We’ve Been Featured on HLNTV.com!!!

I’m SO EXCITED to share with all you that one of our crafts has been featured on HLNTV.com!! Yeah!!

HLN (Headline News, a sister network to CNN) has been challenging its anchors to create some Halloween crafts they found on Pinterest.  Check out what they found on our site…

Mummy Pumpkin Complete

It’s the Mummy Pumpkin!!

This project was so quick and easy to make, and I can’t wait to watch one of the anchors recreate it on HLN’s Weekend Express this Saturday!

Hopefully these cuties will grace many doorsteps this Halloween.

Make sure you check out all of the other fun crafts over at HLNTV.com!

Mummy Pumpkin Outside

So tell me… what do you think of our Mummy Pumpkin?  Would you attempt it?  I’m “dying” to know!

Lizz

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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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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Love this wreath?  Then !!

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

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

I was featured on Momnivore’s Dilemma!

I’m so excited!  I have been featured on this week’s Creative Juices over at Momnivore’s Dilemma!

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It seems that the lovely Nicolette (who also writes about some gluten free stuff for those who are interested) really like the wreath I made.

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I hope you all get a chance to check out Momnivore’s Dilemma, and see the other goodies over there today.

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Have a great day!!

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Lizz

Muffin Tin Monday – Halloween Revisited

As I am currently in sunny Florida for a conference, and was unable to do a Muffin Tin Meal before I left, I thought it would be fun to show you our Halloween MTM from last  year.  This way, if you were looking for some fun ideas for this year’s tin, this might help!

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This was and still is one of my absolute favorite tins we have ever made. 

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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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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. 

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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. 

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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)

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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!

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Since I already posted this tin last year, I will not be officially submitting it to Muffin Tin Mom’s site.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t go check out all the awesome things going on over there anyways!

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Muffin Tin Monday at Her Cup Overfloweth

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Have a great week everyone!

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Lizz

Spider Web Wreath

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I have officially made my first wreath!

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I showed you in *This Post* how I created a nice white yarn wreath.  The possibilities are endless for decorating it!  I also love the fact that I can change the decorations as the holidays/seasons change.

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Here is the first one, made with an obvious Halloween theme:

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I am so happy with the outcome!  Here’s what I did:

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The whole idea for this wreath started when I found this little guy at one of those temporary Halloween stores that pop up this time of year.

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I certainly could have made this myself, but it was a buy one get one free deal that ended up costing me about $2 each.  Sounds like a deal to me!  If you can’t find something like this, you can take two styrofoam balls (one slightly larger than the other), and glue them together.  Then wrap them with a tinsel of your color choice.  You will need some wired tinsel for legs, and googley eyes.  That’s it!

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For the web, I used the same yarn I had used to create the wreath itself so it would blend in.  To create the frame I used 4 lengths of string to create a pie-shaped crossing.  I tied each one on the backside of the wreath with some tight double knots and trimmed the ends.

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To make the little web connections, I took a long length of yarn and started by tying it to one of the frame strings in the front of the wreath.  I made sure to choose a starting spot where I would be placing the spider, effectively hiding my knot.  Then I wrapped the web string around each frame string once.  I was careful to not pull to tightly or the frame would move out of place.

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I continued wrapping in a spiral shape around all of the frame strings.  Once I got to the middle, I tightly tied off my string on the backside and cut the ends as short as possible.

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Now it looks like a web!!

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I glued on a few pieces of velcro (the harder grabby side) to the body and a few legs of my spider, and placed it onto the wreath (making sure to hide that starting knot).  The velcro grabbed right on to the yarn.  Now when I’m ready to change the wreath decorations, I can just pull the spider off and cut the web!

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I love this and it looks great on our door.

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I hope you’re all having fun getting your place ready for Halloween.  Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this cute Halloween project at these parties:

DIY Thrifty Thursdays @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Halloween Link Party @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

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

White Yarn Wreath

I keep seeing all these lovely wreaths all over the internet, and I’m been chomping at the bit to try one.  My current favorites are the yarn wrapped ones.  Since we have very little storage around here, I cannot make a new wreath for every occasion.  But I want to!

