You're Gonna Love It: Consider the Gauntlet Thrown!

I'm back!!  I hope you enjoyed last week's insane collection of pumpkin makeovers.. I love pumpkins as much as the next guy, but even I'm sick of looking at them.
Now it is time for you to show me what you have been up to.. But first:

Time for Last Week's Features!!

There were some AMAZING projects this week.  I mean, the bar has been set SUPER HIGH. I love seeing all the beautiful projects, yummy recipes and great posts out there.  I pinned a bunch of links on my Pinterest board this week (and so did Kathe

 You should definitely be following along if you want inspiration!

Plus a few of our absolute favorites went up on my Facebook Page and on Kathe's Facebook page (just look for the hashtag: #YoureGonnaLoveIt)  

The most popular links last week were (yes, we had a tie!)

Candy Corn Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Candy corn pom poms
Can’t believe October is almost here!  I’m slowly transitioning away from my generic fall decor towards more of a Halloween feel.  (If you follow me on Instagram I gave you a little sneak peek of this project.  I realize I do that all the time, so if you want to be ahead of the crowd, you should totally become a follower! #shamelessplug #peerpressure) 

I saw a version of these pom poms at hobby lobby (sorry I can’t find a link on their website) and I knew I could knock them off.  They wanted $9 for 3 poms.. and I thought that was crazy, but I loved the idea.   I hung mine along my front walk, and added last year’s Halloween seaboard sign (i love how the yellow and red colors play off each other)
Halloween front walk
To make these you only need tissue paper and either floral wire or string (I have even used twist ties in a pinch).  That is it.  So my cost for a half dozen various sized pompoms was less than $3 ($1 each for yellow/orange/white tissue):
Candy corn tissue paper puff
Making pom poms is really straight forward.  I’ve made them before, for my daughter’s birthday and school functions, but never shared a tutorial before. They are a go-to craft since they are so easy to make and you only need a few for a big impact.

5 Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeovers (Wood to Washi Tape)

Pumpkin makeovers

It is the last day of Dollar Store Pumpkin Week. Wow!  What a whirlwind!    Today’s pumpkin is the only one that didn’t involve any glue, and it happens to be my kids’ favorite (they like the fact it has a leaf!) Washi Tape Pumpkin
I admit I have been really late to jump on the Washi tape train.  I have NEVER EVEN USED IT!   But today’s project changed all that.

Tufted Orange and Black Tissue Paper Pumpkin

Tufted crepe paper pumpkin

Welcome to Day 5 of “Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover” Week!

We are in the home stretch of our 6 pumpkin makeovers in 6 days!  Today’s design was inspired by Halloween parade floats.  You know the kind where they make a chicken wire frame and then stuff the openings with tissue paper?  That was the look I was going for.    I think it is pretty spot on.

To make this version I once again only used dollar store supplies.  One foam pumpkin and two rolls of crepe paper streamers (in black and orange):
Crepe paper streamer wrapped pumpkin
To make sure I had the pattern correct the first thing I had to do was sketch out which part of the pumpkin was going to be which color:
Diving pumpkin into stripes
You have to have an even number of segments for it to work out, and I was lucky since there were already an even number of ‘bumps’ on my pumpkin so it was easy to decide on where the divisions of color would be.

Next I had to create my tufts.  I used the same method I used for my crepe paper shamrock artwork

Trick or Treat Pumpkin Topiary

Easy Dollar Store Pumpkin Topiary.. paint them, put them on a skewer and add stick on letters

Welcome to Day 4 of “Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover” Week!

If you are just joining us, here is the collection of the pumpkins we have featured thus far:

Creepy Crawly Spider Pumpkin

Creepy Crawly Spider Pumpkin

Welcome to Day 3 of “Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover” Week!

We are just hitting our stride.  Today I thought I would jump a little ahead and share a Halloween style pumpkin makeover: A creepy crawly bug-infested spider pumpkin! 

I recently shared this hilarious wreath I found on the Better Homes and Gardens Facebook page.. and I really wanted to copy it.

Wood Slice Dollar Store Pumpkin

Wood slice pumpkin

Welcome to Day 2 of “Dollar Store Pumpkin Makeover” Week!

Monday I shared my Burlap and Twine Version, and today I’m sharing my Mini Wood Slice Covered Pumpkin.  (Yes, those are hundreds of tiny 1/4 inch wide slices of wood!) 
Wood slices pumpkinThey are actually supposed to be vase filler or table scatter, that I found at Tuesday Morning on clearance.  They ended up being less than $1/bag.  At the time I had no idea what I would do with them, but I bought every single bag.   I have seen tree slice covered decorate balls as vase filler, and so it struck me that a pumpkin would look super cute decked out in these tiny wood slices.

You're Gonna Love It.. Take two!

Phew! What a week.  I'm so excited to be kicking off week 2 of the new and improved You're Gonna Love It Party with Kathe.

I had a little hiccup last week and my post didn't go live early enough, but this week that has been fixed!  This post went up around 5 pm PST (since I live in California.. that is 8pm for all you east coasters.)

BUT GET THIS!  Unlike other linkies, where it is a battle to get in the first few lines of link ups, this party is RANDOM.  The order of the links changes, so you don't have to stress out about getting here right at the start.  (Isnt' that nice? I am not one who is very organized and never linked to parties on time, so I love this idea.)  Everyone has the same chance of being a 'top dog' in the link list!

Time for Last Week's Features!!

Burlap and Twine Wrapped Dollar Store Pumpkin

Burlap and twine pumpkin made with Mod Podge and a Dollar Store pumpkin
I’m doing something super special this week! A week-long blog series on different variations of Dollar Store Pumpkins.  

Sorta like "Shark Week" only with Pumpkins. 

With the exception of Tuesday, (which will feature the You’re Gonna Love It Linky Party), EVERY DAY this week I am going to share a new way of transforming dollar store pumpkins, so they don’t look like Cheeto-orange styrofoam fake pumpkins.  6 different styles in 6 days.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw how delighted I was when I saw these babies in the store:
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So many possibilities!

The first version I wanted to make was a burlap wrapped pumpkin (since isn’t everything better with burlap?) I originally saw this version at Hobby Lobby but i didn’t love the weird ruffle thing on the top.  Plus I didn’t love the price tag.. more than $20!  WHA?!