Halloween Trick or Treat Bag with Handprint Ghosts

This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.  All opinions are 100% my own! 

Today’s craft project combines two of my favorite things – Halloween and handprint art!

Personalized Treat Bag Handprint Ghosts

I was thinking that I wanted to make Connor a personalized Trick-or-Treat bag this year for Halloween but wasn’t sure what I wanted it to look like.  Then I saw handprint ghosts on Pinterest and I had an idea.

I could make Connor a personalized Trick-or-Treat bag with handpring ghosts!  Isn’t it so cute?

I headed to Jo-Ann’s for my supplies.  I needed a black tote for sure and then I just looked around for inspiration.

I came across a “Boo” Felt Patch on clearance so I threw that in my cart.  Then I found Glow-in-the-Dark paint and had to get it.  I thought that would be perfect since it will be dark.

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All together here are the supplies I used to make Connor’s Trick-or-Treat bag:

  • black tote bag
  • white and orange paint
  • black sharpie
  • “Boo” felt patch (optional)
  • handmade zig zag pattern pattern
  • Glow-in-the-Dark paint
  • White Iron-on letters

I started with Connor’s handprints.  I painted his hands white and pressed them in the center of the bag.  When the paint dried, I used a black sharpie to create the eyes and mouth on each ghost.

Next, I painted the orange zig zag strip along the bottom.  I was originally going to have more but ran out of room.

Then I ironed on the letters of his name and the “boo” patch.

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Finally, I painted over everything except the “boo” patch with the glow-in-the-dark paint.

Once everything dried I showed Connor and he loves it!  He has already been putting his toys and stuff in it.  Last night he insisted on taking it to dinner with us.

 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bag Handprint Ghosts

I love how it turned out!  I was a little nervous at first when I started the project but I couldn’t be happy with how it looks.

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Monogram Your iPhone

Want to add a cute little monogram to the home button on your iPhone?
Monogram Your Phone
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I first saw this on Pinterest but it took me to an expired listing on Etsy so I decided to make my own.

I used PowerPoint because I don’t have Photoshop and it was really easy.  All you need is a computer, printer, white sticker paper or labels, clear packing tape and scissors.

Step 1:  Open a new presentation and insert WordArt.

Monogram Your Phone

Step 2:  Type in your initials – first name initial, last name initial, middle name initial.  Then, under Format, click on Affects.  Click on Transform and choose Inflate.  This will give the round shape we need.  Then play around with different fonts.

Step 3:  Insert a circle shape.  Change the color to whatever you want.  I also removed the shadow from the circle.

Step 4:  Check the size of your circle and make sure the height and width are the same.  Then click on reorder and send the circle to the back.  Select your circle and Wordart.  Under align, select align center and align middle so your initials are perfectly centered in the circle.

Step 5:  Group everything together and resize to 0.5 inches.  Print out on sticker paper.  Then I placed a piece of packing tape over the circle before cutting to make it more durable.

Step 6:  Cut out your monogram and stick on your phone.

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How fun is this?  You will have plenty of supplies left over so make a few for all your friends!  I made some for all my neighbors and I can’t wait to make one for my mom.

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Create and Share – Handmade Gift Ideas

Welcome back to another Create and Share party with AliLily, Cheap Crafty Mama and Happy Go Lucky!
 

Last week we shared some awesome gift-wrapping ideas, and since you need some great gifts to go inside that beautiful wrapping paper, this week we bring you….

 

I always love making gifts for people and I’m excited to try out some of these ideas!

 

Red Velvet Cake Perfume Oil Recipe by Soap Deli NewsMonogrammed Hand Sanitizer by The Idea Room,  Photo Transfer onto a Candle by Joyful Homemaking,  Pancake Breakfast Gift Basket by Chicken Scratch,  Initial Necklace by Pitter and Glink,  Wine Bottle Glasses by Scissors and Steam,  DIY Air Fresheners by Cheap Crafty Mama (shameless, I know), Kid’s Crayon and Coloring Book Carrier from Crazy Little ProjectsDangle Earrings from One Artsy Mama,  Mulling Spices from Sweet Benanna and Sam, and Homemade Mouse Pads from Plucky’s Second Thought

 

Now I’m super excited to see what you have to link up! Please share your favorite hand-made Christmas gifts with us!

 

And be sure to check out our other Create and Share parties and share your creations with us!

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Creepy Crawly Spider Treats

My friend Stephanie and I wanted to come up with a fun treat our boys could give to their friends at school on Halloween.  Stephanie’s mom had sent her children a package recently with these cute spider treats that she purchased at a craft show.
Once we took one look at them, we knew we had to make them ourselves!
And I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!  Aren’t they cute?

