Black Rose Skull Wreath

Halloween may still be a few weeks away, but there’s no reason we can’t start our creepy crawly decorating now, right?

I made this wreath for our door last year, but since I was taking a little bloggin’ break I haven’t posted it yet.  Let me tell you, not only is the one of my favorite wreaths so far, it was incredibly easy to make.  So let’s get to it!

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(Pardon my year old shadowy photos…)

 

First, you will need to raid your local craft store for goodies.  I was able to find bunches of black roses, purple glitter skulls, and glitter spiders all on clearance.  I splurged on a Styrofoam floral wreath (by splurged, I mean I used a Michael’s coupon of course).  Add a hot glue gun to the mix, and you’ve got all of your items!

I started with the placement of the large skull, as this was clearly the focal point of the wreath.  Since the wreath was Styrofoam, all I had to do was poke the stick the skull was attached to into the wreath.  Once I had that in place, I cut the flowers off of the bunch (leaving as long of a stem as possible) and poked them in as well.  If I found that the stem was too long and came out the other side of the wreath, I just trimmed the stem a bit.  The spiders were also on stems, so they were placed the same way.  Easy Peasy.  I hot glued a hidden loop of string in the back for hanging.  I have a window on my front door, so a suction cup with a hook on it works great for hanging wreaths without a giant bow on the top.

If I had wanted to re-use the wreath with new items, I could stop there.  However, this wreath will now be gracing a friend’s door for Halloween, so I went back with my glue gun to secure each piece.  I would recommend putting the whole thing together before doing any gluing in this case, since I found that some floral adjustments were needed when I stepped back for a good look.

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So there you go.  This baby took hardly any time to throw together, and I love how it’s scary without being scary.  Make sure you come back to check out this year’s wreath which I will be posting soon!  And if you need more inspiration, feel free to check out our Spider Web Wreath from 2 Halloweens ago, which comes with the bonus post of how to make an interchangeable yarn wreath.  Oh yes…

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Have you made a great Halloween wreath you would like to share?  I would love for your to link to it, or describe it, in a comment below!

Happy Wreathing!

Lizz

Quick Thanksgiving Centerpiece

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner (as in tomorrow), I thought I would share a pretty fall centerpiece I made.

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I’ve been wondering what to do with all of those gourds we somehow collected around Halloween.  They have such lovely fall colors, it seemed like a shame to not reuse them somehow.  So I took a wide clear glass vase, arranged them inside, and added some fake fall leaves I had.  Ah ha!  Quick and easy centerpiece. 

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I think this would look nice in a clear shallow bowl as well.

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Good luck to everyone in their cooking/traveling/holiday preparations.

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Lizz

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Halloween Mummy Pumpkin

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

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I bet you have all been ready with beautiful carved pumpkins sitting on your doorstep for the past week.  Me?  Not so much.  If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a bit of a procrastinator…Okay, that’s an understatement…I leave absolutely everything to the absolute last minute.  Including this year’s pumpkin.

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While I love the toothy grin of a jack-o-lantern, I’m not the biggest fan of touching gross stuff.  Pumpkin guts definitely qualify as gross stuff.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate my mother who loves to carve pumpkins with her granddaughter.  This way, Skylar gets the pumpkin carving experience, while I get to be all arts and crafty with ours.  This year’s inspiration came from Pintrest (as all recent good ideas have).

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I give you…. The Mummy Pumpkin!!

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Duhn Duhn DUUUUHHHHHH!!!!!!!

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This pumpkin took me all of 10 minutes to do (uh, at 8:00 last night).  Perfect for a last-minute-aholic like me.  (who still needed to hem a Halloween costume before school the next day…I told you I was a procrastinator!)

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Here’s the skinny…

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Get yourself a pumpkin. (or have your daughter bring one home from a field trip)

You will also need large googly eyes and cheese cloth (both can be purchased at Michael’s).  Since we had a free pumpkin, this whole thing cost about $3.

Also, you will need to come packin’ heat, in the form of a hot glue gun.

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Start by gluing the eyes to your pumpkin

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Since you will probably not be bringing your pumpkin in to the store you will need to “eyeball” the size of your googly eyes (hehe!).  I think my eyes were a tad to big for our small pumpkin (40mm), so our mummy looks a little surprised.  No biggie though, it is Halloween after all!

