DIY chalkboard Christmas list

You know how you sometimes stumble upon an idea and you’re so inspired you want to send it to someone? Well when I saw this project from Tried & True that is exactly how I felt. I started to e-mail it to my mom… but then I thought I’d share it with all of you!

Vanessa’s project is a DIY permanent chalkboard Christmas wish list clipboard. Isn’t it adorable?! I’m going to have to make this in the next two weeks. My boys will just love it. I’m also thinking about a lovely little chore chart… it seems my boys sometimes need reminders. Imagine! {wink}

Hop over and visit Vanessa on Tried and True for a free printable download of the “All I Want For Christmas Is” template plus a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures) of how to make your own permanent chalkboard Christmas wish list clipboard. 

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

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7 DIY advent calendar ideas

It’s not too late to create a fun and festive advent calendar for your family this year! Maybe count down the 12 days of Christmas, that gives you a few days to craft! {wink}

These are a few of my favorite advent calendar ideas from some very talented crafters. And although I’m only sharing 7 DIY advent calendar ideas with you on the blog this morning, you can see many, many more on my Advent Calendar Pinterest Board.

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

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DIY Rudolph treat bags + how to video

I LOVE Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! He’s my favorite. When I was a little girl I’d stare out the window on Christmas night and dream of seeing his red nose bobbing through the sky.

And when we didn’t see him my brother and I would pretend… until he’d start teasing me that Dad… an avid hunter… was going to shoot him out of the sky. I know… but you have to understand my brother is four years older than me and it was his job to torment me. {smirk}

Want to know how to make these adorable Rudolph cello treat bags for your Christmas party or maybe as Christmas favors for this year’s school party?! Well I made a quick how to video with the help of a very cute camera man (my oldest) and he insisted that I give him credit for that effort… in addition to a quarter {grin}. Enjoy!

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

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how to monogram a pumpkin + video

Ever carve a fabulous pumpkin or make an adorable pumpkin craft only to have the darn thing whither up on you?! I have! But not this year.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has Funkins! You know, the foam pumpkins that look so much like real pumpkins that you almost forget they’re not. Yep, those.

Well I wanted to monogram a pumpkin for my mantel, one that I could use year after year, so I gathered a few supplies with the help of my friends at JoAnn.

And guess what?! JoAnn wants to give a lucky reader a bit of holiday crafting help too! At the bottom of this post I’m giving away a $50 gift card to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores to buy anything you like. {giddy}

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own monogrammed pumpkin just in time for your Thanksgiving guests arrival:

  • Funkin pumpkin from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Martha Stewart Crafts hole punch (mine has three sizes to choose from, I used the largest size)
  • Print out of your initial (I used Word and tested a few sizes on my pumpkin to see what worked best)
  • Tape
  • Optional – Martha Stewart Habanaro and Metallic Copper Craft Paint    

And here’s a little how to video tutorial showing how you how to make a monogrammed pumpkin and while you’re there, subscribe to my new youtube channel:

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

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Thanksgiving owl acorn craft + freebie

Hello everyone! Deanna of Mirabelle Creations here. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I had the opportunity to style a kid’s Thanksgiving table for a local magazine and I whipped up these cute little acorn owls to go with my printable Thanksgiving party collection

These little owls are a fun craft to get you in the holiday mood. And, they’ll be welcomed visitors at your Thanksgiving kids’ table. Or better yet, let your guests make these DIY acorn owls so you can enjoy more time at the adult table. {Hoot! Hoot!} 

I came up with the idea while my son was learning to ride his bike. I picked up several fallen acorns while he was practicing and at the time I wasn’t sure what I planned on doing with them, but since I knew my Thanksgiving kid’s table was going to incorporate owls, I decided to transform the acorns into little hoot owl crafts.  

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own acorn owls:

  • Acorns
  • Felt (in several colors)
  • Fine Tip Permanent Marker
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Yarn (optional)

Simple DIY steps:

  1. If not already secure, glue the tops of the acorns to the acorn. Several of the acorns I picked up had loose tops. Before beginning to assemble the owls, glue the tops to the acorn. Alternatively, you could remove the tops and set the acorns upside down, so that the bottom of the acorn becomes the top.
  2. Cut out two oval shaped pieces of felt for the wings.
  3. Using a hole punch, punch two white circles out of the felt for the eyes. If your hole punch does not punch all the way through the felt, use scissors to cut out the circles.
  4. Cut out a small felt triangle for the nose.
  5. Starting with the eye, glue felt circles onto acorn. Follow with the nose and wings.
  6. Using the fine tip permanent marker, make small eyeballs in the white circles. 
  7. If you want you can glue the acorn owls onto yarn to make the Thankfulness leaves for the tree or for a napkin wrap. 

