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DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil Case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

It has been far too long since I hosted a giveaway—wouldn’t you agree? In case you do, you’re in big luck because today the Dream Green DIY team is partnering to share a really fun (in my not-so-humble opinion) prize pack of new, vintage, and DIY goodies.

You may not know it but DGD is actually made up of two very driven, creative entrepreneurs: myself, of course, and Nikki McIntosh, of Wise Apple Vintage. Nikki has been working behind the scenes to manage the blog’s marketing since the beginning of the year, and she has proven time and time again to be an absolute asset. Not only is she a whiz with all things SEO and social media-related, but she’s also someone I’ve come to rely on for inspiration and support, too.

Whenever the you-know-what hits the fan, Nikki is right there with a slew of kind, heartfelt words to get me looking beyond the negativity. Her offers to help (aside from her normal duties as DGD Marketing Manager) show up in my inbox at least every other day. I couldn’t ask for a better team member, so I was really excited when she suggested the idea of a collaborative giveaway.

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

One person will win the entire collection of pieces you see pictured in this blog post: a vintage rattan tabletop organizer via Wise Apple Vintage, 3 new notepads, a handful of freshly sharpened pencils, 1 blank weekly planner pad, and a DIY pencil case made by yours truly. Speaking of which, this project turned out to be so simple, that I wanted to share the quick step-by-step tutorial just in case you don’t get to take home the prize pack with the original tucked inside.

To make the DIY ‘Write on!’ pencil case, grab yourself a canvas pencil case (I found mind in the dollar section at Target) and a fine point black Sharpie or other fabric marker in your color of choice. Then hand-draw the pun-y little phrase, ‘Write on!’ across the canvas.

As an aside, my handwriting is definitely not that good. To fake my calligraphy, I always pull up the digital download page for Asterism the font, type my phrase into the “Enter your own text” box toward the center of the page, and then copy the sample text exactly as I see it on my sheet of paper or fabric. Oh, and before you think I’m rotten for “stealing” the design, I have purchased the font outright, too, and would encourage you to do the same to support the talented artist who designed this lovely font!

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

Now for those giveaway details…First, make sure you’re following both @dreamgreendiy and @wiseapplevintage on Instagram, then comment on either (or both!) of our official giveaway posts with your favorite office supply. Tag some friends in the comments to increase your odds of winning—each friend tagged counts as an extra entry. Giveaway ends on Monday 11/13 at midnight and is open to residents of the US and Canada, 18 years or older. Just a little disclaimer that this giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Good luck!

DIY ‘Write on!’ Pencil case + Giveaway

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’12 Reasons Why I Love You’ Photo Book Gift Idea

*This post was sponsored by Snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

When you hear the words “photo book,” it might be easy for you to conjure up images of a nicely bound hardcover book with your family’s smiling faces peering up at you from the cover. This is obviously all very well and good, but, being the overachieving creative that I am, I wanted to take things further. I wanted to stretch the concept of a photo book and give the already-sweet idea a little more pizzaz—a little more personality and (dare I say it) heart.

To prove that it’s possible—and with a little motivation from the folks over at Snapfish—I tucked myself away in a cozy reading chair to brainstorm ideas for a custom 8×11 hardcover photo book of our own. I played around with ideas like a cookbook, a page-by-page family tree, and even a DIY projects manual featuring a few favorite images and tutorials from this little blog (feel free to steal those ideas for yourself if you’d like, by the way). In the end, though, I decided to treat my hubby to a simple book-form list of 12 reasons why I love him.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

I decided on this idea because (A) it’s a little simpler than putting together a comprehensive crafting or cooking manual, and (B) it’s something that anyone can do for a loved one this holiday gifting season. You could make one for your best friend, your parents, a sibling, your children, or—heck—even a pet if you want to get really goofy and sentimental.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

Before I could bring this project to life I needed to gather my photos. I happened to have already scheduled a lifestyle photoshoot with our professional camera-weilding pals, the Mallorys, so it was the perfect way to kill a bunch of birds with one stone. Those lifestyle stories that we shot will be rolling out here on the blog soon enough, but in the meantime, you can get a little sneak peek through the photo book I made for John pictured here.