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You will need to cut your cheesecloth into strips.  Mine were about 1 inch wide.  They don’t need to be perfect, and actually look a little better if they aren’t.  Then wrap the cheesecloth around the pumpkin, leaving the eyes uncovered and a few exposed spaces.  Carefully use the glue gun as you go to secure the strips on the backside of the pumpkin.  Once finished, use dots of glue all around the front and bottoms to finish securing the strips.

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And there you have a very quick, last-minute, (slightly startled looking), no-carve mummy pumpkin.

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Okay, enough about pumpkins….let’s go get some candy!!….I mean, let’s take the kids to get some candy!!

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Happy Halloween!

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Lizz

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P.S.  I think this is a great project to use on one of those plastic pumpkins (also available at Michael’s).  That way you could save this guy for many Halloweens to come.  No gross guts to deal with either.  It’s a win-win!

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I will be sharing our Mummy Pumpkin at these awesome link parties:

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree

Made It Myself Monday @ You Had Me At Craft

Ariel’s Beachy Hair

I know that technically Halloween is over, but not for us.  We will be going to a super fun kiddie Halloween party on Sunday (this is a yearly event that just worked best for everyone after the holiday).  This means we will be doing Skylar’s Ariel costume for the third time.  The good news is that because of our multiple costume wearing situation, I was FINALLY able to pull together a hairdo post!! This hairdo was not intended to actually look like Ariel’s hairdo (as Skylar is obviously a blondie).  I wanted to create a fun and easy beachy do that could also work outside of Halloween.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I love the way her beachy waves came out.  Want to know how this beautiful head of hair happened?  It’s simple…

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First, you need to create some waves.  Sure you could spend the time to curl them with a triple barrel curler, but that would take forever.  I chose to cheat a little.  The night before Halloween, I left Skylar’s hair wet after a shower (wetting it down slightly with a spray bottle will work just as well) and put it into several braids.

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There is no strict method here.  You do not have to make perfectly shaped sections of hair (it’s almost better if you don’t).  I would however highly recommend creating the part you will need for tomorrow.  I usually part Skylar’s hair slightly off-center on the right side.  Other tips: The smaller the braids, the smaller the waves.  I went for sort of medium-sized.  You can also play around with how high or low your braids start.  If you start them higher up than I did you will have waves starting closer to the roots.

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Have your daughter sleep in the braids.  By morning her hair will be dry.  Gently remove the ponytail holders and release the braids.  DO NOT brush it out, and DO NOT get it wet.  Simply use your fingers to separate the plaits.  If you created the part before you braided, her hair should naturally fall into the perfect place.  The result will be something like this:

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While this is pretty on its own, we wanted to add a little twisty flair.

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Starting on one side of the part, grab approx half of the front section of hair.  Give it a little clockwise twist (for the right side.  Go counterclockwise for the left side) Don’t mind the eyeball.  It is Halloween after all.

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Continue the twist out about 2/3 of the way down the section of hair.  Then repeat for the front section of hair underneath your original section.

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Have your daughter hold these twists for you, and repeat the twists on the other side.  Bring all four twists together at the back of the head.

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Using a clear elastic, tie all four twists together.  Normally these fly aways drive me nuts, but I think this style is an exception.  It makes her look windblown.

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Spray the hair with a small amount of hairspray to keep it all in place.  Embellish with the accessories of your choice.  I found these cute little flowers and turned them into bobby pins and pinch clips.  I will post that process soon.

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I wanted to get a few pictures of the final product, but I’m learning to use some new settings on my camera, and come up with some strange coloring.  Anyways, the hair turned out great.

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I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween as much as we did.

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Lizz

Ripped Paper Pumpkin

This is a very simple Halloween art project that can also easily be altered for just about any holiday or miscellaneous picture. The best part for the kids is that they get to rip paper, something they are normally told not to do.  Here’s how to get started:

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Gather your supplies:

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4 pieces of construction paper (1 brown, 1 black, 1 orange, and one of your child’s choice to be the background paper)

Glue

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Have your child rip up the orange paper into small pieces.  Small is a relative term here.  Each child will decide what the right size of their rippings will be.  The project will work however they do it.

