Pinecone Door Hanger

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Want an easy way to dress up your door for fall? No project could be simpler than this pinecone door hanger.

A pinecone door hanger offers a twist from the usual classic door décor: a wreath.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of wreaths—and not just for the holidays. Autumn wreaths made from faux or real branches, berries and leaves just put you in a cheery fall mood. And of course who doesn’t love winter wreaths made from evergreens? Even a simple burlap-wrapped wreath could hang on my door all year.

But why not change it up? This easy-to-make pinecone door hanger requires just a few supplies, and it’s a pretty “just because” decoration.

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Here’s how to make your own pinecone door hanger. Break out your glue gun and some ribbon and you’re almost ready to get crafting.

What you’ll need:
– Pinecones (5-6)
– Ribbon
– Hot glue gun

I found my pinecones by just taking a stroll through my neighborhood and gathering some pinecones that had fallen near the road. You too probably don’t have to walk far to find some pinecones. But if pinecones aren’t available in your area, you can easily purchase a bag full of them at a craft store.

Any style of ribbon will work for this project, but I chose a wider ribbon because it offers more surface area to glue the ribbon to the pinecone. I found my pumpkin-themed ribbon at the Dollar Tree for, obviously, $1. You can use any color or theme you like, and it doesn’t have to be autumn-themed. If you stick with one color of ribbon or a neutral ribbon, you could even leave your door hanger up through the holidays—or all year.

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Once you have your supplies, you’re ready to assemble your pinecone door hanger. Just follow these steps.

1. Trim your ribbon
Cut your ribbon in strips of the same length. I cut mine at about 20 inches. If you decide to go shorter, just remember you still have to gather the ribbons together and tie them when you’re finished.

2. Glue them together
Hot glue the end of each ribbon to the bottom of each pinecone. I folded the ends of the ribbon together a bit and then glued the folded area to the pinecone.

3. Let dry
Allow the glue to dry and harden to the pinecone.

4. Cluster together
Gather the ends of the ribbons together and stagger them, so the pinecones sit at varying lengths. Tie the ends together in a knot with a small cutting of the same ribbon.

5. Show it off
Let the whole neighborhood see your new rustic door hanger. Hang your pinecone door hanger on your front door with a simple nail.

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This fall craft project has really gotten me in the mood for the season. I also love the simplicity of it. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on supplies to create something pretty for your door. Between gathering the pinecones and shopping the Dollar Tree, I made this project for just $1. Happy fall!

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17 Reasons to Love Fall Mums

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It’s the season for mum madness. When everyone is going pumpkin crazy, sipping pumpkin spice lattes and eating pumpkin everything, there’s a certain set of us who are going wild for mums, too.

These charming flowers add so much vibrancy to a home during fall. They’re festive and fun and you can’t do fall without them.

Plus, you don’t need to have a big house to enjoy them. Even if you have one small potted mum sitting on your apartment balcony, that’s enough to get the fall feeling.

You probably don’t need a list of reasons to love fall mums, but just for fun, here are 17 reasons to adore these fall flower favorites.

1. They signal fall
When you start seeing fall mums popping up in grocery stores, nurseries and hardware stores, you know it’s true: Fall is here!

2. They come in fall-tastic colors
Burnt orange. Deep burgundy. Cheery yellow. Mums come in a variety of perfect-for-fall colors. The hard part is choosing what colors you want. (I usually end up buying several of each color.)

3. They come in purple, too
Not a fan of fall colors? Don’t worry. Fall mums even come in purple. From light lavender to rich eggplant tones, they come in all manner of purple hues. Pair them with pink and white mums for a coordinated look.

4. They’re easy to care for
Potted mums are low-maintenance plants that just require a little TLC. Plant them in well-drained soil and keep the soil moist. They also prefer full sun. But really, mums aren’t a very picky plant.

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5. They last
Depending on where you live, your fall mums should last several months. I live in the Midwest and mine go on full display from September through November. When buying your mums, choose mums with unopened blooms. This may be contrary to what you want at the moment—pretty full flowers—but the plants will last much longer if you choose buds that haven’t opened yet. Plus, as perennials, fall mums will regrow next year. Score!

6. They’re cheery
Can you even look at a mum without smiling? Their cheery blossoms just make you smitten. And, if you keep potted mums on your porch, they’ll give everyone who passes by your cheery stoop a boost.

7. They’re great décor
Mums are the perfect flowers to add to your fall displays. They complement pumpkins and gourds well, making them a no-brainer addition to a harvest display. You could even use them indoors for a one-time dinner centerpiece and then transplant them to containers outside for the rest of the season.

8. They look good with pumpkins
Pumpkins and mums. Mums and pumpkins. Can you have a fall display without one or the other? Of course not! Fall mums and pumpkins are two peas in a pod.

