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Halloween Pumpkin Topiary With Spiders 2012 Ideas from HGTV

We stacked three plain pumpkins together then adorned them in spiders to make a spooky Halloween decoration.

To make this adorable pumpkin topiary, we pinned on spiders and wrapped the pumpkins with black yarn.

Tools and Supplies

serrated knife
hot-glue gun
3 carving pumpkins (we used faux pumpkins from Funkin)
30 to 40 straight pins with a black tops
black yarn
small plastic toy spiders
one large spider

Carve and Stack

Carve the top and bottom of the top pumpkin in the stack. Carve the bottom of the middle pumpkin in the stack. This way stack on top of each other and the top one will have an opening for the flashlight.

Insert Pins

Push the black sewing pins into the pumpkins in a random pattern. Leave half of the pin sticking out. Use about 15 pins per pumpkin.

Create the Spider’s Web

Starting at the bottom, wrap the yarn around one of the pins then bring it to the next pin, wrap it around and repeat. Keep weaving the yarn back and forth around the pins until you have one big web. If necessary, use the glue gun on the yarn to keep it from moving.

Add Spiders

Tie or glue small strands of yarn to several of the spiders. Tie the strands to the webbing so the spiders will hang down. Then glue some spiders directly to the webbing. Add several to the top to make it look like they are escaping. Place a few on the floor and make them look like they are about to scatter.

Include Mama Spider

Insert a flashlight into the top pumpkin to illuminate the large spider. Then place the spider as if she’s escaping, too (again, be careful of the pins).

DIY Curtains and Shades 2013 Ideas

Do-it-yourself curtains and drapes are easier to make than you might think. With a little bit of fabric, a staple gun and some creativity, you can fashion an interesting look for your home.
These projects can all be done without making a single stitch.
Napkin Cafe Curtains
Turn patterned cloth napkins into a kicky pair of curtains by joining their edges with jeans rivets spaced every 2 inches. Then add large grommets or rivets along the tops of the panels and thread onto a curtain rod. You can buy rivet and grommet kits at fabric stores. To install, cut a small hole in the fabric, insert both pieces of the rivet or grommet, and use the tool that comes in the kit to press them together.

Towel Window Treatment
Use kicky kitchen dish towels for fun window treatments. Simply clip drapery hooks to the top edge of a dishtowel and hang from a cafe curtain rod. The towels are easy to remove for washing and can also be changed out seasonally. Plus, when you’ve decided to move on to a different window treatment, the towels can be used for their original purpose of drying dishes.
Buttoned Up
The buttons and burlap that jazz up these plain white tab-top cafe curtains come right off when it’s time to wash them. That’s because the buttons are attached with magnets rather than sewn on. Tie hemp cord through each button, then glue a magnet onto the back. Cut burlap into a strip 1-1/2 inches wide and pull off a few of the long threads to fringe the edge. Lay the burlap on top of the curtain and hold it in place with a magnetic button at each tab.
Trimmed Tablecloths
Romance a window with a pretty curtain made from a tablecloth. Look for a square or rectangular one with tassels, ruffles, or scallops they’ll add instant detail that you don’t have to sew on. Cut the tablecloth into two panels. (A 60-inch square cloth is handy because you can just cut it in half.) Hem the cut edges with iron-on seam tape, and hang with drapery clips.
Wrapped Windows
Made from shawls found for $8 each, these panels are an inexpensive alternative to custom window treatments. Cut away the fringe from one end of each shawl and hot-glue decorative trim along the raw end. Hang from clip rings.
Floor-Length Tab-Top Panels
Velvet ribbon in three sherbet shades turns plain white tab-top curtains into an elegant treatment. To create the look, lay out the panels and attach horizontal bands of ribbon with fabric glue. To make the ties at the top, cut the tabs off, then cut six evenly placed, 1-inch horizontal slits across each panel. Finish by cutting V shapes out of the ends of each tie.

Tip: Washable fabric glue will be strong enough to withstand a washing machine and will remain clear and flexible.

Rickrack Panels
Add drama to a room by hanging tab-top panels embellished with a grid of ribbon and rickrack. Choosing natural colors and textures keeps the boldness of the pattern in check. Measure carefully and plan ahead for proper ribbon placement. Each X design extends from side to side and repeats three times from top to bottom. Glue down all the caramel-color ribbon first, then center and glue on lengths of lime green rickrack. Finish by gluing a large button at each intersection. For a nicely finished edge, cut the ribbon 1 inch longer than needed, wrap it around the edge of the curtain, and glue it on the back. Finish the look with a button of your choice. We chose a wooden button to complement the caramel-color ribbon.

Tip: Before adding embellishments, first press the draperies to remove all wrinkles and creases. Accurate positioning of ribbons and trims will be easier on a smooth surface.

Ribboned Romans
Confining the embellishment to the edges of this Roman shade keeps the look clean. As the shade is raised, the ribboned edges fall into graceful pleats. We combined several different widths and colors of ribbon. After planning the design, stretch the shade out on a flat surface and glue the ribbons around the outside edges one layer at a time. Allow the ribbons to extend an inch beyond the shade width so they can be folded over and glued to the back for a finished look.
Stenciled Curtain Panels
Dress up purchased panels with a fun stencil. Lay a panel out flat, with kraft paper underneath it to absorb extra paint. Place the stencil on the panel and use fabric paint to paint on the design.