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Do the same thing with half of the black paper and less than a quarter of the brown paper.  These pieces should be smaller than the orange pieces.

Allow lots of time for the ripping steps.  It’s generally the favorite part, so I let Skylar take her time.  We actually ripped up all the paper one day and completed the project another day.

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When we were ready to put the pumpkin together, we gathered the necessary supplies:

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Have your child glue the orange pieces to the paper, creating a filled in orange circle.

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Have your child use the black pieces to create a jack-o-lantern face, and the brown pieces to create a stem.  Skylar’s turned out wide-eyed and smiley.

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I hope you are all able to squeeze in one more fun project before Halloween is over.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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Lizz

Count Chocula Treats

I haven’t made a holiday specific treat in a long time.  While perusing this twist on a Rice Krispie Treat on Sing For Your Supper’s site, I decided this was something Skylar and I should do together.  We’ve never made Rice Krispie Treats!  (I know, bad mom award!) I modified this recipe very slightly.  When I showed it to Skylar, she had one demand:  Chocolate Only!  And thus, Count Chocula Treats were born!

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To make, gather these ingredients:

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Melt 3 tablespoons of butter/margarine on low heat.  Have a small child add 4 cups of mini marshmallows (Very Carefully!!)

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and continue to stir until it’s all smooth and melty.

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Remove from heat.  Have a small child add 6 cups of cereal.

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Remind her that it gets harder to stir when she does this one small handful at a time.

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Get ignored

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Laugh at how spider-webby it looks when you stir it all up to evenly coat the cereal (and excuse poor picture quality)

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Gently press the mixture into a 13×9 baking dish (sprayed with cooking spray)

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Optional: cover with Halloween sprinkles (ours were pumpkin shaped)

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Allow time to cool, and cut into squares

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Find missing square in your daughter’s mouth.

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Enjoy the sugar buzz!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Halloween

Happy Monday!

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This week’s Muffin Tin Monday theme, appropriately, is Halloween.  I will warn you, we went a little gory with this one, but each item was pre-approved by the boss, AKA Skylar.  She was so excited to see all of our ideas come to life.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Top Row (Left to Right): Forked Eyeballs, Noodle Brains, Worm Burgers

Bottom Row (Left to Right): Spider Web Soup, Mummy Pizza, Monster Mouth

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Whew!  I got a lot of internet browsing help with this one, so Beware!  Lots of explanations and linking below:

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Eyeballs – coat doughnut holes with melted white chocolate.  Add a milk chocolate chip for the pupil.  When cooled and hardened, use a tube of red decorating gel to create the veins.  For this, I adapted this recipe.

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Brains – These are simply Ramen Noodles.  I never make them as soup.  I drain the water, leaving just enough to keep them moist, add a little butter and the flavor packet.

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Worm Burgers – These were very simple.  Nilla Cookies, dark chocolate frosting, and gummy worms.  Got this idea from here.

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Spiderweb soup – tomato soup, right out of the can.  The web is made with sour cream.  Put the cream into a ziplock bag, and snip a very small piece of the corner.  Using the bag like a piping bag, make a very small circle, another circle around that one, and a third around that.  It should look like a bullseye.  Hold a tooth pick in the center of the bullseye, and pull outwards through all 3 circles.  Do this all the way around.  The end result will be a perfect looking spider web.  This is much easier to do than to explain.

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Mummy Pizza – Take half of an english muffin, and cover with pizza sauce.  Place olive slices (with a bit of green pepper in the center), where you want your eyes.  Use a mozzarella cheese stick to create the bandages.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese is nice and melty.  (Next time I would leave a little more space between the cheese strips in order to see the bandages better) Original recipe, and much better photo here.

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Monster Mouth – This is an apple quarter with the center cut out for the mouth.  The teeth are almond slivers.  Very simple with a big result! I have seen several people do this, so if you would like to, feel free to link to your own monster mouth.

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I hope you all enjoyed our muffin tin as much as we did making it.  If you would like to see some of the tins made by other amazing moms, check them out at Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

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Have a great week!

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Lizz