Spice Up Your Pumpkin Decorating This Year

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This Halloween, mix it up a little. If you’re tired of the mess and labor involved with carving pumpkins year after year, we’ve got good news for you. Here are a few easy ways to make those pumpkins pop without carving your days away.

Paint a Pumpkin

Pick up a few cans of paint, some brushes and maybe a stencil or two. Then gather the kids and get down to business! See who can come up with the most creative, creepy, or spooktastic design.

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Pumpkin Hardware

Craft yourself a FrankenPumpkin using hardware. Just grab a few nuts, washers and screws and get creative with your scary creature. See how many different faces you can make!

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Pumpkin Planters

Who says Halloween can’t be elegant? Create a pumpkin succulent planter for a classy take on a creepy tradition. Once Halloween is over, replant your succulents in a pot and keep them for the fall.

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Dremel Carver

Still want to go traditional? Grab a Dremel Pumpkin Carver Kit and create your masterpiece with precision and ease. Carve out the traditional spooky face, or get creative with scary designs or cute patterns.

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For assistance with any of these spooktacular pumpkin projects or for more Halloween inspiration, stop by your neighborhood Orchard today. Check out our October in-store events, including Fright Weekend October 13-15!  

A Ghostly Halloween Craft

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Get a little eerie this Halloween. Fill your yard with these haunting wire ghosts to create the perfect Halloween atmosphere. Your neighbors will be equal parts jealous and spooked!

Instructions

1. Measure the chicken wire for the torso of the figure. Cut the wire out.

2. Roll the cut piece into a cylinder and twist the free wires together to hold it in place.

3. Shape the cylinder into a torso form. Mold the wire by pressing, bending and folding it into the desired shape.

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4. Measure the circumference of the bottom of the torso to determine how wide the waist needs to be for the skirt of your figure.

5. Choose your desired skirt length and cut out several triangular pieces for the skirt portion of the dress. The top of the skirt will connect to the waist, and will gradually get larger as you add volume to the hem of the dress.

6. Connect the bottom pieces to the waist of the torso. Hook each of the bottom pieces together. This should create a funnel shape out of the wire.

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7. Once all your pieces are connected, you can add additional pieces such as dress straps, lights and glow in the dark spray paint.

8. Finally, you’ll need to set the dress. Bend the bottom of the dress in and out in various spots to make it look like it is moving. As an option, you may also choose to secure it using your staple gun.

Need help or have questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard where our ghouls are waiting to assist you. Happy Halloween!

Bring the Harvest Home: 5 Tips for Fall Decorating

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Can you feel it? The weather is getting chillier and the leaves are changing colors. Fall is finally upon us once again. Soon the holiday season will be in full swing, so take a little time now to dress up your porch for the fall. Here are our five tips for your seasonal transformation.

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Start with a color scheme

All great decorating projects start with choosing a color scheme. Go with the traditional fall palette of oranges and reds or opt for a more modern, neutral approach with whites and grays. If those options don’t strike your fancy, try going bold. Take a chance with jewel tones or simply pick your favorite color and a few more colors that go well together.

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Add natural elements

Use the seasonal changes happening all around you as inspiration for your porch décor. Incorporate leaves, flowers, hay bales, pine cones and of course, pumpkins! Choose the real thing for an authentic look or opt for fake natural elements to last all season.

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Cozy up to the season

Fall is a time for snuggling up by the fire and keeping warm in mittens and scarves. Take that theme outside by adding cozy blankets and festive pillows to your every day porch seating. You can even craft your own fall pillows with stencils and some weather resistant paint.

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Paint your pumpkins.

A creative spin on the classic jack-o-lantern. Carving pumpkins can be messy, tough and time consuming, so if you’re looking for an easier option with the same effect, try painting them! Talk about a fun fall activity to try with the kids, too.

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Layer your décor

Now it’s time to put all of your decorative elements together. Place larger décor pieces against your house, and bring smaller elements out in front. Allow your décor to cascade down the stairs if you have them. Perch your favorite pieces on stools or your existing seating. Layering creates an inviting feel to your fall porch makeover.

For more fall-inspired décor tips, visit your neighborhood Orchard today!