The collection features photos of us sitting in and around our home, and I think it’s worth noting that these are the first photos of us we’ve had taken since we got married back in 2012. It was time, and seeing those (slightly older) smiling mugs makes me downright giddy.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

Snapfish made it so easy to put the book together once I had all of the Mallorys’ photos of us downloaded to my computer. Although there are tons of different pre-made photo book themes to choose from (including super cute Christmas designs!), I decided to go with an all-white version to allow our new family photos to really shine. Then I clicked the prompts to add our photos and placed them one by one on the digital pages of our photo book. I could decide if I wanted two photos, one photo, big photos, or small ones, etc.

Finally, I added text to the pages to list off my top 12 reasons for loving my hubby. I went a little cheesy for some, a little cheeky for others, but all in all, my hope is that the book can be something we look back on and smile at through the years—not just because of the sweet family photos, but because of my reasons for loving John that I’m sure will evolve as time goes by.

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

With a few final revisions and a triple spell check, I ordered the book and it arrived within a week. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quick enough to get it wrapped for Christmas and John discovered it sitting out on the kitchen counter when he got home from work. I didn’t realize it until I started hearing little periodic “Awwwww!”s and the sound of turning pages coming from the kitchen. I couldn’t help but smile, though, knowing that the book had hit the right mark.

Save 40% off your own Snapfish photo book order using the code “CARRIEBOOK40”, and tell me in the comments below to whom you might gift a similar ’12 Reasons Why I Love You’ book!

'12 Reasons Why I Love You' Photo Book Gift Idea | dreamgreendiy.com + @snapfish

*Family photos printed in the book by Bethany and Aaron Mallory
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End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist

*This post was sponsored by Filtrete™

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved to clean and straighten things. In fact, I remember one Christmas when a bucket and a mop were at the tippy-top of my wish list. I was probably about 6 or 7 years old at the time!

So, it makes perfect sense that when my parents gifted me a Miele vacuum for my college graduation, I was over-the-moon excited. It’s a pretty expensive piece of equipment, so, of course, I was really grateful that Mom and Dad had made the investment in my honor, but I’m also sort of (read: totally) a neat freak, making this my dream graduation gift.

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

My point is that cleaning is something I’ve always really enjoyed. I consider it a stress reliever, and I’m happy to report that my Miele vacuum is still going strong. It may sport some scuffs and dings after almost 10 years of use, but it’s still our main floor cleaner—and it does a darn good job at it, too.

Speaking of cleaning, John and I love to treat the end of Daylight Savings Time as a good reminder to cross off a bunch of bi-annual home to-do’s—things like replacing smoke detector batteries, cleaning out the gutters, etc. To help motivate you guys to do the same, I teamed up with Filtrete™ and put together a printable checklist of home refresh steps. Scroll on for the download and find out how to give your vacuum, in particular, a tune up this time of year.

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

You might already know this, but in case you don’t, even the fanciest of vacuums can start to lose suction if you wait too long to replace the bag or filter. With four pets in our own household, it’s absolutely vital that we keep on top of this task.

We actually change out our Filtrete™ Vacuum Bags and Filters monthly, but if you aim to put in a new bag every 2 months and replace the filters every 3-6 months, you should be good to go. This HEPA filter helps trap particles 75 times smaller than a human hair, including 99.97% of dust mite debris, animal dander, mold, and pollen. Another thing to replace on your vacuum? The belt! Do this once a year for better, cleaner results.

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

The good news is that replacing vacuum bags and filters takes less than five minutes, so you don’t need to muster up any kind of energy or motivation to cross this first item off your home refresh checklist. The process will be a little different for everyone based on your particular brand and model of vacuum, but as these photos show of our own vacuum, just open your device, remove the old bag and filter, and reverse the process to install the new ones.

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

Now to tackle those other bi-annual tasks around your house! The printable checklist that we created for you features a couple more involved projects, but many of those line items can be tackled in 10 minutes or less. Things like tossing old medications, flipping your mattress, cleaning the dryer exhaust duct, and replacing old smoke alarm batteries are quick to do, but can make a huge impact on the cleanliness and functionality of your home. Heck, a few tasks could even save your home or your life. Not kidding!

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

Here’s that checklist download one more time, and consider this your challenge to start crossing off lingering home to-do’s now before we enter the mad holiday rush to come. You can grab your own set of Filtrete™ Vacuum Bags, Belts and Filters at places like Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Meijer, True Value and Do It Best. They have versions to fit nearly all brands and models of vacuum cleaners online at www.filtretevac.com, too.