We simply took 4 black pipe cleaners and twisted them around lollipops and Halloween pencils.

We glued one pom pom over where we twisted the pipe cleaners.  Then we glued on two wiggle eyes and our creepy crawly spiders were ready to hand out!

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A quick and easy project that I’m pretty sure every child will like.  I think I’m also going to make them for my students.  They will love them!
Have you made these before?
What else have made using lollipops and pipe cleaners?

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Magnetic Halloween Countdown

Halloween is definitely one of my favorite holidays!

 

And since it’s right around the corner, I decided that Connor and I needed a fun way to countdown to the exciting day.

 

I was able to make this fun, magnetic Halloween countdown using fabulous products from Plaid and Mod Podge.

 

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Here is what you need to make your own Halloween countdown:

  • a piece of wood cut to 12 in x 12 in
  • a piece of sheet metal cut 8 in x 8 in
  • a piece of scrapbook paper
  • countdown printable (download HERE)
  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • Washable Mod Podge
  • Glossy Sealer
  • ribbon
  • drill
  • Embellishments:  plastic bats, spiders
  • glitter
  • Mod Podge brush
  • Mod Podge roller
  • cement glue or any strong glue
  • stickers to go over date and to spell out “Happy Halloween”
  • magnet

Step 1:  Use the mod podge brush to spread the glitter Mod Podge over the piece of wood and the back of the scrapbook paper.  Lay scrapbook paper over the wood and smooth out using the roller.  Let dry.

Step 2:  Cut Countdown printable so it is 8 x 8.  Use mod podge to adhere Countdown Printable to sheet metal.  Then spread a layer of mod podge over top of printable.

 

Step 3:  While that is all drying, start adding glitter to embellishments.  I found the spiders and bats at the Dollar Store.  Spread mod podge over spiders and bats (or whatever you want to use).  Cover with glitter.  Once the dry seal with the Glossy Sealer.

 

Step 4:  Now that everything is dry, drill holes in top of wooden board.  Thread ribbon through holes and tie knots on both ends

 

Step 5:  Glue the metal countdown to the center of the wood piece.

 

Step 6:  Glue embellishments to board

 

Step 7:  Create the date marker by adding a magnet to the back of sticker or image you want to use.

 

Step 8:  Hang and admire!

 

 

Now we are all ready to start the countdown!  I can’t wait!!

 

Thank you Blueprint Social and Plaid for all the fabulous Mod Podge supplies! We all know Mod Podge is awesome!!

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Balloon Birthday Wreath {Pinterest Challenge Project}

For this month’s Pinterest challenge, I finally completed a project I’d been admiring for almost a year. I first came across this pin on Pinterest last summer before I even started pinning things and immediately fell in love with it.

Birthdays are a big deal in our family.  In fact, we don’t have birth days, we have birth weeks!!  So I knew I had to make the balloon birthday wreath shared by How Does She.

I’m not gonna lie to you – this project was very time consuming.  Luckily I was able to convince my super fabulous friend Stephanie that she had to make one with me.  We sat down Saturday night with all our supplies and started working on our wreaths.
We used a wire wreath form and tied our balloons around the wire rings.  We also added pipe cleaners and ribbon.  If we were better prepared we would have had a bottle of wine and enough balloons to complete the project.
For some reason we thought we could make our wreath with fewer balloons than the inspiration piece.  Boy were we wrong!!  So Sunday morning we set out to buy even more balloons and a few hours later we finally finished out wreaths.  After 3 different trips to buy balloons and over 300 balloons, our project was complete .
Now that this beautiful wreath is complete, I will say it was worth the time and effort.
I can’t wait until our next birthday celebration so I can hang up my wreath.
And be prepared – if you invite me to a birthday party, I will be showing up with my birthday wreath to display somewhere at your house because I love it so much!
What has Pinterest inspired you to create lately?  Share it with us and you could win an awesome prize package.  Show it off HERE.

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Santa Handprint Ornament

First of all I  L*O*V*E  any craft that requires Connor’s handprint and I also love adding personalized ornaments to our Christmas tree every year.  So as soon as I saw this Santa Handprint Ornament on Pinterest I immediately added it to my Future Projects board and I knew I had to make it this year!

How many of you pinned this adorable ornament also?