Give Your Home a Fall Makeover

September will soon be in the rearview mirror and the holidays will be quickly approaching. Before you know it, you’ll be carving pumpkins and hosting friends and family. Now is the perfect time to spruce up your space before the hustle and bustle starts. Thankfully, Orchard carries a wide variety of high quality products to help you update your favorite spaces with little effort. And we’ve got five ways you can do it. Happy sprucing!

#1: Fresh paint

Color can instantly brighten or change the feeling of a room. Lighter shades can make a room look twice as big and look cleaner. But you don’t have to paint an entire room if that feels overwhelming. Pick an accent wall if you’re looking for a small change, or start smaller, like in the bathroom. 

Our Benjamin Moore line has specific paint that is tailored to the needs of your space. Aura® Bath and Spa has a matte finish that repels moisture and humidity and is great for the bathroom or even a laundry room. Regal® Select repels stains and cleans up easily without damaging walls. Ben® interior is formulated for an easy painting experience with its quick-fix drips and smooth touch-ups – even the most inexperienced painter will get beautiful results.

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#2: Update and upgrade your lighting

So simple and yet so powerful, lighting and lighting fixtures can instantly update a room. Whether it’s an old wall, vanity or ceiling light fixture, you can change the mood without breaking the bank.

Don’t forget to choose the right type of light for your spaces too. Refresh LED lights are ideal for playrooms, home offices and laundry rooms, while soft 60 watt Relax LED lights are ideal for bedrooms or guest rooms.

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#3: Wall fixtures

After you’ve made some changes to your lighting, don’t forget about your light cover switches and plugs. Even installing a dimmer in the dining room can make a dramatic difference. We carry wall plates that will help you mix and match or fit the hardware in the rest of the room – white, ivory, brushed nickel, stainless steel, bronze and even decorative.

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#4: Hardware

This may be one of the easiest changes you can make for the biggest impact. From cabinet knobs and pulls to updating a faucet or changing out your showerhead, you can quickly update the look in your kitchen, bathroom and even a dresser in your bedroom.

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#5: Decorate

Last, but certainly not least, decorating is the perfect way to give a room a fresh new look or add some personalization. From candles and candleholders, to indoor plants and holiday décor, you might be surprised how many things Orchard carries online and in store to help you add those finishing touches to your space.

Bonus tip!

Sometimes all a home needs is some simple cleaning and organization. From all-natural cleaners to hooks, totes and bins, we’ve got you covered. Store summer items away and get rid of clutter by giving it a home in one of our many storage solutions.

Plant in the Fall, Enjoy in the Spring

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The seasons may be changing, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your green thumb away. In fact, fall is one of the best times to plant bulbs that will sprout into beautiful flowers come springtime. The process can be tricky, so we’re sharing our tips for two ways you can tackle your planting like a pro.

Planting Bulbs in a Pot

First, choose the right pot. You will plant your bulbs close to the surface, so if your pot is tall, consider placing pinecones at the bottom or using another lightweight space-filler. Cover your choice of space-filler with landscape fabric, then fill the rest of the pot with soil up to a few inches from the rim.

Place your bulbs in the top layer of soil. Bulbs can be planted very close together, and actually should be to get the prettiest arrangement come springtime. Place them pointy side up to make it easier for them to grow.

Top your bulbs off with a layer of soil and water well. Finish off the pot with a layer of mulch for a little protection. Then, leave your pot outside to chill during the winter. The colder the bulbs get, the better the bloom!

Planting Bulbs in the Ground

Start by loosening the soil with a shovel and getting rid of any weeds in the area. Then use a rake to smooth, grade and level the spot where your bulbs will be planted. Tap the soil to remove air bubbles, but be sure not to completely compact the area.

If you are planting your bulbs directly in the ground, plant them about four or five inches deep. If you’ve created a raised bed, plant them about six inches deep. Place the bulbs in the ground pointy side up, and give them a good drink of water.

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Cover the bulbs with peat moss and water again. Finally, cover the area completely with topsoil. Make sure the surface is smooth, and you’re done! Get ready for some beautiful blooms in the spring.

Got questions? Need help getting started? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard and let us help with all your bulb planting needs.