Now, tell me below—when was the last time you changed your vacuum bag or filter? Don’t be shy!

End Of Daylight Savings Home Refresh Checklist With Filtrete | dreamgreendiy.com

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DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

First, a little housekeeping note in case you missed it on Friday. We just recently made the decision to switch web hosts, and were unable to make changes to the blog until the server finished transferring. Had I known it was going to take so long to finish up, I would have worked ahead, but as it were, things took significantly longer than expected.

I wanted to apologize if you happened to see unfinished blog posts here on the site! My team and I worked practically round the clock to get the technical issues resolved, and I think that all is finally well. Please don’t hesitate to message me if you see anything funny on the site, but otherwise, I’m feeling pretty confident that we’re back to crafty business. Happy Monday, indeed!

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Anyway, let’s discuss some DIY, shall we? I’ve got a brand new “Supply of the Month” project to unveil over on Oriental Trading Company’s Fun365 site. This month, my fellow three bloggers and I were tasked with brainstorming fun new uses for sand as a craft project. The direction I ended up going in was a 2D art print.

Pop over to the OTC site for the full project tutorial for my DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote, and be sure to leave your own DIY sand craft ideas in the comments below. What would your sand art quote say?

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Customizable Sand Art Quote | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways

*This post was sponsored by Schlage

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You know that myth everyone seems to live by that the hardware color you choose dictates your room’s style? Well, it’s time to officially ditch it! I’ve never really been one for following design rules, but this one in particular drives me crazy.

It seems like the design world generally considers oil rubbed bronze hardware to be “safe” for a traditional space, brushed nickel perfect for a contemporary one, and brass for transitional rooms that sort of blend the two. Now, of course, that’s not exactly hard and fast, but I wanted to officially kick the myth to the curb today because it is so much fun to play around with hardware finishes—no matter what interior design style you love!

To prove it, I teamed up with the folks at Schlage to showcase three different room mood boards, complete with different hardware finishes, wallpaper ideas, fabric options, paint colors, potential drawer pulls, and even some hardwood floor options, too. Each of the three hypothetical rooms feels distinct and unique, and demonstrates that hardware finishes can work with any kind of style—from modern to traditional.

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

Look 1: Satin Nickel

This first look might just be my favorite of the bunch. I love how the tone-on-tone botanical wallpaper acts as a soft backdrop to the entire mood board, and I’m really drawn to how the pretty satin nickel hardware gives the look a tinge of elegance, too. I also included a set of white, black, and gold drawer pulls to prove that mixing metals and finishes can be a lot of fun as well!

Wouldn’t that moody blue color be so lovely as a painted dresser? Or you could use it to paint the ceiling or closet doors in the space for even more added personality. I rounded things out with light wood floors and a rich Asian-inspired fabric (intended for curtains) to help enhance and draw out the darker outlines in the wallpaper.

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

Look 2: Aged Bronze

Now, this second look is John’s favorite, probably because of the contemporary cabin vibes established by the woodland wallpaper. I can easily picture this as a statement-making powder room—can you? Cork floors help ground the entire look, while soft gray fabric would be beautiful as roman shades or even a shower curtain.

Natural wood drawer pulls in a lighter tone help soften the high contrast design, whereas deep green paint adds a much-needed dose of color to the otherwise neutral palette. I’m particularly in love with the mod aged bronze hardware, especially because it “speaks” so nicely to the black outlines in the wallpaper. All of these elements make for one undeniably bold room, but I can definitely picture myself spending lots of happy time in it.

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

Look 3: Aged Brass

For our third and final look below, I wanted to make satin brass hardware look right at home in a contemporary setting, so I paired the finish with matching gold and leather drawer pulls, peppy gold and white wallpaper, and Scandinavian-inspired light hardwood floors.

To counteract the minimalist vibes, I tossed in a super saturated jewel tone fabric—perfect as an upholstered side chair or throw pillows in a living room—and a muted blue accent paint color. I can see this mood board coming together as a cute and trendy seating area with sleek furniture, a white table lamp or two, and gold picture frames and decorative accessories.

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

John and I have stuck with brass hardware for our home as we’ve updated door knobs here and hinges there, but that was mostly because it was what we inherited when we bought the house. We figured it was easier to just run with a finish that we already had, but the cool thing is that, if we wanted to go all out, it would be so easy to transform the look and feel of our 1960s ranch with all-black or all-silver hardware.

