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The Best Fall DIY Projects

The Best “Must Make” DIY Fall Decorations

The Best Fall DIY Projects

Summer is wrapping up and it’s time to start thinking about the fall! There are so many fun DIY projects out there, that I have found a collection of my favorites. I love all the pumpkin decorations and fall colors. Which one is your favorite?

Check out The Best "Must Make" DIY Autumn Decor Projects

by Heather Terrell at Mode

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

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One of the best things we have bought this summer is a new grill! We never used our old grill but now that we have switched to charcoal, we have been cooking on the grill more than we have been cooking in the kitchen. It’s great on dishes, heat inside the house and Kyle is doing the cooking – so I can’t complain! 

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One thing that we introduced Lennox to was roasting marshmallows on the grill after dinner. She loves to come out and toast some marshmallows as her dessert – but sometimes, she can be impatient and want to roast marshmallows when we still have quite a while until dinner – or even on the nights we aren’t grilling at all. 

I had seen a cute idea a while back for making your own personal marshmallow roaster and decided to try it myself, and make it about as girly as you could make it, just for Lennox! Before I could start, I had to get some new grilling supplies at Walmart, and of course I picked up Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows! Walmart also has a number of other Kraft products that are essential to your grilling nights!

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We made some delicious corn on the cob to go with our ready-made dinner from the Walmart Deli / Marketplace, but Lennox just had to try out her own marshmallow roaster first, so we let her give it a try. It worked out great and it was really easy to make. Here is what you need to do.

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

Make Your Own Personal Marshmallow Roaster

What you need:

  • Small Terra-cotta flower pot
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Charcoal
  • Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows (the best!)
  • Skewers
  • optional – glitter and other decorations for the pot

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Instructions:

STEP ONE: After gathering all of your materials, which you can find at Walmart, decorate your terra-cotta pot however you wish. We used glitter because, well, we have a super girly girl and she loves glitter (as do I)!

STEP TWO: Take a few small sheets of aluminum foil and line the inside of the pot. Press the aluminum foil tightly against the sides to form a cup inside the pot. Using heavy duty foil is recommended but I tried with regular weight, and it worked okay as well.

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STEP THREE: Fill the pot with a few pieces of charcoal. Using some charcoal that is already presoaked in lighter fluid is the easiest and safest with kids. 

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STEP FOUR: Light the coals, there should quickly be a small flame – you can now start roasting your  Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows! 

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

Note: The coals will stay hot until they completely burn out – so either leave the terra-cotta post somewhere  it is safe or dump the coals into the grill when you are done. You should be able to toast quite a few marshmallows from the heat this personal marshmallow roaster will let off! 

Now that you have your marshmallow roaster complete, it’s time to make some Smores to go along with your easy dinner! 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Smores

Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite chocolate chip cookies
  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
  • Mini Marshmallow Roaster

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Directions:

STEP ONE: Using your new marshmallow roaster, roast the marshmallows to your desired crispiness! 

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STEP TWO: Once the marshmallow is complete, take two of your favorite chocolate chip cookies (or any kind of cookie for that matter) and sandwich the toasted Jet-Puffed Marshmallow in-between the cookies! 

These are great to eat right away or even saved for later. We made them before dinner and they were still great by dessert time! Lennox had a lot of fun and I see us using this little roaster many times throughout the year! 

Make Your Own Mini Marshmallow Roaster

Our mixture of grilling and ready-made food from Walmart made dinner time so very easy!

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Make sure you head over to Kraft to see what other great Kraft inspired grilling recipes to try out this summer! You can check out their summer digital cookbook here.

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Back to School Homework Center

DIY Back to School Homework Corner

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Lennox will be starting Kindergarten this year, which I can’t even believe, but it’s the truth and we are getting ready for it! Her new backpack and lunch box is purchased, we have started her back to school clothing shopping and now it’s time to get a work area together for her at home. Although there isn’t a ton of take home work in Kindergarten, I know there will be some – and I wanted to create excitement around going to school. So the other weekend I surprised Lennox with a homework corner in our home office room!

Back to School Homework Center

With a move in or near future, I didn’t want to create something that would damage the wall and require hooks and nails, so I went to Walmart and purchased some Command™ hooks and Scotch® Brand items in the Craft aisle.

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These are so easy to use and will really stay up on the wall, even our textured walls. I always have a variety of sizes at home but purchased some clear hooks as well as a clear caddy to use of this project. If you haven’t tried these, they are great at Christmas time too.

DIY Back to School Homework Corner

What you will need:

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  • Command™ Damage Free Hanging Hooks, Adhesive Strips and Caddy
  • School supplies (Pens, Pencils, Markers, Crayons, Ruler, etc)
  • Small Clipboard or Sign
  • ABC Stickers
  • Small Clothespins
  • Small Metal Buckets or containers
  • Desk or Small Table

Instructions:

STEP ONE: Gather all your supplies and figure out your layout before starting. Don’t worry if you measure something wrong or make a mistake, since these are just stuck to the wall, it’s easy to remove them and place them somewhere else without leaving any damage behind! 

STEP TWO: Start by hanging your 3 – 4 metal buckets. I found these back to school themed buckets in the Dollar Spot and they were just the right size and theme, and only a $1!  

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I used Command™ Clear hooks that had moving hooks on them – perfect for hanging something that isn’t flat.

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STEP THREE: Once you have hung the buckets, it’s time to hang the clear caddy. This is great to add a ruler, paint and paper to. I centered it below the buckets. This caddy came with its own Command™ adhesive strips with a refill so you can move it later if needed.

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STEP FOUR: I decorated the little black clipboard with ABC stickers to make a personalized sign – “Lennox’s Homework Corner”. I then stuck it to the wall using the Command™ adhesive strips as well.

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STEP FIVE: I wanted to add a few places for Lennox to add her artwork and homework. I decided to use mini clothespins and stick them to the wall by cutting the Command™ adhesive strips in half. Lennox has been using them quite a bit and they have stayed on the wall well!

scotch-homework-center-02STEP SIX: Fill up all the buckets and containers with school supplies and let your kiddo start creating and working!

scotch-homework-center-03 Lennox loved her new homework corner and is almost ready for Kindergarten! We are still waiting to hear on which school she will be attending but I’m anxious to hear and ready to get the final things ready for her – it will be a big day for all of us! At least now we know she will have a dedicated spot to do her work and can feel like a big girl!
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You can find lots of great projects to do with Command™ products here, as well.

What type of work center would you create with Command™ Products and Scotch® Brand?