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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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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