easy Halloween apothecary jars


Make your own spooky Halloween apothecary candy jars in less than two minutes! Actually, it might not take you that long! {grin}

I was shopping Target last week… when I got that gray cake plate I shared on Instagram and in this pumpkin muffin post!… and found these fabulous Halloween stickers. They were only $2 for 16 stickers. You couldn’t print them for that price!

And then I found these glitter spider stickers from Jolee’s of EK Success Brands in the scrapbook section and I knew I was going to “spook” up my apothecary jars (which by the way I picked up at Target two-years ago… I know… I’m there a lot!)

You can also get lots of pretty apothecary jars at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores. They have tall ones, short ones, fat ones… on and on. I have a ton from there too!

I filled the apothecary jars with black licorice, attached my Halloween labels, attached a few spiders and finally strung a bit of web and now I have classic and a bit modern apothecary candy jars for my neighborhood boo bash this Halloween!

I do LOVE an easy craft!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday everyone!

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easy Halloween party favors


I LOVE this time of year. I just get giddy over the weather, the fun costumes, the decorations, the baking, the photo ops with my kiddos… and oh yeah… the crafts! {grin}

And I’m thrilled to have hung out with the fabulous ladies of Eighteen 25 this week sharing a little Spooktacular fun for their annual Halloween blog party! So many fun ideas from so many talented bloggers. You’ll want to check it out!

For me, I made these easy and totally kid friendly jack-o-lantern Halloween party favor crafts using plastic Easter eggs. You needed something to do with all of those anyway, right?! {snicker}

You’ll need:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Crepe paper (orange, black and green)

Super simple steps:

  1. Fill your egg with candies.
  2. Paint your closed egg with Mod Podge and wrap it with orange crepe. Allow it to set for a few minutes.
  3. Add a funny or scary jack-o-lantern face with black crepe and Mod Podge.
  4. Twist a 4″ piece of green crepe for the stem and attach with Mod Podge.
  5. Allow the eggs to set for several hours until completely dry.

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

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DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bags


I’m hanging out over on my blog at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com today sharing some fun and creative DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag ideas! 

With Halloween just around the corner I’m getting excited. And as you ladies know, I love to craft, bake and in general create with my two boys and the holidays just give me a specific reason to pull them into the kitchen or the craft room.

I also like to volunteer in their classrooms and these simple, economical and creative Halloween treat bags will be perfect for their class Halloween parties this year.

I whipped up four ideas using colorful lunch bags: a Monster, Owl, Spider Web and Cat. I hope you’ll hop over to Snackpicks.com and join me for all the easy DIY details and of course a step-by-step pictorial of how to make each bag!

Oh, and there might be a coupon or two for your favorite Kellogg’s products if you join the newsletter! {grin}

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

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DIY coffee cozy teacher gift


Greet your new teacher this year with a mod apple coffee cozy. I made this one for me! Yes… I know… but I made it with Montia of Sew Jewell and it was just as easy to whip out two as it was one. Or, that’s what I told her! {grin) And since she’s also my mom she let it slide.

But in my defense, I did make one for a wonderful teacher friend of mine too! And what’s better, Amy started her own blog at The Teacher’s Chalkboard just last week. I’m so thrilled for her! Like any new blogger she’s just starting to find her way in this new world, but she has some amazing ideas. Just give her time! You’re gonna love her!

So, how do you sew one of these up for your teacher… or for yourself?! {wink}

Step 1 - Snag a coffee cozy from your favorite coffee shop for a template. {sideways whisper – I’ve had this one for over a year and I’m just now getting to this project!} You’ll want to cut your fabric 1/2″ wider than the cozy.

Step 2 - Select your fabric, weigh down or pin your template and fabric so that it doesn’t shift while you’re cutting (LOVE these little weights Sew Jewell had in her craft room!), and cut. (NOTE: Double your fabric back to back so you cut out both sides at once. Feel free to fussy cut it if you have a more intricate design!)

Step 3 – Select a batting (to insulate your cozy). We suggest an iron-on fusible batting.

Step 4 – Overlay your fabric on the batting, weigh it down and cut again.

