How To Install A Luxury Vinyl Floor on Concrete

How To Install A Luxury Vinyl Floor on Concrete

I bet if you have a basement you have thought about installing some sort of flooring to dress it up some.  JT Floor Covering out of Interlochen, Michigan shows us how with step-by-step easy to understand instructions.

Hi Y’All,

Glad your here!  Grab a seat and we’ll get started on HOW you can install your very own luxury vinyl tile floor!  My son Jason, the owner of JT Floor Covering showed us in very easy to understand steps.  Come let us share with you.

The Truth

Originally, we were going to film with two cameras so we could also take pictures to post with our to-do steps here, but alas we had one that failed us (isn’t it always something).

However, the good news is that we captured enough (more than) video to show you how you can install a luxury vinyl floor yourself easily.  Please make sure you watch the video first and refer back to our step-by-step instructions as a guide.

STEP-BY-STEP

  1. Sweep and vacuum the floor thoroughly.
  2. Scrape all irregularities off the floor.
  3. Once again sweep and vacuum.
  4. Mark your area with a chalk line. In order to get a straight chalk line for a starting point, measure from one wall to your beginning area. We took the chalk line and stretched from one side of the studio to the other. Then Jason snapped the chalk line, leaving a straight edge to start the flooring from.
  5. Mix the Prepstar cement. This is a cement-based skimcoat that is used to smooth out the floor.
  6. Using a trowel, apply a thin coat to the surface. Once cement is applied, allow to dry thoroughly.   We used fans to speed up the drying process.
  7. Apply adhesive to the floor.  We used the brand 6200 adhesive.
  8. Using a trowel apply a thin coat of adhesive in a figure 8 pattern (see video).
  9. Once the floor has a clear sheen to it this indicates that the adhesive is tacky and ready for the next step.
  10. While the floor is drying, you can use a box-cutter (utility knife) to pre-cut the starting tiles in measured increments.  Our tiles where 48 inches long. In order to make a staggered pattern, we cut off between 6-40 inches off the tiles that formed the starting side.
  11. After placing the starter side of tiles on to the cement floor (they will look like a set of steps-see video), use full length tiles, butting up to each other snugly. Smooth down each tile with light pressure after it has been placed down. Immediately remove any adhesive that has come in contact with the top side of the vinyl tile, using a wet cloth.
  12. Apply pressure to the freshly laid floor by using a vinyl floor roller to seal the seams of each tile and remove any air bubbles. This will also help to attach the tile to the surface permanently. You can rent a roller from places like Home Depot.
  13. Finish off the vinyl floor by installing either a transitional or binder strip, depending on what it butts up to. We used a binder strip as we installed carpet in the filming section of the studio after laying the luxury vinyl floor.
  14. Celebrate a job well done & enjoy!

 

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Winter Car Kit – Winterizing Your Car for Emergencies

I got stuck in my own driveway this winter…..grrrr.  Only a few feet from my garage where I would be nice, toasty and dry.  But no . .  . I. Got. Stuck.  Seriously, all I would have needed was some sand or cat litter in my car and I could have gotten out of it by myself.

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Brrrr. . . I hope you’re staying toasty warm this winter.  Grab you seat and a nice hot beverage and let’s learn how to put together a decent (not overwhelming) emergency kit for your car this winter.Tea for two

One good thing came from me being stuck – it could have been worse and now I can get my act together and put together a decent, possibly life saving, EMERGENCY WINTER CAR KIT.

The Container

The container is important.  It will represent you and your needs.  Do you need a large one? small? or do you want to purchase a custom made one?  Does it need to be soft thermal or a hard cooler?  Just remember that you will want to leave the “DO NOT REMOVE” container in your car all winter (& possible switch it out- for the summer as well).  Wiebke used a soft medium sized thermal container and I just went with a trusty cardboard box.  One that i can stick in the back in a corner neatly boxed.

Six Basic Items

Emergency Winter Car Kit

After much research we found that there are six basic (or core) items you need in order to be prepared for emergencies.

