DIY Holiday Crafts That Look Great Without Breaking the Bank

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Decorating your home for the holidays is one of the best parts of the season! But you don’t have to break the bank to turn your home into a winter wonderland. Try out these DIY holiday crafts from H&H Chevrolet and really get into the holiday spirit.

 

Holiday Napkin Rings

Make these charming homemade napkin rings for super adorable place settings at the table this year. All you need is some leftover wrapping paper, tape, and rickrack or string. You probably already have these items lying around the house and in just minutes you can kick things up a notch at your holiday meal.

Paper Garland

Ditch the plain construction paper and opt for strips of reflective scrapbook paper for this glitzy take on a holiday classic. If you don’t have these items already, a quick trip to the craft store and a few dollars will set you up with everything you need!

Festive Snowman Candles

Kids will love making these awesome snowman candles around the holidays. The best part about this craft is that you only need cheap dollar store candles and common crafting supplies to create these adorable glowing snowmen that look fantastic on the mantle or on the doorstep.

 

Before you go over budget this year, try out these great DIY holiday crafts. You’ll be surprised how far some common household items can get you as you decorate your home this winter.

Make a Fall Bucket List With Your Family

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Making a bucket list is a great chance for anyone to set goals and have life experiences they might not have done otherwise. And with the changing seasons, it’s a great time of year to sit down and pen a fall bucket list with your loved ones. But what should you put on it?

Hiking

Whether you’re setting out on a real weekend camping trip or just heading for a nature walk in a nearby park, hiking is a great way to get out of the house and see the changing fall foliage.

Pick Apples and Pumpkins

Its harvest time for local orchards and pumpkins patches, which means you can find nearby spots that allow you and your family to pick fresh apples or cut your own pumpkin off the vine.

Baking

Now that you have fresh, local produce from going apple-picking, you can use these ingredients to make goodies from scratch – like fresh apple pie or candy apples. You can even make use of pumpkins for treats like pumpkin spice pancakes!

Crafts With Leaves

With all the pretty leaves dropping from the trees, it’s a great opportunity to get your kids thinking creatively by making arts and crafts out of fallen leaves.

Farm Activities

Local farms, in addition to letting you pick seasonal produce, may also have events like corn mazes or hayrides that let people come to their farm and play.

Put these on your fall bucket list for a season the whole family will enjoy.

Unique Homemade Halloween Costumes For Kids

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Homemade Halloween costumes can be unique and cool without spending too much money. How about these suggestions?

Static Electricity

This simple costume makes for an easy and funny Halloween. All you need is a normal outfit plus a lot of socks. If you’re gifted in sewing, you can sew the socks to the outfit, but you can also use a glue gun, safety pins, tape, or whatever works for you.

Jellyfish

A ruffled dress and a matching hat made to look like a jellyfish with trailing strings is all it takes to dress up your little one like a jellyfish so they can terrorize the neighborhood with their stingers.

Raining Cats and Dogs

Want a cute visual pun? Put your child in a raincoat and give them an umbrella – but make sure to decorate the umbrella with little cut-outs of clipart of cats and dogs first!

Knight

Armor made out of cardboard and spray-painted with metallic silver paint can be worn over a makeshift tunic and pants for a simple, easy knight costume.

Scuba Diver

If you can find footie pajamas with a hood, you can pull off this scuba diver costume! Just pair it with a set of goggles and some flippers, and you’re set.

Making homemade Halloween costumes for your kids that will stand out from the crowd doesn’t have to be difficult if you consider options like these.

Best Small Towns to Visit in Pennsylvania in the Summer

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Pennsylvania has some of the best tourist cities in America—Philly, Pittsburgh, the capital Harrisburg—but the small towns have a lot going for them to, especially during the summer. Filled with beautiful parks, street festivals, markets, and more, these towns are the perfect place to take a day trip.

One of the best small towns to visit in Pennsylvania during the summer is Mt. Gretna, a tiny town of just 200 residents where you can see the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show and the Summer Craft Market. If antiques are more your thing, check out the Summer Antiques Market in Eagles Mere, along with their Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.

Renovo is another gorgeous spot, where you can go to the beach, hike, or check out the many activities in town. Outdoor lovers will also enjoy a trip to Hawley, where you can spend a day on a boat at Lake Wallenpaupeck or lounge by the water.

Check out Dushore in late August for their Founder’s Day festival, which makes the usually quiet town come alive. Finally, Ligonier is a beautiful historic town full of quaint shops and restaurants and an old-fashioned amusement park, and it’s the perfect place to go to feel transported back into the early 1900s.

From the staff at H&H Chevrolet, have a great trip and drive safe!

Best Campgrounds in Pennsylvania (No Reservations Required)

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Pennsylvania is home to all kinds of beautiful campgrounds where you can enjoy the scenery, swim and fish, hike—no matter what you’re looking to do on your camping trip, you can do it at one of these beautiful Pennsylvania campgrounds!

One of the best campgrounds in Pennsylvania is Ravensburg State Park, a pet-friendly spot where you and your furry best friend can splash through the water of Rauchtown Creek. Fowlers Hollow State Park is also pet-friendly and features plenty of amenities like flush toilets.

If you’re looking for great hiking and beautiful views from the top of a mountain, PA has you covered. Colton Point State Park overlooks a massive, lush valley, and Sara’s Campground in Erie sits right on Lake Erie, so you can get a perfect spot right on the beach by the lake.

Other great campgrounds that don’t require reservations are Riverside Campground in Montgomery, Penn-Roosevelt State Park in Huntingdon, and Patterson State Park in Coudersport. All of these offer beautiful waterfront views, provide modern bathrooms and other amenities, and secluded camping environments.

For camping tips and tricks like road trip safety, how to pack camping supplies in your car, and ideas for traveling with kids, just give us a call at H&H Chevrolet!