pins.

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3. Cut out your fabric. Make sure your fabric is smooth and even.

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4. Double fold your hem up and pin in place. Don’t pull or stretch the knit/jersey just work slowly and carefully. You can choose to leave the hem unfinished since knit doesn’t fray but as this was a gift I chose to hem for a more professional look.

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5. Sew your hem, backstitching at the start and finish. Some tips for working with knit: don’t pull! Place your fabric under your machine foot and start sewing, let the machine move the fabric for you and just guide it in the right direction with your hand. And take your time! It doesn’t have to take exactly 20 minutes!!

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6. Pin your fabric right sides together and sew down the edge. Make sure you backstitch at the start and finish.

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7. Cut your ribbon. I chose to cut mine about 10 inches long but depending on the age you can make this longer or shorter. I would have probably made it a bit longer so that they can be tied in bows.

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8. Pin your ribbon onto the tops of the dress, making sure you line them up on each side.

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9. Sew in place. Backstitch over this a couple of times. Since this will be on the shirred section of the dress it doesn’t matter if the stitching is a little wonky as you won’t notice it with the shirring! Tie up your ties and YOU’RE DONE!!

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CONGRATULTIONS!! You just made yourself a pretty new dress! The great thing about this dress is that it is SO versatile – you can make it for any age, from newborn to adults and the process is exactly the same!! I hope you liked this tutorial and I’ll be back next month with another one – in the meantime feel free to pop on over to my blog and say hi! I’d love to have you over!!

- Danielle


2 Minute No Sew Fabric Pumpkins

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If you love fall and are short on time (can I get an amen?)  then you will love these easy 2 Minute No Sew Fabric Pumpkins.

Supplies (for each pumpkin):

1 – fat quarter of fabric

1 – roll of toilet paper

1- brown lunch bag

6 – plastic grocery bags

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Place flat quarter pattern side down

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Place toilet paper roll on top of your fabric

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Pull your bags straight and stack around toilet paper roll

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Pull up sides of fabric and tuck into the center of your toilet paper roll

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Twist paper bag tightly and insert into center of toilet paper roll to form your pumpkin stem

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Easy, right? I love to make a grouping of these pumpkins for my hearth.  It’s so easy to change up each year (depending on your mood or color scheme) and the best part is: when you change over to your Christmas or Hanukkah decor you can dissemble the pumpkins, put the fabric back in your craft stash, and use the other elements as they were originally intended, so it is a simple no waste project.  My husband loves that he doesn’t have to store them in the garage with the Fall Decor, space saver!

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Do you make your own fall decorations?

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Wood Burned Coasters

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Hello darlings.  I have so many home projects that I have been putting off since moving into our new home.  So I have been trying to check all those little things off the list. Last week I went to IKEA to look at desk systems for the studio… sadly, I left without a desk, but I did leave with new trivets and placemats. Score.  Another project I completed recently were these wood burned coasters.  This project was surprisingly simple. I love the verse Micah 6:8 I decided that the daily visual reminder of that verse would be good for me. You can make whatever you want with this, but if you want the same verse, I have included the template for you.

Here’s what you need:

– 4 Birch Coasters (available at Michaels)
– Wood Burning Tool (I use this one)
– Silhouette Cameo
Repositionable Vinyl
This Silhouette Studio Template of Micah 6:8

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I designed the above Silhouette file (which is free for download and personal use – for all other use please email april{at}illistyle.com), and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it out onto my repositionable vinyl.

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I then placed the cutouts onto the birch coasters DIY Wood Burned Coasters and then used my wood burner to color inside the lines. (Please be careful with the wood burner and keep it away from children, it makes the hot glue gun look like and ice ray… this bad boy gets HOT!)

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and ta-da!

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Who’s that? Oh, just my cute little old man Chihuahua. Sitting next to the coasters, with some cold brew coffee, in a mason jar, with a paper straw. He’s too hipster for you. And for me. Geez.

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Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial

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Happy October!!!! Let’s kick this month off with a little Fall Decor.  I created this Nautical Fall Mantel and Garland Tutorial for you guys.  I know you might be thinking… “Fall AND Nautical? What?” Lemme explain: I love nautical decor.  I love fall decor.  Some people think the two styles aren’t compatible … I beg to differ. Lots of natural woven elements, white, the boat paint-by-number, and the round mirror (think port hole) make it nautical.  Pumpkins, leaves, and black chevron say fall. The elements all work together because neither is over-emphasized.  Plus, white on white is dreamy, am I right?

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The woven Nautical ball garland is easy to make:

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1 package Large Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 package Small/Medium Woven Balls (available at Michaels)
1 length thick Hemp (available at Amazon)
Thread (neutral color)

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Sew the woven balls onto the hemp. In order that the balls do not slip on the hemp, sew the balls to the hemp by pushing the needle through the hemp and then wrap the thread around the hemp.  This will ensure the balls will stay where you put them.

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Pair the garland with white pumpkins, leaves, and anything white and you can call your fall mantel decor done for the season!

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What’s your design asthetic? Does Nautical + Fall work for you?

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DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates

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Hey yo to all the My Little Pony fans out there!  If you have ever dreamed of being Twilight Sparkle or any of her pony friends? Well, now you can!  I made these felt masks for Ava’s 5th birthday (if you wanna check out the other MLP crafts I made, check out this post.)  And because I L.O.V.E. love you guys, I made printable templates so that you can make them too! Check em out- DIY My Little Pony Masks with Printable Templates (10/17/14 All Masks are viewing and printing correctly, please let us know if you experience any trouble and we will fix ASAP):


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Felt in desired color (indicated by photos above)
Printable PDF of desired Pony Mask (available by clicking desired Pony Mask above)
Fabric Glue

Black Sharpie

General Directions:

1.Click on desired mask
2. Download PDF
3. Print PDF
4. Cut out peices
5. Using a pencil, trace around peices, onto felt
6. Using fabric glue, attach pieces to main mask
7. Using sharpie, draw on lashes as shown in photos above
8. Using glue, attach string
9. Wear with Pony Pride

All of the masks can work for kids and adults.  I realize that Rarity looks funky around the eyes in the photo above, if you are making the Rarity mask for an adult, please feel free to widen the eye holes in order to get your peripheral vision back.  Also, you will want to cut the top of Rainbow Dash’s head to connect to her ear (as shown), this will serve as the backing for her bangs. Trust me, it is a necessary thing.

All of these masks are free for personal use.
I would love to see the photos of your masks!
Tag @illistyle in your FB / Twitter / Instagram photos!

Who are you gonna be for Halloween?

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