2013 Color Guide Palettes : Made Easy Ideas from HGTV

Color Palettes Made Easy

Need a pleasing color palette for your home decor? Just look around you! From works of art to stylish scarves, gorgeous color combinations are everywhere. Choose a colorful piece by an artist or designer, and the work is done for you.

By Jennifer & Kitty O’Neil

Let a Plate Be Your Palette

Dinnerware is a one-stop shop for pretty palettes. Plates come in all styles and colors, from casual to formal, so you can pick out a color story for every room in the house. And you needn’t buy a service for eight. Often you can get a single salad plate or teacup to use as your mood board.

Accessorize With Color

If you want to freshen up your kitchen, but you can’t afford to change the counters and cabinets, you need to accessorize. Take your sample plate with you to pick out dishtowels, canisters and bowls. It may not seem like a big makeover to get bright new spatulas, but when you put them all together, colorful details make a splash!

Take a Tip From Textiles

Inspiration objects can show you how to marry colors in ways you might not have considered. Sure, tangy lime, orange and marigold go well with white (what doesn’t?). But who would have thought that adding ecru, black and charcoal would make such a cool combo?

Make a Modern Mix

When it comes to color in the dining room, go beyond tablecloths and placemats. Vivid accessories like charger plates, napkin rings and finger bowls spice up the table with color. Feel free to mix the colors from your palette in unusual ways. A paprika charger plate next to a celadon runner is more exciting than going all one color.

Learn From the Masters

The colors of the great outdoors go together naturally and can be a fertile source for palettes. But with a world of so many greens and blues out there, how can you possibly decide which hues to use? Instead of trying to match swatches to blades of grass, let a painted landscape be your guide. Leave it to the painter to select their vision of nature’s aquamarines, indigos and golds.

Elevate Your Mood

A painting can inspire your accents as well as your colors. This glassy vase not only brings in the landscape’s blues and greens, but also echoes the reflective pond surface. The leafy lotus candles float on the counter like the painting’s flowering irises. The wooden soap dish and chestnut bird finish off the look with a nod to the whimsical flooded birdhouse.

Tap Into a Trend

You can find trendy color palettes on all kinds of things if you keep an eye out for them. This kooky, collapsible shopping basket features raspberry with yummy chocolate and touches of tangerine and turquoise. Delicious! Don’t worry about trying to decorate with the inspiration object, though. Just steal its colors then use the item elsewhere.

Launch Your Look

To coordinate your colors in a flash, add one accent that magically combines many of the colors in your scheme. A throw pillow embroidered in hues from the shopping basket gives this room a unified look. When you see the colors entwined on the pillow, it makes sense to have a raspberry basket next to a turquoise table.

Focus on Fashion

A boutique find like a hand-painted silk scarf not only helps you select colors, it tells you how much of each color to use. This beautiful scarf has scarlet as the primary color with forest and olive as secondary colors. Black comes in strong as an accent and pops of cobalt and periwinkle express artistic flair.

Issue Yourself Artistic License

To make a bold statement with color, you’re going to need a lot of confidence or a great designer piece to define your color scheme. Trust the artist to show you amazing combinations you may have never imagined before. Then you can drape a pale purple blanket across a red duvet with black shams and have no fear.

Welcoming Fall Entryway 2012 Ideas from HGTV

When Thanksgiving guests enter your home, the first space they see should be both beautiful and inviting. Elevate the seasonal feel of your entryway with a warm fall arrangement that is both natural and elegant.

By : Marian Parsons

Warm and Welcoming

Natural elements, the warm tones of burnished wood, tarnished silver and a touch of gold make this fall entry arrangement inviting and interesting. An antique beadboard door hung horizontally provides a rustic, primitive backdrop. 

Rustic Meets Refined

A slightly tarnished silver champagne bucket holds natural, dried twigs collected during a stroll outdoors. Mixing fancier pieces with the humble provides an excellent visual contrast. A handmade “merci” clay tag is hung from the bucket with twine to hint at the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Custom Greetings

A homemade chalkboard is inserted in an antique wooden frame as a place to write autumn greetings, song lyrics, poems or verses. It can be easily made by cutting a piece of Masonite to size and painting it with two coats of chalkboard paint.

Moss Isn’t Just for Spring

A small acorn squash is surrounded by a bed of reindeer moss to keep it steady and add fluffy texture. Mosses can also be used to make topiaries and to simply fill wood or silver bowls.

Fringes and Feathers

A scrap of burlap fabric is unraveled around the edges and used as a casual runner in this centerpiece. Guinea-fowl feathers were collected from a local farm and put on display. Feathers can also be purchased at craft stores and look especially beautiful in vases or fashioned into wreaths

Spell It Out

Use gold-leafed resin letters to spell out a greeting or announce the season. Letters made of metal, chipboard or wood would also look fitting in an autumn display. 

How to Make Glitter Christmas Tree Decorations 2013 Ideas from HGTV

Add some extra sparkle to your holiday decorations by creating these miniature Christmas trees.

Glistening Details

These holiday decorations couldn’t be easier to make. Styrofoam cones that can be found at any craft store are covered in glitter then a pretty snowflake ornament is added to the top. 

Tools and Materials

Foam cones in various sizes, spray adhesive, glitter, snowflake ornaments and hot glue

Glitter It

Spray foam cone with spray adhesive then sprinkle glitter all over the cone and shake off the excess. Repeat if necessary. 

Top It Off

Use hot glue to attach glittered snowflake ornament.