Evan & Company Fall Mantle Decor

Hey Y’all! Happy Wednesday. Can you believe it’s starting to actually feel like fall outside. I have to admit, I’m a horrible person when it comes to decorating for the holidays. I guess I’m always busy helping clients I tend to neglect my home and office. So this year, I decided I was going to jazz up our office mantle for the fall. It’s the focal point of our consultation space, so it need to POP.

I used a collection of pumpkins, pinecones, greenery and taper candles. Most of these things I had around the office, minus the pumpkins of course. I’m still trying to figure out what I used the gold candles for.  Maybe it will hit me soon. I know I collected the brass candle holders from different thrift stores around the area.

The pumpkins came home with me from my visit to Niceville, FL. If you’re in the area, stop by– the students at Crosspoint United Methodist host a pumpkin patch as a yearly  fundraiser. Of course if you can’t make it there, you can also check your local farmers market.

It’s a pretty simple set up. I promise anyone can do it.  Since it was going to be a focal point in our office, I wanted to keep with our brand colors; Grey and White. Luckily I had first dibs on those pretty grey pumpkins. They’re PERFECT. I used seeded eucalyptus and Italian Ruscus to soften the harsh lines of the pumpkins. I added some pinecones for texture and contrast. I also found some faux dusty miller laying around the office that I pick up from our local craft store and those it was another great touch of grey.

If you haven’t already pulled your fall decor out of the attic, hop to it. I had a blast being creative for a minutes yesterday morning. I Can’t wait to see what you come up with– If posting on social media use the hashtag #EGCfallmantle, I’d LOVE to see what you create.

DIY French Fry Halloween Costume

I’ll always pick French Fries… ask any of my friends, it never fails. No matter where we are! McDonalds or a 5-Star restaurant…I MUST HAVE French Fries. I’ll take a side of ranch too. Thanks! 2015-10-29_0005 When I saw Studio DIY‘s tutorial, I knew that was the costume for me. Although my Mom still thinks I should go as a chicken Fingers. My love for those is pretty much equal. Next Year! #maybe 2015-10-29_0008 My first stop.. Of course, Hobby Lobby. They know me by name. It’s kinda like an Senior Citizen going to McDonald’s every morning for coffee. They greet you with a friendly smile and say “Good Morning Mr. Evan” but instead it’s for craft supplies. I can’t wait to go back in an show Mrs. Debbie pictures. She’s gonna flip. 2015-10-29_0006 Of course I never do anything alone. There’s always a team of people or someone behind me making me look better than I am. I remember calling Kim (The Balloon Lady) and telling her I wanted to be French Fries for halloween and I need a few balloons… She said “okkkkkk…”. I could hear the hesitation in her voice, but as always she went along with my crazy idea. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out! What do you think? 2015-10-29_0007 If you have a few minutes to spare and need a quick costume for tomorrow night I listed everything I used to make my costume below. It’s pretty self explanatory.

Cardboard | Red Duck Tape | Wide Yellow Grosgrain Ribbon (For Straps) |Red Spray Paint  | Box Cutter | Hot Glue Gun |Balloons 

STEP 1: Cut four pieces of cardboard to use for the fry box container. I made a front, back and two sides,  Spray paint both side red and allow them to dry according to the directions on the can.

Step 2:  Hot glue one side piece to the back panel of the fry container. Make sure you run line of hot glue down the side of the back pieces and place the side piece of the container on top. Add glue to the inside seam to secure it. I reenforced with duck tape (red duck tape). Repeat on the opposite side.

Step 3: Glue the front piece to the sides. It will certainly help to have an extra set of hands. (Thanks Mom!) You’ll want to make sure you step into the fry container to measure and mark strap placement according.

Step 4: It’s time to add your fries! As you can tell from the photos, we used balloons. 3 different sizes. You can pick them up at your local party supply store or call “The Balloon Lady”.  Make sure you grab a balloon pump too or you’ve pass out. 😉 We used rubber cement glue and duck tape to hold them in place. Add as many balloons as your french fry eating heart desires.