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So, I’ve come up with a way to make one wreath where I can just change out the decorations!  Problem solved!!  First, I needed to make the base wreath.  I will show this step today, then later I’ll show you how we decorate it.  I started by grabbing the few things:

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A styrofoam wreath, white yarn, and a glue gun is all you will need.  Everything can be found at your local craft store.  I had a coupon (of course) to knock down the price of the styrofoam wreath to about $4, but *here* is another idea to do this even cheaper.

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Since I want this to be a frequently used wreath, I decided to take the extra step to create a little loop in back for hanging.  I simply cut a length of yard, and glued it to the wreath, leaving an unglued section up, like so:

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Now it’s time to wrap.  This took me some serious time (like an entire Sunday, since I kept taking breaks).  It would have been easier if I had purchased white styrofoam, but I didn’t like the shape of the ones they are offering at my local store.  I really wanted this completely rounded one, and not one of the wreaths that are flat in the back and/or front.  I got green knowing it was going to take some effort.

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I started by gluing my yarn anywhere on the wreath, and wrapping it around.

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(here I started wrapping over that string used to make the loop)

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Because of my green foam, I needed to make sure that every wrap around was pulled tight, and then VERY tightly shoved together so nothing showed through.  Every 20 or so wraps around, I squeezed a drop of glue and wrapped a few times over it to hold everything in place.  Doing this allowed for a few breaks to rest the fingers, and insured that you didn’t lose any progress already made.

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(see my glue dots?)

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Another little trick I figured out helped solve the issue that the inner part of the circle is smaller than the outer one.  In the picture above, you can probably see that it looks like sometimes the yarn is sticking out.  After every 10 or so wraps, I would wrap one layer of yarn over the top of the last one, but only on the inside of the circle.  This helped make sure all the angles were right.

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Once I (FINALLY) got all the way around, I used some glue to make sure that last bit of yarn would not unravel.

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(this pic shows how I wrapped around the loop, and on the left you can sort of see the glue to finish off.  Don’t worry, this is the back and nobody will see this part)

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So, was all that effort worth it?

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Oh yeah!!

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And I cannot wait to show you the amazing (removable) Halloween decoration we made for this.

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Have you seen/made a wreath like this one?  Do you have any suggestions for upcoming holiday decorations?  I’d love to hear them!

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Have a lovely day!

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Lizz

Kiddie Trail Mix

I love trail mix.  But I also hate trail mix.

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I can be a somewhat picky eater.  I like peanuts, walnuts, and pistachios, but generally don’t care for other nuts.  Trail mix always seems to have things like cashews and almonds, which I don’t care for.  I will pick them out and give them away, or throw them out, but it feels like a waste.  So I started making my own trail mix with all things I wanted, and nothing I didn’t care for.  Hallelujah!

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Once Skylar came along, I started making what I called Kiddie Trail Mix for her.  I included all the things that she liked, and things that I thought was safe and healthy for her to eat.  A few years ago, I brought Kiddie Trail Mix to a friend’s house when she held a Halloween party for the kids.  While the kids liked it, the moms loved it!  3 Halloween parties later, she is still requesting Kiddie Trail Mix.  The ingredients change every year, but here’s what I made for her most recent Halloween party:

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This batch included:

  • Apple Crisp crunchy granola bars by Nature’s Valley, broken into pieces
  • Chocolate Teddy Grahams
  • Honey Nut Chex
  • Yogurt covered raisins
  • Cherry juice infused cranberries (I thought I was grabbing dried cherries, but these were very good)
  • Organic Banana Chips from Trader Joe’s
  • Apple Clusters from Trader Joe’s

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All you have to do is pour the ingredients into a bowl (or cauldron!) and mix it up.

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The best thing about this mix is that every single item can be changed/eliminated/added to make it the perfect mix for your family.  It’s great for picky eaters or food allergies.  I don’t use anything that needs to be refrigerated or cooked, so it’s great for an on-the-go snack.

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Get Creative and Enjoy!

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Lizz

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P.S.  Incase anyone is interested, here are a few of the other things I have used in my kiddie mixes:

  • Other Cereals: Cheerios, Kix, cookie crisp
  • Dried Fruit: pineapple, apricots, cherries, raisins
  • Crackers/Cookie: Wheat Thins, mini Ritz sandwiches, Nilla cookies
  • Nuts/Seeds: sunflower seeds, peanuts, pistachios
  • Other: popcorn, variety of granola bars

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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