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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easy DIY paper pumpkins


For my Harvest Party Collection photo shoot, pumpkins weren’t yet in season so we crafted paper pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. They’re very simple to make and a wonderful kids craft for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. And, if you live in a warm climate like I did when I was a kid, these may be the only pumpkins you’ll get! {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Various shades of orange scrapbook paper (giving the pumpkins variation),
  • Scrapbook brads (to hold the pumpkin together),
  • Raffia (for the vine),
  • Green scrapbook paper (for the leaves),
  • Optional: skinny dowels with hot glue (to make Cinderella pumpkins, insert inside papers and pull top and bottom together as seen below)
  • Optional: white floral wire (hide inside rafia to give your vines dimension and to be able to mold them in any direction you want) 

Easy how to steps: Cut the orange scrapbook paper in various widths and combine colors for interest. Attach the paper with brads at top and bottom. Add a leaf and raffia vine. And if you want a Cinderella pumpkin, cut a small dowel to height and insert it into the center of the pumpkin pulling the papers together with hot glue.

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

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10 spooktacular DIY Halloween wreaths

There is something about the change in seasons that always inspires me to create. As I searched for ideas, I rounded up this spooky collection of fabulous Halloween door decor. To start, the “Boo” wreath and tutorial via Craftaholics Anonymous and our The Celebration Shoppe’s Halloween version of the DIY fabric wreath are hauntingly adorable. {wink}

And, since black and white never goes out of style, here’s a few of my favorites from around the web (clockwise from top left):

While I love the clean, modern look of black and white, I have to say, I still favor the bright oranges of fall.  These last three wreaths would make any door pop!

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

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art camp + project ideas

Images taken with my iPhone and edited with Camera+ and PicFrame

My oldest attended an art camp this summer hosted by the art teacher from his school. When he told me she had a barn on her property and she was holding art classes, and that he R-E-A-L-L-Y wanted to go, this is not what I envisioned…

This barn is beautiful on the inside. My camera phone doesn’t do it justice. But I really wanted to show you some of her organization ideas, as well as a few of the art projects and crafts he did over the week. Mrs. Gilbert, the owner of Hands On Art Barn, is such a creative soul and her space made me want to go home and incorporate some of her organizational ideas into my own craft room! I mean, how clever is the utensil caddy for all her brushes. She can let them dry in the containers since they have holes in them. LOVE it!

And the projects that they created over the week were adorable, plus they learned a great deal about technique. This pottery owl was my favorite. He’s hanging in my kitchen now!

And these are the paper art projects they created: a tropical fish mobile (that was really cool), a button tree, a spider and spider web and a watercolor castle. I was really impressed with all the kids’ work. And I know my guy left with an even deeper love for art.

A big thanks to Mrs. Gilbert for all she does in the classroom and at her Hands On Art Barn! If you’re near the Columbus, Ohio area I strongly encourage you to give her a try. She has classes for everyone from preschool to adult. She even has “parents night out” packages! Your kiddos get to have fun and you get date night! {grin}

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

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DIY dry erase homework chart

My oldest in now in second grade. He’s had homework since Kindergarten, but this year he will be taking much more responsibility for it’s completion. See, I’ve played a bit of a cheerleader role for two years now… that tends to turn into a warden role as we go through the year… {smirk} 

So this year I’ve chosen a new approach. I created a homework chart that he can manage on his own. That is visible in the kitchen for all to see, and that offers an incentive if completed without my constant… reminding.

And since it’s in my kitchen, it had to be cute! So I sat down at my laptop and created a simple chart that works for his weekly homework responsibilities: reading, math and spelling. Then I headed out to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and picked up a few things:

  • 8×10 frame
  • self-adhesive magnetic strips
  • spray paint
  • dry erase markers

And here are a few simple steps:

  • Remove glass from your frame
  • Spray paint frame, it will likely take two coats (careful about dripping because once it’s there… well… it’s there!)
  • Allow to dry
  • Apply magnetic strips on top and bottom of frame (just cut to length, peel off back and stick)
  • Insert your chart
  • Hang

I love that not only can he keep track of his homework, I can easily see when it has been done and that it looks nice on our refrigerator, but that he can also easily clean off one week’s activity and start over the next. 

