Charlie the Garden Gnome

( Ummm yeah! Quite the poser huh!)

Yup! Got myself a Garden Gnome and boy is she cute!

I made Charlie Halloween costume this year and would you believe it that this is the first Halloween costume EVER! I realized this year that I’d never made a real costume, other then a tutu. It’s about time!

This entire outfit cost $5 to make.  Blue felt on sale $2.50 a yard, 4 sheets of felt for 35 cents each! 1.5 hours later….Garden Gnome!

If you ask her what she is she says ” Homeless Girl!” If I saw a homeless girl that was dressed like a Garden Gnome down town I’d give her a dollar for sure!

Anyone else make their kids costumes? What are your kids dressing up as this Halloween?

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“Take and Make” with Elmers and X-ACTO

I hosted a fun get to get together where I shares some awesome products from Elmers and X-ACTO! Each guest got to hear about each creative tool and at take home a huge collection of fun new tools to use at home to come up with an awesome project to share with us! I was blown away when I saw what each of them came up with! Each of them had the same exact set of creative tools but not a single project was a like! I love the creative community! Shall we see what they came up with….

 

Summer came up with this darling Halloween wreath! She used her scissors, X-ACTO knife, craft glue, and  bi fold foam board to create this festive wreath! You can read her entire post here.

 

Tiina came up with this awesome Cake Pop holder! What a great way to display those yummy treats! She used her X-ACTO knife to cut X’s into the Bi fold Foam board to insert each cake pop. She used her scissors to cut the paper bunting and the Permanent Tape runner to attach the bunting to the foam board. Tiina used candle sticks as the base! Too too cute!

 

Mandi created these awesome Faux Lanterns! Such a fun idea! I would have never come up with this! She used her Bi fold foam board, X-ACTO knife, scissors and tape runner. YOu can find her entire tutorial here!
Alex created this fun Monster Wreath! I love the use of fabric! She used her scissors, Bi fold Foam board for the teeth and arms, paint pens for the arms and craft glue! So so fun!
Each and every guest loved the assortment of craft tools and were so excited to get crafting! What a fun set of examples on how you can use these great tools! Thanks Elmers and X-ACTO for all the great tools!
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Halloween Headbands

If any of you know my Blue you know she practically lives in headbands! this girls is the  “Fancy Nancy” of our home and she would do almost anything for a new headband! Halloween calls for a few new hair pretties and I was so happy to make her these! She designed them by the way…

1. We gathered her favorite things in Halloween hues to create this look. Magenta large net tulle, black and white curled gross grain curled ribbion for a gift, a headband and a magenta plastic spider.

2. I folded in half a section of tulle and cut it into a half circle approximately 10″ in diameter when opened into a full circle.

3. Using hot glue I gathered the tulle to create a tuffed netting over lay and glued it to the plastic headband.

4. Next I glued on the curled ribbon and the spider!

This second version was created the same way but we used black ribbon and orange spiders as the finishing touched! She’s been wearing them all week long! I bet she’d wear them all month! I better start thinking of a Thanksgiving look soon don’t ya think!

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Googly eye picture

This super simple craft is perfect for the kids! Googly eyes glued onto scrapbook paper and framed! Makes  a great little vignette additive during this spooky time of year! Grab the school and kids and get to work! This project cost me $1. I used paper and a frame I already had and bought the googly eyes at Dollar Tree! That cute rat is also from Dollar Tree! LOVE that place!

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Mummy drink boxes

Listen up all you cool moms and room moms out there! This super simple and darling Mummy Drink Box project is for you! Would your kids just die if they found on of these in their lunch box or would the other class room volunteers hate you becasue you are ” too stinkin creative for your own good” if you showed up at the class room party with these!!!

I saw this in a magazine and knew I had to do it, and yes, this room mom will be making these for Mrs. Welche’s kindergarten class this year!

1. Gather juice boxes, white electrical tape sold at Home Depot for about $4 and googly eyes.

2. Start by covering the top of the juice box leaving the straw hole exposed.Remove the straw but save to reattach.

3.Continue wrapping the rest of the box with the electrical tape criss cross and over lapping as you go.

4. Use school glue to glue on your googly eyes and then cover slightly with a piece of tape. Us e a tiny dab of hot glue to re attach the straw to the back of the juice box.

