DIY Jack-O-Lantern Candy Jar & Halloween Entryway Decor

I’m hosting a pumpkin carving party this weekend and to welcome my guests, I’ll have a darling DIY Jack-O-Lantern Candy Jar in my entryway! Along with a few other goodies I whipped up with supplies from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

Easy DIY Jack-O-Lantern Candy Jar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com
This simple candy jar couldn’t be easier to make. I used my Cricut Explore, but with a little patience, you could use scissors! You’ll need:

  • Glass candy jar with a smooth side (found in floral and food crafting sections)
  • Black vinyl
  • Jack-O-Lantern template
  • Cricut Explore or Scissors (If using your Cricut, this design is available in the library; if using scissors, use a black Sharpie to outline your template. It will show only enough for you to follow)

Easy steps:

  1. Clean – clean your jar and wipe dry
  2. Cut – cut vinyl
  3. Apply – apply design, it’s as simple as peel and stick
  4. Fill – fill your candy jar with orange candies. These are gumballs from the food crafting section

Told you it was easy!

Like the EEK! letters? Those are way easy too!

EEK Spiderweb Letters | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • Cardboard letters
  • Black and silver metallic paint, Martha Stewart brand
  • Small paint brushes

This project only takes about 15 minutes.

  1. Paint – paint the front and back of the letters and allow to dry
  2. Draw – draw on simple spider webs from different angles

You can find all these goodies and more at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and at JoAnn.com

Do you have a great Halloween idea you’d like to share with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and their readers? Join us, share your ideas on JoAnn and tag social media posts with #DIY4Halloween

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins & Jack-O-Lanterns

As with most everyone else, I’m loving all things pumpkin right now! 

Easy Hoop Pumpkins | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Embroidery hoops are so easy to craft with. As a little girl I had a number of them that I used to cross-stitch with at my grandmother’s house. My favorites were the little ones because I could easily get my hands around them, but it just meant a lot of ironing when the design was done. {grin}

Now, I use them more for quickly hanging pretty fabrics. And this JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores polka dot had me at first sight. It’s hard to tell from this pick, but the white is really ivory and it’s oh so pretty!

Make these easy pumpkin and jack-o-lantern hoop pumpkins:

  • JoAnn Polka Dot fabric (for these two I used less than one yard)
  • Darice embroidery hoops (one large, one tiny)
  • Coredinations Polka Dot cardstock (1 sheet)
  • Burlap (1/4 yard)
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
  • Glue (wood or paper and fabric)

Easy steps:

  1. Cut fabric – cut to fit hoop, seal tightly
  2. Tie – tie raffia to metal screw
  3. Cut paper – cut stems, odd shapes work great
  4. Cut jack-o-lantern faces – be creative
  5. Attach – attach stem with paper or wood glue
  6. Attach – attach jack-o-lantern face with fabric glue

Told you it was easy!

You can find all these goodies and more at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and at JoAnn.com

Do you have a great pumpkin idea you’d like to share with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and their readers? Join us, share your ideas on JoAnn and tag social media posts with #DIY4Halloween

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Make Creature Candy Bark

Halloween is really creeping up on me this year! {wink} But I still had time to whip up some creature candy bark this week for my boys, complete with Monster Hot Chocolate! These are staples for our haunting night traditions!

How To Make Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to make my creature candy bark?

It’s so amazingly simple.

How To Make Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need: dark chocolate and lime green melting chocolates and candy eyes. (Both in the baking section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores).

How to: Melt the chocolate in 10 second increments in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring in between. Spread the chocolate out on wax paper and add candy eyes sporadically. Allow the chocolate to harden (usually about 10 minutes), break into bark and serve!

And you see the spoons? Just the same, super easy and perfect for Monster Hot Chocolate! Instead of spreading the chocolate onto wax paper, just dip the spoon, remove any excess with a toothpick, and add an eye or two!