  1.  Kitty Litter
  2. Water
  3. Blanket
  4. Candle
  5. Lighter
  6. Food

The What & The Why

Winter Car Kit Emergency Core Items

Kitty Litter (or sand if you prefer),  doesn’t have to be an expensive brand (I actually prefer the cheaper brands) which you can pick up for a buck or two.  Kitty Litter can be used to help you get out of situations where your car may be stuck in the snow or on ice.  When you sit in the snow and spin your tires without  traction this can make the area too slick for the tires to find traction. The Kitty Litter (or sand) could provide just enough traction thrown under the tire, for the tires to get a grip and pull your car out.

Water is important to sustain life or in other words, we cannot live without water.  If you are in a stranded situation you can use the water to drink and stay hydrated, make a cup-of-soup,  tea or hot cocoa (if you also pack it), clean wounds, or replenish a radiator that may have ran out of fluid.  To learn how to keep water from freezing check out the Survival Mom article On How to Keep Emergency Water in Your Vehicle Unfrozen During the Winter.

A Blanket is a necessity to staying warm and dry. Wiebke likes a wool blanket and I prefer a microfiber blanket as I have found them to retain heat.  The reason they retain heat is because of the tightly knit fabric. You can use a blanket to cover you and stay warm within your own body heat longer or if you get wet because you tried to get yourself out of being stuck in the snow, you can use the blanket to change out of your wet clothes.

Candle can be used to provide warmth, light, or as a possible heating element if you include a vessel safe to heat in (I included a ceramic coffee cup in mine).  In addition, you will want to make sure you have a fire safe container to place the candle in.  I like the jar candles as they are all inclusive and if needed I can place a fireproof cup/can on top to heat.

Lighter – This one is kind of obvious as you will need something to light the candle.  You could use matches as well.

Food is a necessity and distraction against hunger. Ideally, you will want to pack high protein energy food/snacks that will hold up to freezing temperatures.  But, if your like me, I am lucky to have snacks healthy or not that will weather a freeze.  Some ideas include, but are not limited to: granola bars, chips, cookies, raisins, mini candy bars, those crackers with peanut butter or pack some peanut butter and crackers separately.  You get the idea.

The Extras

Winter Car Kit Extra Supplies

Now you could just stop at the basics, but if you have a family or travel a lot you may want to customize some extra items for your Winter Emergency Car Kit.  I included in mine a book to read (my distraction if I am stuck), those little nifty hand warmers, a portable shovel (if I get stuck more than my kitty litter can handle) plus I can take it camping, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, tooth brush/paste kit, and a ceramic coffee mug.

The Point

Seriously, this kit is very easy to put together.  You probably have all the items in your home already. It doesn’t matter how you create your very own Winter Emergency Car Kit, the point is that once you get it into your car you will be prepared for winter driving.  Just remember this could possible save your life and those of your loved ones, but at the very least it could provide a distraction while waiting for a tow truck or rescue.

Warmer Weather Emergency Car Kit

When warmer weather comes to your area remember to upgrade your kit.  You will want to refresh your food and water supply.  Possibly change out your candle if it is a loose one as they can melt to a blob in a warm car.  I, personally have a candle in a glass container with a lid to serve me in all seasons.   Instead of hand warmers you might want to make a change to a battery operated fan.  Instead of hot coca try changing it to some instant flavored beverage like Gatorade, Crystal Light or Kool-aid.  I believe you are getting the idea.  Make it yours for whatever season you find yourself in.

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How To Conquer Your SmartPhone 101- Episode 5

 

Do you need help making, receiving or rejecting phone calls? We have easy, step-by-step down to earth instructions for you to follow through our “How To Conquer Your SmartPhone 101” series.  In episode 5 we take you through the process in our video and on our website TheHardHatBelles.com. So whether you are a hands on learner or visual learner we’ve got you covered.  Let’s get started!

Hi Y’All,

And welcome back to another episode in the series “How To Conquer Your SmartPhone 101.”  In this episode we will be teaching you how to make, receive and reject cell phone calls.  Grab a cup of you favorite beverage, a seat and your SmartPhone and let’s get started.Tea for two

Making a Phone Call

To make a phone call from your SmartPhone you will want to make sure that the phone is on.  On most phones the phone icon (or picture) is located on the first screen of your phone when it is turned on.  Follow the instructions below to make a phone call.