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

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DIY moving party favor boxes


Hello there! It’s Deanna, event designer and editor of Mirabelle Creations, again! I’m so happy to be back here at The Celebration Shoppe, sharing an easy party favor packaging idea. I recently co-hosted a Going Away party for a friend who was moving out of state. For party favors, I decided to package the favors like little moving boxes.

The moving boxes were filled with a packet of Forget-Me-Not seeds and homemade dark chocolate cashew bark. Additionally, a sweet card was added to the box, which read, “Flowers make the world colorful, bright and fun, just like Will & Andrea. Think fondly of them as these bloom.” The Forget-Me-Not seeds were a great favor for our Going Away party because they are both inexpensive and sentimental!

And if you have a college student heading back, these little boxes would be a creative way to wrap up a special little farewell gift!

What you’ll need:

  • 4x4x4 cupcake box or other small box
  • roll of craft paper
  • 8×11 shipping label
  • tape
  • scissors
  • favor of your choice

And the simple how-to:

I started with 4x4x4 cupcake boxes that I ordered from an online bakery packaging supply store (my resource). It’s my favorite way to package party favors so I ordered a case of 100 boxes! But you can also find them at your local craft store in smaller quantities.

  • Fold the boxes and fill with the favor of your choice.
  • Wrap the cupcake box with the craft paper, just like you would gift wrap a present.
  • Using a word processing program, print moving phrases, such as “This Side Up,” “Fragile,” and “Handle with Care,” onto the 8×11 shipping label. Cut out the labels and attach to the outside of the boxes.

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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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old school dinosaur shadow boxes


Do you remember in grade school when you made shadow boxes for art class or for some school project… or just so your Barbies had a place to hang out?! Yes I did! Well… she couldn’t always be in the dream house, or at her pool, or in her convertible…! {smirk}

So my crew hasn’t slowed down much this summer with swim lessons, tennis lessons, baseball, playdates at the zoo… and on and on, but there have been a few days when we’ve just stayed at home and played. I love to get creative with my boys and there isn’t always a plan.

So on one rainy afternoon… okay it stormed big time… we were looking for something to do when I thought about those old school shadow boxes we used to make. And since we don’t have Barbies (except my old ones that I’ve stashed in a box with my mom’s very first Barbie, yep… that baby should be worth something!) we chose to go with dinosaurs. Those we have more than enough of!

The boys loved stealing my shoe boxes, raiding my craft room and getting to use my “good” paper scissors. My little guy even managed to find a use for my Martha Stewart fringe scissors. See the grass; they worked perfectly!

My favorite elements of what they created was the snake on the rock (top image), you see he’s smiling, the drawing of the volcano and the sun.

So if you’re looking for a fun afternoon project that gets the kids thinking prehistoric, or any theme for that matter (we started to make round two boxes with an ocean theme when Dad came home early and interrupted us… at which time I was abandoned because the storm was over and they could play in the remaining drizzle) consider whipping up some of these old school shadow box crafts.

By the way, stop in the shoppe and see our dinosaur birthday party supplies, perfect for your little paleontologist.

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

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stripes + kid room makeover

This collage of images taken with my iPhone and edited in Camera+, PicFix and PicFrame

We’ve been busy this summer with tons of projects around the house: gutting our guest bath downstairs, purging closets, my studio and our basement (I have way too many props for work and baby toys that sadly I’ll never see used again), organizing my craft room… and oh yeah… creating a new “big boy” room for the boys before school starts back up. It’s been a lot of work, but I love an organized house.

And for the bedroom, I have to say, I have an opinionated crew. I know… shocker! {grin} 

Challenge #1 – We talked about themes (whether or not to have one) for months before we got started. The boys just couldn’t agree. We have four bedrooms so they can each have their own, but the boys want to stay in the same one for a few more years — their choice, not mine — but I do have to admit that I love it because you can hear them whispering secrets and reading books to each other. I’m very blessed with two little boys who are also best friends.

