Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween Flashbacks

A look back…
2005 - 2
2006 - 2    2006 - 32007 - 3
2007 - 1
    2007 - 5 2008 - 1
2009 - 1     2009 - 6 2009 - 7
2010 - 3
Tinkerbell costume
Madeline costume
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Teacher Gift

I found this great idea for some Halloween Teacher Gifts and wanted to share my version with you!
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I purchased some small hand soaps and peeled off the labels, then used to my Cricut to cut the black vinyl letters.

For the text, I used the font “Dark Half BTN”.
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I attached some festive ribbon and then hot glued different colored plastic spiders to the bottles. ( These are spider rings, and I just cut the ring part off.)

FUN!  I love how they turned out.  Hope the teachers do, too!


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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Google Eye Halloween Frame

So of course I saw this idea for Halloween photo frames on Pinterest, and decided my kids needed to try it…
google eye frames
We started with these supplies. We already had the glue and the sponge brushes.  The frames were $1 at Michaels.  The Google Eyes were $1 at Dollar Tree.
After the kids painted each frame black, I hot glued some paper flowers to each frame.  And after that, the kids started gluing on eyes…
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They swirled glue in small sections at a time, and then just placed the eyes.
Now I have fun photo frames to display Halloween costumes from years past!
google eye frames
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Spider Lollipops

I keep getting such great ideas from Pinterest!  This idea for Spider Lollipops came from Oh Dee Doh and it’s such a fun idea!
I purchased a bag of Tootsie Roll lollipops and cut squares from a black trash bag to cover the wrapper.  Then I took three pipe cleaners (cut in half) to wrap around and create the “legs”.
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Lastly, I glued some googly eyes them.
How fun are these favors?!  I hope the kids love ‘em!  Thanks for visiting me today!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Bowling

Today I’m sharing an easy project using recycled bottles. I painted a few empty bottles to create some Pumpkin Bowling games for an upcoming fall festival.
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I followed this tutorial from Meet The Dubiens blog.  but I found it necessary to use a hair dryer to dry the paint so it wouldn’t sink to the bottom of the bottles. (Even applying heat to the outside of the bottle will help dry the paint inside.)
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Hope the kids will enjoy this!
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Angry Bird Pumpkins & More

This weekend I painted some Angry Bird pumpkins just for fun…
I used faux pumpkins from Dollar Tree.  The trick to getting the colors vibrant is to do a base coat of white paint first.  
I painted the faces without a pattern, but I penciled them on first to get the sizing right before grabbing  the paintbrushes.   I used a liner brush for the black paint, but a Sharpie marker might work just as well.
Here’s some more painted pumpkin inspiration I found on Pinterest:
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Last year I created a few of these pears and received several requests for a tutorial.  Since I’m making a few more this year, I finally posting a a tutorial with new pictures. 
You can’t go wrong with a dollar craft, especially when it turns out better than you imagine.  That’s why I was glad to see a few of these paper mache pears in the dollar aisle at Target a few weeks ago.
I used Folk Art’s Forest Moss and Hauser Green Light.
I just double dipped my sponge brush and then applied the paint evenly to the entire pear.
I used my Cricut to cut out a stencil of a partridge in a pear tree.
With the stencil in place, I used a scruffy brush to apply some cream paint.  Make sure your brush is dry or the paint will bleed under the stencil.
I topped it with some satin ribbon and placed it on a pedestal for show. This one is a wooden pear from a friend, which I lightly distressed:
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