Isn’t it the cutest thing ever? I am so happy with how it turned out and I love that it is such a special keepsake! They weren’t that hard to make at all. We used the clay that you bake in the oven, red paint for the hat, nose, and rosy cheeks, tan paint for the face, and a black sharpie for the lines.

And I think I now have a new tradition each Thanksgiving Eve: An ornament craft night. My friend Cindy came over Wednesday night with her two boys and we had so much fun making ornaments together. I do have to say that we did most of the work since our boys are only three and two but it was definitely worth the time it took to hand paint each ornament.

 

Next year we will definitely have ornaments that the kids can make themselves. But for now we have these adorable Santa handprint ornaments to hang on our tree that we will treasure for many years to come.

These ornaments truly mark a moment in time and to me that is the best thing a personalized ornament can do.

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Jute Rope Bowl

I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you all today!  I shared this tutorial a few weeks ago on Sew Can Do and now I want to share it with all of you.

I have been racking my brain for months on how to create a fun, unique fruit bowl.  I knew it couldn’t be glass because Connor is always reaching for fruit.  I also knew I didn’t want to spend more than $10 because I’m cheap!

Can you guess what it’s made out of? 
Did anyone guess a vinyl record?

After looking around for inspiration, I decided to combine two ideas that I came across:  a vinyl record bowl and a rope bowl.

This is all you need:

  • a vinyl record
  • jute rope
  • glue gun and glue sticks

Heat oven to 200 degrees.  Then place the record on top of the glass bowl.  I also placed my bowl on a cookie sheet so it was easier to put in and take out of the oven.

Place in oven for about 8 minutes.
Remove from oven.  Turn the bowl over and place record inside bowl.  Place back in oven for about 5 minutes.
Take out and push record inside of the bowl.  Let cool and then remove from bowl.

Heat up our glue gun and start gluing the jute rope to the vinyl record bowl.  I started on the bottom outside of the bowl.  Just keep putting glue on the vinyl record and gluing the rope to the bowl.

And keep gluing and wrapping.  Once you reach the rim of the bowl, start gluing to the inside.

Then fill your adorable, unique bowl with whatever you want!

This bowl cost around $5.00 to make.  The vinyl record was $1.00 from a local thrift store.  The rope was around $3.00 and I needed glue sticks that I got for $1.00.

Can’t beat that price!!  So what do you think?  My favorite part is that it isn’t perfectly round and each bowl would be different.

I hope this inspires you to make your own bowl using a vinyl record and jute rope.

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Make Your Own Puzzles

As soon as I came across puzzles made from popsicle sticks on Pinterest I knew Connor and I had to make them!

I had a few of my favorite pictures printed.   Then I cut them into strips the same width as the popsicle sticks.  I glued the strips to each popsicle stick and once the glue dried, we had a blast putting the sticks together to reform the pictures.

Then since he loved them so much I decided we could make puzzles with coloring sheets.

I printed a free Power Ranger coloring sheet.  (Since he thinks he’s a Power Ranger)

Once he finished coloring it, I trimmed it so it would fit over the popsicle sticks. I cut it and glued it onto the popsicle sticks.

Super easy and so much fun!

I can’t wait to make more!!

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Collage Pillowcase

A few months ago I shared a fun tutorial on Ladybird Ln and thought I would share it again in case you missed it.

My husband is in the Navy and is getting ready to go out to sea for 6 months. This will be his first deployment since Connor was born so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make the separation easier on us all.

I decided it would be fun to create a photo collage on the pillowcase that he will take on the ship with him.  This way we are the first thing he sees in the morning when he wakes up and the last thing he sees when he goes to sleep at night.

It was a super easy project and so much fun. I also think it would make a cute sleepover craft.

Materials needed:

  • Any color pillow case
  • Iron on transfer sheets
  • Iron on letters or fabric markers (optional)
  • Iron
  • Camara, computer and printer

Directions:

  • Print the pictures onto the transfer paper.
  • Cut out the pictures.  I had a few pictures printed in the shape of stars but you can cut them into any shape you want.
  • Iron the pictures onto the pillowcase.  Just make sure you follow the directions on the package.
  • Iron on a little message using the iron on letters.  I also thought it would be cute to write a little message using fabric markers.  If you made these at a sleepover, I think it would be cute to have everyone write a little message.
  • Then put your pillow inside, place on your bed and enjoy!

Very easy and so much fun to have!

Now I need to make photo collage pillowcase for Connor to keep on his bed.  I think I’m also going to make a grandparents pillowcase for Connor since we live out of state and don’t see them as often as we would like.

I hope this inspires you to make a simple keepsake for someone special.

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