easy Halloween embroidery hoops

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Embroidery hoops are making a come back! I used them when I was a kid when I would cross-stitch with my grandmother, now I’m putting pretty fabrics in them and hanging them on my wall. It’s a lot easier! {grin}

For Halloween I created some super easy black and orange glitter designs on burlap for my entryway.

Hop over to my latest post with Parade Magazine for all the easy DIY and whip your own up in less than 15 minutes.

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host a Martinis and Mayhem Halloween cocktail party

Martinis and Mayhem Cocktail Party | curated at TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Happy October! With lots of reasons to celebrate – birthdays, fall sports and a spooky holiday – my kids LOVE October parties. But, we adults want in on all the fun too!

If you’re lo0king for ideas for a more “groan-up” {hee, hee!} party, think about hosting a cocktail party! Here are some fantastic finds in black, orange and purple for your Halloween soiree for adults:

  1. Spider Candelabra via Pier 1
  2. Crow Wreath via William-Sonoma
  3. Haunted Halloween Harlequin Napkins via Plate and Napkins
  4. Apothecary Jar via Amazon.com
  5. Martini’s & Mayhem custom invitation via The Celebration Shoppe
  6. Collection de Paris Cold Beverage Drink Dispenser via Bed Bath and Beyond
  7. Smith & Hawken Glass Pumpkin Hurricane Lantern via Target
  8. Spider Web Cake Stand via Sur la Table
  9. Creepy Purple Light-Up Branches via Spirit Halloween
  10. Trick or Treat Halloween Printable beverage markers via The Celebration Shoppe
  11. Halloween Martini Glasses via Oriental Trading

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And don’t miss how to spruce up those jars with Kim’s Easy Halloween Apothecary Jars tutorial! Oh, and her Halloween punch recipe. You can give it a little kick if you like!

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

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20 no-carve white pumpkin Halloween decorations

20 no carve white pumpkin decorations | curated by TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Pretty painted pumpkins…oh, my!

Hi everyone, it’s Bridget and I’m glad to be back to share some beautiful, no-carve, white pumpkin ideas for a sophisticated way to decorate for fall. If  you are looking for a different look this fall or just want a more elegant feel, this white pumpkin creations are sure to inspire!

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Here are a few more beautiful ideas to round out the mix:

Be sure to stop by next week to see the fantastic silly and spooky ideas we’ve collected, too!

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

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make a pumpkin witch’s cauldron this Halloween

Martha Stewert DIY Halloween Pumpkin Cauldron

Our friends at Martha Stewart are letting us share a frightfully fun Halloween idea on the blog today, straight from this year’s exclusive Martha Stewart Halloween issue.

I chose this pumpkin cauldron craft idea because I plan on making one for my own Halloween party and trick-or-treat night. How fun… and a bit spooky… will this be! I think I need the pointy hat and leggings too. {grin}

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!

How To Make A Pumpkin Cauldron

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pumpkin cauldron:

  • large pumpkin
  • keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • fleshing tool
  • drill
  • sisal rope
  • 3 eyebolts, with washers and nuts
  • 3 long, straight branches
  • 20-gauge wire
  • S hook
  • outdoor stake light (with yellow or orange bulb)
  • twigs
  • sturdy glass bowl
  • dry ice and protective gloves

1. Cut top off pumpkin, using saw. Hollow out pumpkin with fleshing tool. Drill 3 equidistant holes about 2 inches below opening. Cut 3 lengths of rope to hang pumpkin. Tie 1 end of each rope to an eyebolt. Push eyebolts through holes in pumpkin; secure with washers and nuts. Prop branches in a tepee shape, and secure at top with wire; thread wire inside top to hang S hook. Hide visible wire with rope. Knot pumpkin’s rope ends together, and hang from S hook.

2. For “fire”: Insert stake light into the ground, and cover it with twigs. For “mist”: Put glass bowl with dry ice inside pumpkin; add some water. (Wear gloves when handling dry ice.)

Sources:

Keyhole SAW, from $5.50; natural sisal ROPE (65495), 3/8 inches by 50 feet, $9; EYEBOLT with nut, 1/4 by 4 inches, $0.50; CUT WASHER, 1/4 inches, $2.50 for 25, homedepot.com. FLESHING TOOL, $4.50, ceramicsupplyinc.com. Panacea 20-gauge paddle WIRE in Green, $3.50, createforless.com. Thomas and Betts STAKE LIGHT, $8, amazon.com. DRY ICE, dryicedirectory.com for locations.

This year’s issue is on stands now an it’s full of spooky fun, as well as wonderland magic. Make sure you pick your copy up soon! You don’t want to miss it!

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

Photo by Lucas Allen. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.

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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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masquerading pumpkins

Pumpkins MasqueradingThe craft room was abuzz this weekend working on ideas for our block’s Halloween party. My oldest helped with this one; he cut out the Frankenstein template for me, minus the bolts… okay, so I had to cut it out again, but his version was adorable.

Here’s what you need:

  • Halloween cookie cutter shapes (bat, owl and Frankenstein shown)
  • Black or orange ribbon
  • Rectangle hole punch (available at most any craft store)
  • Craft paper (fall and Halloween colors)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Small pumpkin

I simply picked out a fun cookie cutter, the bat was my favorite, and traced the outline on a piece of craft paper. Once I had the outline, I cut out the shape, punched a rectangle hole on each side and inserted the ribbon, tying a knot in each end. Finally I put a piece of double sided tape on the back of the mask and slipped it over my pumpkin pressing the mask in place.

Have fun!

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no carve pumpkins

no carve pumpkinOur boys get so excited about the season each year that we typically buy our pumpkins in mid September. So that we can enjoy our pumpkins longer, we outline a carving template on our pumpkins and then color them in with a black sharpie (we ran through two large ones last year). Our neighbors and guests think they’re carved and marvel at how perfect they are. And since we can’t illuminate them from the inside, we use purple and orange lights all around our display so you can see our creations in the dark.

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