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Once you have completed the call you will tap the phone icon to end the call.

Receiving or Rejecting a Phone Call

To receive a phone or reject a phone option will take place when your SmartPhone rings alerting you that a call is coming in.  To receive or reject a phone call follow the directions below.

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Once you have completed the Make, Receive and Reject a Phone Call tutorial you will be ready to tackle the next video episode 6  – Send and Receive Text Messages – where we will explain how to easy it is to text with your friends and family with your SmartPhone.

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What God Wants For Christmas Story

Tea for twoDo you know what God wants for Christmas?  To find out watch all seven videos…no cheating, watch them in a row to reveal a beautiful story about What God Wants For Christmas!  So grab your beverage, a seat and your kids (or any you can borrow) and let’s get started!

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Christmas Cheese Cake Bites: Low Calorie & Gluten Free

 

Aren’t you always on the look out for a healthier version of a favorite dessert.  These cheesecake bites are amazingly yummy, low in calories (especially compared to the less healthier version) and to top it off they are GLUTEN free!  Super easy to make and take to your Christmas party, family get together, or for work.

Hi Y’All,

Glad you stopped in today.  We are so excited about these healthier cheesecake bites….hmmm….is cheesecake one or two words?  If you guessed one or two – you are correct. . . it can be spelled either way.  Anyway, we experimented with our recipes and we think we hit on one that is absolutely yummy, healthier and gluten free!!  Grab your drink and a seat and lets get started.Tea for two

Cheesecake Lover(s)

Wiebke and I both LOVE cheese cake, but I think our former video editor,

Cheesecake Lover #1
Cheesecake Lover #1

Tyler, is the biggest fan!! And loving cheesecake made this endeavor especially hard as we wanted a recipe that didn’t leave us feeling cheated.

Dictionary.com defines a Cheesecake as a cake having a firm custard like texture, made with cream cheese,cottage cheese, or both, and sometimes topped with a jam like fruit mixture. So we worked to keep the integrity of the cheesecake a cheesecake.

Cheesecake.com has some interesting facts about the origin of the cheesecake if your interested in more check out their site: The first “cheese cake” may have been created on the Greek island of Samos. Physical anthropologists excavated cheese molds there which were dated circa 2,000 B.C. Cheese and cheese products had most likely been around for thousands of years before this, but earlier than this goes into prehistory (that period in human history before the invention of writing) so we will never really know. In Greece, cheesecake was considered to be a good source of energy, and there is evidence that it was served to athletes during the first Olympic games in 776 B.C. Greek brides and grooms were also known to use cheesecake as a wedding cake. The simple ingredients of flour, wheat, honey and cheese were formed into a cake and baked – a far cry from the more complicated recipes available today!

Arriving At The Best Cheesecake RecipeCheesecake Recipe

The first thing we did was compile a list of ingredients that we were willing to experiment with.  We had to figure out a custard-like base, which we comprised of our homemade Greek yogurt and 1/3 less fat cream cheese.  Then came the sweetener.  We knew we didn’t want artificial sweeteners because we wanted a full natural flavor that would blend well with the other ingredients.  We decided that honey was a sweet alternative to it’s fattening counterpart.  And we kept the egg as an egg.  Next came the flavoring.  Vanilla is the most commonly used one in a regular high calories version and that was still a good flavor, but we soon realized that in this area we could experiment some trying out different flavors.  There are soooo many out there, but for our purposes we tried lemon, extra honey, banana, mint, and chocolate.  Our family’s had fun rating them for us. Everyone had a different favorite.

This left us with finding a base that would not leave us feeling cheated.  The standard that we both were used to was comprised of graham cracker crumbs (wheat), butter and sugar.  While experimenting we discovered that the one we chose was actually gluten free which made us smile even bigger.  We chose gluten free Cheerios, honey, and coconut oil.  However, for the video (above) we used extra light olive oil and suggest that you can use other light flavored oils with the same success.

Good Luck & Happy Eating!!

THHB Cheesecake Bites

Part 1: The Crust

Ingredients needed: Gluten free cereal, honey, and oil.

Ingredients for the crust

Mix 1 cup crushed cereal (approximately 2 cups uncrushed), 3 tbs oil, 2 tbs honey, and spoon 1 tbsp into lined cupcake pan. For the bite size we used the very small cupcake tin.