Point being that you should feel free to choose whichever finish you want when updating the hardware in your own home—no matter when you home was built. Anything goes!

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

3 Hardware Finishes, 3 Different Ways | dreamgreendiy.com + @SchlageLocks #ad

Which of the three hypothetical rooms above would you love to see brought to life? Are you as into the first look as I am, or did you, like John, fall hard for the dark hinges and monochromatic geese wallpaper in “Look 2”? Leave your preferences and favorite Schlage hardware finishes in the special branded comments box just below!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schlage. The opinions and text are all mine.

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How To Style A Sectional Sofa

*This post was sponsored by Interior Define

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

We’ve lived in two houses, and waited more than seven years, but John and I finally have the sectional we’ve always dreamed of. It’s no secret that a new sofa (whether sectional or standard) is an investment, and we just never felt like the timing was quite right for pulling the trigger. Our last house was just too small to accommodate the behemoth of a sofa we dreamed of, so we waited until we moved to a larger home.

But since moving into said larger home, we played it safe. John was overwhelmed with the idea of coordinating such a large furniture delivery, and I think I was nervous about my ability to design a space around such a big sofa, so we waited some more. Happily, we’ve since gotten over those worries (thanks to some careful measuring and re-measuring) and are the proud owners of a new Interior Define sectional that we couldn’t love more. It’s almost like the piece has officially turned this house into a home because we waited so long for it.

You might already know that I’m typically an “instant gratification” type person, but adding such a major piece like this one to a space really requires some thought and planning. I’m glad we waited, but I sure am glad that I finally get to share the finished look with you guys today. Scroll on for the mini tour and for my tips on styling a large sectional sofa.

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

I think one of the main reasons this particular sectional blends in so well with our existing decor (see the room before here) is because we chose such a neutral fabric. Our Walters sectional sports Interior Define’s “Earth” cross weave, which has a bit of a textual look to it—perfect for masking pet hair, of which our home has a lot—but the soft gray color keeps the sofa from taking over the room visually. Instead, it blends in with the white walls a little bit, making it a gentler type of focal point.

The ultra low profile of this particular sofa design also gives it a softer look that doesn’t overwhelm the room. Because the sofa sits so close to the floor, it makes the room feel like a true lounge. You walk into the space and immediately want to flop onto the cushions.

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

As for the styling, you may remember when I asked for your help in deciding on a particular mood board to base the decor of the rest of the room around. Between your comments on the blog post and social media, a blend of the two designs seemed to win out—a gallery wall rather than a single piece of large scale art, more wood furniture, cool-toned accents, and a few metallic elements, too.

While the mood boards I put together gave me the excuse to purchase new pieces to go with our sectional, I decided to try using things we already owned. Unforeseen complications in our mid-renovation hall bathroom have us pinching pennies, so I managed to rearrange a few pieces of art we already had to create a gallery wall, pulled throw pillows from other rooms in the house, and even reused the tufted ottoman we already had.

While I certainly would have loved the go all out with brand new everything, this project and exercise helped me see that rearranging things we already have and shopping our own home can make a room feel brand new—even if only one piece really is truly “new.”

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

Having never owned or styled a sectional sofa before, I didn’t realize just how many throw pillows you need to fill one up. We actually upsized our sectional to the 115-inch option (you can add length to your own Interior Define sectional with a quick mouse click before ordering), so it was fun to pack ours with cozy, feather-filled pillows perfect for lounging.

All told, I managed to get 6 on the sofa, and have actually added a seventh since this photoshoot happened. And the good news is that these throw pillows aren’t just for show—John and I love creating little “nests” with the pillows along the expanse of the sectional as we cozy up for our nightly Netflix viewings. A couple of throw blankets draped over the ottoman and back of the sofa finish off the styled textiles and provide even more functionality.

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

So what do you think of the final look? Don’t you feel like this room was just begging for an oversized sofa now that you see it in place? I wish I could invite you all over to test it out in person with a bowl of popcorn and a Disney movie. Thanks, as always, for following along, and for helping us choose the right look for our room as we pulled it all together for today’s final reveal!