Step 5: Rock your French Fry costume proudly.  2015-10-29_0003

A HUGE THANK YOU to Kim B. from for coming to the studio on her day off to shoot my costume. She’s one of my biggest cheerleaders and I am forever grateful for her and all she does for me. LOVE YOU Kimmy!

ALL PHOTOS BY: Kim Box | Kim Box Photography

DIY Halloween Costumes

Can you believe halloween is exactly a week away? Where has this year gone?! I’m gonna need 2014 to slow down. In the spirt of the upcoming holiday my always willing assistant, Laura and I decided (well, I kind of made her) it would be fun to pull together some quick and simple DIY Halloween Costumes.

If you’re like us, we could honestly care less about the spooky holiday. But of course this is the only time of the year you have an excuse to go to a costume party. I recently came across and image online of an elaborate Ring Master and Giraffe costume, I LOVED it so much I figured we could dumb it down a bit and make is easy and simple of all you DIY’ers that are on tight budgets and crazy timelines.   2014-10-23_0003 Meet Georgetta the giraffe and RingMaster Bruno. 2014-10-23_0004 Laura had her yellow dress hanging in her closet, so the only addition we needed to complete her costume was this CRAZY AWESOME giraffe balloon “hat” from Kreative Moments. Can you guess how much it cost?!?!?! ONLY $5.00. That’s a steal of the deal and certainly not something anyone else is going to be wearing.

As for my costume, I had just about everything in my closet as well. The only thing I picked up was my blazer from discount store and the $6.00 top hat from Party City (I added the red ribbon accent). All in all the most expensive part of both costumes is the balloons in my hand and of course you wouldn’t necessarily need 17 of them, we just thought it added to the photo. 😉 By the time it was said and done, we spent $25.00 on BOTH costumes. I know, it’s cray cray!

We can’t wait to see all of the DIY costumes next week. If you’re making your own costume, BE SURE to use the hashtag #EGCDIY, we’d love to see what you come up with. We’ll be picking one lucky winner who will be a recipient of a $25.00 gift card to Hobby Lobby, a DIY’ers playground. Happy Costuming.

DIY Valentines Day Banner

Everyone loves a good craft, right? With Valentines Day right around the corner I couldn’t help but jazz up the office now that all of the Christmas Decorations are down. I hopped in the car and headed to Hobby Lobby. I have the PERFECT spot above the sofa to hang art, so I decided on some fun pennant “Banners”.

For this project you’ll need a few things: Buttons | Wood Letters | Red Glitter | Hot Glue Gun | Ribbon | Paint Brush | Heart Stencil

2014-01-13_0001 The heart shaped stencil I bought came on a large sheet with multiple sizes so, I cut it down to fit perfectly in the center of the pennant. Once you have the stencil positioned, use your paint brush to spread the glue evenly inside the heart. The fun part comes next. Once you’ve applied the glue, remove the stencil and pour the glitter over the heart shaped glue outline.

2014-01-13_0002 After the glue has dried you can then apply the buttons in the center of each heart. I used different colors and sizes. Once that’s settled , I then attached each pennant to the ribbon with a hot glue gun. (We chose pink and white stripe, but of course you can use whatever you have.) 2014-01-13_0005 For the “L.O.V.E” banner, I used the same technique—use the paint brush to apply the glue and then pour the glitter over each letter. Super simple.Then I used a stapler to attach each letter to the ribbon.

2014-01-13_0004 2014-01-13_0003 I think it hangs perfectly above the sofa– We had some visitors in yesterday afternoon and they complimented on festive it was. These easy banners would be perfect for a Mantle, kitchen, or even your foyer entry way.  Or if you’re a teacher it’d be a great way to jazz up your classroom. Oh, the possibilities! Have Fun with it!  2014-01-13_0006  Be sure to use the hashtag #evangcooperdotcom if you attempt these Valentines Day Banners! I’d LOVE to see! Happy Crafting! 😉