Do It Yourself Night at At Home Stores

Last week I was invited to a Do It Yourself Night at our local At Home Store.  I wasn’t sure what the craft would be, but my oldest loves making things and being able to be a “big kid” so I thought I’d bring her along.  Let me just say, this was a perfect evening out!

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night

At Home Store had a beautiful crafting area all set up for us.  We were able to construct a winter holiday craft and a fall harvest holiday decoration!  Kora was beyond excited for our Do It Yourself Night!

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night

Today I’ll share with you the fall harvest holiday craft.

First, we started with a lantern.

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Fall Harvest Tea Light Votive Holder

At Home sells these lanterns in a variety of beautiful colors for just $1.99!  Obviously we used fall colors, however Kora already wants to use these in the vibrant blue, pink, and purple to make crafts at her birthday party!

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Tea Light Votive Holder At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Tea Light Votive Holder

After ripping apart some fall leaf garland, we placed four leaves inside the lantern.  Then we placed a battery operated tea light inside.

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Fall Harvest Tea Light Votive Holder At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Fall Harvest Tea Light Votive Holder

We decorated the outside with the steam of the fall leaf garland and some ribbons.

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Fall Harvest Tea Light Votive Holder

It was a very easy project, yet Kora was beyond proud of herself for doing it on her own and was so excited to go home and show daddy her beautiful fall decoration.

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Fall Harvest Tea Light Votive Holder

Supplies Needed:
Small Glass Votive Holder ($1.99 at your At Home store)
Fall Garland (I like this one because it sparkles and could make a LOT of this craft!)
Battery Operated Tea Light ($6.99 for 6 of them)
Assorted Ribbon

At Home Store Greenfield WI DIY Night Fall Harvest Tea Light Votive Holder

DIY Easy Pumpkin Craft

This past weekend it was beautiful outside.  I cannot remember a Halloween weekend that was so pleasant.  Since it was nice out, the girls wanted to play outside, so I decided it was the perfect time to create a DIY easy pumpkin craft!

DIY easy Halloween pumpkin craft woodworking

We had a few pieces of scrap wood laying around.  Any type of wood would due, but in our case we had small chunks of a 2×4.  They were scrap pieces my husband had cut off while building a different project.  I figured they would be perfect for this!

DIY easy Halloween pumpkin craft woodworking

Our first step was sanding down the rough edges.

DIY easy Halloween pumpkin craft woodworkingNext the girls got out their orange paint and started turning those little scraps of wood into pumpkins!  We always use Crayola Kid’s Paint as it’s super easy to wash off of almost any surface.  I highly recommend!

DIY easy Halloween pumpkin craft woodworking

After the paint was dry it was time to draw on the face.  I let the girls do this with permanent marker.  I was super proud of my toddler for how well she did!

After they drew the faces on, I went over them with black puffy paint and then some black glitter I had laying around the house.

We finished our DIY Easy Pumpkin Craft off with two sticks and a ribbon on the top.

DIY easy Halloween pumpkin craft woodworking

Aren’t the adorable?  And they stand really nicely on their own so they make the perfect shelf decoration!

Supplies Needed:

Scrap pieces of wood
Orange Paint
Black Marker
Black Puffy Paint
Glitter (optional)
Sticks
Ribbon
Glue

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

This is it folks!  The last weekend for China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens!

   China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

What are the China Lights?  It’s an amazing traveling display of dazzling lantern sculptures!  The event is also home to some amazing performances, parades, and of course food!

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

This is the last weekend that the event is in Milwaukee and I highly suggest you check it out if you haven’t already.  However, it’s busy.  So knowing these few little tricks might help you out!

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

First, parking.  Oh parking.  The Boerner Botanical Gardens has a lot, however it’s rather small.  Which means that for this event you need to park in a satellite parking lot and either walk or take a shuttle to the Gardens.  Our family, instead, chose to park on Glenwood Drive.  There is a little path through the woods that leads to Whitnall Park Dr and it was a much shorter walk for us.

Next, arrival time.  The China Lights open at 5:30pm.  Plan to be there AT 5:30pm.  We arrived at 6pm and the line for parking was very long.  After that, we didn’t experience any problems, however as we were leaving it was incredibly crowded.  In fact, the line to GET IN was over an hour long.  Reports say that over 10,000 people visited that night.  Since we got there early, we were able to avoid most of those people!

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

When you’re touring the lanterns, I highly recommend doing the path to the left first.  The traffic sadly is allowed to go both ways, however it seemed that if you went left to right you were mostly with the right-away.

If you’d like to see the parade, it happens at 6:15pm (again, get there right when it opens!).  The shows are multiple times a night.  We watched the 6:30pm show, however in hindsight, I would have watched the 8pm show instead.  That way I could have viewed the lanterns with less of a crowd.  The live performance was amazing and reminded us very much of the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats in Walt Disney World’s Epcot World Showcase! Very entertaining for both young and old.

Food.  Yeah.  The food is amazing.  Zilli Catering provides some amazing Asian options along with simple American grill options for the picky eaters (I’m looking at you, toddler!).  They also have an egg roll apple pie dessert that is a knock out and surely not to be missed if you like apple pie!

The kids loved the China Lights and I hope you and your family are able to experience them before they pack up and leave on November 6th!

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens

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