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Non-Pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns


If you’re an expat like me who is transplanted in the Middle East, then there are other holiday occasions that you just can’t celebrate the same way you do back home.  It’s only lately when the Philippines caught up on the Halloween fever but other countries are already celebrating this spooky event with much gusto for the longest time!

So, living in other parts of the world where Halloween is not as famous as it should be, and when pumpkin is not a staple, you have to be innovative if you want to decorate your home without the usual pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns.

Here are some ways to still have that Jack O’ Lantern decor in your home without using a pumpkin. You’ll be surprised to know that many fruits/vegetables and other materials can pass as your cute or spooky Jack O’ Lantern.

Papier Mache


Vegetables like turnips, gourd and bell pepper






Old, big jars


Paper lanterns


Crafty stuff like styrofoam round mold with floral decors


Old books


Terra cotta pot


Halloween Pumpkin Decorations - variety of clay terra cotta pottery Jack O'Lantern faces and heads in autumn

Halloween Pumpkin Decorations – variety of clay terra cotta pottery Jack O’Lantern faces and heads in autumn



Pumpkin plastic pails


Plywood or old crates


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Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice

It’s official! It’s going to be pumpkin here, pumpkin there, and pumpkin everywhere! Yesterday was the first day of Autumn and what do we normally remember about Fall that makes as pause and feel good aside from the pretty vista? The coming holidays, that is! And aside from the holidays, we will be seeing many orange and warm hued stuff around us and it’s going to be lots of them too.

Now that is officially Fall, it’s going to be the time for pumpkins, and pumpkin lattes, and pumpkin pies. But how do you make those yummy treats without the main kick – the pumpkin spice? Well, it’s very simply and it won’t take so much of your time to gather and prepare this staple when making those scrumptious pumpkin flavoured goodies.

Here’s your simple pumpkin spice recipe mix!


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Simple DIY Easter Egg Decorating Tips

Few days from now will be the great Easter. Have you prepared the egg hunt map? How about the goodies? Egg hunt won’t be fun without the important part of the whole activity – the Easter Eggs!

Here are some simple DIY tips to decorate Easter Eggs. These are very easy to do and so simple that you do not have to be a crafty person to be able to decorate. Also, with these tips, I can assure you that you will not even break your budget in gathering supplies for the decoration. Simple crafty supplies like washi tape, stickers, ribbons, laces, fabrics, coloured felt pens or markers, neon pens, and glitter pens will do the trick. Enjoy!

Eggs with washi tape

Make use of those spare washi tapes in your drawer. I have plenty in mine so I won’t have any reason not to be able to decorate our Easter Eggs with fancy, colourful, patterned and even plain coloured washi tapes.

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Eggs decorated with stickers

This is very easy to do. All you need are those spare stickers your kids have missed to stick on their notebooks or on the wall. Try to stick as many or as few depending on your whim. The colourful, the better!

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Eggs decorated with coloured markers and glitter pens

Tap your inner Picasso and dabble on those cute eggs using your coloured felt pens. Ask your kids to help along and draw or doodle as they wish to create fun patterns, designs, and even drawings on those Easter Eggs.

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Eggs decorated with ribbons, laces, beads, and fabric

Do you want your Easter Eggs to look classy, vintage, country, or stylish? Decorate them with fabric, ribbons, beads, and laces. All you need are scrap stuff from your sewing project and a handy glue gun to do the trick.

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Recycling Everything for Everyone

Everyone from the average renter to the business-minded owners can incorporate recycled material into their everyday lives. Recycling is a continuous cycle where material is kept in rotation. If you’re not buying new material, you’re saving money, helping the environment and using your creative juices to help your life. The act usually brings to mind collecting things in bulky blue containers, but there’s actually many ways recycling can be done.

Quick Home Projects

There’s smaller recycling projects without the need for machines. You can get newspaper to use as makeshift wallpaper. Toilet paper rolls can be used as wire organizers by rolling the wires into the center. Partially-cut milk jugs can be turned into planters. Clothes and curtains can be cut and reused in other fabrics. There’s even a no-sew option for adding a new fabric to a couch or love seat using precise folds and safety pins.

Do-It-Yourself Conversion

Everything mentioned so far has been re-purposing material, but you can also do work that’s usually left to production centers like paper mills. You can recreate your own rough paper by putting it into a blender with warm water to make pulp that is then molded, pressed and dried. The result is paper that fits your desired size and thickness. You can also add plant material to the pulp to make beautiful, decorative paper. There’s the option of melting plastic in an oven, though the fumes make this a more complicated process best done with an oven designed for this and with some oversight. There may be workshops available in your area that can help.

Heavy Machinery

Of course there are those who make a living out of recycling and production of recyclable materials, In these cases, heavy machinery could be worth the investment. There’s extraction equipment too, useful for those who may or may not be in the production business. Sometimes, extracted material is easier to transport. There’s companies who can use the recycled rubber material to make other roll products.

This is just a few ways you can directly recycle products. You can try to find local workshops or look at online photo albums to get even more great ideas. Everyone has a chance to recycle in ways that be both fun and profitable.

Ways To Improve Your Garden On A Budget

Many homeowners are stuck living in tight quarters that do not afford them much outdoor living space. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden or a backyard to boast of, then you’ve probably experienced at one point, struggling to improve your garden and maintain it without going overboard with the costs.

Improving your garden isn’t a walk in the park. However, it isn’t impossible. Here are some ways to improve your garden on a budget:

Do your own landscape

You don’t have to be a professional to be able to redesign your own backyard. There are countless do-it-yourself ideas online that you can pattern after. Sometimes, enhancing your outdoor area can be as simple as adding some garden lighting, turfing or decking.

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If you’re lucky, you can run into experts who publish basic tips and guidelines in various social accounts and platforms. I got great ideas from these guys here who’ve uploaded some infographics and slide videos about garden landscaping and design.

Go for perennials

Some plants are seasonal and can be very expensive to maintain. How about adding more perennials to your garden if your climate allows? Perennial plants are those that live more than 2 years. They die out from autumn to winter, only to grow back during spring and summer. Classic examples of perennials are Dahlia, Peruvian Lily, Catmint, and Forget-me-Not.

Install walkways or pathways

Aside from improving the aesthetics of your garden, walkways or pathways can also prevent weeds from growing. This should save you money and time in maintenance and weed removal.

You can buy large stone pebbles and some inexpensive pavers to use for your walkway. If you’re saving and have resources to recycle, try repurposing old wood planks as thick blocks to use as walkways.


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Add some outdoor furniture

A garden isn’t just a place for plants. It can also be a great place to add outdoor furniture that you can use to bask in the relaxing atmosphere of your little pocket of nature. You can score great finds from Home Depot, and sometimes, a quick visit to yard sales and flea markets can yield good buys of outdoor furniture.


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Install a trellis

The simplest change can dramatically transform your garden. A trellis can be a good addition if you want to accentuate a garden with crawling plants.

Add some lighting

Outdoor lighting serves the basic purpose of illuminating dark sections of your garden. When placed strategically however, lights can also create visual drama that you might find especially necessary when you’re entertaining guests at night.

If you‘re trying to save on electricity, you can buy solar-charged LED lawn lights and tree lanterns at Home Depot centres or use floating candles.

Add garden ornaments

Sculptures and other garden ornaments can add some appeal to your garden. Of course, it’s best to be meticulous with your choice of embellishments. Take into consideration your overall theme and the size of your space. Adding too many items that are inconsistent with your other design elements can make your outdoor space feel crowded or tacky.

Watch this informative video for more inspiration, ideas, and DIY helpful tips.

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