DIY monster cello bag treats

We always like to give a little something special out on Halloween to the kiddos in the neighborhood that the boys play with. Last week I was browsing around and ran across some adorable ghost cello bags from The Gaines Gang. I immediately thought clever! And then the next thing I thought was how I could make my Trick or Treat collection monster pedestal candy dishes (tutorial coming this week) into cellos and give them out on Halloween.

The fabulous thing is, these aren’t only cute. They’re super simple. All you’ll need are pretzel cello bags from the craft store, I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, and a wide tip Sharpie! Crafting doesn’t get much easier than that.

Jack-o-lantern,

Frankenstein,

and ghost!

I just filled each with candies (orange gumballs for my jack-o-lantern, green and white sixlets for my Frankenstein and mini marshmallows for my ghost), tied them with pretty ribbons and done.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! {UPDATE: I made Thanksgiving turkey cello bag treats!}

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DIY mummy costume

We had four little monster’s for this year’s Halloween photo shoot: a witch, a Frankenstein (or better yet, Frankette), a vampire and a mummy. This morning I’m going to share our adorable mummy and how he came together. 

You’ll need: white t-shirt, white pajama pants (if you can’t find them, Sew Jewell on Etsy will make them for you. Just convo her), strips of white fabric (cheap, thin fabric works best to give it a gauze look) cut 2″ in width and about 4′ in length, Tacky Glue.

Start at the waist and rap upwards.

Then finish at the feet. Tacking the strips all along with Tacky Glue. The stuff works wonders and washes out so you can do it again later. I picked up both the fabric and Tacky Glue at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! Come on and see our entire Halloween collection and DIY ideas!

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creepy crawly utensils

We shot our new Halloween and harvest collections several weeks ago and I’ve just been dying to share. I know what you’re thinking… what have I been waiting for?! Well lots of things, none of which I can tell you right now {raising eyebrows up and down with a sneaky grin}. But now it’s finally time to start sharing some fun and frightening ideas.

This is a simple DIY craft, but I just love it. You know those plastic spider rings that you can get at the dollar store in a bag of 50 for a $1? Just cut off the ring part with a pair of your kid’s scissors (not your good crafting scissors!) and hot glue the spider to plastic forks. This was the brilliant brainchild of my assistant Bridget.

By the way, those fun orange and white polka dot plates & napkins and black crepe placemats will all be available with the new collection in the shoppe by the end of the day.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! And happy haunting!

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back to school calendars

The other thing I’ve been obsessing about (other than the lunch box) is the calendar! There is so much to keep track of when the little people go back to school.

For us, my boys are at two separate schools (with dropoff/pickup at different times) on different days, plus sports, plus homework reminders, plus special projects due, plus snack day… and on and on. And if you have small kids, you know that all school reminders, like XYZ project due date, are as much your responsibility as it is theirs! What happens if you don’t remind them to get it done?! Yep… it’s your fault.

So these are a few freebies that I found around the web:

  • Week-At-A-Glance from MommyTracked – I love that I can put the whole family on it
  • Goal Making 101 from Jana Laurene – not by person, but pretty and will keep us organized… if I can only get everyone to write smaller. {wink}

And then there are the DIY kind, which might work best for us because then I can make it how I want. Chalkboard is fun! But where would I put it? And would someone accidentally erase something important to draw a picture of their favorite toy? Hmmm…

 I want pretty and functional. Is that too much to ask?

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berrylicious baby shower

I was browsing the web a few weeks ago and stumbled across this beautiful baby shower hosted by Abby Welker of A Feathered Nest. I got in touch with her immediately to see if I could share this adorable strawberry-themed baby shower she created for her sister-in-law. From the super sweet invitations to the delectable dessert table, this fabulous party is just bursting with berries!

I absolutely love the little touches!  The tiered stand of lovely dipped strawberries and the cheery flower arrangement are sweet and simple, yet make such an impact.

But my personal favorite are the flower arrangements Abby used to welcome her guest along the walkway; using a simple tree branch, mason jars and raffia. The result is adorable! Plus, Abby shares a “how to” on her Pinterest-inspired idea!

You must pop on over to A Feathered Nest and see more of Abby’s berrylicious baby shower!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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heart Valentine card crafts

We LOVE hearts for Valentines, but why not get a little creative with the kids this year?! We used the simple heart shape to make this adorable butterfly. And yes, those are candies for the segmented body. {NOTE: Many red cherry chews were consumed during the crafting of this card.}

 

But I think my favorite is this heart balloon card. It’s so super simple. We just cut three pieces of cross-stitch thread, tied them at the base, cut out three hearts and glued it all into place. Done!

And don’t forget that we’re also giving away dinosaur and owl cello toppers because we “heart” all of our fabulous customers and friends!

Happy weekend everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY pom pom Rudolph

My darling friend Kelly at The Party Dress asked a few of us to participate in a holiday series on her blog this month. We could style a dessert table, a dinner table or a child’s table. Since my 2010 Christmas collections, Mod Candy Cane and BELIEVE, were already styled and in the shoppe, Kelly let me bend the rules a bit. I worked with the two most important (shorter than 4 feet) men in my life to style Santa’s cookie placesetting for Christmas Eve. For the most part I let them lead and they chose a woodland theme with the initial inspiration coming from a huge pine cone they had been dying to decorate like a Christmas tree.

