How to Make a Gnome For Valentines Day

How to Make a Gnome for Valentine’s Day


 Valentine's Day Gnome by We're Bright At HomeGnomes are very popular right now and have been for a while. They are not just for your garden or Christmas. This tutorial is to help you make an easy gnome for Valentine’s Day.

You can decorate your gnome for any season or holiday. If you like to decorate for Valentine’s Day check out my tutorial for making a Valentine’s Day wreath.

These little guys make me smile every time I look at them. They are so cute. They are as wide as they are tall. I love them so much!

You can leave the hearts off of your gnome if you want to display it on a shelf year around. These little guys are very versatile. Let’s learn how to make a gnome!


Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

craft stick snowman ornament

Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

Day 6! One more day and the 7 Days of Christmas Series will be over. Have you enjoyed it? Comment below if you have tried making any of the ornaments in this series. Today we will be making a craft stick snowman ornament. It is perfect for smaller children to make. They can dress their snowman up as much as they want. (more…)

15 Gift Ideas For Crocheters

15 Gift Ideas For Crocheters


Here are 15 gift ideas for the crocheter in your life. They are suitable for giving for anniversaries, birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, well you get it! If you are a crocheter, pass this along to all your loved ones.


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  1. Yarn Crocheters need yarn, of course! Crocheters can never get enough yarn! 




  1. Hooks There are many styles of hooks to choose from. There are metal hooks, plastic hooks and clay hooks. Clay hooks are trendy right now. You can easily find one that suits the crocheters personality.

  1. Hook Storage  This is a must because hooks accumulate fast.



  1. Gift Cards to local yarn, craft store or even Walmart is the crocheter lives in a remote area. There are online gift cards like the ones below.


  1. Crochet Kits These kits are the best gifts! I was recently given the Star Wars and Rudolph sets. I love them!


      6. Yarn Storage On The Go These are perfect when you want to take your project with you.


  1. Magazine Subscription I love this idea! It is literally the gift that keeps on giving all year or for 6 months of the year. Either way, it is a great way to stay on top of the trends. They are great for free project patterns. 


  1. Funny Tote Bag One of these with a funny or cute crochet quote or saying would be fun.

  1. Yarn Ball Winder These are so handy to have and quicker than winding the yarn by hand.

  1. Yarn Bowl I love the unique styles that there are to choose from. 


  1. Plastic Safety Eyes A crocheter that makes amigurumi (or plushies, stuffed animals) can never get enough plastic safety eyes. It is great to have an assortment of sizes and colors.


plastic safety eyes

  1. Plastic Safety Noses These are great to have just like the eyes. Same with the different sizes.


  1. Pom Pom Maker Pom poms have been very popular this season. I have seen them on everything from wreaths, to garlands, to gift ties, etc. Most people do not like to make their own poms poms. They are afraid they will not get them tight enough. They will fall apart if they are not tight enough.

  1. Crochet Journal or Notebook Great to plan what you want to make next. They are good for sellers to keep up with their orders.

  1. Cute T-shirt The t-shirts are like the totes. They would be great with funny quotes or sayings on them.

What gift ideas do you have to give a crocheter in your life? Add your ideas to the comments!


gift ideas for crocheters

Best Toys for 8 to 10 Year Old Boys

Top Toy Picks for 8 to 10 Year Olds Boys


Are you in search of the perfect gift for an 8 to a 10-year-old boy? As trends change seemingly every two minutes, it can be difficult keeping up with what’s hot right now in the world of toys.

It’s even harder to narrow down when a boy knows what he wants. They have a tendency to want it all. (more…)

Dollar Tree DIY Lantern

How to Make a Farmhouse Lantern


Don’t pay on upwards of $30 on the decorative lanterns that are so hot right now when you can pay less than $5 to make one of these DIY lanterns. These beautiful lanterns are easy to make. And to beat it all, they’re made from real woodblocks. No saw needed!


What you will need:

If you can’t find some of these items at your local Dollar Tree you can order them online and pick them up in-store. 


Supplies needed to make DIY lantern

Get ready to assemble your lantern


Before you start on the lantern, dump out both boxes of the Tumbling Tower blocks. Go through each of the blocks and look for chips, cracks or any imperfections. These can throw off the look and balance of the lantern. 


**Note** There are a couple of blocks with writing on them in each box. You can put them to the side for later use or you can glue them with the words side down. This is the bottom of the lantern.

Let’s start building the base and the top                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Count out thirty-two of the good blocks. You will be making two of these. One for the base and one for the top of the lantern.

That’s sixteen total blocks each piece. We are going to layout the design of the base before we start gluing the blocks. Use the carpenter’s square to keep the blocks inline. Line two blocks vertically. 

Align the blocks to begin creating the base of the DIY lantern

Line up the next row of six blocks horizontally up against the first two.


Add second row of blocks horizontally

Repeat the process one more time, but reverse it. You should have two horizontal rows of six in the middle with 2 two vertical blocks on each side for a total of sixteen blocks.

Finish the last two rows of the base


Glue the pieces together. I’m using popsicle sticks to “butter” the glue to each of the pieces even though my wood glue has a narrow tip for the glue to come out. You have to be careful not to add too much glue to each block or it will squish out from under the block.

It will need to be sanded down if it dries because it shows through paint and stain. Nobody has time for that! Check to make sure you aren’t gluing the base to your work surface.

