One of the things that I have found to be very rewarding and a big help in keeping me sane, was joining my local Mom’s Club. We have park play dates, Mom’s night out events, kid’s crafts, holiday get together’s and tons of other fun activities. We recently added a Mom’s Craft Night to the calendar, which I host every other month. For October, I picked a really fun decor craft using wood slices from A Night Owl. She had a tutorial on using the wood slices to make pumpkins and one to make apples. On Pinterest I also saw a few people had just painted them black with chalkboard paint so I decided to get supplies for all three crafts and let the moms choose.
I provided the following supplies:
- Orange Acrylic Paint
- Brown Acrylic Paint (I used Americana Multi Surface Satin in Coffee bean)
- Red Chalkboard Paint (I used Martha Stewart Chalkboard paint in Habanero)
- Black Chalkboard Paint
- Coiled floral wire
- Jumbo square craft sticks
- One round stick sawed into smaller pieces
- Green felt
- Foam paint brushes
- Glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Drill – only needed for the apple
I asked the mom’s to bring the wooden slices with them.
We all ended up making the pumpkin and then a few of us made the other two as well. They all turned out really cute and it was a fun and easy project.
The best part was that we had to keep waiting for the paint to dry, which meant lots of down time to eat delicious treats, drink and chat. I made Monster Saltine Cracker Toffee, Candy Corn Cracker Toffee, spooky rice crispy treats and straw-berry ghouladas to drink. We also took a few pictures in my DIY photobooth. The photobooth is something I get asked about all the time, so I am working on a post with all the details and will hopefully have that up for you soon.
If you are interested in making any of these fall themed crafts please click on the below links for complete instructions.
For the chalkboard one, we just painted the wood slice with 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint allowing it to dry for about an hour in between each coat. Wait another 24 hours before you season the chalkboard and begin to decorate.
As you can see, it only takes a few supplies and fun treats to have a really great night with friends.