 

Be a rad mom and make these for your little monsters!

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Spooky Ghost Face

I saw this project in Martha Stewart LIVING and had to give it a try!

Spooky Creepy Cheese Cloth and a Mannequin head make for a pretty fun decoration!

1. Gather Foam Mannequin Head $2.99, 1 poack of Cheese Cloth from Home Depot $3.68, and a bottle of non aerosol Fabric Starch. YOu will also need a paint brush and small bowl.

2. I had to cut my package of Cheese Cloth into 4 equal pieces. Open up each piece and lay it over your foam head. Add a second piece of cloth and now you are ready to coat in starch. Pour a small amount of starch into a small bowl and dip your paint brush into the bowl and apply to the head. Continue this process until you have added all 4 pieces of cloth and covered it with starch.

3. Pay close attention to the facial features. You will want to make sure the cloth is hugging the face as close as possible as to show off the features.

4. Take the head outside and spray the head down with the starch. I concentrated on the head and left the hanging cloth dry and flowing. Let dry for a few hours before moving it inside.

**** When it was done drying I was hoping for a stiffer finished product. I think if I did this again I would use a  glue and water solution instead of the starch. Just my after thought!

I do love the way it turned out! So spooky!

 

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Dollar Store Door Hang

Want to see what you get when you ad a few items from the Dollar Store…

A witches broom, bloody cloth, a skeleton, spiders and a rat! $5 later you have yourself a spooky door hang!

For sure the rats my favorite part!

“Bones” and his other pals were all attached with hot glue. The spiders were first glued to twine and then hot glued to the broom.

This is just one more option to a traditional holiday sign or wreath! Wjat ever you do, get creative and hit the Dollar Store! Dollar Tree sold these goodies and has tons of other awesome Halloween items! The fake heart is begging me to take it home!

 

And you know how much I love my blue frame wreath! It really is perfect all year round and no matter what I have hanging on my door if it’s not my frame wreath I feel like my doors naked! Sooooooo of course I had to come up with a layered Halloween look to rotate through out the season. I know! I’m strange! This is Halloween door look #3…

I just loved this metallic pipe cleaner spider web! When I saw it I was pretty I could replicated super easily, that was until I saw it was only $4.50 at Tai Pan Trading! Sometimes it makes more sense to just buy the darn thing then to try to replicated for cheaper! Cheaper then $4.50?? Sorry DIY friends! This time called for an “off the rack” look!

But honestly if you could get your hands on black metallic pipe cleaners you could go to town!

 

If you missed Halloween door look #1 be sure to check it out! Happy Spooky door hang making my friends!

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Paper Bag Halloween Door Hang/ Trick or Treat Bag!

Who’s getting excited for Halloween already?? I AM!!! Halloween is my all time favorite holiday so I couldn’t help myself…I HAD to get a jump on my Halloween projects!

The first project of the year is my “Halloween Door Hang!” This little ditty was born out of my love of working with paper bags! Remember my “Spring Bunting!” That was the project that kicked it all of so this season wasn’t about to not get the royal “Bag” treatment!

This technique is also perfect for making darling  Trick or Treat bags for the kids this year as well! So the next time you are shopping and they ask “Paper or Plastic?”  be sure to go for good old PAPER!!!

1. Grab your paper shopping bag! It’s time to get started! If you are making a wall hanging you can use either side because you will be covering up the store logo. If you are making a Trick or treat bag cover up the store logo side!

2. Use Distress ink to the edges to add dimension. The texture of the paper bag looks awesome when you highlight it with the ink!

3. Cut long 2″ wide strips of large netting. Use a hot glue gun to make ruffled netting along every inner edge of the bag.

4. Continue the ruffling all the way around the bag.

 

5. Cut two pieces of scrapbook paper slightly smaller then the paper bag and then smaller then the first paper.

6. Use Distress ink on the papers edges and then sew them together using a zig zag stitch!

7. To make the moon, cut a circle! I LOVE my Martha Stewart Circle cutter!

8. Distress ink the moon and zig zag sew the moon in place!

 

9. Moving on to the Bats! Create a wing template out of cardstock!

10. Cut 6 wing sections and some small pieces of black felt for wing seperation.

11. Glue three wing sections together with glue at the very tip of the wings. Using hot glue, add a little dab of glue and shove in your small piece of felt between each wing section. This will help the wings look 3 dimensional and have movement and space.