Step 5 – Now take to the sewing machine and stitch the edges, making sure your fabric is turned the correct directions as shown above (fabric, batting in center, fabric) leaving a 2″ hole to turn your cozy with a fabric pointer, pushing out the edges. And then iron it flat.

Step 6 - Hand stitch or fabric glue the open end closed.

Step 7 - Now for the button hole, hopefully you have a machine that does it for you, or you could use strong adhesive Velcro dots.

I know what you’re thinking… what about that fun apple design?! Well if you have a monogramming machine like Montia…

you monogram and applique the project before you cut out the cozy. And if you don’t, no worries!

If you want one, but don’t want to make it, Sew Jewell is adding them to her etsy shop today for $15.

Or, if you do want to get creative, there is this fabulous invention called Wonder-Under Fusible WebJust make the cozy as we’ve shown, cut out a design (e.g., initials, Halloween, Christmas, anything) and then follow the Wonder-Under instructions to attach it/iron it on. Walla! You made your very own applique design! 

You can find all the supplies for this project at craft stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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

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FREE back to school printables



I love greeting our teachers each year with a little teacher appreciation gift from the kids. This year I made “Mint To Be” candy wrappers and wrapped them around boxes of Junior Mints! It will make them smile and breaks the ice for what will hopefully be a wonderful year of learning!

And of course I’m giving them to all of you, because I appreciate each and every one of you way more than I can ever express!

There are two versions of the candy wrappers and both can be personalized with your new teacher’s name right inside the file before printing. No special applications needed, just Adobe Reader.

The two candy wrappers say:

  • You were “mint to be” my teacher!
  • I was “mint to be” in your class!

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Oh, and I’ve included last year’s free owl lunch box notes too! {grin}

Happy Monday everyone and happy back to school planning! {3 more weeks for us… let the countdown begin!}

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camp Cole birthday party part II

So yesterday I shared part I of my little boy’s camp birthday party, including all the games and festivities, and today I’m sharing more party decorations including a few treats from the CAMP COLE Snack Shack. {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

I just loved my little tent and campfire napkin wrappers!

Our tree house was adorned with a Welcome To Camp Cole sign,

and all guests received a monogrammed “I survived CAMP COLE” t-shirt upon arrival. {Personalized t-shirts are available from Sew Jewell on Etsy!}

We had so much fun that day… even though it was close to 98 degrees! Ugh! Make sure you hop over and see all the games and activities in the part I post and you can find all the printable camp party supplies in the shoppe, all of which can be personalized for your little camper! {camp party invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Friday!

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camp party: DIY award medals

Pics taken with my iPhone and Camera+ app. Collage made with the PicFrame app.

This Friday is the big “CAMP COLE” birthday party for my little guy and we’re planning a ton of Field Day type activities.  (Part I of the party, Part II of the party.) And what fun would it be if the campers didn’t get to take home a few medals! I have three for each game, plus some extras like “Awesome Camper,” “Best Team Player,” etc. so everyone leaves with at least four metals. {grin}

To make your own you’ll need:

  • rounds from our new campout party collection printables, we can personalized them to read any game or activity your campers will be playing.
  • circle punch
  • crepe paper
  • tape or hot glue

So simple to make, here’s how:

  • fold the crepe in small folds,
  • as you work form it into a circle,
  • tape the center front and back,
  • add the circle topper with hot glue (my preference),
  • add a longer ribbon of crepe so it can hang around the child’s neck (tip: make sure that you attach it in the center and at the top of the circle crepe so that it doesn’t want to weigh forward)

And if you curious as to how the week is going, make sure you follow me on Instagram @thecelebrationshoppe for little updates along the way!

You can also have a look at my “camp party inspiration” board on Pinterest for more ideas! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create.

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Mother’s Day fingerprint art

My mom LOVES red birds. It’s her thing. She even has a beautiful china pattern with red birds. So I know she’s going to adore these small plaques with fingerprint red birds from my boys this Mother’s Day.