Monster Hot Chocolate and Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Monster Hot Chocolate For Halloween Night

Halloween is such a good time in our neighborhood. Kids running everywhere… and I mean hundreds of kids. And every year we make hot chocolate! Monster hot chocolatewith creature candy bark! {wink}

Monster Hot Chocolate and Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Our neighborhood is everything I wanted when I was a kid. Bright crunchy leaves blowing in the street, kids running a muck, laughter and tons of candy! There are so many kids we actually move the fire pit around to the driveway and make it easy on the little goblins since there is really no reason to even close the door!

But living in Ohio isn’t all perfect. It’s darn chilly! And Monster Hot Chocolate has become a tradition for the haunting night!

I choose Tru Moo chocolate milk. It’s amazingly smooth and creamy and what’s best, Tru Moo starts with fresh milk from trusted dairy farms, with no artificial growth hormones and add just the right amount of sugar.

Monster Hot Chocolate with Whip & Chocolate Stirrers

My oldest loves whip in his hot chocolate and my youngest loves a chocolate monster eye spoon to stir with! {grin}

How To Make Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to make my creature candy bark?

It’s so amazingly simple. You’ll need dark chocolate and lime green melting chocolates (in your baking isle at your local craft store) and candy eyes. Melt the chocolate in 10 second increments in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring in between. Spread the chocolate out on wax paper and add candy eyes sporadically. Allow the chocolate to harden (usually about 10 minutes), break into bark and serve!

Monster Hot Chocolate | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Can’t get enough of TruMoo?

Follow TruMoo on Pinterest for more delicious recipes and enter the Facebook contest for a chance to win weekly cash prizes through October 31! You can also enter the TruMoo Sweepstakes for a chance to win a family trip for four!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Host A Halloween BOO Bash – 8 Creative Black & Orange Party Ideas

Want to host a BOO BASH this Halloween? Fun, and a bit spooky, but not gory. Perfect party plans for families with small kids… or people like me that prefer more treat than trick! {wink} 

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I have eight darling black and orange Halloween ideas to get you started and they’re all from some of my favorite party gals!

Monster eye cake – Carrie of The Cake Blog

FREE 3-D Halloween Bat Banner – from me!

FREE Halloween Trick-or-Treat Pillow Boxes – Bird of Bird’s Party

Clever and a bit Spooky Halloween Snack Labels – Jessica of Pen N Paper Flowers

Ghost Drink Stirrers – Chris of Celebrate At Home

Halloween Monster Pretzel Rods – Jillian of Catch My Party

Candy Corn Favor Pot – Mariah of Giggles Galore

FREE Halloween Cupcake Toppers – Kori Clark

I hope you’ll hop over for these ideas and so many others! These girls are talented and always giving things away for free. {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! 

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Make A Difference – Share A Meal and Help End Child Hunger in America

I’m taking a small break from talking about parties and crafts today to talk about something very important and dear to my heart: child hunger.

Project Sunlight: Feed The Children Campaign

Did you know that one in five children in America are food insecure? One in five! This number breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. And it’s not neglected children that need assistance. It’s often children from good homes that just need a little help getting by in today’s economy.

As a mom of two boys, I can’t image not being able to feed them. And not just feed them, but feed them healthy foods so that they can concentrate, learn and grow. I’m a firm believer that healthy eating habits young, are the foundation of a healthy life. These children, so many children… don’t even have the option.

Please watch this short video from Unilever. It will make your heart ache, but my hope is that it will also drive you to go out into your community and make a difference. Remember, small steps are better than no steps at all.

Learn more about how to get involved by going to ProjectSunlight.us.  You can also share your thoughts on twitter with #ShareAMeal or just search the hashtag to see how others are helping. The Project Sunlight team would love to hear from you!

Stop Child Hunger

I hope you’re inspired to make a difference!

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Decorating Pumpkins, Gourds & Squash With Studs

Living in Ohio there are pumpkins, gourds and acorn squash everywhere… And that means fall and Halloween crafts!

Decorating Pumpkins, Gourds & Squash with Studs | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I took my boys to this quaint little farmers market last week and saw these beautiful acorn squash. I couldn’t resist. They looked so much like ghost pumpkins, but for a fraction of the price. Having no idea what recipe I would ever make with them I grabbed several. I thought if nothing else I could use them for fall and Halloween décor. {wink}

So off to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (one of my happy places) I went to pick up some fun Halloween supplies for my entryway (can’t wait to show you!) and ran across studs! They have several different shapes and sizes to choose from. These are STUDD*D brand and I found them in the clothing section.