More to come on the placesetting, but for now I want to share the DIY pom pom Rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer craft we came up with. I’m just in love with him! I was inspired by Jenn at HWTM and her recent use of yarn in several Christmas crafts. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • brown yarn for the body and neck
  • large acorn for the reindeer’s face/snout
  • 4 dark brown pipe cleaners for the legs
  • 2 light brown pipe cleaners for the antlers
  • small brown pom pom for the tail
  • red paint for the tip of his nose
  • glue gun
  • sharp scissors

And here’s how you make him:

  1. You’ll need two medium size pom poms for the body. Wrap the yarn around your hand (just below the knuckle) 45 to 50 times, cut and tie in the center as shown in image A. You’ll need two small pom poms for the neck. Wrap the yarn around two fingers (above the knuckle) 45 to 50 times, cut and tie in the center.
  2. Cut all the loops in each of your pom poms. You may need to shape them a bit, clipping off any stray strands and condensing his body a bit as shown in image B.
  3. For the antlers, cut a pipe cleaner in half and form a “V” with one piece. Next cut the remaining piece in half and twist them around each side of the “V” as shown in image C.
  4. For the legs, you can twist the pipe cleaners to give the legs more dimension as we did as shown in image D, or you can leave them straight.
  5. Now it’s time to hot glue. Start by gluing the two medium size pom poms together for the body and then add the tail.
  6. Glue the two small pom poms together for the neck and glue the acorn on as the snout with the point out.
  7. Attach the neck to the body (at  about 10 o’clock on the body pom poms) so that the head is up. You may need a few dots of glue at the back of the neck to the body (easily hidden) if your acorn is heavy.
  8. Attach the legs.
  9. And finally paint the tip of the acorn red.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY Halloween witch hat

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I just love this little witch hat we made for our Candy Corn Halloween collection photo shoot. It was truly easy and with another fabric choice, could be fun for more than just Halloween!  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • Wonder Under self adhesive
  • Stretch rite elastic
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Tulle
  • Optional: Interfacing for stiffness

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And here are the simple steps (apologies for the quality of the images from the craft room, they were taken with my iPhone):

  1. Make an 18″ diameter circle template out of paper (I use wax paper so that they keep better), find the center point and cut the sheet in half. Using the crown of your child’s head as a guide, overlap the paper and determine what amount you should trim away (leaving you with a shape that resembles the above) 
  2. Cut out two pieces of fabric using your template (you can use an alternate coordinating fabric for the inside of the hat if you like)
  3. Cut out one piece of Wonder Under using the template (Optional: If your fabric is flimsy, cut out one piece of interfacing, for stiffness, too)
  4. Iron Wonder Under to the “wrong” or non-pattern side of one piece of fabric
  5. Iron interfacing to the other fabric, again on the wrong side so that the patterned/good side shows when constructed
  6. Peel paper backing from Wonder Under and iron two fabrics, wrong sides together, matching the edges up exactly
  7. Cut 2″ strips of tulle
  8. Gather tulle and sew (or glue) to curved edge
  9. Form a cone, pipe the edge with fabric glue, overlap slightly and allow to adhere (TIP: Use a large paper clip to hold the fabric in place until glue dries)
  10. Punch holes in sides of cone for elastic band
  11. Insert elastic in one side and knot. Using your child as a model, place the hat on her head and measure needed length of elastic, trim, insert and tie

 And did you notice that she is also wearing a matching pumpkin t-shirt (and that both the hat and t-shirt match the fabric from the Candy Corn collection dessert table)? Using a little Wonder Under we made a quick t-shirt too (or there are iron-on kits available at any craft store). And since my mom has every sewing gadget imaginable, she outlined the pumpkin in orange for that little extra touch.

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DIY Halloween masks

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We made a number of Halloween crafts for our Candy Corn Halloween collection photo shoot last week, including the DIY cake plate ruffle idea I shared yesterday. So today I want to share these super simple Halloween masks and for all those who’ve asked, I swear I’m sharing the witch hat (shown in the background above) in my next post!

Materials:

  • Halloween mask templates from Good Housekeeping magazine 
  • 1/3 yard fabric (for front and back)
  • Stretch rite elastic for strap
  • Wonder Under fusible web (self-adhesive available at any craft store)
  • Sharp scissors or cutter
  • Iron

Easy steps:

  1. Print and cut out your mask template
  2. Cut your mask out of fabric, twice, and out of Wonder Under once. We chose to use this self-adhesive and two layers of fabric to give the mask stiffness
  3. Place the fabric in place and then look for any Wonder Under that might be protruding out of the mask. You’ll want to cut that off so that it doesn’t ruin your iron and so that your edges are smooth
  4. Following the instructions on the Wonder Under package, iron your mask and set the glue
  5. Hold the mask up to your child and then snip a tiny hole/flap on one side of the mask for the strap. Make sure you don’t snip too closely to the edge. Now fold your mask in half and snip a hole/flap in the other side in exactly the same place
  6. Measure your child’s head for the elastic strap
  7. Insert the elastic on either side and tie

I chose a fabric that matched my dessert table, but this mask could also be adorable in a fall pattern too since it looks like leaves.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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