You’ll need:

  • smooth tile, I picked these up at Home Depot for 16 cents each
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ Habanero (#32050)
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ Vanilla Bean (#32069)
  • Martha Stewart self-adhesive branch stencil
  • Sharpie ~ black, thin tip
  • Spray sealant coating, to seal and protect your creation

Simple steps:

  1. Using the the Martha Stewart self-adhesive stencil template, paint on the branch
  2. Allow branch to dry for a minute and remove template while paint is still wet
  3. One child at a time, trust me…, paint the thumb and apply the bird body
  4. Paint the pinky finger and apply the bird head
  5. Using a Sharpie, add beak and feet
  6. Have your artists sign their work (name and year)
  7. Allow to dry completely and seal with spray sealant coating

I’m so thrilled with how they turned out!

As always, I hope youre inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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DIY baby shower table numbers

With baby showers on the brain and all these Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Paints products from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores in my craft room, I decided to make a simple craft this weekend: DIY baby shower table numbers for my Special Delivery stork baby shower collection!

The new pearl colors from Martha Stewart Crafts are my favorite. They shimmer! And what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle?! {wink}

You only need a few supplies:

  • hydrangeas (the large leaves are perfect; I used fake, but live would be lovely!),
  • mini glass jars (I used these for my son’s science party),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts fine point paint brush,
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Purple Martin Pearl (#32119),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Fancy Script Stencil Set,
  • ribbon (available in the $1 section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

And here are the steps:

  1. Dip the tops of your glasses in the pearl paint, allow the excess to drip off and then dry the jars overnight.
  2. Fill the jar 3/4 with rock salt or sugar (it’s cheap and it sparkles just like the paint).
  3. Determine your placement.
  4. Stencil on each number with a fine point paint brush and finish in the detail if needed.
  5. Allow the leaves to dry and display.

It’s that simple! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY coasters for Mother’s Day

For those of you who follow me on twitter (@celebshoppe) or instagram (@thecelebrationshoppe), you know that I’ve been playing around with some Plaid Paints and Martha Stewart craft goodies from JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores.

Plaid Paints and Martha teamed up and created some fabulous paints in a wide array of colors and glitter. Yes, glitter! There are also texture additives, gloss coatings, sponges, paint brushes, rollers, stencils and so much more. So as one can imagine, I’ve been painting everything. {grin} And this morning I’m sharing the first of a few ideas I’ve whipped up ~ DIY coasters for Mother’s Day!

You’ll need:

  • smooth tile, I picked these up at Home Depot for 16 cents each
  • Martha Stewart foam pouncers (sponges as seen above)
  • Martha Stewart Glitter Acrylic Craft Paint ~ bubble gum pink (#32151)
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ beach glass blue (#321012)
  • Spray sealant coating, to seal and protect your creation
  • Felt squares
  • Craft glue or hot glue gun

The pouncers/sponges collection comes in six sizes, from 1/2″ to 1 3/4″ . I chose the 3/4″ and the 1″ for this design and started with my beach glass paint. Once it dried completely I sponged on the bubble gum glitter paint, keeping the entire design to one side of the tile.

Martha Stewart crafts also came up with these great self-adhesive, reusable, stencils so there is no taping them down and less chance that your paints will bleed under the design. Using the same color palette, but the color party streamer (#32045) instead of the bubble gum glitter this time, and Martha’s stencil brushes, I created a butterfly pattern in one corner.

Then I added a monogram. My mom’s name begins with an “M” and these are a Mother’s Day gift, so it’s perfect!

To protect your design, once the paint is completely dry, spray your tiles with ultra-cover clear sealant from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

For the bottom of each tile I suggest either self-adhesive raised felt dots on each corner and in the center, or buy a full 8×10 square of felt and attach it with craft glue. You can find them in a variety of colors.

For my packaging, I trimmed a small scallop edge kraft box, available at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores too, with the same Martha Stewart party streamer pink paint (the glitter would be too pale against the kraft) and lined the bottom of the box with tissue paper.

Now I have a thoughtful (because I won’t be making rings on her end-tables) and personalized gift for my mom! And since my mom reads my blog… now she knows! {But no worries Mom, I’m getting you a surprise for Mother’s Day too! LOVE YOU!}

Stay tuned next week for a few more creative painting ideas, one including the kiddos. Yep, I’m that cool mom that lets them play with my craft supplies. Well… okay, at least some of my craft supplies. {wink}

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

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