Tools and Materials
Husk Wreath How-To
- In a large bowl, prepare a dye bath with a ratio of 2 teaspoons of dye to each cup of warm water.
- Working in small batches, soak husks until they reach desired color. (You may need to swish the liquid around to dye the husks evenly.)
- Remove husks, and lay them flat on paper towels or kraft paper; let dry slightly.
- While husks are still damp and pliable, begin making the wreath. Tear husks in half lengthwise along their natural striation. Working in rows and overlapping as you go, loop each husk and anchor its ends to the wreath with a U pin. Continue until the form is covered.
- Hang from a loop of ribbon.
A few days ago I purchased this caddy for $2.99 at a thrift store. I love good deals! This caddy (bottom center) is probably designed for a different location, however, it serves as a wonderful storage solution for our small bathroom. Plus, the handmade soaps and bubble bath are displayed in plain sight acting as a reminder for tub-time.
Hold the Door!
In the magazine a weighted gourd is used as a door stopper. In my house the gourd door stopper would be used as a pinata. So, I will come back to this idea once the kids are older. For the past few years I have been growing gourds in our garden. I enjoyed reading about a functional use for the gourds.
For about $10 I purchased both the wax and the seal at Michaels craft store. What a cute way to present a bottle of wine!
This is a vase from one of our homegrown squashes. Using squash or pumpkins as a vase is always a great idea.
Sugar and Spice
This is a neat idea. If you ever have extra pumpkin pie puree then consider making it into a spread. When the puree is added to a mixture of pumpkin pie spices and maple syrup it then becomes a delicious spread for your morning toast. Yum!
Calm the Kids' Table
I used an old Whole Foods paper bag to make a large piece of art paper. Giving the kids a simple, creative activity while they await their dinner is a practical idea.