Press down with a spoon.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350F.  Allow to cool completely before adding the cream cheese mixture.

Part 2: The Filling

Ingredients needed: Greek yogurt, 1/3 fat free cream cheese, egg, and vanilla

Mix together 4oz fat free cream cheese, 1 cup Greek yogurt, ¼ cup honey.

In another bowl mix 1 egg, until fluffy.

Add egg mixture to the Greek Yogurt mixture. Stir together well.

Add 1 tsp of flavoring or additive of your choice. In some instances we found out that we liked more lemon juice added.   Use your imagination! Stir well.

Divide filling mixture into crust filled cupcake liners.

Place into oven heated to 350F for 25 minutes or until centers are set. I used a toothpick in the center of one to make sure it came out clean.  If there is batter attached to the toothpick then turn off oven and leave in an additional 5-10 minutes depending on your oven.

Cool off completely, before placing in refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hrs before serving.  I couldn’t wait and tasted one warm…not a good idea.

We got so excited and ate all our cheesecake bites before taking pictures.  We’ll post when we make some for the holidays.  We topped ours with a variety of items depending on what flavor we used.  Some of our toppings were bananas, blueberries, canned pie filling, chocolate shavings, sprinkled cocoa, grated lime and lemon.

Note:  We recommend serving the same day made as the crusts tend to hold moisture – they are better crunchy. If you do plan on making them ahead, we recommend that you remove them from their cupcake liner for a crispier crust.  In the original recipe we comprised we used chopped walnuts which help add more flavor and crunch to the crust.

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Repurposed Picture Frame: Change with each Holiday or Season

 

Don’t throw out those picture frames that are missing the glass (because your husband broke it!). . . We have a cool solution to repurpose it into a crafty seasonal/holiday wreath (of sorts).

Hi Y’All,

So glad you’ve stopped by for another chat, drink and craft!  A few years back my husband (bless his heart) was hanging my pictures for me and dropped one.  Yes, the glass broke.  I always intended to get the glass replaced, but never happened.  Now I have a new purpose for that frame that I am excited about and we hope you will be too.

Tea for two

Minimizing & Repurposing

I am currently going through my house (which is chaos at the moment) to downsize all the “stuff” I thought I needed at one time.  I guess you could think of it as the opposite of nesting.  One of the things that I really need to get rid of are all the old, empty picture frames that “someday I was going to get the glass replaced” but never did.

Macmillandictionary.com explains repurposing like this, “to reuse something for a different purpose from the one that was originally intended.”

I was really excited about this craft of repurposing picture frames – as it fits with my nature on so many levels; frugality, crafting and usefulness.  Psst….My family can look forward to receiving their very own repurposed picture frame that they can use all year round….don’t tell.

Get Creative

Wiebke and I have very different tastes when it comes to being creative (that’s why we work so well together), and we have come up with several ideas that you can do with your picture frames.  And if you don’t have any picture frames you can purchase them inexpensively at a thrift store near you as we did for the ones we are going to show you below.

Your creativeness is going to make each one unique. So use your imagination.  We used a lot of the supplies we had around our house. I love scrapbooking so I had quite a bit of the supplies on hand.  Wiebke loves to create themes for parties and gifts for her friends and family and she had several of her supplies on hand as well.  So rummage through you cabinets and cupboards to see how you can use your supplies to the best of your imagination.  Let’s get started. . .

Repurposed Picture Frame

The basic supplies you need: Old wood picture frame (we both used 14″ x 16″ frames), spray paint (optional), twine or ribbon, small hooks, and the clothespins with the metal in the middle (Wiebke used a medium size and I used the super tiny ones).

Additional optional supplies: Scrapbooking paper (or similar), stickers, markers etc.

Step 1:  Prep your frame.  Make sure it is clean.  If you spray paint yours as I did, it may take a few coats, but make sure it is dry before you continue.  I let mine stand for 48 hours after the last coat (3).

Step 2: Insert hooks into the frame inner edge as shown below.  I used the existing metal tabs on mine (I think I prefer the hooks though).  Starting close to the top and then approximately 2-3″ lower.  This seems to be a good height for the message(s) to hang.

