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Guy DIY: Figure-rarium (a.k.a. Figure Terrarium)

When my brother and I were kids, we used to love playing with our Star Wars action figures out in the garden. So, when I saw how popular terrariums and figure-rariums have become on sites like Pinterest, it immediately took me back to the little worlds we used to create (and then destroy) with our action figures.

Below is my take on re-creating some of these fun little domains. Hopefully, you won’t want to destroy yours when you’re done.

Setting up a terrarium is easy. Here’s how to get started:

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Find the perfect container, and be sure to wash and dry it completely. I found this one in our Home Decor Department.

Step 1: Add potting materials (rocks and soil).

Terrarium Rocks

Your rock layer should be about an inch thick. Gravel, stones and craft-store pebbles can all be used for drainage. You may also want to mix some charcoal in with your rocks to keep things smelling fresh. Something I forgot to do with my terrarium. : /

The soil layer should be about 2-3 inches thick, depending on the size of your largest root ball.

Step 2: Add plants.

Terrarium Plants

Dig your holes, insert your plants and then firm up the soil around each plant. You can find plants for this project at any nursery or home improvement store. And if you really don’t trust yourself with live plants, Michaels has all kinds of life-like plants to choose from.

Note: You may want to consider consulting someone with a green thumb before choosing your plants. I called my Mom, because she just knows about this kind of stuff.

Step 3: Create a scene.

Terrarium Complete

This is the step where you add the fun! I included a few different looks to give you a better idea of all you can do. I used Safari Toob figures from our Kids Department, and painted the dinosaurs with Liquitex® Spray Paint to give them a different look. The other figures came already painted.

 

Terrarium Looks

You can also finish off your project with a Basswood Country Round® to give it a more complete look.

Another note: You may want to consider using a drop cloth for this project. Something else I forgot to do when building my terrarium.

Oh, and terrariums make great holiday gifts.

Dig in!

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Second Annual Michaels Dream Tree Challenge

Now that Halloween has come and gone, who else is ready to dive head first into the holidays? I’ve already begun my Christmas shopping and may or may not be jamming to a holiday music station on Pandora. But, nothing gets me in the spirit more than decorating my home for the holidays every year. It’s time to bring out the wreaths, unpack those ornaments & start untangling those Christmas lights.

In preparation for the holidays, we challenged 30 of our favorite bloggers to create the Christmas Tree of their dreams … prepare to be wowed.

I present to you, the Second Annual Michaels Dream Tree Challenge.

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Check out all the trees & more inspiration on our Dream Tree Pinterest board. Which tree is your favorite?

- Jillian

Bone Appetite

Bone Appétit!

Halloween Skulls Tablescape

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of skulls – from colorful Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skulls to the notorious Jolly Roger. My old skateboard even had an iconic image of a skeleton ripping through the bottom of it.

So, when I think about Halloween decor, the first thing I think of … skulls.

I’ve chosen several of my favorites below. I think these would make a great addition to any frightfully festive Halloween display.

5 Skull Tealight Holder Skull Pillar Candle

Skull Jar Candle Holder Skull Tealight Hider

Clockwise from top left: 5 Skull Tealight HolderCelebrate It™ Skull CandleSkull Tealight HiderSkull Jar Candle Holder.

Of course, if skulls aren’t your thing, Michaels also has a number of other creepy creatures and themes to choose from like spiders, owls, monsters and more! Be sure and check them all out today in our Glitter & Ghouls Lookbook, or visit your local Michaels store for more Halloween inspiration.

Happy haunting!

- Stephen

fall porch makeover

Fall Porch Makeover

Fall Decor Porch Makeover

Autumn is in the air. It’s the perfect time to change up your style and try something new. Michaels has a number of inspiring decorating tips and ideas to help you create the perfect autumn porch display, and keep your home looking stylish all season long. You can start by taking an inventory of what you may already have, and then visit your local Michaels and add to it as you see fit.

Fall Garland

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Create a festival of fall color for your front door. Drape your doorway with Ashland® Fall Garland.

Tip: If you want to take it a step further, you can embellish your garland by adding picks, sprays, small decorative pumpkins and ribbon.

 Harvest Décor Scarecrows

Fall Decor Scarecrows

Make a statement about fall. Celebrate It™ Harvest Décor Scarecrows are a fun way to greet neighbors, guests and passersby.

Tip: Harvest Scarecrows can do double duty for both fall and Halloween decorating.

 Fall Pumpkins

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Have bushels of fun with pumpkins and gourds. Ashland® Fall Pumpkins look great grouped together in baskets and wheelbarrows and stacked in planters.

Tip: If you’re really in the spirit of things, you can decorate your pumpkins with glitter, paint, tape, decoupage and more.