I immediately thought of my acorn squash and of making a grouping of monograms. I think they turned out beautifully and they were so easy!

You’ll need:

  • Pumpkin, gourd or squash
  • Metal studs
  • Pattern or idea for a shape
  • Paper towel

Since I only wanted to create numbers I didn’t use a template. Instead I arranged the numbers next to the squash before placing them to ensure proportion.

But these would work perfect for a more detailed carving pumpkin. Just place your carving template like normal, using one stud, mark the outline of the template, lift the template off and place all the final studs. If the template is really intricate I might even make the holes for 4-5 studs, place them and then more on to the next 4-5, just so you don’t get confused at the end.

And as you go, your pumpkin, gourd or squash might leak a bit of juice. The studs aren’t deep, but still. Use a papertowel to wipe away the juice.

Do you have a great pumpkin idea you’d like to share with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and their readers? Join us, share your ideas on JoAnn and tag social media posts with #DIY4Halloween

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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How To Hang A Photo Booth Backdrop – Easy Set-up And Tear-down

Do you love having photo booths at your parties? Me too! Do you hate trying to figure out how not to damage the walls that you so carefully and painstakingly painted? Me too! {wink} That’s why I’m so excited to share the newest product from Command!

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Command now has an entire line of party specific supplies and let me tell you, this party planning girl is ecstatic! It took me an entire month to talk my husband into painting this room and believe me… I wouldn’t put anything on it if I thought it were going to damage it because it might take me another month to get around to touching it up. {grin}

Party Hangers from Command | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The Command Mini Spring Clips are perfect for lightweight fabric. (NOTE: I have used glue dots to hang fabric before these because it’s strong… however it doesn’t come off easily. In this picture I used glue dots inside my clips. The glue holds heavier fabrics and the clips allow you to measure a straight line and they come off easy!)

I used the Banner Anchors for my tassels. All worry free!

How To Set Up A Photo Booth | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So here are the easy steps for setting up your photo booth:

  1. Level and place the Command Mini Spring Clips,
  2. Hang fabric,
  3. Place Command Banner Anchors,
  4. Hang tassels, and
  5. Add a few spooky props

What if you want to hang decorations from the ceiling?! Either for your photo booth or for other decorations? Command has that covered too!

How to Hang Party Decorations Stress-Free | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These clear Command Ceiling Hooks are perfect! You can barely see them!

I hope you’ll give the new Command products a try this party season. You can find them in the party isle at Wal-Mart!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Cake Photography Class & Huge Camera Giveaway

My super talented friend Carrie Sellman of The Cake Blog is sharing her talents in her new Craftsy.com class and I couldn’t be more proud for her!

Beautiful Cake Photography Class with Carrie Sellman

Not only do you need to hop over and check out Carrie’s class, you must go enter her camera giveaway in the next day. The prize is amazing! New camera, strap, cake stand, backdrop… oh my!

Cake Photography Class

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Witch Wands – Easy Halloween Party Treat

You can’t go wrong with a chocolate covered pretzel… especially one with a clever name! {wink}

Easy Halloween Chocolate Covered Pretzels | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

To make chocolate covered pretzels… or “witch wands”… you’ll need:

  • Pretzel rods
  • Orange melting chocolate*
  • Purple melting chocolate
  • Resealable bags
  • Wax paper

*Available from Wilton at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores

Easy steps:

  1. Line the pretzels up on a sheet of wax paper.
  2. Melt 6-8 chocolate discs in a resealable bags for 8 seconds at a time.
  3. Cut a small hole in one corner of the bag and drizzle the rods.
  4. Allow chocolate to set for about five minutes and apply second color.

And last but never least, display your treats in clever ways and with fun tags that get your guests giggling. You can find my Trick-or-Treat collection and these darling witch tags in my shoppe.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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