Step 3: Measure out the twine, ribbon, string that you choose to use and leave at least 4-6 inches extra.  This allows for tying it onto the hooks/metal tabs, as well as leaving enough to tie a bow at the other end (on the metal tab I wrapped it twice around before pressing the tab down into place).  This allows a quick release to change out the message.  Note: Wiebke put glue on the end of her twine and let it dry to keep the twine for fraying.

Step 4: You can either thread the twine/ribbon through the metal part on the clothespin or you can clip them to the twine/ribbon.  If you do the clipped on method you will want to have it hanging in place beforehand to make the clipping easier.

Step 5: Time to use your imagination to create your message(s).  Wiebke created specific messages for the Merry Christmas, Happy July 4th and the Advent Acts of Kindness.  I created a multiple alphabet so I could create several different messages as the mood strikes. Below are some examples of what we created.

NOTE:  Since the picture frame I purchased from the thrift store had glass in it I took the repurposing a step further.  Using some chalk spray paint I covered one side of the glass with it.  It looks good and I was hoping to be able to chalk on that side so it could also be used as a message board, however unless I was very careful the chalk marked through it.  I am still researching on how to seal it.

 

On the flip side, I did find a way to use it as a very pretty dry erase board using chalk markers on the glass side not sprayed with chalkboard paint.

You could also use it behind your message as a backdrop.  Multipurpose Repurposed Picture Frame.

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Thanksgiving & Fall Centerpieces: Quick & Easy with everyday items

We have 4 great centerpieces for YOU to choose from for your Thanksgiving table.  They are all quick and easy to make with things you have around your house – inside and out.   Your friends and family will simply be amazed!

Hi Y’All,

Thanksgiving Day is a time that we can stop and reflect on what we are truly thankful for.  But in preparation of that day we can find ourselves busy getting the house ready to receive family and friends.  To help you save time we have 4 easy and quick centerpieces that will amaze you!Tea for two

Thankfulness

Just a year ago we held our premiere to roll out our video channel business.  We had a blast and were blessed by those who attended.  We are thankful that in this past year we have gained subscribers and followers who believe in us and like what we are doing.

For the premiere we filmed the very same DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces that we are releasing for the first time this month.  As we look back we are thankful for all that we have learned about how to produce, film, edit and script videos.  We laugh at ourselves thinking that we knew what we were doing.  Little did we know how much more there was to learn and continue learning.  We are also thankful that our videos have improved in quality and character!

What are you thankful for this day, month, year?  We’d like to hear in the comments below.

4 Quick & Easy Thanksgiving or Fall Centerpieces

 

These centerpieces are made with items we found around our homes and yards.  Outside we found a variety of pine cones in different sizes and greenery boughs from the various trees.  But don’t stop there you can even use leaves, stones and sticks.  Inside we scoured our homes and located a large variety of items to choose from such as uncooked popcorn, beans, coffee beans, fresh cranberries, macaroni,   votive, candles, Christmas lights, garland, ribbon and a bit of material.  These are just suggestions – Let your imagination fly!

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Paper Strip Ornament: Directions & Operation Christmas Child Boxes

Do you like handmade items? Or need a quick, interesting, handmade ornament for the holidays?  Or to make with your kids?We have the directions for you right here!

Hi Y’All,

Wiebke recently visited her sister in Canada.  Grab your hot cup of cocoa (or coffee) and a seat to find out what happened while she was there.

Tea for two

Learning to Make Paper Strip Ornaments

Each year Wiebke’s sister, Bruni helps out with the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child.  She helps check to make sure the boxes are packed properly, which is a huge undertaking.  In addition, this year as she did last year, Bruni (and whoever she can recruit) gathered to make some paper strip ornaments for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.  We were lucky enough to have her teach us as well!Paper Strip Ornaments

Repurpose Old Christmas Cards

Wiebke and her husband have been cleaning out their basement when she came across several years worth of Christmas cards.  She was reluctant to let go of the memories, but decided it was time.  It was time to share the cards in a different but good way.  She recently read a devotion by Desiree Glass called A New Purpose that touched her heart and helped her to look at these repurposed Christmas cards in a new light.  Instead of getting rid of something that was precious memories for her. . . she discovered she’d be creating new ones for others.