 Fall and Harvest Baskets

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Create a cornucopia of color for your front porch. Fill Ashland® Fall and Harvest Baskets with mini pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, leaves and more.

Tip: Many of our fall baskets can be re-purposed for holiday decorating. Simply add pinecones, berries, nuts or branches and coat with shimmering metallic paint from Design Master®.

Keeping up with the latest trends is easy with Michaels. Be sure and take a look at our Fall LookbookPinterest boards, or get in store for even more creative ideas and inspiration.

Happy decorating!

- Stephen

 

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Blogger Challenge Roundup: Craft Pumpkins

Few things help ring in fall quite like pumpkins (and pumpkin-spiced-everything). There’s something magical about how easily they can transform your décor when the season changes. We challenged some of our favorite bloggers to come up with unique ways to decorate craft pumpkins to help jump start your fall creativity.

Lil Luna Washi Tape Pumpkins A Night Owl Blog Neon Dipped Pumpkins The Paper Mama Pumpkin Terrarium

Flamingo Toes Fabric Wrapped Pumpkins Lil Blue Boo Pumpkin House Number

Clockwise from top left: Lil Luna: Washi Tape Pumpkins; A Night Owl Blog: Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins;  The Paper Mama: Spooky Halloween Terrarium; Lil Blue Boo: A Pumpkin House Number;  Flamingo Toes: Vintage Style Fabric-Wrapped Pumpkins

Craft pumpkins are a fantastic way to decorate for fall because they last year after year! If you’re pressed for time, we can even carve it for you. Want more pumpkin inspiration? View all of the blogger-created pumpkins on our Great Pumpkin Challenge Pinterest Board.

Craft Pumpkin In-Store Event

Get the whole family in the spirit of Halloween. Join us in all stores on Saturday, October 5, from 1p to 3p, for our Great Pumpkin Crafting Event. For just $5 you get a 9” craft pumpkin and the supplies to decorate it. Offer available while supplies last.

Happy Carving!

Jillian

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Meet Handmade Charlotte

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As a family of die-hard crafters, the folks over at Handmade Charlotte have spent quite a bit of time at Michaels. Whether picking up a quick refill of a favorite paint color or browsing the aisles for inspiration, HC considers us their one-stop shop for all things craft. They told me that they literally haven’t stopped smiling since they found out that their new line of stencils were going to be carried at Michaels stores. To be honest, we could say the same ourselves!

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Handmade Charlotte Stencils

Once you enter the world of Handmade Charlotte you’ll never be the same. Handmade Charlotte is a daily dose of DIY craft projects, recipes, and design inspiration to help families live each day to the fullest. But what really makes them special is the collaboration between HC, their readers, and the projects themselves. You’re the key ingredient in bringing the projects to life!

That spirit of collaboration is what inspired Handmade Charlotte to create these new FolkArt® Handmade Charlotte stencil sets. With the help of our friends at Plaid Enterprises, they created over 800 designs to kick start your imagination. The crafting possibilities are practically endless!

Here’s a quick preview of some of the fun projects that have been created using the stencils…

 Stenciled Canister Set

Handmade Charlotte Stenciled Canister Set

With a little paint and some stencils, you can quickly customize glass canisters with whatever words you like. Choose colors to match or complement your decor. Use glass containers to hold snacks, pasta, dog treats, cotton puffs, crafting supplies, sewing notions and so much more.

DIY Chalkboard Cloud Mobile

Handmade Charlotte Chalkboard Cloud Mobile

Write a new message for baby each day with this sweet handmade mobile. One of our favorite uses for FolkArt® Chalkboard Paint — apply on fabric!

DIY Merrymaker Stencil Dress

 Handmade Charlotte Merrymaker Stencil Dress

Stencils add just the right touch of handmade to this vintage-inspired dress. Your favorite little girl will be twirling her heart out all season long!

DIY Party Hat AlternativeHandmade Charlotte Party Hat

Here’s a lovely party hat alternative for your little party girl. It’s a snap to make and can be customized to fit your child’s personality. Let’s party!

 DIY Stencil Floor Pillows

Handmade Charlotte Stencil PillowsHere’s a perfect project for all those who love entertaining outdoors. Super plushy and super comfy!

Rachel Faucett, blogger, maker, Handmade CharlotteAbout The Creator

Rachel Faucett is the “Chief Maker” behind the super famous blog Handmade Charlotte. After opening their virtual doors in 2009 the site has earned worldwide attention. Handmade Charlotte is a thoughtful mix of great design and hands on experiences. The HC studio is located on a farm in Georgia where Rachel lives with her husband Jonathan, their five ridiculously cute children, and an ever-changing menagerie of animals. We are thrilled to support her line of Folk Art stencils! What would you make with these fun stencils?