So after much debate we decided no theme, just bold color, allowing them to change art and pillows, etc., as their interests change.

Challenge #2 - Color! My oldest loves green and my youngest loves blue. And not those light hues that can easily work together… we’re talking hunter green and aqua blue… you see the problem.

After another month I was able to talk them into blue walls, with a two-tone blue stripe accent wall. But you wonder how did I appease the green lover. Well… the outlets, inset of the window and art will be lime green. I know what you’re thinking. It’s the same thing my husband thought when I asked him to paint it… {snicker}

Challenge #3 – We’ve never painted stripes on the walls before. My hubby is a great painter, carpenter, and all around just clever when it comes to home projects. Whoa girls! He’s taken! {smile}

But even he was a bit nervous about painting stripes. We picked up a few rolls of Scotch Blue and he went to work measuring. That was honestly the toughest part, trying to determine how wide to make the stripes so that there was an even number… oh… and there was the window to consider.

In the end my smart guy figured it out and cut a board to help position a straight line all the way down the wall with the tape and another board the exact length of each stripe so there would be no measuring mishap halfway through the process.  

Surprisingly to him, but not to me of course {so sure of myself… not!}, it’s coming together and looks really great! The Scotch Blue tape pulled away easily and the lines are so clean. One or two small touch ups in the corner, because of imperfections in the wall, and it was done! I think I’ll try my hand at some art prints using it!

I’ll share more as we go and until then, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake… PAINT… and create!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the first pic says “Day 37,” thats because I’m photojournaling our summer and this was taken on Day 37. (You can follow our adventures on Instagram at TheCelebrationShoppe.)

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And by the way, this is not a sponsored post. I was just impressed with Scotch Blue and wanted to share!

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kiwi crates ~ art science imagination

I got to be supermom this week because the boys got to try out a fabulous new activity box from Kiwi Crate.

I love the concept. It’s so genius. You sign up at KiwiCrate.com and each month you receive a new box of activities… and even more fun, you never know the topic until you open the box. It could be arts and crafts, it could be science or it could be imaginative play.

Each box is for kids ages 3-7 and filled to the top with fun. I was honestly amazed at how much was in the box and the quality of the papers and supplies. Well worth the $19.95 per box, which by the way includes shipping!

You get two activities per month and ours was a sibling kit that had enough for two kiddos. And since it was my youngest son’s birthday (bonus to receive some extra goodies on your birthday!), I let him choose which craft to do first. He chose “my bug painting” and off we went!

But I have to tell you that I really wanted to make the “my firefly.” It’s a bottle with lots of goodies to attach. It actually will glow and runs on a zip line! I know… cool! 

You start with a little inspiration booklet that tells you everything involved in the activity with ideas on how to expand your little one’s imagination. You can see a sample booklet on KiwiCrate.com

Our kit came with three large coloring sheets, paint, paint brushes, sponges, pencils, paint trays, and

sponges that expand the instant they hit water… the kids thought those were great!

The project asked for each child to embellish their papers with bugs they’d seen in nature and to imagine what they might eat, where they might live and what other bugs they might hang out with to help bring the habitat to life.

Ladybugs and caterpillars were high on our list,

along with bumble bees and butterflies. I loved how my oldest made the stripes on the bee with the edge of a small straight sponge! Clever little guy.

He also used that same sponge to make the legs on a jumping spider. We have way… way… too many spiders around here this summer! {skin crawling}

And he used the pencil to draw on the bug trails. You know the dash lines showing the bug’s path. Oh, and of course to sign his art. {grin}

If you have a creative little one, or you want to spark their creativity, I strongly encourage you to give KiwiCrate.com a look. Their ideas are educational, entertaining and a great excuse for you to get creative with the kiddos. Not to mention there’s no planning on your part since all the supplies come straight to your door every month! LOVE it!

And for the next five days, Kiwi Crate is offering 25% off your first $19.95 crate. Just enter CLEVER25 at checkout!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Now I’m off to put the final touches on my little guy’s big birthday party. It’s now a short 28 hours away so I best get baking! Happy Thursday!

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