Ask how I know that can happen. Lol! Make sure to wipe any excess glue from the base after you are finished gluing it together. Repeat this process one more time to make the top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Glue blocks to create the base of the lantern

Layout the lantern pieces first as we did above. All of the side pieces are going to be put together vertically. You need thirty-two blocks for this step. You will be gluing four blocks vertically together.

There will be eight rows of four all together. Once the eight rows are dry lay a row flat and glue another row on its side. It will resemble a corner. Put them all together to make four corners.  


Make four corners for lantern

Glue the four corners to the corners of the base and the top. Start by gluing two at a time on one side. Let them dry completely before you flip it over to glue the other side. Once all four corners are dry glue them to the top.


Glue the four sides to base and top of the lantern

Embellish Your Lantern 

I  chose to make a rectangle out of the blocks for the top of my lantern. You can use a mason jar lid, a knob or whatever you like on yours.

Glue four of the blocks together to create a rectangle. Make two. 


Make decorative piece for the top of lantern


Glue a block to each side of the rectangle.


Add height to the decorative top of the lantern


Now you are going to put two blocks in the center of the rectangle. They should be the same height as the sides. Do not glue them down. They are going to be used to hold up the second rectangle while the glue dries.

Glue the second rectangle on top. Let dry completely.


Add props for second layer


Remove the center blocks. 


Finished embellishment for top of lantern


I suggest going ahead and painting, staining or whitewashing the top of your lantern before gluing the rectangle embellishment so you won’t have trouble getting the final finish in the little space. Let it dry completely.

Glue the embellishment in the middle of the top of the lantern.


Assembled Farmhouse Lantern


The lantern looks nice without paint or stain. The Apothecary jar candles from the Dollar Tree look really cute on these lanterns. 

I’m in the process of renovating our living room. I’m getting rid of all the dark wood and dark colors that I can. So I will be whitewashing my lantern. The chalk paint would work really well on these lanterns also. 

If you aren’t familiar with how to whitewash wood click here for the tutorial.


Once you have finished whitewashing your lantern, give it a “handle”. I used the twisted rope from the Dollar Tree for mine. Tie a knot at the end of the rope. Measure how long you want it to be.

Tie a knot before you cut the rope. Then cut the rope off. Find the middle of the rectangle piece on top of the lantern. Hot glue one of the knots on the inside in the middle of the rectangle. Find the middle on the other side. Glue the other knot in the middle on the inside. 


Save this Dollar Tree DIY Lantern project for later! Pin it on Pinterest!



DIY Dollar Tree Lantern


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Farmhouse Home Decor


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Yo-Yo Pig Magnet


How to make a yo yo pig

Imagine these cute little farm animal yo-yos cavorting across the front of your fridge! Your child can make a whole basket of them in one evening to give away to their friends, family or even give them to their teachers as a cute little handmade gift. These farm animal yo-yo crafts would be a great end of the school year craft for the class, a craft for Bible school or a boredom buster for the kiddos while on summer vacation.


Lego Valentines Free Printables


DIY Lego Valentine Kids CraftMy two sons have two very different attitudes about Valentines Day. My oldest son, Jacob, has always been interested in girls. Seriously. He came home from the first day of Pre-K 4 and said he had a girlfriend. He has been girl crazy ever since. My youngest son, Jackson, on the other hand, is 11 and thinks girls still have cooties (YIPPEE!)

Jacob buys his own Valentines Day cards and gifts these days. So I have to come up with Valentine’s Day cards that Jackson will like. He says, “They have to be normal”. Jackson hasn’t liked any of the Valentines in the stores. So we headed to Pinterest for some ideas. I think these are normal and pretty clever for any boy or girl that likes Legos. Follow this tutorial if you are looking for Lego Valentines with free printables.  (more…)

12 Christmas Ornament Ideas to Make for Craft Shows




12 Christmas Ideas to make for craft shows

I know it’s only July, BUT those of us that do the Fall and Winter craft shows know to be working on the things we want to sell way before the shows start. That’s why I am writing this post. I am bringing you 12 Christmas ornament ideas to make for craft shows. So I guess I just turned this into Christmas in July, huh? I have made and sold most of these at my craft shows. They have been really good sellers both at craft shows and online too. 



8 Ultimate Painted Rock Monsters For Kids To Make That Will Blow Your Mind

8 Ultimate Painted Rock Monsters For Kids To Make That Will Blow Your MindMy son, Jackson, and I have been making a lot of crafts to put on the blog. It has been a lot of fun. 

It was Jackson’s idea to make these cute rock monsters. He helped me with the title of this post, 8 Ultimate Painted Rock Monsters For Kids to Make Will Blow Your Mind.

I figured it would be too simple to catch his attention. Once I started painting the base colors of the rock monsters he got excited to give them silly faces. He came up with a few of the monsters by himself.



Snow Globe Tutorial

Snow Globe Tutorial

Christmas Ornament DIY

I hope you enjoy this step by step snow globe tutorial. Our family has always made at least one handmade Christmas ornament a year for our tree. It has been a tradition for a long time. Every one of them tells a story. I remember every story behind all of them. I wanted to share the Christmas ornament idea that my son, Jackson and I are making for our Christmas tree this year so you can create some memories of your own. It’s a full-length tutorial. It is super easy and affordable. I bought everything we needed to make the ornament at the Dollar Tree. So if you are looking for a cute handmade ornament to put together with your kids, your class or Sunday school class, read on. And of course, read on if you like super easy tutorials that will leave you with an adorable craft inthe end! Let’s get to the tutorial!




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