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Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

DIY Wine Cork Pumpkins


My husband and I love wine, and we love fall! So these wine cork pumpkins were a welcome addition to our Autumn decor. They look perfect next to our wine barrel cheese board, where we keep our wine. There are so many holiday crafts that I always think about making but don't really get around to, like the bag full of Autumn wreath supplies sitting on our bedroom floor. But I knew these wine cork pumpkins would be so easy to make, and they were! It was fun too. I'd forgotten how therapeutic craft projects can be.

All you need to make these pumpkins are the corks, of course, some paint, faux leaves, and glue. I used tacky glue, because I couldn't find my hot glue gun. Tacky glue works just as well, though it takes longer to dry, and it dries clear.


I used 19 corks for the larger pumpkin and 12 for the smaller one. Including 2 more for the stems, you need 33 corks total. If you don't have that many on hand, you can buy corks from a craft store or online here >. You can even purchase recycled wine corks to get that old-word look with the wine-stained tips and decorative labels. I'll leave additional shopping links below the post too!



And yes, I used my daughter's cheap Dollar Store watercolor paints. It turned out much better than acrylic paints, in my opinion, as it allowed for the cork color and texture to show through.


After you've painted one end of the corks, start by gluing the corks together into rows and let dry. Then glue each row together. Let it dry with the orange side facing up.

If you do have a hot glue gun, go for it! Otherwise you can pick up tacky glue for a few dollars. It takes a full day for it to dry all the way, but once it dries, it holds up very well!


Once it's dry enough to place it right side up, use a few dabs of glue to attach the leaf and stem to each pumpkin. I painted my stems with the green watercolor paint.

And that is it! So easy! If you make this fun Fall DIY, I'd love to see it. Share it on Instagram with the hashtag #KCLCrafts. I'll regram my favorites.:)



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  1. This is such a cute idea
    xo
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  2. Such a cute project! Loving the creativity!

    With Love & Style,
    ♥ Amber
    alltheambience.com

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  3. Wonderful post dear …………………keep posting!!!!!

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