How To Style A Sectional Sofa | dreamgreendiy.com + @InteriorDefine

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Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet

*This post was sponsored by Duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

We are finally (finally!) feeling the effects of fall here in Virginia now after a string of 80-degree weeks. I can’t tell you how happy these crisp, cool days make me feel, and I’m so excited to officially indulge in our favorite autumn activities—things like pumpkin pie, sweaters, boots, stews, and trips to the apple orchard. Another favorite fall pastime? Bonfires! Really, I love sitting around a good campfire any day of the year, but it’s especially exciting during the fall months.

You’ve probably picked up on the fact that John and I are big fans of Duraflame, what with the countless times I’ve partnered with them here on the blog, but that’s just because it’s a brand we truly love and use over and over again—whether I’m shooting pictures for a campaign, or we’re enjoying some quality down time together with friends and family.

Case in point, the evening campfire I’m sharing with you today! I had a pile of Stax Stackable Crackling Fire Logs sitting in our basement and knew I’d be driving out of town for a long weekend at my parents’ house, so I texted my dad to see if he wanted to throw together a little mini fire pit in their back yard. Within the span of a few quick messages, we had plans in place and I had my car packed with a box of logs. Scroll on to see how simple it really was to pull a mini fall-time campfire together!

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

First, we chose our location for the DIY fire pit—a spot far from shrubs and trees and without any major overhanging low branches. Then, my dad dug a shallow hole in the soil, just a few inches deep. To finish, he placed small rocks around the hole to create a barrier, which would ultimately contain the fire and keep us from tripping over the pit once the flames had died down or gone out.

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Speaking of flames, getting the actual campfire itself going was as simple as stacking the logs in an “X” formation and igniting the marked wrappers with a lighter. It took just a few minutes for the wrappers to do their job and then the entire stack was rolling with a nice, warm fire.

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Now, of course, you know I can’t leave well-enough alone, and always like to have at least some little activity planned for any fire pit gathering (see a few of my other favorite campfire activities here!). For this particular evening I created a Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet that I had at-the-ready as a little scavenger hunt while dad and I sat on our bench near the fire. My sister arrived from out of town just around dusk, so she also got in on the fun as night settled in.

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

To make the most of the sheet at your own fire pit party, just download and print the Fall Stargazing Worksheet, then see who can spot the constellations fastest as everyone reclines around the campfire. NOTE: You may want to consider making multiple printouts if you plan on having a large gathering of folks!

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

The point is, I couldn’t possibly recommend Duraflame logs more. They’re small, making storage a cinch, they give off hearty flames that last for hours without having to touch or rearrange them, and they are made from 100 percent renewable resources, producing half the emissions of a wood fire.

Are you just as big a fan of campfires as we are? Have you kicked off the chilly fall season with a fire pit party yet? Do tell in the comments below.

Printable Fall Stargazing Worksheet | dreamgreendiy.com + @Duraflame #ad #duraflame

P.S. For more inspiration, check out our breakdown of 5 precautions to take at your next fire pit party and my recipe for Rice Krispie Treat S’mores here.
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3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I know, for a fact, that we’ve all thought the same thing at one time or another while looking at a piece of modern art: “I could totally make that!” Although I hate to admit it because I’m such an admirer of professional modern artists, I’ve definitely reacted to some museum canvases with the same kind of over-confidence in my artistic abilities. Which is why I decided to put those thoughts to the test with my latest project for Oriental Trading: 3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art.

3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

3 Ways To Make DIY Graphic Art | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

Visit my step-by-step tutorial over on the OTC Fun365 website here, and then tell me which of the three DIY modern art prints is your favorite. Is there another type of contemporary art that you’d like to try your hand at? Maybe something abstract? Whatever it is, I hope you accept the modern art challenge to see if you really can “do it yourself.”

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DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe

*This post has been sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

Tell me: do you remember the very first time you had a cup of coffee? I remember I was on a school trip (or was it something to do with girl scouts?), and our adult chaperones had stopped at a gas station to fill up our bus. We were allowed to run inside the convenience store for a quick bathroom break, and a couple of my girlfriends also bought cups of coffee with their allowances.

I decided to give in to peer pressure, and ordered a machine-made cappuccino of my own. Sitting back in the bus sipping on my drink, I don’t mind admitting that it was the first time in my tiny life that I felt like a real adult. It was pretty life-changing—so much so, I can still remember the way the gas station was laid out. It’s that fresh in my mind!