12. Create a small bat by doing the same as above but smaller. Cut two round circles with ears for the bat bodies and glue on your wings!

13. Now it times to glue on our paper to the bag! Hot glue the paper onto the paper bag being sure to center ti nicely to show off the netting.

14. Hot Glue on your two bats. I glued the wings and the body to make it extra secure.

15. Add fun lettering to create a Halloween saying.

16. Add a bow and hand on the  door!

 

Be sure to be aware of the weather! If rain is in store, bring this little mama inside! You can also hang this on any indoor hook for indoor holiday decor!

 

More fun Halloween door looks to come!

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Frankenstein Trick or Treak Buckets

 Thank you Dollar Store! when I saw these green buckets while I was checking out at the Dollar Store they screamed “Turn me into a Frankenstein already would ya!” I knew I had to give it a try and I love how simple and easy these were to create!
 I started off by practicing my faces! I doodled a few and came up with a face I liked best!
 I measured by bucket and cut a piece of Fun Foam and created the hair section. That way I knew how low to draw my eyes.
 I used a pen to sketch out my face.
 First I painted the whites of the eyes.
 Once the white was dry I painted on a blue eye ball.
 And lastly to add the detail I used a black paint pen to color out the lips, eyes and nose.
 Add stitched and the hard part is done….but lets be honest. It was pretty darn easy!
 I used E6000 glue to attach the bolts and hair and secured them in place with tape while they set. NOTE: Glue one bolt on at a time while the bucket rests on it’s side. Wait until it is dried completely before you glue the other one on!
Super cute and fun and totally easy! Happy Halloween my little kiddies!
I will be selling these and a handful of my other wears at the

FotoFlyFall Boutique  tonight from 7-9 pm @ 121 E. 123000 S. Draper, UT
 See ya there!


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Magic Halloween Bag

Another favorite Halloween Project from last year! I’m already excited to use it again.

One of my roommates in College has a wonderful family tradition! After Trick or Treating her kids leave their Halloween candy on the front porch and “Magically” it turns into a prize in the morning! I fell in love with the idea!!! I can’t stand all the candy after the holiday! There is just too much! So I am adding to this fun tradition and I have created a “Magic Halloween Bag” to put the candy in! You could also simply make this bag for Trick or Treating! It beats the Pillow case I always used as a kid! They are just so darling!!!

Let’s get started…

For this project you’ll need a variety of Halloween Fabrics. I bought 7 prints all 1/4 of a yard. You will also need a yard of a fabric for the lining of the bag. I bought my fabric at Walmart and all together it only cost me $6

Cut each print in strips the width of the fabric. Vary your strip size for a fun random look.

Lay your cut strips out alternating the colors and prints and create your pattern. Start sewing the strips together until they are all sewn together!

Press this finished section with an Iron.

I used Ric Rack and other ribbon and added then throughout the strips. I sewed mine on with a zig zag stitch!


Now we are going to sew the finished section onto the lining of the bag. Be sure to place the striped section face down onto the lining fabric and pin it in place.

Sew the fabrics together leaving a small opening where you will then turn the bag right side out!

Press again with an Iron.

Adding the drawstring is easy! Lay a piece of ribbon that is longer then the width of the bag onto the top of the bag. Fold over an inch of fabric and pin in place!

Sew a straight stitch to encase the ribbon.

Fold the bag in half with the stripes on the inside and sew the sides together leaving the top open. Be careful not to sew the drawstring closed.

Turn it right side out and there you go!!!

I made up a Poem to go along with our new family tradition of trading in our candy! I will print it out on fun Halloween Paper and laminate it and then attach it to the drawstring.

It’s always fun to Trick or Treat!
With lots of yummy things to eat!
Like M & M’s and Licorice,
Handfuls from a candy dish!
But all that candy can’t be great!
It might give you a tummy ache.
So toss it in,
And close it tight!
And when you go to sleep at night
This magic bag has a surprise!
It turns your candy into a PRIZE!

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