A New Purpose by Desiree Glass: (Paraphrased by me)  Since Christmas cards are pictures and sayings that mostly express Jesus Christ’s birth and how it is celebrated then by sharing the cards with others we are in essence sharing the good news with others.Repurpose Christmas Cards

Just imagine how many families we will reach by inserting these cards of hers into ornament kits for the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes . . . they go all over the world!

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox

If you’re not familiar with the Operation Christmas Child box project you can check out the website here.   According to the Samaritan’s Purse website the boxes allow an opportunity to connect all over the world sharing:

The Amazing Journey of a Shoebox Gift Begins with You and Results in Evangelism, Discipleship, and Multiplication.Operation Christmas Child

This creates an opportunity of sharing and caring from receiving the boxes to giving them.  From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving. Year-round volunteers support these efforts across the country (taken from Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child).

We had fun creating these Paper Ornaments and hope you will too! Click on the instruction picture to enlarge and/or print.Paper Strip Ornament directionsDisclaimer

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Pumpkin Decorating – 4 Unique Ways

Need new ideas on how do decorate or carve your pumpkin?  Looking for an easy and quick way to get your pumpkin decorated?  Then you have definitely come to the right spot. . . check out our videos and directions for all the how to’s!

Hi Y’All,

We are excited that you have joined us for pumpkin decorating today. Grab that hot cup of pumpkin spice cappuccino your comfy seat and lets get started on getting your pumpkin decorated.

Tea for two

Fick Farms

We got our pumpkins at Fick Farms located in Lapeer, MI. We had so much fun exploring the corn maze, pumpkin patch and flower garden.  We even went on a hayride that included a couple of grave yards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our four pumpkins we decorated for Halloween came from Fick Farms pumpkin patch. Make sure you stop in and get yours!

pumpkin patch

Decorating Pumpkins THHB Style

The best part of decorating pumpkins for Halloween is to get creative.  Add your own style and flair by using your own supplies or you can buy some similar to ours at your local craft store or online at a website store like Amazon.com.  You may also want to check out our pumpkin Pinterest board for more ideas.

The Drilled Pumpkin

 

Supplies Needed: Safety goggles, pumpkin, electric or battery operated power drill, drill bit, marker, pumpkin craving tool.

  1.  Cut the top from pumpkin and clean out the inside of it.
  2. Choose drill bit size desired and attach it to the drill.
  3. Choose design that you want to create and mark it on the pumpkin with a marker.
  4. Put safety goggles on.
  5. Power up drill and start drilling holes into the desired design.
  6. Remove drill bit and use it to finish cleaning out holes of excess pumpkin.
  7. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

Glow In The Dark PumpkinGlow in the dark paint

Supplies Needed: Pumpkin, glow in the dark paint, marker.

  1. Choose the design that you want to create and mark it on the pumpkin with a marker.
  2. Take the glow in the dark paint tube and tracethe marked design with it.
  3. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

Cookie Cutter Pumpkin

 

Supplies Needed: Safety goggles, pumpkin, cookie cutter(s), hammer, pumpkin craving tool.

  1.  Cut top or bottom from pumpkin and clean out the inside of it.
  2. Choose cookie cutter(s) desired and mark pumpkin with desired design by pressing cutters into the pumpkins outer skin.
  3. Put safety goggles on.
  4. Place first cookie cutter on previously marked design and using a hammer gently tap cookie cutter through pumpkin.  You may need to carefully use your hands to press cookie cutter back out of the pumpkin. Repeat for the rest of your cookie cutter design.
  5. If your cookie cutters do not go completely through the pumpkin use your carving tool to complete the cuts through the pumpkin.
  6. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

Ribbon & Bling Pumpkin

Ribbon and Bling

Supplies Needed: Pumpkin, ribbons, beads, bling,  marker, glue gun, glue sticks.

  1. Choose the design that you want to create and mark it on the pumpkin with a marker.
  2. Take the ribbon(s) and bead(s) or bling desired and hot or cold glue them into place over your marked area.  Allow to cool between steps.
  3. Your pumpkin is now ready to be displayed.

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