Twenty years later, my coffee tastes have changed quite a bit. It’s an appreciation that has grown with time as I’ve experimented with different flavors, styles, roasts, and methods, and it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be able to properly start my day without it.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

Now that we’ve just kicked off a brand new season, I figured it was the perfect excuse to test my coffee-making skills yet again. This time I wanted to learn how to make the perfect cup of cold brew coffee, something full-bodied and cool to enjoy throughout these last few weeks of transitional warm-to-cold fall days.

If you’ve never tried your hand at cold brewing, you might not even really know what it actually is—I know I didn’t know before going through the motions myself, so here’s the deal.

Cold brewing is actually the process of steeping coffee grounds in cold water for 8-12 hours. I think, before this little at-home experiment of mine, I always assumed that cold brew was just another way of describing iced coffee, which is made by pouring hot coffee over ice. The latter, of course, is still tasty, but come to find out that cold brewing is super easy to make at home, and affords you one incredible cup of coffee. We’re talking ultra-smooth, rich, deep flavor—my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

In case you’re looking to mix things up when it comes to your own morning cup of Jo, I teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts to show how you can make a cup of cold brew in less than 10 minutes of hands-on time. You know I love a good quick craft any old day, but especially one that results in something so delicious—and nostalgic, too.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

First, you need a box of the new Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew Coffee Packs. You can pick these up at your local Target store in the coffee aisle (scroll to the end for a Cartwheel coupon!).

What I love so much about this method is that it’s almost too easy to warrant a “tutorial.” Just drop 2 Coffee Filter packs into a pitcher, fill the pitcher with 4 cups of cold water, and steep in your fridge overnight (or for 8-12 hours). Pull the pitcher from the fridge, remove the filters, and add 3 more cups of cold water. And, lastly, and easiest of all, enjoy.

It has become something of a routine each evening for me to prep a pitcher of cold brew for John and I to enjoy together the following morning. I think it’s the type of thing we’ll be keeping up well into the new year.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

Another thing I love about this brewing method is that it’s easy to customize to your particular tastes and the current season. To commemorate fall, for example, I put together a simple spicy pumpkin flavor mix to give the coffee an extra dose of fall-themed personality.

Just combine 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 cup french vanilla creamer, and 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree in a medium bowl. Whisk until smooth, then pour into the finished pitcher of cold brew coffee. Enjoy it over ice (with an extra dash of spice!) in individual glasses.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

A cup of our DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte is one of the main things I look forward to each morning, and, often, in the afternoon, too. You can score 30% off a box of Dunkin’ Donuts Cold Brew Packs with this Cartwheel coupon now through November 4. Did I mention that there’s also a pumpkin version of the Dunkin’ Donuts packs?! I can’t wait to try our spicy lattes using the pumpkin packs for extra fall-time flavor.

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

DIY Spicy Icy Pumpkin Latte Recipe | dreamgreendiy.com + Dunkin’ Donuts @ahalogy #ad

What are your favorite seasonal coffee drinks to enjoy this time of year? Have you given cold brew a try yet? And don’t forget to tell us about your first experience with coffee, too!

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DIY Halloween Pumpkins With Painted Dashes

*This post was sponsored by Oriental Trading

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

It really is just so funny where DIY inspiration can come from sometimes…For example, while brainstorming Halloween content ideas for Oriental Trading earlier in the season, I happened to come across this dress Pin. I was strangely drawn to the razor-like dashed pattern on the fabric, and remember thinking to myself, “This could be a cool starting point for a Halloween craft project.”

Fast forward several weeks, and here I am sharing my DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkins! Click that link to see how the pair of faux white gourds received their very own designer-inspired razor pattern fit for fall and all sorts of spooky soirees to come later this month.

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

I’m surely biased, but I just love how these pumpkins turned out—from the color palette, to the edgy mod shapes. Truth be told, I’m not much of a Halloween decorator. Sure, I put together holiday-specific crafts to showcase here on the blog because I certainly don’t blame those of you who do love to decorate for the season. But once the project has been photographed and published, I often donate the finished craft to charity so that someone who really appreciates spooky decor can put it to better use.

These painted pumpkins, though? I think that these are here to stay. They feel sleek and stylish enough to blend in with the rest of our fall decorations, and sport just enough razor-sharp personality to suit the Halloween holiday. What do you think? Would you put these puppies out on your own Halloween party table? Get the how-to and free printable template on Oriental Trading now before October 31 rolls around!

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DIY Painted Dashes Halloween Pumpkin | dreamgreendiy.com + @orientaltrading

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