 

And here’s a quick look at my finished Thanksgiving kid’s table. You can find all of these items and more in my shop, Mirabelle Creations, for only $12 for the complete collection. {Hoot!}

But, I’m also giving away my leaves for a Thankfulness Tree, Owl Napkin Rings, Owl Tags and Thanksgiving Owl Coloring Pages for FREE! You can download them from here:

Free Owl Utensil Holder Pattern
Free Thankful Tree Leaves
Free Owl Fancy Labels
Free Owl Coloring Pages

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

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8 black & white Halloween ideas

It’s not too late to get creative this Halloween, especially with these fabulously fun black and white ideas from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

My absolute favorite crafts in this collection are the black and white animal print Funkins with the treats inside! And a close second is the spooky silhouette embroidery hoops with bats, spiders and rats… oh my! {grin} So clever! You can find full tutorials for these projects and many more on JoAnns Halloween site. 

No worries if you’re all wrapped up for Halloween, they have some adorable fall party ideas that would be perfect for Thanksgiving!

And you simply must checkout JoAnns Christmas craft ideas. The site starts with a beautiful storybook video entry and takes you on a journey around what could be your woodland inspired Christmas!

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

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DIY candy corn wreath + video tutorial

I’m a huge fan of candy corn, more so the nostalia of it than the taste, but love it all the same.

And today I’m sharing how to make a candy corn inspired Halloween wreath using pine cones! My boys were playing a game where they would throw their footballs into three pine trees in our side yard to see who could knock down the most pine cones. Needless to say we had an overabundance and I felt challenged to make something out of them. {grin}

I’m pretty proud of how my pine cone wreath turned out! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own candy corn inspired pine cone wreath: 

  • 15-17 medium size pine cones (if you can’t find them in nature, you can pick them up at your local JoAnns Fabric and Craft Store)
  • orange, yellow and white spray paint
  • base wreath (this one I upcycled from an old project, but you can pick them up for a few dollars at your local craft store)
  • orange ribbon
  • orange, yellow and white cardstock
  • stick glue
  • tools: scissors, glue gun

And here’s a easy how to video tutorial to show you all the easy steps for making your own pine cone wreath craft:

Oh, and don’t forget, my Candy Corn Halloween Party Collection (like these dessert labels) is free for download right now! Enjoy! 

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

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DIY ghost pillow with video tutorial


Super excited to share that I’m starting a DIY craft video series! I’ve been wanting to do it forever and now I’m finally taking the plunge. Oh, and I’m learning here so please be kind. {sheepish grin}

So today I teamed up with Sew Jewell to bring you a video tutorial on how to make a Halloween ghost pillow. Super easy craft and mine has been a plush toy for my boys, a throw pillow for my front porch bench and even hung as Halloween decor.

To make your own Halloween ghost plush pillow you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard white fabric
  • 1/2 yard quilting batting
  • Pillow stuffing (how much depends on how fat you want him)
  • Black fabric (for the face)
  • WonderUnder or similar iron on adhesive  (available at your local craft store)
  • Sewing machine, or be willing to hand stitch

Watch our video craft tutorial for all the how to steps:

And here’s what he looks like with his ghostly tail.

Thanks for watching and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Happy Halloween!!

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DIY Frankenstein coin wrapper favors

Excited to have Jen of Passion for Parties guest posting this morning and sharing her adorable Frankenstein coin wrapper party favors, perfect Halloween kids craft and so inexpensive to make!

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Good morning everyone! Here’s what you’ll need for this easy craft:

  • Coin wrappers for quarters (I bought an entire bag of wrappers at the dollar store)
  • One-inch gumballs (in a pretzel cello bag) or other wrapped candies
  • Black duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Black crepe paper
  • Black cardstock
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue
  • Google eyes
  • Black and red sharpies

And here are the easy DIY how tos: 

  1. Stuff the coin wrappers with gumballs in food safe pretzel cello bags, or other prepackaged candies, as you would with coins, folding over the edges to secure.
  2. Cut a piece of duct tape large enough to cover the opening of the wrapper and fold down the sides a bit.
  3. Rest the tape on top of one end of the wrapper.
  4. Use scissor to cut slits in the tape, then fold the edges down and secure.
  5. Measure and cut a piece of green paper long enough and wide enough to fit around the coin wrapper.
  6. Use double-sided tape to secure it in place.
  7. Measure and cut a piece of crepe paper long enough to wrap around the top edge of the coin wrapper.
  8. Cut the crepe paper in half lengthwise, then cut triangular snips out of the paper to create hair.
  9. Use double-sided tape to secure the crepe paper around the tape-wrapped edge of the coin wrapper.
  10. Use scissors or a large heart-shaped paper punch to make a 2 to 2 ½ inch heart out of black cardstock.
  11. Fold the tip of the heart over about ¼ of an inch, then secure it to the back of the coin wrapper with a dot of hot glue to serve as “feet.”
  12. Attach the google eyes to the face of your Frankenstein, then use the sharpies to add accents like eyebrows, a mouth, and stitches.

 Thanks so much for having me Kim!

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You can find more of Jen’s fabulous ideas on her blog at Passion for Parties! And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! 

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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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