If you want to get really serious about pairing the two, carve out the inside of a pumpkin and use the pumpkin as a vase for a bouquet of mums.

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9. They dress up your porch
Get your porch ready for the season with mums galore. Mums do well in containers, so decorate your porch by planting mums in a variety of containers. Think beyond terracotta pots. Add a rustic chic look to your front porch by planting mums in wooden barrels, metal buckets, apple baskets or wooden boxes.

Once planted, cluster your potted mums in corners of your porch. They also look particularly good on porch steps. Place one on each step to create a welcoming effect.

10. They’re inexpensive
All plants tend to be a budget-friendly way of adding some life to your home. Mums are no different. These babies are inexpensive, and right now is when you can usually find some good deals on mums. I scored mine for $1.50 each recently.

11. They transition well
Mums are decorating staples that last throughout the fall season. They make sense for displays—inside and outside—during early fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. With just a few tweeks, like adding in some fake cobwebs or spooky fake spiders, rats or crows, your display of mums on your porch is ready for Halloween. Then swap the gore for gourds and you’re ready for Thanksgiving.

12. They’re a classic
You can’t go wrong with mums. They’re a plant that isn’t going out of style. Even if you leave them in the same plastic pot they came in when you bought them—and do nothing else—they’ll make your porch, living room or kitchen look like you took the time to get festive.

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13. They’re great for decorating indoors
Mums aren’t just for outdoor decorating. They add texture and a pop of color to inside spaces, too. Place a few potted mums in—or near—your fireplace hearth; add them in bare corners of rooms; or line a few smaller mums on your dining room table for an easy centerpiece.

14. They’re a natural element
Rooms can feel stale without some kind of natural element in them. Decorating with mums indoors can add much-needed life to a space. And, once you no longer want the mums inside, feel free to transfer them outside.

15. They make easy arrangements
Snip off a few stray stems from your potted mums to make elegant flower arrangements for your home. I like to use small simple vases, like clear glass bottles or skinny milk glass vases, to hold just a few mum blossoms.

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16. They look great with burlap
Dress up your potted mums by wrapping the pot in burlap. The burlap just takes the look to the next level—and it’s super simple.

17. They’re festive
Mums get you in the mood for fall. They’re festive, fun and iconic. I’m a big believer in celebrating the changing seasons and adding mums to your home is a great way to bid farewell to summer and say hello to fall.

Every season is a fresh start. Incorporating a few potted mums into your home will encourage you to start the transition to fall. Enjoy the change!

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Travefy: Trip Planning Made Easy

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The hardest part about getting away, whether over a long weekend or on a two-week European excursion, is making the plans. Booking hotel rooms. Planning must-see sites. Divvying up the expenses. It’s a lot to get done.

Getting everything organized for a trip is where I struggle. I have a bad habit of procrastinating planning. I have this irrational fear that I’m going to pick a bad hotel or not do enough research to find good sightseeing opportunities, so I put off getting started.

It also doesn’t help when I don’t have a good way of organizing. I’ve used everything from Word® documents to Excel® spreadsheets to a folder in my email to organize trips. None of which work well for this purpose.

The best method I’ve ever used is this travel planning board, made from craft paper and Post-it® notes, which I hung on the wall. While fun, this method had its downsides. I couldn’t access it away from my house and it was a pain to make changes.

When planning a two-week vacation to England, France and Wales in July, I found an amazingly better option. I used Travefy, a free online and mobile group planner.

It helped me not procrastinate…mostly.

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The premise behind Travefy is that it makes trip planning with your friends easy. You can all collaborate to organize the trip, build an itinerary and easily split expenses. And you can do it all on the Travfy website or on its mobile app.

My twin sister and I mainly used the itinerary builder feature of Travefy to plan our trip. It’s really easy-to-use. You just input the location and the dates of your trip and start creating your itinerary for each day.

Keeping track of our flight information, hotel names and booking dates, and the sights we wanted to see was so much easier all in one place. I even shared the link to our Travefy trip with my mom, so she could see our itinerary. (And so, she didn’t ask me a billion questions about where we’d be and when.)

You can even create a PDF to share your itinerary or sync your itinerary to your calendar with just a couple clicks.

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At some point I’d like to explore the other features Travefy offers, such as the ability to split group trip expenses. I believe you can even add your bank account, a debit card or a credit card to your Travefy account, and then you can pay your friends directly through Travefy. So easy!

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I highly recommend trying Travefy, but no matter what method you choose to plan your trip, travel planning is always better with beer. (Just sayin.)

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If you’re wondering why I’m deviating from my usual home decorating and craft posts, the answer is simple. In order to appreciate home, I think you have to get away from it once in a while. Even if it’s just taking a day trip and driving to a different town an hour away. Stepping outside of the everyday is important for all of us. It gives us a fresh perspective and a new appreciation for what we have.

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